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Relay to Vandals attack school buses return to Gonzales
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After a one-year sabbatical, the Texas Independence Relay is returning to Gonzales next spring. The Texas Independence Relay is a 200-mile longdistance relay, divided into 40 different 5-mile segments, that commemorates Texas’ pride and freedom by following the route of Sam Houston and Texian Army in late 1835 to the spring of 1836. Close to 2,000 participants from all over Texas, and a few other states, will converge upon Gonzales on Friday, March 22. Their journey will begin with their 12 member teams starting on Smith Street, right in front of the Memorial Museum, throughout the morning and into the afternoon on Saturday, March 23. From there, the teams will continue running day and night until they reach the San Jacinto Monument in Deer Park Sunday afternoon, where Texas’ independence was secured. “We’re thrilled to be back in Gonzales,” said Jay Hilscher, the race director for the event. “We love the historical context that Gonzales delivers, but perhaps RELAY, Page A4
City officials say report of TPW ‘orders’ was misleading
By DAVE MUNDY
No ‘breach’ ... and no tresspassing
spaces at JB Wells Park have been leased over the past two years, but fails to mention that the businessman whose advertisement in the paper initiated the reporting has been slapped with a cease-and-desist order for harassing residents of the park. City Manager Allen Barnes and City Attorney Jackie Williamson said the city has moved to correct policy regarding RV parkWELLS, Page A4
Shiner suspends its police chief
By CEDRIC IGLEHART
A newspaper report insinuating the City of Gonzales’ response to a business owner’s threat of a lawsuit was “less than transparent” appears to itself be ... less than transparent. A Nov. 2 newspaper report contends the city has “breached its contract” with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department over how recreational-vehicle
A Serv-Pro cleanup technician (top) begins the process of cleaning up one of several Gonzales ISD buses which were vandalized by discharging fire extinguishers in the interior of the bus sometime Tuesday night. Because of the materials used in the fire extinguishers, a special team had to be called in to clean the buses before they could transport students. The district returned to its regular schedule Wednesday afternoon and expects the whole fleet to be ready by the end of the week. See story, Page A2. (Courtesy photos)
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Several events to recognize veterans
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SHINER – The fate of Shiner’s embattled police chief was determined Monday night during a regular meeting of the Shiner City Council. After convening from discussing the mater in Executive Session, the Council announced their decision
to continue Chief Adam Brunkenhoefer’s paid administrative leave until the end of the year, after which the chief will tender his resignation. “At this point, he is going to remain on leave until the end of the year when he retires,” said Shiner Councilman David Schroeder. “That resolution was kind SHINER, Page A4
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“Come and Hear It!” Tune in to radio station KCTI 1450 AM at 8 a.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Tuesday for weekly updates from Gonzales Cannon General manager Dave Mundy with KCTI personality Egon Barthels.
Events throughout the region are scheduled this weekend to recognize those who have rendered military service to our country. Gonzales VFW Gonzales VFW Post 4817 on Harwood Road will hold its Veteran’s Day Celebration on Sunday, Nov. 11 starting with a flag raising at 9 a.m. County Judge David Bird will be the featured speaker. A turkey shoot and BBQ Chicken dinner will follow with lunch served 11 a.m.-1 p.m., dine in or carry out for $7.50 a plate. Hamburgers will be available later in the afternoon. Gonzales ISD The Gonzales ISD will hold a Veterans Day Service Waelder High School retired the volleyball jersey of Courtney Orona, who passed away in a tragic accident on Friday, Nov. 9 starting at back in August, Friday evening during a ceremony at the school. The Orona family, from left is Deanna, VETERANS, Page A4 Rudy, Cody and Clay, were presented with Courtney’s home jersey. (Photo by Mark Lube)
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Thursday, November 8, 2012
Today in Texas History
November 8, 1874 On this day in 1874, a cavalry column under Lt. Frank D. Baldwin charged a Cheyenne encampment north of McClellan Creek, about ten miles south of the site of present-day Pampa. Riding through the deserted camp, Billy Dixon and other army scouts noticed movement in a pile of buffalo hides; they were astonished to find two white captives, Julia and Addie German, both emaciated and near starvation. They and their two older sisters, Catherine and Sophia, had been captured when their family was attacked on September 10, 1874. Catherine and Sophia were subsequently rescued from another band of Cheyennes, and the four German sisters were reunited at Fort Leavenworth.
Thought for the Day
“We are, therefore, forced to the melancholy conclusion, that the Mexican people have acquiesced in the destruction of their liberty, and the substitution therefore of a military government; that they are unfit to be free, and incapable of self government.” —Texas Declaration of Independence
GISD, GPD seek suspects after buses vandalized
By DAVE MUNDY
DeWitt Co. Sheriff’s Office Report
Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff’s Report 10/28/12-11/03/12 10/28/12 Ruiz, Jose Roberto, 01/1960, Gonzales. Assault causes Bodily Injury Family Violence. Released on $1,500 Bond. 10/31/12 Bosse, Joshua J., 12/1986, Kingsbury. Engage in Organized Criminal Activity – Count 1. Requires $7,500 Bond. Engage in Organized Criminal Activtity – Count 2. Requires $7,500 Bond. Engage in Organized Criminal Activity – Count 3. Requires $7,500 Bond. Local Warrant – Burglary of a Habitation. Local Warrant – Burglary of a Building. Requires $5,000 Bond. Remains in Custody. Reyes, Angel Lee, 06/1989, Karnes City. Local Warrant – Aggravated Assault causes Serious Bodily Injury. Released on $50,000 Bond. 11/01/12 Trevino, Carlos Ozzy, 10/1986, Galveston. Local Warrant – Theft Stolen Property >$1,500 <$20K. Local Warrant – Credit Card or Debit Card Abuse – Count 1. Local Warrant – Credit Card or Debit Card Abuse – Count 2. Local Warrant – Credit Card or Debit Card Abuse – Count 3. Local Warrant - Credit Card or Debit Card Abuse – Count 4. Local Warrant – Credit Card or Debit Card Abuse – Count 5. Local Warrant - Credit Card or Debit Card Abuse – Count 6. Local Warrant – Credit Card or Debit Card Abuse – Count 7. Local Warrant – Credit Card or Debit Card Abuse – Count 8. Local Warrant – Fraud Use Possession of Identifying Information – Count 1. Local Warrant – Fraud Use Possession of Identifying Information – Count 2. Requires $10,000 Bond. Remains in Custody. 11/02/12 Vasquez, Alfredo Hernandez, 07/1967, Gonzales. Commitment/Sentence – Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. Released – Weekender/Work Release 11/03/12 Flores, Jose Anthony, 02/1962, Nixon. Public Intoxication. Released on PR Bond. Total Arrest, Court Commitments, other agency arrest and processing’s: GCSO 06 DPS 03 GPD 07 WPD 01 NPD 01 Constable 00 DWCSO 00 DEA 00 TPW 00 GCAI 00 Total 18
Gonzales Police and school-district officials are hunting suspects after vandales broke into several of the district’s school buses overnight Tuesday and discharged fire extinguishers in the vheicles, leading to a costly cleanup. GPD officer Matt Camarillo, the department’s school resources officer, said that 14 buses were vandalized by being contaminated with spray from the extinguishers. No other damage was reported to the buses, he said, but two fire extingishers were found missing. Gonzales ISD superintendent Dr. Kim Strozier said the district immediately called in a cleaning crew from Serv-Pro Services to decontaminate the vehicles. “We’ve had to bring in professionals to clean these,” she said. “Mechnically, nothing was harmed. This was about half our fleet of buses.” Strozier said the district sent out an
automated message to parents advising them that where possible to bring their children to school by car. She said the cleanup progressed rapidly and by the end of the school day many of the buses were again operating on a staggered schedule. Strozier said later in the day the district would resume normal bus schedules on Thursday, and expected to have all its buses operational again by the end of the dayon Thursday. She said investigators have several clues already and expect to apprehend the perpetrators soon. “We are truly disappointed this happened,” she said. “This is a clear case of vandalism. We have a lot of clues already, and when we find the missing extingishers we will probably find fingerprints, too.” Strozier praised the rapid response of the police department. “The police department has been awesome,” she said. “They responded very quickly and efficiently.”
Frerich to take regional post
YOAKUM — Effective Oct. 1, Paul Frerich, P.E., has been selected as the District Engineer for the Yoakum District of TxDOT. Frerich replaces Lonnie Gregorcyk, P.E., who accepted the District Engineer position in the Corpus Christi District in July of this year. A 29 year TxDOT veteran, Paul will oversee the planning, designing, building, operation and maintenance of the state transportation system in the 11 county Yoakum District. Paul has served as the Yoakum District’s director of transportation planning & development since 2004. He has served in other capacities including district traffic engineer and director of transportation operations. Paul graduated from the University of Texas in Austin in 1983 with a degree in Civil Engineering, and became a licensed professional engineer in 1989. He was awarded the Richard Oliver Traffic Operations Award in 2004, and also received the Gibb Gilchrist Award in 2011.
Traffic stop yields ‘meth oil’ bust of $2.5 million
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WEIMAR — A stop for traffic violations turned into a $2.5 million narcotics bust Wednesday with two men facing charges. Fayette County Sheriff Keith Korenek reports that on Oct. 31, a vehicle was stopped on IH 10 and discovered to be transporting an illegal substance. Fayette County K-9 Deputy Randy Thumann stopped a Ford pickup truck traveling eastbound on IH 10 for traffic violations. The driver and passenger of the vehicle were en route to Houston from Mexico and conflicting stories were given as to their business in Houston. Consent to search the vehicle was given by the driver and the vehicle was moved to Weimar. Investigation by Thumann resulted in a vehicle search taking place at the Weimar Police Department where a vehicle lift was utilized for the search. Assisting with the search was Deputy David Smith, Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers and the Weimar Police Department. This investigation took a unique turn as fluids in one of the fuel diesel tanks was suspicious looking; however, at the time it could not be pinpointed as to what
CBP makes $400K pot stop at border
EAGLE PASS — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Eagle Pass arrested a Piedras Negras, Mexico resident Saturday after discovering nearly $400,000 worth of narcotics hidden in the vehicle he was driving. Saturday morning, CBP officers at the Camino Real International Bridge inspected a 1994 Chevrolet pickup truck, bearing Arkansas license plates, driven by a 25-year-old U.S. citizen. Officers referred the vehicle for intensive inspection, during which they employed a non-intrusive imaging system to scan the pickup. A drug-detector canine alerted officers to the rear floor of the pickup, where officers removed six bundles that tested positive for cocaine. CBP officers seized a total of 12.23
the fluid was. The vehicle and driver were released. As Deputy Thumann was returning to the Sheriff ’s Office shortly after the search he noticed that where some of this fluid had contacted his pants leg that it began to crystallize. Suspicious to this the crystal forms appearing on his pants legs were field tested and tested positive for Methamphetamine. Thumann realized at this particular time that the suspicious liquid in the tank was what is known as “Meth Oil”. Contact was established with agencies along IH 10 to Houston and the vehicle was later located by the Texas Department of Public Safety. Arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance was that of 33 year old Madrigal of McAllen, and 23 year old Jazmin Trujillo of Hidalgo. The two were arrested and transported to the Waller County Jail where they will be filed on federally by DEA. Due to the chain of events and lead investigation by the Fayette County Sheriff ’s Office the vehicle will be seized by the Sheriff ’s Office for forfeiture. “Meth Oil” is the second to last process in making of “Crystal Meth”. It’s the stage before evaporation where the liquid evaporates and leaves the product.
“Meth oil’” was recovred (above) from the vehicle seen in the surveillance photo at right after a Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputy noticed the fluid began crystallizing after it spilled on his pants (below)(Courtesy photos)
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After the election, what’s next for Texas?
By DAVE MUNDY
Actively recruit people of color as allies, activist tells conservatives
Conference speakers promote idea of Texas independence
By DAVE MUNDY
WASHINGTON-ON-THE-BRAZOS — A leading African-American conservative activist told members of the Texas Nationalist Movement Saturday that people of color, not mainstream Republicans, are the allies they and other conservative organizations have been looking for. Apostle Claver Kamau-Imani of RagingElephants.org, a Houston-based group of black conservatives, told TNM members attending the first Texas Independence Conference at Washington-OnThe-Brazos State Park that conservative organizations have to do more than just lay out the welcome mat for minority voters. “You wonder why the socialists keep pouring millions and millions of dollars into Texas even though they don’t win a lot of elections?” he asked. “That’s because the demographics are changing. Eventually they are going to turn Texas blue. We’re going to have to recognize that we have ourselves a demographic crisis. “Here’s the good news: voters of color share our values,” he said. “They actually agree with our values on a myriad of issues. When it comes to taxation, border security, protecting the lives of the unborn, they agree with us on all those points. They have nothing in common with a liberal, a socialist, a communist, a fascist ... We have to tailor our message for that community.” Kamau-Imani and his organization worked closely with Tea Party groups and the TNM during last spring’s primary campaigns and supported a number of candidates, including several Texas Nationalists who ran for office against entrenched Republican incumbents. He said actively recruiting minorities into the conservative movement is the key to unseating those incumbents in the future. “We’re gonna have to have diversity in our ranks as a mechanical political vehicle,” he said. Kamau-Imani specifically called out the state’s current Republican leadership, say-
ing they continuously abandon conservative principles for compromises which accomplish liberal goals “The biggest impediment to the lives of Texans are the plutocrats that occupy the seats of power in Austin,” he said. “They are not true conservatives. They are compromise politicians. They don’t care what you think.They want their name on some bridge or elementary school. “We saw that in one candidate that we supported,” he noted. “Three days after she won the primary, there she was in Austin accepting money from the lobbyists! Three days!” He said conservative groups need to erase the idea of compromise from their lexicon. “We need a new breed of public servant ... The idea of being tolerant to a fault is a liberal myth,” he said, quoting a passage from II Corinthians 6:14 in which Paul admonished Christians to set themselves apart from non-believers. “Why would we allow the values of California to dictate the quality of life in Texas? We can’t allow ourselves to compromise or surrender. The tyranny of liberalism is gradually intruding on our lives. “I heard the presidential candidates talking the other night, ‘I will reach across the aisle in a spirit of bipartisanship to solve the problems facing our nation,’” he said. “Sir, bipartisanship IS the source of our problems!” Kamau-Imani said that conservative organizations in Texas need to focus on the long term and on local and state elections rather than the national elections. “We can send the most conservative Congressional delegation ever to Washington and you still gotta deal with the idiots from California,” he said. “We need to win Austin. Then we can set up a wall at the Red River and the Sabine and tell the feds, ‘Come and Take It!’” Paraphrasing Texas hero Davy Crockett, he added: “We can tell Washington, all y’all can go to hell, I live in Texas!”
Turning strategy to 2014
Apostle Claver Kamau-Imani of RagingElephants.org, who is also a Texas Nationalist Movement member, told attendees at Saturday’s Texas Independence Conference they need to do more than just welcome minorities into their ranks: they need to tailor a message to attract people of color. (Photo by Dave Mundy) He said that attempting to radically alter the political landscape will not come without risks, however. “Politics is not a contact sport ... it is a murderous sport. They may try to kill you,” he said. “My parents were Democratic activists in Beaumont in the 1960s. I know what it’s like, the bomb threats, finding the family dog slaughtered. Are you willing to face that?”
WASHINGTON-ONTHE-BRAZOS — Speakers from politicians to artists to members of the news media voiced their support for Texas independence during Saturday’s first Texas Independence Conference. The event was sponsored by the Texas Nationalist Movement at Washingtonon-the-Brazos State Park and coincided with the 219th birthday of Texas explorer and founding father Stephen F. Austin. The speakers included several individuals who campaigned in last May’s primary elections, and most of them said the 2012 elections were just the beginning. Tammy Blair of Tyler, who challenged State Sen. Robert Nichols in the Republican primary for Senate District 3, said too many voters are under the delusion that winning the White House solves everything. “There are people who contend that all is well, that just one moe election and we can fix it,” she said. “They’re living in a fantasy land.” Blair said that critics of Texas Nationalism are wrong when they maintain that the independence movement wants to “destroy” America. “We love the idea that WAS America,” she said. “America is broken ... it was murdered years ago.
America will not survive the fallacies of relativism. The American ideal has been abandoned by those in power. “If you look at it, we have 535 people ruling 300 million, not governing them,” she added. “Our federal government is now a hateful oligarchy where a few privileged elite seek to rule the country.” Dwayne Stovall of Cleveland, who ran a strong campaign for the State Representative District 18 seat, said organizations like the Texas Nationalists need to recruit more “little-R republicans” — people who believe in a republic, not a party. “If you are conservative, you are more republican than the Republicans,” he said. Stovall said that even Alexander Hamilton, who was the leading federalist advocating a stronger central government among the founding fathers, understood that the individual states had to maintain their sovereignty. “If government has the freedom to subjugate the states, tyranny will result,” he said. “We all see our state sovereignty being taken away by a tyrannical government. I think it’s time for us to reconsider our relationship with the Union.” Sergei Smet of Kerrville is a Russian immigrant who came to this country to escape tyranny — only to find it staring him in the
Former Congressional candidate Wes Riddell gave a well-researched presentation on the legality of secession. (Photo by Dave Mundy) face again. Smet told attendees he was enjoying life in California until 2008, when he heard a campaign speech by then-candidate Barack Obama. “He was speaking like all the Soviet leaders used to speak,” Smet said. “I thought to myself, ‘He’s a communist!’ It put me back 30 years of my life. “People think ‘I will support this administration’ thinking they wil do things to support them later,” he said. “They (government) will not. They will kill them. It’s not about Obama. You get rid of him, but there are a million more Obamas in every level of public office.” Dallas Tea Party activist Wes Riddle, who lost in a runoff in the 25th Congressional District, provided attendees with a well-researched analysis of the legality of seceding from the Union. Riddle said the statement that “The Civil War answered the question about the legality of secession” was patently false because the Constitution was never amended to specifically prohibit it. “Constitutional issues were at the forefront of the causes of the war,” he said. “But the war itself never settled the primary cause. Secession itself was never addressed (by Reconstruc-
tion).” Riddle said the term “civil war” is in itself inaccurate. “To characterize the war between the States as a ‘civil war’ is wrong,” he said, noting that the war was fought “between two nations with well-defined borders, between two peoples with well-defined cultures. Jefferson davis was held prisoner for several years after the war, but if it was a ‘civil war,’ why was he never prosecuted for treason?” Riddle warned that it is important for those advocating Texas independence to realize that any attempt to break away from the Union again is unlikely to be peaceful. “Secession is a political matter, whether it will be sustained or put down violently,” he said. “Politically, the likelihood is slim that the federal government wil acquiesce peacefully or even negotiate in good faith.” Steve Baysinger of the Tenth Amendment Center told attendees about the dangers of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, specifically Sections 10-21 and 10-22, which allowed the government to detain individuals indefinitely if it believes them to be “hostile” toward the government. “There’s no definition of what ‘hostile’ means,” he said. “The stage has been set for outright tyranny. (The act) allows for detention without trial ‘until
hostilities end.’ War has never been declared and hasn’t been declared.” Baysinger, like Riddle a former military officer, said the language of the NDAA is woefully ambiguous, particularly where it regardds who is allowed to be detained without trial. “How does it feel to be a ‘covered person?’” he asked attendees. “Just by being here and voicing our opposition to this federal government, we could be considered ‘hostile.’” Journalist Dave Mundy, the general manager of the Gonzales Cannon newspaper, told attendees to stop fighting a liberal bias in the mainstream news media and instead learn how to manage it. “The fact is, the news media has always been biased in one form or another,” he said. “A lot of journalists say they adhere to the ‘neutral-observer’ policy of Joseph Pulitzer — but most are blithely unaware that old-time newspapers like those run by Pulitzer and Hearst were so politically active that they cheered genocide committed against American Indians and others, and even helped create a war — the Spanish-American War — so they’d have something to splash across the top of the page.” Mundy said that when dealing with a media which can be hostile, the key is to avoid debating reporters and instead keep the mesSee TEXICON, Page A5
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Master Gardeners program set VETERANS: Ceremonies set
The Gonzales Master Gardeners will present a free gardening program November 15 at 6:30pm at City Hall. The program will feature Andy Chidester of the Natural Gardener in Austin who will be speaking on Square Foot Gardening. This interesting approach to natural gardening features vegetable gardening in compact gardens where the plants are grouped tightly together. It concentrates water and good soil in a tight form that is designed to maximize water efficiency and nutrients. It employs a kind of companion gardening where plants are placed next to each other in a way designed to maximize their benefit to each other. Proponents of the approach say it grows a lot more food with a lot less resources. The Gonzales Master Gardeners are employing this style of gardening at the Eggleston Children’s Garden this year where they work with first graders from the Gonzales Independent School District. This program will give parents and members of the community the opportunity to learn more about work at the Eggleston Children’s Garden and Square Foot Gardening. The speaker, Andy Chidester, is a frequent speaker on Square Foot Gardening and other natural gardening approaches. She travels extensively around the State promoting home gardening. She has asked that persons attending the program bring a nonperishable good.
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SHINER: No details on probe; Berkman assumes chief duties
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of brought up and mutually agreed upon.” Shiner Police Commissioner Alvin “Bobby” Boehm and Shiner Mayor Fred Hilscher conducted the investigation into the allegation lobbied against Brunkenhoefer. No details from their report were released to the public. “We can’t really go into that but it didn’t have anything to do with the operations of the department,” said Schroeder. Brunkenhoefer, who has been in place as the city’s top cop since August 1985, was suspended on Oct. 8 for 30 days with pay in lieu of an investigation being conducted by the council. At that time, Hilscher termed the move as “precautionary” in nature and indicated it had nothing to do with Brunkenhoefer’s job performance, which he characterized as being exemplary throughout his tenure.
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Assistant Police Chief Brian Berkman has been serving as acting chief since Brunkenhoefer’s suspension and will continue in that capacity. “Assistant Chief Berkman has been leading the department for the last month and he will be in that role until we decide how to fill the job permanently,” Schroeder said. “He’s qualified and we have confidence in his abilities. We have not discussed the route we’re going to take yet. We just want to get this matter behind us first.” Berkman, who has served on the Shiner Police force since February 1995, spoke to The Cannon on Wednesday and expressed his support of Brunkenhoefer. “He has served this city for over 25 years and we’re continuing what he started,” said Berkman. “The department is running well. Our officers still have high morale and we’re taking care of our business. He’s left
behind a good department with some very good people working here.” Berkman also related how difficult it has been for the department to operate amid all of the speculation and negative reflections that had been brought on by the investigation. “My troops have gone through a tumultuous last few weeks because none of us have ever done anything wrong or broken any laws,” he said. “I appreciate the opportunity Chief Brunkenhoefer gave me to work for the City of Shiner and we wish him well.”
10:30 a.m. at Apache Field. They started this event last year and we’re very happy that they are continuing it. It shows our local service members and veterans how much we appreciate what they are doing and have done for our country. Dr. Kimberly Strozier invites the entire community to show their personal support by attending. See you there! Nixon The Nixon community will join together on Saturday, November 10 to celebrate its men and women who have served their country in the military. Salute to Veterans 2012 will be held at First Baptist Church. Start time is 3:00 with the presentation of flags by the Mahan-Patteson American Legion Post # 547. The community choir will sing, your favorite local soloists will dazzle you with renditions of your favorite songs, dramatists will proclaim quotes by famous leaders, salutes will be given to all branches of the military, and first responders will be recognized. Local restaurants will provide free meals to veterans on this Saturday in recognition of their service. They include El Rodeo, La Enchiladita, Mateo’s Barbecue, Subway, and Taco Ranch. Following the afternoon salute, the Rogers family will perform a gospel concert at First United Methodist Church at 6:30. The group includes Betty, Joe, J.R. Jerry, Sam, and Jackie – there’s no finer gospel music anywhere, so come by and enjoy. It will be a fine weekend of heartfelt appreciation for our veterans with worthy entertainment. Moulton High School The Moulton High School Student Council will once again host a Veteran’s Day Assembly on Friday, Nov. 9, beginning at 10 a.m. in the school gymnasium. This year’s assembly will see elected offical Lavaca County Judge Tramer Woytek of
Hallettsville as the guest speaker. The event will also include a performance by the MHS Bobkat Band under the direction of Joel Whittington, special performances by the 4th through 6th grade classes, recognition of local veterans and refreshments. Luling High School NHS After successfully raising $1600 for the Wounded Warrior Project last year, the Luling High School National Honor Society is pleased to announce that they will once again host the LHS NHS Golf Tournament Benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project. The event is set for Saturday, November 10. Event founder and this year’s NHS President, Travis Bailey, is hopeful that once again the community and area golfers will step up and support this worthy cause to assist our country’s physically and emotionally wounded soldiers. The tournament will be a four-man scramble format, a lunch will be provided, and more details will be forthcoming as planning continues. Team entry fees will be $200 for a four-man team which includes green fees, two carts, lunch and a commemorative gift. Sponsorships will be available for the holes and prizes, and donations will be needed to help defray the event’s production costs. If anyone is interested in donating, playing, or participating in any way, please contact Travis Bailey at tdb12@ austin.rr.com or NHS Advisor Mickie Bailey at 875-2458 x 6001 or mbailey@luling. txed.net. Thompsonville Church Thompsonville Community Church will hold a special Veterans Day worship service starting at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11. Keynote speaker will be US Navy veteran Nikki Maxwell, who served as a military journalist during the Iraq War. The church is located at 2494 CR 423 and teh service is open to the public.
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an equally notable consideration was the response and warm hospitality from the community. Meeting with City Manager Barnes and Mayor Logan set the trajectory on the right path for the event to come back, and then feedback from several others also made a huge difference.” Hilscher said that community involvement from Gonzales proved to be the decisive factor in making the decision to return here. “The Tourism Advisory Committee expressed their support of bringing ‘home’ the race to Gonzales by their unanimous pledge of advertising funds for the threeyear contract period,” he said. “Community involvement is very important as it is very significant for the visiting runners.” Additionally, Hilscher mentioned his eagerness to see friends in Gonzales again, and more often. According to the Lower Colorado River Authority, the Texas Independence Relay brings an economic benefit of several tens of thousands of dollars to Gonzales. Some of this is in the form of immediate purchases such as the overnight accommodations, gas, and food, but a lot is derived from the marketing that is driven from the event. The marketing for the event — printed, web-based, social media — reaches hundreds of thousands of runners before the event. Then, there is the experiential marketing that comes with people visiting Gonzales and receiving an unforgettable memory and experience that cannot be replicated. City Manager Allen Barnes said “Mayor Logan, the Council, the tourism committee, and I are very excited about the opportunity that events like the Texas Independence Relay brings to Gonzales to expand our footprint across Texas, making Gonzales a must-see destination for every Texan.” On Saturday, March 23, Gonzales will see a parade of teams of runners depart from the area of the Memorial Museum. Due to the length of the race, teams have individual start times based on their projected running pace. Most teams start between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m., but the fastest teams (that run the whole 200 miles under 6min/mile pace) do not start until after 2 p.m. The average time for all the teams to finish is 29 hours. Before running as individuals in a relay style, the teams of 12 all run a ceremonial mile from the Memorial Museum, around the old jail and Gonzales Courthouse, and
then back to the Memorial Museum on St. Louis St. With booms from a replica Gonzales Cannon starting out the teams, the flags all along this route, and the creatively-themed teams themselves, it is a scene not to be missed. Not only will Gonzales be working with the Texas Independence Relay, but it will field a team of city employees and residents. “When we began talking about bringing the relay back to town I was told we had not had an ‘Official City’ team in the past,” Barnes said. “We decided that since we received an entry with our sponsorship, why not? As we get closer to the relay we will be asking our local runners to join with us to form Team Gonzales.” Representatives from the Texas Independence Relay will be visiting Gonzales monthly between now and March to finalize details for the event, said Hilscher “Last year, a regiment of the Texas State Guard helped us by volunteering throughout the event by volunteering at the exchange points,” he said. “With 40 exchanges, you can imagine how big this undertaking is ... it takes about 13 small volunteer teams of 3-4 people, who each oversee 3 exchanges, that last about 5 hours each. “This year, this particular regiment has another engagement, so we will be looking for another Texas Armed Forces group. However, the idea has been raised that it could be really cool if a group or groups from Gonzales wanted to take on this role.” It also is a fun team bonding experience for the volunteers, with some work thrown in, of course, just like for the runners. And, finally, it could serve as a fundraiser for these volunteer groups where a large amount of funding could be earned for their needs in the community. Joy Hilscher, the wife of the race director, is expecting the birth of their sixth child on March 20, just two days before the relay. “What can we say... we have impeccable timing!,” Hilscher said “Seriously, though, it will be hard without Joy as she is so (re) productive! Over the weekend, she does the tasks of a team of 20 volunteers. “On the plus side, though, I am trying to convince her to deliver at the finish line... there in Gonzales at the start line would also be epic! She hasn’t totally warmed up to this idea yet, but I’m working on it!” For more information on the Texas Independence Relay please visit the website at www.TexasIndependenceRelay.com.
ing at the park — policy which was formalized during Monday’s City Council session — but said the report in the Nov. 2 edition of Gonzales Inquirer gives the impression the city was exercising some type of subterfuge in response to its inquiries, and that’s just not the case. Barnes said the issue is over-dramatized and stems from a complaint by a county man who had opened his own RV park and was apparently having trouble attracting customers. Barnes said he received a visit from Robert Weathers, owner of the Hill-Top RV Park near Cost, on Sept. 27. Weathers presented Barnes with a letter accusing the city of “operating a commercial for profit business in competition with local RV Parks in direct violation of State and Federal Anti-trust/Commerce Law.” Weathers’ letter contends the park is a “nuisance,” and gives the city 10 days to “cease the operation of J.B. Wells Park as a RV Park for other than recreational purposes perminately (sic).” “I advised him we would not close our RV parking spaces, and he said we’d hear from his lawyer,” Barnes said Monday. Weathers, took out an advertisement in the Inquirer and that paper also published a previous story about his complaint that the city was competing against his business. Williamson said the city took out a criminal trespass notice against Weathers on Oct. 17. “Mr. Weathers allegedly went door-todoor to every trailer in the park, knocking on doors at night, telling them they had to be out by Nov. 1 because the city was closing the RV park,” Barnes said. “We heard from at least two of those residents who filed complaints on him giving out false information, so we took out the no-trespass order.” Several days later on Oct. 15, Barnes said he was contacted by phone by Dana Lagarde of TPW, who said her department had received a complaint and after doing a site visit had several concerns about the RV parking areas of the park. “She said there was a concern that many of the residents there were long-term, and that we needed policy that if we had a large event coming they would have to leave,” he said. “I told her we have moved some in the past, such as when the junior high rodeo came in, and we have an AirStream RV show coming up next year, so the purpose of the park remained recreational. “She said you need a written policy for them to check in and out every month, and then she followed up with an e-mail on that,” Barnes added. “There was also some concerns about some trailers parked there (restroom trailers used for larger events)
and a golf cart out there which is used by our park workers, she didn’t know it was the city’s. That’s it.” Lagarde sent an e-mail to Barnes dated Oct. 15 which noted that a 2000 grant of $500,000 from TPW to the city specified that the park “shall not be converted to other than public recreation use and shall be maintained for public recreation in perpetuity.” Lagarde said she had conducted an onsite visit on Oct. 13 and “it appears that some of the RV campsites may being used for long-term housing rather than outdoor recreation use.” The e-mail asks that the city put a written policy in place “to safeguard this park for outdoor recreation use.” An e-mail on Oct. 19 from Inquirer reporter Lynn Adams specifically asked Barnes and Williamson if the city had received a letter from TPW, and Barnes truthfully replied the city had not. Adams’ story indicates that he’d asked for details of any contact between the city and TPW, however. “What he says in the article is that we denied having any contact with TPW, and that’s not what he had asked,” Barnes said. “What I told him was that I was not at City Hall but that to my knowledge the city had not received any letter from TPW,” Williamson said. Copies of those e-mail communications were obtained from the city by The Cannon through a public information request, and back up Barnes’ assertion that his responses were truthful. As of Tuesday, he added, the Inquirer had made no such formal request for the documents. Under the policy passed Monday by Gonzales City Council, those using RV spots at the park may rent from month to month unless the city has a large event booked which might need those slots. Barnes told the Council during Monday’s meeting that the city had previously moved out some two dozen park residents during the Texas Junior High Rodeo Association finals, and that larger events could require those residents to move out again. The park has some 492 spots for recreational vehicles, and when the Eagle Ford Shale oil boom began late last year, there were very few RV lots in the county. The city began leasing some of the spaces at the park to oilfield workers, and the numbers of spaces leased have fluctuated over the months, especially after individual businesses began opening new RV sites. The city is currently planning an economic feasability study for expansion of the park to include a community center and other outdoor recreational facilities, and Barnes said during last month’s City Council meeting that the expansion was designed to return the park to its original purpose — outdoor recreation — rather than being just a rodeo facility.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
By DAVE MUNDY
Complaint alleges widespread voter fraud in South Texas
The state officials have been apprised that what in Martinez’s opinion is “thousands” of mail-in absentee ballot applications in Bexar County all have the same return address: 3530 Roland Avenue, San Antonio, Texas, 78210. That is the address of the Eastview Cemetery — run by a woman named Joann Ramon, who was recently named to head up the Bexar County Democratic Party’s vote-by-mail initiative by county chairman Manuel Medina. Martinez said he had filed a formal complaint with the Secretary of State’s office, and “he sent me to the AG’s office, they said this was hot.” He said he was told the Attorney General’s office “would investigate after the election, but they wouldn’t do anything to stop it (before the election).” The Cannon sent an e-mail inquiry to Medina’s office seeking comment on the complaint but received no response on Friday. Contact information for Ramone could not be located. Earlier this year, a San Antonio television station filed a series of reports about the cemetery in question being under investigation by state regulators for conducting burials without a license. Martinez said he believes the mailin ballot effort is an organized one. “They have a team that mails in requests for ballots by mail, all with that same return address,” Martinez said. “Then they have another team that either goes to the (voter) and helps them fill in the ballot, or they fill it in themselves.” The methodology used — locating persons identified as potentially elderly or disabled who are registered voters and then sending someone to help them fill out ballots or actually filling them out and taking them to the voter for signatures — recalls the 2008 municipal elections in Gonzales. In May 2009, questions were raised about possible vote tampering when dozens of Gonzales citizens claimed that former city council candidates Charles Roaches and Russell Grant gave them misleading information and possibly tampered with their mail-in ballot applications. A total of 102 mail-in ballot applications were received during that election. City Voting Officer Jean Collins said 83 of those forms listed “disability” as the reason for needing to vote by mail. Several of those named on the applications, however, contended they are not disabled and never voted by mail. Roaches and Grant were indicted by a Gonzales County grand jury and eventually accepted plea bargains in that case. Martinez said his sources indicate that the fraud extends well beyond San Antonio. “We suspect that this is responsible for overseeing everything in South Texas,” he said. “You can’t have somebody in Del Rio going crazy and doing more ballots than there are voters living in a precinct. Likewise, you can’t so overload the ballots that one party wins by like 80-20, that’s just not realistic.” He said that his sources who have interviewed the persons named on those applications revealed that those persons had not applied for ballots by mail. “One of them is a man who is like 95 years old, he told me there’s no way he could have voted (in the
SAN ANTONIO — The Texas Secretary of State has asked the state Attorney General to look into a complaint of “vote-harvesting” centered around a San Antonio cemetery. The investigation centers on the 2010 elections in Bexar County, but the initiator of the complaint alleges the harvesting continues to operate in a manner which sounds remarkably similar to a case from Gonzales four years ago. Keith Ingram, director of elections for Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade, sent a letter to director of law enforcement Clete Buckaloo with the AG’s office asking an investigation into a complaint that a vote-harvesting ring which may be operating throughout South Texas is headquartered at a San Antonio cemetery. Bexar County Republican Party member and state committeeman Weston Martinez filed the complaint and copies of a number of questionable ballot applications as evidence — including applications from the 2012 primary elections.
