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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2012 Vol. 92, No. 52 © 2012 • Since 1922


RAIN DELAY BEAUTIFICATION Crosby softball AWARD players work on field after game postponed due to weather - SEE PAGE 5

MISSING MAN Liberty County officials suspend search for Dennis Rogers - SEE PAGE 8

Community Bank of Texas branch on Garth Road recognized for landscaping - SEE PAGE 2

WIN A TRUCK BHHS Project Graduation fundraiser offers chance at Silverado - SEE PAGE 3

Bomb squads respond to ExxonMobil scare BY MIKE GUNNING

A man driving a FedEx truck tried to gain entry into the ExxonMobil plant in Baytown and was stopped by a security guard who suspected he had a fictitious identification.

The result was four municipal bomb squads plus the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force descending on the scene yesterday afternoon. The entry to the plant sits across the street from Unidad Park, where children continued to skateboard and play basketball as police and fire personnel decided

A FedEx truck was isolated on ExxonMobil property awaiting a bomb squad inspection.

how to proceed. Chief Keith Dougherty of the Baytown Police Department said he believed the situation was under control from the time the call came in through the conclusion.

Baytown Sun photo/Mike Gunning


Have a safe spring break! Expansion being fueled by natural gas EDF official Simon speaks to Hispanic Chamber BY MARK FLEMING

Be aware of rip currents while enjoying Texas beaches

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Seniors Ashlie Hill and Diana Patel, above, view the sobering display Friday of photos of innocent victims killed by drunk drivers, presented by Danger Without Intentions at Barbers Hill High School. Senior Rachael Waldo, left, experiences disorientation when she wears the “drunk goggles” provided by Danger Without Intentions director Guy Benson. The display followed an anti-drinking presentation led by DWI that was presented to all high school students on the eve of Spring Break.

COLLEGE STATION – The State of Texas is warning thousands of spring breakers to avoid traveling to Mexico because of increasing drugrelated violence, but an equally dangerous threat lurks in the salty surf along the state’s popular beaches. “Nine out of 10 beachgoers cannot identify a rip current that is happening right in front of them,” said Dr. Chris Houser, associate professor of geography at Texas A&M SEE BEACHES • PAGE 10

The Commissioners Court in Anahuac denied a request for support from the administrator of the Chambers County Public Hospital District that would begin the process of building a nursing facility in middle Chambers County yesterday. Bob Pascasio, administrator of CCPHD, asked the court to consider a request to have county judge Jimmy Sylvia write a letter to the Texas


A representative of the Chambers County Appraisal District wants people to know how easy and how beneficial it is to get a homestead tax exemption. “People in this area have been getting flyers in the mail from somebody who offers to do it for you, but they charge $35,” said Mike Fregia. “There’s no

reason to pay that. People should just do it themselves.” Property tax exemptions, including homestead exemptions, are one of the most significant and simple ways to reduce property taxes and thus save money. Those exemptions lower property taxes by removing part of the home’s value from taxation. Anyone can get a SEE FILING • PAGE 10

The Evening Pilot Club of Baytown will host its annual gala March 17 at Goose Creek Country Club. Several Pilots and a co-pilot gathered at K&M Stables dressed in outfits they will wear on Saturday evening. Standing from the left is David Westermann (the sheriff), Barbara McGraw (fundraiser chair and dancer), Melissa Wilkinson (dancer), Marie Davis (silent auction and dancer), and Anita Westermann (Miss Kitty). Seated in the wagon from left is Juanita Whittington (dancer) and Barbara Carpenter (dancer). Contributed photo


GCCISD presents inaugural ‘Dance Spectacular’


Official urges personally filing homestead exemption

Department of Aging and Disability Services to support the Hospital District’s bid to obtain a Rural Medicaid Bed Waiver. The reason for the request comes from a developing need for nursing facility beds in the middle and western parts of Chambers County, Pascasio said. A privately owned facility in Anahuac was destroyed by Hurricane Ike, and was never rebuilt. Only a facility in Winnie is

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Chambers commissioners deny request from CCPHD MIKE GUNNING

The current round of economic expansion in the Baytown area is largely powered by natural gas, according to B. J. Simon, associate executive director of the Baytown/West Chambers County

Economic Development Foundation when he spoke to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Baytown Tuesday. A boomlet in natural gas production both in Texas and elsewhere in the country is leading to growth both in the petrochemical industry itself and also in support services such as drilling and pipe manufacturing, he said. Much of that growth is happening in west Chambers County. Between petrochemical

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Math competition: Highlands Junior team calculates way to state tourney

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Community Bank of Texas, located at 5700 Garth Road, received the Baytown Business Beautification Award for their beautiful landscaping for the first quarter of 2012. Pictured from left are Sherri White - Baytown beautification advisory committee member, Barbara Lemma – Community Bank assistant vice president & branch manager, Gary Englert – Community Bank executive vice president, Antonio Hernandez – neighborhood protection officer II, Judy Wheat – beautification advisory committee member and David Black – beautification advisory committee member. Â

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STAFF REPORTS Eighty “mathletes� from nine area schools participated in the Regional MATHCOUNTS competition held at Horace Mann Junior School on Feb. 25. All Goose Creek junior schools had student representatives at the competition. In all, about 45 of the 80 students competing were Goose Creek CISD students. Two Goose Creek CISD students placed in the top 10 overall. Kyrie Yong, a seventh grade student at Highlands Junior earned the competition’s highest individual score and won first place in the countdown round. Rachel King, an eighth grade student from Highland Junior, placed ninth in the individual round. The team from Highlands Junior School, coached by Michelle Williams and Melissa Mansker, placed second overall, earning a berth in the state competition. The team members are Kyrie Yong, Rachel King, Janely Toledo, and Rachel Brown. This will be the second straight trip to the state competition for Highlands Junior School. Last year, Highland Junior did not place in the state competition. However, Kyrie Yong ranked in the top 25 percent at state. The team from Gentry Junior School, coached by Clint Halstead, placed third in the regional meet.

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The team from Highlands Junior School, coached by Michelle Williams and Melissa Mansker, placed second overall in the Regional MATHCOUNTS competition, earning a berth in the state competition. The team members, from left, are Racheal King, Rachel Brown, Janely Toledo, and Kyrie Yong.

