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Buna Beacon online site gets update, new features

Buna gets to groovin’ in 40th annual Redbud Fest

Striving to bring you community news throughout the week quickly and efficiently, the Buna Beacon recently added new features to its website, including the latest news, a local phone directory, photo galleries, and more. The site is located at and not only is an additional way to keep up with happenings in our community, but it also provides a way to submit items for publication online. The site includes top, general, school, sports, and church news along with some of the pictures in each week’s edition. In addition, the site also lists obituaries, updates from our local Constables and Sheriff, and the weekly arrest report. The Beacon staff has also coordinated with the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department to weekly provide pictures and descriptions of Jasper County’s Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitives. Currently, there are also archived copies of issues from the published 2012 issues, with more to be put on the site in the future. The online issues will be left up for free for a brief trial period, and then we will move into allowing people to buy online subscriptions.

Archie Bunker and Mary Tyler Moore will be there, and Scooby and Shaggy will make an appearance, but will Mister Rogers and Sesame Street find the beginning of the parade lineup in time? With the old and new favorites scheduled and ready to please, the Buna Chamber of Commerce presents the 40th annual Redbud Festival, with events getting underway Thursday to bring in the weekend. This year’s theme is “Groovin’ thru the ‘70s,” a topic that spans the generations, offering a wide enough variety, whether you

Along with putting up the lead stories from each week’s issue, the Beacon staff will strive to post breaking news and sports results as they happen. A copy of each week’s classified ads will also be put on the website, so you can check out garage sale listings, help wanted, real estate and for sale ads. In addition to being a source of information, the website will provide readers the ability to make submissions online. At the top of the home page, there is a link you can click for Submissions for the printed edition, which include Briefs, birth announcements, engagements, weddings, anniversaries, and deer and Beacon on vacation pictures. Click on ‘Classifieds,’ and you can type in your submission along with contact information. After that, you will be given the option to pay for the ad via PayPal. You do not have to have a PayPal account to pay for the ad, but can log on as a guest and enter your credit card information. The system works the same for subscriptions - in-county or

Redbud Festival office open The Redbud Festival office will be open weekdays, Feb. 27March 9 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Thursday, Mar. 8, the office will be open until 7 p.m. T-shirts along with pre-sale carnival wrist bands will be on sale until 5 p.m. on March 9.

Chamber asks for no dogs at Redbud The Buna Chamber of Commerce’s Redbud Festival committee is asking that no dogs be brought to the Redbud Festival on Mar. 810 to prevent problems that occurred in the past.

Redbud Beans and Rice Mar. 9 The annual Red Beans and Rice event will be held Friday, March 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at theBuna Volunteer Fire Department pavilion, with the First Assembly of God Church hosting. The church will also provide live gospel music for entertainment purposes. For more information, call the church office at 994-2670.

Preschool story time at library every Wed. The Buna Public Library will host preschool story time this Wednesday, Mar. 7 at 10:30 a.m. with a story and craft celebrating cowboys. Preschoolers and their parents and grandparents are welcome to attend.

OES #968 barbecue fundraiser Mar.7 Buna Chapter #968 Order of the Eastern Star is currently taking orders for their annual barbecue scholarship fundraiser to be held on Wednesday, Mar. 7. Sandwiches or meals will be delivered between 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Mar. 7. To order, please call Julie at 423-0015 or Sandy at 289-5239.

Ragball tourney to benefit Evadale Project Grad Evadale Project Graduation is hosting a ragball tournament on Saturday, Mar. 10 beginning at noon at the Evadale fields. For signups and more information, contact Laurie Richardson at 550-2451.

Buna Alumni Football sign ups Mar. 11 Buna Alumni Football with hold sign ups, a team meeting, and practice on Sunday, Mar. 11 at 2 p.m. at the Buna High School practice field. For more information, contact Randy Mason at 6580890.

Jasper County Democrats to meet Mar. 8 The regular meeting of the Jasper County Democrats will be Thursday, Mar. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Buna Sub Courthouse. This will be a public forum meeting. All candidates on the primary ballot will be invited to speak informing the public of ideas and/or accomplishments. For more information, contact Kathy Waltmon at 382-0185. See Briefs... Page 2A

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THIS PART OF the map that was tentatively approved by federal judges last week shows Congressional District 36 which includes Jasper, Newton and Tyler counties.

Texas redistricting maps finalized, primary date set By Amber Hawk the lines had not been drawn fairly, and the primary date and filing date have been pushed back several times. Local candidates have been on edge with concerns that the continued extensions would lead to others filing for certain offices. As in previous cases, the primary date change also opened up a window for candidates to file, and it began last Friday. This week is set to be the final opportunity for candidates to file, and, once the list is finalized, the Buna Beacon will have a complete list of all local candidates who are set to run. The run off election date was set for Tuesday, July 31. According to Attorney General Greg Abbott, the new maps are much closer to the ones originally approved last year by the Texas Legislature. “I consider these interim maps to be a substantial improvement over the maps previously issued by the San Antonio court,” he said. “The court properly rejected demands by some plaintiffs to draw drastic and overreaching maps.” A statement issued by Texas Governor Rick Perry said he was happy the state could proceed with its elections, and that he BUNA RESIDENT CARLY stood by the first maps drawn by Holloway was named Miss Redbud this past Saturday. See Redistricting... Page 12A See more pictures inside

Beacon Editor Last week, a San Antonio based three member panel of federal judges set yet another date for the upcoming primary See Beacon... Page 3A election after months of legal wrangling between groups who argued over the recent redistricting. This time, the date has been set for May 29. Just to provide a brief history, Today is deadline for Redbud parade entries several group leaders argued that Any civic group, business, church, individual or organization that plans on being in the Redbud Festival parade on March 10 must have an entry form submitted by Wednesday, March 7 at 5 p.m. Entry forms are available at the Chamber of Commerce office. Call 994-5586 for more information.


love “Taxi Driver” or “The Godfather.” The Festival opens on Thursday, as Wagner’s Carnival returns with its mix of thrill rides, carousel, games, food and more from 6 to 11 p.m., as well as Friday from 5 to 11 p.m. Preliminary events for the Buna Bridle Club’s Redbud Rodeo will begin at 8 p.m. Friday at the arena. Saturday opens with a parade on Main Street at 10 a.m. with Buna residents Gene and Donna

The Fabric of Buna

Family, faith, good fun most important to Eaves Editor’s Note: This month, we continue “The Fabric of Buna,” a monthly series focusing on the residents who provide the thread, and sometimes the whole square, that forms the community quilt of Buna. This month’s spotlight shines on Barbara Eaves, one of the patches that makes up the quilt called Buna. By Tina Cooley Beacon Reporter A licensed beauty operator since 1971, former Market Basket employee with 25 years of service, and hobbyist that raises horses, Barbara Eaves has made Buna home for more than 10 years. Born Feb. 10, 1938 in Beaumont, she is the daughter of Ben

CHILDREN WILL ENJOY carnival rides and lots of fun activities this weekend at the 40th annual Redbud Festival.

County asking for help in solving Buna theft By Amber Hawk Beacon Editor The theft of a $6,000 piece of radio equipment from the Buna Sub-Courthouse has prompted the Jasper County Sheriff’s department to issue a request for help in solving a case. On Friday, a package containing a portable radio used for emergency response teams was delivered to the Buna SubCourthouse which was closed due to Texas Independence Day. Jasper County Sheriff’s Lt. Investigator Mike Henderson says that the package was left outside and no one signed for it. The radio was later taken, and the Sheriff’s department is currently investigating the robbery. “I’m hoping that we can give someone the benefit of the doubt and they just picked it up and are

holding it for us,” said Henderson. That doesn’t seem likely, but Henderson said they are willing to talk to anyone who has information about where the radio might be. “It would be great if it would just show back up,” he said. “If not, someone is going to definitely do some time for this.” Due to other pending investigations, Henderson has not begun to search through video surveillance, but he believes that when he does, he will see the person who picked up the package. “It would just be a lot easier if that person would turn the radio back in,” he said. Anyone with information on the theft is advised to call Sheriff’s Lt. Investigator Henderson at 994-4778.

Mixson sworn in as First Judicial District Judge By Amber Hawk Beacon Editor Buna resident Craig Mixson was sworn in last Thursday morning as Judge of the First Judicial District of Texas at the Jasper County Courthouse in front of a standing room only crowd. District Judge Gary Gatlin

resigned last December, leaving someone to complete the unexpired term. Texas Governor Rick Perry recently appointed Mixson to temporarily fill the position. Mixson is hoping to remain District Judge after the upcoming election, but Jennifer Job Seale is See Mixson... Page 12A

and May Williamson. Eaves is the sibling to Mary Nell Eaves of Buna, Bennie Lee Williamson of Kirbyville and Paul Williamson of BUNA RESIDENT CRAIG Mixson’s family and friends gathered to celebrate his First Judicial District Judge appointSee Fabric... Page 11A ment last Thursday at the Jasper County Courthouse.



Investigation of Kirbyville tire thefts continuing By Amber Hawk

Firefighters respond to fuel spill call in Buna

Beacon Editor Jasper County Sherrif’s department Lt. Mike Henderson said that the investigation into the recent theft of tires from the Weaver Motors auto dealership in Kirbyville was continuing, but right now he is still chasing leads. The department was called to Weaver Motors, a Chrysler-Jeep and Dodge dealership on Highway 96, when it was discovered that someone had taken the tires off 21 new vehicles, leaving them sitting on wooden blocks. “We first got them on video going past the Valero in Buna,” said Henderson. “Two people got out and bought something there at the gas station, so we have them on camera.” Investigators quickly identi-

By Amber Hawk Beacon Editor The Buna Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call about a fuel spill in Buna on Monday evening, Feb. 27. Officials say a distracted driver pumping gas at the Campus Corner gas station at the corner of Hwy. 62 and Hwy. 253 managed over-pump over 10 gallons of gas. Gas station workers say the customer left the gas pump unattended, and the pump kept running even after her vehicle’s tank was full. Authorities say the fuel flowed into the parking lot and was carried into the streets. “People don’t understand that this is a very large hazard,” said Fire Chief Steve Litton. “We responded immediately, because it could have been very dangerous.”

fied a vehicle they believed was involved with the case and began circulating photographs of possible suspects. “I think there was a U-Haul trailer and a big van tag teaming,” said Henderson. “I’m working with the Texas Rangers now.” Henderson has tracked down video from Lumberton and the north and south ends of Beaumont, and now is searching through Houston cameras along I-10. “We have them on camera as far west as Baytown,” said Henderson. The Sheriff’s department is still asking anyone who might have seen anything suspicious or knows anything about the crime, to contact the main office at 3845417.

JONATHAN CHAPMAN OF the Buna Volunteer Firefighter sprayed Micro-Blaze on the concrete in order to reduce hazards after a fuel spill at Campus Corner in Buna.

