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Past Buna burglar faces new sexual assault charge By Amber Hawk Beacon Editor Early last Tuesday morning, Mar. 13, Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman said that on Wednesday, Mar. 7 an investigator looked into a aggravated sexual assault of a child case that occurred on CR 317 in Magnolia Springs. A SANE exam was performed at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont on the 7-year-old female victim. She was also sent to the Garth House in Beaumont so that an interview could be conducted. Children who may have been sexually or physically abused are referred to the Garth House by law enforcement and Child Protective Services. Over 7,500 alleged victims has been interviewed here over the past years. The investigative agencies work as a team, and the Garth House provides counseling for young victims and their non-offending family members. The Garth House currently serves Southeast Texas with locations in Beaumont, Kirbyville, Orange and Woodville. Enough evidence was gathered for the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office to present a Probable Cause Affidavit to County Judge Mark Allen on Friday, Mar. 9. Allen issued an arrest warrant for the suspect, Patrick Oliver Lynch, 22. Lynch was arrested Friday and

Lynch charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child. He was arraigned by Judge Ronnie Billingsley, and the bond was set at $100,000. Newman says that Lynch is currently on probation because of past offenses. On May 25, 2011, Newman, Deputy Louis Berry and Lt. Kenny Stanley were able to solve two burglary cases, one in Cougar Country and one at the Walnut Turn Apartments, ending with Lynch’s arrest. He was charged with burglary of a habitation as well as theft of property over $50, less than $500. The Cougar Country residence was burglarized, resulting in approximately 40 Nintendo games being taken along with handheld games and a bottle jack. In addition, a Nintendo game console was reported stolen from the Walnut Turn apartments.

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Buna residents act as heroes, halt gunman By Tina Cooley Beacon Reporter Wednesday morning, Mar. 14 at the Jefferson County Courthouse in downtown Beaumont, a Houston man was on trial at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Judge John Stevens’ courtroom on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child. Proceedings began Tuesday, Mar. 13, and testimony was set to resume at 1 p.m. on Wednesday. However, at approximately 11:20 a.m., the man on trial, 41year-old Bartholomew Granger, began shooting in the direction of the courthouse with a Beretta CX-4 Storm .40 caliber Smith and Wesson Carbine. Jefferson County Sheriff’s

Granger deputies and officers from the Beaumont police department arrived on the scene and returned fire. After firing multiple shots on

foot, the gunman entered his truck and proceeded several blocks down the road, continuing to fire as officers pursued him. Officers successfully disabled the truck and Granger abandoned the vehicle at Park and Milam. He then fled on foot and began running down the street, eventually seeking refuge inside an office at Richard Construction, Inc., located at 1110 Neches Street. A young female Buna resident first spotted the gunman heading toward the Richard Construction, Inc. office and informed the other RCI employees. Upon entering the building and announcing that “a man with a gun was coming down the street,” the male

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Preschool story time resumes today The Buna Public Library resumes their weekly preschool storytime today at 10:30 a.m. for preschoolers and their parents and/or guardians. The hour of fun begins with a story and craft actitivity about sunflowers.

BISD trustees meeting changed to Apr. 10 The Buna Independent School District board meeting scheduled for Monday, Apr. 9 has been moved to Tuesday, Apr. 10 at 7 p.m.

Diabetes Workshop begins Mar. 21 The Area Agency on Aging of Deep East Texas will be holding a series of workshops on “Taking Control of Your Chronic Disease.” The workshops are scheduled for six consecutive weeks beginning Wednesday, Mar. 21 through Apr. 25 and will be held from 9:30 a.m. until noon at the Buna Fire Hall. To register for the workshop, or get additional information, contact Bobbie Stott at (409) 384-7614.

Opening Ceremonies date change The Buna Little League opening ceremonies date has been changed to Mar. 31 at 10 a.m.

Buna Babes to host yard sale The Buna Babes Relay for Life team will host a huge yard sale at the Buna Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday, Mar. 24 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.

BUNKO benefit for American Cancer Soc. The Buna Babes Relay for Life team will host a community BUNKO game night on Saturday, Mar. 24 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Buna Volunteer Fire Department. Join in for a night including a delicious dinner, desserts, prizes, and prizes all for a $20 donation to the American Cancer Society. For more information, call Rhonda Brown at 782-7982.

BBQ benefit for Chuck Lemmons A benefit for Chuck Lemmons, who was involved in a motorcycle accident, will be held at the Buna Masonic Lodge on Mar. 23. Brisket and link plate lunches will be served throughout the day. For more information, contact Walter Brown at 658-3155.

Deaf Action Center sponsors meeting Mar. 28 The Jasper Newton County Public Health District office at 139 W. Lamar St. in Jasper will be the site of a public meeting sponsored by the Deaf Action Center of Longview on Wednesday, Mar. 28 at 1:30 p.m. Anyone with a disability that has difficulty operating a telephone is encouraged to attend the meeting and apply for a free telephone. For more information, contact the Deaf Action Center at 903-553-9655. See Briefs... Page 3A

employees secured the girl in another location to ensure her safety. Several of these RCI employees were Buna residents whose names cannot yet be released. They were a large part of the police officers’ negotiation with the gunman. Upon entry into the RCI building, Granger, who had been struck by police officers’ fired shots, was worried about his injuries. He was drawn into an office where several employees, including Buna residents, were held hostage by the suspect. Granger then told these RCI See Gunman... Page 2A

District plans for STAAR testing

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Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Buna Lions Community Center and Saturdays at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church. Meetings are free and open to anyone struggling with substance abuse.

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By Amber Hawk THE BUNA BASED Micah Tyler Band including, left to right, Micah Begnaud, Caleb Beacon Editor Johnson, Haley Warren, Will Gallagher, and Daniel Begnaud, is writing songs and preBack in September, Superinparing for the production of a new CD, “Me Against Me,” scheduled to release this year. tendent Dr. Robin Perez introduced the board to the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test that will begin next week, as the final years of the TAKS are coming to a close. Traveling through the history of the state’s testing from TABS “We have complete faith in heading in an entirely different to TEAMS to TAAS to TAKS By Amber Hawk and now STAAR, Perez gave God,” said Micah. “He has been direction. Beacon Editor Things are looking promising faithful, and He has led us “This new CD will be called some examples of questions over for the Buna based Micah Tyler through every single step. It ‘Me Against Me,” he said. “I the years to show how they have Band. After choosing to go into hasn’t always been easy, but He is believe that every battle we face increased in difficulty. Next week, what seemed like full-time traveling music ministry quick to show us His presence in in life is a battle against last spring, the group has stayed every situation that He calls us ourselves. We choose which side so far away will quickly become a busy not only leading worship to.” of the war that we will fight on reality as students all across the And the faithfulness of God every day. Some days we stand state will take the new tests for the music and churches across the state of Texas but also planning that Micah describes and that the with God, and others we fight first time. New performance standards band has depended on in the past against what He wants us to do.” for their next CD release. “It’s been a very busy fall and is exactly what the group is The new CD will feature songs have had not only the students but spring,” said lead vocalist and clinging to when it comes to their that really play on both sides of teachers on edge. These standards, including unsatisfactory, band’s namesake Micah Tyler future. the case. The band released a CD called, Begnaud. “We’ve been traveling “There will be songs about joy satisfactory, and advanced perfor 15 straight weeks, but we “ Better” in August of 2010. and forgiveness but also about formances will be used to were able to enjoy a little time off Since then, Micah has been the pain of confession,” he said. determine whether a student writing new songs and waiting for “However, we are currently at a passes. They relate to the state’s with our kids last week.” The band has been in front of the right time to put them all fork in the road, and we are curriculum standards. Since 2009, researchers have thousands over the past few together. depending on God for direction.” The “Better” CD’s theme months, including youth groups, The CD theme has already been working on a nine-step church congregations, and col- centered around leading listeners been decided, and most of the process to link the STAAR test to lege students at East Texas to an understanding of God’s See Band... Page 3A See STAAR... Page 3A love. Micah says this new CD is Baptist University.

Local band steps out to record another CD

BISD approves start of grant application By Tina Cooley Beacon Reporter The agenda for the Mar. 5 Buna Independent School District regularly scheduled board of trustees meeting agenda included consideration and/or approval of safe shelter grant application. The school district is hoping to secure a grant allowing the building of a domed safe shelter to be used in times of emergency situations as well as having the potential to double as cafeteria

space during non-emergency times. Originally submitted by Chief Operations Officer, George Talbert, the recommendation was handed to Superintendent Dr. Robin Perez who in turn recommended the board of trustees approve spending $1,500 to secure Metro Planning, Inc. to gain participating jurisdiction THE BUNA CHAMBER of Commerce held a ribbon cutting status from the county. ceremony last Thursday for Barry Smith Karate, now loSee BISD... Page 10A cated on Hwy. 62 in the Buna Plaza shopping center.


