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City of Huxley Public Notice to Boil Water Effective June 27, 2018

June 27, 2018 - Due to low chlorine residuals, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required the City of Huxley water system PWS 2100019 to notify customers of the need to boil their water in the Oakdale Community, English Bay and Brinson Marina areas prior to consumption.

To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and making ice should be boiled and cooled prior to use. The water should be brought to a vigorous, rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source.

When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the water system officials will notify you that the water is safe for consumption. Instructions to discontinue boiling will be issued in the same manner as this notice.

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Huxley Water Treatment Plant at 936-368-2633.

June 26, 2018 - A stolen vehicle was discovered Monday, June 25, 2018 behind a former Tyson feed mill located on U.S. Highway 96 just south of Tenaha.

According to Jake Metcalf, Constable Precinct 4, he was patrolling a construction site on U.S. 96 when he discovered a black 2011 Chevrolet Camaro with temporary tags. 

Upon running the plate and vehicle identification number through TCIC (Texas Crime Information Center) and NCIC (National Crime Information Center) through Shelby County, the Camaro was determined to have been stolen from Harris County in the Houston area.

The vehicle was processed on scene and Hopkins Wrecker towed the Camaro from the location.

June 25, 2018 - Several fire departments were on scene in Joaquin Thursday, June 21, 2018 in response to a structure fire at 3:30pm at Joaquin Tire Shop located on U.S. Highway 84 just past the intersection with State Highway 7.

The structure, which was directly next to the Joaquin Tire Shop was in flames when the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department (JVFD) firemen arrived with additional units from the DeSoto Fire Department, automatically responding per a mutual aid agreement with JVFD.

Additional assistance was requested from the Center Fire Department and Timpson Volunteer Fire Department. The majority of the building burned; however, the firemen were able to prevent the fire from spreading to the tire shop.

While firemen were working on putting out the flames Roy Cheatwood, Constable Precinct 3, and the Texas Department of Public Safety directed traffic on U.S. Highway 84 to prevent traffic incidents.

The building is owned by David Parent. The firemen returned to the station at 7:15pm. 

At this time the cause of the fire is unknown and remains under investigation.

June 25, 2018 - Emergency personnel responded to a three-vehicle crash Tuesday, June 19, 2018 in front of the Joaquin Tire Shop.

The crash involved a saltwater truck and two pickup trucks which all came to rest by a building next to Joaquin Tire Shop at Doogieville Loop and U.S. Highway 84. The Texas Department of Public Safety investigated the crash and additional units with the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department, ACE EMS, Constables from Precinct 3 and  4 were on scene.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Sean Smith, at 5:15pm a tan 2009 GMC pickup truck driven by David Parent, 59, of Joaquin failed to yield right of way when the GMC entered U.S. Highway 84 from a parking lot and into the path of a black pickup truck.

The black 2004 Chevrolet pickup truck was driven by Udy McClendon, 63, and came to a stop to avoid colliding with the GMC. This was followed by a white Volvo truck-tractor hauling a tanker and driven by Ladarius Thomas, 26, of Louisiana for Pinnergy.

The Volvo took faulty evasive action and veered to the right where it struck the back of the Chevrolet and then the rear of the GMC. 

McClendon was transported from the scene by ACE EMS to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department as a precautionary measure.

Parent was issued a citation for failure to yield right of way. 

June 22, 2018 Beaumont, Texas – A 57-year-old Salvadoran national has been indicted on federal immigration violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown today.

Mario Obdulio Orellana was named in a five-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury on June 6, 2018 charging him with two counts of false representation of U.S. citizenship, false statement in application for a passport, unauthorized use of a Social Security number, and voter fraud. Orellana made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin on June 21, 2018.

According to the information presented in court, Orellana is alleged to have illegally entered the United States from El Salvador in the early 1980s. In 1987, while illegally residing in Shelby County, Texas, Orellana is alleged to have used falsified documents to obtain a birth certificate showing he was born in the United States; a passport as a U.S. citizen; and a social security number and register to vote as a U.S. citizen. Furthermore, Orellana is alleged to have fraudulently voted in the November 2016 election.

