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June 18, 2020 - The Shelby County Emergency Management office reports as of 9:00am on Thursday, June 18, 2020, TxDSHS has reported 4 new cases for a total of 234 cumulative cases of COVID-19. DSHS also reports 118 total recoveries, 8 deaths, and 108 active cases.

DSHS also reports of the 234 cumulative cases, 34 of those cases are "lost to follow" which means DSHS has not been able to contact them to follow up on their recovery.

Breakdown of cumulative cases by zip code and ages:

Cases in each zip code:

Center (75935) - 170 (4 New)
Joaquin (75954) - 9
Shelbyville (75973) - 15
Tenaha (75974) - 23
Timpson (75975) - 17

Ages of Confirmed Cases:

Ages 1 to 20: 14 cases
Ages 21 to 40: 75 cases (1 New)
Ages 41 to 60: 79 cases, 4 death
Ages 61 to 80: 43 cases (2 New), 3 death
Ages 81 to 100: 18 cases (1 New), 1 death
Age unknown: 5 cases

June 17, 2020 - On June 14, 2020, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the Choice public water system, 2100005 to issue a Boil Water Notice to inform customers, individuals, or employees that due to conditions which occurred recently in the public water system, the water from this public water system was required to be boiled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes.

The public water system has taken the necessary corrective actions to restore the quality of the water distributed by this public water system used for drinking water or human consumption purposes and has provided TCEQ with laboratory test results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling prior to use as of 06/17/2020.

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Vince Di Verdi at 936-591-1205.


June 14, 2020 - Due to a broken water main the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has required the Choice water system ID# 2100005 to notify customers that were without water 6/14/2020 on HWY 96 North of FM 417( anyone without water) to boil their water, prior to consumption (e.g., washing hands/face, brushing teeth, drinking, etc). Children, seniors, and persons with weakened immune 

Systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these directions.

To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and ice making should be boiled and cooled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes. The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. 

In lieu of boiling, individuals may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source for drinking water or human consumption purposes. 

When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the public water system officials will notify customers that the water is safe for drinking water or human consumption purposes. 

Once the boil water notice is no longer in effect, the public water system will issue a notice to customers that rescinds the boil water notice in a manner similar to this notice. 

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail. 

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Vince Di Verdi 936-591-1205

June 17, 2020 - The Shelby County Emergency Management office reports as of 8:40am on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, TxDSHS has reported 0 new case and the total remains at 230 cumulative cases of COVID-19. DSHS also reports 7 recoveries for a total of 118 recoveries, 8 deaths, and 104 active cases.

DSHS also reports of the 230 cumulative cases, 34 of those cases are "lost to follow" which means DSHS has not been able to contact them to follow up on their recovery.

Breakdown of cumulative cases by zip code and ages:

Cases in each zip code:

Center (75935) - 166
Joaquin (75954) - 9
Shelbyville (75973) - 15
Tenaha (75974) - 23
Timpson (75975) - 17

Ages of Confirmed Cases:

Ages 1 to 20: 14 cases
Ages 21 to 40: 74 cases
Ages 41 to 60: 79 cases, 4 death
Ages 61 to 80: 41 cases, 3 death
Ages 81 to 100: 17 cases, 1 death
Age unknown: 5 cases

June 16, 2020 - State Highway 7 (SH7) East was the scene of a two-vehicle crash Friday, June 12, 2020.

When Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) arrived at the scene of the incident both vehicles involved were on the eastbound side of the roadway.

According to Texas DPS Trooper Keith Jones, at 1:38pm a brown GMC Canyon SLE driven by James Howard Gibson, 47, of Logansport with passenger Archie Rachal Jr., 29, was westbound on SH7 East near the Center Municipal Airport when he attempted to make a u-turn from the right lane shoulder.

As the GMC made the left maneuver it was struck by a blue 2008 Toyota Yarris driven by Wipha Phimchan LeBlanc, 51, of Joaquin. The truck came to a stop on the eastbound shoulder and the Yarris traveled further where it came to a stop on the barrow ditch.

No injuries were reported resulting from the crash.

Gibson was issued a citation for turn when unsafe and LeBlanc was issued a citation for violation of license operator front seat age 21 years or older.

June 16, 2020 - The Shelby County Emergency Management office reports as of 8:40am on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, TxDSHS has reported 1 new case for a total of 230 cumulative cases of COVID-19. DSHS also reports 111 total recoveries, 8 deaths, and 111 active cases.

DSHS also reports of the 230 cumulative cases, 35 of those cases are "lost to follow" which means DSHS has not been able to contact them to follow up on their recovery.

Breakdown of cumulative cases by zip code and ages:

Cases in each zip code:

Center (75935) - 166 (1 New)
Joaquin (75954) - 9
Shelbyville (75973) - 15
Tenaha (75974) - 23
Timpson (75975) - 17

Ages of Confirmed Cases:

Ages 1 to 20: 14 cases
Ages 21 to 40: 74 cases
Ages 41 to 60: 79 cases, 4 death
Ages 61 to 80: 41 cases, 3 death
Ages 81 to 100: 17 cases (1 New), 1 death
Age unknown: 5 cases

June 15, 2020 - The March Primary Election ended with three County races and two State/Federal races left to be decided on the ballot in the July 14th Primary Runoff Elections since none of the candidates in these races received over 50% of the votes.

