By Jason Chlapek
SAN JACINTO COUNTY — A trio of deputies with the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office moved into new positions earlier this month.Tim Kean was promoted to chief deputy to replace Dan Todd, who retired after a 35-year career in law enforcement, including the last five with the SJCSO.
Sergeant Larry Pohlmeyer was promoted to lieutenant of the detective division — the same position Kean held prior to his promotion — and Charles Dougherty moved to patrol from the criminal investigation division.“It’s going from a piece of the pie to the whole pie,” Kean said of his promotion. “I never had a big aspiration to do that. It just worked out that way through the years.”
Pohlmeyer, a 35-year law enforcement veteran, has been with the SJCSO for three years. He was previously with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office for 32 years.
“It’s a fresh drink of water to be here (in San Jacinto County),” Pohlmeyer said.Dougherty has been with the SJSCO for two years and in law enforcement for seven. He’s split his time between patrol and CID.
“There’s a good group of guys here and I’ve had the pleasure of working with all the shifts,” Dougherty said. “It’s a little different environment when I went back from CID. I’m back here on patrol and it’s good to be back working with these guys. They’re good guys. We have a lot of good plans and ideas that we’re going to try to bring forward and hopefully have a successful future for this county, this department and this agency.”
Kean also has plans for SJCSO moving forward.“We’re going to try to bring a much better service here for the people who live in this county and make do the best we can with what we have because we don’t have a very large budget,” he said. “We’re going to squeeze every bit we can out of every dollar.”
By Yvonne Cones
The Health Center of South East Texas held a National Health Center Week recently.
The theme was “Lighting the Way for Healthier Communities Today.” The staff at every center, as well as every patient seen that week were given gifts and the staff were also treated to lunch in appreciation for all their hard work.
Melaney Strickland, the Marketing/Outreach Coordinator, said that the week was a success. The Centers, there is one in Shepherd and in Cleveland as well as other sites, recently held free COVID-19 testing for anyone and has been very active in the community.
You can call with questions or to schedule an appointment by calling Melaney at 281-592-2224 ext 206.
The Coldspring Garden Club held its first meeting of the new year in Coldspring Community Center on Sept. 3. Social distancing and mask wearing were observed and the french doors to the lovely garden were open.
The talk on “Creating a Wildflower Garden for Butterflies” was given by Darnell Schrieber, a Master Gardener and Volunteer Alum at Mercer Arboretum, where she holds the title of “Seed Queen.” You can see that Darnell knows a lot about gardens.
She also designed the Nature Trail at Cape Royale, so this was an excellent start for the Garden Club in what has been a difficult year. I know a lot of us have turned to working more out in our yards when we were more or less house bound.
The Garden Club is a wonderful resource for many of us. Meetings are at 1.30 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month.
Go to the Facebook page for more info.
Coldspring Area Art League, CAAL, is another great resource for the creative person, or even not so creative person. Art is a very subjective thing and any form can be fulfilling.
I know about this since I taught Art and Pottery many years ago in an English high school. Recently the League were saddened by the loss of one of their own.
Lou Turpin, a unique personality, full of humor and intelligence, who passed away. Turpin always brought her work to Chamber events and last year shared a space with Linda Deeter, an award winning artist member of CAAL, at Shepherd Celebration for Independence Day.
Go to the Facebook page to find out more about this organization.
I get a lot of emails. I hope to be back on track next week.
By Brian Besch
Corrigan-Camden volleyball continued its impressive start to the year by sweeping Goodrich 25-6, 25-7 and 25-10 Tuesday on the north end of Polk County.
The Lady Dogs began both the first and second games with 6-0 starts to ease into victories. Corrigan-Camden coach Sage Gardner said the quick starts were a positive turn after making some adjustments.
“We hit a little bump there where I think girls were getting complacent,” the coach said. “The one thing we have focused on is just not being complacent and making sure that we stay up and stay positive and focus on fundamentals and just being prepared for every ball coming back over.”
The final game began in a 2-2 tie, but nine consecutive points gave the Lady Dogs all the buffer they would need to complete the win.
Corrigan-Camden has dropped games to Madisonville, Neches and Splendora for a 10-3 record after a start to the season that garnered a few votes in the state rankings. However, Gardner said the games were good competition for her girls and important in the preparation for district play.
“District is always going to be tough. We go against Central Heights, Diboll, Huntington and Hemphill. This year we only have a five-team district and we dropped Woodville and Newton. Everything is going to be a fight to the end for first.”
Gardner said Central Heights has been district champions and the team all schools have targeted in recent history.
“Of course, that is what we want and that is what we are going after. We are going to do what we can to get there.”
For Goodrich, the Lady Hornets are just beginning the spike season. Tuesday was the squad’s third game and new coach Khadijah Carter said her young group needs the experience.
“We have started out OK. We have to communicate better and we have to get more aggressive,” Carter said. “There are times when you can tell they were getting themselves down. We have to keep pushing and play like we did at the beginning of the Coldspring game. That was good, and we have to get back to that.”
Carter is instructing four freshman, two sophomores and a junior in her small group of seven. Another reason for optimism is a talented group of eighth graders that will soon be part of the Lady Hornet program.
