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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Report


 

 

The Shelby County Commissioners' Court met on the morning of July 31, 2019, at the active Shelby County Courthouse and took the following actions:

 

1. They approved and paid weekly expenses.

 

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

 

3. Austin Cryer addressed the Court on a 40x40 building to be used as a shop for the Game Warden.

 

4. The court signed the resolution in support of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas.

 

5. They discussed putting speed limit signs on county roads, the court tabled the discussion.

 

6. Lastly, the court adjourned.

 


 

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Center School Board Meeting


 

 

 

 

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Drug Bust in DeSoto Parish


 

 

On July 30, 2019, the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office and Tri-Parish Drug Task Force ended a three-month narcotics investigation that led to a local arrest. Justin Dean Gray (W/M - DOB: 11/16/1995) was taken into custody at his home in Frierson, LA after an undercover operation led to search warrants being obtained by narcotics agents. During a search of the residence, narcotics agents located the following suspected items: 


19 containers of THC oil
31 doses of LSD
31 suspected mushroom capsules
100ML bottle of liquid Promethazine (codeine)
2 pistols and 1 rifle
A large amount of marijuana.
and various types of drug paraphernalia.

Gray was taken into custody and booked into the DeSoto Parish Detention Center on July 30, 2019 on the following charges:
Distribution of Schedule I Drugs
Distribution of LSD
Possession of a Firearm in the Presence of CDS
Possession of Schedule I Drugs
Possession of Marijuana w/Intent to Distribute
Possession of Cocaine w/ Intent to Distribute
Possession of LSD w/Intent to Distribute
Possession of Schedule V Drugs

 

 

 

 

 

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UPDATED High-Speed Chase Ends in Louisiana


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On 07/29/2019 at approximately 1:40 p.m. Center Police Department Officers responded to a call of semi-automatic gunfire in the area of Kindle St. Upon arrival Officers witnessed a burgundy Yukon and a blue Chevrolet Lumina car, leaving the scene at a high rate of speed.

 

One officer pursued the blue car to the area of Netherly St. were 5 black male subjects exited the car and ran into the adjacent wooded area. A later inventory of the car revealed several weapons including a semi-automatic AR-15 assault rifle.

 

The other officer pursued the burgundy Yukon from the City of Center into Louisiana, where Desoto Parish Deputies took the lead and were able to lay out spike strips on FM 3015 in Desoto Parish, near the city of Mansfield La. 
    
The four suspects in the Yukon were arrested without incident and transported to Desoto Parish jail. An inventory of the Yukon did reveal one semi-automatic Ak-47 assault rifle with 2 magazines.

 

One victim sustained a wound to the neck as a result of the gunfire.

 

We urge anyone with any additional information concerning this act of violence to please notify the Center Police department at 936-598-2788.

 

 

On July 29, 2019, there was a high-speed chase that started in Shelby County, the chase ended in Grand Cane, Lousiana. 

 

Around mid-day, the Center Police Department began the chase of four individuals in a vehicle, with multiple other agencies joining in the pursuit including the Tenaha Police Department, DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office and possibly other law enforcement agencies as well. The DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office received a call out of Shelby County regarding the chase a little before 2 p.m. 

 

The fleeing vehicle was stopped near the corner of Screamerville Road and Highway 3015 in Grand Cane, Louisiana after traffic spikes strips were deployed. Four individuals were arrested. The subjects Howard Latin Jr. 33, Marvez Latin 31, Tarrius White 26 and Latrina Shawntay Wiggins 34 were booked into the DeSoto Parish Detention Center by law enforcement officers. 

 

 

 

Subjects arrested photos from the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office website

 

 

 

 


 


 

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Meet the Teacher at Center ISD


 

 

 

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Back to School at Shelbyville ISD


 

 

Shelbyville ISD starts back on August 19th, 2019. Welcome back Shelbyville Dragons and Dragon parents. Center Broadcasting Company meet with Shelbyville High School Principal Mario Osby. 

 

 

 

 

Correction volleyball will start on Thursday Morning which is August 1st, 2019.

 

 

Dear Parents/Guardians:

 

Please mark your calendars for Thursday, August 01, 2019.  This is the date for 
FISH Camp (freshmen orientation).  All Shelbyville High School incoming freshmen
and their parents/guardians are encouraged to attend this orientation.  The orientation
will begin at 12:00 p.m. in the Shelbyville Cafetorium and should conclude at approximately 2:00 p.m.  

 

Information regarding graduation requirements for 2019-2020 incoming freshmen, the high school athletic program, and other high school activities available will be discussed.  Lunch will be served and a tour of the high school campus will be given.

 

Please make plans for you and your child to attend FISH Camp!

 

Sincerely,

 

Patty Bays
Guidance Counselor

 

 

 

 

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Sabine County Sheriff's Office Searching for Burglary Suspect


 

 

 

 

 


The Sabine County Sheriff's Office is seeking a suspect in regards to a string of burglaries that have occurred. They are asking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect or his whereabouts if you have any information please contact the Sabine County Sheriff's Office at 409-787-2266 and talk with Investigator Stroud. 

 

 

 

 

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Wreck on State Highway 7


 

 

SH 7 CRASH UPDATE: Crews are working to remove a crashed 18-wheeler and clear the roadway of a lost load of frozen chickens on SH 7 East near SL 304 in Crockett. The roadway is expected to be open for travel in about four hours. Motorists should stay alert, prepare for delays and reduce speed through this area.

 

 

(Photo courtesy of the Texas Department of Transportation)

 

 

 

 

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Drug Bust


 

 

 

 

A Houston man was jailed on the night of Friday, July 26, 2019, after deputies confiscated a large amount of heroin concealed in his tractor-trailer. Deputies conducted a traffic stop on the 18-wheeler for two different traffic violations on Highway 59 North shortly after 10 pm Friday night. 

 

 

 

 


The truck driver and lone occupant of the vehicle was identified as Ramon Martinez 49 years of age from Houston, Texas.  Deputies found that the truck was unloaded traveling from Houston Texas to Texarkana. Deputies became more suspicious as the traffic stop continued to unfold, due to the driver’s body language and nervousness. 


The Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office conducted a free air search around the tractor-trailer with a certified sheriff’s Office K-9. The K-9 gave a positive alert for the odor of narcotics coming from the tractor of the 18-wheeler. 


Deputies conducted a search of the 18 wheeler and located three packages of narcotics concealed in the cab of the truck. An onsite test of the substance revealed the substance found in the truck to be heroin.   


A total of 3.5 pounds of heroin was found inside the tractor-trailer. Martinez was arrested and booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail for possession of a controlled substance a 1st felony. The street value of the heroin is estimated at $150,000.00 dollars.  

 

 

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Burglar Busted


 

 

 

 

From mid-June to July 24th, the Center Police Department received numerous reports of Burglaries of Motor Vehicles in the general San Augustine St area. Several firearms were taken from the vehicles, along with other items.

 

On July 24th at approximately 10:15 PM Officer S. Anderson made a traffic stop on a subject riding a bicycle in the middle of Hurst St. During the stop, Officer Anderson discovered the subject to be in possession of a semi-automatic pistol. The pistol serial number was checked through Dispatch and was found to be recently stolen from a vehicle off of Pine St. The subject was identified as Brandon Morano DOB 6-19-1996 (Hispanic male from Longview Texas).  

 

Morano was placed into custody for unlawfully carrying a firearm, and possession of a stolen firearm. Morano was booked into Center Police Department holding facility without incident. Through further investigations, Moreno has also been charged with a total of Ten (10) criminal offenses.

 

Special thanks to Corporal Thornburgh, Officer's Anderson and Neal.

 

 

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Mission Dolores Event


 

 

 

 

 

WHAT'S UP AT THE MISSION?  The Friends of Mission Dolores invites the public to a short informal meeting, to find out!  The meeting will be held Friday, August 2nd, 2019, at 5 p.m., under the outdoor covered pavilion, on the Campground side of the historic site. Come hear about the renovations and changes taking place!  

 

Amanda McVay, Site Manager for Mission Dolores State Historic Site, will be the speaker and will tell about plans for the 2nd Annual Trail of Lights.

 

Lois Lacy, President of Friends of Mission Dolores, said, "Members of Friends of Mission Dolores are especially asked to attend, and tour some of the areas we will be involved in during the Trail of Lights."  Lacy added, "We want all interested persons to attend to hear about the exciting things that are on the horizon for Mission Dolores!"

 

 

 

 

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43rd East Texas Poultry Festival Seeks Talent for Shows


 

 

The 43rd Annual East Texas Poultry Festival, presented by Farmers State Bank, is right around the corner – October 3rd, 4th and 5th.   Don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your creative side in art, quilting, canning, crafts, woodworking, metal art and photography.


 All creative art divisions and are open to Youth (6th through 12th grades) and Adults (17 and older).  The art division will also be open to Elementary (K – through 5th).

 

This year’s Quilt Show, sponsored by Scull Timber, and Creative Arts show will be held in the Old Historic Courthouse on the downtown square.  The Photography show will be held at Vision Source.

Start taking photos, quilting quilts, canning your spring and summer harvest and creating art for these events.  We want to showcase and recognize ALL our local talent.

 

Please visit the Chamber website www.shelbycountychamber.com for a complete list of the rules for each event along with entry forms that need to accompanied with your entry.  Or contact the Chamber at 936-598-3682 or email at info@shelbycountychamber.com.

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Poultry Festival Arts & Crafts Vendors Sought


 

 


Planning is underway for the 43rd East Texas Poultry Festival, presented by Farmers State Bank. The Poultry Festival will be held October 3-5 on the historic downtown Center square.  There are still spaces available for Arts and Crafts vendors. To receive an application and a copy of the guidelines call the Chamber office or go online to the Chamber website

 

www.shelbycountychamber.com.and find the Poultry Festival page under Events.  Applications are being accepted at the Chamber office until Friday, August 9th. Gold Sponsors for the Festival are City of Center, Drewery Construction, Pilgrims Pride and Tyson Foods 


The fee for the rental of a 10' x 10' booth is $125.  Each booth includes a canopy and an electrical outlet.  Booths must be manned continuously during the hours of 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. all three days of the festival.  First time exhibitors are asked to send three color photographs showing merchandise that will be in the booth.  The Arts & Crafts committee will select the vendors based on the type and quality of merchandise and notify them of their selection on Friday, August 17.


Information is also available on the website for the Car Show, Sponsored by Zack’s Tint Shop; the Creative Arts Show, the Photography Show and the Quilt Show, Sponsored by Scull Timber.
For an application to be received by mail or electronically or questions, call Shelby County Chamber of Commerce 936-598-3682 or email info@shelbycountychamber.com.

 

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Poultry Festival Car Show


 

 

Help us kick off the Second Annual Poultry Festival Car and Motorcycle Show sponsored by Zack’s Tint Shop.  The Show will be held on Saturday, October 5th as a part of the Poultry Festival Saturday activities.  It will be held from 10:00am until 2:00pm on the downtown square.

Enter your car and/or motorcycle, or just stop by and view the vehicles.

 

There are 3 categories: Cars pre-1972; Cars 1972 and newer; and Motorcycles.  Trophies will be given for the top 3 in each category.  There will also be a People’s Choice Award.

 

Early registration is underway.  Early registration fee for cars is $20.00 and $15.00 for Motorcycles. After September 27th the entry fee will be $25.00 for Cars and $20.00 for Motorcycles.

 

Registration includes a Gate Entrance Button into the Poultry Festival.  Registration Packets can be picked up on October …..  or October …..at Zack’s Tint Shop located at 1419 Highway 87 N.
The Cutting of the Feathers for the 43rd Annual East Texas Poultry Festival, presented by Farmers State Bank will be Thursday, October 3rd at 10am.  Gold Sponsors are: Drewery Construction; City of Center; Pilgrims Pride and Tyson Foods.  See you on the square.


For more information and to Register your car or motorcycle contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682 or email info@shelbycountychamber.com

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City of Tenaha Boil Water Notice Rescinded


 

 

On July 23, 2019, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the City of Tenaha public water system, NO. 2100002, 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. 

 

The public water system 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 and has provided TCEQ with laboratory test results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling prior to use as of July 29, 2019.

 

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Stacey Cranford or Amanda Treat, City Secretary at 936-248-3841 238 North George Bowers Drive Tenaha, Texas 75974.

 


 

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Joaquin JH/HS Schedule Pickup Times


 

 

 

 

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Shelby County Crash


SHELBY COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded to
a two-vehicle crash on 7-27-19 on US 59 involving a commercial motor
vehicle, about one and a half miles north of Timpson. 


The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 11:45 a.m., a 2008
Ford passenger car was traveling north in the outside lane. A 2016 Volvo truck
tractor semi-trailer was also traveling north in the outside lane and failed to control
speed and struck the Ford from behind.


