SENTINEL                  ALERT

DIST 18  1/19/2022


JANIS HOLT campaign sent out yet another high dollar glossy campaign ad geared toward mail in voting for seniors and has still failed to answer the one simple Sentinel Question, "Where do you stand on abortion?"  As in prior ads, Ms Holt made her own list of priorities to strive toward if elected and once again never mentions abortion as even being on her list. Ignoring the topic after the question has been raised brings to mind one of my favorite sayings, "Ignore is the root of ignorance"

    Calling yourself a conservative is easy.  Living it is another thing.  Is she trying to pull a Tomi Laren and pass herself off as a conservative while still thinking abortion is nothing but a political plank you can take or leave?   Is she afraid of alienating the pro abortion faction of women voters?  

   When I have opportunity to interview Ms Holt again, I will ask her the same question I asked Terry Holcomb when he ran against John Otto.  "Why are you trying to unseat such a staunch and PROVEN conservative?  A real conservative?  Why not find a liberal to oust somewhere? "   



Donny Murray of Pct 3 in SJC retired recently with over 38 years of service to our community.  One of if not the longest serving county employee in history, Bro Murray worked out of the Pct 3 barn for quite a few commissioners.  He not only worked in Pct 3, he raised his family there.  

   Mrs. Murray worked for The Honorable Judge Robert Hill Trapp for many years also as a most trusted employee.  

     Any who have been fortunate enough to count the Murrays as family or friend know that they raised two of the most lovely young ladies in our community.   Not only beautiful, they have The kind of loviliness even a blind man can see.  

    Thank you Donny Murray for all you and your family have done to make San Jacinto County one of the most wonderful places on earth to raise a family.  We, the community, do appreciate your service and the example of committment you have been to all of our youngsters in the process.



DISTRICT 18 10/25/2021



A San Jacinto County Native Son agrees that he is willing  to serve another term as our State Representative in District 18.   A district that includes San Jacinto, portions of Hardin, Montgomery and all of Liberty County.  With big shoes to fill when John Otto decided to retire, Bailes stepped up and has proven he is up to the task with a Constituent Centered and even handed service to all of our communities.  

     When you look back at this picture taken the night of Bailes' first victory party, you can see the reason he has been able to Stand on his principles and convictions.  The two main women in his life won't settle for any less.  Momma Bailes and Bride Bailes have offered the kind of support that will carry Ernest Bailes all the way to the Governor's mansion if he doesn't watch out.  


The rest of this is from his campaign but I wanted to show that God has blessed this man in a mighty way and looking at this picture, you can see two of those blessings growing right out of his arm pits.


SHEPHERD, TX – Today, State Representative Ernest Bailes (R-Shepherd) announced his reelection campaign for the Texas House of Representatives. Since 2017, Bailes has represented the people of House District 18, an area of southeast Texas that includes Liberty and San Jacinto counties. Hardin County and a portion of Montgomery County were also added to HD 18 through the recent redistricting process.


"Serving the people of House District 18 has been an absolute honor,” said Bailes. “While I am disappointed to lose Walker County in redistricting, I look forward to serving the people of Hardin and Montgomery counties with the same level of dedication and commitment. Now more than ever, the people of East Texas need a strong, conservative voice to stand up for our rural values and defend our conservative way of life at the Texas Capitol.”


During the recent legislative session, Bailes helped pass one of the most conservative legislative agendas in history, including constitutional carry, landmark election integrity reforms, banning the teaching of Critical Race Theory in our schools, supporting law enforcement, and passing the Texas Heartbeat Protection Act, the strongest pro-life law in the nation.


“I’m proud of my record of results for our community and proud of the many legislative victories we were able to achieve for the people of Texas this session,” continued Bailes. “Whether it’s defending our Second Amendment rights, standing up for our current and retired teachers, caring for our veterans, or defending religious liberty, the people of this district can know that I will stand up and fight for what is right.”


A lifelong rancher and agriculturalist, Ernest was raised on his family’s dairy and beef cattle operations in East Texas. He grew up in Shepherd and earned his B.S. from Texas A&M University in 2004. After graduation, Ernest founded his company, Repro Select, an advanced reproductive services provider for cattle and whitetail deer producers across the south-central United States.


Ernest serves on numerous boards and committees, including the San Jacinto Farm Bureau, Texas Deer Association, and the Shepherd ISD Technology Advisory Board.


Ernest and his wife Courtney have been married for 17 years and have two sons, Cinco and Rigby. Both boys attend Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD, where Courtney is a schoolteacher. The Bailes family attends First Baptist Church in Coldspring.


