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Justices of the peace recognized by court
San Jacinto News- Times

COLDSPRING – Three of San Jacinto County’s justices of the peace were recognized for their commitment to education and the Month of November was proclaimed as Home Care and Hospice Month in the county by San Jacinto County Commissioners’ Court during a regular session last week. Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Beth Sewell, Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Harris “Red” Blanchette and Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Greg Magee were recognized by commissioners’ court for their commitment to take additional training above what is required for their elected positions. According to Judge Magee, justices of the peace are required to take 20 hours of educational training yearly. Magee and Blanchette each exceeded 30 hours of training and were recognized by the Texas Justice Court Judges Association as “Distinguished Members” for their efforts. Sewell was also recognized for having additional hours above the required 20. Out of 822 justices of the peace statewide, only 32 were named “Distinguished Members.” Commissioners approved a motion to proclaim November as Home Care and Hospice Month in San Jacinto County. Reading from the proclamation, Judge Faulkner said, “Home care and hospice are the most humane tradition of health service delivery in Texas, enabling the aged and disabled to receive high-quality medical assistance, long-term services and support and end-of-life care with dignity and in the comfort of their own homes.” Faulkner encourages the support and participation of all citizens in learning more about the home care concept of care for the elderly and disabled and the more than 4,000 home care and hospice agencies providing services in the State of Texas. “These dedicated home care and hospice professionals and volunteers form a network of caring support in our nation’s vast health care system and deserve special honor and appreciation for their many contributions,” Faulkner said. A motion was also approved to give Coldspring Merchant’s Association authority to decorate the county gazebo and courthouse grounds for Christmas. Commissioners approved a motion to enter into a cooperative agreement with county resident Josephine Andrews to core for iron ore gravel on her property. The gravel, if found, will be sold to the county for $5 per yard and used on roads. County resident Betty Russo was reappointed to serve another term as board member for the Deep East Texas Work Force Solutions by commissioners’ court. During public comments forum, Margret Himes-Dorman informed the court that she will charge the county $30 to clean out brush from her ditch if the county can’t get it done. Dorman said she doesn’t know if it is legal or not, but she has been asking that it get cleaned of all the branches so she can mow it and it hasn’t been done yet.


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