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Buna Beacon WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2012



Buna Little League begins park improvements

Redbud Festival Committee announces t-shirt art winners By Amber Hawk Beacon Editor There’s just a little over a month left before the 40th annual Redbud Festival is held in Buna, and the Redbud Festival Committee has been hard at work making preparations for all of the upcoming events and activities. Every year the Redbud Festival provides fun for all ages. School age children love coming to the carnival to hang out on the rides and play the games, but for them, the fun of the Redbud Festival starts way earlier than the actual festival weekend. Buna students are invited annually to draw a picture capturing the festival’s theme.

The winning piece of art is featured on that year’s festival tshirt. The 2012 Redbud Festival theme is “Groovin’ thru the ‘70s,” and students enjoyed drawing peace signs, flowers, and other ‘70s memorabilia in their artwork. This year’s art contest winner was Buna High School student Taylor Swinney. Her “peace, love, redbud” design instantly jumped out to the festival committee members. “I just drew what I felt represented a ‘70s theme,” said Swinney. “I also wanted something that I thought would work

By Amber Hawk Beacon Editor The Buna Little League board is gearing up for another baseball and softball season by making several improvements to the Whitehead ballpark out on Hwy. 62 between Buna and Gist. Seeing the need of a major overhaul, the league’s board of directors recently voted to go ahead with repairs. “The park is over 30 years old, and some parts of it were in bad shape,” said board President Larry Folmar. “For the safety of the children and also those who visit the park, we knew that there were some things that needed to happen soon.” Folmar and several other board members made a list of the top priorities, began calling contractors, and started the construction projects last week. “The whole renovation will cost upwards of $20,000,” said Folmar. “We’ve had a few corporate sponsors, but we are also going to charge a little more on this year’s league fee.” Folmar said that the board really hates raising the cost to play, but there was no other way to offset the repairs. “I believe that after people see what we are doing out here, they won’t miss the few extra dollars,” he said.

Precinct 4 Vance Moss organized a group of inmates to help lay sod on the major boys’ infield last week. “We broke up the infield, leveled everything out, and then we got a little rain on Tuesday to help us out,” said Folmar. Also for the major boys’ field, the tops of the dugouts will soon be replaced. “Termites had gotten to them, and so we’ve got some new lumber to take care of that issue,” he said. As far as the girls’ field, it also has been broken up and leveled out. Instead of laying grass down, the directors voted for an all dirt infield like most upper level softball divisions use. Plans have been made to repair the girls’ dugouts as well. The most expensive cost to the renovation project is replacing the fencing used as the backstops. The fencing also runs down past the dugouts. “It’s bent and bowed in several places, and in others there are just big holes,” said Folmar. In addition to taking care of these problems, the backstops will also be raised four feet higher to try and stop some of the foul balls from landing on the other fields. “We won’t be able to replace every fence, but what we leave

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- BEACON BRIEFS Project Graduation selling hot dogs The Weinerschnitzel van will be selling hot dogs and more on February 1-3 to benefit Project Graduation. Weinerschnitzel will be set up between Community Bank and the Post Office

King’s Feast this weekend The Buna Women’s Civic Club King’s Feast will be held on Friday, Feb. 3 at the First United Methodist Church MAC building. Meals will be served from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with coronation beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at Keeler’s, from any Civic Club member, or at the door.

February is amnesty month at library The Buna Public Library is holding its annual amnesty month during February for all overdue items. Anyone who is in possession of an overdue book or tape or any other checked-out item can return it to the library in February and no fines will be due.

Alumni basketball game date change Instead of Saturday, Feb. 4, the Buna Athletic Booster Club will host a co-ed alumni basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Buna Activity Center to coincide with the Cotton Robinson “Buna Bash.” To sign-up, participate in the game, or for more information call Chad Shepherd at 679-0267.

Preschool story time Feb. 1 Buna Public Library preschool story time resumes Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 10:30 a.m. with a story and craft about Groundhog Day. Preschoolers and parents and/or grandparents are invited to attend.

Free Self Defense Classes for Women The Newton County District Attorney’s Office and Family Services of Southeast Texas Pineywood Safe House would like to offer self defense classes to women and teenage girls interested in taking the classes. If interested, please contact Tonia Rooney at 379-8600 or Wanda Whitcomb at 384-1225.

Go Texan kick-off this weekend The Jasper County Go Texas Committee will host two days of fun at HonkyTonk Texas in Silsbee Feb. 3 and 4. Barbecue cook-off begins at 9 a.m. on Feb. 3. An auction, live band, and dance will follow announcement of winners at 8 p.m. A washer pitching tournament will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4 beginning with registration at 9 a.m. followed by barbecue judging until winners announced at 3 p.m. All proceeds from the event will go toward local scholarships. For more information, contact Bruce Whitehead at 767-0580.

Buna Little League sign-ups Feb. 4 The Buna Little League will hold sign-ups Feb. 4, Feb. 11, and Feb. 18 at the Buna High School gymnasium from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Peace, love abound in Redbud King and Queen by Tina Cooley Beacon Reporter The Buna Chamber of Commerce recently selected Mike and Juanita Husbands as the 2012 Redbud King and Queen. “It wasn’t a question of whether we’d accept but rather a notification that we were chosen King and Queen,” said Juanita. Mike, a 1949 graduate, and Juanita, a 1952 graduate, both from Kirbyville High School, were married September 7, 1956. Mike chuckles as he remembers the week preceding the wedding date. “I began a new job on Wednesday, and we got married that Friday, two days later,” said Mike.

Celebrating more than 55 years of marriage, the couple clings to the love for each other and attributes their ability to work together and communicate as keys to their happily ever after. Mike and Juanita were married less than 10 years before they decided to leave the city life of Beaumont and move to the small but growing community of Buna. While visiting the McKinleys in 1956, Mike and Juanita decided to buy a house and property in Buna. Within weeks following their move, the couple made First Baptist Church in Buna their church home.

Toddler bit by German Shepherd in Buna Friday By Amber Hawk Beacon Editor The Jasper County Sheriff’s Department seized a German Shepherd dog after it bit a toddler at a Buna residence around 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27. According to Deputy Chris Sherer’s report, the incident occurred at the Raymond and Jean Cleveland residence on FM 2938, also known as Caillier Loop. Two-year-old Skyler Kaylynn Nash was bit by the dog on her lower abdomen, and Jasper County Sheriff Mitchell Newman said that the lacerations on the stomach were very deep. The toddler was air lifted to

Galveston where she underwent emergency medical treatment at the University of Texas Medical Branch. The dog is currently being kept in a Jasper veterinary clinic where it will remain pending investigation. “We don’t want it out and hurting anyone else,” said Newman. The department will have to go before the court to determine what will happen to the dog. Family members report that the toddler has been released from treatment. Currently no charges have been filed against the dog’s owner.

The Fabric of Buna Benefit barbecues, wagons, and mules are Parker’s rodeo

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Realignment rumors running rampant among local residents By Amber Hawk Beacon Editor The rumors have been running rampant, and the unknown number cutoffs are beginning to fray some nerves. Early Thursday morning, the Texas University Interscholastic League will decide the future for Friday night football, as the landscape may change for many local schools. It is very likely that Buna High School, who submitted a student count of 478 last October, will be moving back up into the 3A conference. For realignment and reclassification in 2010, the UIL adopted the 2A conference cutoff range of 200 to 429 students, and for 1A, 199 and below. The 3A cutoff numbers were 430 to 989. In 2006, the cutoff numbers for 2A were 195 to 414, and for 1A, 194 and below. The 3A cutoff

JASPER COUNTY INMATES joined Buna Little League members to work on the renovation projects last week. up we are going to re-stretch,” he need of repair. The maintenance building also got a new concrete said. The inside of the concession floor and new sheet metal was stand and the park’s restrooms put on the front. Something that Folmar and the have recently seen some upgrades. Plans have also been other board members are very made to change out some of the excited about is the new covered beams that have rusted out on batting cage. “We believe that it will be very the pavilion covering. “Hurricane Rita did some slight useful for the teams,” he said. Opening day for the Buna damage to some of the sheet metal pieces on the ceiling, but it Little League is right around the wasn’t anything major,” said corner, and the directors will Folmar. “While we are changing begin sign-ups this Saturday, everything else out, we are going Feb. 4. Parents can stop by the Buna to fix those too.” Underneath the pavilion area High School gymnasium beof the park, new concrete was tween 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Feb. 4, poured in a few areas that were in 11, and 18, to register their player.

numbers were 415 to 949. With this being said, there is a slight chance that the 3A numbers could change again, and Buna could skirt by as a 2A. However, most people aren’t holding their breath. Buna has been very successful as a large 2A school, but if they are pushed into the 3A conference, it’s probable that they will face schools twice their size. Many Buna residents are hoping that the 3A football district will be split into a small school division and a large school division as the UIL has done for the other conferences. However, in the past the UIL has shied away from this option. The 3A district south of Buna in the past has consisted of eight teams, and many of them have See Realignment... Page 11A

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 Tobie Parker, one of the patches that makes up the quilt called Buna. By Tina Cooley Beacon Reporter Born June 25, 1927 to a family of nine boys and five girls, Tobie Parker was raised on a farm east of Arkadelphia and Clark County, Arkansas. With the completion of an eighth grade education, the young lad decided to join the ranks of the United States Navy and served during World War II. At 20 years old, Tobie came to Texas looking for a job. While visiting relatives and friends of girl he was dating, he learned of a job working with a construction company in Port Arthur.

