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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.

November 4, 2022 - Shelby County Sheriff Kevin W. Windham reports the arrest of Dwight Jackson, 43, of Center.

On November 3, 2022, a patrol deputy with the SCSO initiated a traffic stop on Highway 7 West for a traffic violation. Upon making contact with the driver, the deputy noticed a strong smell of marijuana. Consent to search the vehicle was granted and the patrol deputy located a clear baggie with a large amount of a clear crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamines. The weight of the suspected drugs was 27.8 grams.

Jackson was placed into custody and transported to the Shelby County Jail. He was charged with POCS PG 1>+4G <200G. Jackson posted a $10,000 bond and has been released from custody.

November 3, 2022 (Flyer link) - The Anderson County Sheriff’s Department issued an endangered missing alert for Courtney Dollgener, 34, who was last seen in the 3900 Block of FM 1817, Elkhart, Texas at 1pm on November 2, 2022.

Dollgener was last seen wearing a dark brown jacket, light pink shirt, black pants and maroon shoes. She is 34 years old, 5 feet tall, weights 250 lbs with black hair and hazel eyes.

Endangered missing alerts are for missing person with intellectual disabilities. If you have information, please call the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department at 903-731-8200.

November 2, 2022 - Emergency crews responded to reports of a single-vehicle crash Monday, October 31, 2022, on State Highway 87 South just over one mile from Shelbyville near CR 2050.

Center Fire Department personnel were requested to assist with Jaws-of-Life in helping to extricate the passenger from the vehicle. When it was determined the vehicle involved was partially on top of the passenger, Center Fire Department used a winch to help pull the truck away so emergency medical services could move the passenger to an ambulance for transport from the scene

Shelby County Sheriff's Department personnel were on scene and assisted, as well as Constable from Precinct 2 and Precinct 1.

According to details from the Texas Department of Public Safety, the preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 9:50am, a tan 2006 Ford pickup truck was traveling north. It is reported that the pickup left the roadway to the left and struck a light pole. It continued forward and struck a 1997 Cadillac passenger car, which was parked on private property and then overturned on its right side.

The driver, identified as Jamal Henderson, 35, of Shelbyville, was not injured. His passenger, Charmenia Adams-Henderson, 25, was transported to LSU Shreveport for treatment.

This is an ongoing investigation and there are no further details available at this moment.

The crash is under investigation by Trooper Tim Grace, assisted by Trooper Sgt. Aaron Shelton.

November 2, 2022 - The following criminal defendants failed to appear for a mandatory court appearance in the 123rd Judicial District Court, Shelby County, Texas. As a result, a warrant issued for his or her arrest. Each Defendant is urged to contact the Court Manager, Erin Johnson, or 903.693.0315 to schedule a court appearance. Or, in the alternative, each defendant may surrender to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Center, Texas.  

  • Robert Thomas Brannan
  • Hai Chrit
  • Raymond Lakendrick Copeland
  • Brandon Cummings
  • Redaryll Zacharvick Davis
  • Joshua Allan Eddins
  • Dah Gay
  • Joseph Randall Gipson
  • Timothy Mark Harris
  • Iesha Nicole Hubbard
  • Robert Wayne Jackson
  • Tyreck Jackson
  • Paul Benjamin Madison
  • Dakota Rogers
  • Luis Alberto Ruiz
  • Chad Everitt Smith
  • Jamarius Smith
  • Swee Tee
  • Ricardo Chavez Veliz
  • Nathan H. Wedgeworth