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(Editor’s note: Cannon News Editor Cedric Iglehart was present for every day of this trial and posted stories daily to our website. Due to the extent of detail contained in each story, they can’t be published here due to length. To view any of those stories, visit www.gonzalescannon. com.) After roughly 35 minutes of deliberation, a jury sentenced James DuBose to 12 years of incarceration Monday afternoon at the Gonzales County Courthouse. DuBose was found guilty last Friday on two felony counts of assault on a public servant and attempting to take the weapon DuBose of a peace officer. He received 10 years in prison for the first count and two years in a state jail facility for the second one. Both sentences, which were the maximum allowed by law, came with a $10,000 fine. “We are pleased with the verdicts and appreciate the

Achtung! Come and Take It!

City rejects cost of moving poles

Gonzales Mayor Bobby Logan accepts a gift of the city flag of Datteln, Germany, from City Manager Allen Barnes during Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Barnes obtained the flag from Burgomeister (Mayor) Wolfgang Wilhelm of Datteln while visiting the ancient city over the last two weeks as past of a youth ministry project through First Baptist Church of Gonzales. A group of First Baptist members went to Datteln to minister to local youth and to teach the American game of baseball. ((Photo by Dave Mundy)

Gonzales City Council on Tuesday rejected what it considered too high a cost for moving five utility poles owned by Verizon, throwing plans for completing renovations in the 300 block of St. George St. into doubt. City manager Allen Barnes told council members that efforts to negotiate a settlement with the commuTRIAL, Page A5 nications company to move its five

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utility poles off the street and behind buildings on St. George have proven fruitless. “All of our advances toward Verizon were not acceptable to them,” said Barnes. The city had balked at Verizon’s estimated cost of $72,000 for it to move the poles, and had offered to put the project out for bids to see if a more economical price could be had. Barnes said the company rejected the city having anything to do with mov-

ing the poles. “We are stuck with a dilemma,” he said. “I feel the expenditure of $72,000 for the removal of five poles is not responsible at this point.” During Tuesday’s meeting, council members also got word that housing and retail development appear to be following the expansion of the oil business. Nathan Neuse, president of the Gonzales Economic Development COUNCIL, Page A4

WAELDER – A proposal by the Waelder Police Department to reinstate their Reserve Officer program was shot down during a regular meeting of the Waelder City Council Tuesday night. The program was officially terminated during a special called meeting on March 22 after a motion made by Councilman Valentino Hernandez was seconded by Councilman Alfred Thompson before passing unanimously. There were four reserve officers in the Waelder Police Department at that time including Rich Elliott, Richard Chadwell, Brian Jones and Troy Owen. “Those officers did outstanding work and the reason they were targeted for disbandment was because they were doing their jobs lawfully,” said Waelder Police Chief Jim Taylor after that meeting last March. Taylor vehemently disagreed with the notion that the officers were expendable and went so far as to call the council’s action “retaliatory” in nature because of recent arrests made by them on people related to council WAELDER, Page A4

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Holding politicians who claim to be “conservatives” accountable, property rights, gun rights and rejecting attempts by globalist progressives to implement their ideology by subterfuge were the common themes during Saturday’s Texas Come and Take It Independence Rally at JB Wells Park pavilion. The event was designed as a Tea Party-style rally, drew about 300 attendees from across the region. Speakers from across the state stuck to the theme. Several speakers noted the recent resurgence of the Tea Party movement in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- “Obamacare.” (President Barack Obama) has slapped America in the face and he has awakened her,” noted Fayette County’s George Moro-

vich. “We are truly in a battle between good and evil.” “Texas sent a signal Tuesday (July 31, during the primary runoff elections) that was heard all over this land,” said Gonzales resident Charles Nunes. “The Patriots are coming, the Patriots are coming!” Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, who is gearing up for an expected run for the Lieutenant Governor’s job, was the keynote speaker for the event and said our current elected representatives at both the national and state levels are losing ground on protecting the rights of individuals because many of them truly do not understand those rights. “When someone says to you, ‘I believe in the Second Amendment but I believe in reasonable, sensible, common-sense gun regulations’ -- that’s when Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson was the keynote speaker during Satyou know that he knows urday’s Texas Come and Take It Independence Rally at JB Wells Pavilion. The event attracted some 250-300 conservative activists from around the central RALLY, Page A14 Texas region. (Photo by Dave Mundy)

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Today in Texas History
August 9, 1908 On this day in 1908, blues pianist Robert Shaw was born in Stafford, Texas. His parents had a Steinway grand piano and provided music lessons for his sisters, but Shaw’s father did not permit the son to play. He played the piano when the rest of the family was away from home. By the time he was a teenager, Shaw would slip away to hear jazz musicians in Houston and at the roadhouses in the nearby countryside. In time, despite his father’s opposition, he decided to pursue his dream of becoming a jazz musician. Shaw learned his distinct brand of “barrelhouse” piano playing from other musicians in the Fourth Ward, Houston, the center of black entertainment in the city. His career flourished in the 1920s and 30s, then suffered a thirty-year hiatus while he ran a grocery store in Austin. Shaw began performing again in 1967 and gained international recognition before his death in 1985.

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Flashing lights, warning strip set for intersection
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Gonzales Police Report
Here is the Gonzales Police Department Report for the period of July 29-Aug. 5: July 29 Reported Criminal Mischief At 600 Blk Dunning St. July 30 Reported Hindering Secured Creditors At 1600 Blk Sarah Dewitt Dr. Reported Hindering Secured Creditors At 1600 Blk Sarah Dewitt Dr. July 31 Reported Burglary Habitation At 1100 Blk Hamilton St. Reported Harassment At 100 Blk College St. Juventino Sanchezmedel, 30 Of Gonzales, Arrested And Charged With Possession Of Controlled Substance At 183 At Independence Park. August 2 Christopher Lee Camarillo, 35 Of San Antonio, Arrested And Charged With Possession Of Marijuana, Driving While License Invalid, And Unlawful Carrying Weapon. Chad Derek Mueller, 32 Of Gonzales, Arrested And Charged With Possession Of Controlled Substance And Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia. Shawna Chere Zahn, 39 Of Gonzales, Arrested And Charged With Possession Of Marijuana And Possession Of Controlled Substance At St. Peter And St. George St. Reported Theft At 1300 Blk Kleine St. Reported Criminal Mischief At 800 Blk St. Andrew St. August 3 Reported Burglary Motor Vehicle At St. Paul And St. George St. Reported Hit And Run Accident At 500 Blk Cone St. Reported Burglary Building At 500 Blk St. Louis St. Reported Hit And Run Accident At 200 Blk Oil Patch Ln. Reported Criminal Mischief At 700 Blk St. Lawrence St. Reported Assault At 599 CR 228. August 4 Christopher Michael Rodriguez, 40 Of Gonzales, Arrested And Charged With Assault Family Violence and Melissa Marie Rodriguez, 31 Of Gonzales, Arrested And Charged With Assault Family Violence At 1300 Blk St. Paul St. Reported Indecency With A Child At 600 Blk College St. Reported Burglary Motor Vehicle At 1600 Blk St. Matthew St. Reported Burglary Motor Vehicle At 1700 Blk Donovan St. August 5 Reported Aggravated Assault With Deadly Weapon At 1100 Blk Sarah Dewitt Dr. Reported Burglary Habitation At 1600 Blk St. Andrew St. Reported Burglary Motor Vehicle At Park Place.

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has announced that rumble strips and flashing beacons will be installed at the intersection of FM 80 and FM 466 in Gonzales County. The improvements are designed to support motorist alertness and awareness at the intersection, which has been the site of several fatal accidents in recent months. “Rumble strips were installed Monday, which create noise and vibration if driven on. This can increase motorist alertness. The flashing beacons will be erected later this week, which improves the visibility of the stop signs at the intersection,” said Maintenance Engineer Jeff Vinklarek, P.E.,

James found guilty of capital murder
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for the TxDOT Yoakum District. “We encourage motorists to be alert drivers in order to arrive at their destination safely.” State Highway 80 at FM 466 was closed the afternoon of Aug. 2 after a passenger vehicle was struck by an 18-wheeler around 5:15 p.m., Department of Public Safety officials said. One person in the passenger vehicle was killed and two others were taken by AirLIFE to San Antonio hospitals with undetermined injuries. Their conditions were not immediately available. Investigators said that initial indications are that the small pickup failed to stop at a stop sign on FM 466 and was hit by the 18-wheeler traveling on Highway 80. DPS, Gonzales County Sheriff ’s Office and Gonzales EMS personnel responded to the scene.

Gonzales Sheriff’s Office Report
Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff’s Report 07/29/12-08/04/12 07/29/12 Perez-Correa, Juan Ramon, 09/1992, Gonzales. Resist Arrest Search or Transport. Released on $5,000 Bond. Disorderly Conduct. Released on Order to Appear. 07/31/12 Riebschlaeger, Tracy Rouse, 01/1968, Aransas. Commitment/Sentence – Forgery Financial Instrument. Released – Weekender/Work Release. Brady, Crystal Lynn, 09/1981, Kyle. Local Warrant – Theft of Property >$20 <$500 by Check. Released on $1,500 Bond. Badillo, Marcus Cervantez, 08/1988, Ozona. Local Warrant – Possession of Marijuana <2 oz. Released on $1,500 Bond. Local Warrant – Possession of Marijuana <2 oz. Released on $1,500 Bond. 08/01/12 Velasquez, Roberto Eduardo, 01/1977, Rosenberg. Local Warrant – Driving while Intoxicated. Requires $2,000 Bond. Remains in Custody. 08/02/12 Alvarado, Linda Gay, 03/1978, Canyon Lake. Possession of a Controlled Substance PG 1 <1G. Requires $8,000 Bond. Remains in Custody. Almaguer, Bruno, 10/1975, Gonzales. Commitment/Sentence – Engage in Organized Criminal Activity. Released – Weekender/Work Release. 08/03/12 Robinson, Leslie Michelle, 04/1968, Gonzales. Commitment/Sentence – Theft of Property >$50 <$500. Released – Weekender/Work Release. DuBose, James David, 04/1987, Gonzales. Commitment/Sentence – Aggravated Assault against Public Servant. Remains in Custody. 08/04/12 Castillo, Juan Ramirez, 03/1966, Moulton. Commitment/Sentence – Driving while Intoxicated 2nd. Remains in Custody. Total Arrest, Court Commitments, other agency arrest and processing’s: GCSO 10 DPS 01 GPD 12 WPD 01 NPD 05 Constable 00 DWCSO 00 DEA 00 TPW 00 GCAI 00 Total 29

Yoakum Police Report
Yoakum Police Department Weekly Incident Report for July 30-Aug. 5: 07/30/12 Case #12-310, Assault-C, 203 W. Gonzales; Disposition, Court Citation. Case #12-311, Burglary-Vehicle, 602 Davis; Disposition, Investigation. 08/01/12 Case #12-312 and #12-314, Juveline Male, 15, Yoakum, 300 Blk. E. Grand; Offense, Burglary-Building, Theft-Felony; Disposition, Det/Trans/Victoria, Det/ Trans/Victoria. Case #12-313, Green, Kaleigh, 22, Yoakum, 208 Plaza; Offense, Public Intoxication; Disposition, Bond/$500/Rel. Case #12-316, Burglary-Residence, 402 Bingham St.; Disposition, Investigation. 08/02/12 Case #12-317, Baker, Autumn, 27, Yoakum, 117 West; Offense, Public Intoxication; Disposition, Fine/$364/Rel. 08/03/12 Case #12-318, Criminal Mischief, 600 Southwell; Disposition, Investigation 08/05/12 Case #12-319, Assault F/V, 705A Forest; Disposition, Investigation.

SEGUIN — Jurors needed only about 40 minutes Aug. 2 to find Ronnie Lynn James Jr. guilty of capital murder and conspiracy to commit capital murder in the fatal shooting of Vicente Garcia. Attorneys finished their closing arguments at 10:20 a.m., and Second 25th District Judge W.C. “Bud” Kirkendall told the jurors they could take a break until 10:40 a.m. At approximately 11:20 a.m., the jury indicated it had reached a unanimous verdict. James was convicted on both counts of the indictment. Defense counsel William Maynard III requested polling of the jury, and as Kirkendall called out the names and asked if it was their verdict, each juror answered, “Yes, it is.” With the offense of capital murder carrying an automatic life sentence, there was no need for the jury to consider punishment, Kirkendall told jurors. Before deputies took the defendant out of the courtroom, statements were made by brothers of Vicente Garcia. District Attorney Heather McMinn read a written statement by one brother, and the other brother spoke directly at James. “I hope our Lord has mercy on you,” he said, In his charge to the jury, Kirkendall explained that James could be found guilty of capital murder if the jury believed the state had proven beyond a reasonable doubt either of two theories of the offense — that James was the primary ac-

tor or shooter in the killing of Garcia or that James was a party to the shooting of Garcia by Charles B. Harris. “The evidence is clear. The state has shown you that Ronnie James and Charles Harris executed Vicente Garcia,” District Attorney Heather McMinn said in her final argument to the jury. “We’re not sure if it was Charles or Ronnie, but when it comes down to it, it doesn’t matter.” McMinn said both James and Harris were guilty of capital murder regardless of who actually pulled the trigger, and she noted that all 12 jurors didn’t need to agree on a single theory of the offense. Even if six jurors thought James was the shooter and six others believed Harris did the shooting, all 12 of them could vote to convict James of capital murder, McMinn said. During her argument, McMinn played a portion of the interview on June 15, 2009 when James was questioned by sheriff ’s investigators Sgt. Craig Jones and Kevin Ficke. The interview lasting more than three hours was recorded on video, and the jury on Wednesday was shown an edited 49-minute version of the interview. “I did my part,” James says in the portion replayed during McMinn’s argument. “He tells you over and over again, ‘I played my part,’” McMinn said. Playing his part made James, by his own admission, a party to capital murder and a participant in the conspiracy to commit capital murder, she said. Opening the state’s argument, Assistant District At-

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torney Heather Hines also revisited statements made by James during interviews by investigators. “He told you that Vicente Garcia never saw it coming. How does he know that?” Hines asked. If James, as he claimed, was not in the Ford Ranger pickup when Garcia was shot by Charles Harris, how would James know the victim never saw it coming? she asked. Hines also mentioned that James and Garcia had been friends. “What did friendship mean to Ronnie James? He left Vicente Garcia floating face down in Cibolo Creek,” Hines said. Maynard’s closing argument focused primarily on his contention that the state had failed to prove that his client shot Garcia. “There is no evidence that Ronnie shot Vicente,” Maynard said. “He is not on trial for being a drug dealer. He is not on trial for helping dispose of a body. He is on trial for capital murder.” Maynard also argued that witnesses against James were motivated by self-interest. Co-defendant Beatrice Giles, whose federal drug trafficking case was based on Garcia’s role as an informant, took a deal to receive a 15-year prison sentence in exchange for her testimony.

Truckload of illegal aliens eludes Goliad authorities
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GOLIAD — Officials conducted a manhunt in rural Goliad County Monday evening after a reported 20 suspected illegal immigrants bailed out of a pickup Monday along the same stretch of highway in Goliad County where a wreck killed 15 people two weeks ago. Goliad County Sheriff Kirby Brumby reported that a Dodge truck loaded with suspected illegal immigrants drove off U.S. 59 just south of Goliad during a pursuit by a highway patrol trooper at about 12:30 p.m. Monday. A similar situation on July 22 resulted in a crash in which 15 people died and eight others were injured. “They drove about 300 yards to the

tree line, and (the trooper) said about 20 people jumped out of the truck,” Brumby said. He added that those smuggling the aliens are developing a standard tactic when confronted by law enforcement. “They find an open spot and they drive through a fence,” Brumby said. Sheriff ’s deputies apprehended four people from Central America who said they were headed to Houston, Brumby said. A search continued for others, with state, local and federal agents including dog teams involved in the manhunt. Authorities called off the manhunt later Monday night with all but four of the suspects escaping. Brumby said the suspected smugglers were driving a stolen pickup truck.

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LISD trustees name Glover lone finalist for superintendent’s post
classroom, Glover earned his masters degree from Sul Ross and was promoted as the secondary principal for grades 6-12 while at Fort Hancock ISD. After relocating to central Texas with his family in 1998, he spent the next 14 years as an assistant high school principal and assistant superintendent in Llano ISD. During that time, Glover was named educator of the year in 2003 and again in 2009. For the past five years, Glover has worked with the board, superintendent and staff to implement the CSCOPE curriculum and in 2010, Llano ISD earned Exemplary status

Region for the first time in the history of the district. Glover recently relocated to Brownfield ISD as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction to assist the district with the effective implementation of the CSCOPE curriculum and improve the performance of two academically unacceptable campuses. Glover and wife Becky have two children. His daughter Baylee will be a sophomore next year and his son Max will be entering the 8th grade. Glover and his family are excited about the opportunity to serve the parents, students and staff of Luling ISD.

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LULING — Tim Glover has been named as the lone finalist for the position of district superintendent by the Luling ISD board of trustees. Glover has 20 years in public education as a teacher, assistant principal, JH/HS principal, and assistant superintendent. He received his bachelors degree from Sul Ross State University in Alpine and began teaching Industrial Technology in Fort Hancock ISD in 1992. After four successful years in the

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Yoakum Council hold budget workshop, reviews sewer project
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YOAKUM — Members of the Yoakum City Council and various department heads of the City staff met Tuesday for a budget workshop/meeting. A review of the Sanitary Sewer Project – Phase III was heard and it was reported that funding for the project includes $2.2 million remaining from bond proceeds and $128,000 from a Texas Department of Agriculture grant.

The project is proceeding as planned. The Council went into Executive Session to discuss a property matter and reconvened in open session at 5:55 PM. No action was taken on the matter discussed. The audit report for the Fiscal Year ending September 30, 2011 was presented and the auditor reported that the “financial statements are fairly presented” and he declared it a “clean audit” for the City. He reported that the financial condition has improved

and the City remains in very good financial condition. During his presentation the auditor advised the council of changes in terminology relating to fund balance, and City Manager Kevin Coleman elaborated on changes that he is recommending be implemented when the Council adopts a comprehensive fund balance policy in September as per GASB-54. The Council voted to approve the audit. The City Manager then presented the Council with income

and expense figures concerning the 2012-2013 budget. Revenues from utility and water are based on the previous 5 year average, and Sales Tax and Solid Waste Transfer fee figures are based on 95% and 90% of the current year respectively. Possible changes in expenses for the upcoming year include: • A raise of merit pay for employees from 5% to 6% per year; • And across the board 5% increase for permanent part-time employees;

• An 11% increase in health insurance premiums; • Retaining an employee added to the waste department in January and adding an employee to the building and grounds maintenance; • Reviewing and revising the 2001 compensation study and salary schedule; • Moving members of the Water/Waste Water Department up a pay scale; • A 15% increase in the cost of fuel.

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First Gonzales town-hall meeting set Thursday
The City of Gonzales will hold the first of a series of Neighborhood Town Hall Meetings Thursday at Victoria College. While Thursday’s meeting, which begins at 6 p.m., is designated for Council District One, citizens from any district are invited to attend. The meetings will take place as follows: Council District One – August 9 at Victoria College Council District Four — August 14 at Gonzales Jr. High School Cafeteria Council District Three — August 16 at North Avenue Elementary Cafeteria Council District Two — August 21 at Gonzales High School Cafeteria Downtown District — August 23 at the Gonzales Municipal Library The meetings will begin promptly at 6 p.m. and end promptly at 7 p.m. These meetings, which will be held in each Council District, will be an opportunity for the citizens of Gonzales to hear what is going on in the City and to give valuable input on the community to the City’s elected and appointed officials. “When I came to work here we made a commitment to transparency in local government,” said city manager Allen Barnes. “These meetings are a step toward greater transparency.” Designed to allow an open dialogue between the people of Gonzales and their municipal officials, one of the purposes of the meetings is to discuss what projects are going on and what projects are coming up. Among the topics to be discussed will be the newly-established Code Enforcement Task Force and the steps that are being taken to enforce the City’s ordinances, as well as things like the benefits and challenges of the Eagle Ford Shale. “We’re going to do about a 15-minute presentation on these things and then we’re going to shut up, listen, and answer questions,” Barnes said. The meetings will also have a time for residents to give input on their vision for Gonzales as well as what priorities the City should have. The City has entered an agreement with Texas A&M to prepare a comprehensive plan for the future. “We have to have input from our residents to make the plan successful,” said Barnes. “We will also use the input for the preparation of our goals and objectives for the future as well.” The program will be the same for all meetings except for the Downtown District, so if a person cannot attend the meeting for their district they can attend another meeting. The City wants to make these meetings as convenient as possible for

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the citizens. The Downtown District will be more district specific than the other meetings. “In doing these type meetings in the past I have found it very important to have a definite start and end times,” Barnes said. “This tells people who have other demands on their time exactly how long the meeting will take.” “However, we won’t leave until every question has been asked and addressed. We may have to do research on some questions and get them the answer later.” For more information or to ask questions, contact Kristina Vega, Assistant to the City Manager, at 830-672-2815.

Beautification Committee says it will cease its work

Corp.’s Board of Directors, presented a report on the agency’s financial status and an update on a number of projects being funded by GEDC. He also told council members that GEDC has heard from developers who are interested in bringing in an apartment community to the area, as well as an adjacent retail center. Neuse identified the area near the intersection of State Hwy. 97 and US 90 Alternate as a possible location for those developments. Neuse also noted several other projects already under development, including a new bakery and several hotel/motel projects. Council approved GEDC funding for two projects during Tuesday’s meeting. The council gave approval to a GEDC offer of a low-interest loan of up to $150,000 to Win Bin Ventures for the 53-room Microtel hotel project. Council also gave a thumbs-up to a GDEC small business incentive

grant of up to $10,000 to the owners of Frames & Things for roof replacement. The council also took steps Tuesday to update the city’s horse ordinance and to bring the city into compliance with its charter. Council passed an updated horse ordinance which now bans stallions being housed on property in the city limits. Barnes told the council the previous ordinance already prohibited breeding horses within city limits, but “we’ve had to file vicious-animal complaints on a couple of stallions that have attacked other horses.” Barnes said that Friends of Gonzales Animal Shelter (FOGAS) has indicated it will work with owners of stallions to get their animals gelded. “We’re working with these owners, so it’s not ‘take-your-stallion-and-getout-of-town,’” Barnes said. The city also appointed Dr. Garth Vaz as the city’s official health officer. Barnes said the city charter calls for the appointment of a city health of-

ficer and staff discovered that several years had passed since the city last had anyone appointed to the post. In other action, the council also gave the go-ahead for Barnes to sell sponsorship signs at JB Wells Rodeo Arena; approved a contract with Texas Technology Consultants for information technology services; and approved a contract for baling hay at the Wells complex. During public comment, Gonzales Chamber of Commerce executive director Barbara Hand told the council that San Antonio television station WOAI has installed a video camera atop the Randle-Rather Building and now occasionally drops in views of downtown Gonzales on its evening newscasts. The city also received a report from Kacey Lindeman Butler of Gonzales Main Street. Butler reviewed the success of this year’s Summer Concert Series and the upcoming Scarecrow contest and Christmas Parade, scheduled for Nov. 3.