Tobie went to work doing construction and a short time later landed a job with the telephone company. Tobie later got a job, in 1951, working as a blacksmith at Gulf Oil where he worked for 26 and a half years until his retirement in 1978. From benefit barbecues, trail rides, and Christmas in the covered wagons pulled by mules, Tobie Parker is no stranger to Buna. Pam and Polly, a pair of grey mules, became well known to all ages in the Buna community. Benefit barbecues that Tobie Parker was a part of were paired with longtime and dear friend, Aubrey Cole. “I’ve hunted, fished, plowed, farmed, volunteered, and slept with Aubrey Cole,” said Tobie. “Not too many folks can say See Fabric... Page 14A



Area residents called for county jury duty Jasper County District Clerk, Kathy Kent, lists prospective jurors summoned for jury duty on February 2, 2012 at 9 a.m. at the Jasper County Courthouse: Buna residents summoned to serve include Dallas Austin, James Bartlett, Kenneth Bednar, Jr., Elizabeth Boudreaux, Milton Brown, Ronald Brown, Jr., Daniel Burks, Collin Caillier, Dylan Chapman, Christina Cusick, Faye Deal, Jennifer Droddy, Roger Edwards, Jerry Ferguson, William Garrett, Ricky Green, James Hardin, Harold Hays, Alexandria Helm, Trudee Hinson, Gayla Hoke, William Humble, Eric Hunt, Sheila Jasek, Amy Johnson, Kina Kerbersky, Bobby Landers, Jason Latham, Ethan Lehr, Jerry Long, Darrell Melancon, Hollis Menefee, Alvin Metcalfe, Michael Miles, Lula Monson, Jennifer Moore, and Brenda Morgan. Also summoned from Buna are Gregory Nash, Amber Nethers, Clayton Owen, Dennis Pellerin, Dustin Pelt, Kimberly Peveto, Margie Reeves, Joseph Reneau, Timothy Sawyer, Louise Self, Michael Serres, Joseph Wayne Shaw, III, Charles Sterling, Kate Strawther, Jerry Tidwell, Kevin Walker, Shammorrow Westbrook, Clarence Wilkinson, Coye Woolf, Stephen Wright. Evadale residents called to

serve include Chadwick Brewer, Thomas Coleman, Glenn Conner, Jr., Philip Crow, Earl Gillentine, Roger Ishmael, J.E. Martindale, Sonjia Moore, Bertha Pitts, and Heather Rogers. Call residents summoned to serve include Constance Baldwin, Lewis Cooper, Melissa Goynes, and Heidi Roach. Kirbyville residents called to serve include Bobby Anthony, Earl Bean, Jr., Roman Beaumont, Marshall Bell, Barbara Boehm, Brenda Bridges, Tommy Brown, Mark Burnett, James Butler, Michael Campbell, Calvin Charpentier, Venita Chase, Bobby Chatham, Sr., Kandace Cherry, James Cole, Charles Cooper, Christine Eaves, Mary Ellis, Mindy Ellis, Debra Freeman, Steven Fussell, Robert Garcia, Ashley Grant, and Frances Greer. Also summoned from Kirbyville are Sarah Hall, Lawrence Hawthorne, James Hooker, Jerry Hough, Rachel Jones, Cheryl Lewis, Sybil Litch, Rickey Marse, Weston Moody, Arthur Parrish, Richard Purkey, Richard Purkey, Jr., Billy Rawls, Lavanna Reid, Latisha Rosales, Delorise Silas, Summer Stephens, Mary Tucker, Karon Walsh, Britni Wells, Natalie Wheeler, Kimberlee Whitehead, Garrett Williamson, and Brooke Woods.

THE REDBUD FESTIVAL Committee members recently announced Taylor Swinney as the t-shirt art contest winner.

Redbud From page 1A for men and women to wear.” Swinney began taking art classes at BHS her freshman year. She has placed in previous Redbud t-shirt design contests, and her card design also won second place in the Buna Independent School District Christmas card contest this past year. “I’ve been drawing and coloring all my life,” said Swinney. “It’s just fun for me.” Swinney will receive a $50 check from the Redbud Festival Committee for her winning design. Taking second place in the competition and receiving $25 was BHS student Haylee Appleby. Sophomore Meagan McClelland won third place and will also receive a $25 prize. The winning t-shirt design can be seen in person this Friday, Feb. 3 at the official festival kickoff. The Buna Women’s Civic Club will host their annual King’s Feast at the MAC building of the First United Methodist Church on Hwy. 62. The event honors the Festival’s king and queen as well as Mrs. Buna. King and Queen Mike and Juanita Husbands will

receive their coronation from last year’s King and Queen, Charles and Mickey Reeves. The event will include emcee Jim King from the “King of the Road” show, musical entertainment featuring Kenny Gibson and a “toast and roast” of the couple by their special friends. Mrs. Buna 2012, Olga Birmingham will also be recognized. A dinner of chicken spaghetti, green beans, coleslaw, rolls, cobbler or cake, and tea will be served from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Carry-out meals may be picked up beginning at 5:30 p.m. The coronation and entertainment will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased from any Civic Club member, at Keeler’s, or at the door. All proceeds from the event go to the Civic Club’s scholarships and charities. For more information on any of the upcoming Redbud activities or events, contact the Buna Chamber of Commerce office at 994-5586. Community members can also “like” the Buna Redbud Festival Facebook page to stay informed on the latest festival news.

Royalty From page 1A “We knew right away that was where we were supposed to be, and we’ve been there ever since,” said Mike. Mike worked with Iram Martin in leading young men through Royal Ambassadors for numerous years at First Baptist and many years were spent coaching RA basketball. Juanita has served in several capacities at First Baptist including Sunday School teacher, library worker, and chairman of the bereavement committee. With a knack for organization and communication, Juanita still leads the committee and team in service to church members and families in their time of need. Mike also volunteers with Texas Baptist Men which operates in cooperation with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Donning yellow hard hats and carrying loads of equipment to be used in disaster relief, the Texas Baptist Men travel to areas when needs arise. Mike is the president of the Sabine Neches Disaster Relief Council and serves as unit director, along with Charles Arrington, for the chainsaw and clean out crew. “We’ve been as far as Minnesota, Iowa, and the valley and trained over 400 volunteers,” said Mike. Mike was named Buna’s Citizen of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce and received the Community Builder Award from the Buna Masonic Lodge, receiving both awards in 2005. Volunteering has long been the path of choice for both Mike and Juanita. For more than a half of a century, they have put their hands and hearts into service organizations in and around Buna for the betterment of people in the Buna community. Mike and Juanita have served on the board of directors for the Buna Public Library for several years following Juanita’s retirement as librarian after 11 years.

Alongside their countless hours of volunteer work, Mike and Juanita consider it a joy to spend time with their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Mike and Juanita have two daughters, Melanie and Melissa. Melanie Auman, and her husband John, live in Conroe. Their family includes sons J.W. and Caleb, daugher Sarah, and three grandchildren. “My parents have always been there for me, whether it was a happy occasion, a sad one, and even when I was in trouble,” said Melanie. “They influenced me the most by living their lives the way they taught us to live, by God’s Word.” Melissa Risch resides in Buna. Her family includes daughters Megan Fregia and Kelsea Risch, sons Kelby and Rayce Risch, and one grandchild. “My parents’ greatest influence on my life is the way they live their own lives,” said Melissa. “My sister and I were both taught very early by our parents that God loved us and so did they. Through their dedication and unconditional love for each other, they provide encouragement to me to be a better mom, friend, and Christian.” The Husbands’ consider the generosity of the people and the “hometown” feel of the small community as the best attributes to Buna. “I prefer Buna over anywhere else that I know,” said Juanita. The Husbands’ will be guests of honor at the Buna Women’s Civic Club King’s Feast this Friday, Feb. 3. The event will be held at the First United Methodist Church MAC building. Meals will be served from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with coronation beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at Keeler’s, from any Civic Club member, or at the door.



LSC-O husband and wife team share teaching goals It’s not that unusual to have a husband and wife going to college at the same time. However, Lamar State CollegeOrange has a unique team that has the same major, same goals, same classes, make good grades, expect to get their associate’s degree on the same day and their bachelor’s degree at the same time. Amber and Jeremy Sarver are education majors who are both taking Introduction to the Teaching Profession from Dorraine Babcock. They make the 45-minute drive from Buna twice a week for their Tuesday and Thursday college classes. Amber is working toward her Associate of Arts in Teaching-1 degree and Jeremy is working towards his Associate of Arts in Teaching-2 degree. Amber began at LSC-O in the spring of 2011, and Jeremy in the fall of 2011. She has slowed down to only 12 hours this semester, while he went up to 15 hours this semester so they can graduate together in the spring of next year. They are also taking speech classes together this semester. “We love coming to Lamar State College-Orange,” said Amber. “We have not had any problems with teachers, everyone is very helpful and there is no pressure.” Amber made the Dean’s Honor Roll List and Jeremy made the President’s Honor Roll List last semester. According to Amber, Lamar State Colege-Orange has been the perfect place for the couple to get an education. “We like the small class sizes,” she said. “The professor to student ratio is perfect.” Amber said that she loves how the professors don’t just lecture.

BUNA RESIDENTS JEREMY and Amber Sarver share the same college major and classes together at Lamar State College-Orange. They are hoping to become teachers. “They give personalized attention,” she said. “The actually know each student’s name.” Another thing that helps is the fact that the couple share professors, classes, and especially study skills. “It’s a lot easier to have classes together if you have the same interest and major,” said Amber. “We can double check our homework, throw ideas back and forth and discuss things that happened in class.” Amber would like to eventually teach kindergarten through sixth grade and Jeremy would like to teach high school level history. “I’d like to do my classroom observation at junior high level this semester so I can see if I like that level or if I want to stick with younger children,” said Amber. “I may continue college after my bachelor’s and get a master’s degree in history to be able to teach at the college level,” said Jeremy. “The hardest thing right now is working a 40-hour week in retail, going to college full time, plus being involved with our two boys.” Amber says that “she works harder now trying to balance

Briefs From page 1A Valentine’s Day breakfast to benefit CASA Elijah’s Café in Jasper will host a Valentine’s breakfast on Tuesday, Feb. 14 from 7 to 9 a.m. to benefit Advocates for Children, Inc., “a CASA program.”

Little Miss Buna and Miss Redbud sign ups Sign ups for the Little Miss Buna and Miss Redbud Scholarship pageant will be held Feb. 4, 11, and 18 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at This n’ That Gifts and Hair next to H&R Block. For more information, call Sheila Mason at 994-3235 or email

Buna Little Beauties pageant sign-ups The Buna Lion’s Club Little Beauties pageant sign ups will be Feb. 11 and 18 at Karr Pharmacy on Hwy. 62 in Buna. The pageant is open to girls ages 0-15. The Queen category, ages 16-18, is for Buna girls only. Entry fee is $40, and registration forms can be picked up at Keeler’s and Karr Pharmacy. For more information, call 994-2216.

Project Graduation hosts junior high dance Buna Project Graduation will host a Valentine’s dance for students in sixth through eighth grades on Feb. 11 at the Buna Lion’s Hall from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $5 and pictures and refreshments will be sold. Parents/guardians must sign students out from the dance.

Kirbyville music show Feb. 11 The Kirbyville Area Heritage Society will host their Country Music Show Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Palace Theater at 305 E. Main. Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for children age 7 to 12, and free for children 6 and under. For more information, call Vondol Bailey at 423-3319.

Buna OES meeting scheduled for Thursday Buna Chapter #968 Order of the Eastern Star will meet Thursday, Feb. 2 at the Masonic Lodge in Buna at 7 p.m.

Project Graduation to meet Monday Buna Project Graduation will hold a meeting on Monday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at the High School Library.

Chamber of Commerce to meet Tuesday The Buna Chamber of Commerce membership will meet Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. at the Whitehead building.

Buna Bridle Club meeting Tuesday Buna Bridle Club will meet Tuesday, Feb. 7 at the Bridle Club building on Rodeo Road at 7 p.m.

