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Authorities Searching for Stolen White Chevrolet Pickup - October 17, 2014
Composed by J.J. Ford

Be on the lookout for a stolen white Chevrolet Pickup with a blue racing stripe on the the hood and license plate 53R-SK6.

It was taken around 2pm Friday, October 17th without the permission of its owner from property located off of State Hwy 7 West and was last seen traveling east on SH 7.

If you have information of the whereabouts of this vehicle, contact the Shelby County Sheriff's Department at 936-598-5600.


S.O. Deputies Serving Warrant Find Suspect Smoking Meth - October 17, 2014
Submitted by Shad Sparks

Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that on Thursday, October 16th, Investigator Pope and Deputy Bailey were attempting to serve an arrest warrant on Thomas Justin Brown.

Upon arrival to the location to serve the warrant, Deputies noticed Brown setting in a vehicle parked in the driveway. When the Deputies made contact with him, he was found in the process of smoking methamphetamine. After further investigation, 1.2 grams of methamphetamine was found on Brown.

Thomas Justin Brown was arrested and booked into the Shelby County Jail for Warrant Assault Causing Bodily Injury and Possession of Controlled Substance (POCS). JP 1, Maxie Eaves, set bond at $10,000 for the POCS. and $6,000 for the Assault.

Sheriff Willis Blackwell states that if you have any information on any kind of illegal activity or suspect illegal activity is going on please feel free to call the Shelby County Sheriff's Office at 936-598-5600. Sheriff Willis Blackwell would like to remind everyone that that illegal use of Narcotics such as Methamphetamine does affect everyone.


Car Crash Occurs on 87 South of Center - October 16, 2014
Composed by Scott Flowers

State Highway 87 South was the scene of a single-vehicle crash on Thursday afternoon, October 16, 2014 at the driveway of a residence.

Members of the Shelby County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to the scene of the crash just over 1 mile from Loop 500. When officers and ACE EMS arrived at the scene, a vehicle was located near a fence on its roof with the driver still in the car.

Seen above is a light post that is beside the driveway where the car crashed.

On top of the light post (above) tread marks are seen from when the car was airborne.

Once the driver was freed from the vehicle, she walked to the ambulance.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Daniel Dellenger, at 10:50am Sandra Self, 51, of San Augustine was traveling northwest on State Highway 87 North in a white Volkswagen Passat when she lost control of the vehicle.

The Passat left the roadway to the right and struck a culvert which caused the vehicle to go airborne where it appeared to have rolled over in mid-air before coming to rest on its roof 50 feet away from the culvert.

The vehicle continued to slide on its top and struck a pipe fence finally coming to rest on its roof beside the fence and facing west.

Self received minor injuries and was transported from the scene by ACE EMS to San Augustine Memorial Hospital. She was also cited for unsafe speed.

Self stated that she was traveling with her dog at the time of the crash. The dog was missing when emergency personnel arrived and Self described the dog as resembling a large size pug.

Assisting at the scene with the investigation were Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell, Jim Ed Matthews, and Sgt. Derek Barbee.


Vehicle Crashes on SH7 West, Man Receives Transport to Hospital - October 16, 2014
Composed by Scott Flowers

The driver involved in a single-vehicle crash on State Highway 7 West was transported to a Nacogdoches hospital on Thursday, October 16, 2014 following the incident.

Emergency personnel was dispatched to the scene of the crash at 5:52am 5 1/2 miles from Center. When members of the Shelby County Sheriff's Department, Center Police Department and Center Fire Department arrived at the scene a white Toyota Tundra was found turned over on its roof.

ACE EMS was also dispatched to the scene and transported Gaije Ranes, 18, of Center to a hospital in Nacogdoches.

Marks on the roadway indicate the vehicle was traveling eastbound and crossed over the westbound traffic lanes before colliding with a guardrail and flipping over. Major damage was incurred by both the truck and the guardrail.

According to the facebook page of Gaije Dekota Wayne Ranes, he posted, "God is so good!!! He was truly with me this morning!!" and he continued explaining, "I flipped my truck a couple times. Fell asleep on the way to work."