The driver of the Ford is identified as 62-year-old Yolanda Enene from Houston.
Enene was pronounced deceased on the scene by a Shelby County Justice of the
Peace. A passenger traveling with Enene was also pronounced deceased at the
scene and is identified as 80-year-old Joyce Bryan, also from Houston.
The driver of the truck tractor is identified as 28-year-old Yakul Soni from Ontario
Canada. Soni was not injured during the crash.


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

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Garage Sale


Garage sale in the gym at Excelsior school 12 miles out on Hwy 7W August 2 & 3, Friday 8:00 - 4:00 Saturday 8:00 - 2:00. Come on out and shop in the cool and get some good deals. 

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The Runaway Cot


“THE  RUNAWAY  COT”

BY:  NEAL  MURPHY

 

Embarrassing situations can arise at any time.  I am intimately aware of “Murphy’s Law”, being a Murphy myself, and no truer statement was ever made – “If anything can go wrong, it will, and at the most inopportune moment.”

 

In 1955 I was a 19-year-old college student attending Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas.  Since money was hard to come by in those days, I had to work after classes in order to meet expenses.  I was hired by the Oakley-Metcalf Funeral Home to live on-premises and work as a general flunky.  I was paid the awesome sum of $120 per month, plus my room.  Seems very puny today, but back then it was a fairly decent job for a college student.

My room was a very small one, right next to the preparation room where embalming was done.

 

 My “flat” was probably 8 feet wide by 10 feet long and contained a bunk bed, a chest of drawers, a chair, and the most important item, a telephone.  The telephone was important because we had an emergency ambulance and made calls to accidents, heart attacks, and the like.  Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians had not been invented as yet, so funeral homes provided this service.

 

Oakley-Metcalf owned an emergency ambulance, a hearse, and a transfer ambulance, which was a hearse converted to hold a cot for non-emergency transfers.  We usually picked up deceased people with the transfer ambulance, bringing them to the funeral home.

 

Another employee, Gary, lived in an apartment above the ambulance garage with his wife.  Gary was a few years older than me and was the “old pro” at the funeral home.

 

On this particular occasion, Gary and I had driven the transfer ambulance to a Houston, Texas hospital to pick up a deceased person.  The round trip of approximately 250 miles was uneventful until we arrived back at the funeral home.  A long, sloping driveway led from Mound Street up to the garage in which we parked.  I noted as we arrived with the body that a number of the deceased’s family was already at the funeral home milling around outside. Naturally, they watched intently as Gary and I drove up to the driveway with the body of their loved one.

 

We parked the ambulance, opened the back door and rolled the cot toward the back, and eased it down to the driveway.  Then “Murphy’s Law” struck.  As we attended to several items in the back of the ambulance, we turned our attention away from the cot with the body on it.  At that moment, the cot started rolling down the driveway toward Mound Street, gathering momentum.  The yelling of several family members brought our attention back to the moving cot.

 

We both began our chase of the cot down the sloping driveway and successfully caught it just before it reached the intersection.  We heard a few choice words from some family members as we rolled the cot back up the driveway and into the preparation room.

 

There is not much one can say at a time like that.  Our boss, Skinny Garrison, had a few words to say to us, but did not fire us as we probably deserved.  Gary and I had to face the family again while conducting the funeral, but nothing else came from the embarrassing incident, except that it served to teach me a lesson to be more careful and respectful.

 

Murphy ’s Law still continues to harass me in various ways, as it always will.  After being married now for many years I find that there is a new Murphy’s Wife’s Law – “If anything can go wrong, it will – while HE’s out of town.”

“THE  RUNAWAY  COT”

BY: NEAL  MURPHY
107 Hemlock Street
PO Box 511
San Augustine, TX 75972
936-275-9033
cell: 936-275-6986
email: sugarbear@netdot.com

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District Attorney's Office Report July 24-26


 

 

Bryant Sentenced to Multiple 15 Year Prison Terms
On July 25, 2019, Thomas Clyde Bryant Jr. pled guilty to five (5) second degree felony offenses and was sentenced to fifteen (15) years’ incarceration in each of the matters in the Texas Department of Corrections Criminal Justice Institutional Division by the Honorable Judge Charles Mitchell, visiting judge for the 123rd Judicial Court.  

 

Bryant pled guilty to one count of Sexual Performance of a Child, two counts of Attempted Sexual Performance of a Child, and two counts of Online Solicitation of a Minor.  The offenses were all second-degree felonies that carry a maximum punishment of twenty years’ incarceration.  Mr. Bryant will be required to serve at least one-half of the sentences before being eligible for parole and will be under a lifetime requirement to register as a sex offender when he is ultimately released.  

 

The District Attorney would like to commend Investigator Chad Brown of the Shelby County Sheriff’s office for his hard work and quick thinking in these matters.  Also, these cases provide a stark reminder to all parents to remain vigilant in the monitoring of their children’s on-line and social media presence.


Docket Call for Older Cases Result in Resolution of 75 Cases


This past week, Shelby County District Attorney, Stephen Shires, scheduled a number of older, pending cases for docket/status hearings over three days (Wednesday –Friday) in both the 123rd and 273rd District Courts.  In all, 165 matters were called for status conferences.  Seventy-five (75) cases were disposed of.  Additionally, in State v. Jackson, the defendant received 8 years’ incarceration in the Texas Department of Corrections Criminal Justice Institutional Division for forgery and two 24 month sentences in the State Jail Division for drug-related offenses.  A number of defendants did not appear in Court and, as a result, have warrants issued for their arrest.  The remaining cases have been placed on a scheduling order for trial in the October-January trial terms.

 

Capiases Issued for Defendants Who Did Not Appear in Court
The following individuals did not appear in court this past week, and, as a result, a warrant has been issued for their arrest:


Kaiman Deray Carter                 Quinnon Gardner
Bryan Keith Green                     Victoria Lanette Hamilton
Patrick Odell Sessions                Christopher Bolton
Kelby Thomas Daigle                 Charles Patrick Davis
Paul Dickerson                          Phillippe Falcon
Joel B. Fleming III                     Brittani Hop Franklin
Travis Goodrum                         Robin Louise Griffin
Bernard Jackson                        Wesley Aaron Lawrence
Monica Lynn Liles                       Keiausha Shundae Malone
Anthony Salas                           Garry Lynn Weatherford
Patrick Lynn White                     Elroy Young
Amity Leigh Arriola                    Justin DeWayne Bridges
Say Eh                                      Harold Delonn Glenn
Jessy Ray Hamilton                    Stephen Wayne Implom
Brandon Wayne Inglis                Augustin Jimenez
Sherella Marshall                       Diego Martinez Jr.
Mohamed Abdifatah                    Luis Rosas Sanchez
Elidio Santi-Garcia                      Patricia Simmons
Teresa Raylean Smith                  Ronnie Swindle

 

If you are one of the individuals listed, immediately contact your attorney to schedule a court appearance.  Should you voluntarily appear in court, the warrant will be rescinded and your case can be placed back on the docket with a scheduling order.  If you do not have a lawyer, contact your bondsman, or the District Attorney’s Office at 936.598.2489, to make arrangements to come to court.

 

 

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Center Updates: Cross Country, Football, Gym floors


 

 

Aug. 1 at 6 p.m.
Football Parent Meeting at HS
At this time athletes will go through equipment

 

Aug. 5
Football practice begins 
Every day at 5 p.m. until school starts

 

Aug. 9
Meet the Riders at 6 p.m.

 

Cross Country fist practice is August 1 at 7 a.m. Meet on the football field. 

 

The gym floors will be unavailable until Tuesday, July 30.

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Tenaha Budget Workshop


 

 

Notice is hereby given that a Workshop of the Governing body of the City of Tenaha will be held on the 30th day of July 2019 at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Room of the City Hall located at 238 North George Bowers Drive Tenaha, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following item:


1. Work on the budget for the Fiscal Year 2019-2020.


2. Adjourn.

 

 

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Backpack Give-A-Way


 

 

 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting Agenda


 

 

 

 

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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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Paxton Water System Boil Water Notice


 

 

Due to a low disinfection level the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has required the Paxton water system ID# 2100012 to notify all customers on Paxton Water Supply on HWY 84, FM 699, Old Center area, all roads leading off of these roads 07/26/2019 to boil their water prior to consumption (e.g., 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 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 this 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 Stacy Cranford 903-692 4313.

 

 

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Korean War Memorial Coverage


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On June 25, 1950, the North Korean Army began an offensive to invade South Korea that resulted in the capture of the republic’s capital, Seoul, within four days. The United States, the United Kingdom and other members of the United Nations moved to actively defend South Korea – an effort that would last until July 27, 1953, when negotiations concluded and fighting finally ended.

 

On July 26, 2019, at 10 a.m. the local VFW Post 8904 and the Auxillary held a wreath-laying ceremony in honor of the 66th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice. 

 

 

 

Larry Hume VFW Post 8904 Quartermaster

 

 

VFW Post Quartermaster Larry Hume lead the program. The program was brief and honored the sacrifices made by those who served in Korea. 

 

 

 

Group Photo

 

 

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Today's News 7-26-19


 

 

 

 

 

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Korean War Armistice 66th Anniversary Memorial


 

 

 


On June 25, 1950, the North Korean Army began an offensive to invade South Korea that resulted in the capture of the republic’s capital, Seoul, within four days. The United States, the United Kingdom and other members of the United Nations moved to actively defend South Korea – an effort that would last until July 27, 1953, when negotiations concluded and fighting finally ended.

 

To commemorate the service and sacrifice of those who served in the Korean War, Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary will host a Wreath Laying at the Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the Historic Courthouse in Center on Friday, July 26th, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.  

 

The names of Shelby County Veterans killed in action/missing in action during the Korean War will also be read.  All Korean War Veterans and the public are cordially invited.  Questions and information call Post-Quartermaster Larry Hume, 936-598-2976 or email chief@chiefimaging.com.

 


 

 

 

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Commission Approves $101 Million Dollars For Lufkin District


 

 

LUFKIN – Texas Transportation Commissioners on Thursday approved more than $779.3 million in construction projects statewide, and included more than $101.5 million in new construction projects for the nine-county Lufkin District.

 

Nacogdoches County was approved for an $86.2 million construction project on US 59 that includes the construction of new US 59 main lanes that will directly connect to SL 224 just south of SH 7. The project funding also includes the construction of overpasses at Spradley Street, existing US 59 and Old Lufkin Road, and the construction of frontage roads for SL 224 between SH 7 and BU 59. The direct connector bridges are designed to meet interstate standards. Limits for the project are from SH 7 west on SL 224 to 1.2 miles south of Spradley Street on US 59. Longview Bridge and Road, Longview, will serve as contractor for the project.  No timeline for completion has been set.

 

Angelina County was approved for two construction projects including a $3.6 million construction project located on FM 326 from SH 103 to US 69. Existing pavement will be reconstructed and the pavement widened. Pinto Construction Co., Inc., Nacogdoches, will serve as contractor for the project. No timeline for completion has been set.

 

A $2.1 million construction project was approved on SH 103 East at the Angelina River Bridge/Lake Sam Rayburn to repair erosion at abutments caused by high water. Stateline Construction, LLC, Quitman, will serve as contractor for the project. No timeline for completion has been set.

 

Houston County was approved for a $1.3 construction project on FM 227. The work will be located at San Pedro Creek and will include the construction of a new bridge and approaches. A.L. Helmcamp, Inc., Buffalo, will serve as contractor for the project. No timeline for completion has been set.

 

San Augustine County was approved for a $1.1 million bridge replacement project that will include locations on CR 205 at Black Creek, CR 313 at Ayish Bayou, and CR 141 at Palo Gaucho Bayou. The project includes the construction of new bridges and approaches. Stateline Construction LLC, Quitman, will serve as contractor for the project. No timeline for completion has been set.

 

Polk County was approved for a $1.6 million bridge replacement project that will include locations on Nettles Cemetery Road at Beech Creek, Segno Fire Lane at Double Branch, Segno Fire Lane at Big Sandy Tributary, and County Line Road at Hickory Creek. This project will include the construction of new bridges and approaches at each location. Longview Bridge and Road, Longview, will serve as contractor for the project. No timeline for completion has been set.

A $5.3 million sidewalk construction project was approved for Angelina, Nacogdoches and Polk counties and is designed to add pedestrian sidewalks and curb ramps to the pedestrian infrastructure. Locations in Angelina County include: East Denman Avenue from SL 287 to South Chestnut Drive, and Timberland Drive from East Denman Avenue to South Chestnut.

 

Nacogdoches County locations include BU 59 from East Austin Street to SL 224/Stallings Drive; FM 1878/East Starr Avenue from Garner Street to FM 1275/University Drive. Polk County locations include FM 356 from US 190 to just south of Old Groveton Road, and on both sides of FM 3459 from Ponderosa Drive to Onalaska Junior High/High School. Encino Landscape, Inc., Cleveland, will serve as contractor for the project. A timeline for completion has not been set.

 

As these projects begin, motorists are urged to obey all traffic control and reduce speed through TxDOT work zones. Road closures and conditions may be viewed at drivetexas.org.

 

 

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Two-Vehicle Wreck in Shelby County


 

At around 4:40 p.m. on July 25, 2019, there was a two-vehicle wreck that occurred in Shelby County, at the intersection of Loop 500 and HWY 7 Center, Texas headed toward Joaquin. 

 

 

 

Wrecked vehicles 

 

 

A silver Hyundai Santa Fe and a black Toyota Tacoma pickup truck collided with each other. According to the Center Police Department, there were no fatalities that occurred as a result of the wreck. The Center Police Department, Texas DPS, Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Allegiance Mobile Health and the Center Fire Department all responded to the scene.

 

 

 

Emergency crews responding on the scene of the wreck

 

 

Emergency crews quickly blockaded the area to allow the wreck to be cleaned up. The Center Police Department had multiple units which responded. Hughes Wrecker service responded to the scene and towed away from the black Toyota Tacoma pickup truck which received damage to the front of the vehicle. The silver Hyundai Santa Fe was still driveable and was driven away.

 

The scene was cleared and traffic resumed by approximately 5 p.m.

 

 

 

  

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Tenaha ISD Makes Adjustments to Dress Code for Upcoming School Year


 

 

At the regular July meeting of the TISD Board of Trustees, the TISD Administration presented proposed changes to the student handbook. Many of the changes were rooted in language, however, parents and students need to take note of a couple of subtle adjustments to the dress code.

 

For the coming school year, the TISD student dress code will remain the same with only the following exceptions: 1) Hats and toboggans or any covering of the head are prohibited. 2) Ear rings for boys are prohibited. 3) Yoga pants, tights, or leggings of any kind for girls are prohibited. (Note: jeans with "holes" in them are acceptable; however, the appropriateness of the size and location of the holes is at the discretion of the principal. As a general rule, if you're not sure, they're not appropriate)

 

Tenaha ISD's Superintendent, Scott Tyner, states, "The changes are merely an effort to establish some "heightened standards" for appearance. Today's society has certainly moved toward "comfort above all things" in terms of acceptable dress. In doing so, society has accepted "loungy attire". Schools have also moved away from the formality of dress expectations over the last few years. It is the belief of the Board and Superintendent team as well as the TISD Administration that school is an environment that still should place an emphasis on (at the very least) the most basic human character trait of making an effort to "look the part".

 

Human interpersonal skills are also important in each child's development. Therefore, the changes to the dress code, while minor, are also intended to encourage students to be more aware of their appearance and its appropriateness to the environment in which they exist."

 

Tenaha ISD's teachers and staff  look forward to greeting all students over the next few weeks and could not be more excited about what another year in Tiger Land has in store.

 

The Dress Code in it's entirety is as follows:

 

Tenaha ISD Student Dress Code 2019-2020

 

As a general rule, the items listed below are PROHIBITED at Tenaha Independent School District: 

 

Do-rags, bandannas and hoodies covering the head.

 

Caps, toboggans, hats, or anything that covers the ears or head.

 

Piercings, earrings that are NOT in the ears. Any earrings on boys. No gauges or bars allowed.

 

Facial Hair that is NOT neatly trimmed close to the skin and kept.  

 

Designs in the hair that are a distraction in nature or appearance.

 

Un-natural color of the hair.

 

Hairstyles that cause undue attention or block the view of other students.

 

Hair on boys that covers the shirt collar, or eyes.  Or ponytails or man buns for boys.

 

House shoes or other sleepwear.

 

Tights, leggings, jeggings or yoga pants of any variety.

 

Tank tops or low-cut tops.

 

Mesh shorts or tops (workout clothes).

 

Tee shirts or other clothing that is offensive to a group by sex, religion, or ethnicity.

 

Clothing with obscene, suggestive pictures/words or which advertise alcohol, tobacco, drug, or gang related paraphernalia.

 

Any article of clothing which reveals student’s undergarments.

 

Combs or hair picks that are not properly stored.

 

Holes or ripped jeans that display skin above the knee may not be worn unless skin is covered in some manner.

 

Any clothing items worn at an inappropriate length (shirts, shorts, skirts).

 

Blankets, quilts, and throws.

 

In all cases, judgment of the principal shall be used in making determinations regarding the appropriateness of student dress.  

 

*Yellow areas note changes from last year’s dress code"

 

 

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Shelbyville ISD Accepting Transfers


 


Shelbyville ISD will be offering an additional transfer request period for students who missed the earlier transfer request deadline.  The deadline to turn in paperwork for a transfer request will be Wednesday, August 7, 2019, at 3:30 p.m.  Transfer paperwork may be picked up from Debbie Gilchrist at the Shelbyville ISD Superintendent’s Office.  For additional information please call 598-2641.

 

 

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Center PD & Tenaha PD Perform a Drug Bust


 

 

 

 

 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Shows Support for the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe's Naskila Gaming


 

 

 

 

 

 


The Shelby County Commissioners' Court met on July 24th, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. at the active Shelby County Courthouse and took the following actions:

 

 

 

Clint Poncho Public Relations with Naskila Gaming

 

After the court approved paying the weekly expenses Clint Poncho from the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas addressed the court and the court approved the gesture of signing a resolution in support of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe's casino Naskila Gaming to continue their operations on their reservation in Livingston, Texas. This act carries no legal weight but, was simply the County showing support, there are around 35 different counties which the tribe has gotten resolutions of support from.

 

 

 

Shelby County Commissioners' Court shows support for Alabama-Coushatta Tribe's Naskila Gaming

 

 

Shelby County Commissioner Pct. 1 was approved to purchase a new Cataerpiller Motor Grader Model 140 M3.

 

 

They discussed the purchase of a steel building or portable building for the Justice of the Peace Pct.1's office or remodeling. The court decided to purchase a new steel building to be built on a concrete slab, with construction to begin in October of this year. 

 


They discussed and took action to renew and approve a 2-year extension on the current Depository contract with Farmers State Bank. They approved the resolution for a 2-year extension on the current depository contract with Farmers State Bank. 

 

 

They discussed and took action to enter into an agreement between the State of Texas DMV and Shelby County.

 

 

They discussed and took action to renew the annual agreement with Computer Information Concepts for the Tax Office.

 

 

They discussed putting speed limits on some of the Pct. 4 county roads and decided to consult with the County Attorney Gary Rholes before taking any action. 

 

 

Lastly, the court adjourned.

 

 

 

 

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Shelbyville Man Busted on Drug Charges


 

 


Earlier this week on July 22, 2019, a Shelbyville man was arrested on drug-related charges. Texas DPS Trooper Ramos conducted a traffic stop on Christopher Askew 34 of Shelbyville, Texas.

 

After searching the vehicle Trooper Ramos found a quantity of a controlled substance and marijuana. Christopher Askew was arrested on the charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance x2, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, Possession of Marijuana, along with using a False Drug Test Device.

 

Christopher Askew was booked into the Shelby County Sheriff's Office with bonds totaling $35,000.

 


 

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Lamar University expands access to higher education through partnership with Panola College


 

 

 

 

 

Lamar University and Panola College have formalized an articulation agreement to better serve the needs of students interested in pursuing bachelor’s degrees. 

 

Lamar University President Kenneth Evans and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs James Marquart and Panola College President Gregory Powell and Vice President of Instruction Billy “Bubba” Adams signed an agreement on the Lamar University campus Thurs., July 18, creating innovative 2+2 programs allowing students to easily transfer to Lamar University to pursue four-year degrees after completing a two-year associate degree at Panola College. 

 

Beginning this fall, Lamar University will offer Panola College students with associate degrees full access to online bachelor degree programs specific to their associate degrees in business, communication, criminal justice and industrial technology.  

 

Panola College was established in 1947 and is a public community college in Carthage, Texas.

 

The 135-acre campus, located about 175 miles directly north of Beaumont, serves residents of Harrison, Marion, Panola and Shelby Counties and nearby Louisiana parishes. The college also serves United States Air Force personnel stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base.


The articulation agreement is the first of a dozen agreements Lamar University will be formalizing with Texas community colleges in the coming months to increase access to four-year degrees through 2+2 online programs. 

 

On July 31, LU will renew its agreement with Lamar State College-Orange. 

 

With approximately 15,000 students, Lamar University is a research institution serving Southeast Texas and beyond with more than 100 programs of study leading to bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. LU is a member of the Texas State University System and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The 300-acre campus located 90 miles east of Houston and 25 miles west of Louisiana, is recognized for the quality of its core curriculum, diversity of its student body and low student-to-faculty ratio. In addition to its five academic colleges, LU offers students the opportunity to study in the Reaud Honors College in numerous locations across the world through faculty-led study abroad programs and in co-op work programs as well as dynamic partnerships with business and industry.

 

 

 

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Mission Dolores Meeting


 

 

WHAT'S UP AT THE MISSION?  The Friends of Mission Dolores invites the public to a short informal meeting, to find out!  

 

The meeting will be held Friday, August 2, 5 p.m., under the outdoor covered pavilion, on Campground side of the of the historic site. Come hear about the renovations and changes taking place!  Amanda McVay, Site Manager for Mission Dolores State Historic Site, will be the speaker, and will tell about plans for the 2nd Annual Trail of Lights.  

 

Lois Lacy, President of Friends of Mission Dolores, said, "Members of Friends of Mission Dolores are especially asked to attend, and tour some of the areas we will be involved in during the Trail of Lights."  Lacy added, "We want all interested persons to attend to hear about the exciting things that are on the horizon for Mission Dolores!"

 

 

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Backpack Drive


 

It's that time again! The Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center is partnering with Shelby Savings Bank and Dazzle Me Pink & Blue in this year's annual backpack drive. Please make all donations by August 1st. Backpacks can be dropped off at Shelby Savings Bank Monday-Friday 8:30-4 or Saturday 8:30-12:30, or at Dazzle Me Pink & Blue Tuesday-Friday 10-6 or Saturday 10-4. Call the SCCAC with any questions about how you can specifically give at 936-590-9864.

 

 

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Boil Water Notice for the City of Tenaha


 

 

Boil Water Notice for Community Public Water Systems
July 23, 2019 

 

Due to a break in the main water line caused by construction, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has required the City of Tenaha PWS ID NO. 2100002 public water system to notify all customers to boil their water prior to consumption (e.g., 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 like this notice. 

 

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this 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 Stacey Cranford or Amanda Treat, City Secretary at 936-248-3841, 238 North George Bowers Drive, Tenaha Texas 75974. 

 

 

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SFA's Friday Night Film Series to present 'Free Solo' documentary


 

 

 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of the documentary “Free Solo” at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.


From award-winning documentary filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin comes “Free Solo,” a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock – the 3,200-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park – without a rope. Celebrated as one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, Honnold’s climb set the ultimate standard: perfection or death.


“Free Solo” is a National Geographic Documentary Film release. It won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature; Critics’ Choice Documentary Award winner for Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary, Most Innovative Documentary and Best Sorts Documentary; BAFTA Award winner for Best Documentary; and American Film Fest winner for Best Film, among other awards.


The film runs 100 minutes. It is rated PG-13 for brief strong language. For more information, visit https://www.nationalgeographic.com.


This screening is part of the School of Art’s monthly Friday Film Series and is sponsored in part by William Arscott, Nacogdoches Film Festival, Karon Gillespie, Mike Mollot, David Kulhavy, John and Kristen Heath, Galleria Z, Jill Carrington, Jean Stephens, Jim and Mary Neal, Richard Orton and Main Street Nacogdoches.


The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

 

 

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Produce Drop


 

 


Tri-County Harvest for Homes Produce Drop on Wednesday, July 24th 9 am @ side parking lot beside Dollar Tree.

 

For all that are coming to Produce Drop bring your own box & DO NOT Park in front of DOLLAR TREE. For more information call 936-598-6315 ext 501

 

 

 

 

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Sons of Confederate Veterans Meeting


 

 

"Monday, July 29, 2019 - The Capt. Jesse Amason Camp # 282 Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold their regular monthly meeting July 29, 2019 at the Las Margaritas Restaurant, 110 Nacogdoches St., Center at 6:30 PM.  Come join us as we honor our Confederate Ancestors! 

 

Remember it is time to pay your dues for the new SCV year and it is time to elect our officers

All interested parties are encouraged to attend, and any male, with a relative who serve the Confederate cause is eligible to join. If you aren't sure you qualify please let us help you find out. The public is welcome. Those wishing to eat are asked to arrive about 6:00 PM so you’ll be ready for the program. Contact Jim Barrett (936) 254-2618 for additional information." 

