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October 25, 2022 - The water on Denning Rural WSC no longer requires boiling.

On October 18, 2022, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the Denning Rural Water Supply, #2030004, 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.

Denning Rural 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 and has provided TCEQ with laboratory test results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling prior to use as of  October 25, 2022.

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact the office:
220 West Columbia Street
 San Augustine, Texas.
Charles Sharp  936-201-5001.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

October 18, 2022 - Effective October 18, 2022 until further notice

Due to a break in a  line, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required the  Denning Rural Water System  PWS  # 2030004 to notify ALL customers on FM 354, New Hope Community, FM 1196, and 21 W of the Water Plant to boil their water prior to consumption (eg., 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Once the boil water notice is no longer in effect, the public water system will issue a notice to customer that rescinds the boil water notice in a manner similar to this notice.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 the 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 Denning Rural Water System at 220 W. Columbia Street, San Augustine, Texas, 75972, or call 936-288-0489 or Charles Sharp at 936-201-5001.

October 25, 2022 - (10:22am): Phone and internet have been restored.

The Shelby County Appraisal District internet and phones are currently down today, October 25, 2022. Once they are up and running again, this information will be updated.

October 24, 2022 - The week of October 16th through 22nd was host to another 6 calls for the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department. Here’s a summary of the weeks events.

The first page of the week came in the wee hours of Monday morning in regards to a woman having trouble breathing on Private Road 120. The JVFD EMR team responded to provide some urgent medical attention. 

The next call came through around mid-day Wednesday for a grass fire on the side of Highway 84 East. The JVFD responded with a brush truck and a tanker for added water supply. 

Thursday afternoon a page was received for a pickup truck on fire on Lone Cedar Road. Upon arriving on scene, the JVFD found a fully involved truck tucked into the woods just off the dirt road, and proceeded to make an attack on the fire. After putting out the blaze a few members of the department remained on scene until a tow truck could arrive to pick up the vehicle.

Friday evening the Joaquin VFD received a page regarding a two vehicle accident in front of the Quick Stop on Highway 84. Those involved in the accident did not show signs of serious injury but were still checked out by Allegiance EMS. The JVFD provided traffic control while the roadway was cleared.

Saturday had 2 calls, with the first pertaining to smoke in the living room of a house on Highway 84. Members of the Joaquin VFD used a thermal imaging camera to search for sources of heat, but none were found. 

The second call for Saturday was for a gas leak at the Joaquin RV Park on Highway 7 East. The JVFD scoured the premises for the source of the leak but were unable to locate it. The gas was later shut off to prevent it from leaking further until it could be fixed.

With that, this report will come to a close. As always the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department hopes everyone has a great and safe week ahead.

October 18, 2022 - State Highway 7 in the James Community was the scene of a two-vehicle crash October 7, 2022.

When emergency personnel arrived, both vehicles involved were on the westbound shoulder located off the roadway. 

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Dustin Ramos, at 9am a white 2018 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Timothy Salmon, 44, of Joaquin was legally stopped on the westbound shoulder with a yellow beacon lamp and yellow hazard lamps activated.

At that time a white 2020 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Emilie O'Rear, 38, of Center was also westbound on State Highway 7 when she failed to slow or move over for certain vehicles. The pickup she was driving traveled into the westbound shoulder before striking the 2018 pickup truck, causing damage to both vehicles. 

The 2020 Chevrolet pickup truck overturned onto its left side and came to rest off the roadway. O'Rear indicated she had been fatigued.

A citation was issued to O'Rear for fail to slow or move over for certain vehicles.

Both drivers were taken by ambulance to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department for treatment of possible injuries.

Roy Cheatwood, Shelby County Constable Precinct 3, and Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy Aaron Jones assisted at the scene with traffic control until the scene was clear.


October 18, 2022 - (Update): The roadway is now clear at the scene of the concrete truck crash incident located on U.S. Highway 96 North. Center Fire Department personnel diverted traffic at the scene until both of the couthbound lanes could be cleared of debris from the crash. The Center Fire Department confirms both the northbound and southbound lanes are open and running normally again.

Units with the Shelby County Sheriff's Department, Center Police Department, and Constable Precinct 4 assisted at the scene. 

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 9:14am, a 2015 Mack truck was traveling north. It is reported that the driver failed to drive in a single lane to the right and overcorrected back to the left, which caused the truck to overturn on its right side.

The driver Jonathen McClelland, 32, of Newton was transported to Nacogdoches Medical Center for treatment. 

McClelland was cited for failing to drive in a single lane.

U.S. Highway 96 North in front of the Center Country Club is the scene of a concrete truck rollover incident, and as of 11:54am crews are continuing to work to transfer concrete from within the truck to allow for the vehicle to be brought upright.

Drivers should continue to use caution as traffic in the southbound lanes is currently blocked until debris can be removed. Northbound traffic is down to one lane. Texas Department of Public Safety is on scene investigating, with fire personnel and additional law enforcement units at the location.

October 18, 2022 - Sheriff Kevin W. Windham reports the arrest of Avery Brown, 27, of Huntsville and Raina Baker, 32, of Center, for theft in regards to an incident that occurred on October 14, 2022, in Timpson.