The crash remains under investigation at this time. Officers at the scene include Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy Cody Muse, Deputy Roy Bailey, and Center Police Officers John Welch, Michelle Ashworth, and Steve Thornburgh.


Second Health Care Worker Tests Positive for Ebola - October 15, 2014
Press Release

A second health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who provided care for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States has tested positive for the disease.

The health care worker reported a fever Tuesday and was immediately isolated at the hospital.

Health officials have interviewed the latest patient to quickly identify any contacts or potential exposures, and those people will be monitored. The type of monitoring depends on the nature of their interactions and the potential they were exposed to the virus.

The worker was among those who took care of Thomas Eric Duncan after he was diagnosed with Ebola.

The preliminary Ebola test was run late Tuesday at the state public health laboratory in Austin, and results were received at about midnight.

Confirmatory testing on a separate specimen will be conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

Ebola is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids of a sick person or exposure to contaminated objects such as needles. People are not contagious before symptoms such as fever develop.


Storm Causes Outages in Shelby and Nacogdoches County - October 13, 2014
Submitted by Britney Johnson

Update: As of 3:30 PM, DETEC is down to less than 10 members without power located at Six Mile in Sabine County, Broaddus and Center.

Today's storms produced several areas of damage to the Deep East Texas Electric Co-op system that resulted in approximately 2,000 power outages. DETEC is thankful to the membership for their patience while crews battled these conditions to restore power as quickly as possible.

Should you still be experiencing an outage, please contact DETEC at 1-800-392-5986.

Update: As of 12:45 pm, approximately 750 members are out across the system with the majority still in Shelby County.

Due to the line of storms that are passing through the Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative system, at this time we have about 1500 members out of service with the majority of those being in Shelby and Nacogdoches County. Please keep our Lineman in your thoughts as they are out battling these conditions to restore power as quickly and as safely as possible.

Should you be experiencing an outage, please call 1-800-392-5986.


Road Crews Repair Damage Along SH 7 - October 9, 2014
Composed by Scott Flowers

Road crews were actively working to repair the area aboveon State Highway 7 West six miles from Center on Thursday, October 9, 2014 and were filling in a large hole with bags of cement when Shelby County Today arrived. An additional load of cement was also planned to be added as fill for the hole.

Debbie Hudspeth submitted these photos (at left and right) of the area where the surface beside the roadway has been eroding. She commented on the road improvements on Highway 7 and the new guardrails that have been added, but noted her concern that this area has continued to fall away.

This spot is one which has been an issue in the past and may require further attention in the future as it is on a steep incline.


Residents, Businesses Experience AT&T Service Interruption - October 9, 2014
Composed by Scott Flowers

Many residents and businesses in Shelby County experienced an interruption in their AT&T internet and cellular services shortly before 4pm on Wednesday, October 8, 2014.

Cellular service for AT&T customers in the area was almost non-existent while internet service did not function at all. This left many in the area without any means of communication as land lines are increasingly more uncommon.

Service continued to be unavailable during the first half of Thursday, October 9, 2014. Shelby County Today (SCT) searched the local area and AT&T telephone crew members were seen at a site at 7445 State Highway 7 West, just past a rest area, where they appeared to be working on the phone line in the ground.

Two pits in the ground were seen with cable leading into them and freshly disturbed dirt could be seen around a utility pole where an older pole lay on the ground nearby. The utility pole also appeared to be beside the pathway of the telephone cable. It is; however, unknown by SCT if the pole and the outage have any relation to one another.

Internet and cellular service was restored to the area at 12:15pm on Thursday. SCT inquired with AT&T as to the cause of the outage and the company replied with a statement which reads as follows:

"Some AT&T customers in Shelby County may have experienced wireless and wireline issues due to a fiber cut. Technicians worked diligently to resolve the issue and service is currently running normally. We apologize for this inconvenience. The issue began yesterday afternoon and was resolved midday today."


Center Fire Department Teaches Fire Safety, Prevention - October 8, 2014
Composed by Scott Flowers, Album

The Center Fire Department educated area students about fire safety and prevention this week.