Evadale Lady Rebels crush Cardinals in season opener By Scott Loar Beacon Correspondent The Evadale Lady Rebels opened their 2012 softball campaign in convincing fashion by defeating the Lady Cardinals from High Island last Tuesday. The Lady Rebels needed only three innings to 15 run rule their guests from the coast 17 to 2. Individual stars in the game were Kori Soignet who was 2-for2 at the plate with one double and an RBI. Holly Stringer was 1-for-2 at the plate while Wendy Williams added a triple for the biggest

extra base hit of the game. Kat Reeves had a double. Alayna Langston pitched a complete game recording four strike outs with only one walk to pick up the win. “We had to jump right into the season as we were still in the gym just a couple of weeks ago,” said head coach Robert Hollyfield. “It is difficult to start out playing district games right off the bat, but that is just the nature of 1A sports. We have plenty to work on, but I am pleased to get things started off right with a win!”

Learning to Live By Amber Hawk While a student at Buna High School, I was like any small town girl. I was dying to get out from underneath my parents and out on my own. The summer after graduating from high school, I got an apartment in Beaumont with one of my classmates, started school at Lamar University, and began working two jobs. Like most teenagers, I was stubborn and thought I had the world figured out. I refused to let my parents help me with anything and was dying

for independence. What I quickly realized was how much I really needed my family. I will never forget what it felt like to humble myself and realize I couldn’t pay that second semester’s tuition all by myself. Thankfully, my parents were loving and took care of me. I didn’t try to live so independently anymore, and I made it through college primarily because of their financial assistance. Although I was back in their good graces, I still wanted my own freedom. I tested the waters a little more by transferring to Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. I then lived in Puebla, Mexico for a summer while studying at the Universidad Iberoamericana. After graduating from college and getting married, Scott and I settled down in Bridge City. It was far enough from Buna but still close enough to stay in touch. Just three months after we were married, Hurricane Ike came blowing in and flooded our home. My supportive and loving parents let us move in with them for a few months while we were rebuilding. So then I was a newlywed and living back with my parents. It just seemed like I couldn’t get away from them. It’s amazing what just a few years can do to change your mind and heart. We were only in Bridge City for two years when we felt God calling us back to Buna. At first I kicked and screamed and was so upset. It’s not that I didn’t love Buna or my family, but my dream was to live in a foreign country and travel the world. Thankfully, my loving husband listened and accepted the position at Central Baptist. This week marks two years that we have been back in Buna and a year that I’ve worked at the newspaper. Honestly, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being back in Buna. The support that we feel here is something that can’t be found anywhere else, and while I fought against it so long, my parents’ love is something I now realize I need daily. I’ve still been following my dream of traveling and visiting foreign countries. I’m up to almost half the states and seven countries. But like they always say, there’s no place like home. Thousands will travel in this weekend for the annual Redbud Festival, and I believe that’s because Buna lives up to it’s motto. While it definitely is a small town, the people here have the biggest hearts. And that’s what keeps bringing people back.

Litton described that drainage pipes under the ground can blow up if fuel gets in and stays trapped. “It’s essential to get the MicroBlaze on the location as soon as possible,” said Litton. A unique bioremediation and spill control product, MicroBlaze not only eliminates flammability of hydrocarbons, it breaks down, degrades and digests the waste. Authorities say they quickly had the situation under control. Litton said although it’s not something they like to do, the business owner would be charged for the call out in order to replace the department’s Micro-Blaze. “People don’t realize it, but we can actually charge for every single call out,” he said. “We generally choose not to, but this Micro-Blaze is extremely expensive so we have no other choice.”

Redbud From page 1A Hawthorne serving as parade marshals. With the many lovely pageant queens from the area included, the parade may include a vast array of ‘70s characters, from “Happy Days” and “Little House on the Prairie.” Luxurious rides with Redbud King and Queen Mike and Juanita Husband and Mrs. Buna Olga Birmingham will join other community entries. Current Buna Co-Citizens of the Year Carolyn Rauwerda and Kay Butler will also be honored. Reigning Miss Buna Haylee Whitehead and Little Miss Fireman Kimber Pyburn will be in the parade, along with the Miss Buna and Little Miss Fireman 2012 contestants. This year’s parade will go all the way to FM 253 before turning off Hwy. 62, adding an extra block of viewing spots for attendees who want to stay close to the festival grounds. The Redbud Festival is always the place for showcasing area bands, as country and rock music will fill the air as entertainment will follow the parade on the main stage and last throughout the day. In addition to musical entertainment, the stage will feature local karate and dance demonstrations. This year’s front campus activities will be hopping, as Pappy’s Ponies will feature bounce houses, pony rides and a petting zoo for the young ones. There will also be bungee jumpers, bumper boats, and bubble runners added to this year’s festivities. There will also be several face painting booths. The Buna elementary Redbud art contest winners will be on

display in the high school weight room foyer, with vendor booths all around. Coming back for its third year even bigger and better is the Redbud Rod Run and Bike show, running all day on the junior high grounds. There will be prizes for the top entries as well as a chance for everyone else to win $500, along with music and food and over 100 cars and bikes. The Redbud Festival is known for its wide variety of food vendors, and this year is no exception, with barbecue, seafood, chicken, ice cream, and any kind of meat on a stick you can think of. Arts and crafts vendors selling everything from handbags and wallets to cookbooks, birdhouses, garden decor,and more will be on the Festival grounds all day. The carnival will be open for two sessions on Saturday - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 5 to 11 p.m. Pre-sale wrist bands for all the sessions are available only through Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Redbud office for $15 per session. Saturday night, 12 contestants will vie for the title of Miss Buna 2012 at the high school activity center beginning at 7 p.m. The pageant is held in conjunction with the Little Miss Fireman contest, with 16 young ladies vying for the title. Admission is $5 at the door. On Saturday, the finals of the Redbud Rodeo will begin at 8 p.m. This year includes a sheep and calf scramble for kids. Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for children. See the special Redbud Festival section in this week’s Beacon for more photos and information.

Briefs From page 1A Register for benefit blood drive by Mar. 10 M.D. Anderson Cancer Center blood bank will host a blood and platelet drive benefitting Buna resident and cancer patient, Janie Bouillion, on Saturday, Mar. 31 at First United Methodist Church in Buna from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pre-registration is requested as a minimum of 60 volunteers is necessary by Mar. 10. Contact Diane Wylie at 9945203 or Kay Simmons at 423-9073 to sign up.

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

BVFD to meet on Monday Buna Volunteer Fire Department members will meet Monday, Mar. 12 at 7 p.m. at the fire hall for their monthly business meeting.

Jasper County commissioners will meet Monday Jasper County commissioners will meet Monday, Mar. 12 at 9 a.m. in the commissioner’s courtroom.

Jasper County WC&ID #1 board meets Monday The board of directors of the Jasper County Water Control and Improvement District #1 will meet Monday, Mar. 12 at 6 p.m. in the office on Hwy. 62.



Letter to the Editor Dear Editor, I hope you will allow me a little space in the Beacon to talk about an issue I’m concerned about. Last Saturday, Eddie Crockett’s trailer burned along with everything he had. After talking to several people in town, I found that there are still lots of folks who don’t know about Eddie. When the Vietnam War broke out, Eddie was drafted. We was assigned to the Medics and was daily in the line of fire. One day after the smoke had cleared from an all out assault, Eddie found himself surrounded by his fallen comrads. Eddie survived but was left in the condition you see him in today. He was awarded the Purple Heart and recognized for his bravery. We can’t give back what he lost, but we can take care of what’s left. So please don’t look

at him in disgust but with respect. He’s a wounded warrior who gave almost everything fighting for our freedom. I do not believe in the so called “share the wealth” that is much discussed today. However, I do believe that we have a moral obligation, though not rich, to take care of the needs of those around us - especially those who went and fought. You’ll feel good tonight if you’ll help someone today. An account has been set up at Community Bank to raise money to replace Eddie’s trailer. The account number is 21221208. I am hopeful that I haven’t offended anyone. I only want to Evadale High School senior inform those who didn’t know why Eddie is Eddie and to ask Deven Murphy has been seyou to help and respect this lected as one of the top basketball players in Texas and invited severely wounded warrior. to participate in the 13th Texas Roundup All-Star game to be Laurence Hillin held on Mar. 17 in Maypearl. Buna, Tx The Texas Roundup, considered one of the state’s most prestigious events, selects the state’s top 24 boys and 24 girls from Class 1A, 2A and 3A “Set me Free” by Casting Crowns. schools. Paul Swearingen of Friendship Players selected are chosen Baptist Church stood before the from hundreds of nominations congregation and shared about statewide. Recruiters across the the great things that were going state participate as advisors in on at the Helping Place. He the Texas Roundup selection shared that this organization process. The girl’s game is scheduled works to meet the needs of those for 3 p.m., followed by the boy’s in our community. “This past holiday season was game at 5 p.m. Admission to the the most expensive ever for us,” games is $5. Maypearl is located on FM 66, said Swearingen. “We gave out 187 turkey dinners at Thanksgiving.” He challenged the congregation to dig deep in their pockets to give to the Helping Place as they took up an offering. After all of the money was counted $1,603 was raised this year. Next on the schedule was the Community Redbud Choir made of almost 40 community members and led by Harris as they sang a beautiful song of old with a new twist on it titled “Just As I Am.” Jonathan Austin of Friendship Baptist Church sang next for the community as he strummed his guitar performing a beautiful acoustic version of the song “I Can Only Imagine.” He then sang a popular Christ Tomlin song titled “I Will Rise.” Sherill Rule of Parkwood Baptist Church, after admitting a bit of nervousness as she stood before the crowd of over 500 people, performed beautifully to the track “From the Shepherd’s View.” Next, their choir sang “I’m Climbing Up the Ladder” as the crowd clapped along. First Baptist Church’s Pastor Paul Boughan prayed over our community a prayer for strength, for the children and students that are having Bible studies on our school campuses, for families, and for pastors. Harris then led the congregation in one more set of corporate worship songs as people stood to their feet in worship through songs titled “How He Loves,” “Everlasting God”, and “Revelation Song.” In the final set, Central Baptist Church’s duo of Charles Wright and Sissie Pedigo sang“That’s Why I Love Him So.” Rachel Smith, a tenth grader at Buna High School, then sang a song by Natalie Grant, “Your Great Name” that speaks of the power in the name of Christ to change lives and to give hope. The First United Pentecostal Church followed with two wonderful songs of praise led by their praise team and worship band. The first was titled “Here I Am,” and the second was titled “Set A Fire.” The crowd rose as they sang “There is no place I’d rather be than here with you God.” Bill Jobe, Pastor of the First United Methodist Church, closed out the community service with prayer thanking all of the churches for their attendance and their work for the Lord in our community.

