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

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

Effective August 30, 2022

Until further notice

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

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

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

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

Once the boil water notice is no longer in effect, the public water system will issue a notice to customers that rescinds the boil water notice in a manner similar to this notice.

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

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


The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce recently announced the East Texas Poultry Festival will be October 6-8 on the historic downtown square.  One of several preliminary festivities is the Queen's Court Scholarship Pageant. The reigning East Texas Poultry Festival Queens, Emilee Elliott and Carly Gray, will crown the 2022 Poultry Festival Queen on Saturday, October 1st on stage at Center High School.

The Queen's Court is comprised of young ladies entering their junior year in a Shelby County high school with a grade point average of 85 or above. Information packets are currently available at the Chamber office and with the pageant School Sponsor on each high school campus.  Girls who are interested in participating please contact the school sponsor and/or the Chamber office. The Welcome Party will be August 31 st .

The East Texas Poultry Festival Queen's Court program encompasses a month of activities.  The committee creates informational events for the candidates and their escorts to participate in to develop their interpersonal skills.  The program develops responsibility, etiquette, interview skills, conversation skills and their individual personality in varied settings.

The Queen's Court season is made possible in part by Platinum Sponsor, High Roller Wells, LLC. Gold Sponsors for the Queen’s Court season are Cornerstone Construction, Dazzle Me Pink & Blue, deb’s boutique, and JML Management.

The 46th East Texas Poultry Festival is presented by Farmers State Bank. Festival Gold Sponsors are the Badder’s Law Firm, the City of Center, Pilgrims Pride and Tyson Foods.

For additional information, please call 936.598.3682, email or visit

Water Conservation Notice

Water Conservation Notice

The City of Huxley is experiencing mild drought conditions and is asking our citizens to voluntarily reduce their water usage.

We are asking residents to assist the city with conserving water based on the City’s Drought Contingency Plan. To assist, residents and businesses should:

• Voluntarily reduce watering of landscape, washing vehicles or boats

• Voluntarily reduce water usage in the home and/or business

• Repair known leaks (dripping faucets, running toilets) With your help, these voluntary measures could significantly reduce the water demand and prevent us from having to implement mandatory limitations set forth in the Drought Contingency Plan required by the State of Texas.

Thank you!



The Center Recreation Department is proud to announce that the 2022 FOOTBALL AND FALL SOCCER signups will begin soon.

Where? The Community House (425 San Augustine Street) When? Tuesday, August 16th or Thursday August 18th All Dates from 5:00 to 7:00pm

Parents are encouraged to come by City Hall at 617 Tenaha Street to sign up also. Office hours are Monday – Friday 8-4:30pm. If one of the signup dates doesn’t work for you, please come by City Hall before August 27th to sign up. After August 26th, there will be a $15 late fee added to the registration. For more information contact Jason Mitchell, City of Center Recreational Director at 936-590-7196 Cash, Check or Card Accepted

Cost is $70 per child Soccer (Ages 3-14)

Cost is $80 per child Flag (Ages 4 – 7)

Cost is $105 per child Tackle (Ages 8-12)

(Includes Jersey, Flags, Pad and Helmet, insurance, and all fees) PARENTS: PLEASE BRING A COPY OF THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE TO SIGNUPS


Inscripciones de SOCCER Y Futbol Americano El Departamento de Recreación de Center se enorgullece en anunciar que la inscripción para la temporada de otoño 2022 DE SOCER Y FUTBOL MAERICANO está por comenzar pronto. ¿Donde? Community House (425 San Augustine Street) ¿Cuando? Martes, 16 de Agosto: Jueves, 18 de Agosto En cada fecha de 5:00 a 7:00pm Los padres pueden presentarse ala City Hall en 617 Tenaha Street para entregar sus inscripciones. Las horas de oficina son de Lunes-Viernes de 8 am – 4:30 pm. Si alguna de las fechas de regristo no funciona para usted favor de pasar ala oficina antes del 27 de Agosto. Despues del 26 de Agosto abra un recargo de 15$. Para más información favor de comunicarse con Jason Mitchell, Director del Departamento de Recreación para la Ciudad de Center, al número 936-590-7196 Aceptamos tarjeta de credito or dinero en efectivo. El costo es de $70.00 cada niño(a) Soccer (Edades 4-14) El costo es de $80.00 cada niño(a) Bandera (Edades 4 – 7) El costo es de $105.00 cada niño(a) Tackle (Edades 8-12) (Incluye jersey, banderas, cojines y casco, seguranza y todos los gastos de inscripción) PARENTS: PLEASE BRING A COPY OF THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE TO SIGNUPS

The SCSO is searching for Jacob Lee Cruse, 31, of Joaquin.