Tuesday’s Election Results
Member, State Board of Education, District 5 Ken Mercer REP 337,717 51.32% Rebecca Bell-MetereauDEM 280,360 42.60% Mark Loewe LIB 28,283 4.29% Irene Meyer Scharf GRN 11,672 1.77% State Senator, District 25 Donna Campbell REP John Courage DEM 231,699 121,544 65.59% 34.40% 62.23% 37.76%
primary) that day because he’s beridden,” Martinez said. “The other person, his wife, said she also couldn’t have voted because she was at home with him.” Another voter said she was surprised when she received an application to vote by mail from the Eastview Cemetery’s address — with a Democratic Party campaign flyer attached. The application indicated her party affiliation as “Democrat.” “She said got this mail from Democrats because she’d ‘voted’ in the Democratic primary,” Martinez said. “She said she did not vote in the Democratic primary this year. She’s a Republican.” Among the applications for absentee ballots for May’s primary election obtained by Martinez from the Bexar County Election Clerk’s office are several where the handwriting is visibly very similar. Martinez said that the ballots in question have been reviewed by a handwriting expert hired by a news agency, who indicated that many of the ballot applications had been filled in by the same person.
Statewide Results (Opposed Races) President/Vice-President Mitt Romney/ Paul Ryan Barack Obama/ Joe Biden Gary Johnson/ Jim Gray Jill Stein/ Cheri Honkala U. S. Senator Ted Cruz Paul Sadler John Jay Myers David B. Collins REP DEM LIB GRN REP DEM LIB GRN 4,456,599 3,183,314 161,462 67,791 120,490 83,280 3,208 5,345 4,555,799 3,294,440 88,110 24,450 56.63% 40.45% 2.05% 0.86% 56.74% 39.22% 1.51% 2.51% 35.94% 62.16% 1.88% 32.01% 63.95% 2.46% 1.53% 0.02% 56.18% 39.58% 2.23% 1.98% 57.19% 41.35% 1.10% 0.30%
State Representative District 30 Geanie W. Morrison REP 38,287 Alex Hernandez Jr. DEM 17,740
Justice, 13th Court of Appeals District, Place 2 Tom Greenwell REP 177,280 40.43% Nora Longoria DEM 261,191 59.56% Justice, 13th Court of Appeals District, Place 4 Bradford M. Condit REP 181,038 41.91% Nelda Vidaurri Rodriguez DEM 250,832 58.08% Justice, 13th Court of Appeals District, Place 5 Doug Norman REP 183,176 42.41% Gina M. Benavides DEM 248,699 57.58% Watkins 3419 Sherriff Sachtleben 3709 County Tax Assessor Cedillo 4374 County Commissioner P1 Whiddon 1346 County Commissioner P3 Caldwell County Results (Local and County Races) Caldwell County Sheriff Ray Chandler 4,710 Daniel Law 6,243 Caldwell County Tax AssessorCollector Debra French 5,361 Darla Law 5,459 Caldwell County Commissioner Pct. 1 Todd Smith 1,499 Alfredo Munoz 1,602 Caldwell County Commissioner, Pct. 3 Kathy Haigler 1,019 Neto Madrigal 1,184 Caldwell County Constable, Pct. 1 Richard Polfus 1,091 Victor “Smitty” Terrell 1,966 Caldwell County Constable, Pct. 2 Tim Adams 1,440 Richard Callihan 1,622 Caldwell County Constable, Pct. 3 Margarito Zapata “Junior” 1,499 Caldwell County Constable, Pct. 4 Art Villarreal 1,884 Lockhart ISD, District 1 Timoteo “Tim” Juarez, Jr. Carl M. Cisneros 591 Lockhart ISD, District 2 Brenda Spillmann 753 Atanacio Apolinar Partida Lockhart ISD, District 3 Jessica Neyman 1,385 Lockhart ISD, District 4 Jon Reyes 913 John Manning 665 489 LaFleur 1248 Constable P1 Hedrick 3239 Constable P3 Measom 623 Constable P4 Moreno 632
U. S. Representative District 27 Blake Farenthold REP Rose Meza Harrison DEM Corrie Byrd LIB Bret Baldwin IND
State Representative District 17 Tim Kleinschmidt REP 31,032 Colin J. Guerra DEM 18,828
Gonzales County Results (All Races) Total Ballots cast: 6068 Registered Voters; 12444 President: Romney/Ryan 4213 Obama/Biden 1134 Johnson/Gray 44 Stein/Honkala 9 Write-In 11 US Senator Cruz 3935 Sadler 1756 Myers 89 Collins 56 US Rep Dist 27 Farenthold 2683 Harrison 1293 Byrd 80 Baldwin 51 US Rep Dist 34 Bradshaw 1162 Vela 405 Shanklin 51 RR Commissioner Craddick 3812 Henry 1714 Wall 76 Kennedy 101 RR Comm/Unexpired Term Smitherman 4018 Perez 669 Wendel 176 Justice Supreme Ct. Place 2 Willett 4157 Koelsch 646 Justice, Supreme Ct. Place 4 Devine 4040 Oxford 586 Waterbury 172 Justice Supreme Ct. Place 6 Hecht 3614 Petty 1832 Ash 126 Chisholm 77 Presiding Judge Ct. of Criminal Appeals Keller 3774 Hampton 1730 Stott 132 Judge Court of Criminal Appeals Pl 7 Hervey 4024 Bennett 783 Judge Court of Criminal Appeals Pl 8 Alcala 3952 Strange 820 Member SBOE District 3 Williams 3839 PErez 1804 State Senator District 18 Hegar 4320 State Rep District 17 Kleinschmidt 4021 Guerra 1685 Chief Justice 13th Ct of Appeals Dist Valdez 2958 Justice 13th Ct of Appeals District P2 Greenwell 3680 Longoria 1986 Justice 13th Ct of Appeals District P4 Condit 3804 Rodriguez 1805 Justice 13th Ct of Appeasls District P5 Norman 3839 Benavides 1772 District Judge 25th Judicial District Old 4459 District Judge 2nd 25th Judicial Dist Kirkendall 4435 DA 25th Judicial Dist McMinn 4292 County Atty
U. S. Representative District 34 Jessica Puente BradshawREP 51,338 Filemon Vela DEM 88,781 Steven (Ziggy) ShanklinLIB 2,685 U. S. Representative District 35 Susan Narvaiz REP Lloyd Doggett DEM Ross Lynn Leone LIB Meghan Owen GRN Simon Alvarado W-I Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick REP Dale Henry DEM Vivekananda (Vik) WallLIB Chris Kennedy GRN 52,686 105,260 4,063 2,528 48 4,324,520 3,046,800 172,227 153,009
Railroad Commissioner - Unexpired Term Barry Smitherman REP 4,524,880 73.78% Jaime O. Perez LIB 1,122,792 18.30% Josh Wendel GRN 484,824 7.90% Justice, Supreme Court, Place 2 Don Willett REP 4,758,663 78.79% RS Roberto Koelsch LIB 1,280,886 21.20% Justice, Supreme Court, Place 4 John Devine REP 4,586,638 75.08% Tom Oxford LIB 1,030,735 16.87% Charles E. Waterbury GRN 491,566 8.04% Justice, Supreme Court, Place 6 Nathan Hecht REP Michele Petty DEM Mark Ash LIB Jim Chisholm GRN 4,116,056 3,208,434 233,121 101,994 53.73% 41.88% 3.04% 1.33%
Fayette County Results (Local and County Races) County Attorney Peggy S. Supak (DEM) 6,427 100.00% County Sheriff Keith Korenek (DEM) 6,636 100.00% County Tax Assessor-Collector Carol Johnson (DEM) 6,478 100.00% County Commissioner, Precinct No. 1 Jason B. McBroom (REP) 1,690 62.94% Saxon Beck (DEM) 995 37.06 % County Commissioner, Precinct No. 3 James E. Kubecka (DEM) 1,463 100.00% Constable, Precinct No. 1 Wm Billy Roensch (DEM) 1,699 100.00% Constable, Precinct No. 2 Roger Wunderlich (REP) 2,345 100.00% Constable, Precinct No. 3 Robert H. Chambers (DEM) 1,457 100.00%
Presiding Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Sharon Keller REP 4,245,102 55.51% Keith Hampton DEM 3,152,467 41.22% Lance Stott LIB 249,358 3.26% Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 7 Barbara Parker HerveyREP 4,675,500 77.89% Mark W. Bennett LIB 1,326,526 22.10% Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 8 Elsa Alcala REP 4,679,315 78.07% William Bryan Strange, IIILIB 1,313,746 21.92% Member, State Board of Education, District 3 David M. Williams REP 131,834 34.33% Marisa B. Perez DEM 252,136 65.66%
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sage short and simple, appealing to the media’s sense of professionalism to communicate the message without distortion. Author Dave Roberts, whose newly-published novel “Patriots of Treason” deals with a modern-day Texas rebellion, said even bringing up the topic of Texas independence in fiction has made him a target. “I’ve been on the nofly list,” he said. “Coming back from a vacation, I was detained by the TSA for hours with no explanation whatsoever. No one could tell me why. “I’ve been harassed by the IRS until Congressman Ron Paul and Congressman Ted Poe intervened on my behalf,” he said. “These are the kinds of things they’re going to do to people.” Roberts said it is impor-
tant for conservatives to take a close look at our education system, especially higher education. “If you look at our eductaional system, when I was growing up they’d have called a lot of this stuff ‘communism,’” he said. “If you send a kid to college nowadays, you’re going to get back damaged goods.” The conference also included entertainment from Texas musicians Nate Smith and Dan Pardo, as well as a presentation on the history behind fifeand-drum corps from Dennis Heckathorne of the Texas Army re-enactment group. Heckathorne explained that most ofthe songs performed by pipers and drummers had specific meanings in the blackpowder days of warfare before modern communications. Heckathorne added that
while most historical accounts say the Irish ballad “Will You Come to the Bower?” was the only song known by the small band of musicians at the Battle of San Jacinto, those accounts are probably in error. “If that had been the only song they knew, Sam Houston would have still been camped here at Washington,” he said. “It was important to have them know several songs to play on the march to keep units organized.” The conference concluded with messages from TNM Executive Director Cary Wise and President Daniel Miller. “We are the foot soldiers of Texas independence,” Wise said. “Our mission isn’t to fight battles, it’s to take the message, what we’ve learned today, to the neighborhoods around Texas.”
Miller noted the park houses Independence Hall, where delegates signed the Texas Declaration of Independence in 1836. “This is the first time in Texas history since 1836 that people have gathered here to talk about Texas independence,” he said. Miller read a passage of the historic letter from the Committee of Safety from the town of Liberty written in October, 1835, imploring their countrymen to recognize that Texas was in a war for independence after the battle of Gonzales. “They’re saying here, ‘The Texans aren’t the ones who abandonded the principles of the Constitution of 1824, it was the Mexican government that abandoned those principles,’” he said. “How relevant is that to today? We are the ones who realize that those who are usurping the (U.S.)
Gonzales Cannon general manager Dave Mundy spoke on media bias and how conservatives can overcome it. (Photo by Dave Mundy) Constitution are the traitors, not us.” Miller challenged conference attendees to continue to seek out or become candidates at every level. “You are the leaders,” he said. “You are the ones who give a damn when the City of San Antonio wants to turn The Alamo into a carnival and flea market.”
A visit to the doctor helps alleviate heavy stress
EDITOR’S NOTE: Because of Tuesday’s general election, Dave has a great excuse for not being able to come up with a column idea this week. The following column by Dave originally ran on Aug. 28, 1996 in The Katy Times newspaper: I know, I know — some folks have been saying for years that I’m loonier than Saddam Hussein. Well, now they have official confirmation. I’d gotten hit by a really severe series of headaches a couple of weeks back, and after two bottles of aspirin failed to do the job, I moseyed on in to the doctor’s office. He told me there was no physical cause for the headaches, and suggested I check in with a mentalhealth professional to see if maybe I could alleviate the stress which was causing them. I hesitantly agreed to go, mentally picturing myself in a straightjacket before the session
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was done. I just THOUGHT I’d been stressed out before. “So,” the doctor said, arching his eyebrows and cleaning out his nose with the eraser on his pencil, “what do YOU think is wrong with you?” I decided on levity. “I hate my mother,” I shot back with a grin. The doctor didn’t grin, scribbling away furiously. “That was a joke,” I said. “I don’t hate my mother.” Impulsive Falsification Disorder, the doctor scribbled. “No, you don’t understand,
Doc, I was making a joke, like Kelsey Grammer on TV?” “Ohhh, I see,” the doc said, erasing Impulsive Falsification Disorder and replacing it with Television Comedian Fixation Disorder. “So, you’re developing stress headaches because you’re jealous of Kelsey Grammer, right?” “You went to school how long?” I questioned. That bought me PseudoSatirical Questioning of Psychiatric Capabilities Dysfunction. “Perhaps,” the doc said, turning on his tape recorder, “you should first tell me how long you’ve been wanting to have sex with...” “What I’m really here for, Doc, is to get some help in dealing with these stress headaches,” I interrupted. “I’m having trouble sleeping, I’m having car trouble all the time, I’ve got bills coming out my ears, I’m shorttempered, I’ve lost weight, and
I’m getting really concerned about it. I need a creative way to alleviate all this stress!” “I see,” the doc said, adding PostLetterman Disorder, Limited Efficiency Automobilic Dysfunction, Overdrawn Account Syndrome, Infentisimal Fuse Disorder, Stressor Appetite Supression Malady and Limited Imagination Disorder to the list of my mental illnesses. Things slid kinda downhill from there. As our conversation continued, I was also diagnosed with Reactionary Militaristic Disorder (I volunteered to join the Marines, and I actually enjoyed it); Anticultural Chihuahua Dysfunction (okay, so my dogs are not bilingual); Lecherous Kate Moss Fixation Syndrome (guilty); Bachelor House-Disorder Dysfunction (ditto); DriveThrough Fast-Food Preferential Eating Disorder (that’s a given); Rapid-Expletionary Highway
Disorder (I tend to have creative conversations with fellow travelers) and Overblown Ego Disorder (hey!). “Mr. Mundy,” the doc drawled afterwards, “after our little talk here, it’s clear to me you have some serious mental health problems which require immediate treatment. “Let’s set up a series of regular appointments to see what we can’t do about that little stress problem...” Happily, two weeks later, I’m no longer stalked by stress: the headaches are gone, I’ve gained my weight back and I’m sleeping like a baby again. After I trashed the doctor’s office, wrapped him in cellophane tape and hung him upside-down outside his window for a couple of hours (that’s Aggressive Receding Hairline Disorder, I’ve been told), I feel muuuuuuuuch better now.
The need for two political parties among South Texans
For almost 45 years, south Texas has received billions of dollars in anti-poverty government programs. But after all that time and money, it continues to be one of the poorest regions in the nation. In this political season, we should ask if poverty in south Texas is a result of culture or politics, or both, and what is the solution? The late former U.S. Congressman and HUD Secretary, Jack Kemp, used to say that the second phase of the civil rights movement for minorities had to be economic freedom. In other words, minorities need to stop worrying about sitting at the front of the bus, and concentrate on buying the bus company. Minorities need to learn how to be capitalists so they can partake in the American dream. However the challenge to minorities, specifically to Mexican Americans in south Texas, is how to overcome culture and politics. Anthropologist Oscar Lewis argued that the poor do not simply lacking resources, but they also have a unique value system that often traps them in poverty. Children learn from adults, and they are socialized into behaviors and attitudes that perpetuated their inability to escape the underclass. For example, teens that drop out of school, or that have children out of wedlock have become a norm in society, yet both actions usually doom the person to a life of poverty. Very few politicians or community leaders speak out about personal behavior, but instead chose demand more government programs that enable or support the underclass values. That leads us to the political issue. The politics of the “Patron” system or political bosses in south Texas is well documented. They were the few who wanted to control the local economy and political life. Like Boss Tweed of
George Rodriguez is a San Antonio resident. He is the former President of the San Antonio Tea Party, and is now Executive Director of the South Texas Political Alliance. He is a former official in the U.S. Justice Dept. during the Reagan Administration.
New York, the Parrs of Duval County were famous for saying “I take care of my people”. Today, social welfare programs have become the mechanism through which politicians control “their people”. The people vote for politicians who provide the social welfare program that enable and support the underclass values and behavior. And so after two generations, after the War on Poverty, after the Chicano movement, and after billions of dollars in government grants, south Texas continues to be poor. Whether liberals want to admit or not, the facts speak for themselves. South Texas continues with a one party system that is controlled by the children of old political bosses who now salivate at the idea of the new oil and energy boom. They want to control the local economy by controlling the local politicians. In turn the politicians will guarantee the continued funding of social welfare programs to “take care of their people”. The solution starts with a true two party system in south Texas that will support and encourage political competition and economic diversity. When politicians compete with ideas, free enterprise will follow. When economic growth occurs, poverty will wane.
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Eventually social science works its way around to confirming eternal verities. So it is with gratitude. An article in a psychological journal a few years ago noted that “throughout history, religious, theological and philosophical treatises have viewed gratitude as integral to well-being.” Psychology has recently worked to quantify the wisdom of the ages and confirmed -- sure enough -- it was correct. A raft of recent research has established that grateful people are happier people. They are less depressed and less stressed. They are less likely to envy others and more likely to want to share. They even sleep better. As the journal article put it, empirical work “has suggested gratitude is as strongly correlated with well-being as are other positive traits, and has suggested that this relationship is causal.” Gratitude constitutes what philosopher David Hume called a “calm passion.” It doesn’t have the theatrical potential of anger and hatred, or courage and sacrifice. Nonetheless, there’s a reason it has been considered central to the good life and a good society by all major religions and by thinkers stretching from Cicero (“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others”) to Oprah (“Whenever you can’t think of something to be grateful for, remember your breath”). Gratitude acknowledges our dependence on others and the debt we owe because of it. Grateful people want, somehow, to return the favor of their undeserved windfall. It is a sentiment that, in the jargon, is “pro-social.” A leading figure in its study, Michael McCullough of the University of Miami, maintains that it binds us to others beyond the ties of family and of commercial transactions. Gratitude is at the root of patriotism, of the impulse to preserve and improve our patrimony. In a culture that tends to celebrate self-glorification, gratitude points us beyond our own demands and discontents. It inclines us to see all around us a world of gifts. What did we do to inherit a country that is free and prosperous? To deserve Charlie Parker or Mark Twain? To build the Golden Gate Bridge or the Chrysler Building? To measure up to the beauties of the Catholic mass or the Mormon Tabernacle Choir? Or simply to prove worthy of traffic
A world of gifts
Rich Lowry is editor of the National Review and a syndicated columnist for King Features Syndicate.
lights and potable water? Without gratitude, William F. Buckley Jr. wrote, “We are left with the numbing, benumbing thought that we owe nothing to Plato and Aristotle, nothing to the prophets who wrote the Bible, nothing to the generations who fought for freedoms activated in the Bill of Rights.” He called for “a rebirth of gratitude for those who have cared for us, living and, mostly, dead. The high moments of our way of life are their gifts to us.” John Adams captured the grateful attitude when he acknowledged the hardships of this vale of tears while celebrating it all the same (if in anachronistic language): “Griefs upon griefs! Disappointments upon disappointments. What then? This is a gay, merry world notwithstanding.” Rich Lowry is editor of the National Review.
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Following yesterday’s General Election, Texas now has 43 new state representatives and five new state senators, as well as two newly elected Railroad Commissioners, who collectively will have a large impact on the ability to explore for and produce oil and natural gas in Texas in the years to come. Over the last decade, technological advancements in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have granted access to natural resources unlike ever before, which in turn, has led to a surge in domestic development of oil and natural gas, especially in Texas. The Lone Star State is fortunate to contain several major shale formations, in all areas of the state. In fact, over 95 percent of Texas counties produce oil and natural gas, allowing Texas to be the largest producing state of oil and gas in the entire nation. Accordingly, the increasing production of oil and gas has offered renewed hope of long-term economic growth, helping to support hundreds of thousands of jobs and providing much-needed tax revenue to local, state and federal government coffers at a time when it is needed most. Development in the Eagle Ford Shale best exemplifies this point. The shale play, which spans a distance of approximately 50 miles wide and 400 miles long over 24 counties in South Texas, has produced oil, gas and liquid condensate at record levels in recent years, far exceeding original expectations and significantly contributing to a rapidly evolving business climate in the region. Currently, an average of 297,000 barrels of oil per day (BOPD) has been produced in the Eagle Ford between January and August, a number which has grown astronomically as compared to only 11,990 BOPD in all of 2010. Similarly, in 2010, just 216 million cubic feet of gas per day (MMcfd) were pro-
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Ed Longanecker is President, Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association
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Dear Editor, Thank you so much for covering the CScope Curriculum. We are having a hard time to getting coverage on this subject despite the fact that the majority of children in the state are being subjected to this dumbing down of of our Education System. I can’t think you enough. We have a meeting in Austin with the SBOE on Nov. 15th. Ginger Russell Georgetown
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for those who punch a straight party ballot is GROSSLY unfair. I have studied the candidates and all the issues, and on Tuesday I willbe punching a straight Republican Party ballot. I hope you have read Clint Lowery’s commentary in the same issue of your paper. Brother Lowery clearly explained the issue — the Democrat Party is morally bankrupt! As to your comment about your service to your country, I hope you don’t think you are the only one who ever served or has the intellectualy capacity to know and understand the issues. If you don’t think the Democrats will stick together to the detriment of the American people, I suggest you review the voting on Obamacare. When the chips are down, Democrats all fell in line to pursue their socialistic agenda. God Bless America! Robert Kennedy Shiner
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What does it mean to be an Apache?
I came here from Germany— a country where you go to school and meet your friends. You go back home. study, and back to school on the next day. There are no school teams, no sports at all. The only sport you have is one lesson, without any feeling of a “WE”! At school there is much bullying and people are talking dirty about you, it can run on so that people can’t go back to school because no one will give them a chance. Before I came here I didn’t know what it meant to love to go to school or to have a family at school that supports you, helps you with all your sorrows and problems. I didn’t know how it is to practice for sports and everybody supports you, however bad you do or how long you need it. That is what it means to be an Apache. “ One Team, One Family, One Heartbeat.” There is no one who is laughing about you when you mess up at something. No, they will come to you, support you and show you how to do it. Being an Apache is being honest, faithful and believing in the team. I can give many examples, how my own life changed, just because of learning how to be an Apache. It started on my second day at school during girls’ athletics. We were in the weight room, it was my first time and the barbell, was heavy. I was slow and the last person. As I knew it from
Sarah Moellers is an exchange student from Heilbronn, Germany.
Dear Editor, By the time you recieve this, the election will likely be over, but your comments in the Nov. 1, 2012 newspqaper requires a response. Your statement about having no respect
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Germany, I just waited to hear people laughing and talking about me, because I wasn’t strong enough, but instead of laughing, they started to clap and cheered until I was ready and then they all came to me and gave me “high five” and said “good job.” This is what an Apache team is, a family, where no one cares where you are from or how you look. They support you, but it is not only in athletics. Being an Apache is being helpful. It means to help people, if you are new, people come to you they help you, ask you to sit at their table, are interested in you and your person and don’t judge you because of your origin. I have another example, from my own experience. I decided to be in the “Mighty Apache Band” and they put me in the Color guard, I was doubtful I could do all the things. The first time I went there, I met the girls that were also in the Color guard. I was afraid of what they would say about me, but they were so friendly and helpful that I felt very fast I would find new friends. Now after 8 weeks, I can only laugh about all my sorrows of that day. All my new friends that I found are in the color guard and we are a family. We are
one heartbeat, one team. We cry together, we laugh together, there is no egotism, no “I”, only a “we”. If you say I am an Apache, it means, there is no “I” there is only a “We.” “We” means being an Apache. Team spirit, faith, belief, family and the most important trait “LOVE.” Love is how you do it, why you do it and how you treat each other. When I go back to Germany, I will go as an Apache and I will never forget what it is like to be an Apache and being a part of the “Apache Nation.” I am going to live in Germany like an Apache, and treat people, like people treated me here, with an open heart and the belief in the “TEAM.”
duced, while this year between January and August, over 880 MMcfd of gas has already been produced. By all accounts, these figures are expected to continue to dramatically increase in the months and years ahead. Many experts and analysts have already labeled South Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale as one of the most significant opportunities for unconventional drilling in North America, if not the whole world. All of this growth in production has helped provide an incredible economic boost to the region. According to The University of Texas at San Antonio, in 2011 alone, nearly 47,000 full-time jobs were supported in the Eagle Ford, with more than $3.1 billion paid to workers in salaries and benefits. On average, workers are currently paid an average of $35.15 per hour - higher than the wages in the general economy ($23.07 per hour) and more than wages paid in manufacturing, wholesale trade and education, among other sectors. Additionally, over $25 billion was supplied in total economic output, and $358 million paid by the oil and gas industry to the state government, including $120.4 million in severance taxes. All of this money in turn helps fund public schools, hospitals and vital emergency services. By 2021, analysts predict nearly 117,000 fulltime jobs will be supported in the region by the oil and gas industry, with $7.7 billion paid to workers in salaries and benefits. The state will also gain $1.76 billion in revenue for Eagle Ford activity by 2021, with local governments collecting an additional $1.09 billion in taxes. All together, the rise in activity in the Eagle Ford along with increasing pro-
duction from the Permian Basin, Barnett Shale and Haynesville, has benefited not just the state of Texas – but also the nation as a whole. The national unemployment rate remains high at 7.9 percent, with over 23 million Americans struggling to find employment. Meanwhile, the oil and gas industry provides employment opportunities on a direct, indirect, and induced basis to over 345,000 Texans, in addition to millions of individuals in other states across the country. The industry also pays billions of dollars in taxes, including nearly $9.25 billion in taxes and royalties in Texas during fiscal year 2011. Nonetheless, despite all of the positive economic contributions made by the industry, oil and gas producers must continue to be good stewards of the communities in which they operate and remain committed to safely develop natural resources in manner that protects the environment as well as the general public. The industry continues to engage with regulators and other officials to ensure those issues associated with oil and gas development are properly addressed. From road capacity issues to water, the industry is taking proactive steps to assist wherever possible. Operators also are taking measures to attend to limitations in housing and build other necessary infrastructure, which is top of mind in those regions experiencing expansive development. With the Election now behind us, all of our newly elected officials, state regulators, the general public and the oil and gas industry must now work together to formulate policy that supports domestic energy development and provides sustained economic growth while also protecting the environment, so as to ensure a bright future for the state of Texas and the United States.
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Encouraging Word Christian Fellowship
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Jesus Holy Ghost Temple
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New Life Assembly of God
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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 Baptist
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E. 3rd & Texas, Nixon
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Harris Chapel United Methodist
S. Liberty St. Nixon
Clark Baptist Church
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Community Church of God
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Churches of God
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County Baptist Church Eastside Baptist Church
Seydler Street, Gonzales
Gonzales Memorial Church of God in Christ
1113 Hastings, Gonzales
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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
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Leesville Baptist Church
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Memorial Heights Baptist Church
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Episcopal Church of the Messiah
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Smiley United Methodist
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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
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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.
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Holy Temple of Jesus Christ No. 2
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St. James Catholic Church
417 N. College, Gonzales St. John St. Gonzales
Camp Valley Full Gospel
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Agape Ministries Living Church
Temple Bethel Pentecostal
1104 S. Paul, Gonzales
512 St. James, Gonzales
Life Changing Church of Gonzales
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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
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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
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Presbyterian Church of Gonzales
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Iglesia Bautista Macedonia
St. Phillip Catholic Church
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Stratton Primitive Baptist
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I don’t know why gremlins get into my computer every week, but they do. I have to reset my margins on the first couple of lines every week without fail. I’m convinced it is just to aggravate me. Anyway, wonders never cease to amaze me. This past week at the intersection of FM 466 and Hwy 80, we already had one of the STOP signs with the blinking red lights knocked down. At least it got the people’s attention enough that they did not do much a whole lot of further damage. I think that slow thinking DOT bunch needs to put up those large signs back further down HWY 80 telling people that there is an intersection up ahead. Just my personal opinion, since someone in my family has to come through that intersection several times daily. We had a very interesting trip to Seguin yesterday. We took advantage of Dairy Queen’s Mini Blizzard Meal Deal and were peacefully settled in enjoying our meal on E. Court Street. It was busy and a Napa auto parts man was in the booth to the very South of us. Then a little guy older than us driving a minivan came driving up outside and drove right into the bricks right where the Napa man was sitting. Thank goodness it hit the bricks below the glass. He was upset. It knocked the bricks loose for about three booths. The manager went out to see if the guy was okay. He put the van and reverse and backed out of the bricks. The police had to be called. Everyone was a little shook up but the Dairy Queen’s brick wall is going to have some major repairs. This Sunday, November 11th at 6 PM is when we are having the potluck supper at the Belmont Community Center. This is in lieu of our Thanksgiving dinner. Each person is asked to bring a side dish and a dessert. You are asked to make a donation
if possible to go toward the renovation of the center. We will also have a bake sale in conjunction with this to help raise money for this project. So you can come with some extra money to take home some baked goodies. We also hope you can stay a little while and fellowship. We are going to have some games for the kiddos and some games for the adults. We used to get into some pretty good domino games. Bring your set with you. Please lift the following people up in your prayers: Justin Klosel, Joe Kotwig, Paul Villareal, Glenn Malatek, Mr. Bill, Jesse Esparza; Bill and Marie Lott, “Sarge” Dunkin; Louise Jones, Aunt Georgie Gandre; Danny and Joyce Schellenberg, Velma and Bobby Bullard; Mildred O’Neal, Pastor Lundy Hooten, Aunt Frances Gandre, Glenn Mikesh; Maria Castillo, Selma Vickers, Landis, Gene Robinson, Keith Glass, Timothy and Jack Black, Teresa Wilke, Sandi Gandre, Aunt Betty Gandre, Linda Nesloney, Marie Schauer, Esther Lindemann, Anna Lindemann, Noreen Soefje, Mandy and Wm. (Ressie) Brietschopf, Lanny Baker, Lucy Jones, Ann Bond; Case Martin, Marguerite Williams, Shirley Dozier, Our sympathy to the Family of Norman Wundt and Dorothy Cardwell; Our sympathy to the family of Betty Vickers; Pray for our service men and women, especially this time of the year. And thank God for the previous rains, but it is getting a little dry and these hit and miss rains are really just that—they are truly hit and mostly miss. We send our utmost sympathy to the family of Betty Vickers. It was so
very sudden and unexpected in this manner. We are never prepared for death even when a person has an extended illness. So Larry, Natalie, Kenneth, and the rest of you who were the closest to her, we send you our prayers, our love, and our extra hugs. Wade Wilson goes on rattlesnake patrol over there before he lets his three pet cats out. Last Sunday he found another rattlesnake right near the front sidewalk. You know I don’t think that I would take a walk anywhere near that house in the dark. I had an aunt who lived on the road to Utopia. It was just a common occurrence for them to open the door and have a rattlesnake on each door step. They didn’t go walking anywhere without a stick or a gun to kill the rattlesnakes. Shari Lee said it was that way where she grew up too. This must be my banner week. I went to the doctor Monday to get this so-called cyst cut out. It wasn’t a cyst. It was a bunch of “globbed” up fatty tissue. Well it felt good to get that out of there. Today I had to get the shot in my eye. We made it out of San Antonio okay, and my vision is still the same. So that is great. The blasted election is over and done with. May God grant me the serenity to accept the things that I cannot change. It is great to hear that Keith Glass is doing a great deal better and was even able to come home for a day. Keep on praying people. I want to send a belated Happy Birthday wish to Joyce Schellenberg — My sweet dear friend who is my miracle lady. I hear that Joyce is having more great grand babies in the future. Happy Anniversary to Dena and Tony Black, and Jennifer and James Soefje. Twerpt was so embarrassed. She was going to do her normal ditty and chase Samson off of the bed. Of course Samson just jumps off to humor her. This time he did not feel like jumping off so he takes that long front leg of his and just wraps it around little old Twerpt and pins her down on the bed. He just holds her there. She is so mortified. He finally lets her loose. She comes creeping back up to the pillows looking so upset. It was all I could do to not burst out laughing. Have a good week and God Bless
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Special to The Cannon
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XYZ Travel Club members and fellow travelers gathered in the parking lot across from First Baptist Church in Gonzales on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 to begin a 10-day trip to the area where our country had its beginnings. Chris Irving, pastor of First Baptist Church, Gonzales, offered prayer for their coach operator, Homer Guitron; for the safety of the passengers and for an enjoyable trip. Charles Rasmussen, who has traveled with them on numerous trips, could not go on this one, but came down to “see them off ” and wish them a safe and pleasant journey. They journeyed along IH10, stopping for lunch at Luby’s in Beaumont. They were soon in Louisiana and traveled through the coastal area where Hurricane Katrina had done so much damage in August, 2005 and Hurricane Isaac had hit seven years later in August, 2012. Ralph & Kacoo’s in Baton Rouge, was the site for a delicious dinner before traveling on to Slidell, La where they spent the night at Comfort Inn and Suites. On Wednesday, they continued on IH 10 along the coast of Louisiana and Mississippi – touching the lower end of Alabama – and into Florida, where they had lunch at Pensacola. Moving along the coast and the northern part of Florida, they reached their destination at Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk Hotel in historic San Marco Entertainment District of Jacksonville. Leaving Florida on Thursday, they were along the Atlantic Coast of Georgia, passing Brunswick and Savannah and stopping for lunch at Walterboro, South Carolina. Crossing over into North Carolina, they traveled on to the capital city of Raleigh where they spent the night at Hampton Inn after dining at Northern Hills Raleigh Mall. They were soon into Virginia, on Friday, and had lunch at Norfolk before reaching the focal point of their trip at Williamsburg, Va. Where they spent three nights at Governor’s Inn. On Saturday, they went to Colonial Williamsburg, had lunch in the historic area and spent the day where they were surrounded by examples of the lifestyle of the Revolutionary War era. Much walking would be required to see the important sights of Williamsburg, so a “Scooter Brigade” of 10 was formed and Lynn Cochran walked along and led them to all the right places. The rest of the group walked and time was spent on Duke of Gloucester Street where General McClelland had led in the Civil War Battle of Williamsburg. During that battle, one-armed Brigadier General Phillip Kearny
had called to his men, “I am a one-armed Jersey son-of-a-gun – Follow Me!” as he led a charge with his sword in his right hand and his arm held high, while he held the reins to his horse between his teeth. Buildings of special interest were the Governor’s Palace; Capitol Building; Bruton Parish Church; William & Mary College, where George Washington was once Chancellor; the Wren Building where Jefferson, Monroe, Tyler and John Marshall had studied; numerous Taverns; Apothecary; Millinery; Saddlery; Blacksmith Shop and various places where trades had been practiced with 18th century methods and tools. They were greeted often by individuals dressed in clothing characteristic of that era and they shared valuable information with the travelers. Excitement rose as they watched Fifes & Drummers, in Colonial uniforms, parade from the Capitol to the Palace Green. On Sunday, they toured the Jamestowne Settlement, which was founded in 1607 and is the actual historic site where first settlers landed and lived. It was in this area that Pocahontas, the Indian princess – daughter of Chief Powhatan - was known for often helping the settlers. The tour-guide led them to interesting sites and explained many of the hardships which the first settlers endured in their determination to have a country where freedom was of prime importance. Of particular interest were fullsize replicas of the three ships which brought the colonists to these shores. The flagship was Susan Constant and the two smaller ships were Godspeed and Discovery. The XYZ group was taken onto the flagship where the guide explained the extreme hardships the settlers endured as they made the journey to these shores. The group left Jamestowne with a new appreciation for the privilege of living in America and gratitude to those early settlers who paid so much in hardships – often with loss of life – so we could now live in a land of freedom. On Monday, they were back on the road and as they traveled the Historic River Road toward Richmond. They took the John Tyler Memorial Highway to see the home of John Taylor, the 10th president of the U.S. Tyler named his home the Sherwood Forest Plantation referring to his reputation of a political outlaw because he switched parties. Though Tyler’s presidency is not remembered as of a political outlaw because he switched parties. Though Tyler’s presidency is not remembered as successful, he was influential in getting Texas annexed and
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the town of Tyler, Texas is named for him. After having lunch at Charlottesville, they went to Monticello to tour the home of Thomas Jefferson. Designed by Jefferson, the home was based on principles of Italian Renaissance architect, Andrea Palladio. Jefferson was one of the most influential men in American History and it was a privileged to see his home and learn of his many interests. They spent the night at Holiday Inn Monticello in Charlottsville and had dinner in the hotel. Continuing to move through the state of Virginia on Tuesday, the autumn beauty along the Scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and the Skyline Drive of Shenandoah National Park kept them entranced as they rode toward Roanoke. They had a morning break along the parkway, stopped further along for lunch and arrived at Roanoke in mid-afternoon. After settling in at Holiday Inn Valley View in Roanoke, they departed for dinner. Leaving the state of Virginia, on Wednesday morning, they crossed over into Tennessee and went to Nashville where they had an unusual and exciting evening at Miss Jeanne’s Mystery Dinner Theatre. After dining, the fun began with performances of “stars”, such as Elvis Parsley, Reba McIntosh, Richard Slimmons and Rachel Kerry from Glee. The diners then selected one of the performers for their “Entertainer of the Year” and winner of the Gimme Award. Then the winner didn’t appear to claim the award, the diners had to solve the mystery. They headed for Texarkana, on Thursday, where they would celebrate with their Final Night Party at The Silver Spoon. After a delicious meal, accolades were extended to Homer Guitron for his excellent driving and his care and concern for all travelers. Kudos were given to Pat and Lynn Cochran for planning the itinerary of the trip and for attending to every detail along the way. Many travelers shared feelings of enjoyment of the trip and a greater appreciation for our country. Those from Gonzales who made the trip were Lillian & Marvin Barta, Pat & Lynn Cochran, Linda & Paul Coffin, Pat Ferrell, Ruth Gandre, Sue & Herman Grauke, Peggy Sue Hinton, Glenda Johnson, JoAnn and Scott Keck, Bea Maddox, Patty McCullough, Janice Menking, Minerva Peeler, Swann Reed, and Patsy Tieken. Travelers from other towns were Joyce Laws – Buda; Margie Schellenbarger – Cuero; Sharon McClenny – Gatesville; Peggy Duncan and Ann & Jimmy Ham – Harwood; Joline Wiley and Nita Williams – Kenedy; Alberta Crane, Gladys & Sam Culpepper, Jerri & Don Henderson, and Christi Morris – Lockhart; Frances Colwell – Nixon; Mary Hyman – Pflugerville; Homer Guitron – San Antonio; Shirley Aldis and Linda Johnston – Victoria; Shirley Bland, Myrna Loy Feril, Marie Knippa, and Pat Stark – Yoakum.