Hundreds gather for Redbud community worship service The Central Baptist Church parking lot was full Sunday night as hundreds of community members gathered to worship together. Buna churches lay denominations aside and acted on the Biblical call for Christians to come together in peace. Delbert Milstead, Senior Pastor of Central Baptist Church, welcomed the community and encouraged them to worship the Lord freely in their time together. The First Baptist Church hand bell team started things off with a song fitting for the introduction “Christians We Have Met to Worship” and then followed with “Do Lord.” Jason Harris, worship leader at Central Baptist Church, led the community in corporate worship songs as the crowd rose to their feet singing “When I Think About the Lord,” “Hosannah,” and “Everlasting God.” Milstead then led in pledges to the American flag presented by sixth grader Alaina Williams, the Christian flag presented by sixth grader Laney Powdrill, and the Holy Bible presented by fifth grader Sydney Doiron. Genesis Baptist Church’s Pastor Robert Carter asked the crowd to remain standing as he read a passage from the book of Colossians and prayed. The First Assembly of God church took the stage next as Deanna James led the praise team and band in a song by Building 429 titled “Where I Belong” and then one titled “Cry Holy.” Jennifer Seale of the First United Methodist Church sang next the song titled “Via Dolorosa” which means “the way of suffering.” The song tells of the way that Jesus suffered and died for the sins of all mankind. Harris led three more corporate worship songs each about the greatness of God: “Our God Saves,” “How Great Thou Art,” and “How Great is Our God.” The First United Pentecostal Church’s Pastor Richard Dykes offered a prayer for the armed forces, first responders, and law enforcement officers who so courageously defend and protect our freedoms every day. This year’s Redbud worship service truly showed great diversity not only in the different denominations represented but also in the ages of those who performed on stage. Grace Community Baptist Church showed that both adults and teenagers can lead out in worship as Jacob Vasquez and Karleigh Worsham, both ninth graders at Buna High School, sang “With Open Hands” and “In Better Hands,” respectively. Genesis Baptist Church followed with the song “Worthy of It All” sang by their worship team and led by music minister Corky Brister. Next for Genesis was their youth drama team led by youth pastor, Kyle Warren, as they performed a drama to the song

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Murphy selected to be in All-Star basketball game

EVADALE SENIOR DEVEN Murphy was asked to be in the Texas All-Star game.

From page 1A email addresses for all staff members, so you can easily communicate with us about story ideas or suggestions. The updated website joins the Beacon’s Facebook account as ways to keep you in the know about Buna, Evadale and Jasper County. For those who love pictures, will also be updated with pictures from community events that the Beacon staff covers such as this week’s Redbud Festival parade and the Miss Buna pageant. Currently, the site has several archived albums with more to be added soon. offers options to purchase prints as well as digital downloads. As website developments move along, we will keep you updated. Thanks for reading, and be sure to check out and



The Whole Truth

“I WOULD NOT , BRETHREN, HAVE YOU IGNORANT.” This is something the New Testament writers say numerous times in these words and others with the same meaning. That is why the scriptures were written, so we can know what we need to know. The “things God prepared for them that love him,” God has “revealed them through the Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 2:9-10. Even the “things were written aforetime (Old Testament scriptures) were written for our learning.” Romans 15:4. Paul says basically the same things in other passages: “These things write I unto thee...that thou mayest know how men ought to behave themselves...” 1 Timothy 3:14-15. It is a sad, but true fact, that most people don’t know what God has gone to a lot of trouble to tell us, in giving us the Bible. In years gone by, people knew the Bible, and one who did not know the Bible was not considered an educated person. The prophet states a fact that is still true today: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” Hosea 4:6. We need to study our Bibles, so that we will not be ignorant of what God has prepared for us, how we ought to behave, and be educated. Does it embarass you to be ignorant? Northwest Buna Church of Christ, (409)658-7578

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Obituaries Blake Allen Blake Allen, 21, of Vidor, died Feb. 28 in Sweeny. Funeral services were held Mar. 3 at Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee with interment following in Franks Branch Cemetery in Fred. Survivors include parents Sheri and Doug Chesser of Vidor; brother Justin Allen (Ramelia) of Fort Riley, KS; sister, Ashley Chesser of Vidor; grandparents, Roger and Brenda Harvill of Fred, George and Shirley Allen of Evadale, Mary Chesser of Vidor, and Ernest Dobie and Joyce Walton of Lumberton; great grandmother, Grace Yates of Beaumont; uncle, Gerry Walton(Amy) of Fred; and other extended family members.

Dr. Jan Butchee Dr. Jan F. Butchee, 61, of College Station, and formerly of Buna, died Feb. 28. She was preceded in death by her mother, Pearline Butchee; her niece, Heather Butchee; and her grandmother Mary “Granny” Butchee. Survivors include her father,

Wayne Butchee (Charlene); brother, Lamar Butchee (Sharlina)of Buna; niece, Jade Butchee; nephews, Justin Butchee, Cody Butchee, Dillon Butchee, and Dalton Butchee; two great nieces; two great nephews; and her companions, Bentley, the Scottish Terrier and Kuhn, a Lhasa Apso. Services were held Sunday,

Henry McGalin, Herky Thornton, and Dickie Reeves. Dr. Jan Butchee was a physician at Women’s Clinic at Texas A&M University in College Station for the past fifteen years. Prior to this, she was in general practice in Buna. Prior to becoming a physician, she was a ASCP Medical Technologist at Wilcox Laboratory in Beaumont and John Sealy Hospital in Galveston.

Arlee Cole Arlee Cole, 88, of Vidor, formerly of Buna, died Mar. 3 at Oakwood Manor Nursing Home in Vidor. Graveside services were held Mar. 6 at Antioch Cemetery in Buna under the direction of Adams EE Stringer Funeral Home in Buna. She is survived by her son, Mar. 4 at Adams EE Stringer Rodney E. Cole, Jr. of Vidor; three Funeral Home in Buna with grandchildren; and four greatinterment following at Greenlawn grandchildren. Memorial Park Mausoleum in Port Arthur. Visitation was held Betty Sadler Mar. 3 at Adams EE Stringer Betty Sue Sadler, 66, of Funeral Home in Buna. Mauriceville, died Mar. 3 at St. Officiating was Dr. David Mary’s Hospital in Port Arthur. Mahfouz, pastor of First Baptist Services were held Mar. 5 at Church in Port Neches, and Bro. Dorman Funeral Home Chapel in Delbert Milstead, pastor of Cen- Orange with interment following tral Baptist Church in Buna. in Autumn Oaks Memorial Park in Serving as pallbearers were Orange. Dillon Butchee, Dalton Butchee, Survivors include husband Justin Butchee, Cody Butchee, Wesley Sadler of Mauriceville; daughters, Evelyn Sadler of Austin and Leslie Estes (Curtis) of Little Cypress; son, Richard Sadler (Brenda) of The Woodlands; sister, Mary Saunders (Chuck) of Orange and Carolyn Perry of Vinton, LA; brothers, Larry Reed of Church Point, LA and Johnny Reed of La Porte; mother-in-law, Louise Frances Sadler of Mauriceville; 10 grandchildren; and a host of extended family.

Church Bulletin Financial Peace University at Central Baptist Financial Peace University, a 13-week course taught by Dave Ramsey taught on DVD, meets every Sunday at 5:45 p.m. at Central Baptist Church in Buna. Contact Jason Harris, at 994-3641, for more information or to register.

Buna Cowboy Church holding weekly services

Local Church Directory

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

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

Buna’s Bread of Life Church Pastor Byron Johnson

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

Buna Cowboy Church Pastor Joedy Burnett 454-8775

Faith Missionary Baptist Church Rev. Gene Maddox 382-2784

Friendship Baptist Church Pastor Paul Swearingen 994-3273

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

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

New Cherry Grove Baptist Church Pastor Doug McWhirter

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

Buna United Pentecostal Church Rev. Richard Dykes 994-2501

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

Grace Missionary Baptist Church Rev. Mike Ivey

Calvary Apostolic Tabernacle Evadale Pastor Steve McMullin

First Assembly of God Rev. Dennis Owens 994-2670

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

Central Baptist Church Rev. Delbert Milstead 994-3641

First Baptist Church Rev. Paul Boughan 994-3517

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

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

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

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The newly formed Buna Cowboy Church will hold weekly services on Sunday mornings at 11 a.m. On Tuesday nights, round pen services will be held at 8 p.m. at the Buna Bridle Club. For questions or directions, please call Pastor Joedy Burnett at 454-8775 or secretary Amanda Burnett at 713-922-5615.

Irish Potato Feast at First United Methodist The First United Methodist Church in Buna will host their annual Irish potato feast on Sunday, Mar. 18 at 11:30 a.m. in the MAC building. Potatoes with toppings, dessert, and drinks will be served for $8 individuals and $25 for families of five or more. Come and enjoy the food and fellowship. Contact the church office at 994-3232 by Friday, Mar. 16 for reservations.

Concert at New Cherry Grove Baptist Mar. 10 New Cherry Grove Baptist Church in Gist presents “1 Reason” in concert Saturday, Mar. 10 at 7 p.m. New Cherry Grove is located 10 miles south of Buna at CR 826 and Hwy. 62. For more information, contact Nancy Peveto at 289-5479.



THE BUNA SEVENTH grade boys basketball team members for the 2011-12 season were, back, left to right, Coach Jeff Martin, Seth Smith, Remi Connell, Kerrion Lewis, Brent Whitehead, Trace O’Dell, and front, left to right, Dustin Richardson, Evan Clark, Jacob Chase, Seth Garsee, and Lane Hoke.

THE BUNA EIGHTH grade boys basketball team members for the 2011-12 season were back, left to right, Ty Cleveland, Tommy Jones, Justin Kennedy, Josh Kelly, and PRESCHOOLERS AT THE Buna Public Library enjoyed celfront, left to right, Tobias Golden, Klay Rose, Karson ebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday through reading one of his books and doing a craft based around his famous hat. Childress, and Trent Wagstaff.