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Local leaders meet to Assault discuss delivery system The Jasper/Newton Local Advisory Board of the Rural East Texas Health Network recently met at the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department. Board members discussed several matters concerning the mental health delivery system for the area, including the Burke Center’s purchase of a new Internet server that could be used for mental health evaluations at the county jail, local hospitals, as well as other local locations via teleconferencing. Use of this technology could help to expedite the mental health emergency delivery system to get those in crisis the help they need in a more timely and efficient manner. Shown below at the March meeting are Mike Cook, Burke

Happy Birthday March 21 Matthew Turner Lawrence Hillin Jimmie Lewis Holoman Brent Strange Glenn Whitmire Gerald Don Goodwin March 22 Kenny Ferguson Cheadrick Porter, Jr. Kacie Ward Sharee Shankle Erma Godeaux March 23 Devon Smith Brown

Center’s Mental Health Emergency Center; Anne Bondesen, RETHN Project Director; Mark Allen, Jasper County Judge; Mitchel Newman, Jasper County Sheriff; and Todd Y’Barbo, Jasper County District Attorney’s Office. Also attending the meeting were Mary Ann Gump, Director of Emergency Services/ Christus Jasper Memorial Hospital; Rebecca Firmin, Director of Nursing/Christus Jasper Memorial Hospital; Frances Scoggins, Burke Center Trustee Member; Glenn Blank, Jasper County Sheriff’s Department; Donna Moss, Social Worker/Christus Jasper Memorial Hospital; Micaela Fitzgerald, Burke Center, and Latisha Primrose, Burke Center.

Jonathon Horner Jaque Lambright Karen Weaver March 24 Woodrow Dyess Melba Guidry Sally McClelland Jim Wood Kristina Woods March 25 Amy Cole Barry Hillin Lydia Smith Bessie Williams Geneva Wright March 26 Raymond Arthur Erica Gilchriest Emma Hudson Chris Nequent Ashley Roberts Olivier Christine Schmelebeck Jordan Swearingen Lewis Winkle March 27 Belinda Boyd Kenny Hawthorn Sarah Tucker

Happy Anniversary March 23 Larry & Cathleen Siems March 27 Jim & Gloria Wood

In May of 2011, Berry was able to locate Lynch at the apartment complex where they allegedly found all of the property from both cases. Lynch is still being held at the Jasper County Jail in connection with the sexual assault charge. Lt. Investigator Mike

From page 1A Henderson says that he is also currently working on two alleged sexual assault cases in Buna, one of a 16-year-old girl, and the other of a 3-year-old girl. The 3-year-old’s stepfather has recently failed a polygraph test, and the investigation is continuing.

Gunman From page 1A employees to hit the floor. Two of the men were seated in chairs and remained there while others went down as instructed. The employees were determined not to be hostages in the situation and used verbal and non-verbal communication amongst each other to take charge and overcome the gunman. Granger was noticeably upset and told the employees he didn’t want to hurt them but that he needed medical attention. Based on witness statements and according to Jefferson County District Attorney Tom Maness, investigators have since learned that Granger was disgruntled with personnel in the courtroom. The RCI employees, including several Buna residents, communicated with Beaumont Police Department Special Weapons and Tactics team members and hostage negotiators who responded to the scene at the RCI building. The SWAT team members were able to communicate with employees and eventually with the gunman. The RCI employees assured police they had the situation under control and continued to negotiate with the suspect, asking him to position his weapon so that it was not pointed in the immediate direction of employees. Granger obliged, making the weapon more easily accessible to an RCI employee who eventually made a move and struck Granger in the groin while taking him to the ground. The employee stayed with the shooter while another secured the weapon and placed it on a desk in the office in clear sight of SWAT upon their arrival. After securing the weapon and the suspect, an RCI employee went to the rear metal door, opened it up, and allowed SWAT and hostage negotiators to enter into the building. Beaumont Police Department officers began escorting the RCI employees out of the building with their hands held above their heads as caught on camera by local reporters. Employees were taken to a holding area awaiting their transfer to the local police station to file statements.

After assessing the situation, Beaumont Police Department SWAT took the suspect into custody. Granger was taken by ambulance to a local hospital where he was treated and released. He is currently in the Jefferson County Jail on a $3 million bond for a murder charge and $1 million bond for an aggravated sexual assault of a child charge. Bullets fired by Granger earlier in the Jefferson County Courthouse parking lot hit bystander Minnie Ray Sebolt of Deweyville who was at the courthouse helping a friend with VA benefits. Sebolt died at the scene. Justice of the Peace Nancy Beaulieu’s office reported that preliminary autopsy results indicated multiple gunshot wounds as the cause of death. Also injured were Granger’s ex-wife, Claudia Jackson, and daughter, Samantha Jackson. Claudia received treatment and was later released. Samantha not only was shot at multiple times, but she was also run over with a truck driven by Granger, her father. Although Samantha remained in the hospital in critical condition as of Friday, Mar. 16, police reports indicated that her vital signs were good. Another injury was that of Shetitta Armstead, who was grazed with a bullet. Armstead was also taken to a hospital where she was treated and released. Granger’s brother, 43-year old Lyndon Granger, was later arrested in Houston that same night at a Quanell X rally, resulting in his bond being revoked on a charge of indecency with a child. The courthouse shooting is still under investigation by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department as the lead agency and is being assisted by the Beaumont Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Rangers, FBI and ATF. It is likely that several Buna residents, these hometown heroes who helped disarm Granger, will be called as witnesses as the investigation continues. The Buna Beacon will continue coverage as the case develops.


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Correction In the March 14 issue of the Buna Beacon, the article titled, “Local candidates gear up for May 29 primary,” contained several errors due to formatting. The correct Jasper County candidates for the Tuesday, May 29 Primary Election in the Democratic Primary Election are: District Judge 1 Jennifer Job Seale; Sheriff Mitchel Newman (Incumbent); Commissioner Precinct 1 Charles Shofner, Jr. (Incumbent); Commissioner Precinct 3 A. Dale Hammock; Tax Assessor Collector Bobby Biscamp (Incumbent); District Clerk (Unexpired Term) Kristi Hollis and Kathy Kent (Incumbent); Constable Precinct 1 Kit Stephenson (Incumbent); Constable Precinct 2 Curtis Frame and Niles Nichols; Constable

Precinct 3 Ronnie Hutchison (Incumbent); Constable Precinct 4 Gene Hawthorne (Incumbent); Constable Precinct 6 Joe Dunigan and Tommy Robinson (Incumbent); and Democratic Party Chair Jessica White and Frank Williams (Incumbent). The correct Jasper County candidates for the Tuesday, May 29 Primary Election in the Republican Primary Election are: District Judge 1 Craig Mixson; Sheriff Ralph Nichols; Commissioner Precinct 3 Willie Stark (Incumbent) and Eugene “Bubba” Vann; Constable Precinct 5 Stephen London and Mike Poindexter; and Republican Party Chair Dianne Pace and Johnny Dale Gravis. The Beacon truly apologizes.

songs have been written or are currently in their final stages. The fork that Micah describes is a decision they will soon have to make about which production company to sign with for their upcoming CD. “It’s more of a blessing than a curse,” he said. “There are two companies who are interested in producing us. One is in Los Angeles, and the other is in Nashville.” Although signing with either of these companies would put the band in more prominent place and bring them to a completely different platform, the group is more interested in making sure they make the right choice. One of the most exciting things about the new CD is that the Give the most valuable gift of all...your time. band members will be able to play and record their own music. Volunteer in your community! “Last time we worked with studio musicians, but this time it would be us getting to not only sing but play our own music,” From page 1A said Micah. “We would also get to add in some horn sections, other performance tests such they need and moving forward.” string ensembles, and hopefully The district also held a STAAR a choir for a couple of songs.” as the SAT and ACT. Developers have also worked to compare one Night to answer questions for As far as style differences go, parents back in November. grade level to the next. the last CD had a bit of a There were other recent Nashville twang. The songs on “Each time they do a little better, the test gets a little more STAAR allowances that Buna the new CD will sound more like difficult,” Perez said. “Texas tests ISD has acted on in order to soul music. Most of the 13 songs more kids than any other state, prepare as well, such as the will be new with a couple of and we have less dropouts than deference of the 15 percent songs from the first CD included before the assessments started.” grading requirement connected such as “Yours, Mighty to Love, The STAAR begins with this to the STAAR examinations. and New.” Last month, the Commissioner school year for grades three Over the upcoming weeks the through eight as well as ninth of Education Robert Scott an- band will be traveling again. The grade. Tenth and eleventh grad- nounced that he allowing public next opportunity for community ers will still be taking the TAKS in school districts and charter members to see them in concert schools the ability to defer locally will be at 88.1’s Fan order to graduate. “The high school level STAAR implementation of the statutory Appreciation concert at 7 p.m. at tests are end of course tests, not provision that requires perfor- Christ Community Church in grade level,” Perez explained. “It mance on an end-of-course as- Beaumont on Friday, Apr. 27. is designed to ensure students sessment to count as 15 percent “We are ready for God to use learn what’s supposed to be of a student’s final course grade. us in whatever platform He “For this school year, the desires,” said Micah. “It that’s learned in the current grade and ultimate decision whether to two years ahead.” The scores needed and perfor- include end-of-course exam mance standards have not been scores as part of grades will be set by the state yet as law determined locally by school mandates require thorough stud- districts,” said Scott. According to Scott, the law ies to ensure the validity of the still requires students that are performance standards. What we do know about these first entering the ninth grade in tests are that the questions are the 2011-2012 school year to more complex and require more achieve a cumulative score on thinking. They will be longer, the end-of-course assessments except now there will be a four to complete their graduation requirements. hour time limit. At the March Buna ISD board “To pass, students have to get more items correct,” Perez said. of trustees meeting, the trustees “It’s really linked to college voted to defer the 15 percent readiness, and all the way down grading requirement. As of Friday afternoon, acto the third grade.” Perez said that special educa- cording to TEA officials, more tion students will still be allowed than 300 Texas school districts accommodations, with a modified and charters had informed the agency of intentions to defer the and alternate test. In addition, Perez said that the grading requirement. English I and III, the first of the district has been preparing for the changes all year, including 12 end-of-course exams, will be implementing CSCOPE, new cur- administered to Buna High riculum standards and identify- School students on Monday, ing resources, while also offering Mar. 26. This will be the first of a plenty of professional develop- quite a few days of testing across the school district. ment for the teachers. To see Buna’s testing sched“Every teacher on campus is part of this, not just the four core ule, visit bunaisd.net. For more teachers,” she said. “We are information on the STAAR tests, going at this full force to make visit http://www.tea.state.tx.us/ sure students are getting what student.assessment/staar/.