The team members were Siavosh Zamipour, Shawyan Landi, Rolan Langalais, and Ruchir Pipalia. The state competition will be in Austin on March 23 and March 24. “We will be proudly taking the Goose Creek team from Highlands Junior, knowing that a national seat in Orlando, Florida is within our reach,� said Brandy Woods, Secondary Math Specialist. “Mathlethes� spend countless hours calculating equations, learning formulas, and doing high school level mathematics to prepare. During competition, students are tested on topics such as probability, statistics, linear algebra and polynomials. The competition consists of timed written tests and a fast-paced oral match.

The junior school MATHCOUNTS competitions – in which students test their skills in a fast-paced “beeâ€?-style competition – aim to spark an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Started by the National Society of Professional Engineers and the National Council of Teacher of Mathematics, the MATHCOUNTS program is not about tedious math work and basic calculations. Instead, it celebrates the problem-solving, creative and applied side of math where equations and formulas can offer solutions for everyday life. Students compete both as individuals and as teams of four. In each competition stuSEE MATH • PAGE 8A

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Today • Tx Laureate Mu will have its monthly meeting at the home of Karla Vinson, President. Covered dish and don't forget secret sisters. Election of officers will be on the agenda.Meeting starts at 6:30 pm. If you can not attend please call someone on the board. • East Houston Continuity of Care is a nonprofit, 501c3 organization whose purpose is to assist indigent and less fortunate individuals in the community. Networking meetings are every second Wednesday of the month 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and rotate between San Jacinto Methodist Hospital, East Houston Regional Medical Center and Bayshore Medical Center. CEUs offered for case managers, nurses and social workers at most of our meetings. Lunch is provided. The cost is $18 for members, and $20 for nonmembers. Feel free to bring marketing materials. • The Barbers Hill Lions Club will have their monthly meeting at Eagle Pointe Golf Club in the Nichols Room. The meeting will last from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The club meets the second Wednesday of each month. For more information see • Highlands Community Center hosts intermediate line dancing at 8:30 a.m., beginner line dancing at 9:30 a.m. 281-426-7561. • JD Walker Community Center, 7613 Wade Road, Harris County Pct 2, senior citizens meet weekdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Daily activities (exercise, crafts, lunch, table/Wii games, dominoes) Monthly grocery shopping, morning, evening computer classes. 281-426-3551. • TOPS TX No. 594 meets from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Baytown Community Center, 2407 Market St. 281-424-3124 or 281-421-1429. • The Baytown Rotary Club meets at 11:30 a.m. at the Goose Creek Country Club. • Baytown Toastmasters meets at noon in the ExxonMobil Main Office Building. Open to the public. Call Jennifer Gibbs at 832-262-8157. • The Over ‘42’ Club meets at 12:30 p.m. at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 501 S. Alexander Drive. 281-422-3684. • Baytown Community Center, 2407 Market St., hosts a senior citizens exercise class from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and bingo from 1 to 3 p.m. 281-420-5735. • “Grace’s Kitchen,â€? a hot meal ministry program, is open from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Cedar Bayou Grace United Methodist Church, 304 N. Pruett. • Sterling Municipal Library hosts Teen Time from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Enjoy video games and board games. 281-427-7331. • VFW Post 912, 8204 N. Main, has bingo at 7 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. 281-421-1257. • Calvary Worship Center, 7319 Breda, hosts Bible study at 7:30 p.m. 281-839-3009.

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Old River Masonic Lodge donates to Barbers Hill primary Old River Masonic Lodge #1442 recently donated more than 300 dental kits to Barbers Hill Primary School in Mont Belvieu. The kits were provided free as part of the “Fantastic Teeth Fan Club,” a program sponsored by Masonic Children & Family Services of Texas. Each kit contained a toothbrush, toothpaste, and helpful and fun information on the importance of dental care for children. Barbers Hill Primary School observed Dental Awareness Month in February, and each first grader received a dental kit. Above, Christy Hoffman, Barbers Hill Primary School Nurse, accepts dental kits from Michael Hammack, Worshipful Master of Old River Lodge #1442. Contributed photo

SJMH supports Mont Belvieu Explorer program

• Police said a man was assaulted at an apartment complex in the 3300 block of Rollingbrook Drive about 4:45 p.m. Monday. No weapon was involved and only minor injuries reported. • A woman told police she was assaulted at a gas station/convenience store in the 1600 block of South Highway 146 about 6:45 p.m. Monday. Police said no weapons were involved and injuries were minor.

Drunken driving A 44-year-old Channelview man went to jail after Baytown police arrested him for driving while intoxicated in the 3100 block of Garth Road about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Burglaries, thefts • Police said someone broke into a home in the 4800 block of Country Club View Monday and stole jewelry. • Tools and other items were stolen from a building in the 800 block of East James that was burglarized Monday, police said. • Approximately $2,300 worth of property disappeared from a residence on East Murrill that was reported burglarized on Monday, police said. Items stolen during the burglary, which occurred between 1:15-10:30 p.m., included computer equipment, electronics and clothing.

Vehicle burglaries • Someone stole a Ruger 9mm pistol from a vehicle that was burglarized late Sunday or early Monday while it was parked in the 4900 block of Meadowwood • Police said a resident in the 2200 block of Dorris Street was awakened by the alarm on his truck early Tuesday and discovered someone had broken into it, stolen the stereo equipment and also taken the tires and rims. Loss is estimated at $3,600.

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A fundraising event for Barbers Hill’s Project Graduation will put a new truck in the garage of some lucky raffle ticket buyer. The raffle tickets cost $25 each and the drawing for the 2012 Texas Edition Chevy Silverado extended-cab truck, which retails at approximately $33,000, will be held on Saturday, April 21. Until then, tickets for that raffle are available through participating Barbers Hill High School seniors, at Ron Craft Chevrolet (see David Mendez) or by contacting Cindy Park at 832-597-9883 or 281-831-2286. A total of 3,000 raffle tickets are available. Project Graduation is traditionally held on the night of graduation day – a night when the wrong kind of celebrations can lead to tragedy. Created as a way to keep seniors safe as they celebrate, Project Graduation offers a night of fellowship, fun and games, prizes, food and (non-alcoholic) drink and a special time for the

graduates to reminisce on their four years of high school experiences. Attendees are not allowed to come and go from the celebration, but must stay there all night. A celebratory breakfast usually follows. “The majority of our graduating class attends Project Graduation,” said Park. “It is a night that keeps our seniors safe and provides a secure and fun night for all.” The BHISD Project Graduation organizers need to sell a lot of tickets to ensure a successful fundraiser, but have managed to do that every year that they’ve done a vehicle giveaway. “Last year we gave away a Camaro,” Park noted. The holder of the winning ticket need not be present at the drawing to win, but will be notified by phone or in writing, if necessary, of the procedure to claim their prize. The winner doesn’t have to take the truck but can choose another vehicle of equal or lesser value instead, Park said. YOUR TICKET TO THE STARS


