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Gonzales Cannon June 27 Issue

Gonzales Cannon June 27 Issue

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Regional newspaper covering Gonzales County and surrounding areas including Caldwell, DeWitt, Fayette and Lavaca counties
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It was a busy day in the2nd 25th Judicial DistrictCourt last Friday in Gon-zales, where several high-prole cases appeared onthe docket.Mario Banda, 32, had hispossession o a controlledsubstance charge dismissedby Judge W.C. Kirkendallaer the district attorney’soce secured an adavitrom Banda’s co-deendant.“Te co-deendant did astatement that indicated hewas solely responsible orthe possession,” said Ban-da’s attorney Lowell Kend-all. “His adavit said Mariowas just a visitor at that res-idence and he had nothingto do with the drugs thatwere ound.Banda was also chargedwith deadly conduct by dis-charge o a rearm in an-other matter and that casewas reset to July 9.“I think the next thing weare going to try to do is geta bond reduction and theremight be a trial later downthe line,” Kendall said.U.S. Congressman Blake Farenthold willbe visiting Gonzales to tour the Jane John-son Women’s Imaging Center at GonzalesHealthcare Systems and to conduct a townhall meeting on uesday, June 2.“I want to keep the people o Gonzalesinormed on the many political issues Iserve them on daily,” Farenthold said in anews release. “My commitment is to repre-sent the interest o the voters and serve thisgreat country insuring all o us a promisinguture. I hope to see a strong representa-tion o the community at the town hall andanswer their questions relating to our gov-ernment.”Te Congressman will hold a town hallmeeting at Gonzales Municipal Buildingat 820 St. Joseph Street uesday rom 1-2p.m. Gonzales Healthcare Systems and theGonzales Economic Development Boardo Directors are partnering to host thisevent.Gonzales is the only hospital in the 27thCongressional District to eature 3D Mam-mography, made possible through grantunding rom the United States Depart-ment o Agriculture.USDA State Director, Francisco.Valen-tin will accompany the congressman onthe tour. Farenthold is a strong advocate o patient centered healthcare and commendsGonzales in its eforts to deliver the goldstandard in imaging diagnostics or wom-
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That’s a lot of bull — literally
Gonzales Co.
Photos and unrom this year’sEmancipation DayCelebration. See PageA10. There’s days and dayso un ahead, with theWatermelon Thump,Fourth o July Star-Spangled Spectacular,the Hal-MoonHolidays and more!See Section C.
One of PBR’s all-time leaders to be featured in Gonzales event 
Participants in the water-balloon toss get the contest started during last Friday’s
Gonzales Main Street Summer Concert series fun. This Friday’s event gets underwayat 6 p.m. with Tejano legend Shelly Lares the featured entertainer.
(Photo by Mark Lube)
There are some misguid-ed folks out there who viewthe sport of rodeo as some-thing cruel for the animalsinvolved.Those folks have never met Nitro Carrilo Cartel,obviously.“You leave a trailer outin the pasture with the gateopen, he’ll load himself up,” says Adam Carrillo,who co-owns the bull thatwill be featured in thisyear’s Gonzales Pro BullRiders event July 13. “He’ll jump in the trailer. He likesto show, he likes the lightsand the crowd.“He gets nervous whenhe knows he’s going outthere,” Carrillo added. “Alot of the riders, they getnervous, too.”This year’s GonzalesPBR event is set for J.B.Wells Arena on Saturday,July 13 at 7:30 p.m., withthe Touring Pro Divisionevent hosted by PBR andDVS Productions for the4th year.Carrillo, a foundingmember of the PBR anda former champion rider 
himself, is justiably proud
of the progress of his orga-nization.“It’s the production,” the41-year-old Stephenvilleresident said. “They’re paying out more money.There’s a lot more show.The bulls are ranker, andthere’s a lot more of them,too.”
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Robson Palermo rides Nito Carrilo Cartel to a score of 89.75 during last year’s PBRWorld Finals. The bull, one of the PBR’s all-time greats, will be featured in this year’sGonzales PBR event.