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Briefs From page 1A Red Hat Ladies to meet Mar. 22 The Red Hat Ladies will meet Thursday, Mar. 22 at 6 p.m. at Joe’s Pizza and Pasta on Hwy. 96 in Buna.

Masonic Lodge will meet Tuesday Buna Masonic Lodge #1095 will hold a regular meeting Tuesday, Mar. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the lodge off Hwy. 62 in Buna. All visiting brethren are invited to attend.

JNEC board will meet Tuesday Jasper-Newton Electric Cooperative’s board of directors will hold their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Mar. 27 at 4 p.m. in the headquarters building in Kirbyville. Members are welcome to attend, but attendance is limited to space available in the board room.

Redbud Square Dancers glide on Tuesday The Buna Redbud Square Dancers will meet at the Lions Hall on Tuesday, Mar. 27 at 7 p.m.

Voter Registration cards mailed end of month The Jasper County Clerk’s office will begin mailing out voter registration cards by the end of March. Please check and make sure the clerk’s office has your correct address. Make sure your 911 address is on file. If you need to fill out a voter registration application, change of address or if you are not sure if you are registered to vote, call the County clerk’s office at 384-2632.

From page 1A locally in southeast Texas then that’s great. If it is outside of that, that’s great. Either way, we want to make sure we are ready to serve.” In order to launch their CD, the band is currently raising funds in preparation for the production costs. One of their main ways of getting the word out has been through kickstarter.com. “We set a goal of $10,000 to get our CD project off the ground,” said Micah. “We really need around $17,000 to master, produce, and shrink wrap the CDs.” If local residents are interested in pre-ordering the new CD or getting some of the other fundraising incentives, they can visit kickstarter.com and search for Micah Tyler Band. “The members of the Buna community have always supported us financially, prayerfully, and just by being our friends,” said Micah. “We are all now Buna residents, and we want to stay here as long as we can. We are thankful for their support.” The band members other than Micah are Daniel Begnaud, drummer; Caleb Johnson; bass guitarist; Haley Warren, vocalist; and Will Gallagher, pianist. Since the Buna Beacon staff last interviewed the band, they have launched a website, micahtylerband.com, which includes a calendar of their upcoming shows, biographies, pictures, and videos. Check out their website or “like” The Micah Tyler Band on Facebook to stay up-to-date on their latest news. Visit kickstarter.com to pre-order the “Me Against Me” CD. If you still haven’t gotten a copy of the “Better” CD, you can purchase it online through iTunes.

A FEW LOCAL ladies, left to right, Amy Cole, Pam Hudson, Rhonda Mack, and Kim Cox, participated in the Sundown Dollar Dash on March 17. The 3.5 run, walk or stroll started at 7:30 p.m., and participants were encouraged to wear glow-in-the-dark or lighted items.


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“On Mission Celebration” kick-off at First Baptist By Amber Hawk Beacon Editor Over 40 Southern Baptist Churches in our area joined together to host an “On Mission Celebration” during the week of March 17-21 where missionaries from all over the world will come and speak about the work they have been doing. The celebration kicked-off last Saturday at First Baptist Church in Buna at 3 p.m. with a “Meet the Missionaries” rally and message by Dr. Gordon Fort, Vice-President of the International Mission Board. The afternoon’s events began in the Christian Activity Building of First Baptist as missionaries lined the walls with tables and displays, highlighting their work and showing off treats and trinkets from their various locations. Children in Action, Girls in Action, and Royal Ambassador groups from area churches came through with autograph books and asking each missionary to sign their name. After a couple of hours of sharing about their ministries, the missionaries and those in attendance moved to the sanctuary to begin the service at 5 p.m. Tracy Speed, music minister at

First Baptist, began the service by leading the congregation in some hymns. Paul Boughan, senior pastor at First Baptist, welcomed the crowd and led in an opening prayer. David Miller, Associate Director of Missions of the Sabine Neches Baptist Area, recognized the missionaries and gave an interpretation of the “On Mission Celebration Theme: We Are the Body.” Miller shared the verse from 1 Corinthians 12 that talks about the Body of Christ being made up of many members. “It is our choice to be like Jesus,” said Miller. “We have to be his hands, his feet, and his voice.” Heaven’s Breath, a music group made of up Buna residents Melissa Anderson Parker, Lauren Redkey Hicks, and Shanna Speed Sharrod, brought the special music for the evening. Delbert Milstead, senior pastor at Central Baptist Buna, gave the offertory prayer. Jerry Redkey, Director of Missions of the SNBA, introduced the keynote speaker, Dr. Fort. Fort is the International Missions Board Vice President, and he was born in Sanyati, Zimba-

bwe, where his parents served as missionaries. He was appointed as a missionary in February of 1985 and has been serving in Africa and around the word for most of his life. “The Gospel has never lost its authority,” said Fort. “God’s arm is not short, and his ear is not deaf. It’s up to us to bring the

Gospel to the world.” At the end of the kick-off, all the missionaries were recognized, and special prayer time was held for their ministries. Check with your local church for specific service times and speaker details as the missionaries will be in the area through Wednesday evening.

The Whole Truth

WHO HINDERS US? Did you ever have the best of intentions to do something good, maybe for someone else. But you didn’t go ahead and do it. Why didn’t you do it? Well, that was the case with the Galatians: “Ye were running well.” But then Paul asked the question: “Who hindered you?” Galatians 5:7. In the case of Paul, he says he was hindered, and he places the blame: “Satan hindered us.” 1 Thessalonians 2:18. Sometimes Satan accomplishes that by using certain individuals. Jesus identified the lawyers as being responsible during his earthly ministry: “Woe unto you lawyers!...ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.” Luke 11:52. The apostle Paul extends this thought about hindering with, “Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge ye this rather, that no man put a stumbling block in his brother’s way.” Romans 14:13. And Jesus states the consequences of doing so: “The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that cause stumbling...and cast them into the furnace of fire.” Matthew 13:41-42. So, we don’t want to be responsible for being a hindrance. Instead, we want “to be...ready unto every good work.” HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE gathered from our local area in Titus 3:1. And when we have a good intention, we must muster up all the CAB of First Baptist in Buna on Saturday for the Sabine our will-power and follow through on our good intentions. That is Neches Baptist Area “On Mission Celebration” kick-off event what the apostle Paul said he would do. “As much as in me is, I am and to visit with missionaries from all over the world. ready...” Romans 1:15. Let us cast aside and overcome all hindrances, and do good. Northwest Buna Church of Christ, (409)658-7578

Obituaries Jane Bouillion Jane Ann “Janie” Bouillion, 65, of Buna died Mar. 18 at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston. Visitation will be at Adams E.E. Stringer Funeral Home in Buna on Wednesday, Mar. 21 from 5 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held at First United Methodist Church in Buna on Thursday, Mar. 22 at 11 a.m. with burial following in Antioch Cemetery in Buna. Survivors include husband Lynn Bouillion; daughter Andrea Bouillion; son Clint Bouillion (Amy) of Crosby; brother Travis Lang (Janet) of Ennis; sister Melissa Moore (Frank) of Village Mills; six grandchildren; and a host of others who called her “Granny.”

