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Students were inspired by Clutch the Rockets mascot to do their best

Rockets Mascot

James Street Elementary and Coldspring Intermediate students were inspired and encouraged to do their best by a visit from the Houston Rockets' mascot Clutch on Friday, April 17. Clutch and his partner Rockets Ranger presented students with testing tips and motivation in a fun, exciting program that everyone enjoyed. Angela Ballew and Janet Sanve were responsible for planning this awesome assembly to get students pumped up and ready to go for STAAR testing! (Photos by Barbara Bounds)

Award winning artist remembered

Contributed by: Linda Deeter
Coldspring Area Art League, President

The recent death of Mary Basye Nicklow will leave a tremendous void in the Coldspring community, but her memory and love of art will live on.

Mary Basye NicklowMary Basye NicklowAfter studying art privately for many years, watercolor became the chosen medium of Mary Basye Nicklow. A serious artist since 1976, this international award-winning watercolorist had numerous one-woman shows in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. For several years, she was represented by the prestigious DuBose Gallery in Houston, Texas.

Mary's artwork is included in many corporate as well as private collections. It can be seen gracing the walls at our local Bank of San Jacinto County and numerous other locations. A native Texan, she made her home in Coldspring. Mary's subject matter varied from rural landscapes of East Texas to the sometimes stark scenery of the Big Bend area of West Texas. Her still life and portrait paintings have been widely accepted and in more recent years she had completed a number of large floral paintings. Her love of nature and love of God was evident, not only in her art, but in her life!

Mary was a signature member of the Texas Watercolor Society, Watercolor Art Society of Houston, The International Society of Artists and had her work accepted for competition by the American Watercolor Society in New York. She was a Charter Member of Coldspring Area Art League, and a member of Lone Star Art Guild.

Mary was deeply involved in art in the Coldspring community. She loved sharing her art and she loved encouraging others to pursue their artistic talents. Mary, along with 11 other charter members, established the Coldspring Area Art League 2012, with a mission to "encourage the diversity of art". She loved participating in the League's numerous community activities and delighted in sharing her knowledge of art with children at the Creative Kids Art Camp each year. She demonstrated for the League, always shared her "artistic opinion" when asked!

Butterfly memorial garden to receive paver embellishment

By: Gayle Erwin
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The Master Gardeners in San Jacinto County were the ground breakers of the Coldspring Community Center Memorial Garden. In late 2013 the group took on the task of the original design of the late Connie Heimann, charter member of the Master Gardeners in San Jacinto County. Connie, the groups oldest and most energetic member passed away before the garden blossomed. Under the direction of Karla Fratt, chairman of the project, the dream came "to bloom". Sidewalks, a patio, soil, plants and mulch were installed by the organization with their own budgeted monies.

The next phase of the Butterfly Memorial Garden has been initiated. The "Paver Project" as it is called is a fundraising and tribute to the garden. You can purchase a brick or choice of two different sizes of pavers to be placed in the garden. You may honor a loved one that has passed, a loved one that is still here to see the tribute, or honor a community worker, business or organization. The first phase in ordering is about to come to the closing deadline of April 10th. For information regarding the paver project you may go to www.polarengraving.com/SJCMasterGardeners

You may call Debi Goodale at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 936-402-0878 Karla Fratt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 936-537-8437 or the AgriLife Extension office at 96-628-6407. Deadline for phase one is April 10, installation will follow upon shipment.

San Jacinto County Sheriff named '2014 Best Police Officer'

Sheriff gets certificate

Coldspring/San Jacinto County Chamber of Commerce Second Vice President Gerald Deeter (l) presented Sheriff Greg Capers with a certificate naming him the 2014 Best Peace Officer. The award was overlooked during the Best of San Jacinto County banquet held Jan. 24, sponsored by the chamber. Also pictured are chamber members Jerry and Tammie Gibson.

SHS recognizes techonology, career students, teachers

Shepherd coach Shauna Emola and health science students Keithon Johnson and Angelika Martinez celebrate National Career and Technical Education Month.  Shepherd coach Shauna Emola and health science students Keithon Johnson and Angelika Martinez celebrate National Career and Technical Education Month.

SHEPHERD — The month of February is National Career and Technical Education Month. Shepherd High School recognizes their Career and Technical Education teachers and is proud of the growth in the classes offered and the number of students enrolled in the programs.

Shepherd High School Career and Technical teachers are Lisa Courvelle, India Peden, Robert Peden and Holly Harrison.Shepherd High School Career and Technical teachers are Lisa Courvelle, India Peden, Robert Peden and Holly Harrison.Shepherd High School offers the traditional agriculture classes, construction management, family consumer science, business and technology classes. But SHS also offers Health Science, Commercial Photography, Floral Design, Culinary, and Veterinary Medical Application. Students are also able to take Career and Technical Education courses that give them a science or math credit, such as, Advanced Animal Science, Forensic Science, Mathematical Applications in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and Statistics and Risk Management.

Shepherd High School Career and Technical teachers are: Technology – Lisa Courvelle and Holly Harrison; Audio Visual – India Peden and Robert Peden; Business – Julia Allbright; Health Science – Shauna Emola; Family Consumer Science – Ginger Batey and Samantha Keith; Agriculture – Caitlin Anderson, Steve Cronin, Tony Goodman and Michelle Moss; Construction – Austin Hanna; Forensic Science – Peter Gallmeier.

Shelton is named Best Citizen during banquet

COLDSPRING — Business owner and volunteer Barbara Shelton was named Best Citizen of 2014 during the fourth annual Best of San Jacinto County Awards Banquet held Saturday.

The award was one of three bestowed on Barbara and her husband Paul who own Paradise Grille and Paradise Gardens in Coldspring.

Barbara works with numerous organizations in the county, including the San Jacinto County Historical Commission, the Coldspring Area Merchant's Association and the Coldspring/San Jacinto county Chamber of Commerce.

She and Paul were also awarded Best Breakfast for their restaurant and Best Gift Shop for the fourth consecutive year.

Another big winner was The Grill in Shepherd for Best Restaurant. Owner William La Coste also won Best Chef/Caterer and Best Baker honors.

The event was sponsored by the Coldspring/San Jacinto County Chamber of Commerce. A list of all winners and nominees is on our website at www.sanjacnews.com