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Best of San Jacinto County announced
A total of 38 county businesses, organizations or individuals were recognized Saturday night during the 6th annual Best of San Jacinto County Awards Banquet. The event, hosted by the Coldspring/San Jacinto County Chamber of Commerce, was held at Jones Auditorium in Coldspring, where about 133 people gathered in a room decorated with a Mardi Gras theme, to hear State Representative Ernest Bailes (R-District 18) speak, dine on everything Creole, including shrimp jambalaya and gumbo, and see who would receive the Best of San Jacinto County awards for 2016. Following a welcome to guests by Philip McCulloch, Chamber President Patrick Clark made the introductions to the event and talked about chamber happenings, saying, "We are excited, and when I say we, the entire 2017 board of directors is excited and likeminded in the direction of the chamber. That direction being: how can we advocate and promote our members? Well, at last Thursday's board meeting we voted unanimously on a (free to members) classified section on our website. This section will allow members to fill out an electronic form on our website advertising upcoming events, sales, or even items for sale. This will be up and running within two weeks." One upcoming event is a joint venture between the Coldspring/ San Jacinto County Chamber of Commerce and the Coldsprng Area Business Merchant's Association is a community yard sale which will take place on Feb. 25, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., Clark said. "We must be doing something right because we are only into our second month of the year and we have six new members," he said. After introducing guest speaker and State Representative Ernest Bailes (see story, Page 1A), McCulloch returned to the podium to announce the Best of San Jacinto County awardees. Following are the first place winners: Cora Stanley, owner of Cora's Corner was named Best Volunteer of San Jacinto County. Her name will be added to a plaque and placed on a wall in the San Jacinto County Courthouse, Coldspring, along with five others receiving the honor during the past six years. Other winners are, Texas Grill for restaurant; Church Ladies for chef/caterers; Paradise Grille for breakfast; Coldspring Family Care for doctor's office; Hair Studio on the Square for hair salon; Paradise Gardens for gift shop; Linda Deeter for artist; Browder's for marina; Goehr's Properties for realtor; First Founder's for insurance agent, The Bank of San Jacinto County for bank; Kerry Hagan for attorney; Wayne's Tires for auto care; Brookshire Brothers for pharmacy; The School for Little Children for child care; San Jacinto News-Times for newspaper; Beth Sewell for justice of the peace; Mark Nettuno for commissioner; Lucky Star for dry cleaner; Coldspring Volunteer Fire Department for fire department; Frank's Liquor for liquor store; The Sunday Houses for hotel/ motel; Wild Orchid for florist; Calvert Plumbing for plumbing services; Wolf Creek Heat and Air for AC/heat; Franklin's General Store for feed store; Coldspring Trading Company for antique store; Senior Citizens of San Jacinto County for resale store; Midway for gas station; Alvin Wyatt for peace officer; Women's League of San Jacinto County for civic organization; Wolf Creek Park for RV park; San Jacinto Special Utility District for water company; Jeanie's Sweets and More for baker; Quilts for Kids for community service/outreach; Barbara Shelton for citizen of San Jacinto County; Christie White of Legal Shield for legal services.