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February 7, 2018 - Timpson ISD Bear Update Alert

School Release
Due to illness, Timpson ISD will be closed Thursday and Friday, February 8th & 9th. School will also be closed Monday, February 12th.   

Classes will resume on regular schedule Tuesday, February 13th. On the school calendar February 26th is indicated as a Remediation Day. 

That day (Feb. 26th) will be a regular school day.

February 7, 2018 - The 2018 Primary Election Day draws near with March 6th now less than a month away. Early voting starts Tuesday, February 20 and runs through Friday, March 2nd. The last day to apply for a ballot by mail is Friday, February 23rd.

Shelby County has six local races unopposed which are James A. (Jim) Payne, Jr. (REP) for District Judge, 273rd Judicial District; incumbent Allison Harbison (REP,) County Judge; incumbent Lori Oliver (REP,) District Clerk; incumbent Jennifer Fountain (REP,) County Clerk; incumbent Jimmy Lout (REP,) County Commissioner PCT 2; and incumbent Marla Denby (REP,) Justice of the Peace PCT 2.

There are also six races with opponents:

  • County Treasurer (2 Candidates) - Ann Blackwell (REP, Incumbent) and Donna Whitney (REP)
  • County Commissioner PCT 4 (4 Candidates) - Bradley Allen (REP, Incumbent), Kevin Foster (REP), Sammy K Todd (REP), and Tom Bellmyer (REP)
  • Justice of the Peace PCT 1 (3 Candidates) - Melissa Crouch (REP, Incumbent), Randy Robertson (REP), and Tommy Moody (REP)
  • Justice of the Peace PCT 3 (3 Candidates) - Darrell Alford (REP), Deborah Sharp (REP), and Margie Anderson (REP, Incumbent)
  • Justice of the Peace PCT 4 (2 Candidates) - Jackie Kirkwood (REP) and Jenny L. Hicks (DEM, Incumbent)
  • Justice of the Peace PCT 5 (2 Candidates) - Tracy Broadway (REP) and Vernett Richardson (REP)

Almost all local elections will be decided during the March Primary as the majority of candidates filed with the Republican party. Only the race for Justice of the Peace PCT 4 had a Democratic candidate resulting in their matchup being in November.

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February 5, 2018 - Emergency personnel responded to the scene of a two-vehicle crash at U.S. Highway 59 just near U.S. Highway 84 in Timpson Monday, February, 5, 2018.

When first responders arrived, one vehicle was in the median on the northbound side of the roadway. Another vehicle was in the middle of a turning lane, also on the northbound side of the road.

According to Timpson Police Officer Michelle Ashworth, at 12:15pm a silver 2002 Toyota Camry driven by Veronica Farias-Prieto, 41, of Garrison with a 6-year-old female passenger was southbound on U.S. Highway 59 leaving Timpson. 

At that time a tan 2008 Hyundai driven by Judith Beh Chiatoh, 31, of Louisiana exited from a private driveway at Woodland Christian Church and failed to yield right of way to the Toyota. As a result, the Toyota collided with the the front left of the Hyundai, causing major damage to both vehicles.

The Toyota circled through a turning lane through the median and came to rest on the northbound side. The Hyundai was knocked into the median where it traveled across and came to rest on the northbound side.

Timpson Volunteer Firemen arrived at the scene to direct traffic around the incident scene and assisted Timpson Volunteer Ambluance Service (TVAS) personnel.

Farias-Prieto was transported from the scene by TVAS to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department for unknown minor injuries.

Beh Chiatoh was issued a citation for failure to yield right of way and Farias-Prieto was issued a citation for no driver's license.

February 5, 2018 - (New SWEPCO Texas Rates) - The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) has approved a base rate increase for Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO), a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP).

The PUCT approved the increase in base rates to recover the costs of installing additional environmental controls at four major power plants, along with other generation, transmission, and distribution-related investments and operating costs.  

The bill for a Texas residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) will increase approximately $8.59 per month, or 8.9 percent. This increase will begin with bills issued Feb. 5

By Texas law, new rates are retroactive to May 20, 2017. A surcharge to collect the retroactive amounts will begin at a date to be determined by the PUCT. For residential customers, the surcharge is expected to be approximately $7.70 per month, or 7.9 percent, for an estimated 10 months.

“SWEPCO invested nearly $700 million in additional environmental controls so that four of our major power plants could meet stringent federal mandates,” said SWEPCO President and Chief Operating Officer Venita McCellon-Allen. “The retrofit projects were necessary for SWEPCO to continue providing reliable 24/7 power to our customers from a diverse energy resource mix,” McCellon-Allen said.

“We work hard to balance the need to make investments with the need to manage our costs because we recognize the impact that price increases can have on individuals, families and businesses,” McCellon-Allen said. “SWEPCO’s goal is always to serve Texas customers with a strong electric system that provides reliable, safe and affordable energy.”

SWEPCO completed major environmental retrofit projects at Welsh Power Plant Units 1 and 3 in Pittsburg, Texas; Pirkey Power Plant in Hallsville, Texas; Dolet Hills Power Plant in Mansfield, La.; and Flint Creek Power Plant in Gentry, Ark.  

The PUCT decision, issued in a Jan. 11, 2018 final order, grants SWEPCO an annual base rate increase of $50 million. 

Base rates refer to the costs of building, maintaining and operating SWEPCO’s electric system, including power plants, transmission and distribution lines, and facilities to serve customers. Base rates do not include the fuel portion of the customer’s bill, which pays for fuel and purchased power and is passed through to customers with no profit to the company.

