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December 3, 2021 - State Highway 87 South just past the intersection of FM 414 was the scene of a single-vehicle crash Friday, December 3, 2021.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper David Shields, at around 6:30am a Grey 2005 Dodge Durango occupied by an 18-year-old male with a 16-year-old male was southbound on State Highway 87 South. 

After passing FM 414 the Durango was traveling at an unsafe speed for roadway conditions, which caused the driver to lose control of the Durango and travel off the roadway to the left and into the northbound bar ditch. The Durango then traveled up an embankment and rolled multiple time before coming to rest upright facing the roadway.

The driver and passenger were examined by Emergency Medical Services at the scene and they refused treatment for minor injuries.

No citations were issued at the time of the crash and the Durango was towed from the scene.

Shelby County Sheriff’s Department, Shelbyville Volunteer Fire Department and Center Police Department assisted with traffic control until the scene was clear. 

December 3, 2021 - The 80th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii will be Tuesday, December 7, 2021. United States Flags and all others flying with are to be lowered in respect at sunrise and raised at sunset the same day.

If you have an outdoor flag that cannot be lowered, respect for the day can be shown by tying a black ribbon or cord at the top of the mast. It is permissible to lower the flag the night before.

December 2, 2021 - According to the Texas DSHS Covid-19 Dashboard, during the month of November Covid-19 cases decreased to the lowest numbers since before the summer months. The number of actives cases stayed low the whole month ending with only 9 active cases on November 30. October active cases peaked in the 160 range and Septembers highest estimated active cases count reached 223 mid month.

In total, November had 3 new deaths reported, 31 new cases reported, and 37 estimated recoveries reported.

Reported November 2021 Numbers:
Total New Confirmed Cases - 16
Total New Probable Cases - 15
Total New Fatalities - 3
Total New Recovered (Estimated) - 37

October had 14 new deaths reported, 139 new cases reported, and 263 estimated recoveries reported.

Reported October 2021 Numbers:
Total New Confirmed Cases - 52
Total New Probable Cases - 87
Total New Fatalities - 14
Total New Recovered (Estimated) - 263

September had 20 deaths reported, 379 new cases reported, and 399 estimated recoveries reported.

Reported September 2021 Numbers:
Total New Confirmed Cases - 189
Total New Probable Cases - 190
Total New Fatalities - 20
Total New Recovered (Estimated) - 399

Covid numbers for the last day of November and the last day of October are below.

Confirmed Cases - 1,692
Probable Cases - 1,268
Fatalities - 113
Active Cases (Estimated) - 9
Recovered (Estimated) - 2,838

Confirmed Cases - 1,676
Probable Cases - 1,253
Fatalities - 110
Active Cases (Estimated) - 18
Recovered (Estimated) - 2,801

Photo courtesy San Augustine Tribune

December 2, 2021 - Deputies with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) responded to a call for a welfare check at a residence on FM 417 in Shelbyville on Tuesday, December 1, 2021. Once on scene, deputies identified a male subject, Joshua Bearden, 32, of Shelbyville, at the residence and knew Bearden had an active warrant.

Deputies attempted to make contact with Bearden, who had entered a vehicle located at the residence in an attempt to flee the property. Bearden exited the property through a ditch and began traveling West on FM 417. At the intersection of FM 417 and Hwy 87 S, deputies began following Bearden as he turned onto Hwy 87 S, and gave verbal command over the PA speaker for Bearden to stop the vehicle. Bearden refused to stop the vehicle, and led deputies in a pursuit down Hwy 87 S to FM 147.

The SCSO requested assistance from the San Augustine Police Department and the San Augustine County Sheriff’s Office in order to end the pursuit, as Bearden was approaching the San Augustine County line on FM 147. Once inside San Augustine County, an officer with the San Augustine Police Department was able to perform a pit maneuver on Bearden’s vehicle and bring it to a halt. Bearden was removed from the vehicle and taken into custody.

Bearden was booked into the Shelby County Jail and charged with Terroristic Threat on a Peace Officer (SJF); DWI 3rd or More (F-3); Evading Arrest with a Vehicle (F-3); Driving while license suspended (M-B); and FTA: OC: DWI 3rd or more (F-3). Bearden is housed on bonds totaling $50,500.

The SCSO extends our thanks to the San Augustine County Police Department, San Augustine County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Center Police Department for their assistance in bringing this pursuit to an end.

