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Manvel City Council members tions to not joining the team. One
AIR voted to join the eight-county would be reverting to the 10-digit
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by-laws and didn’t have an exit cost one dime.”
route should the city later decide He pointed out that HGAC is
it didn’t want to be a part of the already providing the emergency
group. service, but the funding for it cur-
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AISD trustees OK turf change

By Albert Villegas and condition.” an AISD memo to trustees ex- completion, Gilcrease said
Staff Writer Besides football games, plained. that his staff would be on
the stadium and its field have For passage, trustees needed “the phones first thing in the
The replacement of field turf been used for other things. to make a budget amendment morning” to find out about
at Memorial Stadium began Among them were Alvin High in the amount of $450,000 uti- how soon AISD could get the
this month following unani- School band events and Relay lizing BuyBoard Cooperative turf.
mous approval from the Alvin for Life, both attracting hun- Purchasing as the procurement Initial plans are for Febru-
ISD Board of Trustees during dreds of people who walk on method. ary 2016.
the December meeting. the turf. The last event at Me- Gilcrease said there are no “The schedule will allow us
The cost to replace the turf, morial Stadium was a playoff plans to change the track por- to deliver the rug in February
which is $450,000, was ap- game between football teams tion of the stadium although and installation would be done
proved as a budget amend- from Manvel and Channel- prices will be studied and then (the same month),” Patrick
ment and a contract that will view. presented to the trustees for fi- Miller, AISD associate super-
be negotiated by Superinten- AISD said replacement was nal approval at some point. intendent of student learning
dent Buck Gilcrease. originally scheduled for fiscal Improvements for the track environment, said. “And then
According to AISD’s main- year 2016-17 using Mainte- at Memorial Stadium, which we would be holding on the
tenance and athletics depart- nance and Operations Capital is on the Alvin High School track until some of the sched-
ments, it was the consensus of Funds. However, it was moved campus, and the one at Man- uled events at the high school
those associated with the sta- up because of pricing, accord- vel High School is funded al- wrap up.”
We will be CLOSED dium that the turf needed to be
ing to AISD.
“Due to progressive fail-
“We wanted to change the
Plans are to replace the Me-
morial Stadium track in mid-
Christmas Day In a memo provided to trust- ure and the winter pricing, it turf before we changed the May, Miller said. At Manvel
ees, recommendation of re- is now in the best interest of track,” Gilcrease said. High School, the replacement
See our weekly insert in the Alvin Advertiser for more specials placement was warranted due AISD to proceed with replac- When Trustee Vivian Schei- of the track will be done soon-
to the turf’s “age, damages ing the turf this fiscal year,” bel asked about a timeline for er.
We accept information from
Colleges and Universities Officials to take steps on sidewalk issues
By Albert Villegas discussing other topics as- the cost of building a required
Staff Reporter sociated with sidewalks, spe- sidewalk for development
cifically variance requests by even in situations where con-
A conversation about pos- developers. struction of a sidewalk would
sible fees in lieu of sidewalk Recently, councilmen heard not be “feasible or practical”
installations to an ordinance how some developers had re- due to site constraints such as
code, and continued variance quested sidewalk variances an open ditch drainage sys-
requests be developers turned on lands that had been previ- tem, or where mature trees in
into setting up a workshop ous platted, both along a por- a right-of-way at said location
among city leaders regarding tion of Willis Street. Council- would be “more beneficial.”
the future of sidewalks in Al- men also acknowledged that Some city officials believe
vin. sidewalks are a necessity but that allowing for the payment
When a workshop on im- at times could be difficult to of a fee, which would be based
proving the sidewalk system construct because of ditches, on the city’s most recent an-
in Alvin would take with the trees and small lots. nual concrete maintenance
Alvin City Council is unde- Despite the fact that the city’s contract bid pricing, would re-
cided. City Manager Sereniah Planning Commission voted duce the number of variances
Breland pitched the idea to 6-1 to allow for a fee in lieu requests from developers.
the councilmen during a De- of sidewalk installation to the Had the council voted yes to
cember meeting. She decided Code of Ordinances at its No- the item, the fee would have
to introduce the idea after the vember meeting, the Alvin City been deposited into a “side-
council was divided on consid- Council turned the action item walk fund” as established by
ering an ordinance that would down at its first meeting this an ordinance.
have allowed for a fee in lieu month, with councilmen Keith According to the city, the fee
of sidewalk installation to the Thompson and Brad Richards, funds would have been used
city’s Code of Ordinances. voting nay. Councilman Scott to build, maintain, or replace
There is also talk of perhaps Reed and Roger Stuska voted sidewalks within the city.
developing a sidewalk master to approve the fee. Breland had said during a
plan in the future. Mayor Paul Horn was the recent meeting that following
The issue came to be when deciding vote on the matter, the holidays, the Alvin City
the Alvin City Council began and chose to vote no. Council would once again re-
Councilmen Adam Arendell sume workshops.
and Terry Droege were not It wasn’t determined if
present during the meeting. sidewalks would be part of a
Had the Alvin City Council
passed an ordinance to allow a
January workshop, however.
Breland did suggest having
GIFT CARDS 93 n MAN GIFT? fee in lieu of sidewalk instal-
lation, it would have given the
Planning Commission mem-
bers at the workshop if a side-
GIVE THE GIFT OF A Stanton’s South Texas
city’s Engineering Department walk master plan will be dis-
1,000 GIFTS TO THAT Beef Stick Jars under director Michelle Sego- cussed.
Prices Good WED, DEC. 23 TO TUES, DEC. 29, 2015
24 Beef Sticks via authority on the issue.
According to the city, it
The public is invited to the

Christmas Turkeys & Hams would have allowed a devel-

oper to pay a fee equivalent to
All the meetings are held in
Alvin City Hall.

281-331-4491 District

Cajun Fried Smoked or CHRISTMAS Continued from page 1A

Turkey Roasted Turkey DINNERS providers.