Center ISD students traveled to the Center Fire Department on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 and Center Fire Chief Keith Byndom, assisted by firemen with the department, gave a presentation to the children.

Nathan Phelps, Center Fireman, dressed in bunker gear as well as breathing apparatus and helmet to demonstrate to the students what a fireman may look like when entering a home that is one fire. This is done to demonstrate to the students so that they won't be afraid and try to hide from a fireman in a situation like that.

The students were then shown the ladder truck and how it functions with Ronnie Youngblood astride the ladder.

Shelbyville ISD was the site of another demonstration on Wednesday, October 8, 2014. Firemen Glenn Johnson, Ronnie Youngblood and John Green were on hand as well as members of the Texas Forest Service, Del Birdwell, Brittany Compton and George Burnett. They were accompanied by Smokey the Bear, and it was announced that Smokey turned 70 this year. Once that was announced students sang happy birthday to him.

Johnson spoke with the students about fire safety and what to do in the event of a fire while John Green dressed in the same type of gear as Phelps to show the children not to be fearful of firemen.

Birdwell explained to the students how the Texas Forest Service works with local fire departments and they fight different kinds of fires than the other firemen.

The students were then delighted to see the ladder truck once again displayed and to see the hose spray water from the great heights of the extended ladder.

Firemen John Green and Glenn Johnson took turns riding the ladder to the top.

The firemen traveled to more schools on Thursday educating students on fire safety.


State Officials Follow Federal Guidance After Ebola Death - October 9, 2014
Department of State Health Services

State health officials are following strict guidelines outlined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in handling the body of a man who died earlier today after developing Ebola.

Thomas Eric Duncan died this this morning at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. He was the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States.

"This is a difficult time for the family, and our thoughts are with them," said Dr. David Lakey, Texas health commissioner. "We will continue to treat Mr. Duncan with dignity and respect, and we're taking great care to make sure there is no additional risk that others could be infected."

The CDC has developed detailed instructions for handling a body infected with Ebola. The guidelines recommend careful preparation of the body before movement, including enclosing it in two bags and disinfecting the bags. After this process, the body can be transported without the need for protective gear for a driver or others who are near the body but don't handle the remains.

After that careful preparation, the body will be cremated. CDC guidelines say remains infected with Ebola can be cremated or "buried promptly in a hermetically sealed casket."

Dr. Lakey offered his personal condolences to the family and explained the reasons why the state recommended cremation. The family agreed.

The cremation process will kill any virus in the body so the remains can be returned to the family. No protective gear is needed to handle the remains after cremation.

CDC guidelines for health care workers, including those for handling human remains, are available at www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/index.html.

State and local officials are continuing to monitor 48 people who came into contact with the Dallas patient before he was isolated. None of those individuals has shown any symptoms of Ebola.

Ebola is spread through direct contact with blood, secretions or other bodily fluids or exposure to contaminated objects, such as needles. Ebola is not contagious until symptoms appear, which can occur two to 21 days after exposure.


Ebola Test Results Expected Later Today - October 9, 2014

State health officials are working closely with doctors at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital to evaluate the case of a sheriff's deputy who sought medical care yesterday. Results of tests for Ebola and other potential causes of the illness are expected late this afternoon.

The deputy, who does not have a fever and is doing better, had been briefly inside the apartment of a man who later died of Ebola. The Ebola patient had already been hospitalized so the deputy did not have direct contact with him. All known cases of Ebola have occurred through direct contact with blood or other bodily fluids or exposure to contaminated objects, such as needles.

"The risk is extremely low because this individual didn't have contact with the Ebola patient, but we want to err on the side of caution," said Dr. David Lakey, Texas health commissioner. "We understand there's a lot of anxiety in the community, and we hope getting test results back will help calm those fears."

The state approved the test for Ebola after consulting with doctors at Presbyterian and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This will be the third person tested for Ebola at the state public health laboratory in Austin. The first was the Dallas patient who tested positive, and the second was a patient from the Houston area who was negative. The Austin lab is one of only 13 in the nation that can test for Ebola.

