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May 6, 2022 - Today, May 7, 2022 is election day for many cities and schools around the county. Also, there is a Constitutional Amendment Election for two propositions and a Special Election for Center ISD Bond Propositions with both having the potential to affect property taxes.

All polling locations will be open from 7am - 7pm.

Polling locations for the Constitutional Amendment Election is a follows:

  • 1 North, 1 South, 1 Southeast, 1 Southwest, 1 West (Center) - Center Community House, 425 San Augustine Street, Center, Texas 75935
  • 2 (Excelsior) - Center Community House, 425 San Augustine Street, Center, Texas 75935
  • 3 (Sardis) - Center Community House, 425 San Augustine Street, Center, Texas 75935
  • 4 (Huxley) - First Baptist Church – Shelbyville, Fellowship Hall, 5030 SH 87 South, Shelbyville, Texas 75973.
  • 5 (Joaquin) - First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 175 Faulkville Road, Joaquin, Texas 75954
  • 6 (Dreka) - First Baptist Church – Shelbyville, Fellowship Hall, 5030 SH 87 South, Shelbyville, Texas 75973.
  • 7 (Shelbyville) - First Baptist Church – Shelbyville, Fellowship Hall, 5030 SH 87 South, Shelbyville, Texas 75973.
  • 8 (Tenaha) - First United Methodist Church, Schiede Hall, 256 N. George Bowers Drive, Tenaha, Texas 75954
  • 9N, 9S (Timpson) - Timpson School Gym Foyer, 836 Bear Dr., Timpson, Texas 75975.

Constitutional Amendment Election:
Click here to view the sample ballot for the Constitutional Amendment Election and the Special Bond Election.

State of Texas Proposition 1 - “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for the reduction of the amount of a limitation on the total amount of ad valorem taxes that may be imposed for general elementary and secondary public school purposes on the residence homestead of a person who is elderly or disabled to reflect any statutory reduction from the preceding tax year in the maximum compressed rate of the maintenance and operations taxes imposed for those purposes on the homestead.”

State of Texas Proposition 2 - “The constitutional amendment increasing the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation for public school purposes from $25,000 to $40,000.”

Special Election:
Click here to view the sample ballot for the Constitutional Amendment Election and the Special Bond Election.

  • Center ISD - Bond Election voting For or Against two Propositions listed below. Click here to view the Bond Election Notice with more information. Click here to view the Bond Election Notice in Spanish.
    Election Day polling for Bond Election is from 7am - 7pm at Center Community House, 425 San Augustine Street, Center, Texas 75935

    Proposition A - “The issuance of $8,000,000 of bonds by the Center Independent School District for the purpose of constructing, renovating, acquiring, and equipping school buildings in the district to wit, a multipurpose gymnasium/auditorium and the acquisition of land and levying taxes in payment thereof. This is a property tax increase.”

    Proposition B - “The issuance of $4,000,000 of bonds by the Center Independent School District for a multipurpose covered athletic practice facility and levying the tax in payment thereof. This is a property tax increase.”

Cities and School Elections:

  • Shelbyville ISD - Three positions on the ballot with Joey Lawson, Chris Koltonski, Arvis (Sneaky) Moore, Keni Bradshaw, Bryan Swindle, and Carriston Hendricks as candidates.
    Election Day polling is from 7am – 7pm at First Baptist Church – Shelbyville, Fellowship Hall, 5030 SH 87 South, Shelbyville, Texas 75973.
  • City of Tenaha - Mayor is on the ballot with O’Neal Jones, Jr. and Michael D. Baker as candidates. Two council positions are on the ballot with Lee Gibbs and Linda Vickery as candidates for Council Place #2; and Florance Adams, Durand Steadman, and Megan Hodge as candidates for Council Place #3.
    Election Day polling is from 7am – 7pm at First United Methodist Church, Schiede Hall, 256 N. George Bowers Drive, Tenaha, Texas 75954
  • Tenaha ISD - Two positions for 3-year terms on the ballot with David G. Fallin, Aaron Roland, Eugene Bowden, and Orinthia Johnson as candidates
    Election Day polling is from 7am – 7pm at First United Methodist Church, Schiede Hall, 256 N. George Bowers Drive, Tenaha, Texas 75954
  • City of Timpson - Two council positions on the ballot with George Grace, Teri Alexander, Tuffy Green, and Kenny Walker as candidates.
    Election Day polling is from 7am – 7pm at Timpson School Gym Foyer, 836 Bear Dr., Timpson, Texas 75975.