(PBR Photo)
U.S. Congressman Blake Farenthold gestures during atown-hall meeting at Zedler Mill in Luling earlier thismonth. The congressman will be in Gonzales for a simi
lar meeting and to tour the new Jane Johnson Women’sImaging Center on July 2.
(Courtesy Photo)
Mary Gayle Kelso,1963-2013
Mary Gayle Kelso, age49 o Seguin, ormerly o Victoria, passed away onJune 22, 2013. Visitationwas held on Wednesday,June 26, 2013 rom 2 to 7p.m. with the amily receiv-ing riends rom 5 to 7 p.m.at res Hewell Mortuary.Funeral services will beheld on Tursday, June 27,2013 at 10 a. m. at Faith Lu-theran Church, 1326 E. Ce-dar St. in Seguin with Rev.Dr. Paul M. Cross and Rev odd Craven ociating. Areception will ollow in theLie Enrichment Center atFaith Lutheran Church. Aprocession will depart FaithLutheran Church at 1:15p.m. or graveside servicesand interment at 2 p.m. atthe Tompsonville Cem-etery in Tompsonville,exas. Mary was born inVictoria exas on October19, 1963 to Wilbert Hengstand La Nell Natho. Shegraduated rom StromanHigh School in Victoriain 1982 and rom VictoriaCollege in 1986. Te Kelsoamily moved to Seguin in2008 where Mary served asDeputy Clerk under Gua-dalupe County Clerk e-resa Kiel. Mary is survivedby her loving husband o 13 years, Chie Kevin Kel-so, Seguin Police Depart-ment, daughters, AshtonKelso and ancé Westley Kelly, Krysta Kelso andKassidy Kelso; mother, LaNell Natho; ather, WilbertHengst and wie Kathy;brothers, Ronald Hengstand wie LeAnne, MichaelHengst and wie Linda,Richard Hengst and wieMary and Mark Hengstand wie Jenna; mother-in-law, Pat Yeschke andhusband Bill; ather-in-law,James Kelso and wie Lo-retta; sister-in-law, ammy Bell and husband Keith;brothers-in-law, ShannonKelso and Brandon Kelsoand wie Julie; numerousaunts, uncles, nieces, neph-ews, cousins and riends.One o the many qualitieso Mary that will orever beremembered by her lovedones’ is her never-endingsmile. Mary’s smile couldlight up even the darkestrooms, and she always hada smile on her ace even inthe toughest times o herght. Mary was also knownby her compassionate, lov-ing, and caring personality.Mary never met a stranger,and holds a special place inthe hearts o every singleperson who was blessedto know Mary. Mary wasthe ultimate “supermom”,always going above and be-yond her motherly dutieso caring or her husbandand three girls. Mary wasthe biggest amily cheer-leader, always backing upher husband and daugh-ters’ every achievement.She always thought aboutthe well-being o others be-ore she thought about herown. Mary has impactedthe lives o many people,and will orever be greatly missed. “Te heart remem-bers...Serving as pallbear-ers will be Felton White,Robert Rogers, Keith Bell,Wade Pape, Jason Natho,and Adam Hengst. In lieuo owers, memorial con-tributions may be made tothe Leukemia & Lympho-ma Society, South Centralexas Chapter, 1218 ArionParkway, Ste. 102, San An-tonio, exas, 78216. Youare invited to sign the guestbook at www.treshewell.com. Arrangements areunder the direction o resHewell Mortuary, 165 orDr., Seguin, exas, 78155,830-549-5912.
