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May 11, 2021 - In March of this year, the company which hosted the photos for Shelby County Today experienced castastophic damage due to a fire. With much sadness, Shelby County Today's photos which went back to 2005 were lost.

A new hosting account has been started with SmugMug for photo access for our viewers. We will continue to add photo ablums with the hopes of getting at least all the photos from 2021 to the new photo site.

Please be patient with us as we learn to navigate

Currently, the photo albums which are setup are:

  • Take a Kid Fishing
  • Grill Fest
  • Easter Bunny at Town and Country RE
  • Shelby County Livestock Show
  • Shelby County Livestock Show (Backdrop)

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May 10, 2021 - (Update): Debris from the train derailment which occurred in Joaquin on Friday, May 7, 2021, has been cleared and all crossings are once again open. 

At this time, in relation to a cause of the incident, BNSF states the derailment remains under investigation.

Emergency personnel with the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department and Constable Roy Cheatwood assisted with cleanup crews.

Constable Cheatwood reports remaining with work crews into the night to help them get equipment across the roadway safely, and some of the damaged train cars remain in the area awaiting removal.

May 8, 2021 - (Update): BNSF confirms a coal train derailed in Joaquin around 3:40pm on May 7. Initial reports indicate 18 cars derailed, with 13 on their sides and the remaining five still upright. 

There were no injuries and BNSF responders are on scene. 

The conpany says their primary focus is to address any safety issues. An investigation is under way.

May 7, 2021 - A train derailment in Joaquin has lost a load of coal on tracks running along Southern Avenue and East Saddle Street.

The crossing at Southern avenue, Chalk street and East Saddle street are all currently impassable. 

East Saddle Street is also likely to be shutdown for some time.

Railroad personnel are seen surveying the train incident location.

Information on this incident will be updated as it’s made available.

Constable Roy Cheatwood stated he contacted Jody Covington who owns property across from the railroad tracks to allow the staging of equipment.

Several of the cars involved in the crash received considerable damage.

Constables Josh Tipton and Roy Cheatwood are seen observing the debris field from the train derailment.

May 9, 2021 - Shelby County is included in thunderstorm watch 157 until 9pm for the following locations.

Texas counties included are:
Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Franklin, Gregg, Harrison, Marion, Morris, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rusk, Shelby, Smith, Titus, Upshur, and Wood.

May 9, 2021 - Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers investigated a one-vehicle motorcycle crash last night May, 8, 2021, on SH 21 at County Road 434.

The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 9:25pm, a 2014 Harley-Davidson motorcycle was traveling west. For unknown reasons the driver drove off the highway to the left and overturned.
The driver is identified as Wade Howell, 29, from Center. Howell was transported to Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital for treatment where he was pronounced deceased on May, 9.

This crash remains under investigation. Additional information is not available at this time.

Editor's note: Howell has been a member of the Center Volunteer Fire Department for several years, since June 2015.

May 7, 2021 - The interesection of FM 139 and FM 2747 was the scene of a major two-vehicle collision Friday May 7, 2021.

Emergency personnel with the Huxley and Shelbyville Volunteer Fire Departments were called to the scene as one driver involved was trapped.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper John Hallenbeck, at around 3:40pm a silver 2020 Dodge Ram pickup truck driven by Joshua Kreyer, 41, of Shelbyville was southbound on FM 139. At that time a maroon 2003 Dodge pickup truck driven by Colton Buckner, 20, of Joaquin was eastbound on FM 2747 when he failed to stop at a stop sign. 

As a result the silver Dodge collided with the front left quarter panel and side of the maroon Dodge, causing major damage to both vehicles.

Buckner was transported by EMS to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department for treatment of minor injuries. Kreyer was transported by private vehicle to the same facility.

Buckner was issued a citation for fail to yield right of way at stop intersection.

Also assisting at the scene was the Shelby County Sheriff's Department.

Pictured are the Tenaha City Council (from left): Bryan Adams, Janice Barton, Linda Vickery, Florance Adams, and Oneal Jones.

May 7, 2021 - The City of Tenaha celebrated the most recent transition of power to three new council members with their swearing in on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 5:30pm.

The meeting opened with only two council members, as the three who recently vacated their seats chose not to be present for the special meeting. Just before the meeting began, a statement was given by Amanda Treat, City Secretary, to explain the legality of having a quorum of two for the purpose of canvassing votes.

"Your agenda will change, we will only canvass the votes and swear in because we can't conduct any of the business since we don't have a full quorum," said Treat. "TML Legal, they stated that a quorum of canvassing an election is two members of the governing body. The swearing-in can be done at any time after the canvassing and can be done at the same meeting as the canvassing."

Janice Barton

Mayor Mike Ramsey opened the meeting and Treat presented the election results to the council. Early voting results reflected: Total ballots were 30, and for place number one Stanvac Lynn Morris: 15 votes; Janice Barton: 13 votes; under votes, those left blank, were two. Place number four Bryan Adams: 16 votes; under votes, those left blank, 14. Place number five Oneal Jones: 26 votes; Natalie Harris: four votes.

