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Coldspring wins homecoming tilt

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Easten Dean was the leading rusher for the night with  256 Yards on 19 carries and 2 Touchdowns. Photo by Charles Ballard. (Courtesy photos by Charles Ballard)Easten Dean was the leading rusher for the night with 256 Yards on 19 carries and 2 Touchdowns. Photo by Charles Ballard. (Courtesy photos by Charles Ballard)

By Charles Ballard
SJNT correspondent

COLDSPRING — After sweeping Tarkington 51-0 and Trinity 48-0, the Trojans finally faced a challenge with the Huntington Red Devils.

COCISD faced a team that could push through the its defense, but only during the first half; after making a few alterations, the defense returned to hold the Red Devils scoreless in the second half en route to a 48-14 homecoming win on Friday. 

The opening drive set the tone of the game, as the Trojans managed to hold the Red Devils to a 3 and out. At the 5:15 mark in the first quarter the Trojans posted the first score of the night, with a nice run off-tackle for a 7-0 lead. 

The Red Devils did manage to move the ball the second set of downs but could not post any points.  They turned the ball back over to the Trojans with a pick six, and 14-0 lead.

Huntington completed a few passes and set up their first of two scores sending the score to 14-7. The Trojans answered back early in the second quarter with 9:26 on the clock sending the score to 21-7. With only 3:35 left on the clock, the Red Devils managed to post one more TD during the first half. 

The Trojans were not finished scoring, as they posted another TD for the first half. Huntington almost scored in the last few seconds of the first half, but the clock was on the Trojans side and ran out of time.  The Trojans went into halftime with 14-point lead and the scoreboard showing 28-14. 

The second half was a different game altogether. Coldspring showed a new plan of attack and with 1:46 on the clock, they posted another set of scores, 35 -14. Huntington did not have an answer for Trojan’s adjusted defense and could not figure a way to push through. 

The Trojans managed to score two more times during the second half sending the win of 48-14 — a wonderful win for homecoming.

Friday Night found Eddie Brown with 77 yards on 12 carries and 1 Touchdown. Photo by Charles Ballard.Friday Night found Eddie Brown with 77 yards on 12 carries and 1 Touchdown. Photo by Charles Ballard.Leading rushers for the Trojans were Eddie Brown with 77 yards on 12 carries and 1 TD: Easton Dean with 256 yards on 19 carries and 2 TDs; T.C. Chambers with 10 yards on 3 carries and 1 TD; and Luke Monroe with 67 yards on 4 carries and 1 TD. Other notable rushers were Andy Tyson, Max Irving, Scott Lane Jr. and K.D. Bookman. 

Luke Monroe led the passing attack, going 1 for 1 for 16 yds and a touchdown. The leading receiver was Easton Dean 1 reception for 16 yards and a touchdown

In all, the Trojans posted 441 yards of offense.

This week the Trojans head north to Elkhart High School for another district matchup. Elkhart is sitting on a record of 0-3 in district, falling to Westwood, Crocket and Diboll.

Shepherd

SHEPHERD — The Pirates dropped a district match with the Madisonville Mustangs 27-18 on Friday.

Shepherd now holds a record of 2-4 (0-1 district).

Head Coach Miles Robison said Madisonville had a couple of big plays the first half that left the Pirates in a deficit, one they couldn’t make up for even with a strong second-half performance.

“We had a chance to take the lead and fumbled the football twice,” Robison said. “H.D. Green and Robert Thain both had some big runs.”

Green scored two TDs and two 2-point conversions on passes to Luke Moore. Landon Robbins had some good carries on plays up the middle. 

“Turnovers have cost us opportunities the past few weeks,” Robison said. “I thought the defense played well except on the couple of big plays they scored long TDs on.”

The Pirates now face Center in a home district game. Robison said they are very athletic and big up front, and as with the rest of the Pirate schedule, it’s a state-ranked team, which makes Shepherd’s record deceptive.

