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Parade goes on

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SHEPHERD — The annual Shepherd community Christmas event on Saturday was well-attended and well-supported, organizers said.

It was marred, however, by an accident during the parade that left a child injured.

After the parade, the spectators were treated to a Christmas maze and a live Nativity scene, complete with narration and songs.

During the day, booths with vendors and the Kris Kringle Cornhole Tournament were held at the Community Center, and two local authors came and spoke about their work.

Organizer and Chamber President Yvonne Cones said it was a typical turnout, one where she spent a “ton of money.”

“The whole thing was very good,” she said.

Shelby Bell, who spend 13 Sundays honor 13 Marines who were killed in an August attack in Afghanistan, continues her mission.
he Shepherd High School Band performs holiday standards. Photos by Tony Farkas
A live Nativity scene lies at the end of the Christmas maze.
Elementary school students sign to Christmas carols.
Santa makes his appearance.
Memories of gifts past highlight one of the many stops in the Christmas maze.
Spectators get into the Christmas parade spirit.
San Jacinto County Commissioner Donny Marrs shows a whimsical side.
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Community comes together for feast

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120921 feast

Special to the News-Times

COLDSPRING — Sunday, Nov. 21, marked the 11th annual San Jacinto County Community Thanksgiving Feast. Citizens gathered together to receive a hot meal and food to prepare for the holidays. 

The Community Feast was hosted by the San Jacinto County Outreach Committee. They reached out to the local churches, organizations, and businesses to help assist  in making this event possible. 

The SJC Outreach Committee is where churches, community leaders, and concerned citizens come together to make a difference in homes, communities, and local counties. It is done by assisting individual, and group outreach efforts by offering mental, physical, emotional, and financial support as needed. 

Last year, with the help of other local churches, organizations, and businesses, the San Jacinto County Outreach Committee was able to feed more than 500 people and gave out turkey dinner bags to 300 families. This year, with the pandemic at hand, major adjustments were made and CDC Guidelines were followed to ensure each person involved in this year’s dinner remained safe.

The SJC Outreach Committee sends a big thank you to everyone who played a part.

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Shepherd ISD upgrades

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Upgrading - During the Thanksgiving break, Shepherd ISD had new instructional furniture delivered to the Middle and High School for all teachers and students.  Courtesy photo

Upgrading -During the Thanksgiving break, Shepherd ISD had new instructional furniture delivered to the Middle and High School for all teachers and students.  Courtesy photo

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C-OCISD awarded grant for learning projects

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The COCISD Education Foundation (COEF) presented a symbolic check to the district that represents the amount given in grant awards during the 2021 Fall Grants campaign. Pictured from left: COEF Governance Chairperson Jay Phillips, Director Alec McGowen, Director Barbara Moore, Fundraising Committee Chairperson Dr. Judi Benestante, Grants Chairperson Cathy Loflin, Finance Committee Chairperson Diane Colburn, Director April Plunkett, President Suzanne York, Director Lisa McCulloch and Superintendent Dr. Bryan Taulton. Photo by Cassie GregoryThe COCISD Education Foundation (COEF) presented a symbolic check to the district that represents the amount given in grant awards during the 2021 Fall Grants campaign. Pictured from left: COEF Governance Chairperson Jay Phillips, Director Alec McGowen, Director Barbara Moore, Fundraising Committee Chairperson Dr. Judi Benestante, Grants Chairperson Cathy Loflin, Finance Committee Chairperson Diane Colburn, Director April Plunkett, President Suzanne York, Director Lisa McCulloch and Superintendent Dr. Bryan Taulton. Photo by Cassie Gregory

Special to the News-Times

COLDSPRING — The Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD Education Foundation awarded a total amount of  $27,694.13 to COCISD teachers as part of the COEF 2021 Fall Grants campaign. 

They presented a symbolic check to the COCISD Board of Trustees on Nov. 15.

Each year the COEF opens up the Fall Grant season with a call for grant applications during the month of October. They invite all COCISD faculty, academic departments, and campus administrators to submit applications for innovative projects that would not otherwise be funded. 

The COEF is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing resources for COCISD teachers and students that would not otherwise be possible. The COEF Board of Directors is comprised of community volunteers who work year-long to raise money to award grants for innovation and effective learning projects to help COCISD students achieve academic success. The organization has awarded more than $200,000 in grants since its inception in 2011.

“We thank the Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD Education Foundation for providing these opportunities for our students and for all of the support they give to our district,” said COCISD Superintendent Dr. Bryan Taulton. “They really do make a difference.”

This year’s winners are:

Coldspring-Oakhurst
High School 

• Maj. Tonya Howze/AFJROTC — RADC Competition Drones for STEM Education

• Ashlie Taylor/Floral Design — Floral Design Ribbons (printer & custom ribbon design maker)

• Chef Joel Casiday/Culinary Arts — Trojan Cafe Business & Marketing (printer/supplies to produce menus, flyers and cards)

• Mary Trimmer/Yearbook, Graphic Design — Two awards — Sports Camera and Poster Printer & Supplies specific to Graphic Design students.

Coldspring Intermediate School (CIS)

• Emily Gant/Special Education — Flexible Seating (multiple seating options to help with focus and concentration).

James Street Elementary 

• Principal Shalonda Washington/JSE Campus — Two awards — “Reading is a Treat” Book Vending Machine and books to stock the machine. Students will be able to earn “coins” to put in the machine to get a book as a reward.

• Mary Jane Guerrero/Kindergarten — Boogie Down with Writing! Boogie Boards (reusable writing tools).

• Brandy Choate/Kindergarten — Innovative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) education stations.

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