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Help remains after Mobile Disaster Recovery Center closes in San Jacinto County

A State of Texas/Federal Mobile Disaster Recovery Center (MDRC) in the city of Coldspring will close permanently at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25. However, help is just a mouse click, phone call or a tap on the FEMA app away.

The center is at the following location:

San Jacinto County Office of Emergency Management (OEM)

Parking Lot

51 East Pine Ave.

Coldspring, TX 77331

Individuals and businesses in counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods can still get help, and register if they haven’t done so, in the following ways:

Online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
Calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362
Via the FEMA app, available for Apple and Android mobile devices. To download visit: fema.gov/mobile-app.
Visiting anyofthecenters.Locationsof otherrecoverycentersonlineatwww.fema.gov/DRC.

Homeowners, renters and businesses in Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Caldwell, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Grimes, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Waller and Wharton counties may be eligible for help.

For more information on Hurricane Harvey and Texas recovery, visit the Hurricane Harvey disaster web page at fema.gov/disaster/4332, Facebook at facebook.com/FEMAharvey, the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at twitter.com/FEMARegion6, or the Texas Division of Emergency Management website at dps.texas.gov/dem/.

Election Voters approve COCISD Bond

Staff Reports

With a vote count of 837 to 728, the Coldspring-Oakhurst Consolidated ISD’s total bond package of $19,800,000 passed on Tuesday, Nov. 7.
According to preliminary results, Proposition A was approved by a vote of 833 to 748, which is in the amount of $18,510,000 for construction purposes. Proposition B was approved 837 to 728, which is in the amount of $1,290,000.

“The Board and I appreciate each and every voter who participated in this election,” Superintendent Leland Moore said. “The process of this venture has really just begun, and it will be a transparent process. We welcome anyone with questions to contact my office directly.”

The Bond includes:
Modernized science labs and classrooms at Lincoln Junior High and Coldspring-Oakhurst High School.
A renovated science lab at Coldspring Intermediate School.
A new entrance to the high school that faces the highway; the entrance will provide a single-point entry for visitors, for added security.
Removal of the portable buildings at Lincoln Junior High and James Street Elementary and build real classrooms.
A bus loop is going to be added on the other side of the elementary to relieve traffic for car riders
Relocation and update of the playground.

The planned CTE addition is going to add Career & Technical Education (CTE) courses, so the students can earn real industry certifications.
Vocational classes will be offered including: culinary arts, restaurant and hotel management, industrial welding, processing technologies and expanded health science courses. This means students will have the ability to earn a livable wage straight out of high school.
A new Lincoln Junior High band hall; renovate the old band hall for a weight room.
Running water and toilets in the LJH locker rooms.
Ag program is going to get a new projects building and a new greenhouse for the horticulture students.
New scoreboard
New press box
Restrooms under the bleachers.
A section of seating will be added on the home side of the stadium that will have armchairs. These will be sold as season ticket seats at a premium price, recovering the cost of the added arms, plus some.

Moore and the Board will now begin to lay the groundwork for selling the bonds as quickly as possible in order to get the best possible interest rate. Construction will begin at all district campuses this summer, as soon as school releases for the break.

“We want to thank our community and every one of the people who made the passing of this bond possible,” Moore said. “This is a great outcome for COCISD, and most importantly, it’s a great outcome for our kids.

The final Bond results will be made official when the COCISD Board of Trustees has canvassed the votes on Nov. 20.

For more information on the bond, visit the district website at cocisd.org. Under the District tab, click Bond 2017 for a complete list of projects, schematics, and regular updates on the progress of the projects.

Voters approve COCISD Bond Package

By Cassie Gregory

Coldspring-Oakhurst Consolidated ISD’s total bond package of $19,800,000 passed on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Proposition A was approved by a vote of 833 to 748, and Proposition B was approved 837 to 728, according to preliminary results. The final results will be made official when the COCISD Board of Trustees has canvassed the votes on Nov. 20.

“The Board and I appreciate each and every voter who participated in this election,” Superintendent Leland Moore said. “The process of this venture has really just begun, and it will be a transparent process. We welcome anyone with questions to contact my office directly.”

Moore and the Board will now begin to lay the groundwork for selling the bonds as quickly as possible in order to get the best possible interest rate. Construction will begin at all district campuses this summer, as soon as school releases for the break.

“We want to thank our community and every one of the people who made the passing of this bond possible,” Moore said. “This is a great outcome for COCISD, and most importantly, it’s a great outcome for our kids.”

For more information on the bond, visit the district website at cocisd.org. Under the District tab, click Bond 2017 for a complete list of projects, schematics and regular updates on the progress of the projects.

