Check out the Redbud section inside DON’T FORGET Daylight savings time begins Sunday. Turn your clocks forward 1 hour. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2012 Buna Beacon www.bunabeacon.com VOLUME 22, ISSUE 28 50 CENTS Buna Beacon online site gets update, new features Buna gets to groovin’ in 40th annual Redbud Fest Striving to bring you community news throughout the week quickly and efficiently, the Buna Beacon recently added new features to its website, including the latest news, a local phone directory, photo galleries, and more. The site is located at www.bunabeacon.com and not only is an additional way to keep up with happenings in our community, but it also provides a way to submit items for publication online. The site includes top, general, school, sports, and church news along with some of the pictures in each week’s edition. In addition, the site also lists obituaries, updates from our local Constables and Sheriff, and the weekly arrest report. The Beacon staff has also coordinated with the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department to weekly provide pictures and descriptions of Jasper County’s Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitives. Currently, there are also archived copies of issues from the published 2012 issues, with more to be put on the site in the future. The online issues will be left up for free for a brief trial period, and then we will move into allowing people to buy online subscriptions. Archie Bunker and Mary Tyler Moore will be there, and Scooby and Shaggy will make an appearance, but will Mister Rogers and Sesame Street find the beginning of the parade lineup in time? With the old and new favorites scheduled and ready to please, the Buna Chamber of Commerce presents the 40th annual Redbud Festival, with events getting underway Thursday to bring in the weekend. This year’s theme is “Groovin’ thru the ‘70s,” a topic that spans the generations, offering a wide enough variety, whether you Along with putting up the lead stories from each week’s issue, the Beacon staff will strive to post breaking news and sports results as they happen. A copy of each week’s classified ads will also be put on the website, so you can check out garage sale listings, help wanted, real estate and for sale ads. In addition to being a source of information, the website will provide readers the ability to make submissions online. At the top of the www.bunabeacon.com home page, there is a link you can click for Submissions for the printed edition, which include Briefs, birth announcements, engagements, weddings, anniversaries, and deer and Beacon on vacation pictures. Click on ‘Classifieds,’ and you can type in your submission along with contact information. After that, you will be given the option to pay for the ad via PayPal. You do not have to have a PayPal account to pay for the ad, but can log on as a guest and enter your credit card information. The system works the same for subscriptions - in-county or Redbud Festival office open The Redbud Festival office will be open weekdays, Feb. 27March 9 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Thursday, Mar. 8, the office will be open until 7 p.m. T-shirts along with pre-sale carnival wrist bands will be on sale until 5 p.m. on March 9. Chamber asks for no dogs at Redbud The Buna Chamber of Commerce’s Redbud Festival committee is asking that no dogs be brought to the Redbud Festival on Mar. 810 to prevent problems that occurred in the past. Redbud Beans and Rice Mar. 9 The annual Red Beans and Rice event will be held Friday, March 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at theBuna Volunteer Fire Department pavilion, with the First Assembly of God Church hosting. The church will also provide live gospel music for entertainment purposes. For more information, call the church office at 994-2670. Preschool story time at library every Wed. The Buna Public Library will host preschool story time this Wednesday, Mar. 7 at 10:30 a.m. with a story and craft celebrating cowboys. Preschoolers and their parents and grandparents are welcome to attend. OES #968 barbecue fundraiser Mar.7 Buna Chapter #968 Order of the Eastern Star is currently taking orders for their annual barbecue scholarship fundraiser to be held on Wednesday, Mar. 7. Sandwiches or meals will be delivered between 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Mar. 7. To order, please call Julie at 423-0015 or Sandy at 289-5239. Ragball tourney to benefit Evadale Project Grad Evadale Project Graduation is hosting a ragball tournament on Saturday, Mar. 10 beginning at noon at the Evadale fields. For signups and more information, contact Laurie Richardson at 550-2451. Buna Alumni Football sign ups Mar. 11 Buna Alumni Football with hold sign ups, a team meeting, and practice on Sunday, Mar. 11 at 2 p.m. at the Buna High School practice field. For more information, contact Randy Mason at 6580890. Jasper County Democrats to meet Mar. 8 The regular meeting of the Jasper County Democrats will be Thursday, Mar. