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Banquet honors the best

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LaShonda Carr was honored with a Pineywoods Nurse of the Year award. Courtesy photoLaShonda Carr was honored with a Pineywoods Nurse of the Year award. Courtesy photo

DidYouKnow ColumnHeadColdspring Chamber will have the Best of San Jacinto County Banquet on Saturday to be held in Jones Hall at the Jones Complex.

The awards will be presented to the winners voted Best and will receive recognition in the newspaper as well as on the Chamber website and other locations. Call the office if you want to enjoy this special evening. Time is short and no tickets will be sold at the door.

The evening begins at 6 p.m., there will be a silent auction and a photographer will be there to record the occasion.

•CABMA will host the annual Trash and Treasure Garage Sale on Feb. 25. Vendors who want to hold their sale round the Courthouse in Coldspring should reserve their space as soon as possible. Cost is $10 which also includes your sale being put on the map which will be available at local stores.

The deadline to have a sale put on the map is Feb. 17. The event runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Call (936) 653-2332 for information.

•Shepherd Library held its first Tea Party of 2023 on Thursday. Ladies were able to borrow a hat for the delightful gathering with different teas being available, as well as sandwiches, cookies and assorted goodies.

A Trivial Pursuit game about the subject of tea was conducted by Director Terri McIntyre and caused a lot of amusement from the guests. The library raffle is showing most of the prizes to be won inside the library, tickets are $2 each or S5 for three. Tickets will be on sale outside some local stores on Friday and Saturday.

The library can be reached at (936) 628-3515. The drawing will be held on Feb. 10.

•This week I met Amanda Maggio, who is a program coordinator with AccentCare of Belcher Street in Cleveland. She was very happy after awarding LaShonda Carr, LVN of Woodland Park, the Pineywoods Nurse Award Nurse of the Year. The prize is a seven-night trip to Panama in a 5-star hotel. LaShonda won’t be going alone since the prize includes a partner.

Maggio also talked about the online Auction in Antigua, which is a fundraiser for prizes for the nursing profession. The prize trip is a seven-night stay at St. James Bay Antigua Resort & Spa. You can bid on this at www.pineywoodsnurseawards.com, or you can go to Facebook where you can also donate to this worthy cause.

Maggio gave me information about the upcoming Mobile Mammogram coming to Cleveland on Feb. 1.

In honor of World Cancer Day, The Rose as the mobile center is called is hosted by AccentCare at 400 E. Belcher St. If you are uninsured, are at least 35 years old and have a mammogram order from your primary care physician, you may qualify for financial assistance.

Call (936) 433-5376 to talk to Amanda Maggio.

•Have you heard of Linda Deeter? She is the next subject of my San Jacinto County residents who work to make life better for those in need.

Linda is known as an award-winning artist. She loves nature which is one of the main topics of her art. She is also a webmaster for several local organizations where she has an opportunity to show her artistic ability. Linda says that her paintings celebrate God.

“I preserve on canvas what God gave,” she said.

Recently she painted a large backdrop for her church’s Nativity scene. She had to climb a ladder to paint the top half. But, of all the things she does, Linda’s greatest passion is for Quilts for Kids. With her friend LaDonyce Hamilton, who owns quilting center The Red Barn, Linda started the Coldspring Chapter for Quilts for Kids.

This is a national organization, but the two women created their own non-profit so that their quilts could be distributed locally instead of being sent to the HQ in Pennsylvania. The quilts are for children who are ill, in hospital or in a crisis in their lives. Quilts are given to first responders in our area, all law enforcement officers have quilts and so does the Children’s Hospital in the Woodlands. Quilts are free.

The quilting group are in Linda’s words “an awesome group.” They donate their time and materials which must be new since many sick children are vulnerable to infection.

If you want to know more about this group, go to Facebook page called Coldspring Quilts for Kids.

Linda is a very modest lady who tried to dissuade me from writing about her. However, by talking about her volunteer work, she has allowed others to know about this heartwarming work. The group has made and given away 2,100 quilts so far.

With her husband of almost 57 years Gerald, they enjoy the beauty of our area and the many friends they have made over their years here.

•Linda and I are members of SJC Women’s League, another fine group which works to give away the money made from their fundraisers. The next one will be the annual Style Show which is always a very enjoyable event.

Sadly, members are asked by President Kay Capers to remember in their prayers Sylvia Roesler, who just lost her husband, Gene, and her sister, Linda Winkleman (also a member), who is in the ICU in hospital.

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 a member of the Coldspring Chamber of Commerce.

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Luttrell visits district

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U.S. Rep. Morgan Luttrell tours the Walker County Storm Shelter.  More photos on page 5A. Courtesy photoU.S. Rep. Morgan Luttrell tours the Walker County Storm Shelter. More photos on page 5A. Courtesy photo

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LIVINGSTON — Newly elected 8th District Congressman Marcus Luttrell was hosted by VFW Post 8568 on Wednesday for his first town hall meeting since being sworn in.

The meeting was attended by about 100 community members that included local officials; chief of the Alabama Chousatta Tribe,  Donnis Battise, and Herb Johnson, Jr., tribal public relations; Escapees; the Polk County Republican Club; San Jacinto Republicans; and numerous veterans.