 James (Scotty) Decker,1943-2013
James Robert Scott “Scot-ty” Decker Sr. o Schulen-burg, ormerly o Gonzales,passed away uesday, June18, 2013.He was born in GonzalesDecember 16, 1943, the sono Robert A. and MadelineBurton Decker. He was agraduate o Gonzales HighSchool, Class o 1962, wherehe played Apache ootball.While in school, he workedwith his parents at the DeckerService Station.Shortly aer graduation,he served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He workedas a proessional diver. Heopened the Decker Uphol-stery Shop in Gonzales andlater moved his business toNashville, ennessee. Scotty worked or the Nashville FireDepartment as a reghteror many years.His true passion was ormusic. He was a very talentedmusician and singer, playingdrums, piano, bass, lead andrhythm guitar. He playedwith several bands: “TeMoods,” “Te Civilians,” TeSands,” “Te Spades” and lat-er “Scotty Decker & Family.”His talent led him to play atthe Grand Ole Opry in Nash- ville.He was a member o theMusicians Society o San An-tonio. He was also very activewith several veterans groupsincluding the Vietnam Vet-erans Association, the exasVeterans Commission, theAmerican Legion and theVeterans o Foreign Wars.One o his best descrip-tions o his lie was “I am abusy man and I never let thegrass grow under my eet.”He is survived by his wieCandi Decker o Schul-enburg; twin sons: JamesRobert Scott “J.R.” DeckerII and wie Sami o Weimarand Jonathan ChristopherScott “J.C.” Decker o Vir-ginia Beach, VA and step-sonJeremy Lancaster and wieLeticia o Houston; grand-children: Kaylan Marie Shu-pak, William James Decker,Cody Dwayne Lancaster andDevin Durante Lancaster;and ather & mother-in-law Don and Beulah Banta o Portland, Indiana.He was preceded in deathby his parents.Funeral services were heldWednesday, June 26 at Sey-dler-Hill Funeral Home andull military honors ollowedat Gonzales Memorial Park Cemetery.Pallbearers included: J.R.Decker, J.C. Decker, Jeremy Lancaster, revor Cole Brier,Joe “Moe” Collins, Freddy Finch, Sylvan Rossi andJames Shupak. Honorary pallbearers were members o Te Original Moods includ-ing Bill Barr, Lee Roy Eichlerand Chuck Nitchie. Alsoserving were Jimmy LynnWiley, Kenny McGinty, DonBanta, Ron Banta, Randy Banta, Bobby Cox, Randellomas, Allen Hancock, “Big”Wayne Fleck and RichardFleming.Arrangements under thecare and direction o Seydler-Hill Funeral Home 906 St.Paul Street, Gonzales, X830-672-3232.
Adolph Ernest Janik,1932-2013
Adolph Ernest Janik, 81,o Gonzales, passed away Tursday, June 21, 2013.Adolph was born January 18, 1932 in East Bernard toFrank and Hermina ZotykaJanik. He married KathleenMarie Page on May 16, 1959in Wharton. He had beena member o the First Bap-tist Church in Gonzales, theGonzales American Legion,and the Bellaire OptimistClub where he had servedas president o the club, theWharton and Harris County Jaycees, and the Whartonand Harris County SPJS.He had graduated rom theUniversity o exas in theclass o 1957 with a Bacheloro Science degree in Business.Adolph had served in the U.S.Army 148th Field Artillery Battalion and was honorably discharged in 1961.Adolph started workingor Decker Meat Company o Dallas, serving the Whartonarea, Newhof Meat Com-pany acquired Decker MeatCompany and Adolph con-tinued his service as the com-pany’s sales representative inthe Wharton area. Adolphtook his salesmanship toHeath Candy Company be-ore accepting a position withReader’s Digest where heworked his way to RegionalPresident o Sales and Mar-keting. Aer retiring romReader’s Digest, Adolph, notbeing one to sit still or long,took a position with KCIRadio Station as its directoro advertising and later took his sales and marketing tal-ents to the Gonzales InquirerNewspaper where he con-tinued to create advertisingsales opportunities with hispersonable and proessionalapproach to sales until May o this year.Adolph was always thelie o the party, he loved tolaugh and have a good time.Adolph enjoyed shing andgardening, he was a gentle-men armer, but he was dan-gerous with power tools. Hiswas a loving spirit; he was a very patient and kind ather.He loved his children and de-lighted in spending time withthem. Adolph was a lovinghusband, Kathleen loved hisinectious laugh and adoredhow in 54 years o marriage,Adolph would still cut reshowers rom the garden sev-eral times a week and pres-ent them to his loving wie just to make her smile. Hisdevotion to amily, work andhis Lord and Savior were un-paralleled and or that, in thehearts o his amily, Adolphwill remain, orever young.Adolph Ernest Janik is sur- vived by his loving wie, Kath-leen Janik o Gonzales, ador-ing daughters, Page ElizabethJanik o Houston and SarahEllen Russell and her hus-band Steve o Salt Lake City,U., sister, Doris Crawordo Houston, brother, Frank Janik and his wie Helen o Wharton, granddaughter,Stephanie Biermann and herhusband Matthew o St. Lou-is, MO., great-grandchildren,Bailey and Braden Biermanno St. Louis, MO. He was pre-ceded in death by his parents,brother, Bill Janik, and hisson, Lewis Andy” Janik.Funeral services were held10 a.m. Wednesday, June 26,2013 in the TompsonvilleCommunity Church withRev. Charlie Nunes oci-ating. Pallbearers: Jimmy Wayne Patterson, RichardCrozier, Jess Pacheco, ony Sekaly, Pat Patterson, Mi-chael Janak, David WayneMcLeroy, Dr. Hal Doerrand Mathew Pacheco. Me-morials may be made to theWounded Warrior ProjectPO BOX 758517 opeka,KS 66675. Te amily willreceive riends at the uneralhome rom 5 to 7 p.m. ues-day evening. Services are un-der the care and direction o Seydler-Hill Funeral Home. 
