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February 6, 2020 - The Center Municipal Court Warrant Roundup is coming February 14th through March 15th, 2020. Are YOU on the list?

Don't wait for law enforcement to show up at your home, ACT NOW.

Paying is easy and there are (3) three ways to do just that and get this worry off of your mind.

1. Online using your Credit/Debit card at www.trafficpayment.com
2. Call 1-800-444-1187 Traffic Payment
3. Come in personally to the Municipal Court located in the Center Police Department building located at 1020 Shelbyville Street, Center, Texas between the hours of 8am and 4pm.

Be sure to get proper credit for your payment by knowing your case number for the outstanding warrant. This information is easily attained by calling the Court at 936-598-3080.

Please note, when paying at the Municipal Court window, a money order or exact change is needed and that NO credit cards or personal checks will be accepted.

If you feel like your name is on the list in error, contact the court and we will get the matter resolved. If you have taken care of your warrant recently, thank you. We update the list as often as we can so your patience is appreciated.

Outstanding Warrant List: (Click the letters as a quick link)
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Editor's Note: Please remember people share names and the name on the list may not be who you are thinking.

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Acevedo, Erique
Ainsworth, Kristen Nicole
Ainsworth, Samantha Ann
Alexander, Jasmine Nichole
Alford, Rachel Victoria
Allen, Anthony G. Jr.
Allen, Ashley Nicole
Allen, Jonathon Marquis
Allen, Raven
Allen-Garsee, Shanna
Almaguer, Susan
Almutairi, Ghanim Ghanim Khala
Alrwaly, Anwar
Alvaruaro, Jesus
Anderson, Dylan Wayne
Anderson, Mathew Lee
Andrus, Caleb
Aning, James Robert
Arriaga, Jorge
Ashley, Anna
Atkins, Traviante Devel
Aung, Thu
Avalos, Juan Carlos
Aydelott, Destiny Cheyenne

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Bailey, Quinton
Barcelo, Kristen Elisa
Barker, Christopher Lynn
Barnes, Darell Antwann
Barnes, Lacurvey
Barnes, Tiffany
Barnfield, Albert Lee
Barrera, Rogelio Berlanga
Barrett, Larry Gene Jr.
Barritos, Susana
Barstow, Meryah Robert 
Bartlett, Mary Ruth
Bates, Mary Darlene
Bates, Shatresa Lakendra
Baylon, Maximino
Baysinger, Jayla Lanae
Beam, Kenneth Owen
Beck, William Henry
Belin, Joseph Tyrell
Bell, Bill Montrell
Bell, Clifton Jerome
Bell, Danie Larome
Bell, Jerry Glynn
Bell, Shatriciera Marshuntia
Benefield, Jemeka Shantel
Bergeron, Joseph Earl 
Berwick, Brennah Jordanette
Biggar, Jeannette Windham
Bittick, Brian Dwayne
Black, Melvin
Blackmon, Roderick Isiah
Bledsoe, Natasha Rachelle
Bolden, Jaquerious Lamone
Booth, Niki
Borde, Devin Lee
Boswell, James Aaron
Bourg, Jason J.
Boykin, Steve 
Bradshaw, Brittany Nicole
Bratchett, Jesse Ray
Brenner, Joshua Scott
Brewer, La Trisia
Brewer, Lacreshia Deserre
Brisco, Charles
Brisco, Charles Earl
Brock, Matthew Thomas
Brock, Radley Lamar
Brown, Brandon Charles
Brown, Henry
Brown, Hubert Dewayne
Brown, Laderrick Jermaiah
Brown, Lecarlos Dewayne
Brown, Shanaeta Lajoyer
Buckley, Annette
Budde, Ray Lee
Burkett, Kevin Curtis
Burnett, William
Bush, James
Bussey, Mario
Butler, Stormy
Byley, Tyler Lee-Allen
Byrd, Viola Ranae