side of Gilmer in the piney woods of East Texas. Alfred paid the midwife with 2 jars of molasses and wrapped their new son in his sheepskin work coat. His mother called him “Sonny Boy” – always her pet name for him. Sonny Boy grew into a skinny little kid with a shock of blonde curly hair, freckles, and blue-green eyes. His love of 4 footed creatures surfaced early, as his favorite toys were the “mule sticks” his father carved for him out of pine tree limbs. While the rest of the family picked cotton (including his 2 older sisters, Dorothy and Polly), Sonny boy would be found galloping up and down the cotton rows with a mule stick in each hand, stomping and pawing the ground, nickering like a horse! The name Sonny boy turned into “Junior Bailey” as Clinton grew up. A few years later the family moved to Freeport, Texas and his father saw his way clear to buy Junior his first horse. He made a good cow hand and he was a natural with young horses. His teen years were spent working cattle for area ranchers and he had a waiting list of folks who wanted him to ride for them. He recalled how he and other cowboys would swim herds of cattle across the intercostal canal with baby calves riding on their mothers’ backs, and tales of salt grass and rattlesnakes. He always loved his rodeo – competing in calf roping, bull riding, and steer dogging events. When he hauled to rodeos on Bolivar Peninsula, he’d often have to spend the night on the dock when the rodeo ran late and the ferry shut down at midnight. He learned the blacksmith trade during these years as did his grandfather Hartman before him – a trade he would rely on for most of his life. He had a list of folks that he shod for on a regular basis in his younger years, and he put shoes on all our ponies as long as his health permitted. He graduated from Brazosport High School in 1950, and enlisted in the Air Force on January 8, 1951. He served in Korean and receiving an Honorable Discharge on January 7, 1955. He went to work for Dow Chemical Co. in Freeport, Texas and was a shift foreman when he left the company in 1974. For years, he rode with every trail ride that fit in with his work schedule at Dow – Brazoria, Saltgrass, Brackettville, Chisholm and the Texas Trail Riders Association out of Altair. It was on the Altair ride in 1972 that he met Cynthia Halamicek Goolsby. They were married the following September 1, in Ardmore, Oklahoma. The family lived in the Lake Jackson and Angleton area, and he joined the Presbyterian Church in Angleton, the same Sunday his baby daughter Noelle was christened. Clinton’s first born, Clinton Lee resided with the family for several years – and was in his senior year at Angleton High School. Every Friday afternoon, Clinton Lee brought his teammates by our house for a meal of pinto beans, cracked rice, and fried chicken. The menu never varied – Clinton had stocked our freezer with 3 cases of chicken he’d brought on “special”. Noelle was a baby and Bruen was 2 years older. Clinton Lee would babysit while we rode nights when Clinton came home from the evening shift at Dow. He worked hard and played hard. Throughout his life, he worked with horses and kids and enjoyed hauling to rodeos. Clinton instilled confidence and that can-do attitude in our kids. He then helped Bruen and his friends get down on countless steers, bulls, bareback horses, and saddle broncs. He hazed for Bruen in steer dogging and any other kid in need of help. He pulled many a wet saddle blanket off of Noelle’s horses, switching saddles and horses for different events. He supported all our kids in anything they wanted to do. It was later in life when Cade came along; Noelle said it best when she said, “Momma and Daddy have been having babies for generations.” By then, we were trail riding again. Weekends we’d ride the lake road and when it was too hot in the summer we’d ride half the night when the moon was full – a horse-thief moon! When Cade became interested in karate, it was Clinton who signed him up for lessons and took us to competitions. Later in high school when Cade participated in track meets, we knew were the oldest parents in the bleachers, and we’ d laugh when someone mistook Cade for our grandson. We loved celebrating Christmas at our house. We looked forward to have as many friends and family as could come. We’d have in-laws, outlaws, and anyone in between! Everyone would be crammed into our kitchen, talking at once, asking each other questions with no one listening for answers! Some years we decorated the balcony with red, white, and blue rodeo banners and the American flag centered above the front door. We would find “the” mesquite tree in the pasture and made a production of getting it into the house. We’d decorate with white lights, curly ribbon and Christmas horses and the den would be dancing with lights. The stairway and the beams in the kitchen were laced with chile pepper lights and Christmas was a fine time for us all! Christmas day would find Clinton in rare form on the back porch frying chicken to go with the ham, turkey, and all the good food folks brought with them. After dinner, we’d have a card game out on the front lawn and that’s when all the news and family gossip would fly! Clinton knew how to get things done. He could (and did) build anything – be it a house, barn, roping arena, or bucking chute. He had a garden as long as his health permitted, and the man knew his way around the kitchen – he was a great cook! We thought he was a master plumber ad electrician. “I’m just a jack of all trades, master of none,” he’d say. He was one of a kind and larger than life to us. He was blessed with a sense of humor that was legend and he had the ability to laugh at himself. He was a wellspring misinformation – “I’ve taught you everything I know, and you still don’t know anything,” he’d say. Clinton loved the color red, red roses and cactus flowers. He loved family, old friends, horses, cattle, campfires, a good storm, the changing of the seasons, old dogs, hunting trips, and fishing in the gulf. Four years ago, he was adopted by a cat. His tender heart betrayed his bluster – as he took his turn bottle feeding motherless calves and fawns we brought to the house, orphaned kittens, and any helpless creature we took on “to mother.” As a boy he raised a pair of flying squirrels that fell from their nest during a storm; and took them to school with him in his pocket. He kept a ladder on our front
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“God be blessed for all dappled things.” —Larry Mahan Clinton Alfred Bailey is survived by his wife Cynthia Bailey; sons, Clinton Lee Bailey, Sr. and wife Debbie of Angleton, Bruen Collins Goolsby and wife Stephanie of LaVernia, and Cadence Hartman Bailey and wife Sarah of Leesville; daughter, Cynthia Noelle Stowers and husband Cody of Gonzales; sister Mary Pauline Monroe and husband Bobby of San Marcos; brother-in-law Eddie Halamicek and wife Jewell of Gonzales; grandchildren, Chanelle Nicola Fiala and husband John, Heather Burge and husband Rick, Jeremy Pirtle and wife Jan, Ashley Miller, Kadylyn Goolsby, Josie Loraine Stowers, and Cree Burton Stowers; great-grandchildren, Aidan Fiala, Ciara Pirtle, Steveney Anderson, Dylan Anderson, MacKenna Anderson, Brinly Pirtle, and Chloe Pirtle. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Dorothy Colene Perry, and his grandson Clinton Lee “Tiger” Bailey, Jr. Services were held at Seydler-Hill Funeral home on Saturday, November 3, 2012. Interment followed at the Greenwood Cemetery. Services were officiated by nephews Craig Campbell, Shelton Price, Bob Price, and included nieces Donna Campbell and Delpha Price all of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. John Lamprecht was soloist and was accompanied by Gwen Hodges. Selections were “In the Garden,” “The Old Rugged Cross,” and “Danny Boy.” Pallbearers included Clinton Lee Bailey, Sr., Cadence Bailey, Bruen Goolsby, Eddie Halamicek, Cody Stowers, and Dean White. He was born to Clinton Alfred and Myrtle Bell Bailey on a cold, the 2nd of November in 1932. The family resided in Kelsey, a small community just out-
porch and was forever putting baby swallows back in their nests when they were learning to fly. He put us ahead of himself. He’d say, “Aw, I’ve gotten so old that my wants don’t hurt me.” We never thought of him as hold – he was always in the thick of things, interested in any project we were working on, and he was the one who would come up with the solution to any problem that might arise. His mother would shake her head and say, “When it comes to his family, Junior is like a hen with one chicken.” We, in turn, were blessed with his laughter and the pleasure of his company. He was the most fun we ever had; the best father, husband, and fried, I could have asked for. Today, we honor him and ask God’s blessings for him. He is the dearest one and the heart of this family. 1 Corinthians 12:13 “And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three, but the greatest of these is love.”
art auctions. One of his last paintings entitled “These Boots Are Made For Walking,” received first prize in a number of categories and Best of Show in the Gonzales “Come and Take It” art exhibit. He was a consummate gentleman, kind and gentle to all, and his art reflected the complexities and genius of a gentle soul that will forever be missed by those who knew and loved him. Keith is survived by his sister, Susan Glasgow of Naperville, IL; a niece, Trista and a nephew, Kevin. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, parents and a brother, Warren DuBose III. An internment service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 10 in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Gonzales with a memorial service following at 1:30 p.m. in The Presbyterian Church with Pastor Diana Whitley and Ed Hansen officiating. Memorials may be made to The First Presbyterian Church in Gonzales. Honorary pallbearers include Charlie Patterson, Sam Freuhling, Ed Hansen, Kevin DuBose, Larry Mercer, Emmet Baker, Howard Gloor, Eddie Halamicek, and Dr. Al Lindsey. Services are under the care and direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home, Gonzales, TX. Micaela Mendez-Sepulveda, 91, of Gonzales, Texas passed away on November 3, 2012. Funeral Services are under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home in Gonzales, Texas. Visitation is held for Friday, November 9, 2012 from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM at Buffington funeral Home Chapel with a Rosary to follow at 7:00PM.Funeral Service will be held 10:00 AM Saturday, November 10, 2012 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church internment followed at the Saint James Catholic Cemetery with Father Paul Raaz officiating. Micaela was born May 8, 1921 in Poteet, Texas. She was the daughter of Miguel Mendez and Sara Ramos. She married Fernando A. Sepulveda in 1940, having four sons: Robert, David, Andrew and Fernando Miguel Sepulveda, three daughters: Camen Hare, Rachel Ruiz and Mary Ann Clack, one brother Cristobal Alcorta, five sisters: Olivia Villanueva, Evangelina Martinez, Eulala Garcia, Elidia Esculente and Sara Tapia. She is also survived by twenty grandchildren, fourty-four great-grandchildren and twenty-five great- great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Abelino Alcorta, son Michael Sepulveda, daughter Maria Louisa Sepulveda. Words of comfort may be shared with the Family at www.buffingtonfuneralhomegonzales.com
Keith DuBose, 1950-2012 Keith Dunn DuBose, 61 of Austin, passed away Tuesday, October 30. Keith was born December 8, 1950 in Gonzales to Warren DuBose, Jr. and Mildred Dunn DuBose. He graduated with the Gonzales High School Class of 1969 and the University of Texas School of Pharmacy in 1974. He had been a member of the The Presbyterian Church in Gonzales. Keith had married Janet Massey in Austin and their love knew no bounds. Keith has worked at Randall’s Pharmacy in Austin as a pharmacist for many years, developing many close relationships with related professionals and customers along the way. Keith was a proficient guitar player and as a young man played in a band named The Chaparrals. His gifts took him beyond playing music to dancing to various disciplines of dance, Ballroom dancing, Western dancing and Polkas to name a few. He had an artistic side to him as well, his paintings are extraordinary, and often his vivid choice of color and boldness captivated those lucky enough to view his work. He had sold much of his work in Austin at art shows and commissioned
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to his wife and daughters. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Vanderpool. His life was interesting and at times fast-paced, but his true dedication was to his loving family. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Alice Lopez of Vanderpool; daughters, Deborah Jahnke and husband Zechariah of Crosby and Susan Lopez of Houston; sisters, Amanda Perez of San Antonio, Isabel Castillo of Victoria, Josie Contreras of Freeport and Ginger Martinez of Victoria; and his brother, Robert Lopez of Victoria. He was preceded in death by his parents. Visitation will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. Thursday, November 8 at SeydlerHill Funeral Home with a Rosary being recited at 7 p.m. The Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Friday, November 9 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Gonzales with Reverend Paul Raaz as celebrant. Pallbearers include Richard Perez, Alex Gaytan, Zechariah Jahnke, Gary Lopez, Bryan Lopez and Florencio Contreras. Memorials may be made to any of the following charities: The Lance Armstrong Foundation, American Heart Association, Kidney Foundation, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in Gonzales or St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Vanderpool. Arrangements under the care and direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home 906 St. Paul, Gonzales, TX (830)672-3232.
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Three area sheriffs survived election tests on Tuesday. Incumbent Daniel Law turned back a challenge from Ray Chandler in Caldwell County to lead a Democrat sweep of the county. Law claimed 6,243 votes to 4,710 for Chandler to win a second term. Incumbent Micah Harmon on Tuesday clinched the win for Lavaca County sheriff ’s race, defeating Democratic candidate Dennis Kocian. Harmon, a Republican, has more than 26 years of experience in law enforcement and was first voted into
his role in 2004. He was re-elected in 2008. Incumbent Jode Zavesky was reelected DeWitt County Sheriff. Zavesky, a Republican, defeated Democratic challenger Kevin Kroos to win his third term as sheriff. Zavesky, 53 and a former Victoria firefighter, was a DeWitt County reserve deputy and constable before first being elected sheriff in 2004. He oversaw the building of a new detention center that expanded from 51 beds to the current 161-bed facility in 2009. Kroos, a 33-year-old farrier and former police officer, was seeking public office for the first time. The most contested races in the
area were in Caldwell County, where Democrats claimed a sweep. Democrat Alfredo R. Munoz defeated Republican Todd Smith in the race for Commissioner Precinct 1, by a 51.66-48.34 margin. Netro Madrigal turned back a challenge from Republican Kathy Haigler to take the commissioner’s post in Precinct 3. Incumbent Constable Precinct 1 Victory “Smitty” Terrell defeated challenger Richard Polfus. Tax Assessor-Collector Darla Law defeated Republican challenger Debra Bruditt French, while Democrat Richard Callihan retained his Precinct 2 Constable seat by defeating Tim Adams.
A Benefit BBQ was held for Randy Harkey, Sr. last Saturday at Independence Park in Gonzales. Pictured are the cooks for the event which includes (front row, from left) Breeze Gast, Dean Vinklarek, Tommy Irle, Jr., (back row) Kennon Harkey, and David and Virginia Vinklarek. Not pictured is Floyd Toliver. (Photo by Cedric Iglehart)
TxDOT recognizes grim anniversary
AUSTIN — As hard as it is to believe, the last day we were able to enjoy without a single fatality on Texas roads was 12 years ago Wednesday, November 7, 2000. That means since this date, at least one person has died every single day on a Texas highway or roadway, bringing the total to 41,252 fatalities – almost the size of the population in San Marcos. “One fatality on a Texas roadway is one too many, and to see as many as eight or 10 in a single day is unacceptable,” said Phil Wilson TxDOT executive director. “As we acknowledge these tragic statistics, we are asking Texans to please help us make our roadways safer.” In 2011 alone, Texas experienced 3,048 traffic fatalities. The majority of these traffic fatalities resulted from people who did not use seat belts, were drinking and driving and/ or driving distracted: • 28.9 percent of people killed in fatal crashes were not wearing seatbelts • 34.9 percent were attributed to drinking and driving • 13.4 percent were associated with people being distracted (i.e. texting and driving) TxDOT continues to partner with the Texas Department of Public Safety and local law enforcement to protect all drivers on our roadways. “Texas state troopers are dedicated to protecting the public and they will continue working to identify and remove dangerous drivers from our highways,” DPS Director Steven McCraw said. “I urge all drivers traveling in our state to do their part by driving responsibly, eliminating distractions, adhering to the posted traffic signs and ensuring everyone in the vehicle is buckled up. Together we can reduce the dangers on our roadways and improve safety for everyone.” In an effort to educate drivers on the dangers of driving without a seatbelt, drunk driving and distracted driving, TxDOT has begun displaying the number of fatalities to date on dynamic message signs along Texas highways. So far this year there have been 2,545 fatalities on Texas roads. Each month, this number is updated and drivers can see it along with a message on how to drive safely. Additionally, TxDOT continues to educate drivers through various seasonal campaigns that focus on the following simple steps for safe driving: • Pay attention. • Buckle seatbelts. • Put phone away. • Left lane for passing only. • Never drink and drive. • Obey all traffic laws. While TxDOT and DPS will continue to work to enhance safety, citizens are asked to step up and do their part to keep Texas roadways safe. For more information, contact TxDOT Media Relations at MediaRelations@ txdot.gov or (512) 4638700.
FSA elections get underway
WA S H I N G T O N — Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia announced this week that the 2012 FSA county committee elections began on Monday, Nov. 5, with the mailing of ballots to eligible voters. The deadline to return the ballots to local FSA offices is Dec. 3, 2012. “The role and input of our county committee members is more vital than ever,” said Garcia. “New county committee members provide input and make important decisions on the local administration of disaster and conservation programs. With better participation in recent years, we also have seen promising increases in the number of women and minority candidates.” Eligible voters who do not receive ballots in the coming week can obtain ballots from their local USDA Service Center. Dec. 3, 2012, is the last day for voters to submit ballots in person to local USDA Service Centers. Ballots returned by mail must also be postmarked no later than Dec. 3. Newly elected committee members and
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AUSTIN— The Texas Department of Transportation is installing additional “Left Lane for Passing Only” signs on all highways with a speed limit of 75 mph or higher. State law requires TxDOT to post these signs on highways where slower traffic is asked to stay in another lane. “We want to make sure that travelers on our highways have a safe, efficient and enjoyable trip,” said Carol Rawson, TxDOT’s Traffic Operations Division Director. “Reminding the public that slower moving vehicles should use right lanes and that passing vehicles use left lanes will help improve safety on our highways.” Safety of the traveling public is always TxDOT’s No. 1 priority. Agency leaders think the expanded use of these signs will allow highway users to reach their intended destinations more safely and without undue delay due to slower moving vehicles. This is more important than ever with an increasing number of Texas highways with speeds of 75 mph or higher. “Engineers generally consider highway travel to be the safest when vehicles are traveling at the same speeds,” Rawson said. “The use of these signs will help ensure that vehicles traveling at the posted speed limit will not be impeded or forced to make excessive lane changes when encountering a slower vehicle.”
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their alternates will take office Jan. 1, 2013. To be an eligible voter, farmers and ranchers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program. A person who is not of legal voting age, but supervises and conducts the farming operations of an entire farm also may be eligible to vote. Agricultural producers in each county submitted candidate nominations during the nomination period, which ended Aug. 1. While FSA county committees do not approve or deny farm operating loans, they make decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs and other agricultural issues. Members serve three-year terms. Nationwide, there are about 7,700 farmers and ranchers serving on FSA county committees. Committees consist of three to 11 members that are elected by eligible producers. More information on county committees, such as the new 2012 fact sheet and brochures, can be found on the FSA website at www.fsa.usda.gov\elections or at a local USDA Service Center.
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A caravan, which included two bus loads of Wounded Warriors, stopped at Buccee’s in Luling Friday morning en route to the Kemah Boardwalk in Houston. The motorcade, which was escorted by 30 riders from the American Legion Post 554 of League City and two DPS troopers, originated in Fort Sam Houston. Approximately 200 wounded and their families spent the weekend on the Kemah Boardwalk and took place in a ceremony that included a swearing in of about 100 new military recruits. (Photos by Cedric Iglehart)
Bus driver Johnnie Alexander and Joel Montgomery, vice president of the Texas Chapter of the Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund, pose for a photo next to one of the buses provided by Sierra Trailways free of cost. (Photo by Cedric Iglehart)
Todd McDonald of American Legion Post 554 showed off his tattoo of a cross that displays the words “God and Country.” (Photo by Cedric Iglehart)
Riders from American Legion Post 554 of League City led the motorcade, along with some assistance from two DPS troopers out of Galveston County. (Photo by Cedric Iglehart)
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The Nixon-Smiley Consolidated Independent School District held a Trunk or Treat celebration and it was a huge success. We had well over 400 children and their families. Participants enjoyed snacks, costume contests, pumpkin decorating, games, and prizes. A special “THANK YOU” to Sheri Wuest and Cindy Lott for planning and organizing this great community event. NSCISD would also like to thank Nixon Lion’s Club and the Nixon-Smiley Education Foundation for their partnership in this effort. Your support made all the difference! Finally, we are grateful to the local businesses, the City of Nixon, and our teachers and staff for making this event possible. (Courtesy photos)
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Heights ribbon cutting
The Heights of Gonzales recently held a ribbon cutting for the new secured neighborhood. A 12 bed unit addresses for the growing need for long-term care and skilled nursing for patients suffering from dementia and other related illnesses. The Heights of Gonzales is one of the first rehabilitation and long-term care communities in Texas to provide a more intimate level of care in a home-like atmosphere. Based on the rapidly emerging “neighborhood concept”, The Heights features round-the clock access to food, spacious family rooms, daily activities and attentive care that honors the dignity and preferences of its residents. For more information you may contact Cindy Molina at 830-672-4530. After the cutting refreshments were served to those attending. Pictured are a group of The Heights employees Kelly Wehmeyer, Cindy Molina, Carlos McCoullouch, Mary Carroll, Lisa Jackson along with members of the Gonzales Chamber of Commerce and guests. (Photos by Debbie Toliver)
‘Spend Bucks’ starts Nov. 15
The Gonzales ISD will hold a Veterans Day Service on Friday, Nov. 9 starting at 10:30 a.m. at Apache Field. They started this event last year and we’re very happy that they are continuing it. It shows our local service members and veterans how much we appreciate what they are doing and have done for our country. Dr. Kimberly Strozier invites the entire community to show their personal support by attending. See you there! • The annual ‘Spend Bucks to Win Bucks’ program will start Nov. 15 and will run through Dec. 24, when the drawing for prizes will be held over KCTI Radio on Dec. 28 at 8 a.m. The amount of prizes will be determined by how many businesses participate, so join us is keeping Christmas shopping local! Cost for join the program will be
Around the Chamber Office
Barbara Hand is the Executive Director of the Gonzales Chamber of Commerce.
Gonzales County Courthouse Deeds October 1-31 Davis, Dardenella I., LaFleur, Tyree A. and Breitschopf, Saralyn T. to Alcalde Group, Inc,. w/d, Pt. Lt. 4, Blk. 10, Orig. Inner Town Gonzales. Alcalde Group, Inc., Green Sr, Richard A (Pres.) to Allen Resources, LLC, w/d, Pt. Lt. 4, Blk. 10, Orig. Inner Town Gonzales. Vista Homes, LLC to Teamtexas Marketing, LLC, w/d, Pt. Lts 1-4, Blk. 1, Badgers Addn, Gonzales. Baker, Mary Ann, Wolff, Shirley A., (Indiv & Atty-In-Fact), Baker, Robert R. and Baker, Ronald Earl to Vega, Jessie Dominic and Vega, Kristina M., w/d, Pt. Lt. 1, Tier 1, East of Water Street, Orig. Outer Town Gonzales. Krametbauer, Jo Ann Blackmon, Blackmon, Stacy Ann, Blackmon, Justin Wade and Blackmon, Khristine Dawn to Blackmon, Tommy Wayne, w/d, Lt. 1, Blk. 8, Waelder. Trigo, Ralph and Trigo, Mary to Torres, Seferina, w/d, Lts. 11-12, blk. 1, forester Addn, Nixon. Rafter FC Development, Inc. to Rafter FC Homes, Inc., w/d, Lt. 5, Blk. 1, Lou’s Garden Subdvn, Orig. Outer Town Gonzales. Brown, John R. to Ford, Don and Ford, Nancy, o/l, 284.10 Acres, Andrew Winters Svy, A-471. Garrett, Kathryn Ann (Indiv. & Extrx), Local business and community leaders gathered at Dierlam Insurance on Friday Garrett, Al and Todd, Geneva H. (Estate) morning for First Friday Coffee. (Photo by Mark Lube) to City of Smiley, Smiley, City of w/d, 58.96 Acres, William Small Svy, A-425. Brown, Melissa R. to Brown, Richard L., w/d, 0.208 of an Acre Pt. Lyt. 4 LaFayette Place Town of Gonzales. Rafter FC Development, Inc. to Rafter FC Homes, Inc., w/d, Lt. 7, Blk. 1, Lou’s Garden Subdvn, Orig. Outer Town Gonzales. Rafter FC Development, Inc. to Rafter FC Thursday, November 15th Homes, Inc., w/d, Lt. 10, Blk. 1, Lou’s Garden Subdvn, Orig. Outer Town Gonzales. 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Rafter FC Development, Inc. to Rafter FC Homes, Inc., w/d, Lt. 10, Blk. 2, Lou’s Garden Free Gift Bag for first 50 Guests Subdvn, Orig. Outer Town Gonzales. Fill out a wish list to be entered for a drawing for a $500 Shopping Spree Mascot Management & Consulting, Inc.
$60 for chamber members and $70 for nonmembers. Checks may be mailed to 414 St. Lawrence St. or brought to the chamber office. • Don’t forget the annual Ladies Champagne Luncheon and Style Show, this year titled “Dreamin’ for a Cure.” It will be held Saturday, Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. at the Elks Lodge. Pre-sale only tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Shear Designs Boutique, W B Farm & Ranch, or from Elks Ladies Members. • Texas Highways Mag-
azine has our Sam Houston Oak in a featured spot in their article “Living Witness: Historic Trees of Texas.” It is named among the eight historic trees, with photos and a short story about how the tree became famous. For more details about all famous Texas trees, go to http:// famoustreesoftexas.tamu. edu. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center features a Hall of Texas Heroes where they are completing propagation of historically significant trees that will help to preserve a living connection to our state’s past. • The chamber business committee will meet on Thursday. The office will be closed Monday Nov. 12 for Veterans Day. • Tammy McKinney Memorial Team Roping is Saturday; Lone Star 4-H Classic Steer and Heifer Show is at the Show Barn.
Gonzales Mayor Bobby Logan signed the National Hospice and Palliative Care Month Proclamation Tuesday (Nov. 6) afternoon at City Hall. Also pictured with Accolades Hospice is Pam Akins, account coordinator; Janet Foret, marketer; Virginia Frnka, chaplain and Sharon Taylor, volunteer coordinator. Not shown are Vicki Miles, RN; Vicky Pyatt, LMSW; Rebecca Garaa, RN; Ashley Stone, CNA and Tiffany Rios, CNA. (Photo by Mark Lube)
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Defined, Benefit Pension Plan and Schindler, W. Allen (Ind. Trustee) to Schindler, Will Allen, w/d, 122.75 AC B Lockhart A-37 & J. Tennell, A-449. Schindler, Will Allen to Cornfield Investments, LTD, w/d, 122.75 Ac B Lockhart A-37 & J Tennell A-449. Thibodeaux, Amy Schieberle and Thibodeaux, Chris to F&N Construction, w/d, Pt. Lt. 4, Blk. 8 RG 1 West of Water St. Orig. Outer Town of Gonzales. Rose Resource Capital, LLC, to Crystal Signs, Inc., w/d, 0.617 of an Acre (Pt. Lts 4-6, Blk. 9) Orig. Inner Town Gonzales. Gaylord, Gary Wayne to Gaylord, Patrick Lee, w/d, Undiv. Int. in 198.068 Acres, Robert Armstead A-87 & John Florence A-2113 Svys. Johnson Jr., Tom W. (Trustee), Johnson, Anne E., (Trustee), Johnson Revocable Trust, Tom W. and Johnson Revocable, Trust, Anne E to Johnson Jr., Tom W. and Johnson, Anne., w/d, 108.00 Acres, JFC Henderson Svy, A-260. Mathis, Vic to Chrismon, Clint, w/d, 1.561 Acres (Pt. Lt. 24, RG 3), East of Water St., Orig. Outer Town Gonzales. Beaty, Marshall Allen to EOG Resources, Inc., o/l, 34.00 Acres, Joseph Dillard Svy, A-177. Webster, Kimberly to EOG Resources, Inc., o/l, 80.00 Acres, Byrd Lockhart Svy, A-36. Buss, Shirley Jane Beaty to EOG Resources, Inc, o/l, 34.00 Acres, Joseph Dillard Svy, A-177. Steubing, Robert E. (Ind. Admin) and Steubing, William Allen (Estate) to Steubing Jr., William Allen, Pflieger, Charlene Elizabeth Steubing, Smith, Alison Irene Steubing and Steubing, Mark Alan, w/d, 117.00 Acres, Prospect McCoy Svy, A-342. Steubing, Mark Alan to Steubing Jr, William Allen, Pflieger, Charlene Elizabeth Stubing, Smith, Alison Irene Steubing, w/d, 117.00 Acres, Prospect McCoy Svy, A-342. Martin, Alicia Kay Smith and Martin Jr, Lowell to Miller, Jason A. and Miller, Gina R., w/d, 1.00 Acre, John Mccoy Svy, A-45.