An Ebola test will return a negative result until a person has enough virus in their system to be detected, and that may not occur until after symptoms have been present for at least a day.

Ebola is not contagious until symptoms appear, which can occur two to 21 days after exposure. Early symptoms include fever, headache, abdominal pain and weakness.


Center PD Responds to 9-1-1 Bomb Threat at Tyson, Workers Evacuated - October 8, 2014
Submitted by Jeremy Bittick, Center PD

On Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at approximately 8:30am, the Center Police Department received a 9-1-1 call from an unknown/unidentified caller. The caller stated that he had overheard subjects at Tyson Foods in Center say that a bomb was going to detonate at 9:00am. Officers from the Center Police Department along with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department responded to Tyson Foods on Shelbyville St in Center.

The plant was evacuated according to Tyson Protocol. A survey of the property was performed by the Center Police Department and the Sheriff’s Department. Tyson Safety Officers, who are familiar with the plant, thoroughly searched the facility inside and out and assessed that there was no present danger. Following Tyson Protocol, the workers were then allowed to return to work.

This incident is being investigated by the Center Police Department, along with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department, Texas Rangers and the Federal Bureau of Investigations.


Driver Crashes Car Deep in Woods, Escapes with Minor Injury- October 7, 2014
Composed by Scott Flowers

A single-vehicle crash resulted when the driver left the roadway just inside the Shelby County line Wednesday, October 7, 2014.

Although the vehicle ended up deep in the woods, the 88-year-old driver was able to make the trek back to the roadway to seek help.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) State Trooper John Hallenbeck, at 12:30pm Dovie Renfroe, 88, of San Augustine was traveling westbound in a beige Buick on Farm to Market Road 1279 just before the San Augustine County line and after a curve in the roadway she swerved to miss a deer.

The Buick traveled off the roadway to the right and down the barrow ditch where it struck a log and barely missed a utility pole. The vehicle continued up the side of the embankment and crossed over both traffic lanes before traveling through the eastbound barrow ditch and entering a forest of trees.

The car traveled in between several large trees and over small trees for about 60 feet more before coming to a stop in the woods. Renfroe was able to exit from the Buick and to walk through the woods back to the roadway in search of help. A passerby who by coincidence works at the San Augustine Memorial Hospital provided her transport to the facility for treatment of her minor injuries.

According to a family member at the scene, Renfroe received some minor injuries including bruises and is expected to be at the hospital for a couple of days before returning home.

No citations were issued at the time of the crash. DPS Trooper Hallenbeck was assisted at the scene by DPS Trooper Brent Murray.

In the photo above the westbound barrow ditch shows the path of the vehicle as it passed by a utility pole.

The above photo indicates the area of the eastbound barrow ditch where
the Buick entered the woods.



EIC availability in San Augustine County - October 7, 2014

In advance of the Nov. 4 general election in Texas, many alternate approved locations will be offering Election Identification Certificates (EICs) in select counties.

San Augustine County
Deborah K. Woods
San Augustine Elections Administrator

For more information regarding EICs, including eligibility guidelines and necessary documentation, visit http://dps.texas.gov/DriverLicense/electionID.htm.


Roughrider Drive Scene of Morning Crash - October 6, 2014
Composed by Scott Flowers

Roughrider Drive in Center was the scene of a two-vehicle crash as students were arriving for school on Monday morning, October 6, 2014.

According to Center Police Officer Bobby Walker, the crash occurred at 8:49am 250 feet from County Road 1001. Ignacio Sanchez Gonzalez, 67, of Center was driving a red 2005 GMC Sierra pickup truck and failed to yield right of way as he exited from the Center Elementary School driveway and struck a white Chevrolet Equinox LT.

The Equinox was traveling westbound and was driven by Maria Cervantes, 36, of Center. The truck collided with the driver's side of the Equinox and caused the vehicle to leave the roadway to the left as it traveled over the eastbound traffic lane and into a line of trees.

The Center Fire Department assisted in extracting Cervantes from the vehicle and ACE EMS transported her to San Augustine Memorial Hospital for treatment of what appeared to be minor injuries.