Under federal statutes, Orellana faces up to 10 years in federal prison at sentencing. The maximum statutory sentence prescribed by Congress is provided here for information purposes, as the sentencing will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the U.S. Probation Office.

This case is being investigated by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lauren Gaston.

A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


June 18, 2018 - (Photo Album) - Oley Willis, All Smoked Up cook team, was the Overall winner of the 2018 Grill Fest barbecue cooking competition held at the John D. Windham Civic Center Saturday, June 9, 2018. Along the way, All Smoked Up won the Chicken division and took second place in the Brisket division.

Over $6,500 was awarded to the competing teams. 

Joshua Campbell, Tipsy Texans, won second place Overall and he took third place in the Brisket division. Announcing the winners of each division and presenting them with their trophies was Jerry Lathan, Center City Councilman. Debra Chandler, Lonestar Barbecue Society, was once again the judge for the event.

The awards are as follows:

Oley Willis - All Smoked Up - Overall Winner
Joshua Campbell - Tipsy Texans - 2nd Overall
Brandon Fulcher - Son N Law BBQ - 3rd Place

Oley Willis - All Smoked Up - 1st Place
Brandon Fulcher - Son N Law BBQ - 2nd Place
Scotty Bryce - East Texas Smokers - 3rd Place

Brandon Fulcher - Son N Law BBQ - 1st Place
David Chandler - Girch Creek Country Cookers - 2nd Place
Robert Harris Jr. - Hound Dawg Harris - 3rd Place

Kyle Windham - Shelby County Outlaw Cookers - 1st Place
Oley Willis - All Smoked Up - 2nd Place
Joshua Campbell - Tipsy Texans - 3rd Place

Robert Harris Jr. - Hound Dawg Harris - 1st Place
Scotty Bryce - East Texas Smokers - 2nd Place
Rachel Moorman - Shelby County Outlaw Cookers - 3rd Place

Rachel Moorman - Shelby County Outlaw Cookers - 1st Place
Joey Lawson - Farmers State Bank - 2nd Place
Robert Harris Jr. - Hound Dawg Harris - 3rd Place

People's Choice
Farmers State Bank

42 Tournament 
Winners include - Shelby Johnson and Evelyn Hufferd

Washer pitching tournament
Winners include - Josh Jones and Josh McAdams

Sponsors of the event included Farmers State Bank, City of Center, Tyson Foods, Windham Civic Center, Shelby Savings Bank, Rapid Payday and Title, Pineywoods Beverage, 4C Electric Service, ACE Hardware, B&S A/C and Heating, Executive Inn and Suites of Joaquin, Mathews Real Estate, Watson & Sons Funeral Home, and H&R Block.

June 15, 2018 - A driver attempting to retrieve a cell phone looses control of vehicle resulting in a major crash on SH 87 North Wednesday, June 13, 2018 and the driver being life flighted to a Shreveport Hospital.

According to Department of State (DPS) Trooper Keith Jones, a single vehicle crash occurred at 9:24am Wednesday on State Highway 87 North near County Road 1396. A blue 2004 GMC Sierra single cab pickup driven by Markus Harber, 30 of Timpson, with an 8-year-old passenger was southbound when the driver reported trying to retrieve a dropped cell phone. The pickup veered off the roadway to the right striking two mail boxes. The driver over-corrected left entering into a side skid before striking a pipe fence. The vehicle came to rest onto its right side.

The Center Fire Department was dispatched to extricate the driver from the vehicle who was not buckled and was thrown during the crash onto the passenger side. The driver and passenger were both transported to the Nacogdoches Medical Center - Center Emergency Room by ACE EMS. Harber was later life flighted to a Shreveport Hospital. The child passenger who was buckled was released from the Center ER with no injuries.