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Caldwell, Elizabeth
Calzada, Amanda Lynn
Camacho, Reynol
Camacho, Valentina
Cantu, Christopher A
Caporali, Marcelo
Caraway, Talissia Monique
Carpenter, William Jeffery
Carrell, Tommy Michael
Carson, Brian Marcus
Carter, Jerome
Cartwright, Angela Lynett
Cartwright, Lawrence Edward
Cartwright, Marcus Brandon
Cartwright, Ricky Ray
Castellanoa, Samantha
Castllanos, Samantha
Cavazos, April Julissa
Cavazoa, Jasmin
Cavallos-Najera, Prisco
Channel, Joe Dan
Chapman, Jessica Marie
Chessher, Mary Louise
Chumbley, Ahamd Rashad
Church, Marlena
Claybrook, Krystal Marlenna
Clayton, David Matthew
Clock, Eric
Colbert, Penyuna Diona
Cole, Johnathan Brian
Coleman, Brea Dshae
Coleman, Chelesa Rochelle
Cooley, Joshua Steven
Cooper, Jessica
Cooper, Phillip Jason
Cordova, Joanna Lee
Cordova, Rachael Kay
Cornelio, Rigoburto
Cox, Wendy Marie
Crane, Jerry Jerome
Creel, Nancy
Cuatenta, Jose Luis
Curry, Ricky J.

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Daigle, Shawna E
Davis, Alvin Jerome
Davis, Corey Omar
Davis, Curtis Ray
Davis, James T.
Davis, Kadedric
Deckard, Chandra Denise
Delacruz-Ramirez, Joel
Denby, Bonie Daniel
Denby, Michael Ryan
Denman, Cord Tyler
Derkerlegand, Christopher
Dewberry, Triston
Dooley, Shay Lee
Dudley, Shawntrice
Dutiars, Tiefilo
Dykes, Daniel L.
Dykes, Jacob Isaiah
Dykes, Nathaniel Williams

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Eaden, Gerald Kent
Eason, George Michael
Eastman, Rebecca Elizabeth
Eckles, Jessika Leighann
Eddington, Bryan Scott
Eddins, Judd Wesley
Edwards, Alton Earl
Edwards, James Keith
Eilers, Michelle Jeaene
Ellington, Jarrett Rashad
Emmerling, Danielle Nicole
Ennett, Richarde
Enriquez, Danella Teresa
Enriquez-Olvera, German
Escobedo, Ramiro III
Espino, Alan Andres
Estes, Tiffany Cheree
Estrada, Ruben

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Fajardo, Eulalia
Fanestiel, Brandon Lynn
Fenley, Jeanese Louise
Fenley, Jeffery Scott
Fleenor, Breanna
Flores, Sandra I.
Foots, Russell Lewis 
Ford, Amber
Fountain, Bradley Dwayne
Fountain, Jeremy Lee
Fuller, Kevin
Fuller, Romekia

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Gage, Wesley Adam
Gann, Jesse Andrew
Garcia, Kyashia
Garcia-Alvarado, Mario Alberto
Garner, Omar
Garrett, Concia Ladesiree
Garrett, Meloney
Garrett, Vernon
Gee, Cedric Jermaine
Gentry, William Taylor
Gerardo, Jose Lugo
Gibson, Glenda Ann
Gilbert, Christopher Kadeem
Gilleon, Ty Garrett
Gomez, Rubicel
Gonzales, Ryan Alexander
Gonzales, Javier Jesus
Gonzalez, Luis
Gonzalez-Martinez, Yolanda
Goodwin, Jonas Dewaun
Green, Samuel Davis
Greene, Raven Sharlene
Greer, Billy Earl
Gregory, Austin
Gregory, Shanne Shequan
Griffin, Anthony Earl
Gryder, Amber Rose
Guaste, Emanuel
Guidry, Earl Joseph
Guillory, Nanna Lee
Gundermann, Kaylie Marice
Gunter, Joseph Keith