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Tuesday mornings, Baytown police wrote 35 offense reports and investigated incidents that included four assaults; three burglaries of buildings; three vehicle burglaries; a driving while intoxicated case; a sexual assault; one theft case; and 14 miscellaneous cases. Baytown officers also worked four traffic accidents during that time period and reported related injuries at one of them. Police Beat is compiled from Baytown Police Department reports. Those reports are available on the city of Baytown’s website at Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information that leads to the arrest and charging of anyone who commits a felony. Callers remain anonymous, even when collecting a reward. Call Baytown Crime Stoppers at 281-427-TIPS or send tips via text message by texting “ BAYTOWN” plus the information to CRIMES (274637).

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Wednesday March 14, 2012

Memories of Quack Shack, student council shared Going down memory lane with us today is Willena Latapie Cherry, who graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1946. For starters, she remembers when the Quack Shack held dances in the school gym, several years before the teen social center obtained its own building. In the beginning, during the school year of 1944-45, REL students organized the original Quack Shack, using threefourths of the space in the gym for dancing and the remaining area for a game room. The center usually was open during weekend nights. Winnie Brown, then dean of girls at REL, sponsored the Student Council and provided a guiding role in creating the Quack Shack. The gym had a movable wall, used during

school hours to divide the boys and girls p.e. classes, and there also was a stage on which programs were presented. Quack Shack WANDA dancers had a ORTON juke box, Willena said, and sometimes a student band would play. The first officers elected for the Quack Shack were Kirk Busch, president; S.L. Knowles, vice president; and Betty Jo Cope, secretary. The governing body also included representatives from each class. She shared another fond memory concerning Winnie Brown and the Student Council. During Willena’s senior year in 1945-

46, Mrs. Brown was responsible for REL joining the Southern Assembly of Student Councils. “She was so instrumental in promoting Lee while she was there,” Willena said, “and later (as its first principal) in promoting Sterling. What a wonderful lady.” Willena was elected to go with Mrs. Brown to the convention of the Southern Association of Students in Little Rock, Ark., and never will forget what a great experience that was. After graduating from REL, Willena attended Lee College and enjoyed being a radio commentator for 15 minutes every Sunday afternoon. Byard Sooy, who worked for the new Radio Station KREL on Decker Drive, visited the LC drama class in search of a student to present a weekly talk on behalf of the

Texan Theater. Before the Brunson Theater opened, the Texan served as the primary movie entertainment on Texas Avenue. Willena was selected for the radio assignment. “My pay was two tickets every week. I did that for a while until I planned to get married so I quit. It was a fun experience.” More Quack Shack history: The teen center moved across the street from REL in 1949 into a two-story, frame building donated by the Baytown Ordnance Works, which had been active here during World War II. The Baytown Jaycees sponsored the center with Gander track coach Beverly Rockhold and his wife Lucile serving as directors. Sam Stassi owned the proper-

ty, leasing it to the Jaycees for a dollar a year. If any one person merits the title of “Father of the Quack Shack” it would be W.D. “Bill” Hinson, who in the mid-1940s urged the Jaycees to provide a form of teen recreation. The talk Hinson made to the Jaycees about providing recreation for youth served as the catalyst for the Quack Shack. At the time he was a county probation officer but soon would become the principal of Horace Mann Junior High School and later, assistant superintendent of the Goose Creek district. The Quack Shack remained active until September 1961 when Hurricane Carla heavily damaged the building, and it was never rebuilt. Wanda Orton is a retired managing editor of The Sun.

TODAY IN HISTORY Today is the 74th day of 2012 and the 84th day of winter. TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1794, Eli Whitney received a patent for the cotton gin. In 1923, President Warren G. Harding became the first U.S. president to file income tax returns. In 1936, the U.S. government began publishing the Federal Register. In 1989, President George H. W. Bush banned the importation of assault rifles. TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: George Philipp Telemann (1681-1767), composer; Albert Einstein (1879-1955), physicist/Nobel Prize winner; Diane Arbus (1923-1971), photographer; Michael Caine (1933- ), actor; Quincy Jones (1933- ), musician/composer; Billy Crystal (1948- ), actor/comedian; Kirby Puckett (1960-2006), baseball player; Jamie Bell (1986- ), actor. TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1967, the AFL and NFL held their first common draft of college players. TODAY'S QUOTE: "Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding." – Diane Arbus TODAY'S FACT: Albert Einstein was offered the role of president of Israel in 1952 but he declined, saying he was not suited for the position. TODAY'S NUMBER: 38th – overall rank of Warren G. Harding on CSPAN's 2009 Survey of Presidential Leadership. Only four presidents achieved a worse ranking in the poll of historians. TODAY'S MOON: Last quarter moon (March 14).

TV makes old new again We Buckners got our first TV set in the early ‘50s. It was a big Magnavox from Froehner’s Radio and TV Shop. It sat in the corner of the living room on North Seventh and really became a big ticket entertainment item in the mid and late ‘50s, especially for me. I am remembering the good old days of black and white because recently, MeTV on cable is running all the great old shows I remember as a kid growing up. Things were not so pleasant TVwise for Mom because my TV watching in the late afternoon interfered with supper, at least for her. Getting home from Ashbel Smith a block away, I played outside for a little while before the ever present homework called. I jumped on that because I knew at 5 p.m., “Whirlybirds” with Chuck and P.T. as helicopter pilots was coming on followed at 5:30 by “The Mickey Mouse Club.” Now I had to watch the

