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Nacogdoches Woman Apprehended After Running For Two-Days


A Nacogdoches woman is in jail after running from the police twice in a two-day time span. Deputies stopped a vehicle on Wednesday night in the 8000 block of North Street that was occupied by three people. The passenger of the vehicle fled on foot, but the deputies did not immediately pursue the suspect and stayed with the other occupants in the vehicle. Other deputies arrived and began a search of the area but were unable to locate the suspect. Deputies were able to identify the suspect as Selena Jones. A warrant for Jones was issued for her arrest for evading. 
Late Friday night Deputies received a tip that Jones was inside a car traveling on North Street. The vehicle was located and stopped at a business in the 4800 block of North Street. Selena Jones a passenger in the vehicle exited the car and fled again on foot across the parking lot of the business. Deputies quickly apprehended the suspect after a short foot pursuit. During the arrest Deputies found crystal methamphetamine on her person. 
Selena Marie Jones 33 years of age from Nacogdoches was transported to the Nacogdoches County Jail and charged with possession of a controlled substance a State Jail Felony and Evading Arrest and Detention Class A misdemeanor. 

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FM 711 Outage


 

 

Due to a vehicle accident, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative crews are in route to repair a broken breaker pole on FM 711. 

 

As this works begins, members along FM 711 served from our Center South Substation can expect power to be out 4 hours or less.

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

 

 

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TxDOT Update


 

 

LUFKIN – The summer season in the Lufkin District is one of the busiest with many construction projects progressing toward completion. Crews are not expected to work on the roadways July 4 to allow for heavier than normal traffic during the holiday time period.

 

Motorists are urged to always reduce speed in a work zone when workers are present and move to other lanes if one is available. Stay alert for workers and moving equipment near lanes of traffic. For current road closures and updates, visit drivetexasorg. All work schedules are subject to change in inclement weather.

 

Upcoming work schedules and project updates for the week of July 1-5 include:

 

ANGELINA

US 69: Work continues from FM 844 to FM 1270 in Zavalla to widen the existing two-lanes to a four-lane divided highway. Dirt is being hauled for excavation and embankment work. Beams placed for the US 69 northbound ramps are being placed at SH 63. Motorists should be alert for trucks exiting and entering the roadway throughout the construction site.

 

US 59 South: Crews continue to replace concrete traffic barriers between Whitehouse Drive and SL 287. Lane closures expected.

 

US 59: Crews continue to place permanent markings between Whitehouse Drive and FM 2497 on this road rehabilitation project. Work to place milled-in rumble strips will also begin in coming days. Motorists should expect lane closures.

 

US 59: Crews are scheduled to sweep in various locations.

 

BU 59/Timberland Drive: Work is progressing toward Chestnut Drive on this project designed to install sidewalks and intersection ramps. Expect lane closures.

 

SH 103/SL 287: Crews are clearing the right of way and removing pavement near Spur 339 on this project designed to widen existing pavement for additional turn lanes from just south of SL 36 to just north of SP 339.

 

SH 147: Work is planned on cross drainage structures, driveway safety end treatments, and culverts near side roads on this project designed to upgrade guardrail to design standards and safety treat fixed objects from just north of FM 3123 to FM 2109.

 

SH 103 East: Ditch maintenance is scheduled in various locations.

 

SL 287: Crews will sweep along the west side of the loop.

 

FM 324: Crews will continue working on cross structures and driveways on this project designed to improve guardrail to design standard and safety treat fixed objects from just south of SH 94 to US 59.

 

FM 58: Ditch maintenance is scheduled in various locations.

 

FM 2497: Repair work is scheduled to begin on the Cedar Creek Bridge. Motorists should be alert to road closures and heavy equipment in the area.

 

FM 1819: Ditch maintenance is scheduled in various locations.

Robinson Lane: This roadway has been reopened and crews are monitoring vegetative establishment on this bridge replacement project at Gilliland Creek.

Various locations: Crews are set to apply herbicide, patch potholes and straighten signs.

 

HOUSTON

SH 21: Crews are monitoring vegetation on this project designed to reconstruct pavement and add passing lanes from 2.3 miles east of FM 2967 to SH 7.

 

SH 21: Crews continue to work on cross drainage structures and blading the topsoil on this project designed to reconstruct and add passing lanes from the east end of the Trinity River Bridge to FM 1280. Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures.

 

SH 19: Crews continue to work on cross structures on this project designed to improve guardrail and safety treat fixed object from 1.6 miles north of FM 231 to the Trinity County line.

 

SL 304: Crews will repair base from US 287 North to FM 229. Lane closures expected.

 

FM 2781: Crews are scheduled to begin a geo grid placement on this project to reconstruct and widen existing pavement from FM 1280 to US 287. Motorists should expect pilot car and flaggers.

Various locations: Herbicide applications are scheduled to control vegetation.

Various locations: Crews will work to patch pot holes and repair signs as needed.

 

NACOGDOCHES

SH 21: Work will continue on this project designed to upgrade guardrail to design standards and safety treat fixed objects from SH 7 to the San Augustine County line and on from the San Augustine line to FM 3448. Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures.

 

SH 21 East: Crews are scheduled to apply a spot overlay near Melrose. Lane closures are possible.

 

FM 95: Crews are seeding and monitoring vegetative establishment on this completed bridge replacement project at Terrapin Creek.

 

FM 226: Work is scheduled to backfill headwalls on this project designed to upgrade metal beam guardrail to design standards and safety treat fixed objects from SH 21 to the end of pavement.

 

FM 1275 (University Drive): Work is scheduled to begin upgrading fixed objects to design standards from SL 224 to the end of pavement. Possible lane closures should be expected.

 

FM 1638: Crews continue to monitor vegetative establishment on this project designed to upgrade guardrail to design standards, safety treat fixed objects and provide additional pavement width from FM 698 to US 59/SL 224.

 

FM 2609: Work to relocate utilities and construct storm sewers continues on this project designed to widen the roadway from Raguet Street to North Street (BU 59). This roadway remains closed to through traffic.

 

POLK

US 59: Crews are repairing joints in the northbound lanes on this project designed to upgrade the roadway with a permeable friction course from just south of US 287 in Corrigan to Moscow.

 

FM 350: Crews are installing mow strips and metal beam guard rail on this project designed to upgrade and safety treat fixed objects from 2.6 miles north of FM 3152 to US 190.

 

SABINE

FM 1: Crews are scheduled to widen the subgrade on this project that will upgrade guardrails to design standards and provide additional pavement width from the San Augustine County line to SH 103.

 

FM 83: Crews are working on cross culvert and driveway structures from SH 87 to FM 3121 on this project designed to safety treat fixed objects.

 

SAN AUGUSTINE

SH 21: Bridge replacements are complete and crews continue to monitor vegetative establishment at Venado Creek, Niciper Creek and Perkins Creek.

 

SH 21: Crews are scheduled to continue to place embankment at the Attoyac River bridge replacement project. Lane closures are expected.

 

FM 711: Crews will be working to level up shoulders on this project designed to reconstruct and widen the pavement from the Shelby County line to US 96.

 

SAN JACINTO

US 59: Crews will be repairing signs, delineators and monitoring for debris in various areas.

SH 150: Crews are scheduled to continue work on driveway culverts, embankment and flexible base on this project designed to reconstruct the pavement and add passing lanes from the Walker County line to FM 945 North.

 

FM 224: Crews are installing mow strips on this project designed to improve and upgrade guardrail to design standards from SH 156 North to SH 156 South.

 

SHELBY

US 96: Work is scheduled to backfill pavement and tie-in driveways from US 84 to SH 87. Lane closures expected.

 

SH 87: Crews are monitoring vegetative establishment on this project designed to upgrade guardrail to design standards and safety treat fixed objects from SH 7 to SH 147.

 

TRINITY

FM 2781: Work is scheduled to repair base at Pennington. Lane closures expected.

 

FM 2262: Striping is being placed on this project designed to reconstruct and widen pavement from FM 2501 to SH 94.

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Hunger Awareness Proclamation


 

 

 

 

 


Shelby County Outreach Ministries, officials from Shelbyville, Tenaha, Timpson and Joaquin along with  Mayor David Chadwick of Center, non-profits and other support systems met together on Friday, June 28th and made a proclamation acknowledging June as Hunger Awareness Month.

 

The purpose of this is to raise awareness that we have those in our community that still struggle with providing enough food for themselves and their families. Resources will be available to provide you with more information on ways to assist those in need.

 

Click here for photos of the event. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting


 

 

 

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Transportation Commission Approve New Project


 

 


LUFKIN – Texas Transportation Commissioners on Thursday approved more than $619 million for construction projects statewide that included more than $43 million in the Lufkin District.

Angelina County was approved for Phase III of a widening project on US 69 that will continue to widen the two-lane roadway to a four-lane divided highway from FM 1270 to the Jasper County line. Drewery Construction, Company, Inc., Nacogdoches, TX will serve as contractor for the $37.4 million project. No timeline for completion has been determined.

 

Phase I of this construction is an $11 million project that includes widening the roadway from the Huntington city limits to FM 844. Phase II is a $65 million construction project from FM 844 to FM 1270 in Zavalla. Both Phase I and Phase II are currently under construction.

 

Shelby County was also approved for a new construction project on FM 1645. The work will include rehabilitating and widening existing pavement and placing profile edge and centerline markings from US 59 to SH 87. Longview Bridge and Road, LTD., Longview, TX will serve as contractor for the $5.7 million project.

 

As these construction projects begin, motorists are urged to reduce speed through work zones, stay alert to workers and moving equipment and respect all traffic control in and near a work zone.

 

 

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Today's News 6-28-19


 

 

 

 

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Three Busted in a Joint Investigation Between the Nacogdoches Sheriff's Office and PD


 

 

A joint investigation by the Nacogdoches Sheriff’s Office and Police Department has led to three felony arrest along with the seizure of methamphetamine and fraudulent checks. Conducting an undercover operation, Sheriff Investigators observed a vehicle leaving a residence that was suspected of dealing a high volume of narcotics. 

 

 

Dewayne Pina, Samuel Hale, & Vanessa Smith


Sheriff Investigators followed the vehicle into town and obtained the assistance from the street crimes unit with NPD to stop the vehicle. Officers with NPD obtained probable cause to stop the white Chevrolet pickup truck that was occupied by three adults in the 700 block of N.W. Stallings drive. 


Sheriff Investigators joined NPD officers on the traffic stop and officers observed narcotics in plain view. A search of the vehicle was conducted due to having probable cause. Officers located 20 grams of crystal methamphetamine, 60 grams of a simulated substance and over 100 fraudulent checks inside the vehicle. Stolen gift cards along with personal banking information of other individuals were found inside the vehicle. 


Samuel Davis Hale 32 years of age from Nacogdoches, Timothy Dewayne Pina 38 years of age and Vanessa Nichole Smith 34 years of age both from Lufkin were arrested at the scene. Hale and Pina were both charged with Manufacturing or delivery of a controlled substance a 1st-degree felony, Fraudulent use or possession of identifying information a 3rd-degree felony and Possession with intent to deliver a simulated controlled substance a State Jail Felony. Bond was set on both men at 70,000 dollars. 


Vanessa Smith was charged with an outstanding warrant from Parole. Smith has pending charges as well. 

 

 

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Man Tries to Poses as Texas Ranger and is Arrested


 

 

A Nacogdoches man was arrested yesterday afternoon, June 26, 2019, at the Sheriff’s Office after impersonating a police officer. Sheriff Jason Bridges advised that he was notified by the office staff that there was a man in the lobby of the Sheriff’s Office that had identified himself as a Texas Ranger and was asking to speak with the Sheriff. 


Sheriff Bridges made contact with the man and observed that he had a Glock pistol on his side in a holster but was not displaying any type of badge. Sheriff Bridges did not recognize the subject who was posing as a peace officer. 


Upon contact with the subject, he stated that he wanted his weapon back that the Sheriff’s Office had seized previously. Sheriff Bridges continued to speak with him. The subject was adamant that he was a Texas Ranger and was employed with the Texas Department of Public Safety as a peace officer.  The subject had no credentials upon him verifying he was a peace officer and a quick check of his name revealed that he was not. 


The suspect was identified as Ford Cummings 39 years of age from Nacogdoches, TX. Sheriff Bridges disarmed Cummings who was carrying a loaded .40 caliber pistol on his side. Cummings was taken into custody and booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail for Impersonating a Public Servant a 3rd-degree felony. 


Cummings was arrested in 2012 by Sheriff Deputies when he entered the lobby of the jail carrying a loaded firearm on his side and claimed he was with the DEA. Cummings was requesting the jail to release a prisoner to him at that time. 

 

 

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A Nacogdoches man is in custody after breaking into a residence


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Nacogdoches man is in custody after breaking into a residence on Cr. 521 yesterday afternoon June 26, 2019. The homeowner of the residence received a call from his neighbor advising him that he had observed a suspect break into the home owner’s residence and the suspect was still inside.  

