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November 11, 2019 - State Highway 7 East in the James Community was the scene of two crash incidents involving four vehicles November 11, 2019.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Keith Jones, at 5:50pm a grey 2006 GMC Sierra pickup truck hauling a trailer and driven by Terry Lance Ogle, 31, of Logansport was eastbound on State Highway 7 (SH 7) in the James Community. 

At that time, a white 2016 Dodge Charger driven by Javier Garcia-Contereras, 18, of Center failed to yield right of way at a stop sign turning left off FM 2608 onto SH 7. The GMC struck the Dodge causing damage to both vehicles.

Garcia-Contereras was transported by ambulance to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department for treatment of unknown injuries. He was also issued a citation for fail to yield right of way.

Immediately following that crash incident, at 6pm a black 2008 Ford F150 pickup truck driven by Jose Herrera, 36, of Joaquin was eastbound on SH 7 and was traveling behind a green 2004 Ford Expedition driven by Jose Alberto Cobos, 50, of Port Neches. 

The Expedition slowed down due to the previous crash incident and the F150 failed to control speed, striking the Expedition in the rear. Herrera was issued citations for fail to control speed and no driver's license. No injuries were reported resulting from the second crash incident.

November 18, 2019 - On November 17, 2019, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office responded to a structure fire on County Road 4084 off FM 415. The first deputy on scene arrived to find a house that was burned completely down. The callers advised they were told that the house next to their land had burned sometime during the night. The house, which is used as a camp house, is in a remote location on this county road.

Lieutenant Investigator Del Birdwell responded to the scene to perform the fire investigation. Upon arrival, Birdwell was informed by SCSO Deputy Jake Gross that it was believed someone was in the residence. Upon investigation of the remaining structure, the remains of an occupant were found in the structure.

Utilizing information obtained from the caller and information from the vehicle, the deceased was determined to be Procoro Hernandez of Willis Point. In speaking with callers, Hernandez was seen the day prior and was going hunting that afternoon. It appears he came back to the camp and loaded all of his gear and spent the night with intentions of leaving Sunday morning. It is believed that the fire happened during the night as the house was a total loss and partially burned out.

Justice of the Peace Precinct 5 Tracy Broadway performed the inquest and Taylor Funeral Home took possession of the body. The initial fire investigation indicates that the fire started from a wood heater in the front of the house.

Birdwell was assisted by SCSO deputies Jake Gross, Josh Tipton and Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden Sam Anderson. Special thanks to Timpson Fire Department for their assistance at the scene.

November 18, 2019 - The first week of filing for a place on the 2020 Primary Ballot has yielded the below list of candidates who have filed to run for Shelby County offices. Three more weeks remain until the filing deadline of Monday, December 9, 2019 at 6pm arrives.

  • County Attorney - Gary Rholes
  • Sheriff - Newton Johnson, Jr. and Tanner Peace
  • County Commissioner Pct 3 - David Cheatwood
  • Justice of the Peace Pct 3 - Sean Permenter
  • County Constable Pct 1 - Zach Warr
  • County Constable Pct 2 - Jamie Hagler
  • County Constable Pct 3 - Roy Cheatwood
  • County Constable Pct 5 - Josh Tipton

2002 White Chevrolet Extended Cab Pickup with TX plate LP1JT203

November 18, 2019 - The Shelby County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance in locating a missing man.

Jimmy Ray Anderson is described as a 74 year-old white male, 6'0", 210 pounds with short gray hair and a long gray beard. He was last seen wearing a white shirt, jeans and gray house shoes. He was last seen at approximately 3 a.m. on November 17, 2019, driving a 2002 white Chevrolet extended cab pickup with Texas plate LP1JT203, in the area of County Road 4326 in Tenaha.

If you have any information on the location of Anderson, please contact the Shelby County Sheriff's Office at 936.598.5601.

November 16, 2019 - The Jury that was summoned for Monday, November 18, 2019, for the 123rd Judicial District Court, Honorable LeAnn K. Rafferty, presiding, has been cancelled. 

All cases scheduled have been resolved or passed. 

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

Thank you.

Lori Oliver
District Clerk

November 14, 2019 - U.S. Highway 59 in Timpson was the scene of a major two-vehicle crash Wednesday, November 13, 2019.

According to Timpson Police Chief Kent Graham, at some time before 8am a black 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Eloy Cavazos, 51, of Center was crossing U.S. Highway 59 from U.S. Highway 84.

The Jeep failed to stop at the stop sign and yield right of way to a tan 2005 Toyota Sequoia driven by Justin Martin, 31, of Timpson which was traveling south on U.S. 59. As a result, the Jeep struck the passenger side of the Toyota causing major damage to both vehicles.

A child passenger involved in the collision was transported from the scene by Timpson Volunteer Ambulance Service to Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches.

Cavazos was issued citations for disregard stop sign, fail to yield right of way and no driver's license.

Timpson Volunteer Fire Department diverted traffic around the incident until the scene was clear.

November 14, 2019 - General filings began on November 9, 2019. Precinct chairs started on September 10th. Candidates for County Chairman or any other position on the ballot who would like to file for the 2020 Primaries, may contact Patsy Handy, Shelby County Chair for the Democratic Party, at 936-657-5018 for filing applications. You may also text Patsy at 936-368-2645.

November 13, 2019 - Construction is happening at the entrance to Field Street off of San Augustine Street as crews work repairing Field Street at the intersection.

To visit the Shelby County Today office, a detour route from San Augustine Street is to turn down Houston Street beside the Wayne Christian Financial office, make a right onto Baldwin Street, and then a right onto Field Street.

Be alert if traveling through the area and always watch out for construction workers.

November 13, 2019 - The water on Denning Rural Water Supply no longer requires boiling.

On November 6, 2019, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the Denning Rural Water Supply, #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 use for drinking water or human consumption purposes.

Denning Rural Water Supply 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 November 8, 2019.

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.

November 12, 2019 - According to the National Weather Service weather forecast, temperatures this evening and tonight will be below freezing across the Shelby County area until around 9am Wednesday morning.

  • Wrap all exposed pipes located outside or in unheated areas
  • Remove garden hoses from outside faucets and insulate outside faucets
  • Cover vents around the foundation of your home
  • Take care of plants and animals outside
  • Check on elderly friends and family to ensure they have proper heating sources

Space heater safety

  • Place heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn
  • Locate space heaters out of high traffic areas and doorways where they may pose a tripping hazard
  • Plug space heaters directly into a wall outlet. Do not use an extension cord or power strip which could overheat and result in a fire
  • Do not plug any other electical devices into the same outlet as the heater
  • Place space heaters on level, flat surfaces. Never place heaters on cabinets, tables, furniture, or carpet, which can overheat and start a fire.