Gonzalez was issued a citation for failure to yield right of way to oncoming traffic and driving without a valid driver's license. Cervantes was also issued a citation for
driving without a valid driver's license.

Officer Walker was assisted at the scene by Center Police Sgt. Duane Gordon.


Three Poultry Growers Receive Special Recognition as Top Growers, Moosberg Awards - October 5, 2014
Composed by J.J. Ford

Joy Ann Weaver Havran tells the history of the poultry industry in Shelby County at the Moosberg Awards presentation.

The 2014 Moosberg Awards were presented on the Frances Oates Stage under the big tent Saturday, October 4th just before the beginning of the Broiler Show Sale.

The Tom Gray, Sundown Farm, received the Tyson - Center/Nacogdoches Complex award. The Gray family - Tom, Jaunell, Jason, and Tommy, Jr. own a 4 house, 800 acre farm with a 44,000 capacity. They have been in the poultry industry since 1995. Presenting the award to the Grays was Mark Dodson, representative of Tyson - Center/Nacogdoches Complex.

The Tyson - Tenaha/Carthage Complex award was presented to Keith Putman and Shonia Putman, Putman & Putman Farm. They are second generation Poultry Growers preceded by his father, Leo Putman. The farm is an 8 house farm with a capacity of 220,400. The award was presented to the Putmans by Harry Perry.

The Pilgrim's Pride Complex award was presented by Coy Vandyke to John Mathews, Kaley Farms. The John Mathews Family has grown for Pilgrim's since 1999. The farm is a 6 house farm with a 131,400 capacity and the farm manager is Abel Caporali.

The recipients were honored in a private reception held in the lobby of Farmers State Bank. Joy Ann Weaver Havran told the history of the poultry industry in Shelby County and described the roles played by County Agent John Moosberg, Jack Motley, Malcolm Weaver, Martin Weaver, and Mark Middleton in bringing it to the county in 1948 along with many others.

David Chadwick and U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert each spoke a few words commending and congratulating the recipients on their work and dedication as poultry farmers. The Moosberg Award is given to the top growers in each complex. The Award recognizes the struggles of the past - the sweat, tears, and blood that made the poultry industry in Shelby County a national leader and maintains its spot there even today - and identifies the continuous efforts and success of Shelby County poultry growers.

Left to Right: Jason Gray; Jaunell Gray; Tom Gray; Mark Dodson, representative of Tyson - Center/Nacogdoches Complex; and Pete Munzel, Service Tech.

Left to Right: Keith Putman, Shonia Putman, and Harry Perry, representative of Tyson - Tenaha/Carthage Complex

Left to Right: Abel Caporali, farm manager; John Mathews; Kaley Mathews; and Coy Vandyke, representative of Pilgrim's Pride Complex

Joaquin VFD Saves Home of Resident, Burch Frees Dogs from Pickup - October 3, 2014
Composed by J.J. Ford

The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a house fire on FM 2428 at 2:51pm on Thursday, October 2, 2014. Upon arriving on scene, smoke was coming from the attic of the wood frame house. Firefighters quickly worked to extinguish the flames and pull the smoke out of the house by using ventilation fans. The majority of the fire damage was contained to the attic area; however, much of the house received smoke and water damage.

Special thanks to Jason Burch with Hughes Wrecker Service who also assisted. The homeowner, Shannon Pate, had taken the family pets and placed them in a pickup to keep them safe. However, one of the puppies hit the lock button on the door of the truck which had the keys in it and was running to keep them cool. Burch came to the scene and unlocked the pickup donating his time to help .

Neighbors and friends also arrived to help begin the process of removing the burnt items from the house as well as removing the water soaked clothing and furniture. Pate couldn't express her appreciation enough for the fire department and the job they do for the community.


