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San Jacinto incumbents keep seats

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By Tony Farkas

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COLDSPRING — Incumbent County Commissioner Mark Nettuno outlasted a challenge by Tammy Betancourt in the Republican Primary Election on Tuesday.

Since no Democrat filed for the seat, essentially Nettuno gets to keep his post, once the November General Election results are in.

In the GOP primary for Justice of The Peace Precinct 4, Kim Webb picked up 896 votes, or 60.95 percent, to gain the nomination and ultimately the position, as no Democratic challenger filed.

Other candidates for the spot were Bill Cooke, who picked up 302 votes, and Mike Selmer, who gained 272 votes.

District Judge Travis Kitchens held off a challenge from Polk County DA Lee Hon in San Jacinto County, winning with 2,576 votes over Hon’s 1,571. In the three counties that make up the 258th District —Trinity, Polk and San Jacinto — Kitchens garnered 7,505votes, or 54.86 percent, to Hon’s 6,176.

No Democratic challenger filed for this position either.

The results of the other unopposed local races, all Republican, include:

  • State Board of Education District 8: Audrey Young, 3,505
  • State Senator District 5: Charles Schwertner, 3,499
  • Criminal District Attorney: Todd Dillon, 3,712
  • County Judge: Fritz Faulkner, 3,723
  • District Clerk: Tammy Currie, 3,756
  • County Clerk: Dawn Wright, 3,718
  • County Treasurer: Deedee Adams, 3,726
  • County Commissioner Precinct 2: Donny Marrs, 571
  • Justice of The Peace Precinct 1: Christina McGee, 919
  • Justice of The Peace Precinct 2: Harris Red Blanchette, 598
  • Justice of The Peace Precinct 3: Randy Ellisor, 890
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Coldspring chamber honors the best

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Members of the Coldspring Chamber of Commerce congratulate the Best Grand Business of 2021 Brookshire Brothers. More banquet photos can be seen on page 6A. Photos by Tony FarkasMembers of the Coldspring Chamber of Commerce congratulate the Best Grand Business of 2021 Brookshire Brothers. More banquet photos can be seen on page 6A. Photos by Tony Farkas

Banquet raises funds for students

By Tony Farkas
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COLDSPRING — The Coldspring Chamber of Commerce honored its best and brightest and raised more than $8,600 for scholarships for students.

Chamber President Barbara Justice said at the annual banquet on Saturday that the chamber did an outstanding job 2021,  doing more than $8,700 dollars in profit.

Justice also was named the 2021 Board Member of the Year and said that between being blessed with a third year as president, as well as winning an award during Black History Month, she is “over the moon.”

“We are ready to focus on more,” she said. “The annual car show will be featured in Texas Hot Rod Magazine, and we will be signing big sponsorships for T-shirts.”

The car show, the chamber’s premier event, is scheduled for the third weekend in October.

Also, Justice said Christmas on the Square was wonderful, and that remapping the Square to get more booths in helped raise $7,600.

“With the aftermath of COVID, we had only a few events, but we regrouped,” she said. “We expect nothing but good things for 2022. We already have seven new members.”

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Shepherd business expands

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Will Hall Motor Co. will offer services including U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment and moving supplies. Courtesy photoWill Hall Motor Co. will offer services including U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment and moving supplies. Courtesy photo

Special to the News-Times

SHEPHERD — Will Hall Motor Co. signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer for Shepherd, according to U-Haul Co. of Texas.

Will Hall Motor Co. at 2800 S. Byrd Ave. will offer services including U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment and moving supplies. 

U-Haul has teamed with independent dealers to offer moving equipment since 1945. With the COVID-19 outbreak creating challenging times for small businesses, more than 20,000 dealers across the U.S. and Canada are creating supplemental income through their U-Haul partnership. 

When a customer rents from a U-Haul dealer, they are directly supporting an independent small business in their community.

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Real-world abilities

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Students in Caitlin Anderson’s Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources class have been studying the poultry industry and embryology. First, the students incubated chicken eggs and followed the daily process of the anatomical development inside the shell until day 21 when the egg hatched. Pictured with hatched chicks are Iris  Aguilar, Michael Parks, Marcelino Beiza and Dylan Vincent.Students in Caitlin Anderson’s Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources class have been studying the poultry industry and embryology. First, the students incubated chicken eggs and followed the daily process of the anatomical development inside the shell until day 21 when the egg hatched. Pictured with hatched chicks are Iris  Aguilar, Michael Parks, Marcelino Beiza and Dylan Vincent.

