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May 19, 2019 - The U.S. Highway 59 overpass north of TImpson is passable again as the flooding has receded.

Travelers are urged to use caution, expect possible travel delays, and take alternate routes to avoid flooded roadways.

  • County Road 1245 in Aiken Community is currenlty flooded and impassable as well at one location. Use caution when traveling this area.
  • FM 415 at SH 87 south of Timpson is also reported to have two feet of water across the roadway.
  • Tenaha is also reported to have flooding at the underpass on U.S. 59. Travelers are urged to use caution here as well.
  • Flooding on Hwy 7 West near Excelsior school and tree down blocking entire highway.
  • Trees are also down across the road in several locations on SH 87 South just outside Shelbyville.

May 19, 2019 - Tornado watch 189 remains valid until 2am CDT Sunday for the following areas in Louisiana this watch includes 15 parishes in north central Louisiana: Caldwell, Grant, Jackson, La Salle, Lincoln, Ouachita, Union, Winn. 

In northwest Louisiana: Bienville, Claiborne, De Soto, Natchitoches, Red River, Sabine, Webster in Texas this watch includes 6 counties.

In northeast Texas: Angelina, Nacogdoches, Panola, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby.

This includes the cities of Arcadia, Bernice, Carthage, Center, Clarks, Colfax, Columbia, Coushatta, Dry Prong, Farmerville, Gibsland, Grayson, Haynesville, Hemphill, Homer, Jena, Jonesboro, Logansport, Lufkin, Mansfield, Many, Martin, Midway, Minden, Monroe, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Natchitoches, Olla, Pineland, Pleasant Hill, Ringgold, Ruston, San Augustine, Springhill, Stonewall, Winnfield, and Zwolle.

May 18, 2019 - Severe Thunderstorm Warning for De Soto Parish in northwestern Louisiana, Southwestern Caddo Parish in northwestern Louisiana, Northwestern Sabine Parish in northwestern Louisiana, Eastern Panola County in northeastern Texas, Shelby County in eastern Texas, Northern San Augustine County in eastern Texas until 1:15am CDT.

At 11:36pm CDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Deberry to 12 miles east of Carthage to near Joaquin to 7 miles west of Neuville to 6 miles north of Lufkin, moving east at 35 mph.

HAZARD...Golf ball size hail and 70 mph wind gusts.

SOURCE...Radar indicated.

IMPACT: People and animals outdoors will be injured. Expect hail damage to roofs, siding, windows, and vehicles. Expect considerable tree damage. Wind damage is also likely to mobile homes, roofs, and outbuildings.

Locations impacted include Nacogdoches, Carthage, Center, Tenaha, Timpson, Garrison, Pinehill, New Salem, Trawick, Sacul, Douglass, Minden, Cushing, Appleby, Mount Enterprise, Reklaw, Gary City, Stockman, Lilbert and Dotson.


A Tornado Watch remains in effect until 2:00am CDT for northwestern Louisiana and eastern and northeastern Texas.

May 17, 2019 - A pickup truck involved in a major crash was located off State Highway 7 West Friday, May 17, 2019 with no driver to be found.

As the vehiicle was being removed at around 8am from the treeline it crashed into, an acquaintance of the driver arrived at the scene and the driver returned not long afterward.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Keith Jones, at approximately 4:30am a white 2008 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck driven by Alan Figueroa, 24, of Nacogdoches was eastbound on SH 7 near CR 1206.

Figueroa stated he fell asleep while driving. The truck traveled straight through a curve in the roadway and left to the right before jumping a private driveway and going airborne. The truck then crashed into a tree in a woodline and came to rest on its side with major damage.

Injuries were not reported which resulted from the crash.

Figueroa was issued citations for fail to drive in a single lane and no driver's license.

Pictured is the view from the highway of the truck in the woods. (Submitted photo)

May 17, 2019 - A property off FM 2468 just near Loop 500 was the scene of several fires Wednesday, May 15, 2019, which involved a boat and two travel trailers and a lawn mower.

Center Fire Department firemen began fighting the fire after they were dispatched at 11:24am, dragging hoses to a location in the middle of the flaming objects.

Firemen were able to knock back the flames, putting out the boat and the campers in a short time. 

According to the Center Fire Department the owner of the property, Bobby Adams, was working on his boat motor when a fire ignited. The fire then spread from the boat to both of the travel trailers.

It appeared the owner moved the boat from in between the trailers with a tractor; however, all had already caught on fire.

May 17, 2019 - The Jury that was summoned for Monday, May 20, 2019, for the 273rd District Court, Honorable James A. Payne, Jr. presiding, has been cancelled. 

All cases scheduled have been resolved or passed. 

Anyone receiving a jury summons for this day is released until the receive a future summons. 

Lori Oliver
District Clerk

May 16, 2019 - Loop 500 and the intersection of FM 2468 was the scene of a two-vehicle crash involving a white SUV and a pickup truck which was part of a construction crew resurfacing portions of Shelby County roadways.

Texas Department of Public Safety State (DPS) Troopers were dispatched to the location in the morning on May 15, 2019.

According to Texas DPS Trooper Jonathan Stinson, at around 8:15am a white 2019 GMC pickup truck owned by Lion Mark Construction of St. Louis Missouri and driven by Megan Christina Reynolds, 18, of Missouri was southbound on State Loop 500.

At that time the GMC made an unsafe lane change to the left in the middle of the intersection with FM 2468. A white 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by Deborah Alain Murray, 64, of Timpson was also southbound at that time, and as a result of the unsafe lane change, struck the driver's side of the pickup truck.

Reynolds and Murray were transported by ambulance to Nacogdoches Medical Center for treatment of possible injuries. Reynolds' passenger Mindy Lynn Hendrn, 25, of Arkansas was taken by ambulance to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department for possible injuries.

Reynolds was issued a citation for turn when unsafe.

Update: The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office reports Riki D’Shain Dutton surrendered himself today, May 14, 2019 into custody.

May 13, 2019 - The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) is seeking the whereabouts of Riki D’Shain Dutton, 27, of Center. Dutton is described as a 5’6” white male and weighs approximately 175 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes.

Dutton has active warrants for Deadly Conduct (F-3) and Criminal Mischief (M-B).

The SCSO is seeking assistance of the public with locating Dutton. If you have any information regarding her whereabouts, please contact the SCSO (936) 598-5601.

If anyone is found to be hindering the apprehension, harboring or concealing, providing or aiding with any means of avoiding arrest or effecting escape, or warns Dutton of impending discovery or apprehension, will be arrested and charged in accordance to Penal Code 38.05 Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution, a Felony 3 offense.

May 13, 2019 - Tenaha Street in Center was the scene of a two-vehicle collision at around 3:50pm, May 13, 2019.

The site of the crash was at the intersection of Payne Street where it appeared a white Toyota SUV collided with the rear of a blue Chrysler SUV, causing damage to both vehicles.

Center Police Department arrived at the location to investigate the crash and divert traffic and were also assisted by the Center Fire Department and Center ISD Police Department.

No further information is available at this time; however, it will be updated as soon as it is made available.

May 13, 2019 - The water on Denning Rural Public Water System no longer requires boiling. On May 9, 2019, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the Denning Rural Public Water System, #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 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, 2019.

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 Sham at 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 9, 2019 - Due to a break in the line, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required the Denning Rural Public Water System PWS # 2030004 to notify ALL customers 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 Sham at 936-201-5001.