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October 15, 2019 - CR 3140 was the location of a single-vehicle major crash on October 13, 2019.

Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department (JVFD) firemen were just clearing the scene of a crash on State Highway 7 when they were alerted of the crash on CR 3140.

When emergency personnel arrived, two occupants remained in a pickup truck where the passenger was trapped. JVFD utilized Jaws of Life to help EMS personnel extricate him from the truck to an ambulance.

Once the driver was out of the truck it was determined he also needed an ambulance.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Keith Jones, at 1:44pm a blue 2000 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck driven by Jeremiah William Gregg, 17, of Center was eastbound on CR 3140 at an unsafe speed. Gregg stated he took evasive action and swerved to miss a dog in the roadway.

Gregg lost control of the truck and struck a tree head-on with the right front. The impact caused injuries to Gregg and a 16-year-old male passenger.

The passenger was transported by ambulance to Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries, Gregg was transported by ambulance to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department for treatment of his injuries.

Gregg was issued a citation for unsafe speed and violation of restriction B license front seat passenger 21 years or older. The 16-year-old passenger was also issued a citation for no seat belt. 

October 13, 2019 - State Highway 7 just west of Joaquin was the scene of a major crash which resulted in a fatality Sunday, October 13, 2019.

Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department (JVFD), ambulance personnel and a Shelby County Sheriff's Department Deputy all converged on the location to help those involved in the incident.

When the emergency personnel arrived, a white passenger van was in the middle of the roadway and a pickup truck with an RV trailer attached was on the eastbound side of the road.

JVFD firemen used Jaws of Life to extricate the driver of the van; however, he did not survive the crash. 

Texas Department of Public Safety State Troopers began investigating the cause of the crash at that time.

According to information released from the Texas Department of Public Safety, preliminary crash investigation results indicate at approximately 11:30am, a white 2017 Chevrolet van was traveling west when for unknown reasons the van crossed over the center of the roadway and into the eastbound lane where it struck a grey 2010 GMC pickup that was towing a 2018 Heartland Bighorn 5th wheel travel trailer.

The driver of the Chevrolet was pronounced deceased at the scene by Tracy Broadway, Shelby County Justice of the Peace Precinct 5. At this time, the identity of the driver is not available pending notification of next of kin.

Michael Webb, 69, from Etoile who was traveling with his wife, was the driver of the GMC and they were not injured during the crash.

This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.

DPS Troopers investigating the crash incident were Daniel Dellenger, Brent Murray and Keith Jones.

October 14, 2019 - The City of Huxley is conducting a free chlorine burnout of its water distribution system. The burnout began on Monday, September 23rd, 2019. This event will last a maximum of 30 days.

Currently the City of Huxley uses chloramines for disinfection of the drinking water. Chloramines are created by combining chlorine and ammonia. During this free chlorine burn, the disinfection process will be changed from chloramines to free chlorine. Free chlorine is a stronger and faster-acting disinfectant. Customers may notice increased flushing throughout the water distribution system during this time period, and possibly the following free chlorine burnout. 

This will allow flushing of the system to help remove sediment from the pipes and distribute the change in disinfectant.

It is important to understand that during this temporary change there may be some discoloration or cloudiness in the water and possibly a slight chlorine odor or taste. If this is experienced, customers may want to run the water through the tap until it clears. Minor pressure fluctuations and small air pockets may also occur. Flush valves should remove a majority of the color and odor, but some may reach customer lines during the process.

Is the Water Safe to Drink?

Yes, the water is safe to drink throughout this process.

Any odor and color issues will be nuisance only, which will subside as the flushing is completed. Discoloration in laundry is possible during this time. Cleaning additives are readily available at local stores to help prevent or remove any discoloration that may occur. Customers who use tap water for kidney dialysis at home should consult their doctor to advise them if any changes are necessary in their residual disinfectant neutralization procedures. Customers utilizing the water for aquariums should monitor both free and combined chlorine residuals.

During normal business hours residents may call 936-368-2633 or 936-368-2266 with any questions concerning the free chlorine burnout. The City of Huxley Water Utilities Department appreciates residents’ patience and understanding as it works to further improve the quality of the water for all customers.