The SCSO is searching for Jacob Lee Cruse, 31, of Joaquin. Around 4:30 p.m. on August 10, 2022, deputies with the SCSO attempted to serve a warrant on Cruse. Cruse fled from deputies and entered a wooded area off East Saddle Street near Cool Breeze RV Park. Cruse was last seen wearing black pants and blue shirt. Cruse has a teardrop tattoo below his left eye, and full body tattoos from the neck down. Cruse is wanted for Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Requirements (F-3).

If you have any information on his whereabouts, please call 9-1-1 or the SCSO at 936.598.5601.



The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is investigating three separate thefts that have occurred recently. Between midnight and 2 p.m. on August 5, 2022, a 2010 single cab red Ford pickup was stolen from a residence on US Hwy 84 East in Tenaha.

Actual picture of 2010 Ford truck stolen from US Hwy 84 E.


Between 8 p.m. on August 5, 2022 and 9 a.m. on August 6, 2022, a black 14-foot Parker single axle utility trailer with a drop down ramp was stolen from a property on FM 2608 in Center.

Between mid-afternoon on August 5, 2022 and the early evening on August 6, 2022, a black 16-foot Performance low boy bumper pull trailer was stolen from a property on FM 138 in Center.

The SCSO is seeking the assistance of the public in locating the Ford truck and two trailers. If you have any information, you are asked to contact SCSO Lieutenant Investigator DJ Dickerson at 936.572.0255.



The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary that was reported August 5, 2022. An unknown subject(s) entered the Stateline Self Storage on Hwy 84 East and cut the locks on 20 storage units. Countless items were taken from the units. We are requesting assistance from the public regarding this burglary.

If you have any information on the subjects involved in this case, or if you saw anything suspicious, you are urged to contact Investigator David Haley at 936.598.5601 or 936.572.0667.



The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary that occurred between 8:30 p.m. on August 5, 2022 and 8:30 a.m. August 6, 2022.

Unknown subjects entered Watson & Sons Funeral Home on Highway 7 East in Center and ransacked their facility. Subjects entered each office in the building and went through all items and caused damage to two vehicles on the property. Subjects took multiple items from each office that was entered. We are requesting assistance from the public regarding this burglary.

If you have any information on the subjects involved in this case, or if you saw anything suspicious, you are urged to contact Investigator Chad Hooper at 936.598.5601 or 936.572.5045.

Joaquin ISD Board Meeting


1. Roll call, establishment of quorum, call to order – Joaquin ISD may have member(s) via video conference call – Texas  Government Code Section 551.127 (See Attached Code) 

2. Invocation and Pledges of Allegiance 

3. Audience Participation – In accordance with Joaquin ISD Policy BED Local no presentation shall exceed five   minutes. Delegations of more than five persons shall appoint one person to present their views before the Board. 

4. Report/Information items: 

4.1 Review Monthly Financial Reports – Joel Bumback, Director of Finance 

4.2 Review Handbooks (Employee and Student)  

4.3 Construction Update 

5. Agenda Items for consideration and possible action: 

5.1 Approve Minutes from previous month’s meeting 

 5.2 Approve TASB Update 119 

 5.3 Approve Property & General Liability Insurance over $50,000 for 2022-23 

5.4 Approve Student Code-of-Conduct 

5.5 Approve Request for Proposals for Fuel for 2022-23 and Purchase over $50,000 

5.6 Approve Resolution authorizing Shelby County Tax Assessor Collector to calculate Property Tax Rates 5.7 Approve Request for Proposals for School Bus for 2022-23 and Purchase over $50,000 

5.8 Approve Revision to policy DEC (local) for peace officer requirements 

5.9 Approve Joaquin ISD Basic Emergency Operations Plan 

Conduct 2022-23 Budget Workshop – Joel Bumback, Director of Finance 

5.10 Adopt 2022 proposed tax rate  

5.11 Set date & time for Public Meeting to Discuss Budget and Proposed Tax Rate  

6. Enter Closed Session 

6.1 Enter closed session under Texas Government Codes §551.071, §551.074, §551.127, §551.129 (See Attached Code) 

 6.1.1 Board Vacancy 

7. Return to Open Session - Agenda Items for consideration and possible action: 

 7.1 Consideration and Board Action, if any, authorize: 

 7.1.1 Board Vacancy 


8. Recommendations for items to be placed on agenda for next Board meeting 

9. Designation of date and time of next meetings: 

10. Adjournment 

On this 5th day of August 2022, this Notice was mailed to news media that had previously requested such Notice and an original  copy was posted on the bulletin board outside the School District Administration Building at 1:00 p.m. on said date. 


