News Headlines Archives for 2018-12

City of Center Trash Pickup


Due to the New Year’s holiday, trash pickup will be delayed one day.  Tuesday pick up will be on Wednesday, Thursday pick up will be on Friday, and Friday’s pick up will be on Saturday.


Please call City Hall at 598-2941 if you have any questions.




Phone Scams In Our Area



The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office has had several reports of a phone scam that started Saturday, December 29, 2018, and is still continuing. The scam reports that the caller states he is Detective Brooks of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. The caller is telling individuals that they have a warrant for their arrest and is requesting payment for the bonds through Google Play cards, Green Dot cards and other forms of prepaid cards and failure to pay the bond through he requested form of payment will result in their arrest.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office will never call and request payment of any kind. If you receive one of these calls, simply hang up and block the number if possible, as it is a scam. If you have experienced a call such as this and have given personal information or payment to the caller, please call 936-598-5601 to report the incident.




East Texas Collision Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


A new member Ribbon Cutting will be held for the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce’s newest member, East Texas Collision Center.  The Ribbon Cutting will be held on Thursday, January 10th at 11 a.m.  The public is invited to attend and meet new owners, Casey and Colette Metcalf and their employees.  You will see familiar faces as well as meet some new employees.  Sandwiches and drinks will be served!!


Casey and Colette are excited to have East Texas Collision Center.  They specialize in collisions and restoration work.  They will paint just about anything including ATVs.  All their work is guaranteed.  Casey and Colette offer free estimates and they will work with all insurance companies and customer self-pay. Hours are Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.


Mark your calendar and join the Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors in congratulating Casey and Colette.


East Texas Collision Center is located at 2071 Loop 500.


For more information, contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 598-3682 or email





East Lamar Water Supply Boil Water Notice



The East Lamar Water Supply experienced a break in their water line. East Lamar customers need to boil their water before consumption.



TxDOT: Alert



ALERT: TxDOT will begin pre-treating roadways, bridges, and overpasses in the Lufkin District on Monday in preparation for freezing precipitation predicted mid-week. Drive to road conditions and reduce speed. Visit for statewide conditions.




Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting




Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 2nd day of January, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. in the Courtroom of the Shelby County Courthouse at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following items:


1. Swearing in of elected officials.

2. Approve bonds for incoming elected officials.

3. Approve and pay weekly expenses.

4. Approve current payroll.

5.Public comments on Agenda item.

6. Discuss and consider and adopt a resolution to designate authorized signators for the 2018 Texas CDBG program contract 7218440.

7. Discuss and possibly approve mileage rate change in accordance with IRS Standard Rates.

8. Discuss and possibly take action to disperse the Capital Credits for FY 2018.

9. Discuss and possibly approve replacing paper towel dispensers in the restrooms on 2nd and 3rd floors with wall mounted hand dryers.

10. Discuss and possibly approve putting a wall mounted baby changing table on the ladies restroom on the 2nd floor.

11. Discuss and probably approve to designate a room/private space in the courthouse for nursing mothers.

12. Discuss and possibly take action on reserve for Constable Pct. 3.

13. Adjourn.






Shelby County Outreach Closing for New Year



All programs of Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. will be closed on Monday, December 31st and Tuesday, January 1st in observance of the New Year.  All programs will reopen at 9:00 am on Wednesday morning.  We are sorry for any incontinence this may cause you.  We pray that you have a happy New Year!  God Bless.  





TxDOT Alert



ALERT: US 59 at the railroad underpass in Timpson will be closed in both the north and southbound inside lanes today to begin repairs to the damaged road surface and concrete culvert beneath. Single lane of travel in each direction will be allowed until work is competed. Be prepared for possible delays. Stay alert for workers,  nearby moving equipment and reduce speed through this work zone.




Veteran Stories - Larry Hume













Veteran Stories Episode 2




VFW Post 8904 Quartermaster Larry Hume started a project to identify all the World War I veterans from Shelby County that served in the war, or those from other places who are buried in Shelby County. Hume will not let our veterans be forgotten.


“Everybody including myself were really surprised that we ended up with 884 names”, said Hume. 2018 was the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Hume organized a special once-in-a-lifetime event to honor all our World War I veterans. The event was held on Sunday, Nov. 11, at the historical 1885 Shelby County courthouse.


The Veteran’s Day memorial was well attended and featured different local musical performances. Speeches were given by Hume and other prominent members of the community. The local 4H bequeathed special quilts that they made to several surviving veterans from different wars.

The VFW Post 8904’s women auxiliary also unveiled a huge quilted display made of thousands of quilted buddy poppies. The display was hung from a window on the side of the historic courthouse. The individual poppies that made up the quilt were fashioned from hard work of many women both locally and abroad.


“Everything has been self-taught and has just kind of evolved”, said Hume. Hume and his wife Theresa Dibben Hume moved to Center, Texas in 1996.  They started their own successful printing business Chief Imaging. The couple started the print shop with no prior knowledge about it. He did not join the local VFW Post 8904 until one day in 2004.


As time went on Hume became more involved with the local VFW post and became the post commander. After being the post commander for a few years Hume switched over to the role of quartermaster. 


“It gives you an opportunity to see everything”, said Hume. The role of quartermaster is like a finical manager. Hume is very involved in the community. 


As well as being the post quartermaster, Hume is the face of our local VFW.  He appears and usually gives a speech at every war memorial that he can attend, sometimes even in the rain.  He is a member of the Shelby County Historical Society helps with the Shelby County Museum in Center, Texas.  


“I wasn’t in too long before I knew that is what I wanted to do,” said Hume. Hume made a career out of his military service. He served in the Air Force for 20 years and one month. When Hume first joined the military, he worked in administration. 


Over his years in the service, he worked various jobs from finance to teaching. Hume eventually became a Command Chief Master Sergeant working for a wing commander to advise him on enlisted matters.


“It grew me up”, said Hume, after being asked how the military shaped him as a person. Hume finished his military career as an E9 Command Chief Master Sergeant, which is the highest enlisted rank you can achieve in the United States Air Force. 


“I didn’t consider any other service”, said Hume. Growing up as a serviceman’s son Hume enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1961. Fresh out of high school and not wishing to pursue college at the time, Hume chose to join the Air Force. He chose the Air Force over the other branches because his father Lewis Hume Jr. served in the Air Force in World War II. 


“If you don’t want to go to college when you finish high school the military is a good place to start your life”, said Hume. During his 20 years of service in the militarily, Hume went on to pursue a college education. He graduated with two degrees a bachelor’s in business and a master’s in management. 


“I think every veteran would tell you they would do it again”, said Hume. Hume’s only regret about his military service is that he did not serve even longer





Tenaha VFD Aid 18 Wheeler in the Rain






Early on the morning of Dec. 27, 2018, an 18 wheeler came to rest on HWY 59 at Bobo, Texas. The Tenaha Volunteer Fire Department worked with the driver to get the vehicle started. Traffic was partially impeded slowing the normal flow. The 18 wheeler was back running by approximately 7:10 a.m. and departed from the scene.





The Tenaha Volunteer Fire Department was next to leave and traffic resumed its normal flow. Special thanks go out to the Tenaha Volunteer Fire Department for rendering aid to all those in need.   




Christmas Weekend DWI Enforcement LA State Police


During the Christmas weekend, troopers were focused on making our highways as safe as possible for all our citizens as they traveled for the holidays.  In an effort to curb fatalities caused by impaired drivers, Louisiana State Police from Troops E (Alexandria), F (Monroe) and G (Bossier City) took part in a special DWI enforcement detail. The weekend detail yielded 97 DWI arrests.


Additionally, dozens of other arrests were made for things such as narcotics and warrants.

Statewide fatalities are down almost 14% with 655 in 2018 compared to 758 in 2017, but with a goal of zero, we have more work to do.


