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November 2, 2022 - (Submitted photos) - The intersection of U.S. Highway 84 and State Highway 7 East in Joaquin was the scene of a truck-tractor incident involving a lost load on Monday, October 31, 2022, at around 9:30am.

When emergency personnel arrived at the scene it was found a Leon Transportation LLC out of Round Rock, Texas hauling a load of compressed packing material had tipped over.

Texas Department of Public Safety State Troopers Keith Jones and Dustin Ramos were on scene assisted by Constable Precinct 3 Roy Cheatwood and Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department.

Once the debris was clear, the roadway was open again to regular traffic. No injuries were reported to have occurred.

November 2, 2022 - The Shelby County Commissioners have lifted the burn ban during their Wednesday, November 2, 2022, meeting.

This means burning can once again be performed in Shelby County. Citizens of municipalities may need to confirm with their governing body before initiating a burn.  

The water on East Lamar Water Supply no longer requires boiling.

November 2, 2022 - On October 27, 2022, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the East Lamar Water Supply, #2100006, 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.

East Lamar Water Supply 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. We have also provided TCEQ with laboratory test results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling prior to use as of November 2, 2022.

If you have questions, you may contact Pres. Chris Andrews at 936-591-1433 or J. Butler, Office Manager, at 936-598-9780, or P.O. Box 16, Center, Texas 75935.


October 27, 2022 - Due to a major leak and reduced distribution system pressure, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has required the East Lamar Water Supply PWS# 2100006 to notify all customers 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 the boil water notice is no longer needed, the system will issue a notice to rescind the boil notice.

If you have questions, you may contact Pres. Chris Andrews at 936-591-1433 or J. Butler, Office Manager, at 936-598-9780, or P.O. Box 16, Center, Texas 75935.


Representatives of Shelbyville First United Methodist Church gathered at the Commissioners' Court as a proclamation was adopted recognizing the 125th Anniversary of the church.

November 2, 2022 - The Shelby County Commissioners approved the addition of a full-time employee to assist the Elections Administrator (EA) during their October 19, 2022 meeting.

Elections Administrator Nancy Adams addressed the commissioners' court about the need of a full-time employee

"I do feel I need some help in that, there's a lot to do," said Adams. "Jennifer and her staff have helped me immensely. Debora of course has for the past year and will remain to do so, because I need to learn all of it and don't know any of it yet."

Adams elaborated on the many duties which will be involved as she takes on the new role of Elections Administrator, detailing why a full-time employee would be necessary. Jennifer Fountain, County Clerk, and Debora Riley, Tax Assessor/Collector, mirrored why it would be beneficial to have a full-time employee in the Elections Administrator office.

A motion carried to hire a full-time employee for the Elections Administration office, excluding health insurance.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:52am.

Agenda items approved during the meeting include:
1. Pay weekly expenses.

2. Adopt the Proclamation recognizing the Shelbyville First United Methodist Church, on its 125th year of Service.

3. Contract with Copsync for precinct 5 for three years.

4. Extend the burn ban and review it again on the following week.

5. Hire a full-time employee for the Elections Administration office, excluding health insurance.

6. Ann Blackwell to reach out to the buyboard on behalf of Commissioner Pct. 1 to purchase a new Caterpiller Model: 150 JOY Motor Grader from Holt Cat with ARPA funds.

7. Commissioner Pct. 3 to purchase a new 2022 John Deer Modern Predator and a Kobelco SK85CS Excavator with fixed assets.

8. Ann Blackwell to reach out to the buyboard on behalf of Commissioner Pct. 3 to purchase a new Caterpiller Model: 150 JOY Motor Grader from Holt Cat with ARPA funds.

9. Ann Blackwell to reach out to the buyboard on behalf of Commissioner Pct. 3 to purchase a new Tractor from Jarvis with ARPA funds.