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Haessly, Justin
Haggerty, Shonta Latrice
Hagler, Conda Rashelle
Hailouz, Jamal
Hale, Courtney Tremaine
Hamilton, Ivan Earl
Hammers, Christina
Hanks, Jaron
Hardy, Devin Demon
Harrell, Loyce Gilbert
Harris, Drewey Dwayne
Harris, Justin Lee
Harris, Kendrick
Harris, Marlicia Djonmika
Harrison, Michael Lewis
Harrison, Michelle Renee
Harvey, Jay Carl
Harvey, Stephen Lee
Hawkins, Latoya
Heavirland, Kimberly D
Helm, Carlos Wayne
Henderson, Diane
Henderson, Sam
Hendrick, Kenneth Dewayne
Hendry, Joshua Kent
Hensley, Kory Ramon
Hernandez, Roberto Guzman
Hernandez-Castro, Alejandro
Heroux, Dakota Lynn
Herrin, Ashton Janae
Hickman, Justin Lee
Hill, Jonathan
Hill, Michael Anthony Jr.
Hoffman, Brandon James
Holcomb, Jerry Dewayne
Holloway, Ashley Annette
Holman, Chelsey Alese
Holmes, Benny Earl
Holmes, James Travis
Holt, Cody Glen
Hopkins, Justin Adam
Horton, Baron
Horton, Ebert
Howard, Aaron Earl
Howard, Matthew Bryan
Hubbard, Charvon Wynett
Hubbard, J. L.
Hubbard, Shelia R
Hubbard, Tammie Eyvonnie
Hudson, Dylan Wayne
Hughes, Derrek Monroe
Hughes, Lisa Faye
Hutto, Shelia Lynn
Hymond, Latamarra Deshawn

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Ingalls, Tina Marie
Ingram, Frank
Ingram, Thomas Earl
Ingram, Tiora Lacole
Isaac, Lee Roy
Ivy, Cory Allen

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Jackson, David P
Jackson, Seneca Unikie
Jacobs, Stephen Wayne
James, Charles Ray
James, Jermaine Antoine
Jenkins, Cedric
Johnson, Ashley
Johnson Z, Johanna Clare
Johnson, Bobby Glenn
Johnson, Bobby Scott
Johnson, Cheryl
Johnson, Dennis Wayne
Johnson, Gustarvis Keith Oshay
Johnson, Johnathon Carnelius
Johnson, Johnny
Johnson, Miguel Domonte
Johnson, Miguel Domonte Jr.
Johnson, Monroe III
Johnson, Ronald Dexter
Johnson, Ronnie Lee
Johnson, Trey
Jones, Alaina Brianne
Jones, Casey Don
Jones, Dalmicheal Darnell
Jones, Damion Rashod
Jones, Duncan Pierre
Jones, Robert Joseph
Jones, William Charles
Jordan, Brandon Shane
Jowes, Cassie Nicole
Junior, Janeen

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Kelley, Ashley
Kelley, Gerald Franklin
Kendrick, Shane Mark
Kennedy, Precious Dshaun
King, Johnny Ray
Kinney, Jerrad Dewayne
Kirlin, Kory Richard

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Landaverde, Jose A
Lane, Keiosha Kotoyia
Lane, Shaqui Lashay
Lane, Tamereia
Lara, Rigoberto
Latour, Charles Clay
Lawery, Kevin
Lawrence, Samuel
Lee, Mary Fancher
Lee, Shawntawria
Leeks, Deanndre Lakease
Lewis, Quentha
Lias, Cedric D Antre
Lindsey, Cody Scott
Lister, Curtis Alvin
Lister, Kevin Deon
Long, Charlie Divonne
Lopez, Gisiel
Lopez, Susana
Lorenzo, Noe
Lowery, Cheryl L
Luis, Maria

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Macias, Juan
Malone, Brenden Braxton
Malone, Chiquita Fonsha
Mance, Oscar E
Marshall, Robin Beavers
Marshall, Travion Montrez
Martin, Angel Lagail
Martin, Carla Jo
Martin, Lasyvia Veronica
Martin, Tyler Nathaniel
Martinez, Beatriz
Martinez, Jose Isabel
Martinez, Manuel
Martinez, Oascar
Mathis, Jessica Lynn
Mcafee, Julian Luke
McCain, Alex Oneal
McCauley, Mike Miles
McCollister, Dakota
McCollister, Eric Lakeith
McCollister, Melisa Meann
McCullough, Lamarcus Deshion
McGrew, Shanna Danyle
McKee, Blake
McKnown, Shelby Lynn
McMillian, Earl Henry
Melton, Colby Zane
Mendieta, Miguel Jesus
Meshell-Rein, Natalie Christa
Michonski, Brittney Shea
Mickles, Ashley M
Miguel, Jesus Mendieta
Miller, Debriyonia LaShawnteia
Mims, Anthony Alexander
Mitchell, Broderick Deshon
Mitchell, Timothy Scott
Mohamed, Issa A
Moore, Dominick
Moore, Willie Bernard
Morales, Pedro
Morris, Tyer Lee
Murillo, Jorge
Murphy, Dylan Dean