 

Thanks,

 

Jim Barrett - Timpson, TX

 

 

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City of Timpson is Hiring


 

 

The City of Timpson is accepting applications for a part-time (up to 28 hours/wk) Clerical Position. General clerical duties and administrative support as needed to maintain the efficiency of daily operations within City Hall.

 

Qualifications: High School Diploma or equivalent, proficient in Microsoft Office applications and QuickBooks Software, good verbal and written communication skills, ability to interact and deal effectively with the public, strong organizational skills.

 

Maintaining a high standard of confidentiality is imperative. Applications are available at City Hall, 456 Jacob St and must be returned by Thursday, August 15th.

 

 

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Local School & College Start Dates


 

 


Shelbyville ISD - August 19th, 2019 

 

Tenaha ISD - August 19th, 2019

 

Timpson ISD - August 21st, 2019

 

Center ISD - August 14th, 2019

 

Joaquin ISD - August 14th, 2019

 

Excelsior ISD - August 26th, 2019

 

San Augustine ISD - August 14th, 2019 

 

Garrison ISD - August 21st, 2019 

 

Carthage ISD - August 19th, 2019 

 

Nacogdoches ISD - August 26th, 2019

 

Logansport ISD - August 6th, 2019

 

Panola College - August 21st, 2019

 

SFA University - August 26th, 2019

 

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FSA County Committee Nomination Period Began June 14


 

 

NACOGDOCHES/Texas), July 22, 2019  – `Nacogdoches-Angelina-Trinity-San Augustine-Shelby County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Lance Jacobs, announced that the nomination period for local FSA county committees began on Friday, June 14, 2019. 

 

"County Committees are unique to FSA and allow producers to have a voice on federal farm program implementation at the local level," said Jacobs. 

 

To be eligible to serve on a FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in an FSA administered program, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area (LAA) where they are nominated.

 

Farmers and livestock producers may nominate themselves or others. Organizations representing minorities and women also may nominate candidates. To become a candidate, an eligible individual must sign an FSA-669A nomination form. The form and other information about FSA county committee elections are available at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections. 2019 nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the Nacogdoches-Angelina-Trinity-San Augustine-Shelby County FSA Office by close of business on Aug. 1, 2019.

 

Elected county committee members serve a three-year term and apply their knowledge and judgement to help FSA make important decisions on its commodity support programs; conservation programs; indemnity and disaster programs; emergency programs and eligibility. County committees consist of three to 11 members.

 

"It is important that county committees are comprised of members who fairly represent the diverse demographics of production agriculture for their community," said Jacobs. "All producers, including women, minority and beginning farmers and ranchers are encouraged to participate in the nomination and election process." 

 

FSA will mail election ballots to eligible voters beginning Nov. 4, 2019. Ballots must be returned to the Nacogdoches-Angelina-Trinity-San Augustine-Shelby county FSA office via mail or in person by Dec. 2, 2019. Newly-elected committee members and alternates will take office on Jan. 1, 2020.

 

For more information about county committees, please contact the Nacogdoches-Angelina-Trinity-San Augustine-Shelby County FSA office at 936-564-5891 extension 2 or visit www.fsa.usda.gov/election

 

 

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Tri-County Community Action, Inc. Board Meeting & Public Hearing


 

 

Tri-County Community Action, Inc. will hold a Board Meeting & Public Hearing on Monday, August 5, 2019, in Center, Texas. The meeting will be held at the Central Office located (214 Nacogdoches St.) Center, Texas.


The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information call Yolanda Neal at (936) 598-6315 Ext: 200.

 


 

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Today's News 7-22-19


 

 

 

 

 

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Center City Council Meeting Agenda & Packet


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Troopers Investigate Bossier Parish Fatal Crash


 

                                           

Bossier Parish – On July 21, 2019, at approximately 7:00 p.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop G began investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash on Airline Drive at the intersection with Kingston Road.  This crash took the life of a Shreveport man.

 

The preliminary investigation revealed a 1996 Toyota Tacoma, driven by 57-year-old Albert Orendorff of Shreveport, was traveling east on Kingston Road.  Orendorff disregarded a red light at the intersection of Airline Drive and struck by a 2017 Dodge Ram pickup traveling south on Airline Drive.

 

The driver of the Dodge pickup, who was properly restrained, received minor injuries in the crash and was transported to a local hospital.  Impairment is not suspected but a toxicology sample was obtained and will be submitted for analysis. 

 

Orendorff, who was properly retrained, received life-threatening injuries.  He was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.  Impairment is unknown at this time but a toxicology sample was obtained and will be submitted for analysis.  This crash remains under investigation.

 

Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists that avoiding all distractions, obeying the posted speed limit, avoiding fatigued driving, and not driving while impaired can often mean the difference between life and death.

 

In 2019, Troop G has investigated 14 fatal crashes resulting in 15 deaths.

 

 

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City of Tenaha City Council Meeting Agenda


CITY OF TENAHA REGULAR CALLED COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA

MONDAY JULY 22, 2019 5:30 PM

 

Notice is hereby given that the Regular Called meeting of the governing body of the City of Tenaha will be held on Monday, July 22, 2019 @ 5:30 PM in the City 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.

 

Order of Business:

  1. Call to Order 

  2. Welcome/Prayer/Pledge

  3. Roll Call and Establish a quorum

  4. Public Comments (Must sign in prior to call to order and limited to 3 minutes) 

  5. Department Head Reports:

  6. Discuss and Consider Approving June 24, 2019 City Council Meeting Minutes. ACTION ITEM

  7. Discuss and Consider Approving June 2019 Financials. ACTION ITEM

  8. Discuss and Consider Approving Paying the Deep East Texas Electric Monthly Bill for the lights at the Welcome to Tenaha Signs.  ACTION ITEM

  9. Mrs. Robyn Crawford owner of Tenaha Quick Stop.  

  10. Discuss and Consider Closing S Houston Street from the Intersection of S George Bowers Drive to the Intersection of W Church Street for the use of Tenaha Quick Stop. ACTION ITEM 

  11. Discuss and Consider Approving the Rental of the Community Room with a temporary rate until renovations can be completed or other options. ACTION ITEM

  12. Discuss Ordinance No. 20-06-20-3 and 20-06-20-4.  

  13. Discuss and set a date for a Public 2019-2020 Budget Workshop. 

 

I certify that the above was posted on the front door of the Tenaha City Hall at 238 North George Bowers Drive Tenaha Texas at 4:00 pm Friday July 19, 2019 for public viewing 72 hours prior to 5:30 pm Monday July 22, 2019.  Emailed to the Light and Champion, Shelby County Today and East Texas Press.

Amanda Treat

City Secretary


 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Budget Workshop Agenda


COMMISSIONERS’ COURT

BUDGET WORKSHOP

SHELBY COUNTY, TEXAS

 

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 July, 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. Work on the budget for the Fiscal Year 2019-2020.

 

  1. Adjourn.

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Special Meeting Agenda


 COMMISSIONERS’ COURT 

SPECIAL MEETING

SHELBY COUNTY, TEXAS

 

Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 24th day of July, 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.

 

  1. Approve current Payroll.

 

  1. Public comments on Agenda item.

 

  1. Yolanda Poncho from Alabama- Coushatta Tribe of Texas to address the court.

 

  1. Commissioner Pct. 1 to purchase a new Cataerpiller Motor Grader Model 140M3.  

 

  1. Discuss and possibly take action on previous bids for portable or steel building to accommodate JP. 1.

 

  1. Discuss and possibly take action to renew and approve a 2 year extension on the current Depository Contract with Farmers State Bank.

 

  1. Approve Resolution for 2 year extension on current Depository Contract with Farmers State           Bank.

 

  1. Discuss and possibly take action to enter into an agreement between the State of Texas (TXDMV) and Shelby County.

 

  1. Discuss and possibly take action to renew annual agreement with Computer Information Concepts for Tax Office. 

 

  1.  Discuss maybe putting speed limits on some of Pct. 4 County Roads.

 

  1. Adjourn.

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Evening News 7-18-19


 

 

 

 

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Tenaha School Board Meeting


 

 

 

 

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TxDOT Update


 

LUFKIN – Motorists will likely encounter a work zone or road closure as work continues in many areas. While work schedules are likely to change in inclement weather, plans for construction and maintenance of roadways extend throughout the nine-county Lufkin District.

 

Motorists are urged to reduce speed through a work zone, obey the Move Over, Slow Down law and stay alert for workers and moving equipment through work zones. Project updates and plans for the week of July 22-26 include:

 

ANGELINA COUNTY

US 59 South: Crews are scheduled to continue upgrading metal beam guardrail and cross structures along with excavation and backfilling in various locations from SL 287 in Lufkin to the Polk County line.

 

US 69: Work continues from FM 844 to FM 1270 south of 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. Crews are also cement treating the new areas of construction and doing dirt work in the Shawnee Prairie area. Motorists should be alert for trucks exiting and entering the roadway throughout the construction site. Intermittent lane closures expected.

 

SH 7: Work is scheduled to cut high edges in various locations. Lane closures expected.

FM 324: Crews are scheduled to work to pour concrete for headwalls and work on metal guard beam guardrail on this project designed to improve guardrail to design standard and safety treat fixed objects from just south of SH 94 to US 59. Lane closures expected.

 

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.

 

 

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 scheduled to pour concrete for guardrail attachments on the Lake Sam Rayburn Bridge that will result in a lane closure on this project designed to upgrade metal beam guardrail to design standards and safety treat fixed objects from just north of FM 3123 to FM 2109.

 

FM 842: Crews are scheduled to level up the pavement in various locations. Lane closures expected.

 

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

 

East Lufkin Avenue: Crews are scheduled to continue work on East Lufkin Avenue near the intersection of Timberland Drive that will include cleaning, placing sod and removing forms on this project designed to add sidewalks near the intersection.

 

Various locations: Work is scheduled to apply herbicide, patch potholes, install signs and sweep the roadway.

 

SABINE COUNTY

SH 87: Crews are working from near the high school in Hemphill to SH 83 on this project designed to add pedestrian sidewalks in the area.

 

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

 

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

 

FM 944: Work is scheduled to level up base in various locations. Lane closures are expected.

 

SHELBY COUNTY

US 96: Work is scheduled to place striping and backfill pavement from US 84 to SH 87. Lane closures expected.

 

SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY

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

 

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

 

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

 

FM 2390: Crews are scheduled to repair base in various locations. Intermittent lane closures expected.

 

FM 1277: Work is scheduled for base repairs in various locations. Lane closures expected.

 

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY

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

 

FM 95: Crews are 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. Possible lane closures are expected.

 

FM 1638: Crews continue to monitor vegetative establishment on this project designed to upgrade metal beam 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.

 

SAN JACINTO COUNTY

US 59: Crews are scheduled to remove debris, repair signs, delineators and repair potholes in various locations.

 

SH 150: Crews are scheduled to continue work on driveway culverts, embankment and flexible base throughout the project along with prime and seal coating in one section of this project designed to reconstruct the pavement and add passing lanes from the Walker County line to FM 945 North.

 

SH 156: Work is planned to repair pavement edges, reshape high shoulders and work on clearing drainage and culverts in various locations. Some lane closures are possible.

 

FM 2693: Crews are scheduled to work in various locations to trim limbs and remove dead trees from the right of way.

 

FM 2025: Crews will remove dead trees and trim trees in various locations.

 

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

Various locations: Herbicide application is planned for vegetative control.

 

TRINITY COUNTY

FM 2262: Striping is complete and clean-up is being done on this project designed to reconstruct and widen pavement from FM 357 to SH 94.

 

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

 

 

 

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State Police Seeking Fugitive in Northwest Louisiana


 

                                           

Webster Parish – Louisiana State Police Troop G is asking for the public’s help in locating a subject who fled from a traffic stop and has fugitive warrants from the Grayson County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office for sexual assault of a child and injuring a child with intentional bodily injury. 

 

On July 17, 2019, shortly before 10:00 p.m., Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a 2019 Nissan Versa for a traffic violation on I-20 Milepost 39 in Webster Parish.  A passenger in the vehicle, later identified as Jose R. Martinez-Alberto, fled from the vehicle on foot.  Troopers, with the help of multiple law enforcement agencies, are attempting to locate Martinez.  Martinez was last seen at Camp Minden, located on US Hwy 80 east of Goodwill Road. 

 

Martinez is a Hispanic male and is approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs approximately 125 pounds.  Martinez was last seen wearing a maroon short sleeve shirt and shorts. 

 

A unified command has been established with the assistance of the Bossier Parish Sherriff’s office, Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office, Camp Minden, David Wade Correctional Center, U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force, and DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office has been set up in search of Martinez around the Camp Minden area.  Residents in Webster and Bossier parishes may see an increased law enforcement presence due to the effort to locate Martinez. 

