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August 31 - Low Cost Spay/Neuter and Pet Wellness Clinic one Thursday each month and every fourth Saturday from 10-3p. The next clinic will take place on Friday, September 4th at Tractor Supply in Center, Texas located at 1155 Tenaha Street. We offer dog/cat vaccines, heartworm tests/prevention, flea/tick prevention, microchips, and nail trims.

Now offering low cost spay/ neuter and pets must have appointment for surgery. Information can be found at or call (903)590-7722.

September 1, 2015 LUFKIN – The Texas Transportation Commission last week approved 91 construction projects statewide totaling more than $535 million, and includes five within the Lufkin District that total $16.8 million.

Of the 91 projects, 22 were approved using $304 million of Proposition 1 funding. Two Lufkin District projects were included in the latest round of Proposition 1 funding and totaled $11.7 million. The funds are used for roadway construction, restoration and rehabilitation and will improve mobility, safety and connectivity.

“The Commission and TxDOT continue to deliver needed transportation projects that will greatly benefit Texas drivers and the state’s economy,” said TxDOT Executive Director LtGen Joe Weber, USMC (Ret). “The message from community leaders and local planning organizations, as well as the message sent by voters when they approved Proposition 1 last November, is that transportation concerns must be addressed in a manner that is both efficient and effective. Our efforts continue to prove we hear and understand that message.”

The two Proposition 1 projects approved in the Lufkin District were:

A $7.3 million construction project in San Augustine County designated to add passing lanes and reconstruct the roadway on US 96 along a 6.1 mile section from the Shelby County line to FM 3451. Moore Brothers Construction Company will serve as contractor.

A $4.4 million construction project in Trinity County that includes pavement reconstruction on a portion of US 287 from Harrison Street in Groveton to FM 355; and a pavement reconstruction on US 287 from FM 355 to Vickery Street in Groveton. Smith & Company will serve as contractor.

Other approved projects for the Lufkin District included bridge replacements and approaches in Polk, Nacogdoches and Shelby counties. Those bridges set for replacement include:

A $1.9 million project in Polk County that will replace bridges on Leggett Road at a tributary of Big Sandy Creek; on Jack Pate Road at a tributary of McManus Creek; and on East Clamon Road at Bear Creek. Longview Bridge and Road will serve as contractor for the project.

A $1.7 million project in Nacogdoches County that will replace bridges on FM 95 at Parallel Creek; and on FM 95 at Dog Creek. Longview Bridge and Road will serve as contractor for the project.

A $1.3 million bridge replacement in Shelby County on FM 415 at Bear Bayou. Longview Bridge and Road will serve as contractor for the project.

Also approved was $165,000 in grant funding for the Center Municipal Airport that is earmarked for planned airport improvements, including lighting, engineering and design. The project costs will be funded through the city of Center and TxDOT’s Aviation Facilities Grant Program, which preserves and improves the state’s general aviation system.

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

September 1, 2015 Flat Fork Creek bridge on U.S. 96 North was the scene of a two-vehicle crash on Tuesday afternoon, September 1, 2015 following heavy rainfall.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) State Trooper Keith Jones, at 2:50pm on September 1, 2015 a 2008 black Dodge Nitro SLT driven by Samantha Joanne Steptoe, 25, of Shelbyville was traveling south on U.S. 96 North.

The vehicle was crossing Flat Fork Creek bridge when it hydroplaned due to unsafe speed and crossed over the center stripe into oncoming traffic. The left rear quarter panel of the Nitro struck the front of a 2011 white GMC Terrain driven by Bobby Gene McDonald, 88, of Carthage causing the vehicles to come to rest against the wall of the bridge.

ACE EMS arrived on scene with DPS Troopers. The drivers and Steptoe's passengers including a 2-year-old male and 3-month-old female were examined at the scene and refused treatment.

Steptoe was issued a citation for unsafe speed. Assisting at the scene were DPS Troopers Dustin Ramos and Taylor Buster.