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Horizontal Operator: Hunt Oil Company Lease Name: Willie-John Chenault Well No.: 1H Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford-1) Total Depth: 18,000 feet Direction and Miles: 9.2 miles E. of Gonzales Survey Name: W.B. Lockhart, A-40 Acres: 678.90 API No.: 42-177-32752 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: Ironwood Oil and Gas LLC Lease Name: Lester Well No.: 1H Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford-1) Total Depth: 8,500 feet Direction and Miles: 10.1 miles SW. of Gonzales Survey Name: R. Bibb, A-104 Acres: 360 API No.: 42-177-32747 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: Marathon Oil EF LLC Lease Name: Turk-Williams Unit Well No.: 2H Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford-1) Total Depth: 16,200 feet Direction and Miles: 11.69 miles SE. of Gonzales Survey Name: J. McCoy, A-45 Acres: 338.73 Lavaca County API No.: 42-285-31487 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Recompletion Operator: BOPCO LP Lease Name: Neuhaus Unit Well No.: 4 Field Name: Hallettsville (Simmons) Total Depth: 11,800 feet Direction and Miles: 2.4 miles SW. of Hallettsville Survey Name: J. Smeathers, A-47 Acres: 325.15 API No.: 42-285-33673 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: NFR Energy LLC Lease Name: Gillespie Unit Well No.: 1H Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford-2) Total Depth: 13,000 feet Direction and Miles: 3.8 miles SE. of Moulton Survey Name: P. Soy, A-411 Acres: 700.90 API No.: 42-285-33672 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: Penn Virginia Oil and Gas LP Lease Name: Barraza Unit Well No.: 1H Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford-2) Total Depth: 14,000 feet Direction and Miles: 2.44 miles SE. of Moulton Survey Name: P. Soy, A-411 Acres: 447.75 API No.: 42-285-33201 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Recompletion Operator: Suncoast Technical Services Inc. Lease Name: Wilson Unit Well No.: 1 Field Name: Brushy Creek North Total Depth: 3,710 feet Direction and Miles: 5 miles SE. of Hope Survey Name: W.B. Nichols, A-347 Acres: 120 Recent oil and gas completions according to reports from the Texas Railroad Commission DeWitt County API No.: 42-123-32579 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: Burlington Resources O and G Co. LP Lease Name: Braswell Unit B Well No.: 1 Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford-2) Survey Name: W. Roberson, A-401 Direction and Miles: 14.4 miles NW. of Cuero Oil: 581 MCF: 481 Choke Size: 8/64 of an inch Flowing: Yes Tubing Pressure: 6,227 Total Depth: 18,646 feet Perforations: 13,050-18,435 feet API No.: 42-123-32663 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: Burlington Resources O and G Co. LP Lease Name: Seidel Unit C Well No.: 1 Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford-2) Survey Name: D. Benton, A-67 Direction and Miles: 13.87 miles NW. of Cuero Oil: 1,402 MCF: 3,303 Choke Size: 14/64 of an inch Flowing: Yes Tubing Pressure: 7,010 Total Depth: 18,606 feet Perforations: 13,125-18,402 feet API No.: 42-123-32562 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: Burlington Resources O and G Co. LP Lease Name: K. Hahn Unit A Well No.: 1 Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford-2) Survey Name: W. Roberson, A-401 Direction and Miles: 14.4 miles NW. of Cuero Oil: 503 MCF: 435 Choke Size: 8/64 of an inch Flowing: Yes Tubing Pressure: 6,130 Total Depth: 18,800 feet Perforations: 13,160-18,581 feet API No.: 42-123-32697 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: Geosouthern Energy Corp. Lease Name: G. Baker A Well No.: 1H Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford-2) Survey Name: T. Mancha, A-326 Direction and Miles: 10.11 miles NW. of Yorktown Oil: 862 MCF: 1,352 Choke Size: 11/64 of an inch Flowing: Yes Tubing Pressure: 6,040 Total Depth: 18,215 feet Plug Back Depth: 18,167 feet Perforations: 12,776-18,156 feet API No.: 42-123-32734 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: Geosouthern Energy Corp. Lease Name: Slone B Well No.: 1H Field Name: DeWitt (Eagle Ford Shale) Survey Name: K.W. Barton, A-3 Direction and Miles: 9.78 miles SW. of Yoakum Oil: 339 MCF: 2,965 Choke Size: 11/64 of an inch Tubing Pressure: 7,377 Shut In Well Pressure: 8,315 Total Depth: 19,679 feet Plug Back Depth: 19,613 feet Perforations: 13,640-19,603 feet Cannon News Services Recent well location reports from the Texas Railroad Commission DeWitt County API No.: 42-123-32924 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: NFR Energy LLC Lease Name: Langhoff Unit A Well No.: 1H Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford-2) Total Depth: 13,000 feet Direction and Miles: 6.8 miles NW. of Yoakum Survey Name: J.E. King, A-298 Acres: 636.86 API No.: 42-123-32929 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: Chesapeake Operating Inc. Lease Name: Hahn Dew Well No.: 3H Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford-2) Total Depth: 15,000 feet Direction and Miles: 5.1 miles N. of Yorktown Survey Name: F. Henneke, A-218 Acres: 399.44 API No.: 42-123-32928 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: Chesapeake Operating Inc. Lease Name: Hahn Dew Well No.: 2H Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford-2) Total Depth: 15,000 feet Direction and Miles: 5.1 miles N. of Yorktown Survey Name: F. Henneke, A-218 Acres: 399.44 API No.: 42-123-32930 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: Matador Production Company Lease Name: Matador Cowey Orca Well No.: 4H Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford-2) Total Depth: 14,670 feet Direction and Miles: 17.4 miles NE. of Runge Survey Name: I RR Co, Section 9, A-249 Acres: 301.85 API No.: 42-123-32931 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: Pioneer Natural Res. USA Inc. Lease Name: Metting Neutzler 01 Well No.: 02H Field Name: DeWitt (Eagle Ford Shale) Total Depth: 21,000 feet Direction and Miles: 3.39 miles NW. of Nordheim Survey Name: William G. Hill, A-223 Acres: 702 Gonzales County API No.: 42-177-32748 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: Penn Virginia Oil and Gas LP Lease Name: Arledge Ranch Unit Well No.: 1H Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford-1) Total Depth: 14,000 feet Direction and Miles: 12.29 miles NE. of Gonzales Survey Name: G. Blair, A-4 Acres: 109.71 API No.: 42-177-32749 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: EOG Resources Inc. Lease Name: Lessor A Well No.: 1H Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford-1) Total Depth: 10,600 feet Direction and Miles: 2 miles N. of Sample Survey Name: G. Gwin, A-223 Acres: 713.72 API No.: 42-177-32751 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: EOG Resources Inc. Lease Name: Cusack Ranch Well No.: 13H Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford-1) Total Depth: 12,000 feet Direction and Miles: 10.1 miles SE. of Cost Survey Name: T. Davis, A-178 Acres: 664.89 API No.: 42-177-32740 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: EOG Resources Inc. Lease Name: Sallis Bouldin Unit Well No.: 9H Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford-1) Total Depth: 10,500 feet Direction and Miles: 7.8 miles SE. of Cost Survey Name: K.B. Lockhart, A-325 Acres: 736.34 API No.: 42-177-32739 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: EOG Resources Inc. Lease Name: Sallis Bouldin Unit Well No.: 8H Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford-1) Total Depth: 10,500 feet Direction and Miles: 7.8 miles SE. of Cost Survey Name: K.B. Lockhart, A-325 Acres: 736.34 API No.: 42-177-32746 Classification: Fld. Dev. and
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API No.: 42-123-32620 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: Geosouthern Energy Corp. Lease Name: Moc A Well No.: 1H Field Name: DeWitt (Eagle Ford Shale) Survey Name: I RR Co, Section 3, A-247 Direction and Miles: 6.1 miles SE. of Westhoff Oil: 384 MCF: 3,830 Choke Size: 12/64 of an inch Tubing Pressure: 7,415 Shut In Well Pressure: 8,500 Total Depth: 18,554 feet Plug Back Depth: 18,504 feet Perforations: 13,723-18,494 feet API No.: 42-123-32802 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: Pioneer Natural Res. USA Inc. Lease Name: Harlan Metting 01 Well No.: 02H Field Name: DeWitt (Eagle Ford Shale) Survey Name: I RR Co, Section 51, A-263 Direction and Miles: 4.2 miles NW. of Yorktown Oil: 328 MCF: 3,011 Choke Size: 10/64 of an inch Tubing Pressure: 7,890 Shut In Well Pressure: 9,015 Total Depth: 19,680 feet Perforations: 13,620-19,541 feet API No.: 42-123-32773 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: Pioneer Natural Res. USA Inc. Lease Name: Sievers 01 Well No.: 02H Field Name: DeWitt (Eagle Ford Shale) Survey Name: W. Putman, A-381 Direction and Miles: 3.3 miles NW. of Yorktown Oil: 257 MCF: 2,830 Choke Size: 10/64 of an inch Tubing Pressure: 7,190 Shut In Well Pressure: 8,215 Total Depth: 16,953 feet Perforations: 13,700-16,841 feet Gonzales County API No.: 42-177-32382 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: EOG Resources Inc. Lease Name: AhlhornNajvar Unit Well No.: 4H Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford-1) Survey Name: S.H. Gates, A-228 Direction and Miles: 8.5 miles SE. of Cost Oil: 1,006 MCF: 403 Choke Size: 32/64 of an inch Flowing: Yes Tubing Pressure: 710 Total Depth: 14,676 feet Plug Back Depth: 14,590 feet Perforations: 10,043-14,585 feet API No.: 42-177-32395 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: EOG Resources Inc. Lease Name: Whyburn Unit Well No.: 2H Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford-1) Survey Name: S.H. Gates, A-228 Direction and Miles: 8.5 miles SE. of Cost Oil: 1,840 MCF: 823 Choke Size: 32/64 of an inch Flowing: Yes Tubing Pressure: 916 Total Depth: 14,423 feet Plug Back Depth: 14,340 feet Perforations: 10,031-14,335
feet API No.: 42-177-32396 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: EOG Resources Inc. Lease Name: Whyburn Unit Well No.: 1H Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford-1) Survey Name: S.H. Gates, A-228 Direction and Miles: 8.5 miles SE. of Cost Oil: 1,599 MCF: 730 Choke Size: 32/64 of an inch Flowing: Yes Tubing Pressure: 1,069 Total Depth: 14,529 feet Plug Back Depth: 14,444 feet Perforations: 9,899-14,439 feet 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 Ford-1) Survey Name: S.H. Gates, A-228 Direction and Miles: 8.5 miles SE. of Cost Oil: 1,254 MCF: 575 Choke Size: 32/64 of an inch Flowing: Yes Tubing Pressure: 758 Total Depth: 14,571 feet Plug Back Depth: 13,866 feet Perforations: 9,997-13,861 feet API No.: 42-177-32596 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: EOG Resources Inc. Lease Name: Zimmerman Unit Well No.: 15H Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford-1) Survey Name: D. Gray, A-517 Direction and Miles: 2.7 miles NE. of Glaze City Oil: 2,872 MCF: 2,103 Choke Size: 28/32 of an inch Flowing: Yes Tubing Pressure: 2,030 Total Depth: 15,996 feet Perforations: 11,918-15,909 feet API No.: 42-177-32590 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: Forest Oil Corp. Lease Name: Tinsley Well No.: 1H Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford-1) Survey Name: G.W. Barnett, A-110 Direction and Miles: 7.7 miles SW. of Smiley Oil: 593 MCF: 99 Choke Size: 20/64 of an inch Pumping: Yes Total Depth: 13,000 feet Plug Back Depth: 12,880 feet Perforations: 7,211-12,878 feet Lavaca County API No.: 42-285-33649 Classification: Fld. Dev. and Horizontal Operator: Eagle Ford Hunter Resources Inc. Lease Name: Furrh Well No.: 3H Field Name: Eagleville (Eagle Ford-2) Survey Name: W. Strode, A-52 Direction and Miles: 2.5 miles NW. of Moulton Oil: 900 MCF: 362 Choke Size: 18/64 of an inch Flowing: Yes Tubing Pressure: 1,550 Total Depth: 17,310 feet Plug Back Depth: 17,216 feet Perforations: 11,003-17,074 feet
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North Avenue Intermediate All A Honor Roll 6th Grade Matthew Almaraz, Jesus Balderas, Alexis Camarillo, Iris Dement, Giselle Diaz, Gabriela Dorantes, Jolie Edwards, Jared Esparza, Kacee Fink, Ashley Garcia, Cristal Garcia, Maura Garcia, Zachary Garcia, Elijah Garza, Seth Gibson, Cole Hendershot, James Herndon, Paige Johnson, Justin Komoll, Jordan Maldonado, Abraham Martinez, James Martinez, Kayley Martinez, Julian Matamoros, Donovan Molina, Sadie Morgan, Ryleigh Orosco, Jean Ortiz Aguilera, Adrian Rivera, Tyvione Roaches, Ivan Ruiz, Carlos Sanchez, Emily Schramm, Gianna Siptak, Anileisis Vazquez, Alexander Villa, and Sydney Williamson 5th Grade Kiley Allen, Dominic Anzaldua, Blake Arriola, Gabriela Arriola, William Atkinson, Rebekah Baker, Maggie Barnick, Madison Blundell, Tanner Blundell, Dylan Buford, Christopher Camarillo, Victoria Camarillo, Dylan Cantrell, Johnna Dalton, Tyla Dalton, Diego Diaz DeLeon, Jacob Duke, Alyssa Faith, Denisse Galvan, Adolfo Garcia, Christian Gomez, Steven Gonzales, Heath Henke, Christopher Holub, Christopher Johnson, Joshua Kenning, Santos Ligues, Violota Llamas, Michakela Malatek, Gino Martinez, Maraia Mathis, Staznie Molina, Veronica Molina, Anayeli Noyola, Darian Noyola, Sophie Oliver, Shelby Orme, Sandra Palacios, Ria Patel, Samantha Piedra, Marinna Ramirez, Mason Richter, Nayeli Salazar, Angel Sanchez, Mary San Miguel, Angela Stair, Madison Stamport, Ashlynn Stewart, Sadie Thibodeaux, Wendy Vazquez, Harley Whitfield, Devon Williams and Bre Wolff All A’s and 1 B Sixth Grade Jose Cardonza, Anessa Carrizales, Kenneth Cavit, Jordan Cosper, Alyssa DeLuna, Aspen Flack, Merissa Guerrero, Chelsie Hastings, Jessica Henrichs, Eduardo Izaguirre, Rufus King, Anthony Martinez, Jose Martinez Rodriguez, Yaslyn Mayberry, Cecilia Monreal, Karen Perez, Jesus Rodriguez Ruedas, Miles Svoboda, Skylynn Williams and Jazmin Zuniga Tanner Blundell, Desmond Bolden, Brett Bordovsky, Krystalynn Buesing, Jimmy Bustos, Victoria Camarillo, Haleigh Cardona Gutierrez, Nathan Carranza, Juan Castillo, Syndey Clack, Aimee DeLuna, Aubreyon Dora, Jacob Duke, Wendy Lopez, Isac Espinoza, Jesus Espinosa, Alyssa Faith, Aukievah Fryer, Denisse Galvan, Domingo Garcia, Fernando Garcia, Jose Garcia, Steven Gonzales, Aaron Guerrero, Jason Hernandez, Hope Holguin, Isabel Jimenez, Alexia Juarez, Raechell Juarez, Joshua Kenning, Kyle Krum, Samantha Kuntschik, Josue Leon, Mauro Leon, Gabriel Licea, Violeta Llamas, Jisaela Longoria, Sergio Longoria, Giselle Lopez, Joshua Martinez, Michaela Malatek, Geraldo Martinez, Nayellie Martinez, Reyna Martinez, Maraia Mathis, Leandrea McCarty, Staznie Molina, Emily Moreno, Veronica Moreno, Anayeli Noyola, Darian Noyola, Brady Oakes, Laura Olalde Perez, Shelby Orme, Luis Ortega, Lauren Parks, Diego Pecina, Ashley Pekar, Michelle Perez, Alejandro Ramirez, Keisey Ramirez, Mason Richter, Hailey Riojas, Adrian Rodriguez, Anabela Rodriguez, Coby Rodriguez, Angel Sanchez, Santiago Sanchez, David Sexton, Isaiah Shelton, Kaitlyn Shelton, Abigail Solis, Elizabeth Solis, Angela Stair, Madison Stamport, Brandyce Steen, Sadie Thibodeaux, Susie Torres, Harlee Tuch, Enrique Vazquez, Victoria Vela, Julia Webb, Harley Whitfield, Devon Williams, Bre Woff and Alicia Zuniga
Perfect Attendance 6th Grade Destiny Almaguer, Matthew Almaraz, Miranda Amador, Jesus Balderas, Devon Banda, Tyler Barfield, Jorjia Burrier, Heber Cardona, Elizabeth Cardona, Jose Cardosa, Sebastian Casarez, Martin Castaneda Barcena, Salomon Chavez, Jordon Cosper, Esparanza DeLeon Borjon, Alyssa DeLuna, Iris Dement, Giselle Diaz, Jolie Edwards, Jzahden Eleby, Kacee Fink, Raven Flores, Noah Flores Gonzales, Christopher Games, Zachary Garcia, Francisco Gonzales, Merissa Guerrero, Chase Heldarsen, Coel Hendershot, Jacey Henrichs, Jessica Henrichs, Marylou Hernandez, James Herndon, Alan Hunt, Cristian Izaguirre, Rufus King, Isaac Kluting, Tyler Knox, Justin Komoll, Zoey Ledbetter, Cristian Lopez, Jordon Moldonado, Abrham Martinez, Anthony Martinez, Denisse Martinez, James Martinez, Kayley Martinez, Jose Martinez Rodriguez, Hervey Mata, Julian Matamoros, Yaslyn Mayberry, Jared Molnosky, Cecilia Monreal, Manuel Moreno, Sadie Morgan, Gavin Navarro, Manuel Olalde, Jose Olmedo San Martin, Jose Orduna, Jean Ortiz Aguilera, Hailey Pape, Denisse Perez, Karen Perez, Mallorie Pirkle, Juliana Reyna, Tyvione Roaches, Alysa Rodriguez, Ivan Ruiz, Victor Ruiz, Carlos Sanchez, Emily Schramm, Dalton Shirley, Mykal SirilGonzales Livestock Redo, Keionna Smith, Vonport taesia Thorne, Luis Torres, The Gonzales Livestock Market Sergio Torres, Vanessa V Report for Saturday, November 3, Guerrero, Richardo Vera, 2012 had on hand: 1,057 cattle. Compared to our last sale: Calves Alexander Villa, Skylynn Williams and Jazmin Zuni- and yearlings sold steady. Packer cows sold steady. ga Stocker-feeder steers: Medium 5th Grade Kiley Allen, David Alvarado, Madison Amaro, Dominic Anzaldua, Jackeline Arevalo, Gabriela Arriola, William Atkinson, Rebekah Baker, Gabriela Balderas, Jose Balderas, Maggie Barnick, Bailey Bennett, Madison Blundell,
and large frame No. 1: 150-300 lbs., $235-$255; 300-400 lbs, $210-$225; 400-500 lbs, $165-$195; 500-600 lbs, $142-$1625; 600-700 lbs., $138-$138; 700-800 lbs, $129-$132. Bull yearlings: 700-900 lbs, $95$111. Stocker-feeder heifers: Medium and large frame No. 1: 150-300 lbs, $175-$210; 300-400 lbs, $146-$170; 400-500 lbs, $138-$142; 500-600 lbs., $124-$136; 600-700 lbs., $120-$126. Packers cows: Good lean util-
Seven members of the Gonzales Noon Lions were awarded longevity pins and certificates from Lions International at the club’s business meeting Monday, November 5. Pictured above (from left) are Jimmy Windwehen, who received the award for 35 years as a member; Herb Karnau, also 35 years; Kermit Thiele, 45 years; Julie Fairchild, 10 years; and Elgin Heinemeyer, 45 years. Also receiving the awards but not pictured are Cindy Finch, 20 years, and Bob Scheske, 35 years. The Gonzales Noon Lions Club meets every Monday at noon at the Riverside Community Center. Anyone interested in getting more information about the Lions organization and their many charitable services is invited to attend a meeting or contact any member of the club. (Courtesy photo)
The Gonzales Noon Lions Club installed its newest member at their business meeting Monday, November 5th. Carla Faltisek (center) was installed by club president Stephanie Gacke (right). Faltisek’s sponsor is Lion Kris McLain (left). (Courtesy photo)
Area Livestock Reports
ity and commercial, $72-$75; Cutters, $74-$83; Canners, $58-$68; Low yielding fat cows, $67-$71. Packer bulls: Yield grade 1 & 2, good heavy bulls; $91-$94.50; light weights and medium quality bulls, $83-$87. Stocker Cows: $850-$1,150. Pairs: $1,050-$1,250. Thank you for your business!! View our sale live at cattleusa.com! market. Most comments were along the lines that this week was more of a correction to the past 3 weeks of escalating calf prices. Lighter weights are steady with good demand-just not many available. Most ranges were $2-$3/cwt cheaper. Still a good solid market with no holes. As usual the replacement heiger market continues to hold a $10-$20 premium over feeders. Packer Bulls: Hvy. Wts., $87-$94; lower grades, $75-$83. Packer cows: breakers, $68-$75; boning, $65-$75; canners & cutters, $62-$76, had one heiferette go to packer for $85; light & weak, $40-$55. Palpated dry Cows 26 on hand, $80-$96. Pairs only 1 pair sold: $1,050. Steer and bull calves: under 200 lbs, 1 at least 135 lbs, $270; 200-250 lbs, None; 250-300 lbs, $207-$230; 300-350 lbs, $185-$200; 350-400 lbs, $196-$208; 400-450 lbs, $174-$202; 450-500 lbs, $158-$190; 500-550 lbs, $147-$169; 550-600 lbs, $144-$158; 600-700 lbs, $136-$146; 700-800 lbs, $129-$137. Over 700 lbs. bulls, $114-$122. Heifer Calves: under 200 lbs., one, $185; 200-250 lbs. two, $155 & $180; 250-300 lbs, $160-$181; 300-350 lbs, $160-$189; 350-400 lbs, $149-$188; 400-450 lbs, $143-$166; 450-500 lbs, $137-$186; 500-550 lbs, $137-$147; 550-600 lbs, $126-$132; 600-700 lbs., $125-$143; over 700 lbs, $118-$123.
Cuero Livestock Market Report on November 2, 2012, had 1,565 head. Had 157 cows and 17 bulls. The packer market continued to be steady with last few weeks in line with the seasonal trend. A lower tone was noticed but not a significant amount. The calf market somewhat lower across the board. It was a very active
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The Hallettsville Livestock Commission Co., Inc. had on hand on October 30, 2012, 2,064; Week ago, 1,740; Year ago, 2,016. The market this week was steady and very active on better quality and better conditioners calves. Some of the very flesh calves sold $2 to $3 lower. Demand good in all areas. Packer cows and bulls steady on approx. 240 hd. Total. Packer Cows: higher dressing utility & cutter cows, $72-$84; lower dressing utility & cutter cows, $61$72; light weight canner cows, $50$61. Packer Bulls: heavyweight bulls, $92-$96; utility & cutter bulls, $86$92; lightweight canner bulls, $78$86. Stocker and Feeder Calves and Yearlings: Steer & Bull Calves: under 200; None; 200-300 lbs, $210-$236; 300-400 lbs, $188-$217.50; 400-500 lbs, $155-$202.50; 500-600 lbs, $130$175; 600-700 lbs, $127-$150; 700800 lbs, $121-$134. Heifer Calves: under 200 lbs, None; 200-300 lbs, $185-$216; 300-400 lbs, $158-$191; 400-500 lbs, $140-$175; 500-600 lbs, $120-$146; 600-700 lbs, $117-$127; 700-800 lbs, $110-$120. If we can help with marketing your livestock, please call 361-7984336.
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FOUND: Male Siamese Cat, w/purple flower collard, no chip in ear. On North side of Gonzales by Hermann Sons. Call 672-5251. -------------------------FOUND: Stray calf found in Belmont area. 830-424-3685.
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.
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857-6487. -------------------------Progressing Chronic Illness. Increasing Medical Bills. Must sell everything possible. Used, good condition, Corning Ware Cookware, Bakeware, Dishes, Hummingbird Collection; Grape Table & kitchen items; New, never used appliances, make-up mirror; Paula Young wigs. Also used daybed, sofa & coffee table. 830-203-8529 M-F, 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday anytime. -------------------------Dearborn Gas Heater. With 6 grates. $50. 830-203-8899. -------------------------For Sale: Concrete parking curbs 6’ long 6” tall plain or painted, 16’ + 20’ long concrete cattle guard bases, cattle feed troughs. Call Vic for pricing, 6726383 or 857-3827. -------------------------MP3 Player. SanDisk 86GB. Brand new. 437-2046. -------------------------For Sale: Brush Guard for 2004 1/2 ton Chev. Pickup $50 and 36” Whirlpool used Gas Range, $50. 361594-2507. -------------------------Electric cook 4
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burner stove, white w/oven. Estate by Whirlpool. $150. For more information. Call 830-2038899. -------------------------21” RCA TV, great for kids room or 2nd TV. $75. Call 437-2046. -------------------------Unicorn Collection
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for Sale. Call Frances between 9pm10am, 830-5876476. -------------------------5,000 lb. Mobile creek feeder for sale. 437-2927. -------------------------Wicker Screen Room divider, red poppy design. $45. Lg. rattlesnake
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skin, mounted on panel, $95. Camping travel pot, $20.
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512-917-4078. -------------------------Large shower chair.
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19” color TV w/ stand, stand has rollers. 857-8090.
Job Corps is currently enrolling students aged 16-24 in over 20 vocational trades at no-cost! Will help students get drivers license GED or High School diploma and college training if qualified. For more info call 512-6657327.
2 Family Garage Sale Saturday, November 10, 8-2. 1713 N. College. Furniture, clothes, toys, misc. -------------------------Yard Sale Friday, 9-1. 713 Williams. Men’s clothes, glassware & lots of misc. items. -------------------------Mult-Family Garage Estate Sale. Gas heaters, gas stove, queen bed, day bed, sofa’s, dressers, dining room set, lots of baby items, glassware, antiques, mantle, furniture, clothes & more. 1028 St. Peter, Friday & Saturday, 8am-? -------------------------Garage Sale. Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Large dresser, coffee table, antique typewriter, Christmas items, curtains, clothes, plants, misc. 1603 Gardien St. -------------------------3 Family yard sale in Harwood, November 10, 2012 at 8a to 3p. Come to Harwood store and turn. It’s the second mobile home on the right. If it rains, we will have
“National Lifestyle Centers, Inc. is looking for a Receptionist/Administrative Assistant to join their office. In this position you would be the NLC front desk and the main administrative support for all other team members. To succeed in this position you must possess Microsoft Office 2010 skills, be well organized, have a friendly personality, have the drive to meet deadlines. Email resume to info@ournlc. com.” -------------------------Experienced Journeyman or Tradesman Plumber for growing plumbing business. Bring resume to 212 N. Cypress in Luling between 1-5 p.m. M-F. -------------------------Now Hiring Medical Assistant. Bilingual a must. Experience a plus. Apply in person at 1103 N. Sarah DeWitt JDr., Gonzales. -------------------------Windsor Nursing & Rehab now accepting application for FT/PT Certified Nurse Aides various shifts. Please contact Wendy Grant, 1219 Eastwood Seguin, Texas. 830379-7777. -------------------------Now hiring for Certified Nurses Assistants. Apply in person at Oak Creek, 1105 Magnolia St., Luling. -------------------------Full-time positions available for Certified Nurses Aides. Excellent benefits included. Please apply at The Heights of Gonzales, 701 N. Sarah DeWitt, Gonzales, Texas. for more information please call 830-6724530. -------------------------CDL DRIVERS WANTED J.M. Oilfield Service, a family oriented company is seeking professional & reliable Class A
Best Western Regency Inn & Suites 1811 E. Sarah DeWitt Dr., Gonzales Seeking a Front Desk Clerk. Computer experience required. Applications may be picked up, at the front office. No phone calls, please.
Maintenance Position Open
Waelder Housing Authority is accepting applications for a full-time maintenance position. Only qualified applicants need apply. MUST be well organized, have knowledge of Electrical, Plumbing, Sewer Lines and Lift Station, Inventory, carpentry skills, ability to maintain apartment units in clean, decent and safe condition. Operate lawn equipment, floor equipment, receive and document service request. Good people skills, a plus. Health Ins. and Retirement benefits. Salary based on qualifications. Must be able to pass criminal history. Apply at WHA Office located at: 220 North Avenue A, Waelder, TX. Call 830-203-0009 for additional information.
Kitchen Pride Mushroom Farms has immediate full-time Night Grower Tech/Security position available. Position is responsible for monitoring crops, mechanical equipment and general security. Successful candidate will possess strong observation and follow through capabilities, have a stable work history and the ability to learn mechanical systems. We offer 401k, Vacation, Medical, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance.
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Full-time position Equipment Operator, water distribution, wastewater collection department. This is a skilled service-maintenance position. Work involves maintaining, repairing and installing new water and sewer lines, meters, fire hydrants, pumps and plumbing systems at all city facilities. Perform related duties as required and ability to operate equipment needed to perform these tasks. Class B-CDL required. Must be available for on call duty every fifth week. Starting pay $23,664.00. Benefits for full time employees include health insurance, retirement program and paid leave. Applicant must be able to pass a pre-screen drug test and physical. The City of Gonzales is an equal opportunity employer and encourages all interested parties to apply. Applications available at the city’s website, www.cityofgonzales.org. Please complete an employment application and take to City Hall or mail to: City of Gonzales Attn: Payroll Dept. P.O. Box 547 Gonzales, TX 78629 “NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE”
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WANTED: Bobtail Truck Driver Day & Night Positions Available Requirements: Class A CDL with HazMat/Tanker Endorsements Must be at least 25 years of age Insurance, 401K and vacation included Applications available at: Schmidt & Sons, Inc. 2510 Church St. • Gonzales, Texas 78629 www.schmidtandsons.com (830) 672-2018 • John Clark @ ext. 112
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it the next Saturday. (11/10/12) Horse blanket great condition paid $70 asking $45 obo, tread mill, good condition, works, asking $125 obo. Call or text, (830)
Notice is hereby given that original Letters Testamentary for the Estate of Annie Mae Dierschke, Deceased, were issued on October 1, 2012, in Cause No. 10666, pending in the County Court of Lavaca, County, Texas, to: Mary Lou Dierschke. All persons having claims against this Estate which is currently being administered are required to present them to the undersigned within the time and in the manner prescribed by law.
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Competitive pay/BOE Excellent benefits: Health, Medical, Vision, 401K Call Human Resources at 830-582-1619 for more information or email resume to: email@example.com 603 W. Central, Hwy. 87, Nixon, Texas ~ Si Habla Espanol
Jean J. Peterek Attorney for Mary Lou Dierschke State Bar No.: 00792756 P.O. Drawer C Gonzales, Texas 78629 Telephone: (830) 672-9511 Facsimile: (830) 672-7638
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MISC. FOR SALE
Old Metal Full size bed w/rails - no mattresses, $40. Chain Saw w/case, $125. 361-2083565. -------------------------For Sale: Cage large, off the ground. By 2ft, cage size about 3 1/2 ft. front, 2 ft. deep. 2-3 ft. high. Tray slides out end on bottom for cleaning. Has top large opening & side opening. Clean can be put in house. $65.00 firm. 830263-4608 anytime.
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Medium size bird cage, slide out bottom to clean trays to feed & water & extras. Aqua Green. $25.00. 830-2634608. -------------------------Baby walker, eating tray combo and it is a red race car, plays tunes and lights up. Ages 6 months-1 1/2 year baby. Cool must see! $40.00. 830-263-4608, daytime or evening. -------------------------Troybilt Trimmer with attachments
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(edger, tiller). 4 cycle, uses straight gasoline. $250. 361741-2604. -------------------------For Sale: ORGANIC EGGS. Free Range chickens. $2.00 dozen. Will deliver to Gonzales weekly. 830-540-3536. -------------------------Kenmore Washing machine. Excellent condition. $150. Call 361-741-2604, anytime. -------------------------Antique metal wood burning stove. $175. 512917-4078. -------------------------2 Lounge Chairs, 6 ft. tall headboard, bed frame, oak dining table, antique egg incubator, entertainment center, lamp stand w/ drawers, booth dining table, planter boxes. 361-5944307. -------------------------Large amount quality items. Everything $85.00; worth about $300. Health problems prevent garage sale. In Lockhart. Mel, 512376-9396. -------------------------Clavinova Yamaha Digital Piano w/ bench. Under Warranty. $2,700. Call 830-339-0111. -------------------------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. -------------------------Electric Hospital bed, $150. 582-
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1120. -------------------------Stain Glass Window, white tail deer. $275. 512-9174078. -------------------------For Sale: Headache Rack, Bumper Hitch, Aluminum Running Boards, 5 office desks, Lift Chair, Antique Bed, Leather Sofa Bed. 1109 FM 532 West, Shiner. 361-596-4403. -------------------------Air Framing Nailer. Contractor Series. $75.00. Call 361-7412604.
Fayette Country Homes. 800-3696888, RBI 32896. Open Mon.-Sat. 9-6, Sundays 1-6. -------------------------80’ 3 Bedroom in Schulenburg Park. Financing Available. Fayette Country Homes, 800-3696888. RBI 32896. Open Mon.-Sat, 9-6, Sundays, 1-6. -------------------------Just Arrived - Repo 4 Bedroom Doublewide Palm Harbor Priced to Sell... Fayette Country Homes, 979-7436195, RBI 32896. Open Mon-Sat., 9-6, Sundays, 1-6. -------------------------3bedroom/2 bathroom singlewide available. $27,900. Call if in need of housing. 830-3056926. RBI#36486. -------------------------OILFIELD HOUSING - 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom with washer and dryer, office spaces, must see to appreciate. 830-305-6926. RBI#36486. -------------------------Between 4-5 Acres for Sale. Doublewide. Excellent condition. Hwy. frontage. 3BR, all electric, all appliances. Call 830-857-1026.
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Old Shiner Rd, Yoakum. 361-582-6593. -------------------------Mobile Homes for rent: 3 b e d ro o m / 1 b a t h , fully furnished, some homes have Wi-Fi. 900 Old Shiner Rd., Yoakum, 361-582-6593 or 361-798-0816. -------------------------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.
HOMES FOR RENT
Motel Suites. 2 bedrooms, full kitchen, porch/small yard. $68 nightly, $310 weekly. Crews welcome. Call JR, 512292-0070, 830-8575727. -------------------------House for Rent Completely furnished house, 3 or 2 bdrms, one room furnished as office, one full bath, fully equipped kitchen, microwave, washer and dryer, large storage space, yard maintained. No pets. Cable and Wi-Fi. Near County Clerk’s office. Convenient for two landmen. $1,250 a month plus utilities. Call 830-672-6265 or 830-857-4251. -------------------------For Rent in Luling. 3 bed, 1 bath, Central Air & heat. $850/month, $600/ deposit. 830-8323163. Earl Landry. -------------------------House for Rent. 302 Lancaster, Moulton, TX. Nice spacious 1BR home w/appliances & a large yard. Call for info. 832-633-3950. -------------------------Single Suite. Perfect for Supervisor for Oil Company. Full kitchen, washer/ dryer, TV/Full cable, wireless internet. No smoking inside. No Pets. Fully furnished and all bills paid. Private Yard/ Garage. Weekly, $280; Deposit $300. Call 512-292-0070 -------------------------Home For Rent. Country Home. completely remodeled. 2BR/1BA, CA, hardwood floors, roof for AG Project. Navarro ISD between Seguin & New Braunfels. $1,000 month, $1,000 deposit. 830-660-7351 or 830-822-5348. -------------------------ATTENTION OIL AND GAS PIPE LINERS - CREW HOUSING VAILABLE 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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Looking for a 2 or 3BR nice house in Nixon and Leesville area. Call 830-8571658. -------------------------Looking for a nice house in or near Gonzales. 940-2844255.
COMMERCIAL FOR RENT
For Rent: Office space or store front, 960 sq. ft., 1/2 block off square. Kitchenette, 1 ba, newly refurbished. For more information, call 830-672-6265. -------------------------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.
Assistant Manager needed by the Gonzales Branch of World Finance. Valid driver license and auto required. This is a Manager Trainee position and a career opportunity that offers excellent salary and a complete fringe benefit package. Promotion to Manager possible within 15 months. No experience necessary. Apply in person at 623 N. St. Paul
For Sale: Post Oak Firewood - year old - size and quantity to fit your need. Delivery available. Call for prices, 830-5404776 or 830-8573273.
HOMES FOR RENT
3BR fully furnished, fenced in backyard, large store room, internet/cable available. Call for information, 830-6726265 or 857-4251. -------------------------3BR/2BA large house. Fully furnished, beds, linens, washer/dryer, cable T.V., stove, refrigerator. CA/CH. Great for crew. Monthly or lease available. Home in town, plenty of parking. 512-820-5461. -------------------------Newly renovated home in Shiner for rent. 3/1, CA/H, wood floors, lg. BR’s. $850/mo. Broker/ Owner, 512-2173171. -------------------------Charming 1/1 home on 2 wooded acs, w/lrg. deck in country, 77 North, paved road. $775/ mo. No pets/smokers. 512-415-6483. -------------------------3/2 Large home on nice lot. $1,250/mo. Stove, refrigerator, included. Families or Oil Field Workers welcome. 713-5013416. -------------------------2 B R / 2 B A , 1,750SF(+/-) home for lease 7 mi. north of Gonzales on gravel road. Central A/C, full kitchen w/ appliances. $1,300/ mo. + deposit. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. -------------------------2 and 3 Bedroom houses for rent. $650 & up + deposit. Current references a must. Furnished or unfurnished. Call 830672-5169. -------------------------For Rent: 2BR/2BA/2CG home on 183 N. $1,250/ mo., plus deposit. Call 830-857-4458 for information. -------------------------3BR/2BA Brick house for rent. 1 mile North of Yoakum. AC, washer, dryer. Large access driveway in & out for truck parking for large bobtails. Oak grove, great for BBQ’s and entertaining. Available Now. Call 361-2936619, leave message. --------------------------
HAY FOR SALE
Hay for sale. Lg. bales Kleingrass. $60 per bale. 830857-3616, 830-4917310. -------------------------Fertilized Johnson Grass Bermuda Hay. Large round bales. $50. 857-3324.
