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May 23, 2017 - Due to line break, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required our water System, Paxton Water, to notify customers of the need to boil their water prior to consumption. This is for the customers that were out of water on May 23, 2017 in the Paxton area, and surrounding county roads.

To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and making ice should be boiled and cooled prior to use. The water should be brought to a vigorous, rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source.

When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the water system officials will notify you that the water is safe for consumption. Instructions to discontinue boiling will be issued in the same manner as this notice. If you have any questions concerning this matter, you may contact Vince Di Verdi at 936-590-9177 or 936-332-7683.

May 22, 2017 - Red Hill Lake Recreation Area will be open Thursday, May 25 through Oct. 1 for the summer season.

The delayed opening of Red Hill Lake Recreation Area is a result of vandalism to the electric hookups in January. As a result of the vandalism, electricity will not be available at campsites, according to Kimpton Cooper, Sabine National Forest Ranger.

“If anyone has information related to this crime, please call our office at 409-625-1940,” Cooper said.

May 22, 2017 - Due to a positive bacteriological sample, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required our water system City of Joaquin / 2100010 to notify customers in Joaquin, Texas of the need to boil their water prior to consumption.

To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and making ice should be boiled and cooled prior to use. The water should be brought to a vigorous, rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source.

When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the water system officials will notify you that the water is safe for consumption. Instructions to discontinue boiling will be issued in the same manner as this notice.

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Stacy Cranford at (903) 692-4313, Perry Pugh at (936) 572-8226, or the City Office at (936) 269-3021.

If a customer wishes to contact the TCEQ, they may call 512-239-4691.

May 21, 2017 - FM 417 was the scene of a single-vehicle crash Friday, May 19 resulting from the combination of roadway gravel and speed.

Eyewitness accounts shared the gravel had recently been added to the road and other drivers were having difficulty maintaining control.

The Shelbyville Volunteer Fire Department and Center Fire Department were dispatched to the scene. Jaws of Life was used to gain better access to both individuals in the vehicle by removing doors to better extricate them.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Jesse Fountain, at 8am a grey 2005 GMC Yukon driven by Barbara Cagle, 58, of Shelbyville was southbound on FM 417 at CR 2335. Due to unsafe speed, the Yukon traveled across some loose gravel in a left hand curve causing the vehicle to lose traction. 

Cagle over corrected the Yukon to the right, causing it to travel off the roadway into the barrow ditch where the vehicle flipped several times before coming to rest on its top facing the roadway. 

Cagle was flown by Life Air Rescue helicopter to LSU Hospital in Shreveport for treatment. Her passenger Joyce Walker, 76, was transported by ACE EMS to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Center Emergency Department for possible injuries.

Assisting Trooper Fountain with the investigation was Trooper Cpl. Jimmy Faulkner.

May 19, 2017 - Emergency personnel were dispatched to CR 3173 late Thursday, May 18, 2017 to a single-vehicle crash involving an intoxicated driver.

When EMS arrived, the driver did not appear to be seriously injured. Following the arrival of Texas Department of Public Safety State Troopers and Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department, it was determined the driver was intoxicated.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Taylor Buster, at 11:20pm a red 2000 Ford F-150 driven by Chad Edwin Richard, 26, of Joaquin was traveling southbound on CR 3173 failed to maintain single lane, leaving the roadway to the right and striking the bank of a ditch causing right front quarter panel damage.

Richard received a citation for no insurance and was arrested at the scene for driving while intoxicated with open container.

DPS State Troopers Richard Hill and Sean Smith assisted with the crash investigation.

May 19, 2017 - FM 947 just under three miles from Tenaha was the scene of a single-vehicle crash resulting in an arrest on May 16, 2017.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) State trooper Taylor Buster, at 5:19pm a black 2007 GMC 1500 driven by Samuel Swann, 30, of Center was westbound on FM 947 when the truck left the roadway to the left and Swann over corrected right causing the truck to travel back across both traffic lanes. 

The truck traveled off the roadway again to the right in a side skid before flipping and coming to rest on its top with major damage to the vehicle.

Swann was arrested for driving while intoxicated and was transported to the Shelby County Jail. Swann and his passenger, Britney Stewart, 25, were not reported to have received injury as a result of the crash.

The crash was investigated by DPS State Trooper Richard Hill, assisted by DPS State Troopers Taylor Buster, Sean Smith and Justin Sikes.

May 19, 2017 - Notice is hereby given that a Special Meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners' Court will be held on the 22nd day of May, 2017 at 9:30am 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 monthly expenses.

2. Public discussion on agenda items.

3. Discuss and possibly approve the Interlocal Agreement for E9-1-1 Automatic Location Information Maintenance Service for FY 2018-2019 between Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) and Shelby County.

4. Discuss and possibly approve the Interlocal Agreement for Public Safety Answering Point Services for FY 2018-2019 between the Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) and Shelby County.

5. Proclamation declaring May as Elder Abuse Prevention Awareness Month.

6. Discuss and possibly accept the resignation of Justice of the Peace Precinct 1, Maxie Eaves effective July 1, 2017.

7. Discuss replacing Judge Eaves and the procedures for appointing a replacement for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1.

