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September 28, 2022 - A local restaurant contacted Shelby County Today to help alert business owners and the public regarding fake $100 bills being used in the area. The owner advised one $100 bill was accepted before staff realized it was counterfeit. When a second bill was attempted to be used, the staff was aware and ready.

How to tell if money is counterfeit? Check out this article on the Federal Reserve's website - https://www.federalreserve.gov/faqs/currency_12597.htm

To report counterfeit currency, contact local law enforcement immediately. The Center Police Department's phone number is 936-598-2788 and the Shelby County Sheriff's Department's phone number is 936-598-5601.

September 28, 2022 - The City of Huxley Public Water System, (PWS) ID # 2100019 will temporarily convert the disinfectant used in the distribution system from chloramine to free chlorine. The conversion will begin October 1st, 2022 and continue through October 31st, 2022. 
During this period, you may experience taste and odor changes associated with this type of temporary disinfectant conversion.

Public water systems are required to properly disinfect their water and maintain an adequate disinfectant residual in the distribution system. Chloramine, free chlorine combined with ammonia, is widely used as a disinfectant because it persists for long periods while limiting the formation of disinfection by-product contaminants. Prolonged use of chloramines coupled with other factors that can affect water quality, such as high temperatures or stagnation of water, may result in the growth and/or persistence of organic matter within the pipes of the distribution system, which may hinder the ability to maintain an adequate disinfectant residual. A temporary conversion to free chlorine, partnered with flushing activities, helps to rid distribution pipes of this organic matter and improve the quality of your water overall.

City of Huxley has chosen to implement a temporary disinfectant conversion to free chlorine based on the following:  

- Routine Maintenance

Share this information with all people who drink this water, especially those who may not see this notice directly.

If you have questions regarding this matter, you may contact Kevin Jacobs at (936)368-2633 or Justin Belrose at (936)368-2266.

September 26, 2022 - Over the week of September 18th through 24th the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department responded to just 3 calls. Here’s a summary of the week’s events.

The first call came in early on Wednesday morning in regards to smoke inside a home on County Road 3286. The JVFD responded to find the source before it could start a larger fire.

Later Wednesday evening another call came in about a brush fire on FM 139. The Joaquin VFD responded to the scene with a brush truck and made short work of the small fire.

The final call for the week came in Saturday afternoon for a man suffering from the high temperatures at the Joaquin football field. The JVFD EMR team responded to check out the patient and assist in getting him somewhere cooler. Allegiance EMS also responded to ensure he did not need transport by ambulance.

That will bring this report to a close. As always, the Joaquin VFD hopes everyone has a great and safe week ahead.

September 23, 2022 - Shelby County Sheriff Kevin W. Windham reports the arrest of Sahanna Stubblefield, 38, of Houston. Stubblefield was arrested in Houston on September 22, 2022, on a Shelby County warrant for Theft of Property with a Previous Conviction (F-3) in connection with the theft of a 2017 Polaris Razr that was stolen on September 2, 2022 off Highway 7 West in the Grigsby area. Stubblefield was transported from the Harris County jail to the Shelby County jail where she will be arraigned for her charge.

The SCSO is incredibly grateful for the assistance we received that made this arrest possible. Thank you, Tom Selman, Angelina County Constable Precinct 1; Sgt. James Horn, Harris County Sheriff’s Office; Barry Saucier, Lt. Investigator for the Harris County District Attorney; and Dan Shattuck.

Related article: Sheriff's Department Investigating Theft of Razr in Mt. Herman Community

September 22, 2022 – Texas Transportation Commissioners on Thursday approved more than $520.9 million in new construction projects statewide, with more than $12.4 million earmarked for projects in the Lufkin District.

Commissioners also approved more than $75.9 million in maintenance projects, which included more than $1.7 million for the Lufkin District.

Shelby County was approved for a $9.4 million construction project on US 96 that will include widening of the road and adding shoulders from 1.06 miles south of SL 500 in Center to just south of FM 417. Moore Brothers Construction Company, Lufkin, will serve as contractor. No timeline for completion has been set.

Angelina County was approved for $2.6 million in roadway rehabilitation and reconstruction on FM 326 from US 69 to one-half mile north of US 69. Moore Brothers Construction Company, Lufkin, will serve as contractor. No timeline for completion has been set.

Commissioners also approved $439,626.00 earmarked for bridge maintenance in various locations districtwide. THK Construction, Longview TX, will serve as contractor. No timeline for completion has been set.

Maintenance projects approved for the Lufkin District include more than $1 million earmarked for Angelina, Houston and Trinity counties that will used to purchase limestone rock asphalt. Vulcan Construction Materials, LLC, Birmingham AL, will furnish the materials.

More than $667,780.00 was also approved for preventative bridge maintenance in two separate contracts that is earmarked for various locations districtwide. Garret Shields Infrastructure, Garland TX, will serve as contractor.

