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November 29, 2022 - The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers investigated a hit-and-run crash on County Road 2050, near County Road 2020, that occurred Friday, November 25, 2022.

The preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 9:10 p.m., a 2010 Dodge pickup was traveling east while a 2003 Ford SUV was traveling west. It is reported that the driver of the pickup failed to give one-half of the road and struck the front of the SUV. The pickup fled the scene but was later located, however, the driver remains at large.

The driver of the SUV, identified as Pamela Moody, 36, of Center was transported to Nacogdoches Medical Center for treatment.

If you have any information relating to the driver of the pickup, please contact Lufkin DPS Communications at 936 699 7340.

There is no further information available.

November 29, 2022 - The intersection of State Highway 7 (SH7) East and SL 500 was the scene of a two-vehicle crash November 23, 2022.

According to Center Police Officer Jerry Payne, at 6:34pm a white 2023 Kia K5 driven by Jayden Lotz, 18, with a 17-year-old female passenger was traveling south on SL 500 when he pulled into the right turning lane alongside an 18-wheeler which was stopped at the intersection with SH 7.

Lotz proceeded through the intersection of SH7 and at that time a 2006 grey Dodge Ram pickup truck driven by Trent Wimberly, 19, was eastbound on SH 7 and was subsequently struck on the driver's side by the Kia, causing the truck to roll over.

The Kia came to rest in the middle of the intersection while the truck came to rest on its driver's side in the eastbound lane of SH7.

EMS was on scene and all were examined by them; however, no injuries were reported. No citations were issued at the time of the crash incident.

Assisting at the scene with traffic control were members of the Center Fire Department and Texas Department of Public Safety State Troopers.

November 29, 2022 - A pre-construction meeting was held Monday in the Nacogdoches Area Office, signaling the start of a new construction project in Shelby County.

Crews will set barricades and begin work today on US 96 from 1 mile south of SL 500 to just south of FM 417. The project includes the construction of passing lanes in the 3.4-mile section of roadway. Moore Brothers Construction Co., Lufkin TX, will serve as contractor for the $9.4 million construction project that is scheduled to be completed in September 2023.

This project was designed to enhance safety and mobility on US 96, which is a major thoroughfare and serves as an evacuation route. As this work begins, motorists are urged to obey all traffic control in place, reduce speed near and in the work zone, stay alert for workers and moving equipment near travel lanes and expect delays and/or detours as work progresses.

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November 29, 2022 - U.S. Highway 84 at the intersection of FM 699 between Tenaha and Joaquin was the scene of a major three-vehicle collision Tuesday, November 29, 2022, at around 12:45pm.

Several individuals involved in the crash were transported from the scene by ambulance for treatment of possible injuries.

Emergency personnel with the Tenaha Volunteer Fire Department and Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department were on scene assisting those involved in the crash while also diverting traffic at the scene.

Texas Department of Public Safety State Troopers are investigating the crash and additional law enforcement personnel at the scene were with the Shelby County Sheriff's Department, Tenaha Police Department, Constable Precinct 4 and Constable Precinct 3.

Additional details about this incident will be updated in this report as they are made available.

November 29, 2022 — After a comprehensive process evaluating affiliation with a university system, including responses and feedback from student, faculty, staff and alumni stakeholder groups, as well as the general public, the SFA Board of Regents voted during its special meeting today to accept the invitation of The University of Texas System to become a member institution.

In addition, the board approved a waiver of its rules regarding selection of the next SFA president so the search can begin under the presidential selection rules of the UT System Board of Regents.

SFA regents thanked all participants in the process, as well as the Nacogdoches community, for their work evaluating system affiliation and the proposals of the four systems SFA was invited to join. Their work began Aug. 22 and culminated in reports to the board on Oct. 30.

“We are excited about the enormous opportunities this affiliation will provide for our students, faculty and staff,” said Karen Gantt, SFA Board of Regents chair. “We know that the future of SFA will be enhanced by becoming a member of the leading university system in the country.”