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‘March Madness’ once again will capture America March Madness. Just the name itself sounds cool. And, for the next two-and-a-half weeks, it will be cool. All you have to do is fill out one of those silly brackets, and then enter your selections in the office pool or some online contest. You can even challenge the socalled experts at ESPN. I t d o e s n ’t matter if y o u think basketball is TODD played o u t HVEEM doors, a Tar Heel is some dreaded disease or Dick Vitale should be choked by Bobby Knight. It makes no difference if don’t know the difference between the Big 10, which has 12 teams, or the Big 12, which has 10 teams. Say what? You can pick teams because you think the coach is “hot” or choose them because “Orange” is your favorite color. You can fall in love with teams because you like Butlers or you are into horse racing at Belmont. If nicknames are your bag, you can have your choice of Catamounts, Billikens, Bison or Wheat Shockers. It is your bracket. Even the nerds with the pocket protectors, the housewives who don’t know a basketball from a football or the foreigners who prefer soccer de futbol can fill out a bracket. And, yes, everybody has a chance to win. And I do mean everybody. This 68team tournament always produces some of the biggest upsets this side of Dewey beats Truman (oh, wait, that didn’t happen). There is usually no rhyme or reason for who wins and who doesn’t. Sure, there are favorites. And, yes, a few of the favorites will make it through the field and eventually meet in New Orleans to decide who is the best, and perhaps luckiest, college basketball team in the land. But getting to the Final Four is one heck of a trick. And picking who is going to get there usually is even harder. But for those of you who haven’t filled out your bracket yet, here are some helpful hints. These, of course, are for recreational purposes only. We never condone betting. South Regional Favorite: Kentucky The Wildcats are the overall No. 1 seed in the tournament. But last year, none of the four No. 1 seeds advanced to the Final Four. That should change this year. I picked Kentucky to win the whole thing. They simply have the most talent. But then again, the most talent doesn’t always win. Good, grief. Sleeper: Baylor The Bears have the experience, camaraderie and talent to not only beat Duke in the regional semifinals, but challenge the cat-quick Cats in the regional championship game. Plus, Quincy Acy is a man on a mission. And he is an awfully big man. Cinderella: New Mexico State I graduated from New Mexico State University, so I admit I am a little biased. But the Aggies have the talent and experience to not only upset Indiana, but also take out Wichita State in the second

round. The last time the Aggies made the Sweet 16, they got to play UCLA at the Pit in Albuquerque. It didn’t help. But making the Sweet 16 would be enough to keep me dancing until next March. West Regional Favorite: Missouri The Tigers are really fun to watch, unless you are the opposing coach. Texas’ Rick Barnes got to watch his Longhorns lose to Missouri three times this year. Missouri features three of the best guards in the country. Guards win. And speed kills. If this team had a big man, they could be the bell of the ball. Sleeper: Murray St. Laugh if you want, but the Racers are 30-1. I don’t care if you play in the Who Cares League, if you win 30 games, you are good. The Racers could sprint all the way to New Orleans. Cinderella: Memphis The Tigers have been one of the favorites for so long that it is tough to list them as Cinderella. But nobody is talking about the Conference USA champions this year. And that makes them plenty dangerous. Head coach Josh Pastner grew up in Houston and also played on a national championship team at Arizona. And he still looks 15. East Regional Favorite: Syracuse All of you out there who love Orange, this is the team for you. The Orangemen have been ranked No. 1 or No. 2 most of the season. Jimmy Boeheim knows a thing or two about long tournament runs…of course, he also has been upset a time or two in the first or second round. Sleeper: Florida State It is hard to call the Seminoles a sleeper after they beat North Carolina to win the ACC Tournament Championship. But they have been flying under the radar most of the season. The rest of the field better watch out. Low flying objects are always dangerous. Cinderella: Wisconsin Bo Ryan’s teams always seem to make a run in the NCAA tournament. They are not very athletic and always look a step slow. But they can play defense. And defense wins championships. Midwest Regional Favorite: North Carolina The Tar Heels are one of the few teams that can match Kentucky in the talent category. Harrison Barnes might be the best NBA player in this tournament a few years from now. I expect North Carolina to roll into the Final Four without much trouble. Sleeper: Georgetown The Hoyas have not received the same publicity as they have in the past, but John Thompson Jr. knows how to prepare his team for a long tournament run. And the bottom half of the bracket looks pretty ripe for the picking. Cinderella: Lamar Why not? Pat Knight threw all the seniors under the bus a few weeks ago and they responded by winning the Southland Conference tournament and advancing to the NCAA tournament. Of course, even if they beat Vermont tonight, they get North Carolina in the second. But let’s root, root, root for the (almost) home team.


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Crosby High School softball players made the most of their time together Tuesday morning following a postponement of a home game against C.E. King. The team has only played in one district game so far in this very wet spring season. The players shown from left are Sarah Cochran, Jennifer Arnold, Brooke Willis and Alyssa Touchet.


Barbers Hill sweeps 3 straight 19-4A games BY TODD HVEEM

MONT BELVIEU – The Barbers Hill Lady Eagles currently are ranked No. 15 in the state by the Texas High School Softball Coaches Association. But after Monday night’s District 19-4A game, it would be hard to convince Robert E. Lee head coach Robert Chambliss of that. Barbers Hill (11-2 overall and 4-0 in 19-4A play) erupted for seven runs in the third inning and four in the fourth as it defeated Lee 11-0 in five innings. The loss dropped the Lady Ganders to 9-4 overall and 1-1 in 194A play. “I felt like we played well in the Klein tournament, but we really turned it on last night,’’ said Barbers Hill head coach Perri Smith. “One player just fed off the other. Our hitting was really good.’’ Randi Rupp, who is only a sophomore, pitched a one-hitter to earn the victory. She struck out 11 of the 17 batters she faced. She also had a bases-clearing double and three RBIs. “Randi pitched well,’’ Smith said. “We have only had her for a week-

and-a-half, so she is only going to get better. “She is having a hard time spotting some of her pitches,’’ she added. “But that is only going to get better the more she pitches.’’ Chelsea Caldwell also was 3-for3, including an inside-the-park home run down the left field line that plated two. Breagan Hamilton also was 2-for3, Rylan Harvey was 2-for-2 with an RBI, Erin Houthoofd was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored and Kimberlin Naivar was 1-for-3 with a triple and a run scored. Barbers Hill finished the game with 13 hits and five stolen bases. Rebecca Hernandez took the loss for Lee. She gave up seven runs in three innings. The Lady Eagles also blanked C.E. King 10-0 in six innings in an 19-4A softball game on Monday afternoon. Harvey ended the game with a walk-off two-run home run in the sixth inning. Harvey also pitched four innings, striking out two and walking two. Rupp pitched one inning and struck out one. Jessie Rodriguez was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Sarah Barker was 2for-4 with two RBIs and two runs