Cities and Schools without elections or unopposed elections:

  • City of Center - No election. Elections held in November.
  • Center ISD - School Board elections held in November.
  • Excelsior ISD - No election. School Board elections held in November.
  • City of Joaquin - No election.
  • Joaquin ISD - No election due to unopposed positions. Candidates elected Jason Harvey, Matt Lawson, and Jeff Cater.
  • Timpson ISD - No election due to unopposed positions. Candidates elected Cody Beckham and Justin Timmons.

May 6, 2022 - The Timpson Volunteer Fire Department (TVFD) reports of their activities involving two incidents early Friday, May 6, 2022.

At 2:52 this morning TVFD was paged out for a single-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 59N just before FM 1645. Upon arrival they found one occupant without any injuries. 

They provided traffic control for Hopkins Wrecker Service as they pulled the car out. Once the scene was cleared TVFD returned to the station at 4am

At 6:15am this morning TVFD was paged out to a bus fire at the Timpson ISD bus barn. Upon arrival the TISD staff had already extinguished the flames with the use of fire extinguishers. 

TVFD provided water to cool down the engine area and once all clear returned to the station at 6:45am.

Timpson Volunteer Fire Department continues to accept applications from volunteers seeking to join the department and help your community.

May 6, 2022 - The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a theft that occurred at Borders Cemetery on CR 1023 in Center. On or about May 4, 2022, groundskeepers over the property noticed that a metal carport had been removed from the property. The carport is blue in color with metal legs and will hold two vehicles.

Anyone with home security surveillance in this area is asked to please review their devices for vehicle identification of the material being carried out. If you have any information regarding this theft, please contact Investigator Chad Hooper at the SCSO by calling 936-572-5045.

Leah Chase, Public Relations

Spoofers using government phone numbers, government employees’ names, demanding payment via bitcoin ATMs

May 6, 2022 - The U.S. Marshals and the FBI are alerting the public of several nationwide imposter scams involving individuals claiming to be U.S. marshals, court officers, or other law enforcement officials. They are urging people to report the calls their Local FBI office and file a consumer complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, which has the ability to detect patterns of fraud from the information collected and share that data with law enforcement.

During the latest series of calls, scammers identifying themselves as “Deputy John Garrison” (the name of the actual U.S. Marshal in the Eastern District of Texas) attempt to collect a fine in lieu of arrest due to a claim of identity theft, failing to report for jury duty, or other offenses. They then tell victims they can avoid arrest by withdrawing cash and transferring it to the government, purchasing a prepaid debit card such as a Green Dot card or gift card and read the card number over the phone to satisfy the fine, or by depositing cash into bitcoin ATMs.

Scammers use many tactics to sound and appear credible. In many instances, scammers provide information like badge numbers, names of actual law enforcement officials and federal judges, along with courthouse addresses. They may also spoof their phone numbers to appear on caller IDs as if they are calling from a government agency or the court when they actually are not.

If you believe you were a victim of such a scam, you are encouraged to report the incident to your Local FBI office and to the FTC. Additionally, The Department of Justice launched the National Elder Fraud Hotline, which provides services to seniors who may be victims of financial fraud. Case managers assist callers with reporting the suspected fraud to relevant agencies and by providing resources and referrals to other appropriate services as needed. The hotline’s toll-free number is 833-FRAUD-11 (833-372-8311).

