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May 20, 2020 - The Shelby County Commissioners discussed and approved the replacement of the roof of the current courthouse with a pitch instead of the current flat build during their meeting held Wednesday, May 20, 2020.

After considering the bids for the roof work, the comissioners approved a bid from Alert Contracting in the amount of $130,500 to do the project. 

The company working on the air conditioning in conjunction with the contractor will be Parker Air Conditioning and he projected the work on the units to be four weeks, conservatively.

A motion carried by the commissioners to accept a bid on the Shelby General Hospital property of $150,001. Allison Harbison, Shelby County Judge, stated the winning bid was by Kelby McCall of Lufkin, Texas under KMJR Properties, LLC. The deed for the property is being processed as well as an owners policy.

Commissioner Tom Bellmyer confirmed with Judge Harbison the county has been paid for the property.

"Money's in the bank, we had it by 1 o'clock that day right after lunch," said Judge Harbison. "They assured me that they're going to start cleaning the place up, mowing and tearing down what they can." 

Judge Harbison said the Probation office has everything they need of the property and the county can now cut power to the building. 

The meeting was adjourned at 9:55am.

Agenda items approved during the meeting include:
1. Pay weekly expenses.
2. FY2020 Budget Line Item Transfers.
3. Bid for the Shelby County Courthouse roof of $130,500 from Alert Contracting.
4. Auction bid for the Shelby General Hospital property in the amount of $150,001 to Kelby McCall through KMJR Properties, LLC.
5. Adjourn.

May 19, 2020 - A railroad crossing in Shelby County will be closed Wednesday, May 20th, as crews work to repair and upgrade the road base.

The Union Pacific Railroad crossing on FM 2787 will be closed through the day as concrete and limestone are placed in both lanes on the south side of the tracks. Traffic control will be set near the crossing. Motorists should plan to detour around the work zone on FM 139 or choose alternate routes.

Once work is completed, motorists can expect continued maintenance work in the area for several weeks. A pilot car will in place to guide traffic through the work zones. Motorists should remain alert for signage, workers and moving equipment near this work zone. Obey all traffic control in place and prepare for delays.

For more information on road conditions and closures statewide, visit drivetexas.org. For more information on this project and others in the Lufkin District, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov or call (936) 633-4395.

May 18, 2020 - The Joaquin ISD feeding program pick up day will be changed to Tuesday for next week, May 26th, due to the holiday on Monday. For the month of June, the feeding program will continue to operate on the regularly scheduled pick up day of every Monday from 10:30am until 11:30am.

The water on San Augustine Rural WSC no longer requires boiling. 

May 18, 2020 - On May 11, 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 18, 2020. 

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.


Notice to Boil Water Effective May 11, 2020

May 11, 2020 - Due to lightening damage at 2 booster stations, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required San Augustine Rural Public Water System PWS #2030007 to notify all customers who were formerly Bland Lake customers on CR 114, FM 1279, FM 3230, Hwy 96 N, FM 711 and Hwy 147 N 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 18, 2020 - The Shelby County Emergency Management office reports as of 3pm Friday, May 15, 2020 TxDSHS has reported to them 176 cumulative cases of COVID-19, 43 recoveries, and 5 deaths. Over the weekend an additional 2 cases were report; however, they are not included in the statistics below.

Breakdown of cumulative cases by zip code and ages: (New cases since last report from May 11)

Cases in each zip code:

Center (75935) - 129 (19 new)
Joaquin (75954) - 7 (1 new)
Shelbyville (75973) - 10 (1 new)
Tenaha (75974) - 17 (1 new)
Timpson (75975) - 13

Ages of Confirmed Cases:

Ages 1 to 20 - 7 cases
Ages 21 to 40 - 52 cases (7 new)
Ages 41 to 60 - 69 cases (38 new), 3 death
Ages 61 to 80 - 35 cases (3 new), 2 death
Ages 81 to 100 - 8 cases (1 new)
Age unknown - 5 cases (2 new)

May 16, 2020 - PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) protesters have converged on the Tyson facility in Center Saturday, May 16, 2020, and a lot of Shelby County residents, although not protesting, appear to be responding by having a cookout and displaying hunting prizes.

