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Shepherd HS Band gets top ratings during competition

Shepherd HS Band

The Shepherd HS Royal Blue Band cheer as they find out they made straight 1st division ratings from the judges on Tuesday, October 21, at the U.I.L. Region 9 Marching Competition. This accomplishment allows the band to advance to the U.I.L. Area C Marching Competition on Saturday, October 25th in Longview at Lobo Stadium against 21 other 1st division 4A bands from all of East Texas. The Band performs at 4:30 pm in prelim competition, hoping to make it as a top 10 Band to march finals that start about 6:45 pm that same evening. If the band finishes as a top 4 band in the Area, they will then have the opportunity to compete at the State U.I.L. contest in San Antonio on November 3rd. Directors are: Mike Wilson, Mike Nelson, Tai Livingston, Cathie Wilson. (Photo by Mike Wilson, band director)

Aquatic plants delivered to tanks at Coldspring-Oakhurst High School

 

Students populate aquatic tanks with American Water Willow

Texas Black Bass Unlilmited, Piney Wood lakes Chapter Texas Master Naturalist and the San Jacinto County Master Gardeners delivered more than 250 aquatic plants to students at Coldspring-Oakhurst High School, beginning a 10-year project. Texas Black Bass Unlilmited, Piney Wood lakes Chapter Texas Master Naturalist and the San Jacinto County Master Gardeners delivered more than 250 aquatic plants to students at Coldspring-Oakhurst High School, beginning a 10-year project. COLDSPRING — Texas Black Bass Unlimited, Piney Wood Lakes Chapter Texas Master Naturalist and the San Jacinto County Master Gardeners delivered approximately 250 American Water Willow plants to Coldspring-Oakhurst High School this past Monday.

Students from Mr. Stork's Aquatic Class and Mr. Thomas' Building Trade Class loaded the plants into the aquatic tanks. In addition, about 45 Western Mosquitofish, (Gambusia affinis) were added to the three aquatic tanks. The common name is Gambezi or Mosquito Fish. Mosquitofish eat most insects' larvae, zooplankton, beetles, mayflies, caddis flies, mites and other invertebrates.

The American Water Willow, (Justicia Americana) was selected for Lake Livingston by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Inland Fisheries, (TPWD) an Advisor to this 10-year project. This plant will grow in one to two feet of water, and depending on water turbidity, may grow in up to four feet of water. The plant typically grows three to four feet high above the waterline and has a small white flower that can be seen from late Spring to late Fall. It is a very fast growing plant, providing cover for small fish, birds and reptiles. In addition, it provides water filtration, bank erosion control, enhances the shoreline appearance and is considered a non-invasive aquatic plant. Pens do not have to be constructed to protect the plants from grass carp and turtles; they find it an undesirable meal.

Students will plant water willow in the shoreline areas selected by the Trinity River Authority (Advisor) and TPWD. In addition, they will propagate new plants in the tanks, to be placed in the Lake at a later date. The project is sponsored by Lake Livingston Friends of Reservoirs, which includes over 20 Partners. For additional information, please contact Tom McDonough of Texas Black Bass Unlimited. His e-mail is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (832) 236-0723.

For more information on:
American Water Willow, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justicia_americana
Western Mosquitiofish, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mosquitofish

Local FFA chapter wins national recognition

Fourteen members of the Coldspring-Oakhurst High School FFA Chapter attended the 86th Annual Texas FFA State Convention in Fort Worth, where the Chapter received the prestigious Gold Emblem rating. Pictured, front row, left to right: Avery Woodson, Vaurisa Harrison, Maive Bishop, Angel Ramber, Noah Diggs-Anglin, Kaylee Speaks, Dontaevaous Harrison and Skylar Mallard; back row, left to right: Devonte Holmes, Joshua Terry, Riley Harrison, Tiffani Huff, Anthoney Young and Thomas Gonzales. (Photo by Ashlie Taylor)Fourteen members of the Coldspring-Oakhurst High School FFA Chapter attended the 86th Annual Texas FFA State Convention in Fort Worth, where the Chapter received the prestigious Gold Emblem rating. Pictured, front row, left to right: Avery Woodson, Vaurisa Harrison, Maive Bishop, Angel Ramber, Noah Diggs-Anglin, Kaylee Speaks, Dontaevaous Harrison and Skylar Mallard; back row, left to right: Devonte Holmes, Joshua Terry, Riley Harrison, Tiffani Huff, Anthoney Young and Thomas Gonzales. (Photo by Ashlie Taylor)

COLDSPRING — The Coldspring-Oakhurst High School FFA Chapter has been recognized in the 2014 National Chapter Award Program from the National FFA Organization.

After receiving the prestigious Gold Emblem rating of three stars at the 86th Annual Texas FFA State Convention, the Coldspring FFA Chapter advanced to the national level to be judged for the National FFA Chapter Contest. This rating is only bestowed on the top 10 percent of FFA Chapters in Texas.

"Coldspring FFA was one of only 18 schools in Texas to receive a three-star rating in this award program," said COHS FFA Advisor Beldon Rudloff. "We will be receiving an award at the National FFA Convention in October for this ranking."