October 8, 2019 - Due to construction starting on the Downtown Streetscape Project, parts of the Downtown Center Square will be blocked during Homecoming Weekend. The Homecoming Parade scheduled for Saturday, October 12th at 4pm will now move to the Center High School area.

Participants in the parade will line up and assemble at the New Center Elementary Parking Lot. The Parade will then move across the street and proceed past the Panola College Building and Tennis Courts, turning right at the Stadium and proceeding past the Agriculture Buildings, looping around the High School, and finishing at the New Elementary.

The public is asked to use existing parking areas at the Baseball Fields, Tennis Courts, and Cafeteria/Stadium areas. Please use caution when travelling in the school zones and enjoy the festivities!

The parade will return to the Downtown Square in 2020, thanks for your understanding and cooperation.

CHS Alumni Committee

(Update below is in red)

October 8, 2019 - The 2019 East Texas Poultry Festival Broiler Sale brought over $135,000 with the grand champion pen of broilers selling for $7,000.

Sixty-eight Shelby County 4-H and FFA youth exhibited at this year's show, with 40 pens of broilers making the sale. We would like to give special thanks to Judge Jacob Coppage for taking the time to come judge the show. Mr. Coppage spoke to several of the exhibitors and gave them several tips on how to grow an outstanding broiler.

The results of the show are as follows:

Kalei Larock of Center FFA sold her grand champion pen of broilers to Farmer’s State Bank for $7,000.

Lance Holloway of Center FFA won reserve champion honors with his pen of broilers, which sold to Borders Poultry Supply for $6,000.

Other Shelby County 4-H and FFA members selling their pens and buyers were:

3. Kiptyn Phelps, Shelby County 4-H; Rick Campbell in honor of James & Mona Campbell; $5,999.00

4. Cale Cornelius, Timpson FFA; High Roller Wells and Spartan Structures; $5,000

5. Blake Collard, Center FFA; Ace Hardware of East Texas and East Texas Poultry; $3,500

6. Autum Andrusick, Shelby County 4-H; Hammer Equipment, K&L Contractors, JML Management, ULTRA, Klein Cattle and Chubby Chicks; $2,500