Center ISD Breakfast and lunch cost

BREAKFAST & LUNCH COST for students in 2022-2023: The USDA waiver that helped provide free meals to all students for the past two years has expired. Therefore, Center ISD will return to charging students for lunch beginning on the first day of school. Breakfast is free to all students. The student meal cost for the 2022-23 school year will be: 

Free breakfast for all students F.L. Moffett, CES, CMS $2.75 for lunches. 


$2.95 for lunches. 


Families who need assistance paying for meals will have an opportunity to apply for free/reduced lunches by filling out an application. Free/Reduced applications can be picked up at all campuses and will be sent home with students on first day of school. Applications need to be returned back to student's school as soon as possible to be processed. 

If you have any questions you may called the Child Nutrition Department at 936-598-1599. 

COSTO DEL DESAYUNO Y ALMUERZO para estudiantes en 2022-2023: La exención del USDA que ayudó a proporcionar comidas gratis a todos los estudiantes durante los últimos dos años ha expirado. Por lo tanto, Center ISD volverá a cobrar a los estudiantes por el almuerzo a partir del primer día de clases. El desayuno es gratis para todos los estudiantes. El costo de la comida para estudiantes para el año escolar 2022-23 será: 

Desayuno gratis para todos los estudiantes. 

F. L. Moffett, CES, CMS 


$2.75 para almuerzos. 


$2.95 para almuerzos. 

Las familias que necesitan ayuda para pagar las comidas tendrán la oportunidad de solicitar almuerzos gratis o a precio reducido completando una solicitud. 

Las solicitudes gratuitas/reducidas se pueden recoger en todos los campus y se enviarán a casa con los estudiantes el primer día de clases. Las solicitudes deben devolverse a la escuela del estudiante lo antes posible para ser procesadas. 

Si tiene alguna pregunta, puede llamar al Departamento de Nutrición Infantil al 936-598-1599.


The Shelby County Sherriff's Office is seeking the publics assistance in locating two subjects involved in and ATM burglary. At aproximately 4:30 a.m. on August 5, 2022 two black males approached the ATM located at American State Bank on the Haslam Strip in Joaquin. The subjects attempted to break into the machine.The subjects were driving a white Dodge Avenger with a black racing stripe on the hood and black pin striping on the sides. The vehicle has Texas plates. 

If you have any information about the vehicles whereabouts or can identify the subjects in the pictures, please contact Investigator Misty Ray st the Shelby County Sheriff's Office. 936.598.5601 or 936.572.1091

Ribbon Cutting Planned for Shelby County Family Life Center

Ribbon Cutting Planned for Shelby County Family Life Center

A New Member Ribbon Cutting is scheduled for the Shelby County Family Life Center on Saturday, August 13 th at 9:30am to show off new the facility. The community is invited to attend. The Shelby County Family Life Center was built with the purpose to better develop our community by offering a wide selection of after school activities for our youth and a number of adult programs.

After school youth programs will include a youth basketball league, AAU basketball league, after school programs, mentoring and summer reading programs. These programs will be available for youth grades 3 rd through 12 th .

Adult programs will include gardening, health and wellness, economic development, financial literacy and spiritual growth.

After the Ribbon Cutting there is a day full of family activities including a 10am church service, an afternoon 3 on 3 basketball tournament, a bouncy house, water activities and much more.

Join the Chamber Ambassadors in congratulating the founders and volunteers of the Shelby County Family Life Center and their commitment to the community.

The Shelby County Family Life Center is located at 1426 1⁄2 Shelbyville Street at the corner of Loop 500 and Shelbyville Street and is affiliated with Abundant Love Church with Marlin Cloudy, Pastor.

For more information, contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936-598- 3682 or email


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