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October 31, 2022 - Shelby County Sheriff Kevin W. Windham reports the recovery of a stolen four-wheeler.

On October 28, 2022, patrol deputies with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office began working the report of a 2021 Honda Rancher 400 that was stolen from a property on Highway 7 E in Center.

Deputies were able to obtain video footage of the suspect driving the four-wheeler and turning onto FM 2608 in Center. Deputies followed the four-wheeler tracks to FM 414 in the Sardis Community and learned that the suspect was seen heading towards CR 3080.

Members in the community began helping look for the four-wheeler and it was located off the roadway in underlying brush. The four-wheeler was transported back to the SCSO where it will be returned to the owner.

The SCSO would like to thank the community for assisting us in locating the four-wheeler and looking out for their neighbors. This investigation is ongoing,

October 31, 2022 - Shelby County Sheriff Kevin W. Windham reports the recovery of a stolen vehicle.

On October 24, 2022, Lieutenant Investigator Chad Hooper began working the report of a 2000 Ford pickup that was stolen from Carroll Street in Joaquin. Lieutenant Hooper learned that the alleged suspect of the truck had been arrested in Cherokee County on October 26.

Hooper traveled to Cherokee County and made contact with the suspect who confessed to taking the vehicle without the owner’s permission. The suspect, Franklin Goodman, told Lt. Hooper where the vehicle was located, and the recovery of the vehicle was successful.

The vehicle was transported back to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office for the owner to pickup.

The owner of the vehicle has signed an affidavit of non-prosecution in this case.

October 31, 2022 - The last full week of October came to a close with 4 total calls for the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department. Here’s a summary of the weeks events.

The first call of the week came in on Sunday afternoon for a male who had fallen and was unable to get up on County Road 3620. The man stated to the responding EMR team that he could not feel anything below his neck. Allegiance EMS arrived shortly thereafter and decided that the man should be transported by way of helicopter to a nearby hospital. The JVFD set up a landing zone at the baseball field for the incoming LifeAir helicopter.

The next page was received Tuesday night for a fire on the side of Highway 7 East. Upon arrival the JVFD found a small campfire in the back yard of a property and made contact with a person sitting by the fire to inform them of the current burn ban.

Wednesday night the JVFD would briefly be called to the Joaquin High School football field for an injured player. After a few minutes the page was recalled due to the player being transported to the emergency room in a personal vehicle.

The final call for the week came in Saturday evening for an elderly female with chest pains on County Road 3635. The EMR team responded to check the patient’s vital signs while Allegiance EMS was en route. The patient was later transported by ambulance to a nearby emergency room.

With that, this report will come to a close. The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department hopes everyone has a great and safe week, and a Happy Halloween. 

October 29, 2022 - Timpson councilman Kenneth "Kenny" Walker was laid to rest following services held at First Baptist Church of Timpson on Saturday, October 29, 2022.

After the ceremony, a funeral procession left the church traveling south on State Highway 87 escorted by the Timpson Volunteer Fire Department of which Walker was a member and Shelby County Constable Precinct 5.

Walker has been a councilman since 2020.

See his obituary by clicking here.

October 29, 2022 - A manhunt that began in Lufkin Friday, October 29, 2022, ended safely in Garrison with the capture of the suspect with the assistance of multiple agencies including officers from Shelby County.

Law enforcement officials from Shelby County included Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Shelby County Constables from Precinct 5, Precinct 4, and Precinct 3, as well as Center Police Department.

Additional details can be read by clicking here


Stephen F. Austin State University will host Showcase Saturday on Nov. 12, which is an in-person, open-house event that offers college-bound students and their families a unique opportunity to experience life as a Lumberjack.

October 28, 2022 — College-bound students and their families are invited to Stephen F. Austin State University’s in-person, on-campus Showcase Saturday event November 12, which offers participants a unique opportunity to experience life as a Lumberjack.

“Showcase Saturday is more than a campus visit — it’s a chance to be immersed in the full Lumberjack experience,” said Dr. Steve Westbrook, SFA interim president. “I welcome prospective students and their families to our beautiful campus for the chance to learn about our academics, ask questions, and take their first steps toward making SFA their future home.”

SFA’s Showcase Saturday provides an opportunity for college-bound students to spend a day experiencing university life firsthand, touring the campus and having all their college questions answered.

Registration and check-in will begin at 10 a.m. in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Plaza. Several optional early-bird sessions will be ongoing between check-in and the day’s opening program, which is scheduled for 11 a.m.

Those include a student services fair, campus tours and special interest sessions covering a range of topics, like Veterans Affairs, the Hazlewood Act and being a first-generation college student and family, among others.

“Exploring academic programs, meeting current students, faculty and staff, and touring the campus are just a few of the incredible experiences we have planned for our guests,” said Emily Jefferson, director of undergraduate recruitment in SFA’s Office of Admissions. “Our goal is for our prospective students and families to leave Showcase with fewer questions than when they arrived and feel excited and prepared as they take the next steps of pursuing higher education.”

During the opening program, students will attend presentations by college representatives based on their academic major of interest.

