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May 14, 2018 - Shelby County was the scene of a fatal crash early Saturday, May 12, 2018 in the Patroon Community involving a Cleburne woman.

Firemen from the Shelbyville Volunteer Fire Department and Huxley Volunteer Fire Department were called to the scene, where they assisted.

According to to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas DPS Trooper Brent Murray investigated a one-vehicle crash on County Road 2798 about 10 miles south of Center.

The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 2am, a 2000 Ford pickup was traveling south on CR 2798 when the pickup drove off the roadway and rolled over; ejecting the driver.

The driver is identified as Yvette Stamps, 19, from Cleburne, TX. Stamps was pronounced deceased at the scene by Marla Denby, Shelby County Justice of the Peace Precinct 2.

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

May 14, 2018 - Tomorrow, Tuesday, May 15, 2018 is Peace Officer Memorial Day. The President has issued a proclamation ordering the flag of the United States be displayed at half-staff from sunup to sunset on this day. 

All flags flying with the US Flag should also be lowered. If you have an outside flag that can’t be lowered respect for the day can be shown by tying a black cord or ribbon to the top.

Read the Proclamation here.

May 9, 2018 - Three area constables recently working together were able to locate and arrest a Joaquin woman being sought on Shelby County Sheriff's Department warrants. 

According to Roy Cheatwood, Shelby County Constable Precinct 3, he received information on the whereabouts of Brittany Barber, 30. Constable Cheatwood went to the location with Jamie Hagler, Shelby County Constable Precinct 2, who arrested Barber while being assisted by  Zach Warr, Constable Precinct 1. Shelby County Sheriff's Department Deputy Michael Griffin also assisted at the scene.

The Shelby County Jail log shows Barber was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance, felony 3; and abandoning/endangering a child, state jail felony.

Constable Cheatwood expresses appreciation to all officers and agencies assisting in this arrest.

May 8, 2018 - Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers investigated this afternoon a three-vehicle crash on SH 94 about one mile west of Apple Springs. The preliminary crash investigation indicates at about 2:45 p.m., a 1997 Ford passenger car was traveling east on SH 94. 

The Ford reportedly crossed over the center of the roadway and struck a 2018 Toyota passenger car that was traveling west. Moments after the initial crash the Ford was then struck by an eastbound 2002 Volvo truck-tractor semi-trailer. The truck-tractor then overturned in the roadway. 

The driver of the Ford is identified as Logan Alec, 30, from Livingston, TX. Alec was pronounced deceased at the scene by a Trinity County Justice of the Peace. The driver of the Toyota is identified as Kathryn Rogers, 58, from Apple Springs, TX. 

Rogers was transported to CHI St. Luke’s Hospital in Lufkin for treatment. The driver of the truck-tractor is identified as Alan Eddins, 29, from Center, TX. Eddins was also transported to CHI St. Luke’s Hospital in Lufkin for treatment. 

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

May 8, 2018 - Plans are underway to prepare for American Idol's trip to Shelbyville, Texas for the Home Town Visit.

American Idol visits the home town of the Top 3 contestants and Cade Foehner is less than a week away from making it into the Top 3. We are asking everyone to be ready! We want to show our support for Cade in his journey and outshine the other contestants home towns. Plans are tentative and will be announced Sunday night after the Top 3 are announced. Film crews will be here and Tuesday is the tentative date for the festivities which will include a parade and a concert among other events!

So have your #CadeFoehner #NextIdol signs ready and clear your schedule for the beginning of next week!

May 8, 2018 - Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers investigated Monday morning, May 7, 2018 a two vehicle fatality crash at the intersection of SH 21 and Loop 34.

The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 7:20 a.m., a 1994 Nissan passenger car was traveling east on SH 21. A 2014 GMC SUV was traveling west on SH 21 and crossed the eastbound lane and struck the Nissan head-on. Initial reports indicate the GMC was attempting to travel onto Loop 34.

The driver of the GMC is identified as Courtney Bush, 27, from Center, TX. Bush and a three year old passenger were transported to Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches for treatment.

The driver of the Nissan is identified as Thomas Williams III, 45, from San Augustine, TX. Williams and a thirteen year old passenger were both pronounced deceased at the scene by a Nacogdoches County Justice of the Peace.

