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SJC Sheriff’s Office hosts National Police Week luncheon

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Law enforcement officials enjoy lunch.Law enforcement officials enjoy lunch.

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COLDSPRING — Sheriff Greg Capers and his command staff sponsored a luncheon for the county’s law enforcement community of SJC in celebration of National Police Week recently.

The event was in line with the week, which established by President John F. Kennedy in 1962. 

“There was a clear line between good and evil and people generally looked out for one another, and law enforcement was integrated into the community. which is the objective that District Attorney-elect Todd Dillon and I will be focusing on in the very near term,” Capers said.

He went on to praise the dedication and professionalism of the people that make up the law enforcement community in SJC.

Dillon quoted John 15: -13: “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friend.” 

Both Capers and Dillon said the community can be of great help to the police by being more mindful of their surroundings. 

The Texas Department of Public Safety has estimated that 234,000 illegals have crossed the Texas border in the month of April alone and that number is likely to increase. 

“Don’t become complacent in that we do not share a border with Mexico,” Capers said. “These illegals, many of whom have prior convictions for crimes against society, will be looking for criminal opportunities right here in SJC. 

“If you see something suspicious don’t hesitate, call 911 and let us investigate,” Capers said. “Your safety and security are our highest priority.”

Sheriff Greg Capers talks with area law enforcement officials regarding statistics during the recent National Police Week luncheon. Courtesy photosSheriff Greg Capers talks with area law enforcement officials regarding statistics during the recent National Police Week luncheon. Courtesy photos

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Students shown possibilities at job fair

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Job Fair

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COLDSPRING — Workforce Solutions Deep East Texas coordinated with Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD’s CTE department to put on the 2022 Youth Career Summit at Coldspring-Oakhurst High School on Thursday. 

Students from both COHS and Shepherd High School attended the event.

“It was a great day. We were so honored to host this wonderful event and to provide this opportunity for our students,” said COCISD CTE Director Jeff Eichman. “Any time we can expand business and industry partnerships and collaborate with our neighboring school district, Shepherd ISD, it’s a tremendous benefit for our students and community.”

Representatives from a variety of vocations, industries, and post-secondary education and training institutions filled the high school gym and connected parking area. Students viewed and tried out equipment, chatted with vendors, and discovered a world of opportunities for life after graduation they never knew existed. 

Demonstrations were given and materials were handed out for students to get more information if they were interested in a particular field. Becoming a lineman in the energy industry was an especially popular option.

“I smile at the number of students who have come to me in the last three days because of the summit,” said COCISD CCMR Counselor Kathryn Pedigo. “It certainly stirred the pot in a good way.”

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Pirates lauded at banquet

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Head Softball Coach Suzon Martin discusses the heart of her team during the athletic banquet on May 10. Photos by Tony FarkasHead Softball Coach Suzon Martin discusses the heart of her team during the athletic banquet on May 10. Photos by Tony Farkas

By Tony Farkas
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SHEPHERD — Some bright spots, and some low spots in many sports, highlighted the 2021-22 sports year for Shepherd High School, but through it all, the biggest highlight was the Pirates’ fighting spirit.

Athletic Director Miles Robison said at the annual sports banquet on May 10 that overall, it was a great year, mostly because of the never-say-die attitudes of the players.

“We have some great kids,” he said. “We are one of the smallest schools in 4A, at the very bottom, and the last few years these kids have come out every day and given 100 percent, and that says a lot about their character.”

Since the district has some of the best athletes in the state, Shepherd faced opponents that were tough, he said. 

“It say a lot about the kids that they’ve got their tails bent the last few years and they still show up and still deal with us as coaches, as well as compete at the level they’ve been competing at,” Robison said.

Robison praised the parents, the athletes, and the administrators, as well as giving coaches credit for motivating the students.

“We had some great successes, especially in powerlifting,” Robison. Had two state champions in the event with Lain Baker and Rudy Morales.

Athletes in individual sports were given MVP awards.

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No rain delays in prayer

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The preachers offering praise during the National Day of Prayer include (back row, from left) Douglas Jackson, Dan Darby and Dalton Currie; and (front row, from left) Marianne Rayne, Phil Herrington, Charlie Lambardino and Deral Shelton.The preachers offering praise during the National Day of Prayer include (back row, from left) Douglas Jackson, Dan Darby and Dalton Currie; and (front row, from left) Marianne Rayne, Phil Herrington, Charlie Lambardino and Deral Shelton.

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COLDSPRING — Seven pastors led the crowd that braved Thursday’s storm to observe the National Day of Prayer.

The Rev. Dr. Dan Darby prayed for the federal government; Mariann Rayne from Paul Horton United Methodist prayed for the state government; Deral Shelton from New Hope Baptist prayed for the San Jacinto County government; Dalton Currie from Evergreen Baptist prayed for first responders; Douglas Jackson from Hopewell Missionary Baptist prayed for educators and the educational system; Charlie Lambardino from Bear Creek Cowboy Church prayed for all the churches; and Phil Herrington from First Baptist prayed for the spiritually lost to open their hearts to the Gospel. 

Although originally scheduled for outside, the event, which had 42 in attendance, was moved into the FBC student building due to the weather. 

Darby said they got through got out in about 45 minutes despite seven preachers praying.

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County begins code compliance

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SanJacCountySealBy Tony Farkas
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COLDSPRING — Federal regulations will require the county to adopt stricter building codes or possibly face losing out on grants and government recovery funds.

Mark Wood, Mayor of Point Blank and the county’s agent for subdivision rules, said changes in building codes will affect county in three areas — hazard mitigation; building code strategy, whereby communities are urged to adopt stricter building codes; and a change that will allow FEMA to enforce building codes in flood plains.

Wood said that this means that the county could be out of compliance unless it adopts proposed federal strategies and regulations. It also means the county would not be eligible for certain grants or hazard recovery funds.

911 Addressing Coordinator Trisha Basham, in a matter related to those changes, said the changes have added new areas into the flood plain, and FEMA recommends using a Base Flood Elevation viewer, which will ensure the construction meets all requirements and will allow the county to issue a $50 occupancy permit.

Should a property be out of compliance, the owner would not be eligible for flood insurance or federal help, she said.

A new permitting procedure will be required using the BFE viewer, which the board approved 3-0.

County Judge Fritz Faulkner and Commissioner Donnie Marrs were not in attendance.

In other business, the county:

•approved Valbridge and CDRE as an appraisal services for the CDBG buyout program;

•approved an agreement to participating with the Forensic Center of Excellence Adult Forensic Interview program, and participation in the Lone Star East Sexual Assault Response Team;

•approved the partition of 36 acres in the Point Blank area;

•approved the extension of the contract time on a grant project;

•approved items as surplus, including a motor grader and dump truck, to be sold at auction;

•approved a resolution in support of Meals on Wheels in its bid to seek funds from DETCOG;

•tabled a plat for the new Fostoria Court subdivision;

•approved submission of a grant application for a Community Development Block Grant;

•approved the award of $233,768.59 in ARPA funds to the Camilla Water Supply Corp.; and

•approved the award of $16,231.41 in ARPA funds to Mercy Water Co.

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