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Funds needed for scholarships

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COLDSPRING — The Coldspring Chamber of Commerce will again host its annual Best of Coldspring scholarship banquet, and some help is needed.

In 2020, the chamber gave $2,800 in scholarships to the graduating seniors of Coldspring through donations alone.

This year, the chamber again will host a silent auction, as well as seek donations from area businesses and chamber members.

Office Manager Mindy Blankemeyer said the chamber needs donations of auction items.

“We are now accepting donations from our members to auction off to help give more to our graduates than ever before,” she said. “We do have seven items that were donated last year and we were unable to auction those, so they will be added to this year's.”

Blankemeyer also said that since many residents are still leery about gathering in groups, the silent auction will be held online at coldspringtexas.org. She or Board Member Christina Mallet, chairperson for the banquet, are available to pick up donations.

She also said that those interested in giving a monetary donation can fill out a form and drop it by the chamber. Three levels are available: Gold ($1,000), Silver ($500) or Bronze ($250).

Deadline for donations is March 5.

The banquet is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, March 13.

For information, contact the chamber at (936) 653-2184.

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Getting out

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021121 car show 1TONY FARKAS | SJNT Ashley Carter, along with sidekick tykes Presley Greenwood and Jason Greenwood, share a love of cars and getting out and about on the weekend during the Cars, Coffee and Donuts event on Saturday in Coldspring.

Monthly event brings Coldspring residents to the Square

By Tony Farkas

COLDSPRING — The air was cold, but the coffee was hot, and the cars were much hotter.

At the Cars, Coffee and Donuts event on Saturday, residents were treated to breakfast and sweet, sweet cars.

Brandi Bourland, vice president of the Coldspring Area Business Merchants Association, said the first Saturday of the month is set aside in Coldspring to get more people into the town to enjoy what it has to offer.

Also, it allows car enthusiasts to gather and compare notes.

While the event current focuses on cars, Bourland said there may be room for Jeeps and motorcycles in the future, to help the event grow.

“I think this is a good thing,” she said. “I think it’s a mood-booster. I think people like to get out and get involved.”

Find out more about CABMA on Facebook or at cabma.org.

021121 car show 3TONY FARKAS | SJNT Area residents marvel over the vehicles displayed during the Cars, Coffee and Donuts event on Saturday in Coldspring.

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Deputies investigating weekend shooting

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020421 shooting Photo courtesy of SJCSO Facebook page Law enforcement officials investigate a shooting in the 100 block of Cindy Lane on Friday that left one man with a gunshot wound.

By Tony Farkas

SHEPHERD — A Shepherd man was arrested in connection with a Friday shooting that left a second man in critical condition.

Brent Donnan, 36, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the incident.

According to information provided by The San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office, a 911 call was made around 6 p.m. on Jan. 29 regarding a possible shooting in the 100 Block of Cindy Lane in Shepherd.

A San Jacinto County deputy constable arrived first on the scene to find a victim was shot and being transported out of the area by a personal vehicle to meet EMS personnel.

Witnesses provided a description of a person involved in the altercation, which was relayed to law enforcement personnel, the SO said.

The suspect that was involved in this shooting had left the residence, running into a nearby wooded area with a firearm, according to witnesses.

As other deputies and state troopers arrived to establish a perimeter, the subject came out of the woods and surrendered to authorities, the SO said.

The victim was transported to an area hospital in critical condition, where he was admitted and underwent surgery. The victim is listed in stable condition, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Donnan has been released on a $10,000 bond.

The investigation by the San Jacinto County Sheriff's detectives is continuing.

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SJC deputies nab suspect with 13 lbs of meth

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Drug BustCOURTESY PHOTO Six Ziploc bags containing a total of 13.40 pounds of methamphetamines was discovered by San Jacinto County Sheriff’s deputies during a traffic stop conducted outside of Shepherd on Dec. 28. The discovery led to the arrest of Jorge Luis Baca Cuevas of Mexico.

By Jason Chlapek

SHEPHERD — A Mexican resident is behind bars after a routine traffic stop turned into a drug bust last week.

Jorge Luis Baca Cuevas was stopped at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 28, after San Jacinto County Sheriff’s deputies conducted a routine traffic stop on U.S. Highway 59 just outside the Shepherd city limits. Baca Cuevas was stopped because the driver’s side tail lamp on his Honda Civic was not illuminated.

During the stop, Baca Cuevas was identified through his Mexico-issued identification card. The deputy who conducted the stop had suspicion of criminal activity taking place.

After receiving consent to search the vehicle, six Ziploc bags containing a crystal-like substance were discovered. The substance in the bags all tested positive for methamphetamine.

“He picked up 13 pounds of meth in Pasadena and was on his way to Chicago, but we stopped him on a traffic violation in our county,” San Jacinto County Sheriff Greg Capers said.

The meth weighed a total of 13.40 pounds and was worth approximately $500,000. Baca Cuevas was charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance penalty group one, greater than four hundred grams.

“I’m just glad that half a million dollars of narcotics have been taken off the streets,” Capers said. “This makes it safer for children.”

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COCISD Supt steps down

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COCISD Superintendent Dr. Leland R. MooreCOURTESY PHOTO COCISD Superintendent Dr. Leland Moore will resign from his post effective Dec. 31, 2020.

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Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD will be looking for a new leader.

After serving as COCISD superintendent for nearly five years, Dr. Leland Moore has tendered his resignation, effective Dec. 31. Moore’s resignation was accepted by the board at the December meeting, which took place during the COCISD Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, Dec. 14, at the Jones Auditorium.

“As I begin a new season in my life, I am ready to pursue new opportunities. I have given five years of service to the COCISD and every day of that time has been rewarding for me. My heart tells me it’s time for a change,” wrote Moore in a message to staff. “I have been privileged to serve with a great team of educators and staff who are loyal and dedicated to the children of the COCISD. And I’m thankful for the opportunity to have worked with trustees who are on a vibrant and exciting mission.”

The Board of Trustees held its regular December meeting a week earlier than usual due to the Christmas and New Year holidays.

After formally accepting Moore’s resignation, the board approved the appointment of education consultant and former San Augustine superintendent Walter Key to serve as interim superintendent. Also approved was the engagement of Haglund Law Firm, P.C. to perform the superintendent search.

In other business, the meeting opened with a public hearing to present the 2019-20 Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR). Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Vikki Curry gave the presentation, explaining that due to the TEA response to COVID-19, the report was essentially the same as the previous year. There were no public comments. The TAPR may be viewed on the district website at cocisd.org > District > Accountability.

Under New Business, the board discussed and approved the following:

Renewal of a legal services agreement with Walsh, Gallegos, Trevino, Russo & Kyle P.C. 

Extension of additional COVID-related leave to COCISD employees. 

Adoption of a formal board resolution urging TEA to cancel the STAAR tests for the 2020-21 school year.

A Verizon operation connectivity contract.

The next regular meeting of the COCISD Board of Trustees will be held at the Jones Auditorium on Monday, Jan. 25, at 6:30 p.m.

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