Shepherd Chamber of Commerce

16 N. Liberty St, Shepherd, TX 77371


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by Yvonne Cones

The storm caused more cancellations again this last week. Shepherd Council canceled their monthly meeting because of it and other organizations had to do the same. Now the weather is lovely and Saturday saw two fundraisers held successfully. Friends of Shepherd Library hosted a Chili Cook Off at the  Community Center Pavilion. Ranger Joel was very popular with the younger set trying out the Archery booth, using arrows with safe tips of course! Joel also showed us a baby alligator which is part of the collection of wild life used for teaching purposes, along with skins from snakes and other creatures living in the forest. The winners of the Cook Off were Darlene and The Lonesome Dove Wedding and Event Venue. Seconds was Jenni from ‘Skoops and Stems’, third was TBD- Michelle and (Mayor) Charles Minton and fourth was R&R Chili Willie Cook Off team. Everyone won a medal and plaque and the day was a lot of fun. 

Music was supplied by DJ Frankie Torres of Uncle Frankie’s Funky Treasure Box. He played a great selection of songs, many from earlier times in keeping with the majority of the Chili Cooks! I didn’t cook but I enjoyed the nostalgic memories of the music from my younger days! Frankie can supply whatever you want for your event. “Spin the Wheel’ was a popular game, for $1 a spin, young ones could land on a winner and choose from the selection it  pointed out. Director Terri, with Allison and Maria, who volunteered at the Hot Dog Stand with her, were great help as were Leslye and Stephanie from Coldspring Library who ran the ‘Spin the Wheel’ and other items. Thank you Pro Star Waste for the garbage boxes and thank you one and all for being there!

Casino Night fund raiser for the Impact Emergency Crisis Center was held at Cleveland VFW Cleveland Post 1839. The private room was beautifully decorated by Brenda Myers and her team of volunteers. The meal was BBQ by Bubba’s and there were a professional Casino set up for the ‘gamblers’ who played with 'coupon money' and  had fun without losing their shirts! DJ Joe LeBlanc was also MC and auctioneer. As always he did a wonderful job and coaxed bidders during the live auction to donate more to the Center’s cause. Brenda held several contests, best dressed, best dancers and more, which was a lot of fun with the crowd clapping for their favorites. These and other good causes bring our communities together and help those in need.

There was a meeting of Emergency Services this week at the new Innovation Center. I was surprised and grateful to hear from groups from out of state who had traveled here to help with clean up where homes had been flooded etc. These worthy groups can only stay for a while but seek volunteers who can continue when they have to leave. Most are connected to a church and information can be had from First Baptist Church in Coldspring as well as others in our area. ‘Samaritan’s Purse’ offers free assistance to home owners who need personal property clean up, chain saw work, temporary Roof Tarping and sanitizing with shockwave treatment. Connected to First Methodist Church of Livingston, call 833-747-1234 to speak to a Samaritan’s Purse Rep. Emmitt Eldridge and Kris Eastham are the two who deal with emergencies in our area in their different fields. To report storm damage Kris says report at DAMAGE.TDEM.TEXAS. GOV. Local groups were at the meeting. Brenda Myers from the impact Center and local elected officials were there to see what could be done to combine forces and help those in need.

The Senior Centers of our county serve good meals at very low cost. The menu for each one, Shepherd and Coldspring, which is called the San Jacinto County Senior Center to be exact, is in this paper and each center has a list of activities for seniors ranging from games of cards and dominos to line dancing classes at Coldspring and each one is helped with sales from resale shops. These are really excellent places to find bargains from kitchen ware to clothes, so have a look when you can. It was Fish Friday at Coldspring Center with the sponsor being Rae Lynn Phillips, who is running for Constable in Precinct One against Lonnie Thomas. She says ‘Vote Early! And the way our weather has been it is a good thing to do it while the sun shines!  

Coldspring Chamber of Commerce are working on the October Car Show at the Wolf Creek RV Park. This is a lot of work, bringing thousands of people to our area and helping the economy. Call the office for information on registering or becoming a vendor.

Volunteers from New Mexico helping with flood damage.  Based at First Baptist Church in Coldspring.

Zack Gulsby tries out the archery booth

Director Terri and Maria served hot dogs.

Ranger Joel with baby alligator and Police escort!

Owner of Texas Grill, William Lacoste and his wife, Rhonda, took a table for Casino Night

Best Dressed Contest at Casino Night

Shepherd Chamber of Commerce

Coldspring Chamber of Commerce

31 N. Butler St., Coldspring, TX 77331