 

Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Martinez is asked to contact Louisiana State Police Troop G at 318-741-7411 or their local law enforcement agency.  

 

 

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Dollar General Store Robbery


 

 

On 07/17/2018 at approximately 4:34 p.m., an unknown black male, entered the Dollar General store located at 806 Tenaha St. in Center Texas, wearing a black shirt and black shorts and a black flat-billed ball cap, with a white T-shirt wrapped around his face.

 


There the unknown male subject pointed a black and silver semi-automatic handgun at the cashier and demanded the register to be opened, the cashier complied, and the male subject took the cash from the drawer and left the store.


Anyone with any information concerning these actions, or information on the identity of this subject, is urged to contact the Center Police Department. Our Office and Officers are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

 

 

The Center PD can be reached at 936-598-2788.

 

 

 

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Work Scheduled on SH 87 at SL 500 in Center


 

 

LUFKIN – Work is expected to begin Monday, July 22, in Shelby County that will require lane closures at an intersection through August 9, weather permitting.

 

SH 87 at SL 500 in Center will have lane closures and delays as parts of the intersection are milled and repairs are made to the base of the roadway. A hot mix overlay will be applied to the intersection to complete the surface. Intermittent lane closures are expected throughout the project until completion.

 

This project is designed to rehabilitate the existing roadway in order to enhance safety and extend the life of the roadway. Traffic control will be in place throughout the project.

 

Motorists are urged to reduce speed in and near the work zone, respect all traffic control and stay alert for workers and moving equipment. For information on closures and road conditions, visit drivetexas.org.

 

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

 

 

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DPSO Hosts Hunter Safety Course - Corrected


 

Sheriff Jayson Richardson would like to inform the public that the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office will be hosting a Hunter's Safety Class at the DeSoto Parish Training Center. The classes will begin on Thursday, August 22nd and will continue through Saturday, August 24th, 2019. Drinks and a light snack will be provided on Thursday and Saturday, and a meal will be provided Friday night.

 

 

This course will be led by the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, to be hosted by Deputy Michael Dunn and Captain Phillip Daniels. Hunter's Education Courses are open to persons of all ages, but only those 10 years of age or older are eligible for certification. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive a Louisiana Hunter Education Certificate Card that is recognized by all states and provinces that require hunter education. The classes are free; however, spots are limited. We have provided a link below where you must register in order to participate in the course.

 

Please, note that attendees must attend all three days to receive certification.


Date and Time:
Thursday, August 22nd: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday, August 23rd: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 24th: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Address:
DeSoto Parish Training Center
120 Sprocket Lane, 
Grand Cane, LA

 

Register by clicking the link:


https://la-web.s3licensing.com/Event/Details/42111


For further information you may contact Captain Phillip Daniels at: (318) 401-3017.
 

 

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Joaquin School Board Meeting Minutes


 

 

 

 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Results


 


The Shelby County Commissioners Court met on July 17, 2019, at the active Shelby County

Courthouse and took the following actions:

 

1. They approved and paid weekly expenses.

 

2. No public comments where given.

 

3. They discussed the letter from the City of Center Economic Development on the Old County Hospital. They tabled taking action.

 

4. They Approved the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Interlocal Agreement for 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Point Services and the interlocal agreement for 9-1-1 Ali Services.

 

5. They tabled taking action on the bids for a portable or steel building for the Justice of the Peace 1 office.

 

6. They discussed remodeling the Juvenile Probation building to accommodate Justice of the Peace 1. They tabled this item.

 

7. The court adjourned.

 

 

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Today's News 7-17-19


 

 

 

 

 

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DPS Ramping Up Move Over/Slow Down Enforcement


 


LUFKIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is 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 July. One of those operations will take place in Beaumont District throughout the day on Wednesday, July 17. 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.”


2Violations 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
12,300 warnings and citations were issued for violating the law.

 


 

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What-A-Melon Festival Beauty Pageant Results 2019


 

 

 

Mister What-A-Melon - Cort Wilson
Prince - Tennyson Weaver
Best Smile - Tennyson Weaver
Most Beautiful - Cort Wilson
Best Fashion - Tennyson Weaver

Baby Miss What-A-Melon - Charlotte Jones
Princess - Blakesley Folsom
Princess - October Smith
Best Smile - Charlotte Jones
Most Beautiful - Charlotte Jones
Best Fashion - Blakesley Folsom

Toddler Miss What-A-Melon - Kambri Elaina Moore
Princess - Raegan Wilburn
Princess - Penelope Williams
Best Smile - Raegan Wilburn
Most Beautiful - Penelope Williams
Best Fashion - Kambri Elaina Moore

Tiny Miss What-A-Melon - Adalynn Caldwell
Princess - Mattilyn Grace O'Fiel
Princess - Emilee Perez
Princess - Brylee Weir
Princess - Savanna Barton
Princess - Rory Wilson
Best Smile - Adalynn Caldwell
Most Beautiful - Emilee Perez
Best Fashion - Savanna Barton

Little Miss What-A-Melon - Pearson Todd
Best Smile - Pearson Todd
Most Beautiful - Pearson Todd
Best Fashion - Pearson Todd

Teen Miss What-A-Melon - Mahalia Ratcliff
Best Smile - Mahalia Ratcliff
Most Beautiful - Mahalia Ratcliff
Best Fashion - Mahalia Ratcliff

 

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2019 Seed Spitting & Speed Eating Contest Results


 

 

 

 

 

 


Spitting Contest 7 & Under

1st Santiago Diaz

2nd Maria Diaz

 

Spitting Contest Ages 8-15

1st Zac Payne

2nd John Ford

3rd Neena Smith


Spitting Contest Women

1st Isabel Santana

2nd Texas Watermelon Queen Paige Huntington

3rd Erica Santana


Spitting Contest Men

1st Rudy Soto

2nd Will Parrish

3rd Nehemias Santana

 

 


Speed Eating Contest 7 & Under

1st Santigo Diaz

2nd Maria Diaz


Speed Eating Contest Ages 8-15

1st Raylee Askew

2nd Hannah Cooler

3rd Neena Smith


Speed Eating Contest Women

1st Chasity Simpson

2nd Ruby 

3rd Erica Santana


Speed Eating Men

1st William Jacobs

2nd Roberto Diaz

 

 

For photos click here:

 

 

 


 

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What-A-Melon 5K Results


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Congratulations to the Winners of the What-A-Melon 5K.

 

Top Male Runner Antonio Chavez with a time of 17:40.

 

Top Female Runner Cori Lawson with a time of 27:50.

 

 

 

Antonio Chavez

 

 

 

 

Cori Lawson

 

 

For Photos Click Here:

 

 

 

Interview with Antonio Chavez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2019 East Texas What-A-Melon Pet Show Results


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contestants:

 

Axel, a 1-year-old Australian Shepherd shown by Mallory and Brian Wright
Bit, a 2-year-old Shi Tzu shown by Mallory and Brian Wright
Buster, 5-year-old Beagle shown by John Austin
Dolly, an 11-year-old Shi Tzu shown by Allie Jane Windham
Doodie, 1 1/2-year-old Toy Poodle shown by Zoe Horton
Mollie, a 9-month-old Miniature Schnauzer shown by Caitlyn Madden
Merle, a turtle shown by Anna Daniels
Pistol Pete, 8-year-old (wire-haired dachshund mixed with a beagle) shown by Stephanie Elswick
Rusty, 1-year-old Australian Shepherd shown by Cooper
Tinsel, a 7-month-old Corgi shown by Sherry
Zema, 7-year-old Toy Poodle shown by Alyssa Bowers
Zoey, shown by Stephanie Santana

 

 

Pet Show Results:

 

 

Best in Show Pistol Pete

 

 

Best in Show Runner Up Zema

 

 

Best Manners - Doodie

 

 

Most Unusual - Merle the Turtle

 

 

Best Dog - Zoey

 

 

Best Dressed - Zema

 

 

1st Place Combo Best Dressed - Mollie

 

 

2nd Place Combo Best Dressed - Dolly

 

 

Calmest Dog - Buster

 

 

Fanciest Tail - Dolly

 

 

Most Stubborn - Rusty

 

 

Best Chestplate - Bit

 

 

Shortest Legs - Tinsel

 

 

Best Hair - Zoey

 

 

Biggest Pet - Axel

 

 

For photos click here:

 

 

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Wild Horse and Burro Event


 

 

 

 

 

 

NORMAN, Okla.—The Bureau of Land Management will hold a wild horse and burro event in Center, TX, on July 12-13, at the Shelby County Expo Center. The two-day event, featuring 75 wild horses and burros, will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 12. Adoptions will be held from noon-6 p.m. on Friday, July 13, and from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday, July 12. Animals are eligible for direct purchase to a good home or for adoption. Inquire with BLM staff onsite for more information.  

 

 

As part of our efforts to find every horse and burro a good home, the BLM now offers up to $1,000 to adopt an untrained animal. This adoption incentive will be offered for every animal in Center.   


The animals offered at the event are adult and yearling horses and burros that once roamed free on public lands in the West. The BLM periodically removes excess animals from the range in order to maintain healthy herds and to protect other rangeland resources. The adoption and sale program is essential for achieving these important management goals. Since 1973, the BLM has placed more than 235,000 of these animals in approved homes across the country. 

 

 

BLM staff will approve applications onsite. To qualify to adopt or buy, one must be at least 18 years old, with no record of animal abuse. Qualified homes must have a minimum of 400 square feet of corral space per animal, with access to food, water, and shelter. A six-foot corral fence is required for adult horses; five feet for yearlings; and four-and-a-half feet for burros. All animals must be loaded in covered, stock-type trailers with swing gates and sturdy walls and floors. BLM staff will be on hand to assist with the short application process.

 

The Shelby County Expo Center is located at 980 State Highway 7, Center, Texas. For more information, call toll-free 866-468-7826 or visit www.blm.gov.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DPSO Lends Equipment to South Louisiana


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of 12:00 p.m. on July 12, 2019, Sheriff Jayson Richardson has assessed the upcoming weather conditions and the impact it may have on our area and the southern parts of our state. Taking all things into consideration, Sheriff Richardson has chosen to lend some of our equipment and deputies to assist the Louisiana Sheriff's Task Force to better serve those in South Louisiana.  Our Marine Unit and our amphibious land/water HydraTrek Unit have been deployed along with a team of deputies ready to assist where they are currently needed most.  We will continue to monitor this storm as it enters Louisiana and travels north as we make the necessary preparations for our area as well.

 

 

 

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Joaquin Meetings


 

 


The Joaquin Economic Development Corporation will meet in regular session Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. at the Joaquin City Office located at 124 N. Preston, Joaquin, Texas.
          

ORDER OF BUSINESS


1. Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest  
2. Board approval of the previous month’s minutes.
3. Board approval of bills paid and to be paid.
4. Discussion & Action on City sign(s)
5. Advertise stimulus package
6. Amend amount designated for road material
7. Adjourn.

 


The Joaquin Public Safety Corporation will meet in regular session Tuesday, July 16, 2019
at 5:30 p.m. at the Joaquin City Office located at 124 N. Preston, Joaquin, Texas.


ORDER OF BUSINESS


1. Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest  
2. Board approval of the previous month’s minutes.
3. Board approval of bills paid and to be paid.
4. Adjourn.

 


The City Council of Joaquin will meet in regular session Tuesday July 16, 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
6. Council approval on Payment of Bills
7. Discuss placing a new table and pavilion in City Park
8. Discussion & council action on new construction, commercial or residential, to install aerobic sewer system
9. Discussion & Council Action on installing camera(s) in Cooper St
10. Discussion & Council Action for lock box(es)
11. Council will hold a closed Executive Session Meeting- Personnel Matters (551.074). 
a) Personnel Matters-City Secretary
b) Personnel Matters- hiring part time employee(s)
c) Equipment for city trucks
d) Office refurbishment
e) Special events committee
f) City sign(s)
g) City Judge
h) Addressing signature to all City Accounts
i) Close office for lunch
j) Street abandonment
12. Council reconvenes & possible action on matters discussed in executive session.
13. Adjournment.

 

 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting


 

 

Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 17th day of July, 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 the letter from the City of Center Economic Development on the Old County Hospital.

4. Approve FY 20-21 Interlocal Agreement for 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Point Services & Interlocal Agreement for 9-1-1 Ali Services.

5. Open sealed bid for a portable or steel building for JP. 1

6. Discuss and possibly take action on previous bids for remodeling the Juvenile Probation building to accommodate JP. 1.