10. Adjourn 10:52am.

November 2, 2022 - The Shelby County Commissioners revisited a previous item designating $1 million split evenly to each precinct in the amount of $250,000 during their meeting held October 12, 2022. 

During discussion it was determined among the commissioners they would need more, and instead the amount was increased and their previous amounts were set to zero.

A motion carried to rescind the original motion in September to designate $250,000 for each precinct for equipment, totaling $1 million, and instead make an aggregate or composite lump sum to be increased to $1.4 million from the ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funds.

Commissioner Tom Bellmyer, Precinct 4, expressed a desire to have the AgriLife Extension building expanded with ARPA funds.

"That room really has a lot of flexibility to it, and I just think that it would really serve the agricultural family that we've got here in this county that we could get that building expanded," said Bellmyer.

Judge Allison Harbison agreed one of the great needs of the facility are restrooms, which would make the building even more usable.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:12am.

Agenda items approved during the meeting include:
1. Minutes of September 7, 2022 Special meeting, September 14, 2022 Regular meeting, September 21, 2022 Special meeting, September 28, 2022 Special meeting, September 30, 2022 Special meeting of the Shelby County Commissioner’s Court.

2. Pay weekly expenses.

3. Pay current payroll.

4. Approve Officers Report.

5. Recognize revenue for PCT 1 CTIF 01-210 and increase the FY2023 revenue budget and expense budget in the amount of $32,400, to go into the Precinct 1 gravel account.

6. Recognize revenue for PCT 3 Purplewave equipment auction and increase the FY2023 revenue budget and expense budget in the amount of $224,496.70 to go into the Precinct 3 gravel account.

7. Redetermine the amount of ARPA funds each precinct will receive for Road Equipment to zero and instead desingante a lump sum of $1.4 million.

8.  Add to the Grantworks projects list, to expand the meeting room over at the Agrilife Extension building.

9. Commissioner Pct.1 to purchase a new Tractor from Jarvis in the amount of $77,600 with ARPA funds.

10. Commissioner Pct. 2 to Purchase a new Diamond Boom Mower for $65,965 with ARPA funds.

11. Commissioner Pct. 2 to Purchase a new Tractor for $71,800 with ARPA funds.

12. Commissioner Pct. 3 withdraw purchase a new 2022 John Deer Modern Predator with ARPA funds and instead use fixed assets.

13. Commissioner Pct. 3 withdraw purchase of a Kobelco SK85CS Excavator with ARPA funds and instead use fixed assets.

14. Pct. 4 Commissioner to provide boom mower to brush cut the Lake Timpson spillway.

15. Adjourn at 11:12am.

Agenda items tabled during the meeting include:
1. Constable Pct. 5 to discuss purchasing the Copsync program.
2. Commissioner Pct. 1 to purchase a new Caterpiller Model: 150 JOY Motor Grader from Holt Cat with ARPA funds.

Joaquin City Hall Building on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 –

The City of Joaquin held a special called meeting on Tuesday to address maintenance issues. Mayor Frank Cooper and council members, Barbara Pridgen, Steve Cockrell and Cathy Atkinson were present for the meeting as well as, City Billing Manager Casey Davis.

Items requiring a vote included Items 6 and 7. On Item 6 the board heard that Terry Allen of Farmers State Bank had notified the council on issues involving a city loan application for the future repairs of Joaquin City wells numbered 1and 2. The loan involves using two city buildings as collateral in securing a 15-year loan for $168, 000 to repair the wells. The motion passed 3-0 to approve.

Item 7 involved an invoice from Center Glass Company for damages of a windshield of citizen Ricky Smith’s vehicle which was broken by a limb which fell from a tree on city property. The council voted 3-0 to pay for the damages Mister Smith incurred in the amount of $794.02.

After discussing possible items for their next meeting’s agenda the council adjourned their meeting.

November 1, 2022 - Commissioner Tom Bellmyer advises construction on CR 4123 is still in progress. The State is overseeing the bridge replacement on CR 4123 and Bellmyer will let the public know as soon as the contruction is completed.