“The phone company pays
“The HGAC acted to ensure
legislation was passed to allow us
Each meal will include: One 1 to 9 lb. Smoked, to form our own district to keep
Stanton’s will maple smoke or roast a turkey for
If you’ve never tried one, you’re you in our professional smoker, you will enjoy a the state comptroller who then
Roasted or Cajun Fried Turkey or One 5 to 6 lb.
that money here and not in Aus-
missing out! Moist, tender turkey great flavor!
roughly takes 7 percent off the
$ Ham, homemade cornbread stuffing with giblet
with a splash of Cajun spices!
REGULAR TURKEY $ 99 (10 to 12 lb. start size)
7 to 9 lb. Average
gravy, green beans, candied yams, cranberry top. Then it goes to the legislature tin,” he noted.
(12 to 14 lb. start size) 7-8 lb. Average Larger Turkey Available @ $3 lb. EXTRA
sauce, one dozen rolls, and one pecan pie. which decides how much of our Alvin joined the group earlier
(Feeds 6 to 8 People).
money we get to have and how this year as did 46 other munici-
Spiral Ham
Maple smoked & sugar glazed.
Extra Dinner
Sides Available
Roasted or
Smoked Turkey Dinner 7999 $ much goes into the state general
fund,” Steele said.
palities in the eight-county dis-
trict. Manvel is now the 48th to
join the district which has 55 mu-

An outstanding choice for meals.

99 $
Homemade Cornbread Dressing w/Giblet Gravy
A taste fit for a king! Mashed Potatoes w/Giblet Gravy Cajun Fried Turkey or Rent-A-Lane nicipalities in it.

The council also approved
$ 99 Ham Dinner
Green Beans - Seasoned / Candied Yams
HALF HAMS Extra Large - $30 / Large - $18.50
Medium - $12.50 / Original - $8.50 Lakeland developer’s request to
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allow builders to start work on
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Just Humor Me By Brenda Groves, Staff Columnist Robin’s

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'Tis the season to be jolly welcomes

Why is the Christmas season young child, you have to teach sures I must constantly make spirit can be revived through
Him and you can experience
so special? I mean, why are them right from wrong to help a conscious effort to keep my
people more apt to smile more, them develop in character and heart tender and sensitive to peace of mind. Surrender to His
give more, be more tender- keep them and others safe. And God. goodness and let Him love you
hearted, put others before them- to help them realize the whole So I know that not every so that you can love Him back. Raasha Stinson
selves, forgive more easily? world doesn’t revolve around person is feeling joyful and An intimate relationship Full Service Stylist
Some call it the “Spirit of them. glad right now. (I don’t always with the only true living God 20 years experience in
Christmas.” Jesus didn’t come to earth “feel” joyful, but I must make through His Son, Jesus Christ
... The Christmas Miracle.
So is this just the time of year just so that we could say a the choice to bypass my feel- CHILDREN HAIR CUTS
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Spirit all around us and living sometimes resting on certain heaven.” not trying to be unkind here
through us that is the motiva- people and anointing them to And Jesus didn’t come to but in comparison to God, who
tion behind kindnesses. do great things. Or sometimes bring peace on earth among gives a rip what people think
“God is love.” Winter, there were punishments. men, but He came to establish about you! And God can help
Spring, Summer and Fall. “Je- (Keep in mind, under the old peace between God and man. you get past what others have
sus is the same yesterday, today covenant, before Christ came There is so much more I done to you. They are just peo-
and forever.” to earth, people could not be could say here about how awe- ple with their own problems,
But there are certain times delivered from their sin nature some our God is! Jesus took brokenness and opinions.
of the year when most people’s so God had to establish laws ALL of God’s wrath for our The Creator of the universe
minds are on the things of God, and commandments and pun- sins (past, present and future) loves you! He has great plans
their hearts are more open to ishments for those who dis- into Himself so we could be- for you. And your situation is
believe and receive His good- obeyed. come the righteousness of God not unique or too big or too
ness. So they feel good. And even though this was in Christ! Jesus didn’t commit small for God.
(And I believe this is a true done for a positive reason, it the sins, but he took on the sins So the people who truly ex-
statement ... “We will usually had negative results being that of every person because all perience joy during Christmas
treat others the same way that people became afraid to ap- have sinned and fallen short of (and all year round) realize it is
we feel God is relating to us.”) proach God. the glory of God. not all about them, but it’s ALL
You know, in the Old Testa- People had to be taught right Now I realize that every per- about HIM.
ment God would come down from wrong so they would re- son on this planet has problems Emanuel, God with us!
and visit Moses. The people sist sinful acts and the demonic – rich and poor and everyone Stop. Recognize. Respect
could have come to visit God influences driving it. Like in-between. Because of busy- and respond to Him.
but they were afraid and in a when we discipline a small ness, the cares of this world, Choose to make peace with
nutshell said, “Um, no Moses, child. You can’t reason with a and just every day to day pres- God in your heart so that your

Alvin City Council In observance Brand New Dental Office

makes appointments of the Christmas in your Neighborhood
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City officials said all board Douglas, Heidi Hunting, Su-
or commission members were san Pickle, Laura Parker, Jim
mailed letters of notification Thompson and Joan Moore
along with a willingness to were all reappointed. Roberts
serve form. By filling out those said since this board was spe-
forms and returning them to cific as to who should comprise
Alvin City Clerk Dixie Rob- the board, she took it upon her-
erts’ office, they made their self to make recommendations
stance known. Going into of appointments. Councilmen
the second December coun- concurred.
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Where Will You Eat This Week?

where these men and women ed to the Alvin City Council,
stood on continuing to serve or other entities were listed, but it
giving up their volunteer duties had been at least two years, and
altogether. in some cases longer, where
The following are residents appointments had not been
and the entity they will serve: made. Among those were the
• Planning Commission (two Cultural Diversity Awareness Karaoke on Friday SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK
seats open, three-year term) Commission (appointments Lunchls
Missy Jordan and Chris Hart- to this commission were last
man were reappointed;
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(three seats open, two-year
made in 2009), Board of Ethics
and Compliance (appointments
were last made to this board in

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Views From The Right Views From The Left
By Carm Hooper By Brenda Maust