Special to the News-Times

SHEPHERD — Shepherd ISD Career and Technology Education Program is a great way for students to prepare for the highly technological and competitive workplace of the 21st century. Shepherd CTE Program embraces quality instruction opportunities and experiences to prepare all students for the challenges of post-secondary education, a globally competitive workplace and active citizenship. Our program provides students with various avenues to develop an individual pathway for academic and career-oriented instruction and success.

Programs of Study that Shepherd ISD offers:

• Agricultural, Food, and Natural Resources, including Agribusiness, Animal Science, Applied Agricultural Engineering, Environmental and Natural Resources, Food Science and Technology, Plant Science

• Architecture and Construction, including Carpentry, Construction Management and Inspection

• Arts, Audio Video Technology and Communications, Design and Multimedia Arts, Digital Communications

• Business, Marketing and Finance, including Accounting and Financial Services, Business Management, Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Sales

• Education and Training, including Early Learning, Teaching and Training

• Health Science, including Healthcare Diagnostics, Healthcare Therapeutic, Exercise Science and Wellness

• Hospitality and Tourism, including Culinary Arts, Travel, Tourism and Attractions

• Human Services, including Family and Community Services, Health and Wellness

Certifications that are available for students to attain: 

• Certified Phlebotomy Technician

Students acquire this certification in Health Science Clinical through National Healthcareer Association providing entry level jobs.

•Educational Aide

Local certification given through the Ready Set Teach program.

•Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator

Certification through Certiport to help develop a professional portfolio.

•EKG Technician

Students acquire this certification in Health Science Clinical through National Healthcareer Association providing entry level jobs

•Microsoft Office Specialist

Word, Excel, PowerPoint — Recognized business certifications providing entry level job opportunities

•QuickBooks

Certification in a program utilized by numerous small businesses

•Vet Tech

Provided by the Texas Veterinary Medical Association for entry level recognition

•TABC

Allows students to work where alcohol is served or sold

•Interview skills certification through Career Safe

Properly prepares students for interviews

•OSHA 10 and OSHA 30—Safety

Taught in multiple classes with widely recognized by numer-ous employers

•American Welding Society

D9.1 stick, S1.1 MIG, Z49.1 Oxy-Acetylene; AWS welding certifications are Industry Recognized

•Forklift Operator

An OSHA certification recognizing safe operation of forklifts

•NCCER: Construction Technology, Core Curriculum

NCCER is the leading provider in construction certifications.

•Texas State Floral Assistant

Recognized certification in the Floral industry

•Texas Beef Quality Assurance

Provided by the Texas Beef Council

•Texas Hunter Education/ Boater Education

Required by Texas Parks and Wildlife and other states to purchase licenses

•Servsafe Food Protection Handler

Widely accepted certification in the food preparation and serving industry

•Servsafe Food Protection Manager

The next level certification in the food service industry

•Health Care Provider — AED/CPR

The recognized AED/CPR certification in the healthcare business. Our students receive this additionally with the CNA certification

•Certified Nurse Assistant

Provided through a partnership with Angelina College providing entry level jobs in health care

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Commissioners Court updates projects across departments

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SanJacCountySealBy Emily Kubisch-Sabrsula
SJNT correspondent

COLDSPRING — Returning to the San Jacinto Community Center, the Commissioners Court met for the first February meeting, noting that some prescribed burns have been happening around the county.

The local District Attorney’s Office has tasked the court with being in accordance with the 86th Legislature and requiring that the court establish a Sexual Assault Response Team. Members are to be appointed, including representatives from surrounding County’s Sheriff’s offices and DA’s office of the counties involved, members from Children’s Safe Harbor in Montgomery County, and a SANE Nurse. 

This is an ongoing item and will be on the agenda at a later time.

Presented by Trisha Basham, clarifications were made to the road name change verification form. Customers will need to present three different name proposals to court along with the already established $500 fee for the private road creation, half of which goes to the 911 Department and the other half to the precinct who will provide a blue sign with installation. 

The court emphasized that legally, green signs are reserved for county roads and blue signs are for private, non-county roads.

The court approved the purchase of a new sanitation truck for $161,720 from Santex Truck Centers Ltd. 

Plans to hire an architect to design a renovated county law enforcement center have been established for future agendas. The law enforcement center is a project that has been in the works for more than a year now.

A bid for work on the Innovation Center will be on the next agenda.

The next Commissioner’s court meet will meet Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 9 a.m. in the Emergency Shelter in Coldspring, across from the courthouse. Public comment can be made at the beginning of the meeting.

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