Come-and-go events will run from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. These include an academic fair from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center, tours of residence halls and the recreation center from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and a #JacksGetInvolved student organization fair from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Raguet Plaza, which is the walkway running between the Miller Science Building and McGee Business Building.

Thirty-minute breakout sessions will run from 1:45 to 3 p.m. and will cover such topics as financial aid, first-year and transfer admissions, and both Residence Life and Dining Services.

Optional tours of academic facilities will run from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and will take participants to the DeWitt School of Nursing Complex, Todd Agricultural Research Center, A.L. Mangham Jr. Regional Airport, and the Janice A. Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center.

In addition to a high-energy Lumberjack experience, participating prospective students will receive a free SFA T-shirt after completing a program evaluation form.

To register for SFA’s Showcase Saturday and for more information, visit sfasu.edu/showcase.

October 27, 2022 - (Update: 7pm): Sheriff Kevin Windham reports Willie McGuire has been found, and he is safe. 


The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of Willie Daniel McGuire, 61, of Timpson. McGuire is described as a black male, 6’1” tall, 200 pounds, bald, with brown eyes.

McGuire was reported missing October 27, 2022. He was last seen leaving Nix Forestry, his place of employment, on October 14, 2022. McGuire owns a 2000 Mercury Mountaineer, brown in color, bearing Texas Plate BD7N138, and a white Lexus 4-door, white with a gold strip at the bottom and chrome wheels.

If anyone has any information on the disappearance of McGuire, please contact SCSO Lieutenant Investigator Chad Hooper at 936-572-5045 or Josh Tipton Constable Pct. 5 at 936-615-8223.

October 26, 2022 - Shelby County Sheriff Kevin Windham reports the search for Bryan Aleck Krolczyk has come to an end. Krolczyk was located in the attic of his residence and was arrested by the San Augustine Sheriff's Office and San Augustine Police Department this evening, October 26, 2022.


UPDATE 3:30 P.M.: The search for Krolczyk is now in San Augustine County at Hwy 21 and Spur 85. Please use caution if traveling this direction.


October 20, 2022 - The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is currently searching Highway 96 South at the San Augustine county line. Suspect Bryan Aleck Krolczyk evaded law enforcement and took off on foot. Krolczyk is a white male, 5’10” tall, weighs 190 pounds and has shoulder length sandy blonde hair. He was last seen wearing tan pants and a blue shirt.

Krozlyck currently has active felony warrants.

DO NOT PICK UP ANY HITCHHIKERS if you are traveling this area. Please use caution and move out of the way of any law enforcement vehicle. If you know the whereabouts of Krolczyk or spot him in the area, do not approach him. Call 9-1-1.

I will update as the search continues.

October 26, 2022 Center, Texas – The Railroad Commission’s Abandoned Mine Land Program earned national recognition last week for work addressing an abandoned lignite mine in East Texas last year.

This award extended the Commission’s track record after receiving three national awards last fiscal year for injection well permitting using artificial intelligence, drone inspections and the State Managed Well Plugging Program.

The U.S Department of the Interior’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement presented the RRC with its Small Project Award during the National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Programs conference in Grand Junction, Colo.

The $380,000 project, which was less than a half mile south of the historic courthouse in Center, Texas, addressed voids left by a hand-dug mine dating back to the 19th century.

Among the challenges of the project under the properties of two homes included a 20-foot-deep sinkhole that opened up in one of the backyards and damaged part of a fence. Extensive geotechnical work was conducted to locate voids, which were filled with cement.

Following the work underground, the fence and landscapes were repaired, as well. The project was completed in July 2021.

“We are very honored to receive this national award from our federal counterparts,” said Brent Elliott, RRC’s Director of the SMRD. “Community safety is our number one priority. I’m very proud of the work our Abandoned Mine Land Program does to protect public safety. Their exemplary efforts are recognized nationwide. Time and time, the RRC team delivered the results expected by Texans.”


An abandoned lignite mine was filled in by the RRC in Center in East Texas in 2021.

About the Railroad Commission:
Our mission is to serve Texas by our stewardship of natural resources and the environment, our concern for personal and community safety, and our support of enhanced development and economic vitality for the benefit of Texans. The Commission has a long and proud history of service to both Texas and to the nation, including almost 100 years regulating the oil and gas industry. The Commission also has jurisdiction over alternative fuels safety, natural gas utilities, surface mining and intrastate pipelines. Established in 1891, the Railroad Commission of Texas is the oldest regulatory agency in the state. To learn more, please visit http://www.rrc.texas.gov/about-us/.

October 25, 2022 - The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of Terry Wayne Goodman, 53, of Rusk. Goodman is described as a white male, 5’6” tall and weighs 160 pounds. He has brown eyes and red hair.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is seeking Goodman in reference to a 2000 Ford Ranger that was reported missing from Carroll Street in Joaquin on Monday, October 24.

If you know the whereabouts of Goodman, you are asked to contact SCSO Lieutenant Investigator Chad Hooper at 936-572-5045.

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