Too big to fail Republican Party of Goldwater

The views expressed are those of the author, not gating Mrs. Clinton on what happened in Beng- The views expressed are those of the author, not the cause of Republicanism to ensure that power remains
the Alvin Sun-Advertiser. hazi were searching to find just what Mrs. Clinton Alvin Sun-Advertiser. in the hands of the people.”
knew about and did about the happening at the Goldwater was an anti-big government, fiscal con-
Hillary Clinton started off her term as a United American Consulate in Benghazi on that fateful On Oct. 27, 1964, I was ironing in my Pearland servative who voted against the Civil Rights Act of
States senator by pushing the “reset button” with night in September 2012. Their finding, or should kitchen when I heard Ronald Reagan deliver his stir- 1964 because, he said, “You cannot legislate moral-
Vladimir Puton’s Russia. Since then, Russia has I say uncovering, regarding the then secretary of ring “A Time for Choosing” endorsement speech for ity.” His vote was consistent with his belief in states’
annexed Crimea, invaded eastern Ukraine, and in state’s use of a private, illegal, non-governmental Sen. Barry Goldwater of Arizona for president. Rea- rights, limited federal government, and the rights of
the stated efforts to assist in the war against ISIS/ email server have opened a whole new can of gan’s speech solidified his position as a Goldwater the individual. He had, however, desegregated the Ari-
ISIL has repeatedly bombed the anti-Assad rebels worms for Mrs. Clinton when it comes to her han- protégé and convinced him to run successfully for the zona Air National Guard two years before the rest of
in Syria, making the rest of the world wonder if dling of confidential, classified and newly discov- governorship of California in 1966. the military did.
their intelligence is that bad or if their stated inten- ered TOP SECRET information. The lack of supe- When Goldwater ran for the presidency of the Goldwater supported abortion rights as a matter of
tions were an out and out lie. Strike One, Hillary. rior, let alone adequate, security from hacking by United States in 1964 he was considered an extremist personal choice and criticized the military’s ban on
There was the Arab Spring and Clinton, as sec- foreign nations and actual enemies is disturbing. by his Republican Party and had prevailed in a bitter homosexuals. In his 80s, he became a vocal propo-
retary of state, was all for the United States help- Strike Five, Hillary ... and maybe Six (Benghazi). battle with middle-of-the-road Republicans for the nent of gay rights and supported the use of medical
ing the Egyptian rebels overthrow President Hosni Clinton had Four, count them, Four Strikes nomination. He had hoped to run for president against marijuana.
Mubarak. The result of the Egyptian removal of against her record as secretary of state, not includ- his good friend John Kennedy, but Kennedy’s assas- A strong environmentalist, he agreed with the Nix-
the man who had become not only dictatorial but ing her use of the private email server that could sination pitted Goldwater against liberal Democrat on administration on cracking down on companies
a staunch supporter of the United States in the have been hacked by any 11 year old computer ge- Lyndon Johnson, running for his first full term. and municipalities that polluted the nation’s air and
Middle East has left our once strong ally, Egypt, nius. However, the fact that actual TOP SECRET If Goldwater were alive today, the extremist Repub- water. He said, “While I am a great believer in the free
with a government with strong ties to radical Is- information was put in jeopardy by our secretary lican would not recognize his party. One of my favor- enterprise system and all that it entails, I am an even
lam. Strike Two, Hillary. of state, in my opinion, needs to be charged and ite quotes of Goldwater’s is illustrative: stronger believer in the right of the people to live in
Hot on the tail of the decimation of Egyptian tried in our federal court on a charge of treason, “I’m frankly sick and tired of the political preachers a clean, pollution-free environment. To this end, it is
“democracy” came the downfall of Muammar or at the very least a charge of failure to honor across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want my belief that when pollution is found, it should be
Gaddafi in Libya. We are only too well aware of her oath of office whereby she swore to uphold to be a moral person, I must believe in “a,” “b,” “c” halted at the source, even if this requires stringent
the result of Clinton’s foreign policy in Libya. the Constitution and protect the United States of and “d.” Just who do they think they are? And from government action against important segments of our
Don’t know about you, but I still think there was America. where do they presume to claim the right to dictate national economy.”
some under the table shenanigans going on in Her actions, knowingly or not, put the United their moral beliefs to me? And I am even more angry Johnson won by a landslide in 1964, with Gold-
Benghazi that ended in the deaths of four Ameri- States of America and “we the people” in serious as a legislator who must endure the threats of every water carrying only the deep South and Arizona. The
cans including Ambassador Chris Stevens who danger the depth of which we do not know, be- religious group who thinks it has some God-granted Democrat’s airing of the “Daisy” ad has been credited
Clinton claimed was a personal friend. Strike cause we don’t know who, if anyone, has hacked right to control my vote on every roll call in the Sen- to contributing to Johnson’s success. Goldwater had
Three, Hillary. her server and whether or not they will use it ate. I am warning them today: I will fight them every advocated the use of small nuclear arms to defoliate
Now, on the campaign trail to become president against our country. step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convic- and destroy infrastructure in Vietnam and was consid-
of the United States, Clinton is still holding to the Will Clinton be charged by the FBI for the use tions to all Americans in the name of ‘conservatism.’” ered “hawkish” by liberals. The famous “Daisy” ad
bulk of Barak Obama’s policy. We are hearing how of her private server, for treason, for national en- He also said: showed a 2-year old girl counting daisy petals while
many bomber flights astronomical fuel expense dangerment? Hence the title of this week’s column, “Mark my word, if and when these preachers get an older male voice is also counting down and an in-
returned to base without dropping their bombs on “TOO BIG TO FAIL.” This phrase was coined control of the Republican Party, and they’re sure try- candescent mushroom cloud appears. The male voice
target because the Obama administration didn’t during the financial bailout disaster of 2008, refer- ing to do so, it’s going to be a terrible problem. Frank- says “Vote for President Johnson on Nov. 3.”
want any detrimental effect on the environment. ring to large financial organizations such as Bank ly these people frighten me. Politics and governing de- The “Daisy” ad is considered to be the first negative
The actual impact on ISIL has been made as other of America, whose failure would create such a fi- mand compromise. But these Christians believe they ad ever run, and the Deep South has stayed Republi-
nations have taken the threat of radical Islamic ter- nancial impact that the government “had to” bail are acting in the name of God, so they can’t and won’t can for the past 50 years.
rorism seriously and has entered the fight against them out. compromise. I know, I’ve tried to deal with them.” Although Goldwater lost the election, he became an
the jihadists. Hillary is still the mirror image of Will Clinton be considered “too big” in the And other Goldwaterism referring to the religious elder statesman who was highly regarded for his ethi-
Obama when it comes to her attitude to Islamic Democratic Party to be brought to trial for her fail- right:“Those who seek absolute power ... are simply cal positions by both parties and served six terms as
radicalized jihad. Strike Four, Hillary. ures in the office of secretary of state? Supposedly demanding the right to enforce their own version of senator from Arizona.
During her years as secretary of state, Clinton the FBI is headed by a person who cannot be fired heaven on earth ... they are the ones who always create Goldwater’s fears, however, about the Religious
has either been a very poor foreign policy advisor by the president if he charges someone, regardless the most hellish tyrannies ... Wrongly understood ... it Right have come true. The man who said that every
to Obama, or she has been an incompetent “yes of opposition from the president. leads first to conformity and then to despotism. Fellow good Christian should kick Jerry Falwell in his private
man” for the miserable failures of the Obama ad- So, we can all wait with baited breath to find out Republicans, it is the cause of Republicanism to resist parts would be appalled by the Republican Party of
ministration in the theatre of foreign affairs. if the Democratic presidential front runner will be concentrations of power, private or public, which en- today, marching in tune toward a theocracy not unlike
The special congressional committee investi- indicted for her crimes. force conformity and inflict such despotism. It is the those in the Middle East.