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A second organization— this one a city-appointed committee — told Gonzales City Council it will be shutting down its cooperation with the city during Tuesday’s regular Council meeting. Bob Burchard, chairman of the city’s Beautification Committee, spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting and said his group’s members are upset at what they perceive as a lack of communication with and support from the city. “There is a feeling on the Beautification Committee that our feelings on beautification are not yours,” said Burchard. He said commitee members felt slighted at having been excluded from the

city’s recent appreciation dinner for city commissions and committees. “At your last meeting, you tabled one of our requests without discussion,” Burchard told the council. “We were ready to discuss it. There’s a difference of philosophies here. “As chairman of the Beautification Committee, as of tonight the Beautification Committee is not working,” he said. “Let’s see if we can bring our philosophies together.” The Daughters of the American Revolution — Thomas Shelton Chapter, which helps oversee the Gonzales Memorial Museum, informed the council at its last meeting that organization would no longer work with the city until a new agreement about support could be hammered out.

members. “They apparently aren’t able to delineate the personal from the professional,” said Taylor at the time. Captain Austin Harper made a presentation to the council Tuesday night, where he outlined the positives of having reserve officers on the staff. His first and foremost reason was it gave the department the ability to keep its paid officers and citizens safer through additional patrol. “You have more people on the street so the response time is quicker,” Harper said. “If an officer calls for backup, it can be 30 to 45 minutes before a DPS trooper or county officer shows up. If your house is being burglarized and there are people inside, do you want one officer to show up or do you want five officers to show up?” Other points Harper made in favor of restoring the program included the fact that the extra personnel was needed to surround scenes where high-risk arrest warrants are served,

paid officers would be able to go to mandatory training or on vacation without leaving the city unprotected, and it would give the department the ability to simultaneously respond to multiple service calls. “As of right now, it’s very hard for the department to work any type of undercover or perform surveillance,” said Harper. “Our investigations are suffering. We can’t sit and watch a house that someone is dealing drugs out of and do patrol at the same time.” “This (lack of personnel) is turning us into a reactive department instead of a proactive department. Rather than catching people in the act, we’re responding to crimes after they’ve happened.” Harper also pointed out the financial advantages to having reserve officers. He said the minimum time a reserve officer is required to put in is 16 hours a month. During that same time over the course of a year, the city would save about $7,000 compared to what it would have given to a paid officer in terms of salary and benefits.

“You’d be getting this service completely for free,” Harper said. “It costs the city nothing.” Harper further explained that while reserve officers do get use of the city’s police vehicles, nearly every other expense comes out of their own pocket including equipment costs, meal costs, and the supplying of their own gun. “The only thing we do is hold their commission,” said Harper. “We have to take them out and qualify them, but they even bring their own ammunition for that.” Harper told the council the department has a stringent screening process they would use to qualify suitable candidates. “We don’t want anybody coming here who has a bad attitude,” Harper said. “We don’t want anybody here who is super aggressive or has a bully mentality, and is going to treat the citizens poorly. We don’t hire people like that.” “When we bring a person

in, we don’t just turn him loose on the streets. There’s a three-phase process and the first phase can last up to nine months depending on the officer. During that initial phase, they will be riding with a paid officer the whole time, more than likely myself as a supervisor.” Councilman Rocky Quintero Jr. said he couldn’t find any reason not to reinstate the program. “I don’t find any drawback to bringing them back,” he said. “I think you need to inform yourself on the complaints we received about them in the past,” said Hernandez. The council allowed input from the public on hand and Cathy Hernandez offered the most vocal opposition. “I can speak for myself and several other community members when I say we do not appreciate the reserves because they did not show us respect,” she said. “They did not show that they cared for us. They

harassed us and profiled us, just looking to see who they could stop next.” “Mr. Harper stated they would train them before they put them out on the streets, I can tell you that didn’t happen in the past.” Valentino Hernandez reprised his previous role by eventually making a motion against reviving the reserve officer program and it was once again seconded by Thompson. The motion passed 2-1 with Quintero in opposition. Councilpersons Peggy Blackmon and Robert Tovar were not in attendance. In another agenda item, the Police Department awarded certificates of recognition to local businesses for their outstanding civic service contributions. Among the businesses receiving awards were: Elida’s Snacks, Toby’s Bar, Lucky’s Bar, Texas Egg Products LLC, J-Bar B Foods, CalMaine, Right Choice Convenience Store, Waelder Shell Station and 4D Guest Ranch.

“These people are always there and ready to help out in any way possible,” said Taylor. In other business, the council: • Declared a 1982 dump truck and sewer machine as surplus property and authorized the City Secretary to post advertising for sealed bids. • Received a presentation from Ben J. Rosenberg of Coastal Securities Inc about alternate financing options for future projects. • Agreed to conduct an informal survey of its citizens to gauge their desire to erect a fence around Kiddie Park. • Agreed to record both the regular and executive sessions of all future council meetings. • Agreed to increase the hourly rate of David Urban from $35 an hour to $40 an hour for bookkeeping services to the City of Waelder. Urban has been employed for nearly three years and works an average of four hours a week.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Shiner Council reviews CopSync program for police dept.
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SHINER — At the regular meeting of the Shiner City Council Monday, Council members heard a presentation from Chris Chaney and Marty Cummins on Cop Sync. Cop Sync is a computer-based tool designed to increase the safety of law enforcement officers and to allow for more efficient use of departmental resources. Software is loaded into already existing equipment in patrol cars and allows officers real time communication with fellow officers in adjoining cities and counties that are also using Cop Sync. The system is in use in over 300 law enforcement agencies in Texas and has been credited with saving

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the lives of several officers by alerting them to dangerous suspects and stolen vehicles. Assistant Police Chief Brian Birkman reported to the Council that the department had looked at a variety of systems and vendors and Copy Sync is the most impressive of them all. Municipal Judge Robert Penley, Sr. advised that the system interfaces with the system used by his office to schedule court dates and that this will take some of the paper work burden off of his staff. He reported, too, that the system will generate reports that will be beneficial to him and his staff as well. The Council voted unanimously to purchase the system. The Council also heard from Mitch Allen of SplitSecond Produc-

tions concerning the routes to run during the Shiner Beer Run 5K and Half-Marathon to be run Dec. 16. He presented a map of the proposed route for the council to review and advised the members that he expects approximately 1500 runners to participate in the combined events. Allen and his staff are working closely with the Shiner Police Department and EMS to help ensure the safety of event participants and citizens of Shiner. The route and an alternative route were approved. In other business, Council members: • Approved a request by the Shiner Chamber of Commerce to use the Green Dickson Municipal Park for a BBQ cook-off on October 12 and 13, and voted to allow a one-ring circus to set up on the Bocktoberfest

Grounds at the same time; • Approved the updated permit with Seitel Data for a seismic survey of the City; • Amended a previous motion to allow payment of dues for the Association of Wholesale Customers; • Discussed possible alternatives for property located at Block 93, Lot 8; • Tabled action concerning customer service training for city staff; • Heard a request from Richard Linn for increased patrol and enforcement by the Shiner Police relating to speeding and loud music; • Approved the closing of a 4th Street from Avenue H to Avenue I for a few hours for a water play day to be hosted by The New Jerusalem Baptist Church on August 18th; • Authorized a request by the City

Fire Marshal to declare the property at 923 N Ave A a nuisance and set a hearing for 5:45 PM on September 10, 2012; • Authorized the letting of bids for the rehab of City Well #8; • Approved updating the Library Advisory Board by replacing S.I.S.D. student Casey Pesek (recent graduate) with St. Paul student Emily Malinovsky; • Approved renewal of a 12 month CD with First National Bank at a 1.25 APR; • Approved renewal on the TMLIEBP Group Health Insurance for City employees; • Discussed the tax rate for the upcoming year and agreed that the roll back rate of .3046 would be recommended at the public hearing to be held prior to adoption of the rate.

YOAKUM — On Wednesday, Aug. 1, De Witt County Sheriff Jodie Zavesky and Lavaca County Sheriff Micah Harmon spoke to the Republican Women of Yoakum (RWOY) at their monthly meeting. The informal format, which featured both Sheriffs at the same time, provided voters an opportunity to ask questions. The two main interests of the day were Border Security and the impact of the Eagle Ford Shale on area law enforcement. They spoke of human smuggling, drug activity, and the challenges they face while trying to fight these crimes with limited staff and resources. They spoke of the many methods smugglers use to disguise DeWitt County Sheriff Jode Zavesky (left) and Lava- their vehicles including painting ca County Sheriff Micah Harmon were the featured them to imitate legitimate delivery speakers at the recent meeting of the Republican trucks such as Wal Mart and even as ambulances. Women of Yoakum meeting. (Courtesy photo)

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White pick-up trucks are often used and are lettered with Texas Department of Transportation or even County Identification. If the human traffickers feel they are about to be apprehended, they cut and run, stopping their vehicle on the side of the road, and all the illegals scatter into the country side on our rural roads. They take their cell phone, complete with GPS, to inform their base as to where they can regroup in another area. At this point, the illegal aliens are many times left on their own. Each man spoke of his duties and responsibilities as County Sheriff in a rural county as opposed to a large urban county. They gave details about their staff and organizations. They have lost many qualified personal due to higher wages offered in the oil field. Patrolling a large area and answering calls in a timely manner are problems that are being addressed

by our Sheriffs and the County officials. Both Sheriffs agree that crime has not increased since the oil activity has grown in the Eagle Ford Shale counties. Traffic accidents and road destruction are the main problems. Having these two fine men serving us in Lavaca and DeWitt Counties is indeed an honor. The RWOY organization has members and men associate members from DeWitt, Lavaca, and Gonzales Counties. Meetings with timely speakers are held the first Wednesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Yoakum Community Center. Visitors are encouraged and welcomed. Lunch is served. If you feel that now is the time to get involved in the fight to restore our Constitution as the Supreme Law of the Land, come join with us. For more information, call 361594-4258 or join us on our RWOY Facebook page.

jury’s service,” said First Assistant District Attorney Jessie Allen after the proceedings. “We felt like they put a significant amount of effort and reflection in coming to those decisions, and we think they were the appropriate decisions.” After 25th District Judge Dwight Peschel accepted the jury’s verdict, DuBose was taken into custody. Hinton told The Cannon that since he was not an appellate attorney, he would hire one to handle DuBose’s appeal. DuBose was on trial as a result of an incident that happened on Feb. 9, 2011 when Gonzales County Deputy Floyd Toliver responded to a 911 call about a fight between DuBose’s estranged wife, Jessica, and his girlfriend, Tracie Wrape, at a residence in Harwood. Based on statements from Toliver and witnesses in the home, at some point after Toliver arrived on the scene DuBose began punching him and knocked him down to the floor twice. Toliver received injuries to his head, face and back, with several

small bones in his back being broken as a result of repeated blows. Sgt. Toliver said he was pleased to hear the jury’s verdict and rejoiced in the message it sent. “I think it shows that the citizens of this county are willing to stand up for their law enforcement officers,” he said. “As we usually do, we put our lives on the line for them and we’re grateful they’re supporting us in this way.” Defense attorney Michael Hinton put on expert witnesses last week who testified that DuBose’s actions on the day in question where largely due to his intense Marine Corps training, which is based on reflexive responses, and the fact that DuBose was suffering from PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). Before the jury retired to deliberate, both sides were allowed to give their sentencing recommendations during closing arguments. Allen opened for the prosecution and told the jury to impose a sentence that would hold DuBose accountable for what he did. “He never took any re-

sponsibility for anything that happened that day,” said Allen. “Everything that occurred was somebody else’s fault.” “It wasn’t his fault that he hit Deputy Toliver, it was his training. It wasn’t his fault what happened next, it was his PTSD. Not one time did he take responsibility for his actions.” Hinton spent his closing argument trying to dispel the notion that DuBose was a vicious man and told the jury why he should receive the lightest sentence possible. “This whole proceeding is about whether or not you’re going to give probation to Mr. DuBose,” said Hinton. “James is a fine young man and his PTSD is in remission. He’s not a danger to anybody.” During his closing argument, Assistant District Attorney Michael Mark told the jury how important and impactful their verdict was going to be. “You’re going to set the standard in Gonzales County for what this case is worth,” he said. “You’re going to set the standard for what should happen to somebody who

beats a police officer within an inch of his life.” Mark later characterized DuBose as a hothead with a penchant for going off and as somebody who’s used to doing whatever he wants regardless of the rules. “This man is dangerous,” he said. “He used an officer of the law as a punching bag. He has no boundaries, he’s out of control.” Mark then asked the jury to assign the maximum penalties as punishment. “Mr. Allen and I will argue that DuBose has earned a trip to the penitentiary,” said Mark. “If he will attack the mother of his child and a man with a badge, is anybody safe from him in Gonzales County?” “If he didn’t learn discipline from the U.S. Marine Corps, do you think he’s going to learn it from probation?” Due to the fact that DuBose had no previous felony convictions on his record, he was eligible to receive probation as a sentence. “I think if he had gotten out on probation it would only have been a matter of time before he committed an even worse crime,” Toliver


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said. “His crimes have been escalating, moving upwards instead of downwards.” The day began with the jury hearing from witnesses for the prosecution, most notably Jessica DuBose. She gave an overview of her stormy relationship with DuBose and recalled a particular incident that occurred on Feb. 13, 2010, when she said DuBose attacked her and put a gun to her head. DuBose’s brother and sister, John and Jody, were called by Hinton to the witness stand and countered Jessica’s version. John said Jessica got “very intoxicated” that night and didn’t want to leave the family gathering until his sister’s friend, Ashley Ramos, showed up at the house. Ramos and DuBose had a romantic relationship prior to DuBose marrying Jessica. “When Ashley showed, Jessica got angry,” said John. “She and John left and went home.” John said his brother texted him from the gate stating that he would be coming back to the house later that night. Ten minutes later, John received a phone call from Jessica telling him if he came to get James from their home “there would be serious trouble.” John said minutes later he started receiving phone calls from both James and Jessica. He said he answered one of Jessica’s calls and put it on speakerphone for everyone else to hear. “She was just ranting and raving,” John said. “We heard James tell her it was all right because he was not coming back to my house to be with Ashley.” John said he saw no bruises on Jessica when he arrived and said he believed the attack she described never happened. “She’s a liar,” John said. “It’s not the first time she didn’t tell the truth.” DuBose was arrested for the incident and as part of his bond condition he was fitted with an ankle monitor, which was intended in part

to keep him away from Jessica. Rachele Smith of Victim Safety First, the company who applied the monitor, was called by the State to testify about the device’s ability to monitor in real-time through its GPS tracking software. “We not only use satellite tracking, but we can use cell phone towers to triangulate signals,” said Smith. “This device has optic fibers around a Kevlar strap, so if anyone attempts to cut it off we know it.” Smith said she personally outfitted DuBose with the device and spoke with him in-depth about what was expected of him. “I made he sure he knew where he was to stay and where he was not to go,” she said. “He was told that he was not to come to Gonzales County without the court’s prior approval. “He was my client so I wanted to see him be successful. He told me I would have no problems out of him.” Smith said six months went by with minor incidents here and there, but a major violation was committed on Nov. 18, 2011 at 5:46 p.m. She said she received a low battery alert from DuBose’s monitor and tried to contact him, but got no response. At 7:28 p.m., the monitor indicated DuBose had traveled into his “exclusion zone” by being where he was not supposed to be. “We immediately contacted law enforcement because that’s what we’re supposed to do,” she said. “He exited the zone at 7:34 p.m. and drove back to Austin where he stayed overnight. His battery went totally dead at 3:22 a.m.” On his cross, Hinton asked Smith if DuBose did anything bad during the six minutes the device indicated a violation. “I couldn’t see what he was doing so as far as I know, he didn’t,” she said. “Other than going through the zone, no sir.”

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Chick-Fil-A, gay marriage and legislating free will
I don’t eat at Chick-Fil-A. Thus, I did not participate in the “ChickFil-A Appreciation Day” Aug. 1. It has nothing to do with statement made by Dan Cathy, the restaurant chain’s owner, that as a Christian he opposes gay marriage. I could care less what he thinks. I’m just not that big a fan of fastfood chicken. Judging from the news reports and photos from Chick-Fil-A locations around the country, I’m in a distinct minority — as are those who advocate boycotting the company over the statements in an interview given by its owner. As seems to be the case more and more often nowadays, there is a lot of misinformation out there about this case. And when the available information doesn’t conform to their views, people make things up. There was a Facebook post from a young lady the other day, for example, saying she supported the boycott of Chick-Fil-A because it’s not right to “ban gay people from eating at your restaurant.”

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No such ban has ever been a policy of the chain. In fact, it wouldn’t be surprising to find that some gay people work for Chick-Fil-A. Likewise, those who said they participated in the “Appreciation Day” in support of “the company’s policy supporting Christianity.” I don’t have a Chick-Fil-A employee manual handy, but I’m willing to bet there’s not a word in there that says employees have to adhere to ANY religious beliefs. What’s puzzling to me is the fact that the controversy over “gay marriage” didn’t begin with sexuality — it was about property rights. When a gay man in California

died several years ago, his male partner assumed that he would inherit his late lover’s worldly goods . The deceased man’s family sued, saying that the survivor was not part of the man’s family, even though the couple had lived together for more than 30 years. They won. Gay activists used the case to push for changes in the law — and their challenge was answered by religious fundamentalists. The battle continues in city after city, state after state, even though the solution to the whole issue seems pretty clear, to me, anyway. If you want to ensure your property passes to the person you consider to be your spouse — whether of the same sex or not — file a will. It seems rather straightforward to me. How many times have we seen the story of courts upholding a will filed by someone leaving millions of dollars to their pets? Surely, a properly-prepared last will and testament leaving what you want to a

person would have even more legal standing. But the issue is now a moral battle between fundamentalists who will not tolerate homosexuality, and homosexuals who demand they be tolerated by everyone, regardless of their First Amendment rights to a belief. Both sides are right, and both are wrong. “Marriage” is an institution that was created by religion. It has only been in the last century or so that it has taken on a civil definition— and that’s because the government wanted the fees asssociated with “licensing” something it is not constitutionally licensed to oversee. Were we obeyant to the Constitution’s prohibition against an “establishment” of religion, government would have no role in defining or recognizing “marriage,” period. Thus, if the Guadalupe River Holy Roller Church decides it would not sanction nor recognize marriage between same-sex couples, it has every right to do

so. And if the San Marcos River Enlightened Congregation of the FreeForm Gospel decides it will recognize same-sex marriages, it has every right to do so. If John Smith of Wal-get Inc. decides that his religious beliefs are opposed to homosexuality and gay marriage — and even IF he makes that part of his company’s policy — he has every right to that belief. And those who oppose him have every right to not do business with his company. Both sides in this controversy use the word “hate” a lot when describing one another’s attitudes, and I can’t say they are wrong in that assessment. But both sides are wrong in seeking to use government to force their beliefs on everyone else. If we start legislating who you can and cannot hate, you effectively also legislate who you will and will not love. And in the end, that means you’re legislating an end to human free will.

Yes, culture can hurt a people’s progress
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was criticized for his recent comment about Palestinians’ culture, when he said their economic development was hindered by their culture. In today’s world of political correctness, Romney’s comment drew immediate attacks from liberals. However, the facts show that Palestinian culture is the problem. Unfortunately, the same can said about many minorities in America. Palestinian economic growth is hurt by a culture that keeps women poor and uneducated. Also, tribalism rather than the rule of law dominates the individual. Furthermore, their political and economic future is guided by zealots who use religion to control people. Finally, there is the support provided by outside organizations like the United Nations that enables Palestinian dictators and bosses who in turn control and prey on their own people. These factors have combined to retard the economic growth of Palestinians, and most of the Muslim world. Israel, a nation founded in 1948, has far outpaced most, if not all, of the Muslim nations…because of their culture. Likewise, many minorities in America have been trapped in their communities because of similar factors. Minorities in America have lost their sense of “family.” Illegitimate child birth and single female households are common. Teens with children have much greater chance of falling into and remaining in poverty. Unfortunately, government assistance has only made the situation worse. In America, liberals and militants have undermined the trust toward law enforcement and the legal system for minorities. Minority youth are more prone to dress and act like “gangstas” than to trust and obey authority figures. Violence has become acceptable and expected behavior.

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While religious militants control Palestinian politics, race is used as the basis for political control in American minority communities. Rather than integrating minorities politically, socially, and economically, American minority leaders segregate their people under the guise of maintaining community identity or “preserving their culture.” Just like the U.N. supports Arab dictators including Palestinians, minority political bosses in America receive government funding for programs that keep them in power, but keep minorities dependent. Outside funding which is meant to help, only exacerbates the poverty. Finally, tribalism or a communal approach versus individual self-initiative have slowed or prevent economic growth for minorities. It is sad that the socialist message of “it takes a village” has been so widely accepted by most people in the minority community. Some refuse to understand that under that concept, the individual can only progress as fast as the slowest (or laziest) member of the community. The War on Poverty has been waged in America since 1965, and poverty has only gotten worse. As with the Palestinians, it’s time for minorities in America to change their culture and to focus on integration and individual success.

Thank you, NRA
In America, we are supposed to like constitutional rights. One would think that an organization that vigilantly -- and effectively -safeguards a constitutional right would be honored as a kind of national jewel. Yet the National Rifle Association gets only obloquy. It’s practically branded an accessory to murder whenever a lunatic shoots people. It’s labeled a nefarious special interest that lobbies Congress into submission. It’s all that is wrong with our system. No one can doubt the NRA’s enormous clout. But the group comes about it the right way. It represents millions of members, including lots of union members and rural Democrats. Its supreme act of influence is defeating officeholders in free-and-fair elections. And its signature victory has been a sea change in public opinion on gun control. Its influence is a function of its success in the art of democratic persuasion. In short, the NRA won the argument. In 1959, Gallup found that 60 percent of people supported banning handguns. Now, Gallup doesn’t even show majority support for banning assault weapons. The case for gun control collapsed on the lack of evidence for its central contention that tighter gun regulations reduce crime. Federal gun laws are unrestrictive. Forty-one states have right-to-carry laws, up from 10 in 1987. Some 80 million people own guns, and about 8 million have conceal-and-carry permits. Nonetheless, violent crime is at 40-year lows. If the proliferation of guns caused violence, the country would look like Mogadishu. The nation’s highest-profile champion of gun control is a mayor who presides over a metropolis where guns are basically prohibited and yet hundreds of people are killed by them each year. If that hasn’t made New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg stop and think, nothing will. After the massacre in Aurora, Colo.,

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Bloomberg and his allies rushed to plug their favorite gun-control ideas, evidently caring little whether the measures would have stopped James Holmes. Highly intelligent, methodical and determined to kill, Holmes the person constituted the elemental danger. Guns, even frightening-looking guns formerly banned by Congress, do not go on killing sprees on their own. By the standards usually set for our politics, the NRA is a model organization. We say we want people more involved in the process. The NRA’s more than 4 million members are highly engaged. We say there’s too much partisanship. Single-mindedly committed to its cause, the NRA endorsed about 60 House Democrats in 2010. And we say that we value the Constitution. Gun-control advocates, though, treat the Second Amendment like an “inkblot” (to borrow Robert Bork’s famous phrase for the Ninth Amendment). They consider it an unfortunate lapse by James Madison, a forlorn leftover from the 18th century. They were all duly shocked when the Supreme Court ruled, in its 2008 decision District of Columbia v. Heller, that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to bear arms. No one, during fair political weather or foul, has been as unstinting in its protection of that right as the NRA. For that, we should be grateful. Rich Lowry is editor of the National Review. (c) 2012 by King Features Synd., Inc.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Letter to the Editor got a lot of reaction
Dear Editor, I have been out of town since June 25th. I was reading all the newspapers that were in my mailbox tonight. In reference to Nikki Maxwell’s reply to my letter, how interesting! Mrs. Maxwell does know me! She came to one of our cutting horse shows, introduced herself, and asked to take pictures from the office up top. I think it was the Come and Take It Weekend, but am not for sure. She and I discussed the fundraisers that my cutting horse associations have done in the past for Norma’s House. She even mentioned doing articles in the newspaper about former Norma’s House employees! Mrs. Maxwell needs to know that Norma’s House directors and volunteers have contacted me via emails, mail, and voicemails to sincerely apologize for their actions. The ones that contacted me seemed to be deeply embarrassed for never giving us recognition. One must admit, $13,000 is a substantial amount, whether the money is collected from out of towners or not. I have had several emails replying to my letter to the editor. The organizations that have asked me to consider them are just as compassionate as Norma’s House. Marcy Blanchard Bebe, TX

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the late 80’s. I did ask the sports writer from the Corpus Christi Caller Times on a High School Football message board whatever happened to Strait. He did not know, he just responded that it would be a great story. It is nice to see that you beat him to it. I had heard about his trouble with the law from one of his distant relatives from Victoria, but nothing was ever confirmed until I read your story. James Rodriguez Houston, TX

When will someone fix that intersection?

