NEW CANEY – Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace James Metts has become accustomed to winning. Now in his third term in office, unopposed in the recent Republican primary, Metts and his office added another feather to their caps Wednesday night at the East Montgomery County “Taste of Texas.”


The event was held at the Yellow Rose Reception Hall behind the East Montgomery County Courthouse Annex. Businesses and various agencies and local government offices presented unique booths containing their products and food – A LOT OF FOOD.

Judges scored each booth on several aspects, including food and decoration.

The booth belonging to the office of Judge Metts claimed first prize. It was decked out with a red, white and blue canopy, hay bale, windmill and so many sweets that in the end trays of leftovers were given away.

The top prize each year is a trophy which remains at the EMC offices, and a set of longhorns which is passed to each year’s winner. Kim Hairgrave, from Metts’ office, reluctantly returned the horns prior to the judging. However, it wasn’t long before they were back in the hands of the judge and his staff. It was their third win in five years.

Patton Village took second prize for their booth, which offered a delicious tortilla soup and delectable meatballs.

Third place went to Lonestar College Academy for Life Long Learning.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Yellow Rose Reception Hall on Legion Rd., formerly the American Legion Hall, is under new ownership. The facility has been transformed into a stylish venue, suitable for events ranging from casual to formal. Anyone who hasn’t been inside since the remodeling will have difficulty believing they’re in the same building.

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