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individuals affected by the disas- Wilson counties. Likewise, Tex- graph. There is no fee required a local lawyer referral service. Other legal organizations as- sity of Houston Law Center (tex-
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available to disaster victims; counties. Additionally, no state or fed- disaster victims to request free
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and callers can leave a message aged to call this hotline to report eration with the State Bar of Tex- the largest national organiza-
any time. Individuals who quali- their damage. Other flooding as and the American Bar Asso- tion of young lawyers, provides
fy for assistance will be matched resources may be found on the ciation Young Lawyers Division leadership in serving the public
with Texas lawyers who have State Bar of Texas website at: (ABA YLD), establishes a toll- and the profession, and promotes
volunteered to provide free, lim- free number for disaster victims excellence and fulfillment in the
ited legal help. Beware of Fraud to request legal assistance. Fund- practice of law. Its parent organi-
Major Disaster Declaration Both FEMA and Texas At- ing for the toll-free line comes zation, the ABA, is the national
On Nov. 25 President Barack torney General Ken Paxton are from FEMA under the author- voice of the legal profession
Obama issued a major disas- warning Texans of the risk of ity of Section 415 of the Robert and the largest voluntary profes-
ter declaration for Texas. As a fraud and common scams in T. Stafford Disaster Relief and sional membership group in the
result, federal disaster aid was the wake of the severe weather. Emergency Assistance Act (Pub- world.
made available to the State of Common post-disaster fraud lic Law 100-707). The American Federal Emergency Man-
Texas. FEMA ordered federal practices include phony housing Bar Association Young Lawyers agement Agency ( –
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many people believe it is my with Santa Clause. Donating Thank you and God bless. of
responsibility to pay for their this year were the El Mina Shri- Nancie Bailly Beer
housing, food, medical, cell ners who made cotton candy
phones, etc. Instead of me pay- and popcorn for the kids, Bra- Dear Editor:
ing for this, these people should zoria County Sheriff’s Depart- Once again, the Mission and
find a job or start a legitimate ment sent 12 dozen cookies, Outreach Team at First Pres-
byterian Church is amazed and

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business; by the way, selling il- Norma’s Bakery donated 100
legal drugs is not a legitimate iced cupcakes, the Alvin Rotary humbled by the outpouring of
business. If the masses of peo- Club not only donated all the love and generosity from the
Alvin community surrounding

e o n a L o c a l
ple on welfare and food stamps food, they cooked and served it.
would take responsibility for Little Caesar’s Pizza, Kroger, our Mission Sale which was
held Dec. 5.
Co v e r a
themselves, then maybe we Jr. Goode and several other
would not have to pay as much friends all donated time, gift Our sale this year was held in

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in taxes. cards, and food items. Catholic memory of Diane Collins, who
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in helping Alvin grow, remem- prizes and the Brazoria Coun- this year.
ber families wanting to move ty CPS Staff put in numerous Diane had a heart for help-
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Jackets outlast Memorial in 71-68 OT thriller

23-10 run in second half paves way for comeback; Flagg suffers hand injury
By Stephen Collins rally as Kam Wright’s three- ing the upper hand at 33-32 on
Sports Editor pointer in the closing seconds Fletcher’s layin, but Memorial
sent the game into overtime tied then erupted for a 14-4 run to
Take away any buzzer-beating at 61. grab their biggest lead at 46-37
heroics and the Alvin Yellow- However, Green’s two free later in the period.
jackets couldn’t have picked a throws gave the Jackets the While picking up their sec-
much more dramatic way to get upper hand for good at 64-63 ond straight league victory and
their first home victory for new in the extra period and Alvin continuing their best start since
head coach John Oliverio, Fri- later overcame a technical foul 2004, Alvin’s OT win was tem-
day night. for calling a timeout when they pered by Flagg not being able
Alvin overcame a nine-point didn’t have any. David Fletcher to play during the entire second
second half deficit and then also scored inside, while free half due to an apparent hand in-
proceeded to outlast Pasadena throws by Tennard and Green jury.
Memorial in a 71-68 overtime came following Mavs’ field The extent of the injury is
thriller at the AHS Competition goals which cut the margin back unknown and Oliverio said his
Gym. to one. junior would be evaluated by
Terry Tennard paced the Jack- Green, who grabbed a long doctors.
ets (11-5 overall, 2-1 in 22-6A) inbounds pass from Kamron “It hurts but we weren’t go-
with 14 points and five assists, O’Neal, finally sealed the hard ing to risk it (on Flagg going
while Daniel Green and Chase earned triumph from the line back into the game),” the Alvin
Horsfall added 12 points apiece with 0.45 seconds left in OT. Coach added. “He’s an impor-
and Savion Flagg chipped in 10 “In every game that we’ve tant player and he’s got a great
points. won against a good team this future. All these guys got great
“It’s not necessarily the way year, we’ve done it with good futures. He will get evaluated
Staff Photo by Debbie Wilson
you like to draw it up,” said Oli- fourth quarter defense,” Oliver- with his dad and mom taking
Terry Tennard (3) who led Alvin with 14 points in Friday's 71-68 overtime victory here, dribbles
verio about the game afterwards io said. “We’ve always stressed care of him and we will have to past Memorial's Kam Wright.
. “A win is a win and I’m very it in practice and when it starts just wait and see.”
proud of my guys. They just paying off and you believe in Alvin next plays at Pearland,
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it out. Everything we have been it. These guys know no mat- and then competes at the Calal-
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Alvin Water Polo holds

annual Alumni matches

Staff Photos by Debbie Wilson

Alvin High School Water Polo held its annual Alumni matches
here Friday night with all proceeds going to the Ben Garcia
Memorial Scholarship Fund. See page 2B for more photos and
scores from the two matches featuring Alumni and current Yel-
lowjacket players.
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Alumni WP matches benefit Garcia Scholarship Fund