Dear Editor, ANOTHER FATALITY at the intersection of Texas 80 and FM 466 occurred. How many more deaths does it take for TxDOT to install flashing lights on the stop sign or some type of warning device on FM 466? There have been numerous deaths at this intersection for years. Recently there were two in May, one in June and now another on Aug. 2. TxDOT, how mmuch is a life worth? What will it take for your agency to take some type of action? Harold Grauke Harwood EDITOR’S NOTE: TxDOT is in the process of installing flashing lights and a “rumble strip” warning device at that intersection: see story on Page A3 of today’s paper.

Community empowerment is the opportunity by the citizens to express the needs and problems of the citizens of the city. Now is the time to bring attention to the possibilities and give neighborhoods the power of self determination to bring about the appropriate change and improvement of the City of Gonzales. The forthcoming town hall meetings are the place to give voice to our concerns and hopes and dreams for a viable community; to help address the needs and possibilities for a greater neighborhood; to address the local problems and seek solutions. Ron Kirk, former Texas’ Secretary of State, said in an a speech several years ago that “empowering our communities helps us get away from the paternalistic form of government we have had in the past and work toward greater citizen involvement. The residents of our neighborhoods know what is best for their communities, and they are in the best position to determine which problems need to be addressed first. Giving neighborhoods the power of selfdetermination is one of the brightest ideas in public administration to come along in many years.” Many communities have taken this approach and good has come from collaboration and working together for a high standard of quality of life. It works to address the common problems of the city and its owners – the citizens. Kirk says that “City council members have met with citizens in other communities to better understand where problems are and to help solve these problems. And,

that organized community participation and empowerment are key to successful community revitalization. He says I believe this will become even more critical in the years ahead as we look for the best strategies to fulfill our vision for the city as a whole”. There are many needs here. There are plenty of problems. I have bags of ideas ... To name a few, more activities to involve our young people; litter ordinances, clean up the town, crime prevention, organizations working together, recycling, preservation of historic structures, more beautification, more citizen involvement, more shopping opportunities downtown, more pride in our space here in Gonzales, a happy gathering place like a community center, etc. In the West Side here in Gonzales, we formed a unified group to address some of our problems. We had great support from our neighbors, the City Manger and the Chief of Police. We all, together, found solutions and made a difference. Another such group has formed to improve their neighborhood. This kind of responsible action is contagious because it is a great wave of privilege in building a better community. This town-hall pro active approach to hear our input and suggestions is apparently needed and desired by our new City Manager and the Mayor and Council. Our input is valuable. Their positive performance and implementation of a plan that develops is vital. We, the people, have been invited to help the elected officials accomplish a meaningful look into the future. Now is the time to make a difference. If not now when? Speak now or forever … ! Schedule of the meetings is available in this paper or at City Hall.

Freedom Rally Invocation
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following invocation was offered to open Saturday’s Texas Come and Take It Freedom Rally by Pastor Lynn Wilson, and is re-printed here at the request of those participating in the event. Almighty God, Father of Freedom and Author of Liberty, we come before You today acknowledging that the nation whose God is the Lord is blessed, because righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach to any people. Our forefathers recognized the truth that Your precepts and principles are the only foundation upon which a nation — or a life — can stand. But today, Lord, too many of our leaders have abandoned those precepts and principles and have rejected You as Lord. They have removed You from our classrooms and from our courtrooms, and have made it clear there is no room for You in our society. But You, Lord, are greater than they. You bring the princes to nothing and make the judges useless, but Your eyes are always upon the righteous. You have told us that if Your people, who are called by Your name, will humble themselves and pray and seek Your face and turn from their wicked ways, You will hear our prayers and heal our land. Lord, we are crying out to You in humble repentance for the sins of our nation. Forgive us for attempting to alter Your definition of marriage. Forgive us for spilling innocent blood by murdering millions of unborn babies. Forgive us for forgetting You call homosexuality an abomination; forgive us for forgetting the financial precepts of honesty, frugality, and hard work; forgive us for forgetting that those who don’t work, don’t eat. Forgive us for our greed, our looking out only for ourselves, and our seeking of pleasure instead of seeking You.Most of ll, Lord, we ask that You forgive us of our apathy and indifference to those truths that made this nation great. As we gather in this place, Lord, we pray it will be a time of dedication — a time when we dedicate ourselves to the renewed battle for freedom and liberty that is going on today. May we speak out with a unity of voice and purpose that is heard across our nation; a voice that is again proclaiming liberty throughout the land; a voice that is giving notice to our leaders at all levels of government that we will no longer tolerate the abandonment of Your truths; the forsaking of Your Word and the usurping of the freedom You have given to us all. Heavenly father, I ask that You bless these people who have come to make a statement and that You bless these speakers who are here to inform and encourage us in the battle. Bless this event, that it might be the beginning of the healing of our land and Bless America, Lord, that she might once again be exalted as we reestablish You as our God. For these things, Lord, we give you thanks. Amen.

Strait feature recalls old times

Dear Editor, Great story on Robert Strait. I’ve always wondered what happened to the guy. I grew up in Gonzales and followed him since playing Junior High Football. I did not play varsity football because I was a Varsity Cross Country and Track runner all four years at Gonzales. My parents and I did not want to jeopardize my running scholarship opportunities by playing football or basketball. I went on to run at UTSA after I graduated from GHS in 1989. My dad and I would drive all over South Texas to see Cuero, Yorktown, Shiner, Schulenberg, Judson and Refugio play-off games. I got to see some remarkable athletes, Willie Mack Garza- Refugio, Chris Pryor and Mike Jinks from Judson and the Cash brothers from Holmes along with Gilbert Price, the QB from Shiner. None were as talented as those Cuero guys. I hate to say it but Brad Goebel, Trooper Taylor, Robert Strait, and those Cuero teams were hands down the most dominant and most talented of

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Our search for fulfillment ends with God
Why do you think God made man as the only living creature with the ability to become bored? It is said that one of the unfailing laws of the universe is its tendency to fill up an empty space. Billy Graham once stated that boredom is one of the sure ways to measure your own inner emptiness. He considered boredom to be as accurate as a thermometer for telling you how hollow your inner spirit really is. Now, don’t misunderstand what I am saying. We all get bored at one time or another. This type of boredom is short-lived. The boredom I am speaking of here is the state of bone-weariness and mental restlessness that keeps us on edge and won’t go away; it’s an emptiness which compels us to stay in motion in search for the missing piece, until the nagging hunger is satisfied. That vacuum—that inner hunger—sets us on a quest for ‘an unknown something.’ Why do you think God

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made us this way? Our frustration, anxiety, worry, fear and even anger may be symptoms of a hidden need that is screaming to be uncovered. And, because the world system is set up to quickly gratify our desires, it is essential for us to know what we are missing, or we will fruitlessly try to fill the inner vacuum with whatever the world offers us. Too many have already been duped into thinking that happiness can be found in the quantity and quality of what they have, what they can accomplish, and how good they look. If you take a careful look at the behavior of those around you, as well as your own, you will notice that we are all set in motion by what we think we lack (now this is

where you have to do some soul searching). With what have you tried to fill your emptiness? Recognition? Money? Success? Love? Admiration? Work? Volunteering to help one good cause after another? Perhaps you’ve tried to get your fill on booze, drugs or sexual pleasures. We have all tried to fill up the internal hollowness with one, or all of these things, at one point in our lives. Some of us are still searching—because vacuums must be filled. I’ve said this before, but it is worth repeating. The sad reality is that most individuals don’t realize, or are unwilling to face, their real need. This is the reason we go through the majority of our lives trying to fill our longing with whatever is externally available. Confusing the things we need with the things we wantespecially when they are outside of God’s will for our lives-occupies our time with pointless activity instead of

godly productivity. The elements you lack to help you fulfill God’s plan for your life is your real need. Self-centered desires, on the other hand, are non-essentials that are not requirements for the fulfillment of your purpose. We have to stop running after the wrong things, and biting off more than we can chew for the wrong reasons. Let’s start by evaluating what we are spending our time doing against some other things that would produce more or better results. Just because we elected to take something on, doesn’t mean we have to do it forever. We can make new choices, negotiate new agreements and still maintain our integrity. To make room for what we need we must get rid of what we don’t need. This requires a ruthless evaluation of everything we do and why we do it. Simply make the list and be honest. You can’t put any more into a full cup. When our lives are filled to the brim,

there’s no room for anything else to come in---including God. As our lives become more and more chaotic, we often become stressed, our health suffers, we have less fun, and we feel more and more powerless. Our lives fill up by choice or by default. Let’s choose to occupy our time wisely. Are you presently doing something with your life that gives you joy, benefits others, and glorifies God? What would you choose to do if money was not an issue? Do you have the skills and abilities to do it? If not, are you willing to develop them? Are you happy with whom you have become? There is a God-given purpose for you that the devil doesn’t want you to fulfill. His main mission is to keep you from finding Christ. If that doesn’t work he will make sure you get trapped on a hamster wheel that keeps you running so fast that you can’t focus on what really matters. Far too many

of us get caught up snacking on the ‘fluff of life’ instead of getting filled up with the ‘Bread of Life’. We are all in search of that missing ‘peace’ of the puzzle and are compelled to find it. But, like King Solomon states in the book of Ecclesiastes, acquiring pleasures are meaningless. Going after worldly pleasures is like chasing after the wind, and sooner or later we discover that nothing satisfies us for very long. This is the point. Dissatisfaction and boredom with the temporary and physical things of this world gets us searching beyond what is seen. We were designed incomplete because vacuums must be filled. God wants us to understand that our search for fulfillment will end—and our life’s purpose will begin—the moment we place Christ in that empty spot inside our hearts. love, eloise

GVTC tops 5,000 security monitoring customers
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We have all heard the old saying, “Time Flies.” Well I can personally attest that whoever coined that term was not here in Afghanistan. Here, compared to some of the soldiers I have it pretty good. Of course there are pluses to being active duty and a soldier. The support system here is geared to them as it should be. As a contractor, I don’t have near the support system they do. That being said I still have it good. I attribute most of that to being a pretty self-supporting person. Even among the other civilian contractors, I am considered self-sufficient. Being older, having been in business back home, and always being one that questioned why not instead of why, I’ve done OK. I also attribute a lot of my ability to be OK here is that I was in the Army. I was really the same even back then. If I need something I find it, trade for it, build it, or on rare occasion, go through the channels and request it (That normally doesn’t work very quickly). I’ve become the “Go To Guy” if someone needs something. We needed kennels to place at a remote point, so I built them out of the wire Hesco barriers. We needed a shelter from the sun for the dogs and wood around here is at a real premium. Ironically, every day the local Afghani workers cart off stacks of wood and supplies. I often watch this and think to myself, “Hey, I could sure use that.” This is where being a dog handler helps. Jack is a real ham for affection and everyone wants to spend time with the dog, and magically wood appears. Many times it is a barter system. I can build something or I have found something that someone else needs. Put the deal together and it makes things so much easier. Need a vehicle tire fixed? I happen to have a compressor I traded for months ago. Need a network cable made? Yep I have those materials and better yet, the know-how to do it. This is how it works. It is

After a year behind the leash, it’s time to come home
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Jon Harris
Jon Harris is an Army retiree, reserve City of Gonzales policeman and former deputy constable who is currently serving as a civilian military dog handler in Afghanistan.

how it worked when I was in the service. I think those that take it on themselves to just fix stuff instead of waiting for someone else to do it will always make the best of their situation. What does that mean to me? Well I do live in an 8 foot by 10 foot box. That is the size of the room I have. Stack all the stuff you need and all the stuff you don’t need that you acquire, and 82 pounds of shedding, drooling and sometimes very needy dog, and it can get a little tight. I’ve made it pretty comfortable all things considered. The bed in this room, well, sucked, so I built one. All it took was a couple of 2x4s and a piece of plywood. Throw the mattress on top and it works. I set the frame high enough to get some drawers under and found out that Jack likes to live under the thing. I think he sees it as a den or something. The mattress, well, it also was in the same class as the bed but there is an easy way to fix that. Take your sleeping bag, fill it with some cheap pillows and put that under the bottom sheet. Instant pillow top mattress. I built a computer stand for my laptop that actually swivels out of a camo netting support system. The poles for the camo also became a clothes hanger rod. It is suspended from the ceiling by two loops of parachute cord. I built shelves, a bookcase and even a medicine cabinet. I didn’t have a chair, so I built an ottoman I can sit on. Cushioned it with trashed rubber foam and covered it with a camo blanket. It actually looks OK.

All in all, the room is pretty good. It’s tight, but good. Even though the room has all this stuff I built in it, the walls do close in. All this building and fixing up does two things. One, is I need the stuff. Two is it occupies the mind and keeps me busy. Regardless of all the stuff, it still is not home. No fast food, no outdoor lights, none of the things we take for granted. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve nailed my shins on things outside in the dark. Get hungry at night and you better have squirrelled away something for the long evenings. That is pretty much a description of the living quarters in a nutshell, in fact you could say we live in a nutshell. The soldiers are a little different. Some have rooms, seldom by themselves. Some are in tents that have been divided, some are in conex containers and some are in what we call clamshells. These are big, and I do mean big, vinyl structures. They remind me of the old Quonset hut buildings except on steroids. They house offices, dining halls, gyms, and soldiers, a lot of soldiers. There ain’t Sundays anymore!! I remember a Texas representative saying that some years ago during the debates over the Texas Blue laws. Those words are certainly true here. Every day is a work day. There are no weekends, there are no holidays, and the bad guys sure don’t take time off just because we do, so we don’t. Days are long and right now, hot and dusty. I just can’t get used to it being light outside at 0430 in the morning. There is just something wrong about that in my book. It’s funny but you seem to build your schedule around meals. You get a certain amount of stuff done and it’s time for breakfast. OK. Back to work until lunch. Then, work some more and go to dinner. Same place pretty much every time, but it is a

break in the day. You also know what day it is by the food serve. Yes they try to be pretty creative with the foods they work with. Yesterday they have a special “Cheeseburger in Paradise”. The guy behind me in line asked what it was. I couldn’t resist and told him it meant Jimmy Buffet was cooking (he didn’t get it). I guess the DFAC (dining facility) manager is a parrot head. Clearly my age is showing again. Speaking of age, I am fighting the sands of time in the gym. Without the distractions of normal life, there is time for self-improvement. I hit the gym every night, and I do mean every night. It has become a habit that I hope I can continue when it is time to come home. I also teach. I am an adjunct instructor for Central Texas College and I teach Criminal Justice a couple of days a week in the evenings. I did this back in Germany years ago when I was active duty. The soldiers still need it and I enjoy teaching.

I started this article with the title “A Year Behind the Leash.” That is the title of a book I’m writing while here. Besides a little background why I’m here, what caused me to choose to leave my home, and my journey through PTSD from my patrol car accident back in September of 2010, it will be a compilation of the dispatches. The dispatches you have been so kind to read and The Gonzales Cannon has been gracious enough to print them. Writing these dispatches has been an outlet for me and they will continue to be a way for me to connect with those back home. As I was writing this one, there was a loud speaker announcement notifying the FOB of another Fallen Soldier Ceremony. I got Jack and we went up the hill to attend, again. We stood, I saluted, and watched the helicopters fly away with their cargo. I’ve been here a year and these ceremonies are having a profound effect. This may sound a little strange, but

these are something that I think everyone should attend. It just might make a difference in the way we as a nation see things. For me, I’ve always felt there was a long line of silent soldiers somewhere standing guard over all of us. It’s an honored sacred line of heroes. Today, two more heroes took their place in that line. As for me, I need a break. It’s time to come home. Thanks for reading, thanks for listening, thanks for your support. I’d love to hear from you. I’d love to hear what you think of my little stories. I’ll answer. From here in the company of some of the finest people I have ever met, here in the shadow of people doing the very, very hard things in terrible surroundings, from here with other Americans doing their very best. I’m Jon Harris and this has been another Dispatch from Downrange. PS. I can be reached at Jon Harris, K-9 section, FOB Sharana, APO AE 09311

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On Aug. 10, the University of Houston-Victoria’s Small Business Development Center Gonzales Office will offer a no-cost seminar on “Starting Your Own Business.” The seminar will be at 427 St George St. in the Randle Rather Building, Suite 303, with the seminar scheduled for 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Kacey Lindemann Butler, Senior Business Advisor, CBA III will cover the as-

pects of starting a business. Reserve your seat by registering and calling 877-8957232 or send email to sbdc@<mailto:sbdc@uhv. edu>. Starting a small business takes a lot of courage, but courage isn’t all it takes. Kacey helps you understand all the ins and outs of running a business, what it takes to start the business and keep it going. Before you invest your time or money into your own business, attend this workshop and learn if you have what it takes.

Hendershot family’s Olympic connection
Last Wednesday morning at 4 a.m., when most of us were sleeping, members of the Hendershot family and their friends were up watching their cousin, Sara Hendershot, participate in the 2012 Olympics in London, where it was about 10 a.m. Sara lives in Simsbury, Connecticut and is a member of the USA Women’s Pairs Rowing Team. The team came in fourth with a time of 7:30.39 and only missed the medal by .20, as the third-place team had a time of 7:30.19. The Holiday Inn Express will open on Monday, Aug. 6 and the Chamber will hold a ribbon-cutting on Wednesday, Aug. 8. The hotel will be open that day to the public for tours. The first Neighborhood Town Hall Meeting, this one for Council District One, is set for Thursday, Aug. 9 at 6 p.m. at Victoria College. The city has entered into an agreement with Texas A&M to prepare a comprehensive plan for the future. The plan can only be successful if there is sufficient input from city residents. The Pilgrim Country Opry, 128809 F.M. 1116 is held on the second Saturday of the month at the Pilgrim Community Center.

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Sausage and all the trimmings will be served from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and the Pilgrim Heirs will furnish the music, starting at 7 p.m. Special guest appearances will be made by Maryland Crawford, Bobby O’Neal and Cal Taylor. The Come & Take It Association will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the chamber office and the food booth organizations will meet first. It is count-down time, with only 62 days left to the 2012 Come & Take It Festival. If you need entry forms, visit and look for the ones you need. The Community Committee will meet on Wednesday at the Chamber office, South Texas Tours Team Roping is set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, while the show barn will have the Lone Star Classic 4-H Steer and Heifer Show Saturday and Sunday.

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Wise Products held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at their warehouse in the Gonzales Industrial Park on Wednesday. Pictured is Bobby Logan, Barbara Hand, Ray Raley, Lorenzo Hernandez, Barbara Friedrich, Carolyn Gibson-Baros, Allen Barnes, Tommy Schurig, Donald Page, Nathan Neuse, Herman Millett of Wise Products, Saturn Kincaid Wise Products Warehouse Manager, Shirley Hodges, Abigail Casares, Debbie Tieken and Hector Flores. (Photo by Mark Lube)

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The Nixon Livestock Commission Inc. report had on hand, August 6, 2012, Volume, 808. Steers: 200-300 lbs, $184 to $194 to $235; 300-400 lbs., $140 to $150 to $204; 400-500 lbs, $137 to $147 to $182; 500-600 lbs, $125 to $135 to $152; 600700 lbs, $117 to $127 to $139; 700-800 lbs, $105 to $115 to $129. Heifers: 200-300 lbs, $140 to $150 to $180; 300-400 lbs, $138 to $148 to $165; 400-500 lbs, $128 to $138 to $170; 500-600 lbs, $121 to $131 to $180; 600700 lbs, $110 to $120 to $140; 700-800 lbs, $103 to $113 to $118. Slaughter cows: $60 to $83; Slaughter bulls: $55 to $97; Stocker cows: $685 to $1,180; Pairs, $820 to $1,600. Notices: We will be closed on September 3, 2012 for Labor Day. in a higher market. The bull market was also improved for same reason. The calf market was steady to firmer with last week’s market. The lighter end was up as much as $10/cwt. Under 450 lbs were stronger also. There was good demand in all weight classes. A good solid market from top to bottom was notable. Packer Bulls: Hvy. Wts., $85$97.50; lower grades, $80-$88. Packer cows: breakers, $65$73.50; boning, $68-$78.50; canners & cutters, $68-$86; light & weak, $40-$70. Palpated dry Cows: $950$1,200. Pairs: $930-$1,700. Steer and bull calves: under 200 lbs, $228-$280; 200-250 lbs. none; 250-300 lbs, $189-$217.50; 300-350 lbs, $165-$190; 350-400 lbs, $167-$197.50; 400-450 lbs, $160-$181; 450-500 lbs, $140$160; 500-600 lbs, $136.50-$151; 600-700 lbs, $131-$136; 700-800 lbs, $124-$127. Over 700 lbs. bulls, $121-$125. Heifer Calves: under 200 lbs, $215-$265; 200-250 lbs, $174$194; 250-300 lbs, $167.50-$208; 300-350 lbs, $158-$172; 350400 lbs, $141-$157; 400-450 lbs, $137-$150; 450-500 lbs, $131$148; 500-600 lbs, $128-$162; 600-700 lbs., $115-$120.50; over 700 lbs, $115 (one deal).

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The Gonzales Livestock Market Report for Saturday, August 4, 2012 had on hand: 683 cattle. Compared to our last sale: Calves and yearlings sold $2 higher. Packer cows sold steady. Stocker-feeder steers: Medium and large frame No. 1: 150300 lbs., $210-$280; 300-400 lbs, $185-$195; 400-500 lbs, $149$175; 500-600 lbs, $132-$144; 600-700 lbs., $123-$131; 700-800 lbs, $118-$124. Bull yearlings: 700-900 lbs, $91-$113. Stocker-feeder heifers: Medium and large frame No. 1: 150300 lbs, $175-$225; 300-400 lbs, $148-$169; 400-500 lbs, $139$147; 500-600 lbs., $122-$138; 600-700 lbs., $116-$118. Packers cows: Good lean utility and commercial, $74-$79; Cutters, $77-$81.50; Canners, $58-$68; Low yielding fat cows, $64-$71. Packer bulls: Yield grade 1 & 2, good heavy bulls; $93-$98; light weights and medium quality bulls, $83-$89. Stocker Cows: $850-$1,150. Pairs: $1,050-$1,350. Thank you for your business!! View our sale live at cattleusa. com!

