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December 30, 2017 - A Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy was involved in a single-vehicle crash December 15, 2017 while responding to a chase in progress, which involved the Precinct 4 Constable.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Dustin Ramos, at 9:55pm a marked white 2010 Ford F-150 Shelby County Sheriff patrol vehicle driven by Deputy Ruth Gonzalez, 36, was northbound on CR 3280 en-route to an emergency call.

Upon traveling around a sharp curve at an unsafe speed for road conditions, on a roadway with loose white rock dirt, the Ford traveled off the roadway to the right and struck a tree with its right front quarter panel, causing damage.

No injuries to Deputy Gonzalez were reported as a result of the crash.

Reports are that Deputy Michael Griffin while assisting in searching a wooded area for the suspect in the chase who had fled from the vehicle being pursued, received a minor injury.

The driver involved in the chase the deputy was responding to was not reported to have immediately been apprehended.

Special Weather Statement
7:52am CST Friday, December 29, 2017

December 29, 2017 - The National Weather Service in Shreveport, LA has issued a special weather statement for the following areas: Sevier, Howard, Little River, Hempstead, Nevada, Miller, Lafayette, Columbia, Union, Caddo, Bossier, Webster, Claiborne, Lincoln, De Soto, Red River, Bienville, Jackson, Ouachita, Sabine, Natchitoches, Winn, Grant, Caldwell, La Salle, McCurtain, Bowie, Franklin, Titus, Camp, Morris, Cass, Wood, Upshur, Marion, Smith, Gregg, Harrison, Cherokee, Rusk, Panola, Nacogdoches, Shelby, Angelina, San Augustine.

Including the cities of De Queen, Nashville, Mineral Springs, Dierks, Ashdown, Hope, Prescott, Texarkana, Stamps, Lewisville, Bradley, Magnolia, El Dorado, Shreveport, Bossier City, Minden, Springhill, Homer, Haynesville, Ruston, Farmerville, Bernice, Mansfield, Stonewall, Logansport, Coushatta, Martin, Arcadia, Ringgold, Gibsland, Jonesboro, Monroe, Many, Zwolle, Pleasant Hill, Natchitoches, Winnfield, Colfax, Montgomery, Dry Prong, Clarks, Grayson, Columbia, Jena, Midway, Olla, Idabel, Broken Bow, Clarksville, Bogata, Mount Vernon, Mount Pleasant, Pittsburg, Daingerfield, Lone Star, Naples, Omaha, Atlanta, Linden, Hughes Springs, Queen City, Mineola, Winnsboro, Quitman, Hawkins, Gilmer, Big Sandy, Jefferson, Tyler, Longview, Marshall, Jacksonville, Rusk, Henderson, Carthage, Nacogdoches, Center, Lufkin, San Augustine, Hemphill, and Pineland

...The Coldest Temperatures This Winter Season Are on the Way to the Ark-La-Tex to Start the New Year...

An arctic cold front will move into the region Saturday, with the coldest air so far this winter season expected to spill south Saturday night and Sunday. High temperatures Sunday will likely occur during the morning, with temperatures expected to gradually fall during the day. In addition, there is the potential for light rain or drizzle to transition to light freezing rain, light freezing drizzle, or light snow late Saturday night across Southeast Oklahoma and Southwest Arkansas, before it possibly spreads south into extreme Northeast Texas and extreme Northern Louisiana north of Interstate 20 Sunday morning. Little if any snow or ice accumulation is expected.

Temperatures will fall below freezing across Southeast Oklahoma, extreme Northeast Texas, and Southwest Arkansas Sunday afternoon, and across the remainder of the region Sunday evening. Temperatures are expected to remain near or below freezing across Northeast Texas, Southeast Oklahoma, Southwest Arkansas, and portions of Northern Louisiana through Tuesday, and possibly Wednesday, with nighttime temperatures falling well into the upper teens to near 20 degrees areawide New Years morning, and well into the teens Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. In addition, winds Monday and Tuesday mornings will result in dangerously cold wind chill values falling into the single digits to lower teens over much of the region.

Precautions should be taken now to wrap any exposed pipes, and ensure that the elderly and those that may not have adequate indoor heating are kept warm. Consider bringing your pets inside. If you have to be outside in these very cold temperatures, be sure to dress in layers, wear gloves, and a hat. Extended exposure to these very cold temperatures will lead to frost bite and hypothermia.

Be sure to stay abreast to the latest weather information from the National Weather Service, or your favorite media outlets, concerning these very cold temperatures.

Hazardous Weather Outlook
6:11am CST Friday, December 29, 2017

December 29, 2017 - The National Weather Service Shreveport LA at 6:11am CST Friday, December 29, 2017, issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for the following areas: De Soto, Red River, Bienville, Sabine, Natchitoches, Winn, Grant, Caldwell, La Salle, Franklin, Titus, Camp, Morris, Wood, Upshur, Marion, Smith, Gregg, Harrison, Cherokee, Rusk, Panola, Nacogdoches, Shelby, Angelina, San Augustine

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for portions of north central Louisiana, northwest Louisiana, east Texas and northeast Texas.

.DAY ONE...Today and Tonight...

No hazardous weather is expected.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Saturday through Thursday...

An arctic cold front will slowly move through the region Saturday,with warmer air overriding this cold air dome Saturday to result in areas of a cold light rain or drizzle developing by Saturday night and Sunday. This light rain will diminish across East Texas and North Louisiana during the afternoon Sunday, before temperatures are able to fall to freezing. The coldest air so far this season is expected to start the new year, with a hard freeze expected Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings, before a slow moderating trend begins around midweek. Residents should take precautions this weekend for these very cold temperatures. Be sure that exposed exterior pipes are wrapped, consider bringing pets inside, and check on the elderly and those that may not have adequate indoor heating.

Spotter Information Statement: Activation of emergency management personnel...amateur radio operators...and storm spotters will not be needed through tonight.

December 29, 2017 Lufkin – With winter weather forecasts that includes possible freezing precipitation in East Texas for coming days, the Lufkin District is preparing to pre-treat major roadways, overpasses and bridges.

The pre-treatment is scheduled to include all nine counties of the Lufkin District as the winter weather approaches. The brine treatment that will be applied to overpasses, major structures and bridges will discourage ice or snow from sticking to pavement in the case of winter precipitation. The treatment will be applied in each county and crews will continue to respond to snow or ice conditions as needs arise and roads allow.

The Lufkin District will continue to monitor the National Weather Service for updates and potential winter weather conditions for East Texas. Safety of the traveling public is priority and crews will continue to work to prepare and respond to weather conditions.

Motorists are urged to stay alert and follow these guidelines in the case of freezing precipitation:

  • Use caution when driving over bridges and overpasses, which are the first to freeze.  
  • Reduce speed and drive with caution. A vehicle needs at least three times more space to stop on a slick roadway. Do not apply brakes suddenly and avoid using cruise control to allow for better response time should you encounter slippery roads.
  • Slow down when approaching emergency or maintenance vehicles, especially when flashing lights are displayed. Visibility can be reduced during winter weather conditions.
  • Stay alert and prepare for travel delays.
  • Winterize vehicles.
  • Turn on low beam headlights when driving in rain, sleet or snow.
  • Check area weather conditions and for current conditions and road closures.
  • For more information, contact or (936) 633-4395.

December 28, 2017 - Texas Department of Public Safety State Troopers, Center Police Officers and Constable Precinct 1 Zack Warr responded to reports of a reckless driver on U.S. Highway 96 North December 22, 2017 which culminated in a traffic incident one miles north of Center while they were en-route.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Taylor Buster, at 12:15pm Shirley Christian, 63, of Tenaha was northbound on U.S. Highway 96 North in a white Chevrolet Suburban when, due to a medical condition, she crossed into the southbound traffic lanes. 

When the Suburban crossed over into the southbound traffic lanes it struck a black 2010 Mercury Mountaineer driven by Aldo Luna, 21, of Center before it came to rest on the southbound shoulder where it struck a mailbox and remained there facing north.

ACE EMS responded to the scene and examined Christian to make sure she was not in need of a hospital. She was released to a family member at the scene.