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HELPWANTED - 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

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CHILD FIND/CHILD SERVE - IIf you are a parent and have concerns about your child, or if you know of a child or adult ages birth21 with a disability you may call: Your local school district: Buna 409-994-4803, Kirbyville - 409-4200723, Region V Educational Service Center - 1-800-896-6356. For additional information about the rights of parents of eligible children, or for answers to any questions you might have about programs, please contact South Jasper County SSA at 409-994-4895 or by mail at P.O. Box 1087, Buna, TX. 77612. 1TC-28

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Proper Care of Stray Animals Strayed or lost … what to do? When you find an animal wandering, what steps should you take to reunite them with their owner and keep yourself safe? “One should be careful when approaching a stray animal,” says Dr. M.A. Crist, a clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. “If the animal is injured or scared it may inflict bite wounds or scratches to the person approaching or trying to handle the stray animal,” explains Crist. “Because the animal has an unknown vaccination history, we do not know if this animal has been vaccinated for rabies therefore it is recommended that experienced personnel handle stray animals.” “Some rescue groups, animal shelters, and city animal control have knowledgeable personnel who are experienced in rescuing stray animals,” notes Dr. Crist. “They can provide veterinary care for the sick or injured and also check if the pet is microchipped or has any other form of identification that may reconnect it with the original owner.” Teach your children or young adults not to walk up to any animal that does not have an owner attached to it. Even if there is an owner present, they should ask if they can approach the pet because it may not be friendly. If they are allowed to approach the pet, sometimes it is best to come from the side of the pet and try to avoid a frontal approach. Crist also suggests that one should be mindful of bringing a stray animal into a confined area such as your car. The stray may become frightened and become a fear biter that causes harm to the person. She recommends that if one does obtain a stray and needs to transport the animal, it is best to place it into a pet carrier for transportation. “Bringing a stray animal into your own home may be concerning,” notes Crist. “The pet has an unknown vaccine history. Again, the animal may become fearful and cause harm to people or other pets in the household. The stray pet should be kept away from your personal animals because one does not know if this animal may be carrying other diseases and expose your pets to these diseases.” If you decide you want to keep a stray animal, Crist recommends having the animal examined by a veterinarian who can check for a microchip or other form of identification to determine an owner. The veterinarian can advise on what the stray would need to have the best medical treatment and how to care for the pet. “Good enclosures help to keep pets from escaping and getting lost,” explains Crist. But, if they escape, identifying mechanisms are helpful. “I would strongly encourage pet owners to microchip or permanently identify their pet. It is recommended, if a microchip is used, to supply an additional contact name of a person not in your state. We learned this when Hurricane Katrina came to Louisiana and people were displaced. Lots of pets had contact names of people identified, but these people were displaced as well. The animal with a microchip that had an out-of-state contact gave us a person who helped to identify the pet owner.” Crist notes that having pets spayed or neutered will certainly help with population control of unwanted animals. The way to help a stray … what to do? Stay safe with safety first, seek knowledgeable and equipped personnel, and try to identify the pet’s owner. This message sponsored by

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Little Miss Buna, Miss Redbud pageant celebrates young ladies The seventh annual official Little Miss Buna and Miss Redbud Scholarship pageant was held Saturday, as Buna resident Carly Holloway was named Miss Redbud, Miss Redbud Gorgeous Face, and Best Personality/Modeling. Also in the Miss Redbud (1518 years) division, Victoria Hickman was named Ms. Buna, Miss Photogenic, and best overall appearance; Rayven Metcalfe was second runner up and prettiest hair; Katie Dutton was best dressed; and Ashton Stanley and Mikyla Westbrooks were princesses. In Teen Miss (13-14), Kelci Binagia was named Teen Miss Buna and best overall appearance; Hannah Dawson was Teen Miss Redbud, Teen Miss Redbud Gorgeous Face, best personality/modeling, and Miss Photogenic; Carlee Whitehead was first runner up and prettiest hair; and Halie Schnitz was best dressed. In Junior Miss (10-12), Kara Green was named Junior Miss Buna and best personality/modeling; Courtney Mitchell was Junior Miss Redbud, best overall appearance, and best dressed; Beverly Wiggins was first runner up and prettiest hair; Lacey West was Junior Miss Redbud Gorgeous Face; and Jessalyn Trnka was Miss Photogenic. In Little Miss (7-9), Diamond Shankle was named Little Miss Buna, Little Miss Redbud Gorgeous Face, and best personality/modeling; Trinady Renfro was Little Miss Redbud, Miss Photogenic, and best overall appearance; Chloee Marks was first runner up; Raylee Trahan was best dressed; Miriah Westbrooks was prettiest hair; and Shyleigh Cooper was a princess. In Petite Little Miss (4-6), Preslie Dawson was named Petite Little Miss Buna; Lilly Cooper was Petite Little Miss Redbud and best personality/modeling; Brynli Duhon was first runner up and best dressed; Kaelin Drake was Miss Photogenic and best overall appearance; Stephanie Markle was prettiest hair; and

Carli Crumpton was Petite Little Miss Redbud Gorgeous Face. As princesses in the Petite Little Miss division were Kayla Smith, Megan Thibodeaux, Brookelyn Campbell, and Haylee Kerkau. In Mini Little Miss (2-3), Brianna Benson was Mini Little Miss Buna, best overall appearance, and Miss Photogenic; Fynlee Dawson was Mini Little Miss Redbud and prettiest hair; Maddyson Merkelz was first runner up; Addyson Meredith was Mini Little Miss Redbud Gorgeous Face; Kamryn Balusek was best personality/modeling; and Lakelynn Gilchriest was best dressed. As princesses in the Mini Little Miss division were Amberleigh Fraze, Kenzie Roye, Natalie Hooker, and Makayla Craft. In Tiny Miss (12-23 mos.), Payton Gray was Tiny Little Miss Buna and best personality/modeling; Brayleigh Burke was Tiny Little Miss Redbud and prettiest hair; Alexis Schecengost was first runner up and Tine Little Miss Redbud Gorgeous Face; Madalynn Blue was Miss Photogenic and best overall appearance; Raegan Porter was best dressed; and Riley Caillier was a princess. In Baby Miss (0-11 mos.), JLynn Marks was Baby Little Miss Buna and Baby Little Miss Redbud Gorgeous Face; Abby Noffsinger was Baby Little Miss Redbud, Miss Photogenic, best overall appearance, and best dressed; and Evlyn Thibodeaux was first runner up and best personality/modeling. Martha Burroughs was named Mrs. Redbud. Carlee Whitehead was Community Queen, and Raylee Trahan was Director’s Queen. Diamond Shankle was Portfolio Queen, Kelci Binagia was Supreme Queen, Kara Green was Grand Supreme Queen, and Brianna Benson was Ultimate Grand Supreme. J-Lynn and Chloe Marks were Sisters Supreme Queens. Diamond Shankle and Trinady Renfro were Friendship Supreme Queens.

WINNERS IN THE 0-11 months age division were, left to right, first runner up and Best Personality/Modeling Evlyn Thibodeaux; Baby Little Miss Buna, Baby Little Miss Redbud Gorgeous Face, and Prettiest Hair J-Lynn Marks; and Baby Little Miss Redbud, Best Dress, Best Overall Appearance, and Miss Photogenic Abby Noffsinger.

WINNERS IN THE 10-12 year age division were, left to right, first runner up and Prettiest Hair Beverly Wiggins; Junior Miss Buna and Best Personality/Modeling Kara Green; Junior Miss Redbud, Best Dress, and Best Overall Appearance Courtney Mitchell; Junior Miss Redbud Gorgeous Face Lacey West; and Miss Photogenic Jessalyn Trnka.

WINNERS IN THE 12-23 months age division were, left to right, Tiny Little Miss Redbud Gorgeous Face and first runner up Alexis Schrecengost; Tiny Little Miss Redbud and Prettiest Hair Brayleigh Burke; and Tniy Little Miss Buna and Best Personality/Modeling Payton Gray. WINNERS IN THE 13-14 year division were, left to right, Little Miss Buna Redbud Community Queen Carlee Whitehead, Teen Miss Redbud, Best Personality/Modeling, and Teen Miss Redbud Gorgeous Face Hannah Dawson; Best Dress Halie Schnitz; and Teen Miss Buna and Best Overall Appearance Kelci Binagia.

WINNERS IN THE 2-3 year age division were, left to right, Mini Little Miss Redbud Fynlee Dawson; Mini Little Miss Buna, Best Overall Appearance, and Miss Photogenic Brianna Benson; and first runner up Maddyson Merkelz.

Sheriff’s News By Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman We picked up two Hummers at Fort Polk this past week that came back from the war. One of them has 8,000 miles on it and the other has 11,000 miles. We’ll have them on hand in case of another hurricane or storm. We also went to San Antonio and picked up some office furniture and items for our kitchen, and all this was at no cost to the County. We are constantly on the lookout for items being returned to the States that can be picked up by the County; we are watching for a generator on wheels and a few more filing cabinets. Commissioner Moss wanted me to appeal to the people in our County not to abuse our county roads with their all-terrain vehicles. When drainage ditches are made on these roads, it is to control water flow and to keep the roads from deteriorating. When these all-terrain vehicles are driven through these mounds of dirt it takes our tax dollars to repair them. It is also against the law. A pink motorcycle was stolen north of Jasper; there can’t be

many of those around. So if you see a pink motorcycle, please call my office and let us check it out. We are receiving a lot of calls concerning dogs and cats. There is not a leash law in the County so we can’t pick them up for just being loose. If they are destroying your property or threatening your family or livestock, call us and we will do our best to fix the problem. If you find yourself with more animals than you can take care of please call the Humane Society, don’t just dump them on the side of the road. Our jail count is at 101 today. We still have several who haven’t gotten out from the last roundup, but we are back out there looking for those using and selling dope. If we missed them last time, we’ll get them the next roundup. Our jail may be filling up fast but we always have room for a drug dealer. Call us if you need us. Have a safe and productive week and then come enjoy the Redbud Festival with us this weekend. I heard some “Good Guys and Bad Guys” will be there.

THE BUNA SEVENTH grade girls basketball team members for the 2011-12 season were, left to right, Morgan Lambright, Camryn Powell, Kary Anthony, Heather Hutto, Mary Smith, Laney Castie, Sierra Fontenot, Skylar Latham, Jade Butchee, and Abbey Burns.

WINNERS IN THE 15-18 year age division were, left to right, Princess Ashton Stanley; Miss Redbud, Miss Redbud Gorgeous Face, and Best Personality/Modeling Carly Holloway; Princess Mikyla Westbrooks; first runner up and Prettiest Hair Rayven Metcalfe; Best Dress Katie Dutton; and Ms. Buna, Miss Photogenic, and Best Overall Appearance Victoria Hickman. WINNERS IN THE 4-6 year age division were, left to right, first runner up and Best Dress Brynli Duhon; Petite Little Miss Buna Preslie Dawson; Petite Little Miss Redbud Gorgeous Face Carli Crumpton; and Petite Little Miss Redbud and Best Personality/Modeling Lilly Cooper.

SERVING AS THE Master of Ceremonies was, left, 2012 WINNERS IN THE 7-9 year age division were, left to right, Mrs. Redbud Martha Burroughs, and 2011 Miss Redbud Katie Little Miss Redbud, Best Overall Appearance, and Miss Green, right, also helped during the ceremonies. Photogenic Trinady Renfro; Little Miss Buna Redbud Director’s Queen RayLee Trahan; Little Miss Buna, Little Miss Redbud Gorgeous Face, and Best Personality/Modeling Diamond Shankle.

WINNING THE OFFICIAL Little Miss Buna and Miss Redbud Scholarship Pageant optional awards were, left to right, Little Miss Buna Redbud Ultimate Grand Supreme Queen Brianna Benson; Little Miss Buna Redbud Grand Supreme THE BUNA EIGHTH grade girls basketball team members Queen Kara Green; Little Miss Buna Redbud Supreme were back , left to right, Lauren Ward, Jessica Ripka, Robyn Queen Kelci Binagia; Little Miss Buna Redbud Portfolio Carrell, and front , left to right, Madison Caillier, Alyssa Queen Diamond Shankle; and Little Miss Redbud Sisters Garcia, Rachel Palmer, Courtney Smith, and Kori Harris. Supreme Queens Chloee and J-Lynn Marks.