REL tennis team low on numbers, not heart BY TODD HVEEM

Seven years ago, Robert E. Lee had more than 50 players participating in its tennis program. Today, head coach David Walker has nine players out for the sport. And only two – juniors Jessica Roberts and Martha Gomez – compete at the varsity level. “Obviously, when we built a third high school, and then we rezoned, that really hurt our numbers,’’ Walker said. “We had a lot of kids coming from Cedar Bayou. Those kids now go to Sterling. “But, I mean, this is not just happening in the tennis program, it is true with all of our programs,’’ Walker added. “I am not complaining. But it is heartbreaking for the kids as far as fielding a team.’’ In the fall, Lee had to forfeit all of its team tennis matches because it did not have enough players to compete. “We would play the matches, but they were already decided before we played,’’ Walker said. “For a kid in a competitive standpoint, that is not what you want.’’ Walker said the Ganders are trying to improve as much as they can. “Most of the kids are beginners,’’ Walker said. “We have three or four

kids who just picked it up this year and we have three or four who have been playing a couple years. But we coach them all like they are No. 1 in the state.’’ Roberts and Gomez will compete in the Galveston Invitational on Saturday. The two girls play A and B singles and doubles. “We switch them off and let them take turns playing A singles,’’ Walker said. Lee also will play host to the 62nd annual Baytown Varsity tournament on March 30. Ross S. Sterling, Goose Creek Memorial, La Porte, Barbers Hill and Lee College also will play host to the 33-team event. “According to legend, we run the oldest continuous tournament in the state of Texas,’’ Walker said of the Baytown Varsity tournament. “A lot of very good teams come to the event.’’ Teams from Clear Lake, Clear Falls, Clear Springs, Kingwood, Clear Creek, La Porte and Deer Park will compete in the event. The District 19-4A meet will be held on April 3-4 at C.E. King. “I can’t predict what the future will hold for the program,’’ Walker said. “As of now, we still plan to have a program. I would think as long as there is a Lee High School, we will have tennis at Lee.’’

scored. The Lady Eagles then completed a three-game district sweep with an easy 15-0 victory over Forest Brook on Tuesday. Harvey pitched a no-hitter in the contest. Barbers Hill had 18 walks in the game. Crosby vs. Lee baseball The District 19-4A baseball game between Lee and Crosby has been moved to 6 p.m. today because Crosby’s field was too wet Tuesday. RSS girls 1, La Porte 0 The Sterling Lady Rangers improved their District 21-5A soccer standing with a 1-0 victory over La Porte on Tuesday night. Matti Hayes scored the Lady Rangers’ goal with an assist from Claudia Premutico. REL girls 2, C.E. King 1 The Robert E. Lee Lady Ganders defeated C.E. King 2-1 on Monday night to keep alive their District 194A soccer playoff hopes. Madison Toles scored both goals for Lee. GCM earns forfeit The Goose Creek Memorial Lady Patriots earned a 5-0 soccer forfeit victory over North Forest on Monday night. The Lady Pats remained in first place with 21 points.


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Ross S. Sterling High School golfer Mason Hancock and the rest of the boys’ golf team will be competing Wednesday, March 28, at the Chambers County Golf Course. The Sterling girls’ team will be competing in a different tournament on March 29 in Houston at Texaco Country Club.


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A VARIATION ON A CROCODILIA THEME Fill in the grid so that every row, every column, and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1 thru 9, no repeats in any row, column or box.

Puzzle Solution

Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, said, “When the Internet publicity began, I remember being struck by how much the world was not the way we thought it was, that there was infinite variation in how people viewed the world.” “Infinite” is surely an overbid. There are many themes in bridge, but not an infinite number. This deal is a variation on yesterday’s. Now South’s chances in six spades are excellent. What should South do after West leads the club queen, marking East with the ace? When North promised some points with his raise to three spades, South hoped his partner’s values would be useful. Declarer sees that the contract is laydown if the hearts split 3-2, which the mathematicians say will happen just a little more than two times in three. But South should consider how to make his contract even when hearts are 4-1. Yesterday, when dummy did not have the club king, declarer drew trumps, eliminated the minors, and led a low heart from his hand. To beat the contract, West had to play his queen — a Crocodile Coup — to swallow his partner’s jack. Now that dummy has the club king, there is a much better plan. South ruffs at trick one, draws trumps, and cashes his top hearts. When they are 4-1, declarer takes his diamond tricks, ending on the board. Then he leads the club king, discarding a heart loser. East is endplayed, forced to concede a ruff-and-sluff, on which South’s last heart evaporates.

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All Stor Self Storage wishing to avail themselves of the provisions of Texas Property Code 59, hereby gives notice of sale under said act to wit on March 31, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Said sale is being made to satisfy a Landlords Lien. Said property listed below consisting primarily of household items. PropTHE BAYTOWN SUN erty will be sold at public auction to the highest is seeking a carrier bidder for cash only. All for the Crosby area. Carrierʼs are independ- sales are considered final. All Stor Self Storent contractors and age reserves the right to must have a valid reject any bids, withdraw driverʼs license and any property and cancel current automobile sale without prior insurance. If you are looking for a great way notice. Clean-up deposit may be required. to supplement your income working a few Location of sale: hours each night, please All Stor Self Storage, 2037 HWY. 90, fill out an information sheet at The Baytown Crosby, Texas 77532 281-328-2336 Sun located at 1301 Memorial Dr. in Kenneth B. Williams Baytown, Texas. No phone calls please. Shannon D. Green Purvis L. Lewis United Salt Baytown Daryl Caul We are currently hiring Jason R Cassard for an exp. I&E Tech for Ashley M Owens our Baytown location. NOTICE OF Please apply in person: PUBLIC SALE 7901 FM 1405 Baytown, TX First Publication: 281-303-1101 March 7, 2012 DRIVERS WANTED: BAYTOWN TAXI Second Publication: Clean driving record. March 14, 2012 281-932-0813 WATSON & TAYLOR SELF STORAGES Work Wanted WISHING TO AVAIL THEMSELVES OF In need of Part-Time THE PROVISIONS Work! Raising 2 grand- OF TEXAS PROPERTY kids. Run errands, CODE, CHAPTER 59, clean, cook, laundry, HEREBY GIVES NOetc! 713-291-5961 TICE that the property generally described below is being sold to satLegal Notices isfy a landlordʼs lien at the date, time and place City of Baytown indicated below and on the following terms. Notice is hereby given Property will be sold at that sealed bids, in dupublic auction to the plicate, addressed to highest bidder for CASH the Honorable Mayor ONLY. All sales are conand City Council, City of sidered final. Watson & Baytown (OWNER), Taylor reserves the right Harris County, Texas, to reject any bids, withwill be received at the draw any property from office of the City Clerk, the sale, and cancel any City Hall, 2401 Market sale without prior notice. Street, Baytown, Texas Clean-up deposit may 77520 until 2:00 P.M. on be required. April 10, 2012, and then publicly opened in coun- The sale is being held to cil chambers, 2401 Mar- satisfy a landlordʼs lien ket Street, Baytown, and will be held at: Texas 77520, at that 1411 W. Cedar Bayou time on that date for: Lynchburg Rd, 2007 Street Bond Baytown, TX 77521 Project - Yr 4 281-421-4928 A bid guarantee in the form of a bidder's bond, On March 22, 2012 certified check, or a at 9:30 AM cashier's check made out to the “City of BayNAME OF TENANT town” in an amount & GENERAL equal to ten percent DESCRIPTION (10%) of the greatest amount bid, MUST acARIFAH WEST company each proposal. Furniture & Boxes Bids that do not have the accompanying bid NORMA VELASQUEZ guarantee will not be Boxes & Containers read. Bid Documents ORDINANCE NO. may be secured from 11,893 the City of Baytown,