Louisiana State Police wish to remind motorists that having a plan in place before consuming any alcohol is the best practice. 


Motorists that witness impaired and/or reckless drivers are encouraged to call *LSP (*577) and report that activity to the nearest Louisiana State Police troop location.



TxDOT Alert



ALERT: High water is reported at the following locations:


Nacogdoches County
SH 21 East and West: Various locations outside SL 224.
Motorists should not drive through flood waters. TxDOT crews are monitoring the roadways. 


Trinity County
FM 356 at Carlisle Community
SH 94 at Lacy Community and near Centerville Community
FM 233 at Crecy Community
FM 1280 in various locations
FM 358 at Dominy Rd






Tenaha Police Department executed third narcotic search warrant for the month of December.



Subsequent to search warrants of two separate residences located on Booker T. Washington, Tenaha, Texas, where a felony amount of narcotics was located, an arrest warrant for Sirtonio Evans, of Tenaha, was issued. 


Evans was taken into custody the following day without incident and booked into the Shelby County Jail on the following charges: delivery of a dangerous drugs, possession of marijuana, possession of dangerous drug, and possession of drug paraphernalia. 





Weather Update







Deadly Crash Pedestrian Killed



NACOGDOCHES COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) investigated an auto-pedestrian crash last night Dec. 19, 2018, on US 259, about two and a half miles north of Nacogdoches.

The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 8:10 p.m., a 2002 Ford pickup was traveling south on US 259 and struck a pedestrian that was walking in the southbound lane. After the initial crash the pedestrian was struck a second time by a 2013 Dodge passenger car.
The driver of the Ford is identified as 26-year-old Colton Ward from Garrison, TX. Ward was not reportedly injured during the crash.


The driver of the Dodge passenger car is identified as 21-year-old Alyssa Bell, from Nacogdoches, TX. The pedestrian was identified as 18-year-old Amanda Aguilar, from Nacogdoches. Aguilar was transported to Nacogdoches Medical Center where she was pronounced deceased a short time later.


This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.





Two-Vehicle Crash on HWY 96 South Updated











DPS UPDATE: 12-20-12, 12:36 p.m. 



SHELBY COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is currently investigating a two-vehicle crash on US 96, about five miles south of Center.


The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 5:45 a.m., a 2012 GMC pickup was traveling north on US 96. For unknown reasons the driver of the pickup drove over into the southbound lanes and struck the side of a 2012 Peterbilt truck tractor semi-trailer. The truck tractor semi-trailer then drove off the roadway and overturned; spilling diesel fuel and then catching fire.


The driver of the GMC is identified as 28-year-old Andrew Williams, from San Augustine, TX. Williams was transported to Center Hospital for treatment. The driver of the Peterbilt is identified as 46-year-old Rodney Christian, from Lufkin, TX. Christian was also transported to a Center hospital for treatment.


A HazMat crew and first responders are on scene conducting cleanup efforts. Motorist should use caution while traveling through his area. This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.




Original Story:



A little while before 6 a.m. on Dec. 20, 2018, a two-vehicle wreck occurred on US Highway 96 South about five miles outside of Center, Texas about a half-mile past FM 417. The wreck involved a blueish gray GMC pickup truck and a fuel tanker belonging to Morgan Oil Fuels of Nacogdoches. The tanker was reported by an official with the company to be carrying some diesel fuel.




Fuel Tanker Truck 




GMC Pickup Truck



Only the drivers of each vehicle were involved in the wreck and no fatalities occurred on the scene. The driver of the GMC pickup truck was hospitalized with unknown injuries and was put on a stretcher and taken to a hospital by Allegiance Mobile Health ambulance service.




Allegiance Mobile Health Ambulance



Emergency services quickly arrived on the scene and blockaded the road, blocking traffic in both directions. The Center Fire Department, Center Police Department, Shelby County Sheriff's office, Allegiance Mobile Health, Texas DPS troopers, and Hughes Wrecker service all responded. The Center Fire Department keep the fuel tank of the tanker truck from catching fire but the truck cab itself burn up entirely. 




Hughes Wrecker Service



The roadway was cleared of the wreckage by emergency services and Hughes Wrecker service hauled away the GMC pickup truck. The roadway was reopened and traffic resumed at around 7:40 a.m. More to follow on this story as is it officially released by Texas DPS officials.




Fuel Tanker Truck 




A Message From the Shelby County DA's Office



Those Guys in Tenaha are at it again!   And this time, they are joined by the Shelby County DA and his sidekick/investigator.  The recovery of the evidence displayed (the corresponding companion to the one left at the scene of the crime) led to the solving of not one, but two, burglaries.  Lesson to all you Cinderellas out there – if you commit a burglary, we will catch you, especially if you leave a slipper behind!!! 


Seriously, though, the point of our messages is that in 2018 in Tenaha and in Shelby County, there is no such thing as a “minor” or “inconsequential” felony crime.  These matters certainly were not inconsequential or funny to the folks who had their buildings broken into and property stolen.  The City of Tenaha PD and the DA are working overtime to serve and protect our citizens.







Bossier City Man Arrested on Animal Sexual Abuse Charges






Bossier City – A Bossier City officer turned himself in on animal sexual abuse charges. 


In August 2018, detectives with the Louisiana State Police Special Victim’s Unit began an investigation which resulted in a search warrant being obtained for electronic devices belonging to a Bossier City Police Officer. 


During the search, evidence indicating possession of pornography involving sexual acts with an animal was found on devices belonging to 38-year-old Terry Yetman of Bossier City.


Yetman voluntarily surrendered upon learning warrants had been issued for his arrest.  He was booked at the Bossier Max Correctional Center and charged with:


20 – Counts of sexual abuse of animals by performing sexual acts with an animal

20 – Counts of sexual abuse of animals by filming sexual acts with an animal


Bond has been set at $ 350,000.00.  The investigation is on-going with additional charges possible.

The Louisiana State Police Special Victim’s Unit urges anyone who may have information about individuals engaged in this type of illegal activity to report it immediately by calling 318.741.2733 or reporting it online at under the suspicious activity link.




Silver Alert Canceled




The Silver Alert for Donald Clasquin has been canceled.

He has been located by Officers with the Nacogdoches Police Department after receiving a call from a citizen who saw the silver alert posted on the Nacogdoches Police Departments Facebook page.


He is safe and being reunited with family. 







Shelby County Attorney Arrested on DWI Charge







Shelby County Attorney Gary Rholes 62 of Center was arrested on 12-18-18 by the Center Police and booked into the Shelby County jail by Center Police Officer Williams for driving while intoxicated with an open container.







Ray Sharrow Promoted to Chief Criminal Deputy






Sheriff Richardson would like to notify the public that Ray Sharrow, formerly Captain over the Narcotics Division, has been promoted to Chief Criminal Deputy within the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office. Chief Sharrow has been with the Sheriff’s Office for over 23 years and has served in many positions during his time here. Lieutenant Chato Atkins was also promoted to Captain over Narcotics, replacing Chief Sharrow's former position.



Chief Deputy Ray Sharrow with Sheriff Jayson Richardson






USPS Busiest Week



WASHINGTON — Many consumers are in a sprint to the finish in terms of getting their holiday gifts and greetings in the mail. This week is expected to be the busiest week of the holiday mailing and shipping season for the Postal Service. The agency expects to process and deliver nearly 3 billion pieces of mail, which includes packages, this week alone. In the two weeks leading up to Christmas, Dec. 10-23, the Postal Service expects to deliver nearly 200 million packages each week.


Overall, the Postal Service anticipates delivering nearly 15 billion total pieces of mail and more than 900 million packages between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day — for a total of nearly 16 billion joyful mail and package deliveries this holiday season.