Election day had a total of 94 ballots submitted for place one. On election day Stanvac Lynn Morris received 34 votes; Janice Barton received 59 votes, with one under vote. Place number four, Bryan Adams receiving 62 votes, and there were 32 under votes, for a total of 94 votes submitted. Place number five, Oneal Jones with 61 votes; Natalie Harris with 33, for a total of 94 votes submitted.

Bryan Adams

A motion carried with Florance Adams voting in favor and Linda Vickery seconding her motion to accept and canvass the election results.

Treat then presented each candidate with a written statement of office and then administered to each of the candidates: Janice Barton, Bryan Adams, and Oneal Jones the oath of their office.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:46pm.

Oneal Jones


May 6, 2021 - A Timpson man has been arrested on drug and firearms violations following the discovery of illegal narcotics and stolen firearms.

Shelby County Constables, assisted by Sheriff's Department and Texas Department of Public Safety personnel initiated a warrant at a residence on Prairie Street in Timpson Thursday, May 6, 2021.

According to Josh Tipton, Constable Precinct 5, he has had infomation on the residence where the arrest took place, through investigation and complaints from Timpson citizens.

Tipton requested the assistance of other agencies including Constable Precinct 4 Taylor Fanguy, Constable Precinct 3 Roy Cheatwood, Sheriff's Deputies and DPS. After speaking with the homeowner, written consent from the homeowner was acquired to search the home.

During the search a significant amount of methamphetamine, pipes, needles, several plastic baggies used for distribution, and a stolen gun out of Angelina County were located.

Clayton Russell, Jr., 33, of Timpson was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, felony 3; and possession of a stolen firearm, state jail felony.

"I've got several complaints from it up here, and it was just time to do something," said Constable Tipton.

Constable Tipton expressed appreciation to all of the agencies who assisted in the arrest.

May 5, 2021 - Center Police Officers responded to an assault at residence on Terry Street around 10am on Monday, May 3, 2021.

Ambulance personnel responded to the location to provide medical assistance to the victim. 

An individual was taken into custody and transported to the Center Police Department. Officers were seen investigating in and around the residence following the incident.

According to the Center Police Department jail log Brandon D. Roberts, 28, of Center was booked into the Center Police Department jail at 11am May 3, 2021 and he has been charged with aggravated sexual assault, felony 2; burglary of a habitation intent sexual offense, felony 2; and tamper/fabricate physical evidence, felony 3.

Texas Department of Public Safety records indicate Roberts was paroled on April 8, 2021 for a parole period to last until October 8, 2028.

May 5, 2021 - A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Shelbyville Independent School District will be held on Monday, May 10, 2021, beginning at 12:00 noon, in the Board Room of the Shelbyville Independent School District at 5322 St. Hwy 87 South, Shelbyville, Texas.

The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are listed below. Items do not have to be taken in the same order as shown on this meeting notice. Unless removed from the consent agenda, items identified within the consent agenda will be acted on at one time.

1. Call to order

2. Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance

3. Open forum

4. Action Related to Trustee Election 2021

a. Issue Certificate of Election to Newly Elected Officers
b. Administer Statement of Elected Officer to Newly Elected Officers
c. Administer Oath of Office to Newly Elected Officers
d. Reorganization of Board of Trustees

1. Elect president
2. Elect vice-president
3. Elect secretary

5. Consent agenda

a. Minutes of the April 5, 2021 meeting of the board
b. Monthly financial reports

6. Consider for approval

a. SECCA Contracts
b. Instructional Materials Allotment and TEKS Certification
c. Board Meeting Times

7. Principal’s/Director’s Reports

a. Campus events
b. Recognition of Staff and/or Students

8. Superintendent’s Reports

a. Preliminary Property Values
b. ESSER Funds (Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief)
c. Teacher Appreciation Week
d. School Facilities/Personnel Update
e. COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan
f. Articles of Interest
g. General Updates

9. Executive Session

a. Deliberation on Renewal/Nonrenewal of Teacher Contracts
b. Resignations/Employment
c. Personnel

10. Adjournment

If, during the course of the meeting, discussion of any item on the agenda should be held in a closed meeting, the board will conduct a closed meeting in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Texas Government Code, Chapter 551, Subchapters D and E or Texas Government Code section 418.183(f). Before any closed meeting is convened, the presiding officer will publicly identify the section or sections of the Act authorizing the closed meeting. All final votes, actions, or decisions will be taken in open meeting. [See BEC(LEGAL)] 

This notice was posted in compliance with the Texas Open Meetings Act on May 5, 2021 at 3pm.

May 4, 2021 - Last night, Constable Precinct 4 Taylor Fanguy and Constable Precinct 5 Josh Tipton recovered a stolen ATV in the northern part of Shelby County.

Constable Tipton received an anonymous tip late last night of an ATV located down in a ravine near railroad tracks. The constables located the ATV, a Honda Pioneer 1000 Limited Edition, and using the vehicle identification number on the unit were able to identify the owner.

Once making contact with the owner who was unaware it had been taken, they secured the ATV and a wrecker service was called to retrieve it. The stolen property was then transported to a secure location for evidence processing.