Alvin High School held ers in memory of Ben Garcia Garcia (bottom photo).
its annual alumni water polo (1998), Andres Garcia (2002) The Alumni Boys captured
matches here at the campus and Tyler Buelow/Sigears the first match against the cur-
swimming pool on Dec. 18 with (2010). rent Alvin team by a 15-2 score,
all proceeds benefitting the Ben Along with featuring sev- while the Lady Jacket Alumni
Garcia Memorial Scholarship eral former Yellowjacket Water won the nightcap by a 7-3 count
Fund. Polo boys and girls’ players, the over the current Alvin team.
Scholarships were awarded event also featured the return of Rosters for the matches fea-
to senior AHS Water Polo play- longtime former coach Lenny tured the following players:
AHS Girls’ Current Team
- (dark caps) Madison Rice,
Lindsey Rogan, Madison Webb,
Sabrina Shaffer, , Courtney
Means, Riley Patton, Samantha
Burt, Emily Tran, Caitlyn Yo-
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and Ashley Pierce.
AHS Alumni Girls (white
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Ebarb, (2015), Jo Slater (2007),
Ashlynn Jennings (2015), Jen-
nifer Ragan (2008), Ashley
Westmoreland (2004), Kris-
ten Merchant (2014), Ashley
Shoemake (2014), Nicki Les-
lie (2006), Jackie Thibodaux
(2006), Elizabeth Gilbert
(2011), Lane Follmar (2009),
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Barskey (2015).
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Basketball Continued from page 1B
ounds and Denver Young added jans’ six-game winning streak.
eight boards. Individual scoring totals

570 Dula The Alvin Girls next compete

at the Barbers Hill Classic, Dec.
weren’t available at press time.
Manvel jumped to a 25-15
first quarter lead and maintained
Manvel Boys 69 South a 42-38 advantage at halftime.

281-331-4421 Houston 65 - The Mavericks

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Making Medicare
Gonzales celebrate Easy to Understand
Toni King Kerosene
50th anniversary Suffering; need When You
Medicare now
Toni: months before turning 65, your
I have a very different Medi- Medicare begins the first day of
care problem concerning how the month you turn 65.
to enroll than any problems I’ve Since you, Mary Ann, turned
seen in your Medicare column. 65 on Dec. 20, 2015, you could Propane
Ga s
Currently I have rheumatoid have enrolled in Medicare Part
arthritis and my prescriptions are A and/or B in September, Octo-
very expensive. I turn 65 on Dec. ber or November (three months
20 and need my Medicare to be- prior) for a Dec. 1 effective date.
gin Jan. 1 because my husband is •Enroll the month you turn 65,
retiring and losing his company then Medicare will begin one
benefits effective Jan. 1. month after you sign up.
I am a non-working spouse Mary Ann could enroll in De-
and do not have enough quarters cember; her Medicare begins
to receive Medicare on my own. Jan. 1.
I don’t know how to apply for •Enroll one month after you 93 Years in Business (1922 - 2015)
my husband’s benefits. What do turn 65; your Medicare will be-
I do? Looking forward to your gin two months after you sign up.
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Mary Ann
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ary, her Medicare begins March
Mary Ann: •Enroll two months after you
It is so very important to plan turn 65; your Medicare will be-
ahead, when you or the “work- gin three months after you sign
ing” spouse is retiring, then there up.
is no concern that you are enroll-
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February, her Medicare will be- SHOPPING
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to you turning 65 or beginning •Enroll three months after you
your Medicare Part B to start en- turn 65; your Medicare will be-
rolling in Medicare. Many wait gin three months after you sign
until the month they are receiv- up.
ing Medicare as you have and Had Mary Ann enrolled in
sometimes that can be too late. March (three months after the
Mary Ann, when you are month you turn 65), her Medi-
speaking to Social Security about care will begin June 1 (three
applying for Medicare, ask how months later).
you can apply under your hus- Mary Ann, since you want
band’s Medicare because you are your Medicare to begin Jan. 1, I
short the 40 quarters to qualify would advise you to contact So-
under your own Medicare. They cial Security ASAP because you
will schedule an appointment ei- need your effective date to be in
ther over the phone or at a local a few weeks.
Tue.-Sat. urs:
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advise how to apply under your My husband is retiring at the :00
husband’s work record. You will end of the year, and we are los-
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Modern Dentistry Sun Spots Meza 80th birthday

Alvin Blue Santa’s fundrais- and live narration will be held
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ing and toy drive campaign is
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will help provide new bikes and dents $3, members free. The pre-
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Today, we usually take it for granted that having a cavity filled at the
dentist’s office is a relatively quick, painless, and effective means of keeping financially fortunate children. plus a tour of the winter circle of
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Diagnostic Exam & They are asking for donations of $100,000 or less and partici- also can enroll in the TTPF dur-
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Check new exhibits at space center