The Postal Service already delivers packages on Sundays in most major cities and, to handle the surge in holiday volume, the agency is expanding its Sunday delivery operations in select high package volume locations. USPS expects to deliver more than 8 million packages each Sunday in December. Mail carriers will also deliver Priority Mail Express packages on Christmas Day in select locations.


Wrap it Up and Put a Bow on it From Home

It’s predicted that today will be the busiest day for online postal consumers. Nearly 400,000 customers will visit for help shipping that special holiday gift. It’s expected that nearly 5 million consumers will take advantage of convenient online services, like Click-N-Ship, to order free Priority Mail boxes, print shipping labels, purchase postage and request free next-day Package Pickup. And unlike many brick-and-mortar stores, is always open.


2018 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

The Postal Service recommends using the following mailing and shipping deadlines*:


·         Dec. 18    – APO/FPO/DPO (except ZIP Code 093) USPS Priority Mail Express

·         Dec. 20    – First-Class Mail (including greeting cards)

·         Dec. 20    – First-class Packages (up to 15.99 ounces)

·         Dec. 20   –  Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail

·         Dec. 20    – Priority Mail

·         Dec. 20    – Alaska to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail

·         Dec. 22    – Alaska to mainland Priority Mail Express

·         Dec. 22    – Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail Express

·         Dec. 22    – Priority Mail Express




JCC Stocks Classrooms at CHS


The Junior Chamber of Commerce selected the teachers of CHS as recipients of their fall community service project.  Members brought supplies they thought teachers might need and rolled them door to door, allowing teachers to select a few presents.  So many supplies were collected, they are going to pass them out every week until Christmas!  The members of the Junior Chamber of Commerce appreciate the teachers at CHS.





From left to right: CHS Junior Chamber of Commerce officers-  Zoie Ebernz, Dalton Snider, Maddi Russel, Katie Nehering, and Mark Perkins.

Photo by: Olivia Johnson





Shelby County Chamber of Commerce announces  Photography Contest Winners



Center, Texas, December 10, 2018 – The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee today announced the winners of “What Shelby County Texas Means to You” photography contest calling for entries in the areas of architecture, events, activities, seasons, people or places all relevant to Shelby County, Texas.


Tera Wilburn received First and Second Places and Lawrence and Angie Davis received Third Place.  Over 40 photos were received during the contest period and all photos will be added to the Chamber’s photo stock library to be used for promotional publications.  The Chamber Tourism Committee extends their congratulations to the winners and gratitude to all participates in their inaugural photography contest. 


The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce is organized to promote and advance economic enrichment and development, tourism and the social and civic interest of Shelby County and adjoining areas.   



Joaquin Ballot Deadline Information



Notice is hereby given that applications for a place on the City of Joaquin’s Regular Election ballot may be filed during the following time: 


(Se da aviso por la presente que las solicitudes para un lugar en la boleta de la Elección Regular de City of Joaquin  se pueden presentar durante el siguiente horario:) 

Filing Dates and Times: (Fechas y Horario para Entregar Solicitudes) 

Start Date (Fecha Inicio)  : January 16, 2019         End Date(Fecha Límite): February 15 ,2019 

Office Hours (Horario de la Oficina) : 8 a.m. – 4p.m. Monday – Friday and until 5 p.m. 

February 15, 2019

Physical address for filing applications in person for place on the ballot: (Dirección  física para presentar las solicitudes en persona para un lugar en la boleta)


124 N. Preston
Joaquin, Texas 75954

 Address to mail applications for place on the ballot (if filing by mail): (Dirección a donde enviar las solicitudes para un lugar en la boleta (en caso de presentar por correo)) 


P.O. Box 237
Joaquin, Texas 75954


Shelby County Wreck




SHELBY COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) investigated a two-vehicle crash on 12-14-18, about one-half mile west of Joaquin, involving a commercial motor vehicle.

The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 9 p.m., a 1999 Chevrolet pickup turned right onto US 84 from FM 2428 to travel east. The driver of the pickup reportedly drove over into the westbound lane of US 84 and struck a 2019 Mack truck tractor semi-trailer head-on.

The driver of the Chevrolet is identified as 43-year-old Jose Ruiz-Hernandez, from Joaquin, Texas. Ruiz-Hernandez was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash by Shelby County Justice of the Peace Judge. Three child passengers traveling with Ruiz-Hernandez, ages 2, 5 and ten were transported to a Center hospital for treatment.

The driver of the truck tractor is identified as 47-year-old James Small Jr., from Shreveport, Louisiana. Small was also transported to a Center hospital where he was reportedly treated and released.

This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.






Nacogdoches Police Department Helps Celebrate Milestone in Law Enforcement


Receives 100,000th System Award from Leading Manufacturer of Police Video Systems
December 17, 2018 (Nacogdoches, Texas) - The Nacogdoches Police Department will take part in a ceremony on Monday in which WatchGuard, the leading provider of mobile video solutions for law enforcement, will present a plaque commemorating the 100,000th in-car video system manufactured and shipped by the company.  Robert Vanman, WatchGuard Founder and Chief Executive Officer will present the award to Chief Jim Sevey in the front parking lot of the Police Department at 1:30pm. 




Cancellation of Regularly Scheduled Joaquin Meeting



The regularly scheduled December 18, 2018 meeting of the City of Joaquin City Council is canceled.  Merry Christmas and Happy  Holidays from everyone at the City of Joaquin.




Football Score

San Augustine 8


Mason 52





Huxley Helping Hand Food Pantry

Huxley helping hands, a local mission group from the Huxley community, are holding a food pantry for the residents of Shelby county. It will be held on the third Saturday of December 2018. Proof of residency and identification will be required only (1) box per household will be given.


Date: December 15, 2018

Time: sign-in starts @ 9:00 a.m. until food is gone

Location: Hillcrest Baptist Church

901 Southview circle, Center, Texas

Shelby County Commissioners' Court Special Meeting Agenda

Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County
Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 19 th day of December, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. in the Courtroom of the Shelby County Courthouse at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following items:


1. Approve and pay weekly expenses.
2. Public comments on Agenda item.
3. Approve bonds for incoming elected officials.


4. An executive session will be held for the purpose of consulting with the law firm of Flowers and
Davis. This closed session is authorized by the Texas Open Meeting Act, Texas Government Code
Section 551.071
5. Reopen Special meeting.
6. Discuss and possibly make a decision on issues discussed in the Executive Session.
7. Adjourn.

Panola College Occupational Therapy participates in national research

Panola College’s Occupational Therapy Assistant program is participating in a research program to explore the potential for the use of virtual reality to help individuals living with dementia and other age-related conditions.


MyndVR is a tech, health and wellness company specializing in virtual reality solutions for people who are age 55 and over. The ongoing research studies the medical efficacy of virtual reality on seniors with and without age-related conditions.


Terrie King, OTA instructor, and academic fieldwork coordinator are working with MyndVR on this research project. She is a licensed occupational therapist and certified dementia-capable care instructor. King explained that the study is on the cutting edge with research into using virtual reality with older patients.


“The VR experience seems to awaken the mind and elders are able to recall memories forgotten. For example, one of our pilot study participants used to travel the world with her husband. After going to Paris, France, virtually, she chatted for hours about her travels. Typically, this elder would sit quietly throughout her day, saying very little,” King said.


In addition to Panola College’s OTA department, research teams from Indiana University’s Eskenazi Center for Brain Care, the University of Texas at Dallas, Florida Atlantic University’s Visual Mind Lab, the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing, and St. Barnabas Health System near Pittsburgh are participating in the research.


“We have seen firsthand the positive impact virtual reality has on seniors, and we are elated to provide our curated content, senior-friendly user interface and customized hardware to these innovative research partners,” said Chris Brickler, CEO and co-founder of MyndVR.