 

The homeowner arrived home with a friend and started checking his house. During the search, a suspect was found hiding in the bathroom of the residence and was armed with a weapon.  


The suspect identified as Edgar Roberts had a machete in his hand and started fighting with the homeowner and the other person on the scene. An intense fight went on for several minutes between the men. The altercation started in the bathroom and ended up on the front porch.  The homeowner was able to get the machete away from the suspect and both men were able to detain the suspect.  


During the altercation, a neighbor called 911 to inform dispatch what was occurring. Sheriff Deputies arrived on scene shortly after and took the suspect into custody. 


Edgar Joel Roberts 20 years of age was transported to the Nacogdoches County Jail and charged with Burglary of a Habitation a 2nd felony and Aggravated Assault with a deadly weapon 2nd felony. Bond was set at 45,000 dollars. Roberts remains in the Nacogdoches County Jail. 


Roberts received medical attention before being transported to the jail due to injuries he sustained during the altercation. 

 

 

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70-Year-Old Dies in DeSoto Parish Crash


 

 

 

                                           

Logansport – On June 26, 2019, shortly after 9:30 p.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop G began investigating a fatal crash involving one vehicle on U.S. Hwy 84, just east of the Texas line. The crash took the life of a man from Texas.  

 

The initial investigation revealed the crash occurred as a 2019 Ford Ranger, driven by 70-year-old Dan Husband of Joaquin, was traveling west on U.S. Hwy 84.  For reasons still under investigation, the vehicle exited the highway, traveled into a wooded area, and struck an embankment.  Husband was pronounced dead at the scene by DeSoto Parish Coroner’s Office. 

 

A toxicology sample was obtained and submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.

 

In 2019, Troop G has investigated 11 fatal crashes resulting in 11 deaths.

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The Creature Teacher Visits the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library


 

 

 

 

 

The Creature Teacher Belinda Henry and her assistant and son Kaleb visited the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library located in Center, Texas on June 27, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. She brought with her a variety of "out of this world animals." They will have a second show at 2 p.m. 

 

 

 

Belinda Henry and her son Kaleb

 

For More Photos Click Here:

 

 

Some more information on the Creature Teacher from their website:

 

The Creature Teacher (organization) has been educating children of all ages for almost 20 years. We hold over 600 shows each year at various libraries, schools, private parties, and scouting events.


In October 2011, the original owner and founder, Robyn Wheeler, retired from animal education in order to further pursue a writing career.  The new owner, Belinda Henry, is a former educator.  Belinda holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science and spent 15 years in the medical profession before entering the education field.  Belinda spent several years as a homeschool mom to her three children before returning to full-time instruction.  Recently, she served as the Nature Center Coordinator at Sky Ranch Christian Camps in Van, TX as well as an educator in their Outdoor Education Program.


Belinda and her family are avid animal lovers that hope to share their appreciation for these incredible animals and the positive influence they have on the environment around us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Boil Water Notice for N.E.W. Water System


 

 

Effective June 27, 2019
Until further notice


Due to a power outage at Plant 4, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required the N.E.W. Water Supply Corporation  PWS  # 2030034 to notify all customers on FM 353,  Geneva, Sexton and Hawthorne Communities. Customers are to boil their water prior to consumption (eg., washing hands/ face, brushing teeth, drinking, etc).  Children, seniors and persons with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these directions.

 

To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking and ice making should be boiled and cooled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes.  The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. 

 

In lieu of boiling, individuals may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source for drinking water or human consumption purposes.

 

When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the public water system officials will notify customers that the water is safe for drinking water or human consumption purposes. 

 

Once the boil water notice is no longer in effect, the public water system will issue a notice to customers that rescinds the boil water notice in a manner similar to this notice.

 

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received the notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses).  You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

 

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact N.E.W. Water Supply Corporation at 220 W. Columbia Street, San Augustine, Texas, 75972, or call 936-288-0489
 or Charles Sharp at 936-201-5001.

 


 

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ETCOG to Host Community Meeting Offering Housing Assistance Opportunities Available to Alto Tornado Victims


 

Kilgore, TX, June 27, 2019: The East Texas Council of Governments (ETCOG) will host a community meeting for residents affected by the April 13, 2019 tornadoes in Alto to offer assistance through its new HOME Disaster Relief Program. Through the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA), ETCOG is able to assist qualified individuals impacted by storms and other disasters in East Texas. The community meeting will be held at Alto City Hall located at 404 W. San Antonio Road on Monday, July 8, 2019, from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.
 
“Our objective is to help as many people as we possibly can rebuild their homes and move forward with their lives” said ETCOG Executive Director David Cleveland. “This Alto community meeting will be a positive step toward accomplishing that objective.”  

 

The HOME Disaster Relief Program allows ETCOG to support the rebuilding or repairing of eligible storm victims’ homes in the affected area. To rebuild, the single-family homes average costs are from $85,000 to $94,000 depending on the size of the family. Interested applicants will be required to meet the HOME Disaster Relief Program standards set forth by the TDHCA. Applicants must also meet federal rules and standards set by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Eligible clients must have experienced property damage from the tornado, have a clear title on their home with no liens, and not to have received FEMA assistance.

 

With the support and direction of the ETCOG Executive Committee, ETCOG staff invested over 12 months last year working in conjunction with TDHCA to prepare for the launch of the new HOME Disaster Relief Program. In August, ETCOG learned it had been approved to administer TDHCA HOME Disaster Relief Program, a long-term housing program designed to serve income eligible households impacted by disasters. The program was established in East Texas as a direct response to the tornadic storms that occurred on April 29, 2017 which caused many residents in Van Zandt, Henderson and Rains Counties to lose their homes. 

 

We encourage individuals looking to seek assistance to attend the community meeting on July 8th, or to contact the ETCOG Housing Program at 903-218-6565 or housing@etcog.org. 

 

 

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Deadly Wreck in Logansport


 

 

According to the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office, there was a wreck that occurred last night June 26, 2019, in Logansport, Lousiana at around 9:30 p.m. The wreck resulted in the death of Dan Husband of Joaquin, Texas. Funeral services at this time have been entrusted to the Watson & Sons Funeral Home. The cause and details of the wreck are still under investigation at this time. More to follow as it becomes available to us. 

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Levi Harrington Found and Returned Home


 

 

The run-away teen 14-year-old Levi Harrington has been found and returned to his family according to the Panola County Sheriff's Office. 

 

 

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Today's News 6-27-19


 

 

 

 

 

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Chevron donates $20,000 to Panola College


 

 

 

 

 

 

On June 25, 2019, Jeremy Haken, Public & Government Affairs Advisor, Luke Hendricks, Production Supervisor, and Kim Smith, Operations Assistant, all from Chevron, presented Mrs. Natalie Oswalt, Dean of Arts, Sciences, and Technology, and Mr. Daniel Hall, School of Energy Instructor, with a $20,000 donation to support Panola College’s School of Energy program.  

 

“Chevron has been a consistent partner to our energy program for many years,” said Mrs. Oswalt. “Their support has allowed us to provide our students with up to date equipment and training enabling them to be ready for the workforce upon graduation. We truly appreciate Chevron’s continued partnership.”

 

 

 

Photo: (L to R) Natalie Oswalt, Luke Hendricks, Kim Smith, Jeremy Haken, and Daniel Hall.

 

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Boo's Battle Day


 

 

The Town of Joaquin has made June 27th Boos Battle day in memory of Brandi. We would like to include everyone so we are selling these T-shirts. We have available spots on the back of the shirts and you can place the name of your loved one for $10 in that spot. There’s are a limited number of namespaces available.  For more information message their Facebook Page: Boo's Battle Support Fund

 

 

 

 

 

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Shelby County Young Professionals Network Clay Shoot Results


 

 

Thank you for attending our first Clay Shoot Scholarship Fundraiser! A huge thanks to the staff Hawkeye Hunting Club for making this event a success.

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to our Clay Shoot Winners:

 

(M)1st Konner Windham - 24
(L)2nd Colton Gutermuth - 20
(R)3rd Lance Holloway - 18

 

 

 

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Lake Murvaul  Water - Heat - Sun safety



 
Kids and Parents: 


Please meet at the pavilion

Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 6 p.m. 


This is a Free Class open to the Public

 

We will also have a lil’ education, CPR, fun and games with Mandy Watson, RN with the Texas Dept. of State Health Services -Injury Prevention and officer Chris Swift, Game Warden with the Texas Parks and Wildlife. 

 

As a parent or caregiver, you can prevent accidents before they happen! Learn CPR basics, have emergency numbers handy, and use the info at this event to make sure staying cool in summer is fun and safe for all! 


Together, we can prevent these tragedies if we all Watch Kids around Water! 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting Results


 

 

 

 

 

 


The Shelby County Commissioners' Court met at 9:30 a.m. at the active Shelby County Courthouse located at 200 San Augustine Street, in Center, Texas on June 26, 2019. After an opening prayer and the pledge of allegiance to the American and Texas flags, they took the following actions:

 

1. They approved and paid weekly expenses.

 

2. They approved the current payroll.

 

3. No public comments on the agenda items were given.

 

4. They looked at bids for remodeling the Juvenile Probation building to accommodate the Justice of the Peace District 1 office. After discussing the matter the court talked about possibly purchasing a new metal or pre-built building. The court decided to table the matter for a later meeting.

 

5. The court adjourned.

 

 

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Today's News 6-26-19


 

 

 

 

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Local Warrant Roundup


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Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Wayne Christian


 

 

 

 

 

AUSTIN – At an open meeting of the Railroad Commission of Texas, Commissioner Wayne Christian was unanimously elected Chairman. Following the vote, Christian released the following statement: 

 

“It has been the honor of my life to serve on the Railroad Commission during this historic period of growth for our state’s oil and gas industry,” said Christian. “Largely because of Texas, America has become the largest producer of oil and gas in the world, giving us not only energy security but national security as well.” 

 

“At the same time we have seen tremendous growth in the industry, we have seen great gains environmentally,” continued Christian. “From 1970 to 2017, the six major pollutants monitored by the EPA plunged by 73%, while the U.S. economy grew 262% and its population by 60%.”

 “As Chairman, I look forward to continuing to ensure our agency provides a consistent, predictable regulatory environment that allows businesses to thrive and protects the public from bad actors,” said Christian. “I would like to thank Commissioners Craddick and Sitton for their service and entrusting me with this honor.” 

 

After the open meeting, Former Chairwoman Craddick made the following statement: “I look forward to Chairman Christian’s leadership. His service to Texas and his appreciation of the industry makes him a great leader for this agency.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fireworks prohibited in National Forests, Grasslands


 

As the July 4 holiday weekend approaches, officials with the U.S. Forest Service are reminding the public that fireworks are prohibited in the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas.

 

Fireworks can create a potentially dangerous fire situation, and Forest Supervisor Eddie Taylor says law enforcement personnel will be watchful again this year.

 

“It only takes a few days of summer heat to put our forests and grasslands at a high fire risk,” Taylor said. “For the safety of the public and our forests and grasslands, we urge people to attend public fireworks displays and remember that fireworks are not allowed in the Angelina, Sam Houston, Davy Crockett and Sabine National Forests, and the Caddo and Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands.”

 

The four forests and two grasslands in Texas cover nearly 700,000 acres of public land and have many popular recreation areas for camping, boating, picnicking, hiking and a variety of outdoor activities.

 

“Those possessing or discharging fireworks or other pyrotechnic devices in the national forests or grasslands can be ticketed and fined. We don’t want to spoil anyone’s holiday, but at the same time, we want the forests and grasslands to be enjoyable and safe for all,” Taylor said.

 

 

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Hunger Awareness Month Proclamation


 

 


Shelby County Outreach Ministries, officials from Shelbyville, Tenaha, Timpson and Joaquin along with Mayor David Chadwick of Center, non-profits and other support systems are coming together on Friday, June 28th, 2019, in making a proclamation acknowledging June as Hunger Awareness Month. 

 

The purpose of this is to raise awareness that we have those in our community that still struggle with providing enough food for themselves and their families.

 

Resources will be available to provide you with more information on ways to assist those in need.  Please join us.  Together, we can make a difference.  

 

They will meet at the City Hall in Center from 12 noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, June 28th, 2019. 

 

 

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Today's News 6-25-19


 

 

 

 

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Center Fire Department Responds to Structure Fire on Sandel Street


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Structure fire on Sandel Street

 

 

There was a fire that occurred at around 9 a.m. on June 25, 2019, at 105 Sandel Street in Center, Texas near the intersection of Sandel and Nacogdoches Streets a shed caught fire, the Center Fire Department quickly responded and put out the fire and prevented it from spreading to the surrounding buildings. The Shelby County Sheriff's Office also responded.

 

 

 

Center Fire Department

 

 

Shelby County Sheriff's Office

 

 

The last units with the Center Fire Department left at approximately 10:15 a.m. The Center Police Department started an investigation regarding the fire. According to the Center Fire Chief Keith Byndom, a threating note was found by the resident of the home. According to a resident of the home, the note stated You Will Burn and was misspelled. The note was found about two weeks prior to the fire occurring. The resident did not save the note. More to follow as it becomes available.  