Center Graduate Attending Arlington Baptist College Survives Storm Damage - October 3, 2014

Cassie Bush, a 2014 graduate of Center HS, was interviewed in a video on Dallas Morning News following last night's storm which caused damage to the college campus she's attending, Arlington Baptist College. To see the news video, click the following link - Students at Arlington Baptist College survive storm (Dallas Morning News)


NWS Issues Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Shelby County - October 2, 2014

The National Weather Service in Shreveport has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Angelina County in Eastern Texas. This includes the cities of Lufkin Diboll Southeastern Nacogdoches County in Eastern Texas. This includes the city of Nacogdoches, Northwestern Sabine County in Eastern Texas, San Augustine County, in Eastern Texas, Shelby County In Eastern Texas.

This includes the City of Center, Southeastern Panola County in Northeast Texas, Southwestern De Soto Parish in Northwest Louisiana, Northwestern Sabine Parish in Northwest Louisiana Until 3:AM CDT on October 3, 2014.


Vehicular Crash Claims Life of Joaquin Man - October 2, 2014
Composed by J.J. Ford

A single-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 84 has claimed the life of a Joaquin man on Thursday, morning October 2, 2014. Emergency personnel from the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department and ACE EMS were dispatched to the scene of the crash at 10:55am.

Manuel Acopa-Heredia, 24, of Joaquin was traveling westbound in a white 2014 Toyota Tundra owned by Red River Pump Specialists of Louisiana on U.S. Highway 84 East as it neared County Road 3831 when the vehicle left the roadway to the left and traveled down a steep embankment. The Toyota collided with a tree on the front left quarter panel leaving the truck wedged between the embankment and the tree.

The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department had to shut the highway down for the removal of the truck and it took two wreckers from Ricky Smith Towing to pull the truck up the embankment.

Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Jimmy Faulkner investigated the crash scene and Acopa was pronounced dead by Margie Anderson, Justice of the Peace Precinct 3. Watson & Sons Funeral Home transported Acopa from the scene and services are pending at Mangum Funeral Home.

Jimmy Wagstaff, Tenaha City Marshal also provided assistance at the scene.


Texas Releases Ebola Contact Estimate - October 2, 2014
Press Release

"We are working from a list of about 100 potential or possible contacts and will soon have an official contact tracing number that will be lower. Out of an abundance of caution, we're starting with this very wide net, including people who have had even brief encounters with the patient or the patient's home. The number will drop as we focus in on those whose contact may represent a potential risk of infection."​

Carrie Williams, spokeswoman with the Texas Department of State Health Services


September Weater Stats for Center, TX - October 1, 2014
Submitted & Prepared for by Jim & Ann Forbes, U.S. Weather Observers.

Weather stats for Center, TX, 2014
Full report here

Highest Temp was 96 degrees on 9-11-2014
Highest Temp on Record was 112 degrees on 9-02-2000
Lowest Temp was 53 degrees on 9-24-2014
Lowest Temp on Record was 39 degrees on 9-29-1967

Rainfall Recorded was 2.20 inches
Average Monthly Rainfall is 3.65 inches
Below Average by 1.45 inches
Highest Recorded for this month was 16.64 inches in 1978
Lowest Recorded for this month was 0.28 inches in 1955

Total Rainfall for 2014 is 34.85 inches
Below Average for 2014 by 3.56 inches

Highest temps this summer (according to 'Forbes Believe it or not') were: June - 92 degrees. July - 97 degrees. August - 96 degrees. September - 96 degrees.

Just think how this summer compared to 2011 with 75 days of 100 and 100+ days. How blessed we are!!!


Texas Confirms Ebola Case - September 30, 2014
DSHS Press Release

A Texas hospital patient has tested positive for Ebola, making the patient the first case diagnosed in the United States. The test was conducted at the state public health laboratory in Austin. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the positive result.

The patient is an adult with a recent history of travel to West Africa. The patient developed symptoms days after returning to Texas from West Africa and was admitted into isolation on Sunday at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

The Texas Department of State Health Services is working with the CDC, the local health department and the hospital to investigate the case and help prevent transmission of the disease. The hospital has implemented infection control measures to help ensure the safety of patients and staff.

Ebola is a severe, often fatal disease. Early symptoms of Ebola include sudden fever, fatigue and headache. Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure.