According to the National FFA Organization, the program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that successfully complete an annual set of required activities that encourage members to grow as individuals, work as a team and serve others in their communities.
"Texas raised the bar on application judging and it showed," said Tom Maynard, the executive director of the Texas FFA Association. "It makes us all proud to be Texans!"

In addition to receiving the Gold Emblem rating, the following five members of the COHS FFA Chapter were awarded the Lone Star FFA Degree at the 86th Annual Texas FFA State Convention: Riley Harrison, Anthony Young, Casey Scott Vyctoria Barroso and Elijah Vick.

The highest degree bestowed by the Texas FFA, the Lone Star FFA Degree recognizes FFA members who have received the Chapter Degree, been active FFA members for at least two years, complete at least four semesters of agricultural science at or above the 9th grade level, maintain a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program, demonstrate their leadership skills and show a commitment to the FFA through involvement at the chapter level and above.

The COHS FFA Chapter will be honored at the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Kentucky, Oct. 29-Nov. 1.

Queen contestants named for annual fair, rodeo

2013 Miss San Jacinto County Fair and Rodeo Queen Audrey Spivey (front, center) will relinquish her title to one of four contestants -- Avery Woodson, Savanna Spivey, Chelbie Whiting and Macie Martin -- during the 8 p.m. rodeo performance of the San Jacinto County Fair and Rodeo on Saturday, Sept. 27 in Coldspring. (Photo by Charles Ballard)2013 Miss San Jacinto County Fair and Rodeo Queen Audrey Spivey (front, center) will relinquish her title to one of four contestants -- Avery Woodson, Savanna Spivey, Chelbie Whiting and Macie Martin -- during the 8 p.m. rodeo performance of the San Jacinto County Fair and Rodeo on Saturday, Sept. 27 in Coldspring. (Photo by Charles Ballard)

COLDSPRING — San Jacinto County Fair officials announced the names of four contestants who will compete for the title of 2014 Miss San Jacinto County Fair and Rodeo Queen during the annual event scheduled to beheld Sept. 19 through Sept. 27 in Coldspring.

Audrey Spivey, the reigning 2013 Miss San Jacinto County Fair and Rodeo Queen will crown one of the following four contestants during the rodeo on Sept. 27: Avery Woodson, Savanna Spivey, Chelbie Whiting and Macie Martin.

Before being crowned, the contestants competed in an interview held Saturday in Coldspring where they presented a three-minute speech on their Expectations of Being the 2014 Fair and Rodeo Queen. Each contestant was also judged on appearance and presentation during the interview session.

Contestants will also be judged on their horsemanship while riding patterns in the rodeo arena during the fair.

(For more information about the contestants and to read their three-minute speech on Expectations of Being the 2014 Fair and Rodeo Queen, see the Sept. 18, special San Jacinto County Fair and Rodeo section in the San Jacinto News-Times next week.)

The annual county fair and rodeo will be held at the San Jacinto County Fairgrounds in Coldspring.
Activities start Friday, Sept. 19 with a barbecue cook-off. Barbecue contest winers will be announced at 4 p.m. Sept. 20.

The annual parade will begin at 10 a.m. in downtown Coldspring and travel to the fairgrounds where a Ranch Rode is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. followed by a dance starring Leaving Sundown from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m.

Local FFA and 4-H exhibits will be judged through the week, beginning Monday, Sept. 22 through Friday, Sept. 26.

Carnival rides will begin Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. and continue through Saturday, Sept. 27.

A livestock sale will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, and during the 8 p.m. rodeo on Sept. 27, the crowning of the 2014-2015 Miss San Jacinto County Fair and Rodeo Queen will be held in the rodeo arena.

RESTOCKING LAKE LIVINGSTON’S VEGETATION

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As part of a project to restock Lake Livingston with native vegetation, schools around the lake, including Coldspring, Onalaska and Livingston are building aquatic tanks to grow American water willow. When the plants get large enough, they're split into two and sometimes three plants. When they get enough, the plants will be transplanted into shallow areas of Lake Livingston. The plants help reduce erosion, help filter the water and provide habitat for small fish which are then eaten by larger fish. The plants are high in cellulose content which means that fish don't like to eat them. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Inland Fisheries delivered 200 aquatic plants for Coldspring High School recently. TPWD's Alice Best and Chris Mynatt are pictured placing some or the plants into the project managers tanks.

Annual fair, rodeo scheduled

COLDSPRING — The 2014 San Jacinto County Fair, Rodeo and Livestock Show is scheduled to beheldFriday, Sept. 19 through Saturday, Sept. 27.

The annual event will be held at the San Jacinto County Fairgrounds in Coldspring.

Activities start Friday, Sept. 19 with a barbecue cook-off. Barbecue contest winers will be announced at 4 p.m. Sept. 20.

The annual parade will begin at 10 a.m. in downtown Coldspring and travel to the fairgrounds where at Ranch Rode is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. followed by a dance starring Leaving Sundown from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m.

Local FFA and 4-H exhibits will be judged through the week, beginning Monday, Sept. 22 through Friday, Sept. 26.

Carnival rides will begin Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. and continue through Saturday, Sept. 27.
A livestock sale will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27.

Also on Sept. 27, at 8 p.m. the crowning of the 2014-2015 Miss San Jacinto County Fair and Rodeo Queen will be held in the rodeo arena.