Headline News

COLDSPRING 8/14/2021



SAN JACINTO COUNTY celebrated151 years Saturday night at the community center with good food, good music and a classy tribute to our forefathers and the veterans who have given it all for our nation that are from San Jacinto County.

    Dale Everitt, our SJC Veterans Service Officer and member of the SJC Historical Commission worked closely with  the commission andTim Martin of Polk County to put on the Birthday Bash and variety show.  Martin, an award winning video producer who won a national award by producing a great tribute VIDEO to our veterans put on quite a show for those who attended.   A new band and several local artists all worked together for the production.  

    As one who attended quite a few of the past observances of San Jacinto county's birthday, I will say as much as I enjoyed meeting in the Rotunda with a half dozen elected officials and Historical commission memebers where we ate cake and drank Wassel with our little fingers extended, I sure hope next years Birthday Bash will be an even bigger success.  

    Not only were we treated to local talent and several vocalists who won the talent show at the Polk Co fair and rodeo contest, our own local son and District Judge, Travis Kitchens stood in with the band for a couple numbers and rocked that bass guitar right along with the best of them.  

    Despite some technical difficulties, a death in the family causing a last minute Caterer change and the fiddle player canceling with family illness, the show did go on.

     The young Emcee made a great presentation mixing history notes in along the way.  I especially appreciated him acknowledging the contribution and community values of the decendants of the slaves that were in SJC when they were freed.  He brought out how Santa Anna was hot on the heels of the upstart army Sam Houston had and the Alabama Coushatta people helped them escape across a swollen Trinity River ontheir ferry then fed them, saving thier lives.

     We are all in this together was the message I took away from his efforts.  

    An interesting side note was an antique fiddle that had belonged to Austin 'Champ' Pruitt who played most of the barn raisins and hoe downs in this part of Texas during our early history.  According to Dale Everitt and his research on the instrument, it was produced in France in the mid 1800's and Chanp played it from the 20's to the 1950's.  It is a beautiful instrument and was in a 'coffin' case made of hand sawn lumber and built with square nails.  The fiddle is on loan to the Historic Commission from a private collector in the county and has only belonged to one other private collector since Champ Pruitt had it.  


JASPER CO 6/25/2021


      Local man and CAD employee, Dylan Walker was arrested and charged in the death of Samuel Olson and a press release made today.   Like the other two defendants, Walker was charged with evidence crimes, NOT the killing of the child.

     The initial arrest occurred the evening of the 1st of June in the north end of San Jacinto County.   The Sentinel first broke the story early the next morning but witheld the name and location because the investigation was on going.   If you read the story below, the Ranger did confirm an arrest at the specific location we told them but denied  it  had  anything to do with the Samuel Olson  death.   My open records request directly to DPS did confirm the next day that the investigation was into the death of little man Olson.

     There is a limited information channel 2 video published that released his name and this mug shot but not much more.  We have not received any public release about Dylan Walker's arrest despite the fact that we were the first to request it.   According to another channel news, Walker was indicted by a Jasper Co Grand Jury on the evidence tampering charge and arrested a couple of days ago.

        A family member did confirm that Walker's phone was confiscated as part of the investigation the same day his truck was impounded.     Another source with direct information stated that Walker was approached by Balboa to give her a ride and help move some of her stuff.  The source stated further that Walker agreed and after he  picked  her up, they stopped by a storage unit and picked up several plastic totes she had previously stored.  According to the same source, it was down the road near where he gave Balboa a ride to that Walker got out of his vehicle and smelled the odor of decomposition.   Walker is said to have then called police to inform them of what he had smelled and where Balboa was.  A recent news article clarified that Walker did NOT call police directly but rather gave the tip through the 'Crime Stoppers' system.  

        We do know that Walker either was arrested near the first of the month and made bail or was just recently arrested or both  because he was at work the last week.   He did decline the opportunity to give The Sentinel an interview.          

Kevin Brady

SJC/WASH DC 10/3/2020


Our own Kevin Brady was named Chairman.  The Item story is linked to the headline but as a local who has appreciated Mr. Brady's consistant and conservative leadership in Washington, it is a most encouraging sign that there are some things going right up there right now.  It is men like him that keep me opposed to term limits.  Sure, that would make sure the scoundrels got flushed every how ever many years those limits would be set for but thank God for the public servants who keep thier perspective and stick to their roots day by day.  Thank you brother Brady for your service to our county, our state and our nation.  


AUSTIN 11/14/2020



Bailes Pre-Files Private Property Rights Legislation

AUSTIN, TX - State Representative Ernest Bailes pre-filed HB 448 to address the rights of private property owners to file complaints against entities regarding alleged misconduct while exercising eminent domain authority. HB 448 is a top priority for Bailes in Texas' 87th legislative session.