Maintenance Position Open
Gonzales Housing Authority is accepting applications for a full-time maintenance position. Only qualified applicants need apply. MUST be well organized, have knowledge of Electrical, Plumbing, Sewer Lines and Lift Station, Inventory, Carpentry skills, ability to maintain apartment units in clean, decent and safe condition. Operate lawn equipment, floor equipment, receive and document service request. Good people skills, a plus. Health Ins. and Retirement benefits. Salary based on qualifications. Must be able to pass criminal history. Apply at GHA Office located at: 410 Village Dr., Gonzales, TX. Call 830-203-0009 for additional information.
Want to Buy: Oliver 60 Tractor. V.A.C. Case Tractor. Run or Not. 361-293-1633. -------------------------5 Bale Hay King Trailer & Bale Flipper Loader. Load hay without getting out of truck. Video on baleflipper.com. $13,500. 512-5655927.
1988 S-10. Good body and transmission. Needs engine. $200 negotiable. 830-857-5927. Needs engine. -------------------------1988 Saab 900 Turbo Coup Convertible. Top work but rebuilt clutch. Good buy. $800. 830-857-5927. -------------------------1972 Chevy Half Ton Pickup. Rebuilt drive train except rear end. All original. 29K Engine, 50K Transmission. 3/4 rear springs. $1K. 830-857-5927. -------------------------2008 Mustang GT with Shelby package and low miles (48K), 22” chrome wheels with performance tires, 5-speed manual transmission, leather interior, Shaker 500 sound system with 6 CD/MP3 changer, and auto windows. $25,000 OBO. Call or text 830-263-1212. -------------------------For Sale: 2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - $7,500. 2nd owner pickup with low miles, cold A/C, spray-in bed liner, grill guard, towing package and more! Call Lauren at (361) 648-5049 for more info. -------------------------Tires for Sale. 4 brand new tires - 255-35ZR20 Nitto Extreme ZR with Rims - Martin Bros 20” universal rims. $500. 830-8571340.
Secluded, wooded, and wildlife: 3BR/2Ba Doublewide, fireplace, lg. covered front porch, 2 decks, 12x16 storage, carport, all appliances, livestock capabilities; on 5 acres with gravel base truck yard. On CR 284 past Halliburton & Oil Tanker Rail Road. $1,100. Residential - $2,300, Commercial: Taking App’s now. Available March 1st. 979-2926154 or 979-2929520. -------------------------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 672-6922. (TFN)
Couch, dresser, buffet. $50 each. Call 830-263-1181. -------------------------Dining room table, solid wood, with six high back chairs and leaf to extend table, $200.00. Large china cabinet, $200.00 . 830672-2604. -------------------------7 pc. dinette, $95; coffee and end table, $75; 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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Vacation, Sick Leave, Hosp. Ins., Dental, Vision, 401K, ESOP. Apply in person at: Cal-Maine foods, Inc., 1680 CR431 or 748 CR 422, Waelder, Texas 78959. Mon-Friday, 7-4 pm. Telephone number 830-540-4105/830-540-4684.
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APTS. FOR RENT
Apartment and travel trailer. Everything furnished. $700 for one person. $900 for two people. All bills paid. Loccated on 183 North. 830-8753028. -------------------------3BR, 2BA 1670+Sq. Ft. Upstairs apartment on Residential Lot in nice area of Cuero, $1,185/ mo. includes all Util. with cable and WiFi, fully furnished - incl. linens. Hotelstyle kitchenette (no sink or stove), but full-size fridge, microwave & Keurig brewer. Hot plate ok, outdoor bbq w/ propane & charcoal grill onsite. No pets. $750 deposit, 3 mo. lease. (361) 4841922, leave message.
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RV’s FOR SALE
per warranty left. $17,900. Call 512914-8347. -------------------------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.
ft. trailers. $300/ a week. Please call for more info & rates. Pug @ 512-9630000 or Dawn @ 512-508-6221.
Black Limousin and Angus Heifers and Bulls, Gentle Increase your weaning weights. Established breeder since 1971. Delivery available 979 5616148 . -------------------------Nanny Boer Goats (adult). Ages: 1yr4yr. Pkg. Deal (4). $320.00. 830-5600238 to request photos..please send an email request to amazin_grace454@ yahoo.com or text me at above number. -------------------------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. -------------------------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. -------------------------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.
House for sale by owner. 2BR/1Bath CA/H. $65,000. 830234-3415 or 830279-7900. -------------------------Home for Sale. Low down, 3/2/1,136 sq. ft. Only $85,600 w/$1,600 dn. 202 East Lee at Smiley. Call Mr. Smith, 855-847-6806. (11/01/12) -------------------------3bd/1ba home on 0.985 acres for sale in Nixon. 1,048 sq. ft. with additional 400 sq. ft. attached deck. Recently remodeled, CA/H, all appliances stay! Asking $79,000. Call 830-203-9383. -------------------------3BR/2Ba Doublewide, lg. covered porch, 2 decks, 12x16 storage, carport, all appliances, on 5 acres with gravel based truck yard. On CR 284 past halliburton & Oil Tanker Rail Road. 830-445-9131. -------------------------3BED, 1 Bath House For Sale! 0.985 acres on Hwy. 80, 8 miles north of Nixon, TX. 78140. 1048 sq. ft with 400 sq. ft. deck attached. Recently remodeled. Central Air and Heat. Appliances stay! $89,999. Ph. 830-203-9383. No owner financing available. -------------------------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 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 down-
sizing 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.
ISD. Possible owner financing available. 361-648-4090 or 361-935-1109.
Lucky Shots by Dee. Need Family Portraits, Family Reunions, Birthdays, School Pictures, Weddings, Etc. 830857-1495 -------------------------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 -------------------------No Limit Accessories David Matias, Owner 830-263-1633 1026 St. Paul St., Gonzales Window Tinting, Commercial. Call for appointment.
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 830-2634888 for information.
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RV Sites Available in Nixon. $350/mo. includes utilities. Call 830-857-6921.
Looking For Work Not Hiring Need a job as a caregiver, as livein or to help with clerical, customer service, telemarketer or teachers aide. Have 30+ years experience. Great references & background check, dependable, caring and love children. If iterested call 830391-4837. -------------------------Camera work for businesses, promotional uses, editing titles. 830263-0909. creativechannel@live. com. -------------------------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.
BOATS FOR SALE
1996, 18.5’ Baymaster Center Console Boat, 120 Horse Force Mercury Motor with Jack Plate, Lourence GPS Mapp i n g - S o n a r - Fi s h Finder, Marine Radio. $7,000.00. Contact 830-263-2920. -------------------------For Sale or Trade: 27’ Sailboat, Beam 8’, fiberglass. 361561-3335. Ask for Jeff.
TRAVEL TRAILERS FOR RENT
Travel Trailer for rent or sale. Rent is $300.00 per week with all bills paid. willlocate at RV park of your choice and I pay the RV Rental. Or $1,000.00 per month with all bills paid. Will sell travel trailer for $55,000. Call 830-351-0943 for details. -------------------------RV Space for rent. $300 month. All bills included. If interested please call 820-203-9255 -------------------------Fully furnished Travel Trailers for rent. Will rent weekly or monthly. Pets Allowed. $50.00 Deposit. $300 per week or $1,000 per month. Call Terry for details, 830-3510943. Will relocate to RV Park of your choice. All utilities paid. All trailers will be available first week in October for move in. -------------------------Travel Trailer for rent for RV space in Smiley. All utilities included, good healthy environment. 830-2039255 or 361-7906305. -------------------------30’ Travel Trailer w/2 slides for rent in RV Ranch in Gonzales. Swimming pool, laundry facilities, shower house and all bills paid. $300 a week. 830-3056926. -------------------------28’ Travel Trailer for rent. Can be moved from job site. Call 830-305-6926. -------------------------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
Wanted: Old work western boots. 830672-7384. -------------------------Want to Buy: Used Headgate for cattle. 361-798-0482. -------------------------WANTED: Acetylene Gas Regulator for welding torch. 437-2232.
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.
FARM & RANCH
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
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Dog Box, 4 ft. wide, 3 ft. deep, 24” tall w/6” cargo space on top. $300. 830660-2526 or 830540-4063. -------------------------Free kittens. Call 361-594-4307. -------------------------Free dog to good home. Large female dog, brown, tame, gentle. Chip paper work with her. Call 830-481-4707. -------------------------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)
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Willing to mow lawns in morning or evening. Also will do weedeating. Not affiliated with any company’s. 830263-0909. -------------------------Lawn mowing service, residential & commercial. Will also mow oilfield yards or large oil related businesses. Liability ins., free estimates and low cost. No job too large or too small. 830-2634181.(TFN)
157 Hillcrest, Luling - 3BD/1.5 BA home walking distance to golf course. Large, fenced yard with alley access and storage. $95,000. NEW - 401 E. Travis, Luling - 3BD/2BA/2 car garage, great location next to schools and churches. Recent exterior paint, roof, and tree trimming. $129,900. NEW - 214 E. Crockett, Luling - Charming, move-in ready 3BD/2.5Ba features large den area and beautiful yard. Detached building approx. 650 sq. ft. ideal for storage or commercial space. $185.000. 189 CR 280, Harwood - 3BD/2BA home with sunroom and covered porch to enjoy the country views! Storage building. $84,000. 3 AC - 473 Crockett Lane, Settlement at Patriot Ranch - Beautiful countryside views offered with this 2BD/2BA main home and detached guesthouse. $239,000. 18 AC - 5224 Sandy Fork Rd, Harwood - 3BD/2BA home perfect for the country getaway! 2 car detached garage, 30x40 run-in shed. Large tank, fully fenced. Mature trees. $244,500. 14 AC - 1491 Highsmith Rd, Luling - Partially cleared and wooded. 3BD/2BA home with stained concrete and additional living/bonus room. Detached storage building. $245,000. 960 S Pecan, Luling - 1 AC lot with modern 4BD/3BA/3 car garage home, office, open floor plan great for entertaining! $340,000. 715 S. Pecan, Luling - 4BD/2BA split bedroom features hardwood floors. Large, fenced yard, water well, alley access. $137,700. 10 AC, Settlement at Patriot Ranch - residential site at end of culCONTRACT PENDING de-sac, mature trees. RV Park - 10.5 AC - Great location just off IH-10, mature trees and nice tank. Site has been engineered for 54 unit RV Park. 10 AC - Chuckwagon Rd - Heavily wooded with a runoff tank and partial fencing. Electric available - well & septic required. $67,000. 43 AC - 2198 Sandy Branch Rd., Harwood - Secluded with partial high fence, large tank, rustic cabin. Beautiful views. $279,500. 19.77 AC - AVE A., Waelder - Partially cleared and wooded with HWY 90 frontage. Previous tree farm operation. City utilities.
Child care in home. I have 2 openings, Curriculum and meals included. Please call for details. 830-263-0058.
For Sale: ORGANIC EGGS. Free Range chickens. $2.00 dozen. Will deliver to Gonzales weekly. 830-540-3536. -------------------------For Sale: 2 & 3 year old red & black Brangus Bulls. No Papers. Good selection. Call 830-4375772.
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Saturday, November 10. Event founder and this year’s NHS President, Travis Bailey, is hopeful that once again the community and area golfers will step up and support this worthy cause to assist our country’s physically and emotionally wounded soldiers. The tournament will be a four-man scramble format, a lunch will be provided, and more details will be forthcoming as planning continues. Team entry fees will be $200 for a four-man team which includes green fees, two carts, lunch and a commemorative gift. Sponsorships will be available for the holes and prizes, and donations will be needed to help defray the event’s production costs. If anyone is interested in donating, playing, or participating in any way, please contact Travis Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org or NHS Advisor Mickie Bailey at 875-2458 x 6001 or mbailey@ luling.txed.net. The 28th Annual Christmas Arts & Crafts Show is fast approaching in Luling. The event is scheduled 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24. Shop for unique Christmas Gifts for the whole family. Anyone interested in a booth, call Ashley at the Luling Chamber of Commerce (830)8753214. Spots are filling up fast! The Thompsonville Ladies Club will host their annual Thanksgiving Luncheon on Friday, Nov. 9 at noon at the Thompsonville Community Center, located on County Road 423 off U.S. Highway 90. The lunch will include turkey and all the trimmings. Donations will be accepted for use to provide scholarships for area youth. The Gonzales Elks Ladies will present the annual Ladies Champagne Luncheon and Style Show on Saturday, Nov. 10. Entitled “Dreamin’ For A Cure,” the event will take place at the Elks Lodge, located at 1222 E. Sarah DeWitt Drive, beginning at 11 a.m. Pre-sale only tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Shear Designs Boutique, W.B. Farm & Ranch, or from Elks Ladies members. Proceeds benefit the local American Cancer Society Relay for Life event. For more information, call 830-672-2615 after 6 p.m. Free piano lessons for students 8-18 are being offered in Gonzales. There are 10 weekly lessons that take place from 3:45-4:45 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Gonzales Public Library, located at 415 St. Matthew. Registration must be done at the library by a parent or legal guardian and library membership is required. No telephone registrations will be accepted. For more information, call the library at 830672-6315. For the fifth consecutive year, the Presbyterian Church of Gonzales will showcase its 1925 pipe organ with a concert during the Winterfest celebration. The free concert will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. Visiting organist Paul Keith of Austin will perform a selection of classical and modern pieces. Refreshments follow the event. For more information, call the church office at 830-672-3521. The Gonzales Livestock Show Association recently announced its show requirements. To be eligible for the Gonzales Livestock Show: all exhibitors must be members of Gonzales 4-H or FFA prior to November 1; and exhibitors and a parent/guardian must attend one drug residue avoidance class. Classes will be held at Gonzales High School cafeteria on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m.; Monday, Nov. 26 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 5 at 9 a.m. Updates may be acquired by visiting the new Gonzales Livestock Show Association Facebook page and Show rules may be picked up at the County Agent’s office. Lamb and goat validation will be held Wednesday, Oct. 10th at J.B. Wells Showbarn. The times are from 5-6 p.m. for Lambs and from 6-7 p.m. for Goats. All market and breeders must validate at this time. The Gonzales Odd Fellows Lodge #38 I.O.O.F. is now taking orders for their annual Smoked Meat Sale. Chickens (about 3 lbs.) will sale for $8 each, sausage (3-lb. packages) will sale for $11, turkeys (8-10 lbs.) will be available for $22 each and ham (5-6 lbs.) for $26 each. Orders must be turned in by Nov. 15 and will be delivered or picked up on Dec. 12. For more information, contact Larry Mercer at 830-672-2982 or any other Odd Fellow member. All proceeds will go to benefit the children and organizations that help the children in Gonzales area. The City of Luling will sponsor “Movies in the Park” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at Longer Park. The show will be “Real Steel.” The event is sponsored by the City of Luling, Luling Chamber of Commerce and other local supporters. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy this free event. Longer Park is located on South Magnolia Ave and East Bowie St. TMC Golden Crescent Head Start offers preschool services to children ages 3-5 years, includeing education, nutrition, dental, social, disability, health and mental health. Gonzales Head Start is now accepting applications at the Gonzales Head Start Centers at 1600 Elm Street or 925 Wells Street. For information call 361-582-4441.
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The Gonzales Master Gardeners will present a free public education program on November 15 at 6:30 pm at City Hall. Andy Chidester of the Natural Gardener in Austin will speak on Square Foot Gardening, a high density vegetable gardening approach designed to concentrate water and nutrients. Person attending are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to be donated to GCAM. Full Gospel Church will have a Garage Sale on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The sale will include such items as clothes, shoes, purses and much more. Also available will be barbecue plates and baked goods. Full Gospel Church is located at 1426 Fisher Street in Gonzales. The GOOD OLE BOYS Texas Dance Band will play an old fashioned Sunday afternoon dance at the Geronimo VFW (6808 HWY 123N, Geronimo) on Sunday, November 11 from 3p-6:30. $7.00 (Proceeds benefit Veterans) For more information call 830-303-9903. BYOB/SNACKS Gonzales County Retired Teachers Association invites all education-related retirees to our Nov. 20 lunch meeting at 12:00 at Café-on-theSquare. Please call Ann Laster (672-7609) or Pat Cochran (672-4789) to reserve a plate. The speaker will be Jimmy Harless, our county’s Emergency Management Coordinator. The Gonzales Independent School District will host a parent autism education/support group at the District Staff Development Center on the Gonzales Junior High School campus on Monday, November 19th from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The topic for this meeting will be the formation of a support group for parents of autistic children. Although children are welcome to attend, childcare will not be provided. Please enter through the gate on St. Louis Street beside the junior high band hall. For additional information, please contact James Alford, Erin La Buhn, or Jennifer Gay at 830-672-6441. The St. Paul High School junior class is selling pre-sale tickets only for a meal fundraiser to benefit this year’s Junior/Senior Prom. The fundraiser will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 4 to 6:15 p.m. at the Shiner KC Park. Only drive-thru lines will be available. A plate of chicken-fried chicken breast, butter-onion potatoes and green beans with bacon will be offered at a cost of $8 each. Out of town delivery will be made to Yoakum Community Hospital from 5-5:30 p.m. and Gonzales Lone Star Bank from 5-5:30 p.m. For tickets, contact any junior student or call the St. Paul High School office at 361-5942313. After successfully raising $1600 for the Wounded Warrior Project last year, the Luling High School National Honor Society is pleased to announce that they will once again host the LHS NHS Golf Tournament Benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project. The event is set for
To apply for head Start, you will need a copy pof the child’s Birth Certificate, proof of income, proof of address and a current immunization record. The Guadalupe Valley Family Violence Shelter, Inc. (GVFVS) is a non-profit organization providing services to both residents and nonresidents 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 830-372-2780 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 email@example.com, or Gerri Lawing at 830-857-1207 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This group meets the second Thursday of every month at 10 a.m. in the Narthex of the First United Methodist Church. This meeting is free and open to the public and is facilitated by Wesley Nurse, Shirley Goss. Educational and supportive programs are offered. For more information, call 672-1031. Flex & Tone is held every Tuesday and Thursday, 11-11:45 in the Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church. These are chair exercises using exercise balls, dowels and hand weights. Come on, join us, and get fit. Exercises are led by an RN with blood pressure assessments available. Walk-Exercise your way to fitness is an Video exercise available at First United Methodist Church. It is offered every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 3 pm, and every Wednesday at 2 pm. This group meets for 45 minutes in the Fellowship Hall. It consists of low impact aerobic exercises and is facilitated by Shirley Goss, Wesley Nurse. Blood pressure assessments are available at each class. Come and have great fun and socialization along with gaining fitness.
Church Garage Sale
Arts & Crafts Show
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Parkinson Support Group
Elks Ladies Style Show
Movies in the Park
Free Exercise Programs
Free piano lessons
Wounded Warriors Golf
Free organ concert
What’s Happening at the GYC
Here’s what’s happening at the Gonzales Youth Center this weekend: Thursday, Nov. 8 • Open 3:30-6 p.m. • 4 p.m. Report Cards Rewards. Bring in your report card to receive a token from the kitchen for every “A” and to get your name in the running for the Awesome Hummer Bike that will be given away. • 4:15 p.m. Checker and Chess Tournaments. Saturday, Nov. 10 • Open 3:30-10 p.m. • 4 p.m. Come help crochet purple beanie hats for newborns to help raise awareness of Shaken Baby Syndrome. Earn 400 points and help make a difference! • 6 p.m. Pool Tournament • 6:30 p.m. Balloon Volleyball • 7 p.m. Movie The Gonzales Youth Center offers Tutoring from 3:30-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, with help in all subjects. We can help you get your grades up and keep them there. Get in the habit of coming in and staying ahead with your classes. Students working in homework lab will earn 200 points an hour. The Center is open from 3:30-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and Saturday from 3 until 10 p.m. Ride bus # 21 from North Avenue or the Junior High and ride the GYC Bus home after 6 p.m. All students must be picked up by parent or ride the bus home when we close. No Walking Home!
A barbecue benefit for Meadow Haven Horse Rescue and Sanctuary is scheduled starting at 11 a.m. Nov. 10 at Tractor Supply, 1619 Hwy 90A in Gonzales. Brisket, potato salad and bean plates will be available for $8 a plate. All donations are tax deductible and will be used to help feed the horses of Meadow Haven. The Delhi Ladies Club Annual Bazaar will be held, Saturday, November 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Delhi Community Center on SH304, near Jct. with FM 713. There will be handmade crafts, bake goods and a drawing for a Queen size handmade quilt (Around the world in Blocks) at 3:00 p.m. Quilt tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Victoria College Nursing Students present their Fundraising Bunco Night. $25 per person. Dinner will be served. Prizes and door prizes will be given. Bring a friend! Please RSVP by November 12, 2012 to Kristin Schuette All proceeds beneift Victoria College Gonzales Campus
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The last dispatch - Coming Home
I’m sitting here in the passenger trailer of the Diplomatic Flight Service in Bagram, Afghanistan waiting on my flight home. This is actually the mid-point in the journey, but it is where I feel that I am really leaving. From here we fly to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and then to the States. I’ll go to Camp Attebury in Illinois and then, after out processing, I head home to Texas. I actually have very mixed feelings about leaving here. Not that I don’t want to come home, I do, but I’m leaving Jack behind. Jack was my assigned detection dog. He and I have lived together; played together, shared the same room and basically have been inseparable for over a year. This morning before I got on the C-130 cargo plane out of Sharana, the FOB where I’ve been for the last year, Jack and I went to visit the folks that operate the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) up on the hill next to the runway. These things fly at all hours of the day and the mission is vital. Although I don’t have the clearance to see what they are doing from the control building, I do hear of the results. Jack and I had befriended the folks there and they would even come to my room to visit Jack from time to time, so saying goodbye was a must. When I got there, Jack came bounding out of the Toyota 4 Runner I was in and ran over to a Navy Lt. Commander who runs the operation. He too is a dog person. As Jack was getting lots of love and was clearly the center of attention (he always is wherever we go), I let them know I was leaving and this was the last time Jack would be around. They were sad to see us go, but clearly understood it was time. From there, I went to the flight line and made arrangements to fly out. Not too much of an eventful flight. Everything went as scheduled and in a little while, we jumped into the night as the big engines strained to pull the packed plane into the thin air. The runway is at 8,200 feet, so it is not easy for the flights to get off if the heat is up. Something to do with the air density I’m told. Landing in Bagram a short while later, I gathered Jack and my stuff and went to find a room at the company compound. I’d be leaving the next day to make the long flight home. I was instructed to put Jack in a kennel, something I didn’t want to do but really had no choice in. I took him to the holding kennels and informed the kennel attendant where he was, what and when he was fed and then signed my friend over to him. He was no longer mine or my responsibility. I went back to the billets and had a very fitful night mainly waiting for the day to come so I could leave. Morning came with a cold wind and a loud snap of an explosion. Yep, the insurgents had launched yet another attack on the perimeter. Nothing big, mainly harassment, but it does keep your attention. As far as I was concerned, as long as the runway was not damaged I’d be leaving on schedule. As I got ready to go there was one more thing to do. I had to visit Jack one last time. He was in a kennel at the main hub
Dispatches from Downrange
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.
in Bagram where the unassigned dogs are housed. He had not been in a kennel since he was assigned to me and it was hard to see him behind the grate. Not that the kennel is bad. These are actually very nice and roomy. He has a house and a run, but still he is separated from me. I slipped my hand through the squares of the kennel and Jack laid his head in it as I scratched him behind the ears. I didn’t say anything, just petted and tried, unsuccessfully, to hold back the tears. I had actually inquired about purchasing him from the company and bringing him home. That was out of the question unfortunately. Jack was a victim of his own success. He and I had become the top drug detection team in Afghanistan. Jack is only three and a half years old, so he has a long time left until retirement. He is a company asset and a valuable one at that. Basically, not for sale. That is the hard part. That is the part that is so conflicted, but it is something I always knew would eventually happen. I had steeled myself for it, but really was unable to insulate myself from the deep loss I felt. As I think about it now it is sort of funny. I don’t really miss the people I’ve been with. I’ve worked with some of them even longer than I’ve been with Jack, but it is different. Jack was, is, special. He was my companion through all the good and bad times here. He will be so greatly missed and he will always have a special place with me. Originally, I was going to be in Afghanistan until December 2014. As things happened, situations changed and it became very clear that I was needed at home. Now my wife, Katherine, certainly wanted me home but she has always supported me in the sometimes rocky paths I’ve chosen. Through the military, law enforcement, self-employment, and even through this adventure in Afghanistan, she has always supported me. I cannot say enough about those wives and families that stand by and support their partners through those hard times. We have been together for 30 years. Through military deployments, through mis-
sions that she could not be told about and which she had no idea when I’d be back, through sleepless nights when she could listen to the police radio and know I was involved in something, through it all she has been steadfast and supporting. Well it is time now. It’s time I stayed home. I informed the company of my resignation and preparations for my return were started. The company I worked for was very kind to me and made arrangement to get me home quickly. Although I had given the required 30-day notice, here I am, five days later and ready for the flight. They were also clear that if I ever wanted to return, there was a position waiting for me. Jack and I had made a name for ourselves in the company and that paid off. It’s nice to be wanted. In my life I’ve done all those things that little boys think about. I was a soldier (probably always will be), I was a businessman, an author, a police officer, and I’ve been a military contractor. Not long ago there was a different name given to military contractors but that is not so much in vogue now, still, it is the same thing. I’m a father of a wonderful son who is an officer in the US Army, a husband to a wonderful wife and I live in the greatest place in the world, Texas. What could be left? What do I do now? I’m not ready to retire. I have way too much to do yet. Funny thing is, after all these years, I just can’t stay out of uniform. The question of what now has already been answered. I will continue to serve, be it a lot closer to home. I will be serving as a police officer with the Gonzales Police Department after a short break at home. I am looking forward to this next step and once again the central theme that has contributed so much to my happiness will once again be continued. I will be back in uniform and in the mix of things. Eventually, if the planets align, I’ll return to the K-9 side of law enforcement. Yes once again, a dog will be my partner. K-9 Buddy, my drug dog I left at home when I went to Afghanistan, will once again be my continual companion if all works out as planned. I can’t wait. They just announced it is about time to board the plane so I need to close this last article. As I gather my stuff to get on the bus that takes us to the plane, we wait as the bus passengers disembark. They look just like us waiting to leave. Mainly in green and khaki clothes, tactical eye wear and ball caps. Each carries a tactical looking backpack or a rucksack on their back. Yes they look just like us
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This is the last picture of Jon Harris and his K-9 partner, Jack, taken on the C-130 just before take off from Sharana in route to Bagram, Afghanistan. (Courtesy photo)
Catholic Daughters News
Fr. Pete Roebucks Catholic Daughters Court 2140 met October 23, 2012 at St. James Parish Hall. The group picture was taken and then salad dishes prepared by members were enjoyed after the Blessing led by Regent Suzanne Benes. The Regent began the meeting with a prayer from the Adult Catechism was read by Connie Kridler. The Pledge of Allegiance was said. During the meeting the Pro-Life Prayer and the prayer for the Armed Service Persons were said. There are currently 88 members. Kennon Brunkenhoefer stated the Heights bingo had a good crowd and also on the birthday event at the Texan. She also stated that 2 funeral meals were served. Lawren Kridler received 4 memorials. The Telephone committee was thanked for calling about the group picture and Wendy Bibas was thanked for leading the 3rd Sunday Rosary. Memorial Service for members deceased this year will be held on Nov. 11th. Shirley Breitschopf will light the candles. The Court will fit boxes for service personnel. Boxes for names of the personnel are in the Churches. Connie Dolezal shared with members how wonderful the Shiner CDA 60th Anniversary event was. Members voted to provide a wood worked item made by a local person for the State Convention. Also passed was a gift of $25 for a State Convention fund raiser. The Court will join with Moulton, Flatonia, and Shiner to purchase a glass brick for the large cross to be erected at Raphael’s Refuge, located between Waelder and Flatonia. The cross will be a monument in honor of babies, born and unborn. Regent Benes stated that national dues will increase by $5. After discussion, members voted that local dues in January will increase also by $5. Four members will provide cookies for the reception for Sister Lupe on Nov. 4th. The next meeting will be on Nov. 27th. The food preparers will be Debbie Aleman, Sandra Brown and Bonnie San Miguel. Shirley Hodges will do the prayer. Leah Camarillo won the door prize.
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Tourism Committee backs TV pilot
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The Gonzales Tourism Advisory Committee has awarded a grant of $7,500 to Classical Guitar Alive, an Austin-based nonprofit organization, to film the pilot episode of a new public television program in Gonzales. The program is called American Classical, and is a co-production with Classical Guitar Alive and San Antonio PBS station KLRNTV. The Gonzales Tourism Advisory Committee’s award has also led to additional funding for the project, including a $5,000 matching grant from Charles Parker, Classical Guitar Alive’s President. “There is nothing like it on tv right now,” says Classical Guitar Alive Executive Director, Tony Morris. “The format of American Classical is part home tour, part house concert. Viewers nationwide will enjoy a feast for the senses that combines the intimacy of a thrilling exclusive concert with a personally guided tour through ravishingly beautiful homes. Gonzales is the perfect place for the pilot episode of American Classical, not only because it has so many spectacularly beautiful homes, but also because Gonzales has a long history of starting things (like Texas) that become much bigger and change the world.” San Antonio PBS tv station KLRN also has a history of launching successful programs. KLRN filmed the very first episode of The Antiques Roadshow, which has become the most successful program in PBS history. Tony Morris currently hosts a nationally-broadcast radio program Classical Guitar Alive!, which is broadcast each week on over 200 public radio stations across the US and internationally. For more information, he can be reached at (512) 657-1400 or via email: ClassicalGuitarAlive@gmail. com and via the website: www.ClassicalGuitarAlive.org
Spoetzl Brewery wins three gold medals
SHINER — The Spoetzl Brewery, makers of the legendary Shiner Beers, won three gold medals at the recent Great American Beer Festival (GABF). The GABF is hosted by the Brewer’s Association, which represents over 1,400 craft breweries in America. This year’s edition saw 4,338 entries in 84 different categories to make up the largest field ever. Shiner Bock, Spoetzl Brewery’s flagship beer, was awarded a gold medal in the American Style Dark Lager category. Shiner Oktoberfest and Shiner Bohemian
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TOP TEN VIDEO, DVD as of Nov. 5, 2012 Top 10 Video Rentals 1. Titanic (PG-13) Leonardo DiCaprio 2. The Avengers (2012) (PG13) Robert Downey Jr. 3. Snow White and the Huntsman (PG-13) Kristen Stewart 4. Battleship (PG-13) Taylor Kitsch 5. Dark Shadows (PG-13) Johnny Depp 6. Think Like a Man (PG-13) Chris Brown 7. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (PG) animated 8. The Lucky One (PG-13) Zac Efron 9. The Five-Year Engagement (R) Jason Segel 10. The Cabin in the Woods (R) Kristen Connelly 10. Pink No. 9 “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” Top 10 DVD Sales 1. The Avengers (2012) (PG13) (Disney) 2. Cinderella (G) (Disney) 3. Dark Shadows (PG-13) (Warner Bros.) 4. The Hunger Games (PG13) (Lionsgate) 5. Snow White and the Huntsman (PG-13) (Universal) 6. People Like Us (PG-13) (Disney) 7. Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta! (G) (Disney) 8. How I Met Your Mother: Season 9 (NR) (Fox) 9. Sons of Anarchy: Season 4 (NR) (Fox) 10. Bond 50: Celebrating Five Decades of Bond 007 (PG & PG-13) (MGM) Source: Rentrak Corp. TOP OF THE CHARTS as of Nov. 5, 2012 Top 10 Pop Singles This Week Last Week 1. Maroon 5 No. 1 “One More Night” 2. PSY No. 2 “Gangnam Style” 3. fun. No. 4 “Some Nights” 4. Taylor Swift No. 5 “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” 5. Ke$ha No. 8 “Die Young” 6. Justin Bieber feat. Big Sean No. 6 “As Long As You Love Me” 7. Alex Clare No. 7 “Too Close” 8. Rihanna No. 11 “Diamonds” 9. Ne-Yo No. 12 “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself )” Top 10 Albums 1. Jason Aldean new entry “Night Train” 2. Mumford & Sons No. 1 “Babel” 3. Brandy new entry “Two Eleven” 4. Scotty McCreery new entry “Christmas With Scotty McCreery” 5. Jamey Johnson new entry “Living For a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran” 6. Pink No. 8 “The Truth About Love” 7. Miguel No. 11 “Kaleidoscope Dream” 8. Little Big Town No. 14 “Tornado”
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“Blown Away” 3. Florida Georgia Line No. 3 “Cruise” 4. Hunter Hayes No. 4 “Wanted” 5. Lee Brice No. 5 “Hard To Love” 6. Luke Bryan No. 7 “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” 7. Dustin Lynch No. 8 “Cowboys and Angels” 8. Jake Owen No. 10 “The One That Got Away” 9. Miranda Lambert No. 13 “Fastest Girl In Town” 10. Easton Corbin No. 11 “Lovin’ You Is Fun” (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.
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Sammy Glass Family scheduled in concert
Emmanuel Fellowship is happy to announce that the Sammy Glass Family will hold a concert here on Tuesday, November 13, beginning at 6:30 in the evening. All lovers of gospel music are invited to come and enjoy the fun, the fellowship, the music and the worship of God. The Sammy Glass Family is well known in the country gospel field, and have been traveling in full time music evangelism since 1988. They began as husband and wife team, but as their children grew and developed their musical talent, the band expanded. Now it consists of Sammy, Gayla, Candice, Justin and Chris. All share the vocal chores, while Gayla plays the keyboard; Candice, the fiddle and mandolin; Justin, the drums, guitar, and bass guitar; and Chris, the dobro, banjo and guitar. The Family is on the road from 230 to 250 days a year, and go wherever they are invited. They play a large variety of music, including Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, Praise and Worship, and Jazz. But regardless of the style, their goal is to glorify God and encourage believers. Although you will also hear familiar favorites, many of their songs have originated from the talents God has given them. One of their songs, “If God had a Facebook” reached number 4 on the CVM Country Gospel Chart for the month of September. After the concert Tuesday, the Family is going on to Corpus Christi for a concert at Calvary Bap-
Black earned top honors in the German Style Mä rzen and German Style Schwarzbier categories respectively. Per GABF guidelines, in order to receive a gold medal an entry must “accurately exemplify the specified style, displaying the proper balance of taste, aroma and appearance.” These awards come on the heels of Shiner Beers being recognized by winning four medals at the Australian International Beer Awards in May. Shiner Bock also won a silver medal at the biennial World Beer Cup, also held last May.
tist Church on Wednesday night. They will not return to this area until December 2nd, when they have a concert scheduled at Hebron Baptist Church in Yoakum. Everyone is encouraged to come out and join us for an evening of uplifting music, sharing and fellowship. Admission is free, but a free will offering will be taken on behalf of the Sammy Glass Family. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m., so come early for a good seat. Nursery facilities will NOT be available for the concert. Emmanuel is located at 1817 St. Lawrence Street, ½ block east of East Avenue Elementary School, with entrances on both St. Lawrence and Fair Street. Phone (830) 672-7331 for further information.