8. Adjourn.

May 17, 2017 - U.S. Highway 59 on the south side of Tenaha was the scene of a two-vehicle crash on Sunday, May 14, 2017 when a vehicle entered highway traffic.

According to Tenaha Deputy City Marshal Jacob Samford, at 4pm a silver 1995 Mercury driven by Travis Ray Handy, 18, of Tenaha crossed U.S. Highway 59 from W. Railroad St. and was attempting to enter Martin Luther King Drive.

A black 2005 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck driven by Randy Jay Sims, 53, of Trinidad, Texas was northbound on U.S. 59, with passenger Kimberly Sims, 23, of Tenaha. At that time the Mercury crossed and failed to yield right of way to the Chevrolet, colliding with the driver's side of the truck.

Transported from the scene by ACE EMS was Randy Sims for treatment of unknown injuries.

Handy was issued citations for fail to yield right of way, no driver's license, and no insurance.

The Tenaha Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the scene with traffic control and with vehicles involved at the scene.

Deputy City Marshal Samford was assisted with the investigation by Deputy City Marshal Darren Gray.

May 16, 2017 Update (DPS Press Release) - As a result of the crash involving the Shelbyville ISD school bus, Victor Lee, 13, of Shelbyville, was pronounced deceased yesterday at a Nacogdoches Hospital.

The driver of the 1997 Dodge truck has been identified as Courtland Vaughn, 20, from Shelbyville, TX. Vaughn was not reportedly injured as a result of the crash. Marla Denby, 53, of Shelbyville was identified as the driver of the school bus and was treated at a local hospital for her injuries.

Several other students involved in the crash were transported to area hospitals.

This investigation remains ongoing.


May 15, 2017 - Tragedy has struck the Shelbyville area as a crash incident involving a school bus in Lout Town has resulted in the death of a student.

Emergency personnel and school officials all responded to the scene of the incident to provide support for the students involved in the wreck. Once the students exited the bus, they were moved to a nearby county road where anyone injured could be treated.

Civilians first on scene offered assistance with returning the school bus to an upright position. Quickly thereafter, emergency personnel provided immediate medical attention to the child who later lost his life.

Upon arrival, Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputy Adam Renfro began working with others including Marsha Cooper, with the US Forest Service, to perform CPR on the child when EMS arrived. Jud Matthews, Shelbyville ISD Police Chief, continued working with him as he was transported to the ACE EMS ambulance.

Center Fire Department and Shelbyville Volunteer Fire Department arrived on scene to provide additional support with the victims of the crash and with traffic control while the area became quickly flooded with family members of the students, community members and additional school representatives. Constable Pct 2, Jamie Hagler was also on scene assisting.

While DPS Troopers Keith Jones, Jimmy Faulkner and John Hallenbeck worked to investigate the incident, ambulances carrying additional medical personnel from the surrounding counties of San Augustine and Sabine County rolled out with students being transported for unknown injuries or to be evaluated for the possibility of injury, as a precaution.

Shelby County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Kevin Windham was already on scene when Sheriff Willis Blackwell arrived with additional units. Chief DJ Dickerson, who is also a licensed EMT, went to help see to the needs of the students stationed on the county road.

Vail and Son Wrecker Service and Williams Wrecker Service assisted in removing the truck and bus from the scene.

Until all students were clear of the location, school officials remained on site.

According to a press release issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety, (DPS) Troopers are investigating the crash on FM 139 at County Route 2552.

At approximately 4 p.m., a Shelbyville Independent School District bus was turning right from FM 139 onto CR 2552 to travel south when it was struck from behind by a 1997 Dodge pickup. The collision caused the school bus to turn over, resulting in the death of an 11-year-old boy and injuring several students.

The investigation is ongoing and more information will be released as it becomes available. 

May 15, 2017 - FM 947 (Tennessee Road) outside of Tenaha was the scene of a single-vehicle crash Friday, May 12, 2017. 

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Keith Jones, at around 9pm a red 1998 Ford F-150 owned by Michael Hall of Diboll and driven by Joshua Carroll Kelley, 28, of Gary was westbound on FM 947, two miles outside of Tenaha.

At that time Kelley was intoxicated when he left the roadway and struck a tree causing damage. A passerby called 9-1-1 when Kelley was witnessed leaving the scene of the crash in the wrecked truck.

Several law enforcement officers headed in the direction of the vehicle. Jake Metcalf, Constable Precinct 4, reported that as he approached the truck it moved into his lane of travel and almost struck his vehicle.

Constable Metcalf was able to get Kelley to pull over at that location until DPS Troopers arrived as well as Tenaha City Marshal Deputy Jacob Samford.

ACE EMS arrived at the scene and no injuries were reported resulting from the incident. It was determined at the scene Kelley was intoxicated and he was arrested by Trooper Cpl. Jimmy Faulkner for driving while intoxicated. He was transported to the Shelby County Jail and was also charged with driving while license invald.

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