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November 8, 2022 - Sheriff Kevin Windham and Don Moore, Jail Administrator, provided an update to the commissioners on the current population of the Shelby County Jail during their October 26, 2022, meeting.

At the previous weeks meeting of the Commissioners' Court Roscoe McSwain, Commissioner Precinct 1, had made a point of directing the other commissioners to pay attention to the overtime pay being made to some jailers.

"What I'm here for is to address some of the concerns about our jail and those would include our jail population, meal cost and things of that nature, our overtime, and of course the court has shown interest in all of these items," said Sheriff Windham.

Sheriff Windham indicated Moore was there with some of the numbers to help make them aware of what the jail is contending with at this time.

The jail has 66 beds; however, as Moore explained that doesn't mean the jail can actually house 66.

"The proper numbers have to fall in line, you have to have so many females and also we classify inmates as they come in as medium, minimum or maximum security and we by law can house [medium] and maximum together, but we can't house minimum and maximum," said Moore.

Criminal history and the charge they have while they are in the jail are calculated to designate each inmates classification.

"Mental health's not going anywhere, we have four separation cells in our jail and right now they're housed with four severely mentally ill inmates," said Moore. "They can't be in general population, they can't survive in general population, it's a constant fight, a constant battle in there. So, they have to be in those individual cells."

This leads to another difficulty, according to Moore, when they receive a violent inmate while having those other cells occupied that violent inmate may spend a day alone in the holding tank. Moore stated that by law they can only be in such a situation for 48 hours.

"They have to have access to a shower, have to have access to recreation one hour a day and that leads to a problem, which leads to disciplinary problems," said Moore.

Examples of disciplinary problems that Moore highlighted include, not being able to put those violent inmates in a single cell, not being able to take away phone privileges because taking away one would then mean taking away from all inmates in that cell.

"The rest of them are six, four and eight man tanks. One inmate can be causing all kinds of problems and when you discipline, you discipline them all," said Moore.

He said if commissary is taken away from one inmate, a way they have found around that is to have family members put money on someone else's account who's in the cell where they are housed and that inmate buys commissary for them.

"[This] leads to a lot of disrespect inside the jail for our officers who have to deal with a lot," said Moore.

He indicated there needs to be a way to find places for mental health inmates to go to open up those cells they occupy.

The current actual population in the jail was 56 and he said those who are in on violation of probation, parole, and failure to appear need to get in and out of there as quickly as possible.

"That's the problem inside the jail as we speak right now with the housing mainly because the four cells are taken up with mental health people, and I have other mental health people, I have one in holding right now waiting on a bed somewhere else I have no place to put him," said Moore.

Moore said that in the previous years $149,443.65 was spent on food for the inmates and he is searching for ways to keep the food costs down, meanwhile the cost of food continues to rise and the jail continues to have a higher population.

One suggestion Moore had was to have a "Kitchen Boss" in the kitchen once again to help prevent waste. He said when the jail board was moved out of the dispatch and into its own location, that person then went to operate the jail board.

"I just wanted to let you know, for the year 2023 we're looking at going over budget again," said Moore.

Moore addressed the issue with the commissioners of overtime in the jail.

"We have 13 correctional officers, including myself, we also have three part-time officers one of which we just hired," said Moore. "We have two young men that are temporary licensed, they can't work by there self yet because they only have a temporary license by the state, they've not been fully licensed by the state to work by there self."

Moore explained issues they run into with overtime in the jail is they have to have one officer for 48 inmates and this means there have to be two officers in the jail at all times, plus one on the jail board. This puts three officers on 12 hours shifts totaling six officers a day. One officer has been out on family medical leave, another one has been dealing with another medical issue, and a third was out.

"By law we have to have that one to 48 we can't just ignore that, we have to have two officers back there," said Moore. "Two of them is not licensed, so our supervisors had to work in those places while those men were out, and what that does, it creates a lot of overtime for them."

He explained the jail board operator doesn't really count as a third, because they can't leave the board, they must stay there to control the doors.

Commissioners Bellmyer inquired the definition of a high-risk pregnancy, which refers to an inmate in the jail, and Moore stated that meant she was at risk for losing the baby.

"She was supposed to be in court this week, but her attorney has Covid so it had to be postponed," said Sheriff Windham.