Things to remember:

  • U.S. MARSHALS WILL NEVER ask for credit/debit card/gift card numbers, wire transfers, or bank routing numbers, or to make bitcoin deposits for any purpose.
  • NEVER divulge personal or financial information to unknown callers.
  • Report scam phone calls to your Local FBI office and to the FTC.
  • You can remain anonymous when you report.
  • Authenticate the call by calling the clerk of the court’s office of the U.S. District Court in your area and verify the court order given by the caller.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov

May 5, 2022 - With heavy rains and flooding reported across the region, it’s important to keep these five safety tips in mind:

1. Saturated soils and gusty winds can bring down trees and potentially power lines, causing major safety hazards. Treat all downed power lines as energized and dangerous! Stay away and keep kids and pets away. Report the hazard immediately to SWEPCO by calling 1-888-218-3919 or call 911.
2. Do not touch water or anything in contact with water when a downed power line is nearby.
3. Don’t go into any room or basement if water is covering appliance cords that are plugged in or if water has reached wall outlets.
4. Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can knock over an adult.
5. Do not drive into flooded areas. A foot of water will float many vehicles. Two feet of rushing water can carry away cars, SUVs, and pickup trucks.

SWEPCO customers can report power outages by:

  • Visiting SWEPCO.com
  • Through SWEPCO’s mobile app, which is available in the App Store and Google Play
  • Calling 1-888-216-3523.

For updates on outages, customers can sign up for text alerts at SWEPCO.com/Alerts or check SWEPCO.com/OutageMap.

In cases where power goes out during storms, wet conditions can also make it difficult for heavy equipment to go off road when restoring power, causing the need for specialized off-road equipment that may slow the restoration process.

May 5, 2022 - The Center Police Department has issued a statement regarding the shooting incident from and suspect in their case.

According to the press release, Center Police Department received a 911 call on May 3, 2022, at approximately 11:58pm in reference to a person being shot at Portacool Park.

Upon arrival, Officers observed a vehicle attempting to leave the scene at which time the person was detained by officers. Officers were then approached by a second person asking for help for his friend that had been shot.

Officers observed the victim sitting in the driver's seat of his vehicle with an apparent gunshot wound. Allegiance EMS then arrived on scene and transported the victim to Shelby E.R. and was then life-flighted to LSU in Shreveport. The victim was identified as Kelton Tremaine Jones, 22, of Center. The suspect was identified as Reggie Lamar Daniels, 22, of Center. The third person was interviewed and released a short time later.

Reggie Daniels has been charged with aggravated assault with a Deadly Weapon (F2) and is currently being held in the Shelby County Jail on a $500,000 Bond.


May 4, 2022 - Center Police Department (CPD) officers responded to Portacool Park just behind city hall for a shooting incident at just after 12am on Wednesday, May 4, 2022.

Officers quickly arrived at the scene on Child's Street at the intersection of Malone Street and received additional support from Shelby County Sheriff's Department deputies. Officers assisted emergency services personnel moving a man from a white 2013 Mazda to an ambulance.

The ambulance then transported the man to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department for further treatment and possible further transport.

Two other individuals were detained by CPD officer at the scene of the incident. The area of the parking lot where the incident occurred was cordoned off by Sheriff's Deputies. Located within the area was the Mazda and a white 2005 GMC Sierra. Officers held the scene in anticipation of detectives to investigate further.

(Update): According to the Shelby County Sheriff's Department Jail log Reggie Lamar Daniels, 22, of Center was arrested on May 4, 2022, and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, felony 2.

Additional details will be updated once they are available.

May 5, 2022 - Tornado Watch 181 is in effect until 6pm CDT for the following locations.