With multiple pipelines coming through Texas, landowners have found themselves at odds with entities exercising eminent domain authority. HB 448 will allow property owners to file complaints against those who are using the Landowner Bill of Rights to harass, intimidate, or otherwise mislead them. Currently there is no process for reporting these grievances to the state.


"The process for landowners to file complaints and express their concerns should be clarified," stated Rep. Bailes. "The power of eminent domain should never be used as a threat, and those who misuse their authority should be held accountable." Bailes chose to refile the bill after it was left pending in committee in the 86th legislative session.


Under HB 448, the attorney general may recover civil penalties from bad actors of up to $1,000 for the first violation, and up to $5,000 for each subsequent violation.

SHEPHERD 3/7/2018


   SJC Environmental Officer, Dale Everitt spearheaded an effort to deal with a toxic waste site that had devolved into being a 'tax sale' tract in the middle of a residential neighborhood in SE SJC.  TCEQ had the site on the books but it had slipped through the cracks when a business was no more.  The Sentinel investigated and reported on this situation last year and recently did a follow up to see if the assurances of Pct 2 Commissioner Donny Marrs and SJC Judge John Lovett had been met.  TCEQ stepped up to the plate and cleaned the tract up.  All of the drums were gone, the ground and the water all looked clean and there was new growth. 

    "Oh yes that one was completed and the process is moving forward on the 'Our Road' site as we speak", E.O. Everitt said.  "T.C.E.Q. has really gone the extra mile when it comes to these clean up efforts", he added. 




McMurray family & Mr. Hooey
VSO Everitt & Judge Faulkner
Preacher, Sheriff, DA's Rep
The seat of highest honor

Travis Kitchen son of a veteran.

   Some of the other public servants who were there that I did not get photos of are 411th District Judge, Kaycee Jones, Pct 2 Commissioner, Laddie McAnnally, Pct 3 Commissioner David Brandon, JP 1 Christina McGee, Pct 4 Constable Wyatt and Pct 3 Constable Sam Houston.   DA Robert Hill "judge" Trapp, also son of a veteran was on vacation but had his representative there and JP 4 Greg Magee was at a continuing education course in Austin.   

   My apology for dropping the ball with the video in the middle of the VSO's interesting historic tale entertwining the history of the US, Texas, East Texas and San Jacinto County in with the people that were there that day.  Some where in the menu of my newfangled gadget camera must be a setting to 'sleep' the camera after so much time.   An external mike and a wind sock would be a great addition too.  There is the second half video with Mrs. McMurray's insight into their world during those days posted on my SJC page.  

   The elderly Mr. Hooey and 2nd WW Vet was the oldest veteran there.  VSO Everitt has often highlighted a SJC 'Local Son' who paid that ultimate price back then and makes great effort to let his family and the community know, we remember.  This time, it was the McMurrays.  They are, as shown in Everitt's historical recounting, part of SJC's 'Family Roots' without doubt.  The public record proves the civic servants The McMurray family has produced and bringing Mr. Hooey to set in the place of honor with their family as the eldest there, shows they recognize his gift of having a loyal and faithful servant's heart also.        

CORRECTION:  The San Jacinto Special Utility District (SJSUD) DID NOT remove the Cross of Christ from the water tower because they got a threat letter as previously reported in The Sentinel.  According to an official reply to our open records request, there was no threat letter, no meeting, no memo, no work order or any minutes related to the decision.  SJSUD folded and removed the cross because the county got a threat letter.  The spokesperson who came forward at the Commissioner's Court meeting made some misleading statements that led to our error. 



The SJC Commissioner's Court voted 5/0 to keep the crosses on the courthouse.  A last minute announcement was made by an employee of the local water company, a  taxing entity, that their response to a similiar threat to sue letter was to fold and take the cross down off of the water tower.  It has been removed.   Former Judge Lovett has agreed to an interview about his thinking and research before having the crosses put up during his tenure.  We are seeking an interview with the local person who complained but will shield their identity in hopes of getting their views out for both sides of the story.  Stay tuned for more on this story.



The new Coldspring Community Center will be the venue for the San Jacinto County Commissioners Court meeting scheduled for tomorrow, May 8th.  The Grand Hall will be used to accomodate the crowds expected from the community stir the FFRF threat letter to sue SJC over the cross in our courthouse window has caused.  This photo is a Sentinel file photo of the window before the lighted Christmas decorations were added.  The Christian Craftsman built the cross right into the window sash and mullion.  The lights only highlight this historical architectual feature of our beloved courthouse. 



The Channel 2 van was parked on the square about 4 this after noon.  The 6 o'clock newscast had a story from Coldspring and they said a more indepth report will be broadcast on the ten o'clock broadcast.  More interviews and even one pastor is slated to be interviewed.