Judge Allison Harbison presented a service agreement between Integrated Prescription Management and Shelby County Indigent Healthcare for the commissioners to consider.

"All of our pharmacies in this county have elected not to take our indigent healthcare program so Jenney [Chessher] and I reached out to IHS who handles our indigent healthcare, that's who we use to help us throughout how to do the program," said Judge Harbison.

IHS introduced Judge Harbison to Integrated Prescription Management who will take over the prescription portion of indigent healthcare and bill the county for that service.

Other counties who utilize Integrated Prescription Management have reported saving money for their indigent healthcare programs.

A motion carried to enter into a one year contract with IPM to provide indigent healthcare pharmaceutical support.

Agenda items approved during the meeting include:
1. Pay weekly expenses.
2. Current Payroll.
3. Commissioner Pct 4 Tom Bellmyer to purchase a new pickup Truck with cash funds in the amount of $39,500
4. Continue burn ban.
5. Service Agreement between Integrated Prescription Management and Shelby County Indigent Healthcare.
6. Award the purchase of election equipment to Election Systems and Software Elections in the amount of $197,256 to be funded by American Rescue Plan Act funds.
7. Select ALert Company for roofing services for the County Jail and Sheriff's Office through TIPS contract #21060301 to be funded by the American Rescue Plan Act Funds in the amount of $386,275.
8. Adjourn at 10:33am

Agenda items tabled during the meeting include:
1. District Attorney Karren Price to present a proposed budget for the Pretrial Intervention Program Fund pursuant to the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Chapter 102, Article 102.0121 which requires the Commissioner's to approve her proposed budget.

November 8, 2022 - The unofficial November 8th General Election, Center ISD School Board election, City of Center election, and City of Joaquin election results below. All boxes are in and voting percentages have been added to the numbers. Below results are Shelby County votes only. For statewide election results for the General Election, click here for the Texas Secretary of State's Texas Election Results.

Early numbers include absentee-mail and early voting.

Results below are in order of:


CENTER INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

BOARD OF TRUSTEES (Four Positions)
Phillip "Phil" Calvert
Early 315 | Election Day 162 | TOTAL 477
Traci Willoughby Won
Early 961 | Election Day 448 | TOTAL 1,409
Daphne LaRock Won
Early 804 | Election Day 406 | TOTAL 1,210
Ronnie Williams
Early 646 | Election Day 323 | TOTAL 969
Greg Hubbard Won
Early 833 | Election Day 356 | TOTAL 1,189
Deuce Wulf Won
Early 872 | Election Day 353 | TOTAL 1,225

CITY OF CENTER

COUNCIL MEMBER, AT LARGE (Two Positions)
Leigh Porterfield Won
Early 307 | Election Day 110 | TOTAL 417
Delbert Jackson
Early 241 | Election Day 77 | TOTAL 318
Terry Scull Won
Early 263 | Election Day 84 | TOTAL 347
COUNCIL MEMBER, DISTRICT 2 (One Position)
Write-in: Marlene Hernandez Won
TOTAL 3

Unopposed Candidates Declared Elected

  • District 4 Council Member - Randy Collard

CITY OF JOAQUIN

The legal sale of malt beverages and wine for off-premise consumption only.
For (PASSED)
Early 0 | Election Day 0 | TOTAL 98
Against
Early 0 | Election Day 0 | TOTAL 47

 


NOVEMBER 8th GENERAL ELECTION

Election statistics

Registered Voters (Total) - 15,923
Ballots Cast (Total) - 9,829 -- 61.73% voter turnout

UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 1
Nathaniel Moran (REP) -- 84.13%
Early 02,7724 | Election Day 3,043 | TOTAL 5,767
 
Jrmar (JJ) Jefferson (DEM) -- 15.87%
Early 639 | Election Day 449 | TOTAL 1,088
 
GOVERNOR
Greg Abbott (REP) -- 84.30%
Early 2,766 | Election Day 3,077 | TOTAL 5,843
 
Beto O'Rourke (DEM) -- 15.08%
Early 612 | Election Day 433 | TOTAL 1,045
 
Mark Tippetts (LIB) -- 0.46%
Early 20 | Election Day 12 | TOTAL 32
 
Delilah Barrios (GRN) -- 0.13%
Early 2 | Election Day 7 | TOTAL 9
 
Write-in -- 0.00%
Early 0 | Election Day 0 | TOTAL 0
 
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
Dan Patrick (REP) -- 83.36%
Early 2,707 | Election Day 3,039 | TOTAL 5,746
 