7. Adjourn.

 

 


 

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Storm Preparations


 

 

TxDOT employees in Houston County continue to prepare equipment and trucks this morning in case of any weather issues caused by TS Barry. We urge you to also make a plan in case flooding occurs in your area. Updates on statewide road conditions at http://drivetexas.org Check local East Texas alerts on Twitter @TxDOTLufkin #TxDOTStandsReady

 

 

 

 

 

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What-A-Melon Opening Day Coverage


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The annual East Texas What-A-Melon Festival got underway on July 11, 2019. Center Broadcasting Company attended the opening official cutting of the melon ceremony. This year the melon was cut but none other than the Mayor of the City of Center, Texas, David Chadwick.  

 

 

 

"The Texas Watermelon Queen Interview"

 

 

 

 

"The cutting of the melon by Center Mayor David Chadwick"

 

 

For photos of the opening day click here

 

For the results of the largest melon contest click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What-A-Melon Largest Melon Winners


 

 

 

 

 

Largest Watermelon Contest Winners

 

 

Largest Watermelon Weigh-in Results
1st place - 132 lbs, Olivia Johnson 
2nd place - 126 lbs, Rex Rains
3rd place - 125 lbs, Whitley Johnson
4th place - 123.5 lbs, Jenny Johnson
5th place - 120 lbs, Lynn Johnson
6th place - 119.5 lbs, Shelby Johnson
7th place - 112 lbs, Jaleigh Johnson
8th place - 111 lbs, Renee Johnson
9th place - 102.5 lbs, Hope Kruebbe
10th place - 101 lbs, Garry Crawford

 

 

"Shelby Johnson Interview"

 

 

"The What-A-Melons"

 

 

 

 

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Magician David Wonders at the Library


 

 

 

 

 

 

David Wonders the Magician held a performance on July 11, 2019, at the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library in Center, Texas. David Gish also, known by his stage name David Wonders is semi-retired and now gets to travel to events and libraries to do his magic show. 


 

 

 

 

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County offices closing for funeral


 

 

Some of the Shelby County offices will be closing at 9:30 a.m. Friday, July 12th  for Funeral Service for Ms. Ethel Holder and reopen at 1 p.m.

 

Sorry for any inconvenience.

 

Thank you

 

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Shelby County Outreach to Sell Raffle Tickets at the What-A-Melon Festival


 

 

Shelby County Outreach Ministries will have a booth set up at the What-A-Melon Festival!  We are selling raffle tickets for a 2019 Polaris Ranger 500.  Tickets are $20 each or 6 for $100.  The winner is responsible for tax, title, and transfer.  We will draw the name of the winner on the last day of the 2019 Poultry Festival which is on October 5th.  All proceeds will go to the Outreach and will be used to feed the hungry and assist the needy.  Please come out and support our community.

 

 

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Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting


 

 

The Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that occurred in the parking lot of a business on highway 59S at the Angelina River Bridge. Shortly after 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, Deputies were dispatched to an altercation that was taking place at the business. DPS Troopers were the first on scene and were able to quickly gain control of the situation.

 

Sheriff Bridges stated that the incident started in the City of Nacogdoches where an employee of the business had taken a battery from a motorcycle, which he claimed that the man that owned the motorcycle owned him money for.

 

The man that owned the motorcycle went to the business to speak with the employee of getting the battery back. Sheriff Bridges stated that investigators retained video footage from the business that recorded the altercation that took place.

 

On the video you can clearly see a van pull up to the business and a women exit from the vehicle, the store employee exits the business and meets with the woman outside. The two then go inside the business for a short amount of time. The woman claims that she asks for the battery for the motorcycle, but the store employee advises her he is not giving the battery back. Both parties then exit out of the store and the women walk back to the car. A male subject then exits the van and starts walking toward the store employee who is in the parking lot. The store employee removes a handgun from his person and starts pointing it in the direction of the other male subject. The male subject continues to advance toward him, but he is not armed. The store employee shoots two times into the ground parking lot near the direction of the male and female subject.

 

Two DPS units are traveling on highway 59 and are flagged down about the incident. The two troopers were able to quickly disarm the employee and stop the escalation of force that was occurring.

 

Sheriff Bridges stated that no injuries were sustained during the incident and the investigation is ongoing. The case will be sent to the District Attorney Office upon the conclusion of the investigation and charges will likely be filed.

 

Sheriff Bridges praised the Troopers on being in the area at the right time and their swift action. There is no doubt that if this situation would have gone on much longer, someone would have been shot. We could have very well been working a murder scene.

 

 

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Man Killed by Falling Tree


 

 

A tragic accident has claimed the life of a Nacogdoches man last Tuesday night July 9, 2019, at around 8:30 p.m. Deputies were dispatched to the 300 block of Cr. 554 in the Kingtown Community in reference to a tree falling on a man. Upon arrival, deputies identified the victim as Weston Charles Wheeler 48 years of age.

 

Sheriff Bridges stated that the accident occurred on private property. The landowner had hired someone to cut some trees on their property. A tree that was in the process of being cut down landed on the victim. Wheeler was pronounced deceased on the scene by Justice of the Peace Kerry Don Williamson.

 

The investigation is still ongoing, but this appears to be an accident and a terrible tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Wheeler family.  

 

 

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Storm Preparations


 

 

Lufkin District personnel are fueling trucks and beginning to prepare the fleet ahead of the predicted incoming storm. We encourage you to make preparations for your family ahead of predicted inclement weather.

 

Stay informed of current road conditions and closures at http://drivetexas.org. #TxDOTStandsReady

 


 

 

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Donate Your Car to the VFW


 

 

 

 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Results


 

 

 

 

 

 


The Shelby County Commissioners' Court met on July 10, 2019, at the active Shelby County Courthouse.

 

1. They approved the minutes of the June 5th, June 12th, June 19th, and the June 26th Meeting and Budget Workshop of the Shelby County Commissioners' Court.

 

2. They approved and paid weekly expenses.

 

3. The approved the current payroll.

 

4. The approved the officer's report.

 

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

 

6. They adjourned.

 

 

Welcome Back Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison

 


 

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Center Allstars win the south regional state tournament


 

 

 

 

 

The Center 10u Allstars won the south regional state tournament.

 

They beat Bullard 11 to 1 in the championship game. They went 5 and 1 thru the whole tournament. They will travel to Longview to play the North champions the winner goes to the World Series.

 

 

 

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Today's News 7-9-19


 

 

 

 

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Drug Arrests Performed by Tenaha PD


 

 


Three traffic stops result in three narcotic arrests in Tenaha.  This past week, two back to back traffic stops by Captain Joey Hudnall, assisted by Chief Jeremy Pope and Officer Jonathon Newton, resulted in the seizure of 15 grams of methamphetamine, scales, and drug paraphernalia.   Captain Hudnall conducted traffic stops on both vehicles, for minor traffic violations and became suspicious that criminal activity was taking place.  Consent to search was obtained that resulted in Captain Hudnall locating a total of 15 grams of methamphetamine.  Two drivers were taken into custody and booked in the Shelby County Jail.  Arrested were Zachary Copelin, charged with Possession Of A Controlled Substance State Jail Felony, and Jacob Driggers, charged with Possession Of A Controlled Substance 2nd Degree Felony.


On 07/07/19, Officer Kurtes Lawrence conducted a traffic stop, in Tenaha, for a minor traffic violation.  During the traffic stop, Officer Lawrence became suspicious that criminal activity was taking place.  Officer Lawrence began to interview the driver and obtained probable cause to search the vehicle.  Officer Lawrence located three ounces of marijuana, eight grams of Clonazepam and ten grams of MDMA (ecstasy pills).  Kenneth Graves was taken into custody and transported to the Shelby County Jail and booked in for Possession Of A Controlled Substance 2nd Degree Felony, Possession Of Controlled Substance Misd (A) and Possession of Marijuana Misd (A).


Tenaha Police Department is dedicated to enforcing drug laws and continue to work hard to ensure the safety of our city and community.


Chief Of Police
Jeremy H. Pope

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Deadly Sabine County Crash


 

 

SABINE COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded to a one-vehicle crash on Sunday, July  7, 2019, on SH 87, about one mile north of Milam. The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 4:45 p.m., a 2004 Ford pickup was traveling south when the pickup drove off the roadway to the right. The driver of the pickup overcorrected to the left, then back to the right and overturned off the right side of the roadway.


The driver is identified as 71-year-old Marcus Crissman, from Milam. Crissman was pronounced deceased at the scene by a Sabine County Justice of the Peace. This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.
 

 

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What-A-Melon Festival 2019 Schedule


 

 

What-A-Melon Festival Time! Opening Ceremonies at 5pm on Thursday, July 11, 2019. 

 

The 30th Annual What-A-Melon festival is rolling into downtown Center, Texas starting July 11th for 3 days of fun in the sun! The three days of festivities, July 11th, 12th, and 13th is looking for participants to join in and help make this the best What-A-Melon Festival ever. Platinum sponsors for the festival are Farmers State Bank, Toledo-Bend.com, and Shelby Savings Bank. 

 

Entry into the festival is $5 per button and admission buttons are good all three days of the festival. Children five and under get in free. Arm bands are available each night of the festival for rides and are $20. Arm band hours are Thursday 5:30pm to 10pm and Friday/Saturday 5:30pm to 10:30pm.

 

The What-A-Melon Festival's biggest attraction, the Largest Watermelon Contest, is Thursday evening and the winning melons will be on display for festival visitors to see and have photos made with this year's largest watermelons! The weigh-in will be July 11th at 5pm under the big tent immediately following opening ceremonies. Come see who will take home the big prize money!

 

The Pet Show will be held Friday, July 12th at 6pm. Sign up is at 5:30pm to enter your favorite pet. Be sure to wow the judges by adding a little watermelon style to your pet's stage presence.

Reed Barton, a singer/songwriter from Burleson, Texas will take to the stage Friday at 8:30pm. Come out and enjoy a finger lickin' mix of classic country and classic rock music and welcome Barton to the East Texas What-A-Melon Festival!

 

The What-A-Melon Fun Run/5K will jump-start Saturday's activities at 7am. Proceeds from the run will benefit the Shelby County Historical Society.

 

The fan favorites - Seed Spitting Contest and Speed Eating Contest is set for 3pm Saturday under the big tent! Come out and demonstrate your watermelon seed spitting skills along with who can down their melon slice the fastest! It's the best way to beat the heat with delicious watermelon. 

 

The What-A-Melon Pageant is Saturday evening from 5:30pm until 7:30pm.

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

 

Proceeds raised from the What-A-Melon Festival by the Rotary Club of Center are donated back to various organizations in the community to help fight hunger, provide scholarships, support the youth, and more! Through the years the club has made pledges which have helped construct the John D. Windham Civic Center, the Center Baseball Park, and the Center Softball Park. This year the club has pledged to help with the Center Soccer Fields.
 

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What-A-Melon Festival 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.

 

Be a Participant in the 2019 What-A-Melon Festival Pageant

Don't miss out on the 2019 What-A-Melon Festival Pageant! Boys ages 0-5 and girls ages 0-19 will wear their favorite summer or watermelon attire on the stage under the big tent Saturday, July 13th during the festival on the downtown square in Center.

 

Wiggins Watermelons will be giving 2 Cash Scholarships for $250 each to the highest scores in 0-5 and 6-19 years.

 

Age divisions are: Baby 0-11 months; Toddler 12-23 months; Tiny 2-3 years; Little 4-5 years; Petite 6-8 years; Pre-teen 9-12 years; Teen 13-15 years; Miss 16-19 years; and Mister boys 0-5 years.

 

The deadline for entry is Friday, July 5. The deadline will not be extended. The pageant is Saturday, July 13th with registration at 5pm and showtime at 5:30pm. Pageant will be held under the big tent on the downtown square during the What-A-Melon Festival.

 

All contestants will receive a rhinestone crown. This is a natural beauty pageant, so only age appropriate makeup.

 

Entry forms can be picked up at the Chamber of Commerce office or Shelby County Today office. For more information, email Denetra Slaughter at denetra329@gmail.com or call J.J. at 936-591-9334. Forms and entry fees can be mailed to P.O. Box 64, Center, Texas 75935 or dropped off at Shelby County Today office, 202 Field Street, Center, Texas 75935.

What-A-Melon Festival T-Shirts are Ready!

 

The 2019 What-A-Melon Festival t-shirts have arrived and are available for purchase at Shelby Savings Bank main branch, Farmers State Bank main branch and the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office. All shirts are $15 each.

 

The What-A-Melon Festival starts Thursday, July 11th with opening ceremonies at 5pm and the Largest Watermelon contest weighing in at 5:30pm. The festival runs through Saturday, July 13th.

 

Hollie Adams, President of the Rotary Club of Center, revealed the winner of the 2019 What-A-Melon Festival logo contest to be Edwin Morin, a 2019 Graduate of Center High School. It's his design for the 30th Annual East Texas What-a-Melon Festival which incorporated the Rotary wheel in the design and is now displayed on all the festival t-shirts!