Evadale Lodge will meet Feb. 7 The Masonic Lodge in Evadale will meet Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. All visiting brethren are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served at 6 p.m.

Houston Junior Livestock Show meeting A mandatory meeting is being held on Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Buna FFA Agriculture classroom for all parents who have students participating in the Jr. Heifer show in Houston.

Golden Triangle Sierra Club to meet Feb. 7 The Golden Triangle Sierra Club will meet Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Lodge at Gander Mountain.

college, the kids, their homework and their activities and trying to be a part time substitute teacher.” She was a corrections officer at Larry Gist Unit, and then took some time off as a stay-at-home mom before starting college and Jeremy continues to work as a manager at a retail store. They both love to read and are currently writing a novel together. “It is fun working on a book together,” said Amber. “It just doesn’t have a name yet.” Jeremy in involved with their sons’ football and baseball teams, while Amber takes care of their school activities such as assisting the homeroom mothers. They also hope to join the Teachers of Tomorrow Organization. The Sarvers are both high school graduates of Buna High School. They were married June 21, 2008 and have two sons who are enrolled at Buna Elementary School, Brandon, 9, and Kestin, 6.



Buna Public Library holds amnesty month The Buna Public Library has chosen the month of February as amnesty month. During the entire month of February, the library encourages all overdue books and movies to be returned while offering an opportunity to return the materials free of late fines. Lena White, Buna Public Library director said, “We want our patrons to take care of the materials we have here, and we’d like to keep as many of them in circulation as possible.” On average, the library circulates just over 1,000 pieces each month and of that number, approximately one-third of the materials incur charges for being returned late. “When materials are not returned, we have to use funds to replace them rather than being able to purchase new things for

Obituaries Patricia Buller

Gene Richardson

Patricia A.Buller, 71, of Hot Springs Village, AR., died Jan. 26 in Vidor. Cremation arrangements were entrusted with Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Memorial services were held Jan. 29 at Hot Springs Village Church of Christ in Hot Springs Village, AR. Survivors include daughters, Cathy Mitchell of Buna, Jeri French of Spring, Vicki Mansfield of Vidor, and Chrissy Rea of Texarkana; sister Margie Tinsley of Hot Springs Village, AR., seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Gene Richardson, 88, of Evadale, died Jan. 28. Funeral services were held Jan. 31 at Farmer Funeral Home with interment following at Morse Cemetery in Buna. Survivors include wife, Esther Mary Wilhelm Richardson of Evadale; sons Larry Gene (Anita), Marvin (Sherry) and Milton Barry (Angela); daughters Shirley Anne Antley (Gerald) and Brenda Kay Block (Mike) all of Evadale; 16 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and two great-greatgrandchildren.

the library,” said White. In other news, a benefit ragball tournament is being held in conjunction with Region V ESC Adult Education on Saturday, Feb. 25 at Santa Fe Softball Fields in Silsbee. The benefit will begin at 9 a.m. and registration is being held through Feb. 22. The registration fee is $150 and homerun bracelets may be purchased for $20. The library is also making plans for their annual garage sale to be held on Saturday, Mar. 9 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Donations of anything except clothing are currently being accepted and may be dropped off at the library Gerald Murphy during normal business hours. Gerald “Buster” Murphy, 76, of All proceeds benefit the Buna Evadale, died Jan. 25 at Christus Public Library. St. Elizabeth Hospital in BeauFor more information, contact mont. Lena White at 994-5501. Funeral services were held Jan. 27 at Farmer Funeral Home with interment following in Morse Cemetery in Buna. Survivors include son, Gerald Wayne Murphy of Evadale; daughters, Rose Marie Rector of Vidor, Sarah Juanita Owens of Evadale, and Elizabeth Gale Wright of Kirbyville; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

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Heince Thomas Heince Hauffman Thomas, 72, of Honey Island, died Jan. 25 at Harbor Hospital in Beaumont. A service of remembrance was held Jan. 28 at First Assembly of God Church of Kountze with interment following at Jordan Cemetery in Honey Island. Survivors include sons, Ricky Thomas, Sr. of Evadale, Forrest Thomas (Patricia) of Bay City, Ricky Thomas, Jr. of Honey Island; daughter Gwynn Walters (Randy) of Honey Island; brothers, David LeBlanc of Michigan and Andrew Leblanc; sister Toya Swearingen of Vidor; 16 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.

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MARY AND MARTHA. Jesus visited the home of Mary and Martha. Yes, even Jesus had close friends with whom he associated and whom he loved. John 10:3. “Now as they went on their way, he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at the Lord’s feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving; and she came to him, and said, Lord dost thou not care that my sister did leave me to serve alone? Bid her therefore that she help me. But the Lord answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art anxious and cumbered about many things: but one thing is needful: for Mary hath chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42. He had no home of his own. “And Jesus saith unto him, the foxes have holes, and the birds of the heaven have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.” Matthew 8:20. Would Jesus be welcome in our homes? If his servants are not welcome, he would not be welcome. Matthew 25:34-45. “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it unto one of these my brethren, even the least, ye did it unto me.” Verse 40. “What have they seen in thy house?” 2 Kings 20:15. This is the question that Isaiah asked of Hezekiah. What would brethren, or anyone else, see in our houses? Northwest Buna Church of Christ, (409)658-7578

Local Church Directory

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

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

Buna’s Bread of Life Church Pastor Byron Johnson Buna United Pentecostal Church Rev. Richard Dykes 994-2501

Faith Missionary Baptist Church Rev. Gene Maddox • 382-2784

Grace Fellowship Church Pastor Rick Tallent • 670-3656

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

First Baptist Church Rev. Paul Boughan 994-3517

Genesis Baptist Church Rev. Robert E. Carter • 994-4012 Gist United Pentecostal Church Rev. Bert Arnold • 221-5162

Heart of Christ Bro. Robbie Ratliff 423-1419

New Cherry Grove Baptist Church Pastor Doug McWhirter

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

Central Baptist Church, Evadale Rev. Roger Hoogterp 276-1700

First Baptist Church, Evadale Pastor Jimmy Williams 276-1907

Church of Christ Minister Gage Coldwater 994-2075

First United Methodist Church Rev. Bill Jobe 994-3232

Mt. Zion Baptist Church 423-4928

The Pocket Community Full Gospel Holiness Church Pastor Bill Jackson

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

Friendship Baptist Church Pastor Paul Swearingen 994-3273

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

Trout Creek Baptist Church Pastor Randy Fults 423-5023

Northend UPC Pastor Ralph Bertrand 299-0318

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Father Delphyn Meeks 994-3456

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JASPER COUNTY AREA Go Texan committee members, Andrea Rife, left, and Bruce Whitehead, right, recently recieved a $1,000 donation to the scholarship fund from MeadWestVaco’s public relations director, Penny Sullivan, center. Through the committee, over $23,000 in scholarship funds have been awarded to Jasper County students.

Church Bulletin Paul’s Journey at Parkwood Missionary Baptist Paul’s Journey will be in concert on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. at Parkwood Missionary Baptist Church in Buna, located on Hwy. 62. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, contact the church office at 994-4175.

Trout Creek Baptist hosts Celebrate Recovery Celebrate Recovery is being offered on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. with a meal and time of fellowship at Trout Creek Baptist Church in Kirbyville. For more information, contact 423-0076.

Ken Freeman revival Feb. 5 at Central Baptist Ken Freeman will lead a revival at Central Baptist Church in Buna Sunday, Feb. 5 through Wednesday, Feb. 8. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday. Monday through Wednesday services will begin at 6:30 p.m. Nursery will be provided for birth through three years old. For more information, contact the church office at 994-3641.

First United Methodist hosts Chocolate Festival First United Methodist Church in Buna will host a Chocolate Festival on Saturday, Feb. 11 beginning at 7 a.m. Events include 5k run/walk followed by a pancake and egg breakfast for everyone. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children. Stop by chocolate shop for individual sweets and gift baskets available for purchase for your Valentine.

Friendship Baptist presents Courageous film Friendship Baptist Church will show the film, Courageous, on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. and on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. Childcare will be provided through age 9 and snacks will be served following the film. For more information, contact the church office at 994-3273.

Worship 360 Conference at First Baptist Worship 360, leading from the stage and beyond, a workshop and concert hosted by Sabine Neches area churches and presented by Worship Team Training will be held at First Baptist Church in Buna on Feb. 24-25. Special guests Billy and Cindy Foote, artists/songwriters and worship leaders will be in concert. For registration and ticket information, contact the church office at 994-3517or



Buna Beacon Classifieds HELP WANTED


HELP WANTED - Onsite manager and carwash attendant needed for our Buna location. Apply in person at 1011 E. Gibson, Jasper, TX. No phone calls please. McDonald Storage. 2TC-23

FOR SALE - 1994 Dodge pickup, ¾ ton Cummin turbo engine (diesel) $3,500. 2000 V6 Mercury Cougar, $2,000. Call (409) 383-9452. 1TP-23

HELP WANTED - Buna ISD is currently taking applications for bus drivers. Applications may be picked up at the Maintenance & Transportation Office. Please call 994-4880 or 994-4881. TFN-26 HELP WANTED - Custodial job opening, First Baptist Church, Buna. Applications available at the church office. Applications will be accepted untol 4:30pm, February 8, 2012. 3TC-22











GARAGE SALE - Friday, Febru- FOR RENT - 2BR Mobile Home, ary 3, 8am-5pm, Timberlane Drive water & garbage furnished, $425/ (173 CR 841) Wood residence, sev- mo. + deposit. (409) 673-9682. eral families, household items, TFN-22 decorations, ladies clothes, and much more. Call (409) 782-8307. REAL ESTATE FRESH YARD EGGS - For sale, 1TP-23 $2/dozen or $3 for 18ct. Call 409994-3275. ESTATE SALE - February 3-4, 4TC-23 8am-2pm, in Gum Slough, CR 784 or CR 777, follow signs. 1TP-23


GARAGE SALE - Sat., February FREE PICKUP - Appliances, ice 4, 8am until? No early birds, 584 boxes batteries, aluminum, any- FM 105 - Evadale. Nothing sold 1TC-23 thing metal. Please call 994-2560. before 8am! 4TP-18 HUGE ESTATE SALE - February 9am-4pm. House full, colHELP WANTED 4-5, lectibles, Christmas, Mobile Home, Suzuki Cavalcade w/side car, and more. Airport Rd, Hwy. 82 W, Kirbyville. 409-423-0328 or 409893-6956. 1TP-23 YESTERDAY, TODAY & TOMORROW - Resale Consignment ½ mile North of red light on Hwy. 96. Check out this months 50% off tag sale and our special $1 rack. (409) 994-3303. TFN-18

LOST LOST DOG - January 26, 2012 in FOR SALE Gum Slough, CR 898, off CR 777, small tan chihuahua dog, 4-5lbs. Reward. Call 409-994-5213, cher- SOUR LAKE FORD - 2010 Ford ished family pet, please help! Focus, Stk#R1625, $12,083, See 1TP-23 dealer for details. 1-888-807-379. 1TC-23


HELP WANTED - National trucking company seeks assistant terminal manager for Beaumont terminal. Minimum 5 yrs. exp. in the trucking ind. w/supervisory required. Duties include but not limited to: assist terminal manager w/ daily operations, supervise in manager absence, interview, hire & supervise drivers, comduct safety meetings. Excellent pay & benefits package. Fax resume: 1817-462-0722. 2TP-20

SOUR LAKE FORD - 2009 Ford Mustang Convertible, Stk# 11516A, $15,462, See dealer for details. 1-888-807-379. SOUR LAKE FORD - 2008 Ford Explorer XLT, Stk#R1628A, $14,471, See dealer for details. 1888-807-379. SOUR LAKE FORD - 2009 Ford Escape XLT V-6,, Stk#P1546, $15,242, See dealer for details. 1888-807-379.