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drive the ball and take it out of our hands. They did a good job defensively.” “You have to give credit to their offensive and defensive lines. They did a great job. It was probably the best game that Cuero had played all year.” Very rarely do teams get a second bite at the proverbial apple, but the Apaches are facing that exact scenario. If Gonzales can travel to Smithville and come away with a win, they will still qualify for a playoff
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berth. “We have to win to get in,” said Lock. “We can not win and still get in, but
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Gonzales blew an opportunity to control their own postseason destiny last week by dropping a home game to rival Cuero. The Gobblers looked like the more aggressive of the two teams last Friday and walked away with a surprising 41-14 win. “Cuero played really well up front,” said Gonzales head coach Ricky Lock. “They had the ability to
there are a lot of things that have to happen for that.” “If Cuero and Yoakum were to lose and we were to lose, then it would be a four-way tie for those two remaining spots and it would all come down to points. It would be a mess.” Smithville (4-5, 1-3) had been struggling to get a district win but they put themselves in the playoff hunt by beating a free-falling Giddings team 16-3 last Friday. “They are extremely tal-
ented with a lot of seniors,” said Lock. “They are really good up front and their defense is very athletic. Nobody has been able to do a whole lot against them.” The Tigers, who are led by first-year head coach Wayne Childs, don’t do anything tricky on offense. Their offense this year has been predicated on the run and has been led by running backs Gray Morris and DeAaron Jackson and quarterback Denton CooAPACHES, Page C2
Lady Comanches get Area teams still jockeying booted from regional to earn playoff positions quarterfinals by Burton
By MARK LUBE
The final week of the regular season is here and area teams have differing situations. Hallettsville, Shiner, Luling, Hallettsville Sacred Heart and Shiner St. Paul have pretty much wrapped
up playoff spots. Conversely, Flatonia and Nixon-Smiley will look to close out the regular season on a positive note. Cuero, Yoakum and Lockhart are facing must-win situations to get into the playoffs. Shiner St. Paul at Sacred Heart
The Cardinals and the Indians meet for their annual rivalry game and once again, the stakes are high. The winner of the game will be the district champion as both teams have not lost in league play. Last year, the teams met twice with St. Paul winning PREVIEWS, Page C2
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Jennifer Hartl serves against Burton in the regional quarterfinals Tuesday night in Columbus. (Photo by Mark Lube)
By MARK LUBE
COLUMBUS — The Shiner Lady Comanches had nothing to regret after falling to Burton in the regional quarterfinals. Shiner had taken care of business in district despite one little blemish, a loss to Weimar, which Shiner took care of in a playoff for the district title. They also were bi-district and area round champions, and regional quarterfinalists. The Lady Comanches fell to Burton, 3-1 (22-25, 2523,13-25, 22-25) Tuesday night at Columbus High School.
Shiner fell in the first set, was down as much as 18-3 in the second game before storming back to win and dropping the last two sets. “We had to overcome some big obstacles,” Shiner head coach Megan Klimitchek said. “My girls played fabulously.” “I could not have asked for a better team, season, and better support staff and fans. I just cannot put in it words about our season.” In the Lady Comanches’ first season under Klimitchek, they won the district title, were area-round champions and regional quarterfinalists. The run ended the high school volleyball career of
seniors LaNeisha Hunt, Lauren Oden and Emmalie Berkovsky. “I wish it was not over yet,” Berkovsky said. “I will miss my team and playing with a group of awesome girls as part of an awesome program.” “The seniors helped lead this team,”Klimitchek said. “They made things a little easier for me. They expected the best from their teammates and were great supporters.” Shiner took an early lead 3-1 in the first set on service by Kristin Schacherl and a kill by Oden. The Lady Panthers went on 10-4 run. SHINER, Page C2
Cecil Johnson (center) accepts his Built Ford Tough Class 3A Player of the Week award from Kim Caraway (right) of Caraway Ford Gonzales. Also shown is Gonzales head football coach Ricky Lock. Johnson rushed for 256 and five touchdowns in the Week 7 game against Giddings to win the award.
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Several players on the sophomore Gonzales Black swarm to the ball to make this stop during their playoff game last Saturday in Victoria. (Photo by Cedric Iglehart)
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Burton later went ahead 24-20, on a bevy of kills by Caitlyn Blakey. Shiner managed to score a couple of points before Blakey got the game-winning kill. In the second set, Rachel Warner got a couple of kills and service from Katie Kieke gave Burton a crushing 18-3 lead. The Lady Comanches then went on a 16-3 run with kills from Jennifer Hartl, Amanise Coleman
and Berkovsky, and an ace from Schacherl. Tabitha Blasckhke and Hunt got a couple of kills as Shiner won the set with a 6-2 run. In the third game, Burton went ahead 21-9 and finished off Lady Comanches 25-13 despite kills from Julianna Rankin and Coleman. In the fourth set, Burton overcame a 16-10 deficit to win 25-22 and advance to the regional semifinals. For Shiner, Tamara Hajek
had four aces and Schacherl had two; Hunt and Coleman each had a dozen kills; Rankin had seven kills. Rankin had 27 digs; Schacherl had 25 digs, Meagan Chumchal had 23 digs; Oden had 17 digs and Hunt had 14 digs. Coleman and Blaschke had four blocks while Rankin had three; Schacherl had 31 assists. The Lady Comanches’ final record for the year is 27-15.
the regular-season game, 14-12. Both teams advanced to the TAPPS 2A title game where Sacred Heart came out on top, 217. “We need to play good sound football on defense because St. Paul has weapons all over the field,” Indians head coach Pat Henke said. “Our offense cannot turn the ball over four or five times, and expect to be in this ball game.” “As far as I can tell, St. Paul has no weaknesses. We must play mistake-free and not give them gifts.” Sacred Heart feels blessed to be in a position to win the district. “We feel very fortunate to be in this situation, considering we lost most of our starters from last year,” Henke said. “We just need to line up and play good football.” Running back Jonathan Vanek will be the Sacred Heart focal point on offense along with the throwing and running of quarterback Leightin Pilat. St. Paul will no doubt be extra motivated after last year’s loss to the Indians in the title game, but the rivalry game is always big, regardless of the situation. “St. Paul probably does not need any reason to get fired up when playing us,” Henke said. “It is going to be a very physical game. It always has been. It is another ball game for us. We need to play well for this game is for the district title.” “This is always an excit-
ing game for us,” St. Paul head coach Jake Wachsmuth said. “The kids are excited and there is always a crowd. Obviously, the winner gets the district title.” He said the Cardinals will have to read their keys, be physical as well as watch out for the occasional (or not-so-occasional) pass from the Indians. St. Paul just needs their normal execution on offense, with the usual production from Adam Hollenbach, Dakota Kresta, Mitchell McElroy, Jared Markham and Martin Kennedy. “We can score a lot of points every week, regardless of the opponent,” Wachsmuth said. “We just to need control the ball and not have turnovers.” Giddings at Yoakum Head coach Brent Kornegay has been telling his team for a while that the final game against Giddings would likely determine whether or not Yoakum made the playoffs. “We are looking at it like a playoff game,” he said. Kornegay said Yoakum must gang tackle and prevent Giddings from making a big play. “Giddings has struggled the last couple of weeks but before that, they make big plays,” he said. “We need to control the quarterback and running back.” On offense, Yoakum has been able to move the ball and Kornegay said they did well against La Grange last week. With a lot on the line come tomorrow evening,
Kornegay does not have to remind his players. “They know we have to win this game,” he said. “And I told them against La Grange, we would have the chance to set our own course. Now with our loss and the unexpected Cuero victory over Gonzales, Giddings has become must win.” “Lots of teams are playing for pride this week. We still have an opportunity to make the playoffs.” George West at Luling The Luling Eagles end the regular season by hosting George West. Both teams have qualified for the postseason and fans should expect it to have the atmosphere of the playoffs. The winner will be crowned the district champion. Eagles head coach Colby Hensley said George West is a very physical team. “On offense, they are a ground-and-pound Slot-T type team,” he said. “I think if we can win the battle in the trenches, we will be successful in this game.” Lukas Barcak, Hudson Wallace, Brady Jones and Bobby Torres have been the main offensive threats for the Longhorns this season. On defense, George West likes the four- and five-man fronts. “Our main thing on offense is to finish a drive off with points,” Hensley said. “I think we are good at driving. We just need to finish those drives off.” Yorktown at Shiner The Comanches are guaranteed at least a piece PREVIEWS, Page C5
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per. “Those guys have carried most of the load for them this year,” said Lock. “Cooper went out in the first series of the game last week against Giddings and did not return. Coach Childs said he will be a game-time decision because of his knee injury.” “They don’t run anything complicated, they’re pretty simple in what they do. I don’t think they have even thrown for 450 yards all year. They run the stacked I and they also get into some double tight and pistol formations. They are a runoriented team.” In the event that Cooper can’t go, the backup quarterback is Jeremy Kadlecek, another one of Smithville’s 26 returning lettermen. The Tigers field a stingy defense, which is led in the trenches by defensive tackle Kegan Bledsoe and defensive end Konnor Hurta. “It all starts with their defensive tackle, he’s very good,” said Lock. “The defensive end is a quality player, everybody has had a hard time dealing with him this year.” The other defensive standouts for Smithville include three-year letterman Bryce Helmcamp at linebacker and junior safety Khalil McCathern, who has started since his freshman year. “Helmcamp is a big kid,
about 230 or 240 sitting right there in the middle,” Lock said. “McCathern is a head hunter, so they’ve got some players on defense.” The Apache defense hasn’t been operating at full strength since All-State safety Zack Lopez made an early exit from the Yoakum game due to injury. Lopez has a severe ankle sprain and will be a game-time decision. “We’re trying to get him going but those type of injuries take a little time to heal,” explained Lock. “We just want to make sure he’s
good to go before we put him out there.” Despite their lowly district record, Smithville has been competitive in each of their district games. The Tigers have only been outscored by an average of 2018 in league play with a 3013 loss to Cuero skewering the curve. “It’s going to be a very good contest because those guys have a lot of ability,” said Lock. “They have a lot of seniors who have won a bunch of football games so it’s going to be a barn burner.”
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By CEDRIC IGLEHART
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got to win all of our games. This was a playoff game for us tonight and next week will be too. Our kids keep getting better and they believe in each other, and when you do that good things happen.” As for the Apaches, all they could do was lament about a game full of lost opportunities. “We gave them a lot of stuff in the first half,” said Gonzales head coach Ricky Lock. “We didn’t play very well and they whipped us up front. You have to give credit to Cuero because they lined up, ran right at us and knocked us off the ball. We had our moments, but they played better than we did.” The Gobblers (4-5, 2-2) got off to a positive start when Gonzales fumbled on their first play from scrimmage and Hudson Haas recovered to give Cuero a first down and 10 at the Apache 39. That led to a nine-play drive that stalled out when
GONZALES – Facing a win-to-get-in postseason situation Friday night, Gonzales came up uncharacteristically flat and took a home loss to rival Cuero, 41-14. The victory helped the Gobblers improve their playoff scenario while complicating the picture for the Apaches. Cuero, Gonzales and Yoakum are now tied for second place in District 26-3A. Giddings and Smithville are both 1-3 in league while La Grange has wrapped up a playoff berth with a perfect league record of 4-0. “I’m just proud of our kids,” said Cuero head coach Travis Reeve. “They are a determined bunch and we’re peaking at the right time. We beat a really good football team tonight.” “We’re in the playoffs right now because we’ve
Brenden Pupi missed on a 31-yard field goal attempt. Gonzales went three and out on their first possession and D’Anthony Hopkins made them pay when he scored from five yards out three plays later. Pupi’s kick was good and Cuero led 7-0 midway through the first quarter. The Apaches started their next drive at their own 36 and Cecil Johnson got the ball out to the Gonzales 43 on his first down carry. Five plays later, Matt Hillman connected with Darrance James on a 35-yard scoring toss. The conversion pass failed and Cuero was up 7-6 with 1:35 left in the opening frame. The Gobblers immediately got on the move as Travis Reeve threw complete to D’Andre Galla- Darrance James makes an athletic catch in the end zone to score during Gonzagher for six yards before les’ loss to Cuero last Friday night. (Photo courtesy of Jim & Carla Russell) he found Ross Reimenschnext play. Pupi’s kick was at the Gonzales 46 and and then Hillman found neider for nine more. An good and Cuero led 14-6. Johnson gained nine yards James on a route where the end around to ReimenschThe ensuing kickoff was on first down. His next two sophomore made a great neider went for 11 yards fair caught by Ray Flores carries went for 20 yards GONZALES, Page C4 and Hopkins scored on the
Late game scoring outburst Football Roundup lifts Natalia over Nixon-Smiley St. Paul blows by St. Gerard, 60-20
Jared Markham outruns a defender to the end zone on this play during St. Paul’s blowout win last Friday night. (Photo courtesy of Photos by Lori Raabe) Nixon-Smiley’s Justin Ramos (30) and Garrett Earlywine make sure Natalia quarterback Bert Villarreal has no escape route during last Friday’s contest. (Photo by Mark Lube) SHINER – Martin Kennedy caught a 35-yard touchdown pass and ran back two punts for touchdowns, all in the first quarter as the St. Paul Cardinals (6-3, 4-0) raced out to 34-0 lead to dismantle San Antonio St. Gerard, 60-20, on Friday. Adam Hollenbach scored on a 2-yard run and Dakota Kresta threw a 57-yard strike to Jared Markham. In the second frame, Kresta had a 50-yard run, Kennedy had a 49-yard run and Hollenbach had another 2-yard run in the third. The Royals got on the board with a 77-yard pass from Sammy Medina to Miguel Molina to trail 53-6 at halftime. St. Gerard got another score in the third as Greg Scott scored on a 6-yard run. The Cardinal reserves punched one in during the fourth with a 6-yard run by Jed Janecek and St. Gerard got a late score from Drei Parker.
Game Summary SG 0 6 6 8-20 SP 34 19 0 7-60 Scoring Summary SP-Martin Kennedy 35 pass from Dakota Kresta (Kresta run) SP-Kennedy 40 punt return (kick failed) SP-Kennedy 48 punt return (kick failed) SP-Adam Hollenbach 2 run (Hollenbach kick) SP-Jared Markham 57 pass from Kresta (Hollenbach kick) SP-Kresta 50 run (Hollenbach kick)\ SP-Kennedy 49 run (Hollenbach kick) SG-Miguel Molina 77 pass from Sammy Medina (kick failed) SP-Hollenbach 2 run (kick failed) SG-Greg Scott 6 run (pass failed) SP-Jed Janecek 6 run (Hollenbach kick) SG-Drei Parker 4 run (Scott run) Team stats SG SP First downs 8 13 Rushes-yards 32-25 17-228 Passing 7-21-1 6-7-0 Passing yards 192 162 Punts-yards 6-124 0-0 Fumbles-lost 0-0 2-2 Penalties-yards 4-40 3-15 Individual stats RUSHING — St. Gerard: Greg Scott 11-35, Glen Jackson 3-11, Drei Parker 2-6, Ronnell Davis 3-(-12), Sammy Medina 13-(15). St. Paul: Adam Hollenbach 8-105, Martin Kennedy 2-51, Dakota Kresta 1-50, Jed Janeck 3-14, Mitchell McElroy 3-6. PASSING — St. Gerard: Medina 7-21-1-192. St. Paul: Kresta 5-6-0-124, Marco Ynclan 1-1-038. RECEIVING — St. Gerard: Ernest Sanchez 3-87, Scott 2-20, Miguel Molina 1-77, Jackson 1-8. St. Paul: Jared Markham 3-72, Colton Machart 1-38, Kennedy 1-35, Hollenbach 1-17.
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NIXON — Late in the third quarter, Nixon-Smiley had Natalia where they wanted them, with the visitors ahead 29-23. But the homestanding Mustangs fell apart as Natalia scored three unanswered touchdowns to win 51-23 Friday night at Mustang Field. “Unfortunately for us, it is the same old thing,” Nixon head coach Carlton McKinney said. “Not willing to make some plays. I thought we were in position at times in the game to do some good things. We just refused to do them right long enough. We are just not consistent. We made too many mistakes and it cost us.” Nixon had more passing yards than normal as they went 6-of-12 for 161 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. “We did it out of desperation and because of how Natalia was playing defensively,” McKinney said. “They were loading up the box to stop the run and of course, when they do that, you should be able to complete some passes.” Nixon moved the ball on offense with 401 total yards. Their troubles mainly came on defense as Natalia rang their bell for
over 500 yards. “We just could not stop them,” McKinney said. “It was not a scheme thing; it was our own unwillingness to step up and make plays.” Nixon went into the fourth period, trailing just 29-23 and Natalia had the ball inside the 10 yard line after driving from its own 44. Running back Albert Alderete squeezed in from the 3 and Mario Permea caught a two-point pass from quarterback Bert Villarreal to go up 37-23. That is when the snowball starting to pick up speed down the hill and get bigger. Nixon started near the 50 and drove down to Natalia’s 32, starting things with a 13-yard pass from quarterback Nick Pena to Garrett Earlywine. Later, running back Tristan Newman was stopped on fourth down from the Natalia 31. The visiting Mustangs then drove 68 yards in four plays. Halfback R.J. Morales picked up 4 and 8 yards to the Natalia 44. Villarreal kept on the read option and gained 51 yards to the Nixon 5, and Arturo Conteres scored on the next play and Manuel Corona added the kick after for a 44-23 score. On the following drive, Pena dropped back on first down at his 30 and threw
a pass that was picked off by Bermea and returned to Nixon’s 24. Morales had a firstdown carry of 19 to the 5, a 4-yard gain to the 1 and scored on the next play for the final margin of victory, 51-23. Nixon appeared to start the game poorly on defense as Villarreal gained 20 yards on a keeper on the first play and followed up with a 16-yarder to the Nixon 36. Natalia eventually got close to the 10 and an incomplete pass on fourth down killed the drive. Miguel Hernandez had a short 2-yard gain to the 13 and Jared Van Auken had a run up the middle for the first down to the 21. Newman took a handoff and cut it outside, followed some blocks and raced down the sideline for a 79yard score and Nixon lead 7-0. Natalia answered right back with a drive that started at its 42 but penalties pushed them back to the 21. Villarreal calmly threw a 14-yard pass to Bermea and hit Eric De La Rosa for a 65-yard touchdown score. Natalia missed the point after to trail 7-6. Nixon ended up turning the ball over on downs after making progress into Natalia territory inside the 30. Natalia then marched
to Nixon’s 29, where it turned the ball over on downs. Nixon was hampered by a penalty and sluggish offense on its next drive and had a 35-yard punt. Natalia then drove 66 yards in 11 plays, getting a 20-yard run by Villarreal and the drive was finished by an Alderete 10-yard touchdown run. Nixon answered with a drive that was capped by a big play. First, Hernandez and Van Auken moved Nixon from its 29 to close to the 50. A false-start call negated some rushes by Nixon to keep them at the 46. Pena took the snap, went to his left, was pressured and could not find an outlet. He came back the opposite direction and lofted a long pass to Hernandez, who had managed to get open. Hernandez went the distance. Van Auken sliced up the middle on the twopoint conversion and Nixon led 15-14. Natalia scored with around a minute left in the half as Villarreal went to Bermea for 14 yards and later hit Conteres for 43 yards to the Nixon 7, where Morales punched it in two plays later from the 3. Conteres also caught the two-point pass for the Natalia lead of 22-15 which MUSTANGS, Page C4
#7 Shiner 28, Ganado 19
GANADO – Jacob Stafford and Evel Jones each rushed for two touchdowns as Shiner wrapped up a playoff spot with a 28-19 win over the Indians on Friday. Shiner (8-1, 3-0) opened scoring with a 13-yard plunge by Stafford and extra point by Kris Patek. Jones scored on a 4-yard run in the second to give Shiner a 13-0 lead. Ganado (6-3, 1-2) trimmed the lead to 13-7 as Kameron Smith hauled in ROUNDUP, Page C4
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yard touchdown. The extra point was missed, but the Eagles extended their lead 20-0. On the ensuing kickoff, the Eagles forced a fumble, which gave them great field position. The Eagles would capitalize and score as Staton threw a screen pass to Taylen Moore from 31 yards out with 1:46 left in the first, pushing the lead to 27-0. At the beginning of the second quarter, running back Quinton Grant scored a 25-yard touchdown run. A missed extra point made the score 33-0. The Eagles forced a fumble, and then scored when Jorge Munoz ran it in from 41 yards out. The extra point was made by Staton, making the score 40-0. With 7:52 left in the half the Eagles’ coaching staff decided to pull the starters and give some playing time to the second string. The Eagles would end the first half with a four-yard touchdown run by running back Corey Bermudez. By halftime, the Eagles were up 46-0. The Bengals came out with a new spirit as they stopped the Eagles from scoring in the second half, making the final score 46-0 in favor of the Eagles. The Eagles had a solid game all around. They rushed for 364 yards, and threw for 66 yards with only 3 passes, while the defense allowed the Bengals to gain 49 total yards. Staton and Grant were standouts amongst the rest of the team. Staton threw 3 passes for 66 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 22 yards and a touchdown. Grant only rushed five times for 111 yards and a rushing touchdown. Grant praised his team after the game. “My teammates motivate me a lot,” he said. “It feels good to have a game like that. I hope it stays consistent, I hope we can do it again next week.” After the game, Luling head coach Colby Hensley shared his thoughts on the game. “We challenged the guys,” he said. “We wanted to take a step. Regardless of what team we’re playing. Tonight needed to be a step forward, not a step even, or a step backwards. The guys stepped up and did a great job.” The Eagles will face the George West Longhorns in a heated battle for first place in district next Friday. Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m. in Eagle Stadium.
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Levi Mair RB, Lockhart Mair was the driving force behind Lockhart’s 48-20 win over Kyle Lehman. The little-used running back, who is a starter at nose guard, ran for 214 yards and two touchdowns.
Honorable Mentions • Teidrick Smith, Hallettsville. Rushed 19 times for 144 yards and four touchdowns in Brahmas’s 41-21 win over Edna. • Martin Kennedy, St. Paul. Had two carries for 51 yards and touchdown in the Cardinals’ 60-20 win over St. Gerard. He also returned two punts for touchdowns and caught a 35-yard pass for another score. • D’Anthony Hopkins, Cuero. Had 19 rushes for 121 yards and three touchdowns in the Gobblers’ 41-14 win against Gonzales. • Evel Jones, Shiner. Had nine carries for 176 yards and two touchdowns in 2818 win over Ganado. • Tre’vontae Hights, Yoakum. Threw for 133 yards and two touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 28-27 loss to La Grange. He also ran six times for 88 yards and another score. • Curtis Hawkins, Lockhart. Had 20 carries for 132 yards and three touchdowns against Kyle Lehman. • Keith Rately, Yoakum. Had four receptions for 176 yards and two touchdowns in Yoakum’s 28-27 loss to La Grange. • Quinton Grant, Luling. Ran for 111 yards and one touchdown on just five carries in 46-0 win against San Antonio
LULING – The Luling Eagles faced the Brooks Academy Bengals on Friday night at Eagle Stadium. The Bengals came into this game looking for their first win of their season, while the Eagles came to keep their undefeated record in district alive. The Eagles did just that as they pounced on the Bengals, 46-0. Luling (6-3, 5-0) started the game great as the defense stopped the Bengals (0-8, 0-4) on their first possession, only giving up one first down. The Eagles drove down the field on their very next possession, and scored as running back Brendon Cubit ran it up the middle for a seven-yard touchdown with 8:22 left in the first quarter. Shawnessy Marshall kicked the extra point making the score 7-0. The Eagles would strike again as quarterback Trayden Staton rolled into the end zone on an 18-yard option keeper with 5:03 left to play in the first. The extra point pushed the score to 14-0. Three minutes later, Staton threw a pass to a wideopen Josh Alvarez for a 30-
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Brooks Academy. • Adam Hollenbach, St. Paul. Had just eight carries for 105 yards and two touchdowns against St. Gerard. • C.J. McKinney, Lockhart. Ran eight times for 123 yards and one touchdown against Kyle Lehman. • Ross Reimenschneider, Cuero. Had three catches for 83 yards and one touchdown in win over Gonzales. Also had two carries for 25 yards and another score. • Darrance James, Gonzales. Caught six passes for 57 yards and two touchdowns against Cuero. • Blake Reeve, Cuero. Completed 12 of his 15 passing for 163 yards and touchdown against Gonzales. • Matt Hillman, Gonzales. Completed 8 of his 14 passing for 79 yards and two touchdowns against Cuero.
catch in the end zone for a 25-yard score. Johnson ran in the two-point conversion and the game was tied at 14-14. Ray Horton returned the kickoff to the Gonzales 39 and after two rushes, he moved the ball out to the Gonzales 25. Hopkins ran for four yards, Reeve found Justin Rossett for a twoyard gain and then Hopkins broke for five yards. On the next play, Reimenschneider took a reverse in from 11 yards out and Pupi’s extra point kick gave Cuero a 2114 advantage. The Apaches could only manage a three and out with their next possession and their punt gave the Gobblers the ball at their own 37. Cuero embarked on a ten-play drive that culminated in a five-yard run by Horton. Pupi’s extra point kick was good and the Gobblers were up 28-14 heading into halftime. Both teams exchanged three and outs to open the second half and Cuero seemed poised to score again but their seven-play drive ended with a turnover on downs. Gonzales got the ball at their own 34 and Johnson ripped off 20 yards on two runs from the Wildcat formation. Hillman hit James with a bubble screen that went for two yards, but Johnson lost five on a Wildcat carry after a nice tackle by Hunter Fales. Gonzales went for it on fourth down but Hillman’s pass was dropped by James to give Cuero the ball back near midfield. The Gobblers went on a nine-play march that stalled at the Apache 11. Pupi lined up for a 28-yard field goal attempt on fourth down, but his kick sailed too far right.
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a 29-yard touchdown pass from Ray Salazar. Jones went 68 yards for a touchdown with a minute left in the half and also scored the two-point run for the Comanches’ lead of 21-7 at halftime. Ken Kocian scored on a 1-yard run for Ganado to trail 21-13 in the third. Stafford added a 12-yard touchdown for Shiner in the fourth quarter and the Indians scored with 1:10 left.
Game Summary S 7 14 0 7-28 G 0 7 6 6-19 Scoring Summary S-Jacob Stafford 13 run (Kris Patek kick) S-Evel Jones 4 run (kick failed) G-Kameron Smith 29 pass from Ray Salazar (Jonathon Rodriguez kick) S-Jones 68 run (Jones run) G-Ken Kocian 1 run (pass failed) S-Stafford 12 run (Patek kick) G-Salazar 1 run (run failed)
Team stats S G First downs 15 19 Rushes-yards 34-327 46-291 Passing 0-1-0 5-13-0 Passing yards 0 67 Punts-yards 3-116 3-95 Fumbles-lost 1-1 0-0 Penalties-yards 2-15 2-10 Individual stats RUSHING — Shiner: Evel Jones 9-176, Caleb Curtis 7-53, Trevion Flowers 10-50, Jacob Stafford 8-48. Ganado: Billy Jones 22180, Ray Salazar 9-55, Ken Kocian 13-49, Benny Garcia 2-7. PASSING — Shiner: Flowers 0-1-0-0. Ganado: Salazar 5-12-067, Kocian 0-1-0-0. RECEIVING — Ganado: Kameron Smith 2-26, Thomas Parks 1-17, Michael Garcia 1-16, Jones 1-8.
Cecil Johnson turns a corner on Cuero’s D’Anthony Hopkins. (Photo courtesy of Jim & Carla Russell) Gonzales got an 11-yard gain from Johnson on first down, but the rest of the drive was pedestrian and ended up three plays later with another punt. Cuero took over at their own 30 and on third and long, Reeve hooked up with Reimenschneider on a 66yard catch-and-run. Pupi missed the extra point kick and Cuero was up 34-14 with 7:30 left in the fourth quarter. Cuero forced Gonzales into another turnover on downs and Hopkins capped a five-play drive with a 14yard scoring run. Pupi’s extra point accounted for the game’s final score.
Game Summary Cuero 41, Gonzales 14 Score by Quarters C 7 21 0 13–41 G 6 8 0 0–14 Scoring Summary CUE -- D’Anthony Hopkins 5-yard run (Brenden Pupi kick), 5:06, 1st. GON -- Darrance James 35yard pass from Matt Hillman (pass failed), 1:35, 1st. CUE -- D’Anthony Hopkins 9-yard run (Brenden Pupi kick), 10:39, 2nd. GON -- Darrance James 25yard pass from Matt Hillman (Cecil Johnson run), 9:17, 2nd. CUE -- Ross Reimenschneider 14-yard run (Brenden Pupi kick), 6:57, 2nd. CUE -- Ray Horton 5-yard run (Brenden Pupi kick), 0:25, 2nd. CUE -- Ross Reimenschneider 68-yard pass from Blake Reeve (kick failed), 7:30, 4th. CUE -- D’Anthony Hopkins 14-yard run (Brenden Pupi kick), 1:47, 4th. Team Stats Cue Gon First downs 21 11 Rushes-Yds 40-230 29-125 Passing 12-15-0 8-14-0 Passing Yds 163 79 Punts-Yds 1-46 4-150 Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-1 Penalties-Yds 5-25 3-30 Individual Stats RUSHING - Cuero: Blake Reeve 1-1, Justin Kremling 2-11, Ray Horton 16-72, Ross Reimenschneider 2-25, D’Anthony Hopkins 19-121. Gonzales: Cecil Johnson 22-108, D.J. Gonzales 1-1, Darrance James 2-8, Morgan Martinez 2-12, Alyas Ramirez 1-8. PASSING - Cuero: Reeve 1215-163. Gonzales: Matt Hillman 8-14-79. RECEIVING - Cuero: Reimenschneider 3-83, Tel Holland 1-11, D’Andre Gallagher 3-39, Justin Rossett 5-30. Gonzales: Cameron Smith 1-7, Coltin Russell 1-15, James 6-57.
#7 Hallettsville 41, Edna 21
HALLETTSVILLE – Brahmas running back Teidrick Smith rushed for 144 yards and four touchdowns, including two in the fourth quarter, as Hallettsville improved to 9-0 with a 20-point burst in the last 12 minutes for a 41-21
win over Edna. The Cowboys (6-3, 3-1) got on the board first in the with a 14-yard touchdown run by DeQuan Cantu. Hallettsville struck twice before the end of the first as Smith scored from 20 yards out and Jimario Grounds hauled in a 63-yard pass from Carson Schindler. Edna tied the game in the second as Cantu caught a 20-yard pass from Quinton Kubenka, and Edna went ahead 21-14 in the third on the 1-yard run by Dominique Gosson. Smith’s 31-yard run tied up the game, and Hallettsville pulled away in the fourth with a 3-yard run by Smith, a 58-yard rush by Kaden Hardt and an 11yard run by Smith.
Game Summary E 7 7 7 0-21 H 14 0 7 20-41 Scoring Summary
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MUSTANGS: Pulled to within six points in the fourth quarter
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followed the teams into the locker rooms at halftime. Natalia went ahead 29-15 in the third on an 11-yard run by Alderete. Nixon managed one more score as Marco Hernandez caught a 15-yard pass and Newman scored on a two-point run to bring Nixon within 29-23 with 1:54 left in the third.
Game Summary Natalia 51, Nixon-Smiley 23 Score by Quarters NAT 6 16 7 22-51 NS 7 8 8 0-23
Scoring Summary NS-Tristan Newman 79 run (Oscar Torres kick) NAT-Eric De La Rosa 65 pass from Bert Villarreal (kick failed) NAT-Albert Alderete 10 run (Villarreal run) NS-Miguel Hernandez 54 pass from Nick Pena (Jared Van Auken run) NAT-RJ Morales 4 run (Arturo Conteres pass from Villarreal) NAT-Alderete 11 run (Manuel Corona kick) NS-Marco Hernadez 15 pass from Pena (Newman run) NAT-Alderete 3 run (Mario Permea pass from Villarreal) NAT-Conteres 5 run (Cornoa kick) NAT-Morales 1 run (Cornoa kick) Team stats NAT NS First downs 21 14 Rushes-yards 45-364 38-240
Passes 7-16-1 6-12-1 Passing yards 157 161 Punts-yards 0-0 2-49 Fumbles-lost 1-0 0-0 Penalties-yards 14-86 7-55 Individual stats RUSHING — Natalia: Bert Villarreal 20-207, RJ Morales 14-89, Albert Alderete 9-77, Arturo Conteres 1-5, Erik Villarreal 1-(-14). Nixon-Smiley:Tristan Newman 12-148, Jared Van Auken 13-78, Miguel Hernandez 8-15, Nick Pena 5-(-1). PASSING — Natalia: Bert Villarreal 7-16-1-157. Nixon-Smiley: Pena 6-11-1-161, Newman 0-10-0. RECEIVING — Natalia: Conteres 2-47, Mario Bermea 2-28, Victor Gonzales 2-17, Eric De La Rosa 1-65. Nixon-Smiley:Garrett Earlywine 3-73, Hernandez 1-54, Newman 1-19, Marco Hernandez 1-15.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
PREVIEWS: Cuero plays for playoff spot; Lions seek 27-4A title
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of the district title with last week’s win over Ganado and will have a first-round bye. It will be important for Shiner to play hard for four quarters in their regular-season finale, the Parent’s Night game, at home against Yorktown at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Comanche Stadium. The Wildcats are in a win-or-miss-the-playoffs scenario. Comanche head coach Steven Cerny said he expects the ‘Cats to bring it against Shiner. On offense, Yorktown is a running team with basic fullback/halfback setup. The only question is what formations they will use. “Yorktown looks at what each opponent does on defense and chooses their formations based on that,” Cerny said. He said the main offensive weapon for Yorktown is the play of the quarterbacks Derek Franke and Jacob Garcia. “They will run a lot of midline and load option so the quarterback will get the ball a lot,” Cerny said. Shiner’s defense will need to control the line of scrimmage. On defense, Yorktown bases primarily out of the split but will shift into the 5-2. “Our offense needs to stay away from turnovers,” he said. Nixon-Smiley at Poth The Mustangs will conclude the 2012 season at the Poth Pirates at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. Head coach Carlton McKinney said the Mustangs will look to continue improving and end the season on a good note and stay healthy. The Pirates are a multiple offense that runs 80 percent of the time out of mostly spread formations. They have several backs that have carried the football, but are led by Philip Garza who has rushed for 1,208 yards and 16 touchdowns on the year. “On defense, we need to take care of our responsibilities,” he said. “Blown assignments have been a problem for us and Poth can be explosive. We must take care of those assignments.” On defense, the Pirates run the split. “We need to make sure we stick to our block assignments and our backs hit the holes,” McKinney said. “Mainly, we have to not turn the ball over.” Thrall at #7 Shiner The Flatonia Bulldogs host the Thrall Tigers in the last game of the season for Flatonia. The Tigers are led by quarterback Joe Salazar and running back Aaron Salazar. The ‘Dogs will need to contain those two players to have a chance at a win. On offense, Flatonia will need to execute on offense and block so that whoever is the ball carrier can hit the holes and make some yards for the’ Dogs and keep Thrall’s offense on the sidelines. #7 Hallettsville at Hempstead The Brahmas close out the season with a trip to
Hempstead. Hallettsville has one simple goal – win. “I count on our defense to be productive, gang tackle and play with heart,” Hallettsville head coach Tommy Psencik said. Hempstead will be a quick and fast team on offense and are loaded with weapons, most notably quarterback Will Smith and running back Michael Wolfe. The Brahmas offense will need to adjust to the speed and quickness of Hempstead. “We need to stay with our blocks and our backs will have to hit the holes quicker and we will need to protect our passer,” Psencik said. “This will be a big game because we do not want to share the district title with anyone.” Incidentally, it was Hempstead who ended Hallettsville’s 2011 run in the regional game, 34-0. Hempstead went on to the state title game where they fell to Melissa, 28-15. “They have a lot of seniors and juniors who were on that team,” he said. “They are competitive and wish to earn things. My hat is off to them because they earned the win last year fair and square. I just hope the result is different this time.” Lockhart at Kerrville Tivy The Lions face Kerrville Tivy in a must-win for the playoffs. In addition to needing to defeat Tivy, Lockhart also needs Boerne Champion to defeat Seguin. The Antlers’ offense is powered by quarterback Parks McNeil, who has thrown for 1,461 yards, nine touchdowns and three interceptions. He is also the team’s leading rusher with 925 yards and 16 touchdowns. “We have to get to McNeil and we have to tackle him,” Lockhart head coach Paul Kilby said. He said the Tivy defense is very physical. “We need to drain the clock, take the air out of the football, slow the game down and score on every single drive,” he said. Lockhart is considered a 14-point underdog, but Kilby said he believes in the Lockhart players. “I think it will be time for our special group of kids to do something special on Friday,” he said. La Grange at Cuero The Gobblers close out the regular season with a home game against La Grange. Cuero will need a win to stay in the playoff mix. “We just need to concentrate on playing well against a good La Grange team,” Cuero head coach Travis Reeve said. Cuero’s defense will need to swarm to the football and play sound as well as take care of all assignments. The offense will need to control the football, take what the defense will give them and play well for 48 minutes. Cuero got a big win last week against Gonzales. “Our kids are playing with a lot of confidence and that helps,” Reeve said. “Every game is a new game and we must play well against La Grange.”