King said elderly patients with dementia sometimes experience a syndrome called “sundowners,” which creates an atmosphere of fear and aggression as night approaches. Using VR sessions earlier in the day, we have seen a decrease in symptoms and the elders seem to be more calm and less fearful.


A $5,000 Perkins Grant funded the purchase of eight kits, which included two headsets and one tablet. Panola College OTA students, following the protocol of the research program, are utilizing this technology to provide statistics about the pre and post test heart rates and other medical statistics on research participants.


Other Texas higher education institutions participating in this research are the Stephen F. Austin State University Neuroscience Program and the University of Texas at Tyler Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy program.


“We are thrilled to be a part of this research program,” King said. “Our goal is to teach our students effective cutting edge occupational therapy interventions for people living with dementia-related disorders. Through this research, we will be able to know if VR is an effective intervention tool for our future clients.”


King said she hopes to involve other campus departments in providing the virtual reality experience that is relative to the patients in regional long-term care facilities. In working with patients in clinical settings, King recognized the need for virtual reality films that are custom to the individual’s life experiences. Elders in the East Texas region have asked for films with children playing, farm animals, fishing, quilting groups, barn dances, church groups, and kitchen cooking events, to name a few.


“The goal of occupational therapy is to help people live a life that has meaning and purpose in spite of a diagnosis or condition. During our pilot study with elders, we have seen VR help improve mood and increase a person’s quality of life. When a person’s mood is better, usually you see more motivation. With more motivation comes more energy to once again engage in meaningful life activities. We know there is so much more to know about how VR can be used to support health and wellness. It is our hope that through the research we will have evidence to understand how to best use VR as a therapeutic tool for our clients,” she said.

IMAGE 1: An elder views the images using virtual reality goggles.


IMAGE 2: OTA student Jessica Fernandez monitors the elder as she experiences virtual reality.


About 75 Kids Attend Christmas & Cocoa With Santa

Operation Blue Santa would like to thank everyone that came out and supported us at the 2nd  Cookies & Cocoa with Santa. We had approximately 75 kids and a few adults come through and have their pictures taken with Santa.


While waiting on pictures, Everyone enjoyed a Christmas movie, and a  great variety of goodies including cookies, cupcakes, brownies, snack cakes, donuts, kolaches, popcorn, Spiced Tea, and of course Cocoa with all the fixings!


A Big thank you to  our local businesses that donated these great treats: Center Walmart, Center Brookshire Brothers, Center’s Best Donuts, Sassy Red’s Bakery, Java Junkies(Vintage Junkie), Just For You (Saundra Christopher) and Shelby County Today (For taking our Santa Pictures)


We would also like to say Congratulations to our Raffle Winners. Carmella King was the winner of the toy drive raffle and won a 32 in smart tv, DVD player and other Christmas goodies that were donated by Center Walmart.  Miranda Thornburgh was the winner of the Beautiful Christmas wreath that was donated by the Center Police Dept Ladies Auxiliary.


We sure hope everyone had a good time, and look forward to seeing you next year. With your help and donations, we will be able to provide Christmas to over 200 kids. Operation Blue Santa and the


Blue Santa Elves are now ready to check those list and gather up all the toys for the children in need.  Phone calls will be made soon when the gifts are ready for pick up. Please bear with us as we try to meet everyone’s needs.


Thank you once again from Operation Blue Santa.



Center Police Chief Issues Statement

Center, TX - On Thursday, December 13, 2018, Center Police Chief, Jim Albers, issued the following statement in regard to a news story published on KTRE-TV's website.


"In reference to the KTRE article titled “Affidavit: Shelby County Jail trusty gave underage girl meth, sexually assaulted her,” a search warrant was NOT served on the Center Police Department. A search warrant was issued and then executed on two(2) digital devices that were recovered during the CPD’s initial investigation. The issuance of this search warrant was necessary for law enforcement officials to lawfully extract evidentiary data from these devices.


It is important to note that the CPD has been working with the Texas Ranger’s Office for the entirety of this investigation which was at the request of the Center Police Department. No CPD personnel are being investigated. Finally this investigation has been turned over in its entirety to the Texas


Rangers, so any further information requests should be directed to them."

JCC Stocks Classrooms at CHS

The Junior Chamber of Commerce selected the teachers of CHS as recipients of their fall community service project.  Members brought supplies they thought teachers might need and rolled them door to door, allowing teachers to select a few presents.  So many supplies were collected, they are going to pass them out every week until Christmas!  The members of the Junior Chamber of Commerce appreciate the teachers at CHS.

From left to right: CHS Junior Chamber of Commerce officers-  Zoie Ebernz, Dalton Snider, Maddi Russel, Katie Nehering, and Mark Perkins.

San Augustine vs Mason Game Moved To Friday - Full Day Thursday - Early Release Friday

The San Augustine Wolves will play the Mason Punchers in the Class 2A Division I state semi-finals Friday night at 7:30 at Waco High School.


Center Broadcasting Company will broadcast the game live on KXXE 92.5 FM. Tracy Broadway will call the play-by-play. Pre-game will begin at 7:00 p.m. Friday. Listeners may also listen live on or by searching for KXXE on the tune-in app on their smart device.

The 2018 Football State Championship Semi-final football game will be held this Friday night at 7:30pm in Waco, TX. The Wolf Pack will take on the Mason Punchers at Waco ISD Stadium. The address of the stadium is 1401 S. New Road, Waco, TX. It is approximately a 3 ½ - hour drive from San Augustine. We are the Visitor and tickets are $7 each. District passes are accepted as well as Senior Citizen passes.

San Augustine ISD will have a full day of classes on Thursday and dismiss at 1:00pm on Friday, December 14th.

Virginia Liepman Ed.D

Superintendent of Schools - San Augustine ISD

Double Feature: Enjoy a CHS Theatre production followed by movie at The Rio

The CHS Theatre Department is working with Mike and Nita Adkinson at the Rio Movie Theater on the Center Square to present a "Double Feature Tuesday."  The Department will present The Mayflower Inn, a fun 25-minute comedy written by Chris Watlington for the holiday season, on the historic Rio stage.  


The play features performances by Ellie Walker, Allissa Hall, Kristen Orsak, Kennedy Bush, Angel Pineda, Mark Perkins, Kelsey Adair, Alex Spruiell, Kaitlyn Duvon, Jada Gregg, Nahomi Bautista, and Keaton Watlington.


The Mayflower Inn will be Tuesday December 18 at 6:45.  Immediately following the live play, the Rio will present Wreck It Ralph.  Audiences will get two shows for the price of one that night.  


Where else in America will there be a live play performing as an opening act for a major motion picture?  It's Double Feature Tuesday at the Rio Tuesday night!





S. W. Carter Elementary School students competed in the District 22AA South Zone Elementary School Academic UIL Meet held at Shelbyville on December 4th and 6th.


“Students, sponsors, administrators, and parents are to be commended for the commitment required by academic competition,” said Lisa Parker, UIL Assistant Director.  “Experience gained through extracurricular activities is far more valuable than medals or trophies.”