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Nayalio, Roberto
Neal, Stephani Michele
Nelson, Cody Lee
Newman, Doris
Nichols, Heath Laine

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Odom, Marsh G
Oglesby, Adriana Colflesh
Ojeda, Odilon
Olalde, Juan Bustimonte
Ontiverez, Antonio
Oritz, Juan
Oritz, Jesus
Osby, Trevion Dandre
Oswalt, David Kevin
Owens, Marvin

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Parker, Cynthia Jade
Parker, Tierra
Parks, Lance Lee
Parks, Shanoveiah Consandra
Patin, Brandon Joseph
Patton, Austan
Pavlock, Tracey Lynn
Payne, Michelle Nicole 
Pea, Stephanie Conetha
Pecina-Acuna, Adan
Pena, Mary Gail
Pena, Miguel
Pennington, Chinitra Cynta
Penson, Angela Lenora
Peralas, Carlos
Perez Villanueva, Josue
Perez, Jesus Angel
Perez, Ricardo
Perry, Timothy Wilburn
Petite, Alicia
Phillips, Tammie Terrell
Pierce, Jenniffer Michelle
Pinkston, Kandace Michelle
Pleasant, Lafishia Tyneka
Polley, Lanika Rochelle
Polley, Timothy
Porter, Matthew David
Powell, Latrice Danielle
Pugh, Curtis Lee

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Quinones, Blanca

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Ramirez, Joel Delacruz
Ramirez-Reyes, Rogelio
Rankin, La Ryan
Ratcliff, Latoska Sherrell
Ratcliff, Tevin
Ratcliff, Yolanda Keanya
Redmond, Anuska Rayvelle
Reed, Keitha
Richardson, La Deirdre Deirdre
Richardson, Octavia
Richardson, Talamessia Breane
Ridgeway, Raymond Anthony 
Riggs, Casey Richard
Rigsby, Jabari Ahmet
Rios, Ana
Rios, Efrain Ibarra
Rivers, Michael Edward
Rivers, Tiffany L
Roberts, Jacquelyn Deshan
Robertson, Christopher De Shau
Robins, Andre
Rodgers, Dakota Travis
Rodriguez, Henry
Rodriguez, Joe
Rodriguez, Jose Luis Jr
Rodriguez-Monreal, Jose Roberto
Roehl, Nicholas K.
Roland, Travis
Ross, Shanquita Dytrece
Rucker, Sakeidric Tyrone
Rufus, Jason Bernard
Rugley, Jerdereak Allen
Ruiz, Joanna
Ruiz-Perez, Jose Luis
Russell, Brittany
Russell, Clayton Joseph
Russell, Mark
Russell, Ronald Keith
Ryder, Kristopher Dequenston

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Salazar, Yesenia
Salazar-Gonzalez, Gema
Sanchez, Luis Angel
Sanchez, Nancy
Sanders, Jerome Mac
Sanders, Priscilla Nelshall
Sandifer, Breiana Marie
Sanford, Elizabeth
Santos, Isreal Aguilar
Savore, Gershunana Kenyanana
Schmitt, Amy Louise
Seaton, Michael Aaron
Segundo, Guevara
Shields, Stacie Quinn
Shofner, Justin Darrell
Simpson, Adrian
Simpson, Dexter Rayshun
Slaughter, Jessica
Small, Stephanie Maria
Smith, Analicia
Smith, Brittany Nicole
Smith, Justin Dale
Smith, Tonia Renee
Smith, Troy Lee
Sneed, Hal Lynndell
Snider, Theres Jeweline
Soloman, Durankaus Dewayne
Sophus, Tamika
Sowell, Savannah Marie
Sowell, Vanessa Renea
Spain, Justin Marcel
Spurlock, Heather
Standley, Gregory Delchristop
Stanley, Mark Wesley
Starghill, Andrea Kalise
Stepp, Devon Ray
Stevenson, Quanyette Shaynay
Stewart, Diante Stewart
Stickle, David Alan
Stomber, Matthew Quinn
Stroud, Jarious
Suell, Allen Wayne
Suell, JaMarcus O'Keith
Swilley, Justin Lawrence