June 15, 2018 - Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is warning residents to be on the alert for a telephone scam targeting utility consumers.

Scam artists call a home or business posing as a Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative employee and threaten to shut off service unless the consumer provides immediate payment by credit, debit, or by purchasing a pre-paid debit card.

Please be aware that Deep East Texas EC will never call members and threaten immediate disconnection. Rather, Deep East Texas EC sends written notice and makes courtesy calls to delinquent accounts prior to disconnection.

Should you receive a call that seems like a scam, the cooperative encourages you to hang up and call Deep East Texas EC directly at 1-866-392-2547 or 936-229-4000 to be certain you are dealing with an official representative of the cooperative.

Those who have been contacted by one of these scammers, or are victims of a scam, should also report the call to their local Sheriff’s Department and to the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-FTC-HELP.

June 14, 2018 - The Shelby County Commissioners' have contracted with Allegiance Mobile Health during the June 13, 2018 meeting for the Emergency Ambulance Service Exclusive Agreement which has been held by ACE EMS.

The commissioners were informed of the recent acquisition of ACE EMS by Allegiance Mobile Health which began Friday, June 9, 2018.  

ACE EMS has already been under contract with the county for the Emergency Ambulance Service Exclusive Agreement. A request was made to continue the contract with Allegiance.

The commissioners asked Gary Rholes, Shelby County Attorney, for his opinion and he asked for a couple weeks to look at the current contract to possibly make amendments to the current contract held by ACE EMS.

Daniel Gillespie, representing Allegiance Mobile Health, stated they were within a three-day window to have a letter submitted to the state indicating the ambulance service holds the Emergency Ambulance Service Exclusive Agreement with Shelby County. 

After consideration, a motion carried to approve transferring the assignment to Allegiance Mobile Health.

Axley & Rode, LLP. are the outside public accountants hired by the county to perform yearly outside auditing and Justin Matthews, representing the firm, presented the report to the commissioners. 

The overall report for the county reflected, for the most part, positive results.

Matthews indicated they are to bring up any compliance or internal control issues which they noted during the audit. He also stated they only have to bring up such issues if they reach a certain level.

As indicated in previous years by the auditors, the county doesn't have adequate separation of duties in the Justice of the Peace offices to assure that all transactions are properly accounted for during the year.

"It's the same issue that's been brought up in the past, our JP's, they operate largely autonomously so they have a lot of responsibilities and duties that they each individualy handle," said Matthews. "So with that we have a segregation of duties issue, because they are responsible for handling all of the activity that goes on in their respective offices."

Matthews explained for the commissioners this creates a potential issue. His recommendation for the county is to pull collections from the JP offices and move it to a central location.

A motion carried to approve the annual financial audit report provided by Axley & Rode, LLP.

Click here to view the 2017 Audit Report

Agenda items approved during the meeting include:
1. Approve minutes of the May 2, 2018 Special meeting, May 9, 2018 Regular meeting, May 23, 2018 Special meeting, and May 30, 2018 Special meeting.
2. Pay weekly expenses, and except line item transfers.
3. Officers report.
4. Axley & Rode, LLP to present Annual Financial Audit Report for Shelby County, Fiscal Year 2017 
5. Assignment of the Emergency Ambulance Service Exclusive Agreement between the County and Ace EMS by Allegiance Mobile Health.
6. Adjourn.

June 14, 2018 - The Center Police Department executed a Narcotics Search Warrant at 902 Greer Street in Center, Texas on June 9, 2018. The execution of the search warrant was the result of an ongoing investigation into the distribution of “crack” cocaine and marijuana coming from the home. 

Trentin PattonDuring the execution of the search warrant 2.209 pounds of white powdery substance, that field tested positive for cocaine, was seized. Arrested on scene was a resident of the home, Trentin Patton, who was subsequently charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1>=400 Grams. 

The Center Police Depart expects the issuance of arrest warrants for additional subject(s), related to this case, in the near future.