Feel like a kid again this holi- 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit. See sponsored by the city of Web-
day season by marveling at the how NASA will transport astro- ster. Plan a mission to Mars, pi-
wonders of space exploration nauts to the moon, an asteroid lot a rover along the red planet’s
and new exhibits at Space Cen- and eventually Mars in its deep- surface and have fun with hands-
ter Houston. Travel through the space exploration program. on technologies.
cosmos on a mission to Mars, Orion capsule and actual Meet an Astronaut every
train like an astronaut, see a working parachute – Orion is Friday plus special holiday ap-
future spacecraft, look inside a NASA’s new exploration space- pearances Dec. 28-31 – Make
rover, and meet a NASA astro- craft, designed to carry astro- the most of the holiday season
naut. nauts to destinations in deep with a one-of-a-kind experience.
“Feel the excitement of deep- space. This Orion is a full-scale Meet an astronaut and hear in-
space exploration this holiday engineering model that was used teresting stories about their time
season,” said President and CEO to train astronauts to enter and in space. Learn about living in
Richard E. Allen Jr. “Drive a exit the spacecraft. Along with space and see what it takes to
rover on the surface of Mars, the capsule, see the actual Orion become one of NASA’s elite as-
stand close to the Orion capsule parachute cascading from the tronauts. The 30-minute presen-
and feel the future of space ex- ceiling that was used in the drop tations are at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
ploration at your fingertips. Plus, test with the Orion boilerplate
we have new special exhibits spacecraft launched last Decem- Lunch with an Astronaut ev-
and activities only for the holi- ber. See a piece of history up ery Friday plus special holiday
days.” close at Space Center Houston. appearances Dec. 28-31 – This
There’s something for all ages Space Exploration Vehicle, special experience gives visitors Visitors design their own deep space adventure in Space Center Houston’s world premiere of “Be the
and extended holiday hours to through Jan. 4 – The Space Ex- an up-close meeting with an as- Astronaut” now through Jan. 3. The exhibit explores the solar system using interactive technology
enjoy them. Bring the whole ploration Vehicle (SEV), part of tronaut over a cosmic lunch. En- designed to inspire the next generation of explorers. Plan your visit at
family to have fun in the highly a new generation of roving space joy this ultimate experience and (Contributed photo).
interactive new fall exhibit “Be vehicles, will allow astronauts to make family memories that will tram ticket.
the Astronaut,” presented by explore multiple sites on Mars, last a lifetime. Begins at noon. Go first to the timed-ticket sta-
the city of Webster. See a future serve as a storm shelter and as- NASA Tram Tour – See his- tions at the Membership Desk
spacesuit prototype, learn about sist the astronauts with their toric rockets and the enormous where a Crew Member can assist
Stan Miller, Public Adjuster
astronaut tools used for space- spacesuits. Saturn V rocket at NASA’s in reserving a spot, or use your 30 YEARS IN TEXAS
walks, touch a moon rock, or “AstroSpies: The Exhibi- Rocket Park, see Mission Con- mobile device at spacecenter.
board the NASA Tram Tour and tion,” through Jan. 10 – Dis- trol for the International Space org/nowait to reserve a tour.
409-986-6221 Texas Licensed
see where astronauts train. cover the untold story of the Station or go to the Space Ve- For tips on planning your trip,
Explore the galaxy and be- space race of the 1960s. While hicle Mock-up Facility and see go to the We Work for YOU - Not the Insurance Company!
yond with special exhibits just the U.S. raced the Soviet Union where astronauts train. Enjoy extended holiday hours - WATER DAMAGE - TORNADO
in time for the holidays. to the moon during the peak of Space Center Houston has im- from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. - FIRE - WIND - FLOOD
Orion back-shell tile panel, the Cold War, both countries ran plemented a new timed-ticketing Purchase a Space Center NO UPFRONT MONEY NEEDED!
through Dec. 30 – The Orion a parallel space spy program. program to help visitors have Houston membership for a few
back-shell tile panel, on loan AstroSpies is an art collection of the best experience possible on dollars more than full-price ad-
from Lockheed Martin, is now rarely seen paintings that depict the NASA Tram Tour. There mission and return free as often
on display. See a piece of the
back-shell tile panel that pro-
tected the Orion capsule during
development and training of this
covert military space program of
the early space age.
are three easy ways to reserve a as you like during the year with
ticket for the tram tour. Prior to free parking, special events and
a visit, reserve a free ticket for much more.
Gutters & More
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its first high orbital flight test. “Be the Astronaut,” through a designated time at spacecenter. For more information on • Residential
Composed of heat-shielding Jan. 3 – Visitors will navigate a org/nowait. Arriving without a Space Center Houston, visit • Lifetime Warranty
tiles, it protected the spacecraft deep space mission in the world timed ticket? Don’t worry. There
from temperatures reaching premiere of “Be the Astronaut,” are still two ways to reserve a LOCATED IN ALVIN
713-817-0546 / 281-331-7000
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Center, 309 W. Sealy St. Fellow- Open to everyone. For more in- Tuesdays in the parlor at Grace Junior Achievement of Bra-
★ ★
ship begins at 6:30 p.m., and the
general meeting and program
formation, call 281-388-4298. Episcopal Church, and at 8 a.m.,
Thursdays at 204 S. Taylor St.
zoria County is seeking vol-
unteers from all walks of life DeLeon & Son Hall
begin at 7 p.m. Guests are al- The Are You O.K.? Pro- (upstairs) in Alvin. to go into grades K–12 class- FIND US ON FACEBOOK
ways welcome. For more infor- gram, under the supervision of rooms in the county to teach •Birthday Party •Class Reunions
mation, call Kay Foitik at 281- the Alvin Police Department, is The Brazosport Astronomy JA programs, including basic •Graduation Party •Quinceañeras
485-1928. a volunteer-based program that Club meets at 7:45 p.m. on the money management, career •Family Reunion •Fundraiser Programs
makes regular phone calls to third Tuesday of each month. opportunities, leadership, and ★Affordable 4,800 Sq. Ft. Rental Hall
The Alvin branch of the stay in touch with elderly, handi- For more information, call the economics. For more informa- w/Flat Screen TV, Refrigerator, Microwave,
Private Lounge Area, 3/4 Acre Play Area,
American Association of Uni- capped and homebound citizens Brazosport Planetarium at 979- tion, call 979-549-0800 or visit On-Site BBQ Pit, Patio Area, Picnic Benches
versity Women (AAUW) is in our community. If you or 265-3376. The Planetarium is 1020 E 1/2 St. - Alvin, Texas
seeking new members. Mem- someone you know would like located at 400 College Blvd., ★ 281-388-1278 ★
bership is open to all graduates to be contacted or for more in- Clute, TX 77531.
who hold an associate or higher formation, call Nan Self at (281)
degree (or equivalent) from an 331-4164. Girls ages 5 and older are in-
accredited college or university. vited to join Alvin/Manvel Girl
For more information, call 281- The Alvin Garden Club Scouts for fun and camping and
585-4523 and leave a message. meets the first Thursday of to help others. To receive a reg-
each month at 9:30 a.m. at the istration form, call Ginger Horn
The Alvin Senior Cen- Alvin Senior Center. All are in- at 832-607-9691 or Rhonda
ter hosts an open music jam vited. Philips at 281-331-5407. Girls
from 6:30-9 p.m., Wednesdays. can join any time.
Come play and sing a little, or Brazoria County Master
just enjoy the music. Country, Gardeners has a call center for Computers (no print access)
bluegrass, gospel, etc. area residents with gardening and wide-screen TV are avail-
questions. Call 979-864-1558, able at the Alvin Senior Center,
Homemakers who want to ext. 119 or email Mastergarden- 309 W. Sealy St., most days and
learn new crafts and home- and a times, M–F (8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.)
making skills while interact- master gardener will assist you. Monthly C&W dance with live
ing with other homemakers are music is at 7 p.m., third Tuesday
invited to visit the Alvin Exten- The Gathering Place, which of each month, $7 at the door.
sion Education Club. Meetings provides respite for caregivers
are held at 10 a.m. on the second of memory impaired loved ones, Brazosbend State Park
and fourth Wednesday of each is hosted from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. by Nature Center is open from
month at the Church of the Naz-
arene, on the corner of Kost and
South streets. For more informa-
Alvin Lutheran Church (281-
331-5457) the first Wednesday
of each month; First Presbyte-
11 a.m.–3 p.m., Monday–Fri-
day and from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.,
Saturdays and Sundays year
Heiman Ranch Dog Boarding
tion, call 713-408-4281. rian Church of Alvin (281-585- round, including holidays ex- “Let Your Dog Have a Vacation Too”
3406) the second Wednesday cept Christmas. Free nature Your pet will have a 9’ x 10’ or 6’ x 8’ Climate Control • Indoor A/C & Outdoor
Alvin Squares square danc- of each month; and First Chris- programs and hikes are offered private A/C Suite with doggie door to Security Cameras • Bathing • Onsite Resident
ing group meets at 7 p.m., tian Church (281-331-5825) the every weekend. For park infor- his/her own fenced outdoor area. Recommended by Area Vets
Thursdays at the Alvin Senior third Wednesday of each month. mation, call 979-553-5101, or Your pet can go in and out all day and Background Music • Geriatric Care
see other animals that live at the ranch.
Center. They offer square dance Caregivers can bring their loved visit for We also have a “Spa Day” which
Groomed Playyards
lessons, with a free trial period. ones to the church for crafts, event schedule and www.tpwd. includes a playday, bath, trimmed toe- Multiple Discount • Country Setting
stories, bingo, music and lunch, for events at other nails and massage for $30.00 (longhair $20.00
All veterans of foreign wars free of charge. Registration is Texas state parks. The George $40.00) per 24 hours
are invited to join Alvin VFW required. For more information, Observatory/Houston Museum We require vaccination records including Bordatella.
Post 5237, 812 S. Douglas. call one of the churches listed. of Natural Science is open from 8543 County Rd. 511•Rosharon, TX 77583
Meetings are held at 7 p.m. the 3–10 p.m., Saturdays and for