Homer Fred Conant,1924-2013
MSG Homer FredConant, U.S. Army, ret.passed away Monday, June24, 2013. He was born April20, 1924 in Angus, exasto Fred C. and Ethel CatesConant. He married EdnaMae Fluker on February 3,1947 in Corsicana. Homerwas a member o the Gonza-les First Baptist Church.Homer Conant was in-ducted into the UnitedStates Army on the 21st o November 1942. He servedoverseas during WWII andthe Korean War. Early inthe Korean War he was list-ed as Missing in Action ashe ought his way out rombehind enemy lines, injuredrom battle and ghting tostay alive. He had been sta-tioned overseas in Japan andPakistan just to name a ew and had received the BronzeStar and Purple Heart alongwith many other medals,badges, commendations,citations and campaign rib-bons. MSG Conant played alarge role in testing and de- veloping missile weaponry through White Sands Mis-sile Range in New Mexico.He admirably kept the Army motto “Tis We’ll Deend”close to his heart and onthe 30th day o June 1970MSG Homer F. Conant washonorably discharged romhis beloved Army havinggiven over 26 years o his lieto service or his country.Upon retirement he went towork or GVEC as its creditmanager and remainedthere or 16 years.Homer was a strict, allbusiness ather, but air, ten-der and loving at the sametime. He was good Chris-tian man and shared hisaith with his loved ones. Heenjoyed shing and camp-ing, and built a cabin in themountains o New Mexicodoing all the wiring, plumb-ing and construction him-sel, with the occasionalassistance o his sons, Jimand Vincent and grandson,Jim, Jr. He was a perection-ist and he built most o thecabin’s urnishings himsel as well. All the while Homerand Edna were building thecabin, they camped in a tent,this was never a hardship,because they were togetherand lie was good. Edna en- joyed painting pictures andHomer built all her rames.He was always kind andsweet to Edna and they en- joyed traveling together andspending summers in theircabin in New Mexico.He is survived by his lov-ing wie o 66 years, EdnaMae Conant o Gonzales,daughter and son-in-law,Lynda and Charles Mosier o Denton, sons and daughters-in-law, James, Sr, and Char-lene Conant o Woodridge,IL, Vincent and KarenConant o Lockhart, andimothy and Suzie Conanto Odessa, grandchildren,Jim Conant, Jr., Lisa Conant,Corey Conant, Chauncey Conant, Elizabeth Conant,Darrell Miller and DebbieEpps, 3 great-grandchildren,and 2 great-great grandchil-dren. He was preceded indeath by his parents, broth-ers, Ivy Ray Conant, Billy .Conant, F.C. Conant and hisson, Gregory Conant whodied serving his country inVietnam.Funeral services willbe held at 3 p.m. hurs-day in Seydler-Hill Fu-neral Home with Dr.Chris Irving oiciating.Interment with ull mili-tary honors will ollow in Gonzales MemorialPark. Pallbearers includeJames Conant, Sr., Vin-cent Conant, im Conant,Bruce DuBose, Bobby O’Neal and Corey Conant.he amily will receiveriends rom 5 to 7 p.m.Wednesday at the uneralhome. Memorials may be made to the GonzalesCounty Veterans Memo-rial, 562 CR 238, Gonza-les, exas 78629. Servicesare under the care anddirection o Seydler-HillFuneral Home.