Hallettsville Livestock Commission Report

Cuero Livestock Market Report

Cuero Livestock Market Report on August 3, 2012, had 1,138 head. Had 152 cows and 15 bulls. The cow market was better as demand was better and numbers to sell were lower resulting

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The Hallettsville Livestock Commission Co., Inc. had on hand on July 31, 2012, 982; Week ago, 661; Year ago, 2,604. Better quality classes of calves and yearlings sold steady to $2 higher on the heavier weight classes and $2 to $6 higher on classes 500 lbs and down. Market very active again this week. Packer cows and bulls sold steady on approx. 85 hd. total. Packer Cows: higher dressing utility & cutter cows, $75-$87; lower dressing utility & cutter cows, $63-$75; light weight canner cows, $53-$63. Packer Bulls: heavyweight bulls, $95-$100.50; utility & cutter bulls, $86-$95; lightweight canner bulls, $77-$86. Stocker and Feeder Calves and Yearlings: Steer & Bull Calves: under 200; $200-$260; 200-300 lbs, $188-$222; 300-400 lbs, $172-$198; 400-500 lbs, $146$192.50; 500-600lbs, $127-$152; 600-700 lbs, $118-$139; 700-800 lbs, $112-$128. Heifer Calves: under 200 lbs, $185-235; 200300 lbs, $160-$215; 300-400 lbs, $145-$178; 400-500 lbs, $130$168; 500-600 lbs, $124-$146; 600-700 lbs, $115-$126; 700-800 lbs, $105-$118. If we can help with marketing your livestock, please call 361798-4336.

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Plains All American Pipeline and Enterprise Products Partners on Monday announced they have formed a 50/50 crude oil pipeline joint venture to transport oil from the Eagle Ford Shale fields to Gulf Coast refineries. The arrangement provides for PAA and EPD to consolidate certain portions of previously announced pipeline projects servicing the Eagle Ford shale play in South Texas. The joint venture system is supported by long-term commitments totaling 210,000 barrels per day. The consolidation will provide shippers with increased market flexibility and enable PAA and EPD to optimize their capital investments. The joint venture will include a 140–mile crude oil and condensate line extending from Gardendale in LaSalle County to Three Rivers in Live Oak County and continuing on to Corpus Christi, and a new 35-mile pipeline segment from Three Rivers to Enterprise’s Lyssy station in Wilson County. The system, which is currently under construction, will have a targeted capacity of 350,000 barrels per day and will include a marine terminal facility at Corpus Christi and 1.8 million barrels of operational storage capacity across the system. At Lyssy, the joint venture pipeline will interconnect with EPD’s existing South Texas Crude Oil Pipeline that transports crude oil to Sealy, Texas for ultimate delivery into the Houston-area refinery market. Portions of the system are expected to be placed in service in the fourth quarter of 2012, with the balance of the system expected to be placed into service in the first half of 2013. The joint venture system will be an intrastate common carrier pipeline with a posted initial base tariff rate of $1.25 per barrel from Gardendale to all destinations. PAA will serve as the operator of the joint venture system, which will not include PAA’s Gardendale Gathering System or EPD’s South Texas Crude Oil Pipeline. “We are very pleased to work with Enterprise to optimize our respective construction activities in South Texas. This joint venture provides necessary take-away capacity for the growing Eagle Ford region, while reducing capital costs and enhancing returns for both parties,” said Harry Pefanis, President and Chief Operating Officer of Plains All American Pipeline. “The combined project will provide shippers with the option to deliver to Three Rivers, Corpus Christi, Houston, and with dock capabilities at Corpus Christi to access other gulf-coast markets.” “Consistent with Enterprise’s philosophy of developing mutually beneficial relationships, this joint venture is a win-win solution for both companies as well as producers in the Eagle Ford Shale,” said A.J. “Jim” Teague, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Enterprise’s general partner. “Combining these two projects is a more efficient use of our capital and it expands market access for our shippers.” Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. is a publicly traded master limited partnership engaged in the transportation, storage, terminalling and marketing of crude oil and refined products, as well as in the processing, transportation, fractionation, storage and marketing of natural gas liquids. Through its general partner interest and majority equity ownership position in PAA Natural Gas Storage, L.P. (NYSE:PNG), PAA owns and operates natural gas storage facilities. PAA is headquartered in Houston, Texas. Enterprise Products Partners L.P. is one of the largest publicly traded partnerships and a leading North American provider of midstream energy services to produc-


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Oil & Gas Activity Report
Cannon News Services Recent well location reports from the Texas Railroad Commission DeWitt County API No.: 42-123-32833 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: Marathon Oil EF LLC Lease Name: Henderson Well No.: 4H Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford2) Total Depth: 18,200 feet Direction and Miles: 5.9 miles south of Westhoff Survey Name: J.S. Stump, A-430 Acres: 787.12 API No.: 42-123-32834 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: Marathon Oil EF LLC Lease Name: Henderson Well No.: 5H Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford2) Total Depth: 18,200 feet Direction and Miles: 5.9 miles south of Westhoff Survey Name: J.S. Stump, A-430 Acres: 787.12 API No.: 42-123-32835 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: Marathon Oil EF LLC Lease Name: Henderson Well No.: 6H Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford2) Total Depth: 18,289 feet Direction and Miles: 5.9 miles south of Westhoff Survey Name: J.S. Stump, A-430 Acres: 787.12 API No.: 42-123-32836 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: Marathon Oil EF LLC Lease Name: Henderson Well No.: 7H Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford2) Total Depth: 18,400 feet Direction and Miles: 5.9 miles south of Westhoff Survey Name: J.S. Stump, A-430 Acres: 787.12 API No.: 42-123-32838 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: Marathon Oil EF LLC Lease Name: Leske Lott Unit Well No.: 4H Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford2) Total Depth: 18,200 feet Direction and Miles: 4.5 miles southeast of Westhoff Survey Name: S. Pharrass, A-377 Acres: 512.50 API No.: 42-123-32839 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: Burlington Resources O and G Co. LP Lease Name: Gunn Unit A Well No.: 1 Field Name: DeWitt (Eagle Ford Shale) Total Depth: 17,000 feet Direction and Miles: 11.2 miles northeast of Westhoff Survey Name: D. Davis, A-12 Acres: 360 API No.: 42-123-32842 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: Burlington Resources O and G Co. LP Lease Name: Weigelt Unit A Well No.: 1 Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford2) Total Depth: 17,000 feet Direction and Miles: 10.6 miles west of Yorktown Survey Name: D. Davis, A-12 Acres: 139.36 API No.: 42-123-32843 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: Petrohawk Operating Company Lease Name: Sonny Seifert A Well No.: 2H Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford2) Total Depth: 14,000 feet Direction and Miles: 9.27 miles northwest of Yorktown Survey Name: W.W. Hunter, A-224 Acres: 397.70 API No.: 42-123-32841 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: Petrohawk Operating Company Lease Name: Sonny Seifert A Well No.: 1H Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford2) Total Depth: 14,000 feet Direction and Miles: 9.27 miles northwest of Yorktown Survey Name: W.W. Hunter, A-224 Acres: 397.70 API No.: 42-123-32844 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: Burlington Resources O and G Co. LP Lease Name: Saunders Unit A Well No.: 2 Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford2) Total Depth: 17,000 feet Direction and Miles: 7.6 miles northwest of Yorktown Survey Name: I RR Co, Section 41, A-258 Acres: 698.06 Gonzales County API No.: 42-177-32633 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: EOG Resources Inc. Lease Name: Martin Unit Well No.: 1H Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford1) Total Depth: 12,000 feet Direction and Miles: 2.7 miles northeast of Glaze Survey Name: D. Gray, A-517 Acres: 520.29 API No.: 42-177-32632 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: EOG Resources Inc. Lease Name: Annie Unit 1) Well No.: 11H Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle FordTotal Depth: 12,000 feet Direction and Miles: 2.9 miles northeast of Glaze Survey Name: D. Gray, A-517 Acres: 387.54 API No.: 42-177-32631 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: EOG Resources Inc. Lease Name: Whyburn Unit Well No.: 8H Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford1) Total Depth: 12,000 feet Direction and Miles: 8.5 miles southeast of Cost Survey Name: S.H. Gates, A-228 Acres: 1,122.77 API No.: 42-177-32630 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: EOG Resources Inc. Lease Name: Hilbrich Unit Well No.: 2H Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford1) Total Depth: 12,800 feet Direction and Miles: 1 mile south of Sample Survey Name: J.L. Wood, A-473 Acres: 640 API No.: 42-177-32636 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: EOG Resources Inc. Lease Name: Henkhaus Unit Well No.: 8H Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford1) Total Depth: 12,100 feet Direction and Miles: 13.8 miles southeast of Cost Survey Name: D. Davis, A-11 Acres: 898.66 API No.: 42-177-32601 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: Forest Oil Corp. Lease Name: Moos-Cook Well No.: 1H Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford1) Total Depth: 13,100 feet Direction and Miles: 5.2 miles southeast of Smiley Survey Name: I. Roberts, A-399 Acres: 835.04 API No.: 42-177-32629 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: Forest Oil Corp. Lease Name: Lester-Ricochet Well No.: 1H Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford1) Total Depth: 14,500 feet Direction and Miles: 9.7 miles northeast of Gonzales Survey Name: A.M. Grenage, A-222 Acres: 921.68 API No.: 42-177-32640 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: Marathon Oil EF LLC Lease Name: Barnhart (EF) A Well No.: 2H Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford1) Total Depth: 18,304 feet Direction and Miles: 17.97 miles south of Gonzales Survey Name: A.W. Hill, A-247 Acres: 210.36 API No.: 42-177-32638 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: Marathon Oil EF LLC Lease Name: Barnhart (EF) A Well No.: 1H Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford1) Total Depth: 18,304 feet Direction and Miles: 17.96 miles south of Gonzales Survey Name: A.W. Hill, A-247 Acres: 210.36 Lavaca County API No.: 42-285-33653 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: Eagle Ford Hunter Resources Inc. Lease Name: Bertha Well No.: 1H Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford2) Total Depth: 12,500 feet Direction and Miles: 0.9 miles west of Moulton Survey Name: W. Chase, A-9 Acres: 413.22 API No.: 42-285-33654 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: NFR Energy LLC Lease Name: Targac Unit Well No.: 1H Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford2) Total Depth: 13,005 feet Direction and Miles: 3.2 miles southeast of Moulton Survey Name: W. Taylor, A-55 Acres: 691.02 Recent oil and gas completions according to reports from the Texas Railroad Commission DeWitt County API No.: 42-123-32552 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: Burlington Resources O and G Co. LP Lease Name: Wild Unit A Well No.: 1 Field Name: DeWitt (Eagle Ford Shale) Survey Name: J. Wait, A-490 Direction and Miles: 7.6 miles northwest of Cuero Oil: 648 MCF: 4,343 Choke Size: 14/64 of an inch Tubing Pressure: 6,738 Shut In Well Pressure: 7,808 Total Depth: 18,400 feet Perforations: 14,073-18,192 feet API No.: 42-123-32537 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: Geosouthern Energy Corp. Lease Name: Fisher C Well No.: 1H Field Name: DeWitt (Eagle Ford Shale) Survey Name: J. Donoho, A-143 Direction and Miles: 6.29 miles southwest of Westhoff Oil: 336 MCF: 2,216 Choke Size: 10/64 of an inch Tubing Pressure: 6,540 Shut In Well Pressure: 7,000 Total Depth: 18,195 feet Plug Back Depth: 18,047 feet Perforations: 15,814-18,027 feet API No.: 42-123-32674 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: Geosouthern Energy Corp. Lease Name: D. Boothe A Well No.: 1H Field Name: DeWitt (Eagle Ford Shale) Survey Name: J. Swindel, A-416 Direction and Miles: 6.7 miles southwest of Yoakum Oil: 240 MCF: 2,196 Choke Size: 10/64 of an inch Tubing Pressure: 6,550 Shut In Well Pressure: 6,651 Total Depth: 18,980 feet Plug Back Depth: 18,911 feet Perforations: 13,702-18,901 feet API No.: 42-123-32387 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: Marathon Oil EF LLC Lease Name: Ann Friar Thomas Well No.: 1H Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford) Survey Name: J. McCoy Jr. A-30 Direction and Miles: 8.98 miles southeast of Yoakum Oil: 524 MCF: 2,811 Choke Size: 12/64 of an inch Flowing: Yes Tubing Pressure: 6,500 Shut In Well Pressure: Total Depth: 18,790 feet Perforations: 13,327-18,702 feet API No.: 42-123-32712 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: Marathon Oil EF LLC Lease Name: Henderson Well No.: 1H Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford2) Survey Name: J.S. Stump, A-430 Direction and Miles: 6 miles south of Westhoff Oil: 233 MCF: 4,174 Choke Size: 14/64 of an inch Flowing: Yes Tubing Pressure: 8,600 Total Depth: 17,928 feet Perforations: 13,812-17,827 feet API No.: 42-123-32644 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: Talisman Energy USA Inc. Lease Name: Blackwell Gas Unit 2 Well No.: C 1H Field Name: Sugarkane (Eagle Ford) Survey Name: W. Quinn, A-394 Direction and Miles: 3.16 miles northwest of Nordheim Oil: 424.4 MCF: 3,612 Choke Size: 12/64 of an inch Tubing Pressure: 7,346 Shut In Well Pressure: 7,810 Total Depth: 19,965 feet Perforations: 13,753-19,844 feet Gonzales County API No.: 42-177-32478 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: EOG Resources Inc. Lease Name: Culpepper Well No.: 2H Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford1) Survey Name: Peter Winn, A-464 Direction and Miles: 1.5 miles east of Smiley Oil: 690 MCF: 239 Choke Size: 26/64 of an inch Flowing: Yes Tubing Pressure: 600 Total Depth: 14,037 feet Plug Back Depth: 14,005 feet Perforations: 9,186-13,825 feet

EIA figures indicate proven reserves as highest point ever
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On Aug. 1, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its summary of the nation’s proved reserves of oil and natural gas for 2010. Proved reserves of both oil and natural gas in 2010 rose by the highest amounts ever recorded in the 35 years EIA has been publishing proved reserves estimates. Technological advances in drilling and higher prices contributed to gains in reserves. The expanding application of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing in shale and other “tight” (very low permeability) formations, the same technologies that spurred substantial gains in natural gas proved reserves in recent years, played a key role. Further, rising oil and natural gas prices between 2009 and 2010 likely provided incentives to explore and develop

more resources. Oil proved reserves (which include crude oil and lease condensate) rose 12.8% to 25.2 billion barrels in 2010, marking the second consecutive annual increase and the highest volume since 1991. Natural gas proved reserves (estimated as “wet” natural gas, including natural gas plant liquids) increased by 11.9% in 2010 to 317.6 trillion cubic feet (Tcf), the twelfth consecutive annual increase, and the first year U.S. proved reserves for natural gas surpassed 300 Tcf. Proved reserves reflect volumes of oil and natural gas that geologic and engineering data demonstrate with reasonable certainty to be recoverable in future years from known reservoirs under existing economic and operating conditions. It should be noted that the 2010 summary was delayed due to budgetary restrictions that limited EIA’s survey data collection efforts.

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Seniors in Action News
The board of directors for Seniors in Action for Gonzales County held their annual meeting in July. During the meeting new officers for the upcoming year were elected. Those officers are president, Donna Allen; vice president, Pam Akins; secretary, Belle DeCote; treasurer, Tanya Meador; and marketing person, Pat Compton. During the meeting the “Ladies Night Bunco Bash” was planned as a fundraiser for the organization. The event will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 21 from 6-8 p.m. at the Gonzales Elks Lodge. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at Texan Nursing & Rehab, State Farm Insurance, Country Village Square, the Heights of Gonzales, Gonzales Chamber of Commerce or from any Seniors in Action member. Finger foods will be provided, but drinks must be purchased at your own expense. Prizes will be awarded to game winners and there will also be a Silent Auction. For more information, call 830-203-0716. The next meeting for Seniors in Action will be on Aug. 21 at 4:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, prior to the fundraiser.

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for children up to five years of age is available. The Gonzales Healthcare Systems Foundation will be making application for a USDA Grant in the amount of $119,868.00 to complete funding for the Women’s Center. The board will meet on Wednesday, August 15th at 11:45 a.m. at the Heights meeting room to hear public comment. The Heights is located at 701 N. Sarah DeWitt Drive, Gonzales. The 48th Annual Luling Oilman’s Invitational Golf Tournament is scheduled Aug. 25-26. The entry deadline is Aug. 24. Please call (830) 8755114 for more information. Applications are available at the Luling Chamber of Commerce. The Guadalupe Valley Cattle Women will be awarding a $500 scholarship to a junior or senior college student pursuing a degree in agriculture. Deadline for applying is August 15, 2012. Please send resume and class schedule to Ethel Rochester, 4505 CR 289, Gonzales, Texas. Gonzales Master Gardeners. “Come Grow With Us.” Become a Master Gardener. New class starts September 11, 2012. Contact Alan Marek at 830-857-5820 or Texas AgriLife Extension Office at 830-672-8531. http://gonzales.agrilife. org. The Halliburton family will celebrate its reunion Aug. 11 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at St. Joseph Church Parish Hall in Moulton. Bring a side dish or dessert and your own serving utensils. Meat, bread etc. wlil be furnished. Attendees are also asked to bring an auction item. The Back Porch band will provide entertainment, and there will be live and silent auctions. Children are encouraged. Elementary registration will work differently this year in the Nixon-Smiley CISD. All elementary students enrolled during 2011-2012 will be enrolled automatically in the 2012-2013 school year. There will be no summer registration days for elementary as there are for middle school and high school. The Guadalupe Valley Family Violence Shelter, Inc. (GVFVS) is a non-profit organization providing services to both residents and non-residents that are victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in the counties of Gonzales, Guadalupe, Karnes and Wilson. GVFVS provides survivors with legal advocacy, case management, counseling, assistance with crime victims compensation and other services at no cost. For more information, call 830372-2780 or 1-800-834-2033. Come and Speak It Toastmasters Club meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, from 12-1 p.m. at the Gonzales County Farm Bureau Community Room, located at 1731 Seydler Street. The Toastmasters environment is friendly and supportive whether you are a professional, student, stay-at-home parent or retiree, Toastmasters can give you the skills and confidence you need to express yourself in any situation. For more information contact Club President GK Willmann at 830-857-1109 or send email to, or Gerri Lawing at 830-8571207 or

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grandchildren who knew him as “Papa Bill”, Marcus Collins, Nathan Collins, Christopher Pickett and fiancé Tracy Uschan, Deborah Pickett, Sonya Noell and husband Michael, Tyler Pickett, Paul Bregoli, and Michelle Bregoli; great-grandchildren, Kayla Pickett and Riley Pickett; sisters, Doris Grisham and husband Otha, Gay Nell McCann and husband Jack, and Faye Louise Intracaso and husband Tony; sister-in-law, Lois Muelker; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends. Bill cherished most of the times he spent with his family and friends and he will be dearly missed. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 710 N. Austin, Seguin, Texas, 78155; Nets for Malaria, C/O First United Methodist Church, 710 N. Austin, Seguin, Texas, 78155; Guadalupe Regional Hospice, 1215 East Court, Seguin, Texas, 78155; Seguin Pregnancy Center, P. O. Box 1962, Seguin, Texas, 78156 or to the charity of one’s choice. You are invited to sign the guest book at www. Arrangements are under the direction of Tres Hewell Mortuary, 165 Tor Dr., Seguin, Texas, 78155, 830-549-5912. SHINER—Elvis “TBone” Brooks, Sr. age 53, passed away on Saturday, August 4, 2012. He was born on June 29, 1959 in Shiner to Edward Devoe and Theresa Brooks. He was a warehouse and shipping manager at Spoetzl Brewery. He was a member of New Jerusalem Baptist Church. Survivors: mother, Theresa Brooks of Shiner; wife, Pamela Brooks of Shiner; sons, Charles Evans of Shiner, Elvis Brooks, Jr. of Moulton, Kendall Brooks of Shiner and Desmond Brooks of Bryan; grandchildren, Aiden and Raelyn Brooks; sisters, Patsy Brooks of Yoakum and Evelyn Brooks of Shiner. Preceded in death by his father, Edward Devoe. Family visitation was held on Tuesday from 6 p.m. till 8 p.m. at ThieleCooper Funeral Home. Funeral service was held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at United Dr. Martin Luther Lutheran Church with Pastor Jimmy Hastings officiating. Burial at Old Brasco Cemetery in the Peach Creek Community. Pallbearers: Steven Price, Gilbert Price, Chester Evans, Spencer Carroll, Kenneth Mathis and Charles Greathouse. Joyce Black, age 78, of Nixon, died August 6, 2012 in Seguin. She was born on March 3, 1934 in Nixon and was a member of the Union Valley Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Fredrick Lee Young, Sr. and Annie Martha (Smith) Young; a grandson, Travis Jordan; two brothers: Fred Lee Young, Jr. and James Roland Young; and a sister, Martha Young. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, James Wesley “Jack” Black; two sons: James Allen Black and wife Mary, Timothy Elliot Black and wife Tammy; two daughters: Theresa Flores and husband Jesse, Elizabeth (Beth) Laqua and husband Louis; a brother, Henry Arnold Young; two sisters: Helen Mines, Nona Appleton; 7 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; 8 step-greatgrandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and many friends. Viewing and visitation were held Wednesday, Aug. 8, from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Finch Funeral Chapel in Nixon. The Funeral Service will be held Thursday, Aug. 9, at 10:00 AM at Finch Chapel with the Rev. Don Hessong officiating. Interment will follow at the Rancho Cemetery near Nixon. Memorial contributions may be made to the Union Valley Baptist Church or the charity of the one’s choice. Arrangements by Finch Funeral Chapel, LLC, of Nixon (830) 582-1521.