 Receiving awards from Shelbyville:



Presley Campbell – Creative Writing

Travis Caporali – Listening Skills 5

Travis Caporali – Social Studies 5

Sophie Ellington – Ready Writing 3

Sophie Ellington – Spelling 3

Gaylon Harrison – Number Sense 4

Ethan Jackson – Number Sense 5

Maddie Lout – Art Smart 4/5

Eddie Turk – Ready Writing 4



Campbell Chase – Maps, Graphs & Charts 5

Campbell Chase – Number Sense 5

Jaylee Gillespie – Oral Reading 4

Riley Hopkins – Art Smart 4/5

Ethan Jackson – Dictionary Skills 5

Ethan Jackson – Social Studies 5

Caleb Jamison – Ready Writing 3

Jayleigh Jones – Ready Writing 5

Kaylyn Thompson – Spelling 3

Eddie Turk – Spelling 4

Heavenlee Willoughby – Listening Skills 5



Bailee Bohannon – Oral Reading 5

Irianna Herrera – Spelling 3

Cori Lawson – Ready Writing 4

Ella Matthews – Art Smart 4/5

Trinity Mitchell – Spelling 5

Westin Murphy – Spelling 4

Karma Sholar – Oral Reading

Kaden Sims – Music Memory 3/4

Eddie Turk – Number Sense 4

Tristan Vickers – Music Memory 5



Riley Hopkins – Oral Reading 5

Addison Lloyd – Number Sense 5

Neveah Lee – Spelling 5

Addison Sowell – Creative Writing

Kaylynn Thompson – Ready Writing 3

Caitlynn White – Maps, Graphs & Charts 5

River Wilkison – Music Memory 3/4



Presley Campbell – Storytelling 3

Jayleigh Jones – Music Memory 5

Maddie Lout – Dictionary Skills 5

Dallas McDonald – Storytelling 2

Peyton McGee – Oral Reading 4

Harley Risinger – Spelling 5



JaRihanna Cartwright – Storytelling 2

Cyndi Glenn – Creative Writing

Ethan Jackson – Music Memory 5

Maddie Lout – Oral Reading 5

Bryan Martinez – Spelling 4

Angelli Ortiz – Dictionary Skills 5




Art Smart 4/5 – Maddie Lout, Riley Hopkins, Ella Matthews

Listening Skills 5 – Travis Caporali, Addison Lloyd, Heavenly Willoughby

Social Studies 5 – Travis Caporali, Ethan Jackson, Angelli Ortiz

Spelling 3 – Sophie Ellington, Irianna Herrera, Kaylyn Thompson

Spelling 4 – Bryan Martinez, Weston Murphy, Eddie Turk

Number Sense 4 – Gaylon Harrison, Aiden Swindle, Eddie Turk

Number Sense 5 – Ethan Jackson, Campbell Chase, Addison Lloyd




Dictionary Skills 5 – Ethan Jackson, Maddie Lout, Angelli Ortiz

Maps, Graphs & Charts 5 – Cami Chase, Jasie LeBlanc, Caitlynn White

Music Memory 3/4 – MaKaylon Henderson, Kaden Sims, Carolina Warr, River      


Music Memory 5 – Ethan Jackson, Jayleigh Jones, Harley Risinger, Tristan

     Vickers, Heavenlee Willoughby

Spelling 5 – Neveah Lee, Trinity Mitchell, Harley Risinger











































Shelbyville Middle School students competed in the District 22AA South Zone Middle School Academic UIL Meet held at Shelbyville on December 4th and 6th.  


“Students, sponsors, administrators and parents are to be commended for the commitment required by academic competition,” said Lisa Parker, UIL Assistant Director.  “Experience gained through extracurricular activities is far more valuable than medals or trophies.”


Receiving awards from Shelbyville:



Aubree Camp – Editorial Writing 8

Jagger Hudman – Ready Writing 8

Kara Jones – Oral Reading 8

Taylor Jones – Calculator Applications 6

Liela Klein – Editorial Writing 7

Liela Klein – Oral Reading 7

Lexi Lout – Calculator Applications 7

Carsey Lovell – Ready Writing 6

Elizabeth Marin – Spelling 6

Tamryn Murphy – Spelling 7

Kendall Murry _ Number Sense 8

Kason Parker – Maps, Graphs & Charts 7

Kason Parker – Number Sense 7

Lindsey Sanzhez – Calculator Applications 7

Abby Shofner – Number Sense 8

Malachi Sierra – Number Sense 6

Ava Silva – Impromptu Speaking 6-8

Jasmine Stutts – Science II



Aubree Camp – Impromptu Speaking 6-8

Aubree Camp – Oral Reading 8

Bradley Jamison – Listening Skills 7

E. J. Hendrix – Maps, Graphs & Charts 7

Jayda Hopkins – Dictionary Skills 8

Elizabeth Marin – Dictionary Skills 6

Elizabeth Marin – Mathematics 6

Elizabeth Marin – Number Sense 6

Zoe McKinney – Dictionary Skills 7

Hallie Merriman – Oral Reading 7


Trinity Mitchell – Art Smart 6

Trinity Mitchell – Listening Skills 6

Ava Silva – Science II

Gracie Slocum – Modern Oratory 6-8

Jacob Smith – Maps, Graphs & Charts 6

Kaylin Smith – Editorial Writing 6

Kylie Snell – Mathematics 6

Kayden Stutts – Music Memory 6



Parker Chase – Spelling 6

Chance Gray – Dictionary Skills 6

Kara Jones – Modern Oratory 6-8

Taylor Jones – Maps, Graphs & Charts 6

Alexis Lout – Mathematics 7

Carsey Lovell – Music Memory 6

Tamryn Murphy – Oral Reading 7

Angelli Ortiz – Art Smart 6

Katelynn Risinger – Dictionary Skills 8

Malachi Sierra – Chess Puzzle 6-8

Kaylin Smith – Number Sense 6

James Spencer – Maps, Graphs & Charts 7

Tristan Vickers – Listening Skills 6

Baylee Whiteside – Oral Reading 6

Jamarria Wright – Ready Writing 7



Delaney Bass – Impromptu Speaking 6-8

Logan Brantley – Social Studies 7

Aubree Camp – Number Sense 8

Lilly Crawford – Mathematics 8

Eli Ferguson – Calculator Applications 7

Eli Ferguson – Spelling 7

Lily Haley – Listening Skills 6

E. J. Hendrix – Number Sense 7

Dakota Jones – Listening Skills 8

Taylor Jones – Oral Reading 6

Gracie Leach – Maps, Graphs & Charts 8

Gracie Leach – Listening Skills 8

Lane Loggins – Listening Skills 7

Hallie Merriman – Editorial Writing 7

Tamryn Murphy – Dictionary Skills 7

Dylan Parker – Science I

Kason Parker – Mathematics 7

Thomas Powell – Social Studies 6

Ava Silva – Calculator Applications 8

Ava Silva – Oral Reading 8

Baylee Whiteside – Maps, Graphs & Charts 6

Wyatt Willoughby – Music Memory 6



Tay Una Allen – Dictionary Skills 8

Aubree Camp – Ready Writing 8

Caleb Davis – Chess Puzzle 6-8

Jayda Hopkins – Mathematics 8

Dakota Jones – Listening Skills 8

Dakota Jones – Spelling 8

Gracie Leach – Calculator Applications 8

Gracie Leach – Science II

Collin Lloyd – Maps, Graphs & Charts 8

Collin Lloyd – Mathematics 8

Chloe Musico – Editorial Writing 8

Levi Porter – Social Studies 7

Jacob Smith – Social Studies 6

Alex Slocum – Calculator Applications 6

NaKyia Swindle – Number Sense 7

Jedd Wagstaff – Social Studies 8

Jamarria Wright – Spelling 7



Yadhira Anaya – Modern Oratory 6-8

Edgar Buendia – Chess Puzzle 6-8

Bethany Ghea – Art Smart 6

McKenzie Gillaspie – Social Studies 6

E. J. Hendrix – Science I

Jayda Hopkins – Calculator Applications 8

Jayda Hopkins – Maps, Graphs & Charts 8

Jabria Jones – Oral Reading 6

Liela Klein – Ready Writing 7

Elizabeth Marin – Ready Writing 6

Eli Shofner – Spelling 6

Addison Slocum – Calculator Applications 6

Kayden Stutts – Dictionary Skills 6

Maggie Turk – Listening Skills 8

Chesney Wilkins – Social Studies 7





Calculator Applications 7 – Lexi Lout, Lindsey Sanchez, Eli Ferguson

Dictionary Skills 8 – Tay Una Allen, Jayda Hopkins, Katelynn Risinger

Listening Skills 6 – Trinity Mitchell, Tristan Vickers, Lily Haley

Mathematics 6 – Taylor Jones, Elizabeth Marin, Kylie Snell

Maps, Graphs & Charts 6 – Taylor Jones, Jacob Smith, Baylee Whiteside

Maps, Graphs & Charts 7 – Kason Parker, E.J. Hendrix, James Spencer

Number Sense 6 – Malachi Sierra, Elizabeth Marin, Kaylin Smith

Number Sense 7 – Kason Parker, E.J. Hendrix, NaKyia Swindle

Number Sense 8 – Kendall Murry Abby Shofner, Aubree Camp

Science II – Gracie Leach, Ava Silva, Jasmine Stutts

Spelling 7 – Eli Ferguson, Tamryn Murphy, Jamarria Wright



Art Smart 6 – Trinity Mitchell, Angelli Ortiz, Bethany Ghea

Calculator Applications 6 – Taylor Jones, Alex Slocum, Addison Slocum

Calculator Applications 8 – Ava Silva, Gracie Leach, Jayda Hopkins

Chess Puzzle 6-8 – Malachi Sierra, Caleb Davis, Edgar Buendia

Dictionary Skills 6 – Chance Gray, Elizabeth Marin, Kayden Stutts

Dictionary Skills 7 – Zoe McKinney, Tamryn Murphy, Rileigh Powell

Listening Skills 7 – Bradley Jamison, Lane Loggins, Kayla Garcia

Listening Skills 8 – Gracie Leach, Dakota Jones, Maggie Turk

Maps, Graphs & Charts 8 – Jayda Hopkins, Gracie Leach, Collin Lloyd

Mathematics 7 – E. J. Hendrix, Alexis Lout, Kason Parker

Mathematics 8 – Lilly Crawford, Jayda Hopkins, Collin Lloyd

Music Memory 6 – Carsey Lovell, Kayden Stutts, Wyatt Willoughby

Science I – E. J. Hendrix, Dylan Parker, James Spencer

Social Studies 6 – Thomas Powell, McKenzie Gillaspie, Jacob Smith

Social Studies 7 – Logan Brantley, Levi Porter, Chesney Wilkins

Social Studies 8 – Dakota Jones, Mikey Stringer, Jedd Wagstaff

Spelling 6 – Parker Chase, Elizabeth Marin, Eli Shofner



Art Smart 7/8 – Shelby Holloway, Ionnia Hubbard, Chloe Musico, NaKyia Swindle

Spelling 8 – Tucker Clark, Jagger Hudman, Dakota Jones












The District 22AA Middle School One Act Play competition was held at Panola College on November 28th.  The Shelbyville One Act Play placed second in the competition.  Receiving special recognition:

Best Actress – Kendall Murry

All-Star Cast – Ava Silva

Honorable Mention All-Star Cast – Emily Bautista, Jacob Smith, Clay Dean




Tenaha Middle School Band Students Earn Region Honors

This past Friday, Tenaha took 30 kids to audition for the Region 21 East Zone Middle School Band and 13 of these students earned a chair!  We believe both numbers are records for Tenaha.


 Additionally, with 13 students earning a chair, Tenaha tied with Center, Carthage, and Henderson for having the most students earn a chair in the Region Band!  In total, 24 schools districts brought students to this event.


We are so proud of our kids!  We can only imagine what these students will continue to accomplish over the next few years.... The future continues to be so bright for the Tenaha band program!


Here are the students that earned a chair:
Angelica Sandoval- 8th Chair Flute
Dafne Pelcastre- 7th Chair Clarinet
Jesel Gonzalez- 10th Chair Clarinet
Jessica Aguilar- 16th Chair Clarinet
Britney Barona- 20th Chair Clarinet
Paola Perez- 21st Chair Clarinet 
Misael Hernandez- 7th Chair Trumpet
Daniel Loredo- 8th Chair Trumpet
Ka’Nyia Hill- 7th Chair Trombone
Kornelia Hill- 8th Chair Trombone
Jesus Castillero- 3rd Chair Tuba
Joshua Alcantar- 5th Chair Tuba
Alex Tyner- 2nd Chair Percussion


Timpson ISD Bond Phase 4

Timpson ISD has completed the fourth phase of their $9,000,000 Bond Improvements which passed in May of 2016. This phase includes an Event Center, seating approximately 800, with a UIL theatrical stage and Gymnasium. The 53,000 square foot Event Center designed by McKinley Golden Associates of Lufkin, and Constructed by Berry and Clay of Rusk, also contains a separate girls and boys weight room with training facilities, offices and locker rooms. The fifth phase, the college center, will be completed shortly.

Shelbyville Band-members Earn Spots in All-Region Band

The ATSSB (Association of Texas Small School Bands) Middle School and High School All-Region band auditions were held on December 7th and 8th. The following students earned a chair/alternate in the region band:


Ava Silva:  B-Flat Clarinet, MS Alternate


Naomi Caporali:  B-Flat Clarinet, HS Symphonic Band
Emily Bautista:  B-Flat Clarinet, East Zone MS Band


Krislynn Joseph:  B-Flat Clarinet, HS Alternate 

Alexis Lout:  Bass Clarinet, East Zone MS Band


Our clarinets are taught by Kasi Trent-Ashley, Asst. band director. We are proud of all our Shelbyville Dragon band students that auditioned at the contest and look forward to seeing our band members represent Shelbyville at the All-Region Bands concert on January 19, 2019, at Chapel Hill High School.


Naomi Caporali Advances to AREA

Naomi ranked high enough in the clarinet section to qualify for the Area competition. On January 12, she will go to Chapel Hill and audition for the ATSSB All-State Band. Congratulations, and good luck at the next round of competition.    We are Dragon Proud!


Deshmond Johnson -Band Director

Kaci T. Ashley-Assistant

Our Lady Of Guadeloupe Parade

St. Thresa Catholic Church sponsors an annual parade each December in Center Texas for Our Lady of Guadalupe  -- walking from the downtown square out to the church. Walter "Buster" Bounds filmed the parade Sunday.






If Santa Claus ever had a helper it was my mother-in-law, Leta Howell.  Though she has been gone from among us for 34 years, her love of the Christmas season has inspired all of her children to do many of the things that she did.  She was a minister’s wife and thus understood the true meaning of Christmas, and she passed that along to everyone she knew.

Though she was educated with college and seminary degrees, she retained the roots of her upbringing in the plains of West Texas.  While living in the piney woods of East Texas, she began several Christmas traditions.


“Granny” Howell was an excellent seamstress.  She made Christmas stockings for each family member.  She used red felt for the main stocking, then she put a green border around the top.  As grandchildren and great-grandchildren were born into the family, she would make sure the new baby would have its own stocking to hang across the fire place mantle.  She stuffed each stocking on Christmas Eve with candy, fruit, and simple useable gadgets.  Near the end of her life, the Christmas stockings were almost too numerous to hang on the mantle.  This tradition has been taken up by many of her children and grandchildren, most of whom are now married with families of their own.


One Christmas, she got the idea of making red outfits for all the members of her family.  The good seamstress that she was, she made red suits for every one to wear on Christmas day.  Even her husband, Rev. Howell, got a new red coat to wear.  She sewed for months on them, and gave each family member their red outfits on Christmas Eve, in packages wrapped in red paper.   On Christmas morning everyone donned their red clothes, and the house looked like a collection of walking poinsettias.  Rev. Howell continued to wear his bright red coat every Christmas until his death in December of 2006.


Now you know who put the red in Christmas.





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VFW Pearl Harbor Memorial 2018








The local VFW Post 8904 and the auxiliary held a memorial on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, inside of the historic Shelby County 1885 courthouse. The group normally meets outside but due to the rain, the meeting was held inside.