September 1, 2015 - Weather Stats for August 2015 prepared by Jim and Ann Forbes, U.S. Weather Observers

Highest Temp was 105 degrees on August 10th and 11th
Highest Temp on Record was 110 degrees on 8-18-1951 and 110 degrees for 4 days in 2011
Lowest Temp was 62 degrees on 8-26-2015
Lowest Temp on Record was 52 degrees on 8-31-1986

Rainfall Recorded was 1.75 inches
Average Monthly Rainfall is 3.52 inches
Below Average by 1.77 inches
Highest Recorded for this month was 15.10 inches in 1997
Lowest Recorded for this month was 0.00 in 1951

Total Rainfall through August, 2015 is 52.88 inches
Average Rainfall through August is 34.76 inches
6 Triple Digit days: 100 degrees on the 7th, 101 degrees on the 8th and 9th, 105 degrees on the 10th and 11th, and 101 degrees on the 12th of August, 2015

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August 31, 2015 - Firemen battled with a triple-house fire early on Monday, August 31, 2015 on CR 2025. When the Center Fire Department arrived on scene at 5:11am at the residence of Duane Collins located at 2852 CR 2050 (Africa Road), two houses were completely engulfed in flames while a third was just beginning to ignite.

The firemen quickly began dragging hose and and proceeded to fighting the fire at different ends of the property. As the firemen worked at extinguishing the fire, they focused a lot of attention on the third house to ignite as it was not fully engulfed like the others.

While firemen sprayed water on the front of the house, another group of firemen gained entry to the rear of the building. Once the majority of that house was extinguished, the proceeded to attacking the surrounding houses and a car with water. The Shelbyville Volunteer Fire Department arrived on scene with a tanker truck to provide additional water.

Half of a tree fell on the house to the front of the property during the fire; however, no firemen were in its path as it fell. A fourth house on the property remained untouched by flames once the fires were extinguished.

According to neighbors across the street from the residence, at the time Collins discovered what had been his grandmother's house was on fire at the back of the property, he evacuated his house which was at the front of the property and called for help. When firemen arrived, Collins was at another neighbor's residence up the road. The neighbor's also stated the third house which was igniting had previously been Collins' aunt's house.

The two houses that initially caught on fire appeared to be a total loss, and the third house received considerable fire and water damage.

Shelbyville VFD returned to the station at 6:30am and the Center Fire Department returned to the station at 8:20am.


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Posted by Shelby County Today on Monday, August 31, 2015

August 31, 2015 - The Shelby County commissioners met on Monday, August 31, 2015 at 9am to discuss the possibility of lifting the burn ban in Shelby County. At this time the burn ban remains in effect. The commissioners will still be considering lifting it; however, at this time they did not feel it was time to lift it yet.

The purchase of a new dump truck from the buy board for Commissioner Precinct 2 Jimmy Lout was approved following a motion. The truck it is replacing was involved in a crash on August 11, 2015 on State Highway 87 South of Shelbyville. According to Lout, he currently has the funds for the purchase and insurance will cover the expense.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:13am.

August 28, 2015 - Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that unknown suspect(s) entered into a vehicle belonging to Mr. Terry Bailey at his residence. Suspect(s) stole several Apple iPhones and money.

Mr. Terry Bailey has offered a $10,000 dollar reward for the arrest and conviction of suspect(s) involved in this theft.

If anyone has any information regarding this case, please contact Shelby County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Investigator DJ Dickerson at (936) 572-1468.

August 28, 2015 - The jury that has been summoned originally on Monday, August 17th and instructed to report back on Monday, August 31st, 2015 for the 273rd District Court, Honorable Charles R. Mitchell, presiding has been cancelled due to the case being settled. Anyone instructed to come back on Monday, August 31, 2015 is released from jury service until they receive a future summons.

Gene Keenon, Manager Government Affairs at Republic Services Inc.August 27, 2015 - A $1,000 contribution was presented to the city of Center at their recent meeting held on Monday, August 24, 2015. In peparation for several upcoming events, including the East Texas Poultry Festival (ETPF), the council approved street closures.