 

 

 

 

Center Fire Chief Keith Byndom

 

 

 

Center PD

 

 

The aftermath of the fire

 

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Update Missing Girl Tiffany Campos Found


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update the missing teen Tiffany Campos was found and returned home.

 

Center Police Department is attempting to locate a juvenile runaway that went missing on Saturday, June 22, 2019. The juvenile was last seen around 5 p.m. in the area of Kennedy St. in Center. Tiffany Campos is 16 years of age, 4’11 and approximately 98 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. She was last seen wearing black shorts and a tie-dyed teal and white shirt. Anyone with any information about her whereabouts is asked to contact the Center Police Department at (936) 598-2788 or your local law enforcement agency.

 

Penal code Sec. 25.06 Harboring Runaway Child (a) A person commits an offense if he knowingly harbors a child : (1) Is younger than 18 years of age An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor

 

Images from her father's, Alberto Campos Facebook post

 

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Nacogdoches man was arrested after assaulting his girlfriend


 

 

A Nacogdoches man was arrested after assaulting his girlfriend late Saturday night, June 22, 2019. Deputies with NCSO were dispatched to the 6000 block of Highway 21 East. Upon arrival, they found the victim was bleeding from the face and head due to injuries sustained in the assault. 


The suspect, Malcolm Creamer was found in the back bedroom and appeared to be heavily intoxicated. Creamer advised law enforcement he was sorry for what he had done, and further explained that he was just drunk. 


An investigation revealed that an altercation had started between Creamer and his girlfriend and the suspect assaulted the victim with a .40 caliber pistol by hitting the victim in the head several times with the weapon. The suspect also pointed the weapon at the victim during the assault. 


Creamer 35 years of age from Nacogdoches was arrested for Aggravated Assault with a deadly weapon a 2nd-degree felony and booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail. 

 


 

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A Bodybuilding Couple


 

 

 

 

 

 


Congratulations go out to the bodybuilding couple of Todd Bailey and his wife Adana Bailey. Todd won first place in the over 40 Masters Bodybuilding at a competition that was held in Shreveport and he also qualified for nationals. His wife Adana also competed for her first time ever in a bodybuilding competition.

 

 

 

Photo permission obtained from NPC News Online all credit to the photographer and rightful owners

 

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Holiday Nursing Center Blood Drive


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Nursing Center invites the community to come out on June 24th between 12:00-4:30 pm to help provide the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center with another successful Blood Drive. They were able to collect 11 units during our last drive and in light of this success have asked us to host again for our community. It is our Honor to assist the residents of Shelby County in saving the lives of others. Come and be a Hero!

 

 

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Sign Up Now for What-A-Melon 5K Benefiting SC Historical Society


 


Race Sponsors are Boles Feed, Farmers State Bank, JBA Financial Services

 

The Rotary Club of Center will be hosting its 8th annual What-A-Melon 5K and Fun Run, Saturday, July 13th beginning on the downtown square.

 

Each year Rotary has chosen a local non-profit organization in which to donate proceeds of this event. In years past, we have donated to wonderful organizations such as the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library, Center Softball Association, Scouting, Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center (twice), and Shelby County Cancer Fund. This year Rotary is donating to the Shelby County Historical Society which runs the Shelby County Museum and manages the beloved website http://www.shelbycountytexashistory.net which includes the Shelby County Graduates pages

 

The Fun Run and 5K returns to its original route this year starting on the downtown square. The fun run will begin at 7:00am and the 5K at 7:30am. Both events are for people of all ages. You can walk or run either event. Strollers are acceptable. T-shirts will be available for the first 125 participants.

 

Race registration is available online at https://runsignup.com/Race/TX/Center/whatameloncrawl or individual sign up forms can be picked up at Farmers State Bank or Shelby Savings Bank main branches.

 

Rotary encourages everyone to come out and participate in this fun family event.

 

Click here to print an entry form.

 

 

 

 

 

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Panola College Receives $206,323 Dual Credit, Job-Training Grant


 

 

 

Left to Right: Dr. Billy Adams, Vice President of Instruction with Panola College; Whitney McBee, Director of Workforce & Continuing Education with Panola College; Ruth R. Hughs, Chair and Commissioner Representing Employers with Texas Workforce Commission; and Doug Shryock, Workforce Solutions East Texas Director of Workforce & Economic Development 

 

 

Carthage, Texas, June 24, 2019: Panola College will provide customized training and dual credit to students using a $206,323 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).

 

The grant will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions East Texas region. 

"Congratulations to Panola College and Jefferson ISD on this partnership that will offer students CTE courses in high-demand occupations benefiting the health care industry," said TWC Chair and Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. "This investment in their students provides Texas employers with a highly-skilled talent pipeline."

 

This grant will be used to support an existing Dual Credit Program at Panola College by purchasing new equipment. The funds will go towards the purchasing of medical equipment. Students will be able to earn their certificates in nursing.


Since its inception in 1996, the Skills Development Fund grants have created or upgraded more than 356,744 jobs throughout Texas. The grants have assisted 4,356 employers with their customized training needs. The Legislature allocated $48 million to the Skills Development Fund for the 2018-19 biennium. Employers seeking more information about the Skills Development Fund may visit the TWC website at www.texasworkforce.org/skills.

 

 

 

 

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Today's News 6-24-19


 

 

 

 

 

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Missing Teen Girl


 

 

 

 

Tiffany Campos is missing, she is 16 years old 4’11” and 98 pounds, she has brown hair and brown eyes. She has not been seen since 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2019. The family has been out looking for her.

 

 

Tiffany Campos

 

If anyone has seen her or might know where she is please contact her mother Alyssa Campos at 936-488-9214 or her dad Alberto Campos at 936-488-9275 or the Center Police Department at 936-598-2788.

 

The family just wants her home. She was last seen wearing a teal and white tie-dyed shirt with some writing on the front and black basketball shorts around the Middle School area.

 

 

 

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What's Happening at the Library!


We are already in our fourth week of the 2019 Summer Reading/Learning program at the Fannie Brown Booth Library.


Creature Teacher will be our star attraction this week.  She educates the children on the animals and allows the children to interact with some of them.  Creature Teacher has been educating children about animals for 20 years and holds over 600 shows per year.  When the original owner retired in 2011, Belinda Henry became the new owner.  She has been part of our Summer Program for several years.  And as some will no doubt remember, she brought her kangaroo joey, JAXX, with her.


Creature Teacher will hold the program for the younger group (ages 4-8) on Thursday, June 27th, at 10:30 a.m.  She will be here for the TWEEN program on the same date at 2:00 p.m.
Our Summer Program is sponsored by the Center Noon Lions Club.

 

Thanks,
Sandra Davis
Library Director

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Shelby County Texas Operation WWII Muster


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of the 16 million men and women who served in World War II there are less than 500,000 alive today with 348 passing each day.  The average age of the WW II Veteran is approximately 93 with the last of America’s “Greatest Generation” to be gone in the next 25 years.

 

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and Auxiliary feel it is important to honor those still living while we can.  We have taken on the project to identify those from Shelby County and honor them on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, 2019.  Details of the program will be announced later.

 

The criteria to be a World War II honoree is (1) Be alive as of June 17, 2019 (2) Be born in Shelby County (can now be living elsewhere) (3) If not a native be living in the county now (4) having served in the military during the period December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946 (5) received an honorable discharge.  December 31, 1946 is the date that then President Harry Truman declared hostilities were over and is recognized in the United States as the end of WW II.  Any veteran identified as an honoree that passes before Veterans Day will remain as such. 

 

We are asking family members to help us in the identification process.  Some proof of service will be required such as a discharge.  If you have a living World War II Veteran in your family that meets the criteria above please contact Post Quartermaster Larry Hume, 936-598-2976; email, chief@chiefimaging.com; or drop by Chief Imaging, 614 Tenaha Street, Center.  

 

 

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City of Joaquin Hiring City Secretary


 

 

The city of Joaquin is accepting applications for a full-time City Secretary position. Applications are available in the City Office located at 124 N. Preston Street Joaquin, TX 75954, (936) 269-3021.


Submit applications by Friday, July 12, 2019.

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Center City Council Meeting and Packet


 

 


The Center City Council will have a meeting at 5 p.m. on Monday, June 24, 2019, at the Center City Hall.

 

Click here for the agenda and packet

 

 

 

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San Augustine Commissioners' Court Meeting Agenda


 

 

 

 

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Tenaha City Council Meeting


 


Notice is hereby given that the Regular Called meeting of the governing body of the City of Tenaha will be held on Monday, June 24, 2019, at 5:15 p.m. in the City Hall Council Meeting Room located at 238 N. George Bowers Drive in Tenaha, Texas.  If while in 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.

 

Click here for the agenda:
 

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Agenda for Commissioners' Court and Budget Workshop


 

Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 26th day of June, 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.    Approve and pay weekly expenses.

2.    Approve current payroll.

3.    Public comments on Agenda item.

4.    Open sealed bids for remodeling the Juvenile Probation building to accommodate JP. 1.

5.    Adjourn.

 

 

Budget Workshop

 

 

Notice is hereby given that a Workshop of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 26th day of June, 2019 at 10:00 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.    Work on the budget for the Fiscal Year 2019-2020.

2.    Adjourn.


 

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Shelby County Outreach Ministries Canned Food Drive


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shelby County Outreach Ministries canned food drive fundraiser at the Center Walmart they will be going until 2 p.m. today June 21, 2019. They are also set up at the Center Brookshire Brother's and they will be at Walmart on Saturday, June 22, 2019, also.

 

 

 

Grant & Madison Murphree and child

 

 

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Craig Jones Fundraiser


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craig Jones Fundraiser going on the Center square today June 21, 2019. They will be going to 1 p.m. They have lemonade and BBQ chicken it is $10 a plate. For more information call 903-692-3219.

 

 

 

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Today's News 6-21-19


 

 

 

 

 

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Center Baseball Tournaments


 

 

Below is a little information on the tournaments we have coming up in the next few weeks:

 

June 28 – July 1 – Tee Ball South Division I & II Regional State Tournament, Coach Pitch South Division I & II Regional State Tournament  (35 teams)

 

June 29 – July 4 – Dixie Boys Tier II State Tournament (8 teams)

 

July 5 – July 8 – AAA South Division I & II Regional State Tournament, Ozone South Division I & II Regional State Tournament (34 teams)

 

July 13 – July 18 – Dixie Boys Jr.(13yr old) State Tournament, Dixie Boys (13-14) State Tournament (16 teams)

 

 

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Boil Water Notice Lifted N.E.W. Water Supply


 

 

The water on N.E.W. WSC no longer requires boiling.


On June 17, 2019, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the N.E.W. Water Supply, #2030034, to issue a Boil Water Notice to inform customers, individuals or employees that due to conditions which occurred recently in the public water system, the water from this public water system was required to be boiled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes.

 

N.E.W. Water Supply has taken the necessary corrective actions to restore the quality of the water distributed by this public water system used for drinking water or human consumption purposes. We have also provided TCEQ with laboratory test results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling prior to use as of June 20, 2019.

 

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact the office:
220 West Columbia Street  


San Augustine, Texas.
936-288-0489
or
Charles Sharp  936-201-5001.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

 

If a customer, individual or employee wishes to contact the executive director, please call (512)239-4691. 

 

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City of San Augustine Receives Donation


 

 

 

 

 

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RRC Commissioners Assess Nearly $1 Million in Penalties


 


AUSTIN - The Railroad Commission of Texas assessed $939,780 in fines involving 288 enforcement dockets against operators and businesses at the Commissioners' conference this week. The Commission has primary oversight and enforcement of the state's oil and gas industry and intrastate pipeline safety.
 
Thirty-six dockets involved $514,280 in penalties after operators failed to appear at Commission enforcement proceedings. Details on these Master Default Orders can be found on the RRC website here. 


Operators were ordered to come into compliance with Commission rules and assessed $38,250 for oil and gas, LP-Gas or pipeline safety rule violations. Pipeline operators and excavators were assessed $387,250 for violations of the Commission's Pipeline Damage Prevention rules. Details on all these Master Agreed Orders can be found on the RRC website here..
 
In the absence of timely motions for rehearing, decisions are final as stated in these final orders.

 

 

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Center PD Visit the Library for Summer Reading Program


 

 

 

 

 

 

The Center Police Department visited the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library located on Tenaha Street in Center, Texas on June 20, 2019. 

 

 

 

Center PD Officers and K9 Elliot

 

This was part of the library's summer reading program. The police officers brought K9 Elliot a German Shepherd used for police service, to give a demonstration to the children. The summer reading program will continue next week on Thursday, June 27, 2019, at the library.

 

 

 

 

 

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Today's News 6-20-19


 

 

 

 

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TxDOT Alert Traffic Resumes Following Truck Overturning


 

 

UPDATE: FM 1970 North near US 84 in Shelby County is now open to traffic after a truck overturned earlier. Drive safely.