Mike Collier (DEM) -- 15.58%
Early 636 | Election Day 438 | TOTAL 1,074
 
Shanna Steele (LIB) -- 1.06%
Early 36 | Election Day 37 | TOTAL 73
 
ATTORNEY GENERAL
Ken Paxton (REP) -- 83.61%
Early 2,720 | Election Day 3,046 | TOTAL 5,766
 
Rochelle Mercedes Garza (DEM) -- 15.15%
Early 619 | Election Day 426 | TOTAL 1,045
 
Mark Ash (LIB) -- 1.23%
Early 42 | Election Day 43 | TOTAL 85
 
COMPTROLLER OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS
Glenn Hegar (REP) -- 84.09%
Early 2,712 | Election Day 3,043 | TOTAL 5,755
 
Janet T. Dudding (DEM) -- 15.20%
Early 617 | Election Day 423 | TOTAL 1,040
 
V. Alonzo Echevarria-Garza (LIB) -- 0.72%
Early 21 | Election Day 28 | TOTAL 49
 
COMMISSIONER OF THE GENERAL LAND OFFICE
Dawn Buckingham (REP) -- 84.42%
Early 2,726 | Election Day 3,050 | TOTAL 5,776
 
Jay Kleberg (DEM) -- 15.00%
Early 607 | Election Day 419 | TOTAL 1,026
 
Alfred Molison, Jr. (GRN) -- 0.53%
Early 18 | Election Day 18 | TOTAL 36
 
Write-in: (Heather Carrie Menger)
Early 0 | Election Day 0 | TOTAL 1
 
COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE
Sid Miller (REP) -- 84.61%
Early 2,734 | Election Day 3,071 | TOTAL 5,805
 
Susan Hays (DEM) -- 15.39%
Early 626 | Election Day 430 | TOTAL 1,056
 
RAILROAD COMMISSIONER
Wayne Christian (REP) -- 84.12%
Early 2,730 | Election Day 3,055 | TOTAL 5,785
 
Luke Warford (DEM) -- 13.93%
Early 576 | Election Day 382 | TOTAL 958
 
Jaime Andres Diez (LIB) -- 1.40%
Early 49 | Election Day 47 | TOTAL 96
 
Hunter Wayne Crow (GRN) -- 0.55%
Early 18 | Election Day 20 | TOTAL 38
 
JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT, PLACE 3
Debra Lehrmann (REP) -- 83.92%
Early 2,717 | Election Day 3,028 | TOTAL 5,745
 
Erin A. Nowell (DEM) -- 15.15%
Early 611 | Election Day 426 | TOTAL 1,037
 
Thomas Edward Oxford (LIB) -- 0.93%
Early 27 | Election Day 37 | TOTAL 64
 
JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT, PLACE 5
Rebeca Huddle (REP) -- 84.63%
Early 2,739 | Election Day 3,038 | TOTAL 5,758
 
Amanda Reichek (DEM) -- 15.37%
Early 612 | Election Day 434 | TOTAL 1,046
 
JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT, PLACE 9
Evan Young (REP) -- 84.59%
Early 2,652 | Election Day 2,982 | TOTAL 5,634
 
Julia Maldonado (DEM) -- 15.41%
Early 592 | Election Day 434 | TOTAL 1,026
 
JUDGE, COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS, PLACE 5
Scott Walker (REP) -- 84.54%
Early 2,729 | Election Day 3,049 | TOTAL 5,778
 
Dana Huffman (DEM) -- 15.46%
Early 612 | Election Day 445 | TOTAL 1,057
 
JUDGE, COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS, PLACE 6
Jesse F. McClure, III (REP) -- 84.40%
Early 2,667 | Election Day 3,026 | TOTAL 5,693
 
Robert Johnson (DEM) -- 15.60%
Early 614 | Election Day 438 | TOTAL 1,052
 
STATE SENATOR, DISTRICT 3
Robert Nichols (REP) -- 84.51%
Early 2,709 | Election Day 3,035 | TOTAL 5,744
 
