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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

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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.

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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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Taking steps toward proactive policing

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San Jacinto County Chief Deputy Tim Kean, Commander Lt. Ray Bowen and Sheriff Greg Capers discuss plans for a community policing effort in the county. Courtesy photoSan Jacinto County Chief Deputy Tim Kean, Commander Lt. Ray Bowen and Sheriff Greg Capers discuss plans for a community policing effort in the county. Courtesy photo

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 COLDSPRING — Mounting concern about what is perceived as the new normal in criminal activity, San Jacinto County law enforcement personnel are looking to take policing to the next level.

SJC Sheriff Greg Capers said he is not only aware of the epidemic in crime, he has dedicated his entire policing staff to a program of Proactive Policing with the assistance of many community leaders.

By example, Capers cited that Houston and Harris County, just to the south of the county, has become national leaders in homicide, according to recent statistics.

“Within the next few months we will be taking our initiative on the road,” Capers said. “With the cooperation of community leaders, we will host a series of meetings with the residents of the county for us to ‘listen and learn’ of their fears and concerns, and to provide them with valuable insight to preclude them from becoming victims.”

Capers said the details of how the programs will work will be released at a later date.

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Officer does department proud

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COLDSPRING — The San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office picked Michelle O’Laughlin as Employee of the Month.

Sheriff Greg Capers said being named “Employee of the Month” is not the easiest recognition bestowed on law enforcement personnel at the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office.

O’Laughlin has been dedicated to the oversight of inmates since 2015 and is responsible for and in many cases accountable for their whereabouts and their well-being while under the care and custody of San Jacinto County. 

Capers said that nowadays, inmate well-being has taken on a whole new definition for correction officers.

“The COVID outbreak has redefined what is expected of these correctional professionals who to a large extent put themselves at high risk of contracting this deadly disease while in service to the community,” he said. “It was therefore my pleasure as sheriff to accept the recommendation to bestow this award and acknowledgment for tremendous dedication always giving above and beyond what is expected.”

Capers went on to explain that not everyone in our custody has been convicted of a crime — many are awaiting trial — so it’s our responsibility to guarantee all the rights and privileges afforded them, which includes health and safety.

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