According to the Commissioner Court agenda dispersed today, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has taken aim at SJC and hopes to force the removal of the highlighted crosses hung on all four sides of the SJC Courthouse during former Judge John R. Lovett's tenure.   The group was recently successful in Pennsylvania after a federal lawsuit in forcing the removal of a Christian Cross from the county seal and flag of Lehigh County.

     In a similiar case much closer to home, the FFRF attempted to force a Montgomery County JP to stop allowing volunteer chaplains from various faiths to open his court proceedings with prayer each day.  Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton went to bat for the Texas Court and had a victory.  The two stories about that case are HERE and HERE.

    The threat letter is published below.



    December 6th of 2018 was eventful for the Pointblank Community when Vance May, a wanted felon, was closed in on by the SJC Sheriff's Dept and members of The Gulf Coast Area Task Force at his home and shot himself just as the lawmen closed in.  

     This is more than just a statistical event in the fact that Vance May is was the neighbor who was responsible for putting a bullet through my oldest son's kitchen window that, other than for the Grace of God and a 5 lb bag of sugar on the pantry shelf, would have blown my daughter in law's brains all over my grand daughter. 

He was also the Vance May that was responsible for another bullet whizzing right by my baby boy's head on video on a different occasion and richoetting off his momma's car that she had just exited.  This first photo is one I took after I got home that day and went up the hill to tell May if one more bullet came our way, I was going to kill him.  He wouldn't answer his door.  We called the law both times but nothing was done other than getting May to pay for the window.    My frustration at that prompted me reaching out to another agency for help.  One of the emails in the exchange is below:

Fast forward a little and it is also the same Vance May who was shot in an officer involved shooting in downtown Pointblank.  According to sources, May was armed at the time but did not get a shot off at the officer.  The young deputy had only been on the force a few days at the time and there was a storm over the shooting because the officer had been involved in two shootings in his last jurisdiction.  The Beaumont press was ready to crucify the young deputy but for The Sentinel stepping up for him.  We documented that both Jefferson county shootings were determined to be justified.  One was a clean kill shot on a gunman holed up with hostages in a trailer park in the line of duty.  The other was self defense according to the DA's investigation.  The shooting in PtBlank was investigated by The Rangers.  According to offiical sources, May was inadvertantly discharged from the hospital after a months long recovery w/o the Rangers being notified. 

    According to reliable and official sources, the SJC Sheriff dept and Task Force came in from the direction reccomended by the local hunter using the barn for cover and were at May's door unseen until too late for May to "Shower Down" on anyone.  Those same sources say that May shot himself in the bathtub almost immediatly after they called out and began to make entry.  Thank the Lord and some concerned citizens that none of our LEO's were killed.  

Coldspring 1st Methodist pastor asks God to bless the proceedings and each and every public servant.
JP 3 Ellisor administers oath to Judge Faulkner
SJC District Attorney Robert Hill 'Judge' Trapp and his grand kids. His Mother Billie Trapp was on the front row to witness yet another term of public service from her son.
1st photo of all SJC Justices of the Peace L-R JP 4, Greg Magee, JP 3, Randy Ellisor, JP 2 Harris'Red' Blanchett, JP 1, Christina McGee
JP 4 Greg Magee - His 10th time to be sworn in as a public servant in SJC
JP 2 Harris 'used to be Red' Blanchett
PCT 2 Commissioner Donny Marrs
1st official photo of JP 1, Christina McGee
SJC Judge Fritz Faulkner gives oath to Ellisor
JP 1, Christina McGee all smiles
SJC Tax Assessor Collector, Betty Davis Welcome Home young lady. We missed you.
SJC Treasurer, Dee Dee Adams
SJC District Clerk Tammy Currie - former Chief Deputy District Clerk
SJC County Clerk, Dawn Wright

NEW OAG Letter confirms CPS Case

WORLD WIDE WEB 10/28/2017


Former probation officer, Keith Black, Corrigan detective, Christopher Lima and SJC Pct 3 constable deputy, (Former SJC sheriff deputy) Nathan Deweese have teamed up (conspired) together and continue their campaign of negative and false information attacks against The Sentinel and me personally.  Due to the nature of the false allegations they are collectively making, these corrupt lawmen, each of whom have been the subject of expose' Sentinel article(s), have and continue to physically endanger my family and myself.  We have compiled evidence that we have been collecting for several years.

Thomas Bonds

PCT 3 SJC 7/30/2018


Thomas Bonds, long time SJC Commissioner for Pct 3 passed away at his home Monday afternoon.  A well known figure who got his start taking care of the roads in Pct 3 riding on his dad's knee as he bladed the roads for the county when Thomas was just a boy.