The protesters set up by the Center Police Department parking lot, many donning painter coveralls and wearing masks, and their own Grim Reaper was walking around with a scythe. Megaphones were utilized as the protesters chanted and held signs for those driving by to see.

Several Center Police Department units were observing the ongoing protests outside of their department until their completion.

A group of Shelby County residents began grilling hamburgers and hot dogs near the sidewalk in front of the police department as other residents drove by displaying deer skulls with full racks, and one indidual was even dressed as a bear.

Another man drove all the way from Dallas with a series of signs representing many causes he apparently favors.

The entry to the Tyson facility is currently blocked with several trailers preventing access.

The protesters began their event at 10am and disbursed from the area by 2pm

May 13, 2020 - On May 8, 2020, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) required the Shelbyville Water System #2100014 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 our 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 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, 2020.

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Shelbyville WSC Operator, Gayle Warr at 936-591-5502.


May 8, 2020 - Due to a water main break that has occurred in the water system, the Texas Natural Resource Commission has required the system to notify customers to boil their water prior to consumption, 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. This notification applys to customers that were out of water on or off of 417E.

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.

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 the notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, or businesses).

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Gayle Warr at 936-591-5502 or email gaylewarr@icloud.com

This notice was given to customers on Shelbyville Water Supply Corp. ID#2100014, May 8, 2020.

May 12, 2020 - The intersection of Louisiana Street, Cora Street and Crockett Street was the scene of a three-vehicle crash at around 5:30pm May 12, 2020.

According to Center Police Officer Robert Lee, a grey 2013 Ford Focus driven by Benjamin Haley, 22, of Center was eastbound on Crockett Street. Haley failed to yield right of way to a grey 2012 Ford F250 driven by Rodney Cooley, 55, of Center traveling northeast on Cora Street, with three juveniles, when the vehicles collided.

The collision subsequently sent the F250 into the direction of a 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 driven by Johnny Glaze, 52, of Center southwest on Cora Street and causing those vehicles to crash.

No one involved was reported to have received any injury as a result of the crashes.

May 6, 2020 - Texas Governor Gregg Abbott's Strike Force to open Texas has setup a web page with dates businesses can open along with a link to a checklist for the business to reopen.

Businesses listed to open this Friday, May 8th include: Barber Shops, Cosmetology/Hair Salons, Nail Salons and Shops, and Tanning Salons. The checklists also give guidance to customers of all of these opening businesses.

The next way of businesses to open effective May 18th includes Gyms/Exercise Facilities, Manufacturers and Office-Based Employers.

To view the website - https://gov.texas.gov/organization/opentexas.

May 12, 2020 – Attorney General Ken Paxton today warned Texans that scammers have been spotted posing as state agencies to solicit money from hardworking consumers. There are variations of this scam, such as local law enforcement contacting you with a warrant, agencies asking for donations, back taxes or fines, or asking for your personal information to either confirm innocence or receive a payment. Government agencies do not email or call individuals with financial solicitations. Consumers are advised to keep their personal information private and, if contacted by someone claiming to represent a government agency, go to its official website and find a legitimate phone number to confirm.

“All Texans should be aware of unsolicited calls and emails from scammers impersonating leaders in their government. This is a dirty trick fraudsters are using to make a quick buck at the expense of hardworking Texans,” said Attorney General Paxton. “My office has a long history of pursuing fraudsters who attempt to deceive Texans, and we stand ready to assist anyone harmed by these scams and schemes.”

When contacted via phone or email by someone purporting to be from a government agency, practice these steps to beat an imposter scam:

  • Do not wire money, confirm financial or personal information, including bank account, credit card, or Social Security numbers.
  • Do not pay for a prize. If you enter and win a legitimate sweepstakes, you do not have to pay insurance, taxes, or shipping charges to collect your prize.
  • Do not trust a name or phone number. Scammers often use fake names and phone numbers to disguise their identity and area code.
  • Put your number on the Texas Do Not Call Registry and the National Do Not Call Registry.

In November 2019, Attorney General Paxton warned Texans of scammers attempting to obtain personal and financial information by falsely claiming to be members of the Office of the Attorney General’s Crime Victim Services Division.

Report suspected fraud to the Texas Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division by calling toll-free 1-800-621-0508 or by filing an online complaint at https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/consumer-protection/file-consumer-c....

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