 

 

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Timpson Frontier Days Coverage


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parade Video:

 

 

 

Timpson Frontier Days Coverage:

 

 

 

Photos Click Here:

 

 


Bicycle Contest Winners

 

1st Chloe Stanley

2nd Markus Harber

3rd Caitlyn Madden

 


Parade Contest Winners

 

1st Cowboy of the Year Float

2nd Timpson Highschool Cheerleaders

3rd Woodland Christian Church VBS Float

 

 

Car Show Results

 

Cars

1st Pat Hairgrove

2nd Jerry Neal 

3rd Billy Neal 


Trucks

1st Mike Cassidy

2nd Randy Moore 

3rd Mike Green 


Motorcycles

1st Tad Bailey

2nd William Hitton


Peoples Choice 

William Hitton 


Best of Show

Stacey Pledger


$500 Cash Prize Winner

William Hitton 

 


Pet Contest Results


Dressed Contest

1st Oebia Mclroy - Yorkie

2nd Macy Lee - Chicken

3rd Kristen Parles - Pug


Dog Show

1st Allysha Stephen - Yorkie Won 50lbs of Dog Food

2nd Lisa French - Standard Poodle

3rd Kristen Lee - Pit Bull


Cat Show

1st Elizabeth Wolfe - Max

 

Dog Show Kids 12 and Under

1st Madison Gregsbey - Poodle Won 50lbs of Dog Food

2nd Kristie Parks - Pug

3rd Caitlyn Madden - Schnauzer


Horse Show

1st Branton Payne - Buttercup

2nd Chris Lee - Hersey


Other

1st Macey Lee - Chicken 

 

Longest Tail - Chris Lee - Horse

Shortest Tail - Caesym Lee

Most Spots - Macy Lee - Chicken 

Longest Ears - Branton Payne/ Emma Madden

Most Unusual - Macy Lee - Chicken 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Broiler Show Orders Deadline Approaching


 

 

 

 

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Korean War Armistice 66th Anniversary Correction


 

 

On June 25, 1950, the North Korean Army began an offensive to invade South Korea that resulted in the capture of the republic’s capital, Seoul, within four days. The United States, the United Kingdom and other members of the United Nations moved to actively defend South Korea – an effort that would last until July 27, 1953, when negotiations concluded and fighting finally ended.

 

To commemorate the service and sacrifice of those who served in the Korean War, Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary will host a Wreath Laying at the Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the Historic Courthouse in Center on Friday, July 26th, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.  The names of Shelby County Veterans killed in action/missing in action during the Korean War will also be read.  All Korean War Veterans and the public are cordially invited.

 

Questions and information call Post Quartermaster Larry Hume, 936-598-2976 or email chief@chiefimaging.com.
 

 

 

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State Police Investigating Officer Involved Shooting



TROOP G NEWS RELEASE
July 6, 2019

State Police Investigating Officer Involved Shooting


DeSoto Parish – On the morning of July 6, 2019, the Louisiana State Police Bureau of
Investigations were contacted by the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office (DPSO) and the Mansfield
Police Department (MPD) to investigate an officer-involved shooting incident involving their
departments.
Preliminary investigation reveals that at approximately 10:00 a.m., MPD officers attempted to stop
the driver of a suspected stolen vehicle in Mansfield. The driver refused to stop and a pursuit was
initiated with the assistance from DPSO. During the pursuit, the suspect struck a DPSO vehicle
and an MPD vehicle. At some point during the encounter, officers discharged their firearms striking
the suspect.
The suspect was transported from the scene to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
No one else was injured as a result of this incident.
The Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations is actively conducting the investigation and
gathering all facts surrounding the incident. Louisiana State Police Troop G and Louisiana
State Police Crime Lab are assisting in the investigation.
This is an active investigation. There is no further information available at this time.
Contact Information:
TPR Brent Hardy
Louisiana State Police
Troop G Public Affairs
Office: 318.741.7409
brent.hardy@la.gov
www.lsp.org
facebook.com/LouisianaStatePolice
twitter.com/LAStatePolice

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Program Press Release


Mansfield State Historic Site
Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism
OFFICE OF STATE PARKS
15149 Hwy 175, Mansfield, LA 71052   318-872-1474   Fax:  318-871-4345   mansfield@crt.la.gov

 


Scott Dearman
Mansfield State Historic Site
318.872.1474
mansfield@crt.la.gov


CIVIL WAR MEDICINE TO BE DISCUSSED
JULY 13 AT MANSFIELD STATE HISTORIC SITE

PROGRAM – “Civil War Medicine,” Saturday, July 13, 2:00 pm.  Using the backdrop of the museum’s hospital exhibit, park staff will paint a candid picture of what it was like to be treated by army doctors during the Civil War.   A period surgeon’s field kit will be on display and the instruments contained in it will be used to illustrate how battlefield wounds were treated.  Also discussed will be the various diseases and illnesses contracted by soldiers in the field and how these ailments were addressed by doctors.

Mansfield State Historic Site is located on LA Highway 175, three miles south of the town of Mansfield, Louisiana.  Admission is $4 per person ages 4-61; seniors 62 and over and children 3 and under are admitted free.  For more information call 318.872.1474 locally or 888.677.6267 toll-free.

Mansfield State Historic Site
Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism
OFFICE OF STATE PARKS
15149 Hwy 175, Mansfield, LA 71052   318-872-1474   Fax:  318-871-4345   mansfield@crt.la.gov

   


Scott Dearman
Mansfield State Historic Site
318.872.1474
mansfield@crt.la.gov


CIVIL WAR LIVING HISTORY ENCAMPMENT
AT MANSFIELD STATE HISTORIC SITE

A period Civil War encampment complete with authentically uniformed soldiers and equipment will be featured July 20-21, at Mansfield State Historic Site.  The living history program will be co-hosted and conducted by members of the Trans-Mississippi Hell Cats reenactment group.  These dedicated living historians will portray Civil War soldiers in an authentic wartime camp setting featuring camp life, drill, musket-firing demonstrations, and daily soldier life activities for visitors to see and experience. 

The program will run ongoing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 20, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, July 21.

Mansfield State Historic Site is located on LA Highway 175, three miles south of the town of Mansfield, Louisiana.  Admission is $4 per person ages 4-61; seniors 62 and over and children 3 and under are admitted free.  For more information call 318.872.1474 locally or 888.677.6267 toll-free.
 

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Korean War Armistice 66th Anniversary


KOREAN WAR ARMISTICE 66th ANNIVERSARY

On June 25, 1950, the North Korean Army began an offensive to invade South Korea that resulted in the capture of the republic’s capital, Seoul, within four days. The United States, the United Kingdom and other members of the United Nations moved to actively defend South Korea – an effort that would last until July 27, 1953, when negotiations concluded and fighting finally ended.

 

To commemorate the service and sacrifice of those who served in the Korean War, Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary will host a Wreath Laying at the Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the Historic Courthouse in Center on Friday, July 27th, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

 

 The names of Shelby County Veterans killed in action/missing in action during the Korean War will also be read.  All Korean War Veterans and the public are cordially invited.

 Questions and information call Post-Quartermaster Larry Hume, 936-598-2976 or email chief@chiefimaging.com.

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Early Frost Likely NYs Unhinged Climate Planning Begins


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Timpson Frontier Days


 

 

 

 

Center Broadcasting will do a remote this Saturday, July 6, 2019, from 10 a.m. - 12 noon on KQBB 100.5 FM

 

 

 

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 6 pm, 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”.

 

Thanks for all support, do not hesitate to call for more details if needed.

 

Paul Smith - Chamber President

Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce

Chamber office 936-254-3500

Paul Smith 936-254-3161

 

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Radio News 7-5-19


 

 

 

 

 

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Charlotte Broadway to Retire from the City of Timpson




Timpson, TX, 7/5/2019 – After 35 years working devotedly as Utility Secretary for the City of Timpson, Charlotte Broadway, a long time resident of Timpson Texas, is set to retire on September 30, 2019.  


Mrs. Broadway began working for the City of Timpson on February 1, 1984.  A Retirement Reception will be held July 16th immediately following the 5:30 PM City Council Meeting at the City Hall.  All friends, coworkers, and well-wishers are welcome to attend. 

 


 

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Joaquin VFD Raffle Winners


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday, July 4th, The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department held a drawing for the winners of a multi-item raffle. The drawing was held on the Logansport River Front Stage prior to the Annual Rickey Warren Memorial Fireworks Show. The fundraiser was a huge success, thanks to the local businesses who donated prizes. The winners are as follows: 

 

Ruger American Rifle chambered in 6.5 Grindel donated by Farmers State Bank, with a Vortex 4x12 scope donated by Joaquin Tire and Road Service: won by Rodney Dean. 

 

Sig-Sauer P-365 handgun chambered in 9 MM, donated by American State Bank was won by Neal McFadden. 

 

Keltec PMR-30 handgun chambered in .22 Magnum, donated by Shelby Savings Bank was won by Mike Sanders. 

 

Remington 870 12-gauge pump action shotgun donated by RCS Saltwater/ Jim and Judy Strong was won by Derwin Howell. 

 

$500 Visa card donated by Nuverra Environmental was won by Joe Scruggs. 

4100 Watt Generator donated by Dean’s Hardware was won by Keith Jefferson. 

30-quart Pelican Cooler donated by DNOW Supply was won by KC Carpenter. 

 

Congratulations to all of the winners! 

 

 

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Drug Bust


 

 

On 07/03/19, A deputy initiated a traffic stop on a passenger vehicle in the 100 block of NE Stallings Dr. The vehicle was occupied by the driver, Jason E. Kennidy 40 y/o of Lufkin, TX and a passenger. During the roadside contact, Kennidy appeared to be extremely nervous and conflicting statements were given. Due to demeanor and previous history, the deputy requested consent to search but was denied. Moments later a K-9 Deputy arrived on scene and an open-air search of the exterior of the vehicle was conducted. A positive alert was given by the K-9 for the presence of narcotics. During the vehicle search, a large amount of methamphetamine (172 grams) was located, along with items of paraphernalia (baggies, scales, etc) that are known to be used to assist in the distribution of narcotics. In addition, meth pipes, Alprazolam (Xanax) (1 gram) and Fentanyl patches (4 grams) were located. Kennidy was arrested for Man/Delivery of a Controlled Substance PG1 >=4G<200G F/1, Possession of a Controlled Substance PG 3 <28G M/A, Possession of a Controlled Substance >=1G<4G F/3. Bond is pending at this time.

 

 

 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Update They are Taking Bids


 

 

The Shelby County Commissioners' Court met on July 7, 2019, at the active Shelby County Courthouse and took the following actions:

 

They approved and paid weekly expenses.

 

They decided to advertise for bids on a portable or steel building for the JP1 office.

 

The Court adjourned.


A message about the bids from the Shelby County Commissioners' secretary is listed below.

 

Shelby County is taking bids on a portable or steel building for housing a county office.  For questions and copy of the specs, send an email to commissioners@co.shelby.tx.us  Sealed bids should be turned in by July 16 at the courthouse and will be opened during Commissioners Court on July 17, 2019.

 

 

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Vietnam Veterans Honored with Books


 

 

To honor over half a million Texans who served in Vietnam, a special Texas limited edition Vietnam War 50th Commemoration book A Time to Honor: Stories of Service, Duty, and Sacrifice is available to them, compliments of Governor Greg Abbott.


Shelby County Vietnam Veterans wishing to obtain a copy may contact Sherry Riley at the Shelby County Veterans Service office to place an order. The phone number is (936) 598-6530.


You will need to provide name, zip code, email address, phone number, how you heard about the book, a VA claim number, and whether or not you are enrolled in VA healthcare.


There are a limited number of books in this first distribution; therefore, we must ensure Vietnam War Veterans are the only recipients. If funding is available, there might be a second distribution next year. We will provide only 1 book per verified Texas Vietnam War Veteran.

 


 

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Dr. Jhrei-Lynn McSwain is Transferring


 

 

 

Dr. Jhrei-Lynn McSwain is transferring from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in Shelby County to a facility in Overton. Center Broadcasting Company met with her.

 

 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Agenda


 

 


Notice is hereby given that a Regular meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 10th day of July, 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 June 5, 2019, Special meeting, June 12, 2019, Regular meeting, June 19, 2019, Special meeting, June 26, 2019, Special meeting, June 26, 2019, Budget Workshop 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. Adjourn

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Today's News 7-3-19


 

 

 

 

 

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N.E.W. WSC Boil Notice Lifted


 

 

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


On June 27, 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 July 2, 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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What-A-Melon Festival T-Shirts are Ready!


 

 

The 2019 What-A-Melon Festival t-shirts have arrived and are available for purchase at Shelby Savings Bank main branch, Farmers State Bank main branch and the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office. All shirts are $15 each.