The Faculty and Staff of Gonzales High School are pleased to welcome the class of 2016. Therefore, we invite all incoming freshmen and their parents to freshman orientation event at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, celebrating the beginning of their high school education. Topics covered will include: Schedules, Curricular Programs, ExtraCurricular Activities, High School Requirements, Tour of the High School Facilities, Policies and Procedures. A hot dog reception will be served under the awning after the informational meeting. We are eagerly anticipating the beginning of the 2012 school year. We hope that you can join us in our efforts to aid you as you begin your high school career equipped with the knowledge and information necessary for success. Victoria County Master Gardener Association. Fall Plant Sale. Saturday, September 8, 2012, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until sold out. Veg Pavilion, 283 Bachelor Drive, Victoria Regional Airport across from tower. While you are there enjoy a stroll through the Victoria Educational Gardens. Don’t miss out on your chance to get some great plants at great prices! Flowers, Shrubs, Vegetables, Citrus, Orchids, Bulbs, Water Lilies, Seeds and more! Special Event. Gently used garden art and supplies for sale. Recycled Pots, Garden Art, Birdhouses, Hats and other stuff. The Luling Lions Club will “Stuff the Bus on August 11 from 9 am-7 pm at the Luling HEB. The group will be accepting donations to support the program in their effort to ensure area school children who are in need of school supplies will be able to receive them through stuff the bus. On August 17 from 9am-1pm School supplies will be distributed to children at the old Fine Arts Gym. On Aug. 17 the Lions Club could use some volunteers in the morning to help distribute supplies to children. Please contact Fred Buchholts (210)745-1904 for more information or if you can help out this GREAT Community Program please call Fred or The Luling Chamber of Commerce. If you are in need of a meal, Helping Hands, a non-profit, multi-church ministry would like to bless you with a free lunch. Meals will be distributed Saturday, August 11th beginning at 11 a.m. in the GCAM parking lot located at 708 St. Louis Street. Volunteers and donations are welcome. Contact Linda at 361-275-1216. Dr. Scott Stripling, Biblical archeologist and Bible teacher, will be speaking during the morning service at Emmanuel this Sunday, August 12, at 10:30 a.m. The Community is invited to come and join us as Dr. Stripling shares information about his current work and a message of good news from God’s Word. Dr. Stripling is currently working at excavating the site of what is believed to be Ai. Ai is the second city taken by the Israelites when they captured the Promised Land. The site, known as Khirbet el Maqatir to professionals, has already yielded many exciting discoveries. Dr. Stripling spends two months at year at the site, one in the winter, another in the summer. Everyone is welcome to come and hear his interesting archeology report and a great sermon as he shares the truth of God’s Word with us. Emmanuel is located at 1817 St. Lawrence Street, one block east of East Avenue Elementary School. Sunday School begins at 9:30 and the morning service at 10:30. A nursery

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William “Mr. Bill” Muelker, 1928-2012

William Warren “Mr. Bill” Muelker, age 84 of Seguin, passed away on August 6. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 9, at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Ron Welborn, Rev. Kathy Edwards, and Rev. William Knobles officiating. Interment will follow in Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park and a reception will follow at the Silver Center. “Mr. Bill” was born in Gonzales County on June 24, 1928 to Louis John and Alice Marie Knandel Muelker. He was a graduate of Gonzales High School Class of 1946. He proudly served his country in the United States Army for a short time. He graduated from Southwest Texas State University (Texas State). He will be remembered as a long-time employee of the Seguin Gazette Enterprise. Bill enjoyed a good round of golf and was a huge St. Louis Cardinal baseball fan. He was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Seguin. He is preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Vernon Muelker; and his sister, Joyce (Bobbie) Gilbert. Survivors include his loving wife, JoAnne Pickett Muelker; children, Beth Lawrence and husband Randall, Kathy Muelker and husband Jack Kirtland, Ruth Muelker and husband Bill Collins, Robert “Bob” Pickett and wife Cindy, Michael J. Pickett, and Deborah Pickett Bregoli; his



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Hospital Auxiliary News
On July 31, the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital held their monthly meeting in the dining room of the hospital. President Barbara Koricanek presided with 18 members and 1 guest present. Door prizes were won be Leona Zella, Lois Willmann and Kathleen Caddell. Secretary Carol DuBose read the minutes from the June meeting, which were approved, and she also read a Thank You card from William Brasfield for the scholarship he received. Treasurer Leona Zella gave the financial report noting a profit in June of $1,146.14 from the Gift Shop and vending machines. First V.P. Betty Fink reported that after the meeting, Executive Director Connie Kacir of the Gonzales Healthcare Systems Foundation would have give a presentation and that we would be touring the area to be converted for the new 3D mammography and the bone densitometer equipment. She also reported the August 28th program will be by Tiffany McCauley of Norma’s House to be held at the Hospital dining room and that plans are being made for a brown bag lunch and September meeting to be held at Craft Crossing shop. Second V.P. Noris Gibson reported that members have worked 259 hours in June. One-hundred-hour bars were earned by Lydia Rice with a total of 909 hours and Elizabeth Bennett with a total of 3,028. Committee Reports Gift Shop – Zella thanked Gibson and Irene Oakes for restocking vending machines and Mr. Connolly for purchasing our drinks. Betty Fink and Mr. Allen were thanked for donating the fig preserves to be sold in the Gift Shop. Good Cheer – Sally Brown reported sending four cards of sympathy and/or get well to members. Memorials – Oakes reported a memorial was given in memory of Auxiliary member Monna Baldry. Scholarship – Fink reported three approved applications for scholarships. Jill Fullilove, Sophia Pena, and Kristen Scheutte were awarded scholarships for a total of $9,000.

In Loving Memory of Freddy Martin Rosas
You know my loving son, it’s been a year today, that you passed away and yet I still feel the pain in my heart and tears in my eyes. It’s as if it just happened today my loving son. I wanted you to know that perhaps some people saw you walk down the street might not have thought much of you, but I want the whole world to know that you were and still are my treasure, my silver, my gold for as long as God kept you in this world. Though you’re gone, but never forgotten, I will always miss and love you and as my life goes on without you I can see your smile, hear your laughter, your voice calling out to me, Mom, Mom are you there. I miss you very much on special days and very especially on your birthday and everyday of my life and no one else can feel the pain I feel on this day. Love Your Mom

Lydia Rice and Elizabeth Bennett received their 100hour bars during a recent meeting of the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital. Rice has worked a total of 909 hours while Bennett has logged a total of 3,028. (Courtesy photo)

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RALLY: Tea Party themes resonate with audience
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Saturday’s Texas Come and Take It Independence Rally featured both local and statewide speakers, and also welcomed members of the audience. Among those speaking were, clockwise from top left, former state representative Rick Green; Fayette County’s George Morovich; former gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina; Donna Voetee and Tracy Forester of Lockhart; and Gonzales County’s Myrna McLeroy. (Photos by Dave Mundy)

nothing about the Second Amendment,” Patterson said. Local resident Justin Hanson, one of several members of the audience who rose to speak, said he developed a new appreciation for the Second Amendment when he was attacked by a trio of men. “I was attacked by guys with a lead pipe,” he said. “I got to my truck, I had a pistol in my truck, and I was able to turn the tables on them. I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the Second Amendment.” Former gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina ended the event with a stirring address. “We watch elected officials walk up in a red jersey and say ‘I’m a conservative,’ then we applaud everything they say,” said Medina. “But we forget that it was a Republican who gave us the No Child Left Behind Act, when the federal government has no business in education. Medicare Part D was supported by Republicans, but now we’re saying we don’t want government running health care. “When Washington says, ‘Here’s a

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million dollars,’ we should say that’s counterfeit money,” Medina added. “That money the federal government is giving’ us is borrowed from China.” The key, Medina said, is convincing current elected officials to abide by the principles they embraced when running for office. “(State legislators) they are enmeshed in this idea that we can’t run Texas without Washington,” she said. “Texas, by itself, has the 13th largest economy in the world. There’s no excuse for us to be dependent on Washington, D.C.” Former state representative and constitutional scholar Rick Green said that contrary to the opinion of many Texans, he believes the voters of other states can be convinced to help restore constitutional government at the federal and state levels. “We’ve put on study sessions in Washington State, in Boston, in Los Angeles, and we get three, four, five hundred people coming in just to spend a day studying the Constitution,” he said. “This system works, friends. There are some people that don’t believe any more that there is a

peaceable means of saving America ... (but) November is going to be a red, white and blue tsunami.” Green also pointed to the recent primary runoffs as the signal that Texas is leading the national reawakening. “Look over in Comal County, Dr. Donna Campbell (who unseated State Sen. Jeff Wentworth), that little spitfire has rocked the establishment despite getting out-spent ten to one,” he said. “Just as America is the last, best hope of the world, I believe that Texas is the last, best hope for America.” Georgetown resident John Marler centered his talk on U.N. Agenda 21, which promotes subjugation of property rights and stealth implementation of socialism by local governments through the use of innocuous-sounding terminology. “The ‘public-private partnership’ that local government is implementing is going to eliminate you from the equation,” he said. “Any time you hear the word ‘sustainable’ or ‘sustainable development,’ that’s Agenda 21.” Marler said the most egregious

offenses are being implemented by utility companies through the installation of so-called ‘Smart Meters,’ designed to regulate electricity use. He cited several health concerns raised by the meters. “Every one of the public utilities is telling you that you will get a smart meter installed or they will close your account,” he said. “The law of Texas prohibits that, but they are doing it anyway.” Marler said the whole purpose of Agenda 21 is to force people into compliance with socialism. “I have in my database a document from the Southern Baptist Association describing ‘sustainable development’ which defines an ‘authentic human’ as anyone who agrees with the government,” he said. “What was the first thing the Nazis did to eliminate opposition? They defined Jews as non-humans.” Lockhart residents Donna Voetee and Tracy Forester said Marler’s observations are spot-on, and that Lockhart is already embroiled in battling the agenda. “There is a program in Lockhart called ‘Imagine Lockhart’ that is

Agenda 21, it is all about developing ‘sustainable places,’” Voetee said. “The City of Lockhart has already purchased 1,000 smart meters. We’ve been lied to by our County Commissioners. Lockhart is to be used as a model for Agenda 21. Agenda 21 is revamped collectivism.” The speakers were flanked by a background consisting of two huge historic Texas flags — the ‘Come and Take It’ flag of Gonzales and the ‘No Tyranny’ flag of Goliad. Goliad County GOP chairman Kenneth Buelter said that Texans and Americans are waking up to the fact that God has turned His face from this country, and that “that malediction has come upon us because we are not doing our job as citizens.” Gonzales County GOP chair Myrna McLeroy said the flags are particularly significant because of the importance of this fall’s elections. “Where tyranny threatens and freedom is sought, you will find the words ‘Come and Take It!’” McLeroy said. “We can rid ourselves of the tyranny we’re facing by getting out the vote.”


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D’Aversa becomes the new CYFL camp draws record attendance girls’ bench boss at Luling

29-2A, defeated George West, 47-35, in the bi-district round and advanced past Saint Getrudas Academy, 54-26, in the area round. He said the challenge for the Luling girls hoops team will be to lead a very solid team into the playoffs while battling in a very competitive district. Accepting the Luling post also means D’Aversa does not have to bother with all of the hassles of moving with Luling being a mere 15-minute drive north on US Highway 183. In his one year with the Gonzales Lady Apaches, D’Aversa led the team to 10-21 record and missed making the playoffs by just one game. “I loved coaching the Gonzales kids,” he said. “I just did not always see eye-to-eye on the athletic philosophy. But there is a lot of talent in Gonzales, especially in the youth basketball leagues.” D’Aversa said academics-wise, Luling and Gonzales are very similar. D’Aversa said he would also coach junior high track at Luling.

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LULING – Former Gonzales girls’ basketball coach Andre D’Aversa got a whiff of how things are done at Houston Lamar High School – and he didn’t like it. “I met with some of the administration and felt there was not a lot of support for the school,” he said. “I felt this was not the position for me.” D’Aversa said within a couple of days of him resigning his post at Houston Lamar, the Luling spot came open. He had applied to a couple of other schools, but Luling was the program that got back to him quickly and he interviewed and accepted the post. D’Aversa will take charge of a team that has had success the last couple of seasons. “From what I can tell, Luling has a great core of senior players,” he said. The Lady Eagles return four starters: Carley Glass, Maria Castillo, Hanna Clark and Amanda Lee. The Lady Eagles will have

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a challenge in the 201213 season as they are in a new district that will include Hallettsville, Karnes City, Nixon-Smiley, Poth, Schulenburg and Stockdale. “A lot of people consider this district to be the toughest 2A district in the state,” D’Aversa said. “Every single team either made the playoffs or was in a play-in game for the playoffs last year. Most of the teams have everybody back.” In 2011-12, the Lady Eagles were regional quarterfinalists, falling to the Poth Lady Pirates. Luling won second place in District

Gonzales Youth Soccer League readies for its sophomore campaign

Scores of area young men were put through the paces during this year’s CYFL Football Camp. The camp, which was held in Gonzales last week, was also attended by kids from surrounding communities. (Photos by Cedric Iglehart)


This fall will be Year Two of the Gonzales Youth Soccer League (GYSL), headed up by Gonzales residents Doug Tyler and Jesse Elizondo. The league offered soccer to girls and boys ages 4

to 12 and will expand the age groups up to 15 years old for the second year. Tyler said Elizondo, himself and a few of the other coaches will also take a class to become United States Soccer Federation (USSF) Grade 9/ Recreational Referees. According to USSF guidelines, Grade 9 offi-

cials may center (officiate) Recreational (non-competitive) youth games for age 14 years and younger (U-14), and can serve as assistant referee on any kind of U-14 match and younger. Another thing new to the league is that any cerSOCCER, Page B2

G-Town Striders fare well at Junior Olympics

HOUSTON – The GTown Striders track team completed their performances in the American Athletic Union (AAU) Junior Olympics in Houston last Friday and Saturday. On Friday, Keaundra Cray came in No. 12 in the Youth Girls shot put with 38-1/2 and Khelsea Cray was No. 44 with a throw of 27-3/100. Tyvione Roaches placed No. 18 in the Midget Boys discus with a best throw of 80-1/25. In action on Saturday, Valaria Aguayo came in No. 21 with a time of 13:10.03 in the Youth Girls 3000 and Kenneth

Cavit threw 30-3/5 in the Midget Boys shot put to finish in 45th place. “As a coach I am so very proud of each of these young athletes,” said Striders head coach Quincy Johnson. “They sacrificed most of their summer for this opportunity to participate in this National meet. After qualifying, we talked about the fact that in order to get a medal at this meet everyone would need to have a PR well above what they had done, so yes they were a little disappointed by not bringing home any medals. But at the same time, they were excited about reaching some personal goals.” “A meet like this also is motivational for those

who are going into school athletics and has them excited about next summer.” Johnson said he is thankful to everyone who helped the G-Town Striders during the season. The Junior Olympics will be held in Detroit next summer and the team is already making plans to be there. “The G-Town Striders hope to once again represent Gonzales at the National level,” said Johnson. “If there are any companies or businesses that would like to help sponsor the Striders, please let us know. We will need help with housing and travel expenses for an entire week for eight to 10 athletes.”

GONZALES – The high temperatures of the past week did nothing to damper the enthusiasm levels of the participants at the 2012 Crossroads Youth Football League (CYFL) Camp that was staged in Gonzales. The four-day event drew a record number for attendance as teams prepare to enter another football season. “We’ve averaged about 165 kids a night,” said Gary Clack, Gonzales’ CYFL coordinator. “That was better than last year when we averaged about 85 to 90.” Clack said the goals of the camp were geared toward fostering skill development for players at every level. “We just wanted to make sure that every kid picked up a fundamental part of both offense and defense,” he said. “We started out with a lot of different agility drills and then we moved on to positional drills. All of the kids who participated worked really hard, we got a lot out of them.” CYFL realigned its divisions this year by adding a fourth one. The divisions now consists of Freshman (ages 5-6), Sophomore (78), Junior (9-10) and Senior (11-12). Clack said the reason for the reorganization was to mirror the guidelines set by USA Football. “We’ve been affiliated with them for a while and have been receiving all of our certification through them,” he said. “This is the

first year we are actually a part of USA Football.” Another new wrinkle for this year’s camp was it was held in conjunction with players from surrounding communities including Cuero, Hallettsville, Yoakum and Yorktown. “This is about getting everybody together so we can have fun and teach the kids about the game of football,” said Casey Coleman, head coach of the Lavaca Rams senior team and an eightyear CYFL veteran. “All of the kids get to interact with

each other, which makes for friendly competition.” “They get a chance to build friendships so when they do see each other in All-Stars, they know one another and then it’s just all about going out and winning a championship.” Monday, Aug. 6 was the first day of practice for all Gonzales CYFL teams. The first week is in helmets and shorts, and Monday, Aug. 13 marks the first day of practice in full pads. The season begins on Saturday, Aug. 25.

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Results from the 2012 Moulton Run the Jam
Place 1. 2. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. 52. 53. 54. 55. 56. 57. 58. 59. 60. 61. 62. 63. 64. 65. 66. 67. 68. 69. 70. 71. 72. 73. 74. 75. 76. 77. 78. 79. 80. 81. 82. 83. 84. Name Alex Reyes Chris Gussman Nacho Trevion Luis Barrios Mitchell Blaschke Alfonso Ontiveros Lindsey Morkovsky Jim Brzozowski Parker Janssen Rachel Ryza John Hrehor Eric Oeding Richard Bray Hannah Bordovsky Jordan Dolezal Cameron Jalufka Maci McDonald Wyatt Darilek Emily Simper Brittania Darilek Scott Smolik Samantha Siegal Matt Cerny Kathryn Nowak Janice Grahmann Robert Koenning Rubi Correa Joel Novosad Conrado Navarro Kaci Harrison Sheri Panus Rhonda Dees Valerie Nowak Mark Lube Amanda Gommert Billy Tatom Chris Garza Tony Shank Phillip Geissen Eugene Trejo Laramie Zant Melinda Abbt Megan Mitchon Brandee Dolezal Mikaela Beard Troy Hrehor Barbie Ryza Kimberly Hrehor Louis Stewart,Jr. Kelly Caraway Pennie Vick Bobby Vick Elayna Simper Anna Bartos Cora Nowak Jordan Rae Moore Shelby Hrehor Desiree Moore Sharon Kram Jenny Zant Monington Clark Gernadette Geissen Malorie Mitchon Kayta Kutach Sloane Kutach Lori Hagemann Amy Picha Allen Kocian Jennifer Loudon Amy Orsak Dara Loudon Kristi Anderle Shelley Nieto Joe Nieto, Jr. Mary Kaplan Danielle Snyder Tia Meisetschleager Kathy Janak Will Lawrence Michelle Foshee Debra Stewart Carol Steinocher Time 18:46 21:07 21:13 21:16 21:20 23:13 24:04 24:27 24:49 25:02 25:06 25:08 25:08 25:22 25:36 25:55 26:03 26:09 26:26 26:35 26:38 26:47 27:15 27:22 28:17 28:17 28:28 28:29 28:31 28:34 28:36 28:45 29:16 29:19 29:23 29:25 29:48 29:54 30:04 30:51 30:54 30:55 30:58 30:58 31:01 31:02 31:08 31:29 31:35 31:39 32:13 32:13 32:22 32:27 32:34 32:59 33:28 33:56 33:57 34:09 34:16 34:32 34:58 35:19 36:58 38:01 38:52 39:43 40:01 40:01 40:02 40:44 41:04 41:04 41:21 44:18 47:47 48:23 49:48 49:58 51:22 58:50

Yoakum’s Kornegay puts on finishing touches, rounds out his football coaching roster
Yoakum athletic director and head football coach Brent Kornegay has five new faces on the Yoakum football staff this season. Felix Duran will coach the Bulldog secondary and will serve as assistant boys basketball coach. He is from Copperas Cove. Dylan Rodiek will coach the defensive ends and will also be an assistant boys basketball coach. He last worked at Longview Pine Tree and hails from Bellville. Ryan Uechert will coach junior high football and assist with the high school powerlifting and track programs. He played high school football at Sinton and is a graduate of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Bandera native Brandon Hicks will coach junior high football, basketball and track, and will also coach the quarterbacks on the high school team. He played football at West Texas A&M. Chad Forbus will help coach junior high football and serve as head golf coach. He is from Arkansas and played golf at Henderson State. Gonzales Football Season Tickets Varsity football season ticket holders from 2011 are now able to pick up the tickets they had last year. They will have until 4 p.m. on Aug. 17 to get their tickets. All tickets not picked up will be sold to the

public, starting on Aug. 20. The price of varsity football tickets have changed to $5 per single game or $25 for the season. Tickets at the gate will be $6. Tickets can be picked up at the Apache Field House at the high school by the track. They are available from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you do not wish to purchase your tickets, call Athletic Secretary Anita DeMent at 830-672-6641. If the field house has not been notified by 4 p.m. Aug. 17, it will be understood that you do not want your tickets. If you cannot get to the field house to pick up your tickets, please call to make arrangements to get them at a later date. If you are not a season ticket holder but would like to purchase tickets, they will be available to purchase on Aug. 20. You will have to purchase all five tickets for the home games to the get the price break. No season tickets can be sold after tickets go on sale at 8 a.m. Aug. 28 for the first home game on Aug. 31. For more information, contact Dement at 830672-6641. Gonzales Youth League soccer signups The Gonzales Youth League is currently holding signups for the 2012 fall

season. The league is for players ages 4-15. Registration forms are available online at www. Registration deadline is Aug. 25; practices start Sept. 4 and the first game will be Sept. 22. For more information, call 830-433-5555. Hunter Course Education

Instructor Wayne Spahn will hold a Hunter Education Course on Aug. 25-26 at the Farm Bureau Building in Gonzales. The class on Aug. 25 will run from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and will go from 3-7 on Aug. 26. The course is sponsored by Ray Raley and Max Barta. Every Texas hunter who is born on or after September 2, 1971, must successfully complete a Hunter Education course. Hunters aged 17 and over must successfully complete a hunter education course; ages 1216 must successfully complete a hunter education course or be accompanied by a licensed hunter 17 or older; hunters under the age of 12 must be accompanied hunter 17 or older. The minimum age of certification is 12, and proof of certification is required to be on your person when hunting but is not required to purchase a hunting license. Anyone wishing to attend the class will need to register by calling 830-6723720.

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tified referee who helps the league will be paid. “We have budgeted some money to pay refs for working the games,” Tyler said. He said he also wants the coaches to get certified in coaching soccer. For now, the teams in the GYSL will have to make do with playing each other week in and week out. “We cannot play against the leagues in the other towns,” Tyler said. “Mainly because we do not have our own facilities. If we can get a facility to use, get our referees certified and our coaches certified, then we meet the requirements of being able to play associations in other towns.” One thing Tyler and Elizondo learned after one season of the league was that it takes lots of people, support and teamwork to run the league. “I would say we had around 40-45 people working together to run the league,” Tyler said. “I am hoping we get that kind of excitement again for this season.” Most, if not all, of the individuals who worked the league as coaches will be back. “Our coaches that we retained like working with kids and are fans of soccer,” Elizondo said. “We have also picked some sponsors

for the league and we are anticipating enrollment of around 130 for this season.” The four different age divisions are Pee Wee, Juniors, Seniors and Senior Plus, which is the 13-15 age division. Each age division had around six teams in the first year. Tyler said he would probably have to limit the number of teams to around eight for each division. It is likely there are 16-18 year-old youth that would want to play in the league. Tyler said that is not a possibility at this time due to the fact the league would need to be able to use a fullfield. However, that age bracket can still get involved by refereeing games or being an assistant coach. “We will have ways they can get involved with the league,” Tyler said. He said the league has looked into other possibilities to build a facility. There is a full-length field at Gonzales Independence Park, but current ordinances allow drinking there and Tyler said he does not want the league exposed to the drinking culture. In 2001, when the City of Gonzales opened the J.B. Wells Park, plans were also made to one day build soccer fields on the site. So far, no fields have been built. But Tyler and Elizondo are still positive that one day a

complex will come into existence. “I am optimistic the city will use J.B. Wells as a site for soccer fields,” Elizondo said. “It is a possibility for us to use a complex at J.B. Wells,” Tyler said. Registration will continue this Saturday and next at the Gonzales WalMart from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 25 will be the last day for registration, and player evaluations will take place at Lions Park. The league will hold the coaches’ clinic at Lions Park on Sept. 1, where rules and expectations will be taught to the coaches. Practices will start Sept. 4 and the first games will be Sept. 22 with an opening ceremony. Make-up games for the Come and Take It weekend will be played on Oct. 9 and Oct. 27 will the last day for games and the awards ceremony. For anyone interested in becoming a USSF Recreational Referee, Tyler is hosting a clinic on Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Two Rivers Bible Church at 1600 N. Sarah DeWitt Dr. To register, go to www.stsr. org and click on ‘Clinics’. The deadline to register is at midnight tonight. For more information, go to the league’s website at www.gonzalesyouthsoccer. com or call Tyler at 830305-6172.

