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August 6, 2018 - State Highway 7 West at the intersection of FM 711 was the scene of a single-vehicle crash Friday, August 3, 2018.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Jonathan Stinson, Troopers were dispatched to the crash at 6:45pm. Upon arrival, it was determined and after interview with the driver of a Nissan pickup truck, Marion Ward Storm, 73, of Joaquin, she was traveling around 65 mph in the inside lane when she stated another vehicle in front of her was preparing to turn left on FM 711. 

Storm took evasive action in attempts to avoid colliding with the other vehicle and jerked the wheel to the right. This caused the Nissan to go into a side-spin and travel off the roadway to the right where it clipped a roadway sign and then collided with a metal pole before flipping over onto its top, where it came to rest.

Storm received a possible leg injury and was transported by private vehicle to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department for treatment. 

She was issued a citation for unsafe speed.

A fireman from the Huxley Volunteer Fire Department was in the vicinity during the crash investigation and assisted with traffic control. The truck was towed from the scene by Hughes Wrecker Service.

August 3, 2018 - The City of Huxley will be conducting a free chlorine burnout of its water distribution system. The burnout will begin on Monday, August 6, 2018. This event will last a maximum of 30 days.

Currently the City of Huxley uses chloramines for disinfection of the drinking water. Chloramines are created by combining chlorine and ammonia. During this free chlorine burn, the disinfection process will be changed from chloramines to free chlorine. Free chlorine is a stronger and faster-acting disinfectant. Customers may notice increased flushing throughout the water distribution system during this time period, and possibly the following free chlorine burnout. 

This will allow flushing of the system to help remove sediment from the pipes and distribute the change in disinfectant.

It is important to understand that during this temporary change there may be some discoloration or cloudiness in the water and possibly a slight chlorine odor or taste. If this is experienced, customers may want to run the water through the tap until it clears. Minor pressure fluctuations and small air pockets may also occur. Flush valves should remove a majority of the color and odor, but some may reach customer lines during the process.

Is the Water Safe to Drink?

Yes, the water is safe to drink throughout this process.

Any odor and color issues will be nuisance only, which will subside as the flushing is completed. Discoloration in laundry is possible during this time. Cleaning additives are readily available at local stores to help prevent or remove any discoloration that may occur. Customers who use tap water for kidney dialysis at home should consult their doctor to advise them if any changes are necessary in their residual disinfectant neutralization procedures. Customers utilizing the water for aquariums should monitor both free and combined chlorine residuals.

During normal business hours residents may call 936-368-2633 or 936-368-2266 with any questions concerning the free chlorine burnout. The City of Huxley Water Utilities Department appreciates residents’ patience and understanding as it works to further improve the quality of the water for all customers.

August 1, 2018 - The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) responded to a burglary call July 30, 2018 off CR 3341 in Joaquin. Upon arrival, officers met with the home owner who stated someone forced entry into the home and stole several guns.

As previously reported, Roy Cheatwood, Shelby County Constable Precinct 3, made contact with the suspects in the vehicle after being alerted to a situation at Quick Stop in Joaquin.

Cheatwood reported the individuals left the scene and crossed over into DeSoto Parish where they abandoned the vehicle.

The vehicle was impounded by the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office. Investigators with the SCSO inventoried the vehicle and located the guns stolen from the home in Joaquin in the trunk of the car.

Cheatwood identified a suspect in the vehicle as having ties to the homeowner in Joaquin. The other suspects have not been identified or apprehended at this time.

The SCSO would like to thank Constable Cheatwood and Desoto Parish Sheriff’s Office for assisting with all areas of this investigation. By working closely with Constable Cheatwood, we were able to recover the stolen property in one day. The case is still under investigation.

August 1, 2018 - Use caution traveling down Nacogdoches Street. Work crews are detouring traffic near the intersection of Nacogdoches and Wheeler Street. 

August 1, 2018 - According to the Shelby County Sheriff's Department, Hill turned himself into the Dallas County Sheriff's Office July 31. Hill posted bond and was released the same day.

July 31, 2018 - The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is actively seeking the whereabouts of Prince Earl Hill, 50, of Center.

Hill is described as a black male, 5’6”, 265 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He is wanted by the Irving Police Department for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Felony 2.

Hill’s last known address was 386 Lakewood Drive in Center, Texas.

If you have any information regarding this individual, you are urged to contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department at 936-598-5601 or call 9-1-1 immediately.

If anyone is found to be hindering the apprehension, harboring or concealing, providing or aiding with any means of avoiding arrest or effecting escape, or warns Hill of impending discovery or apprehension, will be arrested and charged in accordance to Penal Code 38.05 Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution, a Felony 3 offense.