second Monday of each month. Meals on Wheels offers resi- groups by reservation during Contact us for a tour
For more information, call (281) dents an opportunity to spon- the week. Call 281-242-3055 or
585-4928. Leave a message and sor hot meals to area residents visit
of our facilities.
someone will contact you. in need of assistance. There are The Manvel Volunteer Fire
sponsorships available for one Department is recruiting men
If you know someone age week, one month, or one year. and women in good physical
18-21 years old who is out of Sponsorships may be done in condition to join the department.
high school and is uninsured, memory of a loved one. For Meetings are at 7 p.m. every
they may be eligible for den- more information, call 281-585- Tuesday: first Tuesday of the
tal and medical services at low 6633. month is business meeting, and
or no cost. Time to access this training is held on the three fol-
state-funded assistance is lim- Noah’s Ark Bayou Sanctu- lowing Tuesdays.
ited. For more information call ary, your local no-kill dog res- The Alvin Historical Society
the Stephen F. Austin Commu- cue, is a nonprofit which relies is seeking toys of the past for
nity Health Center at (281) 824- solely on donations and volun- permanent display in the chil-
1480. teers. To volunteer, donate or dren’s area. Toys will not be re-
adopt, visit NABS-TX.COM, turned.
The Alvin Daytimers meet call 281-330-5238, email nab- To see if your toy(s) donation
at 10:30 a.m. the fourth Mon-, or mail to PO is suitable for the exhibit, call
day of each month at the Alvin Box 775, Danbury, TX 77534. 281-585-2803.
Senior Center. A short business All City of Alvin offices are
meeting is followed by a pro- Al-Anon, a support group open from 7 a.m.–6 p.m., Mon-
gram with a speaker and social for families of those with al- day–Thursday. City offices are
time with light refreshments. coholism, meets at 7:30 p.m., closed on Fridays. 39 Locations for your convenience! Visit for your nearest location!
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B-30 Houses C-Business D-5 Special

A-Real Estate E-40 Medical Help
Unfurnished Opportunities Services

A-25 Mobile 3-1.50-2, 1200 sq. ft., D-Services

Homes-Sale recently remodeled Available
close to ACC, $1350
2-1 with 10'x10' front mo., $1350 dep., 1 yr. D-5 Special • Tree Trimming
covered porch at 2315 lease, credit check, no Services • Topping • Removal
Mustang Rd. #49 , smoking, pets con-
• Stump Grinding • Feeding
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$7,000. 832-207-4100 sidered. 281-793-2255. Free Estimates

B-Rental/Lease B-35 Mobile Cole’s 281-331-9107


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General Remodeling
Brick • Concrete
281-331-6513 2/1, 2/2, 3/2 available. NOW OPEN Painting • Roofing 281-489-0286 • Sheetrock & Texture New Wage Adjustments
• House Leveling &
MHDBRK03555 Foundation Repair
B-30 Houses WE ACCEPT
Unfurnished Atchison
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3-1.5-2, $1250 + Dep., Trucking, LLC Tractor Service
605 Linda Ln. , Alvin,
TX. 832-621-7698. 281-331-4421 (281) 450-9569 Crushed Concrete &
Asphalt • Sand & Fill
• Washout • Pasture Mowing
Or Fax Resume To: 281-824-0299
New Year’s E-5 Skills/Trades E-16 Drivers G-10 Garage Sale