 

4:58 pm. 6/19/19

 

Rhonda Oaks
Communication Division
Lufkin District

 

 

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TxDOT Alert Truck Overturned


 

 

ALERT: FM 1970 North near US 84 in Shelby County is closed after a truck overturned. Hazmat crews are on the scene. Prepare for delays. Scene should be cleared in about an hour when truck is uprighted.

 

3:29  pm. 6/19/19

 

Rhonda Oaks
Communication Division
Lufkin District

 

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Agriculture in East Texas - T. L. Williams


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome back to Agriculture in East Texas in this second season we will pick up where we left off honoring those who work hard to allow us to be able to put food on our plates.

 

In this series, we take a look at the lives of Farmers, Cattlemen, Ranchers, and all those involved in the Agriculture industry.

 

On this episode of Agriculture in East Texas we visit with a small cattle ranch owner T. L. Williams, from Shelby County, Texas. While he now works with cattle he remembers the days of cotton farming.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Legislative updates given at Chamber luncheon


 

 

NACOGDOCHES, TX - Learn more about the legislative issues important to Texas and Nacogdoches at the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce Fourth Friday Luncheon. The meeting is from 12 to 1 p.m. on June 28 at The Fredonia Hotel and Convention Center, 200 N. Fredonia St.   
State Representative Travis Clardy will present "86th Legislative Session-Updates" giving an opportunity for Chamber members and others to learn more about the session wins and losses and the reasons to stay engaged in public policy.  


“I'm glad to give the good news that the legislative session ended with no special sessions,'" Clardy said. "I look forward to updating fellow Chamber members and guests on the recent session activities. We were able to accomplish what we set out to do with a balanced budget and transformational legislation for our public schools."


All attending may enter the $50 drawing sponsored by Commercial Bank of Texas, and all Chamber members are entered in a $250 drawing sponsored by Axley & Rode, LLP, but you must be present to win. 


Lunch is $20 for Chamber members and $24 for non-members. Attendee RSVPs are requested by 4 p.m., Wednesday, June 26. Call 936-560-5533 or email info@nactx.com to register. 

 

 

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Brandon Tenison Benefit Bass Tournament


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 27, 2019
LAKE MURVAUL


Tournament Hours are 5:30 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
(MUST BE IN WEIGH IN LINE BY 3:00 PM)


Guaranteed Pay out 1st Place $800, 2nd Place $600, 3rd Place $400, 4th Place $200

ENTRY FEE $100 PER 2 MAN TEAM (boat)
$25 OPTIONAL BIG BASS POT (100%payback)


Stringer is 5 bass under 14” or 4 bass under 14” and 1 bass over 21” 
Sign up will be Friday, July 26th, 5pm-9pm at Murvaul Marina, and Saturday morning at 4 AM – 6:00 AM (LAKE MURVAUL MARINA)


Contestants must check in at ramp Saturday before the tournament starts. Come out to Lake Murvaul on July 27th and support this family during this time.


Help make this benefit tournament a success!

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Sammy Peace 903-754-3860

 


 

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Extending the opening of the Sealed bids


 

 

Shelby County is extending the opening of the sealed bid for remodeling the Juvenile Probation building to accommodate JP. 1 through June 25, 2019. Bids must be in by 4:30 June 25, 2019.

 

 

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Wayne Christian Chosen as Chairman of Texas Railroad Commission


 

 

 

 

AUSTIN – At an open meeting of the Railroad Commission of Texas, Commissioner Wayne Christian was unanimously elected Chairman. Following the vote, Christian released the following statement: 

 

“It has been the honor of my life to serve on the Railroad Commission during this historic period of growth for our state’s oil and gas industry,” said Christian. “Largely because of Texas, America has become the largest producer of oil and gas in the world, giving us not only energy security but national security as well.” 

 

“At the same time we have seen tremendous growth in the industry, we have seen great gains environmentally,” continued Christian. “From 1970 to 2017, the six major pollutants monitored by the EPA plunged by 73%, while the U.S. economy grew 262% and its population by 60%.”

 

 “As Chairman, I look forward to continuing to ensure our agency provides a consistent, predictable regulatory environment that allows businesses to thrive and protects the public from bad actors,” said Christian. “I would like to thank Commissioners Craddick and Sitton for their service and entrusting me with this honor.” 

 

After the open meeting, Former Chairwoman Craddick made the following statement: “I look forward to Chairman Christian’s leadership. His service to Texas and his appreciation of the industry makes him a great leader for this agency.” 

 

See the letter Christian sent to staff here.

 

 

 

A lifelong conservative businessman, Wayne Christian was elected as our 50th Texas Railroad Commissioner in November 2016. In June of 2019, Christian was elected to lead the agency as Chairman by his fellow commissioners. Prior to his time at the Commission, Christian served seven Sessions in the Texas House of Representatives, accumulating a strong record of standing for free markets and against burdensome regulations. In addition to his duties as Commissioner, Christian was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to serve as the Official Representative of Texas on the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. Christian is married to his wife, Lisa, and together they have three daughters, Liza, Lindsey and Lauren. 

 

 

A lifelong conservative businessman, Wayne Christian was elected as our 50th Texas Railroad Commissioner in November 2016.

 

Since taking office, Commissioner Christian has been appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) as the Official Representative of Texas. The IOGCC is one of the oldest and largest interstate compacts in the nation, formed over 80 years ago when several states joined together to resolve common issues in the industry without federal intervention. 

 

Christian graduated from high school as valedictorian, and went on to graduate from Stephen F. Austin State University with a B.B.A. in General Business in 1973. After college, Christian found success in the music industry with his country/gospel band, the Mercy River Boys and went on to be finalist for a Grammy Award in 1979. 

 

In 1987, after gaining valuable experience in business, banking and real estate, Wayne Christian opened a financial services business – he is a three time AIG top advisor nationwide.

In 1996, Christian was elected to the House of Representatives as the first Republican elected from Deep East Texas since Reconstruction after the Civil War. During his time in the House, Christian was a leader for the conservative renaissance in the State of Texas and successfully assisted in the fight to elect a Republican majority in the Texas Legislature.

 

Christian served as Vice-Chair of Regulated Industries and as a multi-term member of the Energy Resource Committee. On these committees, he had direct oversight of the Railroad Commission and accumulated a strong record of standing for free markets and against burdensome regulations.

 

Christian will continue to fight to ensure the public is protected from bad actors and that all decisions are consistent and predictable to give a sense of certainty to the thousands of business owners and operators who regularly deal with the Railroad Commission. All regulations should be based on sound science and not speculation.

 

 

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Today's News 6-19-19


 

 

 

 

 

 

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2019 National College Rodeo Finals Champions


 

 

 

The Panola College Men's Rodeo Team won the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association National Championship last week in Casper Wyoming, and Panola's freshman, Daylon Swearingen from Pifford, New York, won the National Championship in the Bullriding.

 

The Panola team racked up many awards along the way for their successful year including, the Men's National Championship, Bullriding National Championship - Daylon Swearingen, Bareback Reserve Champion - Tyler Johnson, of Athens, TX, Men's Rookie of the Year - Daylon Swearingen, Tiedown Rookie of the Year - Macon Murphy, of Keatchie, LA, and Bullriding Rookie of the Year - Daylon Swearingen, 

 

The Men's team that represented Panola College at the CNFR included Daylon Swearingen - Bullriding, Tyler Johnson - Bareback, Macon Murphy Tiedown, Logan Cook of Alto, TX - saddlebronc, Clayton Lowery of Wills Point, TX - teamroping, and Ross Freeman of Kountze, TX - bullriding.

 

The Panola Men's team, which also won the Southern Region, was well represented in the events.  Daylon Swearingen, won the Bull Riding National Championship.  He was 5th in the southern Region.  Daylon also took home the honor of the Men's Rookie of the Year and the NIRA Alumni Award of Rookie of the Year in Bullriding.  Sophomore, Bareback Champion of the Southern Region, Tyler Johnson, finished as the Reserve Champion in the bareback.  Logan Cook, the Southern Region's All Around Champion, had qualified in saddle bronc and tie down.  

 

This was Logan's third year in a row to qualify for the CNFR, and ended up 10th in the saddlebronc after getting bucked off in the finals.  Coming into the finals the cowboy was sitting 2nd in the nation.  Then he had a tough go in the tie down and finished 29th.  Freshman Macon Murphy qualified for the CNFR after finishing 3rd in the Southern Region.  Macon had a trouble in the first two rounds but showed out in the third round as he won the round with a quick 7.7 sec roping, which was the fastest time of the entire rodeo.  Macon was also honored by the Alumni for the Tiedown Rookie of the Year award.  Team Roper heeler Clayton Lowery and his partner Kasen McCall from SFA finished 4th in the Southern Region and were selected by Coach Collins to be part of the team to represent Panola College.  They qualified for the finals in the 8th spot and ended up 12th after missing in the finals.  The final team member was sophomore Ross Freeman who placed 4th in the Southern Region.  Freeman qualified for the Finals in the 11th spot after only riding one bull in the first three rounds.  He was unsuccessful on Finals night.  

 

"The team is made up of six incredible young men.  I know exactly what type of effort and will that each one of them will give each day.  We are so proud of them and what they have accomplished," said Coach Jeff Collins.

 

 

 

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Denning Boil Water Notice lifted


 

 

The Boil Water Notice for Denning Rural Water has been lifted. The water no longer requires boiling before drinking. 

 

 

 

 

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DPS Ramping Up Move Over/Slow Down Enforcement



 


Lufkin – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) are continuing their enforcement efforts
across the state focusing specifically on violations of the state’s Move Over/Slow Down law.
These periodic enforcement operations by DPS Troopers are planned throughout the year at
various locations in Texas, with several operations planned in June. One of those operations will
take place in Beaumont District throughout the day on Wednesday, June 19. The Department of
Transportation will be participating in a non-enforcement capacity.


The law, originally passed in 2003, requires motorists to move over or slow down when certain
vehicles – including police, fire, EMS, Texas Department of Transportation vehicles and tow
trucks – are stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated.


“Our Highway Patrol Troopers and other offices risk their lives every day for the people of
Texas, and their safety is particularly vulnerable while working on the side of the road, where the
slightest mistake by a passing motorist can end in tragedy,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw.
“While our officers are serving and protecting Texans, we’re asking drivers to do their part by
adhering to the law – simply move over or slow down.”
Specifically, Texas law states that a driver must either:


? Vacate the lane closest to the applicable vehicles stopped on the side of the road (if
the road has multiple lanes traveling in the same direction) or
? Slow down to 20 mph below the speed limit. (If the speed limit is below 25 mph, the
driver must slow down to 5 mph)


Drivers should only move over if they can do so safely and legally; otherwise, they should slow
down.


“In light of the numerous vehicle crashes that occur in Texas and across the nation on a daily
basis, and the unfortunate fact that many still violate the state law that has been in effect over 15 years, we are increasing our enforcement and education efforts related to this law,” said Director McCraw. “In addition to complying with the law to protect those who work on the side of the road, we encourage motorists to show the same courtesy to fellow drivers stopped along the
roadways. Let’s all get home safely.”

 

Violations of the law can result in a fine of up to $200; the fine increases to $500 if there is
property damage. If violators cause bodily injury, they can be charged with a Class B
misdemeanor, resulting in possible jail time and a maximum fine of $2,000.


Data from 2018 shows that DPS issued more than 41,000 warnings and citations to motorists
violating the Move Over/Slow Down law. Preliminary data shows this year approximately 9,800
warnings and citations were issued for violating the law.

 

 

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What is with the Blinking Lights on the Center Square


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For people wondering what is with the blinking lights on the Center square please refer back to the old story below for the cause. The City of Center intends to remodel the square and make it where people have to slow down while going around the square. According to the Center Mayor David Chadwick, this is a test being performed by TxDOT finding out how people will react to the beautification project of the downtown Center City square. According to TxDOT Media Relations official Rhonda Oaks, the project will last 30 days and at the end of 30 days, they will make a recommendation to the City of Center on whether or not to replace some of the traffic lights with stop signs as part of the city's beautification plan for the downtown Center square.  

 

Mayor Gives the state of the City of Center


On May 20, 2019, the Golden Harvest Ministries Club of Center met at the Center First Baptist Church located on Cora Street. The group hosted the Mayor of Center David Chadwick and the Center City Manager Chad Nehring, as the guest speakers for this month's program.

 

 

 

Left to right: Chad Nehring Center City Manager, David Chadwick Center Mayor

 

 

The two spoke on the state of the City of Center and the different things that will be unfolding in the town from the planned renovation of the downtown square area to a complete reconstruction of the old baseball fields on Ballard Street. The plan at this time is to make them into soccer fields. Center Broadcasting Company broadcasted the entire speech given by Mayor David Chadwick.

 

For the redesign plans click here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nacogdoches Medical Center Receives Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award


 

 

American Heart Association Award Recognizes NMC’s Commitment to Quality Heart Failure Care

Nacogdoches Medical Center - June 17, 2019 ? Nacogdoches Medical Center (NMC) has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines founded in the latest scientific evidence. The goal is speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for those suffering from heart failure.