September 19, 2022 - County Road 4123 located off FM 415 in Shelby County is slated to be under construction for the foreseeable future.

Tom Bellmyer, Commissioner Precinct 4, has announced a portion of the roadway will be closed for bridge replacement for an estimated three months. The bridge is located 1,827 feet from FM 415 at Bear Creek (Bear Bayou) near John Childs chicken farm.

According to Bellmyer, L.S. Equipment out of Henderson are placing their signage Monday, September 19, 2022, and the portion of the roadway to be worked on will be closed Tuesday, September 20, 2022 to begin construction.

Work is expected to be completed sometime in December 2022. CR 4123 has dual access to FM 415 and the other end can be accessed at the old Stockman grocery approximately two miles from the closed end.

November 1, 2022 - Commissioner Tom Bellmyer reports work on CR 4275 has ended and the roadway is back open to traffic.


October 17, 2022 - According to Commissioner Tom Bellmyer, the bridge on County Road 4275 is temporarily closed for a bridge replacement. The bridge is located at the headwaters of Ramsey Creek. The partial road closure is for an extended time with the closure expected to be a minimum of 3 weeks.

Access to the other end of CR 4275 is available from FM 1645.

November 1, 2022 - Commissioner McSwain reports as of 1:45pm November 1, CR 1430 is back open.


October 31, 2022 - Roscoe McSwain, Commissioner Precinct 1, announces CR 1430 (Green Wood Drive) adjacent to State Highway 87 will be closed Tuesday, November 1, 2022, from 9am until 2pm. 

November 1, 2022 - The month of October 2022 had 5 days of rain, however, the total rain fall only came to 1.91 inches.

The weather data for Center, Texas during the past month is as follows:

Hottest temperature - 90.1 on October 12 and 15
Lowest temperature - 30.0 on October 19
Total rain fall for the month - 1.91 inches
Number of days with rain - 5 days

10/01/2022 - Low of 45.9, High of 81.0
10/02/2022 - Low of 45.9, High of 84.4
10/03/2022 - Low of 48.7, High of 85.1
10/04/2022 - Low of 50.0, High of 84.9
10/05/2022 - Low of 52.3, High of 86.4
10/06/2022 - Low of 51.3, High of 89.8
10/07/2022 - Low of 58.1, High of 85.5 
10/08/2022 - Low of 59.2, High of 82.9
10/09/2022 - Low of 53.6, High of 84.6
10/10/2022 - Low of 54.5, High of 86.9
10/11/2022 - Low of 54.5, High of 85.5
10/12/2022 - Low of 59.2, High of 90.1
10/13/2022 - Low of 56.1, High of 84.6, Rain 0.15
10/14/2022 - Low of 48.6, High of 88.2
10/15/2022 - Low of 57.2, High of 90.1
10/16/2022 - Low of 65.8, High of 82.4 
10/17/2022 - Low of 54.0, High of 74.7, Rain 0.12
10/18/2022 - Low of 41.9, High of 63.7
10/19/2022 - Low of 30.0, High of 65.7
10/20/2022 - Low of 38.3, High of 81.5
10/21/2022 - Low of 57.2, High of 85.8
10/22/2022 - Low of 55.8, High of 84.9
10/23/2022 - Low of 61.2, High of 86.9
10/24/2022 - Low of 70.3, High of 81.9 
10/25/2022 - Low of 47.8, High of 76.3, Rain 0.65 
10/26/2022 - Low of 41.2, High of 74.7
10/27/2022 - Low of 40.6, High of 74.1
10/28/2022 - Low of 53.1, High of 65.7, Rain 0.36 
10/29/2022 - Low of 58.1, High of 62.8, Rain 0.63 
10/30/2022 - Low of 53.8, High of 69.3
10/31/2022 - Low of 50.4, High of 79.3

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