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February 20, 2018 - Steady winds blew smoke from a house on fire in Center and alerted neighbors there was something wrong Monday night.

The smoke was traveling in a northerly direction and across State Highway 7 West. A nearby neighbor smelled the smoke before flames became visible from the outside of the structure and quickly called 9-1-1.

The Center Fire Department was dispatched to 100 Shari Street in Center, Texas around 9:29pm Monday, February 19, 2018 for the fire.

Power line providing service to the house is seen arcing while firemen are nearby working to extinguish the flames.

ACE EMS which is located just down the road from Shari Street was alerted by the smoke as well and was first to arrive on scene just moments before the Center Fire Department. At the time of arrival, it was uncertain if anyone was inside the home. Center firemen broke through the front door to gain entrance and began searching inside the smoke filled structure. No one was inside and firemen made quick work of dousing the flames.

The fire did break through into the attic; however, firemen were able to contain it minimizing the fire damage to a bedroom area and the attic. The rest of the house received smoke damage.

A vehicle parked in the garage was unharmed as were nearby homes. The Center Fire Department returned back to the station at 11:30pm.

The house belongs to Allen Gossett, Jr of Center and no one was home at the time of the fire.

February 16, 2018 -
Class I Recall
Health Risk: High

Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., a Waco, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 101,310 pounds of ready-to-eat breaded chicken patties that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically rubber, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The ready-to-eat breaded chicken patties were produced and packed on Sept. 6, 2017. The following products are subject to recall: [View labels by clicking here]

30-lb. boxes with six 5-lb. clear bags containing “GOLD KIST FARMS, Fully Cooked Whole Grain Home-Style Breaded Chicken Patties,” with a case code of 72491050xx and a product code of 665400.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-20728” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to institutions nationwide.

The problem was discovered after the firm received a customer complaint on Feb. 13, 2018. Pilgrim's Pride distributed the product to institutions, including schools. Although the product was sold through the USDA commodity program, the introduction of the foreign material was due to an equipment failure at the facility. 

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider. 

Customers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact James Brown, consumer relations manager at Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., at 1-800-321-1470. Media with questions about the recall can contact Cameron Bruett, head of media relations at Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., at (970) 506-7801.

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at or via smartphone at The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at:

USDA Recall Classifications

  • Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
  • Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
  • Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.

February 16, 2018 - (Update: February 16, 2018) - SCSO Seeking Information on Structure Fire

On February 8, 2018 at approximately 4 a.m., the Shelbyville Volunteer Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 8185 CR 2115 in Shelbyville. This residence is at the corner of 87 South and CR 2115.

Upon arrival, fire crews found the single story structure and a passenger car fully involved. At the time of the fire, the residence was unoccupied and had no utilities hooked up.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating this suspicious fire. If you have any information regarding this fire or if you have seen anyone at the residence in the days prior to this incident, please contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office at 936-598-5601.

February 10, 2018 - Firemen were dispatched to a house fire on State Highway 87 South at the intersection of CR 2115 at 4am, February 9, 2018.  

When Shelbyville Volunteer Fire Department (SVFD) personnel arrived on scene, the fire was fully involved, and assistance was requested from Center Fire Department (CFD).

SVFD firemen got to work extinguishing the fire, and attempting to prevent fire from overtaking the entire house in the event someone was inside.

SVFD had three tanker trucks and a grass truck on scene when CFD firemen arrived at the location.

The two departments worked together to extinguish the house and a car which was right next to the building. Both the house and the vehicle were a total loss. SVFD firemen were dispatched back to the house later in morning when the fire rekindled.

A cause was not immediately able to be determined, and it's not believed anyone was living at the residence. No active utilities were running to the house.

February 15, 2018 (Notice) - Notice for Early Voting on Saturday and/or Sunday and Extended Hours (Aviso para la votación temprana en Sábado y/o Domingo y horario extendido)

For the Shelby County Primary Elections to be held on March 6, 2018, additional early voting will be held as follows: (Para las Elecciones Primarias del Condado de Shelby que se celebrarán el 6 de marzo de 2018, se llevará a cabo una votación anticipada adicional de la siguiente manera:)

Location (Sitio)
Shelby County Clerk’s Office, 124 Austin Street, Center, Texas

Date (Fecha) / Hours (Horas)
Saturday, February 24th, 2018, 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 PM
Sunday, February 25th, 2018, 12:00 Noon – 4:00 PM

Issued this 15th day of February, 2018. (Emitido este dia 15th febrero, 2018)

Jennifer Fountian
Early Voting Clerk
Shelby County Clerk

February 14, 2018 Lufkin – The Texas Department of Transportation, the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association, Stephen F. Austin State University and the Angelina College Procurement Assistance Center are sponsoring an event to encourage and highlight upcoming subcontracting opportunities for highway and building construction in East Texas.

The event, Projects Adding Value by Expanding Diversity (PAVED), will be held at Angelina College on February 22 from 3:30 to 6 pm in the Community Services Building, CS 104.

PAVED is an initiative developed by TxDOT’s Civil Rights Division to increase Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation in heavy highway construction projects. PAVED targets specific project opportunities in various areas of the state and focuses events on each of these projects. Those attending will not only learn about these projects, but will also have the opportunity to network with prime contractors.

