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March 1, 2021 - The 12th week of vaccine distribution starts March 1, 2021 and Shelby County has one provider on the list. Aurora Concepts Family Medical Practice is allocated to receive a total of 1,170 Pfizer vaccine doses. This will be the first shipment of Pfizer vaccines to the county.

The new vaccine shipment to Aurora Concepts will cover those on their waiting list and more. To schedule a vaccine shot, contact Aurora Concepts during normal business hours at 936-598-3296. Vaccines are still currently only for health care workers, residents of long-term care facilities, people 65 and older and those with medical conditions that put them at greater risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19.

Shelby County, a part of Public Health Region 4/5N, reports over the past week an additional 244 people have been vaccinated with at least one dose for a total of 1,351.

Also, over the past week an additional 213 people have been fully vaccinated for a total of 848 for the county.

The county has an estimated population of 19,449 of people 16 years of age and older. With the 12th week shipment of first doses vaccines, the county will nearly double the number of vaccines received in total from 1,200 first doses to 2,370.

Past weekly vaccine allocations for Shelby County:

  • Week 11, February 22 - Hope Community Medicine 200 vaccine doses (Moderna)
  • Week 8, February 1 - Hope Community Medicine 300 vaccine doses (Moderna)
  • Week 4, January 4 - Aurora Concepts, PLLC 100 vaccine doses (Moderna)
  • Week 4, January 4 - Hope Community Medicine 100 vaccine doses (Moderna)
  • Week 2, December 21 - Aurora Concepts, PLLC 100 vaccine doses (Moderna)
  • Week 2, December 21 - Brookshires Pharmacy 300 vaccine doses (Moderna)
  • Week 2, December 21 - Hope Community Medicine 100 vaccine doses (Moderna)

State surpasses 5 million doses administered

The number of COVID-19 vaccine doses shipping to Texas providers continues to climb with 676,280 first doses allocated to the state by the federal government for the week of March 1. The Texas Department of State Health Services has instructed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ship those doses to 522 providers in 199 counties. The total includes 84,240 doses for federally-supported sites in Houston and North Texas and another 52,650 unused doses returned to Texas by the Federal Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care.

Texas providers swiftly resumed vaccination following last week’s winter storms and have now administered more than 5 million doses. More than 3.3 million people have received at least one dose, and almost 1.7 million are fully vaccinated. Progress continues in vaccinating adults 65 years old and older with more than 40 percent having received at least one dose and nearly 1 in 5 fully vaccinated.

In addition to the first doses mentioned above, the state is ordering 429,600 doses intended as the second dose for people first vaccinated a few weeks ago. DSHS automatically orders second doses to arrive at providers in the week they can be administered, so they will be available when needed. People should be able to return to the same provider to receive their second dose within six weeks of getting the first.

Texas continues to vaccinate health care workers, residents of long-term care facilities, people 65 and older and those with medical conditions that put them at greater risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19. Vaccine remains limited based on the capacity of the manufacturers to produce it, so it will take time for Texas to receive enough vaccine for all the people in the priority populations who want to be vaccinated. Currently, there is not enough vaccine to supply every provider with vaccine every week.

The Food and Drug Administration is currently considering whether to grant an emergency use authorization for Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine. Early indications are that Texas could receive an initial supply of more than 200,000 doses. DSHS has not yet received final word on a shipping timeline. People can find more information on COVID-19 vaccine at dshs.texas.gov/covidvaccine.

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February 27, 2021 - With the enormous impact the Winter Storm has had on water systems in Shelby County and surrounding areas, Shelby County Today will keep this list of active boil water notices current for a quick check for viewers to see if their area is still under an active notice.

Rescinded boil water notices (no longer require boiling)

February 27, 2021 - Shelby County Livestock Sale is underway at the John D. Windham Civic Center on Saturday, February 27th. The show was held earlier in the day where exhibitors demonstrated the results of their hard work and dedication to their animal projects.

Grand Champion Steer - Kayson Pledger (Timpson FFA), bought by Hawkeye Hunting Club for $11,000.
Grand Champion Swine - Irelynn Clouse (Joaquin FFA), bought by Shelby Savings Bank and General Shelters for $3,500
Grand Champion Goat - Avery Metcalf (Timpson FFA), bought by Farmers State Bank for $3,000
Grand Champion Lamb - Jairo Blanco (Joaquin FFA), bought by State Representative Chris Paddie for $3,000

Reserve Grand Steer - Cassie Nutt (Shelby Co. 4-H), bought by Despino Tire for $3,500
Reserve Grand Swine - Alexis Clouse (Joaquin FFA), bought by Farmers State Bank for $2,000 
Reserve Grand Goat - Alyssa Cummings (Joaquin FFA), bought by Center Livestock for $2,000 
Reserve Grand Lamb - Clayton Hinton (Shelbyville FFA), bought by Borders Poultry Supply for $2,750

3rd Place Steer - Wesley Wages (Center FFA), bought for $2,500
3rd Place Swine - Stormie Meyers (Joaquin FFA), bought for $1,999
3rd Place Goat - Keelie McDonald (Timpson FFA), bought for $1,999
3rd Place Lamb - Kenzie Walton (Timpson FFA), bought for $2,000