Jimmy Hartwick Jimmy “Randy” Hartwick, 64, of Beaumont, died Mar. 16 at Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas in Beaumont. Funeral services were held Monday, Mar. 19 at Broussard’s in Beaumont with interment following at Forest Lawn Memorial

Park in Beaumont. Survivors include wife Ann Bowers Hartwick of Beaumont; children, Brandy Upshaw (Kevin) of Evadale and Justin Hartwick (Jolie) of Beaumont; sisters Trena Richards, Charlotte Stafford, and Mitzi Hensarling; brother John Scroggins; three beautiful grandchildren; aunt Bobbie Drake (George); uncle Donald Hartwick (Shelby); and several nieces and nephews.

Jack Reed Jack Carson Newt Reed, 75, died Mar. 15 in his home. Funeral services were held Monday, Mar. 19 at Forest Lawn Funeral Home with burial following in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Survivors include wife Snow White Reed; daughters Karen McWilliams (John) of Sealy, Patricia Deshotel (Hillary) of China, Kathyrn Roggenkamp (Frank) of Beaumont, and Paula Taylor (Tommy) of Lumberton; sister Donnie Conner of Woodville; brother John Reed of Buna; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

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Local Church Directory

Antioch Missionary Baptist Church Rev. Calvin L. Harris • 994-3552

Church of God in Christ Supt. Curtis Jones • 994-3603

Buna’s Bread of Life Church Pastor Byron Johnson

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Bishop Dudley Harrison 994-4339

Buna Cowboy Church Pastor Joedy Burnett 454-8775

Faith Missionary Baptist Church Rev. Gene Maddox 382-2784

Friendship Baptist Church Pastor Paul Swearingen 994-3273

New Beginnings Assembly of God Pastor Jeff Gravis • 276-2005

Genesis Baptist Church Rev. Robert E. Carter 994-4012

New Cherry Grove Baptist Church Pastor Doug McWhirter

Gist United Pentecostal Church Rev. Bert Arnold 221-5162 Grace Fellowship Church Pastor Rick Tallent • 670-3656

Buna United Pentecostal Church Rev. Richard Dykes 994-2501

Faith Outreach Church of God Rev. Reginald Brandenburg 994-5897

Grace Missionary Baptist Church Rev. Mike Ivey

Calvary Apostolic Tabernacle Evadale Pastor Steve McMullin

First Assembly of God Rev. Dennis Owens 994-2670

Greater Pine Valley Baptist Church Pastor E.E. Robinson 994-9801

Central Baptist Church Rev. Delbert Milstead 994-3641 Central Baptist Church, Evadale Rev. Roger Hoogterp 276-1700 Church of Christ 994-2075

First Baptist Church Rev. Paul Boughan 994-3517 First Baptist Church, Evadale Pastor Jimmy Williams 276-1907 First United Methodist Church Rev. Bill Jobe 994-3232

Heart of Christ Bro. Robbie Ratliff 423-1419 Northend UPC Pastor Ralph Bertrand 299-0318 Mt. Zion Baptist Church 423-4928

Northview Baptist Church Pastor Joe E. Hinson 385-2744 Northwest Buna Church of Christ Evangelist Gary Scott 658-7578 Old Laurel Baptist Church Pastor Lee Everhart 994-3434 Parkwood Missionary Baptist Church Bro. Tim Rule, Pastor 994-2631 St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Father Delphyn Meeks 994-3456 Trout Creek Baptist Church Pastor Randy Fults 423-5023

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Friendship Baptist 20th anniversary Mar. 25 Friendship Baptist Church in Buna will celebrate 20 years during their 11 a.m. worship service with special guest speaker, Bro. B.C. McCoy, Friendship’s first pastor Bro. Bernard Stott, and music by Jimmy Seaman. Church members will provide a time of fellowship and a meal following the morning worship service. For more information, call the church office at 994-3273.

North Orange Baptist to present Easter pageant North Orange Baptist Church will present an Easter pageant titled “Sketches of the Cross” on Palm Sunday, Apr. 1, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit the church website at www.nobcfamily.com.

First Assembly of God Kountze Garage Sale First Assembly of God Church in Kountze, at Hwy. 69 North, will host a giant indoor garage sale Mar. 22-24 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Thurs. and Fri. and from 8 a.m. until noon on Sat. The church will also serve chicken gumbo to go. The proceeds from the sale will benefit the completion of the fellowship hall. For more information, contact the church office at 246-4276.


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Sheriff’s News By Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman We met at Commissioner’s Court for a special called meeting on Friday and signed a contract with Newton County to house their overflow of inmates. We are glad to help our Newton County neighbors, and this also allows us to make extra money to offset some of our costs. We had a guy try to hide from us in an attic this week. We had to pull him out of the insulation; bet he was itching all over by the time he got to jail. We are still having problems with strays and dogs roaming neighborhoods. I would ask that all you pet owners be considerate of others

where your pets are concerned. If you can no longer take care of a pet, for whatever reason, please find it a proper home or talk to the Humane Society about help with that. If you live outside the city limits where there is no leash law, I would encourage you to keep your pets on your own property. I know this can be difficult at times, but if your neighbors wanted pets, they would have pets. I am asking the pet owners and the non-pet owners to be considerate of one another, and let’s try to live and let live in peace. Well, the buffalo race was

rescheduled and Billy Rowles and I tried to help the Buna Bridle Club raise some money by having a buffalo race. The buffalo had no saddle, only a rope to hang onto. Sadly, I must report that the buffalo won. I told my wife I shouldn’t ride that big ol’ buffalo, but she made me do it anyway. Now I am paying the price to the doctor! I think I bounced once and then hit the ground. I didn’t realize how far it was to the ground, nor how hard that ground was going to be when I hit it. Ouch! I hope someone found this entertaining because, I didn’t.

But, it was for a very good cause and I was glad to do my part.I heard the Airport Show and the Azalea Festival were a big hit. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to attend, but I am glad our people had a chance to get out and have a good time and enjoy the weather. I understand the weather may get bad this week, so be on the lookout and stay tuned to local weather reports. Our jail count is at 99 this morning. Call us if we can assist you in some way. Get out and enjoy the spring weather while you can.

BUNA VOLUNTEER FIRE Chief Steve Litton, left, recently received a check from Elvin Robinson, pastor of Greater Pine Valley Baptist Church in Buna, right, in the amount of $1717.61. The church annually holds a love offering for the department, and Litton says it is one of their largest donations each year.

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Lady Cougars take two wins last week The Buna Lady Cougar softball team did not take much of a Spring Break last week, playing three games and winning all three of them. Head coach, Jim Sherman, and the Lady Cougars knew that district play this year was going to be very competitive, and the team was ready to play. They 10 run ruled Deweyville on Monday, 12-2, and then hosted the Kountze Lady Lions last Tuesday and won, 12-7. Kaitlyn Midkiff pitched the full seven innings and led the Lady Cougars to take the field in the top of the first inning. With a three up, three down top of the inning, the Lady Cougars came into the bottom half of the inning ready to take the lead. Suzanne Berry led off with a walk, eventually stealing both second and third base to get into scoring position as Katie Welty got the RBI by grounding out to second. The Lady Cougars now led 1-0. With two outs in the inning, Jaeci Dans hit a line drive over the left fielder’s head for a double. Raylie Richardson traded places with Dans when she hit the a grounder up the middle that got through the infield, putting her on second and giving the Lady Cougars their second run. With Richardson in scoring position, Hailey Campbell stepped up to the plate and popped the ball up over the first baseman’s head landing just fair scoring Richardson. The Lady Cougars led after one inning 3-0. The top of the second inning began just like the first, getting two quick outs with one coming from catcher, Bailey Campbell, chasing down a ball in foul territory and making the difficult catch. With two outs the Lady Cougars got into some trouble, giving up back-to-back singles putting two on base. The Lady Cougars proved they have a “bend but don’t break attitude” when a grounder was hit to Richardson at shortstop. She gunned down the runner at first base for the final out, saving two runs from scoring. The bottom of the second inning proved to be exciting as the Lady Cougars tried to increase their lead. Jessi Clark led the Lady Cougars off with a walk to get on base. With one out, Berry singled down the third base line moving runners to first and second. Welty then beat out a throw to

first with great speed as she laid down a bunt to load the bases for Midkiff. With one out and a three run lead, Midkiff could help her own cause pitching if she delivered, and she did in a big way, doubling scoring both Clark and Berry. Dans cleared the bases when she doubled scoring Welty and Midkiff with the Lady Cougars now leading 7-0. The Lady Cougars weren’t finished yet as Richardson stepped up with one person on base. With Richardson’s speed and a great hit out to deep center field, she rounded third base for an inside the park home run, scoring two runs. The Lady Cougars lead swelled to 9-0. The Lady Lions weren’t going to give up, and over the next four innings they added seven runs to tighten the score to 9-7. In the bottom of the sixth inning, when the Lady Cougars needed a little breathing room, Welty got on with her second infield single of the night, and Midkiff followed with a walk. Richardson then tripled scoring both runners on base. Hailey Campbell singled over the first baseman’s head to score Richardson, giving the Lady Cougars a 12-7 lead. The Lady Cougars closed out the top of the seventh inning with three straight outs, earning the tough district win with a final score of 12-7. On Thursday, the girls lost to the Warren Lady Warriors, 11-7. This week their action begins on Tuesday night against the Newton Lady Eagles at 5 p.m. here in Buna, and the girls will also play Friday night in Buna as they host the East Chambers Lady Bucs also at 6:30 p.m. Come out and support your Lady Cougars!