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

May 8, 2018 - The jury that has been summoned for Monday, May 14, 2018 for the 273rd District Court Honorable Charles R. Mitchell presiding has been cancelled due to the scheduled cases being resolved or passed.

Anyone receiving a summons for that day is released from jury service until they receive a future summons.

Thank you,
Lori Oliver
District Clerk
Shelby County, Texas

May 7, 2018 - Brittany Barber was arrested Friday, May 4, 2018 in Joaquin. Constable Pct. 3, Roy Cheatwood received information on Barber’s whereabouts and was able to locate her. Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Michael Griffin assisted in the arrest. Barber was booked into the Shelby County jail on warrants for POCS (F-3) $15,000 bond and Abandoning/Endangering a Child (SJF) $10,000 bond. Barber posted bonds and was released May 6, 2018.

Related article: Sheriff's Department Seeking Whereabouts of Joaquin Woman

May 6, 2018 - During the May 6th episode of American Idol it was announced the Top 7 will be going on tour! Read their announcement below.

Shelby County's Cade Foehner also made it into the top five following the nationwide vote!

Featuring the show’s top finalists, American Idol: Live! will bring your favorites from the idol stage to your hometown.

American Idol
About The Tour

After a monumental return to television in 2018, American Idol announces it’s taking the show on the road with the American Idol Live! 2018 tour, spanning three months this summer. The shows will feature this season’s talented Top Seven finalists; Cade Foehner, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Catie Turner, Gabby Barrett, Jurnee, Maddie Poppe and Michael J. Woodard with special guest, season 8 American Idol winner, Kris Allen. The 40+ city tour will kick off on Wednesday, July 11 in Redding, CA and wrap on Sunday, September 16 in Washington, DC.

Joining the tour on select dates is In Real Life, winner of ABC’s 2017 summer reality competition show “Boy Band.” In Real Life has released three singles: “Eyes Closed,” their current top 40 hit, “Tattoo (How ‘Bout You)” and “How Badly,” marking their first foray into singing in Spanish.

Produced by Faculty Productions, American Idol Live! gives fans the unique opportunity to be up close and personal with this season’s Top Seven finalists, including this years’ newly crowned American Idol, bringing your favorite television competition directly to you in performances you can’t miss.

Live Dates
Jul 11 - Redding, CA
Jul 12 - Central Point, OR
Jul 13 - Napa, CA
Jul 16 - Denver, CO
Jul 19 - Dallas, TX
Jul 20 - San Antonio, TX
Jul 21 - McAllen, TX
Jul 23 - Tuscon, AZ
Jul 24 - Mesa, AZ
Jul 26 - San Diego, CA
Jul 27 - Saratoga, CA
Jul 29 - Las Vegas, NV
Jul 30 - Modesto, CA
Jul 31 - Livermore, CA
Aug 1 - San Luis Obispo, CA
Aug 3 - Thousand Oaks, CA
Aug 4 - Los Angeles, CA
Aug 5 -Riverside, CA
Aug 8 -Tulsa, OK
Aug 9 - Kansas City, MO
Aug 10 - St. Louis, MO
Aug 12 - Baltimore, MD
Aug 13 - Albany, NY
Aug 14 - Upper Darby, PA
Aug 16 - Westbury, NY
Aug 17 - Morriston, NJ
Aug 18 - Englewood, NJ
Aug 19 - Lynn, MA
Aug 21 - Cincinnati, OH
Aug 22 - Indianapolis, IN
Aug 23 - Omaha, NE
Aug 24 - Sioux Falls, SD
Aug 27 - Salem, OR (Portland)
Aug 28 - Monroe, WA (Seattle)
Aug 30 - Billings, MT
Aug 31 - Kamas, UT (Salt Lake City)
Sep 2 -Deadwood, SD
Sep 5 - Minneapolis, MN
Sep 6 - Milwaukee, WI
Sep 7 - Rosemont, IL (Chicago)
Sep 9 - Nashville, TN
Sep 10 - Huber Heights, OH
Sep 12 - York, PA
Sep 13 - Munhall, PA (Pittsburgh)
Sep 14 - Red Bank, NJ
Sep 15 - New Bedford, MA
Sep 16 - Washington, DC

For more information visit -

May 5, 2018 - Both propositions in the Center ISD Special Bond Election passed.

Proposition A :
For - 467
Against - 162

Proposition B:
For - 396
Against - 230