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Buna Sub Courthouse. This will be a public forum meeting. All candidates on the primary ballot will be invited to speak informing the public of ideas and/or accomplishments. For more information, contact Kathy Waltmon at 382-0185. See Briefs... Page 2A See Redbud... Page 2A THIS PART OF the map that was tentatively approved by federal judges last week shows Congressional District 36 which includes Jasper, Newton and Tyler counties. Texas redistricting maps finalized, primary date set By Amber Hawk the lines had not been drawn fairly, and the primary date and filing date have been pushed back several times. Local candidates have been on edge with concerns that the continued extensions would lead to others filing for certain offices. As in previous cases, the primary date change also opened up a window for candidates to file, and it began last Friday. This week is set to be the final opportunity for candidates to file, and, once the list is finalized, the Buna Beacon will have a complete list of all local candidates who are set to run. The run off election date was set for Tuesday, July 31. According to Attorney General Greg Abbott, the new maps are much closer to the ones originally approved last year by the Texas Legislature. “I consider these interim maps to be a substantial improvement over the maps previously issued by the San Antonio court,” he said. “The court properly rejected demands by some plaintiffs to draw drastic and overreaching maps.” A statement issued by Texas Governor Rick Perry said he was happy the state could proceed with its elections, and that he BUNA RESIDENT CARLY stood by the first maps drawn by Holloway was named Miss Redbud this past Saturday. See Redistricting... Page 12A See more pictures inside Beacon Editor Last week, a San Antonio based three member panel of federal judges set yet another date for the upcoming primary See Beacon... Page 3A election after months of legal wrangling between groups who argued over the recent redistricting. This time, the date has been set for May 29. Just to provide a brief history, Today is deadline for Redbud parade entries several group leaders argued that Any civic group, business, church, individual or organization that plans on being in the Redbud Festival parade on March 10 must have an entry form submitted by Wednesday, March 7 at 5 p.m. Entry forms are available at the Chamber of Commerce office. Call 994-5586 for more information. - BEACON BRIEFS - love “Taxi Driver” or “The Godfather.” The Festival opens on Thursday, as Wagner’s Carnival returns with its mix of thrill rides, carousel, games, food and more from 6 to 11 p.m., as well as Friday from 5 to 11 p.m. Preliminary events for the Buna Bridle Club’s Redbud Rodeo will begin at 8 p.m. Friday at the arena. Saturday opens with a parade on Main Street at 10 a.m. with Buna residents Gene and Donna The Fabric of Buna Family, faith, good fun most important to Eaves Editor’s Note: This month, we continue “The Fabric of Buna,” a monthly series focusing on the residents who provide the thread, and sometimes the whole square, that forms the community quilt of Buna. This month’s spotlight shines on Barbara Eaves, one of the patches that makes up the quilt called Buna. By Tina Cooley Beacon Reporter A licensed beauty operator since 1971, former Market Basket employee with 25 years of service, and hobbyist that raises horses, Barbara Eaves has made Buna home for more than 10 years. Born Feb. 10, 1938 in Beaumont, she is the daughter of Ben CHILDREN WILL ENJOY carnival rides and lots of fun activities this weekend at the 40th annual Redbud Festival. County asking for help in solving Buna theft By Amber Hawk Beacon Editor The theft of a $6,000 piece of radio equipment from the Buna Sub-Courthouse has prompted the Jasper County Sheriff’s department to issue a request for help in solving a case. On Friday, a package containing a portable radio used for emergency response teams was delivered to the Buna SubCourthouse which was closed due to Texas Independence Day. Jasper County Sheriff’s Lt. Investigator Mike Henderson says that the package was left outside and no one signed for it. The radio was later taken, and the Sheriff’s department is currently investigating the robbery. “I’m hoping that we can give someone the benefit of the doubt and they just picked it up and are holding it for us,” said Henderson. That doesn’t seem likely, but Henderson said they are willing to talk to anyone who has information about where the radio might be. “It would be great if it would just show back up,” he said. “If not, someone is going to definitely do some time for this.” Due to other pending investigations, Henderson has not begun to search through video surveillance, but he believes that when he does, he will see the person who picked up the package. “It would just be a lot easier if that person would turn the radio back in,” he said. Anyone with information on the theft is advised to call Sheriff’s Lt. Investigator Henderson at 994-4778. Mixson sworn in as First Judicial District Judge By Amber Hawk Beacon Editor Buna resident Craig Mixson was sworn in last Thursday morning as Judge of the First Judicial District of Texas at the Jasper County Courthouse in front of a standing room only crowd. District Judge Gary Gatlin resigned last December, leaving someone to complete the unexpired term. Texas Governor Rick Perry recently appointed Mixson to temporarily fill the position. Mixson is hoping to remain District Judge after the upcoming election, but Jennifer Job Seale is See Mixson... Page 12A and May Williamson. Eaves is the sibling to Mary Nell Eaves of Buna, Bennie Lee Williamson of Kirbyville and Paul Williamson of BUNA RESIDENT CRAIG Mixson’s family and friends gathered to celebrate his First Judicial District Judge appointSee Fabric... Page 11A ment last Thursday at the Jasper County Courthouse.