Gene Keenon, Manager Government Affairs at Republic Services Inc., presented the city with the contribution to benefit local organizations in the city of Center.

"I have an agreement with Chad [Nehring] that we will contribute $1,000 a year to be split between the watermelon festival and the poultry fest, so I just wanted to bring that in," said Keenon.

Mayor David Chadwick thanked Keenon for giving back to a community that supports the business he represents.

A public hearing of the proposed tax rate and budget were presented at the beginning of the meeting. The proposed tax rate is 54 cents per $100. No comments were provided by the council or public and the hearing was closed.

A motion was carried by the council to approve Resolution 2015-27 Interlocal Agreement with Shelby County Appraisal District (SCAD) – Aerial Photography. Nehring explained the company which handles the aerial photography and GIS mapping for the SCAD will be taking higher resolution images for the city to assist the utility department, public works and law enforcement in identifying structures, trails, right of way and man hole covers. According to Nehring, this operation will be at a cost of $7,000-$9,000 and Bobby Pigg, SCAD Chief Appraiser, requested the city enter into an interlocal agreement to ensure funding of the city's portion.

The council considered awarding a bid for wastewater treatment plant basin dredging. It was determined by city staff, operational improvement and elimination of long-term issues could be achieved through major cleaning of the primary aeration basin. The plant was placed in the early 1980s and sludge has accumulated since that time. Bob Staehs, Project Manager - Everett Griffith Jr. & Associates Inc., explained the city sought bids and of those received one presented a bid which differed from the other by less than $18,000. Nehring stated to the council this is an item which they have discussed at multiple workshop meetings. A motion was carried to award the contract to Dredgit Environmental Corporation for $180,000.

Assistance from a local business has been sought by the city in evaluating land assets and timber value at several locations owned by the city. Locations of property needing evaluation include the airport which has 35-40 acres and 120-135 acres below Mill Creek.

"We do feel like there's the need to move rather quickly, one either some kind of mild harvesting or thinning of both of these properties because it's been an excess of 20 years since either have been touched in any way, form or fashion," said Nehring. "I guess secondly, since we are not the experts and we don't have that on staff in any way, form or fashion we do need the technical assistance and guidance long-term."

A motion carried to approve a contract for timber management with Azimuth Forestry Services, Mike Walker.

The council went into executive session at 5:34pm and when they returned to open session a motion was made to purchase property next to the airport. The motion carried and the meeting was adjourned. No additional information pertaining to the property including acreage, location or current owner were indicated.

Ballot for the Election of Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Directors

1. Amber Dodd
2. Lori Davis
3. Scott Stanfield
4. Jon Schillings
5. Alison Scull
6. Antoinette Polley
7. Matt Foster
8. Kelly Lucas
Meg Camp - President-Elect

Items on the agenda receiving approval include:

   1)  Minutes of the Workshop and Meeting of August 10, 2015.
   2)  Resolution 2015-27 Interlocal Agreement with Shelby County Appraisal District – Aerial Photography.
   3)  Award bid for wastewater treatment plant basin dredging.
   4)  Contract for Timber Management with Azimuth Forestry Services.
   5)  Facilities cleaning contract services with DNC Cleaning Inc. for City Hall, John D. Windham Civic Center and Community House at an annual total of $27,664.
   6)  Street closure request for East Texas Poultry Festival:
        a. Closure of Nacogdoches, Austin, San Augustine and Shelbyville Streets for Doo Dah Parade on September 23, 2015.
        b. Closure on inside of square on September 23, 2015.
        c. Closure of Shelbyville, San Augustine and Logansport Streets on October 3, 2015.
   7)  Maintenance request for Westview Cemetery - Enter relationship with Westview Cemetery Committee to responsible for the mowing of the cemetery of a specific acreage to be included in annual budgeting for maintenance.
   8)  Street closure request of C.H. Daniels' Alumni of parts of MLK Drive, Hicks and Garrett Streets on September 5, 2015 for parade route from Shelbyville Street to Perry Sampson Park.
   9)  Chamber of Commerce Board of Director Board Ballot.