As these projects are scheduled to begin, pre-construction meetings will be held and completion dates set. As signage and traffic control is set for these projects, motorists are urged to stay alert and obey all traffic control through and near work zones.

For more information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov or call (936) 633-4395.

September 23, 2022 - The Shelbyville Water System, ID # 2100014 will temporarily convert the disinfectant used in the distribution system from chloramine to free chlorine. The conversion will begin September 26, 2022 and continue through October 25, 2022. During this period, you may experience taste and odor changes associated with this type of temporary disinfectant conversion.

Public water systems are required to properly disinfect their water and maintain an adequate disinfectant residual in the distribution system. Chloramine, free chlorine combined with ammonia, is widely used as a disinfectant because it persists for long periods while limiting the formation o f disinfection by-product contaminants. Prolonged use of chlorarnines coupled with other factors that can affect water quality, such as high temperatures or stagnation o f water, may result in the growth and/or persistence o f organic matter within the pipes of the distribution system, which may hinder the ability to maintain an adequate disinfectant residual. A temporary conversion to free chlorine, partnered with flushing activities, helps to rid distribution pipes o f this organic matter and improve the quality of your water overall.

Shelbyville water has chosen to implement a temporary disinfectant conversion to free chlorine based on the following: ROUTINE MAINTENANCE

Share this information with all people who drink this water, especially those who may not see this notice directly.

If you have questions regarding this matter, you may contact Rodney Warr at 936 591-5338.

September 20, 2022 - Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers responded with Shelby County Sheriff's Deputies and EMS personnel to a single-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 96 North Monday, September 19, 2022, in front of the Center Country Club. During investigation the driver was determined to be intoxicated and was arrested for driving while intoxicated, misdemeanor b.

According to the DPS press release, the preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 11:15pm, a 2015 GMC pickup turned right from a private drive to travel south and failed to drive in a single lane. The pickup traveled off the road to the right and struck an embankment, at which point it overturned on its left side.

The driver, identified as Thomas Peace, 31, was not injured. Peace was arrested and transported to the Shelby County Jail

This is an ongoing investigation and there is no additional information available.

Shelby County Sheriff Kevin Windham has confirmed Captain Tanner Peace was involved in a one-vehicle crash incident on Highway 96 North and was subsequently arrested for driving while intoxicated.


Pictured are (from left): Mary Fausett, Gene Hutto, Joy Hutto, Theresa Hume, Carolyn Umbrell, Larry Hume, Mike Wulf and Richard Lundie. 

September 20, 2022 - VFW Post 8904 and Auxiliary members assembled at the Shelby County Veterans Memorial September 16, 2022, in observance of National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

Larry Hume, Post Quartermaster, welcomed everyone to the program and VFW Post member Mike Wulf gave the opening prayer.

"There are currently over 83,000 Americans listed as missing and unnaccounted for going back to the second world war," said Hume.

Hume continued by also remembering the families of those lost who hope that one day their loved one will one day be accounted for.

"Shelby County, Texas has [had] 39 of her citizens held as prisoners of war, 35 from World War II and four from the Korean War," said Hume. "Three of these died in captivity, while the others lived through a terrible ordeal that we cannot even imagine, by the grace of God returned home but they have now passed from this life."

The group then read aloud the names of former prisoners of war, followed by the names of those missing in action. 

"Currently known to us there are also 31 Shelby County veterans still missing in action from World War I, World War II, and the Korean War, and their names are carried on the Department of Defense Rolls as such," said Hume.

The first name read by Hume, John W. Temple, has been missing for 104 years according to Hume.

After the names were read, a memorial wreath was placed on the Shelby County Veterans Memorial. The VFW members then retired and replaced the POW/MIA flag that flys on the square.

Taps was then played as presented by Gene Hutto, VFW Past Post Commander.

Prisoners of War: 

Harlan F. Adams, World War II - German POW
Haskell Beard, World War II - German POW
Harold F. Beasley, World War II - Japanese POW
Sharkey Brown, Jr., World War II - Japanese POW
Thermon D. Brittain, Sr., World War II – Bataan Death March, Japanese POW
Frank M. Butler, World War II - German POW
Oran J. Childs, World War II - Bataan Death March, Japanese POW
Basil A. Coats, World War II - German POW
Sam Davis, Jr., World War II - German POW
Dr. Roy L. Emken, World War II - Bataan Death March, Japanese POW
Ray Emmons, World War II - German POW 
Newell Evans, World War II - German POW
Clifford Gary, World War II - German POW
Hilton Hooper, World War II - German POW
Calvin R. Hutto, World War II - Japanese POW
Audrey C. Jacobs, World War II - German POW
Jesse F. Kennedy, World War II - German POW
Johnnie M. Lee, World War II, Japanese POW - Died in Prison Camp
Dravis Massie, World War II - Japanese POW
Austin W. Mayes, World War II - German POW
Phillip E. Murphree, World War II - German POW
James H. Myers, World War II - Japanese POW
R.B. Neal, World War II - German POW
Truman B. Owens, World War II - German POW
Sherman S. Pickard, World War II - German POW
George O. Rivers, World War II - Bataan Death March, Died in Japanese Prison Camp
Charles D. Rogers, World War II - Japanese POW
George B. Stutts, Jr., World War II - German POW
Vernon B. Walters, World War II - Bataan Death March, Died in Japanese Prison Camp
Henry L. Wilburn, World War II - German POW
Hulon Williams, World War II - German POW
R.L. Williams, World War II - German POW
Levi A. Williford, World War II - German POW;
Marshall (Tex) Windham, World War II - German POW
John E. Woodfin, Sr., World War II - Bataan Death March, Japanese POW 
Hubert L. Langford, Korean War - North Korean POW
Paul D. Lucas, Korean War, North Korean POW
Leonard Scott, Korean War - North Korean POW
Billy Lee Wescoat, Korean War - Chinese POW