EARNING ALL-DISTRICT basketball awards from the Buna High School varsity Lady Cougar 2011-12 team were, left to right, senior Raylie Richardson, Defensive MVP; senior Nicole Casper, First Team All-District; junior Madison Franklin, First Team All-District; senior Jade Hunt, Second Team All-District; and junior Jaeci Dans, All-District Honorable Mention. Also receiving All-District Honorable Mention was senior Carly Coleman, not pictured.

Buna girls basketball senior players honored The Buna girls’ basketball team had a great season, and it was largely in part to the help of the senior players. Although these girls have moved on to spring sports, they still deserve to be recognized for their hard work out on the basketball court this season. Raylie Richardson, Lady Cougar number 12, is the daughter of Jim and Traci Sherman and Robert Glende. Raylie has played BHS varsity basketball for four years, volleyball and softball for three, golf for two, and track, cross country, and tennis for one. She was named the volleyball Libero of the Year, First Team AllDistrict, Co-Defensive Player of the Year, a Regional qualifier, and was a Cross Country Academic All-Star. Jade Hunt, Lady Cougar number 32, is the daughter of Eric and Kelly Hunt. Jade played BHS varsity basketball for four years, volleyball for three, and tennis for one. She was named to the honorable

mention team for two years. Nicole Casper, Lady Cougar number 10, is the daughter of Donald and Lynn Broom. Nicole has played BHS varsity volleyball, basketball, and softball for three years. She has also been a varsity cheerleader for four years and a part of the track team for four years. She played varsity tennis one year. Nicole was the 2010 and 2011 Pole Vault State Champion. In basketball, she was named in 2012 First Team All-District. In volleyball she was the 2012 Offensive MVP, and 2012 First Team All-District. She was the softball 2011 Defensive Player of the Year. Carly Coleman, Lady Cougar number 14, is the daughter of Custer and Lanet Coleman. She played BHS varsity volleyball and basketball for three years and track for one. In volleyball Carly was named to the 2010 All-District Honorable Mention team, 2012 Second Team All-District, and 2011 First Team All-District.

BUNA COUGAR JACOB Kelly got his uniform a little dirty in last Tuesday night’s game at home as he slid, successfully beat the baseball there, and stole second base.

Cougars win three games over break

The Buna Cougars won three games over the Spring Break week, gaining some great momentum heading into the heart of district play. The Cougars opened the week on Tuesday night against the district opponent Warren Warriors, winning 8-1. The Cougar defense was strong all night long behind a solid performance pitching from Ethan Franklin who gave the Cougars over five innings of work and gave up only one run. The Cougars scored big in the second inning as they put the ball in play gaining big hits and causing the Warrior defense to make a number of defensive errors. The Cougars scored seven total runs that inning and then left it up to their defense to take home the victory. Pitching statistics for the game ended up with Franklin allowing one run and three hits. BUNA LADY COUGAR 11, Suzanne Berry, added to the win last Tuesday with this big hit. He had eight strikeouts and

three base on balls in five and third innings. Kolton Clark threw for one and two thirds of an inning, taking three strikeouts and allowing one hit. Joseph Clark was 1-for-3, with one run, while Richard Walden was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a double. Braden Franklin was 1-for-3 with a double, one RBI, and a run scored, while Ethan Franklin was 1-for-3 with a triple, a run scored, and two RBIs. Jacob Kelly was 1-for-2 with a run scored, a double, and one RBI, while Brian Askew had a run scored and one RBI. Caleb Hardy was 1-for-three with a double. The team played Jasper on Thursday and won, 5-4, and on Friday they faced Kountze and beat the Lions 3-2. The Cougars played at home against Deweyville on Monday, Mar. 19, and will have a bye this Friday.


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Buna and Evadale Honor Rolls Buna Elementary Fourth Six Weeks “A” Honor Roll Second Grade: Aubrey Bond, Marissa Menard, Asia Robinson, Hayden Wilkinson, Kelsey Brandon, Jordan Clark, Samantha LeBlanc, Krissy Perry, Kyler Stark, Madison Beasley, Bria Branch, Cade Brinkman, Kelly Erickson, Chelsi Gore, McKenzie McDonald, Tyler Milstead, Tylee Rawls, Belen Uribe, Karlye Bayer, Olivia Boudreaux, Jamie Childress, Karen King, Angel Murphy, David Peterson, Justice Stephens, Ashley Williams, Reagan Behling, Emerie Bohlmann, Wendie Galloway, Paris Carrell, Isbaah Charania, Arriana Elliott, Daylan Gilchriest, Myleah Spell. Third Grade: Jocelyn Harding, Madi Martin, Kyah Ward, Mark Davis, Kaleb Harvey, Madison Harvey, Keegan Hopson, Dalton James, Joedanny Petty, Katelynn

Powell, Rylie Burt, Torrance Clark, Presley Glende, Aspen Grant, Nicholas Hawthorn, Dylan Henderson, Logan Milner, Kylee Rose, Skylar Rutherford, Shelby Trahan, Lucas Ward, Grace Whipps, Ashton Alexander, Trenton Kirkendall, Ty Lavergne, Jozi Mason, Kip Nolan, Reid Pollard, Abby Sitton, Logan delPino, Natalee Forman, Parker O’Bannion, Coy Pellerin, Shelby Porter, Jeffrey Scifres, Luke Williams, Nick Johnson, Dylan McGalin, Miriah Westbrooks. Fourth Grade:Carter Baker, Tori Brunette, Zachary Busby, Taylor Cofty, Hannah Dawson, Laila Fry, Dylan Hollyfield, Julia Jackson, Gracie Lambright, Mary Clare Mason, Alexandra Mixson, Wesley Cunningham, Kylie Falcon, Karson Goldman, Ashley Green, Emma Palmer, Justice Petty, Karli Smith, Blaine Marks, Kelsie Midkiff, Jayden Behling, Creig Ellis, Joe Markle, Brooke

Sanders, Lane Sheffield, Destani Tate, Chyna Westbrook, Michal Westbrooks, Hunter Wilkinson, Valyn Christian-Rachal. Fifth Grade:Braedon Bland, Katie Jasper, Judd Powell, Justin Maines, Brendan Bonds, Alex Connell, Landon Flowers, Brooke Burt, Cameron Hebert, Payton Smith, Shelby Young, Tori Godwin, Kylie Gore, Sydni Henderson, Patrick Porter, Aryana Childress, Meredith Patterson.

“B” Honor Roll Second Grade: Haleigh Dawson, Lauren Frasier, Haden Hannaman, Aubrey Harding, Asia Jackson, Haylee Pate, Ja’Kevion Shankle, McKenna West, Jacob McQuerry, Joshua Robinson, Zaryn Smith, Carrie Beasley, Cassidy Briscoe, Andrew Johnson, Makenzie Latham, Trinady Renfro, Danny Smith, McKenzie Uribe, Lindsey Wilburn, Nash Withers, Jillian Gundy, Sydney Smith, Brent Beach, Lillian Boyett, Raylee Clark, Brent Fry, Lacey Hall, Logan Moss, Mason Sheffield, Kolton Smith, Brook Spears, Abbie Burt, Ashtyn Sanford. Third Grade: Hannah Block, Emilea Crosson, Garrett Estridge, Sammy Graham, Michael Jackson, Logen McKinney, Reese Monson, Dushon Westbrook, Alyssa Bach, Tristin Cogar, Jerry Daville, Angela Holmes, Kaleb Humble, Joel Sitton, Aleah Hall, Nadia McCain, Julia Menard, Natalie Sanders, Jordan Vandevender, Rody Wolfe, Wyatt Campbell, Allana Childress, Bruce