July 31, 2018 - WEATHER STATS for July 2018 prepared and submitted by Ann Forbes, U.S. Weather Service Observer.
Highest Temp was 107 degrees on 7-23-2018
Highest Temp on Record was 110 degrees on 7-26-1954
Lowest Temp was 68 degrees on 7-26-2018
Lowest Temp on Record was 55 degrees on 7-15-1967, 7-07-1970 and 7-08-1972
Rainfall Recorded was 2.94 inches
Average Monthly Rainfall is 3.31 inches
Below Average by 0.37 inches
Highest Recorded for This Month was 10.19 inches in 2002
Lowest Recorded for This Month was 0.19 inches in 1947
Yearly Rainfall through July is 32.41 inches
Average Rainfall through July is 31.24 inches
Below Average through July by 1.17 inches
11 triple digit days in July!!!   Had one in June for total of 12.  
Stay Cool and remember Shelby County Schools start in August!!!  

For full weather report click here.

July 31, 2018 - The Center Fire Department responded to the aid of Timpson Volunteer Fire Department Tuesday, July 24, 4:45pm in regards to a hay meadow which had caught on fire.

The field was located just off State Highway 87 North near County Road 4012 and a large portion of the field was scorched by the fire. A hay baler on the location had burned. The fire departments worked together to extinguish remaining flames on the field and in nearby woods.

Firemen returned to the station at 5:15pm.

Public records indicate the property is owned by WM and Gloria Sprague.

July 31, 2018 - ADM Animal Nutrition, a division of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM), is recalling 200-pound tubs of Mintrate® 36-15 Breed Right Tub cattle feed, product number 54549AAA6H, because the product may contain elevated levels of non-protein nitrogen, which could be harmful to cattle. Excessive levels of non-protein nitrogen can be toxic to cattle and can cause muscle tremors (especially of face and ears), abdominal pain, bloat, frothy salivation, excessive urination, teeth grinding, incoordination, weakness, shortness of breath and possible death.

There is one lot number involved in this recall: Lot # QE12918. The product was distributed between May 24, 2018, and June 29, 2018, and could have been purchased in Illinois, Nebraska, New Mexico and Texas.

ADM Animal Nutrition received a report from one customer claiming this feed may have resulted in death loss. The company immediately began investigating and initiated the recall upon receiving confirmation that the feed may contain elevated levels of non-protein nitrogen. ADM has been in direct contact with the customer and distributors involved in this recall, and all product has been removed from retail shelves.

The lot number, QE12918, can be found at the bottom of the label. Click heredisclaimer icon to view an image of the label. Customers who have purchased the recalled feed should immediately stop using it and return it  to their distributor or directly to ADM Animal Nutrition for a full refund. Please direct any customer inquiries to 800-217-2007 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Central time Monday through Friday.

July 31, 2018 - An investigation by Roy Cheatwood, Shelby County Precinct 3 Constable, into a questionable attempted use of a check at Quick Stop in Haslam resulted in the recovery of a stolen vehicle.

According to Constable Cheatwood, at around 9am Monday, July 30, 2018 he was alerted to the situation at Quick Stop and was advised that the subjects were in a possible stolen vehicle, a 2013 Dodge Challenger. 

Upon making contact with the suspect vehicle and the suspects inside at Nuway convenience store, Constable Cheatwwod reports the Dodge fled into Louisiana at a high-rate of speed. Constable Cheatwood notified the Shelby County Sheriff's Department, as well as DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Department, as the car was heading into their area. 

The suspects drove the Dodge into a neighborhood in Logansport where they reportedly ditched the vehicle and fled on foot. The vehicle was indeed determined to have recently been stolen by a group of juveniles in the Longview area. 

Cheatwood expresses appreciation to all law enforcement involved in recovery of the Dodge including Shelby County Sheriff's Department, DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Department, and the Mt. Pleasant Police Department. He also commended the employees of Quick Stop for their immediate action in reporting the suspected check to law enforcement.

The vehicle was impounded by the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Department, and is awaiting retrieval by the owner. This incident remains under investigation at this time.

July 27, 2018 - Speed limits in Tenaha, in Shelby County, are scheduled to be lowered following a recommendation from TxDOT and approval by Tenaha City Commissioners.

The speed limit on FM 2695 will be lowered to 45 miles per hour from 55 miles per hour from FM 947 to Loop 157.

A new school zone will also be added with a speed limit set at 25 miles per hour when lights are flashing from a point approximately .038 miles northeast of FM 947 to a point approximately .241 miles north-eastward. When lights are not activated, the speed limit will be 45 miles per hour in either direction.

These new speed limits will be enforceable once signs are set. Motorists should stay alert when traveling through a school zone. It is illegal to use a cell phone in a school zone or text and drive in Texas.

For more information, contact or (936) 633-4395.