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“When I was a player, she taught me how to be competitive,” Boysen said. “Coach Berger pretty much taught me everything I know about volleyball and coaching.” Boysen said she was mostly looking forward to watch her players develop on the court. “I like the competitiveness of the players and watching them learn the game and grow,” she said.

Boysen, a 2004 graduate of Yoakum, also played for Berger’s volleyball team. Boysen spent two years at North Central Texas College in Gainesville and then transferred to Tarleton State University in Stephenville to close out her college career. She graduated in May 2008 with a degree in Education/Kinesiology and competed on the volleyball team at both schools. Boysen immediately returned home to Yoakum to become an assistant volleyball coach, and she also teaches Health, Physical Education and Dance. Boysen takes command of a team that won second place in district, was the bidistrict champion and area finalist en route to finishing 26-12. The Lady ‘Dogs return eight starters and will have five seniors on the roster.

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GBRA and PLDA Debunking the myth of the existence of black panthers residing in Texas reach deal on ‘No-Wake’ Zone
Cannon News Services SEGUIN – Officials with the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) have modified a designated nowake speed area on Lake Dunlap from Camp Porter Road to Lake Dunlap Dam to a no-wake area in a tree stump field designated by buoys effective noon Friday, Aug. 10. GBRA General Manager Bill West, having taken into consideration comments from Lake Dunlap users and working in cooperation with representatives of the Preserve Lake Dunlap Association (PLDA), including a number of past presidents and others who have worked with GBRA historically, made the modifications to the no-wake speed area in an effort to maximize the recreational area of Lake Dunlap while maintaining safe conditions and balance for all the various types of lake usages. This action taken by the general manager is made in accordance with a GBRA Board Resolution that was passed on Jan. 18. “The property owners around Lake Dunlap and recreational users were compelled to advocate for their interests, and at the same time, as the authority overseeing the Guadalupe River, GBRA had to give consideration to all the various interest groups, uses, and needs when exercising stewardship of the Guadalupe River and its watershed,” West said, “But through these challenges, GBRA and PLDA representatives have found common ground.” “The modification of the no-wake zone to a bifurcated channel opens up a larger segment of the lake for all uses,” said J. Harmon, PLDA president. “We are looking forward to getting back out there with our families and taking full advantage of the available area.” “GBRA will continually monitor the conditions and situation on Lake Dunlap and will make adjustments accordingly as warranted,” West said. “While we are satisfied with this agreement, we look forward to the continued monitoring of the lake and maintaining a positive working relationship with GBRA,” Harmon said. GBRA was established by the Texas Legislature in 1933 and provides stewardship for the water resources in its 10-county statutory district, which begins near the headwaters of the Guadalupe and Blanco rivers, ends at San Antonio Bay. Recently we had the pleasure of being introduced to Dr. Mike Tewes from the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Institute at Texas A&M University in Kingsville. Tewes was born in Corpus Christi and coordinates the Feline Research Program. Brune: There are topics that create job security for outdoor writers. We’ve suffered the debate of bullet placement versus big calibers since Jack O’Connor and Elmer Keith; and will certainly continue to suffer that topic. But today there is one controversy to which we can definitely say, “Rest in Peace”. Sir, is there any such thing as a black panther? Tewes: Well, there is such a thing as a black panther. Brune: In Texas? Tewes: No. There are black leopards and black jaguars, but not in Texas. What you may be referring to are sightings of black mountain lions. But no, black mountain lions do not exist. Brune: This is a debate that rages in hunting camps, beer joints, and wherever outdoor stories are told. It’s long been my stance that it’s an old wives’ tale from frontier days used to scare children to come home before dark. Tewes: I’ve been doing research for 30 years and even had biologists say they’ve seen black panthers. But with all the trail cameras prevalent in today’s countryside there are no pictures of black panthers or black mountain lions in Texas. Brune: What about normal jaguars? Tewes: The past two or three years jaguars have been reported in Arizona. There was one named Maalso have a long tail. When people think they’ve seen one, I believe they’ve seen a feral house cat; because the jaguarundis that my students have trapped in Mexico weighed eight to 10 pounds. Jaguarundis have two color phases. They have a black Herman Brune is a freelance writer, radio peppered phase and a personality and author based in Colorado reddish brown phase. County. One of my stucho B that showed up for dents, the world about 15 years but he died expert on these cats, has two years ago. There could collared 21 jaguarundis in possibly be a couple travel- Mexico to study their habing from Sonora, Mexico, its. They may have even into Arizona. However, the disappeared from the Rio last documented jaguar in Grande Valley. There was Texas was in 1948 about one road-killed in 1986 two miles from Kingsville. but we haven’t documentWe’ve taken pictures of ed any others since then. dozens of them in Mexico, Brune: So there are ocebut the closest to Texas lots in Texas. was about 130 miles south Tewes: That’s right. of the Rio Grande. There are two small popuBrune: What are your lations in the Rio Grande primary studies? Valley. One population Tewes: We’ve mostly may have 20 to 25 cats and studied the smaller species the other may be a little like ocelots and bobcats. larger. Then we’ve also studied Brune: What do you do mountain lions. to help landowners sustain Brune: Please explain these populations? the difference between an Tewes: I’ve worked with ocelot and a jaguarundi. these landowners for 30 Tewes: An ocelot is years and know that one about the size of a bobcat. of their concerns is dealA female will weigh about ing with Endangered Spe15 to 18 pounds and a male cies. And yes, ocelots and will go about 25 pounds. jaguarundis are on the An ocelot has a long tail Endangered Species list. and is heavily spotted. The We’ve also worked with jaguarundi is another spe- the U.S. Fish and Wildcies that causes discussion, life Service to coordinate but I’ve studied reports efforts with landowners throughout the 1800’s for habitat preservation. and 1900’s and there is no Ocelot habitat is the densdocumentation suggesting est brush with 95 percent that they exist north of the canopy. You can’t crawl Rio Grande. Nevertheless, through it. I receive reports of sightBrune: So what’s in the ings all over the southern brush that they like? U.S., but we can’t docuTewes: They eat mice ment these cats north of and rats and rabbits. And the Rio Grande Valley. the brush also provides A jaguarundi would be cover for deer. Deer and smaller than an ocelot and ocelots are very compat-

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EAST MATAGORDA BAY – Trout are fair for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on crabs and mullet. West winds have plagued drifters. WEST MATAGORDA BAY – Trout are fair on sand and grass humps on soft plastics and topwaters. Redfish are fair on live shrimp in Oyster Lake and Crab Lake. Giggers have taken half–limits of flounder. PORT O’CONNOR – Trout and redfish are fair on live bait over sand, grass and shell in San Antonio Bay. Redfish are fair on live bait in Saluria Bayou. ROCKPORT – Trout are fair in the guts and channels on free–lined shrimp. Redfish are good on mullet and shrimp around Dagger Island and in South Bay. PORT ARANSAS – Trout, redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp and croakers. Trout are fair around Shamrock Cove on topwaters, piggies and croakers. Offshore is good for kingfish, ling and dorado. CANYON LAKE – Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 5.56’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon Whacky Sticks, tequila sunrise flukes, and white/chartreuse crankbaits off points in 5–10 feet early. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Smallmouth bass are good on dark soft plastics and tube jigs on main lake points. Crappie are fair on blue tube jigs and minnows around submerged brush piles. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow. COLETO CREEK – Water fairly clear; 1.35’ low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed soft plastics and topwaters. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow. BASTROP – Water stained; 87–91 degrees. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and shallow running crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

ible. The brush also provides cover for ocelots from coyotes. We’ve found where ocelots have been killed by coyotes. Brune: Are mountain lions spreading across Texas? Tewes: I wouldn’t say they’re spreading but they have long dispersal distances and can show up anywhere. There are two main populations. The one in West Texas is very healthy, but the one in South Texas may have a different problem. The habitat isn’t as good and the genetics have decreased. Brune: Did the drought hurt the mountain lion population in South Texas? Tewes: That didn’t help, but the main concern is loss of habitat. Historically the distribution was on the west side of South Texas. Mountain lions aren’t really spreading in Texas. Brune: There are other parts of the Texas that report mountain lions. In my area for instance, I live between Houston, San Antonio, and Austin, and of course, it’s hard to believe what surfaces on the internet but how do you answer these other sightings? Tewes: There’s a 20-minute video from Michigan or Wisconsin with a forensic expert and two biologists that say they saw two mountain lions in a farm field. But, in the first three seconds of seeing the video I could tell they were house cats. Brune: How are bobcats doing in Texas? Tewes: Bobcats are doing fine. We’ve got the highest density of bobcats in the U.S. and they live in practically every county except a few in the Panhandle.

McCarthy to retire as TPWD deputy director
Cannon News Services AUSTIN — Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Deputy Executive Director for Administration Gene McCarty has announced his retirement effective Aug. 31 after 34 years of state service. McCarty’s distinguished career began as a fish and wildlife technician in a fish hatchery and he rose through the ranks over the years to play an integral role in shaping department policy on a wide range of issues. “I’ve heard some people say that no one is indispensible, but Gene McCarty comes pretty darn close,” said Carter Smith, TPWD executive director. “His counsel is sought by his colleagues at all levels and his long field experience coupled with his strengths as an administrator has made him invaluable to our agency and the conservation mission we serve.” McCarty began his career with TPWD at the Dundee Fish Hatchery near Wichita Falls in 1978 as a fish and wildlife technician, and quickly began moving eries, McCarty also played a critical role in construction of Sea Center Texas, a hatchery and aquarium in Lake Jackson. After leaving Coastal Fisheries, McCarty became chief of staff at the Austin executive office and worked directly with the executive director until promoted to his present position in 2005. As deputy executive director for administration, McCarty supervises four divisions: Administrative Resources, Communications, Human Resources, and Information Technology. McCarty’s conservation achievements are many, including the key leadership role he played in the implementation of the shrimp license buyback program in 1995. Funds generated from a surcharge on commercial licenses and on the Saltwater Fishing Stamp are used for purchasing and retiring commercial crab, finfish, bait shrimp, and bay shrimp licenses to stabilize fishing effort and support healthy fisheries stock. Although unpopular to begin with, the program has been successful and as of February of this year, $13.9 million had been spent to purchase and retire 2092 commercial bay and bait shrimp fishing boat licenses. This represents 65 percent of the original 3231 licenses grandfathered into the fishery in 1995. During the latter part of his career, McCarty played a major role in five legislative sessions by working with all divisions to track bills, provide information and respond to lawmaker’s requests. He also worked directly with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission, the nine-member board appointed by the governor that oversees the state agency. “From my first day at work cleaning out drainage ditches at Dundee State Fish Hatchery to negotiating the terms of limited entry with a room full of hostile shrimpers to outlining the agency’s budget with the Legislative Budget Board, it has always been my conviction that there can be no greater honor then to serve TPWD.and its mission,” said McCarty. “I have really been truly blessed..”

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up to positions of greater responsibility. He was promoted to hatchery superintendent at the Huntsville Fish Hatchery in 1981. In 1982, McCarty became a biologist in Corpus Christi and helped build the original John Wilson Fish Hatchery from the ground up. That hatchery is now known as the CCA Marine Development Center. He worked there until 1987, when he was promoted once again to be statewide director for fish hatchery programs. In 1994 he became the director of the Coastal Fisheries division, a position he held until 1997. During his tenure as head of Coastal Fish-

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TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR FLUX-CORE WELDERS Pass all Pre-Employment Testing including a Welding Test. Please apply in person at Gonzales Manufacturing Company, 2900 Johnson Street, Gonzales, TX. Gonzales Manufacturing offers an excellent benefit package, Paid Holidays, Bonus Programs, Paid Vacation, Medical, Dental and 401K Retirement Program. -------------------------Immediate Opening Accounting Clerk Must be computer literate & have ability to Multi-Task. Benefits include: Vacation, Sick Leave, Hosp. Ins., Dental, Vision, 401K Retirement. Apply in person at: Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., 1680 CR431, Waelder, TX 78959 or fax or email resume with references to: Fax

(830) 540-4284; email: lwbake@ No Phone Calls. -------------------------Looking for a fresh start in life? Christian Women’s Job Corps of Gonzales County offers free job/life/computer skills for women. Call Sherry Poe at 830-672-6180 or 830-857-4960 for more information about fall semester. -------------------------Part-time position available for Janitor/Floor Technician. Experience Required. Please apply at The Heights of Gonzales, 701 N. Sarah DeWitt, Gonzales, Texas. -------------------------Positions available for Certified Nurses Aides on Memory Care Unit. Special Skills required. Please apply at The Heights of Gonzales, 701 N. Sarah DeWitt, Gonzales, Texas. -------------------------SUBSTITUTES NEEDED Nixon-Smiley CISD is taking applications for substitute bus drivers, substitute cafeteria workers and substitute custodians. Please come by the Administration Office at 800 Rancho Road, Nixon to fill out an application or call 830-5821536 ext. 0143. -------------------------CUSTODIAN NEEDED at Memorial Heights Baptist Church. Flexible part-time hours. General cleaning of all facilities with some light maintenance. Changing light bulbs, air filters, etc. Call 8570772. -------------------------OakCreek Nursing & Rehab in Luling is

currently accepting applications for the following positions, full time C.N.A.’s, weekend RN and PRN L.V.N. Please apply in person at 1105 N. Magnolia, Luling, TX 78648. -------------------------Full-time positions available for Licensed Vocational Nurses and Certified Nurse Aides. Please apply at The Heights of Gonzales, 701 N. Sarah DeWitt, Gonzales, Texas. -------------------------CDL DRIVERS WANTED J.M. Oilfield Service, a family oriented company is seeking professional & reliable Class A CDL employees. Requirements: 2 years experience tanker and must be willing to get HazMat endorsement ASAP. Call 830-672-8000. -------------------------AVON Representatives Wanted! Great earning opportunities! Buy or Sell! Call 830-672-2271, Independent Sales Rep.

820 Saint Michael St., Gonzales. EVERYTHING MUST GO!! -------------------------Garage Sale. Queen size headboard & frame, big mirror, table & 2 chairs, swing set, dishes, jeans, clothes, bed linen & much more. Saturday, August 11, 8am-1pm. 1705 N. College. -------------------------Garage Sale. 829 St. Vincent, Saturday, 9-2. Back to school clothes, shoes, dishes, furniture. -------------------------Garage Sale. 160 FM 2091 N. 4th house on Greenwood Road. Saturday, August 11, 8-12. M-WC (girls) clothes, TV, household items, toys, VHS tapes, odds-n-ends. -------------------------5 Family Yard Sale. Saturday, August 11, 8-12, 1022 1/2 Church St. Lots of baby, little girls and boys clothes, also men, women & teenclothes,shoes & misc. items. -------------------------Dollar Day Garage Sale and More... Saturday, August 11, 8-1, 504 South Patrick Street. Children, adult clothing, kitchen items, beds, appliances and more.

ing $60. You haul any items. 830-5404277. -------------------------Clavinova Yamaha Digital Piano w/ bench. Under Warranty. $2,700. Call 830-339-0111. -------------------------Indoors Sale Daybed, sofa, twinsize, Corningware Corelle “Visions” 40 pc. dishes, Hummingbird Collection - 63 items +, Black Metal Rack w/4 China Plates, “Inspirational” House Rules (wood), Rubber Plant - 5 ft. + clay 16” pot, Clay pot 18” - 20” new, Crosses assorted (6). Best offer. Moving in September. 830-203-8529. -------------------------Used Dell Computer. Keyboard & Monitor. $250 cash. Call 512-917-4078. -------------------------FOR SALE Used cyclone fencing and post. 1990 Dodge pick up with lift gate. Can be seen at GHA 410 Village Dr.Gonzales, Texas. For information call Jeanette Conquestat 830-672-3419. -------------------------Upright piano for sale. Great for kids starting piano lessons. All keys works. Needs to be tuned. $100. Call 830-8325965. -------------------------Unique BBQ Pit, Stagecoach. Includes Electric Rotisserie $275. Call 512-917-4078. -------------------------Gasoline operated Hedger, $125; 5 HP Tiller, $200. Both in excellent condition. 361-208-3565. -------------------------Craftsman Riding Mower. 30” Mower/ Mulcher. 13.5 HP Model 536.270300. Purchased April 2011..used 6 times. Exc. Condition. $600.00. 830-560-

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The Gonzales Healthcare Systems Foundation will be making application for a USDA Grant in the amount of $119,868.00 to complete funding for the Women’s Center. The board will meet on Wednesday, August 15th at 11:45 a.m. at the Heights meeting room to hear public comment. The Heights is located at 701 N. Sarah DeWitt Drive, Gonzales, Texas



LEGAL NOTICE Application has been made with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission for a Mixed Beverage/ late hour’s license by Tami Renee Medina dba Whiskey Bent, to be located at 3030 S. Texas 80, Luling, Guadalupe County, Texas. Officers of said corporation are Tami Renee Medina, Owner.

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Rummage & Bake Sale Saturday, August 11, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Clothes, furniture, dishes, knickknacks, shoes, etc. Lots of delicious baked goods. Gonzales V.F.W. Hall on Harwood Road. -------------------------HUGE YARD SALE: Furniture, Home Interior, Jewelry, Clothes (for Men, Women and Children), Electric Spray Painter, Tools, Toys, Dishes, Electronics, Collectibles, Scrapbook & Craft Supplies, and MUCH More! Friday, Aug. 10 & Saturday, Aug. 11, 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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7 pc. dinette, $95; coffee and end table, 475; Rollaway Bed, $35; 37” TV, $15; 2 office receptionist chairs, couch, table, etc. 361-596-4096. -------------------------For Sale: Queensize mattress set, $200; complete desk w/ hutch, $30; Dining Room table with 4 high back chairs, solid wood, $300; Low back swivel recliner rocker, $150. Call 672-3728. -------------------------Small round dining table with leaf, extends to oval. $50. Vintage pub table with extensions, $175. Black metal futon with mattress & cover. Like new. $75. 830-540-3382.

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AVAILABLE Furnished with all bills paid -- Full Kitchen - Personal bedrooms and living room. WEEKLY RATES AVAILABLE. Please call JR at (512) 292-0070 or (830) 672-3089. -------------------------MOTEL ROOMS AVAILABLE NIGHTLY RATES Single nightly rates starting at $35.00 per night. Which include A/C, Microwave, Refrigerator, TV/Cable and furnished with all bills paid. Please call JR at (512) 292-0070 or (830) 672-3089. -------------------------For Rent to oilfield or pipeline workers 2BR/1BA, CH/A, furnished kitchen in Yoakum. Call 361293-6821. -------------------------3/2, like new 1,800 sq. ft. in Nixon. $1,000/mo. Call 830-857-6921.

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lated businesses. Liability ins., free estimates and low cost. No job too large or too small. 830-2634181.(TFN)

2006 Land Prides 4x4 Recreational Vehicle For Sale. Approx. 200 hours. Honda Motor. Independent Suspension. Windshield and Roof. 4x4. Asking - $4,950.00 in very good condition. Call 830-8574670.

WANT TO BUY: Any or Unwanted Horses. Call Leejay at 830-857-3866. -------------------------For Sale: Baby & Young Adult Ducks.

Mix Breeds. Cost $3.50-$20.00 each. Call 830-857-6844, ask for Tammy Stephens.

Willing to do parttime sitting of elderly man or woman after hospital stay or surgery. Take them to local doctors visits, grocery shoping, etc. Call 830-788-7123 for more information. -------------------------Electrical Wiring, Troubleshooting, Repairs, etc. Licensed & Insured. Call 830-437-5747. -------------------------For Your Specialty Cake Needs. Call Connie Komoll, 830-203-8178. -------------------------Will do house cleaning Monday thru Friday. Call 830-203-0735. -------------------------Sewing & Alterations. Jo West. 830-203-5072. Call between 9 a.m. & 9 p.m. -------------------------I’M LOOKING FOR WORK I’m not hiring. Need a job as a Nurse Aide in hospital, Agency or home. I’m a CNA & CPR certified and need work in Medical Center. Fredericksburg area ONLY. Full-time. If you have a relative needing exceptional care in San Antonio, please call and ask for Chell, 830-391-4837. -------------------------Hand for Hire, Odd Jobs Done, FREE estimates. Anything you don’t want to do, Junk hauling, Tree Removal, Lot clearing, House pressure washing, office help, ranch, farm, lawn & Flower beds, Barbed wire fence repair, gutter cleaning, I do windows. One call does it all. Call Terry (830) 203-1503 or (830) 857-5927.

RV For Sale. Older unit. 5th wheel. $2,900. Contact Richard, 830-5566905. -------------------------Ford Motorhome. 44,000 orig. miles. All working. $2,995. 830-857-6565.



Large lots, long term rentals, with laundry service available. $270/mo. + utilities, Weekly-$100; Daily-$20. Pool Open.

Free Kittens. Call 672-7094. -------------------------Puppies Half Lab, Half Pyrenees. Free to good home. 830-2031733 or 830-5404485. -------------------------We stock Sportmix Dog and Cat Food, Demon WP for those ants and scorpions. Gonzales Poultry Supply, 1006 St. Paul Street, 672-7954.(TFN)


Office or Living Trailers for lease or buy. Peyton, 512948-5306; David, 713-252-1130. -------------------------RV Rentals available at Belmont RV Park Estates. Call Richard, 830-556-6095. -------------------------Travel Trailers for rent. Located at J.B. Wells, Gonzales, Texas. Cheaper than motel. Clean, fully furnished, 32 ft. trailers. $300/ a week. Please call for more info & rates. Pug @ 512-9630000 or Dawn @ 512-508-6221.

Call for information. 830-424-3600.

Queen Bedroom, Full Kitchen Bath, Bunks. Financing Available. View more at

28ft BPull Travel Trailers.

Between 4-5 Acres for Sale. Doublewide. Excellent condition. Hwy. frontage. 3BR, all electric, all appliances. Call 830-857-1026.

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Nanny Boer Goats (adults). Pkg. Deal $500.00 (5) or $125 each. 830-5600238. -------------------------Muscovy ducks for sale. $10.00 each. 830-263-2482. (TFN) -------------------------Laying Hens, $10.00. 512-7180482. -------------------------For Sale: Registered Polled Hereford Bulls. 8-22 mths old. Heifers also, 8 months to 2 years. 830-540-4430. -------------------------FOR SALE: 4 year old Angus Bull. 830875-2524. --------------------------

Looking for a nice house in or near Gonzales. 940-2844255.

Tires for Sale. 4 brand new tires - 255-35ZR20 Nitto Extreme ZR with Rims - Martin Bros 20” universal rims. $500. 830-8571340. -------------------------2003 Saturn - Great Gas Saver - $6,988. (830)303-4381. -------------------------2011 Chevy HHR - Certified - Was $18,499 - Now $15,991. (830) 3034381. -------------------------2010 Jeep Patriot - only 28K miles. Was $19,999 - Now $17,688. (830) 3034381. -------------------------2011 Dodge Grand Caravan, 42K miles Was $22,899 - Now $20,988. (830) 3034381. -------------------------2011 Chevy Equinox - Certified - Was $24,388 - Now $21,988. (830) 3034381.