Dorland, Jesse Finney, Toby Johnson, Treasure Mata, Kinzi Nolan, Jakob Sumerall, Case Vandevender, Justin Stanley, J.P. Waites, Heather Woodard, Elizabeth Bivens, Gus Dixon, Connor Ellison, Kayt Franz, Averi Holman, Jed Scott, Brandon Walters, Chance Worsham. Fourth Grade: Chloe Baker, Brody Cox, Caleb Folmer, Korbin Harris, Tanner Hunt, Rhett Kelly, Logan O’Dell, Lindee White, Kelsey Arredondo, Kayden Bayer, Ana Castillo, Korbin Franklin, Gavin Hawkins, Bailey Humble, Madison Jacobs, Emily McAuliffe, Brooklyn Walden, Lacey West, Kade Anthony, Annalise Cannon, Chloe Galloway, Kenedi Goldman, Skyler Jenkins, Avarie Scott, Michael Teal, Addison Withers, Alec Woodard, Benjamin Woods, Raymond Hannaman, Brianna Harding, Joshua Hawthorne, Molly Rodgers, Cameron Trahan, Kaylee Turner, Brandon Castillo, Alex Chase, Zach Deskey, Tori Ernst, Reagan Harrell, Jillian Mercer, Jessica Stanley. Fifth Grade: Morgan Clark, Sydney Doiron, Falon Hyden, Zane Mason, Rayden Rose, Payton Spell, Sara Tucker, Destin VanRyan, Aurora Waugh, Ryleigh Wolfe, Ryan Alumbaugh, Kerrington Briscoe, Hunter Franz, Madyson Gilbert, Sydney Goodman, Kara Green, BJ LeJeune, Marisa Patrick, Jayci Robicheaux, McKenzie Staub, Damarcus Westbrook, Keaton Waldrup, Glenn Bingham, Dusti Boudreaux, Tyler Daigle, Zachary Graham, Gabriel Robinson, Amber Askew, Trent Berry, Peyton Garner, Travis Harris, Kendal Knox, Hannah Robinson, Destiny Rutherford, Sawyer Dearbonne, Rani Lancaster, Rachelle Locke, Marcie Moss, Ean Richards, Lucas Sitton, Jaycee Thomas, Macey Estridge, Wesley Huff, Natalie Shiflet, Danielle Smith, Racheal Wagner.

Buna Junior High School Fourth Six Weeks “A” Honor Roll Sixth Grade: Kassidy Adkins, Hannah Askew, Mason Caillier, Caleb Tatom, Cade Pellerin, Addie Rach, Coy Williams. Seventh Grade: Jason Chambliss, Katy Cofty, David Luckey, Daniel Nicks, Elizabeth Patterson. Eighth Grade: Madison Caillier, Abigail Crawford, Tobias Golden, Joshua Kelly, Elayna Luckey, Rachel Palmer, Lauren Ward.

“A-B” Honor Roll Sixth Grade: Dakota Armentrout, Dawson Askew, Luke Bean, William Biscamp, Bella Bohlmann, Makenzie Brumfield, Cole Briseno, Kimberlyn Carter, Chandler Dickerson, Dawson Garrett, Samantha Ellis, Justin Heirtzler, Lysabeth Hillin, Taylor Horton, Christopher Jones, Morgan Lambright, Erin Laramore, Kristen Lewis, Sarah Long, Izabel LongNichols, Hadden Lummus, Ashtynn Malmay, Max Kuzmenkov, Abigail Marcum, Madison McClelland, Clayton Payne, Laney Powdrill, Devin Prine, Gabriel Smith, Michael Smith, Heather Tate, Katelynn Wagstaff, Kassidy Welty, Shaney Wilburn, Hayley Worsham. Seventh Grade: Hayden Alston, Kary Anthony, Courtney Barrett, Abbey Burns, Jade Butchee, Jacob Chase, Shelby Dearbonne, Haley Forse,Maggie Gilbert, Lane Hoke, Denton Holloway, Lane Humble, Morgan Lambright, Dustin Richardson, Natalie Seaman, Mary Smith, Trent Tamplin, Alayna Thompson, Logan Thompson, Cord Tucker, Katelynn Wagstaff, Trent Wagstaff. Eighth Grade: Brookelyn Bivens, Bailee Blueitt, Makenzie Callendar, Robyn Carrell, Karson Childress, Hannah Dawson, Kamryn Elliott, Sarah Foster, Alyssa Garcia, Kori Harris, Audrey Hill, Kristen Jackson, Justin Kennedy, Jessi Lavergne, Brittanie Marie, Devin Marse,