Lady Cougars top the Lady Lions and Pirates Cougars vs. Kountze December 16, away

L 74-60 (0-1)

Cougars vs. Deweyville January 3, home

W 84-43 (1-1)

Cougars vs. East Chambers January 10, away

L 69-30 (1-2) THE BUNA HIGH School cheerleaders showed off their skills during last Tuesday night’s home varsity basketball games.

Cougars vs. Anahuac January 13, home

W 59-35 (2-2)

Cougars vs. Hardin January 17, home

W 70-56 (3-2)

Cougars vs. Warren January 20, away

L 67-59 (3-3)

Cougars vs. Kountze January 24, home

L 88-46 (3-4)

Cougars vs. Deweyville January 27, away

W 72-50 (4-3)

Cougars vs. East Chambers February 3-5:00, home

Cougars vs. Anahuac February 7-6:30, away

Cougars vs. Hardin February 10-5:00, away

Cougars vs. Warren February 14-6:30 home

Lady Cougars vs. Hardin December 6, away

L 31-27 (0-1)

Lady Cougars vs. Warren December 13, home

W 56-17 (1-1)

Lady Cougars vs. Kountze December 16, away

W 62-47 (2-1)

Lady Cougars vs. Deweyville W 49-8 (3-1)

January 3, home

Lady Cougars vs. East Chambers January 10, away

L 55-44 (3-2)

Lady Cougars vs. Anahuac January 13, home

W 58-43 (4-2)

Lady Cougars vs. Hardin January 17, home

L 56-54 (4-3)

Lady Cougars vs. Warren January 20, away

W 58-42 (5-3)

Lady Cougars vs. Kountze January 24, home

W 57-35 (6-3)

Lady Cougars vs. Deweyville January 27, away

W 54-17 (7-3)

Lady Cougars vs. East Chambers February 3-5:00, home

Lady Cougars vs. Anahuac February 7-5:00, away

Cougars fall against Lions, defeat Pirates The Buna Cougar basketball team began their second half of district play Tuesday night against the Kountze Lions. The Cougars went 3-3 in the first half of district and are tied with Warren for third place.The Cougars were ready to battle the Lions. Buna had some success in a losing effort earlier this season in their first meeting, down by single digits late in the game. They came out strong in this contest, leading for much of the first half.Much like the first game between these two teams, Kreston Richardson led off with a three pointer good for the Cougars with an assist going to Glenn Patrick. Dustin Fraser scored next for the Cougars on a drive to the goal and layup finish.With the Cougars down 9-5, Patrick scored as the Cougars kept pace with the Lions, igniting an 11-0 Buna run. Clancy Cleveland then scored off of a Richardson assist.Patrick hit a three pointer followed by a Cleveland score near the goal. Richardson hit two free throws to cap off the run as the Cougars led 16-9. The first quarter ended with the Lions scoring two baskets to close the gap.The second quarter started with Richardson blocking a Kountze shot and Patrick finishing the exciting play with a three point score for the Cougars. After a Kountze score, Brian Askew broke the full court pressure put on by the Lions and scored.Patrick continued adding on points for the Cougars with a two point score near the goal as the Cougars led 23-20. The Lions went on a 6-0 run of their own as Braidon Franklin scored on a layup attempt for the Cougars.Fraser scored off an

BUNA COUGAR KRESTON Richardson flew past the Lions in a break towards the goal in last Tuesday’s home game against Kountze. assist from Askew as the Cougars continued to keep it close with just over a minute to go in the half. Cleveland was then fouled on an attempt to score and converted both free throws. The Cougars trailed at half 3629.The Lions came out strong in the second half, and the full court pressure that Kountze is known for began to wear on the Cougars. Scores by Cleveland and other Cougar players just were not enough as the Lions opened up the game and led 67-37 at the end of the third quarter. The Cougars went on to lose to the Kountze Lions, 88-46.The Buna boys then traveled to Deweyville Friday night and defeated the Pirates, 72-50. The Cougars are now 4-4 in district with Tuesday night off as they get ready to host the East Chambers Buccaneers Friday.When asked about the team’s future this season Coach Whitmire responded, “I think we have a good shot at making the playoffs. The main thing is to win the games we know we can win.”

Buna golf starts off season at Idylwild The Buna High School boys golf team opened its new season on Jan. 23 in the Hardin-Jefferson High School tournament held at the Idylwild Club in Sour Lake. Tanner Crumpton shot a 91, Conner Dawson shot a 105, Colton Brown shot at 116, Kreston Richardson shot a 118, and Lucas Sammons shot a 131. The team total was 430.

The boys team will compete in the Ozen tournament at Bayou Den next Monday, Feb. 6 and in the West Orange-Stark tournament at Sunset Grove on Feb. 13. The Lady Cougar golf team will open their season Thursday in the Nederland tournament at Pea Patch. The girls will also play in the Hardin-Jefferson tournament at Idylwild on Feb. 13.

The Lady Cougar basketball team continued their road to the playoffs last Tuesday night, Jan. 24, as they hosted the Kountze Lions and won 57-35. Buna wasted no time taking control of the game as junior guard, Jaeci Dans, scored a layup followed by Jade Hunt gathering up a rebound on the next Lady Cougar possession and putting the ball in the basket. The Lady Cougar defense contributed to the early lead as Raylie Richardson came up with a steal and finished at the rim for the layup. Buna led 7-2. The Buna girls continued to share the ball as Nicole Casper scored next for the team on a nice move to the goal. Richardson found Hunt from half court open near the goal for the next score followed by a Madison Franklin three point shot good from deep. The quarter ended with Franklin scoring again for the Lady Cougars on a drive to the goal for the score, putting the Lady Cougars in the lead 18-3. Kountze scored five quick points to begin the second quarter, but the Lady Cougars answered with an 8-2 run over the next six minutes of the quarter. The first score came as Richardson found Hunt open down court for the score. Richardson then drove the length of the court with the ball after a great defensive stop for the Lady Cougars for a layup s c o r e . Franklin scored next for Buna when Carly Coleman found her open for the finish, and the Lady Cougars led 26-10 at half. With the lead at 16 points, the Lady Cougars were not satisfied and came out in the third quarter ready to extend the lead. Richardson got the team started with a three pointer good from the top of the key. Coleman then found Casper running the sideline on a fast break for the layup finish. The next Lady Cougar score came on a possession where nine passes were made to four different players as they found freshman, Melanie Batchelor for a layup. The lead swelled to 24 points when Hunt picked up an offen-

BUNA LADY COUGAR Madison Franklin drove into the lane to score in last Tuesday’s home game against the Lady Lions. sive rebound next for her team and put it in for the score. DeJa Briscoe scored to end the quarter for the Lady Cougars as she cleaned up an offensive rebound. Buna led 41-17. The Lady Cougars went on to defeat the Kountze Lions 57-35. Last Friday the Lady Cougars traveled to Deweyville to face t h e Lady Pirates and won, 54-17. “I think things have been going great for the Lady Cougar basketball team,” said head coach Eric Girola. “We have lost a few close games that I wish we could have back, but we have to learn from mistakes made and move forward. If we take care of business, I’m hoping for a trip to the playoffs.” The Lady Cougars are off Tuesday but pick back up on Friday as they host the East Chambers Lady Buccaneers. The Lady Bucs gave Buna one of their three losses this season in district play on their home court, but the Lady Cougars will be ready to even that series as they continue their road to the playoffs.

Buna Game Pictures available on CD at the Buna Beacon Office.



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Evadale Rebels seize basketball district reins By Scott Loar Beacon Correspondent The Evadale Rebels faced the toughest challenges of their district schedule and one of the toughest of their entire schedule as the state ranked Big Sandy Wildcats came calling last Tuesday night, Jan. 24, and they traveled to face a one loss West Hardin team on Friday. Since early in the season the Wildcats have been ranked in the top 20 in the state basketball polls. Early in the season the Rebels were ranked higher, but with losses in the difficult nondistrict schedule the Rebels slid down while the Wildcats climbed to a number 13 ranking. The Rebels came out and controlled the game’s tempo from the outset, building an four point margin before leading at the end of the first quarter, 12-8. They had stretched the lead to 9 at the half, leading 24-15 heading to the locker room. The Rebels outscored the Wildcats by six in the third period, and almost matched the Wildcats in the final period to come out with a 56-42 victory. Deven Murphy had 16 points, and Kyle Taylor also had 16 in the contest. On Friday night, the West Hardin Oilers were looking to knot the district standing into a three-way tie for first as they had only lost to Big Sandy and were 2-1 heading into the game with the Rebels. From the beginning it was evident that the Oilers were not going to try to limit Murphy’s contribution to the Rebel offence. The Oilers played a zone defense early with a single man playing man-to-man on the Rebels’ leading scorer. The Oilers limited Murphy to only six points in the contest. However, on this night the Rebels ran their offense down through their post players as Taylor had 17 points and Shawn Totten added 9. The Rebels also played a good deal of man-toman defense on the Oilers, especially in the third period as

Golden Hub Bowling By Margaret Holmes Top scores for the week: Ruth Herrington 202; Judy Richbourg 212; Mulqueen Lindsey 170; Shirley Cox 160; Sue Colton 178; Yvonne Kirk 170; Ginny Karr 171; Kathy Taylor 170; Dee Holiday 160; Judy Lemp 177; Pansy Whitehead 158; Peggy Whitehead 159; Molly Balla 150. Team of the week: Lucky Charms 1918 series. League standings as of Jan.