4th Place Steer - Ethan Wood (Joaquin FFA), bought for $3,499
4th Place Swine - Jayden Cater (Joaquin FFA), bought for $1,500
4th Place Goat - Ashlynn McNutt (Timpson FFA), bought for $1,900
4th Place Lamb - Landree Jousan (Shelby Co. 4-H), bought for $2,600

5th Place Steer - Conner Nutt (Shelby Co. 4-H), bought for $2,000
5th Place Swine - Kaylee Oliver (Joaquin FFA), bought for $1,700 
5th Place Goat - Naomie Meyers (Joaquin FFA), bought for $1,700
5th Place Lamb - Catherine Searcy (Timpson FFA), bought for $1,500

6th Place Steer - Kayden Nutt (Shelby Co. 4-H), bought for $1,750
6th Place Swine - Mason Hughes (Joaquin FFA), bought for $1,600
6th Place Goat - Emmalee Richardson (Timpson FFA), bought for $1,700
6th Place Lamb - Jacie Lee (Center FFA), bought for $1,600

7th Place Steer - Braxton Weir (Joaquin FFA), bought for $1,750
7th Place Swine - Logan Williams (Shelbyville FFA), bought for $1,700
7th Place Goat - Hannah Wages (Center FFA), bought for $1,999
7th Place Lamb - Cara Searcy (Timpson FFA), bought for $1,600

8th Place Steer - McKayla Huss (Timpson FFA), bought for $3,499
8th Place Swine - Logan Meyer (Center FFA), bought for $1,999
8th Place Goat - Kayla White (Shelbyville FFA), bought for $1,750
8th Place Lamb - Abby Messer (Shelby Co. 4-H), bought for $2,749

Check back as results will be updated as the sale continues.

February 26, 2021 - The Timpson City Council met on Monday, February 22, and named Goodwin-Lasiter-Strong to administer two projects for the city. City workers were also commended for their efforts during the recent ice storm.

During the meeting council members were asked if they had anything to report. Tiffany Collins, council woman, stated the kitchen sink at SoSo Park needs to be repaired because it has a leak. Kenneth Walker, councilman, said he looked at the floor level and concrete level of the slab for the Justice of the Peace office located at Austin and Bremond Street. His concern is if the sidewalk is brought to the same level, water could potentially run into the building.

Mayor Debra Smith said all of the sidewalks have to be built with a 1% grade from the building out to give the sidewalk a slight slope away from the structure.

Walker said another issue he looked at was on 3rd Street regarding the replacement of a culvert. He suggested leaving the culvert until someone has a concern over it, because there are alternate routes to take.

Smith said it may have to be addressed due to drainage, but she doesn't have any plans on it at the  time of the meeting.

Teri Alexander, council woman, commended the city workers for their work involving the recent ice storm.

"I just want to say kudos for our workers for what they did this past week," said Alexander.

Smith remarked the Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce isn't meeting, because the Timpson Library remains closed. She said the Chamber has been in contact with Google Maps and Microsoft Maps, because of an issue with truckers being directed to travel FM 1970 and bypass Timpson which appears to have an economic impact on some businesses.

She stated County Judge Allison Harbison is also writing letters to reach out to both companies.

City Secretary Misty Burgess reported three candidate packets were submitted for the General Election as February 11th. Those submitted were by Kyle Allen, incumbent council member; Tiffany Collins, incumbent council member; and Charleston Johnson, incumbent council member. February 16 was the last day to file a declaration of write-in candidacy none was received, and as a result there will not be an election held on May 1, 2021. 

An ordinance will need to be signed at the March Council Meeting declaring the election canceled.

During the meeting the council considered renewing the city lawncare contract with Lawn Commanders, at the rate of $1,775 a month. The current contract with Lawn Commanders is up in April and the owner is willing to sign a two-year contract at that rate.

Councilman Allen moved to sign the contract with Lawn Commanders for a two-year contract at $1,775 a month; however, there wasn't a second to his motion and it failed.

Councilwoman Tiffany Collins asked where the idea of a two-year contract originated, because if the city were to have a problem with their services after six months they wouldn't be able to get out of the contract.

Collins said she would second the motion for a one-year contract, and mayor Smith said she would have Burgess reach out to him to see if he would consider a one-year contract.

"When I was talking with him, I put it in there I said, 'if you want to we can put it in there for a two-year contract,' that wasn't something he asked for," said Burgess. "We just did that with the cemetery, Mark's Lawn, and we did it with Lily Sanitation."

Councilman Kenneth Walker said the city doesn't have a need for a lawn service running a mower 12 months out of the year.

"In the past the city employees have done it without an issue, they took care of the work. They swapped out mowing, we've got the equipment my understanding is, that's my thoughts," said Walker.

Smith remarked the council would just have to deal with it in March.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:53pm.

Agenda items approved during the meeting include:
1. Consent agenda items:
A. Minutes from the Regular Meeting held on Jan. 19, 2021
B. Financial Statement for the month of January 2021
C. Accounts Payable – January 2021

2. Resolution 20210216-03 designating Goodwin-Lasiter-Strong for the 2021-2022 Texas Community Development Fund application and project implementation administered by the Texas Department of Agriculture.