The OWNER reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive inApply on-line at 2/1.5 Townhouse formalities in bidding. In $87,500 in Baytown case of ambiguity or Lantern Ln $650mo/ Fresh paint,hardwood Camden conducts $500dep, Water, gas/pd. lack of clearness in statfloors Remodeled Chevy Astro Van '00 pre-employment screen- ing the prices in the bid, 713- 291-8023 Kit/Bathrooms Medical 4.3L, Green ing, which includes but the OWNER reserves Call (281)839-7889. Stk#KTS119 Apartments is not limited to a the right to consider the $7,992. +TT&L For Rent **RESPIRATORY** pre-employment drug most advantageous conNEW LISTING! THERAPISTS screen and criminal struction thereof, or to Dayton Brick 3/1 background check. reject the bid. The w/efficiency apartment. 2 BEDROOMS 2 Trucks/Vans Needed for New Camden is an Equal award will be made to Call (281)830-3948. BATHS Special Ventilator/Trach Unit Opportunity Employer the lowest responsible $600/month and a Drug Free bidder. New Listing! HUMMER H3, 2007, Call 281-839-7467 Liberty Health Care Workplace. 236 CR-404 2717 sf. EXCELLENT Center, a Skilled EFFICIENCY APT A Mandatory Pre-bid home on 2.95 acres. CONDITION near I-10, $390 mo/$200 Nursing Facility located Conference will be held Call (281)830-3948. 281-421-3902 at 1206 N. Travis, dep. Business neighborat, 2:00 P.M., March 27, Liberty, Texas, has hood 713-530-0302 2012 in Council ChamMotorcycles EXPERIENCED immediate openings for Condos & bers, City Hall, 2401 www.inverness & ATVs Waitress & Houserespiratory therapists to Townhouses Market Street, Baytown, keeper needed. Apply at start-up our new Texas 77520. 1 bedroom/1 bath Quality Inn Baytown Advanced Respiratory 2006 GOLDWING 281-839-7593 281-427-7481 1519 BARCELONA Care Unit. 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OBITUARIES For obituary information, call 281-425-8008

Daniel Robert Murphy Daniel Robert Murphy, a long time resident of La Porte, Texas, passed away on March 11, 2012 surrounded by his family. He was born in Houston on October 15, 1927 to Nora Sandras and Harold Murphy, Sr. Danny spent his early years in Baytown, Texas and received his high school diploma from Robert E. Lee High School while serving on the USS TEXAS during WWII. He was proud of his naval service and enjoyed taking his granddaughters and other friends to the Battleship TEXAS and showing them where he lived and worked while serving. When he retired from

Philomene Wilson nee Polimis Philomene Wilson nee Polimis, 84, was born in the Caribbean island of St. Lucia on February 1, 1928, to Clifford and Phillipsia Polimis where she spent almost her entire life before migrating to the U.S.A about twenty years ago. On Tuesday March 6, 2012 the Lord called upon Philomene and she departed this life. Her passing brought sadness to the hearts of all who knows and loved her.

Quantum Chemicals after 30 years, Danny was devoted to volunteering at the Shriners Hospital driving patients and their families from airports to the hospital in Galveston. He was also a member of the La Porte Masonic Lodge #857. Danny was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Harold Murphy, Jr. and his sister Adrienne Murphy Huckaby. Danny was a proud and loving husband, father and grandfather to his wife Shirley Gardner Murphy; son, Danny Murphy, Jr. and his fiancé, Betty Brown; daughter Lynn Murphy Crain; and granddaughters, Murphy Crain, Spenser Crain and Jenny Holland. Visitation will be from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Paul U. Lee Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Thursday, March 15 at 10:30 am at Paul U. Lee Funeral Home with internment to follow at Forest Park East, 21620 Gulf Freeway, Webster. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children – Galveston, 815 Market Street, Galveston, TX 77550. Paul U. Lee-La Porte Funeral Home 201 South 3rd Street La Porte, TX 77571 (281) 471-0123

To cherish her memories, she leaves to mourn: five sons: Anthony, John Baptiste, Patrick, Raymund, and Edwin six daughters: Teonita, Leona, Annie, Rosemary, Constance, and Martha, thirty-four grandchildren, twenty-eight great grandchildren, twenty-five nephews, twenty-eight nieces three Brothers: Francis, Mitchel, and Martin, daughters-in-law: Marina, Ira, Sarah, and Diana, and many other relatives in the U.S.A, St. Lucia and England. Philomene. We all love you and will miss you. Mrs. Wilson visitation services are Friday, March 16, 2012 from 79pm at Robey Funeral Home; 403 W. Sterling Ave. Baytown, TX 77520. Funeral is Saturday, March 17, 2012 at Holy Family Catholic Church; 7122 Whiting Rock Baytown, TX 77521. Father Armstrong will be officiating and interment will be at Cedar Crest Cemetery.