23: Dipsticks 13; Community Bank 12; Lucky Charms 12; Charlie’s Angels 11; Edward Jones 11; Compass Bank 10; Smoothie King #14 10; Pooh’s Pals 8; Pat’s Spirits 8; Quilter’s Studio 7 ½; Serenity Salon 7; Belles 7; Ultra Con 7; Hatch’s Wreckers 7; Health Care Dynamics 6 ½; Richbourgs 4; Scatter Brains 3; Scaredy Cats 3. Upcoming event: Mardi Gras.

BUNA NATIVES JOSEPH Fabela, Paige Fabela, and Herman Lewis recently took home top powerlifting awards.

Local power lifters win top awards

EVADALE REBEL KIP Rawls goes up and over against a defender from Big Sandy in last Tuesdays district showdown with the Wildcats. they limited their opponents to only eight points. The Rebels fought off every charge that the Oilers made and eventually came out with a hard fought 51-48 victory. “We played two tough teams this week and came out with victories,” said head coach Laurence Williams. “That is always the goal, but we showed some toughness ourselves as we had to generate offense from all over the court. We stepped up to play some of the best defense we have played this year, especially against West Hardin.” The Rebels will face HullDaisetta at home on Tuesday, Jan. 31, and will travel to an improving Sabine Pass on Friday. The team is 4-0 in district, and a pair of wins this week will ensure a playoff spot for the Rebels. The opportunity to capture the district crown and even go undefeated in district is still in the Rebels’ sights.

On the weekend of Sept. 21-22, 2012, Buna natives Joseph Fabela, Paige Fabela, and Herman Lewis traveled to Oklahoma City to the 2011 National Awards Banquet and power lifting meet. Paige Fabela received a top award for 2011, the Neil Miller Bench Press Excellence Award, the overall junior power lifter of 2011, and the overall bench presser of 2011. Paige competed on Sept. 21. She won first in the junior division, breaking two American records. She squatted 260 lbs.,

benched 148 lbs., and dead lifted 275 lbs. Her total was 683 lbs. Joseph lifted on Sept.22, placing first in the sub-master division with a 633 lb. squat, a 408 lb. bench press, and a 574 lb. dead lift. His total was 1615 lbs, breaking one state record. Lewis lifted on Sept. 22 and won the highest title of the meet. He won best push-pull lifter out of all the competitors and brought home the gold belt. Lewis dead lifted and benched 397 lbs, set two American records, and set two world records.

Lady Rebels clinch district championship

By Scott Loar Beacon Correspondent The Lady Rebels notched their nineteenth and twentieth wins of the season last week, and in doing so they clinched the district championship for a sixth straight year. In that stretch of championships, the Lady Rebels have only lost one district game out of 76 tries. The Lady Rebels currently are 20-7 on the season and 6-0 in district play. On Tuesday, Jan. 24, the Lady Rebels hosted the second place Lady Wildcats from Big Sandy. The Lady Wildcats’ only loss in district was to the Lady Rebels, and they came in looking to knot up the lead in the district by upsetting the home team on their on court. However, the Lady Rebels came out strong in the first half and never coasted as they outscored their opponent in every single quarter. The Lady Rebels led by 10 at half and finished with a 17 point victory, 52-35. Kennedy Jackson had 12 points and 10 rebounds with Haleigh Oldbury adding 10 points. Holly Herrington had 9 points, and Britnee Rawls had 8 points and 8 rebounds. The Lady Rebels played the Lady Oilers from West Hardin on Friday. The Lady Rebels led by six after the opening quarter and by 16 at the half. The lead went to 21 after three quarters and 35 at the conclusion EVADALE LADY REBEL Britnee Rawls provided much of of the game with the final score the team’s long range points as she hit three from beyond 68-33 in favor of the Lady Rebels. the arch in the game against the Lady Oilers last week. Hannah Conner led with 16

points, Rawls had 12 points, Jackson added 9 points, and Oldbury had 9 as well. The Lady Rebels played without a starter as Kennady Porter had minor surgery late in the week, but she is expected back this week. “I am proud of how this team has overcome adversity,” said head coach Robert Hollyfield. “We have had to deal with more issues with players this year than I can ever remember, but we have had players step up,” Conner and Oldbury were both scorers for the Lady Rebels in the last two games, and they are freshmen. “Jackson and Rawls were both big last week as well,” said Hollyfield. “We are seeing different players step up and contribute each and every game. I could point out different players each game as so many of them are elevating their games.” Hollyfield said the girls have been better on the defensive end recently. “Herrington was making steals against West Hardin as was another freshman, Wendy Williams,” he said. “Hope Richardson is giving us quality minutes. Porter has had to make adjustments in changing positions this year, but she contributes on both ends of the floor.” Hollyfield said that he believes the players have responded well to each and every challenge including injuries and changing positions. “You have to understand that this is still a young team,” said Hollyfield. “They have worked hard and done a great job!”

Rebels vs. Hull-Daisetta January 13, away

W 71-53 (1-0)

Rebels vs. Sabine Pass January 17, home

W 61-36 (2-0)

Rebels vs. Big Sandy January 24, home

W 56-42 (3-0)

Rebels vs. West Hardin January 27, away

W 51-48 (4-0)

Rebels vs. Hull Daisetta January 31-4:00, home

Rebels vs. Sabine Pass February 3-4:00, away

Rebels vs. Big Sandy February 10-5:00, away

Rebels vs. West Hardin February 14-5:00, home

Lady Rebels vs. Big Sandy January 6 away

W 56-48 (1-0)

Lady Rebels vs. West Hardin January 10, home

W 74-31 (2-0)

Lady Rebels vs. Hull-Daisetta January 13, away

W 78-27 (3-0)

Lady Rebels vs. Sabine Pass January 17, home

W 73-13 (4-0)

Lady Rebels vs. Big Sandy January 24, home

W 52-35 (5-0)

Lady Rebels vs. West Hardin January 27, away

W 58-33 (6-0)

Lady Rebels vs. Hull Daisetta January 31-4:00, home

Lady Rebels vs. Sabine Pass February 3-4:00, away



BUNA SECOND GRADE UIL math members were Kade Brinkman, Kelly Erickson, Tyler Milstead, and Ashley Williams, with coach Ashton Knox. BUNA THIRD GRADE UIL ready writing members were Conner Ellison, Abby Sitton, Mariah Westbrooks, with coach Casey Begnaud.

BUNA THIRD GRADE UIL storytelling members were Presley Glende, Nick Hawthorn, Jozi Mason, with coach Wendi Stanley.

BUNA THIRD GRADE UIL music memory members were Kayt Franz, Madison Harvey, Logan delPino, Natalie Forman, with coach Jamie Erickson.

Project Graduation Hotdog Fundraiser

February 1st - 3rd Between Community Bank and the Post Office BUNA THIRD GRADE UIL math members were Dylan Henderson, Trenton Kirkendall, Kip Nolan, with coach Kristy BUNA FOURTH GRADE UIL music memory members were Alex Chase, Taylor Cofty, Creig Ellis, Tori Ernst, Michael Coffman. Westbrook, with coach Jamie Erickson.

BUNA THIRD GRADE UIL spelling members were Mallori Anderson, Lucas Ward, Joedanny Petty, Treasure Mata, BUNA FOURTH GRADE UIL ready writing members were Jayden Behling, Madison Jacobs, Emily McAuliffe, Jillian with coach Katie Gardner. Mercer, with coach Kara Garner.

BUNA FIFTH GRADE UIL picture memory members were BUNA SECOND GRADE UIL picture memory members were Sydney Goodman, Marissa Patrick, Sara Tucker, with coach Annalise Cannon, Reagan Harrell, Audrie Scott, Cassidy Smith, with coach Pamela Jacobs. Traci Sherman.

BUNA FIFTH GRADE UIL listening skills members were Alex Connell, Landon Flowers, Zane Mason, Judd Powell, with BUNA SECOND GRADE UIL storytelling members were Brent Fry, Chelsie Gore, Makenzie Latham, Krissy Perry, coach Kim Boutin. with coach Amber Flowers.

BUNA FOURTH GRADE UIL spelling members were Carter Baker, Karli Smith, Chyna Westbrook, with coach Nicky Shepherd.

BUNA SECOND GRADE UIL creative writing members were Bria Branch, Arianna Elliot, Samantha LeBlanc, Tylee Rawls, with coach Katie Gardner.



Buna elementary students shine at UIL competition

BUNA FIFTH GRADE UIL dictionary skills members were Aleeya Beaumont, Lexi James, Natalie Shiflet, with coach Jerilyn Walters.

BUNA FOURTH/FIFTH GRADE UIL maps,charts, and graphs members were Joe Markle, Kelsie Midkiff, Emma Palmer, Lane Sheffield, with coach Sandi Willis.

BUNA FOURTH GRADE UIL oral reading members were Laila Fry, Kenedi Goldman, Julia Jackson, Brooklyn Walden. Not pictured is coach Lacy Beaver.

BUNA FOURTH GRADE UIL number sense members were Hannah Dawson, Karson Goldman, Justice Petty, with coach Shelly Clubb.

BUNA FIFTH GRADE UIL number sense members were Glenn Bingham, Falon Hyden, Mackenzie Richardson, Hunter Franz, with coach Shelly Clubb.

BUNA FIFTH GRADE UIL music memory members were Colby Sikes, Matthew Crane, Blake Mattox, Jacob Mathena, with Jennifer Sauer.

BUNA FIFTH GRADE UIL ready writing members were Brooke Burt, Morgan Clark, Tori Godwin, Shelby Young, with coach Kara Garner.

BUNA FIFTH GRADE UIL spelling members were Alyssah Cunningham, Sydni Henderson, Patrick Porter, with coach Nicky Shepherd.

BUNA FIFTH GRADE UIL oral reading members were Braedon Bland, Dusti Boudreaux, Sadee Eaves, Kylie Gore, with coach Kristy Coffman.