The Gonzales Youth Soccer League recently wrapped up league play and the winners were announced. Winning the Junior Division were the Eels (shown at top) while the Senior Division winners were the Lions (above). (Courtesy photos)
ROUNDUP: Win puts Lockhart in the mix for district title, Yoakum loses by one
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E-DeQuan Cantu 14 run (Chris White kick) H-Teidrick Smith 20 run (Sam Barrera kick) H-Jimario Grounds 63 pass from Carson Schindler (Barrera kick) E-Cantu 20 pass from Quinton Kubenka (White kick) E-Dominque Gosson 1 run (White kick) H-Smith 31 run (Barrera kick) H-Smith 3 run (Barrera kick) H-Kaden Hardt 58 run (Barrera kick) H-Smith 11 run (kick blocked) Team stats E H First downs 16 20 Rushes-yards 36-131 39-293 Passing 8-21-3 9-19-0 Passing yards 129 150 Punts-yards 3-132 3-119 Fumbles-lost 1-0 1-0 Penalties-yards 4-20 4-25 Individual stats RUSHING — Edna: Dominique Gosson 16-95, Austin Kelley 1-17,Chris White 5-12, DeQuan Cantu 10-10, DeRoderick James 2-3, Quinton Kubenka 1-(-4). Hallettsville: Teidrick Smith 19-144, Timmy Sheppard 9-79, Kaden Hardt 4-78, Carson Schindler 7-(-8). PASSING — Edna: Cantu 8-213-129. Hallettsville: Schindler 9-19-0-150. RECEIVING — Edna: Londray Brown 6-110. Hallettsville: Sheppard 4-34, Dalton Herrington 2-27, Trenton McGee 2-26, Jimario Grounds 1-63.
on the scoreboard first with a Mair 16-yard run with 7:51 left in the first and Lehman countered with a 31-yard pass from Jeremy Schiluad to Kelton Powell. Within a space of several minutes, the Lions got two rushing touchdowns from Hawkins and lead 20-6 after one quarter. Lehman (1-8, 0-6) managed a second-period touchdown on the 20-yard run by Tyler Hyss and Lockhart had a 3-yard run by Mair. In the fourth quarter, Hawkins had a 9-yard run; Schilaud scored on a 6-yard run for Lehman, and scoring was capped by a 53yard run by McKinney and a 5-yard score by Brandon Miller.
Game Summary KL 6 7 0 7-20 L 20 7 0 21-48 Scoring Summary L-Levi Mair 16 run (pass failed) KL-Kelton Powell 31 pass from Jeremy Schiluad (kick failed) L-Curtis Hawkins 1 run (Jordan Johnson kick) L-Hawkins 6 run (Johnson kick) KL-Tyler Hyss 20 run (Chris Piedra kick) L-Mair 3 run (Johnson kick) L-Hawkins 9 run (Johnson kick) KL-Schiluad 6 run (Piedra kick) L-C.J. McKinney 53 run (Johnson kick) L-Brandon Miller 5 run (Johnson kick) Team stats KL L First downs 15 31 Rushes-yards 26-193 60-554 Passing 6-21-1 1-3-0 Passing yards 101 13 Punts-yards 3-99 1-45 Fumbles-lost 0-0 0-0 Penalties-yards 3-40 8-85 Individual stats RUSHING — Kyle Lehman: Jeremy Schiluad 12-90, Paul Brown 10-48, Paul Matthews
2-34, Tyler Hyss 1-20, J.R. Torres 1-1. Lockhart: Levi Mair 24-214, Curtis Hawkins 20-132, C.J. McKinney 8-123, Juan Lopez 4-54, Keegan Murphy 1-18, Ray Sedwick 1-8, Brandon Miller 1-5. PASSING — Kyle Lehman: Schilaud 5-19-1-93, Matthews 1-2-0-8. Lockhart: Charles Ereaux 1-3-0-13. RECEIVING — Kyle Lehman: Kelton Powell 2-55, Conner Baird 1-22, J.R. Torres 1-11, Brown 1-8, Malcolm Turner 1-5. Lockhart: Brandon Clinger 1-13.
missed the game-tying extra point. Hights lead Yoakum on the ground with 88 yards and a touchdown, and completed 3-of-6 passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns. Ratley led the receiving game with 176 yards on four catches and two touchdowns.
Game Summary Y 6 0 15 6-- 27 LG 14 0 7 7-- 28 Scoring Summary LG-Rodney Filmore 2 run (Marco Cerda kick) LG-Filmore 4 pass from Logan Vinklarek (Cerda kick) Y-Tre’vontae Hights 72 run (kick blocked) LG-Bralon Hutchinson 6 run (Cerda kick) Y-Keith Ratley 78 pass from Hights (Reagan Jacobs kick) Y-Chase Hermes 6 run (Ratley pass from Hermes) LG-Hutchison 4 run (Cerda kick) Y-Ratley 42 pass from Hights (kick failed) Team stats Y LG First downs 8 23 Rushes-yards 17-126 51-215 Passing 7-15-0 14-18-1 Passing yards 185 198 Punts-yards 4-143 3-84 Fumbles-lost 0-0 2-1 Penalties-yards 1-5 5-35 Individual stats RUSHING — Yoakum: Tre’vontae Hights 6-88, Chase Hermes 2-17, Terrance Hall 2-7, Blake McCracken 3-6, Myron Hights 3-4, Braden Drozd 1-4. La Grange: Rodney Filmore 28-120, Bralon Hutchinson 12-64, Dillon Davis 1-22, Logan Vinklarek 10-9. PASSING — Yoakum: Tre’vontae Hights 3-6-0-133, Hermes 3-7-0-9, McCracken 1-10-43, Troy Macha 0-1-0-0. La Grange: Vinklarek 12-16-1-151, Davis 2-2-0-47. RECEIVING — Yoakum: Keith Ratley 4-176, McCracken 2-5, Myron Hights 1-4. La Grange: Filmore 4-59, Cassell Tezeno 4-46, Wes Scott 2-26, Kolby Kolek 1-33, Davis 1-16, Vinklarek 1-14, Dion Marburger 1-4.
La Grange 28, Yoakum 27
Lockhart 48, Kyle Lehman 20
LOCKHART – Levi Mair ran for 214 yards and two touchdowns to help lead Lockhart past Kyle Lehman, 48-20, on Friday and keep Lockhart with a playoff chance. Mair was joined by two other 100-plus yard rushers, Curtis Hawkins (20132, three touchdowns) and C.J. McKinney (8-123, touchdown). Lockhart (6-3, 3-3) got
LA GRANGE – The Yoakum Bulldogs battled the top team in District 263A to within one point as the ‘Dogs dropped a 28-27 decision on Friday to the Leopards. La Grange (8-1, 4-0) went up 14-0 in the first quarter as Rodney Filmore scored two rushing touchdowns. Yoakum got a 72-yard touchdown run with Tre’Vontae Hights but the extra point was no good. The second quarter was devoid of scoring and Bralon Hutchinson scored a 6-yard run to go up 21-6. Yoakum (5-4, 2-2) then answered with 15 points — Keith Ratley caught a 78yard pass from Hights and the point after was good by Reagan Jacobs. Chase Hermes scored on a 6-yard run and Ratley caught the two–point conversion pass for a 21-21 game. Hutchinson scored on a 4-yard run in the fourth quarter to put La Grange ahead 28-21 and the ‘Dogs scored with under seven minutes left in the game as Ratley caught a 42-yard pass from Hights. Yoakum
Thursday, November 8, 2012
The Great Outdoors
Big Time Texas Hunts winners announced
Cannon News Services A letter in the mail proclaiming “You Are a Winner” usually ends up in the trash with the other junk mail. Fortunately, Roger Dean Theisen took the time to read one he recently received from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Big Time Texas Hunts program. It was a winning moment. “When I received the letter I was excited but couldn’t remember which hunt I had put in for. I was hoping it was the Grand Slam,” said Victoria tobacco shop owner Roger Dean Theisen. “I’ve entered for a number of years, figured it was a good cause.” Theisen along with 14 other lucky winners will be marking their calendars for a once in a lifetime hunting opportunity in the Lone Star State won through the TPWD Big Time Texas Hunts program. The Big Time Texas Hunts raffle offers hunting packages ranging from guided white-tailed deer hunting, bird and gator hunts to the Grand Slam which treats the lucky winner and a non-hunting guest to food, lodging, taxidermy and a personal guide for four separate hunts for desert bighorn sheep, white-tailed deer, pronghorn and desert mule deer. Theisen was the winner of this top package. “I’m really excited about the desert bighorn hunt, “said Theisen. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but — being a normal person — wasn’t something I ever considered being able to do, so this is a blessing. My feet haven’t touched the ground the entire week.” This year, the Big Time Texas Hunts drawing received 64,340 entries ($9/entry online or $10/entry by mail, phone or at license retailers) and raised $612,161. All proceeds will benefit wildlife conservation, research and public hunting in Texas. For more information on this hunting program, visit www.tpwd.state.tx.us/ buybtth. Congratulations to the following winners of this year’s Big Time Texas hunts. All winners have been notified and have accepted the prize. Texas Grand Slam Roger Dean Theisen, Yoakum, TX Texas Exotic Safari Henry Frank Bell, Seguin, TX Gaynard Ernest Wenglar, East Bernard, TX Texas Premium Buck Melvin P. Solomon, Conroe, TX Texas Waterfowl Adventure Gary Wayne Lee, Conroe, TX Texas Big Time Bird Hunt Riley Bruce Marsh, Yoakum, TX Texas Whitetail Bonanza John M. Dagenhart, Blackwell, TX Garrie E. Struhall, Austin, TX Russell Neal Terral, Mertzon, TX James Avery Low, Cherokee, TX Kevin Lane Preston, Conroe, TX Craig A. Enright, Quinlan, TX Patrick James Bailey, Corpus Christi, TX Seven-year old Bryce Nerada killed this monster hog with a .243 on opening Robert M. Flatley, San Antonio, TX weekend. The kill happened in Gonzales County, just outside of the Gonzales city limits. The exact weight of the hog is unknown, but it is believed to be well Texas Gator Hunt over 400 pounds. (Courtesy photo) Lee Andrew Friedman, Clayton, CA
Hogzilla Meets His Match
Texas Weekly Fishing Report
NORTH SABINE - Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad on soft plastics. Redfish are good in the marsh with high tides. Recent rains have hurt the bite in the river. SOUTH SABINE - Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad. Trout are good at the jetty on live bait and topwaters. Flounder are fair at the mouths of the bayous on a falling tide. BOLIVAR - Trout are good on the south shoreline on Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. Trout, black drum, sand trout and redfish are good at Rollover Pass. TRINITY BAY - Trout are good for drifters working pods of shad and mullet around wells and on the shoreline. Trout are good under birds in the upper end of the bay. Redfish are good on live bait around the reefs. EAST GALVESTON BAY Trout and sand trout are good for drifters working deep shell on plastics and fresh shrimp Redfish are good in the marsh and out the mouths of drains on the falling tide. WEST GALVESTON BAY - Trout are fair to good in the surf and around San Luis Pass on live shrimp and topwaters. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. TEXAS CITY - Redfish are fair to good in Moses Lake on crabs and shrimp. Sand trout are good in the channel on fresh shrimp. FREEPORT - Redfish are fair to good on the reefs in Bastrop Bay. Bull redfish are fair to good around Surfside and at the Quintana jetty on crabs, shrimp and mullet. EAST MATAGORDA BAY Trout are fair for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Waders have taken better catches on the shorelines on small topwaters and dark plastics. Birds are beginning to work. 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, Crab Lake and at Shell Island. Redfish are beginning to school. PORT O’CONNOR - Redfish are best in the back lakes on shrimp and mullet. Bull redfish are good at the jetty on crabs, mullet and shad. Trout are fair to good on the reefs in San Antonio Bay. ROCKPORT - Redfish are good on mullet on the Estes Flats and around Mud Island. Bull redfish have been found in the Lydia Ann Channel on mullet. PORT ARANSAS - Redfish are fair at East Flats on topwaters and Gulps. Bull redfish are good at the jetty and on the beachfront on natural baits. CORPUS CHRISTI - Trout are fair to good in the guts in Oso Bay on topwaters. Redfish are good on the beachfront on mullet and shrimp. Trout are fair for waders working mud and grass on small topwaters and Corkies. BAFFIN BAY - Trout are good on topwaters and plum plastics around rocks and grass. Redfish are fair to good in knee–deep water on small Super Spooks, She Pups and SkitterWalks. PORT MANSFIELD - Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes on topwaters and soft plastics under a popping cork. Trout are fair to good on the shorelines on small Super Spooks, She Pups and Corkies. SOUTH PADRE - Trout, redfish and snook are fair to good in South Bay and Mexiquita Flats. Tarpon and snook are fair on DOA Shrimp at the jetty. Bull redfish are good on the beachfront on mullet. PORT ISABEL - Trout and redfish are fair to good while drifting sand and grass flats on live shrimp, DOA Shrimp and Gulps under popping corks. Trout and redfish are fair to good in protected coves on small topwaters and soft plastics under rattling corks. ATHENS - Water clear, 73– 78 degrees; 3.25’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas spinnerbaits and shallow crankbaits in baitfish patterns. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait. BASTROP - Water stained; 78–82 degrees. Black bass are good on black/blue soft plastics and small spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow. BELTON - Water stained; 76–80 degrees; 4.49’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps and crankbaits early and late. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and white Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch and live shad. BRIDGEPORT - Water clear; 73–78 degrees; 13.14’ low. Black bass are excellent on Texas rigged craw fished around any shallow wood cover. Shallow running Crush 50X crankbaits and Yellow Magic topwaters in shad patterns are good early in the day. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Channel catfish no report. CEDAR CREEK - Water clear; 74–79 degrees; 2.84’ low. Black bass are good on black and blue flipping jigs fished around docks with brush. Topwaters are good early in the same areas. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait. COOPER - Water lightly stained; 74–78 degrees; 5.04’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged soft plastics, spinnerbaits and shallow running crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on small swimbaits and live shad over main lake humps. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and cut bait. FAIRFIELD - Fishing has been slow since the fish kill in September of 2010. TPWD has discontinued stocking the lake after another kill in early September 2011. Redfish and black bass survived the kill in limited numbers. FAYETTE - Water stained. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Red ear perch are good on worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on live bait. GIBBONS CREEK - Water clear. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and soft plastics. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and liver. GRANBURY - Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 4.50’ low. Black bass are good on perch colored spinnerbaits, soft plastics, and topwaters early and late. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on minnows and silver spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp. GRAPEVINE - Water clear; 74–78 degrees; 5.64’ low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads around main lake points in 6–10 feet. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut shad. JOE POOL - Water clear; 74–79 degrees; 2.04’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and small crankbaits around shallow cover. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs and jigs. Catfish are good on prepared baits. LAVON - Water lightly stained; 74–79 degrees; 7.62’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws around shallow cover. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad. . COLETO CREEK - Water clear; 3.28’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and soft plastics in 8–12 feet. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on live bait. Yellow catfish are slow. NAVARRO MILLS Water lightly stained; 77–81 degrees; 1.89’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon topwaters and shallow running crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on shad and minnows. Yellow catfish are fair on perch. PALESTINE Water clear; 73–78 degrees; 1.33’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged soft plastics near shallow cover and around docks. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait and cut shad.
Gonzales cagers set to Smith takes over the reigns as Lady open 2012-13 season Apaches’ new hoops head coach
By MARK LUBE
With just two returning varsity players and one returning starter, new Gonzales girls’ hoops coach Kent Smith figures it is not going to be all that difficult to bring a new system or style of play. Senior Taylor West is the one returning starter while junior Kelsey Hardy saw some time on varsity. “With that few people that were here (on varsity last year), I think it makes it a little easier trying to change into a newer system,” Smith said. “My system is not that hard to learn. I am not the kind of coach that constantly calls plays when they come down the floor.” “We run continuity, running the same system in both directions. With continuity, you do not have to start over because it is always flowing.” Smith said he wants the Lady Apaches to push the ball up the floor as much as possible and as hard as they can and describes his sys-
tem as ‘free flowing’. “I do not believe in walking the ball up the floor,” he said. “That is referred to as a half-court offense. You sort of stall out and reset yourself. I think the true game of basketball is transitioning into your offense and transitioning back to defense. It should be a flow.” The Lady Apaches will have some freedom to be creative while on the court. “Within the offense, there are opportunities to create as well,” Smith said. Gonzales will mostly run a man-to-man under Smith, but will go to zone if the current situation calls for it. Smith said going to zone will also depend on how the Lady Apaches are at running man coverage. “Ideally, it will be a manto-man. That is what I have always liked to run,” he said. The players that are being evaluated for varsity appear to be quick players. They are also surpassing Smith’s expectations on outside/perimeter shooting. “This team reminds me
By MARK LUBE
Gonzales head girls’ basketball coach and assistant softball coach Kent Smith got his coaching start working in boys’ sports. He later switched to coaching girls in order to have more time to spend with his family. “I love coaching football and other boys’ sports but it did not fit with a dad trying to spend lots of time with his kids,” he said. “I have loved the change because boys do not tend to be so emotional and do not carry grudges out on the floor but at the same time, they seem to be set in their ways.” “Boys are more hardheaded, making it tougher to coach in some cases. Whereas, girls are emotional but they are very coachable because they are more open-minded to change.” Smith is a 1982 graduate of Eastern Wayne High School in Goldsboro, N.C. GONZALES, Page C8 He competed in football, basketball, track and golf while in high school. Following graduation, Smith came to Texas to attend Angelo State University in San Angelo, where he
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went from 1983 until 1987. He graduated with a degree in Physics with a minor in Math and Chemistry. Originally, Smith had planned to get a degree in Aerospace Engineering and then enlist in the United States Air Force. “I caught the Air Force at a time in which they were not recruiting a lot and because I wore contacts, they kind of wanted me to be like the “Top Gun” character, Goose, in the back seat in a plane,” he said. “I thought I have always wanted to go into coaching and so I went with that instead.” Smith’s coaching career started as a boy’s assistant basketball coach in Eldorado in 1988. “They had just made the playoffs for the first time in 17 years, and I walked in as an assistant into that. We won bi-district and almost won in the area round,” he said. “It was a good experience.” Other memorable coachGonzales girls basketball coach Kent Smith guides ing stops for Smith includthe Lady Apaches at a recent practice. (Photo by Mark ed a boys’ assistant position Lube) in 3A Friona in the panhandle, Christoval, Abilene to work for the Texas Alco- said. “So, I took the job in High and Kemp, where he hol Beverages Commission Christoval.” Smith said he will teach took a girls’ head coach job. (TABC) as a trainer from physics classes at GHS and At one point, Smith got 2000-03. “I liked that but I really TAKS prep classes. out of coaching and went missed coaching,” Smith
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Once again, the Luling cross country teams will be at the State Meet Saturday at Old Settler’s Park in Round Rock. “I am really excited for our girls,” Luling head coach Michael Barnett said. “I figured we would have an outside chance and the girls ran their best race of the year.” Barnett said he is looking for his top two runners,
Kristaly Munoz and Carley Glass, to finish the race in under 12 minutes and the rest of the team – Shelby Drabeck, Sydney Neumann, Larissa Carmon, Maria Castillo and Ashlea Avilla – to come in at around 13:30. “It will depend on the weather conditions,” he said. For the Eagles, the tradition continues as Luling will run in the State Meet for the 17th time in 20
years. “I am excited for our guys as well,” Barnett said. “They have put in the effort required. We have not run a bad race all season, just a couple in which our times were slower than in other races.” Barnett said he hopes his runners are able to run 17:50 or faster, and sub-17:00 for the first several guys. Runners are Jose Campos, Danny Castillo, Ryan Flores, Will Frazier,
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Brian Guerrero and Fabian Guerrero. The Moulton boys will join the Luling teams at Old Settler’s Park this weekend. Moulton coach John Meisetschleager said the BobKatz are in for a challenging meet but will do their absolute best. “Port Aransas beat us for the regional title and we will have to run hard to have a shot at catching them,” he said. At regionals, Moulton’s Alex Reyes was in second place individually as he finished in 16 minutes, 37.1 seconds, beaten out of the top spot by Dallas Rushing of Axtell, who was clocked at 16:16.1 “I hope Alex will be able to keep up with him at state,” Meisetschleager said. He said Reyes should be able to run a 16:30 or better; the No. 2 runner, Dennis Lopez, is shooting for a time around 17:00; Mario Pinedo should finish around 17:20; Holden Jahn, the No. 4 runner, should be around 18:00 while the No. 5 runner, Dallas Rothbauer, should be close to Jahn and finish around 18:30. Moulton’s other two runners are Justin Holcomb and Cameron Jalufka. The Moulton boys are scheduled to run at 10:20 a.m., followed by the Luling girls at 10:50 and the Luling boys at 11:10.
Lady Comanches win area title by sweeping Leakey
By MARK LUBE
SAN ANTONIO — Megan Klimitchek feels very blessed. Shiner’s first-year volleyball coach was gifted with her first playoff victory by her hard-working squad, a 3-0( 25-17, 25-12, 25-15) win over Leakey last Thursday evening in the Class 1A area-round game at San Antonio Southwest High School. “I feel sincerely blessed to be part of this hard-working team,” she said. “They mean the world to me.” The first set was a little close but Shiner ended up rolling the Lady Eagles in Games Two and Three. Junior Kristin Schacherl had seven aces for the Lady Comanches. “I could see their holes and would serve to them,” she said. The Lady Comanches (27-14) played smart as well. Amanise Coleman, Hunt and Tabitha Blaschke made early plays in the first set to take a 7-4 lead. The Lady Eagles battled to stay in the game and then a kill from Julianna Rankin followed by a combination block from Coleman and Rankin, put the Lady Co-
manches on top, 22-14. Leakey closed the lead down to 22-16. Rankin made two kills and also got an ace as Shiner ended the first game on a 3-1 run. Behind effort from Brianna Rubio, the Lady Eagles took an 8-5 lead at the start of the second set. Serves from Emmalie Berkovsky and plays from Coleman put Shiner ahead 14-10 and they continued the momentum with 11 of the next 14 points for the win. The Lady Comanches closed the door shut on Leakey early in the third set with an 8-0 lead on the service domination by Schacherl. Leakey then scored four of the next six points, trying to claw back into the match. Plays from Blaschke and Coleman helped Shiner take a 20-7 lead. The Lady Eagles then rallied for three of the next four points. Eventually, they were down to 23-14 before the Lady Comanches scored two of the next three to finish the match. For Shiner, Coleman had four blocks; Rankin had 11 kills; Meagan Chumchal had 18 digs, and Schacherl also had 26 assists and 17 points.
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of the team I coached the first two years at Kemp,” he said. “Quick, not huge and were pretty balanced. I think I see balance with this group.” Gonzales’s main issue of concern will be inexperience on the varsity team. “There is a huge step each time you go to a higher team,” Smith said. “Eighth grade is faster than seventh grade; freshmen is faster than eighth grade; JV faster than freshmen and so forth.” “For most of the players who will be on varsity, the only way to understand the difference is to actually see it. It is unfortunate that I have just two players that have seen the difference in speed between the levels.” Smith said he has seen players step up to the higher level and not be bothered by it. As far as personnel, West is the only player who
is slated to be and stay on the varsity. All of the younger players that will play on the varsity at some point will have a lot of opportunity to see playing time. “A lot of time, you have five or six players that see the most action and you have several others that play sparingly,” he said. “Most of the players can hit the outside shots.” Smith said District 26-3A will be tough, with the Yoakum Lady Bulldogs already ranked in the pre-season polls at No. 22 for Class 3A by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC). The district situation is similar to what Smith faced in his previous post in Kemp. “We had three or four teams that were very, very good, and my Kemp team stepped up,” he said. “I am hoping to get the same result here.”
Winners of the 2012 Gonzales City Golf Championships were recently announced. Pictured (clockwise from top left) are Senior Division winners Frank Hurt and Jon Such, who finished first and second respectively; First place Super Senior Division winner Russell Moody with Jens Christensen, who placed second; Junior Champ Ryan Lee being congratulated by Hurt, who is also the Independence Park Golf Course manager; and First place Overall winner Michael Collie with Ryan Atkinson, who came in second. (Courtesy photos)
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By MARK LUBE
Area schools fare well at XC Regional Meet
Karla Gonzalez who was No. 92 with a time of 14:53.7. In the Boys 1A meet, Moulton punched its team ticket to Round Rock as they were in second place with 81 points. Alex Reyes came in second place with a time of 16:37.1; Dennis Lopez was No. 13 in 17:58.8; Mario Pinedo was No. 15 in 18:04.6; Holden Jahn finished in 18:35.6 for No. 30; Dallas Rothbauer was No. 40 in 18:59; Justin Holcomb was No. 88 in 20:38.9 and Cameron Jalufka was No. 128 in 21:53.4. The Flatonia Bulldogs placed No. 19 with 484 points. Jesus Hernandez was No. 31 in 18:37; Flynn Harrison was No. 103 in 21:04; Kalina Zachary was No. 135 in 22:19; Moreno Dillon was No. 161 in 24:54 and Theodore Steinhauser was No. 163 in 25:03. Shiner was No. 22 with 570 points. Ethan Berger was No. 98 in 20:55.8; Ethan Zissa was No. 132 in 21:59.6; Colby Jahn was No. 151 in 23:13; Daniel Hernandez was No. 155 in 24:02.6; Chase Schroeder was No. 164 in 25:24.8 and Blake Mraz was No. 171 in 26:30.4. Waelder’s Antonio Morales was No. 54 in 19:35.7 Yoakum finished No. 21 with 527 points in the 3A girls’ team standings Hannah Berdovsky led Yoakum with a No. 71 finish in 13:20; Ruby Correa was No. 123 in 14:09.6; Emily Kelley was No. 134 in 14:25.1; Kaitlyn Anzaldua was No. 137 in 14:30.4 and Olga Renteria followed in 14:32.2. Parker Janssen was No. 141 in 14:36.8 and Desiree Garza was No. 152 in 14:49.10. Cuero had two runners in the race. Jocee Bennett was No. 46 in 12:58.4 and Alexandra Villafranca was No. 58 in 13:08.5. In the boys 3A, the Gonzales Apaches placed No. 21 with 521 points. Gilbert Chavez was No. 29 in 17:39.2; Ashton Williams was No. 133 in 19:44.7; Sergio Garza was No. 140 in 19:55.4; Jose Olalde was No. 145 in 20:05.5; Max Moreno was No. 147 in 20:08; Alan DeLeon was No. 152 in 20:17.7 and Dalton Couch was No. 155 in 20:36. The Lockhart boys placed fifth in the 4A race with 163 points. Robert Uhr and Nicholas Avey advance to the state meet with a first-place finish (15:49) and eighth place (5:11) respectively. J.D. Amaya finished in 17:21 for No. 35; Sergio Moreno was clocked at 17:37 for No. 52; Joseph Hefner finished in 18:25 for No.97; Erik Moreno in No. 101 at 18:29 and Billy Hernandez in 18:54 for No.
SAN ANTONIO — The Luling Eagles won their second straight Region IV2A cross country title as they scored 36 points at the Region IV meet held at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio. And like last year, East Bernard was in second place, behind the Eagles, scoring 121 points. Individually for Luling, Jose Campos was in second place with a time of 15 minutes, 47.14 seconds. Luling had three more runners in the top 10 as Danny Castillo was sixth in 16:36.2, Ryan Flores followed in 16:43.1 and behind him was Brian Guerrero in 16:49.5. Will Frazier was No. 13 in 17:0.3 and Fabian Guerrero was No. 18 in 17:21.4. Nixon-Smiley’s Junior Tristan was No. 74 with a time of 18:45.0. The Luling Lady Eagles came in third place to advance to Saturday’s UIL State meet as they scored 115 points. Kristaly Munoz was first in the race in 11:28 and Carley Glass was behind her at 11:44.60. Shelby Drabek finished the race in 13:45 for No. 40; Sydney Neumann was No. 43 with a time of 13:47.2; Larissa Carmon was No. 54 in 13:56.3; Maria Castillo was No. 68 in 14:11.4; Ashlea Avila was No. 115 in 15:04.2. Also in the 2A girls race, Hallettsville’s Paiden Pruett was No. 70 in 14:11.8; teammate Camille Grahmann was No. 110 in 14:58.8; Hope Johnson was No. 113 in 15:00; Shelby Bozka was No. 158 in 16:07.8. In the girls’ 1A race, The Moulton Bobkittens finished in No. 12 in the team standings with 321 points and the Shiner Lady Comanches scored 406 points for No. 16. For Moulton, Makaela Beard was No. 32 with a time of 13:45.7; Paige Bartos was No. 54 in 14:11.7; Sarah Baker was No. 89 in 14:52.8; Kendall Kristynik was No.98 in 15:00.2; Mackenley Ebner finished in 15:43.5 for No. 123; Megan Mitchon was No. 144 in 16:29 and Laramie Zant was No. 152 in 16:38.8. For the Lady Comanches, Clara Grosenbacher was No. 62 in 14:29.5; Tabitha Blaschke was No. 101 in 15:05.3; Kristin Schacherl was No. 103 in 15:07.9; Shanan Pardy was No. 117 in 15:31.8; Keely McCarthy was No. 119 in 15:33.5; Meloni Berger was No. 133 in 16:00.7 and Kaci Jamison followed in 16:02.5. Flatonia had two runners in the race. Haley Moeller in No. 84 in 14:49.1 and
A large contingent of area runners competed in the Region IV Cross Country Championships. Pictured (clockwise from top left) are: Moulton’s Alex Reyes, Antonio Morales of Waelder, Luling’s Kristaly Munoz, Sergio Garcia of Gonzales, Yoakum’s Emily Kelley, and Shiner’s Ethan Berger with Flatonia’s Flynn Harrison. (Photos by Mark Lube) 122. Lockhart’s Olivia Smith placed No. 27 in 20:34.6 in the girls’ 4A race.