Ebola is spread through direct contact with blood, secretions or other bodily fluids or exposure to contaminated objects, such as needles. Ebola is not contagious until symptoms appear.

The CDC recommends that individuals protect themselves by avoiding contact with the blood and body fluids of people who are ill with Ebola. DSHS also encourages health care providers to ask patients about recent travel and consider Ebola in patients with fever and a history of travel to Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, and some parts of Nigeria within 21 days of the onset of symptoms.


Law Enforcement, Medical Personnel Search for Crashed Vehicle - September 29, 2014
Composed by Scott Flowers

Law enforcement and medical personnel were in search of a single-vehicle crash just north of Tenaha on Monday afternoon, September 29, 2014. The vehicle had left the roadway somewhere on U.S. Highway 59 North and it was unclear for a time if the vehicle was in Panola or Shelby County.

Tenaha City Marshal Jimmy Wagstaff and Bryan Gray, Constable Precinct 4, traveled the roadway into Panola County in search of the vehicle with no sign of its whereabouts. The vehicle was finally discovered on property leased by Mark Odum 1/2 a mile north of Tenaha.

Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Jade Lavergne investigated the scene and according to her report, at 3:58pm a maroon 2012 Ford Expedition driven by Whitton Leonard Jr., 66, of Timpson was traveling southbound on U.S. 59 north of Tenaha when he left the roadway to the left, crossing all four traffic lanes. The Expedition traveled down an embankment on the northbound side of the roadway struck a fence and several small Chinese Tallow trees before coming to rest on private property.

Leonard refused medical treatment from ACE EMS at the scene. He was cited for failure to drive in a single lane.


Single-Vehicle Crash Claims life of Shelby County Resident - September 29, 2014
Composed by Scott Flowers

A local man lost his life on Sunday morning in Neuville following a single-vehicle crash on FM 2140. Emergency crews were dispatched to the scene at 8:21am after an off-duty State Trooper located the vehicle. Emergency crews from the Shelby County Sheriff's Department (Deputy Kurtes Lawrence), ACE EMS and the Center Fire Department were dispatched to the scene of the crash.

Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) State Trooper Jade Lavergne investigated the crash and according to the DPS report, at 7:55am a grey 2003 Dodge Ram driven by Charles Ray Davis, 78, of Center was traveling southbound on FM 2140 1 half mile from the intersection with FM 417. The truck left the roadway to the right and then traveled back across to the northbound shoulder where it struck a mailbox and then a culvert before it went airborne and crashed onto its roof.

Maxie Eaves, Justice of the Peace Precinct 1, pronounced Davis dead at the scene at 8:30am. Center Firemen used jaws of life to access the vehicle and assist in extracting Davis from the truck. Watson & Sons Funeral Home transported Davis from the scene to Mangum Funeral Home in Center.


Man Survives Single-Vehicle Crash Off Overpass in Joaquin - September 29, 2014
Composed by Scott Flowers

A man has survived a single-vehicle crash off the side of an overpass in Joaquin early Saturday morning, September 27, 2014.

Emergency personnel was alerted to the crash just before 2am after a 9-1-1 call from the driver was transferred to the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Department. A short time later a DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Deputy located the vehicle just east of the State Highway 7 and U.S. 84 intersection at the overpass alongside railroad tracks. When Shelby County Sheriff's Deputies Adam Renfro and Cody Muse arrived at the scene the driver was still in the vehicle and was responsive.

When Shelby County Today arrived at the scene, emergency vehicles were accessing the truck through a utility right-of-way alongside the roadway overgrown with brush . ACE EMS responded to the scene and following an examination determined that the driver, Tommy Lawson, 79, of Joaquin was able to walk to the ambulance. With assistance, Mr. Lawson walked to the ambulance and was transported to ETMC Carthage for treatment.

The brown Chevrolet Silverado which Lawson was driving appeared to have been traveling westbound on State Highway 84 East when the truck left the roadway to the right and rolled several times down the embankment alongside the overpass and came to rest on its wheels facing north.

The crash scene was investigated by Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Jade Lavergne.


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