Mr. Larry Hume VFW Post Quartermaster gave a speech about Pearl Harbor and the group discussed Pearl Harbor.


Taps was played and the event ended with a group photo taken by the local media.




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Tenaha City Council Meeting




Notice is hereby given that a special called meeting of the governing body of the City of Tenaha will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, at 5:15 p.m. in the City Hall Council Meeting Room located at 238 North George Bowers Drive in Tenaha, Texas. 


If during the meeting, any discussion on items on the Agenda should be held in executive session, the Council will convene in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Government Code Section 551.101 and Texas Revised Civil Statutes.


Order of Business

1.Call to Order
2. Roll Call
3.Welcome Guest/Prayer/Pledge
4.   Closed Session pursuant to Tex. Govt Code 551.071 (Attorney Consultation): Consideration of Consent Decree in Cause No. 2:08cv288; Morrow et al v. City of Tenaha, et al; in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas (Marshall Division)
5.  Open Session – Action, if any, on Items Discussed in Closed Session
6. Adjourn





Two-Vehicle Crash on HWY 59



SHELBY COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) investigated a two-vehicle crash on the morning of Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, on U.S. 59, about two miles south of CR 4754.


The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 5:30 a.m., a 2016 Peterbilt truck tractor semi-trailer was traveling north. The driver of a 2016 Ford pickup, also traveling north, reportedly failed to control its speed and struck the trailer being towed by the Peterbilt.


The driver of the Peterbilt is identified 43-year-old Donald Williams, from Timpson. Williams was not reportedly injured during the crash.


The driver of the Ford is identified as 23-year-old Geardo Dehoyos Jr., from San Antonio. Dehoyos was transported to a Nacogdoches hospital for treatment.


This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.











Shelby County Crash



SHELBY COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) investigated a one-vehicle crash on the afternoon of Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, on SH 7, about one-half mile west of CR 1234.


The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 4 p.m., a 2013 Ford pickup was traveling east on SH 7. The driver of the pickup reportedly drove off the roadway to the right and struck the guardrail on the east side of the highway. After striking the guardrail, the vehicle went into a side skid and struck the guardrail a second time before overturning in the roadway.

The driver of the pickup is identified as 17-year-old Parker Hagler (female), from Nacogdoches. Hagler was not reportedly injured during the crash. No additional information is available at this time.







Football Scores


San Augustine 43

Tenaha 17


Mart 59

Muenster 0


Newton 79

Dangerfield 12


Fort Bend Marshall 47

Huntsville 43





Salt Water Truck Overturns Update





Early on Dec. 6, 2018, a salt water truck belonging to VC Operating out of Center, TX overturned at the intersection of loop 500 and highway 7 east outside of Center, TX.




TxDOT, DPS, and the Center Fire Department all responded.  The Center Fire Department responded at around 6:09 a.m. According to on-scene report, the driver was hospitalized, with minor injuries a cut on his head.


There were no fatalities as a result of this wreck. Hazmat services responded and cleaned the scene and Hopkins Wrecker had the truck towed away by approximately 8:30 a.m.





Video Coverage:






Letter From the San Augustine County Judge Samye Johnson




As shown on the Commissioners Court Agenda that was sent to you yesterday, there the will be multiple events associated with12/11/18 court.


We anticipate a greater than usual court attendance and have decided to relocate the December 11, 2018 Commissioners Court from the County Courtroom to the 2nd floor District Courtroom.


The court acknowledges and thank Carman Brown, our San Augustine District Clerk for her generosity in working with us on this matter.


Best regards,




Click here for the agenda:




Post Office Closed Christmas and New Year's




WASHINGTON — Post Offices nationwide will be closed on Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25 and New Year’s Day, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. All Post Offices will be open and regular mail delivery will resume after the holidays on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.


Some Post Offices may have extended hours leading up to the holidays, and limited hours on Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24.


New Year’s Eve, Monday, Dec. 31, Post Offices will be open during regular business hours. Customers should always check with their local Post Offices for hours of operation.

Blue collection boxes with final collection times before 12 p.m. (noon) will not be affected by early closing on Dec. 24. If a box has a final collection time after 12 p.m., its mail may be picked up earlier. For mail pickup on Dec. 24, please put your mail into blue collection boxes by noon regardless of the final collection times posted on the box. As a reminder, blue collection boxes are not serviced on Sundays.


Customers who have items to mail after the scheduled pick-up times on Dec. 24 should visit the Postal Locator on to find local Post Offices which may be open late.


The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.








Weather Update





Salt Water Truck Overturns



ALERT: A truck hauling salt water has overturned on SL 500 near SH 7 East in Center. Motorists should prepare for delays, reduce speed and stay alert as emergency responders clear the scene.







Letter from Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison on the Passing of Former President Bush



President George H.W. Bush was a true gentleman, whose life was devoted to public service.  Reports on his character state that he wanted to be remembered as a public servant and not a politician.  Therefore, Shelby County is honoring the memory of our 41st President, George H.W. Bush by being public servants and remaining open on Wednesday, December 5 to serve our citizens.  I am so proud of the legacy that President Bush has given us as a nation and a state, humility, service, and knowing that we live in the greatest nation in the world. 





Shreveport Man Arrested On Terrorizing Charge



Shreveport – On 12-3-18, members of the Louisiana State Police Criminal Intelligence Unit arrested 58-year-old Elbert White, Jr. of Shreveport. 


White, was employed at Overton Brooks Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Shreveport.    After learning he was being terminated, he told a co-worker that he was going to commit a mass shooting at the hospital. 


Upon learning of the threat Veterans Affairs Police contacted LSP-CIU Bossier Field Office and the hospital was placed on lockdown.  LSP-CIU obtained a warrant for terrorizing through Caddo Parish District Court.  Around 9:15 p.m. last night, Troopers from CIU, CID, SWAT and patrol located and arrested White without incident. 


White was booked into the Caddo Correctional Center and charged with terrorizing and violating his parole.


The Louisiana State Police has and will continue to take such threats seriously.




Tenaha PD Drug Search Results in the Arrest of Three People









On Monday, December 3, 2018, Officers with the Tenaha Police Department executed a search/arrest warrant at a residence located on North Rail street in Tenaha.  The search warrant pertained to the Possession and distribution of dangerous and illegal narcotics.  

As a result of this investigation, the occupants of the residence, 29-year-old John C. Jones, 26-year-old Latishana Gray, and 28-year-old Carlton D. Horton of Tenaha, were arrested without incident. 

Jones was charged with Delivery of Marijuana; State Jail Felony, and Possession of Marijuana; State Jail Felony. Horton was charged with Possession of Marijuana; State Jail Felony and Latishana Gray was charged with Possession of Marijuana; State Jail Felony and Possession of Dangerous Drug Class (A) Misdemeanor. 

All three subjects were transported to the jail for booking. Jones, Gray, and Horton are being held in lieu of a combined $30,000 bond.



Among items seized were approximately two pounds of marijuana, illegally possessed prescription pills, drug paraphernalia, packaging materials, firearms, and US currency, used to facilitate sales and purchases of illegal narcotics.

Tenaha Police Department would like to extend thanks to Texas Department of Public Safety (Texas Highway Patrol); Shelby County Constable Pct. 3, Roy Cheatwood and Shelby County District Attorney in partnership, of a common goal, of keeping our state and county clean of illegal activity and for their assistance with the execution of this search warrant.  
Anyone with information regarding criminal activity is urged to contact the Tenaha Police Department at 936-248-3841. All callers can remain anonymous, your tips are one of law enforcements greatest assets. 





