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San Augustine Boil Water Notice Rescinded

Boil Water Notice Rescinded

December 22, 2022 The water on San Augustine Rural WSC no longer requires boiling. On December 19, 2022, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the San Augustine Rural Public Water System, #2030007, 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. San Augustine Rural Water 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 December 22, 2022. 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.

Shelbyville Appendix C3: Boil Water Notice Rescinded

Appendix C3: Boil Water Notice Rescinded

12/29/2022

ON 12/24/2022, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the Shelbyville public water system, 2100014 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 12/29/2022. If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact, Rodney Warr 936-591-5338.

Emergency Water Conservation Measures-retracted

Emergency conservation measures effected on December 26th are now retracted.

The water system has recovered with reductions from excessive use due to customer repairs and actions on several line leaks. While operations have not returned completely to normal tank levels and some water loss remains evident, the system has recovered such that restrictions on use are no longer necessary. We appreciate all our customers’ assistance and cooperation that prevented system-wide outage over this last winter storm. Our staff continue to work with customers that experienced leaks to reinstate services. Information Release: December 27, 2022 Center Utilities implemented emergency water conservation measures today as the result of continued water demand and water loss from system repairs. This means that all nonessential use is temporarily restricted until such time as the system reaches levels allowing normalized operations. The following uses of water are designated as non-essential or discretionary uses of water: • Irrigation of landscape areas including yards, parks, athletic fields, and golf courses. • Use of water to wash any motor vehicle, boat, trailer, airplane, or other vehicle. • Use of water to wash down any sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots, athletic courts, or buildings or other structures for purposes other than immediate fire protection, other hard surfaced areas. Flushing gutters or permitting water to run or accumulate in any gutter or street. • Use of water to fill, refill, or add to any swimming pools or Jacuzzi type pools or any outdoor recreational use of water. Use of water in an outside fountain or pond for aesthetic or scenic purposes, except where necessary to support aquatic life. While customers and businesses have been impacted from pipe freezing and property damages, the City’s system has not been immune and eight major line problems and other minor leaks have been repaired in the last 36 hours. Staff are also attempting to work with all customers to coordinate with their repairs and be able to resume service to their locations as soon as possible upon completion of repairs. Beginning December 22nd, several customers had excessive usage from water pipe breaks and many others had damages once pipes thawed on December 24th. Crews have been working every day to ensure those customers with leaks could be shut off, preventing further damage and allowing for repairs. Additionally, system leaks appeared beginning December 24th particularly in the areas of San Augustine St. and Nacogdoches Hwy. During this entire period the City’s two water plants have operated 24-hours daily to maximize production at well over 3 million gallons per day simply to maintain the system in compliance without significant industrial use. At present, the City’s system is stable and gaining slowly which indicates there remains substantial usage above normal levels. Please notify the Utility office at City Hall if your residence or business location is in need of assistance as well as any apparent leaks along roadways or ditches.

Emergency Water Conservation Measures

December 27, 2022 Center Utilities implemented emergency water conservation measures today as the result of continued water demand and water loss from system repairs. This means that all nonessential use is temporarily restricted until such time as the system reaches levels allowing normalized operations. The following uses of water are designated as non-essential or discretionary uses of water: • Irrigation of landscape areas including yards, parks, athletic fields, and golf courses. • Use of water to wash any motor vehicle, boat, trailer, airplane, or other vehicle. • Use of water to wash down any sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots, athletic courts, or buildings or other structures for purposes other than immediate fire protection, other hard surfaced areas. Flushing gutters or permitting water to run or accumulate in any gutter or street. • Use of water to fill, refill, or add to any swimming pools or Jacuzzi type pools or any outdoor recreational use of water. Use of water in an outside fountain or pond for aesthetic or scenic purposes, except where necessary to support aquatic life. While customers and businesses have been impacted from pipe freezing and property damages, the City’s system has not been immune and eight major line problems and other minor leaks have been repaired in the last 36 hours. Staff are also attempting to work with all customers to coordinate with their repairs and be able to resume service to their locations as soon as possible upon completion of repairs. Beginning December 22nd, several customers had excessive usage from water pipe breaks and many others had damages once pipes thawed on December 24th. Crews have been working every day to ensure those customers with leaks could be shut off, preventing further damage and allowing for repairs. Additionally, system leaks appeared beginning December 24th particularly in the areas of San Augustine St. and Nacogdoches Hwy. During this entire period the City’s two water plants have operated 24-hours daily to maximize production at well over 3 million gallons per day simply to maintain the system in compliance without significant industrial use. At present, the City’s system is stable and gaining slowly which indicates there remains substantial usage above normal levels. Please notify the Utility office at City Hall if your residence or business location is in need of assistance as well as any apparent leaks along roadways or ditches.

