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October 1, 2018 - Weather statistics for September 2018 are prepared and submitted by Ann Forbes, U.S. Weather Service Observer.

Highest Temp was 98 degrees recorded on 9-01-2018 and 9-07-2018
Highest Temp on Record was 112 degrees on 9-02-2000
Lowest Temp was 62 degrees on 9-28-2018
Lowest Temp on Record was 39 degrees on 9-29-1967

Rainfall Recorded was 8.18 inches
Average Monthly Rainfall is 3.65 inches
Above Average by 4.53 inches
Highest Recorded for This Month was 16.64 inches in 1978
Lowest Recorded for This Month was 0.28 inches in 1955

Yearly Rainfall is 45.40 inches
Yearly Average is 38.41 inches
Above Average by 6.99 inches

Enjoy the Poultry Festival activities and hopefully, cooler weather!!!

Full weather stats

October 1, 2018 - U.S. Highway 96 North just outside of Center at the intersection of Loop 500 was the scene of a single-vehicle crash Sunday, September 30, 2018 to which Center Fire Department firemen were dispatched.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Cpl. Jimmy Faulkner, at 10:31am a black Cadillac ATS driven by Johnny Chavez, 31, of Center who was intoxicated at the time, was northbound on U.S. Highway 96 North. 

As the Cadillac passed Loop 500, Chavez failed to maintain a single lane and traveled to the right off the roadway where the Cadillac collidaed head on with a guardrail. The vehicle then continued right off the highway and into a ditch where it came to rest. 

Chavez was transported from the scene by Allegiance Mobile Health Ambulance to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department for treatment.

No further details were available at the time of this report.

October 1, 2018 - State Highway 87 SH 87 at the intersection of FM 147 south of Shelbyville was the scene of a single-vehicle truck-tractor crash on Sunday, September 30, 2018.

Shelbyville Volunteer Fire Department personnel were dispatched to the scene for traffic control and Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) State Troopers were alerted to the scene to investigate the incident.

According to Texas DPS Trooper Brent Murray, at sometime just before 9am a green 2013 International truck-tractor, hauling a tanker containing diesel, and driven by Quinton Don Henderson, 40, of Fresno was northboudn on FM 147.

When Henderson approached the intersection of SH 87 on FM 147, he did so at an unsafe speed. Henderson took evasive action to the right onto SH 87 and the truck-tractor overturned in the northbound lane facing southbound and on its left side.

Henderson was transported from the scene by Allegiance Mobile Health ambulance to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department for treatment of unknown injuries.

Trooper Murray was assisted at the scene by DPS Cpl. Jimmy Faulkner.

September 30, 2018 - Significant weather advisory for eastern Nacogdoches, Shelby, Southeastern Angelina and San Augustine counties until 5:30pm CDT.

At 435pm CDT, Doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm near Rockland, moving north at 15 mph.

Winds in excess of 30 mph will be possible with this storm.

Locations impacted include: Center, San Augustine, Timpson, Melrose, Patroon, Martinsville, Bland Lake, Neuville, Macune, Etoile, Shelbyville, Zavalla, Chireno, Huxley, Broaddus, Jericho, Stockman, Chinaquapin, Hurstown and Denning.

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions
Torrential rainfall is also occurring with this storm, and may lead to localized flooding as the storm moves across areas that have seen widespread one to over two inches of rain already this afternoon. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways.

Persons in campgrounds should consider seeking higher ground and avoid drainage areas and fast running streams until well after this this storm passes.

September 28, 2018 - The following criminal defendants failed to appear for felony docket call this week in the 123rd Judicial District Court, Shelby County, Texas.

  • Anthony O'Neal Jones
  • Shae Machell Husband
  • Bobby Stein
  • Joe Coy Hudson
  • Scottie Eugene Moore
  • Robert Lee Miller
  • Jarvis Lanard Taylor
  • David Vincent Tillotson
  • Antonio Richardson, Jr.
  • Christy Michelle Patton
  • Jeffery Scott Wright
  • Tony Joshua Parker
  • Brian Dwayne Bittick

As a result, District Attorney Stephen Shires requested each defendant's bond be forfeited and an alias capias, or warrant, issue for the arrest of each defendant. Judge LeAnn Kay Rafferty granted the request. 

Each criminal defendant needs to contact the Court Manager, Karen Warr, 936.598.9928 to schedule a court appearance. 

September 27, 2018 - Excelsior ISD is dismissing school at 1:30 p.m. today (September 27) due to no water. Parents may begin picking up their students at this time...buses will run at 1:30 p.m.

September 27, 2018 - Commissioner Charles Barr will be closing County Road 3012 for bridge repair on Monday, October 1 and Tuesday, October 2.

September 20, 2018 - Commissioner Charles Barr will be closing a portion of County Road 3047 for bridge repair from Monday, September 24 through Friday afternoon, September 28

Closure will be from the intersection of County Road 3012 and continue on past the bridge.

September 25, 2018 - Today is National Register to vote day! The General Election will take place on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 and early voting runs from Monday, October 22nd until Friday, November 2nd.

If you aren't registered to vote or know someone who isn't registered to vote, go to the Shelby County voter registrar's office in the active courthouse - Tax Assessor-Collector, Debora Riley, 200 San Augustine Street, Center 75935. (936) 598-4441 Phone (936) 598-8942 Fax.

The last day to register to vote is October 9th!

Question: I’m not registered, but want to vote in the November 6, 2018 General Election; how can I be sure that I’m registered in time to vote?

Answer: The deadline to register and be eligible to vote in the November 6, 2018 election is October 9, 2018. This can be either the postmark date or the date the application is received in the office of the voter registrar. You may, of course, register at any time before that date to ensure that your registration is effective for voting in November. You can obtain a voter registration application from your voter registrar's office, libraries, most post offices, and high schools. You can also fill out a voter registration application online or request a postage-paid application be mailed to you. Note: If you fill out a voter registration application online using the above link, you must print the completed application and send it to your county voter registrar’s office.

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September 22, 2018 - A portion of a large tree fell across Nacogoches Street near Houston Street in Center on September 22, 2018 beside the old elementary school. 

Center Police Officers responded with city personnel to the location at around 2:15pm. As a result of the large branch of the tree collapsing, the roadway was blocked by the tree and barricades were installed to prevent further incident.

City of Center Street Department personnel have been at the scene since that time, during whihc SWEPCO has been on scene and worked on some of their lines that were damaged when the tree fell. 

As of 6:26pm, some of the cleanup project has been delayed with AT&T still en-route to attend to a line which is across the roadway. 

Charles Barr, Precinct 3 Commissioner, will eventually have a work crew on scene to attend to branches that fell onto the roof of the elementary school.