 

The What-A-Melon Festival starts Thursday, July 11th with opening ceremonies at 5pm and the Largest Watermelon contest weighing in at 5:30pm. The festival runs through Saturday, July 13th.

 

Hollie Adams, President of the Rotary Club of Center, revealed the winner of the 2019 What-A-Melon Festival logo contest to be Edwin Morin, a 2019 Graduate of Center High School. It's his design for the 30th Annual East Texas What-a-Melon Festival which incorporated the Rotary wheel in the design and is now displayed on all the festival t-shirts!

 

 

(Photo caption) From left: Rotarian's Mac Hughes, Dr. Robert Hughes, John Ford, Melba Gillis, and Cancee Lester

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District Attorney's Office Update on Trials and Hearings


 

 

Tracy Whitaker Sentenced to Multiple Prison Stints for Crimes Committed in Timpson
On June 13, 2019, Defendant Tracy Whitaker was sentenced to multiple prison terms in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division by the Honorable Judge LeAnn Rafferty of the 123rd Judicial Court.  This followed a trial conducted by District Attorney Stephen Shires.  Mr. Whitaker was convicted and received the following sentences on the following matters:


Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity:       50 Years    TDCJID
Burglary of a Habitation:                              50 Years    TDCJID
Burglary of a Habitation:                              20 Years    TDCJID
Injury to the Elderly:                                   10 Years    TDCJID
Possession of a Controlled Substance:           10 Years    TDCJID

 

DA Report: March 28, 2019
On March 28, 2019, in the 123rd Judicial District Court, Honorable Judge Leann Rafferty presiding, 130 cases were called for status hearings, arraignments, and other various purposes.  Shelby County District Attorney Stephen Shires was able to resolve and finalize 68 cases.  A number of individuals were sentenced to prison, including the defendant in State v. Anderson (19-CR-21044-19-CR-21048), who received multiple sentences to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division for drug and firearm related crimes.  Also sentenced was Defendant Jaron Foxworth, who received 10 years’ incarceration in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity for his part in the burglary of storage buildings in Joaquin.


DA Report: April 8, 2019
On April 8, 2019, in the 123rd Judicial District Court, Honorable Judge Leann Rafferty presiding, 108 cases were called for status hearings, arraignments, and other various purposes.  Shelby County District Attorney Stephen Shires was able to resolve and finalize 19 cases on that date.  A number of the other cases were tentatively resolved with a plea date to be set for a future time.


DA Report: April 18, 2019
On April 18, 2019, in the 273rd Judicial District Court, Honorable Judge James A. Payne, Jr. presiding, 19 cases were called for status hearings, arraignments, and other various purposes.  Shelby County District Attorney Stephen Shires was able to resolve and finalize 8 cases.  This included State v. Cartwright, Cause Number 17-CR-19963, where the defendant received two years’ incarceration the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division on a revocation of probation.

 

DA Report: April 25, 2019
On April 25, 2019, in the 123rd Judicial District Court, Honorable Judge Leann Rafferty presiding, 15 cases were called for status hearings, arraignments, and other various purposes.  Shelby County District Attorney Stephen Shires was able to resolve and finalize 3 cases.


DA Report: May 2, 2019
On May 2, 2019, in the 273rd Judicial District Court, Honorable James A. Payne, Jr. presiding, 18 cases were called for status hearings, arraignments, and other various purposes.  Shelby County District Attorney Stephen Shires was able to resolve and finalize 12 cases.  This included State v. Burr, where the defendant received multiple sentences, including 6 years’ incarceration in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division for charges related to the theft of firearms.


DA Report: May 9, 2019
On May 9, 2019, in the 273rd Judicial District Court, Honorable James A. Payne, Jr. presiding, 37 cases were called for status hearings, arraignments, and other various purposes.  Shelby County District Attorney Stephen Shires was able to resolve and finalize 15 cases.  This included State v. Handlin, where the defendant received sentences on cases for Burglary of a Habitation and Hindering Apprehension for 10 years’ incarceration in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division.


DA Report: May 13, 2019
On May 13, 2019, in the 123rd Judicial District Court, Honorable Judge Leann Rafferty presiding, 39 cases were called for status hearings, arraignments, and other various purposes.  Shelby County District Attorney Stephen Shires was able to resolve and finalize 12 cases.


DA Report: May 16, 2019
On May 16, 2019, in the 273rd Judicial District Court, Honorable Judge James A. Payne, Jr. presiding, 42 cases were called for status hearings, arraignments, and other various purposes.  Shelby County District Attorney Stephen Shires was able to resolve and finalize 18 cases.  This included State v. Joseph Aldaco, Cause Number 16-CR-19591 where the defendant received 15 years’ incarceration in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division.


DA Report: May 28, 2019
On May 28, 2019, in the 273rd Judicial District Court, Honorable Judge James A. Payne, Jr. presiding, 9 cases were called for status hearings, arraignments, and other various purposes.  Shelby County District Attorney Stephen Shires was able to resolve and finalize 5 cases.

 

Robert Thomason Sentenced in Sexual Assault Case
On April 29, 2019, Defendant Robert Thomason was sentenced to 6 years incarceration in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division by the Honorable Judge LeAnn Rafferty of the 123rd Judicial Court for the offense of sexual assault.  In addition, Shelby County District Attorney Stephen Shires, through his investigator, has filed charges against the victim’s mother, Tabitha Hammond, alleging that she is also criminally responsible for the act.


DA Report: June 3, 2019
On June 3, 2019, in the 123rd Judicial District Court, Honorable Judge Leann Rafferty presiding, 86 cases were on the docket for status hearings, arraignments, and other various purposes. Shelby County District Attorney Stephen Shires was able to resolve and finalize 59 cases. Numerous other cases were tentatively resolved, pending a future plea date.


Shamus Ross Sentenced to 6 Years TDCJID for DUI and Drug Charges
On June 5, 2019, Defendant Shamus Ross was sentenced by the Honorable Judge James A. Payne, Jr. of the 273rd Judicial District Court on multiple cases to 6 years (each) in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division for driving while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance case.


DA Report: June 6, 2019
On June 6, 2019, in the 273rd Judicial District Court, Honorable James A. Payne, Jr. presiding, 20 cases were called for status hearings, arraignments, and other various purposes.  Shelby County District Attorney Stephen Shires was able to resolve and finalize 10 cases.  Multiple individuals were sentenced the prison time, including, the defendant in State v. Macon, Cause Number 18-CR-20922 where the defendant received 10 years’ incarceration in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division for drug-related charges.


Ashley Philips Sentenced to 8 Years TDCJID for Drug Offenses
On June 6, 2019, Defendant Ashley Phillips was sentenced by the Honorable Judge James A. Payne, Jr. of the 273rd Judicial District Court to a term of 8 years’ incarceration in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division and 18 months in the State Jail Division for drug charges.


DA Report: June 13, 2019
On June 13, 2019, in the 123rd Judicial District Court, Honorable Judge Leann Rafferty presiding, 69 cases were called for status hearings, arraignments, and other various purposes.  Shelby County District Attorney Stephen Shires was able to resolve and finalize 34 cases.  This included State v. Wilburn, Cause Number 17-CR-20235 where the defendant received 10 years’ incarceration in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division for drug-related charges.


DA Report: June 17, 2019
On June 17, 2019, in the 273rd Judicial District Court, Honorable James A. Payne, Jr. presiding, 90 cases were called for status hearings, arraignments, and other various purposes.  Shelby County District Attorney Stephen Shires was able to resolve and finalize 53 cases.


DA Report: June 18, 2019
On June 18, 2019, in the 273rd Judicial District Court, Honorable Judge James A. Payne, Jr. presiding, 26 cases were called for status hearings, arraignments, and other various purposes.  Shelby County District Attorney Stephen Shires was able to resolve and finalize 8 cases.  This included State v. Thompson, Cause Number 18-CR-20925, where the defendant received 2 years’ incarceration in the Texas Department of Corrections Criminal Justice Institutional Division for the charge of Felony Terroristic Threat.

 

 

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First UMC Flagpoles and Flags Dedication Ceremony


 

 

First United Methodist Church announces Flagpole and Flag Dedication Ceremony

Center, Texas – July 1, 2019 – First United Methodist Church of Center cordially invites the community to attend their flagpole and flag dedication ceremony in front of the church at 211 Porter Street beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 3, 2019.

 

For information about the flagpole and flag dedication ceremony or First United Methodist Church, please contact Rev. Karen Jones at (936) 598-2707 or visit www.fumccentertx.org.

 

 

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Today's News 7-2-19


 

 

 

 

 

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Panola County Man Convicted of Drug Trafficking, Tampering, Obstruction Charges


 

 

TYLER, Texas – A 30-year-old Carthage, Texas man has been convicted of federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown today.

 

Winfred Earl Ware, Jr. was found guilty by a jury on June 28, 2019, of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, obstruction of justice and witness tampering following a two-week trial before U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone.

 

According to information presented in court, from 2014 through 2017, Ware conspired with others to possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.  The evidence presented in trial showed that pending trial for the drug conspiracy charge in August 2018, Ware created false Facebook entries purported to be from a government witness which would tend to exonerate the defendant.  By submitting those false documents to the court to be used at trial, the government had to dismiss the pending drug charge against Ware to investigate these messages.  Upon examination, the government determined that the Facebook entries were created by Ware in an effort to influence the testimony of several witnesses in the original trial and to corruptly influence the due administration of justice.  Ware was then indicted in Dec. 2018, on the original drug conspiracy as well as the charges of obstruction of justice and witness tampering. 

           

Under federal statutes, Ware faces a minimum of 10 years in federal prison for the drug trafficking and tampering charges and up to 10 years in federal prison for the obstruction violation.  The maximum statutory sentences prescribed by Congress is provided here for information purposes, as the sentence will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.  A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the U.S. Probation Office.

 

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Panola County Sheriff’s Office.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lauren Gaston and Michelle S. Englade. 

 

 

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Reading of Declaration of Independence


 

 

 

The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association has announced that the United States
Declaration of Independence will be read aloud on the front steps of the county courthouses of
Texas counties prior to July 4, 2019.


In Shelby County, the Declaration will be read by local criminal defense lawyers, Jeff Adams,
Lynda K. Russell and Deck Jones. This will take place at the main entrance to the historic
Shelby County Courthouse at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 3, 2019. This year’s reading will also
include a reading of the Bill of Rights.


This year, a special guest is expected to attend and lead the attendees in a couple of patriotic
songs.


The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association is proud to participate in protecting the rights
of all persons in this country. Everyone is invited to come by and help celebrate the 243rd
anniversary of our nation’s independence.


For more information, please contact Deck Jones at 936-598-5737.

 

 

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Timpson Frontier Days 2019


 

 

 

 

 

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 6 pm, 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”.

 

Thanks for all support, do not hesitate to call for more details if needed.

 

Paul Smith - Chamber President

Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce

Chamber office 936-254-3500

Paul Smith 936-254-3161

 

 

 

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Today's News 7-1-19


 

 

 

 

 

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FSA County Committee Nomination Period Began June 14


 

 


(NACOGDOCHES/Texas), July 1, 2019  – `Nacogdoches-Angelina-Trinity-San Augustine-Shelby County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Lance Jacobs, announced that the nomination period for local FSA county committees began on Friday, June 14, 2019. 

 

"County Committees are unique to FSA and allow producers to have a voice on federal farm program implementation at the local level," said Jacobs. 

 

To be eligible to serve on a FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in an FSA administered program, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area (LAA) where they are nominated.

 

Farmers and livestock producers may nominate themselves or others. Organizations representing minorities and women also may nominate candidates. To become a candidate, an eligible individual must sign an FSA-669A nomination form. The form and other information about FSA county committee elections are available at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections. 2019 nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the Nacogdoches-Angelina-Trinity-San Augustine-Shelby County FSA Office by close of business on Aug. 1, 2019.

 

Elected county committee members serve a three-year term and apply their knowledge and judgement to help FSA make important decisions on its commodity support programs; conservation programs; indemnity and disaster programs; emergency programs and eligibility. County committees consist of three to 11 members.

 

"It is important that county committees are comprised of members who fairly represent the diverse demographics of production agriculture for their community," said Jacobs. "All producers, including women, minority and beginning farmers and ranchers are encouraged to participate in the nomination and election process." 

 

FSA will mail election ballots to eligible voters beginning Nov. 4, 2019. Ballots must be returned to the Nacogdoches-Angelina-Trinity-San Augustine-Shelby county FSA office via mail or in person by Dec. 2, 2019. Newly-elected committee members and alternates will take office on Jan. 1, 2020.

 

For more information about county committees, please contact the Nacogdoches-Angelina-Trinity-San Augustine-Shelby County FSA office at 936-564-5891 extension 2 or visit www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.

 

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