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January 8, 2015 - Due to water main break, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required our water System, Choice Water, to notify customers of the need to boil their water prior to consumption. This is for the customers that were out of water on 1/06/2015 south end of 96 in the Spann’s chapel area.

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

In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source.

When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the water system officials will notify you that the water is safe for consumption. Instructions to discontinue boiling will be issued in the same manner as this notice.

If you have any questions concerning this matter, you may contact
Vince Di Verdi at 936-590-9177 or 936-591-1205.

January 6, 2015 - A Center Crime Stoppers tip was instrumental in the arrest of a wanted suspect in Center who was allegedly involved in a stabbing.

According to a press release issued by Center Police Detective Nicole Faulkner, Center Crime stoppers received a call on the whereabouts of stabbing suspect Marcos Aguilar, 39, of Center on Monday January 5, 2015 at approximately 4:45 p.m.. Center Police Department officers responded to a residence at Pecan Grove trailer park and took the suspect into custody without incident. Aguilar was transported to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department and booked into the county jail on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. His bond was set at $100,000 by Maxie Eaves, Justice of the Peace Precinct 1.

Earlier in the day first responders were dispatched to the incident in Center at 10:04am. Center Police Department officers responded to a 911 call at Pecan Grove Trailer Park in reference to a stabbing victim. The victim, Florentina Rojas Gonzales, 37, of Center reported she had been stabbed in the abdomen by her husband Marcos Aguilar.

Gonzales was life-flighted to LSU hospital for treatment of her injuries and no official information on her condition has been shared at this time.

January 6, 2015 - 2015 Center ASA Softball Sign-Ups will be held Friday, January 30 from 6-9 pm and Saturday, January 31 from 9 am to 12 noon at the Center Softball Fields. The cost is $80 for girls 5 years and up. Please bring your child’s birth certificate when you sign up. There will be sample uniforms for the girls to try on in order the get the correct size for the season.

January 5, 2015 - First responders were dispatched to a stabbing incident in Center on Monday, January 5, 2015 and a suspect is still at large.

According to a press release issued by Center Police Detective Nicole Faulkner, at approximately 10:04am Center Police Department officers responded to a 911 call at Pecan Grove Trailer Park in reference to a stabbing victim. The victim, Florentina Rojas Gonzales, 37, of Center reported she had been stabbed in the abdomen by her husband Marcos Aguilar, 39, of Center.

Gonzales was transported by ACE EMS to the Center Municipal Airport where the Center Fire Department established a landing zone and she was then transported by Life Air Rescue helicopter to LSU hospital in Shreveport.

Aguilar was last seen driving a red 2003 Ford Taurus with Texas license plate number CX1V511. Aguilar is wanted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He is a hispanic male and is 5'6" tall with black hair and brown eyes weighing about 140 pounds.

If you have any information on the suspect's location, please contact the Center Police Department at 936-598-2788 or Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE

Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information. Anyone who has information regarding this crime should call Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE (7233) or submit a tip online at Remember you don't have to give your name. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous. Rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the Center Crime Stoppers system.

January 3, 2015 - Firemen responded to a house fire during Saturday morning's thunderstorm at 1629 CR 4084 in Timpson, Texas.

The Timpson Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) was dispatched to the residential fire at 3:06am on January 3, 2015. Upon arrival on scene, the home, a single wide trailer belonging to John Mahan, had flames and smoke coming out of the windows. After locating the owner safely outside along with his family, the meter was pulled and Timpson firemen attacked the fire using two lines off of tanker trucks to get it under control.

The Center Fire Department was also dispatched to the scene to assist Timpson VFD. Both fire departments managed to get the fire out; however, the fire ravaged the home and its contents and was a total loss for the family.

The Timpson VFD responded with 4 trucks and 9 members. They were back at the station at 5:47am. The Center FD responded with a tanker truck and 6 members. Also, responding to the scene was the Timpson Volunteer Ambulance Service.

The American Red Cross was contacted to assist the family with clothing and shelter.

January 2, 2015 - A flash flood watch in effect for parts of east and northeast Texas, including Shelby County, Carthage, Lufkin Texas, South Central Arkansas, and Northwest and North Central Louisiana to a line southeast of Magnolia, Arkansas to Shreveport, LA.

Showers and thunderstorms will produce heavy rainfall overnight and on Saturday across an area that had received 2 to 3 inches recently. Flash flood watch in effect from 9pm this evening through Saturday afternoon.