Lady Cougars hoping for playoff spot this year

Terrier says Cougars off to a promising start With basketball season over, it’s time to move on to focus on spring sports like baseball, track, golf, and tennis, but for Buna High School head varsity baseball coach Kevin Terrier, the only thing on his mind is baseball. Since dropping to 2A, the Buna team has won five consecutive district championships. The team has been to the Area round twice, Regional Quarterfinals once, Regional Semi-finals once, and the State Semi-finals once, and although he would be quick to take any credit, much of the success has been because of Terrier. “The team knows I have very high expectations,” he said. “The players have a little added pressure this year, and they know it is their job to go get number six.” Returning this year for the Cougars will be: Richard Walden, senior, playing second base and pitching; Justin Yoes, senior, playing centerfield and pitching; Caleb Hardy, senior, playing right field; Brian Askew, senior, playing left field; Kolton Clark, junior, playing third base and pitching; Glenn Patrick, junior, catching; Ryan Houston, junior, playing second base; and JM Kelly, sophomore, playing shortstop, pitching, third base, and outfield. “In practice we have been focusing on the fundamentals of hitting and base running,” said Terrier. “We’ve also been focused on fundamental fielding.” Coach Williams is a new addition to the couching staff this year, and Terrier said “he’s been doing a great job with the pitchers.” New Cougars to the varsity team will be: Braden Franklin, junior, who has depth at pitching and will possibly be a first baseman; Tate LeJeune, junior, playing infield and outfield; Jacob Graves, junior, playing first base; Ethan Franklin, freshman, pitching and playing as a corner infielder; Joe Clark, freshman, playing as a middle infielder; and Kreston Richardson, freshman, playing as a middle infielder and in the outfield. The Cougars started their preseason scrimmages out in Newton on Feb. 6 where they played seven innings and scored 13 runs. “Our pitchers dominated the scrimmage, striking out 20 New-

The Buna High School varsity softball team has been knocked out of the playoffs the last three consecutive years by the Hardin Lady Hornets, but this year, the team has been hard at work since the beginning of January to make sure that doesn’t happen again. “Last year we left a lot of THE BUNA HIGH School 2012 varsity boys golf team consists of members, left to right, Tanner Crumpton, Conner runner on base, so we have been Dawson, Lucas Sammons, Kreston Richardson, Colton focusing on hitting and taking care of runners in scoring posiBrown, and Alan Cripps. Not pictured is Quade Hebert.

BUNA HIGH SCHOOL varsity baseball head coach Kevin Terrier is counting on the 2012 Cougar team to earn the school’s sixth consecutive district playoff spot. ton batters and giving up only one hit while walking four,” said Terrier. “We collected seven hits and eight walks offensively.” Since the Newton scrimmage, the team has faced Orangefield, Silsbee, and Hamshire Fannett. “We are looking really good, and I’m very excited about this year’s team,” said Terrier. The team played their first district game in Hardin on Monday, and the Beacon staff will have the full results next week. The first opportunity for baseball fans to see the Cougars at home will be Tuesday, Mar. 13 against Warren at 6:30 p.m. Terrier said that he is keeping his eye on several teams as far as district play is concerned. “We will not take anyone lightly,” he said. “This is the most even I have seen this district since we entered into it. Every team in this league has good players, and everyone has at least one really good pitcher.” Speaking of pitchers, Buna senior Richard Walden recently signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Williams Baptist College beginning in the fall. “It is always exciting when one of your players gets the opportunity to play at the next level,” said Terrier. “I wish him nothing but the best when he leaves our Cougar family and moves on to the next level. The good thing is, we still have him for the next few months and I look forward to seeing how he performs his senior year.” District play will now continue in full swing for the Cougars, and Terrier said the only thing he could hope for is a little more time on the field coaching the game that he loves so much.

THE BUNA HIGH School 2012 varsity girls golf team consists of members, left to right, Tori Kellum, Lauren Hale, Emily Walker, Keather Nichols, and Jodi Erickson.

Rebels finish second in Evadale tournament By Scott Loar Beacon Correspondent The Evadale Rebels hosted their baseball tournament this past weekend with a field of eight teams. The Rebels finished 2-1 for the tournament falling to West Sabine in the tournament championship game. In the Thursday game, the Rebels defeated the Spurger Pirates 17-2. The Rebels scored 8 runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back as they cruised to the season opening victory. Tanner Hawthorne led the Rebels from the plate going 3-for3. Wes Williams had two stolen bases. Kyle Taylor picked up the win on the mound for the Rebels. In Friday’s game, the Rebels tied the Colmesneil Bulldogs 6 to 6, but due to tournament time limit rules the Rebels advanced as they were ahead in the last full inning before time expired. The

Rebels did all their damage at the plate in the first inning as they scored six runs. Brandon Midkiff had two RBI’s, and Hunter Jackson picked up the win. The Rebels faced the Tigers from West Sabine in the championship game, but fielding errors proved to be the Rebels undoing in the 15 to 5 loss. Hawthone had two RBI’s as did Cody Ingram. “We played a home school team in a scrimmage of sorts on Tuesday, and we got to use eight different pitchers in the game in order to get an opportunity to evaluate who we thought might be able to help us out this season,” said head coach Mark Williams. “It is a very short time to get a team prepared as we will begin district this week. We know what we need to work on and we will address those things in order to get better.”

BUNA RESIDENTS ISAAC and Chris Gingery recently traveled to Coconut Creek, Florida to recieve their level two MMA certification at American Top Team Headquarters.

THE BUNA LADY Cougars softball team has been gearing up for what they hope is a very successful season. tions,” said head coach Jim Sherman. “Defense is certainly our strength.” Returning Lady Cougars are: Hailey and Bailey Campbell, playing catcher and first base, respectively; Raylie Richardson playing shortstop and outfield; Suzanne Berry starting in the outfield along with Katie Welty playing centerfield; Madison Frankin playing second base; and Kaitlyn Midkiff playing first base and pitching. Newcomers to the varsity team will be Jaeci Dans, Jessi Clark, and Kendra Bean. Future talent to watch for include Jaelyn Heirtzler, Keana Ratcliff, and Sarah Seaman. The Lady Cougars started their scrimmage season off on Jan. 30 against Port Arthur Memorial. “It was a good start,” said Sherman. “We hit the ball well and played good defense.” On Feb. 2 the girls hosted Jasper, and according to Sherman, they “lit us up pretty good.” Wanting to make the most out of the scrimmage, Sherman said he switched the girls’ focus to base running. The team then faced Newton and Brookland on Feb. 10 and 13,

and it went well against both of these teams. In the Legacy scrimmage Feb. 21, the Lady Cougars came back with a 19-0 win. Madison Franklin hit a two run homerun over the left field fence, a career first for her. “This was our first game with all of our players back from basketball and cheerleading,” said Sherman. “For several of the girls it was their first time on the field in months. It was a good win.” The Little CypressMauriceville tournament got shortened due to weather, but the Lady Cougars had a couple close games in there. “We ended up losing to Crosby who later won the tournament,” said Sherman. Feb. 27 was the Lady Cougar’s second match up of the season against Orangefield. They had seen them in the LC-M tournament and left the game tied. Unfortunately for the Lady Cougars, the Lady Bobcats fought back in this game and won, 10-6, due to two late Buna errors. “We spotted them 5-0, and we only left the bases loaded once,” said Sherman. “Although it brought us to 1-1 on the season, I still think it was a good game that taught us alot.” The Lady Cougar’s first district game was held Mar. 5 in Buna against Hardin, so check back with the Buna Beacon next week for the full report. “We are definitely watching Hardin, Warren, and Anahuac closely,” said Sherman. Anahuac is always well coached and Warren is normally in the top two spots in district.” Sherman was excited that district play opened up at home as generally the first district game is on the road. The Lady Cougars will also be at home this Friday, Mar. 9 against Warren with the game beginning at 5 p.m. “We are battling with everybody right now,” said Sherman. “There’s nobody that’s bad, and there’s really nobody that’s great. The district is wide open.” With this year’s experienced group of all juniors and seniors on varsity, that wide open district is exactly what gives the Lady Cougars hope in securing a playoff spot this year.

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Buna track teams win big at Deweyville meet

Johnson - Brewster engagement Ronnie and Kathy Johnson of Vidor proudly announce the engagement of their daughter, Kirstie LeAnn Johnson , to John Kolton Brewster. The bride-to-be is a 2010 graduate of Silsbee High School and is employed with New Beginning Childcare in Buna. The groom-to-be is a 2009

graduate of Buna High School and is a student at Lamar University pursuing a criminal justice degree. He is employed with STI in Buna. He is the son of Kevin and Kathy Brewster of Buna. The couple will be married March 31, 2012.

The Buna High School girls and boys varsity track teams competed in the Deweyville track meet last Thursday, as the girls team placed third overall out of eight teams with 84 total points. Nicole Casper placed first in the pole vault with eleven feet, with Kendra Bean taking fifth with seven feet. Casper also placed first in triple jump with a 33 foot and five inch jump. Logan Moss placed second in high jump with a four foot eight inch jump. Moss also placed first in long jump with a 14 foot eight and a half inch jump. Savannah Galloway placed third in shot put with a 27 foot seven and a half inch throw. In the 400 meter relay, Jacyie Young, Mackenzie Graham, Kelsie Moulder, and Casper took third place with a time of 53.24 seconds. Elizabeth Patterson took fifth place in the 800 meter run with a time of 2 minutes and 56 seconds. In the 800 meter relay, Young, Graham, Bean, and Casper took third place with a time of 1 minute

and 56 seconds. Moulder took second place in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 54.27 seconds, while Bean took fourth place with a 56.72 seconds time. The Lady Cougars will rest for Spring Break and then head to East Chambers on Mar. 17 for their next meet. BOYS On the boys side, the team of McCrea Lopez, Sage Smith, Mason Lopez, and Matthew Biddle placed fifth in the 400 meter relay and third in the 800 meter relay. In the 1600 meter relay, Triston Poole, Smith, Samuel Graham, and Mason Lopez took home third place. Jordan Swearingen placed fifth in the 3200 meter run, Poole placed fourth in the 800 meter run, and Graham placed fourth in the 400 meter run. Colby Westbrook placed sixth in pole vault, Cody Ireland placed fourth in the 200 meter run, and Robert Serna placed fourth in shot put. The boys will head to Newton on Mar. 9 for their next meet.

THE EVADALE CATFISH Festival Car Show had a great turnout last Saturday and displayed cars from all decades.

EARNING A TRIP to Orlando, Florida to compete in the cheerleading international competition were Buna residents, back, left to right, Brooke Briseno, Dusti Boudreaux, Chloe Baker, Kate Baker, and front, Emma Palmer.

Five Buna girls earn cheer trip to Orlando Five Buna residents earned a trip to go to Disney World in Orlando, Florida over Spring Break by competing and winning in the Universal Cheerleaders

THE JASPER COUNTY Area Go Texan Committee recently earned many awards through the Houston Livestock Show.