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Building tomorrow

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COHS teacher James Smith preps students for SAT - COHS students have been studying hard under the tutelage of COHS math teacher James Smith for their upcoming SAT tests on Oct. 13. COCISD CCMR Counselor Kathryn Pedigo believes prepared students are successful students. "Nothing builds confidence like practice," said Pedigo. Courtesy photos by Kathryn PedigoCOHS teacher James Smith preps students for SAT - COHS students have been studying hard under the tutelage of COHS math teacher James Smith for their upcoming SAT tests on Oct. 13. COCISD CCMR Counselor Kathryn Pedigo believes prepared students are successful students. "Nothing builds confidence like practice," said Pedigo. Courtesy photos by Kathryn Pedigo

By Kathryn Pedigo 

COCISD College, Career & Military Readiness Counselor 

COLDSPRING — Coldspring-Oakhurst High School students are getting set for future opportunities as they prepare for the SAT and visit colleges.

On Wednesday, Oct. 6, more than 50 Coldspring-Oakhurst High School seniors traveled by bus to Lufkin to participate in Rowdy Week, a recruiting event for Angelina College. 

Upon arrival, student ambassadors divided the students into groups and handed each student a Rowdy Week T-shirt. They learned college information such as the application process, degrees/certificates offered, student activities, housing, scholarships and tuition costs. 

Students enjoyed a video presentation and walking tour, which were great ways to highlight college life at Angelina College. The students had a chance to view the various programs offered and also meet campus directors/professors at the Angelina Program Fair. With lunch at the campus cafeteria and a trip to the recreation center, the college field trip experience was complete. 

Additionally, on Wednesday, 30 High School seniors will participate in SAT School Day. SAT School Day provides schools a way to offer the SAT to students on a school day during the week instead of disrupting weekend plans, jobs or family time. It provides students an opportunity to test in a familiar environment with people they know. 

SAT School Day is another way COCISD is cultivating a college-going culture for the whole school. 

"Nothing builds confidence like practice," said COCISD CCMR Counselor Kathryn Pedigo. "And thanks to teachers like James Smith, COHS students are getting ready for the upcoming college entry test. They have volunteered to attend a study hall session on either side of lunch each Monday for the last month in preparation for the SAT."

Angelina College student ambassadors led COHS seniors on a walking tour of the college facilities as part of their Rowdy Week field trip on Wednesday, Oct. 6. Angelina College student ambassadors led COHS seniors on a walking tour of the college facilities as part of their Rowdy Week field trip on Wednesday, Oct. 6.

53 COHS students traveled to Lufkin to tour Angelina College on Wednesday, Oct. 6, for the college's Rowdy Week recruiting event.53 COHS students traveled to Lufkin to tour Angelina College on Wednesday, Oct. 6, for the college's Rowdy Week recruiting event.

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Coldspring to restart cleanup process

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By Tony Farkas
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COLDSPRING — After putting an ordinance banning nuisance properties within the city limits, the Coldspring City Council authorized the city attorney to begin contacting property owners.

At its regular meeting on Oct. 4, the council directed the attorney to write a certified letter to property owners and give them time to respond. Should the city receive no response, the properties will be cleaned up and then the owners will be billed.

The city approved the ordinance in August, saying it would be more appropriate dealing with junk storage, leaky exterior pipes, certain types of waste discharge, and grass and tree growth, as well as unkempt properties.

The ordinance also would ban the accumulation of abandoned or derelict vehicles, unless it’s for a business such as a scrap yard.

The ordinance also states that if a property owner is notified, they have 10 days to clean up the property; after that, the owner could be subject to a $500 fine per day, and each day would be deemed a separate offense.

The city had originally demanded the property owners at 210 Slade St. and two pieces of property in the Park Place addition clean up their properties; however, the demand was made through an ordinance which only dealt with substandard structures.

This was the first meeting since August, as the September meeting was cancelled due to lack of a quorum.