Boil Water Notice for Community Public Water Systems

12/24/2022

Due to low pressure and freezing water lines the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has required the Shelbyville Water system, ID# 2100014 to notify customers that were without water 12/24/2022, or if you were not without water, 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 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 Rodney Warr 936-591-5338

NEW Water Supply Boil Water Notice

Due to freezing weather conditions, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required the N.E.W. Water Supply Corporation PWS # 2030034 to notify all customers in the Norwood Community 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.

Boil Water Notice

Due to loss of pressure the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has required The City of Huxley public water system (PWS) ID# 2100019 to notify customers that were without water December 23rd, 2022 in Possum Trot, Oakdale and New Harmony Areas 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 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 Kevin Jacobs at (936) 368-2366 or Justin Belrose at (936) 368-2266.

Blood Drive Change

The blood drive is moving to the PD instead of the Community house, and will now be 10 am - 1 pm Christmas Emergency Blood Drive Come help us Save Lives!! The Holidays are a very important time to donate due to the demand for blood in hospitals being very high. Please try to make time in your busy holiday schedule and show you care, by being selfless and giving to this cause. 1 donation can help save 3 lives! Last year was a GREAT turn out, lets see if we can beat those numbers! Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will be set up in the Center Police Dept on a Donor Coach December 23rd from 10:00am - 1:00pm. This will be an inside event with seating and restrooms available. Contact Amy at the PD 936-598-2450 to sign up for scheduled times, or go to www.giveblood.org to schedule a time. Or use this Donor Link, or QR scan https://www.commitforlife.org/.../drive_schedule/342101 All Successful donors will receive a Free HOODY!!!

Boil Water Notice for San Augustine Rural Water System

Effective December 19, 2022 Until further notice

Due to a break in the line, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required San Augustine Rural Public Water System PWS #2030007 to notify all customers who were formerly Bland Lake customers on CR 114, FM 1279, FM 3230, Hwy 96 N, FM 711 and Hwy 147 N 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.

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 San Augustine Rural Water System at 220 W. Columbia Street, San Augustine, Texas, 75972, or call 936-288-0489 or Charles Sharp at 936-201-5001.

Sabine County Beekeepers

The Sabine County Beekeepers will meet for our monthly meeting on Monday Janurary 2nd. at 6:30PM. We meet every 1st Monday of the month at 6:30PM at the Sabine County Chamber of Commerce, on the square, downtown Hemphill. We welcome the public to come out and join us. We have no dues, or officers. This is for anyone interested in becoming a new beekeeper or an already experienced beekeeper. For more info, call James at (409)625-4787.

CPD press release

On the morning of December 17th, 2022, the Center Police Department was notified of a disturbance involving an off duty Center PD patrolman. Officers arrived and determined that a criminal offense occurred. The Center PD officer was taken into custody. This is an active investigation, an internal investigation is ongoing. The Texas Rangers have been contacted, as well as the Shelby County District Attorney. The off duty Center PD patrolman involved has been relieved of his duties.

Catherine's Benefits & Resale To Hold a New Member Ribbon Cutting

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce invites the Public and Chamber members to a New Member ribbon cutting for Catherine’s Benefits & Resale on Monday, December 19 at 3:00pm. There will be area home based businesses with samples, drawings and sales from 10am – 6pm.

Catherine Livingston is the owner of Catherine’s Benefits & Resale. With the help of volunteers and donations, she holds sales and benefits to help area families with medical expenses. She has been holding benefits and bake sales for 20 years, starting the business in 2002.

Catherine’s Benefits and Resale is located at 708 Southview Circle. Hours are 10am until 4pm. Earlier and later hours by appointment. You can contact Catherine at 936-332-0060.

Join the Ambassadors in welcoming Catherine Livingston to the Chamber of Commerce.

Press Release

SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Press Release

On December 05, 2022, at approximately 2:17 PM, the San Augustine Sheriff’s Office responded to 520 FM 711 in San Augustine, Texas to call of a bloodied, unresponsive male in the front yard. Upon arrival, Deputies found 33-year-old Bryan Blue deceased from injuries sustained by being shot with a cross bow in the back. Bryan Blue’s truck was missing from the scene as well. During the investigation, 34-year-old Lorenza White was quickly established as a person of interest. On this same day, at approximately 5:30 PM, Lorenza White was located in Lufkin, Texas, where he was apprehended by the Lufkin Police Department for unrelated warrants. Lorenza White was in Brian Blue’s truck, and both were transported back to the San Augustine Sheriff’s Office. Lorenza White was interviewed and did admit to shooting Bryan Blue with the cross bow and taking his truck. Lorenza White has been charged with Violation of Probation out of Shelby County, Murder 1st Degree Felony, Aggravated Robbery 1st Degree Felony, and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle State Jail Felony. The San Augustine Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the San Augustine Police Department, DPS, the Lufkin Police Department and 173rd District Attorney Paul Robbins for their assistance on this case.