 

NMC earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.

 

“Nacogdoches Medical Center is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients with heart failure by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-HF initiative,” said Philip Koovakada, CEO, Nacogdoches Medical Center. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

 

NMC is also recognized on the association’s Target: Heart FailureSM Silver Plus Honor Roll. Hospitals are required to meet specific criteria that improves medication adherence, provides early follow-up care and coordination and enhances patient education. The goal is to reduce hospital readmissions and help patients improve their quality of life in managing this chronic condition.

 

“Hospitals vary in their processes and outcomes,” added Koovakada. “These awards further exemplify our continued commitment to bring superior quality, life-saving care to our community, family and friends.”

 

“We are pleased to recognize Nacogdoches Medical Center for their commitment to heart failure care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

 

According to the American Heart Association, more than 6.5 million adults in the United States are living with heart failure. Many heart failure patients can lead a full, enjoyable life when their condition is managed with proper medications or devices and with healthy lifestyle changes.

 

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Fannie Brown Booth Library Closure


 

 

We are sad to announce that we will be closed today, June 18th, and tomorrow, June 19th, 2019, because our air conditioning unit has broken.

 

Due to the time needed for repairs, there will be no Storytime or Crafternoon this Wednesday, June 19th, 2019.

 

We WILL, however, be back open on Thursday, June 20th, 2019, for the Summer Reading Program Events! We hope to see everyone there!

 

 

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Tenaha School Board Meeting


 

 

 

 

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Drowning Victim Identified


 

 

 

 

According to the Panola County Sheriff's Office a person drowned in lake Murvaul this past weekend on the evening of Saturday, June 15, 2019. The victim has been identified by Garrison funeral home as Brandon Lee Tenison 18 of Garrison. His obituary is below.

 

 

Brandon Lee Tenison – Obituary
 
Brandon Lee Tenison, 18, of Garrison, Texas passed away on June 15, 2019.  Born October 19, 2000.  Brandon is the son of Kevin and Kendra (Driscoll) Tenison.  Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 19, 2019 from 6PM-8PM at Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas.  Funeral service will be held Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 2PM at First Baptist Church, 276 W Magnolia Ave., Garrison, Texas with Bro. Jack Brown officiating.  Interment will follow in McKnight Cemetery, Cushing, Texas. 

 

Brandon grew up in Garrison and was a Senior at Garrison High School where he was full of Bulldog Pride. An avid football player, being under those Friday night lights and wearing #34 was one of his greatest passions. His love for the game was evident in every down he played. Brandon also really enjoyed spending time outdoors. Much of his spare time was spent hunting and fishing. Even though he was only 18, Brandon was a skilled welder. He had always been fond of tinkering with things and learning such a trade as welding allowed him to put skill and intrigue to work.  

 

Brandon had an energy that radiated onto others and would overflow any room with joy and laughter. He breathed life into his friends, family and those he barely even knew. Brandon had such a warm and welcoming personality that he never met a stranger. He was always selfless and ready to lend a helping hand whenever the occasion was to arise. His enthusiasm and light will shine long after he is gone in the innumerable memories that his family, friends and classmates will treasure for eternity.  

 

Brandon is survived by his parents, Kevin Tenison and wife Kendra of Garrison, Texas; brothers, Dillon Dewayne Tenison of Garrison, Dustin James Driscoll and wife Amy of Odessa;  nephew, Milo James Driscoll of Odessa; grandparents, Joyce L. Tenison of Garrison, Texas, Ronda Taylor and husband James of Hobbs, New Mexico, Mike Driscoll and wife Cheri of Somerset, Kentucky, Dewayne Hough and wife Sharon of Timpson, Texas; uncles, Michael Bain of Oklahoma, Robert Lipke and wife Lindsey of Somerset, Kentucky, Joshua Taylor of Arizona; aunts, Chelsea Sims and husband Darryl of Center, Texas, Tammy Adams and husband Richard of Garrison, Texas, Charlotte Howard of Garrison, Texas, Donna Manning and husband Michael Williams of Jacksonville, Texas, Desiree Taylor of Arizona, Katherine Taylor of Arizona, Brandy Best and husband James of Henderson; great-aunt, Laurie Caryl of Garrison; special family friends, Ricky Colle and wife Sissy of Garrison, Tommy Clark and wife Lisa of Garrison; cousins, Clinton Newman, Kody Newman, Jason Newman, Ashley Sims, Keith Benson and wife Laura, Corey Knight, Davin Adams, Nicklaus Adams, Lany Adams, Emma Adams, Abby Adams, Kaydean Knight, Elijah Williams, Cailynn Williams, Gary Michael Steiner, Anthony Steiner, Gage Sims, Kiylee Sims, Lexi Lipke, Kaeli Parker, Paisley Best; and other extended family members that will miss him dearly.

 

He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Fred Tenison; brother, Joshua Eugene Tenison; and aunt Joyce Ann Tenison.
 

 

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Tenaha Annual 4th of July Celebration


 

 

The American Legion and The Tenaha Businessmen’s Club present the Annual 4th of July celebration
Thursday, July 4, 2019, at the Tenaha ISD Raymond Jackson Stadium Gates will open at 7 p.m.

 

Mr. Waylon Moore will entertain the crowd until firework time Concession Stand will be open with Tenaha Together selling Bar B Q plates for $7.00 Plate includes Chicken, Potato salad, baked beans, and bread.

 

The Senior Class of 2020 will have drinks and snacks Admission is Free bring a chair or sit in the stands.

 

 

 

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Boil Water Notice for N.E.W. Water System


Boil Water Notice for N.E.W. Water System

 

Effective June 17, 2019

Until further notice

 

 

Due to a break in the line at Plant 1, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required the N.E.W. Water Supply Corporation PWS # 2030034 to notify all customers on FM 711, CR 203, CR 205, CR 223, Harmony and Fountain Town Communities. Customers are to boil their water prior to consumption (eg., washing hands/ face, brushing teeth, drinking, etc). Children, seniors and persons with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these directions.

 

To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking and ice making should be boiled and cooled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes. The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes.

 

In lieu of boiling, individuals may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source for drinking water or human consumption purposes.

 

When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the public water system officials will notify customers that the water is safe for drinking water or human consumption purposes.

 

Once the boil water notice is no longer in effect, the public water system will issue a notice to customers that rescinds the boil water notice in a manner similar to this notice.

 

 

 

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received the notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

 

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact N.E.W. Water Supply Corporation at 220 W. Columbia Street, San Augustine, Texas, 75972, or call 936-288-0489

or Charles Sharp at 936-201-5001.

 

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Pony Express Brings Official Invitation


Center, TX - Center Mayor, David Chadwick was on hand to receive Marilyn Corder and a deligation from Timpson Monday when the Pony Express rode into downtown Center with an official invitation to attend the annual Timpson Frontier Days.  

 

Activities will begin on Thursday July 4th and continue through Saturday July 6th.

 

 

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Sewing Sensations Day Camp PR and Flyers



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


CONTACT: Jheri-Lynn McSwain, Ph.D.


County Extension Agent-Family and Community Health


Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service


936-598-7744


jlmcswain@ag.tamu.edu  

 

June 14, 2019

 

4-H Kids Sewing Day Camps to be Offered


Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service - Shelby County will be hosting their annual 4-H Kids Sewing Sensations Day Camps (beginner and advanced) in July in Center, Texas.  This program is open to all youth ages 9 through 18, and you do not have to be a member of 4-H to participate.  


Advanced Sewing Sensations – (for youth with previous experience from last year’s sewing camp or with other machine sewing experience), will be held July 8-10th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for grades 3 – 12.  Participants will learn advanced sewing machine techniques and will make and design their own lap quilt to keep and showcase in the upcoming Poultry Festival Creative Arts Show.  We will also be working on our Quilt of Valor project to make quilts for Shelby County military veterans.  Cost is $20 per child and class is limited to 10 students.


Beginning Sewing Sensations – (for youth with no experience using a sewing machine), will be held July 29 – August 2nd from 9:30 – 11:30 am for grades 3-12.  Participants will learn how to use a sewing machine and will make a pillowcase, tote bag, and other projects to showcase in the upcoming Poultry Festival Creative Arts Show.  Cost is $15 per child and class is limited to 10 students.

 

Sewing machines and fabric for quilt fronts will be provided for the participants.  You may also bring your own machine if desired.  Grandmothers, moms and other adults willing to help with re-threading and other small sewing tasks are encouraged to attend the classes with participants (sewing experience not required). 


For registration information for either camp, please contact Tera at 936-598-7744.  For additional information on these programs, contact Feleshia Thompson at either 598-7744 or feleshia.thompson@ag.tamu.edu.  
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Anyone needing special assistance at an Extension Program should contact the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office of Shelby County at (936) 598-7744 at least two weeks prior to the program or event.  


The members of Texas A&M AgriLife will provide equal opportunities in programs and activities, education, and employment to all persons regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity and will strive to achieve full and equal employment opportunity throughout Texas A&M AgriLife.  The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating
 

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Pastor Stories Grant Murphree


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This time on Pastor stories we visited with Grant Murphree the associate pastor at the Center Christian Fellowship Church and found out more about his church, and how he came to be involved with the ministry.

 

 

 

 

 

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Shelby Commissioners' Court Agenda


 

 

Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 19th day of June, 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. Approve and pay weekly expenses.

 

2. Public comments on Agenda item.

 

3. Discuss and take action on approving the renewal of the Texas Association of Counties group health insurance for the 2020 plan year.

 

4. Pct. 1 Commissioner to payoff Cat loader 926M, and Pct. 2 to make final lease payment and to refinance the remaining balance on Cat Maintainer.

 

5. Open sealed bid for remodeling the Juvenile Probation building to accommodate JP. 1.

 

6. Adjourn.

 

 

 

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City of Joaquin Public Meeting


 

 

The City Council of Joaquin will meet in regular session Tuesday June 18, 2019 at
6:00 p.m. at The Joaquin City Hall located at 124 North Preston, Joaquin, Texas.

 

ORDER OF BUSINESS

 

1. Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest.
2. Invocation & Pledge of Allegiance.
3. Open Forum.
4. Council approval of the previous meeting’s minutes.
5. Monthly Reports:
a. City Secretary- Administrative updates.
b. Utility Billing Manager Report -- Monthly Receipts & Adjustments Report.
c. Public Works Manager-Update – Departmental Updates
d. Water Department-Update—Water Report
6. Council approval on Payment of Bills.
7. Discussion & Council Action on events committee requests-Electricity at Bridge, Budget.
8. Discussion & Council Action on selection of online bill pay provider for utility customers. 
9. Discussion & Council Action on budget revisions.
10. Council will hold a closed Executive Session Meeting-Consultations with Attorney (551.071) & Personnel Matters(551.074). 
a) Legal Advice- Contemplated Litigation. 
b) Legal Advice- Possible contracts relating to City Property.
c) Evaluation-Asst. Utility Billing Clerk.
d) Evaluation- Public Works Worker.
e) Personnel Matters-City Secretary
11. Council reconvenes & possible action on matters discussed in executive session.
12. Adjournment.
 

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Boil Water Notice for Denning Rural Water


 

 


Due to a break in the line, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required the Denning Rural Public Water System  PWS  # 2030004 to notify  customers West of FM 354 to boil their water prior to consumption (eg., washing hands/ face, brushing teeth, drinking, etc).  Children, seniors and persons with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these directions.

 

To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking and ice making should be boiled and cooled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes.  The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. 

 

In lieu of boiling, individuals may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source for drinking water or human consumption purposes.

 

When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the public water system officials will notify customers that the water is safe for drinking water or human consumption purposes. 

Once the boil water notice is no longer in effect, the public water system will issue a notice to customer that rescinds the boil water notice in a manner similar to this notice.

 

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received the notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses).  You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

 

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Denning Rural Water System at 220 W. Columbia Street, San Augustine, Texas, 75972, or call 936-288-0489
 or Charles Sharp at 936-201-5001.


 

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SCSO seeks assistance in locating suspects


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On June 12, 2019, a deputy with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office made a traffic stop on County Road 1210 in Center. From past dealings, the deputy was able to identify the subject as Bradley Fountain, 31, of Center. As the deputy approached the vehicle, the driver and a female passenger fled the scene at a high rate of speed. The deputy pursued the fleeing vehicle, eventually losing sight. Additional law enforcement officers patrolled the area looking for the subjects. The vehicle was later found abandoned on private property. The vehicle was impounded. On June 13, 2019, a felony warrant was signed on Fountain for Evading Arrest/Detention with a vehicle. Fountain is also being sought for other warrants including Violation of Probation and Possession of Marijuana.


During the investigation and search for Fountain, SCSO deputies responded to a residence on CR 1168. Deputies had a prior knowledge of the female subject frequenting a residence on CR 1168. When deputies arrived, they observed multiple subjects at the residence. A male subject deputies identified as Joshua Dupree, 34, of Center, fled on foot at the sight of the officers. A foot chase ensued but officers lost sight of Dupree as he fled into the woods.

