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DidYouKnow ColumnHeadColdspring Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Best of SJC Banquet on Jan. 27 in Jones Hall. Voting ended last week, and the finalists will be notified soon. The event starts at 6 p.m., tickets can be bought online at www.coldspringtexas.org.

If you are a member of the chamber the cost is $20 each, and for non-members it’s $30. Click on the payments link to buy tickets. The theme for the decorations is Winter Wonderland, which seems very appropriate at this time. The evening is always very entertaining especially when some business or individual you voted for wins Best of San Jacinto County.

•Someone left a box of 11 puppies in a car wash where fortunately they were taken to the SJC Animal Control Shelter. If you want to see their photos, go to that Facebook page.

Constable Sam Houston asks for puppy dry and wet food for them, Pedigree Dog Food if possible so they can digest easily. If you can donate to this cause, you can buy online or donate to Waggin Tails Rescue, a non-profit run by Sandra Houston, and the money will buy the food for the little ones.

The Shelter is located at 5880 FM 2025.

•It is time to catch up on the election news in our county. It was Meet and Greet the Candidates on Thursday at Coldspring Community Shelter. It was a very busy night and many showed up to meet the people who are seeking election to the various positions available this time round.

Some are well-known and some are not so well-known. Everyone will have a Facebook page and/or website so that you can see for yourself. Both the Republican Club and the Democratic Party for our county can help you find out more if you need it.

•The Reagan Dinner will be held Feb. 3, go online for tickets. These are $75 each or $100 for a couple. Guest speaker will be Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Sen. Charles Schwertner and many others.

•Rep. Ernest Bailes, who was at the Meet and Greet, was the guest speaker earlier in the day at the Women’s League of San Jacinto County. President Kay Capers introduced him, along with Judy Chatham, and we were brought up to date on the decisions made in the legislature over the last year.

Bailes had already attended a breakfast meeting in another county that morning and after lunch would be at the Meet and Greet. Also at the evening gathering was Sheriff Greg Capers, who earlier in the week had come to Shepherd Council meeting.

•Capers, along with Shepherd Constable Ray Atchley, presented the City of Shepherd with a certificate of appreciation for the great help given to law enforcement and first responders when the chemical plant exploded on Nov. 8. Children from the private school nearby were transported to Shepherd and kept safe, while everyone obeyed the instructions to stay inside. Others who could help did so.

Mayor Charles Minton with the council members in turn thanked all those who put their personal safety on the line to put out the fire.

•The Future Crisis Center for Shepherd is moving forward with a big fundraiser set for March 23 at the VFW post in Cleveland. It will be a Casino Night with dinner and $500 casino cash included in the price of the tickets, which are $50 each. The casino runs from 5:30-9:30 p.m. when a dance begins, which ends at midnight.

There will be a photo booth, live music and a combination of poker, blackjack, roulette tables as well as a craps table for the gamblers. Playing with casino money means at the end of the evening, if you have won, you will have a choice of a prize.

Dress code is formal or dressy. There are sponsorship levels for those who wish to help with this cause of providing a Crisis Center for short term stays for those in great need. Call Brenda Myers at (936) 499-3632 or James Wall at (832) 235-5737.

•SJC Judge Fritz Faulkner and Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Randy Ellisor, along with Ellisor’s 14-year-old grandson Brayden Nelson, were part of the opening of the Houston Texans playoff game last Saturday. They participated in the group bringing the 100-foot-long American Flag to display during the National Anthem.

Contact the Shepherd Chamber of Commerce at (210) 995-7420 or the Coldspring Chamber at (936) 653-2184.

Yvonne Cones is president of the Shepherd Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Coldspring Chamber of Commerce.

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