    With a reputation for a straight forward style and no time for games, Thomas Bonds will be missed in SJC.  He will be missed by the senior men's Sunday School class at Magnolia Baptist Church.  He will be missed by every reporter that ever wanted an honest answer.   Thomas Bonds has a servant's heart and is one man that never stooped to the 'political process' to gain or hold his office.  He always stood on the Truth even though it took his voters a few years to realize it one time.   Thomas Bonds represented his precinct and our county well.  His boots will be hard to fill in quite a few places. 

reader submitted photo - thank you

COLDSPRING 4/30/2018


After a fast track bond was aquired by the SJC Auditor's office, Justice of the Peace Pct 3 Randy Ellisor had the honor of administering the oath of office yet again to San Jacinto County Judge Fritz Faulkner.  The Sentinel was the only media in attendence for the commissioners court meeting. 


COLDSPRING 4/30/2018


In a brief but intense one agenda item special called meeting, SJC Commissioners discussed and then voted to fill the void left by the removal of Judge John Lovett Jr. after his recent arrest.   Faulkner, who was in county court defending a client, was informed of the decision.  The auditor left to prepare the bond and arrangements are being made to swear Judge Faulkner in.  This makes at least 3 times Fritz Faulkner has been appointed to the Judge's office to fill a vacancy.

COLDSPRING 2/12/2018


Go Texans utilized the fantastic new facilities Blessing the Coldsprings community landscape with a most invigorating out flow of community support and Utilization of such a beautiful space.  The pocket books opened for a great cause when a big room full of strangers, friends and neighbors all had a common cause. 

    What Roberts thought was a cute personal insult toward a man who had enough vision to see and persue the idea of such a grand hall has quickly been labled, "Robert's Folly" among those in the know.   It is a perfect example of how to blow up a lead balloon when you are a politician. 

   Lou Rogers coined the phrase, "Fritz's Folly" long ago on the record in commissioner's court.  For you to embrace the phrase, Mr. 'r'oberts in your recent speech only has the effect of permanently tying Rogers around your own neck in the minds of the people who know you both.  What Rogers did, in his effort to smear a sincere effort that has had a beautiful and useful addition to SJC, was prove his ignorance.  Ignore is the root of ignorance. 

   Even though Fritz's hand was taken off the tiller of the project before it was completed, he had set the course in the right direction with wind in the sails.  Sails that, through the efforts of Judge Lovett and Commissioner Bonds, Nettuno, Marrs and McAnally came to be a beautiful success even with a doldrum or two along the way.  What Lou meant as an effort to rain on Fritz's parade then and now through Roberts, only stands as proof of what foolish notions Rogers entertains.  

   How fitting that The Lords Timing had the building open to such fan fare and purpose as the Go Texans event. 

    My next public comments will be to ask The Court to commission a marble and brass marker to simply name the building, "Fritz's Folly" so no one can forget what a vision for our community looks like in Timber and Stone.

     Is embracing that foolishness profitable to your campaign 'r'oberts?  Me thinks not. 


UPDATE 12/1/2017


The public record of commissioner's court for the 28th proves that the Commissioners accepted Kelly Selmer Wineinger's resignation and then a little later, came out of executive session after counseling with DA Trapp and voted to appoint a Tax Assessor Collector for SJC.  Diane Griffiths, a long time and qualified employee was appointed to fill the void.  The only business remainig is a vote to accept the bond for Ms. Griffiths.  The Advocate article falsely states that the commissioner's are seeking applicants for the appointment and that statement is patently false.   The article also states that the Dec 4th meeting will be held to appoint a Tax Assessor Collector.  That statement is also patently false.   Not one single commissioner was questioned on the topic by the Eastex Advocate reporter. 

ELECTION CODE Sec. 201.023. RESIGNATION. If an officer submits a resignation, whether to be effective immediately or at a future date, a vacancy occurs on the date the resignation is accepted by the appropriate authority or on the eighth day after the date of its receipt by the authority, whichever is earlier.

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 211, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1986. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 1187, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1989.
COLDSPRING 11/28/2017


With claims at least three people are going to run for the abandoned Tax Assessor Collector position in SJC, Commissioners have agreed to appoint a long term employee of the office to fill the interim who has no plans to run for the office.  Despite pressure from outside sources and the judge to give one of the candidates the incumbant advantage by appointing them now, Commissioners studied the situation and agreed their decision would put someone in who knows the job and not throw the election process out of whack by appointing one of the candidates. 