“A-B” Honor Roll Makenna Monson, Jade Moreau, First Grade: Brooke Bingham, Jessica Ripka, Doughton Reeves, Klay Rose, Courtney Smith, Emily Forse, Landon Johnson, Kobe Terrier, Tammatha Warner, Mia Odom, Gabe Sanchez, Mason Adams, Kylie Bertram, Carley West. Alyssa Brooks, Mallory Dougharty. Buna High School Second Grade: Leonardo Fourth Six Weeks Johnson, Lynn Langston, Bryce “A-B” Honor Roll McGlothin, Alanah Austin, Travis Ninth Grade: Aleksander Allen, Gilley, Colton Kibodeaux, TrenKacey Anthony, Dalton Askew, ton Lyles, Khai Patterson, Trinity Melanie Batchelor, Natalie Pitts, Makinley Walters. Beasley, Madison Bonds, Third Grade: Courtlyn Day, Marissa Brugette, Joseph Clark, Kassidy Guidry, Dagon Harmon, Chelsea Cripps, Lisa Delord, Kyler Kirkland, Kase Linscomb, Sarah Dempsey, Jodi Erickson, Chelsea Pattarozzi, Dakota SeaZachary Ford, Ethan Franklin, man, Wyatt Smith, Caitlyn Antley, Savannah Galloway, Shay Garsee, Lauryn-Ann Bartosh, Eric Goats, Lauren Hale, Tristen Harris, Jonah Jessalyn Pitts, Bryton Theis, Jackson, Nicholas Johnson, Braedon Wheeler. Olivia Keith, Seth Martin, Fourth Grade: Marli Ferguson, Burgundi Mason, Madison Mer- Michael Henderson, Kaden cer, Abigail Patterson, Lucas Ingram, Tyler Modisette, Jacob Sammons, Hannah Sartain, Halie Rhodes, Shae Smith, Haven Schnitz, Taylor Spell, Ty Tamplin, Solly, McKenon Wilson, Shae Whipps, Rayni Wiggins, Brodeigh Wilke, Hayden Burge, Tenth Grade: Andrew Brown, Kaitlyn Cossman, T.J. Dykes, Baylee Burt, Jordy Cagle, Alan Morgan Franklin, Katrian Mahon, Cripps, Kourtney Cunningham, Kaden Patterson, Kristi Dustin Frederick, Victoria Garcia, Wilson. Braden Goodman, Emilee Harris, Fifth Grade: Lauren Bruce, Marissa Hill, Dakota Ireland, Samantha Forse, Brent Gillentine, Jacob Jackson, Emily Jacobs, Nathaniel Gravis, Kenya JackJacob Kelly, Tabitha King, son, Cali Jordan, Gabriel Mouton, Meagan McClelland, Haylee Macey Townsend, Karigan ChrisNewbold, Elizabeth Patterson, tian, Destiny Doiron, Zackory Brinton Ratcliff, Kayla Gray, Camryn Howard, Dylan Richardson, Christian Russell, Reeves, Jacob Splawn, Wyatt Madison Smith, Jordan Taylor, Bryce Wilke. Swearingen, Kayla Wagstaff, Sixth Grade: Leanna Bishop, Calvin Welch, Jaycie Young. Hannah Duprey, Savannah Gilley, Eleventh Grade: Emma Adkins, Jonathan Gravis, Shelby Hobbs, Chelsea Boyd, Hailey Campbell, Ryan Leblanc, Angel Parker, Kati Clark, Courtney Coleman, Mason Simon, Garrett Smith, Connor Dawson, Kimberly Ebarb, Brandon Totten, Kade Upshaw. Kevin Foster, Reese Godwin, Seventh Grade: Garrett Beard, Jacob Graves, Carla Hester, Erin Bertrand, Jakob Burge, Josh Kristyn Jones, Amber King, Conner, Kaylee Dale, Tye Frazier, Alyssa Manke, William Parks, Brady Griffin, Grant Herrington, Andrew Patterson, Sarah Baylee McGlothin, Kagen Rawls, Richardson, Blake Smith, Meagan Austin Reeves, Zachary Stark, Snelgrove, Kevin Stockstill, Bryce Strahan, Caden Stringer, Miranda Trevino, Hannah Nikkie West, Brooke Willis. Walters, Katelyn Welty, Casey Eighth Grade: Haylee West. Ashworth, Morgan Black, Drake Twelfth Grade: Brian Askew, Carter, McCartney Graves, Blake Kendra Bean, Suzanne Berry, Gravis, Adam Hawthorne, Brettnay Bouse, Jakob Brown- Heather Hopkins, Cassie LeBlanc, ing, Mason Burch, Kayla Burns, Aidan Monson, Matthew Owens, Dalton Butchee, Nicole Casper, Chase Simmons, Jordan Totten, Ashlee Chapman, Carly Coleman, Tabitha Wilson. Forrest Craigen, Brett Curtis, Hannah Daniels, Christopher Evadale High School Dempsey, Kristen Ellis, Shelby Fourth Six Weeks Fisher, David Fraser, Dustin “A” Honor Roll Fraser, Brandon Gilbert, Megan Ninth Grade: Hunter Abate, Gilchriest, Steven Gonzales, Victoria Hickman, Carly Holloway, Tyler Angeron, Kourtlyn ChrisErika Hunt, Devin Lackey, Brit- tian, Danielle Guzman, Heather tany Lambright, Courtney Lister, Murphy, Jamie Richardson, Ryan Troy Loftin, Kelli McKinnon, Totten. Tenth Grade: Bethany Kaitlyn Midkiff, Zachary Miller, Trevor Morgan, Logan Moss, Bertrand, Jacob Conner, Destiny Colton Mullins, Kelsey Page, Deshotels, Matthew Terry. Eleventh Grade: Aryelle Ashley Patterson, Taylor Rayon, Raylie Richardson-Glende, Caleb Browne, Tiffany Duprey, Katy Ross, Joe Sanders, Robert Serna, Gipson, Jacob Johnson, Kara Brittany Smith, Alison Stanley, Johnson, Kendall Phillips, Savannah Stanley, Ashley Ster- Shaylyn Rashall, Brittnee Rawls, ling, Kendra Trahan, Micah Jessica Seago, Kori Soignet, Wes Unruh, William Wright, Justin Williams. Twelfth Grade: Natasha Yoes. Anders, Brooke Burnett, Colleen Evadale Elementary and Campbell, Jessica Costlow, Tanner Hawthorne, Holly Herrington, Junior High School Marley Moss, Hannah Fourth Six Weeks Muckleroy, Holly Stringer, Brooke “A” Honor Roll Tanton. First Grade: Lucas Adams, Kenedy Austin, Kiley Cox, Gracie “A-B” Honor Roll Hanley, Mallory Pell, Faith Ninth Grade: Dalton Clack, Wheeler, Emily Freeman, Sadie Joseph Hare, Franklin Harris, Halbert, Lorien Harmon, An- Trevor Hemphill, Dylan Jinks, thony Pattarozzi, Halle Stewart, John Marks, Haleigh Oldbury, Jaxson Sylvester. Sydney Stanton, Wendy WillSecond Grade: Daphne iams. Bertram, Katelyn Gravis, Tessa Tenth Grade: Kristen Anders, Hollyfield, Docia Williams, Jayda Kynder Conner, Brittanie Curtis, Hopkins, Charlie Rhodes, Brianna Mackenzie Dubose, Maegan Upshaw, Brynn Wilkinson. Forse, Ethan Frazier, Jacob FreeThird Grade: Laney Hobbs, man, Camilla Howard, Kody Madison Cole, Kyler Dillard, Ingram, Amy Midkiff, Tristan Ashley Wells. Reeves, Dustin Sirmons, Mathew Fourth Grade: Klay Sylvester, Strickland, Hunter Thompson, Bryce Tousha, and Kristin Lane Walker. Angeron. 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Jasper County Arrest Report The following persons were charged but not convicted of crimes listed. Sheriff Mitchel Newman provides this information under the Texas Open Records Act, article 62552-17A. Mar. 9, 2012: Richard Douglas Hughes, 10/9/63, public intoxication, $500 bond; Sonnie Dale Guillory, 10/21/54, driving while intoxicated/open alcohol, $1,000 bond; Ruby Jean Kellum, 12/19/ 86, motion to adjudicate guilt/ man del, no bond; Patrick Oliver Lynch, 10/12/89, aggravated sexual assault child, $100,000 bond; Markos Lee Woods, Sr., 3/ 17/84, poss marij<2oz, $1,000 bond; Jacob Donovan Stone Dupree, 4/8/92, inj child/elderly/ disabled crim negligence, $5,000 bond; Andrew Bradley Lovaas, 5/19/89, inj child/elderly/disabled crim negligence, $5,000 bond; Patrick Tobias Hickman, 6/16/70, driving while intoxicated 3rd or more, $5,000 bond. Mar. 10, 2012: James Henry Johnson, 6/11/87, motion to revoke probation, no bond. Mar. 11, 2012: Ryan Christopher O’Neal, 3/2/86, driving while intoxicated, $1,000 bond; James Lewis Stratton, 9/4/88, public intoxication, $500 bond; Rebecca Denee Walters, 5/26/93, motion to revoke probation/theft, $2,500 bond; Christopher Ricky Joe Moore, 1/12/88, driving while intoxicated, $1,000 bond; Jaycee Denise Darden, 11/11/90, driving while intoxicated, $1,000 bond; Tyron Oneal Barnett, 8/6/75, crim misch>=$1,500<$20k, $5,000 bond; Humberto Marcial Gabino, 6/8/68, driving while intoxicated, $1,500 bond; Desmgne Omario Morrisey, 2/18/80, criminal trespass, theft>=$20<$500, $2,000 bond(x2). Mar. 12, 2012: Dewane Scott Crumpler, 5/2/72, public intoxication, bond not set; Keith A. Lee, 7/21/83, man/del cs pg1<1g(x3), $10,000 bond(x3); Dezarae Tyshena Powell, 3/15/94, criminal mischief>$50<$500, $1,500 bond; Kendrick Demond Shaw, 10/15/ 83, man/del cs pg1<1g, $7,500 bond; Bricette Lynn Griner, 11/ 23/66, expired registration(x2), bond not set(x2); Deelshad Salim Dea Dharolia, 7/11/61, credit card or debit card abuse, $20,000 bond; Keith Ard, 9/30/87 failure to appear(x2), $1,000 bond, failed to maintain financial

responsibility(x2), $500 bond(x2), no valid driver’s license(x2), expired registration, $500 bond(x6); William David Stanley, 2/14/63, execution of capias or arrest warrant/dwi 3rd execution of capias or arrest warrant/agg asslt w/deadly weapon, $10,000 bond(x2); Keith Allen Golden, II, 2/18/89, fail to identify giving false/fictitious info, $1,000 bond, driving w/lic inv w/prev conv/ susp/w/o fin res, $500 bond. Mar. 13, 2012: Derrell Thomas Day, 4/18/65, poss cs pg1<1g, $5,000 bond; Jazmon Diggles, 3/ 13/88, failed to maintain financial respon. 2nd or more, failed to maintain financial responsibility, driving while license invalid, $500 bond(x3); Dwayne Allen Morgan, 7/18/92, burglary of vehicle(x4), $3,000 bond(x4), theft of firearm, burglary of building, $5,000 bond(x2); Deshalla Lenor Levias, 3/25/87, order of commitment(x3). Mar. 14, 2012: Mark Douglas Billingsley, 6/6/68, agg sexual asslt child, $50,000 bond; James Howard Sigers, 7/25/38, order of commitment/dwi 2nd, bond not set; Russell Glen Foster, 6/3/57, order of commitment; Jared Ferguson, 10/27/79, crim misch>=$500<$1,500, $3,000 bond; Sonya Denise Lott, 5/16/ 77, inj child/elderly/disabled w/ int bodily inj, $5,000 bond; Jacob Matthew Dunn, 4/24/89, agg sexual asslt child, $5,000 bond; Mary Jo Dobbins, 5/14/77, hold for other agency/poss dang drug/poss cs pg3 and pg1; Brandie Marie Tucker, 1/21/73, hold for other agency/assault causes bodily inj; James Edward Spikes, 7/3/84, poss cs pg3>=28g<200g, $7,500 bond. Mar. 15, 2012: Robert Skyler Procell, 6/1/89, assault causes bodily inj(x2), no bond(x2); Tarus Rashawn Arnold, 12/25/83, parole violation, no bond, crim nonsupport/capias, bond not set; Dalton Lee Foster, 2/4/79, motion to revoke probation, no bond; Pamela Jean Sprave, 10/20/ 60, motion to revoke probation, no bond; Alton Booker, 7/1/77, public intoxication minor, bond not set, 3rd enh criminal trespass, $2,500 bond; Stacy Lesha McFarland, 7/12/89, poss marij<2oz, $1,000 bond; Waylon Leon Brawley, Jr., 5/22/89, poss marij<2oz, $1,000 bond.

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Leblanc - Clark wedding planned Joe and Angie LeBlanc of Buna are proud to announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter Melissa LeBlanc to Luke Clark. Luke is the son of Scott and Terri Clark of Buna. He is a 2008 graduate of Buna High School and is currently employed with B&E Resources in

Buna as a pipefitter. Melissa is a 2009 graduate of Buna High School and is currently employed with Clairmont Nursing Home in Beaumont as an LVN. The couple will wed Saturday, March 24, 2012 at the First Baptist Church in Buna.