EFFICIENCY APARTMENTS FOR THE ELDERLY 62 OR OLDER AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY * Rent based on income * Garden Style Apartments * Private Entrances * Individual Flower Bed Available * Carpeted & Air Conditioned * Water, Sewer & Trash Paid * Miniblinds, Ceiling Fan, Range, Refrigerator furnished * Maintenance/Management/Service Coordinator on site


Office space for rent. 1,500 sq. ft. Recently remodeled. 314 W. Cone. If interested call 830672-4433. -------------------------For Rent: Industrial Property for rent. M1 Ind. Storage Yard, 70x130. Church Street. 830423-2103. -------------------------For sale or lease. 10,000 sq. ft. Bldg. with multi-level loading docks Prime location - with offices and separate garage. Call 830-857-5448. -------------------------For Lease: Small office space w/workshop located at 339 St. George. Recently Renovated, $400/ month. For more information please (830) 672-5580.

1800 Waelder Road - Gonzales, TX (830) 672-2877 8 am - 5 pm, Tuesday-Friday

RV Sites Available in Nixon. $350/mo. includes utilities. Call 830-857-6921.



For Sale or Trade: 27’ Sailboat, Beam 8’, fiberglass. 361561-3335. Ask for Jeff.

Now Hiring
Apply today, Start today!!! Production/Poultry Processing:
• Maintenance • Back Dock Hanger • Back Dock Driver w/ Class B or CDL • 2nd Processing • Sanitation (Nights)

Call 672-7100 to advertise.


The Gonzales Independent School District has the following positions open:


Feed Mill - FM 108 S., Gonzales Production
• Day & Night Shifts Available

Contact Clarence Opiela, Director of Maintenance , Gonzales I.S.D. Warehouse, 1615 St. Lawrence, Gonzales, Texas 78629, telephone 672-7507.

Mon.-Fri., 8-10 hr. days
Must have proof of identity and eligibility to work in the U.S. Drug screening as applicable to position.

Lawn mowing service, residential & commercial. Will also mow oilfield yards or large oil re-

Human Resources 603 W. Central, Hwy. 87, Nixon, Texas
830-582-1619 for more information. ~ Si Habla Espanol

3 mobile homes for rent in Leesville on Hwy. 80. Call 830534-6525. -------------------------FOR RENT: 2bed, 1 bath trailer. New kitchen floor. for more information call Samantha at 830-857-5812.

12 acres/house/office with Hwy. 80 frontage between Belmont/Nixon near Leesville. Will subdivide. For sale or lease. Would make a great oil field yard or residence. Call Peyton, 512-948-5306; David, 713-252-1130. -------------------------Land for lease for oil field service equipment. Prime location. 4 miles N. on 183. 2 1/2 acres. Electric, water, parking, storage. Call 203-0585 or

For Rent: 2BR/2BA/2CG home on 183 N. $1,250/mo., plus deposit. Call 830857-4458 for information. -------------------------For Rent: 3BR/2Bath, central air/heat, newly remodeled country hme at 1714 CR 383 between Gonzales and Moulton. No smoking and no pets in house. $1,000.00/month w/$500.00 deposit. First & last months rent due upfront. References re-

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Shiner Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is looking for a FULL-TIME 2pm-10pm LVN or RN and for CNA, all shifts. Individual should be honest, task oriented, self motivated, and enjoy working with the elderly. Anyone interested in applying may send their resume to or apply in person at Shiner Nursing and Rehabiliation, 1213 N. Avenue B, Shiner, Texas 77984. EOE

• All Positions • Full-time • Part-time • Flexible Schedules • Competitive Wages Now Accepting Applications Please apply in person at
1803 N. St. Joseph Gonzales, Texas 78629

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MINI-DONKEYS. Great pets, loves people. All ages and colors, some “cross” designs, 36” tall. 830-672-6265, 830-857-4251, 830672-5152. -------------------------M I N I - G OAT S . (Dwarf Nigerians) 18” to 24” tall. Good weed eaters. Fun to have around. Beautiful silver and white herd sire. (7 left) 830-672-6265, 830-857-4251, 830672-5152.

pantry utility room. 2 car garage with workshop, nice pool and spa, huge covered porches. All on or nearly 1/2 acre. $249,000. Call 210-844-4963. -------------------------Older couple downsizing 15 acres (10 acres fenced), house, 3/1 1/2, Barn, ponds, trees. Wharton County. $137,000. 979-5333262. -------------------------4BR/2BA, 1900 Sq. ft. 210 Tanglewood Trail. New appliances, remodeled, new master bath. 830-857-6488. -------------------------House for Sale/To Be Moved: 3BR/1Ba frame house, pier & beam foundation,

central A/H. Buyer responsible for moving house from property, $6,000. 830-857-4172. -------------------------Two story, eleven room home which includes three bedroom, two baths. Apprx. 2,500 sq. ft. on about an half acre. Corner lot, zoned for resident i a l / co m m e rc i a l. Luling. $150,000. 830-875-6975.

& Commercial at affordable prices. Please call David anytime at 830-2631747. -----------------------

No Limit Accessories David Matias, Owner 830-263-1633 1026 St. Paul St.,

Gonzales Window Tinting, Commercial. Call for appointment. --------------------------

Need a monument or marker? Save $$ on monuments, markers. High Quality. Less Cost Monuments & Markers.

1405 Conway St., Gonzales, the IOOF Building. 830-8578070.

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$ 1 0 6 M O N T H B U Y S l a n d f o r R V, MH or cabin. Gated entry, $690 down, ($6900/10.91%/7yr) 90-days same as cash, Guaranteed financing, 1-936-377-3235 WEST TEXAS, 200 acres, $395/acre, large canyon runs eastern part of land. Deer, dove, and quail. Owner financed or TX Vet with 5% down. 1-210-734-4009. www.

Modern home on 165-acre ranch located between Gonzales and Shiner on paved road FM 443. Highly improved with scattered oak trees, improved grasses, hay field, cross fencing and stock tank. Recently updated 2,300 square foot home, 3BR, 2BA, two live-in areas. Property includes large hay barn, equipment building shop and cattle pens. Shiner ISD. Possible owner financing available. 361-648-4090 or 361-935-1109.

FOR SALE BY OWNER: 3 bed, 2 1/2 bath, single story home in Gonzales. Beautiful wet bar and gourmet kitchen with granite counter tops. Large

YOU GOT THE DRIVE, we have the direction. OTR drivers, APU Equipped, Pre-Pass, EZ-pass, ATTENTION DRIVERS great miles + top 5% pets/passenger policy. Newer equipment. 100% pay= money. Security + respect = priceless. 2 months NO touch. 1-800-528-7825 CDL-A experience. 1-877-258-8782


CALLING ALL CDL-A DRIVERS! Join the team at Averitt. Great hometime & benefits. 4 months T/T experience required. Apply now! 1-888-362-8608; EOE CDL-A DRIVERS! Texas regional drivers needed. Take home more. Be home more. Dedicated freight and modern equipment. Dallas terminal coming soon. 1-800-392-6109, DRIVERS- $2000 SIGN ON. Home weekends, SW regional. Top pay/benefits, Minimum 6-months T/T experience and Class CDL-A required. Family owned, 1-888-5187084;



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WEEKEND GETAWAY available on Lake Fork, Lake Livingston or Lake Medina. Rooms fully furnished! Gated community with clubhouse, swimming pool and boat ramps. Call for more information: EDUCATION 1-903-878-7265, 1-936-377-3235 or A I R L I N E C A R E E R S b e g i n h e r e . 1-830-460-8354 B e c o m e a n a v i a t i o n m a i n t e n a n c e t e ch . STEEL BUILDINGS FAA approved training. Financial aid if qualified, housing available, job place- STEEL BUILDINGS perfect for homes & ment assistance. Call Aviation Institute garages. Lowest prices, make offer and low of Maintenance, 1-877-523-4531 monthly payment on remaining cancelled AT T E N D C O L L E G E O N L I N E f r o m orders: 20x24, 25x30, 30x44, 35x60 Call home. Medical, Business, Criminal Jus- 1-800-991-9251 ask for Nicole. t i c e , H o s p i t a l i t y. Jo b p l a c e m e n t a s s i s tance. Computer available. Financial aid if qualified. SCHEV certified. Call 1-888205-8920,

Wanted to lease land for cattle grazing. Must have water and fences. Contact Mitchell Hardcastle, 830857-4544. -------------------------90x60 lot for sale. For more info, call Jose at (936) 4888115. -------------------------5 Acres or more to lease. For Storage or Oilfield Equipment etc. 1 1/2 mile from city limits off 183 S. Call 830-263-4888 for information.

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3BD/2BA, handyman special...............$43,000 3.7 ACS. 4BR, 3BA, 2LV.................. $150,000 Park Place: Exceptional Home .......$335,000. 306 McClure - 3BR, 1 Bath................$65,000 2 Investment homes, rented. $47,500, $30,000 1618 St. PeterSale Pending lot....$70,000 - Home and extra New: 1720 St. Vincent, ....................$265,000 473 -Crockett Lane-Settlement - 3 bd., Lot Live Oak......................................$8,000 507 St. property..................................$258,000 beautifulMichael, 3 bd., 2 ba................$78,000 1602 Water St.-commercial/rental....$150,000 Land 14 Acres, Hwy. 90A East...................$115,000 Sold 2342 FM 108, 3 bd.,2 story home.....$145,000 90 A East, 35 acs., + home...............$400,000 792 90-B - Lakefront..............................$89,000 New: 33 acs., East Gonzales Co....$4,500/Ac. Pending 312acs., wooded, ,hills, game,+tanks 70 Cr. Rd. 471 Lakefront ,3 bd., 1.5 acre lot............................................$150,000 ...........................................................$420,000

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WANTED: Acetylene Gas Regulator for welding torch. 4372232.

Electrical wiring, troubleshooting & repairs. 830-4375747. -------------------------Plumbing Repairs. All Types of Plumbing. Master Plumber. Reasonable Rates. Please Call 713-203-2814 or 281-415-6108. License #M18337 -------------------------A/C & Electrical side jobs: New installs, A/C maintenance, Condenser changeouts, Residential

11.2 acs., Hwy 90. GastRACT CONT Rd.......$5,300/Ac. CONT trees................$87,500 CR 228 - 15 acs., M/H, RACT Shirley Breitschopf 153 acs., FM 2091.........................$795,000 830-857-4142 61 acs., perfect homesite.................$4,990/Ac. 3.94Lynnette Cooper acs., Settlement.......................$65,000 acs., Settlement.........................$79,000 2-4 acs., Sarah DeWitt............$25,000/Ac. Carol Hardcastle 1 ac. Seydler St...............................$25,000 8.7 acs., city830-857-3517 limits........................$120,000 You can reach our staff by calling: 58 acs., trees, potential, edge of town............. ...................................................$12,000/Ac. Phone: 830-672-2522 Lot - Live Oak..................................$8,000 401 St. George-approx. 3400 sq. ft................. .......................................................$170,000 Shirley Breitschopf Lynnette Cooper Carol Hardcastle - 830-857-3517 HOMES Jymmy K. Davis - 512-921-8877

58 acs., trees, potential, edge of town.............. Land Sale Pending .....................................................$12,000/Ac.,



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vManufactured home in excellent condition, about 1900 sq. ft., Our friendly staff can be reached by: 3bed/2bath, large kitchen, located on 5 acres with many oak trees. County water and GVEC elec. Ready for move in. Fronting Hwy. 304, 2 miles north of Hwy. 90 and about 16 miles from Gonzales. Owner/Agent. Price...........................................................................................$99,500 vGONZALES 3/2 new construction, 707 St. Francis...........$199,500 vGONZALES 3/1, 108 1/2 St. Francis St................................$40,000 vGONZALES 3/2.5, 1714 Gardien St.......REDUCED........$220,000 vGONZALES 1006 Seydler St., 2 bed/2 bath, on 2 acres..........$120,500

Phone: 830-672-2522 or Fax: 830-672-4330

vWAELDER 97.44 acres, 4BR ranch house, great house, oil/gas income, Ranching/Investment.....................................................$750,000 vGONZALES 28 acres, 2 story, 3BR, 2 Bath custom built home..... .................................................................................................$375,000 vWAELDER- 10 acres, has utilities.......................................$65,000 vREDROCK Good homesite, hunting, and investment opportunity. Property includes producing oil well with $24K annual production revenue and Seller will negotiate the sale of mineral rights...........$895,000 vFLATONIA- 2 lots (one corner) 100x125............$11,000 for both vGONZALES Income producing poultry Breeder Farm with 50 ac includes Tyson contract and 1600 sq. ft. home...owner/agent.....$1,100,000 vGONZALES For Lease: 10 to 20 acres, about 5 miles south of Gonzales, just off Hwy. 183.


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Gonzales Family Church Assembly of God
320 St. Andrew

Assemblies of God

Places of Worship
The Cannon
“I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.” Jeremiah 33:6
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
712 Crockett, Luling

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Dewville United Methodist
West of FM 1117 on CR 121

1817 St. Lawrence St. Gonzales

First Assembly of God
509 E. 3rd St. Nixon

Church of Christ

Churches of Christ

First United Methodist 426 St. Paul, Gonzales First United Methodist 410 N. Franklin, Nixon Flatonia United Methodist
403 E North Main, Flatonia

Encouraging Word Christian Fellowship
Hwy. 80 in Leesville

1323 Seydler St. Gonzales

Jesus Holy Ghost Temple
1906 Hickston, Gonzales 1805 Weimar, Gonzales

New Life Assembly of God

Corner of Church St. & Jessie Smith St. Gonzales

Church of Christ (Iglesia de Cristo)
201 E. Second St. Nixon

Lighthouse Church of Our Lord New Life Temple for Jesus Christ
Belmont, Corner of Hwy 466 & Hwy 80

Baha’i Faith

Baha’i Faith Baptist

Church of Christ

E. 3rd & Texas, Nixon

621 St. George St. Gonzales

Harris Chapel United Methodist
S. Liberty St. Nixon

Clark Baptist Church
F.M. 794, Gonzales Hwy. 87 Smiley

Community Church of God
1020 St. Louis, Gonzales

Churches of God

Harwood Methodist Church

County Baptist Church Eastside Baptist Church
Seydler Street, Gonzales

Gonzales Memorial Church of God in Christ
1113 Hastings, Gonzales

North 2nd and North Gonzales, Harwood

River of Life Christian Fellowship
207 Steele St., Smiley 830-587-6500

Henson Chapel United Methodist
1113 St. Andrew, Gonzales

Two Rivers Bible Church

Iglesia Bautista Memorial
Hwy 97 Waelder

St. James Baptist Church
Hwy 80- North of Belmont SE 2nd St. Waelder

1600 Sarah DeWitt Dr., Ste 210, Gonzales

New Way Church of God in Christ
514 St. Andrew, Gonzales

Monthalia United Methodist
CR 112 off 97

Elm Grove Baptist Church 4337 FM 1115 Waelder, Texas 78959 First Baptist Church
422 St. Paul, Gonzales 403 N Texas Nixon Hwy 108 N Smiley

Leesville Baptist Church
E. of Hwy 80 on CR 121

Saint Paul Baptist Church Shiner Baptist Church

Faith Family Church

Inter-Denominational Pentecostal

Memorial Heights Baptist Church
1330 College Gonzales 100 Capes Gonzales Hwy. 97 Bebe

Avenue F and 15th Street, Shiner

Episcopal Church of the Messiah
721 S. Louis, Gonzales (830) 672-3407


1812 Cartwheel Dr., Gonzales

Smiley United Methodist
1 blk S. of Hwy 87

Faith Temple

First Baptist Church First Baptist Church First Baptist Church
406 N Ave E Waelder

Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church Oak Valley Baptist Church Old Moulton Baptist Church
2287 FM 1680, Moulton

Union Lea Baptist Church
St. Andrew St. Gonzales

Waelder United Methodist
2 blks from Hwy 90 & 97

Hwy 80 (N. Nixon Ave.) Nixon

Union Valley Baptist Church
FM 1681 NW of Nixon

La Os del Evangelio Mission Capilla del Pueblo
W. Central at 87 Nixon


Webster Chapel A.M.E.
1027 Church St. Gonzales

Holy Temple of Jesus Christ No. 2
1515 Dallas, Gonzales

St. James Catholic Church
417 N. College, Gonzales St. John St. Gonzales


Camp Valley Full Gospel
7 mi N of Nixon on Hwy 80

Full Gospel

Agape Ministries Living Church

Waters Fellowship

Temple Bethel Pentecostal
1104 S. Paul, Gonzales

512 St. James, Gonzales

Life Changing Church of Gonzales
3.3 miles north on 183, Right on CR 235, Right on CR 236

Greater Church



Primitive Baptist Church
1121 N. College Gonzales

Full Gospel Church
1426 Fisher, Gonzales

Sacred Heart Catholic Church St. Joseph Catholic Church
207 S. Washington, Nixon

605 Saint Joseph St. Gonzales

S of 90-A (sign on Hwy 80)

Greater Rising Star Baptist Church

Providence Missionary Baptist Church
1020 St. Andrew Gonzales

First Evangelical Lutheran
1206 St. Joseph, Gonzales


Bread of Life Ministries
613 St. Joseph, Gonzales

Pilgrim Presbyterian Church
CR 210 off FM 1116


3rd Ave S of Hwy 87 Nixon

Harwood Baptist Church
North of Post Office

San Marcos Primitive Baptist Church
4 Miles west of Luling on Hwy. 90 P.O. Box 186, Luling 830-875-5305

St Patrick Catholic Church in Waelder
613 Highway 90 East Waelder Hwy 87 Smiley

Abiding Word Lutheran Church, LCMS 1310 St. Louis Belmont United Methodist Hwy. 90-A

Cowboy Church of Gonzales County
J.B. Wells Showbarn El Centro Cristiano “Agua Viva” of Waelder Sun. Worship 10:30 a.m., 6 p.m.

Presbyterian Church of Gonzales
414 St. Louis, Gonzales

Iglesia Bautista Macedonia

St. Phillip Catholic Church


201 S Congress Nixon

Stratton Primitive Baptist
FM 1447 9 miles east of Cuero


Emmanuel Fellowship

Congregation Adat HaDerech Meets on Saturdays and Holy Days, 672-5953

Messianic Judaism

Family Dentistry of Gonzales
Gentle Quality Care

606 St. Louis Gonzales, TX 78629

Office 830-672-8664 Fax 830-672-8665

Logan Insurance Agency

(830) 672-6518 Fax: (830) 672-6368 Cell: (512) 376-0773

Travis Treasner

Kitchen Pride Mushroom Farms
County Road 348, Gonzales, TX. 830-540-4516.



Sub-Contractor Specializing in Site Work Foundation Pads • Road Work • Demolition
Stock Tanks-Brush Clearing David Ehrig 830-832-6063

Construction Company

Ilene B. Gohmert
Certified Public Accountant

Office 830-437-2873
Bubba Ehrig 830-832-5094

830-672-5030 • 830-672-2483 (Fax)

409 St. George St. • Gonzales

James Miller 4421 Hwy. 97E, Gonzales

Gets You Back Where You Belong!

Gieser Insurance Agency
941 St. Joseph Gonzales, Tx 78629

830-540-4285 • 830-540-4422

701 North Sarah DeWitt, Gonzales, TX, 78629

830-203-5325 Toll Free: (800) 358-5298 Lisa G. Gaspard Leticia M. Cenotti
Agency Manager TDI #001113854 Agency Producer TDI #001243345


Community Health Centers Of South Central Texas, Inc.
“Making a difference one life at a time since 1966” Most insurances accepted, we welcome Medicare - Medicaid. (No one is turned away for inability to pay.) Hours: Mon., Wed., Thurs., Fri. 8a.m.-5p.m. Tues., 8a.m.-8p.m. • Sun. 12p.m.-4p.m. Closed Sat.
228 St. George Street P.O. Box 1890 Gonzales, Texas 78629

Brandi Vinklarek

Dry Fertilizer Custom Application & Soil Testing

Ph. 830.672.6511

520 N. Ave C P.O. Box 64 Shiner, TX 77984 Phone (361) 594-3352 Fax (361) 594-3127 424 St. Peter St. Gonzales, TX 77984 Phone (830 672-3322 Fax (830) 672-9208

“Train a child in the way he should go; and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

921 St. Peter St. 830-672-6865


P.O. Box 1826 Gonzales, TX 78629


Morgan Mills 830-857-4086

The Romberg House
Assisted Living Residence

David S. Mobile 830-857-5394 Mike B. Mobile 830-857-3900

Office 830-672-2845 Fax 830-672-6087

Reyna’s Taco Hut
1801 Sarah DeWitt Dr., Gonzales, TX

Melanie Petru-Manager #0300010

210 Qualls Street Gonzales, TX 78629

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Planning gets underway for 2012 Relay for Life
Sponsors, donors, and volunteers who supported the Relay For Life of Gonzales County 2012 can be very proud of the fundraising total that reached just over $100,000. That certainly shows how “TENacious About the Fight!” the citizens of this county are when it comes to fighting “the big C--CANCER.” The battle continues and so it’s time to begin planning for 2013. Interested individuals are welcome to attend the first planning session that will be held on Monday, Aug. 13, at 5:15 p.m. at Abiding Word Lutheran Church, 1310 St. Louis. For more information about joining the planning committee, contact Arline Rinehart at 830-6722077. With the fundraising dollars, there are many programs and services provided by the American Cancer Society that are quite beneficial to individuals and families dealing with a cancer diagnosis. Two programs are available to everyone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Trained cancer information specialists at the ACS National Cancer Information Center (1-800-2272345) offer the comfort of live support, answer questions about cancer, link callers with local resources, assist with health insurance questions, and provide information on local events. The American Cancer Society website, cancer. org, includes an interactive resource center that contains detailed information on every major cancer type. Questions about cancer, risk factors, strategies for early detection and prevention, new diagnostic techniques, and the latest treatment options can be answered on this userfriendly website. More programs and services provided by the American Cancer Society will be described in future articles. Join the Gonzales County RFL planning committee and help others know there is hope.