Christmas Parade Winners

Press Release December 5, 2022

Santa’s Christmas Parade Winners Announced

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade Committee announces the winners of the 2022 Annual Santa’s Christmas Parade, which was held this past Saturday, December 3rd. The theme for the parade was “Christmas Around the World”.

Winners by Category are:

INDIVIDUAL CATEGORY:

1st Place – Matt Carrington

SCHOOL CATEGORY:

1st Place – Center High School Marching Band

2 nd Place – Center High School Chaparrals

CHURCH CATEGORY:

1st Place –St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church

2nd Place – First Baptist Church Worship Ministry

3rd Place – Hillcrest Baptist Church

CIVIC ORGANIZATION CATEGORY:

1st Place – Shelbyville Volunteer Fire Department

2nd Place – Girl Scout Troop #102175

3 rd Place – East Texas Disciples

BUSINESS CATEGORY:

1st Place – Tri County Community Action

2nd Place – Brock’s Rocks

3rd Place –Farmers State Bank

Overall Best in Show – Tri County Community Action

Thank you to all our sponsors: High Roller Wells, Presenting Sponsor; City of Center, Float Competition Sponsor; Town and Country Real Estate, Grand Marshal Sponsor; and Silver Sponsors Farmers State Bank and Specter, Inc. Thank you to the Center Police Department for assisting with traffic.

Thank you to the Center Fire Department for transporting the City of Center City Council and Santa Claus.

We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Flag Half Staff Alert- Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

NATIONAL PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY - DECEMBER 7, 2022

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, also referred to as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day or Pearl Harbor Day, is observed annually in the United States on December 7, to remember and honor the 2,403 Americans who were killed in the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7, 1941, which led to the United States declaring war on Japan the next day and thus entering World War II.

On Pearl Harbor Day, Wednesday, December 7, 2022 the American Flag and all flags flying with it should be flown at half-staff from sun-up until sunset to honor those who died as a result of the attack on U.S. military forces in Hawaii.

If your flag cannot be lowered at sun-up it is permissible to lower it the night before. Also if you have an outdoor flag that cannot be lowered, respect for the day can be shown by tying a black cord or ribbon to the top of the flag staff.

Operation Blue Santa Window Contest

Operation Blue Santa would like to thank the Businesses of Shelby County for their support and Christmas Spirit in decorating their windows. We had 6 business enter, and a decision will be announced on Monday the 5th on who won. Those businesses are: Ace Hardware, Johnson Properties(brokerage), McNeill & Brown Drugstore, Morrison Insurance, Roughrider Quick Lube, White Cottage Mercantile.

 

SCSO SEEKING ASSISTANCE FROM PUBLIC

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the community’s assistance in identifying the suspects involved in two separate criminal mischief incidents that occurred on Friday, November 25, 2022, in the area of County Road 4688 and FM 947. Both incidents involved a rock being thrown at the residences, causing damage to windows. One residence had surveillance video footage that shows a vehicle stop at the end of the driveway. A white male is observed running up the driveway barefooted, and further observed to throw an object through the kitchen window. It is further observed that there were three subjects in total that exited the vehicle, with two that remained at the end of the driveway, while the aforementioned male ran up to the house to throw the object, which was identified to be a rock. The video can be viewed IMG_0345.MOV If you have any information regarding this case, please contact Captain DJ Dickerson at 936.572.0255.

Surviving the Holidays seminar

GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays seminar scheduled

GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays is a helpful, encouraging seminar for people facing the holidays after a loved one’s death. Please join us on December 11 from 4 pm to 6 pm at New Life Church, 822 Hurst St in Center.

The seminar features video interviews with counselors, grief experts, and other people who have experienced the holidays after their loved one’s death and who offer practical suggestions and reassurance. These people share honestly about: • Being prepared for surprising emotions that may hit over the holidays• What to do about traditions and other coming changes • How to handle holiday parties and invitations • How to survive potentially awkward moments with other people • Where to find comfort, strength, and hope in a seemingly hopeless time

The event is free. Those who attend will receive a free Survival Guide filled with practical tips, encouraging words, journaling ideas, and exercises for daily help through the holiday season.You can find more information about the event at mynlc.info or call 210-215-2602.Thank you for your assistance.Sincerely,Robert & Arlana Untz

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