Jasper County Area Go Texan takes top honors The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest was held recently in Houston, and the Jasper County Area Go Texan Committee competed in several events. The awards won were: second runner up overall, second runner up chicken, Best Go Texan Bar-BQue, machined piece Best of Division quilt, and Most Colorful Finalist. Committee Members were Christine Moss of Buna, Carolyn Burge of Evadale, Billy Rowles of Buna, Connie Fancher of Buna, Andy Ferguson of Evadale, Charles Gibson of Evadale, Francis MacDaniel of Evadale, Terry Causey of Kirbyville, Bruce Whitehead of Evadale, Gene Moss of Buna, Andrea Rife of Buna, Janette Nolan of Buna, Sherry Bossier of Buna, John VanDevender of Buna, Jennifer Smith of Jasper, Kirk Richardson of Jasper, Dicky Marris of Jasper,

and Hugh Terry of Evadale. In 2011, the Jasper County Area Go Texan Committee, in conjunction with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, was able to give a total of $23,000 in scholarships. For the past three years a senior from Jasper High School has received the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Scholarship totaling $46,000. For 2012 Scholarships, the committee goal is to give a total of $26,000 to Jasper County high school seniors. Members are volunteers from the Jasper County area. Right now there are 15 members and three senior members. They are currently looking for new members from the Jasper and Kirbyville areas for the 2012-2013 season. “Like” their page on Facebook to follow their events and find out if you can be involved with the events going on for the rest of this season.

Central Baptist Buna’s youth help fight hunger By Amber Hawk Beacon Editor Nearly 8,000 children across the world under the age of five die every day due to hunger related causes. Some literally starve to death while others suffer from illness and disease brought on by malnutrition and a weak immune system. Upon hearing this information, students of the Central Baptist Buna youth group felt compelled to do something, as 30 students and 10 adults joined thousands across the nation who went for 30 hours without food in order to get a real taste of hunger. Last Friday and Saturday, student participated in a national event called 30 Hour Famine. Along with not eating for 30 hours, students were encouraged to raise funds to send to World Vision to help pay for the basic needs of suffering children. World Vision is a Christian organization that partners with communities across the globe to supply clean water, nutritious food, health care, educational opportunities, and spiritual nurture for children trapped in poverty situations. Students had to raise at least $30 in order to participate in the event at Central Baptist, the amount needed to provide for a child for a month. The teenagers were allowed to ask for donations but not from their parents. Most of them took on odd jobs such as yard work or

babysitting to raise as much as they could. The total amount raised was $1,815, surpassing last year’s goal of $1651.61. “This was definitely an eye opening experience for me as well as the students,” said Scott Hawk, student minister at Central Baptist in Buna. “The hardest part is that I know there are thousands every day who experience this because they have no other choice.” The participants were split into smaller groups which they called tribes. The students completed challenges all weekend that were designed for them to experience some other facet of living in poverty. The youth also participated in local service projects. The weekend ended with a “Break the Fast” service Saturday night where parents and families were invited to come share a meal with the hungry students. After taking a spoonful of the peanut butter mixture that World Vision gives out to malnourished children, students finally enjoyed fruit and soup. “I was definitely hungry, but I know what there are people who live like this every single day and that makes my hunger not feel so strong,” said Buna Junior High student Reid Hawthorn. If you would like to make a donation to help fight world hunger, visit or contact Scott Hawk at 994-3641.

Association Nationals competition. Emma Palmer, daughter of Shelby and Paula Palmer, and Chloe and Kate Baker, daughter of Gary and Rebecca Baker, are part of the Excel Level 1 Youth cheer competition team. Dusti Boudreaux, daughter of Jerry and Beth Boudreaux, and Brooke Briseno, daughter of Carlos and Ginger Briseno, are part of the Extreme Level 3 SR cheer competition team. In Katy on Oct. 22, Excel earned second place and Extreme earned first place and were named Grand Champions. In San Marcous on Nov. 20, Excel placed third and Extreme placed first. This was the competition that earned the squads their bid to Disney World. In Houston on Dec. 4, Excel placed third and Extreme placed first, best stunts, and Grand Champions. In Galveston on the weekend of Jan. 21-23, Excel placed third and Extreme placed first and was named National Champions. In Houston on the weekend of Feb. 4-5, Excel placed seventh and Extreme placed first and was named National Champions and Grand National Champions. This was the competition that earned Extreme their jackets. The international competition will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports at Disney World on Mar. 10-11 and will feature AS PART OF one of the service projects, Buna Junior High cheerleading squads from all School students Madison Caillier, left, and Kacey Anthony, over the world. right, made bracelets to send to children in Canada.



GoldenBy Margaret HubHolmes Bowling Buna Redbud Rodeo Top scores for the week were: Inger Bridges 204; Carrie Cox 195; Sharon Dryden 190; Diann Foreman 197; Ruth Herrington 191; Barbara Gill 184; Mary Hatch 175; Avis Perello 174; Peggy Stone 168; Yvonne Kirk 172; Sachiko Golden 168; Peggy Whitehead 165; Jean Thompson 169. Others who were bowling: Christine Holliday, Clovis Click, Erica Wells, Kelly Davis, Linda Bass, and Roxie Strange. Team of the week: Pat’s Spirits

1986, Smoothie King #14 1946. The bowling league standings as of Feb. 27: Dipsticks 28; Edward Jones 24; Lucky Charms 23; Serenity Salon 22; Smoothie King #14 22; Community Bank 21; Colton Construction 20; Belles 19; Pooh’s Pals 19; Compass Bank 17; Hatch’s Wreckers 17; Scaredy Cats 16; Pat’s Spirits 15; Richbourgs 14; Health Care Dynamics 14; Ultra Con 14; Quilter’s Studio 12 ½; Scatter Brains 11 ½.

Market Report Kirbyville Auction Barn Market Report Mar. 3, 2012 Total Head: 288 Bull Calves 0-299: $1.45 - $2.40 300-399: $1.30 - $2.20 400-499: $1.20 - $2.05 500 and up: $1.10 - $1.75 Heifer Calves 0-299: $1.30 - $2.30 300-399: $1.20 - $2.00 400-499: $1.10 - $1.80 500 and up: $.95 - $1.70 Pregnant Cows: $615 - $1250

Cow/Calf Pairs: $860 - $1675 Slaughter Cows: $65 - $110 Bulls: $92 - $130 Hogs Boars: $25 - $30 Sows: $40 - $45 Tops: $55 - $60 Pigs: $20 - $50 Goats: $25 - $135 Horses: $150 - $425

adds buffalo races

The Buna Bridle Club Redbud Rodeo returns on Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10 at the Bridle Club arena beginning at 8 p.m. nightly, and this year there are some special events that have been added. Along with all the popular rodeo events, this year’s rodeo features a sheep and calf scramble, as well as the all-new competitive buffalo races. On Friday night, Buna High School coaches Holly Wilkinson and Eric Girola will go head-to head to see which one can make it to the finish line riding bareback on a big ol’ buffalo. The buffalo races will start in the bucking chute but rest

assured there is absolutely no bucking in this event. At the release of the gates, the race is on to see who can get the mammoth beast across the finish line. Saturday night’s featured buffalo racers will be former Jasper County Sheriff Billy Rowles and current Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman. Also, at 7 p.m. nightly, Cowboy Church of Kirbyville and pastor Scotty Smith will lead in worship services. For more information about this event, contact Cindy Reynolds at 291-1640. Be sure to make plans to attend the Buna Bridle Club’s Redbud Rodeo!

Kirbyville music show Saturday The Kirbybille Area Heritage Society will host their Country Music Show this Saturday, Mar. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Palace Theater at 305 E. Main. Guest performers include The Welkers of Silsbee, Mark Griffin

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of Nederland, Kaysee Gunter of Fannett, Rodney Barrington of Garrison, and Brittney Van Veckhoven of Burkeville. The night will feature the Heart of Texas band. Tickets are $7 for adults, $3 for children age 7 to 12, and free for children 6 and under. The show is produced by the Heritage Society. For more information, call Vondol Bailey at 423-3319.

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Kaytlyn Franz Birthday: February 14, 2003. School: Buna Elementary School - Third grade. Parents: Billy and Kristin Franz. 4-H History: 3 years. Offices held in 4-H: Council delegate. What animals I raise: Rabbits. 4-H Projects : Photography, fashion, and food show.

March 7 Penny Cannon Jessica Cherry Kylie Gore Dot Laramore Cathy Nolan Tressie Piazza Madison Smith Chad Bonds March 8 Danae Best R.L. Davis Cory Falcon Angela Jacobs Dena Kelly Donny Luckey Mary Mayer - Oakes Pebbles Reeves Jennifer Spell Logan Vaughn Tisha Vaughn March 9 Flossie Mae Holoman Vince McClelland Jimmy Patillo Krissy Perry Tristan Lee Reeves Stacy Tanton March 10 Amber Baker Amber Conner Rocky Eubanks Elsie Marks Jenny Michalsky Margaret Sheffield March 11 Darrin Cline Dianne Hardy Yoshika Holloman Khloe Keith Pattie McMillan March 12 Joshua Caillier Takisha Fobbs C.E. Holt Doris Hyde Vol Ladner Essie Lee Laura Strange Emily Walker Mike Walker March 13 Steven Matlage Grantry Mitchell Michala Seaman Pinkie Williams March 14 LaVerne Anderson Seth Clark Dallas Fawn Freeman Justin Harris Allen Oliver Perry Parks Troy Stutes March 15 Jamie Fielder Annette Frazier Megan Ann Gilchriest Dru LeBlanc Murphy Perry Clyde Williams

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“World Guy” journeys around the globe for a diabetic cure By Tina Cooley Beacon Reporter Drivers along TX St. Hwy. 62 and U.S. Hwy. 96 got a glimpse of an unusual sight this past week a broad, tall man pushing a giant inflated globe, and walking along with his dog, Nice. Known as ‘World Guy’, Erik Bendl, a Kentucky native, is pacing his steps to accomplish the dream of trekking across all of the lower 48 states in an effort to raise diabetes awareness. Bendl’s mom died several years back at the age of 54 following a battle with diabetes. His uncle, who was diagnosed at age 40, also died as a result of the disease. As a result of the personal losses he experienced, Bendl began looking for a way to help

fight the disease. The inspiration came in the form of a routine afternoon trip to the park with his son. Bendl and his son often took the giant 6-foot globe, given to him by a friend in 1988, to the park. A reporter saw the pair playing in the park and asked him if he’d consider walking with the globe for charity. Bendl’s response was a defining “Yes, in honor of my mother.” Currently on his sixth trek, Bendl plans to end his current venture in mid-April around the Dallas area. He began walking for the cure to diabetes in 2007. With 34 states behind him, he’s well on his way to the goal of crossing through the lower 48. Bendl’s son, now 20, walked with him during a recent trip that

took them from Washington, D.C. to Maine, a 750 mile walk. Bendl blogs about his journeys on a Blackberry he keeps on a cord around his neck. His latest entry, on Sunday, Mar. 4 begins: “The cold and windy day out of Buna began in the dark. Before I had walked a few minutes, a young man came to talk. He had just looked up Worldguy and wanted to thank me, he had lost his father recently to diabetes. The wind was relentless. All day I crossed from one side of the highway to the other to rest the arm I was pushing with. The cold front crept in as I had to push in the grass, the wind challenged my resolve blowing harder and harder. More and more people stopped, all seemed to have or be

affected by diabetes through friends or family.” Bendl’s website is, and he also has a Facebook page. The website contains blogs about his journey as welll as links to donate to diabetes and related charities. The World Diabetes Foundation website reports that an estimated 285 million people, corresponding to 6.4% of the world’s adult population, will live with diabetes in 2010. The number is expected to grow to 438 million by 2030, corresponding to 7.8% of the adult population. Opportunities exist locally and abroad to donate as well as raise awareness of diabetes. Locally, The Area Agency on Aging of Deep East Texas will be

holding a series of workshops on “Taking Control of Your Chronic Disease”. Workshops are scheduled for six consecutive weeks beginning Wednesday, Mar. 21 through

Apr. 25 and will be held from 9:30 a.m. until noon at the Buna Volunteer Fire Department Hall. To register for the workshop, or get additional information, call Bobbie Stott at (409) 384-7614

“WORLD GUY” AND his dog, Nice, walk all over for diabetes awareness, and they passed through Buna last week.