Jessica Berger and Roland Gonzales are delighted to announce their engagement and upcoming marriage. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Ricky Berger of Gonzales and Cal & CJ Watts of Luling. She is the granddaughter of William “Bill” & Ruby Berger of Gonzales. Jessica graduated Gonzales High School in 2001. She obtainer her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from TX A&M-Corpus Christi in 2005 and her Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice Management from SHSU in 2012. The groom-to-be is the son of Rey & Diana Gonzales of Ingleside. He is the grandson of Luis & Emilia Gonzales of Ingleside. Roland graduated high school from Ingleside High School in 1999. A September 8th wedding is planned in Port Aransas, TX. (Courtesy photo)

Travis, Brandy and Trevor Scherer are pleased to announce the birth of Blaine Cason Scherer. Blaine was born on March 12, 2012 at 6:29 p.m. at Citizens Medical Center in Victoria. He weighed 7 lbs 4 oz and was 19 inches long. Grandparents are Mary and the late Brad Jones of Gonzales, and Calvin and Rena Scherer of Victoria. Great-Grandmothers are Johnnie Armstrong of Gonzales and Janett Scherer of Victoria. (Courtesy photo)

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Getting ready for an interesting year
The parents and the Apache Band Boosters have asked me to remind you that school is getting underway. The band is practicing some great songs that pertain to the great state of Texas. They are trying to get some electrical wiring updated in the concession stand and trying out several new varieties of food. If anyone would like to help them in their endeavors, I am sure that would love to have your help now and in the future. That concession stand needs a lot of help during the football games. I have heard that most of the box office tickets have been taken. The playing district has been changed from last year so it should be an interesting football season. The Belmont Community Center will have their regular club meeting on August 28th, at 2PM at the Belmont Community Center. As noted last week the Leesville Country Fair has been set for October 13th with all kinds of things planned. They have two quilts that the “Happy Quilters” are quilting. One is for the auction and one is for the raffle. The Kerr Creek Band will be playing for this event. They will have an auction and a Country Store. Please lift the following people up in your prayers: Justin Klosel, Joe Kotwig, Alma Hastings, Paul Villareal, Glenn Malatek, Christian, Diana Garcia, Terry Bowman, Bill and Marie Lott, Doris Hewell, “Sarge” Dunkin; Louise Jones, Katy West, Aunt Georgie Gandre; Danny and Joyce Schellenberg, Velma and Bobby Bullard; Mildred O’Neal, Doug Walshak, Selma Vickers, Charlie, Landis,Gene Robinson, Keith Glass, Joyce and Jack Black, Teresa Wilke, Sandi Gandre, Rev A. C. Newman, Aunt Betty Gandre, Linda Nesloney, Marie Schauer, Esther Lindemann, Anna Lindemann, Tony Black, Susie Hale, Noreen Soefje, Lanny Bak-

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er, Ann Bond; Case Martin, Marguerite Williams, Shirley Dozier, Matt McGrew, Bill Muelker, The family of LaVerne Fox, The family of Malcolm DeBerry; The family of Joyce Black; Please pray for the accident victims at FM 466 and HWY 80 from last week. For our military and their families. People if you have not been praying for Keith Glass, then you really need to start doing so. Keith is reported to have made some important strides in his recovery in the last couple of weeks. He is trying to form words, and that means a whole lot to the doctors, therapists, patient and family. We have watched Gabby Gifford and Bob Woodruff and the strides in their recovery. That gives the whole team another set of criteria to work with that will mean so much to Keith and his family. Belated Happy Birthday wishes to Melba. Her birthday was last Sunday, and I know she didn’t have much of a birthday as she got called in to work. Maybe she can disappear on the face of the earth and go somewhere that she can hide to celebrate her birthday. Please pray for rain. We got a little surprise shower of rain the other day. It sure was a nice. It may not have put much in the rain gauge but it cooled things off nicely. The Oklahoma wild fires have done a lot of damage. The drought above them has done in the corn crop which will affect the price of many of our grocery staples. But it could get worse. I will have to correct my spell checker. It just does not save things correctly and I have caught it doing this before. It should have

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been April Halls Band. Anyway, this last Saturday night Bill Gibbons played the Belmont Social Club. He was a very good singer using only an amplified acoustic guitar. His range of music was tremendous. We found out that Bill was from Seguin and has also led people on expeditions into Africa. He was also a fighter pilot in the Air Force and later flew for American Airlines. It was great to see Velma Bullard looking so good yesterday. She had some interesting news to tell me. You know that wedding ring set that Zales remade for her. It was a copy of the one she got when she and Bobby got married many moons ago. They made it “special” for her because they did not have that mold to make that kind of set of rings. The rest of the story was this. She had lost it when she was washing the car. She knew she had put the rings in the car. People had wanted to buy the car. She would not sell the car. That was the last place she had seen her rings and she just would not sell that car. Son Jon Bullard came home and he drove this standard shift car. Then one day he went to drive it, and it would not shift. So wife, Carrie said let me help you look. So she looked down in the box where the gear shift was and said “Ah it looks like a life saver down here.” Well it was a life saver all right. It was Velma’s lost rings. They had been there for fourteen years and three months. Her other news we will need to pray very hard about. Jon is in training now for a month, and then he will more than likely be deployed for Afghanistan. I don’t know whether I am right in saying this is the 5th time for either Iraq or Afghanistan or the 4th, but it has been a lot. Jon is 44 years old and he does not get around like he used to. They have a home in El Paso so that is where his family will stay. I don’t even know

whether I should start this or not. We had another fatality at FM 466 and Hwy 80. I don’t think we need any more recommendations to the county or studies to State Hwy. Dept. or people to stand before any powers that be to let it be made clear that something needs to be done. Something needs to be done to alert people on FM466 way back around the curves that there is a stop sign and an intersection up ahead. Hip hip hooray, I finally saw the DOT painting white lines on the pavement. The faded painted Stop Ahead on the pavement was so dim that you could not read it. There is nothing on Hwy 80 to warn anyone that this is a dangerous intersection. I am sixty-four years old, lived in the area all my life, and lived off of Hwy 80 since 1969, less than a tenth of a mile from this intersection. I am tired of racing up to this intersection and finding dead, and injured people laying around with their vehicles and pieces of their vehicles strewn everywhere. It breaks my heart when one person is doing CPR for all he is worth and the husband is shaking his wife crying “BOO Boo. Wake UP!”; and you know from all of the blood gurgling around that there is no hope of Boo waking up ever again. It doesn’t have to be this way. Well, Mr. Hugo has gained weight lolly gagging around. If he gets on his back, he has to make a couple of wiggles and squiggles to roll over to get on his feet. Then old Samson chases him and swats at him with this sharp paw. The only place there is to escape is under the bed. Then this morning Twerpt and Hugo thought that both of them could gang up on Samson. Oh that was a laugh! Have a good week and God Bless.

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Matthew Schramm relaxing at Splashway — Submittted by Rachel Schramm

Outlaw, that son of a gun, got his eyes set on that diaper and she hasn’t a clue! Run Bryn run! — Submitted by Michelle Green McKinney

Definitely missed it, but it looked good LOL — Submitted by Mark Hastings

Too late to turn back — Submitted by Dakota Wayne Brown

Flirt?? Pssh we don’t need to flirt, we will seduce you with our awkwardness!! ;D Hilary Smith at the Moulton Jambo— with Hailey Pardy. — Submitted by ree — Submitted by Heather HastShelly Lynn Kresta ings Smith

My nephews Colton and Brandon My nephew Hayden Matthew Salas en- Sepeda enjoying some pool time joying a hot summer day in the pool! — — Submitted by Samantha Rae Submitted by Samantha Rae Caraway Caraway

How to beat the dog days opf summer! Molly LOVES her popsicles! — Submitted by Amy Pettus Rambo & Diego Ramirez! They love to put on their dad’s gear — Submitted by Michelle Lanni Ramirez

J.T. Lyman, local high school student and Boy Scout, recently completed his Eagle Scout Project that involved installing 18 new trail head signs along our trail system. He is pictured here with the trail sign for RATTLESNAKE RUN. Here’s a Me and my handsome date/boy friend :) BIG THANK YOU to him, his family, and his fellow scouts who helped with this Summertime fun with Dalton Couch — with Adam Hollenbach. — Submitted project. Come out and hike our trails to enjoy being guided by these beautiful — Submitted by Jenny Nesser new signs! — Submitted by Texas Parks & Wildlife Lockhart State Park by Julie Bartek

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Luling council to mull bond notice
LULING — Luling City Council will discuss and consider action on the possible sale of city bonds in connection with the Zedler Mill shoring and dam reconstruction project and will also consider a formal agreement with the Zedler Mill Foundation

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Sunday, August 5 - The Tim Hall Band 3-7 p.m. • $8.00 Saturday, August 11 - The Czechaholic 8:00-11:30 p.m. • $8.00 Sunday, August 19 - Charles Fabulous 4 3-7p.m. • $10.00 Saturday, August 25 - Odessa 8-12 p.m. • $8.00
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August 2012 Schedule

Master Gardeners plan free seminar
Gonzales Master Gardeners are pleased to announce the 3rd free public education class. Do you want to know more about Fall Vegetable Gardening? Then our seminar on August 30th is for you, and it’s FREE. On Thursday, August 30th, starting at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, Liz Palfini will be speaking about Fall Vegetable Gardening. Liz is an avid gardener and well understands our local challenges when it comes

when it meets at 6 p.m. Thursday. The Council, in its July meeting, approved an engineering services contract with Freese and Nichols to create a final design for the $3 million project, which consists of a shoring treatment to the Zedler Mill property along the San Marcos River to limit erosion and reconstruction of the dam. In addition, the council approved a new master plan recently which called for another $3.1 million in street projects

and other infrastructure work to tackle expected growth in the immediate future. The Council will also review the proposed 2013 city tax rate and schedule a public hearing; consider action naming a new director for Luling Main Street; establish a permitting fee schedule; consider the re-zoning of a section of the city for commercial ventures; and consider a memorandum of understanding with Luling ISD on a school resource officer.

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Taylor earns sociology degree from UH
HOUSTON — Latoya Taylor, a Sociology BS major and a resident of Gonzales, was among more than 4,200 students who graduated from the University of Houston (UH). The UH Spring 2012 Commencement was held in May at Hofheinz Pavilion. The University of Houston is a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s best colleges for undergraduate education. UH serves the globally competitive Houston

to vegetable gardening. Liz is an entertaining speaker and an endless source of useful information on growing vegetables. So come along to City Hall on Thursday, August 30th at 6:30 p.m. and enjoy a fascinating talk that will help improve your gardening skills. Door prizes will include a free soil test for your garden and many other gifts. For further information please contact Carol Bond at 210-216-1713.

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Gonzales High School student Elizabeth Williams gave a report on how the three branches of the federal government are supposed to operate during Saturday’s Texas Come and Take It Independence Rally. (Photo by Dave Mundy)

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Local youngster named to NHS membership
ATLANTA, Ga. — The National Honor Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) has announced that Nixon Smiley High School student Dennis William Nesser III from Smiley has been selected for membership. The Society recognizes top scholars and invites only those students who have achieved academic excellence. The announcement was made by NSHSS Founder and Chairman Claes Nobel, a senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes. “On behalf of NSHSS, I am honored to recognize the hard work, sacrifice, and commitment that Dennis has demonstrated to achieve this level of academic excellence,” said Mr. Nobel. “Dennis is now a member of a unique community of scholars – a community that represents

and Gulf Coast Region by providing world-class faculty, experiential learning and strategic industry partnerships. Located in the nation’s fourth-largest city, UH serves more than 39,500 students in the most ethnically and culturally diverse region in the country.

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our very best hope for the future.” “Our vision is to build a dynamic international organization that connects members with meaningful content, resources, and opportunities,” stated NSHSS President James Lewis. “We aim to help students like Dennis build on their academic successes and enhance the skills and desires to have a positive impact on the global community.” Membership in NSHSS entitles qualified students to enjoy a wide variety of benefits, including scholarship opportunities, academic competitions, free events, member-only resources, publications, participation in programs offered by educational partners, online forums, personalized recognition items, and publicity honors.

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Shiner Catholic back-to-school activities begin
SHINER – Shiner Catholic School will begin the 2012-13 school year on Monday, August 13. School begins each day at 8 a.m. and students can arrive as early as 7:30 each morning. There will be three back-to-school events taking place on Thursday, Aug. 9 including Meet the Teacher, Follow the Bell and Meet the Cardinals. Meet the Teacher will take place from 5-6:15 p.m. This event is for all students entering Pre-K3 through 5th grade. This is a “come and go” time for students to meet their teacher and bring their school supplies. This year’s school supply list can be accessed on the school’s website: under the registration tab. Follow the Bell will take place from 5:15-6:15 p.m. This event is for all students entering grades 6-12. This is a chance for students to follow their daily schedule. Pick up your schedule in the cafeteria between 4:45-5:10 p.m. Students should be at their first period class, ready to follow their daily schedule by 5:15. A Mandatory Parent Meeting will be held at 6:25 p.m. This meeting is for all parents (PK3-12) and will be held in the gym. Meet the Cardinals will begin at 7 p.m. This event is for all student athletes and their parents in grades 7-12 and will be held in the cafeteria. This is a time to meet the 2012-13 Cardinals and enjoy hotdogs with your family.
Shiner Catholic School Lunch Menu Week of August 13-August 17, 2012 All lunches served with milk. Yogurt is also offered MONDAY BBQ on a Bun, Ranch style beans, Tater tots, Sliced pickles, Fruit TUESDAY Steak Fingers (white or brown gravy), Whipped potatoes, Green beans, Bread, Fruit

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GJH cheerleaders earn honors at summer camp
The Gonzales Jr. High Cheerleaders attended a National Cheerleading Association (NCA) camp in New Braunfels July 1619. They were one of 12 schools represented and one of only two juniorhigh squads in attendance. Even though they were the youngest, they managed to come home with many trophies and ribbons. Over the course of the week, the 7th grade received two Excellent ribbons and four Superior ribbons for their chants and cheer performances, had three All- American Nominees: Fernanda Velazqez, Hailey Hernandez and Amerie White. The 7th grade mascot, Taylor Mills was an All – American Nominee and received the Mascot Unity award. The 8th Grade took home one Excellent ribbon and five Superior ribbons, They were awarded the Champion Chant Trophy as well as the Top Team trophy in their division. The entire 8th grade squad was asked to try out for All American. The 8th grade mascot, Kendra Cavitt, was not only nominated for All – American Mascot but she made All – American. As a whole the Gonzales program was one of the two programs out of the 12 to receive the Herkie Award that is given for exemplifying leadership, values, teamwork and sportsmanship. Both squads won a bid to

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Summer: time to work on plans for 2012-13
Dear Gonzales ISD School Superintendent’s Family, Letter Summer has been a great time to work on plans for school year 2012-2013. I hope that you are having a great Dr. Kim summertime fun with your Strozier children, family and friends! These months go by so fast! Make the best of every minute! In a few short weeks we Dr. Kimberly Strozier is superwill begin our new year. I have intendent of Gonzales ISD. some district news and some reminders for beginning of an Assistant Principal at GHS. school. Additionally, you can Mr. Garcia worked at GHS as find news related to registra- a coach for several years. His tion, orientations and other wife is a teacher and they have pertinent information on our two children Cody Josiah, who district website at www.gonza- is 6 years old, and Kaely Esther,, on facebook where who is ten months old. Gonzales Junior High will be we post district information, or led by Ms. Wanda Fryer. Many by calling the campus directly. I am happy to introduce our of you know Ms. Fryer as she is new administrators. Gonzales well established in the commuHigh School welcomed Dr. nity. Ms. Fryer has many years Chris Morrow to GISD to take of experience in Gonzales ISD the lead as high school princi- as teacher, assistant principal pal. Dr. Morrow has 6 years of and principal for 4 years at high school principal experi- North Avenue. She also has a ence with the most recent from niece attending GISD at North Friona ISD. He brings a fam- Avenue. Ms. Fryer is excited to ily that will be well involved begin the year at GJHS. We are in GISD. His wife, Laura, will so pleased to have Ms. Fryer as teach Pre-K at East Avenue. His principal at JH. She has a great daughters Kendall, Maddie, start having already worked and Emma will attend school with the Junior High students at Gonzales Elementary, North when they were at North AvAvenue and Gonzales Junior enue. We are happy to have High, and little Brinley will at- another new administrator tend East Avenue next year. We to GJHS, Hector Dominguez are excited to have Dr. Morrow who will take the Assistant with us, and he is happy to be Principal role. Mr. Dominguez in Gonzales and excited to has served in the Nixon-Smistart the new school year. We ley district as a band director are also happy to have Michael for several years prior to taking Garcia who will take the role as the assistant principal role. North Avenue Intermediate will be led by Mr. Gene Kridler. Mr. Kridler has also been a Gonzales resident for many years. He has served GISD as a coach in 1994 and as assistant principal and principal in the past ,most recently at GHS as Assistant Principal. Mr. Kridler’s wife, Jackie, works as counselor at GHS. Their daughter, Gena, graduated from GHS in 2010 , and their son Trey will be a senior this year at GHS. We are very pleased to have Mr. Kridler as Principal at NA. He is excited to begin the year. Mrs. Jenny Needham will serve as Assistant Principal at NA. Mrs. Needham has many years of experience in the district and has served as teacher at GE and most currently as assistant principal at GJHS. Her husband, Dane, works for GVTC as construction supervisor here in Gonzales and son Brett will join us at GISD in a few years. Gonzales Elementary will again be led by Mrs. Jayne Iley, Principal and Mrs. Lori Lindemann, Assistant Principal. Mrs. Iley has served GISD for many years as teacher and assistant principal. She has been the principal of GE for the past two years. Mrs. Iley and her husband, George, are longtime Gonzales residents. Both of their daughters, Gennifer and Christina, attended GISD schools. We are happy to have Mrs. Iley at the helm of GE and she is excited to start the new school year. Mrs. Lori Lindemann has served GISD for several years. Mrs. Lindemann has worked as teacher and district coordinator for bilingual/ esl and testing. Mrs. Lindemann has been the assistant principal of GE for the past two years. Mrs. Lindemann and husband, Tom, are longtime Gonzales residents and have three children, Tel, Leigh and Beth. Leigh currently teaches school at North Avenue. East Avenue Primary will again be led by Mrs. Christi Leonhardt. Mrs. Leonhardt has served GISD for many years as teacher, reading facilitator, assistant principal and currently as the EA principal. We are fortunate to have Mrs. Leonhardt as EA principal where she has worked for the past 24 years. Mrs. Leonhardt and husband, Kenneth, are longtime Gonzales residents. They have two daughters. As Assistant Principal at East Avenue, we are so happy to welcome Ms. Stephaine Camarillo. Ms. Camarillo has vast experience in education having worked as a representative for the Department of Education and at the Regional Education Service Center for many years as a school improvement specialist. Ms. Camarillo is from Gonzales and happy to be working at GISD. Watch for our new teacher announcements to come out in August. We are very happy with our teacher candidate selections and excited to start 2012-2013 school year. • Student/Parent Handbook and Code of Conduct: All students will receive a copy of the 2012-2013 Gonzales ISD Student/Parent Handbook and Code of Conduct. This handbook and Code of Conduct will also be available on-line by the week of August 20th, 2012. Please remember that receipt of the Student/Parent Handbook and Code of Conduct must be acknowledged in writing. The receipt forms will be received with the handbook and should be returned to your child’s campus. • Bus Routes: Bus routes are posted at individual campuses. Bus information is available by calling 830-672-3010. • Meet the TeacherPK-6th grade campuses have scheduled time for Meet the Teacher. Please check dates and times on-line at our Gonzales ISD website, in the Gonzales Inquirer, the Gonzales Cannon (first week of August publications) and on the campus marquees. • Registration- Please check dates and times on-line at our Gonzales ISD website, in the Gonzales Inquirer, the Gonzales Cannon (first week of August publications) and on the campus marquees or by calling campuses. • School SuppliesSchool Supplies-Grade level school supply lists have been compiled and are available online, in the Gonzales Inquirer and the Gonzales Cannon and by contacting the campuses. Supplies may be dropped off during Meet the Teacher night for grades PK-6. • School Start Times- Please check dates and times on-line at our Gonzales ISD website, in the Gonzales Inquirer, the Gonzales Cannon (first week of August publications) and on the campus marquees or by calling campuses. Remember that getting to bed early helps with an early morning routine and assists students throughout the learning process. • First Week of School Pick-Up/Drop-Off: East Avenue Primary: In an attempt to assist with first week of school traffic issues and better serve everyone we are incorporating a staggered start time for East Avenue Primary. This start time is in effect for the first week of school August 27thAugust 31st only. Staggered start times follow: 1st grade report to school between 7:30 A.M. and 8:00 A.M., Kindergarten report from 8:00 A.M.8:30 A.M. and Pre-K report between 8:30 A.M. and 9:00 A.M. Please help out by following the staggered start time schedule in place first week only. (If you must be at work at a time that will not allow you to follow the schedule we understand. Feel free to deliver your child at the normal time from 7:30 A.M.-8:00 A.M.) Remember to report at the normal time beginning the second week of school. • Immunizations: Please check out the Gonzales ISD Health Website for immunization information. • 2012-2013 District Calendar: Please note that the Gonzales ISD 2012-2013 Calendar can be located on the district website or in the Gonzales Inquirer or the Gonzales Cannon (first week of August). New calendars will be sent home with each student on the first day of school. • Dress Code: Thank you for following the Gonzales ISD dress code. If you have questions related to the dress code, please refer to the Student/ Parent Handbook or review it on-line at the Gonzales ISD website. • Attendance: Attendance is important! Thank you ahead of time for getting your child prepared and to school on

the NCA Senior and Junior High School National Championship. 8th Grade cheerleaders include: Jaycie Burton, Haley Clampit, Abbie Dolezal, Amanda Dixon, Kalie Leal, Taylor McCollum, Emma Morgan, Jaydin Tatsch, Skylea Tatsch, Skylar Zella and Kendra Cavitt. 7th Grade cheerleaders include Kelly Christian, Haley Garza, Hailey Hernandez, Cameron Kluting, Abby Morrow, K’Leigh Pish, Taegan Thwing, Fernanda Velazquez, Amerie White, Presleigh Zella and Taylor Mills.

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time daily. Timeliness starts the day calmly for students and ensures that they do not miss their instructional time. Please watch for attendance information to go home the first week of school. • Spend time talking: Time contributed now to the importance of learning and attending school will make a difference in your child’s life when he/she becomes an adult. Spend time each school morning and evening talking about what your child is learning at school. Ask your child to show you how to do the assignments he/she is working on. This is great review and practice. Ask your child about new friends and what he/she has learned about their friend’s families, like where they work and how they spend free time. Ask your child about his/her favorite teacher and why he/ she would pick that one. The questions to ask are important to show your child that you value who he/she spends time with, the world of education and the time they spend learning. These are some of the most important conversations you will have with your child. • Reminder: Talking with children about what to expect is important. It helps them be prepared and takes away normal anxiety that occurs with change in schedules. It helps to remind them that this school year is a continuation of the prior year. They will see old friends and make new ones. Everyone feels a little anxious. That is normal, and they will have plenty of time to get to know each other. Also, remind them that their teacher will spend time getting them acquainted with the procedures and expectations. For all students, and especially students who are brand new to school, it is important to talk about what to expect. The family support, structure, motivation, and encouragement from parents, faculty and staff are what inspire students to go to school and do their best. The best education for your children comes about when we work as a team. Thank you for being a part of your child’s education. Sincerely, Kimberly Strozier GISD Superintendent

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CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 There is something in the stars this week pushing you to make a change, Cancer. The change may be as simple as wearing your hair a new way or as significant as changing careers. LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Things are off to a rough start this week, but better days are right around the corner. Keep thinking about the good times ahead. They will be here before you know it. VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, it’s time to reconsider a difficult situation. If you still hold to a particular belief, you could be limiting your possibilities. Adopt a new point of view to gain a different perspective. LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 This is the week to shop for something new, Libra. It may be a

new wardrobe, some new furnishings, or even a new car. Your purchasing power is high right now. SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Your academic history and workload don’t leave much room for creativity. But if you want to go out and do something, then simply do it. You will find a work-around. 21 SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec

place soon. You’re an ecclectic mix of attributes, anyway. AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, maintain a positive attitude this week and you’ll benefit greatly from having done so. Once you get it right, everything will click. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, for one reason or another, some issues will go unresolved this week. They can wait, so don’t worry. FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS AUGUST 12 George Hamilton, Actor (73) AUGUST 13 Debi Mazar, Actress (48) AUGUST 14 David Crosby, Musician (71)

Sagittarius, something important has passed but you are still reaping the benefits. Bask in the afterglow as much as you can because it can’t last forever. CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, you may find you’re struggling a little to define your identity, but things will fall into

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