December 2, 2021 - The weather data for Center, Texas during the month of November 2021 is as follows:

Hottest day - 81.1 on November 17
Lowest temperature day - 33.4 on November 6
Total rain fall for the month - 2.56 inches
Number of days with rain - 8 days

11/01/21 - Low of 43.7, High of 77.4
11/02/21 - Low of 48.6, High of 73.4
11/03/21 - Low of 45.7, High of 56.8, Rain 0.37"
11/04/21 - Low of 41.7, High of 59.2, Rain 0.04"
11/05/21 - Low of 34.9, High of 62.8
11/06/21 - Low of 33.4, High of 61.3
11/07/21 - Low of 36.3, High of 68.5
11/08/21 - Low of 39.0, High of 73.2
11/09/21 - Low of 45.1, High of 73.2
11/10/21 - Low of 48.7, High of 75.2
11/11/21 - Low of 45.7, High of 71.6, Rain 1.08"
11/12/21 - Low of 39.9, High of 74.3
11/13/21 - Low of 35.8, High of 62.1
11/14/21 - Low of 38.7, High of 75.4
11/15/21 - Low of 48.2, High of 79.9
11/16/21 - Low of 59.4, High of 79.3
11/17/21 - Low of 62.6, High of 81.1
11/18/21 - Low of 42.1, High of 66.4, Rain 0.01"
11/19/21 - Low of 35.1, High of 60.1
11/20/21 - Low of 37.6, High of 73.9
11/21/21 - Low of 59.0, High of 72.9
11/22/21 - Low of 39.7, High of 67.5
11/23/21 - Low of 36.0, High of 68.4
11/24/21 - Low of 47.3, High of 74.5
11/25/21 - Low of 44.6, High of 65.1, Rain 0.59"
11/26/21 - Low of 36.0, High of 50.5
11/27/21 - Low of 33.8, High of 52.2, Rain 0.1"
11/28/21 - Low of 41.9, High of 60.1, Rain 0.36"
11/29/21 - Low of 36.3, High of 69.8, Rain 0.01"
11/30/21 - Low of 43.0, High of 72.3

November 30, 2021 - The City of Center Public Water System, PWS #2100001, will be conducting water system maintenance beginning January 1, 2022, and lasting until January 31, 2022. The system will be switching to free chlorine as its main disinfection.

This maintenance which is not a requirement, but is the recommended course of action set by the TCEQ/EPA for the accumulation of disinfection byproducts.

This is a routine maintenance procedure performed to help reduce unstable water conditions in our system and insure the highest quality of water being delivered to our customers.

During this maintenance period you may notice an odor or slight discoloration, but the safety of the water will not be affected. City maintenance crews and the Fire Department will also be aggressively flushing hydrants throughout the City’s distribution system.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact our Public Works Department at 936-598-5241.

November 29, 2021 - Center Fire Department responded to a house fire on County Road 2231 near County Road 2230 in Center Monday, November 29, 2021, at around 1:15pm.

When firefighters arrived, the mobile home fire was fully involved. They learned quickly the house was meant to be a controlled burn; however, it had gotten out of control.

Firefighters knocked back the flames with water and put down flames that surrounded the structure to help prevent further spread to nearby wooded area.

Once it was determined the fire was no longer a threat to spreading the firefighters returned to the station.

November 29, 2021 - Conagra Brands, Inc. (NYSE: CAG), is voluntarily recalling Birds Eye Broccoli Tots in 12 ounce packages with specific best buy dates due to the potential presence of small rocks and metal fragments in the product. Conagra Brands was made aware of this issue through calls from consumers.

The impacted products are identified below. Conagra Brands will work with retail customers to ensure that the recalled products are removed from store shelves.

No other Birds Eye products are impacted by this issue.

Conagra has received two reports to date of injury (dental damage) associated with the recalled product. Consumers who have purchased this product are advised to dispose of it. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider. Consumers can reach Conagra Brands Consumer Care at 1-800-921-7404 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. CST Monday through Friday, or at

November 29, 2021 - Committed to the quality of its products, Fischer & Wieser Specialty Foods is recalling 31.4-ounce jars of H-E-B Creamy Tomato Basil Soup due to the possible presence of glass in the product.

The recall was initiated after a customer notified the supplier that the product contained a glass piece. No injuries have been reported to date. All products related to this recall have been removed from H-E-B store shelves.

The voluntary recall impacts product with sell by/ used by dates: Lot: 22871 Best By: 10/14/22, which can be found printed on the jar below the lid. The following product with the specific UPC is subject to the recall:

Customers who purchased the product can return it to any H-E-B store for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact Fischer & Wieser Specialty Foods at 830-997-7194 Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST. Customers with any questions or concerns also may contact H-E-B Customer Service at 1-855-432-4438 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central Standard Time.

November 26, 2021 - The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the City of Tenaha public water system, PWS 2100002, to issue a Boil Water Notice on November 20th, 2021, 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 November 24th, 2021.

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Alison Rhone at 936-332-4439

November 21, 2021 - Due to a loss in system pressure, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has required the City of Tenaha water system to notify all customers 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 Alison Rhone at 936-332-4439 or the City of Tenaha office 936-248-3841.