December 28, 2017 - State Highway 7 West is re-opened to traffic at this time as of 8:43am Thursday, December 28, 2017.

(7:24am) - State Highway 7 West is currently the scene of a truck-tractor crash involving a load of chickens.

The chickens and truck are blocking all four lanes of traffic about eight miles west of Center, and the westbound side of the highway is backed up with vehicles for a mile.

Emergency personnel are on scene assessing the situation and the driver of the truck-tractor has been transported by ACE EMS to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department for treatment. 

Shelby County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to the scene of the incident at 5:40am and located the truck in the middle of the highway. West Shelby County Volunteer Fire Department firemen were dispatched to the crash where they began traffic control.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating the crash and poultry company representatives have a cleanup crew en-route to begin cleaning the area so the truck and trailer can be righted.

Expect traffic delays. Travelers are advised to take an alternate route if possible.

More informtion will be provided as it is made available.

December 26, 2017 - Center Police Officers were dispatched to the scene of a two-vehicle crash on Tenaha Street December 21, 2017.

When officers arrived at the intersection with Cass-Caid Street at around 8:20am, the two vehicles involved were in the northbound traffic lane.

According to Center Police Officer Knneth King, a white Chevrolet Traverse driven by Samantha Olivas, 32, of Center was northbound on Tenaha Street when Olivas was making a left turn onto Cass-Caid.

At that time the traverse was struck in the rear by a white 2016 Toyota Corolla driven by Pan Aung, 32. The Toyota received considerable damage to its front end. The damage to the Chevrolet was not as visible.

Olivas was transported from the scene by ACE EMS to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department for treatment and observation. 

Officer Spencer Anderson assisted Officer King with the investigation.

December 26, 2017 - With temperatures in the mid-thirties and drizzling rain, firemen were called to a house on Shelbyville Street Tuesday, December 26, 2017 where fire was quickly gaining momentum.

Center Police Officers first arrived just after 9am at the house located in the 1200th block of Shelbyville Street, and they could see flames pouring from the attic through a gable end vent. Officers assessed the scene relaying the situation to firemen until their arrival including trying to make sure no one was inside the home.

Center Fire Department firemen fought fire from the exterior of the structure, before gaining entry and moving to a back room that appeared to be where the fire originated.

The firemen used a high-powered ventilation fan to evacuate smoke from the house and eventually gained entry into the attic from within and from outside. With access to the fire they were able to extinguish any flames that remained there.

Firemen worked in the wet, cold conditions before getting to return to the firestation at 10:59am.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

December 21, 2017 - Shelby County Courthouse and the County Clerk’s office will be closing at 2pm on Friday, December 22 and will remain closed until Wednesday, December 27 at 8AM for the Christmas Holidays.

Shelby County wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas!!

December 21, 2017 - Center Youth Baseball and the City of Center would like to announce that the 2018 Dixie Regional World Series will be hosted in Center, Texas. Opening Ceremonies start July 19 and games will run July 20-22.

In mid-October, City Council established a committee to start the process of submitting a bid for the World Series. The bid process for the World Series is somewhat different from that of the normal State Tournaments that are hosted in the summer. The bid itself is not in monetary form but what can a league and their city offer players while they are attending the World Series.

Our committee came up with some great ideas and we submitted our bid November 15. At the Texas State Board Meeting on December 3, the bids were reviewed. On December 11, I was able to inform City Council that Center had been designated the host.

The Regional World Series is generally played between the States of Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. Every four years the Series returns to Texas. The World Series will consist of 40 Teams. There will be 4 divisions with 10 teams per division. Those divisions will include Tball (5-6yr old), 7U Coach Pitch, 9U, and 11U. Center will be allowed to have a Host team in each division to represent our city. This is an exciting time for Center Texas.

There will be a great need of community support. We not only want these players and families to enjoy their World Series experience but we want them to remember Center.

If anyone is interested in helping, volunteers will be needed for everything from staffing the tournament on site, helping with planned feeding and event activities, to simply being a point of contact for teams/coaches as a host family. We’d love to have your help to make this event an incredible memory for participants but also a great chance to show off our community and businesses.

Jason Mitchell