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Evadale Catfish Festival big hit at its new date

THE EVADALE CATFISH Festival was happenin’ on Saturday as thousands came over to participate in all the fun.

Fabric From page 1A JASPER COUNTY SHERIFF Mitchel Newman, left, and Jas- Georgia. While attending a party during per County Judge Mark Allen, right, showed off the recently acquired millitary surplus HMMV tactical vehicles. her teenage years, Barbara Williamson met Charles Eaves, Sr., “He followed me around, and I wasn’t really interested at first,” she said. “It didn’t take too long, On Monday, Feb. 27 the Jasper RAMPS grant to incorporate and I knew.” Charles worked in Buna for County Commissioners Court additional repair projects planned nearly 25 years prior to the Eaves met in special session to discuss at the Jasper County Bell Field settling in Buna. Friends made Airport. a variety of topics. through work relationships and Sheriff Mitchel Newman adSheriff Mitchel Newman adall the kids living here were the dressed the Court regarding two dressed the Court with a request deciding factors for their choice to enter into a contract with military surplus HMMV tactical vehicles that the Sheriff’s Office Doctor Robert Swearingen of of Buna as their hometown. The couple has three children: had recently acquired from the Woodville for inmate medical daughter Tammy Bonds and services. Sheriff Newman adDepartment of Defense. husband Chad, daughter Belinda Newman advised that these vised that the previous doctor Posey and husband Darell, and vehicles were obtained free of had opted to not renew the son Charles, Jr. and wife Benita. charge, and would be utilized to medical services contract, and The Eaves’ also have eleven the new doctor was open to conduct a wide spectrum of law enforcement operations within entering into a contract under the grandchildren and ten greatgrandchildren. One of the same conditions and terms. Jasper County. grandchildren, Heather, was The Court voted to authorize The Court voted to accept the killed in a car accident almost 17 surplus property donations from County Judge Mark Allen to sign years ago. the Department of Defense, and the contract to continue inmate “This was one of the saddest to obtain proper registration and medical services. Sheriff Newman addressed the days of our lives,” Eaves said. insurance for the vehicles. While growing up as a young In other news, Constables Kit Court regarding the upcoming Stephenson, Ronnie Hutchison renewal of the contract between child, she recalls life with her and Gene Hawthorne addressed Jasper County and the U.S. Army father, Ben, who worked in the oil the Court regarding a request to Corps of Engineers for the and gas industry on pipelines. publish a standardized civil paper Sheriff’s Office to provide patrol The nature of the job made service policy on the Jasper deputies at Lake Sam Rayburn moving from place to place a County website. The Court re- and Steinhagen on weekends routine part of life. “I went to lots of schools, viewed policy, and voted to and holidays during the spring some for only a few days,” she and summer months. authorize its publication. Under this contract the Army said. A representative of the Jasper Of all the places they lived, County D.A.’s Office addressed Corps of Engineers pays for the while moving about with her the Commissioners Court with a additional personnel and vehicle father’s job, Eaves particularly request to allocate $70,000 of its costs to provide law enforcement Forfeiture Fund for possible at peak times at the various remembers Gaylord, MI as her While in recreational parks at the lakes. personal favorite. expenses for 2012. Like the Sheriff’s Office re- The Court voted to authorize Michigan, the family lived on Big quest that was made last month, Judge Allen to sign the contract Bear Lake. While their father would work this is an annual action required agreements. during the summer time, Eaves Sheriff Newman then advised by law to utilize forfeited funds and her sister would swim at the from seizures or auctions of items that he had been having leaks on seized connected to felony cases the roof of the jail, and that it was end of a pier. In fact, she recalls within Jasper County. The Court likely that Hurricanes Rita and Ike wading in most all of the Great voted to authorize the allocation had added stress to the roof, Lakes. “One day mama found out that which was constructed a few for 2012. the water was 80 deep at the end The Court also voted to select years ago. He advised that he of that pier, and she came Placo, Limited of Lumberton to was having leaks along the unglued,” said Eaves. “She didn’t complete the county-sponsored sections of metal roofing where let us swim near the end of the grant project at the South the seams were separating. He also advised that he was in pier again.” Kirbyville RWSC Plant 1. This is Family ties grew strong, partly one of Jasper County’s Hurri- need of plumbing work in a resulting from the family being so cane Ike disaster grant projects primary area where the water transient, and it was the sole intended to improve water dis- supply enters the Sheriff’s Ofconstant that remained. The trict site locations for citizens fice. The Court voted to authorize Williamsons visited or lived in Reliable Enterprises of that they serve. County Judge Mark Allen Brookeland to complete a repair some 39 states during Eaves’ addressed the Court regarding a project on the roof in an effort to schooling years. “Mama would take us to the future need to repaint the Court- fix the seams, and to contract lake, the local Chamber of Comhouse clock tower. Allen advised with Goodwin-Lasiter, Inc. of merce, or wherever she could find that the lower portions of the Lufkin to do an engineering that would be interesting for a Courthouse had been painted a study of the large roof to family with kids,” said Eaves. several years ago, but now due to ascertain whether additional work Christian parents, who were at years of weather exposure, com- was needed, and to install pounded by Hurricanes Rita and designated walkways on the roof the children’s bedside every to prevent wear and tear at the night while growing up listening Ike, it was need in of painting. to their prayers, molded Eaves to Allen advised that one esti- seams. The Court also voted to repair who she is today. She was grown mate had been received thus far, but that it might be advisable to the plumbing problem in the before the family settled down. “Mother took care of all of us,” obtain additional estimates, due Sheriff’s Office. The Court voted to move the she said. “Daddy always made to the nature of this nature. The Court voted to table the agenda June 2012 regularly-scheduled sure Mama had a good car, and item until additional estimates Commissioners Court meeting to she always took us to and from June 18 to accommodate sched- school.” could be received. Although the family had a Greg Wobbe of the consultant uling conflicts with other meettelevision, Eaves wasn’t particugroup MetroPlanning addressed ings. larly interested in the programs The Court voted to acquire a the Court regarding another possible grant opportunity for new copier machine for the and spent much of her time counties, including Jasper, that Auditor’s Office to replace the tending to her brothers. On were included in the Presidential worn copier. The Court voted to Saturdays, the trio would often Disaster Declaration in 2011. He acquire the machine from Better be found at a picture show, Machines of usually westerns. advised that a greater concentra- Business Eaves quickly learned that in tion was on Bastrop County, due Nacogdoches, who provided the order to “get to do things” she to the extensive number of homes lowest bid. The Court also voted to set had to take responsibility for her lost and damage sustained, but that all effected counties were autopsy transport service fees brothers, which in turn yielded payable to funeral homes at her rewards. eligible to apply. Her father loved horses and The Court voted to table this $310.00 for each transport made mules, passing that passion on to agenda item until more informa- to the Jefferson County Morgue his children. tion could be obtained on the in Beaumont. “Now I’m the only child that And last, the Court voted to requirements and projects. The Court voted to amend the accept change-order bids on tires really has anything to do with 2012 Texas Department of Trans- and tubes for all county depart- them,” she said. Horses became Eaves’ hobby portation – Aviation Division ments with motor vehicles.

Court accepts new vehicles for Sheriff’s department

of choice, and the love grew when Belgian horses were added to those she personally raised and cared for. She’s been tending to horses for better than 20 years. “It’s a full-time job,” she said. “You have to take care of them no matter the weather, even when it’s cold.” News spread quickly of the Belgian horses and their owners. Commitments to share the horses at community Christmas gatherings, local schools, and service organizations has kept the Eaves’ family busy with a passion they provides hours of enjoyment. A three-seater surrey, built in Jasper by a special friend, pulled by their Belgian horses, and was used in the wedding celebration of a very close family friend. The surrey, pulled by the Eaves’ Belgian horses, also made a debut in the Buna Redbud Festival as the parade ride for musical entertainer Mark Nesler and 2010 Mrs. Buna, Dot Smith. Outings with the Belgian horses have taken the Eaves’ to Pine Forest Baptist Church for their Christmas light tours, reunions, Beaumont School for the Handicapped, and various churches’ VBS programs, and to Entergy’s annual safety fair. “It is so rewarding to see both children and adults get so excited to see, pet, and even ride the horses,” said Eaves. Although horses take much of her time, Eaves finds time for cooking meals and especially enjoys when the invite and her cooking brings the family into their home. “Nobody can make homemade biscuits like Mama,” said Tammy. Children, in-laws, and grandchildren will all tell you that Eaves’ chicken and dumplins’ are the best! Eaves worked in the nursery and at Vacation Bible School for numerous years at New Cherry Grove in Gist, where she formerly resided. Now, the couple attends Central Baptist Church in Buna, and she particularly enjoys her Sunday School class. When asked what she most likes about Buna, she said “I like a small town where you know most everybody. And most of all, we’re right here with our kids and their families.”

The Evadale Catfish Festival made its third date change in eight years, but after the success of this past weekend local residents can start making plans for the first weekend in March in 2013. The festival opened at larger than expected crowds on Thursday night as several food vendors were able to sell out of items on their menu, and it was a foreshadowing of things to come for the entire weekend. Craft vendors were selling products at a steady pace all weekend long as some even told organizers that by Friday night they had sold more than they had for the entire event last year. The Custom and Classic Car Show on Saturday had over 75 entries, and each and every one left with at least one sponsor trophy. More won later for the class that they were entered in. The scholarship fund silent auction in its first year brought in almost a thousand dollars. The entertainment tent was jumping from start to finish with bands Friday and Saturday nights and three bands on Sunday. But the real hit of this years entertainment line up were festival goers who participated with karaoke on Thursday night.