On October 14, 2022, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies took a report where 38 electronic tablets were stolen out of a residence on Bremond Street. Due to the active response from deputies, along with assistance from Constable Pct. 5 Josh Tipton, and Constable Pct. 4 Taylor Fanguy, 32 tablets were recovered. Deputies also recovered three stolen cell phones. This investigation is ongoing.

Baker was arrested and charged with Theft of Property (SJF) $10,000 bond.

Brown was arrested and charged with Theft of Property (SJF) $10,000 bond; and Fail to ID $5,000.

October 17, 2022 - Notice is hereby given that the automatic tabulating equipment that will be used in the General Election held on November 8, 2022 will be tested for Election Day Voting on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at the County Clerk’s Office to ascertain that it will accurately count the votes cast for all positions on the ballot.

Aviso Publico de Probar eq Equipo para Tabular Automáticamente

Por la presente se notifica que el equipo de tabulación automática que se utilizará en las Elecciones Generales celebradas el 8 de noviembre de 2022 se probará para la votación del día de las elecciones el 18/10/2022 a la 1:00 p.m. en la Oficina del Secretario del Condado para determinar que contará con precisión los votos emitidos para todas las posiciones en la boleta.

By: Nancy Adams
Elections Administrator
Shelby County, Texas

October 17, 2022 - After 2 consecutive busy weeks, the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department is glad to report a slight drop in call volume for the week of October 9th through 15th. Here’s a summary of the weeks events. 

Starting off early on Sunday morning, the JVFD received a page from dispatch stating that there was “crap on fire” near a home on East Saddle Street. Those first on the scene were relieved to find that it was just a flaming pile of junk, and would be able to be put out with the use of a brush truck.

Next on Monday, the JVFD responded to a grass and woods fire on County Road 3173. Brush 1 and 2 were the first fire trucks on the scene, but it was clear by the size of the fire that more water would be needed, so Brush 3, and Tankers 1 and 2 were brought shortly thereafter. Within 90 minutes to 2 hours the fire was under control.

Late Tuesday evening the Joaquin VFD responded to another brush fire on County Road 3000. This fire was smaller than the one on Monday, but no less of a threat with its close proximity to a nearby home. The fire brought under control with one brush truck.

Around mid-day on Friday, the JVFD returned to the fire on County Road 3000 after it had caught back up over a few days. This time it required both Brush 1 and 2, and tanker for extra water. It took a couple of hours to completely put out the fire and remaining hot spots.

The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department is hopeful, with the recent implementation of a county wide burn ban, that these brush fires will slow down. With that this report will come to a close. As always, have a great and safe week.

October 14, 2022 - The Shelby County Sheriff's Department issued today the following statement regarding Inga Lout of Shelbyville.

Statement: On October 12, 2022 at 9pm, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office began searching for Inga Lout, who was reported missing by her family. Lout’s family stated that she left her home at 5:45am on October 12 to travel to her place of employment in Center.

An investigation was launched by the SCSO, and investigators learned that Lout never made it to her job. Shelby County law enforcement officers immediately began searching Lout’s normal direction of travel and continued searching throughout the night.

On October 13, the Texas Department of Public Safety Aviation Division began searching the county by air. While law enforcement continued to follow up with leads, friends of Lout who were helping to search, located her body in a pond. Justice of the Peace Marla Denby pronounced Lout deceased.

Due to chemical residue being present on the water, investigators believed that Lout’s vehicle was under the water.

Further investigation revealed that Lout left the roadway, and traveled through a fence less than ¾ miles from her home. Due to the heavy fog that morning, Lout was unable to see clearly, and became confused on her direction of travel. Her vehicle traveled over an embankment into a pond. Lout’s vehicle was completely submerged under water.

With the assistance of the Texas Game Wardens providing a boat, they were able to use push poles to locate the vehicle. We then contacted Nacogdoches Fire and Rescue, and were provided two divers who verified it was Lout’s vehicle under water.

While the investigation did not end the way we had hoped, we are relieved that we were able to provide closure to the family.

The SCSO would like to thank Nacogdoches Fire and Rescue, Texas Department of Public Safety, Shelby County Game Wardens, Hughes Wrecker – Jason Burch, Huxley VFD, Shelbyville VFD, Commissioner Jimmy Lout and staff, Center Police Department, Constable Pct. 1 Zack Warr, Constable Pct. 2 Jamie Hagler, Constable Pct. 4 Taylor Fanguy, and Constable Pct. 5 Josh Tipton.

A very special thank you is extended to H&S Grocery. We appreciate your kindness.

Update: Shelby County Sheriff Kevin Windham confirms the body of Inga Lout was found on Thursday afternoon, October 13. An inquest was performed by Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 Marla Denby and an autopsy has been ordered.

Thank you to everyone who assisted with the search and prayers for the family.

October 12, 2022 - The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of Inga Lout, 68, of Shelbyville. Lout is described a white female, 5’3” tall, and weighs approximately 165 pounds. She has black hair and green eyes.

She was last seen around 5 a.m. on October 12, 2022 in the 200 block of County Road 2565 in Center. Lout is believed to be driving a 2015 charcoal gray Dodge Durango bearing Texas plate GDW4637.

If you have any information on her whereabouts, please contact Lieutenant Chad Hooper at 936-572-5045 or the SCSO at 936-598-5601.

Stock photo of the vehicle Lout is believed to be driving.