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July 27, 2020 - The Shelby County Emergency Management office reports as of 8:45am on Monday, July 27, 2020, TxDSHS has reported 11 new cases increasing the total of cumulative cases to 336. The death count is 14 for Shelby County.

According to the state's algorithm to determine recoveries, no new recoveries were reported and the total of recoveries remains at 263 and active cases increases to 59.

Breakdown of cumulative cases by zip code and ages:

Active Cases in each zip code: (Change in Data)

Center (75935) - 31 (3 new)
Joaquin (75954) - 6 (2 new)
Shelbyville (75973) - 4 (1 new)
Tenaha (75974) - 12 (2 new)
Timpson (75975) - 6 (3 new)

Cumulative Cases in each zip code:

Center (75935) - 231 (3 new)
Joaquin (75954) - 20 (2 new)
Shelbyville (75973) - 20 (1 new)
Tenaha (75974) - 39 (2 new)
Timpson (75975) - 26 (3 new)

Ages of Confirmed Cases:

Ages 1 to 20: 30 cases (1 new)
Ages 21 to 40: 106 cases (3 new)
Ages 41 to 60: 108 cases (6 new), 4 death
Ages 61 to 80: 57 cases (1 new), 4 death
Ages 81 to 100: 30 cases, 6 death
Age unknown: 5 cases


Andrew Blaine Hightower

July 24, 2020 - Following the announcement of Hightower being found safe Ben Baker, a family member, commented on Shelby County Today's social media Friday morning to thank the first responders for all of their efforts in trying to locate Hightower, "Just want to say thank you for all who searched for him. Y'all's community went above and beyond from the wrecker service to the state police. He is home with us and thankful it wasn't worse than it was. God bless."


July 23, 2020 - (8:57pm) - The driver Andrew Blaine Hightower, 28, involved in the crash on US 96 on July 22, has been found unharmed and in contact with his family.

(4:30pm) - The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is seeking the whereabouts of the man they believes was involved in the crash Wednesday, July 22, 2020.

The driver—who Troopers believe is Andrew Blaine Hightower, 28, from Denton—was not located at the scene of the crash. Investigators have learned from family members that he was traveling from Fort Worth to Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Hightower is listed as an overdue motorist, and law enforcement agencies in Southeast Texas have been made aware that he has not arrived at his destination. Anyone with information on Hightower’s whereabouts is asked to contact local law enforcement or Lufkin DPS Communications at 936-699-7340.

Hightower is described as a white male who is approximately 5’6” tall and weighs about 137 pounds. He has blonde hair and blue eyes.

This crash remains under investigation.

July 23, 2020 - The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is actively searching for the man involved in the crash on Wednesday. DPS Troopers and Center Fire Department fire personnel returned to the location of the crash on Thursday, July 23, 2020, as he was now reported missing.

Firemen scoured the woods around the crash and a drone was also utilized to give an aerial view of the scene; however, no sign of the driver could be found.

Additional information about the driver, including his name and a photograph are pending from the Texas Department of Public Safety. This information will be updated at that time.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who may have seen the driver should reach out to law enforcement. The Shelby County Sheriff's Department can be reached at 936-699-7340.


July 22, 2020 - Emergency crews responded to a location two miles south of Loop 500 in Center on U.S. Highway 96 South where a single-vehicle crash occured on July 22, 2020 at 5:15pm. 

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Taylor Buster, a black 2005 Mini Cooper with California plates was traveling southbound on U.S. Highway 96 South when, for an unknown reason, the vehicle left the roadway to the right traveled over a large culvert, striking several trees and rolled before coming to rest on its top.

EMS, Center Fire Department Fire personnel and Shelby County Sheriff's Deputies assisted in searching around the vehicle for a victim of the crash; however, no one was located.

Hughes Wrecker Services assisted in pulling the vehicle out while trying to locate the driver, and the vehicle was towed from the scene by East Texas Towing and Recovery.

The location of the driver is still unknown at this time.

July 24, 2020 - The Shelby County Emergency Management office reports as of 8:20am on Friday, July 24, 2020, TxDSHS has reported 1 new case increasing the total of cumulative cases to 325. The death count is 14 for Shelby County.