Among the issues discussed were congressional finance expenditures, including an increase in the long-term capital gains rate being considered; the border; and term limits.

Luttrell spent the last week traveling throughout the district.

On Jan. 17, Luttrell joined the Cy-Fair Chamber of Commerce meeting and handed out his first Commendation to Julie Peterson for her service as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

On Wednesday, Luttrell also made a stop by the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce and presented a Commendation to Kati Krouse for her service on the Board of Directors.

On Thursday, Luttrell visited Conroe City Hall, a Lake Conroe Area Republican Women’s meeting, and the Walker County Storm Shelter.

While in Washington, D.C., Luttrell led a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas to address his dereliction of duty and the crisis at the Southern border.

He also received his committee appointments this week — the House Armed Services Committee,

Luttrell said he would be back in the area in a few months.

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School to open daycare

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Clark Addison, Jeanna Roberts and Thomas Barton discuss their adventures during the recent Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp. Photos by Tony FarkasClark Addison, Jeanna Roberts and Thomas Barton discuss their adventures during the recent Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp. Photos by Tony Farkas

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SHEPHERD — The Shepherd ISD Board of Managers on Thursday gave its blessing for the district to begin the process of creating an early learning/daycare center on a Shepherd ISD campus.

At its regular meeting, the board discussed creating a center in five unused classrooms at the Primary School. SPS Principal Alisa Lott said the facility will not just be a daycare center, but will focus on development while providing activities both inside and outdoors.

The center should house about 20 infants and 28 toddlers, mostly coming from the teachers in the district.

Assistant Superintendent DeAnna Clavell said the district will need about $100,000 to $150,000 to prepare the area, which will include enhancing security, constructing an awning and sidewalks, installing a play area and acquiring the proper state licenses.

Clavell also said that Workforce Solutions will partner with the center and provide funds for salaries and some training, and there are other grants available for training and building needs.

The center would employ six infant care and four toddler care specialists, as well as a director, all of which will need to be licensed.

The center would charge a tuition, and Clavell said after a few years they should realize $269,000 in revenue; however, the center most probably would operate at a loss, but the center should be viewed as an investment in the district’s staff and students.

However, she said that only district staff would be eligible to use the facility, and it would not be open to the general public.

Clavell said that if the building is ready and passes any necessary inspections for licensing, it’s possible to have a soft opening by July 10.

In other business, the board:

•discussed a concern from a Little Dribbler coach about padding on the walls behind the goals in the Middle School gym, as he injured both his wrists running into a wall during a game;

•discussed the collection of delinquent tax payments for the 2021-22 year, which amount to around $248,000 of $587,000 in delinquencies;

•discussed setting workshop to set board operating procedures; and

•approved the purchase of replacement Chromebooks.

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Shelter rescues dogs from San Jacinto County

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The Houston Humane Society rescued 13 abandoned dogs from San Jacinto County recently.   Courtesy photosThe Houston Humane Society rescued 13 abandoned dogs from San Jacinto County recently. Courtesy photos

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HOUSTON — The Houston Humane Society on Jan. 12 rescued 13 abandoned dogs in San Jacinto County.

The animals were saved after they were reported to be abandoned by their owners and taken to the Humane Society shelter in Houston.

Veterinary staff reported the dogs were underweight and suffering from lacerations, hair loss and overgrown nails. Some of the dogs are pregnant as well.

All 13 dogs will be placed for adoption.

For more information on supportive programs services available through Houston Humane Society, visit www.houstonhumane.org.

For more than 60 years, the Houston Humane Society has been dedicated to, and working towards, ending cruelty, abuse and the overpopulation of animals while providing the highest quality of life to those brought to them for care.

The Houston Humane Society offers adoption, low-cost services, free resource programs, cruelty investigations and adoptions, and is the only regional shelter with full-service veterinary services available to the public.

In 2020, the Houston Humane Society distributed more than 1.5 million pet meals to animals in need, performed more than 12,000 spay-neuter surgeries, provided veterinary services for more than 40,000 animals and helped 3,000 animals find their forever homes.

San Jacinto County Precinct 3 Constable Sam Houston serves as the animal control officer for the county. Contact his office to report cases of abandoned or loose animals at (281) 592-0919.

The county also is constructing a new animal control facility in Coldspring to help house animals.

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Aldermen deal with road issues

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City Of ShepheardBy Tony Farkas
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SHEPHERD — It was standing room only in the Shepherd City Council chambers as residents of two city streets brought up concerns about the condition of city streets.

City Secretary Debra Hagler said a room full of people wanted action on the potholes on Railroad Avenue and Ragsdale Street, which also has a ditch with an exposed pipe.

Hagler said the aldermen will look for alternative ways to fund repairs. She said the city did a study in 2018, and there was $3 million in repairs that were identified.

There was talk of doing an overlay, which will be discussed at the next meeting.

No action was taken.

Other residents’ concerns were trash on Shoemaker Road, but the city took no action as someone has to be caught tossing the trash on the street.

In other business, the city:

•scheduled a public hearing for the next meeting over the abandonment or sale of alleyway to Jeff Langham;

•approved a plat for Bluegill Subdivision, which will be developed at the corner of North Byrd and Lilley streets; and

•approved the 2023 holiday schedule for the city.

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