 

 

A male subject on scene was identified as Mitchell Permenter, 32, of Nacogdoches. Permenter was arrested for outstanding warrants out of Nacogdoches County.

 

On June 13, 2019, a warrant was signed on Dupree for Evading Arrest/Detention. Dupree has existing warrants out of Shelby County for Violation of Probation, Failure to Appear and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.

 

The SCSO is seeking assistance of the public with locating Fountain and/or Dupree. If you have any information regarding her whereabouts, please contact the SCSO (936) 598-5601.

If anyone is found to be hindering the apprehension, harboring or concealing, providing or aiding with any means of avoiding arrest or effecting escape, or warns Fountain and/or Dupree of impending discovery or apprehension, will be arrested and charged in accordance to Penal Code 38.05 Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution, a Felony 3 offense.

 

 

 

 

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KDET 930 AM is back up and running


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KDET 930 AM radio station is back up and running. We were down due to technical difficulties at the tower, but the father and son team of David Jacobs and Jessie Jacobs made the repairs.

 

 

 

Jessie Jacobs

 

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Livestock Nutrition Center Grand Opening


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Tenaha Livestock Nutrition Center located at 7665 US Highway 96 North in Tenaha had their official ribbon cutting ceremony on June 6, 2019. 

 

 

 

 

Established in 1998, Livestock Nutrition Center specializes in blending customized rations, supplements and premixes to meet the specific nutritional needs of each operation.  Livestock Nutrition Center has eighteen locations in five states.  Each location varies in services and product offering based on the needs of the area.  The experienced sales staff and nutritionist will work with customers to design a feeding program that is specific to each operation.

 

 

Click here for photos

 

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What-A-Melon Contest


 

 

Entry deadline is Monday, June 24, 2019

 

Shelby County watermelon growers are invited to bring their largest watermelon to the 30th Annual East Texas What-A-Melon Festival on the downtown Center square. The festival is July 11th, 12th, and 13th!

 

Last year was a good year for watermelons in Shelby County with twenty-two watermelon entries of which nineteen tipped the scales over 100 pounds! The first place melon grown by Olivia Johnson weighed 152 lbs and won the $2,500 grand prize.

 

Whose melon will weigh in as the largest of the festival this year and leave with the big bucks? The weigh in is Thursday, July 11th at 6pm. The winning melon will be on display for the duration of the festival for visitors to see and for photo opportunities.

 

Entry deadline is Monday, June 24th. Melons must be grown in Shelby County and all entries will be marked while attached to the vine by festival judges. Entry forms can be picked up at Boles Feed in Center or at Brookshire Brothers on Hurst Street in Center. Entries can be dropped off at Brookshire Brothers on Hurst Street in Center or can be mailed to Chandra Atholi, 301 Wulf Creek Drive, Center, Texas 75935 or faxed to 936-598-5032.

 

The What-A-Melon Festival is hosted by the Center Rotary Club.

 

Click here for the form

 

 


 

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Father's Day Raffle Drawing


 

 

Today 6-13-19  is the last day to buy raffle tickets for the Father's Day Gift Basket!  Shelby County Outreach Ministries will draw the winner tomorrow, June 14th.  The drawing will be at 12 noon at the Senior Site.  

 

Come by today before it's too late and purchase your tickets!  They are $10 each or 6 for $50.  You can get your tickets at the Shelby County Outreach Ministries offices.  For more information, call us at 598-4990.  

 

 

 

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Arson Investigation at Walmart Superstore


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATE:

 

The Nacogdoches Walmart has partial reopened following the fire. According to a Walmart employee only the grocery has reopened.  

 

 

NACOGDOCHES,TX (June 10, 2019) Just before 1:00 a.m. Nacogdoches Police and Fire Department personnel responded to a fire at 4810 North st which is also known as Walmart Superstore. Firefighters located a fire in the clothing section of the store that employees were attempting to extinguish with fire extinguishers.  Fire crews were able to get the fire extinguished. At this time no individuals are believed to have been injured as a result of the fire.  

 

Fire and Police Department Personnel determined the fire was a result of arson and immediately began an investigation to determine who the suspect was.  Officers located a person of interest still on the scene.  During the course of the investigation, Officers developed probable cause to believe this individual was the person who intentionally set the fire and placed him into custody on the charge of Arson F-2.  The suspect was identified to be Scott Gilbert 38 years of age from Arkansas. The suspect is currently at the Nacogdoches County Jail. 

 

The store suffered extensive smoke damage and is currently closed.  At this time it is unknown when the store will be reopened.   
 

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2019 Ready Writing State Champion, Molly Windham


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Shelbyville ISD Board Members and Administration Recognize 2019 Ready Writing State Champion, Molly Windham.


Molly competed in News Writing, Feature Writing, Editorial Writing, Headline Writing, Copy Editing, Ready Writing, and One Act Play at the District UIL Academic Meet.  She placed 1st in Editorial Writing, 1st in Ready Writing, 3rd in Feature Writing, 3rd in News Writing, 4th in Headline Writing, and Honorable Mention All-Star Cast.  

 

 

She was the district high point individual at the District Meet.  She advanced to the Regional Meet, where she competed in Editorial Writing, Feature Writing, Headline Writing, and Ready Writing.  She placed 3rd in Ready Writing, and advanced to the State Academic UIL Meet.  At the State Meet, Molly earned the Gold Medal for District AA Ready Writing.


Congratulations Molly!
 

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What-A-Melon Festival Logo Information


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rotary Club of Center selected the winning logo for the 30th East Texas What-A-Melon Festival from eight entries submitted by Center ISD graphic design students. At the winning logo reveal, the designer was announced to be Edwin Morin who is now a 2019 graduate of Center HS.

 

 

The graphic design entries were submitted by the students of Adam Ramirez who teaches graphic design and illustration. He challenged his students to design the festival logo and the winning design received a $100 prize. Rotary Club President Hollie Adams presented the prize money to Morin during the Rotary Club meeting.

 

The artwork will be featured on the What-A-Melon festival shirts and festival promotions.

 

 

 

 

Photo Caption: Rotary Club members with (front row) Adam Rameriz and his graphic design students. Edwin Morin is the student in the purple Roughrider shirt.

 

 

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What-A-Melon Festival


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30th Annual East Texas What-A-Melon Festival

 

The 30th Annual What-A-Melon Festival is one month away and its not too late to be part of the big event which helps to raise money for the Rotary Club of Center who donates it back into the community!

 

How can you be a part of the Festival?

 

Be a sponsor - It is What-A-Melon Festival time again and we are working hard to make this year even bigger and better. Last year was a success and we look for 2019 to be another great year!

 

Sponsorship Levels


WAM Platinum Sponsor ($1,000+) - Sponsor receives six shirts and six buttons, name on festival advertising thru media and festival sign under Big Tent, logo on back of festival shirts, as well as name announced over PA system throughout festival activities


Gold Sponsor ($500 - $999) - Sponsor receives four shirts, four buttons, name on back of festival shirts, and name on festival advertising thru media and festival signs


WAM Silver Sponsor ($250 - $499) - Sponsor receives two shirts, two buttons, name of festival signs


WAM Bronze Sponsor ($150 - $249) - Sponsor receives two shirts and two buttons


WAM Crawl (5K & Fun Run) Sponsor ($500) - Sponsor receives logo on the back of festival shirts and one admittance into 5K. 5K proceeds benefit the Shelby County Historical Society (museum)
Request a sponsorship letter and form! The sponsorship deadline was extended to 5pm on June 14th! Don't wait to help support this great community event!

 

Be a vendor - It's not too late to be a vendor at the 30th East Texas What-A-Melon Festival which is coming to downtown Center July 11-13th! The festival draws thousands of visitors to enjoy carnival rides, games, contests including ‘The Biggest Watermelon Contest,’ live music, the Pet Contest and the Miss East Texas What-A-Melon Pageant. This is a fun, family-oriented good ol’time!

 

Booth space for merchant vendors is $125. Booth space for food vendors is $250. For more vendor information and to fill out a form to submit to the vendor committee, request a vendor application at whatamelonfestival@gmail.com. Application deadline is June 17, 2019.

 

"The What-A-Melon Festival is set for July 11th, 12th, and 13th."

 

 

Vendor Form Click Here:

 

Sponsor Form Click Here:

 

 

 

 

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Reminder: Parents Can Access STAAR Scores


 

 

Starting today, parents can access their child’s STAAR results and other resources to support summer learning at home by visiting TexasAssessment.gov.

 

Additionally, teachers with a STAAR Assessment Management System account and an associated TX-UNIQUE-STAFF-ID in the Assessment Management System will now have access in the STAAR educator portal. This access provides teachers with rosters that contain results for students linked to their teacher’s TX-UNIQUE-STAFF-ID during the registration window.

You can help parents access these resources by:

 

Providing parents with the “Log In & Learn More” flyer. Please use the method your district typically uses to share information with parents (direct mail, email, send home with students, etc). The flyer explains the steps parents must take to access their child’s STAAR results at TexasAssessment.gov.
Sharing Unique Access Codes with parents. To log in to TexasAssessment.gov, parents will need a Unique Access Code. These unique IDs should not be sent home in backpacks. Please use a secure method for distributing them.


Should you need more assistance, we’ve attached an FAQ document providing additional information about this effort.

 

Thank you for your dedication and support of Texas parents and students.

 

 

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Jasper's Independence Day Celebration


 

 

The KJAS Radio and Jasper’s Independence Day Celebration will be held on, Saturday, June 29th, starting at 5:00 p.m. at the Gazebo in Sandy Creek Park on Marvin Hancock Drive! 


Festivities include LIVE entertainment at 6:00 p.m. by the “City Nights” Band from Sugarland, Texas, Linda Gish- Balloon Animal Art, Dewayne Armstrong -Fun in the Sun Water Slides and Inflatables, the Jasper Police Association Infamous Dunking Booth, and Face Painting. In between song sets, Jennifer Cuellar and the Furlow’s will provide music to the crowd.


KJAS Radio will have their annual hula-hoop contest for kids four to twelve years old starting at 7:30 p.m. with trophies for 1st and 2nd place. For the second year in a row, Rene’ Kellly Ellis, Jasper County Treasurer will sponsor the Watermelon Eating Contest starting at 6:00 p.m. for kids 7 years to 16, and a ladies and men divisions awarding trophies to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.


There will also be local charity and commercial vendors selling festival foods, Rudy’s K-Bobs, Dippin’ Dot ice-cream, Mexican food, lemonade, hamburgers, hot dogs, alligator, and more! 
“Heroes and Patriots” will be on hand with Military themed items and lighted patriotic toys for sell.


As in years past, Craig George, from Campti, Lousiana will once again shoot a spectacular 15-minute fireworks show choreographed to patriotic music at 9:30 p.m. on the South Side of the pond. Show-Tech Productions, Dallas, Texas will provide the sound throughout the park.


For the safety of the vendors, Marvin Hancock Drive at Sandy Creek Park will close at 3:00 p.m. to set up and have access to the roadway. The City of Jasper will run the trollies starting at 4:30 p.m. to the entrance of Sandy Creek Park for those folks that don’t want to walk.


Coordinator, Debbie Foster says stay safe, have fun, bring your lawn chairs, use sunscreen, and drink plenty of water and gator-aide. This event is free to the public.

 

 

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Chad Metcalf a Life on the Water


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chad Metcalf a Shelby County local loved fishing so much he made it a fulltime profession and became a fishing guide. While at the time of the interview he still had a part-time job as a millwright, his fulltime job is taking people fishing and he has the gear and the skills to do so. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce Frontier Days 2019;  July 4th,5th,6th and 7th



 


This year will be an exciting celebration of the 57th year of Timpson Frontier Days. This year expect to see local bands bringing you the best of country music and entertainment from the downtown stage on Friday and Saturday, Gospel singing on Thursday night.  and look forward to our local Gospel group Soul Out for our Sunday Community Service downtown Sunday evening. Petting zoo will be an excitement for the youngsters on the downtown plaza and more entertainment and things to do this year than ever before.


Carnival will be 3 days. Thursday and Friday starting at 6pm, armband tickets honored. Saturday Carnival right after the parade opening rides and midway at 11. Carnival will stay open during the day as long as patrons are keeping them busy then opening back up in the evening. $15 presale purchased at Timpson Public Library / $18 on site. Armbands good for any evening from 6pm to 10pm on night of your choice.


Food & Craft Booths Thursday evening, Friday evening and all-day Saturday
Thursday Gospel Concert starting at 6:30 pm at The First Baptist Church in Timpson, 715 N 2nd St. Featuring the Calvary Boys & Trio and Faith’s Journey. Tickets $10 at the door or $8 in advance purchased from Marilyn Corder, Timpson Public Library, Kings Nursery in Tenaha or First Baptist Church. 


Friday on Stage Downtown   Biggest Frontier Days Friday night entertainment ever with 3 different entertainers, Southern Impact starts at 6pm then The C - Dale Cummings 50’s, 60’s & 70’s music with Curtis Daniel finishing the night. Bring your lawn chairs and dancing shoes and plan on dancing the night away.