Buna Elementary School students participated in University Interscholastic League events at their campus this year. On Jan. 27, students were rewarded with a presentation of awards by their coaches in the BES cafeteria. SECOND GRADE In storytelling, Krissy Perry placed third, Chelsie Gore placed fifth, MaKenzie Latham placed sixth. Brent Fry was alternate, and Amber Flowers coached the event. In creative writing, Arianna Elliot placed third, Bria Branch placed fourth, and Tylee Rawls participated. Samantha LeBlanc was alternate, and Katie Gardner coached the event. In math, Cade Brinkman placed first, Tyler Milstead placed third, and Ashley Williams placed sixth. Kelly Erickson was alternate, and Ashton Knox coached the event. THIRDGRADE In ready writing, Abby Sitton placed second, Conner Ellison and Mariah Westbrooks participated, and Casey Begnaud coached the event. In storytelling, Jozi Mason placed second and Presley Glende placed fourth, Nick Hawthorn participated, and Wendi Stanley coached the event. In spelling, Lucas Ward placed second and Joedanny Petty placed sixth. Treasure Mata participated, Mallori Anderson was alternate, and Katie Gardner coached the event. The music memory team of Kayt Franz, Madison Harvey, Logan delPino, and Natalie Forman, placed first. Individually, delPino scored a perfect paper. Jamie Erickson coached the team. Kip Nolan placed first and Trenton Kirkendall placed second in math. Dylan Henderson participated, and Kristy Coffman coached the event. FOURTHGRADE In number sense, Hannah Dawson and Karson Goldman placed fifth. Justice Petty participated and Shelly Clubb coached the event. Joe Markle placed second and Emma Palmer placed sixth in maps, charts and graphs. Lane Sheffield was alternate, Kelsie Midkiff participated, and Sandi Willis coached the event. A team consisting of Annalise Cannon, Reagan Harrell, Audrie Scott and Cassidy Smith placed second in picture memory, and Pamela Jacobs coached the event. The music memory team, coached by Jamie Erickson, and consisting of Alex Chase, Taylor Cofty, Creig Ellis, Tori Ernst and Michael Westbrook, placed first. Individually, Westbrook scored a perfect paper in the music memory event. Julia Jackson placed first, Laila Fry placed second, and Kenedi Goldman placed third in oral reading. Brooklyn Walden was alternat,e and Lacy Beaver coached the event. In ready writing, Jayden Behling placed third while Emily McAuliffe and Jillian Mercer participated. Madison Jacobs was alternate, and Kara Garner coached the event. FIFTHGRADE In ready writing, Brooke Burt placed first, Shelby Young placed second, and Tori Godwin placed sixth. Morgan Clark was alternate, and Kara Garner coached the event. Dusti Boudreaux placed first, Kylie Gore placed third, and Braedon Bland placed fourth in oral reading. Sadee Eaves was alternate and Kristy Coffman coached the event. In spelling, Patrick Porter placed fifth while Sydni Henderson and Alyssah Cunningham participated. Nicky Shepherd coached the event. Falon Hyden placed fourth, while Glenn Bingham and Mackenzie Richardson were alternates in the number sense competion. Hunter Franz was alternate, and Shelly Clubb coached the event. The picture memory team consisting of Sydney Goodman, Marissa Patrick, and Sara Tucker

placed first with Traci Sherman coaching. Individually, Goodman scored a perfect paper in the picture memory event. Zane Mason placed second, Alex Connell placed fourth, and Landon Flowers placed sixth in listening skills. Judd Powell was alternate, and Kim Boutin coached the event. In dictionary skills, Aleeya Beaumont placed fifth and Lexi James placed sixth. Natalie Shiflet participated and Jerilyn Walters coached the event. The music memory team consisting of Matthew Crane, Jacob Mathena, and Colby Sikes placed second. Blake Mattox was alternate, and Jennifer Sauer coached the team.



HATCH’S WRECKER SERVICE sponsors this Buna Little Dribblers major girls team consisting of back, left to right, coach Beverly Hillin and coach Jacque Porter, middle, left to right, Abbie Marcum, Taylor Horton, Alyssah Cunningham, and front, left to right, Sarah Figgins, Kelsey Pate, Kayle Hatch, and Natalie Withers.

MASCOT MADNESS SPONSORS this Buna Little Dribblers major girls team consisting of, back, left to right, Sydney Goodman, Kylie Gore, coach Kemee Allen, Jaycee Thomas, and front, left to righ, Katie Jasper, Leslie Kibodeaux, Amber Askew, and Skylar Casper.

OCBM SPONORS THIS Buna Little Dribblers junior girls team consisting of back, left to right, coach Nicky Shepherd, Emma Palmer, Brooke Saunders, Kenedi Goldman, coach Shelby Palmer, and front, left to right, Torrance Clark, Alyssah Back, Makenzie Latham, and Jozi Mason.

KAREN’S CUSTOM EMBROIDERY sponsors this Buna Little Dribblers major girls team consisting of, back, left to right, coach Jaeci Dans, Marci Moss, Emerald Mason, Payton Smith, coach Laurie Henderson, and front, left to righ, Sydni Henderson, Shelby Young, and Jordan Hannaman. Not pictured is Aleeyah Beaumont.

CYPRESS FABRICATION SPONSORS this Buna Little Dribblers junior girls team consisting of, back, left to right, coach Jonah Jackson and coach Curtis Jackson, middle, left to right, Skylar Rutherford, Julia Jackson, Presley Glende, Lindee White, and front, left to right, Rylie Burt, Gracie Whipps, and Zoyie Smith.

H&R BLOCK SPONSOR this Buna Little Dribblers major boys team consisting of, back, left to right, coach Corey Renfro, Kayante Briscoe, Dalton Hall, Brendan Bonds, and front, left to righ, Tyler Coleman, Clayton Payne, and Kerrington Briscoe.

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“Where Your Health Is Our Business” Toll Free (800) 581-3536 Ph. (409) 994-0300 Fax (409) 994-0400

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Dan’s All American Plumbing. L.L.P.

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Happy Birthday February 1 John Boyette William Conally Becky Kerkau Wayne Murray Keli Wells Sherri Westbrook February 2 A.L. Landers Melissa Swedoski Dustin Taylor Casey Lee Willis Bruce Wilson Donna Witt February 3 Chon Ferguson Holly Gill Jessica McAdams Shammorow Westbrook William Westbrook

ABILENE RESIDENT HUNTER Hall, 10, shot this spike, his first deer, and this 10 point buck on Dec. 20, 2011 with a .243 rifle while hunting with his dad in San Angelo. Hall is the son of Brent and Renee McGalin-Hall. He is the grandson of Jerry and Donna McGalin and the great-grandson of Don and Faye Hill of Buna.

Realignment From page 1A consistently been state ranked. With traditionally only three teams going into the playoffs, competing with large 3A teams such as Silsbee, West Orange Stark, and Bridge City would be challenging for Buna. However, with an experienced coaching staff, strong athletes, and a very large community fan base, there’s no denying that Buna teams would adjust to the level of competition. Many people believe that Kirbyville High School will be dropping down to the 2A division. If that happens, some avid sports fans are hoping that Buna would move to the northern 3A district and would basically trade places with Kirbyville. Currently, it is a smaller, six team district, which would make a playoff run more likely. The level of competition might not change much from the southern 3A district, but Buna athletes do not know much about these northern schools. Many times the competition is won or lost in the mind game, and many local residents believe that the unfamiliarity would be benefi-

cial. The negative to moving to this district would be the distance. Every away game other than Jasper would be at least an hour drive. Administrators for the local sports forum,, predict that the UIL will adjust the 2A conference numbers and that Buna will remain a large 2A school. Evadale High School, who submitted at student count of 133 last October, will likely remain in the 1A conference, but there may be some changes in their district. “It’s possible that we could end up as a four team district once again,” said Evadale coach Mark Williams. “But I’m thinking our district could see the addition of Lovelady or possibly Tenaha or Mount Enterprise. The problem is you never know what the UIL will do.” The UIL realignment and reclassification information will be released Thursday morning at the Region 5 Education Service Center in Beaumont. Read next week’s Buna Beacon for the results and full report.

February 4 Charles N. Gay, II Chris Granger Gavin Hare Jeremiah Mize Kathryne Reeves Lesley Lynn Stark Zachary Taylor February 5 Amber Atchison Magen Brubaker LaVerne Carrell Myra Kingrey Zane Mason February 6 Izaih Porter Brenden Smith February 7 Frankie Arthur Diana Askew Darla Hill Chan Hudson Henry Ogden Kristen Seaman Jed Sheppard Jerry Sheppard Happy Belated Anniversary January 28 Martin & Tina Havens

Happy Anniversary February 1 Chris & Tammy Johnson February 6 Joe & Opal Lewis Jacque & Jody Lambright

Hometown People

Terry Yeates Born: November 19, 1958 in Groves. Childhood nickname: Henny. Family: Wife, Angie Yeates, son, Josh Yeates, daughter, Jennifer Nash, step-son, Cordero Chavira, step-daughter, Alayna Chavira, step-son, Emilio Chavira. Pets: Dog named Rosey. First vehicle owned: 1966 Ford Fairlane. Favorite books: Left Behind series. Favorite musicians: Gaither’s. Hobbies: Playing with my grandchildren, riding four-wheelers and riding the tractor. Favorite restaurant: Pappadeaux’s. What I watch on TV: Mostly game shows and old sitcoms. Church I attend: Central Baptist Church of Buna. Favorite childhood memories: Vacations with the family. Favorite first date story: My favorite first date was just driving all over the Golden Triangle and getting acquainted. Last vacation: Galveston. Most memorable vacation: We went up through north Texas into Colorado with my family as kids. Famous people at your dinner party and why: Jesus. I have a lot of questions. Scariest moment: An explosion at work. Something I do that irritates my spouse/coworkers: I pick a lot. How I met my spouse: Actually we met through She liked that I had put that I love

the Lord on my profile. Anniversary date: March 13, 2010. Where we went on our honeymoon: Galveston. Next on my ‘to do’ list: Finish the roof on our house. Future goals: Retire and travel. Advice to High School graduating senior: Finish college. I didn’t finish and have regretted it. Favorite thing about Buna: It’s a very loving community that loves the Lord. This shows in the way the community comes together in bad times and for things like the Redbud Festival. Additional quotes: Just trust in God in all that you do. Make sure you tell the ones you love, “I love you,” often. You never know when they will not be here to say it to.



THESE EVADALE ELEMENTARY School sixth grade students THESE EVADALE ELEMENTARY School eighth grade sturecently participated in UIL competition events. dents recently participated in UIL competition events.