3. Resolution 20210216-04 designating Goodwin-Lasiter-Strong for the 2021 Downtown Revitalization Program/Main Street Fund application and project implementation administered by the Texas Department of Agriculture.

4. Adjourn at 5:53pm.

Update 6:26pm: Texas DSHS Covid-19 Dashboard was updated at 3:10pm with today's numbers. The active cases remained at 89; however, an additional death was reported for a total of 55. This makes three days in a row of increases to the death count. Since the beginning of 2021, 15 new deaths have been reported for Shelby County.

The number of total probable cases reduced by 1 for a new total of 657. Case reductions have occurred before when cases are discovered to belong to a different county of residence. There was no explaination as to why the decrease.

The state did notate that 1 of 5 of Shelby County's new confirmed cases is an older confirmed case reported by a lab.

February 26th (3:10pm) Numbers:
Total Confirmed Cases - 871 (5 new cases)
Total Probable Cases - 657 (1 removed)
Total Fatalities - 55 (1 new)
Total Estimated Active Cases - 89
Total Estimated Recovered - 1,384 (3 new)


February 26, 2021 - The Texas DSHS Covid-19 Dashboard reports 89 active cases as of Thursday, February 25, 2021 and two new deaths. This is the 3rd death reported from COVID-19 over the past two days.

Of the 3 new active cases, 2 were new confirmed cases and 1 was a new probable case. The dashboard also shows a total of 7 additional recoveries which continues to help lower the number of active cases.

February 25th (3:00pm) Numbers:
Total Confirmed Cases - 866 (2 new cases)
Total Probable Cases - 658 (1 new case)
Total Fatalities - 54 (2 new)
Total Estimated Active Cases - 89
Total Estimated Recovered - 1,381 (7 new)

 

February 25, 2021 - Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), with the assistance of the Texas Military Department, launched a call center to assist Texans, who have limited or no internet access, with completing the State of Texas Assessment Tool (iSTAT). Texans can call 844-844-3089 between 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM seven days a week to submit their disaster damage information. This call center is specifically for Texans who are unable to submit information through the online iSTAT tool.

If needed, a state emergency management professional will visit impacted homes to collect photos and documentation of damage for the validation process.

Texans are urged to fill out the iSTAT, either online or over the phone if internet access is limited, to help the state identify damages across Texas and help emergency management officials gain an understanding of damages that occurred during the recent severe winter weather event. This data is also needed to provide information to FEMA and highlight the need for federal disaster assistance for individuals.

"The information gleaned from the iSTAT will help us advocate for the support and assistance our communities need to recover from the winter storm," said Governor Abbott. "This call center is available to help Texans without internet access complete this crucial survey." 

Visit http://damage.tdem.texas.gov to fill out the iSTAT.

Possum Trot pallet all gone.

February 25, 2021 - City of Huxley has two pallets of bottled drinking water available for distribution to the Huxley community starting today (February 25) until gone.

One pallet at City Hall and one pallet at Possum Trot.

Limit one per household please.

February 25, 2021 - Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative has officially restored power to all known outages following the winter storm. We appreciate everyone's patience and kindness shown during this challenging time. At the peak, DETEC reported over 23,000 outages.

After damages were assessed, we predicted restoration to possibly take 3 weeks. In just 10 days, DETEC crews, our fellow cooperative friends and contractors surpassed this goal. Hard, physical labor and mental determination are to contribute to this success.

Today we tip our hats to the hard-working lineman and operations staff that got the job done once again.

 

February 25, 2021 - The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at a residence on East Saddle Street in Joaquin on February 23, 2021. Per Shelby County Sheriff Kevin W. Windham, the search warrant was a result of several reports of drug activity in the area.

During the search, officers located 19 grams of methamphetamines and a small amount of marijuana. Items were also recovered from the scene that are used for the packaging and reselling of illegal narcotics.

Arrested on scene was Justin Carl Haessly, 33, of Joaquin. Hassley was charged with POCS PG 1 >=4G<200G (F-2) and POM (M-B). Haessly remains in the Shelby County jail on bonds totaling $3,500.

The SCSO would like to extend thanks to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Constable Pct. 3, Roy Cheatwood, Desoto Parish Sheriff’s Office and K-9 Unit for their assistance.

February 24, 2021 - The Texas DSHS Covid-19 Dashboard reports 96 active cases as of Wednesday, February 24, 2021 and one new death. Shelby County has reported active cases over 100 since January 7th which is a total of 48 days.

Over the past five days, of the 13 new active cases 4 were new confirmed cases and 9 were new probable cases. The dashboard also shows a total of 33 additional recoveries which continues to help lower the number of active cases.

February 24th (3:55pm) Numbers:
Total Confirmed Cases - 864 (4 new cases)
Total Probable Cases - 657 (9 new cases)
Total Fatalities - 52 (1 new)
Total Estimated Active Cases - 95
Total Estimated Recovered - 1,374 (33 new)

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