Goodrich has played Burkeville and Coldspring to this point. Though both were losses, Carter is optimistic about the team, especially following the game versus a larger Lady Trojan program. Their first district contest is Friday versus Kennard. The five-team district also includes Chester, Apple Springs and Latexo.
Corrigan-Camden will next see action Friday when they host Shepherd.
By Emily Kubisch-Sabrsula
ONALASKA — On Tuesday, the Onalaska City Council voted to approve Jessica Stanton as its new police chief. Stanton was sworn in by Municipal Judge David Johnson for immediate duty.
She has served the City of Onalaska in the past, but most recently worked for Polk County in several capacities, including as Justice of the Peace for Precent 2, and will soon hold a masters certification as a peace officer.
The city interviewed several candidates from Onalaska and beyond, with Mayor Chip Choate concluding that, “it was a good process, that we had applicants that we could choose from and we feel as though we have made the right decision and put the right person who will be a great fit for our city.”
According to Choate, there were seven applicants for the position. He felt that trying to select someone who is “a hard worker, dedicated and committed” was the most difficult aspect in the hiring process.
Prior to the monthly meeting, the Onalaska City Council met to discuss and later approved Ordinance 400, adopting the budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.
Onalaska Police Captain Lee Parrish gave the police report, citing a total of seven felony arrests, 14 misdemeanor arrests, and 66 city ordinance violations unrelated to damage caused by the April tornado. Parrish also gave the fire and permit report, citing a total of 52 man hours spent performing traffic control for those evacuating coastal areas for Hurricane Laura.
A total of 15 permits were issued, totaling $3,304.80 in fees, with an added value of $530,400 to the city. The one open case with the fire department was also determined as an accidental fire and closed.
The Onalaska City Library added a total of 17 patrons for the month of August, with a total of 243 patrons and 84 computer uses. A profit of $378.05 was made and 28 hours of volunteer work were recorded.
The City of Onalaska meets every second Tuesday of the month at 5 p.m. at city hall. Arrangements for public comments can be made at beginning of the meeting.
By Jason Chlapek
CORRIGAN — Though widely known for its successful high school football program, there’s been plenty of basketball played in Corrigan recently.
One can find a group of 10-14 people playing at Corrigan’s Faith Temple Church of God in Christ on a regular basis. Last week, there was a purpose for playing basketball.
Church members Joe Walker, Isaac Freeman and Richard Thomas came up with the concept of Hoops For Jesus.
“It was the first time we’ve done something like this,” Walker said. “There are some guys who play basketball, but never come to church. We made this deal where we play against the guys who don’t go to church and if we win, they come to church for one service. We believe that it only takes one encounter with God to make an impact.”
The format for Hoops For Jesus was one-on-one. A player who is a church guest would call out a member to play one-on-one, or vice versa.
Games were half-court and played to seven points. A basket made inside the arc was worth one point, while a basket made outside the arc was worth two.
“We’ve had the gym open to the public for some time, but once the pandemic hit, we had to slow down,” Walker said. “Now we have it to where there’s about 10-14 guys coming in consistently. We have two great athletic directors in our church — Richard Thomas and Isaac Freeman — and they traveled around the world playing basketball. They bring different people in from all walks of life to play basketball.”
Walker said he was “called out” the most out of any church member. There was a friendly wager during the games.
“(The guests) said if they beat me, I buy them dinner,” Walker said. “But if I beat them, they go to church.”
Walker was involved in a key matchup against visitor Dub Hill. Walker prevailed, 7-3, and Hill will attend church this Sunday.
“We’ve had guys who say if they win they want to go to Red Lobster or a steakhouse or Chicken Express,” Walker said. “When you stick to what you said you would do, you develop trust because you stuck to your word. This is our way of being the church. We still have the doors open so when they come in, we have drinks and food. We call them weekly to check on them.”
Walker said the church has other ways of ministering besides basketball. He also said Covid-19 has altered the way they worship.
“We normally have a Sunday morning service and a Sunday evening service,” Walker said. “Since Covid-19 hit, we have a small gathering in our parking lot. We have to stay in our cars and have our facemarks on. The only one out of the car is our pastor. He stands in a tent with a shield and facemark. This works out pretty good because people on the streets can hear us and we’re not just inside a wall. We have a Home for a Mission group that goes out to all of the nursing homes and the hospitals in Lufkin. We get our choirs out and sing, we give out food on Thanksgiving and back to the community.”
Being in Corrigan along the US Highway 59 corridor, Walker believes his church is blessed because of geography. This also makes ministry to other places along US 59 easier to reach.
“Geography and location help us out because we’re located on a highway where many people are constantly passing by,” Walker said. “By us being right there on the highway, it helps us out a lot. We have a guy in Nacogdoches who contracted the coronavirus. Some of the people from our church sent out food and prayers.”
Faith Temple COGIC has two locations in Corrigan — the original location at 814 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and another is on US 59 South. Once human interactions can pick up again, Walker believes the new multipurpose building will be a great addition to the church.
“With the multipurpose building, we can push the goals to the side and bring in chairs that seat up to 600-800 people for a service,” he said. “We’re still working to get the multipurpose building up to standard, but Covid has slowed down construction.”
While Walker and the others who regularly play basketball enjoy it, he knows there’s a bigger purpose.
“This is bigger than basketball, but we want to show them what the church is supposed to exemplify,” he said.