Shepherd City Council discuss purchasing Cantu Building

By Megan Whitworth
Editor

Shepherd’s City Council approved to move forward with getting an inspection on the Cantu Building, located at 16 and 28 N. Liberty in Shepherd, during a special meeting on Thursday, Oct. 19 at the Shepherd Community Center.

The Council is looking into purchasing the former doctor’s office but the cost of repairs and a possible mold infestation are putting the Council members on the edge of their seat before voting to approve the matter.

“I’m not really excited about getting an appraisal done on it right now; I’m more anxious to see what the repairs are going to be,” Councilman Mark Porter said. “…At this point, the huge question is what is it going to cost to put it all together?”

Tim Schroeder, owner of Bluejay Pharmacy, addressed the Council about his experience in attempting to purchase the Cantu building a couple of years ago. He said he spent about $6,000-$7,000 in renovations on the clinic. Schroeder said he had the intention of purchasing the building, but “with Harvey coming along, it’s useless to me.

“One, there’s mold in there. So you have to gut the entire building,” he said. “They wanted about $100,000 for me to buy the clinic, and then I was going to have to turn around and spend another $50,000 to renovate the clinic, that includes a new roof which is about $25,000. … Too much money, not worth it.”

Schroeder said the building was appraised for $197,000, but he told the Council he wouldn’t pay more than $20,000 for the building.
The City Council is looking into possibly purchasing the building to consider making space for a museum, space for a meeting room and classrooms, possibly expanding the library and more.

Also during the meeting, the City Council approved Jennifer Green’s request to start a Community Wellness program at the Community Center during the week. The program will include: walking, jogging and Zumba classes. The program will also include a monthly meeting to assist community members with options to check weight, blood pressure, blood sugar levels and more.

Zumba classes are offered Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. by instructor Lucia Rios. Classes will cost $4 per class; $3 will be paid to the instructor and $1 be will going back into the City to help cover costs. The monthly meetings will cost $25; with $20 paid to the instructor and $5 will be given to the City. Green said she will soon start a morning walking class and an evening walking class as well.
“I think this is an awesome idea,” Councilman Charles Minton said. “I think this capitulates what community center means and getting the community help exercising.”

FEMA deadline extended

Texans in 41 designated counties, including San Jacinto County, who suffered damage and losses from Hurricane Harvey now have until Friday, Nov. 24 to register for disaster assistance.

Registration is open to survivors in Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Caldwell, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Grimes, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Waller, and Wharton counties.

Survivors may register for assistance the following ways: online at DisasterAssistance.gov. via the FEMA mobile app, available at fema.gov/mobile-app, phone 800-621-3362 (711 or Video Relay Service) 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, TTY 800-462-7585 or at a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). Find your nearest DRC at fema.gov/drc.

FEMA grants do not have to be repaid. FEMA assistance is nontaxable and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid or other federal benefits.

This extension also gives survivors more time to apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property.

These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.

Applicants may apply online using SBA’s secure website at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

In addition, applicants can get more information on SBA disaster assistance by calling SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955, by visiting www.sba.gov/disaster, or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call 800-877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth.

For more information on Hurricane Harvey and Texas recovery, visit the Hurricane Harvey disaster web page at fema.gov/disaster/4332, or Facebook at facebook.com/FEMAharvey, the FEMA Region6 Twitter account at twitter.com/FEMARegion6, or the Texas Division of Emergency Management website at dps.texas.gov/dem/.

Deputies search for man allegedly connected to Cleveland murder

Staff Reports

mug floresAs of Monday, the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office is still attempting to locate a Hispanic male identified as Jose Flores, according to Detective Bo Jenkins.

Jenkins added that U.S. Marshals are assisting the Sheriff’s office with the case.

Flores is identified as the man who allegedly shot and killed a 37-year-old male on Saturday, Oct. 14.

The incident occurred at approximately 11:50 p.m. in the 400 block of Oak Wood Drive in Cleveland. When responding deputies arrived on scene, they found the victim lying on the ground of a rodeo arena with several gunshot wounds. The victim was deceased on the scene prior to the arrival of first responders.

The name of the victim has not been released.

Witnesses on the scene said Flores got into the passenger seat of a pickup truck and left the scene shortly after the incident.
Flores is considered to be armed and dangerous and should not be approached.
Flores’ date of birth is March 1, 1976. He is approximately five feet, four inches tall and weights approximately 185 pounds.

For any tips or knowledge of Flores’ whereabouts or if anyone comes in contact with Flores, contact the Sheriff’s Office at 936-653-4367. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-392-7867.