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April 21, 2021 - According to the Texas DSHS Covid-19 Dashboard, since April 15, 2021 a total of 8 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported. Of the new cases, 7 were new confirmed cases and 1 was a new probable case.

The Texas DSHS Covid-19 Dashboard finally reports a positive number of active cases with a decrease in the number of recoveries previously reported. Since April 8th the dashboard has had a data discrepancy with more recoveries than active cases. Mathematically the number of active cases was a negative number and the dashboard only reflected 0.

In April, the total number of new cases reported is 60.

April 21st (3:00pm) Numbers: (changes since April 20th)
Total Confirmed Cases - 928 (1 new)
Total Probable Cases - 732 (1 new)
Total Fatalities - 66
Active Cases - 36
Total Estimated Recovered - 1,558 (63 removed)

April 20th (4:00pm) Numbers: (changes since April 15th)
Total Confirmed Cases - 927 (6 new)
Total Probable Cases - 731 (0 new)
Total Fatalities - 66
Active Cases - Data Discrepancy
Total Estimated Recovered - 1,621 (19 new)


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April 21, 2021 - (Resolution) - The Shelby County Commissioners recognize April as Sexual Assault Awareness month during their meeting held Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

Allison Harbison, Shelby County Judge, informed the commissioners of a sexual assault awareness event in Portacool Park on Thursday, April 22.

Lisette Mendoza with Family Crisis Center of East Texas addressed the court. Mendoza introduced herself as the Shelby County Legal Advocate. She explained she also serves San Augustine and Sabine Counties. 

"On behalf of all of our agency I would like to thank everyone present today for your continued support of our mission and goals to end domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as your continued partnerships," said Mendoza. "The daily work that I do could not be possible without the support of all of our partners Sheriff's Department, Police Department, County and District Attorney's offices."

Mendoza stated the crime has no boundaries for the victims of sexual assault as it effects all ages, genders, ethnicity, and single or married individuals.

"The toll it takes on them is not only physical, but also mentally and emotionally," said Mendoza. "So to have a community that really cares about Shelby County, our county officials, we're very thankful for you all."

Mendoza reiterated there is an event which will be held Thursday, April 22, 12-noon at Portacool Park where they will be providing a pizza lunch by the baseketball court.

A motion carried by the commissioners to pass the resolution.

Agenda items approved during the meeting include:
1. Pay weekly expenses.
2. Resolution declaring April as “Sexual Assault Awareness Month.”
3. Adjourn.

April 21, 2021 - Officials with the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas, Sabine National Forest, have advised a prescribed burn Angelina/Sabine National Forest RX, Cooper Branch, SNF Comp 113, 114 located in Compartment 113 and 114, 1,699 acres. This area is located in Yellowpine area/community. Winds are predicted from the Northeast at 7–10 mph. Please see the attached map of the projected burn areas.


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April 20, 2021 - Officials with the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas, Sabine National Forest, have advised a prescribed burn located in Compartment 62/64, 895 acres. This area is located at Nine Mile Road and Sabine County Reeves Road. Winds are predicted from the Southwest and later afternoon West at 7 – 10 mph.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Sabine Ranger District office (409) 625-1940

April 16, 2021 - State Highway 7 West just east of CR 1246 was the scene of a major single-vehicle crash April 13, 2021 at around 7pm.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Daniel Dellenger, a blue 2002 Jeep Liberty driven by Rebecca Eddins, 36, of Center was eastbound on State Highway 7 at a high rate of speed when it left the roadway to the right.

After the Jeep traveled off the roadway, it began to flip and did so several times before colliding with a tree in the front yard of a residence where it came to rest facing westbound.

Eddins and her passenger Joshua Eddins, 33, were each removed from the vehicle. She was transported by emergency personnel to an ambulance and he walked, of his own volition, to a separate ambulance.

Rebecca Eddins remains at this time in a Tyler hospital for treatment.

Assisting at the scene were West Shelby County Volunteer Fire Department and Shelby County Sheriff's Department personnel.

April 15, 2021 - According to the Texas DSHS Covid-19 Dashboard, since April 13, 2021 a total of 4 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported. Of the new cases, 2 were new confirmed cases and 2 were new probable cases.

The Texas DSHS Covid-19 Dashboard continues to report more recoveries than cases. The dashboard doesn't reflect the negative number of active cases but reports instead 0 active cases. Because of the discrepancy, the total number of active cases won't be in the following report.

April 15th (3:50pm) Numbers: (changes since April 13th)
Total Confirmed Cases - 921 (2 new)
Total Probable Cases - 731 (2 new)
Total Fatalities - 66
Total Estimated Recovered - 1,602 (8 new)

In April, the total number of new cases reported is 52.

April 15, 2021 - The Center Police Department has confirmed a suspect was arrested in connection with the April 9 shooting incident.

Arrested April 13 was Angel Usiel Saquera Dominguez, 20, of Center. He was charged with capital murder by terroristic threat/other felony, and forgery financial instrument. Information released by Donna Hughes, Justice of the Peace Precinct 1, confirms the deceased to be Saulo Moreno Gonzalez.

Additional information will be updated as it's made available.


April 14, 2021 - Center Police Department officers responded to the discovery of a deceased individual at a residence at Pecan Grove trailer park Friday, April 9, 2021 at around 2:30pm.

Officers cordoned off the scene around the residence, began their investigation and questioned nearby residents. Some recalled hearing gunfire.