Saturday Parade line up in front of school starts at 9am with Parade starting at 10am.
Introduction of Guest, prayer and National Anthem starts the festivities. Food & Craft Booths open following the Parade. Cars, Trucks & Motorcycles Show starts right after Parade. This will take place on the back street. Pet Show and Games from 11:30 to 3 pm. Place and winners will be announced from stage. Washer and horseshoe pitching start at 9 in SoSo Park. This will take a break during the parade and resume after the parade. This year entertainment will include The Outlaws gunfighting shows starting after the parade. The Amazing David Wonders making balloon art and performing magic shows all afternoon. Rebecca Daniel and her puppets will entertain youngsters of all ages on the stage. Times will be announced.
Twirlers & Cheerleaders will perform at 6pm in the streets.


Jeremy Bowley & Legal Limit will take stage after twirlers and Cheerleaders performance.
Cake Auction at 8pm, Curtis Daniel will be the auctioneer. (This helps fund Frontier Days and keeps the streets open with entertainment free of charge, please bid)
Top Billing performance from HWY 59 Band starts right after Cake Auction.


We invite everyone to come out and enjoy the festivities, bring your lawn chair and remember anything that takes place in the streets are free. Come on and listen to the music and dance in the streets.


Sunday Community Service Downtown on The Square starts at 6pm. Souled Out will be performing Gospel music and leading the singing. Pastor Levi Cohorst will bring us the message. Bring your lawn chairs and remember that “A Community that can worship together can live together”.
 

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Today's News 6-10-19


 

 

 

 

 

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Public notice regarding the destruction of special education records


 

 

 


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with 34CFR 300.573, Joaquin Independent School District intends to destroy the records of all students who have not had any recorded action with Joaquin I.S.D. Special Education at the end of five (5) years.


Any student, or former student, who has reached 18 years of age, may review and/or receive these records by contacting the Special Education Department at (936)269-3258 X 239 and scheduling an appointment by July 30, 2019. Destruction of these records will begin August 30, 2019.

 

According to federal law, parents and guardians lose their right to review or obtain these records when their child (the student) reaches 18 years of age or starts attending a postsecondary institution, whichever occurs first. However, a parent of a child with a disability who is 18 years of age or older may retain parental rights provided that the child has been determined to be legally incompetent or legally incapacitated. 

 

Upon review, a copy of any information contained in the record will be provided to the parent/guardian or eligible student. 


Once an appointment is scheduled, the record will be held for review for ten days after the appointment date. If an appointment is not kept or if the appointment is rescheduled, the file will be held for 10 days from the last scheduled appointment. 


If no student, parent or guardian responds to this public notice, the school district will assume consent to destroy the entire record specific to the student. 


In accordance with federal and state laws, special education records are maintained for five years after the student exits the special education program. A permanent record of the student’s name, address, phone number, grades, attendance record and year completed is maintained in perpetuity.


The purpose of destruction is to protect the student from improper and unauthorized disclosure of the confidential information contained within the file. Please note that certain records may be needed by the student, parent or guardian for social security benefits or other purposes.
If you do not understand this notice or if you are in need of interpretation, contact:

  

Kathy Carrington
Special Education Director
11109 US Hwy 84 East
Joaquin, Texas   75954
Phone   936-269-3258 Extension 237

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Nacogdoches Walmart Supercenter Fire


 


According to the Nacogdoches Fire Department, a fire occurred at the Nacogdoches Walmart Supercenter located at 4810 Nort Street in Nacogdoches. The fire started late on the evening of Sunday, June 9, 2019, the blaze was extinguished by 1 a.m. The cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time. According to the Nacogdoches Police Department, it is closed at this time.    

 

 

 

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KDET Off Air - Listen Online


 

 

Radio station KDET is currently off air due to technical problems at the transmitter. We are working to repair the problem, but it may take a few days. All programming will continue to be aired online.  You can listen by clicking HERE or searching for KDET on the tune in radio app or on your smart device.  Thank you for your patience. 

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Sabine County Crash


SABINE COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded to
a one vehicle roll-over crash this afternoon on SH 184, about six miles west of
Hemphill.


The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 5:15 p.m., a 2017
Dodge passenger car was traveling west on SH 184 when the vehicle drove off the
roadway to the left where it struck several trees before the vehicle caught fire and
burned.


The driver and a 15-year-old passenger were both pronounced deceased at the
scene of the crash.


Two additional passengers were transported to LSU Medical Center in Shreveport
with unknown injuries.


This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at
this time.
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2019 Women on the Go PR


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


CONTACT: Jheri-Lynn McSwain, Ph.D.


County Extension Agent-Family and Community Health


Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service


936-598-7744


jlmcswain@ag.tamu.edu

 

June 7, 2019

 

Texas Extension Education Association Club – Women on the Go 
Get Pickled – How to Make Delicious Refrigerator Pickled Veggies & Avocados


You are invited to attend the Texas Extension Education Association Women on the Go Club, Thursday, June 13th from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Extension office, located at 266 Nacogdoches Street in Center.  Come out, bring a friend, and enjoy this learning experience. 

 

The June program will feature County Extension Agent, Jheri-Lynn McSwain sharing information on how to make easy refrigerator pickles, veggies, and even avocados. Samples will be provided!

 

The focus of this fun, the hands-on club will be on learning tips and shortcuts to be more productive and successful in balancing home, family and work through a healthy lifestyle.  While the focus of the club is geared toward women, it is open to men who also want to participate.  

Be sure to RSVP to 936-598-7744 no later than Tuesday, June 11th if you would like to attend.  Lunch will be provided at no charge.  If you have questions, please contact Jheri-Lynn McSwain, County Extension Agent – Family & Community Health via email at jlmcswain@ag.tamu.edu.


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Educational programs of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status. The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating

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Notice of A Regular Meeting of the Commissioners Court of San Augustine County, Texas


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Tenaha Safety Zone


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Tenaha Police Department are continuing their work to aid the citizens of Shelby County, with the establishment of a safety zone.

 

The safety zone is a parking area located at the Tenaha Police Department at N Bowers Dr. To provide security to the citizens of Tenaha, and other residents of Shelby County that wish to utilize the location, in addition to people passing through the area it will be monitored by cameras from different angles 24-hours a day. Captain Joey Hudnall said, "With today's society there is so much things going on myself and Chief Pope wanted to implement something that would better secure the safety of everybody."

 

 

 

Left to Right Tenaha PD Chief Jeremy Pope & Capt. Joey Hudnall

 


The safety zone is the brain-child project of Tenaha Police Chief Jeremy H. Pope and Capt. Joey Hudnall. The parking spot will give people a monitored location to perform custody exchanges, make trades or purchases on items bought off of the Facebook Marketplace or other locations on the internet. This is just one project the Tenaha Police Department are working on to make our area safer. Captain Hudnall said, "We got a lot of ideas that we are going to throw out there, a lot more things that we are going to be implementing." 

 

 

 

Warning Signs

 

 

Statement by Chief Jeremy H. Pope

 

In order to prevent problems that other cities and counties have experienced dealing with numerous violent crimes during private party exchanges. We at the Tenaha Police Department are taking part in the Safe Exchange Program. This program covers anything from child custody exchanges to private party transactions where citizens have agreed to meet in the process of transactions occurring on social media sites. There will be a designated parking spot with a clearly marked sign in a well-lit area that is under 24-hour video surveillance.

 

The Tenaha Police Department encourages anyone that is engaging in any of these activities to take advantage of the Safe Exchange Zone as a safe alternative to conduct private party transactions.

 

Chief of Police 
Jeremy H. Pope

Capt. Joey Hudnall 
Officer Kurtes Lawrence 
Officer Jonathan Newton

 

 

 

Water tower City of Tenaha

 

 

 

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Jury Cancellation for Monday, June 10, 2019


 

 

The Jury that was summoned for Monday, June 10, 2019, for the 273rd District Court, Honorable James A. Payne, Jr. presiding, has been canceled.

 

All cases have been passed or settled. Anyone receiving a summons for this day is released from jury service until they receive a future summons.

 

 

 

 

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Allison Harbison Benefit


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update Raffle Winners:

 

 

1. Women's Purse, Century Shoppe Gift Certificate, Southern Lemonade Gift Certificate

Winner - Anna Jones


2 Men's Browing .305

Winner - Jerry Coone


3. Sanford & Sons Engraved Boulder

Winner - Ron Hendricks


4. Fish Cooker McAdam's Propane

Winner - Gary Rholes


5. Day Fishing Trip on Rayburn

Winner - Charlie Barr


6. Yeti Cooler

Winner - Jerry Pinkston


7. Whiskey Basket

Winner - Will Blackwell


8. Pure Air Filtration for Fridge & Oil Change

Winner - Jesse Teske


9. Rod & Reel

Winner - Angie Teske


10. Clock

Winner - Pam Howard


11. Windshield Treatment 

Winner - Carolyn McGee


12. Windshield Treatment

Winner - Rexcine Boyd


13. Pure Air Air Purification Filter

Winner - Chantel Smith


14. Mini Photo Session with Snell Photography

Winner - Rexine Boyd


15. Dipped Cup & Oil Change

Winner - Angie Teske


16. Oil Change & Transporter Toy Car Set

Winner - Terri Elliott 


17. Gift Basket from the White Cottage

Winner - Don Radcliff


18. Oil Change

Winner - Sharon Baker


19. Large Candle 

Winner - Carla Denney


20. Gift Basket 

Winner - Erin Scarber


21. Oil Change

Winner - Chris Koltonski


22. Kendra Scott Earings & Make-ip Bag

Winner - Renita Hudman


23. Necklace 

Winner - Jonathon Ker


24. Gift Certificate 

Winner - Hunter Hendricks


25. Monogram Towel Sets 

Winner - Ricky Harbison


26. Home Decor Basket

Winner - Jamie Barber


27. Bath Set & Bracelet

Winner - Jim Strong


28. Dipped Cup & Manicure

Winner - Whitney Koltonski


29. Pickles, Necklace, Candle Melts & Notepad Set

Winner - Jemi Dinkston


30. Gift Basket

Winner - Roscoe McSwain


31. Cor Necklace

Winner - Carolyn McGee


32. Insulated Cooler

Winner - Amanda Bush
 

 

 

 

 

Click here for photos of the event:

 


On April 1st, Allison Harbison had a seizure. She was transported to Tyler by a helicopter and the doctors found a brain bleed. She stayed at Christus Mother Frances in Tyler from April 1st to April 15th, with most of her hospital stay being spent in the ICU. Harbison returned home and was making good progress when she had another seizure on April 26th. Harbison was transported again by helicopter to Tyler and the doctor discovered an aneurysm. Because of the size and type of the aneurysm, the doctors transferred her to UT Southwestern in Dallas on April 27. On April 28th the doctors were able to repair the aneurysm by placing a pipeline in her brain. Harbison is making a recovery and her family would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support.


There will be a Benefit BBQ Fundraiser & Bake Sale that will take place on June 7, 2019, at Raymond Motor Company in Center, Texas. They will be selling grilled chicken sandwiches, a pickle, chips, onion, and a bottle of water for $8 a plate.


There will also be a raffle for women's and men's gift baskets, the tickets are $20 each or 6 for $100.

 

The women's basket is valued at $1,500 and includes:

Louis Vuitton Graceful PM in Damier Ebene print & various other prizes

The men's basket is valued at $1,500 and includes:

Browning .308 Rifle & various other prizes.


For more information call: 936-590-2055.

 

Flyer:

 

 

 

 

 

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Father's Day Event


 

 

 

 

Coming up at the Perry Sampson Park in Center, Texas there will be a special Father's Day event hosted by ES Tex Fadz barber shop of Tenaha, Texas. The owner Roddrick Gardner tells us more about the event and why he started it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Radio News 6-7-19


 

 

 

 

 

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VFW D-Day Memorial


 

 

 

 

 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court


 

 


Notice is hereby given that a Regular meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 12th day of June, 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. Approve the minutes of the May 1, 2019 Special meeting, May 08, 2019 Regular meeting, May 15, 2019 Special meeting, May 22, 2019 Special meeting, May 29, 2019 Special meeting of the Shelby County Commissioner’s Court.

2. Approve and pay weekly expenses.

3. Approve current Payroll. 

4. Approve Officers Report.

5. Public Comments on Agenda item.

6. Discuss and possibly appoint a Shelby County DETCOG Minority member.

7.  Discuss Contract with Allegiance Mobile Health & 911 Radio Communications.

8. Discuss the repurposing of the Old County Hospital Site. 

9. Adjourn.

 

 

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Update on Major Accident in Nacogdoches


 

 

On June 5, 2019, around 11:03 a.m. Officers responded to a major accident in the 3100 blocks of Southwest Stallings Dr.  This was a two-vehicle accident involving a white 2012 Mack truck tractor and a red 2017 Peterbilt truck tractor. The entire southbound portion of the highway was blocked. 
  