Texas counties included are:
Anderson, Angelina, Bastrop, Bell, Blanco, Bowie, Brazos, Burleson, Burnet, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Coryell, Ellis, Falls, Fayette, Franklin, Freestone, Gillespie, Gregg, Grimes, Harrison, Hays, Henderson, Hill, Hopkins, Houston, Kaufman, Lampasas, Lee, Leon, Limestone, Llano, Madison, Marion, Mclennan, Milam, Morris, Nacogdoches, Navarro, Panola, Rains, Robertson, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith, Titus, Travis, Trinity, Upshur, Van Zandt, Walker, Washington, Williamson, and Wood.

May 3, 2022 - H-E-B is voluntarily issuing a recall for H-E-B Bakery Two Bite Brownies (12 oz) and H-E-B Simply Delicious Cookies with Brownie Bites Party Trays for potential metal fragments in product. The potentially affected products were manufactured by an outside supplier and distributed only to H-E-B and Joe V’s Smart Shop stores in Texas and Mexico.

All products related to this recall have been removed from store shelves. H-E-B made the decision to issue a recall upon investigation of two consumer complaints. As soon as we confirm that the product meets our high quality and safety standards, H-E-B will have the products back on shelves.

The voluntary recall impacts the following products:

Customers who purchased the items should stop eating the product and can return it to the store for a full refund. Customers with any questions or concerns may contact H-E-B Customer Service at 1-855-432-4438 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Standard Time.

May 3, 2022 - The month of April 2022 had 16 days of 80 degrees and above temperatures and only 1 day with the low being in the 30s.

The weather data for Center, Texas during the month of April 2022 is as follows:

Hottest temperature day - 87.4 on April 16
Lowest temperature day - 37.2 on April 9
Total rain fall for the month - 7.70 inches
Number of days with rain - 7 days

04/01/2022 - Low of 40.8, High of 71.6
04/02/2022 - Low of 48.0, High of 80.4, Rain 0.01
04/03/2022 - Low of 49.1, High of 73.1
04/04/2022 - Low of 53.8, High of 81.5, Rain 0.08
04/05/2022 - Low of 60.6, High of 86.5, Rain 1.03
04/06/2022 - Low of 55.0, High of 78.8
04/07/2022 - Low of 46.2, High of 72.3
04/08/2022 - Low of 44.1, High of 69.3
04/09/2022 - Low of 37.2, High of 81.3
04/10/2022 - Low of 59.7, High of 83.1
04/11/2022 - Low of 64.4, High of 87.3, Rain 0.23
04/12/2022 - Low of 60.1, High of 79.2, Rain 2.91
04/13/2022 - Low of 54.7, High of 77.7, Rain 2.24
04/14/2022 - Low of 50.9, High of 76.6
04/15/2022 - Low of 53.4, High of 77.9
04/16/2022 - Low of 71.8, High of 87.4
04/17/2022 - Low of 62.8, High of 86.4
04/18/2022 - Low of 55.8, High of 72.5
04/19/2022 - Low of 48.7, High of 72.3
04/20/2022 - Low of 57.7, High of 81.0
04/21/2022 - Low of 66.9, High of 82.8
04/22/2022 - Low of 63.0, High of 83.7
04/23/2022 - Low of 66.2, High of 84.0
04/24/2022 - Low of 68.9, High of 87.3
04/25/2022 - Low of 61.3, High of 72.9, Rain 1.20
04/26/2022 - Low of 54.0, High of 74.3
04/27/2022 - Low of 48.4, High of 77.7
04/28/2022 - Low of 52.3, High of 82.9
04/29/2022 - Low of 59.0, High of 85.5
04/30/2022 - Low of 68.0, High of 86.5

May 3, 2022 - The water on San Augustine Rural WSC no longer requires boiling.

On April 29, 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 3, 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.


Effective April 29, 2022 Until further notice

April 30, 2022 - Due to a break in the line, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required San Augustine Rural Public Water System PWS #2030007 to notify Customers on FM 353, Hwy 21 E and Sunrise Community 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.

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