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Tarver, Jamie Lynn
Taylor, Rodney Terrel
Taylor, Rodriquez Miguel
Taylor, Sage Nebraska
Taylor, Tara Lanette
Teal, Jordan
Thomas, Christopher
Thomas, Demmerick Kiadlamon
Thomas, Jennifer
Thomas, Michael Anthony
Thomas, Shavontae Jonique
Thrower, Curtis Allen
Tindol, Tammy Benefield
Tinsley, Colden Jawahn
Tipps, Javensen Howard
Tipps, Megan Jarae
Tolbert, Marcus
Tragan, Lani Rachelle
Trevino, Savana Myrle
Turner, Billy Jack
Tutt, Billy Ray
Tyre, Colton Dwayne

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Uribe-Tovar, Rocio

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Vaughn, Samantha Kay
Villegas, Cristian Oswaldo

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Wadkins, Kattie
Wallace, Stephanie Louise
Waller, Jacob Elisha
Walter, Degarian Shunta
Ward, Shawna Marie
Warren, Moneak
Wars, Bolly Jo
Washington, Darshunay
Washington, Dewayne Deon
West, Alisha Michelle
Wheless, Michael W.
Whitaker, Jaqualiyan Treymonze
Whitaker, Matarya Quenta
White, Dannie Earl
White, Danny Earl
White, Fannie Lynette
White, Lorenzo Dewayne
White, Reginald Bartholomew
Whitmire, Darrell
Wiese, Trenton Douglas
Wiggins, Patrick Adam
Williams, Bobby Ray
Williams, Danny Lee
Williams, Edward Lee
Williams, Hollis James
Williams, Jaquarious Denote
Williams, Jimmie Dale
Williams, Julie Marshall
Williams, Justin Clay
Williams, Melvin Kentrell
Williams, Pamela Ann
Williams, Rodney Demond
Williams, Vernon Clay
Willie, Biunca Lakay
Willis, Shayla Jade
Wilson, Charles Ray
Wilson, David Treston
Wilson, Neiman Lemarcus
Woods, Chourvoisiea Chardez
Woods, Shameka Evetta
Wright, Bickey
Wyatts, Mike

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Yarbrough, Antonio
Yarbrough, Jonathan Dewayne
Yarbrough, Katherine Tiana
Yleon, Jose Coss
Young, Timieka Shevonne
Young, Ynasha Sherua

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Zamudio, Melissa Ann

February 27, 2020 - The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Heston Avery, 17, of Joaquin at approximately 5:30pm on Wednesday, February 26, 2020. Avery stated that he had accidentally shot his friend Angel De La Rosa, 16, of Joaquin. 

Sheriff Blackwell said deputies and investigators from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the scene along with ACE EMS. Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 Jackie Kirkwood arrived on scene and pronounced the victim deceased. An autopsy was ordered.

Avery and a 14 year-old witness, who was present at the time of the shooting, were brought to the SCSO and gave statements of what occurred. 

Avery was booked into the Shelby County jail and charged with Criminally Negligent Homicide (SJF). He was arraigned by Kirkwood on a $10,000 bond and was released after posting bond.

This case is pending and will be sent to the Grand Jury. This is a very sad situation for the family of the victim. This is also very sad for Avery’s family and Avery himself who faces charges for a tragic accident that took the life of a young man who had everything to live for.

Please keep all of these families in your prayers during this time. Each of them will be reminded of this every day for the rest of their lives.

Leah Chase, SCSO Media Relations

 

February 26, 2020 - Tom Bellmyer, Precinct 4 Commissioner, reports that the bridge work on County Road 4778 is now complete. The roadway is now open.


November 19, 2019 - The bridge on CR 4778 at the intersection with CR 4763 is out. This section of CR 4778 will be closed until repairs can be made.

Tom Bellmyer, Shelby County Commissioner Pct 4

To the registered voters of the County of Shelby, Texas:

February 26, 2020 - Notice is hereby given that the polling places listed below will be open from 7am to 7pm, March 3, 2020, for voting in the general primary election for the Democrat Party to nominate Members of Congress, Members of the Legislature, and state, district, county, and precinct officers.