Based on information obtained from the scene it is believed the white 2012 Mack truck being operated by Terry McCauley 29 years of age from Bivins, Tx was traveling northbound and lost control of the truck.  The truck crossed over the unprotected median and into the southbound lanes striking the red 2017 Peterbilt that was being operated by Robert Beachman 24 years of age from Mississippi. 

 

The Nacogdoches Police Department's traffic division responded along with numerous other officers, fire department personnel and EMS.  Both drivers of the trucks were transported to the hospital and are believed to be in stable condition.  Southbound traffic was rerouted for almost six hours.  

 

 

 

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Chamber addresses issues in the 86th Texas Legislative Session


 

 

The Nacogdoches Chamber was involved with several legislative issues during the recent Texas legislative session. Some of the issues include:

 

SB/1938- Construction of transmission facilities. Chamber position: Support. Status: Passed.

HB/2- This bill would amend several chapters of the Tax Code regarding general property tax provisions. Chamber Position: Opposed. Status: Passed as revised.

 

HB.2439- Restrictions on the adoption of municipal ordinances. Chamber position: signed petition.

The Chamber wishes to express our sincere appreciation to Senator Robert Nichols and Representative Travis Clardy in helping us during the recent legislative session.

 

 

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Five Local Students Receive Scholarships from Nacogdoches Medical Center


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NACOGDOCHES, TX (JUNE 3, 2019) – Five local high school students will be headed to college with a scholarship from Nacogdoches Medical Center (NMC). Each year the hospital awards deserving students $1,000 to help start them on their college journey. This year five exceptional students were selected from among dozens of applicants.

 

 

 

 

“We are pleased to be able to help support the future goals of our local students,” said Phil Koovakada, NMC CEO. “There are so many extraordinary young women and men in our community. These five stand out as the best of the best. We wish them much success in their college careers.”

 

 

This year’s winners are:

 

 

-         Molly Mason - Joaquin High School

-         Mikayla Whitlow - Mt. Enterprise High School

-         Rebecca Mathis -Timpson High School

-         Macey Jo Hanson - Timpson High School

-         Sharmaine Sison - Nacogdoches High School

 

Applications for the NMC scholarships are available at all area schools.

 

 

 

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Major Accident on Southwest Stallings Dr - Corrected.


 

Officers are currently working a major traffic accident involving two 18 wheelers on Southwest Stallings Dr at Durst St.  Southbound traffic is currently being rerouted.  TXDOT is on scene.  The southbound lanes of Southwest Stallings Dr will be shut down for an undetermined amount of time. Everyone is being advised to take an alternate route and avoid the area. As information becomes available it will be released. 

 

 

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Property Tax Protest and Appeal Procedures


 

Farmers, ranchers and timber growers, have you filed a productivity appraisal with the Shelby County Appraisal District office? Under Texas law, agricultural producers are allowed to pay property taxes based on the productivity value of their land rather than on the market value. This means the land is taxed based on its ability to produce crops, livestock or timber – not on its value in the real estate market. This could mean substantial property tax savings. For more details, call the Shelby County District Appraisal office at (936) 598-6171.

 


The law gives property owners the right to protest actions
concerning their property tax appraisals. You may follow these
appeal procedures if you have a concern about:

 

  • The market or appraised value of your property
  • The unequal appraisal of your property
  • The inclusion of your property on the appraisal roll
  • Any exemptions that may apply to you
  • The qualification for an agricultural or timber appraisal
  • The taxable status of your property
  • The local governments which should be taxing your property
  • The ownership of property
  • The change of use of land receiving special appraisal
  • Any action taken by the chief appraiser, appraisal district or
  • appraisal review board that applies to and adversely affects
  • you.
     

For more information click here:

 

 

 

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Fog Seal to Be Applied Beginning Next Week


 

 

LUFKIN – The Lufkin District will begin fog seal operations on Monday, June 10, in various areas that will require intermittent lane closures.

 

A fog seal is an application of a specially formulated asphalt emulsion (thin liquid oil) to an existing asphalt pavement surface. It is applied as a spray to the surface and aids in extending the life of the existing roadway. D.I.J. Construction, Giddings TX, will serve as contractor for the project that should be completed in about two weeks, weather permitting.

 

Roads that are scheduled for a fog seal treatment include US 59 in Shelby County from the Panola County line to the US 84 overpass; US 59 in Nacogdoches County northbound from near SL 224 to the Angelina River Bridge; US 69/SL 287 in Angelina County from just east of BU 69/Kurth Drive to the just east of FM 3439/Spence Street; US 59 in Polk County from the Neches River to just north of US 287 in Corrigan, and from the UPRR overpass at Choates Creek (just north of BU 59) to SL 393.

As this project begins, motorists are urged to reduce speed and respect the work zone. Prepare for intermittent lane closures as the work progresses. Motorists could experience delays during peak travel hours.

 

For more information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov or (936) 633-4395.

 

 

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Shelby County Taking Bids on Remodeling the Juvenile Probation Department


 


The Shelby County Commissioners Court had a meeting on June 5, 2019, at the active Shelby County Courthouse and took the following actions:

 

1. They approved and paid weekly expenses.


2. There were no public comments taken.

 

3. They approved taking sealed bids on remodeling the Juvenile Probation building.

 

REMODEL OF JUVENILE PROBATION OFFICE TO ACCOMMODATE JP# 1

 

1. Make front door wheelchair accessible with ramp
2. Make back door wheelchair accessible with ramp and 36” metal door & into kitchen
3. Sheetrock and texture, paint reception room (walls & ceiling)
4. New doors on closet in reception room, first office, kitchen, & old bath
5. Make 3’x4” service window in reception room
6. Change door to a solid 36” (reception room to 1st office)
7.  Overlay and replace flooring in first office
8. Retexture sheetrock ceiling in first office
9. Take off old wall board ;texture walls and paint first office
10. New door on closet in first office
11. Remodel the old bath with sink, toilet and shelves 
12. Fix roof leak in reception room
13. Install vinyl plank flooring in reception room and 1st office
14. Electrical – to be discussed
15. Remove closets between entry & old kitchen
16. 5 interior doors to seal - will be explained while walk through
17. 11” X 14” walled room inside of the first office – bid with & and bid without
18. Demo and remodel old kitchen

 

By appointments only please.  


Contact   

 

Charles Barr @ 936-591-4311 or Thomas Bellmyer @ 936-254-4571 to make an appointment.

 

Sealed bids are to be turned into the Shelby County Judge's office at 200  San Augustine Street.

 

4. Lastly, the court adjourned.


 

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Shelbyville Dragons Ring Ceremony


 

 

 

 

 

 


There was a ring presentation ceremony for the Shelbyville Dragons boys basketball team who the current Texas State Basketball champions for 2019. The event was held on Monday evening June 3, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. at the Shelbyville High School Cafeteria. The public gathered to honor the boys and their coach David Schmitt. 

 

 

 

Shelbyville 2019 State Champion Basketball Ring

 

 

The Dragon Basketball boys displaying their rings

 

 

 

The Shelbyville Dragons boy's basketball team on stage at the ring ceremony

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wreck on San Augustine Street in Center


 


On June 5, 2019, at approximately 9:36 a.m. a one-vehicle wreck occurred on San Augustine Street in Center, Texas. At the intersection of San Augustine and Houston Streets in front of Raymond Motor Company. A green Toyota driven by 68-year-old Doyle Stanley of Center ran into a brick barrier. According to the Center PD, the driver claimed that another vehicle swerved in front of him so he tried to avoid them and hit the brick barrier. 

 

 

 

Stanley's Truck

 

 

 

Allegiance Mobile Health

 

Allegiance Mobile Health responded to the scene of the accident, Doyle Stanley declined medical attention according to the Center Police Department. The Center Police Department also quickly responded and blockaded the area, so that the vehicle could be towed away by Sand Hill Wrecker service. The vehicle was towed and traffic resumed its normal flow at a little after 10 a.m.

 

 

Sand Hill Wrecker service 

 

 

 

 

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Radio News 6-5-19


 

 

 

 

 

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Today's News 6-4-19


 

 

 

 

 

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TxDOT Prepared for Hurricane Season


 

 

LUFKIN – Lufkin District supervisors and district leaders met Monday to discuss the 2019 hurricane season forecast and preparations, addressing district actions and responses should a hurricane move inland from the Texas Gulf Coast.

 

Hurricane season officially began June 1 and will end on November 30. TxDOT urges motorists and residents to prepare now for any weather emergency that might occur during this time. Residents are urged to make a plan that includes:

 

How to receive emergency alerts and warnings 
Prepare a shelter-in-place plan and stock up on needed supplies
Locate the closest evacuation routes
Make a communication plan for family members in case you are separated during a storm


Motorists are urged to familiarize themselves with evacuation route maps ahead of time. Major evacuation routes leading from the Gulf Coast through East Texas include US 69, US 59 and US 96. These maps can be found at txdot.gov and show detailed areas from Beaumont, Corpus Christi, Houston, Pharr and Yoakum. Also on this page, https://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/division/traffic/safety/weather/hurricane.html,  you will find a listing that will link you to other emergency services, agencies, weather forecasts and even live traffic camera feeds.

East Texans are urged to keep an emergency kit of non-perishable foods and bottled water on hand, as well as extra gasoline, batteries, flashlights, candles, and a battery-operated radio in case of a power loss. Motorists are urged to reduce speed, buckle up and stay alert when driving in any inclement weather.

 

“Early preparation is key to staying safe in a weather event such as a hurricane or tornado,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer. “We urge all East Texans to make a plan. As always, TxDOT crews are prepared to work around the clock, if needed, in the on-going effort to keep the traveling public safe.”

 

Motorists should never attempt to drive around a barricaded roadway into a flooded area. It is illegal to go around TxDOT orange cones or barricades. In the case of local flooding, check TxDOT Lufkin on Twitter for local closures and alerts, TxDOT on Facebook or drivetexas.org for road conditions statewide. 

 

For more information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov or (936) 633-4395.

 

 

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Pedestrian Struck on 96 North


 

 

 

 

 

 


On June 3, 2019, at approximately 11:57 a.m. there was a pedestrian struck by a vehicle on Highway 96 North. A male road crew employee identified as Damarious Penson of Houston working for Moore Brothers performing a job for TxDOT was struck by a road crew work truck driven by Joe Williamson 52 of Lufkin, right next to the E-Z Mart located at 1822 Tenaha St, Center, TX. 

 

 

 

 

According to an on the scene report, Damarious Penson was backed over by the road crew truck but was reported to still be alive. Allegiance Mobile Health transported him to the Nacogdoches Medical Center in Center located at 5529 TX-500 Loop, where he was later life-flighted to another Medical Facility. According to law enforcement due to all the noise in the area, the driver did not hear people calling out to stop backing up.  

 

 

 

Allegiance Mobile Health

 

The Center Fire Department, Center Police Department, and Texas DPS all quickly responded on the scene, blockaded the area allowing medical personnel to retrieve the victim. Traffic has not resumed a slow pace as the road construction continues in our area.  Law enforcement officers are currently investigating this case.

   

 

 

Center Police Department and Center Fire Department

 

 

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Today's News 6-3-19


 

 

 

 

 

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Flags at Half Staff Alert


 

 

A Presidential Proclamation has been issued that flags should be flown at half staff until sunset, tomorrow, June 4, 2019 in honor of the Virginia Beach, Virginia shooting victims.

 

Read proclamation here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-honoring-victims-tragedy-virginia-beach-virginia/

 

 

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House Fire in Joaquin


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 9:30 p.m. Sunday evening June 2, 2019. The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department, along with Desoto Fire District #1, was dispatched to a reported structure fire in the 500 blocks of FM 3174.

 

 

 

First arriving units found heavy fire showing from the front and back of a double-wide mobile home. It took about 15 minutes for crews to make a knockdown on the blaze, but units remained on scene for several hours searching for and extinguishing hot spots. 

 

 

 

 


 

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Former Harlem Globetrotter Visits Center


 

 

 

 

 

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Boil Water Notice for N.E.W. Water System


Boil Water Notice for N.E.W. Water System

 

Effective June 1, 2019

Until further notice

 

 

Due to an electrical problem at Plant 1, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required the N.E.W. Water Supply Corporation PWS # 2030034 to notify all customers on FM 711, Kellyville, Fountain Town, and Harmony Communities. Customers are to boil their water prior to consumption (eg., washing hands/ face, brushing teeth, drinking, etc). Children, seniors and persons with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these directions.

 

To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking and ice making should be boiled and cooled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes. The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes.

 

In lieu of boiling, individuals may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source for drinking water or human consumption purposes.

 

When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the public water system officials will notify customers that the water is safe for drinking water or human consumption purposes.

 

Once the boil water notice is no longer in effect, the public water system will issue a notice to customers that will rescind the boil water notice in a manner similar to this notice.

 

 

 

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received the notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

 

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact N.E.W. Water Supply Corporation at 220 W. Columbia Street, San Augustine, Texas, 75972, or call 936-288-0489

or Charles Sharp at 936-201-5001.

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