Lufkin District projects will be highlighted including the widening of US 69 South from FM 844 to FM 1270 in Angelina County. Other PAVED events are scheduled across the state in coming months. Those wanting to participate are encouraged to register online at


February 12, 2018 - West Shelby County Volunteer Fire Department (WSCVFD) were dispatched to, and fought a house fire Monday, February 12, 2018 at 6:49am and they were assisted by the Center Fire Department (CFD).

When firemen with the WSCVFD arrived at the residence of Brian Horton, just over five miles from SH 7 West, the fire was fully involved with the house.

CFD firemen were then dispatched to the location to assist WSCVFD. Flames had breached the roof and were emanating from the middle of the house.

Two vehicles were destroyed during the fire on the back side in a garage area. That area appeared to firemen to have been the origin of the fire.

Once the fire was able to be extinguished from the outside, the firemen gained entry into the home and were able to finish putting fire out inside.

Meanwhile, other firemen went into the home and extracted belongings including clothes, blankets and a variety of other things from inside the house.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and no injuries were reported resulting from the fire.

CFD firemen returned to the station at 10:30am and WSCVFD firemen returned to their station at 11:15am.

February 10, 2018Alert: Crews are pretreating in Houston, Trinity, Nacogdoches, and Shelby counties today and Sunday for possible freezing precipitation.

More moisture is predicted with little or no accumulation. We will continue to monitor conditions.

February 9, 2018 - State Highway 7 East was the scene of a two-vehicle crash in Center, Thursday, February 8, 2018 at Sardis Road.

When officers arrived, a white passenger car was on the eastbound shoulder and facing west. A white sport utility vehicle was on the westbound side of the roadway and flipped on its top.

ACE EMS personnel were also on scene to see to the medical needs of anyone involved in the crash.

According to Center Police Officer Angela Neal, at 7:15pm a white Dodge Neon driven by Jordan Shisler, 26, with passenger Raul Aquino Cortez, 23, both of Center was westbound on State Highway 7 and was stopped, preparing to turn.

As Shisler began turning onto Sardis Road, a white Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by Francisco Hernandez, 51, of Center approached from the rear and tried to pass on the shoulder, striking the right side of the Dodge. Hernandez lost control and the Trailblazer flipped onto its top in a ditch.

No injuries were reported as a result of the crash. Hernandez was issued a citation for no driver's license.

February 9, 2018 - East Liberty was the scene of a house fire 8:16am, Wednesday, February 9, 2018, and was a total loss for the residents.

When firemen arrived at the residence of Joseph Simpson on CR 2569, the house was fully engulfed in flames. 

The house was too far along to be saved. Firemen worked quickly to extinguish the flames, and prevented further spread to the woods and homes nearby.

At the time of the fire, the cause was not immediately known. The heat from the fire caused damage to a vehicle on the property.

February 7, 2018 - The Tenaha City Marshal's Office has reported the arrest of three individuals involving two separate investigations.

Elisha M. RemediesTenaha City Marshal Jeremy Pope first reports on the result of the execution of a search warrant on February 5, 2018 in the city of Joaquin.

According to the press release, following a theft Investigation in the city limits of Tenaha, the Tenaha City  Marshal's Office, on February 5, 2018, executed a search warrant at a residence located on East Saddle Street In Joaquin.

Officers with the Tenaha City Marshal's Office are reported to have located stolen property related to the theft along with an illegal firearm, narcotics and other dangerous drugs. A white female, identified as Elisha M. Remedies, 33, was taken into custody at the scene and transported to the Shelby County Jail, by the Tenaha Marshal's Office, and without incident.

Remedies was charged with Theft M(b), Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon F(3), Possession of a Controlled Substance M(a) and Possession of a Dangerous Drug M(a). This is an ongoing investigation with further arrests pending.

The Tenaha City Marshal's Office thanked the following agencies for their assistance In the county. Shelby County District Attorney's Office, Shelby County Constable Pct. 2, Texas Department of Public Safety and the Shelby County Probation Department.

In a separate investigation two more arrests occurred, according to City Marshal Pope. Following more information, on a theft that occurred in the city limits of Tenaha, on February 6, 2018, at approximately 8:30pm, officers with the Tenaha City Marshal's Office investigated a residence on West Drive in Tenaha.

Bradley BrockDuring the Investigation, a black male, identified as Bradley Brock, 27, was located inside the residence. Brock was taken into custody on a Tenaha warrant for Theft M (b). Brock was also arrested for Nacogdoches County warrants on three counts of Fail to Appear and one warrant for Bail Jumping.

During the Investigation, officers located marijuana inside the residence, which was located next to the Tenaha High School, Brock was also charged with Possession of Marijuana in a Drug Free Zone which is a State Jail Felony.

Amy Allen

Also arrested at the residence was a white female, identified as Amy Allen, 37, Allen was charged with Possession of Marijuana in a Drug Free Zone, State Jail Felony. Both subjects were transported to the Shelby County Jail, by the Tenaha City Marshal's Office without Incident.

Marshal Jeremy H. Pope states, "This investigation Is still open, pending more arrests. The Tenaha Marshal's Office would like to thank the following agencies for their assistance in this investigation, Shelby County District Attorney's Office, The Department of Public Safety, Constable Pct. 2, Constable Pct. 4 and the Shelby County Probation Department."