7. Collin Lloyd, Shelbyville FFA; Deep East Texas Electric Co-op; $2,400

8. Klayton Larock, Center FFA; Despino Tire; $1,750

9. Mason Hughes, Joaquin FFA; Bird Forestry; $2,500

10. Clayton Hinton, Shelbyville FFA; First Financial Bank; $3,000

11. Jacie Lee, Shelby County 4-H; Sandhill Wrecker; $2,700

12. Taylor Gutermuth, Timpson FFA; Shelby County Farm Bureau; $2,800

13. Brayden Britt, Center FFA; Shelby Savings Bank and General Shelters; $3,000

14. Julie Bird, Center FFA; Heritage Land Bank; $3,600

15. Megan Gutermuth, Timpson FFA; Shelby Savings Bank and General Shelters; $3,000

16. Kolton Smelley, Timpson FFA, Foster Forestry; $3,000

17. Camryn Crouch, Shelby County 4-H; Rydaco; $4,000

18. Guner Youngblood, Shelby County 4-H; Port-A-Cool; $3,700

19. Trista Britt, Center FFA; Ray Jones Chevrolet; $2,250

20. Hannah Wages, Center FFA; Shelby County Farm Bureau; $2,200

21. Carter Bell, Shelby County 4-H; President Donald Trump; $3,000

22. Kensleah Loftin, Joaquin FFA; American State Bank; $2,700

23. Emma Reese Whiteside, Shelby County 4-H; Borders Poultry Supply; $2,250

24. Wesley Wages, Center FFA; State Representative Chris Paddie; $2,500

25. Eli Bush, Center FFA; 4-B Trucking and DB Farms; $2,500

26. Hannah Hicks, Tenaha FFA; Sandhill Wrecker; $2,500

27. Sutton Link, Shelby County 4-H; McAdams Propane; $3,000

28. Mason Barbee, Shelby County 4-H; Ace Hardware of East Texas and East Texas Poultry; $2,750

29. Kyleigh Hendricks, Shelbyville FFA; Southern Fluid Solutions; $3,250

30. Emilee Elliott, Center FFA; Bird Forestry; $4,000

31. Camille Greer, Shelby County 4-H; Link Charolais and Mrs. Odessa Link; $3,000

32. Kenley Ramos, Center FFA; Governor Greg Abbott; $4,000

33. Ryker Tomlin, Center FFA; High Roller Wells and Spartan Structures; $3,750

34. Evan O’Rear, Shelby County 4-H; East Texas Surveying & Mapping and Raymond Construction; $3,250

35. Alexis Truitt, Center FFA; Ace Hardware of East Texas and East Texas Poultry; $2,750

36. John Austin Ford, Shelby County 4-H; R & D Distributing, Fish & Still, Center Tire Company and Keith Oswalt Logging; $3,000

37. Laura Anne Scull, Shelby County 4-H; Bird Forestry; $4,500

38. Colton Gutermuth, Timpson FFA; Pilgrim’s Pride; $3,800

39. Hollie Hamilton, Joaquin FFA, Hammer Equipment, K&L Contractors, JML Management, ULTRA, Klein Cattle, Chubby Chicks, Shelby Savings Bank and General Shelters; $2,900

40. Mason Perry, Center FFA; Shelby Veterinary Associates, Citizens Bank, David & Renea Sanders, Matthews Real Estate, Sabine State Bank, Shelby Savings Bank and General Shelters

Kalei Larock, a senior at Center High School, will be awarded a $500 scholarship from Shelby Savings Bank for being the highest placing senior with her pen of broilers at Center’s awards ceremony.

Thanks goes to Boles Feed for the purchase of the wing bands and the wing-banding for the broilers.

Thank you to 4-L Logging for donating the Grand Champion and Reserve Champion buckles.

Tyson Foods - Carthage brought every pen that was under $2,600 up to $2,600 and added $25 to each pen.

Wiggins Farms and Elite Hair Design added $50 to each pen.

Center Glass added $25 to each pen.

Updated list of contributors for the 2019 Shelby County Broiler Show & Auction:
Farmers State Bank, James and Mona Campbell, High Roller Wells, Spartan Structures, Ace Hardware of East Texas, East Texas Poultry, Hammer Equipment, Borders Poultry Supply, K&L Contractors, JML Management, ULTRA, Klein Cattle and Chubby Chicks, Despino Tire, Deep East Texas Electric Co-op., Bird/Crawford Forestry, First Financial Bank, Sandhill Wrecker, Shelby County Farm Bureau, Shelby Savings Bank, General Shelters, Heritage Land Bank, Foster Properties, Rydaco, Portacool, Ray Jones Chevrolet, Southern Fluid Solutions, Rick Campbell, President Donald Trump, American State Bank, State Representative Chris Paddie, 4”B” Trucking and DB Farms, McAdams Propane, Link Charolais, Odessa Link Farms, Governor Greg Abbott, East Texas Surveying & Mapping, Center Tire Company, Raymond Construction, Tyson-Carthage, R&D Distributing, Fish & Still Equipment, Keith Oswalt Logging, Citizens Bank, Hawkeye Hunting Club, Pilgrim’s Pride, Shelby Veterinary Associates, David & Renea Sanders, Mathews Real Estate, Sabine State Bank, Boles Feed, Elite Hair Design, Wiggins Farms, Wiggins Whitetails, Windham Family Dental, Donald & Lois O’Rear, Austin Bank-Timpson, 4-L Logging, Michael/Jessica Kay, Center Glass, Mettauer Law Firm, Few Ready Mix, Wheeler Law Office, Smith Sawmill Services, Dairy Queen, Bounds Insurance, Light & Champion Newspaper, Elliott Waldron Title Company, Judge Allison Harbison, Ihlo Sales & Imports, Ward Animal Clinic, Shelbyville Grocery, Dean’s Hardware, Steel Building Supply, Shoop Financial, Worsham Grocery, Action Credit, Payne’s Community News, Payne’s Rentals, Wayne Christian Financial, Judge Leann Rafferty, Hardy’s Machine Shop, Matheson

We would like to take this time to say thank you from the Shelby County 4-H and FFA members and the Broiler Show Committee to Contributors, for their generous contributions and to the many volunteers that help make the annual “Broiler Show and Auction” the great event that it is every year!