Hometown People

Marcus Shaw Hometown People: Marcus Shaw Birthdate: October 26, 1970. Birthplace: San Diego, CA. Family members: Mother, Rosalee and father, Joseph W. Shaw. Pets: Two dogs, Jack and Paco. First vehicle owned: 1974 Ford Galaxy. Favorite movie: Facing the Giants. Favorite author: David Eddings. Favorite musician: Karen Carpenter. Hobbies: Riding my motorcycle and reading. Favorite restaurant: Red Lob-

ster. What you watch on TV: CSI, NCIS, NCIS LA. Church I attend: Buna First Assembly of God. Favorite childhood/youth memory: Playing catch with my grandfather. Most memorable vacation: Taking three-and-a-half days to get to Arizona with my parents. Most embarassing moment: When I was a kid at the mall, I was trying to be cool and fell down the stairs. Famous people I’d like to have at a dinner party: Jesus Christ. He can turn water into wine. Scariest Moment: Hitting a tractor head on and shattering my body. Oddest job you have ever had: Making handmade pottery that lasted three hours. How you met your spouse: She was being robbed at gun point. Next on your ‘to do’ list: Spread the gospel of Jesus Christ riding with Bikers for Christ. Advice to high school graduating senior: Keep going to school and get a good education. Favorite thing about Buna: It’s a friendly small town.


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Kirbyville Auction Barn Market Report Mar. 17 2012 Total Head: 294 Bull Calves 0-299: $1.70 - $3.45 300-399: $1.50 - $2.30 400-499: $1.35 - $2.10 500 and up: $1.18 - $1.85 Heifer Calves 0-299: $1.50 - $4.60 300-399: $1.38 - $2.05 400-499: $1.30 - $1.90 500 and up: $1.23 - $1.75 Pregnant Cows: $640 - $1250

Cow/Calf Pairs: $750 - $1565 Slaughter Cows: $57 - $94/lb. Bulls: $75 - $107/lb. Hogs Boars: $15 - $20 Sows: $37 - $51 Tops: $45 - $60 Pigs: $20 - $50 Goats: $27 - $180 Horses: $150 - $425

Voting locations released for May primary election The Jasper County Commissioners Court met in a regularly schedule session on Monday, Mar. 12. County Clerk Debbie Newman addressed the Court with a request to set early voting dates, times and location for the upcoming 2012 Revised Primary and Runoff elections, now that the elections are now set. The Court voted to authorize the new voting dates and locations. The County Clerk’s Office published this list last week. The main early voting location will be the Jasper Courthouse Annex located at 271 East Lamar St. in Jasper. The dates and times will be May 14-19 and May 21-25 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The satellite voting places in our area will be open May 18-19

from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The locations are Kirbyville’s Central Baptist Church Youth Building located at 801 S Margaret St., the Buna Subcourthouse located at 22690 US Hwy 96 N, and the Evadale Fire Hall located at 964 FM105. For the election day of Tuesday, May 29, voting boxes will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the following local places: The Buna Methodist Church located at 936 Hwy. 62; Call Junction’s Gateway Tabernacle Church located at 22690 US Hwy. 96 S.; Kirbyville’s Central Baptist Church; the Buna Sub-courthouse; New Cherry Grove Baptist Church located off Hwy. 62 in Gist,; and the Evadale Fire Hall. For more information, contact the Jasper County Clerk’s office at 409-384-2632, or visit http:// www.co.jasper.tx.us/ips/cms.

Area residents called for county jury duty Jasper County District Clerk, Kathy Kent, lists prospective jurors summoned for jury duty on March 26, 2012 at 9 a.m. at the Jasper County Courthouse, Jasper, Texas: Buna residents summoned to serve include Christa Anthony, Jean Bonner, Margaret Bossier, Michael Branch, John Brunette, Gracie Bullock, Evan Chabot, Janet Cherry, John Cravey, Curtis Czajkowski, Bobby Darden, Gary Delisle, Jerry Eaves, James Gray, Germaine Hadnot, Charles Hallmark, Alisa Henley, Betty Huff, Samuel Humble, Robert Keene, and Pamela Kitchens. Also summoned from Buna are Herman Ladner, Kristie Lemmons, Ashley Loftin, Brenda Lopez, Damian Lopez, Jonan Menard, Barbara Mims, Brittany Morse, Christopher Norman, Laura Parsons, Joshua Payne, Peggy Perry, Kaylon Petty, Sarah Peveto, Tanya Shepherd, Gloria Sitton, Ernest Smith, Robert Smith, Christin Spence, Brodrick Stacy, Sydni Sturrock, Janice Theeck, Janice Tuter, Betty Verrett, Kevin Westmoreland, Bryan Whitmire, Brian Williams, Michael Williams, Ashley Wood, Candice

Wright, Gladys Wright, and Crystal Yeates. Evadale residents called to serve Donald Akridge, Paulene Brown, Paula Burrell, Jamez Lopez, Benny Murphy, Brittany Odom, Peggy Peck, Miranda Rhodes, Clint Richardson, Frank Rogers, Marie Stearman, and Katherine Wilson. Kirbyville residents summoned to serve include Kenneth Blair, Carrama Bono, Brenda Booker, Douglas Booth, Mary Boyd, Joseph Broussard, Wendell Eaves, Melva Frasier, Daphne Gordon, Jameson Hamilton, Willie Henderson, Stacy Hooken, Debora Horner, Leslie Laforge, Jessica Matthews, Thomas Mayfield, Karen McCurry, George McGilbery, Teresa McHaney, and Brad Moore. Also called from Kirbyville are Aaron O’Neal, Tiffanie Odom, Henry Ozan, Jimmy Pilgreen, Brandon Richards, Mindy Robbins, Sylvia Romano, Darla Shane, Stephen Smith, Thomas Smith, Penny Stockwell, Donna Valentine, Bobby Viscardis, Donald Walker, Daniel Weaver, Arlene Wessel, Garrett Williamson, and Sabrina Young.

Constable’s Corner By Precinct 4 Constable Gene Hawthorne It was a good spring break, but I was busy. I had a lot of phone calls about kids on fourwheelers and tearing up the ditches. The Commissioner doesn’t like it when these kids tear up his ditches. It costs the county money to fix them. It’s one thing just playing and having a good time. It’s

another thing when the ditches get messed up. I also assisted the Sheriff’s department in locating a man. He was hiding in the attic, but we ended up finding him. I worked late hours on night patrol serving some papers last week too. Call me if I can help.

BISD Obtaining participating jurisdiction by the county is one step in the process before the grant application can be submitted. Should the jurisdiction not be able to be obtained, the only loss to the district will the initial expense of the $1,500 to Metro Planning, Inc. However, once the jurisdiction is obtained, the application can be approved based on the current disaster declarations with the cost to complete the paperwork between $15,000 and $20,000, which will be partially funded through the grant itself. The total cost would take a 75 and 25 percent split between the county and the school district. In other news, Perez recommended the board of trustees accept the letter of resignation received from high school science teacher, Catherine Bower, and the board unanimously approved the resignation. Following executive session to discuss extension, non-renewals, and/or termination of professional contracts, the board of trustees approved the professional contracts that were up for expiration, with no action being taken on the contract for Susan Olavarrieta. A part-time contract was approved for Michelle Hughes, current Buna Elementary campus principal. Another item on the agenda concerned students who are concurrently enrolled in gradelevel curriculum and in high school curriculum. Current local policy required students to take only the grade-level assessment and not the new end-of-course assessments now required for high school graduation. The board unanimously approved the recommendation to change policy EIE (local) now requiring students to take both. Along with the local policy adoption, the recommendation was made to approve deferring the implementation of the statutory provision that requires endof-course assessment to count as 15 percent of a student’s final grade as found in Texas Education Agency House Bill 3.

From page 1A THE BUNA INDEPENDENT School District enjoyed the deThe deferral will affect only the livery of some new desks recently and then carted the 2011-12 school year, and the cardboard boxes to be disposed of at Brookshire Bros. board voted unanimously to approve the recommendation. See the article on STAAR testing in this issue of the Buna Beacon for more information on end-of-course assessments. In addition to acting onthese items, board members were given ballots to select their choice of candidate for the 2012-13 Region V Board of Directors. In Place 3, Tyler County, Kristi Hughes ran uncontested while in Place 6, Orange County, Kenneth Smith and Roxie H. Lormand were opponents. Heather Knox, Buna Elementary assistant principal, reported that elementary staff was undergoin training with Julie Motomura, Buna Elementary counselor, on all the new testing procedures for the upcoming STAAR assessments. Knox also praised Special Services director, Jody Folk, for his efforts in installing a swing for a special needs child who attends classes at the elementary campus. Kelley Peck, Buna Junior High principal, reported that the campus was piloting a new math program called “Help Math,” that new desks had recently been delivered and set up, and that the plans were still in the works for the Student Council sponsored powderpuff football game coming up on Apr. 3. Dr. Don Muckleroy, Buna High School principal, reported that students in the nursing program are about to begin their clinical rotations, agricultural students are competing in Houston at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, spring sports and events are in full swing, and the rest of the school year was the busiest time at the high school campus. Perez gave the monthly report with current district enrollment at 1516 as of Feb. 29, down 11 students from the prior report dated Feb. 9. The next regular Buna ISD board of trustees meeting is scheduled for Apr. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Buna Independent School District Administration Office.


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