USDA Reminds Producers of March 15th Sales Closing Date for Noninsurable Crops - March 7, 2014
Submitted by Tina Crofford
Nacogdoches-Angelina-Trinity-San Augustine-Shelby County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Lance Jacobs urges producers who want to purchase coverage through the Noninsurable Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) to do so before the sales closing date of March 15, 2014.
NAP provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops when low yields/grazing loss, loss of inventory or prevented planting occur due to natural disasters including drought, freeze, hail, excessive moisture, excessive wind or hurricanes.
The following crops have a NAP application closing date of March 15, 2014: beans, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, guar, melons (cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon, ect.), millet, okra, peanuts, peas, pecans, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, sesame, sorghum, sorghum forage, soybeans, squash, sunflowers and tomatoes.
"NAP allows producers to protect their investment by purchasing coverage for noninsurable crops," said Jacobs. "Natural disasters are an unavoidable part of farming and ranching and FSA programs like NAP help producers recover when they experience a loss," he said.
In order to meet eligibility requirements for NAP, crops must be noninsurable, commercially-produced agricultural commodity crops for which the catastrophic risk protection level of crop insurance is not available.
In the event of a natural disaster, NAP covers the amount of loss greater than 50 percent of the expected production based on the approved yield and reported acreage.
Eligible producers can apply for coverage using form CCC-471, "Application for Coverage." Producers must file the application and pay a service fee by the March 15th deadline. The service fee is the lesser of $250 per crop or $750 per producer per administrative county, not to exceed a total of $1,875 for a producer with farming interests in multiple counties.
Limited resource farmers may request a waiver of the service fee at the time the application for coverage is filed. Producers must recertify their limited resource status for each year that a waiver is requested.
For more information on sales closing dates and NAP, contact the Nacogdoches-Angelina-Trinity-San Augustine-Shelby County FSA office at (936) 564-5891 Ext 2.
Vehicle Strikes Pole Thursday, Driver Receives Injury - March 6, 2014
Composed by Scott Flowers
Center Fire Department Chief Keith Byndom (left) and Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Jimmy Faulkner (right) are seen above examining the crash scene.
The driver of a yellow Cadillac was traveling on Noble Street (County Road 2050) in Center on Thursday March 6, 2014 at approximately 4:45pm when the vehicle struck a utility pole.
Emergency responders including Texas Department of Public Safety, Center Police Department and ACE EMS were dispatched to the scene of the crash. The driver apparently received injury and was transported from the scene of the crash to a Nacogdoches hospital for treatment.
The crash is currently under investigation by Center Police Department Officer Steven Thornburgh.
More information will be provided on this incident as it is made available.
Some of the nearby homes in the neighborhood lost power because of the crash. SWEPCO arrived at the scene as the crash was being cleared and began working to restore power to those affected.
The yellow Cadillac (seen above) broke the pole that it struck Thursday. A utility crew was working on repairing the pole after the crash scene was clear.
Missing Mentally Ill Person - March 5, 2014
Missing Person, James Eaves was located at a residence in the Longview area. He is safe and sound. Family is en-route to the location to pick up the individual.
Press Release - On Wednesday March 5, 2014 at approximately 0549hrs, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office received a report of a missing person from the Tenaha area. Deputy Kurtes Lawrence responded to 249 Sugar Hill Road in Tenaha and met with the reporting person, Jackie Eaves, who informed the deputy that around 0430hrs this date he awoke to find his son, James Eaves, missing. The father advised that his son suffers from mental illness. The father informed the deputy that he packed clothes and noticed that two gray pull behind suitcases was missing along with his x-box. The father advises that he has the mental capability of an 11yr old.
James Eaves is a white male approximately 6'1 slender build, 190lbs, dark short hair with possible mustache.
If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of James Eaves please contact the Shelby County Sheriff's Office at 936-598-5600.
Provisional Votes May Determine Outcome of County Judge Race - March 4, 2014
Composed by J.J. Ford
The votes are in! However, one of the four local offices to be determined in the Primary Election due to no candidate on the opposing party ticket may not be final just yet due to provisional votes still out.
The local race still up in the air is for County Judge. Allison Harbison is ahead of Rick Campbell by one vote - 1,629 to 1,628. However, with the five provisional votes yet to be counted, the race isn't over yet.
There were five Democratic and five Republican provisional votes cast. Those voters have 6 days to qualify their votes by bringing their identification in to the voter's registrator, Debora Riley, for their vote to count.
The election did end with three candidates knowing what their job will be come January 1st.
On the Republican ballot, Ann Blackwell won the County Treasurer position with 55.20% of the votes. Blackwell had 1,725 votes to Joan Rodgers 1,400 votes.
On the Democratic ballot, Bradley Allen retains his position by gaining 62.79% of the votes. Allen had a total of 216 votes and Howard Sparks had a total of 128 votes.
Also on the Democratic ballot, Larry "Dude" Jones didn't rerun for his position of Justice of the Peace, Pct 4 leaving Shonda Clifton and Jenny L. Hicks running against each other. Jenny Hicks won 65.29% of the votes. Hicks received 79 votes to Clifton's 42 votes.
More election details will be posted as they become available. Election results are unofficial until they have been canvassed by the county.
Warrant Round Up Coming Soon - February 13, 2014
Submitted by Edna Boykins
4:10pm: Warrant list updated with new warrants added and paid warrants removed.
Center Municipal Court will be holding a Warrant Roundup soon. Pay your Outstanding Warrants as soon as possible to avoid arrest. If you come in on your own, payment must be paid in full. Contact the Court at 936-598-3080. Pay online at trafficpayment.com or call 1-800-444-1187.
If you feel like your name is on here in error, contact the court at 936-598-3080 and we will get the matter resolved. Disregard if you have paid and we have not taken you off the list. We will try and update the list as often as we can.
Outstanding Warrant List: (Click the letters to view the lists)
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