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Gary and Julie RholesMay 18, 2022 - Gary Rholes, Shelby County Attorney, has announced he wiill be resigning from his office July 4, 2022 (Independence Day).

Rholes has been in the position of County Attorney since August 28, 1985, when he was first appointed. He won the election November 1986 during the general election retaining the position. 

The County Judge who was in office when Rholes first took his office was Johnie Johnson. He has served in his capacity as County Attorney during the terms of six County Judges including Johnie Johnson, Glendon Jackson, Floyd "Dock" Watson, John Tomlin, Rick Campbell, and Allison Harbison.

As County Attorney, one of his greatest pleasures has been to collect and distribute toys for the County Attorney Toy Drive during the holidays.

Gary extends his appreciation to the voters for all of their support over the years.

May 16, 2022 - State Highway 7 West was the scene of a single-vehicle crash Sunday, May 15, 2022, just under nine miles from Center.

West Shelby County Volunteer Fire Department fire personnel responded to the scene to come to the aid of those involved and help clear the roadway.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Taylor Buster, a white 2019 Jeep Cherokee driven by Dekylin Kendray Hoyt, 19, of Center was westbound on State Highway 7 West when it struck a tree that was across the roadway. 

Following the collission Hoyt was able to keep the Jeep under control and brought it to a stop on the side of the roadway.

No injuries were reported as a result of the crash.

Hoyt was issued a citation for no driver's license.

May 16, 2022 - (Photo Album) - The 43nd Annual Take a Kid Fishing Tournament was held May 7, 2022 at Huxley Bay Marina. According to Larry Pierce, the tournament had 350 participants registered.

A drawing was held during the awards ceremony for tickets to Six Flags and Hurricane Harbor Splashtown. The winner was announced to be Jerry Lawhorn.

The winners of the 43rd Annual TAKF fishing were then announced and awarded.

Tournament Results

Overall Winners:
Largest Single Bream: Sariya Solomon (.56 lbs)
Sariya Solomon (2.35 lbs)

Age Group 3-5
Largest Single Bream by Weight - Kynleigh Lee (.50 lbs)
Smallest Fish by Length - Alaina Roberts (5 cm)
Heaviest String by Weight - Kynleigh Lee (1.94 lbs)

Age Group 6-10
Largest Single Bream by Weight - Sariya Solomon (.56 lbs)
Smallest Fish by Length - Lucas Jackson (4.7 cm) 
Heaviest String by Weight - Sariya Solomon (2.35 lbs)

Age Group 11-15
Largest Single Bream by Weight - Kelsey Bridges (.49 lbs)
Smallest Fish by Length - Kenneth Burns (7 cm)
Heaviest String by Weight - Kelsey Bridges (2.05 lbs)

May 16, 2022 - The water on San Augustine Rural WSC no longer requires boiling.

On May 12, 2022, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the San Augustine Rural Public Water System, #2030007, 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.

San Augustine Rural Water 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 May 16, 2022.

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact the office: 220 West Columbia Street, San Augustine, Texas. 936-288-0489 or Charles Sharp 936-201-5001.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation. If a customer, individual or employee wishes to contact the executive director, please call (512)239-4691.


May 12, 2022 - Due to electrical issues at the Butts Plant,  the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required San Augustine Rural Public Water System PWS #2030007 to notify Customers on FM 1277, Butts Addition, Whippoorwill, FM 711, Hwy 96 N, and 21 W 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.

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 San Augustine Rural Water System at 220 W. Columbia Street, San Augustine, Texas, 75972, or call 936-288-0489 or Charles Sharp at 936-201-5001.

May 16, 2022 - Over the week of May 9th through 15th the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department had 7 calls. Here’s a brief breakdown of those calls.

First, on Monday, May 9th a call came in about a older man who had fallen and needed to be checked out by JVFD EMRs before being transported by Allegiance EMS.

Next on Tuesday, May 10th there was a brush fire across from the Joaquin Elementary School. The fire was not severe and the JVFD was able to put it out fairly quickly.

On Thursday, May 12th a dispatch came through about a fire alarm for a house off Highway 7. This was found to be a false alarm and thankfully the house was not on fire.

Friday the 13th lived up to its reputation and gave the JVFD 3 calls. The first was for traffic control for a tractor trailer that had run partially off the road on Highway 7, next was to set for a landing zone for a patient that had been picked up by ambulance, and the last was a woods fire on FM 3343.

The last call for the week came in late Sunday, May 15th for a man who fell off of a horse. The Joaquin VFD responded first to the scene to check out the patient before Allegiance EMS arrived to transport him. 

This turned out to be a rather busy week for the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department but all calls were conducted in a safe manner. With that, we hope that everyone has a great week going forward.