Evadale schools rank well at UIL competition The Evadale Elementary and Junior High Schools competed in district University Interscholastic League competition on Dec. 6 and 8 at West Hardin. SECOND GRADE In creative writing, Daphne Bertram placed fourth and Tessa Hollyfield placed sixth. In storytelling, Daphne Bertram placed second. THIRDGRADE In ready writing, Madison Cole placed fourth, and in storytelling, Bryton Theis placed fifth. FOURTHGRADE In spelling, Kaitlyn Cossman placed third and Ethan Gore placed fourth. The spelling team of Kaitlyn Cossman, Ethan Gore and Madison Dougharty placed fourth. FIFTHGRADE Lauren Bruce placed sixth in maps, charts, and graphs, and Dylan Reeves placed sixth in oral reading. SIXTH GRADE The dictionary skills team consisting of Hannah Duprey and Jamie Jackson placed second. Brandon Totton and Alexis Price, individually in maps, charts

and graphs team members, placed first. A team consisting of Hannah Duprey, Lauren Gravis, and Leanna Bishop placed third in the spelling team event. Leanna Bishop placed third and Cherie Lewing placed fourth in oral reading. Brandon Totton placed first and Alexis Price placed fifth in maps, charts and graphs. In art smart, Madison Stewart placed third as well as placing sixth in ready writing. Hannah Duprey and Jamie Jackson both placed sixth in dictionary skills while Lauren Gravis placed sixth in number sense and fourth in spelling. SEVENTHGRADE The maps, charts, and graphs team of Sarah Bruce and Cassie Colvin placed third. Caden Stringer, Erin Bertrand, and Torie Langston each placed third in the social social studies event. The listening skills team consisting of Garrett Beard, Brady Griffin, and Tye Frazier placed third. In math, Cassie Colvin placed third while Kaycee Clark placed fourth in oral reading. Kagen Rawls placed fourth in science I, while Sarah Bruce placed, and Cassie Colvin placed fourth in maps, charts and graphs. Brady Griffin placed fourth in dictionary skills, and Zach Stark placed fifth in modern oratory. Caden Stringer placed third and Torie Langston placed sixth in social studies. Hannah Oldbury placed fifth in editorial writing, Tye Frazier placed third in listening skills, and Baylee Mock placed sixth in calculator. EIGHTHGRADE The math team consisting of Cody Brunner, Tyler Beavers, Sami Jo Berry, and Alejandro Espinoza placed first. The maps, charts and graphs team of Cody Brunner, Aidan Monson, and Christopher Gravis placed second. A science II team consisting of Cody Brunner, Tyler Beavers, and Jordan Totton, placed third. In social studies, a team consisting of Jordan Totton, Katie Moss, and Christopher Gravis placed third. Sami Jo Berry, Paige Smith, and Ben Wilson placed third in the listening skills team event. In calculator, a team consisting of Ben Wilson, Joel Hare, and Aiden Monson placed third. Tyler Beavers placed third and Sami Jo Berry placed fifth in math, while Katie Moss placed sixth in oral reading. Jordan Totten placed sixth in science II while Katie Moss placed fifth in art smart. In ready writing, Savannah Richardson placed third, and Katie Moss placed second in social studies. In listening skills, Sami Jo Berry and Ben Wilson both placed second. McCartney Graves placed second in impromptu speaking, and Savannah Richardson placed sixth in spelling.

THESE EVADALE ELEMENTARY School second and third graders recently participated in UIL competition events.

THESE EVADALE ELEMENTARY School fourth grade students recently participated in UIL competition events.

THESE EVADALE ELEMENTARY School fifth grade students recently participated in UIL competition events.

THESE EVADALE ELEMENTARY School seventh grade students recently participated in UIL competition events.

Texas Tuition Promise Fund opens enrollment for parents The annual enrollment period for the Texas Tuition Promise Fund, the state’s prepaid college tuition program runs through Feb. 29, 2012. For parents who are concerned about squeezing college savings into a tight family budget, the Texas Tuition Promise Fund may be the answer. “This program helps ease parents’ worries about rising college costs by letting them prepay all or part of their children’s undergraduate tuition and required fees at Texas public colleges or universities at today’s prices,” said Texas Comptroller Susan Combs. Families enrolled in the Texas Tuition Promise Fund purchase prepaid “units” that can later be used toward undergraduate tuition and required fees at schools ranging from Texas public community colleges to four-year, instate universities. Prices are based on 2011-12 academic year costs for the state’s public colleges. • Type I units, priced for tuition and required fees for the most expensive public four-year school in Texas, cost $111.68 per unit. • Type II units, based on the weighted average cost of tuition and required fees across all Texas public four-year schools, cost $79.70 per unit. • Type III units, priced at the weighted average cost of tuition and required fees across all Texas

public two-year schools, cost $20.54 each. Under the plan, 100 units equal one academic year consisting of 30 semester hours of tuition and required fees at the Texas public school that most closely matches the pricing base. Families can prepay for up to six years (600 Type I units or the equivalent amount of Type II and III units) of undergraduate tuition and required fees. The plan’s payment options include lump sum payments, installment payments that include 8 percent interest or a payas-you go plan that allows parents to gradually add more units when the family budget allows. Payments start as low as $15 after an account is established by paying a one-time fee of $25 and purchasing at least one unit. “With its flexibility and affordable payment plans, the Texas Tuition Promise Fund helps families achieve their education savings goal – whether it is a four-year college degree or a community college training program to gain the technical skills needed for good, well-paying jobs,” Combs said. For more information about the prepaid college tuition program, including a college cost calculator, go to or call (800) 445-GRAD (4723), Option 5.



Evadale school board receives resolution

JAKE BROWNING, A senior at BHS, received a first and second place trophy for his race at the Cowboy Badlands on Jan. 22. He will race again on Feb. 5 at The Highlands.

Market Report Kirbyville Auction Barn Market Report Jan. 28, 2012 Total Head: 255 Bull Calves 0-299: $1.35 - $2.25 300-399: $1.15 - $2.10 400-499: $1.00 - $1.78 500 and up: $1.00 - $1.65 Heifer Calves 0-299: $1.20 - $2.15 300-399: $1.15 - $1.85 400-499: $1.00 - $1.60 500 and up: $1.00 - $1.50

Pregnant Cows: $460 - $1150 Cow/Calf Pairs: $865 - $1175 Slaughter Cows: $39 - $82 Bulls: $77 - $98 Hogs Boars: $16 - $20 Sows: $45 - $50 Tops: $50 - $60 Pigs: $25 - $45 Goats: $27 - $180 Horses: $185 - $430

Join the Arbor Day Foundation and receive 10 free Redbud trees Here’s an ideal way for Buna residents to get ready for many Redbud festivals to come and to get into the mood for spring planting. By joining the Arbor Day Foundation in February, new members will receive 10 free Eastern redbud trees to plant when the weather turns warm.. “Redbuds will add beauty to landscapes across Texas for years to come,” said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. “They will also add to the proud forestry heritage of Texas.” The 10 free Eastern redbud trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation’s Trees for America campaign. The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting, between Mar. 1 and May 31, with enclosed planting instructions. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow, or they will be replaced free of charge. Arbor Day Foundation members also receive a subscription

THIS IS AN example of an Eastern Redbud tree that is eligible for the Arbor Day Foundation’s February offer. to the Foundation’s colorful bimonthly publication, Arbor Day, and The Tree Book, which contains information about tree planting and care. To become a member of the Foundation and receive the free trees, visit by Feb. 29.

Constable’s Corner By Precinct 4 Constable Gene Hawthorne I got a call about some more dumping. By the time I got out there, the county guys had already picked it up. I had one call from a man asking what he needed to do about getting someone evicted. I advised him to see the judge, give a three days notice, and then if that didn’t work he would have to see the judge again about getting a full eviction. I had a disturbance call from CR 851 in Evadale. I went and assisted the Sheriff’s department on that one. Come to find out it was two brothers who were fighting over a four-wheeler seat. Supposedly one brother sold the four-wheeler to the other brother, but the sale didn’t include the actual fourwheeler seat. We sent one of them back to their home in Silsbee to keep from having to take them both into the jail. An elderly lady who lives on 1004 called about a handyman she hired to do some repairs on her rain gutters. She gave him half of the payment up front to get him started. He worked for about an hour or two, and then he left and hasn’t been seen back. If they are legitimate handymen, they will not ask for half of the payment up front. They should have enough credit to

charge items, and then after the repairs you should have to pay the full bill. Don’t give half of the payment up front. You shouldn’t have to pay them until the job is over with. I got a call from a mom and daughter. Supposedly the lady’s son stole their truck. We ended up finding the truck, but he wasn’t in it. He fled the scene on foot into the woods before the deputy could get there. We searched the neighborhood, but we were unable to locate the actor. The deputy is going to get warrants for his arrest. I got a call about one neighbor having problems with another neighbor over some dogs. One of the neighbors made obscene gestures to the other, and I talked to both parties. I’m hoping it got solved. In the state of Texas, you can be filed on for making obscene gestures to another person. We need to grow up a little bit and act civilized. I had a report of stolen metal on CR 721, and we are still searching for the actors. I believe I know who they are. I will advise everyone to keep an eye on their metal. There are a lot of people missing metal from their yards right now.

AT THE RECENT Evadale Independent School District board of trustees meeting, Precinct 4 Commissioner Vance Moss presented the members with a resolution in honor of January’s annual School Board Appreciation month. By Scott Loar Beacon Correspondent The monthly meeting of the Evadale Independent School District board of trustees began with the reading of a resolution and its presentation to the board from County Commissioner Vance Moss. The resolution was in honor of the service of the school board for their service to the Evadale community. January is School Board Appreciation Month in Texas. Each of the board members had various things that had been given to them by classes from the school and several posters were also on the walls from elementary classes expressing their thanks for the board. In public comments, two parents rose to speak about what they believed were disparities in the punishment of students in the high school. The board approved two policy updates, two transfer students, and a renewal of the contract with the janitorial service for six

months at a cost of $42,420. Also, the purchase of six additional cameras for the schools closed circuit system was also approved. The cameras will be placed in areas that are currently not covered by cameras, and each will have infrared capabilities to be able to clearly make out images in the dark. Evadale ISD Superintendent Brenda McDaniel told the board in her report that the district enrolment was 454 students. The attendance figures for the school had increased to 94.89 percent. She also told board members about the upcoming Region 5 Food Show and Tasting to be held on Feb. 14. All the board members are invited to attend, and the junior high student council will also attend. This event allows vendors the opportunity to have anyone connected with schools taste various items that the vendors sell in the hopes that the school cafeterias will order their item.

The GED classes have started. Four students arrived on the first day with two more expected to begin soon. The class, which is self paced using computers, is being held in the school board room and is administered by an employee of Region 5. The classes are free to anyone wishing to prepare to take the high school equivalency test. The high school report was given by Dale Boothman. He told the board about a number of students who are participating in leadership events that are firsts for the school. The new counselor is in place and beginning to get on track with the students and preparations for the upcoming student testing. Principal Cheryl Jones told the board that students from the elementary school had placed in a state-wide environmental competition, and that the students represented the school very well. She also stated that there is a need for a new junior high cheerleading sponsor. The technology report included information on the school’s new web site, and the transfer of data to it. Checks are being made to insure that all TEA guidelines are being followed in its creation. McDaniel told the board that once the web site is active that anyone could log on and look at the student handbook, school board guidelines, student grade checks, calendars and photos of activities. The board went into executive session to discuss the evaluation and contract renewal for McDaniel, but did not take any action once they concluded the closed session.