In the County races, which are on the Republican ballot, the yet to be decided candidates are in the Sheriff, Commissioner Pct 3, and Justice of the Peace Pct 3 races. The candidates in the Sheriff's Runoff race are Newton Johnson, Jr. and Kevin Windham. In the County Commissioner Pct 3 race the runoff is between Stevie Smith and David Cheatwood. Justice of the Peace Pct 3 is the final race in the runoffs with Melba Rodgers and Darrell Alford.

On the Democrat Ballot two races for State/Federal positions in the runoff are United States Senator and Railroad Commissioner.

The winners of the primary election runoff will appear against their opposing party in the November Election.

Early voting will once again be at the Community House located at 423 San Augustine Street in Center. Voting will begin Monday, June 29th, and run through Friday, July 10th. Hours will be weekdays 8am to 4:30pm. The Community House will be closed on Friday, July 3rd due to the 4th of July weekend and no weekend voting will be available.

Election day is Tuesday, July 14th with voting starting at 7am and closing at 7pm.


Shelby County Republican Runoff Election Ballot

SHERIFF (All Precincts)  
  Newton Johnson, Jr.  
  Kevin W. Windham  
COUNTY COMMISSIONER PCT 3 (Precincts 1N, 3, 5)  
  Stevie Smith  
  David Cheatwood  
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE PCT 3 (Precincts 3, 5)  
  Melba Rodgers  
  Darrell Alford  

Shelby County Democrat Runoff Election Ballot

UNITED STATES SENATOR (All Precincts)  
  Mary "MJ" Hegar  
  Royce West  
RAILROAD COMMISSIONER (All Precincts)  
  Roberto R. "Beto" Alonzo  
  Chrysta Castaneda  

June 15, 2020 - The Shelby County Emergency Management office reports as of 9:00am on Monday, June 15, 2020, TxDSHS has reported 3 new case for a total of 229 cumulative cases of COVID-19. DSHS also reports 7 new recoveries for 111 total recoveries and the county has 110 active cases. The death count remains at 8 people who have lost their lives to COVID-19.

DSHS also reports of the 229 cumulative cases, 35 of those cases are "lost to follow" which means DSHS has not been able to contact them to follow up on their recovery.

Breakdown of cumulative cases by zip code and ages:

Cases in each zip code:

Center (75935) - 165 (3 New)
Joaquin (75954) - 9
Shelbyville (75973) - 15
Tenaha (75974) - 23
Timpson (75975) - 17

Ages of Confirmed Cases:

Ages 1 to 20: 14 cases
Ages 21 to 40: 74 cases (3 New)
Ages 41 to 60: 79 cases, 4 death
Ages 61 to 80: 41 cases, 3 death
Ages 81 to 100: 16 cases, 1 death
Age unknown: 5 cases

June 12, 2020 - The Shelby County Emergency Management office reports as of 8:36am on Friday, June 12, 2020, TxDSHS has reported 1 new case for a total of 226 cumulative cases of COVID-19. DSHS also reports 1 new recovery for 104 total recoveries and the county has 114 active cases.

DSHS also reports of the 226 cumulative cases, 35 of those cases are "lost to follow" which means DSHS has not been able to contact them to follow up on their recovery.

Breakdown of cumulative cases by zip code and ages:

Cases in each zip code:

Center (75935) - 162
Joaquin (75954) - 9
Shelbyville (75973) - 15
Tenaha (75974) - 23 (1 New)
Timpson (75975) - 17

Ages of Confirmed Cases:

Ages 1 to 20: 14 cases
Ages 21 to 40: 71 cases (1 New)
Ages 41 to 60: 79 cases, 4 death
Ages 61 to 80: 41 cases, 3 death
Ages 81 to 100: 16 cases, 1 death
Age unknown: 5 cases

Register To Vote

June 11, 2020 - To vote in Texas, you must be registered. Simply pick up a voter registration application, fill it out, and mail it at least 30 days before the election date. Get your application here.

You are eligible to register to vote if:

  • You are a United States citizen;
  • You are a resident of the county where you submit the application;
  • You are at least 17 years and 10 months old, and you are 18 years of age on Election Day.
  • You are not a convicted felon (you may be eligible to vote if you have completed your sentence, probation, and parole); and
  • You have not been declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.

Are you already registered?

To confirm your voter registration status, you may select one of three methods to perform a search:

  • Your Texas driver’s license number, if you provided it when you applied for voter registration;
  • Your Voter Unique Identifier (VUID), which appears on your voter registration certificate;
  • Your first and last name.

Find out if you are already registered.

June 11, 2020 - The Shelby County Emergency Management office reports as of 8:17am on Thursday, June 11, 2020, TxDSHS has reported 9 new cases for a total of 225 cumulative cases of COVID-19. The state also reported 2 new deaths for a total of 8 deaths. Recoveries remain at 103 and the county now has 114 active cases.

DSHS also reports of the 225 cumulative cases, 35 of those cases are "lost to follow" which means DSHS has not been able to contact them to follow up on their recovery.

Breakdown of cumulative cases by zip code and ages:

Cases in each zip code:

Center (75935) - 162 (4 New)
Joaquin (75954) - 9 (1 New)
Shelbyville (75973) - 15 (3 New)
Tenaha (75974) - 22 (1 New)
Timpson (75975) - 17

Ages of Confirmed Cases:

Ages 1 to 20: 14 cases (2 New)
Ages 21 to 40: 70 cases (3 New)
Ages 41 to 60: 79 cases (2 New), 4 death
Ages 61 to 80: 41 cases (2 New), 3 death (1 New)
Ages 81 to 100: 16 cases, 1 death (1 New)
Age unknown: 5 cases

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