Locations of polling places

Precinct number - Voting location

  • 1N Center, 1S Center, 1SW Center, 1W Center - Church of Christ, 110 Hurst Street, Center, Texas 75935
  • 1SE Center, 3 Sardis - Pineywoods Family Outreach Center, 255 Haley Drive, Center, Texas 75935
  • 2 Excelsior - Excelsior School, 11280 St. Hwy 7W, Center, Texas 75935
  • 4 Huxley, 6 Dreka, 7 Shelbyville - First Baptist Church - Shelbyville, 5030 SH 87 South, Shelbyville, Texas 75973
  • 5 Joaquin - First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 175 Faulkville Road, Joaquin, Texas 75954
  • 8 Tenaha - First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 226 N. George Bowers Drive, Tenaha, Texas 75974
  • 9N Timpson, 9S Timpson - American State Bank Annex, 830 N 1st Street West, Timpson, Texas 75975

Early voting by personal appearance will be conducted each weekday at:
Center Community House, 423 San Augustine Street, Center, Texas 75935 between the hours of 8am and 4:30pm beginning on February 18, 2020 and ending February 28, 2020 including Saturday, February 22nd from 10am-2pm and Sunday, February 23rd from 12 noon-4pm.

Application for ballot by mail shall be mailed to:
Jennifer Fountain - Shelby County Clerk, P.O. Box 1987, Center, Texas 75935.
Application for ballots by mail must be received no later than the close of business on February 21, 2020.

To view political candidacy announcements submitted to Shelby County Today, click here.
***Announcements are on several pages, at the bottom of the pages are links to go to the second page of announcements.

 

To the registered voters of the County of Shelby, Texas:

February 26, 2020 - Notice is hereby given that the polling places listed below will be open from 7am to 7pm, March 3, 2020, for voting in the general primary election for the Republican Party to nominate Members of Congress, Members of the Legislature, and state, district, county, and precinct officers.

Locations of polling places

Precinct number - Voting location

  • 1N Center - First United Methodist Church, 211 N. Porter Street, Center, Texas 75935
  • 1SO Center - Church of Christ, 110 Hurst Street, Center, Texas 75935
  • 1SE Center - Pineywoods Family Outreach Center, 255 Haley Drive, Center, Texas 75935
  • 1SW Center - Center Community House, 423 San Augustine Street, Center, Texas 75935
  • 1W Center - JOI Ranch, 5198 FM 2026, Tenaha, Texas 75954
  • 2 Excelsior - Excelsior School, 11280 St. Hwy 7W, Center, Texas 75935
  • 3 Sardis - Campti Pentecostal Church, 6153 FM 414, Center, Texas 75935
  • 4 Huxley - Lydia Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 14998 FM 139, Shelbyville, Texas 75973
  • 5 Joaquin - First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 175 Faulkville Road, Joaquin, Texas 75954
  • 6 Dreka - Dreka Pentecostal Church Fellowship Hall, 1193 FM 2427, Shelbyville, Texas 75973
  • 7 Shelbyville - First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 5030 SH 87 South, Shelbyville, Texas 75973
  • 8 Tenaha - First Methodist Church - Schiede Hall, 256 N. George Bowers Drive, Tenaha, Texas 75974
  • 9N Timpson - American State Bank Annex, 830 N 1st Street West, Timpson, Texas 75975
  • 9S Timpson - Timpson School Gym Foyer, 836 Bear Drive, Timpson, Texas 75935

Early voting by personal appearance will be conducted each weekday at:
Center Community House, 423 San Augustine Street, Center, Texas 75935 between the hours of 8am and 4:30pm beginning on February 18, 2020 and ending February 28, 2020 including Saturday, February 22nd from 10am-2pm and Sunday, February 23rd from 12 noon-4pm.

Application for ballot by mail shall be mailed to:
Jennifer Fountain - Shelby County Clerk, P.O. Box 1987, Center, Texas 75935.
Application for ballots by mail must be received no later than the close of business on February 21, 2020.

To view political candidacy announcements submitted to Shelby County Today, click here.
***Announcements are on several pages, at the bottom of the pages are links to go to the second page of announcements.

February 24, 2020 - The second week of early voting in the 2020 Primary Election has Shelby County residents casting 1,582 ballots as of the Tuesday evening, February 25th. 

