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The San Jacinto County Courthouse contains a museum in the basement.The San Jacinto County Courthouse contains a museum in the basement.

DidYouKnow ColumnHeadWe are back in the swing of things here in San Jacinto County. On Jan. 2, a large crowd visited the Coldspring Courthouse to see the swearing in ceremonies of the newly elected officials. Judge Fritz Faulkner performed the ceremony for each one and he also invited J.P. Greg Magee to speak on his retirement.

Magee is a well-known figure in our county. He has been in law enforcement for more than 40 years both as a rookie police officer and then to a judge. He told funny stories about his retirement and also one about J.P. “Red” Blanchette, who was sitting near him. Greg and his wife Betty are looking forward to taking time off to travel and relax after both of them have spent their lives working in law enforcement, one way or another.

Greg Magee decided to amuse the crowd by taking off his jacket and then his shirt. Underneath was a custom T-Shirt with his new message to everyone. It says, “The Legend Has Officially Retired. If You Want to Talk, You’ll Be Charged a Consulting Fee.” The photo of him wearing this T-shirt was taken in the basement of the Courthouse.

•Did you know there is a museum in the basement? It has grown considerably over the years. Dale Everitt with the Historical Commission started to hang photos of his family and others from past wars. Then uniforms and artifacts of all kind were donated and are now displayed throughout the basement. They are well worth a look.

The Historical Commission provided wonderful refreshments after the swearing in ceremonies. Carson Anderson and Barbara Magee worked hard at making it welcoming and it was a great idea to end the morning in such a happy (and delicious) way.

•On Thursday, Coldspring Garden Club held the first meeting of 2023. We were treated to a wonderful presentation from Beth Miller who talked about how to propagate African violets. By the end of the presentation everyone there was given a leaf in a small container filled with perlite and shown how to keep it till more leaves grow from the “mother.” It was a most interesting session and Beth is an excellent instructor. She can be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Go to the Coldspring Garden Club online for more information. The club meets every first Thursday of the month at the Coldspring Community Center at 1:30 p.m.

•Coldspring Chamber will hold the ‘Best of San Jacinto Banquet’ on Jan. 28 in Jones Hall. Tickets are $25 each before the event and $30 at the door. Please call the office to buy tickets. Go to the website at www.coldspringtexas.org for more information. This is a special event to celebrate the businesses who have been voted by the public as the best. There will be a silent auction and wonderful food.

Just a reminder. The Reagan Dinner will be held in Coldspring Shelter on Feb. 4. The San Jacinto Republican Party host this event and special guest this year in radio talk show host Michael Berry. Tickets are $75 each, a VIP pass costs $100. You can buy them online.

Contact the Shepherd Chamber at (936) 628-3890 or the Coldspring Chamber at (936) 653-2184.

Yvonne Cones is president of the Greater Shepherd Chamber of Commerce, and secretary of the Coldspring Chamber of Commerce.

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