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POC Sweetheart Banquet Returns

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Posted by Joyce Rhyne on 18 Jan 18 - 0 Comments

The 23rd annual Sweetheart Banquet will be Thursday, February 8th at 6:30 PM in the Port O’Connor Community Center. Many people were sad it was not held last year and are excited about its return. First Baptist Church has received help from the POC Community Service Club and the Chamber of Commerce to bring it back this year. More than a dozen people volunteered to help with decorating, cooking and selling tickets. Without this help and community collaboration, the church would be unable to host this beautiful and exciting Valentine’s Day event. Special thanks to all of those who volunteered.

` Tickets are $8.50 each for a wonderful charcoal broiled steak dinner with all the trimmings, and are on sale now from the following individuals:

Doyle Adams- 361-250-0050

Debbie Michalek-361-468-7075

Mary Nell McGee-361-550-1249

Evelyn Lewis-361-408-0041

Mary Covarrubias-361-218-8641

Paula McCauley-361-218-1415

Judy Patek-210-378-5336

First Baptist Church Choir and others will share old western sweetheart tunes for your musical entertainment. The POC Youth and Baptist Men will be serving the guests.

All couples married 50+ years will be heralded, and special prizes will be awarded. The Port O’Connor Citizen of the Year will be announced and recognized at this special event. This is a special event in our community and tickets sell out completely. Get your tickets early and be part of the Old-Fashioned Sweetheart Banquet of Port O’Connor 2018.

Congressional Candidates Speak to Constituents

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Posted by Joyce Rhyne on 18 Jan 18 - 0 Comments

Showing how interested Calhoun County Republicans are in picking the right man for the job, the January meeting of the Calhoun County Republican Club overflowed with members and visitors who came to hear two of the Congressional candidates speak.

First up was Bech Bruun of Rockport, a University of Texas graduate with degrees in Business and Law. Bruun is familiar to many area Republicans as being Chief of Staff to State Representative Todd Hunter when Hunter represented our District.

Bruun stressed his experience, having served in various roles at the State Capital for many years. He was the Director of Governmental Appointments for Governor Rick Perry until 2015 when he was appointed to the Texas Water Development Board. Governor Abbot appointed him Chairman of the Board. Believing that water is one of the most critical issues of the State, and he would not be able to devote the needed attention while running for office, Bruun recently resigned his position.

Next to speak was Chris Mapp of Port O’Connor. A self-described “outsider” with no credentials in government, Mapp is a 20 year resident of Calhoun County, residing in Port O’Connor.  As a long-time businessman serving the needs of recreational boaters and fishermen, he is particularly concerned  with how Marine Fishery regulations affect us locally, and all bureaucracies  affect small businesses and individuals State-wide and Nationally.

Being self-employed for most of his adult life, Mapp noted that being in the retail business for over twenty years gives experience that money cannot buy. He is, however, attending Victoria College and on-line at Saint Leo’s University of Florida, maintaining a 4.0 grade average, with a goal of completing his Bachelor’s degree in 2019.
Listing his two top priorities as securing the borders and the debt, he stressed the urgent need to fight and win the cultural battle in which our Nation is embroiled.
Also in attendance was Bret Macha, field representative for Blake Farenthold, our current District 27 Congressman, who continues in his office until January 19, 2019. Mr. Macha is available to address any constituent concerns and can be reached at 361-894-6446.

The next meeting of the Calhoun County Republican Club will be held February 5th at noon at Beijing Restaurant in Port Lavaca. The speaker will be Michael Cloud of Victoria, who is also seeking the District 27 position.

Public Forum Slated for February 8th

The Republican Party will hold a public forum for the Republican candidates on Thursday, February 8, at the Grace Episcopal Parish Hall, 213 E. Austin  in Port Lavaca. Forum will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the introduction of all uncontested candidates. A debate between the candidates for Congressman, 27th District will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a debate between the candidates for Commissioner, Precinct #4. The last 30 minutes will be reserved for written questions directed to any or all candidates.

The public is invited.  Finger food, coffee and tea will be provided.

Warrior’s Weekend Calhoun County Muster Coming Up

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Posted by Joyce Rhyne on 18 Jan 18 - 0 Comments

Since Warrior’s Weekend XII is coming up in May, the 20th to be exact, it is time to get our fundraising efforts in “high gear”. One of our key efforts is our Musters and the one in Calhoun County is in a little over a couple of weeks at the VFW in Port Lavaca, February 3rd. This is a smaller version of the Muster in Victoria which will be held April 7th, but very important to our efforts, nonetheless. To keep our mission going, we believe it to remain an important one-as do our heroes, we need your help.

Our doors will open at the VFW at 2pm for casino games, raffles and a silent auction. This year we will offer Black Jack, Roulette and Craps. Should be fun.