According to the state's algorithm to determine recoveries, no new recoveries were reported and the total of recoveries remains at 263 and active cases increases to 48.

Breakdown of cumulative cases by zip code and ages:

Active Cases in each zip code: (Change in Data)

Center (75935) - 28
Joaquin (75954) - 4
Shelbyville (75973) - 3
Tenaha (75974) - 10 (1 new)
Timpson (75975) - 3

Cumulative Cases in each zip code:

Center (75935) - 228
Joaquin (75954) - 18
Shelbyville (75973) - 19
Tenaha (75974) - 37 (1 new)
Timpson (75975) - 23

Ages of Confirmed Cases:

Ages 1 to 20: 29 cases
Ages 21 to 40: 103 cases
Ages 41 to 60: 102 cases (1 new), 4 death
Ages 61 to 80: 56 cases, 4 death
Ages 81 to 100: 30 cases, 6 death
Age unknown: 5 cases

July 23, 2020 - FM 417 East was the scene of a single-vehicle crash Wednesday morning, July 23, 2020, where the driver remained trapped for an extended period of time until fire personnel were able to cut him free of the vehicle.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Jonathan Stinson, at 8:15am troopers were dispatched to a single-vehicle crash at the intersection of FM 417 and FM 2694 where it was reported the driver was trapped. 

It was determined a black 2009 BMW 325i driven by Jonathan Gomez, 19, of Center with a 16 year-old passenger was westbound on FM 417 when he approached a curve at an unsafe speed, traveled across the roadway and struck a tree on the other side of FM 417.

Once extricated from the vehicle, Gomez and his passenger were transported by ambulance to Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital with possible injuries.

Gomez was issued a citation for unsafe speed. 

Center Fire Department fire personnel worked for around an hour with Jaws of Life and other extrication equipment to free Gomez from where he appeared to be pinned within the vehicle by his foot.

Once free, he was quickly moved to the ambulance and driven from the scene with his passenger.

Also assisting at the scene were Shelby County Constable Jamie Hagler and Sheriff's Deputies.

July 23, 2020 - The Shelby County Emergency Management office reports as of 8:15am on Thursday, July 23, 2020, TxDSHS has reported 4 new cases increasing the total of cumulative cases to 324. The death count is 14 for Shelby County. 

According to the state's algorithm to determine recoveries, no new recoveries were reported and the total of recoveries remains at 263 and active cases increases to 47.

Breakdown of cumulative cases by zip code and ages:

Active Cases in each zip code: (Change in Data)

Center (75935) - 28 (3 new)
Joaquin (75954) - 4
Shelbyville (75973) - 3
Tenaha (75974) - 9 (1 new)
Timpson (75975) - 3

Cumulative Cases in each zip code:

Center (75935) - 228 (3 new)
Joaquin (75954) - 18
Shelbyville (75973) - 19
Tenaha (75974) - 36 (1 new)
Timpson (75975) - 23

Ages of Confirmed Cases:

Ages 1 to 20: 29 cases
Ages 21 to 40: 103 cases (1 new)
Ages 41 to 60: 101 cases (1 new), 4 death
Ages 61 to 80: 56 cases (2 new), 4 death
Ages 81 to 100: 30 cases, 6 death
Age unknown: 5 cases

July 22, 2020 - The Shelby County Emergency Management office reports as of 2:30pm on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, TxDSHS has reported 2 new cases increasing the total of cumulative cases to 320. The death count is 14 for Shelby County. 

According to the state's algorithm to determine recoveries, 4 new recoveries were reported and the total of recoveries is now 263 leaving 43 active cases.

Breakdown of cumulative cases by zip code and ages:

Active Cases in each zip code: (Change in Data)

Center (75935) - 25 (1 new, 2 recoveries)
Joaquin (75954) - 4
Shelbyville (75973) - 3 (1 recovery)
Tenaha (75974) - 8 (1 recovery)
Timpson (75975) - 3 (1 new)

Cumulative Cases in each zip code:

Center (75935) - 225 (1 new)
Joaquin (75954) - 18
Shelbyville (75973) - 19
Tenaha (75974) - 35
Timpson (75975) - 23 (1 new)

Ages of Confirmed Cases:

Ages 1 to 20: 29 cases
Ages 21 to 40: 102 cases (1 new)
Ages 41 to 60: 100 cases, 4 death
Ages 61 to 80: 54 cases (1 new), 4 death
Ages 81 to 100: 30 cases, 6 death
Age unknown: 5 cases

July 21, 2020 - The Shelby County Emergency Management office reports as of 8:45am on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, TxDSHS has reported 5 new cases increasing the total of cumulative cases to 318. The death count is 14 for Shelby County. 