The CannonThursday, June 27, 2013Page A2
Monday SaturdayFridayThursdayWednesdayTuesday
Dr. CraigDr. Kodack Dr. TwiteroDr. KavanaghDr. CraigDr. QuebedeauxDr. WhiteDr. CraigDr. NeelyDr. RyanDr. Malik Dr. RyanDr. CraigDr. Kodack Dr. KhanDr. ThangadaDr. Kodack Dr. CraigDr. TwiteroDr. CraigDr. QuebedeauxDr. Kodack Dr. CraigDr. CraigDr. QuebedeauxDr. NeelyDr. CraigDr. WhiteDr. WhiteDr. NeelyDr. CraigDr. HolcombDr. Hennessee
Gonzales Healthcare Systems
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Specialty Physician Outpatient Clinic
Helen Ross,Hearing Specialist(830) 372-2237
William Craig, M.D.(830) 672-3845
Vicente Quintero, M.D.(866) 624-8026
Marisol Ortiz, M.D.(361) 575-0681
Azhar M. Malik, M.D.(361) 576-0011Haresh Kumar, MD/Khan(361) 576-9165
Praveen Thangada, M.D.(830) 303-1819
Byron D. Neely, M.D.,P.A.(979) 968-6500
Robert Ryan, III, M.D.(830) 379-8491
Rohit Kapoor, M.D., P.A.210-655-0075
Joseph Kavanagh, M.D.(830) 379-3937
G. Steven White, M.D.(830) 379-9492Trent Twitero, M.D.(830) 379-9492
Terri Quebedeaux,D.P.M., P.A.(830) 672-7581
John Holcomb, M.D.(210) 692-9400
Kathleen Koerner, DO,MS(830) 672-8502Lino Oballo(830) 672-8502
Located at SieversMedical Clinic:Ear, Nose, &Throat Disorders
Jennifer Hennessee,M.D.(830) 379-0299
Stephanie Kodack, M.D.(830) 672-8502
Dr. CraigDr. CraigDr. KavanaghDr. TwiteroDr. WhiteDr. NeelyDr. CraigDr. CraigDr. Kodack H. RossDr. Malik Dr. CraigDr. QuebedeauxDr. CraigDr. Kodack Dr. WhiteDr. CraigDr. NeelyDr. HolcombDr. CraigDr. KodacDr. CraigDr. Kapoor Dr. TwiteroDr. RyanDr. Quintero
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Te man accused o hav-ing an improper relationshipwith one o his students wasindicted by the GonzalesGrand Jury last week.Houston Alan Mercier, 24,was taken into custody onApril by the Nixon Police De-partment or an oense thatallegedly took place on theevening o April 6. Mercierwas a coach at Nixon-Smiley Middle School and the vic-tim was a 14-year old emalestudent.According to a statementrom Nixon Police Chie Chris Almaguer, Mercierwas brought in or question-ing and ully cooperated withauthorities. He was chargedwith an Improper Relation-ship Between Educator andStudent, a second degreeelony, and his bond was setat $30,000.Te grand jury met onJune 13 and also indicted theollowing people. Teir courtdate is set or July 10:
• Heather Michelle Titus,
assault amily member w/previous conviction
• Beverly Ramos, the of 
material 50% aluminum/bronze/copper less than$20,000
• Terry Pirkle, driving
while intoxicated/drivingwhile intoxicated w/childpassenger under 15
• David Edward Martinez,
burglary o habitation intendother elony 
• Neil Brandon Kloesel,
possession o a controlledsubstance
• Kevin Tyrone Joshua,
driving while intoxicated w/child passenger under 15(two counts)
• Edward Hunt, assault
public servant
• Forrest Kurt Hateld,
driving while intoxicated
• Juan Antonio Gonzales-
Cano, possession o a con-trolled substance
• Brenda Gonzales, the of 
property more than $1,500less than $20,000
• Ronald Whit DuBose, in
- jury to a child w/intent bodily injury (enhanced)
• Jonathan Lee Davenport,
unauthorized use o a motor vehicle
• Trina Carranza, tamper
-ing with a witness
• Eric Joseph Camarillo,
possession o a controlledsubstanceTe grand jury also issuedindictments the ollowingpeople. Teir court date is setor July 9:
• Christopher Paul Ross,
aggravated assault w/deadly weapon/aggravated assaultcauses serious bodily injury 
• Steven ChristopherO’Neal, forgery nancial in
• Brian Menking, the of 