Steve Russell (DEM) -- 14.65%
Early 573 | Election Day 423 | TOTAL 996
 
Desarae Lindsey (LIB) -- 0.84%
Early 31 | Election Day 26 | TOTAL 57
 

Unopposed Candidates Declared Elected
STATE

  • Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 2 - Mary Lou Keel (REP)
  • Member, State Board of Education, District 9 - Keven M. Ellis (REP)
  • State Representative, District 11 - Travis Clardy (REP)
  • Justice, 12th Court of Appeals District, Place 2 - Brian Hoyle (REP)
  • District Judge, 273rd Judicial District - James A. “Jim” Payne, Jr. (REP)

COUNTY

  • County Judge - Allison Harbison (REP)
  • County Attorney, Unexpired Term - John Price (REP)
  • District Clerk - Lori Oliver (REP)
  • County Clerk - Jennifer Fountain (REP)
  • County Treasurer - Ann Blackwell (REP)
  • County Commissioner Precinct 2 - Jimmy Lout (REP)
  • County Commissioner Precinct 4 - Tom Bellmyer (REP)
  • Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 - Donna Hughes (REP)
  • Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 - Marla Denby (REP)
  • Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 - Melba Rodgers (REP)
  • Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 - Josh Ritter (REP)
  • Justice of the Peace Precinct 5 - Tracy Broadway (REP)

Notice of General Election
(A viso de elección general)

To the registered voters of the County of Shelby, Texas:
(A los votantes registrados del Condado de Shelby, Texas):

October 24, 2022 (Link to Sample ballots) - Notice is hereby given that the polling places listed below will be open for 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., November 8, 2022, for voting in the general election to elect Members of Congress, Members of the Legislature, and state, district, county, and precinct officers.
(Notifíquese, por las presente, que las casillas electorales sitados abajo se abrirán desde las 7:00 a.m hasta las 7:00 p.m. el 8 de Noviembre de 2022 para elegir Miembros del Congreso, Miembros de la Lelistatura, y oficiales del estado, districto, condado y del precincto.)

Location(s) of Polling Places:
(Dirección(es) de las casillas electorales):

  • Precinct 1 N (Center) at First United Methodist Church, 211 N. Porter Street, Center, Texas 75935
  • Precinct 1 SO (Center) at Church of Christ, 110 Hurst Street, Center, Texas 75935
  • Precinct 1 SE (Center) at Panola College, 3600 Loop 500, Center, Texas 75935
  • Precinct 1 SW (Center) at Center Community House, 423 San Augustine Street, Center, Texas 75935
  • Precinct 1 W (Center) at JOI Ranch, 5198 FM 2026, Tenaha, Texas 75974
  • Precinct 2 (Aiken) at Excelsior School, 11270 St. Hwy 7 W, Center, Texas 75935
  • Precinct 3 (Sardis) at Campti Pentecostal Church, 6153 FM 414, Center, Texas 75935
  • Precinct 4 (Huxley) at Lydia Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 14998 FM 139, Shelbyville, Texas 75973
  • Precinct 5 (Joaquin) at First United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 175 Faulkville Road, Joaquin, Texas 75954
  • Precinct 6 (Dreka) at Dreka Pentecostal Church, Fellowship Hall, 1193 FM 2427, Shelbyville, Texas 75973
  • Precinct 7 (Shelbyville) at First Baptist Church, Fellowship Hall, 5030 SH 87 South, Shelbyville, Texas 75973
  • Precinct 8 (Tenaha) at First Methodist Church - Schiede Hall, 256 N. George Bowers Drive, Tenaha, Texas 75974
  • Precinct 9N (Timpson) at American State Bank, 830 N. 1st Street West, Timpson, Texas 75975
  • Precinct 9S (Timpson) at Timpson School Gym Foyer, 836 Bear Drive, Timpson, Texas 75975

Early voting by personal appearance will be conducted each weekday at:
(La votación adelantada en persona se ilevara a cabo de lunes a viernes en):
Center Community House, 423 San Augustine Street, Center, Texas 75935
(Casa Comunitaria del Centro, 423 San Augustine Street, Center, Texas 75935

Monday, October 24th, 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 25th through Friday, October 28th, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 29th, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 30th, 12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m.
Monday, October 31st, 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 1st through Friday, November 4th, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Application for ballot by mail shall be mailed to:
(Las solicitudes para boletas que se votarán adelantada por correo deberán enviarse a):

Jennifer Fountain - Shelby County Clerk
P.O. Box 1987 or 124 Austin Street
Center, Texas 75935

Application for ballots by mail must be received no later than the close of business on October 28, 2022.
(Las solicitudes para boletas que se votarán adelantada por correo deberán recibirse para el fin de las horas de negocio el 28 de octubre de 2022.)

November 8, 2022 - Mayor O'Neal Jones, Jr. has lifted the burn ban for the City of Tenaha effective November 2, 2022 at 10am. 


October 25, 2022 - The City of Tenaha has issued a declaration of disaster and order prohibiting outdoor burning. The declaration and order read as follows: (Click here for original)

WHEREAS the City of Tenaha is under imminent threat of sever damage, injury of loss of life or property resulting from the threat of wildfires due to extremely dry grassland fuel, drought, and other weather-related conditions; and

Whereas The Mayor of the City of Tenaha has determined that to mitigate the hazard posed by wildfires during the current dry conditions, extraordinary measure must be taken to alleviate the suffering of people and to protect or rehabilitate property,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED BY THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF TENAHA:
1. That a local state of disaster is hereby proclaimed for The City of Tenaha pursuant to 418.108 (a) of the Texas Government Code.

2. This Declaration of a local state of disaster shall continue for a period of not more than (30) thirty days from the date of this declaration unless continued or renewed by the City Council of The City of Tenaha.

3. All outdoor burning is prohibited in the incorporated areas of The City of Tenaha.
This Order does not prohibit outdoor burning activities carried out by Federal Certified Agencies.

4. This Declaration of shall be given prompt and general publicity and shall be filed promptly with the City Secretary of The City of Tenaha.

5. This Declaration of the local state of disaster activates the City of Tenaha Emergency Management Plan.
This Proclamation shall take effect immediately from and after its issuance; Ordered This 24th Day of October 2022

WHEREAS, the City of Tenaha is under imminent threat of severe damage, injury of loss of life or property resulting from the threat of wildfires due to extremely dry grassland fuel drought and other weather-related conditions; and

WHEREAS, the Mayor of the City of Tenaha has determined that to mitigate the hazard posed by wildfires during the current dry conditions, extraordinary measures must be taken t alleviate the suffering of people and to protect or rehabilitate property,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED BY THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF TENAHA:
1. That a local state of disaster is hereby proclaimed to the City of Tenaha pursuant to 418.108 (a) of the Texas Government Code.

2. This declaration of a local state of disaster shall continue for a period of not more that (30) thirty days from the date of this declaration unless continued or renewed by the Mayor of the City of Tenaha.

3. All outdoor burning is prohibited in the incorporated areas of the City of Tenaha.
This Order does not prohibit outdoor burning activities carried out by Federal Certified Agencies.

4. This Declaration of hall be given prompt and general publicity and shall be filed promptly with the City Secretary of the City of Tenaha.

5. This Declaration of the local state of disaster activates the City of Tenaha Emergency Management Plan.

This proclamation shall take effect immediately from and after its issuance; Order this 24th day of October, 2022.

October 24, 2022 - The General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 along with several city and school elections.

Early voting runs Monday, October 24th and ends Friday, November 4th at the Center Community House, 423 San Augustine Street, Center, Texas 75935.

  • Monday, October 31st, 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 1st through Friday, November 4th, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Click here to see a sample ballot for the November General Election which includes (Federal) U.S. Representative, District 1; (State) Governor; Lieutenant Governor; Attorney General; Comptroller of Public Accounts; etc..


Center Independent School District

Board of Trustees (Four positions)

  • Phillip “Phil” Calvert
  • Traci Willoughby
  • Daphne LaRock
  • Ronnie Williams
  • Greg Hubbard
  • Deuce Wulf

City of Center

Council Member, At Large (Two positions)

  • Leigh Porterfield
  • Delbert Jackson
  • Terry Scull

Council Member, District 2 (One position)

  • Write-in: __________________________ (Marlene Hernandez)

Unopposed Candidates Declared Elected

  • District 4 Council Member - Randy Collard

City of Joaquin

The legal sale of malt beverages and wine for off-premise consumption only.

  • For
  • Against

November 7, 2022 - Over the week of October 30 through November 5th the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department responded to 3 separate pages. Here’s a summary of the weeks events.