October 11, 2019 - In November 2019, Texas voters will decide on 10 proposals in a statewide constitutional amendment election. The first day of Early Voting is Monday, October 21, 2019 and ends Friday, November 1, 2019. Election day is Tuesday, November 5, 2019 with poles closing at 7pm.

  • Proposition 1, Allows persons to serve as more than one appointed or elected municipal judge
  • Proposition 2, Allows the Texas Water Development Board to issue up to $200 million in bonds
  • Proposition 3, Authorizes temporary property tax exemption for disaster areas
  • Proposition 4, Prohibits the state from levying an income tax on individuals
  • Proposition 5, Dedicates revenue from the sales tax on sporting goods to parks, wildlife, and historical agencies
  • Proposition 6, Authorizes the legislature to increase bonds for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute
  • Proposition 7, Increases distributions to the state school fund
  • Proposition 8, Creates a Flood Infrastructure Fund
  • Proposition 9, Authorizes property tax exemption for precious metals held in depositories
  • Proposition 10, Allows for transfer of law enforcement animals to handlers or others if in animal's best interest

To learn more about the propositions, visit BallotPedia online at

October 11, 2019 - The upcoming Presidental election has dominated the national news; however, it isn't the only office to be included on the 2020 Primary Election ballot.

The offices which will be on the 2020 Ballot are:

United States Representative, District 1

Railroad Commissioner
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 3
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 5
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 9
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 2
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 5
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 6
Member, State Board of Education, District 9
State Representative, District 9
Justice, 12th Court of Appeals District, Place 2
Justice, 12th Court of Appeals District, Place 3
District Judge, 123rd Judicial District
District Attorney

County Attorney
County Tax Assessor-Collector
County Commissioner, Pct 1
County Commissioner, Pct 3
Constable, Precinct 1
Constable, Precinct 2
Constable, Precinct 3
Constable, Precinct 4
Constable, Precinct 5
County Chairman

Anyone wanting to file for a place on the Primary ballot for precinct chair can file starting Tuesday, September 10, 2019.

The first day to file for all other candidates for offices is Saturday, November 9, 2019 with a filing deadline for candidates being Monday, December 9, 2019 at 6pm.

The Primary Election date is set for March 3, 2020.

At this time, only candidates running for Shelby County Sheriff have submitted their announcements. To view political candidacy announcements submitted to Shelby County Today, click here. Older candidacy announcements for previous elections will show as well; please notice the publish date at the beginning of an article to see if it is a new announcement.

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 Be aware some of the detour streets are narrow streets and cannot accommodate large vehicles! One way streets near the square are notated.

October 9, 2019 - Drivers should now be aware, San Augustine Street on the Center Square is blocked to facilitate construction involved in the Downtown Streetscape Project. At this time a detour is sending vehicles approaching the square on the San Augustine Street side down Houston Street. At this time drivers are still able to turn on Austin Street driving away from the square.

October 8, 2019 - Preparation for the Downtown Stretscape Construction project in Center are currently underway, and travelers need to make plans to take alternate routes. 

Austin Street is at this time blocked by chain link fence panels, and San Augustine Street has another section being assembled. Drivers are now not be able to make the turn off Nacogdoches Street onto Austin Street as the roadway is closed.

A detour is being established, and although the signs are not yet fully in place, it appears drivers will be redirected down Nacogdoches Street and turn on Houston Street to travel past the courthouse. 

When the detour is more clear, we will add further information on Shelby County Today.

Related article:
Downtown Streetscape Construction Postponed Until After Festival (Update)

October 8, 2019 - On October 2, 2019, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the Paxton public water system, 2100031, to issue a Boil Water Notice to inform customers, individuals, or employees that due to conditions which occurred recently in the public water system, the water from this public water system was required to be boiled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes.

The public water system has taken the necessary corrective actions to restore the quality of the water distributed by this public water system used for drinking water or human consumption purposes and has provided TCEQ with laboratory test results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling prior to use as of October 8, 2019.