May 14, 2022 - A Texas man was sentenced Wednesday, May 11, to five years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his conduct in connection with a scheme to buy 38,000 compromised PayPal account credentials from an illegal online marketplace, and then use those credentials to steal money from the rightful PayPal account owners. In addition to the term of imprisonment, the defendant was ordered to pay $1.4 million in restitution.

Marcos Ponce, 37, of Austin, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in October 2021. According to court documents, from at least as early as November 2015 and continuing through in or about November 2018, Ponce and his co-conspirators worked together to establish buyer accounts on a particular illegal online marketplace (Marketplace A). Marketplace A functioned as an illegal market for stolen payment account credentials and associated personally identifying information (PII). The co-conspirators purchased over 38,000 stolen PayPal account login credentials.

In addition, Ponce and his co-conspirators developed social engineering techniques in order to trick unwitting third parties into accepting money transfers from the compromised PayPal accounts, and then transferring the money into accounts controlled by members of the conspiracy.

“The Justice Department remains firmly committed to protecting the American people from fraudsters like this defendant,” said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “May today’s sentencing send a clear message to would-be thieves: there are real-world consequences for online crimes.”

“This prosecution and sentence send a powerful message that the cyberworld is not a haven for criminals, and law enforcement will work tirelessly to bring cybercriminals to justice,” said U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff for the Western District of Texas.

“Today’s sentencing sends a message that the FBI will pursue cybercriminals across the globe. Hiding behind a computer does not mean you can stay anonymous or out of reach of law enforcement,” said Assistant Director in Charge Steven M. D’Antuono of the FBI’s Washington Field Office. “With the assistance of FBI cyber task forces across the country, the FBI will diligently and aggressively work to identify and locate criminals, regardless of where they operate.”

The case was investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office, with significant assistance from the FBI San Antonio - Austin Cyber Task Force.

Senior Counsel Laura-Kate Bernstein of the Justice Department’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Devlin for the Western District of Texas prosecuted the case, with substantial assistance from Assistant U.S. Attorney Demian Ahn for the District of Columbia.

May 13, 2022 - Shelbyville Street in Center just south of the railroad tracks was the scene of a two-vehicle crash Thursday, May 12, 2022.

According to Center Police Officer Spencer Anderson, at 4:24pm a tan 2007 Chevrolet passenger car driven by a 16-year-old minor driver was southbound on Shelbyville Street. At the same time a grey 2018 GMC Acadia driven by Renita Jones, 66, was also southbound.

The Chevrolet failed to control speed and struck the rear of the GMC, causing minor damage to both vehicles.

No injuries were reported and no citations issued as a result of the crash.

May 13, 2022 - State Highway 87 South just outside of Center was the scene of a two-vehicle collision Thursday, May 12, 2022.

Emergency responders with multiple agencies arrived at the scene of the incident just after 12:46pm.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Keith Jones, a white 2017 Hyundai Accent driven by Alyssa Charlene Channel, 20, was northbound on State Highway 87. At that time, a white 2016 Ford F-150 pickup truck owned by Tyson Foods and driven by Emily Marie Skains, 29, had slowed to make a left turn onto CR 1396.

Channel had turned her attention to her infant child in the back seat and the Hyundai collided with the rear of the Ford, causing damage to both vehicles.

Emergency medical services evaluated those involved in the crash and no injuries were reported.

Channel was issued citations for fail to control speed, no driver's license, and no proof of insurance.

May 13, 2022 - Nacogdoches Street in Center was the scene of a single-vehicle crash Friday, May 13, 2022, involving an SUV striking a utility pole.

According to Center Police Officer John Clevenger, at around 1pm a tan 2003 GMC Yukon driven by LaTreveon Cartwright, 19, of Shelbyville was eastbound on Nacogdoches Street when his seat belt popped loose and hit him in the face, the GMC swerved to the right and struck the utility pole. The vehicle came to rest in a nearby yard.

A Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy was traveling Nacogdoches Street at the time the crash occurred and was immediately on the scene to check on Cartwright and divert traffic.

Center Fire Department personnel arrived to help divert traffic around the incident location. A nearby utility company was able to eventually dislodge the remnants of the utility pole from utility lines and remove debris from the roadway.

No injuries were reported as a result of the crash, and no citations were issued at that time.

The vehicle was towed from the scene.

May 13, 2022 - On May 9, 2022, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the Five Way public water system, 2100008 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 May 13, 2022.

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact, Matt Di Verdi at 936-591-4346.


May 10, 2022 - Due to a broken water main the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has required the FIVE WAY Water system, ID# 2100008 to notify customers that were without water 05/09/2022 on Hwy 7 E, FM 699, Spur 699, Airport RD, CR 3129 (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 Matt Di Verdi 936-591-4346

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