Gantt led the board subcommittee that examined governance, financial and other matters regarding potential affiliation. In addition, she thanked the four systems involved — Texas A&M University System, Texas State University System, Texas Tech University System and The University of Texas System — stating “it has been our honor and privilege to work with these systems and all on their teams and to engage in meaningful and sincere dialogue about opportunities for SFA in their respective university system.”

Kevin P. Eltife, chairman of the UT System Board of Regents, said UT’s regents and leadership deeply admire and respect SFA’s rich tradition and successful history.

“We are honored and enthusiastic about taking the next steps together in this process with confidence that this union will make each of us stronger,” he added. “Our proposal to SFA outlined our sincere commitment to helping the university build upon its programs, traditions and culture that have made the university unique for nearly a century, while adding resources to help amplify those strengths and ultimately serve more Texans.”

With today’s affiliation announcement, the next step is for SFA and UT System officials to collaborate with legislative leaders on the legislation that will enable this governance change during the upcoming session, SFA’s interim President Dr. Steve Westbrook explained.

“In addition, I will be working closely with system officials over the next few weeks as the search for the next SFA president begins, and I will keep the campus updated on that progress,” he added.SFA will retain its name, brand and culture.

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November 28, 2022 - The week of November 20th through 26th, in addition to having the Thanksgiving holiday, yielded 2 calls for the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department.

Here’s a summary of the weeks events.

The first call came in Sunday afternoon for a mutual aid request from DeSoto Fire District 1 on a brush fire located on Belle Bower Road. The JVFD was en route to the fire when a second page was received that stated the fire was under control and Joaquin could return home.

The other call for the week came in Monday evening for an unresponsive male at his residence on Highway 7 East. The first to arrive on scene reported that the man still had a pulse, but soon after the pulse faded. Allegiance EMS arrived a few minutes later and the man was eventually pronounced deceased. Deputies from Shelby County Sheriff’s Office took control of the scene and the JVFD were cleared to leave.

With that, this report will come to a close. The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department hopes everyone has a great and safe week ahead.

November 25, 2022 - Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers investigated a two-vehicle crash involving a Texas Department of Public Safety patrol vehicle that occurred Thursday, November 24, 2022, on State Highway 7, just west of U.S. 96.

The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 4:25pm, a 2018 Hyundai passenger car was traveling east when the driver reportedly fell asleep and drove into the westbound lanes and struck the marked DPS patrol vehicle head-on.

The driver of the Hyundai is identified as Denny Hibbard, 50, from Nacogdoches was not injured during the crash.

The State Trooper is identified as Taylor Buster, 29. Buster was transported to Memorial Hospital in Nacogdoches for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Additional information is not available at this time.

November 21, 2022 - West Shelby County Volunteer Fire Department (WSCVFD) reports they responded to a vehicle fire on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 on FM 711.

The firemen left the station at 7:07pm with two brush trucks and were back in station by 7:40pm. The vehicle fire was in a truck belonging to Ashley Ronalds. The fire appeared to have started in the wiring in the dashboard.

Six firemen responded to the call and took quick action to extinguish the flames.

November 21, 2022 - The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department had a relatively light week from November 13th through 19th with just 3 total calls. Here's a summary of the week's events.

Sunday evening the JVFD was called to block the entrance to the Sand Isle community per the request of the Shelby County Sheriff's Office due to a manhunt in the area. Several law enforcement agencies from Shelby County and DeSoto Parish were present on the scene and were able to locate and apprehend the suspect. 

Both Monday's and Saturday's calls pertained to a lift assist on County Road 3177. JVFD EMRs assisted Allegiance EMS with getting the patient out of the floor and making sure they had the medical help they needed.

In other news, the JVFD hosted a blood drive with Lifeshare Blood Centers on Saturday and collected over 20 units of blood. Just one unit of blood has the potential to help two or more people in need, so Saturday's drive was a resounding success. Thanks to all of those who donated blood and Lifeshare for this great life-saving opportunity. 

With that, this report will come to a close. The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department hopes everyone has a safe week and a happy Thanksgiving.

November 18, 2022 - The Shelby County Courthouse will be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving and will return to normal hours on Monday, November 28.

The County wishes everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving!