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Updated: The water on County Road 3173 has receeded and is passable.

February 20, 2020 - Shelby County Commissioner Precinct 3, Charles Barr reports the following roads are flooded: CR 3267, CR 3737, CR 3520, CR 3373, and CR 3173.

Please use caution and if you see water over the roadway, turn around and don't drown.

February 20, 2020 - FM 138, FM 414 and FM 699 are currently closed in Shelby County due to high water. Use caution and take alternate routes until water recedes. Visit for road conditions statewide. #KnowBeforeYouGo

February 19, 2020 - Timpson ISD will start at 10am tomorrow, February 19 due to roadway flooding. Buses will run two hours later.

February 19, 2020 - Alert: High water reported on US 59 and FM 947 in Timpson. Drive with caution. Visit for statewide conditions. #TurnAroundDontDrown

February 19, 2020 - The Shelby County Sheriff's Department reports a traffic stop resulted in drug charges for a Timpson man.

On February 18, 2020 at approximately 5 p.m., Deputy Josh Tipton with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office initiated a traffic stop on Highway 59 in Timpson for a vehicle safety inspection. The vehicle turned onto Church Street and accelerated in an obvious attempt to flee. The vehicle came to a stop and the driver exited the vehicle. Tipton immediately recognized the driver a Tyquwon Bussey, 25, of Timpson.

Bussey continued on foot toward a trail in a wooded area. He was observed knocking on the door of a residence in an attempt to get in the house. As Tipton approached, Bussey again started to flee but was subsequently taken into custody.

Once in custody, Bussey was found to be in possession of marijuana in a bag he was carrying. While searching the vehicle, a substance believed to be methamphetamine was located. A field test positively identified the substance as methamphetamine.

Bussey was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (F-2) Possession of Marijuana (M-A) and Evading Arrest or Detention (SJF). Bussey posted bonds totaling $32,500 and was released February 19.

Deputy Tipton was assisted by Deputy Jake Gross.

February 17, 2020 - Due to the construction on the Center square, Early Voting for the upcoming Primary Election will be moved to the Center Community House, 423 San Augustine St. in Center.

Early voting will begin Tuesday, February 18th, through Friday, February 28th. Hours will be weekdays 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. We will also include weekend voting, which will be Saturday, February 22nd, from 10am - 2pm and Sunday, February 23rd, from 12:00-4:00 p.m.

Republican Sample Ballots are below: (Click each precinct to see the ballots for each area)

Democrat Sample Ballot is below: (Click All Precincts to see the ballot)

On behalf of the Shelby County Clerk's Office, we would like to extend a huge thank you to the City of Center for working with us and allowing us to move early voting to the Community House.

We hope this will encourage everyone to come out and vote!

Related Article - List of Candidates Who Filed for Place on 2020 Primary Ballots

February 14, 2020 - Did you receive a letter in the mail about paying a fee to get your Homestead Exemption?

• The Shelby County Appraisal District is the only entity that can add any property tax exemptions to your property.
• There is NEVER a fee to apply for an exemption. 

If you ever have any questions about your property tax exemptions, contact the Shelby County Appraisal District office.

724 Shelbyville Street
Center, Texas 75935
(936) 598-6171

February 13, 2020 - Tom Bellmyer, Commissioner Precinct 4, states the bridge on CR 4323 is now open once again.

February 12, 2020 - Tom Bellmyer, Commissioner Precinct 4, has announced the closure of a bridge located on CR 4323 at Risinger Creek due to high water. 

Barricades are in place and the bridge will be closed overnight with the expectation of being re-opened in the morning. 

February 12, 2020 - (Update: 2:11pm): The trucks are now clear of the roadway and traffic is contuing as it currently has been under circumstances of construction.

February 12, 2020 - (1:30pm) - Center Police Department Officers are currently directing traffic on Nacogdoches Street at the intersection of Austin Street in Center. Travelers may want to consider avoiding this section of roadway until the area is clear of two 18-wheelers blocking the roadway. 

According to officers at the scene, the lead truck is broken down and as a result blocked the other 18-wheeler.

A wrecker company is on scene assessing the situation currently.

February 12, 2020 - A house located in the 100th block of Hurst Street was struck by a pickup truck February 12, 2020.

According to Center Police Officer Brian Wright, at 9:40am a two-tone copper and tan GMC Sierra pickup truck driven by Jeremy Hammers, 43, of Center was northbound in the outside traffic lane of Hurst Street.

Hammers failed to maintain a single lane of travel and traveled through a curve in the roadway, crossing the southbound traffic lanes, before traveling off the roadway and into a house owned by William Ford.

Injuries of Hammers were apparent to officers; however, he refused treatment at the scene from EMS.

The crash remains under investigation.

No one was living in the house at this time aside from cats the owner has been keeping there. 

Immediately following the crash, the cats were of great concern to the owner, and a search began in and around the building. Just before the truck was pulled from the building they were located in good condition, and no felines were injured as a result of this incident.