Keith Black's church selfie




Keith Black, the plaintiff in a lawsuit filed against Sentinel Alert owner and publisher, Stephen C. Watson, makes a valid correction in his 'Comment' submitted for publication in The Sentinel Alert last Saturday in the left column.  We haven't found the story yet to make the correction but will if it is still up.  It was "the Order" that was vacated, not the judgement.  Considering that The Sentinel published the actual court document when the story first broke shows there is nothing to hide in my simple error.   From there on, what a treasure trove of insight into the mind and manner Keith Black's comments are.   The Sentinel (as is our right and duty) will address the comments in the near future.  As is our style, we will let Black's comments stand alone with no distraction . . . . . . for a bit.


Keith Black <> (Saturday, December 30 17 11:43 pm EST)

You are incorrect. The judgment still stands against you. (Correction noted.  Apology for my error) The judge vacated the order to clarify the court's order at a later date.  (That is the correct wording of the document The Sentinel has already published) You have another trial date coming with Judge Countiss in the future. (This is where it gets interesting. No action has been taken on CV 14529 since Judge McClendon vacated his unconstitutional order.  No hearing has been requested much less set.  How do you know what judge will be appointed at a future date for a future hearing?  Is this a glimpse into a corrupt operation of our court system from something you were told by one or both of your allegedly high powered lawyers or a wish they were relevant politically wanna be braggarts who don’t even understand the implication of your slanderous statement. A statement that on the face of it slanders The Honorable Judge Olen Underwood just by its utterance much less publication as a duly submitted comment to The Sentinel Alert publication)  The question is the dollar value of the lawsuit to be determined.  (“Tee Hee Hee”, As Superflyonthewall used to say, “you don’t have a clue”.  A simple perusal of the C.A.D. policy and laws would prove that their records are not for legal purposes.  Maybe that is why several of the local attorneys who actually pay attention to the Official Deed Records of SJC snicker at your team’s best efforts.  Ask the county delinquent tax attorney, Steve Lee, if he didn’t try to include me on a lawsuit for back taxes recently on a tract of land that I never owned and never will own using CAD records showing it in my name to base his lawsuit on.   Ask TRA if they didn’t try to cite me for a violation on a different tract of land I don’t own based on incorrect CAD records.  But then don’t let me rain on your parade.  You girls go ahead and knock your lights out.           


Keith Black <> (Sunday, December 31 17 08:58 am EST)

I fully expect you to start trying to slander Judge Countiss now. (I don’t and never have slandered anyone.  I just report the news that some folks don’t want reported.  The Sentinel has made some mistakes and corrected them but 99% of the time we are right on the money, way earlier than any other news source IF they will even report on the story.  Take your case for instance.  I reported you were a criminal and sexual predator that was fired from the probation department for your crimes and then proved it with documents out of your employment file. I would say I'll see you in court, but we know you're too much of a coward to show.  (Not to sound digitally cliché but, LOL.  You really express your ignorance easily.  I fear God and God only.  In the past, the record proves that we have tackled corrupt lawmen, DA’s, Judges and even the Attorney General, two of my kids have been shot at, lug nuts broken twice, Lou Rogers threatened to shoot me when I went after his badge, Ex Judge Bob Smith called threatening to whup my a$$ and you think we find a few prissy girls scary?)  You have not shown up one time during the lawsuit. (And you lie.  Have I mentioned that?  You apparently fail to comprehend that the attorney that has appeared at every hearing is me in the eyes of the law for the purposes of your pointless lawsuit.  Since Mike Davis took the case, I have not received the first notice from the District Clerk’s office of a hearing until the illegal subpoena was issued.  My failure to attend most hearings was because of a total dis interest in the proceedings, not fear.  I know that you can’t touch me with any judgement amount and we all know you are gone from any position of authority over the youngsters in our community.  Mission accomplished.  The thanks from two middle school mothers and even the written thankyou from a former female co worker of yours for my efforts to remove your pervert self far outstrip any material thing you even hope to obtain via your pointless lawsuit.  Her missive to me reflects the gratitude of a woman I have known since she was 9 or 10 years old and is precious to me.  In the depth of their messages of thanks to me, you girl’s threats ring hollow.