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Juan Aldaco Juan Aldaco, “Taco”, 52, of Baytown, passed away, March 12, 2012. He was born on Oct. 31, 1959. He graduated from Lee High School in 1978, and worked at Exxon/Mobil for 25 years. He loved to DJ, music and spending time at his land hunting and fishing. He also loved spending time with his kids and grandkids. He could

Susan Lucille Riddell Susan Riddell, born Susan Lucille Sanders on November 30, 1920, in Sulphur Bluff, Texas, died peacefully on March 12, 2012, at St. James House in Baytown, Texas. Susan grew up in Sulphur Springs, Texas, the daughter of Nannie Sanders and R.D. Sanders and the sister of Elizabeth Sanders. She graduated from East Texas State University in Commerce, Texas, with a degree in Education, but, having decided against a teaching career, went to work for a bank in Sulphur Springs and later in San

Antonio. It was in San Antonio that she met an Air Force pilot, Roland Willard (Bill) Riddell, and married him in November 1946. Bill’s Air Force career availed Susan of the opportunity to live in Pennsylvania, California, Ohio, Oregon, Nevada, and overseas in Prestwick, Scotland, and she made the most of every move. When Bill retired from the Air Force in 1964, the family settled in Fort Worth, Texas, where Susan lived for 40 years before relocating to Baytown to be near Doris. Susan is succeeded by her two children Doris Sanders of Baytown and Jim Riddell of Mukilteo, Washington, their spouses Tom Sanders and Beverly Riddell, her grandchildren Susan Tallarita, Marian Sanders, Elizabeth Bell, Loren Whitten, and Eric Whitten, their spouses, and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, husband, and her daughter, Ann Elizabeth Riddell. A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Thursday, March 15, 2012 at the St.

James House Chapel with Chaplain Billy Tomlin officiating. The family would like to thank the staff of St. James House and Hospice Compassus for their care and compassion; naming them all would be impossible, but special thanks must go to Lisa Daniels and Natasha Davis for their special tender care. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to either St. James House of Baytown, Hospice Compassus of Pasadena, or Genesis United Methodist Church of Fort Worth. To view her online obituary, or post a tribute to her family, go to Arrangements are under the direction of Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2444 Rollingbrook Drive, Baytown, Texas 77521, (281) 422-8111.



Search suspended late Tuesday for missing man

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In the top row, from left are fifth-graders Candace Thomas, Ms. DaSilva, counselor, Madelyn Shuler, and Justin Shanley; middle row, fourth-graders David Trejo, Andy Ly, Micah Campbell, Tania Rodriquez, and Jacqueline Charles; and bottom row, third-graders Zabrien Rodriguez, Brianna Jobity and Kolton Harrison.

Search and rescue efforts for a 54-year-old Plum Grove man who has been missing since last Thursday have been suspended, captain Rex Evans of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office said yesterday. Instead, investigators are handling the case as a criminal matter. Dennis Rogers, a former drag strip driver who suffered a severe head injury about four years ago that has left him with the mental

capacity of a 9-year-old, was taking a walk and apparently became disoriented last week. Liberty County police battled severe weather and called off the search twice, returning to it yesterday morning after the weather broke. An anonymous call came in that led police to believe the man’s disappearance may be the result of foul play, suspending the search for a third time to allow investigators to

pursue new leads. Rogers is described as a white male, approximately 5 feet, 6 inches and weighs about 145 pounds. Except for his decreased capacity, Rogers was described as being in good health and good spirits at the time of his disappearance. Anyone with information is asked to call the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office at 936-3364500.


their individual score, finalists can advance to the Jeopardylike countdown/final round. Locally, ExxonMobil contributes mightily to the Goose Creek CISD MATHCOUNTS program ($5,000 this year), as well as provides volunteers to run the competition and attend practices to help coach the students. The Texas Society of Professional Engineer Bay Area Chapter also provides volunteers, T-shirts, and lunch for the Regional competition.

The program is led by Brandy Woods, junior school math instructional specialist. Lee High School teacher Robert Allen is the assistant coordinator. At the campus level, there are coaches at each school: Matthew Barnett and Camille Burt, Baytown Junior; Megan Downs, Cedar Bayou Junior; Clint Halstead, Gentry Junior; Michelle Williams and Melissa Mansker, Highlands Junior; Linda “Sue” Payne, Horace Mann Junior.

Medicaid beds or have entered into a lease agreement with a nursing facility owner that has an allocation of Medicaid beds. A limited number of these beds are allocated by the state, based on the county’s aging population demographic. Pascasio said the bed allocations weren’t gone, they were being held by an unnamed private firm that had not exercised the option of developing a facility in Middle Chambers County. “I’m not comfortable with the allocation of these units to a non-profit entity when we could be looking at a private party coming in here to do this and increasing our tax base,” Precinct One Commissioner Mark Huddleston said. “This sounds like it could be an additional tax burden on the citizens of Anahuac.” “I’m not sure where you got the idea of additional taxes Commissioner,” Pascasio said. “I haven’t said anything about taxes. You’re speculating, sir.”

“So are you,” Huddleston said. Bryan Burrell owns the facility that serves eastern Chambers County in Winnie. “Our concern here is that we have the nursing facility in Winnie,” Burrell said. “To give the hospital district the waiver would be a disadvantage to me, because the hospital district doesn’t have to pay the taxes that I have to occur, and that puts us on an uneven playing field.” Pascasio complimented Burrell’s facility, but said as a private business, he had yet to step forward to show any interest in developing a facility in Anahuac. Burrel said his firm was in the process of developing a facility in another county, but was looking at the Anahuac market for future development if the numbers supported that kind of investment. “I’m asking the court to authorize the letter, not start building a facility,” Pascasio said. “If you want to start lining us up, that’s your right.”


dents compete in four rounds. In the sprint round, students have 40 minutes to solve 30 problems. The target round, consist of 4 rounds in which students are challenged to solve 2 problems in 6 minutes. The team round lasts 20 minutes and students collaboratively complete a 10question exam. Depending on


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In the top row, from left are second-graders Camelia Nieto, counselor Ms. DaSilva, and Kelli Dodson, and first-graders Miraya Zamora and Adrianna Garret; middle row, second-graders Yazli Gonzalez and Tiyana Gibson, kindergartener Ashton Rogers, first-grader Jonathan Pulido, and kindergartener Alec Lopez; and bottom row, pre-kindergartener Oswaldo Garcia, kindergartener Anthony Lau, and first-grader Damaris Sifuentes.