GJH 8th Grade A outrun previously unbeaten Cuero
From coaches’ reports GONZALES – The Gonzales Junior High 8th Grade A team knocked Cuero out of the ranks of the unbeaten by downing them, 32-16, last Thursday at Apache Stadium. Aaron Hunt had a spectacular game, running for 266 yards and five touchdowns to lead Gonzales. He scored on runs of 62, 68, 47, 43 and 46 yards. “Great credit goes the O-line for their great effort and toughness,” said GJH athletic coordinator Joey Carrizales. “Our fullback Wayne Fowler did a great job of blocking to allow Aaron to rack up the yards. It was also a great Apache team effort by the defense to hold the Gobblers to 16 points.” Other outstanding players of the game included Dawson Hull, Hayden Henke, Ryland Tieken, Cody Love, Brandon Paige, Wade Miller, Josh Bustos and Tristan Riley. The 8th Grade B team lost to Cuero, 8-6. Gabriel Camarillo scored the only
Gonzales points on a 52yard touchdown run. The 7th Grade A team defeated Cuero, 24-16 to improve to 6-2 on the year. Isaiah Sanders scored on touchdown runs of 2, 3 and 40 yards and also ran in all three two-point conversions. The 7th Grade B team also beat Cuero, 14-6 to improve their record to 6-1-1. River Haynes threw a 20-yard scoring pass to Levi Hernandez, who also returned a fumble for an- Cory Anzaldua slips a tackle and bursts through a hole during the 7th Grade A other score. team’s win over Cuero last Thursday. (Photo by Cedric Iglehart)
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Gonzales man recalls experience of World War II
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A Most Extraordinary Ordinary Hero
in 1942. “I was picked up and taken away,” recalled Don Lupe. “There were four bus loads of men on that trip and all of us were MexicanAmericans. One of my brothers did his Basic Training in North Dakota, but I was sent to Camp Wallace in Galveston.” Like the majority of new draftees who made the trip to Galveston, Don Lupe had spoken Spanish exclusively throughout his life. The language barrier ended up being just another obstacle to overcome, which he did by eventually learning to speak English at a second grade level. “I really didn’t speak any English,” Don Lupe said. “They taught me a few words here and there, just enough for the Sergeant to be able to admit me. There were four barracks
Housed among the corridors of Texan Nursing and Rehab in Gonzales, is one very remarkable man. His appearance does nothing to differentiate him from the other elderly residents. He walks down the halls with slumped posture and assistance from a cane, much the same as virtually all of his other mobile male counterparts. But this man is different. Not only in the way that every one of us differs in some way from each other, but different because of the impressive things he has done in anonymity and because of an upcoming accomplishment that will induct him as a member of a group that hardly any of us will likely ever join. The man’s name is Lupe Garcia and come next April, he will turn 100 years old. While hitting the century mark will bring this extraordinary most senior of citizens some notoriety in the near future, it is his past that makes him one of our country’s true heroes. Garcia, or Don Lupe as he will be referred to throughout the rest of this article as a sign of respect, was one of nearly 500,000 Hispanic Americans to serve during World War II. Very few of those courageous patriots are around today to tell their story, so it is particularly comforting to know that one of their brethren still resides among us right here in Gonzales. Born on April 8, 1913 in the Five Mile community, located near the Pilgrim area in Gonzales County, Don Lupe was the son of Patricia and Gregorio Garcia. His mother was from Laredo and his father was a Mexican native. He never received any formal schooling growing up, so Don Lupe spent most of his youth working in the fields as a sharecropper. “The thing I recall the most is working in the cotton fields,” he said. “When we were kids, in our spare time we would play marbles and spin tops for fun.” “By the time I was 15 years old, I was working by myself using a team of mules to plow the fields. I also worked in a place where we would cut down trees and mill them down to make egg crates.” Don Lupe was not a particularly large man – reaching a physical peak of 5’7” and 139 pounds – but his years of manual labor had left him stronger than most his size. That strength would eventually serve him well because after America entered World War II, he received his draft letter from Uncle Sam
“I remember seeing the Germans running away from us.” — Don Lupe Garcia
there where nobody in them knew how to speak to English. As long we knew how to point a rifle and pull the trigger, it was good enough for the Army.” Don Lupe was officially inducted into the military on May 22, 1942. His Army specialty was Cannoneer 601 and he qualified as a Marksman with a rifle on January 1943. He served as a member of Battery B of the 401st Coast Artillery Battalion. That unit was part of Allied Forces campaigns that journeyed through Northern Africa, Southern France, Italy, and much of Central Europe. During one campaign through North Africa, Don Lupe’s battery found themselves engaged in one of the war’s pivotal turns. They were part of the forces responsible for causing German general Erwin Rommel, the fabled Desert Fox, to retreat from that combat arena. “I remember seeing the Germans running away from us,” said Don Lupe. “You could always tell where they were because they would hide their machine gun nests behind a pile of burned up cars. I would fire at their positions and it seemed like they would be there one second and gone the next.” After clearing out Rommel’s forces Don Lupe’s unit ventured into Italy, traveling north after entering at the tip of the “boot.” “Once we got into Italy, we were mistaken for enemy troops,” he recalled. “Our own Air Force bombed us. A lot of our men perished during those raids.” The battalion pushed through the adversity and mounted a march into Germany, where Hitler’s stronghold had begun to unravel. “Once we got into Germany, we were searching for their soldiers,” said Don Lupe. “We took a bunch of them as prisoners.” While most of the details of his military service have vanished from the recesses of his memory, there are certain images of war that Don Lupe will never forget. Horrible, night-
Lupe Garcia is shown holding a German insignia he found while marching through Germany during World War II. Garcia will celebrate his milestone 100th birthday next April. (Photo by Cedric Iglehart)
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Lupe Garcia circa 1945
The Cannon • Saluting Our Veterans
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Jack L. McBride
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Lt. Colonel Harold E. Leifeste, my husband Don’s brother, retired in 1973 from the U. S. Air Force with 20 years of service. Pictured here with him is his wife, Mary, and their children, Jeanne and Chuck. (Courtesy JoAnn Liefeste)
John E. Frankenhauser
This is my grandfather Bill Pekar who us an amazing human being and a World War II vet. Love him dearly! — Submitted by Melissa McCollum Jack Lafayette McBride, Seaman Second Class, while serving in the U. S. Navy at the age of 18, survived the bombing of USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor, but the next year, on November 13, 1942, while serving on USS San Francisco in the Battle of Savo Bay in the Solomon Islands, he was killed in action while helping to man a large gun. Thirty-four other men were killed including Rear Admiral Daniel J. Callaghan and two Captains. This battle was one of the largest surface naval engagements of the war. The San Francisco was leading our fleet in this battle. President Roosevelt said their lives were not sacrificed in vain. (Courtesy JoAnn Liefeste)
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GARCIA: Nightmare of war remains after nearly 70 years
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My uncle, S2c USNR John E. Frankenhauser served as a First Lt., U.S. Army, Vietnam 1967-68. He served from April, 1961 to February, Audley Franklin Johnson, age 17, was killed in ac1968
marish and graphic images that still haunt him from time to time. “I remember right before the end of the war, we were cleaning our cannons and machine guns but there was still some resistance in the area,” he recalled. “Somebody fired a cannon at us and hit our Lieutenant. I saw him blown apart right before my eyes. I saw a lot of carnage throughout the war.” “I really don’t like to recall those days because I’m afraid it might cause flashbacks. I’ve tried to forget everything bad that I went through over there and put it behind me because going through it again would scare me.” Following the end of the war, Don Lupe was honorably discharged on Nov. 15, 1945 at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. During the course of the conflict, he earned several decorations including the Victory Medal, EAME Campaign Medal with six Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, one Service Stripe and five Overseas Service Bars. His immediate post-war life consisted of him working numerous jobs in carpentry and plumbing. He eventually landed a job with the City of Gonzales, where he worked until retiring in 1972. Like most Americans of the post-war era, Don Lupe loved to spend his recreation time playing baseball. He was a member of several club teams that played throughout this area and his work on the diamond earned him the nickname “El Gancho” or The Hook. “My brothers and I were pitchers,” he said. “I could throw a curve ball that looked like a hook and nobody could hit it.”
tive duty aboard the USS Pennsylvania on June 2, 1943. He was the son of Audley and Gladys Johnson of Dewville. Surviving kin are Missy Johnson Riojas of Cove, and R. Scott Johnson of Austin. We salute the Uncle Abelardo R. Ibarra, Sr.. US Army Special 4- June 26, 1958He married Antonia Flores in 1949, and we never met. (No photo June 26, 1960. In November 28, 1961-1962 was called the union produced three sons – Joe, Beni- available) back for duty during Berlin crisis by President Kennedy, to and Lupe Jr. after that he served 6 years in the National Guard. Benito recalled how hard his father worked to provide for the family and how determined he was to ensure his boys had a future ahead of them. “He was always a very good father,” said Benito. “When we were kids, he put us all through school. He made sure we got a formal education whether we wanted to or not because he didn’t have one. It was because of him that we all graduated.” Because of his advanced age, it comes as no surprise that Don Lupe has remained extremely healthy over the course of time. There has only been one real health scare, which came in 2009, when he had to have surgery to remove an inflamed gall bladder. “He got real sick on us and the doctors couldn’t figure out why,” Benito explained. “We had to take him to a specialist in Austin to find out what it was.” “The doctor said he didn’t know how my father managed to pull through the surgery. He told us my father is about as tough as a two dollar steak. He’s still got that old field strength.” Remaining as active as he can these days, Garcia gets picked up every Sunday and attends church with his family. He is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where he spent 40 years as a member of the choir and also served as a steward. Even though it is clichéd, I couldn’t resist ending the interview without asking Don Lupe what was the secret of his longevity. His reply was a reflection of himself – simple on the surface, but complex on many levels. “There’s no secret,” he replied. “All of the credit goes to God.”
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Thomas Wayne Irle, Jr. joined the U.S. Navy on June 25, 2001. He was on the USS George Washington (CVN-73). He was an E-4 Storekeeper and ended as a Storekeeper 3rd Class. He had tours of duty in Koper Sloviana, Crete, Greece, Naples, Italy, Portugal, Spain, St. Thomas, Virgin Dr. Garth Vaz joined the U.S. Army and served at Fort Sam Houston from 1969-1971 as an E-5. After receiving a com- Islands, Suez Canal, Egypt, Israel. He got a General mission he served as a Captain in the National Guard from 1991-1993 and a Major in the Texas Reserve from 1993-2002. Discharge on March 3, 2010. From a newspaper clipping, 1942: “Dr. W.A. Sievers, wellknown physician and surgeon of Gonzales and former city and county health officer, this week received orders to report to Fort Grant, Ill., for active duty with the United States
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Joseph “Bud” Keck, 92 years old, served in World War II as an Army T-4 with “K” Co., 3rd Btn, 141st Infantry, 36th Division, from 1940-1945.
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Donald Howell served in the 36th Division Infantry of the Texas National Guard from Nov. 25, 1940 to Sept. 14, 1945. He left the U.S. for North Africa and then to Italy. The day Italy surrendered to Germany on Sept. 8, 1943, Howell was captured by the Germans and held as a Prisoner of War until May 3, 1945. Howell remembers that he was treated okay except for the food. They were served Rutabaga soup and coffee every day. On occasion they received food from the Red Cross when they could get the supplies through. On May 3, 1945 a convoy of American trucks came through and picked up the POW’s from his camp and made various stops through France with the final destination back to the United States via ship. Howell received 13 medals in all, including the Bronze Star. Howell is one of only three veterans remaining from the original company that left out of Gonzales.
Colonel John Mohrmann, ret., served as a state representative from Gonzales County before World War II and “Captain John” was a company commander in the 36th Division based in Gonzales. After the 36th was mobilized, Capt. Mohrmann was transferred to the 82nd Airborne Division, where he served as division quartermaster. Col. Mohrmann served in North Africa and several European campaigns. His glider crashed during the Normandy invasion. He was awarded the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Clusters. After the war, he served with the 8th Service Command and was on the State Staff of the 36th Division when he retired. From 1949 until his death, he owned Mohrmann’s Drug Store, a pharmacy started by his father in the early 1900s.
Eva L. Snapp, TECH 4, served as an Army WAC from 1945-1947. She was serving in the hospital at Valley Forge when she met my father, Miller D. Snapp, a Patient. When he was discharged, he forgot my picture and left it sitting by his bed. Eva mailed it to him and you can probably figure out the rest of the story. She was a very caring StepMother though I never lived with them. Don and I did what we could to care for her until her death. (Submitted by JoAnn Liefeste)
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After graduating from Bandera High, Don Rainey joined the U.S. Navy in 1954 and served four years as a sonarman on a mine sweeper, a destroyer escort and a destroyer. While part of the mine sweeper crew, his vessel swept for mines in the bays of South Korea. His tour of duty included New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong and participation in an All Southeast Asia exercise which included ships from Australia, New Zealand and other U.S. allies.
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Edwin O. Tilghman served in the U.S. Coast Guard from September 1962 to June 1972. He was assigned as CGC Gentian, Galveston, - Buoy Tender, from January 1963 to May 1967. He was advanced from Seaman Apprentice to Petty Officer 2nd Class, and served as crane operator, Deck Dept. Petty Officer, Aids to Navigation specialist. At CG Station Houston from May 1967 to April 1968, he was promoted to Petty Officer 1st Class and served in Houston ship channel law enforcement. Stationed at CG Station Venice, La., from April 1968 to March 1970, Petty Officer 1st Class Tilghmann was Officer in Charge of Station, qualified boat skipper up to 53 ft. responsible for law inforcement, logistics to Light Houses, Search and Rescue, and was the escort of the Saturn V rocket that took Neil Armstrong to the moon. He also delivered boating safety lectures for oil companies. He returned to Houston with CG Marine Inspection Office, Houston, from March 1970 to June 1972. He served as Deputy Shipping Commisioner, worked with U.S. flag merchant ships and their crews. His awards include the National Defense, Good ConJuanita Mang Cochran Gosch served in the U.S. Navy duct w/star, Unit Commendation, Coast Guard Achievefrom January 1944 through June, 1946. She served at the U.S. ment, Command Pin, Several Letters of Recommendation. “My heart goes out to those who have given their lives and Naval Hospital at San Diego, then at the U.S. Naval Hospital at Sampson, N.Y. before finishing her service at the U.S. Nalimbs for this great nation. Let’s keep this nation great.” val Air Station at Norfolk, Va.
Herman Earl Harris, 1st Lt., U.S. Army, served 19641966, during the Vietnam era, served in the 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regt., 2nd Armored Division as a Platoon Leader, Troop C Executive Officer, Troop C Commanding Officer and as Squadron Motor Officer.
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Sam C. Turk was born and raised in Gonzales and joined the National Guard following graduation from Texas A&M University. Four years later he graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Agricultural Economics and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in 1958. In 1966, he was a Captain and deployed to Vietnam as a helicopter pilot attached to 121st Aviation Company, part of the 13th Combat Aviation Battalion. His unit, the Soc Trang Tigers, the most highly decorated helicopter unit in Vietnam. The Soc Trang Tigers’ base of operations was an old WWII Japanese air base and provided combat assault against the Viet Cong, performed re-supply missions and medical evacuations. Turk returned to the United States in 1967. During his service he commanded an aviation section, aviation company, aviation brigade, and was assistant division commander of
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“Attached is a pic of me on the right in Iraq. The guy to my left is Sgt. Carl Thomas from Detroit, MI. he was killed while we were deployed.” (Via Facebook) Joseph Hidalgo of Gonzales enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1997. He served for a total of 8 years and reached the rank of Sergeant. Joseph was an 11 Charlie (Indirect Fire Infantryman) squad leader. His duties stations were: Basic Training - Fort Benning , GA ; 2nd Battalion 14th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, NY; 3rd Battalion 66th Armor Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, TX; 1st Battalion 503rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, Campy Casey, South Korea; 1st Battalion 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX; 1st Squadron 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX Joseph also served in Operation Iraqi Freedom II with the 1st Battalion 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Regiment in of March 2004 – March 2005
the largest armored division in the world - the 49th Division of the Texas National Guard. He also commanded a battalion, a brigade and a division In 1993, he was appointed Adjutant General of Texas. As Adjutant General of Texas, he was in charge of
the military forces of Texas, including the Army National Guard, Air National Guard and State Guard. He was responsible to the Governor of Texas for the proper administration, training and readiness of all soldiers and airmen - a total of approximately 28,000 men and
women in the force at that time. He retired after 41 years of military service at the rank of Lieutenant General. Turk lives with his wife Pat in Gonzales, near their three children. The Turks have five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Sgt. Dave Mundy served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1986-1991, first as a cable splicing specialist and later as a combat correspondent. As a Marine public affairs specialist, he covered two Alpine Warrior operations, the 1988 West Africa Tour, Hurricane Hugo relief, Super Typhoon Flo relief and the evacuation of Subic Bay. Mundy was the 1989 US Military Sports Association Print Journalist of the Year and won Department of Defense Thomas Jefferson Awards as editor of the Okinawa Marine newspaper and as a sports writer, in addition to numerous Marine Corps Merit awards for his journalistic work. Returning to civilian life, he served as sports editor of the Rosenberg Herald-Coaster, Managing Editor of the Katy Times and Executive Editor of the Orange Leader. He joined the Gonzales Cannon staff in 2009 and is currently the General Manager.
Rubie Oliver Robinson Snapp Miller D. Snapp
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My mother, Rubie Oliver Robinson Snapp (pictured at right), served in the Womens Ordinance Workers (WOW’s) which was established by the U. S. Government in order to bring more women into the military and eventually there were 85,000 WOW’s. My mother was working at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD as a civilian at the Ordinance Department when the WOW’s were created in 1942. She joined in 1942 and was transferred to the Detroit Ordinance Depot. She later served at the Ft. Holabird Ordinance Depot. (Submitted by JoAnn Liefeste)
My father, Miller Dunbar Snapp, served in WW I, WW II and the Korean War when he was age 50. While serving in England during WW I, he was hospitalized for pneumonia, and when it was learned that he lied about his age, and was only 16, he was returned to the U.S., and discharged. He reenlisted as soon as his heart murmur was gone, in his 20’s, and also served in the U. S. Navy and was in the U. S. Army when the U. S. Air Force was created. He retired from the U.S.A.F., in 1959 with a Medical Discharge and 27 years of military service. (Submitted by JoAnn Liefeste)
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Albert Henry (Bubba) Morrison served in the 76th Infantry Division, “F” Rifle Company, in 1945. Bubba served in France, Belgium, James Hedrick, Cpl., U.S. Army, served as a communications specialist, 1948-1952, stationed at Ft. Sheridan, IL. Luxembourg and Germany. He was in combat on the Siegfried Line, Ardennes Forest and the Saar River. Bubba remembers that he ended up staying in a hospital in France for several months due to seizures that were caused from artillery fire. Bubba said that he keeps in touch with one of his buddies who resides in Illinois. Bubba said that when Germany surrendered, his outfit shipped out but did not know if they were going to Japan or back to the U.S. They were two days out in the water when it was announced that Japan also surrendered and everyone threw their helmets out into the ocean in celebration. Bubba said that one of the most beautiful things he saw was the Statue of Liberty at Ellis Island upon his return back home. Morrison’s outfit received 3 battle stars.
Forrest Edward Penney Jr. entered the United States Air Force after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin in 1969 and undergoing ROTC training there. His first flight assignment was the F-4 “Phantom” jet fighter. He flew 226 combat missions in Vietnam, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was then assigned to the F-111 “Aardvark,” a swept-wing fighter jet, and flew missions throughout Europe. When he left RAF Upper Heyford, England, he did an exchange tour with the U.S. Navy, based at Oceana Naval Air Station, Virginia. He flew the A-6 “Intruder” from the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy. When he returned to the Air Force, he “flew a desk” at Langley, Virginia, then returned to the F-111 as an instructor at Cannon AFB, New Mexico. He retired after 20 years of service in 1989 having received many medals and awards that he proudly displays in his office at Prosperity Bank. Forrest attended law school at Texas Tech University in Lubbock after retiring from the Air Force. He is now a practicing attorney in Gonzales. He and his wife of 42 years, Sue, have two married children and two granddaughters.
Ray Hull served in the United States Army during World War II, earning the rank of Sergeant. He served as a sniper with the 2nd Ranger Battalion; and a squad leader in the 33rd Gold Cross Division in New Guinea and Luzon. He also served with the occupational forces in Japan. He earned the Combat Infantryman Badge, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with two Bronze Stars, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Ribbon, Service Stripe and four Overseas Service Bars.
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Aubrey McGee served in the Infantry in the European Theater in World War II.
Kevin Wayne Noack served with the 3rd Battalion, Fifth Marines and was part of Operation Desert Storm from December, 1990 through July, 1991. He served as a tactical air controller responsible for communications with headquarters and the front lines.
Gilbert Philippus served in the United States Air Force Security Service from 1956 – 1960. Philippus was a High Speed Intercept Radio Operator in International Morse Code and stationed in Japan, monitoring Soviet and other nations’ military Morse code broadcasts. This job required top secret codeword clearance, extremely high pressure and was considered essential to U. S. Cold War efforts. Members of the USAFSS were not allowed to discuss their jobs with outsiders or could not talk among themselves about their jobs unless in a secure location. The U.S. Air Force Security Service was essentially the United States Air Force’s intelligence branch, a secretive and tight-knit branch of Air Force cold warriors. Their intelCecil McGee served as a Tank Commander for the 4 ligence was often analyzed in the field, and the results transyears of WW II in Europe and landed in Normandy on mitted to the National Security Agency. The activities of the D-Day. He received the Silver Star, Bronze Star and the USAFSS have only recently been declassified. Purple Heart.
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The four children of Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Walshak of Gonzales all served their country during World War II.
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T/Sgt. Richard A. Walshak served in the U.S. Army from 1941-45. After training in Texas, Tennessee, Missouri and Ireland, he served in Europe. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Europoean Ribbon, 4 Battle Stars, AD Ribbon, GCM and Com. Infantry Badge. He was wounded at Brest, France, in 1944.
MSgt. Lawrence M. Walshak joined the Army in 1940 and served until 1945. After training at Camp Bowie, he served in Iceland, Scotland, England, France, Belgium and Germany. He was awarded the European Ribbon, four Battle Stars, GCM and AD Ribbon.
Richard Kuenzler, Sr, resides in Gonzales, served U.S. Army active duty 19661969, taking basic training at Ft Leonard Wood, Missouri; AIT (advanced individual training) at Havre de Grace, Maryland; Infantry training at Ft Lewis, Washington; served 1 year at Long Bien, Vietnam; 1 year at Ft Benning, Georgia. Kuenzler completed active duty with rank of E-6 before receiving an honorable discharge. He later served seven years in the National Guard.
Robert Falany Jr US Navy
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Capt. Edith G.Walshak served in the Army Nursing Corps from 1941-46. AfAMM 3rd Class Douglas J. Walshak ter training in Texas and New Jersey, she served in the U.S. Navy from 1944-46. served in Egypt. She was awarded the AD, He trained in California, Oklahoma and European and AT Ribbons and the Victory Texas. Medal.
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Richard Kuenzler, Jr, resides in Raytown, Missouri, served U.S. Air Force 1985 - 1991 taking basic training at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas; AIT at Chanute AFB, Rantoul, Illinois; stationed at Charleston AFB, Charleston, South Carolina. Rick was an AGE mechanic until the Desert Shield I campaign during which he transferred to security and law enforcement at Charleston AFB. Rick reached the rank of Sergeant before receiving an honorable discharge.
Airman Christopher Kuenzler, the grandson of Richard Kuenzler Sr., is currently serving at Whiteman AFB, Knobnoster, Missouri. Chris joined the Air Force in 2008, completing basic training at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, where he graduated July 4, 2009. Chris received his AIT training at Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, to become an aviation mechanic.
Mike Torres, Jr. served in the U.S. Air Mike Torres, Sr. served in the U.S. Navy Force as an Airman First Class from 1969 as a Seaman Second Class from 1946 - 1948. - 1977.
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Ferd West, son of Mr. and Mrs. M.A. West of Gonzales, attended Leesville School. He entered the Army in 1942 and trained in Hawaii. He took part in the Tarawa and Saipan campaigns, and was killed in action on Saipan on June 25, 1944.
Jack Tucker joined the United States Navy during the Vietnam War, earning the rank of Seaman. He served on the USS Sumner County LST 1148. He earned the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Ray Hause served in Germany and Vietnam 1961-1966 Service Medal with two Bronze Stars, and the Republic in the Special Forces. of Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device.
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Captain James Connally served in the U.S. Army from 1966-1976. He served in numerous locations in the United States, two tours in Vietnam and a tour in Germany. He flew as a helicopter pilot in gunships, scouts and troop carriers. He also served as an instrument instructor pilot for helicopters. While in Germany he served as the helicopter pilot of the Commander-In-Chief US Army Europe. His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Star, 4 Army Commendation Medals Laval Dillard Brown, Jr. served in the U.S. Air Force. and 57 Air Medals while
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Peggy Baros served in the U.S. Navy WAVES from Aug. 7, 1943 to Dec. 7, 1945. She served at the Fleet Post Office Frank Cordray Brown, Sr. served with the 9th Ma- at New York City, Fleet Post Office at San Francisco, and rines on Guam and Iwo Jima, where he won the Purple the Separation Center in Shoemaker, Calif. Heart. Petty Officer First Class Nikki L. Maxwell, a Mass Communications Specialist, served in the U.S. Navy from January 1993 to May 2008. As a military journalist, Maxwell was responsible for internal and external communications through reporting, photography, public relations and broadcasting. She was Editor of the U.S. Navy’s largest publication, The Flagship, from 2005-2007. She served as a news anchor, reporter, video editor, field producer and script writer for the weekly U.S. Navy television show Navy/Marine Corps News in Washington D.C., from 2001-2004. Maxwell interviewed high profile government officials including two former U.S. Presidents, conducted weekly news reports from The Pentagon, and covered the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Cold Case Unit. She was named U.S. Navy Broadcast Journalist of the Year in 2003, and U.S. Navy Print Journalist of the Year in 2005. She received 19 military journalism awards, and a civilian broadcast industry “Telly Award” in 2002 for a video she shot and produced called “Reflections of America” — a collection of her interviews with 9/11 Pentagon terrorist attack
Major Bryan J. Darilek served in Northern Afghanistan as a Liason/Aviation Operations Officer between U.S. and NATO forces.
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In 2005, I visited this cemetery, the Archelous Cornett, in Elk Creek, VA and saw that James Cornett, who along with his brother, David, served in the American Revolution in 1783, had a tombstone that was broken and lying on the ground. Since then I wanted to replace it. May 15, 2012 Don, my husband, and I were able to do so. This picture was taken after the dedication service I did for this stone which lists the names of both brothers and their wives. No one has ever found a stone for David, my 5th great-grandfather, or his wife; however, he grew up on this land, the cemetery is named after his brother and his parents are buried here, so he probably is too, but my stone is the only one that has his name on it. Others attending were mainly Relatives. (Submitted by JoAnn Liefeste)
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David J. Gast - “Breeze” Archie Perry Winegeart Sr.
Archie Perry Winegeart Sr. was a Corporal, in the U.S. Army, Air Corps during World War II, 1942-1945 David Joe (Brother Breeze) Gast, served in the U.S. Army from 1967-1973. He completed Basic Training at Fort Polk, Louisiana, Engineering Training at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He served in Vietnam and then finished up in Fort Carson, Colorado. His education and training Completed included: ATP 21-114, Code of Conduct, CBR Training, Geneva Convention, Vietnam Training, Military Justice, Hague Convention, USA Engineer Equipment Maintenance. Medals Received: National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal w/4 Bronze Service Stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal w/60 Device, President’s Citation, Bronze Star, Service & Vietnam Campaign National Defense, Vietnam Service & Vietnam Campaign Medals.
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Bill Mercer joined the Texas National Guard in 1935, and the U.S. Air Force in 1940. He was stationed in the South Pacific area during World War II. As a pilot, Capt. Mercer was assigned to the 43rd Troop Carrier Group and spent much of his time flying missions from the Philippine Islands. At one time, Mercer had flight orders to pick up Gen. Douglas McArthur and fly him to another island in the Philippines. “But the airstrip was very muddy and my dad wasn’t sure if the aircraft would make it off the ground, so instead of risking it the general chose to take a boat instead,” said Larry Mercer, the veteran’s son. In the days after American forces dropped atomic
bombs on Hiroshima (Aug. 6, 1945) and Nagasaki (Aug. 9, 1945), Japan surrendered to the United States. Although the war was over, Mercer was called upon for another mission. “I was ordered to fly over Japan and take some dignitaries to the Tokyo Air Strip,” Mercer said. “It was very exciting to actually land in the country we had been at war with.” That flight was Sept. 17, 1945. Mercer was 28 years old. He was discharged from the Air Force a few months later in 1946. Today, he and his family live in Gonzales. “I’m very proud of my father and everything he did for our country,” his son said.
Walter Kennon Simmons, Sr. joined the U.S. Marine Corps on May 12, 1953. He entered at Campen, California and was a Private First Class. He went to Japan and Korea. He also received the National Defense Service Medal – United Nations Service Medal and also the Korean Service Medal – Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal (1st Awd.) While serving in the Marines he was a Perforator Operator. He was Honorably Discharged as a John L. Maxwell joined the U.S. Army in 1983 at age Sergeant (E-4) on the 22nd of January, 1961. 17. After serving two years he joined the U.S. Navy. As an Aviation Boatswains Mate (Fuels) he served on USS Abraham Lincoln, USS Theodore Roosevelt, USS Saipan and USS Iwo Jima. One of his assignments in- PFC Joe Rivera, U.S. Army, Headquarters Company cluded humanitarian operations following Hurricane 47th Infantry, Basic training, Rifleman. Served from Katrina on the Gulf Coast. He retired in 2005 as a Se- 1944-1946, received Bronze Star, Campaign Medal, nior Chief Petty Officer and currently lives in Gonzales Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal, and Overseas Service Ribbon. (No picture available) with his family.
The son of a Gonzales couple has the distinction of being a “plankowner” on the U.S. Navy’s newsest warship. OS-1 (Operating Specialist 1st Class) John DuBose III, son of John and Cathy DuBose and grandson of John and Jackie DuBose, is a member of the crew of the USS Fort Worth (LCS3). DuBose is one of 40 “Blue Crew” members of the original “plankowner” crew — the first sailors to man the vessel after it has been commissioned.
John DuBose III
The Fort Worth, a $400 million, 3,200-ton, 320-foot-long littoral combat ship that can reach speeds greater than 40 knots, officially joined the fleet Saturday, Sept. 22. The ship’s commissioning took place in Galveston with dignitaries from its namesake city, the U.S. Navy and Galveston on hand. The DuBose family, along with Joe Dale and Sissy Mills, were also present at the ceremonies. The ship is homeported in San Diego.
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Navy Lt (JG) Ross E. McCaskill, the son of former Gonzales residents Bill and Sharon McCaskill, is celebrating Come and Take It this week in Afghanistan with Navy Mobile Construction Battalion 1. He’s shown here at one corner of the Come and Take It flag wearing sunglasses. (Courtesy Photo)
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In this picture LCpl. Albert M. Rivera, Jr., son of Albert and Sarah Rivera, along with his fellow Marines, LCpl. Yesenia Hernandez, and Cpl. Alina Sanchez attend the 237th Marine Corps Ball held at the Pechanga Resort in Temecula, Ca. Mr.and Mrs. Albert Rivera flew to San Diego,Ca. on Aug 29 to join other military families as they welcomed their son home along with fellow Marines and sailors as they returned from their tour in Afghanistan on Sat, September 1, 2012 to Camp Pendleton 22 Area Parade deck in Oceanside, Ca. A big salute from Mr. and Mrs. Albert Rivera to their son LCpl. Albert M. Rivera and all his fellow brothers who fight for our Freedom.
Hurry up and wait.... But..... We’re going home ;) SSG Jacob Rodriguez, via Facebook
Sgt. Mark Prado recently graduated from Recruiting School on Oct. 25 and his next assignment will be recruiting out of the northeast side of San Antonio. He enlisted in the Marines in 2005 and has served with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, Marine Wing Support Squadron-171and 9th Engineer Support Battalion during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. His personal decorations include Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan. He is a Gonzales High School graduate and married to Oriana Prado of Waelder. The couple have two children: Jadyn (age 6) and Aliyah (age 3).
hey guys and gals... thank yall so much for the prayers. they paid off bc me and all my boys are flying home Saturday safe.. and alive. special thanks to Pat Anders and the Gonzales Youth Center for all the care packages for me and my men. and to Rachael Ann Durst, Vanessa Garza, Monica White, Rosalinda Ramos, Jamie Foote-Staten, Our veteran Zach Hill served a tour in Iraq and a tour in Jessica Thompson, Emily Afganistan. He should be discharged in November! We are A. Perez, Patsy Gil, Amber Leach, and to all who ever so proud of him! (Submitted by Wendi Wilkerson)
sent a care package/letter.... THANK YOU! this deployment would have been so much harder without yall! Thanksgiving with the family here i come! — SPC Jose Ramos, with D. Co 1/143rd ABN IR, at FOB Salerno Afghanistan Lance Irle of Gonzales is currently stationed at Fort Hood (via Facebook) with the U.S. Army
A Gonzales sailor has been a part of part of history, serving aboard the Navy’s fabled USS Enterprise on the ship’s final deployment. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Byanka S. Campos, along with fellow Sailors and Marines assigned to the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65), departed Norfolk Naval Station for the ship’s 22nd and final deployment. The ship returned to port Nov. 4. Campos, the daughter of Jessie and Suzanne Vigil and the granddaughter of Juan & Susie Valladolid from Gonzales, graduated from Gonzales High School in 2009 and completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training command Great Lakes, Ill. in 2010. This was her second deployment.
TSgt. Matthew J. Staton, USAF Specials Ops, Grey Beret, Combat Weather. He has served 3 tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Son of Don and Kimber McCrory and David Staton. He is also the nephew of Dorothy Gast.
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Here’s our veteran, Shawn Moran. He’s a Sargent in the army and has served 3 tours in Iraq. I took this picture after a ceremony to pick him up after 12 months. His son (my grandson) Cole Moran, fighting back tears so happy Marjorie de la Garza from Mississippi and Arturo de to see is Dad. (Submitted by Crystal G. Baker Mitchell) la Garza from Texas together honoring the 175th anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo. The de la Garzas are stationed together at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio and are residents of Cibolo.
Zach Head of Gonzales is currently stationed in Hawaii with the U.S. Marine Corps.
Tyler M. Brown
Mark Hastings of Gonzales is currently stationed at Fort Hood with the U.S. Army
Sgt Chris Parks, US Marine Corps, of Leesville, serving with the Staff Non Commissioned Officers Academy at Camp Lejeune, NC and wife, Sgt Stephanie Parks, USMarine Corps, CH-53E aviation technician. (Courtesy Judy Parks)
Lance Corporal Tyler M. Brown was recently recognized as the Marine of the Quarter for MARSOT Combat Support Battalion. Tyler is the son of Victor E. (Buddy) Brown III and Sara DeDe DuBose of Gonzales. Grandparents are Victor E. Brown Jr. and Sally Brown, and Jerry K. DuBose and the late John Steen DuBose. Tyler is currently stationed at Camp LeJeune, N.C.
Come and Take It, Semper Fi
A1C Nathan Burks is active Duty in the US Air Force, Hometown heroes Cpl. Jimmy Navarro and Cpl. Matstationed at Hurlburt Field in Florida. Son of Patrick And thew Craven of Gonzales prepare to celebrate “Come Kristen Burks of Kountze and Great -grandson of Dorothy Don Cartwright, Gonzales is currently stationed with Kincaid and Grandson of Danna Kincaid both of Thompand Take It” while serving with the Marines in Afthe US Army Reserve, Yoakum ghanistan. (Courtesy photo) sonville.
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Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain look in the eye. Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg - or perhaps another sort of inner steel: the soul’s ally forged in the refinery of adversity. Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem. You can’t tell a vet just by looking. He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers didn’t run out of fuel. He is the barroom loudmouth, dumber than five wooden planks, whose overgrown frat-boy behavior is outweighed a hundred times in the cosmic scales by four hours of exquisite bravery near the 38th parallel. She — or he — is the nurse who fought against futility and went to sleep sobbing every night for two solid years in Da Nang. He is the POW who went away one person and came back another — or didn’t come back AT ALL. He is the Quantico drill instructor who has never seen combat — but has saved countless lives by turning slouchy, no-account rednecks and gang members into Marines, and teaching them to watch each other’s backs. He is the parade-riding Legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and medals with a prosthetic hand. He is the career quartermaster who watches the ribbons and medals pass him by. He is the three anonymous heroes in The Tomb Of The Unknowns, whose presence at the Arlington National Cemetery must forever preserve the memory of all the anonymous heroes whose valor dies unrecognized with them on the battlefield or in the ocean’s sunless deep. He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket - palsied now and aggravatingly slow — who helped liberate a Nazi death camp and who wishes all day long that his wife were still alive to hold him when the nightmares come. He is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being — a person who offered some of his life’s most vital years in the service of his country, and who sacrificed his ambitions so others would not have to sacrifice theirs. He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness, and he is nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the finest, greatest nation ever known. So remember, each time you see someone who has served our country, just lean over and say Thank You. That’s all most people need, and in most cases it will mean more than any medals they could have been awarded or were awarded. Two little words that mean a lot, “THANK YOU”. “It is the soldier, not the reporter, Who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, Who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier, Who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protestor to burn the flag.” —Father Denis Edward O’Brien/USMC
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