    Since you claim to have a private line with the judicial process in SJC, why not ask the Judge if I appeared in person to the SJC District Court room the day he issued the illegal subpoena for me to be there as a witness.  I had already complied with the legal portion of his order to remove mention of you from my website even though I disagreed with it because we all know everything I said was true.  I appeared that day but was called out of the courtroom moments before the hearing and told to leave by my attorney who then (representing me in the eyes of the law) went upstairs and twisted the opposition attorney up proving the subpoena was illegal, had no merit and would not stand.  Where were you?  Oh that is right, the local female lawyer, Ms. Prigmore, who showed up is you in the eyes of the law.  She left with her (as you like to call them) manties ‘in a wad’ so to say.   My lawyer thinks it's hilarious that you won't take her on face to face.  (Which lawyer?  You have two.  Don’t leave the infamous Mary Olga Lovett Warren out of the discussion.  Ask them again if Stephen Watson’s legal representative showed up to face Keith Black’s legal representatives in every hearing including this hearing that lasted less than five minutes and stopped their illegal antics in their tracks.    Then ask Sissy if I didn’t attempt to interview her face to face on the court house steps a couple days later asking, “What do you think of the judge’s unconstitutional order?”  in front of a witness.  “He is the judge” was her snide remark as she refused to face me and chose to walk away in the “afterglow” of her hollow victory.  “You can rest assured I am going to teach you and the judge a lesson about The Constitution” was my unchecked and out loud reply to her.  In that moment, Sissy Prigmore, as an officer of the court, demonstrated her seditious and treasonous heart in her willingness to undermine our Constitution despite her oath to do otherwise. 

  The fact remains that The Sentinel couldn’t help pondering what Sissy or Mary-Olga could possibly do to induce a man to stoop to allowing the illegal actions that were conducted in the courtroom.  Despite finding several in the community including peers willing to comment on Sissy’s ‘abilities’, The Sentinel will not quote any of them even in anonymity.  Suffice it to say it had to do with her ability to coax a key thru a keyhole.  Despite my curiosity, I won’t try to judge the motives of another man’s heart.   He did what he did for reasons only he knows, it is a matter of record and he will be the only one to answer his Creator for his actions. 

but you are who you are.   (Yes sir I am.  Is that why you run every time you see me and do your best to avoid me?  Is it my lack of fear that un nerves you?  Is my straight spoken nature too much to bear?  Or is it because you and I both know you have done things that you deserve a beat down and to go to prison for?  Tell us Mr. Mouth.  The comment column is open.)

Steve Watson 


COLDSPRING 11/20/2017


No official confirmation has been obtained but more than one Sentinel source indicates that Kelly Selmer Wineinger did submit her resignation via email this morning effective the first week in December.  We have submitted open records requests but it may well be after the holidays before we have a confirmation.

COLDSPRING 11/14/2017


SJC Commissioners, according to Sentinel Sources, have approached DA Robert Hill Trapp with the evidence obtained by The Sentinel and requested that he look into the possibility of filing an abandonment suit against SJC Tax Assessor Collector, Kelly Selmer-Wineinger.  Wineinger has moved to Greenville, Texas and has applied for multiple jobs in that area listing Greenville as both her 'Present' and 'Permanent' address since June of this year.

COLDSPRING 11/13/2017


An early morning call to The Sentinel offices confirmed that Sommer Brinkley has resigned her position with the SJC Tax Assessor Collector's office effective today.  Other reports from late last week and confirmed today were that Sommer Brinkley faults me as the reason she is quitting.  Further investigation into the goings on in Greenville concerning the Hunt County Tax Assessor Collector have turned up some interesting content on a couple of agendas related to what law firm will get to collect the taxes for the ISD.  We are awaiting the full filling of an open records request to said Hunt Co Tax Collector.