Jasper County Arrest Report The following persons were charged but not convicted of crimes listed. Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman provides this information under the Texas Open Records Act, article 62552-17A. Jan. 20, 2012: Aaron Michael Deshazor, 1/11/93, assault causes bodily inj, $1,500 bond; Cheryl Lynn Hartsfield, 11/11/76, driving while license invalid, child passenger safety seat, bond not set(x2); Richard Edward Warner, 9/19/59, harassment more than one occasion, $2,000 bond; Jeffery Glenn Unger, 2/2/59, harassment, $2,000 bond; Stephen Dean McClure, 11/16/66, order of commitment; Mahshoun Fitzgerald Travis, 12/15/66, order of commitment; Chardeshta Janae Myers, 7/10/94, theft prop>=$50<$500, $1,000 bond; Terry Turner Harris, 4/1/82, poss cs pg3<28g, $4,500 bond. Jan. 21, 2012: Steven Ja Juan Gilbert, 12/11/82, man/del cs pg3/ 4<28g, $7,500 bond; April Culvin Hyden 6/23/80, forgery financial instrument(x2), no bond, driving w/lic inv w/prev conv/susp/w/o fin res, $1,000 bond, poss cs pg3<28g, $1,500 bond, forgery financial instrument(x5), $10,000 bond(x5), theft prop>$20<$500 by check pub serv/elder(x10), $3,000 bond(x10); Dusty Ray Letney, 1/22/86, assault causes bodily injury family member, $1,500 bond; Shane Scott Skinner, 5/3/87, failed to maintain financial responsibility, failure to appear, defective or no tail lamps, bond not set(x3); Richard A Conway, Jr., 10/7/79, driving while intoxicated/1st, $1,000 bond; Ronnie Wayne Cofty, 12/ 14/62, assault causes bodily injury family member, $1,000 bond, assault (physical contact), $500 bond; Benny Earl Murphy, Sr., 2/1/66, motion to revoke probation, no bond, motion to revoke probation/poss cs pg3>28g, $3,000 bond; Seneca Bluitt, 4/19/77, theft prop>=$50<$500, $500 bond; Cody Wayne Ellis, 3/23/90, poss cs pg2-A<=2oz, $2,000 bond; Donovin Earl Garrett, 2/20/91, assault causes bodily injury family member, $4,500 bond; Sarah Denise Johansson, 7/2/64, mental competency compliant, bond not set; Leanna Mae Jeter, 6/22/80, poss cs pg1<1g, $1,000 bond. Jan. 22, 2012: Shanae Deshon Randall, 9/12/90, assault causes bodily injury family member, $4,500 bond; Albert James Smith, 11/21/60, parole violation, no bond; Carl Wayne Spears, 9/1/66, theft of prop by check, $250 bond, theft of prop by check, $500 bond; Keith Wayne Jones, 10/15/73, terroristic threat, $2,000 bond; Ringo Aron Fountain, 11/ 30/85, driving w/lic inv w/prev conv/susp/w/o fin res, $2,000 bond. Jan. 23, 2012: Lance Michael

Hiscutt, 12/29/80, driving while intoxicated, $1,000 bond; Elvin Tyrone Collins, 7/11/77, assault (physical contact), bond not set, inj child w/int bodily inj, $50,000 bond; Janice Renee Adams, 8/28/ 88, motion to revoke probation/ theft mb, no bond; Kimberly Rose Philen, 3/24/66, theft<$50.00, bond not set, issuance of bad check, bond not set; Brett Adam Collier, 12/8/85, motion to revoke probation, no bond; Edwin Lapaul Jones, 5/4/89, deadly conduct, $250 bond; Kenneth Earl Davis, 4/6/84, bench warrant - district court, no bond; Christopher Van Giles, 10/22/91, public intoxication, bond not set. Jan. 24, 2012: Earl Shaver, 12/ 10/36, driving while intoxicated 3rd or more, $25,000 bond; Vollie Earl Henry, 6/13/83, motion to revoke probation, bond not set; Eric Jerome Breed, 10/21/69, assault (physical contact), bond not set; Josey Dell-Wesley Ellington, 11/22/80, assault causes bodily injury, $1,500 bond; Arrington Hafford, 7/15/93, criminal trespass, $1,000 bond; Trent Dion Land, 8/14/91, criminal trespass, $1,000 bond; Paul John Rizk, 8/27/86, t/k injury to invalid B1, $25,000 bond; Theodore Christopher Thornton, 10/27/94, disorderly conduct (vulgar language), bond not set; Lamarquis Deandre Allen, 3/11/87, driving while license invalid, failure to appear(x2), bond not set(x2), no bond. Jan. 25, 2012: Carey Brandon Sheard, 11/10/75, motion to revoke probation(x2), health and safety viol class C, driving while license invalid, bond not set(x4), Amanda Darlene Odom, 8/31/75, bench warrant-district court, bond not set; Dwayne Eddie Davis, Jr., 3/20/85, bench warrant-district court, bond not set; John Henry Johnson, 7/30/86, burglary habitation intend other felony, $150,000 bond; Thomas Otto Motcheck, 6/21/53, theft property>=$1,500<$20k by check, no bond. Jan. 26, 2012: Shaun Ray Sauls, 5/30/82, public intoxication, $500 bond; Alvin Roy Lum, Jr., 2/23/72, failed to maintain responsibility 2nd or more, failure to appear(x5), display wrong license plate, driving while license invalid, failed to drive in single lane, speeding (exceed prima facie limit) - 90mph/70mph, bond not set(x10); Jason G. Murphy, 1/12/78, parole violation, bond not set; Benjamin Franklin Robinson, 10/15/50, theft prop >=$1,500<$20k, $2,000 bond; Laurie Sullivan Callahn, 2/15/59, theft>=$20<$500 by check, $500 bond; Christopher Don Fitzwater, 10/18/91, motion to adjudicate guilt/burglary of habitation, bond not set; James Edward Hadnot, 11/9/77, non payment of child support/motion to revoke community supervision, bond not set.

Signups for the Official Little Miss Buna and Miss Redbud pageant begin Special to the Beacon Buna’s first scholarship pageant, the Official Little Miss Buna and Miss Redbud scholarship pageant will be held Mar. 3 at the Buna Elementary school. A dress rehearsal will be held Mar. 22 at 7 p.m. Pageant sign-up dates will be Feb. 4, 11, and 18 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at This n’ That Gifts and Hair next to H&R Block. The division for ages 0 to 14 is open. However, the 15 to 18 age group, the Miss Redbud division, is closed to Buna girls only. The pageant entry fee is $65.00. However, in the Miss Redbud division, ages 15 to 18, the pageant entry fee is waived. This is to ensure that all the girls in Buna in the 15 to 18 age group have the chance to win the scholarships. If participants sign-up on Feb.

4, the optional event, Most Gorgeous Face, fee is waived. This optional event is judged on facial beauty only in each age group. After the Feb. 4 sign-up date, the cost will be $15. Pageant age groups are Baby, 0-11 months, Tiny,12-23 months, Mini, and 2-3 years, Petite, 4-6 years. Other age groups include the Little Miss Buna, 7-9 years, Junior Miss Buna, 10-12 years, and the Teen Miss Buna, 13-14 years. The Miss Redbud age group is for Buna girls who 15-18 years. The Official Little Miss Buna and Miss Redbud Scholarship Pageant has given away $12,100 in scholarships in the past six years. For more information, please call Sheila Mason at 994-3235 or send an email message to

Sheriff’s News By Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman I had the pleasure of attending a program at the VFW hall here in Jasper Friday night remembering the Paris Peace Accords which were signed on Jan. 27, 1973 ending the Vietnam conflict. During the Vietnam war, the United States had 58,119 killed, 153,303 wounded and 1,948 missing in action. Our men and women served their country honorable then came home to protests and peace marches. If you see one of them thank them for their service. Many of those who served were drafted into service but the draft has ended. The Army was good for me, and I believe it would be good for our kids today. We worked a child abuse case where a 2 year old got a whipping for breaking his father’s earring. Then we had another incident involving a child in the Buna area Friday night that was bitten by a dog and had to be transported by life-flight. Last Thursday and Friday, our officers attended a class updating them on fingerprint techniques. We certainly aren’t CSI but we are trying to improve our capabilities. On Saturday, Kirbyville held a medical camp with free health screening and exams. We want to thank Central Baptist Church and the over 100 volunteers that assisted. It doesn’t get any better than this. Neighbors helping neighbors. We have 80 inmates in jail at this time. We get rid of some, and

others come in. Thanks to the concerned citizens of Jasper County that continue to call in with information on things they’ve seen and heard. Please keep calling and reporting as this proves to be helpful on many levels. Remember this is your Sheriff’s Department, and we are here to protect and serve you. Our office is never closed. We have deputies and dispatchers on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. If you need help, call us.

Fabric From page 1A that.” Tobie still barbecues every year in April for the 4-H and FFA groups in Jasper. “Aubrey and I have raised more money through benefit barbecues in the Buna area than anyone,” said Tobie. Many benefits were coordinated as well through members of the Telephone Company of Pioneers and often times cooked on a steam barbecue pit he built. Trail riding grew from his love of animals, people, and the opportunity to join a cause for the common good of fellow man. Tobie has rode trails all over Texas, from Mexico to Houston for the Livestock Show, and even rode back to his hometown of Joan, Arkansas with two buddies on an 18-day trip covering 375 miles in covered wagons pulled by mules. “Trail rides for the Jasper County Emergency Corporation have cleared in excess of $10,000 on more than one occasion,” said Tobie. For years, Tobie decorated his wagons with lights and pulled groups in and around town to look at decorations during the holiday season. One particular year, he was asked to bring his mule to use in a Christmas story scene behind the Buna Banking Center. “Mary rode in on an ole’ black mule that year,” said Tobie. And so the story goes, Buna’s

Community Christmas included mules and wagons for years to come. Tobie rode in a wagon drawn by mules through downtown Buna with a sign that read “Graduates 1912-13 Buna High School” on it during the 1986 Redbud parade. Two community members rode on the wagon, representing the eldest in Buna. “Mr. Cole was 104 years old that year,” said Tobie. Tobie has been a long-standing member of the Buna Bridle Club. He built a two-wheel cart for Shetland ponies to pull during the grand opening for the Club. A few of his achievements inlude being named the Redbud Parade Marshall in 2001, Citizen of the Year by the Buna Chamber of Commerce in 1993, and receiving a Veterans Memorial award at the Chamber of Commerce annual banquet in 1994. Tobie’s family includes son and daughter, Maxie May and Boots. His daughter died leaving behind a son, Larry Parker. Larry has a daughter, Selena. Boots and Pam Parker have three children, son Jason, and twin girls, Lacey and LeAnn. Tobie’s great-grandchildren are Alex, Aubrey, Harley, Jabe, Parker, and Spencer. When asked what he loved most about Buna, Tobie said, ”the people.” “I know just about everybody here.” he said.

February 1, 2012 Buna Beacon  

Volume 22 Issue 23

February 1, 2012 Buna Beacon  

Volume 22 Issue 23