SWEPCO serves 532,000 customers, including 184,300 in northeast Texas and the Texas Panhandle, 230,300 in northwest and central Louisiana, and 117,400 in western Arkansas. SWEPCO’s headquarters are in Shreveport, La. News releases and other information about SWEPCO can be found at SWEPCO is an American Electric Power (AEP) company. AEP is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states.

February 3, 2018 - DPS Troopers were dispatched to a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 96 North just outside of Center at the intersection of FM 2026 (Folsom Chapel Road) January 22, 2018.

Previous to the arrival of Troopers, Shelby County Sheriff's Deputies arrived at the scene around 2:15pm to assist those involved and direct traffic around the vehicles involved.

According to DPS Trooper Taylor Buster, a white 2014 Nissan driven by April Calhoun, 39, of Center was stopped and preparing to turn left onto FM 2026 when a white Honda driven by Evette Bratchett, 35, of San Augustine approached from behind and collided with the rear of the Honda. Both vehicles received major damage.

The Nissan came to rest on the northbound side of the roadway and the Honda came to rest on the southbound side of the roadway.

Bratchett was issued citations for failure to control speed and no insurance.

February 2, 2018 - Center weather statistics for January, 2018 prepared and submitted by Ann Forbes, U.S. Weather Service Observer.
Highest Temp was 73 degrees on 1-21-2018
Highest Temp on Record was 85 degrees on 1-23-43 and 1-26-1950
Lowest Temp was 12 degrees on 1-17 and 1-18-2018
Lowest Temp on Record was 5 degrees on 1-19-1940 and 1-12-1982
Rainfall Recorded was 3.55 inches
Average Monthly Rainfall is 4.45 inches
Below Average by 0.90 inches
Highest Recorded for this Month was 12.13 inches in 1999
Lowest Recorded for this Month was 0.57 inches in 1986
17 days with temperatures of 32 degrees or below 
One inch of Snow on 1-16-2018
Two Full Moons.  One was a Super Blue Moon with Eclipse on 1-31-2018

Full weather report for January 2018

February 2, 2018 - State Highway 7 West was the scene of a one-vehicle crash Thursday, February 1, 2018 just under one mile from the San Augustine County line.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Jesse Fountain, at 2:10 DPS Troopers were dispatched to the crash just east of the Shelby County line. A grey 2011 Hyundai Sonata driven by Mustafa Hashi Yussef, 41, of Center had been traveling eastbound when the crash occurred.

A witness traveling in a vehicle behind the Hyundai indicated Yussef veered to the left and swerved to the right when it appeared he might hit another vehicle. That's when the Hyundai failed to maintain a single lane and left the roadway to the right. The Hyundai didn't come to a stop until it crashed into a wood line.

Yusseff was transported by ACE EMS to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department for treatment and observation. 

He was issued a citation for failure to drive in a single lane. Trooper Fountain was assisted at the scene by Troopers Taylor Buster and Jonathan Stinson.

The vehicle was towed from the scene by Hughes Wrecker Service.

February 2, 2018 - Center Police Officers responded to a two-vehicle crash on Tenaha Street Thursday, February 1, 2018 at just after 6pm in front of the EZ Mart gas station.

When officers arrived a white Ford Fusion passenger car was sitting in the inside southbound traffic lane with a black pickup truck behind it that appeared to have struck the rear of the Ford.

Officers had the driver of the pickup truck move the truck to the gas station parking lot. The Fusion remained in the middle of the road until ACE EMS personnel were able to extricate the driver to an ambulance.

Once they were clear of the vehicle, it was moved from the roadway. A minor male riding in the Fusion appeared to be unharmed, and left the scene in a private vehicle with a family member.

At this time, no further information is available until it's released by officers investigating the crash.

January 30, 2018 - Sgt. Christopher Knowlton, with his K9 “Elliott,” was patrolling the Florence Street area when he observed a known male subject. Upon running the subject’s name it was discovered that the subject (not named in this press release) was wanted, out of the Center Municipal Court. 

Randal Lamar RushingAfter turning back to the suspect’s residence, the wanted individual was no longer on the porch, at that point officers observed multiple subjects in a vehicle behind the residence. Once contact was made with the vehicle, officers observed what appeared to be an active drug transaction occurring inside of the vehicle. 

Trumaine Willis BazileK9 Elliott was subsequently deployed with a positive alert on the suspect vehicle. Officers recovered from the vehicle approximately 9.5 grams of “crack” cocaine and 0.55 ounces of marijuana. Arrested on scene were Randal Lamar Rushing, 31, of Center; Trumaine Willis Bazile, 31, of Center; and Donald Wayne Moss Jr., 26, of Center.

Donald Wayne Moss Jr.It is important to note that Mr. Rushing is currently out on bond for multiple drug related offenses and that Mr. Bazile is currently out on parole for drug related offenses.

January 30, 2018 - Center Police Officers were dispatched to a single-vehicle crash Sunday, January 28, 2017 on Hurst Street in Center at 12:30am.

Once on scene, assistance from additional law enforcement officers was requested. It appeared a red Dodge Ram pickup truck had been traveling southbound on Hurst Street when, for an unknown reason, the truck traveled to the right and struck a utility pole at the intersection of Sanders Street. 

After hitting the utility pole, the truck continued into the R&D Distributing fuel station where it struck a fuel pump and came to a stop. The utility pole, which previously had been struck, was snapped in two and partially hung across the roadway. In addition, apparently live power lines, dangled across the remainder of the road and limited the transition of such traffic as large truck-tractors.

Units with the Texas Department of Public Safety, Shelby County Sheriff's Deputies and Jamie Hagler, Constable Precinct 2, quickly responded to assist the CPD officers.

Center Police Officer Angela Neal interviewed the driver at the scene. 

According to the Center Police Department jail log James Hicks, 48, of Center was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated.

Police Officers were directing traffic until 4:14am.