Weather Update Rainfall Totals Local



Our November rainfall totals across San Augustine County:


Center 1.69 inches

Harmony Hill  No report

Deep East Texas  5.21 inches

Ayish Bayou North  6.09 inches

San Augustine  4.58 inches     53.70 inches for 11 months of 2018

Swanson Hill  No Report

Broaddus  4.19 inches

Etoile   4.42 inches





TxDOT to Close in Honor of Former President's Passing


As a result of the recent passing of President George Hebert Walker Bush, Governor Greg Abbott has proclaimed Wednesday, December 5, 2018, as an official day of mourning for the state of Texas.  TxDOT offices will be closed.


The United States Postal Office will also be closed.


Shelby County local government offices will be open.







Football Schedule Change



San Augustine (11-2) vs Tenaha (10-3), 2A DI Region III Final, 7 p.m Thursday, Nacogdoches High School.






Nacogdoches Sheriff's Office Searching for Man





The Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating a wanted fugitive. A warrant has been obtained for the arrest of Royce Earl Sessions 41 years of age from Nacogdoches, Texas.


Deputies were dispatched to a call Thursday morning shortly before 2 am in reference to a stabbing call on Cr. 265. Upon arrival, deputies found a male victim inside the residence with a cut mark around his throat. Deputies immediately started giving first aid treatment to the victim until EMS arrived.


Upon further investigation, it was found that the suspect forced his way into the residence by prying open a door. The residence belonged to his estranged wife, where Session had not lived at in months. Once inside the residence, the suspect pinned the victim against a wall and cut him with a knife. The female inside the residence was able to get away and run to a residence to call for help.


Upon deputies' arrival, the suspect had fled the scene. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he still remains receiving medical treatment for his injuries. After further investigation, Investigators obtained a warrant for Sessions arrest. The warrants were issued on Thursday morning for Burglary of a Habitation with intent to commit assault a 1st-degree felony.

Royce Sessions is believed to be on the run and should be considered armed and dangerous. If you have any information on his whereabouts you are asked to contact the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office at 936-560-7777 or your local law enforcement agency.




Santa's Christmas Parade Winners Announced


The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade Committee announces the winners of the 19th Annual Santa’s Christmas Parade, sponsored by Shelby Savings Bank, which was held on Saturday, December 1.  The theme for the parade was “A Mardi Gras Christmas”.


Winners by Category are:



$100 -- 1st Place – April Flores

$50 – 2nd Place – Marsha Barnett/Hudnall for Sheriff

$25 – 3rd Place – Marsha Barnett/Hudnall for Sheriff



$100 -- 1st Place – Center High School Band

$50 -- 2nd Place – Center High School Cheerleaders



$100 -- 1st Place –St. Therese of Lisieux

$50 -- 2nd Place  – White Rock Missionary Baptist Church

$25 -- 3rd Place  – First Baptist Church (Adult Choir)



$100 -- 1st Place – Shelby County Sheriff’s Department

$50 -- 2nd Place – East Texas Disciples/Christian Motorcyclists Association

$25 -- 3rd Place – Shelby County Cruisers



$100 -- 1st Place – Shelby Savings Bank

$50 -- 2nd Place – Tyson Foods

$25 -- 3rd Place – Harkness Litter Service/H5 Farms LLC


$250 -- Overall Best in Show – St. Therese of Lisieux


Other supporters that helped make the Parade possible include City of Center, Farmers State Bank, Specter, Inc., and Tyson Foods.


For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or



Weather Update





Computer Aided Solicitation







On September 16, 2018, a subject, later identified as Chase Ryan Alford (W/M – DOB: 12/24/1988) of Logansport, LA, contacted what he believed to be a female juvenile through Facebook Messenger who identified herself as a 15-year-old juvenile.  The “juvenile” who Alford contacted was in fact an undercover account set up by law enforcement for investigative purposes.  Alford continued to initiate contact with the undercover detective through Facebook Messenger over the following weeks asking to meet the juvenile for sex. 


On November 27, 2018, Alford made arrangements to meet the “juvenile” at a gas station in Longstreet.  Later on that same day, Alford arrived at that specific location in the vehicle he described and messaged the “juvenile” that he had arrived.  Shortly after sending the message, undercover detectives with the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office approached Alford and attempted to take him into custody.  Alford struggled with the detectives during the initial contact and was placed under arrest.  Detectives located a condom on Alfords’ person along with the electronic device used to make contact with the undercover detective through Facebook Messenger.  Detectives also located a large knife on Alford during a pat down.


Detectives later transported Alford to the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office where, after being explained his Miranda Right’s, he admitted to going to the location with the intent of talking to the juvenile; however, his messages to the juvenile described in detail that the meeting was for sex and that he brought a condom.  Alford was booked into the DeSoto Parish Detention Center on the charges of Resisting an Officer and Computer Aided Solicitation of a Juvenile.  He is currently being held on a $35,000.00 bond.


Sheriff Jayson Richardson would like to remind parents with juvenile children who have access to social media and messaging programs to monitor those activities.   Monitoring such interactions could stop a meeting like the one described above.



Shooting in Center



November 27, 2018 Center Police Dept responded to the 500 block of Lakewood Drive in reference to a male subject that had been shot. The male subject was outside working in the backyard when he heard several shots. He was then struck in the right shoulder and was transported to the Center E. R.  for treatment. The victim was treated and released a short time later.  The case is still under investigation.


Detective Nicole Faulkner


Shelby County Attorney Toy Drive



The 15th annual Shelby County Attorney Gary Rholes toy drive is going on.






Football Scores



San Augustine (11-2) vs Tenaha (10-3), 2A DI Region III Final, 7 p.m Thursday, Nacogdoches High School.


Region Semi-final Saturday


SA defeats Garrison, 29-27

Tenaha over Carlisle, 35-14


Carthage defeated Midlothian Heritage 50-49


Henderson defeated Van 21-0 






Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting Results 11-28-18



The Shelby County Commissioners Court met on November 28th at 9:30 a.m. at the active Shelby County Courthouse and took the following actions:

They approved and paid weekly expenses.


They approved the current payroll.


The discussed and approved the County Information Resources Agency Services Agreement for the Texas Association of Counties.


They discussed and approved Roof Restoration for the Clerks Building to be paid out of Records Management.


They discussed the 2020 redistricting process and took no action.


The court adjourned.





Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting



Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 5th day of December, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in the Courtroom of the Shelby County Courthouse at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following items:

1.Approve and pay weekly expenses.






Felony Arrest Warrants



The following criminal defendants failed to appear for felony court in the 123rd Judicial District Court during November 2018:


Phillip Dalton Evans
Mario Gareza-Cuapia
Candance Dyan Harper
James Randy Hoffpauir
David Earl Kelley
Luke Merrell
Tyler Lee Morris
Donald Wayne Moss
Marsh Glenn Odom, Jr.
Charles Allen Railey
Jeffery Dwayne Scott
Nathan H. Wedgeworth
Christopher Wyuts


On November 30, Judge LeAnn Kay Rafferty entered a order directing District Clerk Lori Oliver to issue an arrest warrant for each individual and to forfeit each Defendant's bond. 

If you are listed above, please contact the Court Manager, Karen Warr, 936.598.9928, to schedule a court appearance. 


Update on the Aguilar Case



At approximately 4 p.m. on 12-1-18, the Center Police Department received a tip from a confidential source that Antonio Aguilar was at a private residence in the city. Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the scene and negotiated with Aguilar for several hours.


Based on the preliminary investigation, at approximately 3:45 a.m. on 12-2-18, Aguilar exited the residence with a rifle and fired at law enforcement officials. Law enforcement returned fire, fatally wounding Aguilar.


Mark Tuley, 58, of Center, was arrested by Texas Rangers (DPS) for harboring a fugitive; he was transported to the Shelby County jail for the felony offense.  No law enforcement officers were injured during this incident. This investigation is ongoing and no further details are available for release at this time





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