As the investigation progressed Donna Hughes, Justice of the Peace Precinct 1, arrived to perform an inquest and an autopsy was ordered of the individual to determine cause of death.

Watson & Sons Funeral Home transported the deceased individual from the location.

Additional information on this case has not yet been released by the Center Police Department; however, is expected.

April 14, 2021 - According to the Texas DSHS Covid-19 Dashboard, since April 7th a total of 26 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported. Of the new cases, 7 were new confirmed cases and 19 were new probable cases. Just as a reminder, confirmed cases are a person who has tested positive through a molecular test that looks for the virus’s genetic material and probable cases are a person who has either tested positive through an antigen test or has a combination of symptoms and a known exposure to someone with COVID-19 without a more likely diagnosis.

The Texas DSHS Covid-19 Dashboard reported 123 recoveries on April 8th which exceeded the number of 98 active cases. The dashboard didn't reflect the negative number of active cases but reported instead 0 active cases.

The data also made the estimated recovered more than the total number of cases of Covid-19. Kerri Shofner, Emergency Management Coordinator for Shelby County, reported the data discrepancy to DSHS on Monday and has yet to receive a response. The Dashboard as of yesterday hasn't been corrected.

Because of the discrepancy, the total number of active cases won't be in the following report.

No new deaths have been reported.

April 13th (3:05pm) Numbers: (changes since April 12th)
Total Confirmed Cases - 919
Total Probable Cases - 729 (13 new)
Total Fatalities - 66
Total Estimated Recovered - 1,594 (2 new)

April 12th (3:45pm) Numbers: (changes since April 11th)
Total Confirmed Cases - 919
Total Probable Cases - 716 (1 new)
Total Fatalities - 66
Total Estimated Recovered - 1,592 (2 new)

April 11th (2:55pm) Numbers: (changes since April 7th)
Total Confirmed Cases - 919 (7 new)
Total Probable Cases - 715 (5 new)
Total Fatalities - 66
Total Estimated Recovered - 1,590 (132 new) *questioning accuracy

April 13, 2021 - U.S. Highway 59 just outside of Timpson was the scene of a single-vehicle crash Friday, April 9, 2021 around 5:30pm.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Taylor Buster, a grey 2018 Nissan Rogue driven by Gabriel Brandt Fleming, 31, of Timpson with passenger Heather Fleming, 27, was southbound on U.S. Highway 59 just before FM 2667 at an unsafe speed.

The Nissan hydroplaned, leaving the roadway to the right and jumping a culvert before flipping several times. The vehicle came to rest on the southbound shoulder, facing the roadway.

No injuries were reported of the driver and Heather Fleming received non-incapacitating injury.

Trooper Buster was assisted at the scene by Josh Tipton, Constable Precinct 5; Timpson Volunteer Fire Department personnel and Sam Anderson, Texas Game Warden.

April 12, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert for approximately 211,406 pounds of raw ground turkey products, produced by Plainville Brands, LLC, a Pennsylvania establishment, due to concerns the products may have caused Salmonella Hadar illness. A recall was not requested because it is believed that the products are no longer available for consumers to purchase.

FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. Retail locations that may receive returned product from consumers should destroy this product immediately.

The raw ground turkey products were produced on December 18, 2020 through December 29, 2020. The following products are subject to the public health alert:

1-lb. packages of Nature’s Promise Free from 94% LEAN | 6% FAT Ground Turkey with Use by/freeze/sell by date of 1/1/21, 1/3/21,1/4/21, 1/8/21 and 1/10/21 on the front of the package.



1-lb. packages of Wegman 94% LEAN | 6% FAT Ground Turkey with Use by/freeze/sell by date of 1/3/21, 1/4/21, 1/8/21 and 1/10/21 on the front of the package.



3-lb. packages of Wegman 94% LEAN | 6% FAT Ground Turkey with Use by/freeze/sell by date of 1/3/21, 1/4/21, 1/8/21 and 1/10/21 on the front of the package.



1-lb. packages of Plainville Farms Ground White Turkey 93% | 7% Fat with Use by/freeze/sell by date of 1/10/21 on the front of the package.

The products bear establishment number EST. P-244 inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

FSIS and its public health partners, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), public health and regulatory officials are investigating a multistate outbreak of 28 Salmonella Hadar illnesses in 12 states with onset dates ranging from December 28, 2020 through March 4, 2021. The traceback investigation for one case patient identified the patient consumed ground turkey produced by Plainville Brands, LLC. An intact, unopened package of Plainville Brands’ ground turkey collected from this case-patient’s home tested positive for Salmonella Hadar and was closely related genetically to the sample from the patient. Evidence collected to date does not link all illnesses to this establishment. Based on the continuing investigation, additional product from other establishments may be involved. FSIS continues to work with CDC and state and local public health partners on this investigation and will provide updated information as it becomes available.

Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without treatment. In some persons, however, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Older adults, infants, and persons with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact their health care provider.

FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume raw ground turkey that has been cooked to a temperature of 165°F. The only way to confirm the poultry item is cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature, https://www.fsis.usda.gov/safetempchart.

Consumers and members of the media with questions about the public health alert can contact Yusef Robb at (323)384-1789 or by email at yusef@tkCommunicationsLLC.com.

Consumers with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or live chat via Ask USDA from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Consumers can also browse food safety messages at Ask USDA or send a question via email to MPHotline@usda.gov. For consumers that need to report a problem with a meat, poultry, or egg product, the online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at https://foodcomplaint.fsis.usda.gov/eCCF/.

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