material 50% aluminum/bronze/copper less than$20,000
• Francisco Izaguirre, ag
-gravated assault w/deadly weapon
• Lou Ella Goode, ag
-gravated assault w/deadly weapon
• Christopher Jerome Es
-pinosa, possession o a con-trolled substance
• Mikel David Doyle,
criminal mischie more than$1,500 less than $20,000
• Mario Vasquez Carde
-nas, driving while intoxicated
• Crystal Lea Bolton, pos
-session o a controlled sub-stance
• Carlos Jose Becerra, ag
-gravated assault serious bodi-ly injury Gonzales County Com-missioners on Monday cre-ated a new department tohandle the county’s person-nel aairs.Commissioners voted tomove the county PayrollClerk out o the Auditor’sofce and to create a new Human Resources Depart-ment, and to name payroll
clerk Laura Pena the coun
-ty’s new Human ResourcesOfcer.“Te auditor’s done agood job in the past butthe personnel needs were just putting more and moreon her,” noted Precinct 2Commissioner DonnieBrzozowski.Te new ofce will behoused in what had beenthe county elections ad-ministrator’s ofce at thecourthouse starting June27.Commissioners alsogave approval to a proposalrom the Gonzales County Historical Commission to
form a non-prot agency.
“I think this is the appro-priate way or them to op-erate,” County Judge DavidBird said.In other business, theCourt approved publica-tion o a notice o intentto sell a parcel o county-
owned property o Loop
131. Te property is beingsought by a developer seek-
ing to build a Valero station
on an adjacent property.Under the proposal, theproperty will ormally goout or sealed bids, withCommissioners retainingthe right to accept or rejectany o those bids.Commissioners tableda measure to set limits oncounty credit-card use, butapproved an updated mem-orandum o understand-ing with Gonzales County Crime Stoppers Inc.In other action, theCourt:
• Approved the Salary 
Grievance Committee;
• Reviewed the monthly Tax Assessor-Collector Re
• Appointed Tax As
-sessor-Collector CrystalCedillo to calculate andprepare the 2013 eective,rollback and sales tax ratesor the county.
County grand jury indicts former teacher
Court creates county HR department
e National FFA Orga
-nization awarded a $1,000
Tyson Foods, Inc. scholarshipto Lauren Campion of theGonzales HS FFA. e schol
arship is sponsored by TysonFoods, Inc. as a special proj
ect of the National FFA Foun
-dation. Campion plans to usethe unds to pursue a degree
at Texas A&M University –
College Station.Tis scholarship is one o 1,645 awarded through the
National FFA Organization’s
scholarship program thisyear. Currently, 127 sponsorscontribute more than $2.1million to support scholar-ships or students.
For 29 years, scholarships
have been made availablethrough unding secured by 
National FFA Foundation.
Tis generous unding comesrom individuals, businessesand corporate sponsors toencourage excellence and en-able students to pursue theireducational goals.Te 2013 scholarship re-cipients were selected rom6,116 applicants rom acrossthe country. Selections werebased on the applicant’s lead-
ership, academic record, FFA
and other school and com-munity activities, supervisedagricultural or work experi-ence in agricultural educationand uture goals.
e National FFA Orga
-nization provides leadership,personal growth and careersuccess training through agri-cultural education to 557,318student members in gradesseven through 12 who be-
long to one of 7,498 local FFA
chapters throughout the U.S.,
Puerto Rico and the Virgin
Campion earns Tyson scholarship
Lauren Campion (right)

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