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Stacey Cranford at 903-692-4313

October 2, 2019 - Due to a broken water main the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has required the Paxton water system ID# 2100031 to notify all Jackson customers 10/02/2019 to boil their water prior to consumption (e.g., washing hands/face, brushing teeth, drinking, etc). Children, seniors, and persons with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these directions).

To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and ice making should be boiled and cooled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes. The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes.

In lieu of boiling, individuals may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source for drinking water or human consumption purposes.

When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the public water system officials will notify customers that the water is safe for drinking water or human consumption purposes.

Once the boil water notice is no longer in effect, the public water system will issue a notice to customers that rescinds the boil water notice in a manner similar to this notice.

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Stacy Cranford 903-692 4313.

October 5, 2019 - The 2019 Shelby County Poultry Festival Broiler Show Sale is underway. Check back or refresh the page to see auction result updates.

Grand Champion - Kalei LaRock (Center FFA) sold at $7,000 to Farmers State Bank.
Reserve Champion - Lance Holloway (Center FFA) sold at $6,000 to Borders Poultry Supply.

3rd Place - Kiptyn Phelps (Shelby Co. 4-H) sold for $5,999
4th Place - Cale Cornelius (Timpson FFA) sold for $5,000
5th Place - Blake Collard (Center FFA) sold for $3,500.

6th Place - Autum Andrusick (Shelby Co. 4-H) sold for $2,500
7th Place - Collin Lloyd (Shelbyville FFA) sold for $2,400
8th Place - Klayton LaRock (Center FFA) sold for $1,750
9th Place - Mason Hughes (Joaquin FFA) sold for $2,500
10th Place - Clayton Hinton (Shelbyville FFA) sold for $3,000

11th Place - Jacie Lee (Shelby Co. 4-H) sold for $2,700
12th Place - Taylor Gutermuth (Timpson FFA) sold for $2,800
13th Place - Brayden Britt (Center FFA) sold for $3,000
14th Place - Julie Bird (Center FFA) sold for $3,600
15th Place - Megan Guthermuth (Timpson FFA) sold for $3,000

16th Place - Kolton Smelley (Timpson FFA) sold for $3,000
17th Place - Camryn Crouch (Shelby Co. 4-H) sold for $4,000
18th Place - Guner Youngblood (Shelby Co. 4-H) sold for $3,700
19th Place - Trista Britt (Center FFA) sold for $2,250
20th Place - Hannah Wages (Center FFA) sold for $2,200

21st Place - Carter Bell (Shelby Co. 4-H) sold for $3,000
22nd Place - Kensleah Loftin (Joaquin FFA) sold for $2,700
23rd Place - Emma Reese Whiteside (Shelby Co. 4-H) sold for $2,250
24th Place - Wesley Wages (Center FFA) sold for $2,500
25th Place - Eli Bush (Center FFA) sold for $2,500

26th Place - Hannah Hicks (Tenaha FFA) sold for $2,500
27th Place - Sutton Link (Shelby Co. 4-H) sold for $3,000
28th Place - Mason Barbee (Shelby Co. 4-H) sold for $2,750
29th Place - Kyleigh Hendricks (Shelbyville FFA) sold for $3,250
30th Place - Emilee Elliott (Center FFA) sold for $4,000

31st Place - Camille Greer (Shelby Co. 4-H) sold for $3,000
32nd Place - Kenley Ramos (Center FFA) sold for $4,000
33rd Place - Ryker Tomlin (Center FFA) sold for $3,750
34th Place - Evan O’Rear (Shelby Co. 4-H) sold for $3,250
35th Place - Alexis Truitt (Center FFA) sold for $2,750

36th Place - John Austin Ford (Shelby Co. 4-H) sold for $3,000
37th Place - Laura Anne Scull (Shelby Co. 4-H) sold for $4,500
38th Place - Colton Gutermuth (Timpson FFA) sold for $3,800
39th Place - Hollie Hamilton (Joaquin FFA) sold for $2,900
40th Place - Mason Perry (Center FFA) sold for $5,999