Missing in Action: 

John W. Temple, WWI - Missing July 19, 1918, France
John C.B. Alford, World War II - Missing May 7, 1942, Pacific Theater 
Lloyd L. Andrews, World War II - Missing December 25, 1944, European Theater
Cecil A. Armstreet, World War II - August 31, 1942, Atlantic Ocean
Lee O. Brunson, World War II - Missing December 8, 1944, European Theater
John B. Byrn, World War II - Missing August 24, 1943, European Theater
Philip H. Childs, World War II - Missing July 29, 1942, Pacific Theater
James A. Cleveland, World War II - Missing September 7, 1944, Pacific Theater
Lewis V. Dockens, World War II - Missing June 2, 1942, European Theater
Reed Dominy, World War II - Missing April 15, 1944, European Theater
Roy V. Duncan, World War II - Missing April 16, 1945, Pacific Theater
Hubert Haley, World War II - Missing May 14, 1942, European Theater
Pershing H. Harvey, World War II - Missing October 24, 1944
Walter B. Henry, World War II - Missing August 7, 1943, European Theater
Curtis Jolley, World War II - Missing October 24, 1944, Pacific Theater
Willie E. Lathon, World War II - Missing December 12, 1943, Pacific Theater; 
James A. McDaniel, World War II - Missing April 20, 1944, Pacific Theater
Woodrow W. Moro, World War II - Missing May 5, 1942, Gulf of Mexico 
Kenneth N. Nicholson, World War II - Missing October 27, 1942 
Darwin Risinger, World War II - Missing September 5, 1945, Pacific Theater
John C. Scott, World War II - Missing June 19, 1944, Pacific Theater
Choron Smotherman, World War II - Missing November 27, 1943, European Theater 
Johnny F. Stack, World War II - Missing November 30, 1942, Pacific Theater 
Richard M. Wallace, World War II - Missing July 26, 1942, European Theater
Robert H. Wharton, World War II - Missing November 20, 1943, Pacific Theater
Marion B. Whiteside, Jr., World War II - Missing October 19, 1942
Claude M. Wilkerson, World War II - Missing May 8, 1942, Pacific Theater
Elgie P. Williams, World War II - Missing December 6, 1943, Pacific Theater
Elmer E. Williams, World War II - Missing November 8, 1942, Pacific Theater
Ray D. Williams, World War II - Missing July 11, 1944, European Theater
Willie E. Windham, Korean War - Missing August 12, 1950, Korea.

September 20, 2022 - Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers investigated a fatal motorcycle crash on County Road 2865, approximately 15 miles south of Center, that occurred Sunday, September 18, 2022. 
 
The preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 7:45pm, a 2013 Honda dirt bike motorcycle was traveling east. It is reported that the driver lost control of the motorcycle while traveling around a left-hand curve and traveled into the ditch where it crashed. 
 
The driver, identified as Debrodrick Jones, 20, of Center, was transported to CHI St. Luke’s Hospital for treatment; he succumbed to injuries sustained during the crash.
 
There is no additional information available at this time.

September 19, 2022 - During the week of September 11th through 17th the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department had 5 total calls. Here is a brief rundown of all that transpired.

The calls began Monday morning with a heart attack patient on County Road 3590. The JVFD EMR team would respond to check out the patient. 

Later in the day the EMRs would return to County Road 3590, this time in response to a fall patient with potentially fractured ribs. Allegiance EMS was also advised.

The next call came in on Wednesday morning for a man having chest pains at the Joaquin Apartments. The EMRs responded as well as EMS.

Next, the Joaquin VFD responded to a tree down across FM 2428 on Friday evening to provide traffic control until TxDOT could arrive to remove the blockage.

Lastly on Saturday evening, the EMR team would be en route to a residence on Highway 84 East for a pregnant woman having severe abdominal pain.

That will bring this weeks report to a close. As always, we here at the JVFD hope everyone has a great and safe week ahead.

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