“It is a learning experience each time you do an event like this,” said Festival President Scott Loar. “We still find something new or a way to improve and yes, even some things that you don’t ever want to do again.” The festival had excellent weather as it rained late on Friday night, but it was near closing time so it did not actually hurt any part of the event. “We postponed the SETX All Star Basketball games due to so many teams that made it to the regional tournament weekend,” said Loar. “We are searching for a date in April to do the games.” The money from the basketball games will go toward the scholarship fund. “We certainly will give three $1000 scholarships this years and maybe a fourth,” said Loar. The dates for next year’s festival are set for Feb. 28 through Mar. 3. “We have a good number of the vendors signed up to return for next year, so we will continue to do what we can to make our ninth annual event the best that can be,” said Loar. “We want to thank all our sponsors, vendors, and most especially all those who came out and visited the festival. We hope you enjoyed yourself!”



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. Feb. 24, 2012: Curtiss Leslie Jones, 7/14/60, failed to maintain financial responsibility(x3), failure to appear (x4), no valid inspection certificate, expired registration(x4), $100 fine(x12); Roy Lee Larkin, 11/17/58, theft prop>=$1500<$20k, $15,000 bond; Justin Kyle West, 1/9/94, assault (physical contact), $500 bond; Alton West, 12/9/73, assault family violence, $500 bond; Kyle Allen Roth, 12/13/92, engaging in organized criminal activity, $5,000 bond; Jeremy O. Brown, 12/21/90, man/del cs pg1<1g(x2), $7,500 bond(x2), motion to revoke probation(x2), no bond(x2); Louis Antonio Seal Hafford, 12/5/74, failure to identify enh, $2,000 bond, theft prop $500<=$1,500 enh/bond forf., no bond; Brandon Anthony Croft, 5/27/85, motion to revoke probation(x2), $7,500 bond(x2); Xavyon Montre Watts, 3/5/85, failure to appear/ alias capias/fail to id false/fict info, no bond; James Wesley Hardin, 1/7/67, driving while intoxicated 2nd, $2,000 bond; Jennifer Ann Musselwhite, 11/ 25/84, hold for other agency; Gary Deandre Smith, 10/7/88, man/del cs pg2<1g drug free zone, $10,000 bond; Jody Lynn Hundley, 10/5/79, kidnapping/ parental, $10,000 bond; Joey Scott, 6/21/59, order of commitment, bond not set; Marshoun Fitzgerald Travis, 12/15/68, order of commitment; Wendy L. Bowen, 7/21/77, man/del cs pg2 or 2a>=4g<400g, $5,000 bond; Cierra Marie Kirkendall, 4/11/92, proh weapons switchblade/knuckles, $2,000 bond; Trenton Ryan

Kirkendall, 7/18/91, poss marij<2oz, $2,000 bond. Feb. 25, 2012: Brittany Leigh Dugas, 11/26/93, public intoxication, bond not set; Melissa Ann Ferguson, 12/31/79, failure to appear/asslt b1 fv, $2,500 bond, possession of stolen property, $250 bond; Kelly Kristene Leviness, 10/04/83, driving while intoxicated w/child under 15yoa, $5,000 bond. Feb. 26, 2012: Shirley Sears, 7/ 27/58, aggravated assault date/ family/house w/weapon, $10,000 bond; James Earl Huff, 1/23/84, open container/capias, bond not set. Feb. 27, 2012: Sedaka Zalmond Young, 1/30/76, failed to maintain financial responsibility, bond not set; Misty Lynn Nance, 4/23/81, driving while intoxicated 3rd or more, $10,000 bond, motion to revoke probation/DWI 2nd, $5,000 bond; Recco Latouris Gilbert, 6/ 20/78, motion to adjudicate guilt, no bond; Rodney Wayne Lawrence, Jr., 7/14/90, motion to revoke probation, no bond; Jesse Lee Davis, 10/22/88, motion to adjudicate guilt, bond not set; Joseph Anthony Dixson, 5/20/85, no safety belt, failure to appear, bond not set(x2); Stacey Renee Strawther, 5/2/87, speeding (exceed prima facie limit) 50mph/ 35mph, driving while license invalid, bond not set(x2). Feb. 28, 2012: William Thomas Brooks, 10/30/89, assault fam/ house mem impede breath/ circulat, $15,000 bond; James McCain, Jr., 7/24/89, motion to adjudicate guilt, no bond; Sean Shives, 11/11/93, motion to adjudicate guilt, no bond, sexual assault child, $40,000 bond. Feb. 29, 2012: Jerry William Adkins, 10/15/70, motion to adjudicate guilt, theft prop>=$1,500<$20k, bond not set(x2); Christopher Allen Hirsch,

THE REDBUD FESTIVAL Committee of the Buna Chamber of Commerce recently delivered checks to the winners of the 2012 Redbud Festival t-shirt art contest. Buna High School art teacher Keith Hoke, left, was proud of the winners, left to right, second place Haley Appleby, first place Taylor Swinney, and third place Meagan McClelland.

1/21/92, motion to adjudicate guilt, $7,500 bond; Lisa Gaye Boyett, 9/19/66, motion to revoke probation, no bond; Gilbert Moye, 3/3/88, man/del cs pg1<1g, $5,000 bond; Coby Allen Fowler, 4/9/87, motion to adjudicate guilt/crim mischief, no bond; Julie Jones Foster, 5/8/73, criminal trespass, $1,000 bond; Anthony Dewayne Howard, 8/26/67, burglary of habitation, $10,000 bond, expired registration, bond not set; John Lavette Jackson, 4/11/79, criminal trespass, $1,000 bond; Darrick Dejuan Traylor, 12/11/81, motion to revoke probation, bond not set. Mar. 1, 2012: Ronald Gaika Davis, 8/17/76, unauthorized use of vehicle, $5,000 bond; Corey Tyrone McQueen, 2/13/74, order of commitment(x2); Jacqueline Bailey, 3/14/74, motion to revoke probation, bond not set; Reginald Andry Ashworth, 11/25/77, poss marij<2oz, $2,500 bond, motion to revoke probation, bond not set.

“Good Guys and Bad Guys” added to parade The Jasper County Sheriff’s department has teamed up with the Jasper County Lions Club to put together something called “Good Guys and Bad Guys,” and this year, the Buna Redbud Festival parade will include several of their performances. Members of the Sheriff’s department are dressing up to show off what everyday styles looked like just a few years back. Along with the costumes, the group members also carry and shoot authentic guns. Parents, you don’t have to worry about your kids. Safety is the top concern for these officers, and they shoot specialized “blanks” just for the effects. “We are thankful that the guys are coming out to put on these shows for us,” said Buna Chamber of Commerce President Jerry Parsons. “We are always trying to add to our parade, and I think this is a great addition.” The group made a special appearance at last week’s Evadale Catfish Festival, performing shootout skits to the crowd’s delight. This weekend, the group will


be walking in the parade and doing several shootout scenes throughout the walk. Participating in the shootouts are: Louis Berry acting as “Louis Lamour” shooting a.44 Mag, 3030 Lever, and .357 Mag; David Chenyworth acting as “G.W. McLintock” shooting a .357 and .38 Cal; and Scott Duncan acting as “Trinity” shooting a .45, 12 Gauge, and 30-30 Lever. Also in the shootouts are: Mike Henderson acting as “Matt Dillon” shooting a .45 Cal, .357 Mag, and .38 Cal; Nolan Williams acting as “Johnny Ringo” shooting a .45 Cal; Amon “Skeeter”

Cathey acting at “Buckshot Roberts” shooting a .45 Cal; and James Hamilton acting as “Doc Holliday” shooting a.38 Cal and 12 Gauge. Also in the shootouts are: Scott Jacks acting as “Lightning Jack” shooting a .45 Cal and .20 Gauge; Glenn Blank acting as “Poncho Villa” shooting a 30-30 Lever and .357; Josh Hancock acting as “Turkey Creek Jack Johnson”; Shane Morrow acting as “Billy the Kid”; and Bob Seal. “We enjoy doing this not just because it’s fun, but because it gives back to our communities,” said Duncan.

SEVERAL JASPER COUNTY Sheriff’s department officers are part of the Good Guys and Bad Guys performance group.

From page 1A running in opposition. Mixson filed as a Republican, and Seale filed as a Democrat. A graduate of Texas Wesleyan and an attorney for over 20 years, Mixson has served as legal council for the Jasper Newton Electric Cooperative and many over clients. He is a member of the Jasper County Bar Association, The Texas Pro-Bono College and is a former member of the Angelina and Jefferson County Bar Associations. The swearing in ceremony began just after 10 a.m. in the District Courtroom. The Invocation was led by Delinda Gibbs and former Judge Joe Bob Golden did the honors of swearing Mixson in. Gilbert Lowe of Orgain, Bell, and Tucker in Beaumont was the guest speaker, and he spoke about the history of the First Judicial District. “It was established in 1837, and it has a long and prestigious history of producing great judges,” he said. “Many wellknown lawyers cut their teeth trying cases in front of the First Judicial Court, including myself.” Mixson said that he was humbled at the turn out for the ceremony gave his appreciation for those who attended. The Benediction was given by John Hardin. A reception was held afterwards, and the Mixson family had

a mini-reunion with many friends, family members, and supporters. Not only was the Courtroom standing room only, there were lines of people outside in both of the hallways. Mixson later released a comment saying, “I am truly grateful for the outpouring of support and love you have shown me through this journey as I embark upon a new venture as your new District Judge.” Mixson also said that he was humbled and excited to serve the people. “My family and I are incredibly grateful, and I promise to work hard to represent the people of the First Judicial District fairly and with earnest integrity,” he said. “My door is always open.” Although he was only sworn in that morning, Mixson was already hard at work that afternoon as he had his first hearing at 2 p.m. The First Judicial District serves Jasper, Newton, Sabine and San Augustine counties. Mixson is a fourth generation native of the District, with roots established by his great-grandparents more than 100 years ago. He is a lifelong resident of Jasper County and has practiced law in his hometown of Buna since 1997. He and his wife, Lori, live in Buna with their two daughters, Alexandria and Katherine.

THE GOOD GUYS and Bad Guys shootouts will be in the 2012 Redbud Festival parade this Saturday at 10 a.m.

Redistricting From page 1A the Texas Legislature. “While we believe the original maps drawn by the Texas Legislature were fair and legal, I am pleased we finally have maps that enable us to proceed with our elections,” he said. “As the Supreme Court has agreed, the federal court in San Antonio overstepped its boundaries when it took it upon itself to draw new maps. Had the federal court done it correctly to begin with, the time, costs and inconvenience to our state could have been avoided, and we would be having our elections on schedule.” The Republican Party of Texas said “while the new State House map creates one less Republican district than the map drawn by the Legislature, it is an improve-

ment over the previous map issued by the San Antonio panel, which drew three less Republican districts (defined as a district being over 50 percent Republican).” The Texas Democratic Party was not as pleased with the new maps. “We appreciate the court’s efforts, but their maps are far from accurate representation,” said spokeswoman Rebecca Acua. “These maps may be slightly better than those passed by a radical legislature, but they still grossly misrepresent the demographics of our state.” To read about the redistricting and to see the maps for yourself, visit redist/redist.htm.

March 7, 2012 Buna Beacon  

Volume 22 Issue 28

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