According to the state's algorithm to determine recoveries, 1 new recovery were reported and the total of recoveries is now 259 leaving 45 active cases.

Breakdown of cumulative cases by zip code and ages:

Active Cases in each zip code: (Change in Data)

Center (75935) - 26 (2 new, 1 recovery)
Joaquin (75954) - 4 (2 new)
Shelbyville (75973) - 4
Tenaha (75974) - 9 (1 new)
Timpson (75975) - 2

Cumulative Cases in each zip code:

Center (75935) - 224 (2 new)
Joaquin (75954) - 18 (2 new)
Shelbyville (75973) - 19
Tenaha (75974) - 35 (1 new)
Timpson (75975) - 22

Ages of Confirmed Cases:

Ages 1 to 20: 29 cases
Ages 21 to 40: 101 cases (2 new)
Ages 41 to 60: 100 cases (2 new), 4 death
Ages 61 to 80: 53 cases (1 new), 4 death
Ages 81 to 100: 30 cases, 6 death
Age unknown: 5 cases

Update: Roadway is back open

July 20, 2020 - A heavy truck load has shifted on US 96 in Center in Shelby County. Crews have set up traffic control at SH 87 at US 96. Motorists should choose alternate routes until this scene is clear. Prepare for possible delays and stay alert for large equipment clearing the scene.

July 20, 2020 - The Shelby County Emergency Management office reports as of 8:30am on Monday, July 20, 2020, TxDSHS has reported 4 new cases increasing the total of cumulative cases to 313. The death count is 14 for Shelby County. 

According to the state's algorithm to determine recoveries, 4 new recoveries were reported and the total of recoveries is now 258 leaving 41 active cases.

Breakdown of cumulative cases by zip code and ages:

Active Cases in each zip code: (Change in Data)

Center (75935) - 25 (4 new, 4 recoveries)
Joaquin (75954) - 2
Shelbyville (75973) - 4
Tenaha (75974) - 8
Timpson (75975) - 2

Cumulative Cases in each zip code:

Center (75935) - 222 (4 new)
Joaquin (75954) - 16
Shelbyville (75973) - 19
Tenaha (75974) - 34
Timpson (75975) - 22

Ages of Confirmed Cases:

Ages 1 to 20: 29 cases
Ages 21 to 40: 99 cases (2 new)
Ages 41 to 60: 98 cases, 4 death
Ages 61 to 80: 52 cases (2 new), 4 death
Ages 81 to 100: 30 cases, 6 death
Age unknown: 5 cases

July 17, 2020 - The Shelby County Emergency Management office reports as of 8:00am on Friday, July 17, 2020, TxDSHS has reported no new cases and the total of cumulative cases remains at 309. The death count is 14 for Shelby County. 

According to the state's algorithm to determine recoveries, no new recoveries were reported and the total of recoveries remains at 254 and 41 active cases.

Breakdown of cumulative cases by zip code and ages:

Active Cases in each zip code: (Change in Data)

Center (75935) - 25
Joaquin (75954) - 2
Shelbyville (75973) - 4
Tenaha (75974) - 8
Timpson (75975) - 2

Cumulative Cases in each zip code:

Center (75935) - 218
Joaquin (75954) - 16
Shelbyville (75973) - 19
Tenaha (75974) - 34
Timpson (75975) - 22

Ages of Confirmed Cases:

Ages 1 to 20: 29 cases
Ages 21 to 40: 97 cases
Ages 41 to 60: 98 cases, 4 death
Ages 61 to 80: 50 cases, 4 death
Ages 81 to 100: 30 cases, 6 death
Age unknown: 5 cases

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