Below are the daily breakdowns for ballots cast (Republican and Democrat combined):

  • Tuesday (2/18) - 320
  • Wednesday (2/19) - 216
  • Thursday (2/20) - 182
  • Friday (2/21) - 239
  • Saturday (2/22) - 122
  • Sunday (2/23) - 161
  • Monday (2/24) - 178
  • Tuesday (2/25) - 164

Early voting continues this week Monday through Friday, February 24th - 28th, 8am until 4:30pm at the Community House located at 423 San Augustine Street, Center, Texas. Every vote counts!

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February 26, 2020 - One of the easiest ways a homeowner can lower his or her property tax bill is to file a homestead exemption. A homestead is generally the house and land used as the owner’s principal residence on January 1 of the tax year.

Homestead exemptions reduce the appraised value of your home and, as a result, lower your property taxes. To apply for an exemption on your residence homestead, contact the Shelby County Appraisal District.

Available homestead exemptions include:

  • School Taxes: All homeowners may receive a $25,000 homestead exemption for school taxes.
  • County Taxes: If a county collects a special tax for farm-to-market roads or flood control, a homeowner may receive a $3,000 homestead exemption for this tax.
  • Age and Disability Exemptions: Individuals 65 or older or disabled as defined by law may qualify for a $10,000 homestead exemption for school taxes, in addition to the $25,000 exemption available to all homeowners. Also, any taxing unit may offer a local optional exemption of at least $3,000 for taxpayers age 65 or older and/or disabled. Older or disabled homeowners do not need to own their homes on January 1 to qualify for the $10,000 homestead exemption. They qualify as soon as they turn age 65 or become disabled.
  • Taxing units may offer a local option exemption based on a percentage of a home's appraised value. Any taxing unit can exempt up to 20 percent of the value of each qualified homestead. No matter what percentage of value the taxing unit adopts, the dollar value of the exemption must be at least $5,000.
  • Partial Exemption for Disabled Veterans: Texas law provides partial exemptions for any property owned by veterans who are disabled, surviving spouses and surviving children of deceased disabled veterans. This includes homesteads donated to disabled veterans by charitable organizations at no cost or not more than 50 percent of the good faith estimate of the homestead’s market value to the disabled veterans and their surviving spouses. The exemption amount is determined according to the percentage of service-connected disability.
  • 100 Percent Residence Homestead Exemption for Disabled Veterans: A disabled veteran who receives 100 percent disability compensation due to a service-connected disability and a rating of 100 percent disabled or of individual unemployability from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs is entitled to an exemption from taxation of the total appraised value of the veteran's residence homestead. Surviving spouses of veterans who qualified for this exemption or who would have qualified for this exemption if it had been in effect at the time of the veteran’s death are also eligible with certain restrictions. The residence homestead application must be filed if this exemption is claimed.
  • Surviving Spouses of Members of the U.S. Armed Services Killed in Action: The surviving spouse of a member of the U.S. armed services who is killed in action is allowed a total (100 percent) property tax exemption on his or her residence homestead if the surviving spouse has not remarried since the death of the armed services member.
  • Surviving Spouses of First Responders Killed in the Line of Duty: The eligible surviving spouse of a first responder killed in the line of duty is allowed a total (100 percent) property tax exemption on his or her residence homestead if the surviving spouse has not remarried since the death of the first responder.

For more details on homestead exemptions, contact the Shelby County Appraisal District at (936) 598-6171, online at www.shelbycad.com. The homestead exemption application is available online at comptroller.texas.gov/forms/50-114.pdf

February 25, 2020 - On February 22, 2020, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the Choice public water system, 2100005 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 02/25/2020.

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Vince Di Verdi at 936-591-1205.


February 24, 2020 - Due to a broken water main the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has required the Choice water system ID# 2100005 to notify Choice customers 2/22/2020 that were without water on Hwy 96 North of 417 W 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 Vince Diverdi at 936-591-1205.

February 23, 2020 - Tom Bellmyer, Precinct 4 Commissioner, County Road 4849 at the the junction of Panola County Road 179 is impassable. 

A culvert has collapsed and barricades have been established to prevent travel until a repair is made. 

February 21, 2020 - Due to a broken water main the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has required the Paxton water system ID# 2100031 to notify Jackson customers February 20, 2020 that were without water on CR 3174, 3169, 3000, 3849, a few customers on 3801, and FM 2428 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.

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