Dinner will be served beginning around 5:30, our program honoring local heroes about 6 pm and then the live auction starts. If you have not been to one of our Musters, you will not be disappointed if you attend. Tables for 10 are selling for $500 and individual tickets will sell for $60 each. You may contact me at 361-935-7414 or at

We are still in need of items to offer at both Musters such as auction and raffle items. Hunting trips, guns, fishing trips or whatever you think might be a great fundraising item. We just recently opened up our registration for our trip and we had over 250 registrations in the first 24 hours. That was from a simple announcement on Facebook.

We expect to bring in between 600 and 700 heroes this year including, for the first time, those wounded in conflicts before 9/11. If you are interested in registering for our event in May, go to or download our App to do so. If you have trouble registering, please contact us directly.

When you have wounded heroes standing in front of a crowd stating that they would probably be dead or in prison if not for Warrior’s Weekend, you know you are doing something good. Please be a part of this. Let us know if you have something in mind to donate and we’ll be glad to pick it up. Please try and sponsor a table at the Muster and enjoy a steak dinner and open bar while supporting our wounded American heroes.

Ron Kocian, President, Warrior’s Weekend

Island Life…by Clint Bennetsen

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Posted by Joyce Rhyne on 18 Jan 18 - 0 Comments

End of Year Festivities

Greetings from the island everyone, hope all of you are doing well and staying warm. It has been typical south Texas winter weather, bundled up and freezing for a few days, and then back to shorts and T-shirt after that.

The holiday season is a happy memory now as we begin a new year. We had our first amazing snowfall in thirteen years last month, the early morning hours of Dec. 8. It snowed on the island, however not really enough to accumulate and leave everything covered in a pretty white. But I know from pictures that POC had a nice beautiful white snowfall that everyone was able to see and enjoy in the morning.

I attended my first POC Chamber of Commerce Christmas party at the Sanctuary last month. It was a great get-together with delicious food and the opportunity to meet other locals. I highly recommend joining the Chamber to help support your community.

I also attended the local volunteer Fire Dept annual chili dinner out at the Community Center, where the various raffle proceeds help fund and maintain the Fire Dept. I was lucky enough to win a nice shotgun scabbard in one of the drawings.

I was also at the Fire Dept. last month when Santa made a visit there, as he rode in the front seat of the big red fire truck. Children lined up for their turn to visit with Santa and tell him of their wish list. Each of the children then were lucky enough to take a ride on the fire truck, with big smiles telling of their enjoyment.
I had never been to Cuero’s Christmas in the Park light display, so last month I rode along with Britton, Susan and Margie, and we made the drive. The weather was very nasty in POC, but cleared up somewhat as we arrived. Oh my goodness, we saw a beautiful display of Christmas lights and decorations as we slowly drove through the park. It really was wonderful and we drove through a second time to make certain we saw everything. We were happy to give a donation at the end of the route, and we look forward to making this Cuero trip an annual nighttime outing. We then stopped and had a nice Mexican food meal and celebrated Margie’s birthday.

Corky and I spent Christmas Eve with Mom and Dad in Seadrift, and had coffee with them Christmas morning, before heading back to POC and visiting with Susan and Britton, and then heading back to the island. Corky and I then stayed on the island and brought in a quiet New Year, staying up just long enough to see the ball drop in New York Times Square.

All the island Christmas lights and decorations have been taken down and put away, and I’m already ordering more for a bigger and brighter display for this next year.

I treated myself to a new coffee maker recently, a shiny red Keurig. I love that thing! It’s very simple with no mess or cleanup, and having a nice assortment of coffee choices to make is great. And it’s perfect for making hot chocolate too. Yay!

Right on cue, the winter tides have been very low lately, requiring me to actually get on the bow and pole my Haynie Bigfoot out of the lagoon cut to leave and return to the island. Just part of winter island life out here.

Well, that’s it from the island for now, everyone take care and have a great day.

A Treasure in Seadrift by David & Evelyn Williams

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Posted by Joyce Rhyne on 18 Jan 18 - 0 Comments
Donated items at the Treasure Chest

Donated items at the Treasure Chest

In Seadrift, Texas there is an amazing place with amazing people who care about others even while experiencing loss and devastation in their own personal lives.
On the corner of West Oakland and 9th (across from Family Dollar)a building that was a game room is now a ray of hope in Seadrift called “The Treasure Chest”.

Sylvia Rodriguez has opened a place where the hurting can find a refuge and hope for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Daily you will find food, water, clothes, dog food, baby items, and much more for all that are in need.

In addition to all the help they have been giving since the hurricane, they helped to furnish Christmas gifts for those in need and participated in Seadrift’s drive to send supplies and Christmas boxes to our Service men and women.

Weather permitting, the Treasure Chest is open at 8:00 a.m. most weekdays. If you get a chance, listen to you hearts and stop by the Treasure Chest with a donation or just an encouraging word.

Let’s help people who are helping others in Seadrift.

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