(Sentinel comments in red)
DA Trapp,
I wanted to inform you as per my conversation with TAC and the Texas Ethics Commission today regarding some magnetic signs on my Chief Deputy Sommer Brinkley’s vehicle.
Apparently Mr. Watson seems to think she has them on her car illegally and that we are attempting to pull one over on the taxpayers. He’s got a picture of Sommer’s vehicle with the signs on them along with a story of how they are on there illegally on his website.     (Here you go again saying I said something that I never said You can beat that straw man like nobody's business.  Here is an exact quote from my story in reference to the signs.  "They do not say, "Office of the Tax Assessor Collector" but rather identify the occupant as that elected official in violation of Texas law."   My statement is that to falsely identify ones self as an elected official is a violation of Texas Law . . . . and it is.)
I spoke with both agencies attorneys today TAC Katherine Howard and Ethics Commission Joseph Keeney. TAC said there was nothing illegal about the signs as it’s no difference than all the Sheriff’s deputies having the word “Sheriff” on their cars.  (TAC Attorney Katherine Howard actually told you that she personally didn't see a difference in your deputy having signs or the sheriff deputies driving cars that say sheriff.  Then she was careful to say that TAC would not have any business getting into the case as Robert Hill Trapp is the State's Attorney in SJC.  For you to speak as if TAC settled the issue and indicate you are just letting the DA know out of a courtesy to keep him in the loop is another plain out lie that we can chalk up to your column.)  The Ethics Commission told me as long as it’s it’s political advertising then there is absolutely nothing illegal with her having them on her car.  (Once again you lie.  Joseph Keeney was very clear that their ONLY concern is with political advertising signs and they would not have any involvement in this case.  You lied on two highly regarded public servants in an attempt to cover your own self)
TAC suggested that I just let you know since you are the District Attorney so that is what I am doing..I’m sure you have plenty to do besides worry about magnets on people’s vehicles but I wanted to keep you in the loop.  (lol you keeping DA Trapp "in the loop".  Ms Wineinger, Robert Hill Trapp IS the loop in SJC.  As the most powerful elected official in our county, 'the loop' begins and ends with him.)
I am sorry to bother you with such trivial things.  (TRIVIAL?  let us project a plausible scenario here.  Despite the fact that there is absolutly no duty of the Tax office that requires field trips or inspections, etc, how about if Ms. Brinkley chose to go to the store for bread and milk and was in a hurry to get home and God forbid, crossed the line and ran over someone with YOUR Seal on her car.   Who they gonna sue?  Lovett didn't even have his seal of office at his wreck scene but claimed he was on county business.  SJC is being sued over that.  With your seal on her private vehicle, the victims family would not even have to ask who it was driving because YOUR seal on her private vehicle identifies her as our Tax Assessor Collector in violation of Texas law.  She is officially on county business whether she is or not.  As I love to say, "right or wrong, it is official".  When that county owned, tax exempt plate sheriff car rolls up, you can know they are there on official business.)
Thank you,
Kelly Wineinger

(Sentinel comments in red)


Mr. Watson,

1. I would like to correct a few things you have wrong in your article about me. If your going to write something about me maybe you should speak to me first before publishing it for true and correct answers instead of RUMORS.

1. My medical leave is my business and no one else’s. (Actually, whatever causes you to abandon your duties that we elected and pay you to do is our business.  Agreed that your personal medical information is private but you being gone from office and unable to do your duties is completely our business.) It’s no ones business why I am not in the office. (See last answer) As well you know an elected official isn’t bound by hours and days to be in the office. (And as you know, elected officials ARE bound by an oath and THE LAW to do their duty.)  I work remotely and can do anything from the house that I can do sitting at my desk. (I won’t even address that stupid statement.  It just proves you think we are all idiots.) I spoke with the commissioners about my leave before I ever left. (What a small world.  I have spoken with all the commissioners about your leave too.) They know why I am gone not that I needed to tell anyone. (Why you seem to think you can just drop out of site and not owe the taxpayers an explanation baffles me)

2. If your going to use someone’s name you should make sure you spell it correctly. My chief deputy’s name is spelled Sommer Brinkley (My Apology – I stand corrected)

3. As for me resigning don’t know why it still comes up. I have no plans to resign on January 1..I have made it clear to all the commissioners in and out of open court that I’m not resigning but I probably would not stay the whole three years left on my term. Whoever told you this is a complete liar!  (Someone is a complete liar.  You sure it is my sources?)

4. Regarding me wanting Sommer appointed. Of course I would like to see the Chief Deputy be appointed when I decide to leave. What Tax Assessor wouldn’t want her chief deputy to take her place.   (That will be up to and the duty of the commissioners to decide.  From what I can gather, there is a consensus among several that a new set of eyes on the books might not be a bad idea.  Lots of questions we will get to after this.) 

5. The signs on Sommer car are not there to falsify anything or anyone. I had two sets made like two years ago. They have been on her car for nearly two years (Thanks for that confession) except during my re election time during the voting.  I spoke with the tax attorney before ever ordering two sets to make sure it was ok she had them on there. He said it was fine. So if I am breaking the law I will have Sommer remove them as I’m not the kind of person to be breaking the law or trying to pull one over on the taxpayers. I again didn’t hand over her “MY” set of magnets. (So she stole them?)  She has her own just as I do.  (You can’t give someone the right to identify themselves as our SJC Tax Assessor Collector.  Only the voters or, in the event of abandonment and/or removal, our elected representatives can do that.  Those decals on Sommer’s car are YOURS by default)

6. As for Sommer moving into my office. You are really pulling at straws. Again she moved in there last March 2016 about a year and half ago.  (That is about when you started dating Randy L. Wineingar, Hunt Co Tax Collector and quit showing up to work regular if I am not mistaken) We took over doing pay agreements from the attorneys and I thought it would be more private for her to have the taxpayers come in my office rather that have their business being taken care of out in public through the window.  So again nothing is meant by her being in my office.

In the future if you want to know something about me and or my office and staff please come to me first by email. I have nothing to hide nor am I trying to pull anything over on the taxpayers or the county.   


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