VFW Rental Hall

Gulf Coast Alvin Independent School District
Classified Water Authority
Is accepting • Paid Training
• Newly Renovated •
• Quinceaneras
• Weddings • Meetings
• Receptions, Etc.
applications for $75.00 Per Hour

Deadlines Heavy Equipment Operator

For their Alvin location. This position
• $14.25 Starting Pay
• Benefits
Now Hiring!!
Bus Drivers
Call For Details @
Clothing Outlet Sale!
Tues., Dec. 29, 2015- 4pm operates heavy equipment in the
construction, maintenance and repair
Apply online @
& Mechanics Open every Sat. 9 am
to 12 Noon, corner of
Blum and Beauregard.
of the canal and related systems.
For Sun., Jan. 3, 2016 Issue YOUR Operators with long reach excavator For More Information Call
Bargains Galore! Plus
Size Ladies Clothes.
experience preferred. Pay based on Little of Everything!
Tues., Dec. 29, 2015- 4pm HUMP IS experience, minimum $19.94/hr. to
281-585-3701 Come Shop With Us!
midpoint $24.52/hr. Interested
MY STUMP applicants please review job
G-5 Misc. For Sale G-15 Furniture/
For Mon., Jan. 4, 2016 Issue TO GRIND! description and apply on line at
Hundreds of photos of the recent
Wed., Dec. 30, 2016 - 4pm T&t Tree Service
Stump Grinding
“Celebration of the 1960s” Reunion
6'Tx6'Lx3'W, $50
Call 281-630-1648
E-10 Office Help can be viewed online at:
For Wed., Jan. 6, 2016 Issue and
Land Clearing I PICK UP Unwanted
washers,dryers, fridges
Call or Text Full Time Office Manager AHS-1960s-Class-Reunion Repair/Sell guaranteed
Wanted Monday thru Friday All photos from the reunion website may appls. 281-756-0001.
713-884-9755 also be purchased for $30 in advance.
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. WHIRLPOOL
NOTICE Must be able to work independently proficient Your photos will be mailed and placed in ELECTRIC RANGE
TO OUR READERS Quick Books, Excel, Outlook, typing, responsible $100. 832-425-0232
Special service ads a DVD. For more information, call or text
scheduling, PO’s, shipping, receiving, accounts 832-288-1576. You may also e-mail: G-47 Guns
are payment in ad- receivable, account payable.
vance. We accept GUNS FOR SALE!
Visa card or Master Apply Online: Rifles, Pistols, Shot-
card. F-Financial guns. 832-213-9901.
or E-35 Professionals Services
D-30 Home Call 281-331-0203
G-50 Yard, Farm &
Services G-Merchandise for Garden
E-15 General Help GROWING Sale
AGENCY 4x4 Round Bales, Fer-
Home service ads are NOW TAKING APPLICATIONS Seeking Licensed P&C
G-5 Misc. For Sale tilized Native Prairie
grass, $30 a roll. Load-
professional who has
payment in advance. THE ALVIN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT experience working in a ing available. No trans-
We accept Visa card CHILD NUTRITION DEPARTMENT port. 281-910-5609.
or Master card.
$10.00 an hour, 3.75 hours per day to start.
fast pace atmosphere.
Please email
Perfect for stay-home moms, no evenings, resumes to: Jiggs & Dallas Hay,
D-45 Child Care no weekends, holidays and summers off. angela@joecook
End Rolls 5X6 Round $55-$60
Applicant must apply online at:
Each. 832-435-1626.
Price starts @
G-60 Portable
TO OUR READERS for assistance come to the LARGE AMOUNT of $5.00/Up Bldgs.
Child Care ads are Child Nutrition Department at Christmas garland
SUNDAY & MONDAY ISSUES: payment in advance.
2200 Stapp Maxwell, Building F greenery, $50 for all. Great For
We accept Visa card
For more information call: 281-245-2277
281-331-0001 Packing 10’X12’ $1,100 and
or Master card. 12’X24’ $2,099. Free
or Wrapping
WEDNESDAY ISSUE: D-60 Lawn Care E-Employment
Christmas Village Come By
delivery. 832-231-8675
E-16 Drivers
FRIDAY, 4 P.M. Available PIECE from the The Alvin Sun H-Motor Vehicles
Heart Gifts store,
COLE’S 570 Dula • Alvin
Drivers, Class-A:
$75. 281-482-5230
H-5 Autos for Sale
WEDNESDAY, 12 NOON Residential/Commercial
Mow • Edge • Hedge
NEED HELP for We’re Growing! 100%
E-40 Medical Help Need to Advertise? 2000 SILVER BUICK
Core Drilling & Slab Employer PAID Group 120k miles, clean, runs
Weedeat • Blowing Sawing. (Experience Health Insurance! Haz- good, 2 owners, have
Debris Clean-up • Etc. a Plus). 281-451-9099.
281-779-1316 mat-Tank End a Plus$$! CNA'S ($750 Sign On maintenance records,
E-15 General Help www.getmehome Bonus). Apply in per- $5,500. 281-686-1774 son at Winchester
Full Service Warehouse Helpers Call Tony: Lodge, 1112 Smith Call & Ask for Betty H-20 Motorcycles
Complete Wanted. Call 281-331- Dr., Alvin or apply on-
Lawn Care 1919 between 1-4 pm.
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13,000 miles, 188 hp.,
• Commercial • Residential 6 speed, 4 cyl., $5,800.
Insured • Free Estimates Call 832-605-4456.
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Trimming • Fences work that’s ok.
281-967-2972 Call 832-773-2657
I-Public Notices
Get Your I-35 Reunions
Flower Beds Ready!
Specializing in Flower THE ALVIN HIGH
Bed Renewals and SCHOOL CLASS of
Maintenance. 1955 gets together the
Highly Experienced to 3rd Monday evening of
treat your Lawn and each and every month
Garden the right way. at Kelley’s, 1100 N.
Free Estimates Bypass 35, Alvin, TX.
713-632-5290 77511 at 5:30 p.m.
“Dutch Treat”. All
The Alvin Sun classes are welcome.
Accepts the Join us for “catching
credit cards: up”, eating supper or
Discover • Visa just keeping in touch.
Master Card The gathering is very
American Express
informal, just come as
you are. Call Annette
Williams at 281-451-
5888 or Liz at

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