In other business, the council:

  • accepted the completed audit for 2016, which was turned in with an unmodified opinion;
  • approved replacing front and rear doors to include panic hardware at a cost of around $16,000;
  • approved replacing both air conditioning units at city hall at a cost of around $11,000;
  • denied a waiver of a $25 parade permit fee for the San Jacinto County Fair Association, saying it could not because of existing ordinances;
  • approved a contract with San Jacinto County for a city election to be held in May 2022; and
  • approved a change of the water meter serving City Hall to lower costs.
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Plant sale options come straight from member gardens

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Plant Sale

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SJC Master Gardeners will be at Livingston Trade Days on Oct. 16 for a fall propagation plant from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Members from Polk and San Jacinto counties have been propagating their own garden favorites throughout the spring and summer so buyers can choose from perennial, pollinator, succulent, and hopefully, herb and winter veggies.

Long-time SJC Master Gardener Shirley Baker conducted a survey of plants that best survived our frozen week in February to provide suggestion for the plants best suited to our unpredictable weather. Many of the plants available are proven survivors of extreme Zone 8 weather. 

Most plants will be half-gallon size, ready for planting in the ground or larger containers. Some of the hundreds of plants available include  bromeliad, white/yellow plumerias, amaryllis and giant crinium bulbs, sweet almond verbenas, multiple salvias and sages, passion vines, vitex trees, blackberries, redbud trees, copper canyon daisies, spider lilies, John Fanick phlox, and Peggy Martin roses, and more. 

Members of SJCMG will be available to answer questions, help identify plants for your landscape and garden renovation projects and to make your selections.

SJCMG will be in Building A, Booths 20-22, Livingston Trade Days, at Joe Pedigo Park, 925 U.S. Highway 59, in Livingston.

Check the SJC Master Gardeners’ website, www.txmg.org/sjmg, and https://www.facebook.com/SJC-Master-Gardeners for complete lists of plants and trees that will be available. Come early and bring wagons.

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Coldspring Chamber to host annual car show

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COLDSPRING — The 36th annual Wolf Creek Car, Truck and Bike Show opens Oct. 16-17.

Sponsored by Coldspring Chamber of Commerce and the Trinity River Authority, it is one of the largest events in the county. It is held at TRA Wolf Creek Park, FM 244 at Park Road 60, in Coldspring.

It features old classics and new machines; vendors will be present; and there will be activities for children. Of course, awards will be given out for the different categories.

Those categories include:

  • Cars and Trucks (34 categories)

Pre-war cars and truck 1939 & Older; Street Rods; Cars 1940-1954; Cars 1955, 1956, and 1957; Cars 1958-1965; Cars 1966-1979; Cars 1980-1999; Cars 2000-present; Trucks 1940-1969; Custom Cars 1970-1999; Custom Cars 2000-present; Trucks 1940-1959; Trucks 1960-1969; Trucks 1970-1979; Trucks 1980-1989; Trucks 1990-present; Custom Trucks (all years); SUV 1960-2000 (Blazer, Bronco, Jimmy, Tahoe, Suburban); 4x4; Muscle Cars 1960-1972; Imports; Imports Muscle Tuner/Sports Car; Rat Rods; Convertibles; Under Construction; Survivor; Corvette 1953-1999; Corvette 2000-present; Mopar Classic 1928-1999; Mopar 2000-present; Camaro 1967- 1979; Camaro 1980-present; Ford Mustang 1964-1979; Ford Mustang 1980-present

  • Motorcycles (six categories)

Street Machine; Trike; Early Iron Pre-1970; Import Custom; Import Street; Trike

  • Special

Best of Show Car, Best of Show Truck, Best of Show Modern, Best of Show Bike, Ladies’ Choice, Passing the Torch and Kids Choice

Entry fees for vehicles is $25 prior to Oct. 12, and $35 thereafter.

For information, contact the Coldspring Chamber of Commerce at (936) 653-2184 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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