From tonight through Saturday afternoon additional rainfall amounts of one to three inches with isolated higher amounts will occur over an area that had received from two to three inches of rain from New Years through early Friday morning. This rain event will be due to a surface low pressure system lifting northeast across the ArkLaTex with a warm front lifting northeast with the low and a cold front trailing southwest from the system as an upper level storm system over Arizona and New Mexico moves northeast out into the plains providing disturbances aloft and added lift and instability. A deep and rich supply of moisture will be available for efficient rain production.

Heavy rainfall over the saturated soils from previous rains will result in rapid water runoff and result in flash flooding and filling of small creeks, streams, rivers, and low water crossing. Do not drive into areas with high or rapid moving water.

A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.
You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.

January 2, 2015 - (Photo Album) - Newly elected officials were sworn in to their offices at a ceremony held in the Shelby County Courthouse on Friday, January 2, 2015. Charles Mitchell, 273rd Judicial District Court Judge, administered the oaths of office to all present officials.

Kerry Green, Pastor at Dreka Pentecostal Church, opened the ceremony and then Allison Harbison, Shelby County Judge, introduced Judge Mitchell who in turn swore in Harbison as County Judge; Bradley Allen, Commissioner Precinct 5; and Jimmy Lout, Commissioner Precinct 2.

Judge Mitchell proceeded to swear in Lori Oliver, District Clerk; Margie Anderson, Justice of the Peace Precinct 3; Marla Denby, Justice of the Peace Precinct 2; Maxie Eaves, Justice of the Peace Precinct 1; Mike Crouch, Justice of the Peace Precinct 5; Ann Blackwell, County Treasurer; Jenny Hicks, Justice of the Peace Precinct 4; Jennifer Fountain, County Clerk; and Debora Riley, Tax Assessor Collector.

Immediately following the swearing in ceremony Judge Harbison, the first woman to be elected county judge in Shelby County, addressed the audience, "First of all I want to thank my family for all of their love and support, and second of all I want to thank my other family of 14 years, my clerk family." Judge Harbison has just vacated her office as County Clerk and in response to her request her now former office staff stood to be recognized.

"I appreciate these ladies so much and all the ladies and gentlemen that have worked in my office for the last 14 years, I feel like they have helped make me who I am and I appreciate y'all so much."

Judge Harbison then formally introduced her new secretary Sandra Green, "She and I will be here to help in any way, all you have to do is come by and talk to us, okay. I'd like to thank all of the other elected officials, I really look forward [to] working with all of you. I think all of you know me and you know that I'll be here for you."

The swearing in ceremony was then adjourned and all present were invited to partake in refreshments and to visit with one another.


January 2, 2015 - Weather Stats for December 2014

Highest Temp was 77 degrees on 12-01-2014
Highest Temp on Record was 84 degrees on 12-08-1956
Lowest Temp was 30 degrees on 12-25-2014
Lowest Temp on Record was 2 degrees on 12-24-1989

Rainfall Recorded was 3.21 inches
Average Monthly Rainfall is 5.43 inches
Below Monthly Average by 2.22 inches
Highest Recorded for this month was 14.23 inches in 2002
Lowest Recorded for this month was 0.87 inches in 1980

Total Rainfall for 2014 is 48.72 inches
Below yearly average for 2014 by 5.48 inches

Day by day stats - Link

January 1, 2015 - The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a single-vehicle rollover on FM 699, approximately 1 mile south of U.S. 84 at 1:24 am on Thursday, January 1st, 2015.

Units arrived to find a white Ford F-150 laying on its passenger side, wedged in a small thicket of cedar trees, with the driver still in the driver's seat. Using the Jaws of Life, firefighters assisted ACE EMS personnel in removing the driver from the vehicle.

He was transported to Nacogdoches Medical Center's Center ER with non-life threatening injuries. Fire department units returned to the station at 2:15 am.

December 30, 2014 - Hurst Street and Foster Street in Center in front of Walmart was the scene of a two-vehicle crash on Monday night, December 29, 2014 with major damage to both vehicles involved.

At 6:50pm a black 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Kevin Harbuck, 47, with passenger Jennifer Harbuck, 44, and a 15-year-old and 17-year-old minor passenger all of Livingston was facing northbound in the turning lane of the 800 block of Hurst Street attempting to turn left into parking lot of 810 Hurst.

Jody Helen Franks, 36, of Nacogdoches driving a blue 2006 Jeep liberty was attempting to enter onto 800 block of Hurst off Foster in order to drive south on Hurst Street. Franks failed to yield right of way from the stop sign on Foster Street as she traveled into the turning lane and struck the Tahoe causing damage to both vehicles.

Center Police Officer Jeremy Konderla handled the crash investigation and he was assisted by Sgt. Scott Burkhalter and Officer Jake Gross.

No citations have been repored at this time.