On Monday morning a page was received for a semi trailer turned on its side at the intersection of Highway 7 and Highway 84 East. The tractor trailer had been carrying a load of cardboard bales and tipped over after making the turn on to Highway 7. Luckily, the truck remained upright after the accident and the driver was unharmed. The JVFD provided traffic control until the tractor trailer could be removed from the roadway, and TxDOT cleared the remaining debris.

Next on Saturday morning, a call came in for a tree touching a power line on FM 2787. The line was not broken but it was still live causing the tree to smoke and occasionally flare up with fire. The electric company was notified, but due to many crews being busy fixing outages from the previous nights storms, it would take some time for a crew to respond. The JVFD remained on site for about an hour before clearing the scene.

Saturday night another call would be received, this time for heavy smoke near a residence on Highway 7 East. Upon arriving, the Joaquin VFD was able to determine that the smoke was coming from a burn pile at another residence beside the callers. With the burn ban lifted, and the fire not posing an immediate threat to any homes or property, the scene was cleared.

Two other pages were received throughout the week but were recalled shortly after, one due to being out of jurisdiction and the other due to the JVFDs mutual aid not being required.

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

November 6, 2022 - A pond at the intersection of State Highway 87 South and FM 139 south of Shelbyville was the focus of law enforcement officials Friday, November 4, 2022, as they were assisted by Rig Tools in draining the pond.

As the water was being pumped out, Texas Department of Public Safety State Troopers appeared to be measuring specific areas in the field where the pond was located. 

When the water reached a certain level, Shelby County Sheriff Kevin Windham and several deputies arrived at the scene after which one investigator could be seen collecting and bagging items from the water.

The pond was the location where Inga Lout's body and her vehicle were found on October 13, 2022 after she had disappeared the previous day.

This investigation appears to be ongoing and additional information is not yet available.

Additional units that were on the scene of the investigation included Jamie Hagler, Constable Precinct 2; and Zack Warr, Constable Precinct 1.

Related Article:
Sheriff's Department Issues Statement Regarding Inga Lout

November 5, 2022 - U.S. Highway 96 near CR 4350 was the scene of a major two-vehicle crash November 3, 2022.

Emergency personnel with multiple agencies responded to the scene to assist those involved i the incident. Center Fire Department personnel utilized Jaws-of-Life to help emergency medical services personnel extricate the driver and passenger from one of the vehicles involved.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Dustin Ramos, at 1:30pm a white and blue 2014 Ford van driven by Gavin Davis, 23, for Whitaker Equipment, Inc. out of Carthage was southbound on U.S. Highway 96 in the inside lane near CR 4350. At that time a blue 1997 Honda CR-V driven by Robert Chambliss, 65, of Tenaha was also southbound in the same lane in front of Davis.

As the Honda slowed to make a left hand turn into a private drive with its left turn signal activated, the Ford failed to control speed and struck the Honda which caused the van to overturn and come to rest in the southbound shoulder on its driver's side. The Honda came to rest in the same location, upright and on the edge of the roadway.

Robert Chambliss and his passenger Barbara Chambliss, 64, of Tenaha were both transported by ambulance to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department for possible treatment.

No injuries were reported of Davis or his passenger Marco Gonzalez Arcivar, 22.

A citation was issued to Davis for failure to control speed.

Shelby County Sheriff's Department, Taylor Fanguy - Shelby County Constable Precinct 4, and Scott Burkhalter - Tenaha Police Chief, assisted at the scene with traffic control to prevent further crashes from occurring.

November 4, 2022 - Center and Joaquin Volunteer Firemen have received reports of a involving text messaging scam.

The scam offers $10 off for a Center Volunteer Fire Department hoody and likewise in Joaquin. The text provides a website for the recipient to follow. 

Recipients are advised not to click this website, and the fire departments want all recipients to be aware this is in no way associated with them.

Residents in other areas should be cautious and reach out to your local fire department if you receive similar offers.

November 4, 2022 - Tornado Watch outline update for WT 561 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman, OK 5:35pm CDT Friday, November 4, 2022.

Tornado Watch 561 is in effect until 12am CDT for the following locations:

Texas Counties Included are:
Angelina, Bowie, Brazos, Burleson, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Franklin, Gregg, Grimes, Harrison, Houston, Madison, Marion, Montgomery, Morris, Nacogdoches, Panola, Polk, Red River, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby Smith, Titus, Trinity, Upshur, Walker, Washington, Wood.

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