Crockett students show character David Crockett Elementary School held their Diligence Character Celebration on March 8 to honor students who showed the best example of this character trait during the month of February.

make anyone smile. He was a at Whites Cemetery in devoted man of God. He was Highlands. Serving as a giving and loving man with pallbearers will be John Louis Aldaco, Jorge Fabela, Jesse a BIG Heart. He was preceded in death Carbajal, George Perez, Marcos Balderas and Frank Rodriguez. by his father, Jesus Aldaco. The family would like to He is survived by his children, Melissa Fabela and husband thank the Hospice Care Team Jorge, Gina Faubion and for their generosity, time and husband Tony, John Louis compassion. In lieu of flowers, donations Aldaco, Jessica Villagomez and Ivanna Denae Aldaco; may be made to Hospice Care grandchildren, Marisa Fabela, Team Inc., 1708 N. Amburn Madison Aldaco, John Faubion Rd., Suite C; Texas City, TX and Morgan Faubion; sisters, 77591-2436. To view the online obituary Maria Harrell, Elma Hernandez and husband Gilbert, Beatrice and post a tribute for the visit Balderas and husband Marcos; family, nephew, Marcos Balderas, Jr. Arrangements are under the and many other family members direction of Earthman Funeral and friends. The family will receive Home, 3919 Garth Rd., friends on Thursday, March Baytown, TX 77521; (281) 15, 2012, from 6:00 p.m. to 422-8181. 8:00 p.m., at Earthman Funeral Home. EARTHMAN Funeral services will be FUNERAL HOME Friday, March 16, 2012, at 2:00 p.m., in the funeral home 3919 Garth Road; Baytown, TX 77521 chapel. Interment will follow (281) 422-8181;

Their families were invited to see their child receive their certificate of achievement while enjoying refreshments. These students worked hard and did not give up accomplishing their goal or task.

left to serve Chambers County. That facility is a privately owned venture that runs at about 80 percent capacity. “This is only a first step to pursue a waiver,” Pascasio said. “The usual approach is for TxDAD to listen to you all, the leadership of the community, about what you think is best and the most appropriate for your community.” Pascasio explained that in order to become a nursing facility provider, a municipality or private for-profit entity must first apply for a license. Facilities may wish to be private pay or Medicaid- and /or Medicare-certified. As a prerequisite for participating in the Title XIX Medicaid Nursing Facility Program and receiving reimbursement for eligible Medicaid residents, a provider must first have an allocation of

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growth and expansion in logistics and shipping, Baytown is doing pretty well with jobs – at least for those people who have the necessary skills. There are over 46,000 jobs within the area covered by Goose Creek CISD, he said. Simon also noted that nearly half the population of the Houston Metropolitan Statistical Area lives within 30 miles of Baytown, making it a center for potential development. Several growing industrial parks are in the area, he said, each adding new industries. In fact, he said, many job categories are expanding more rapidly than predicted. Even before the latest growth spurt, industry was looking at ways to develop an adequately trained workforce to replace the large number of expected retirees in coming years. With the new growth, he said, workforce development is an even greater priority. One factor that is needed, he said, is awareness. Many high school students are unaware of the opportunities available in technical fields. When a member of the audience asked if the employers experiencing growth have active diversity efforts, Simon replied that the major corporations were very active in seeking a diverse workforce, and most of the smaller employers were as well. However, he also said there is a “de facto diversity plan” inherent in the number of people needed and the makeup of the area population. “In the greater Houston area, it’s not hard to be diverse,” he said.

Dougherty said the driver had made deliveries to the plant before and was known to the ExxonMobil security guard who restricted the driver’s access to the plant. “This may just be a case of someone who had a fictitious drivers license, that kind of thing does happen,” Chief Keith Dougherty soon after arriving on scene. Dougherty was right. Nestor Pier, a 26-year-old Mexican national, was taken to Baytown police department to face interrogation by FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force investigators. Upon their satisfaction that Pier was not attempting to smuggle a dangerous package onto the plant, X-ray procedures of the truck began. “Any one who enters a secured facility has their identification verified,” Dougherty said. “And this particular identification aroused suspicion, leading to the call to us. We found it to be a fictitious driver’s license and at that point,


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inside the facility were not in danger. According to ExxonMobil spokesperson Connie Tilton, the drama played out without affecting the plant production. “This investigation is outside our fence line,” Tilton said. “The Baytown Refinery continues to operate normally.” Assistant Chief Roger Clifford said Pier was working for a sub-contractor that supplied drivers to FedEx. Clifford added that Pier, who Baytown Sun photo/Mike Gunning offered a Houston address, Baytown Chief of Police Keith Dougherty and other law enforcement cooperated with the security officers gather Tuesday around an Airhart Drive entrance to the guard and didn’t offer resistExxonMobil refinery where a delivery driver with a fake driver’s license ance when police arrived. “He’s just a guy that found a led to the bomb squad being called in. way to fix a driver’s license so squad that runs a collaborative he could work,” Clifford said. we followed protocol.” Clifford said Pier has lived in It took 40 minutes for bomb effort with area bomb squads,” squad technicians to clear the Dougherty said. “They hap- the United States as an illegal scene after checking under the pened to be practicing today, alien for 15 years, and was put truck, under the hood and the and so they came up here. in the city jail and charged with Because of the nature of the third degree felony tampering cargo bay of the vehicle. Dougherty said bomb squads location, we ratcheted it up and with a government document. from La Porte, Texas City, and called in the FBI. We would As a precaution, North Pasadena were in the area run- rather err on the side of cau- Airhart Drive was closed to ning training exercises when tion.” through traffic, and non-essenDougherty said the FedEx tial personnel were escorted the initial call came in, and truck never made it beyond the out of the area until the site was responded in force. “We have our own bomb gate area, and that personnel cleared. es a property’s qualification as a primary residence, which can come in handy if someone ever sues the property owner, Fregia said. “Nobody ever talks about that aspect of it but it is true,” he said. Applications for homestead exemptions are available free of charge at the office of the Chambers County Appraisal


homestead exemption simply by proving that the property in question is the place where they live the majority of the time. An additional benefit to obtaining a homestead exemption is that is legally establish-

District, located at 1222 Ross Sterling in Anahuac, and on the office’s website at The applications come with instructions, but basically applications should be filled out and filed, along with proof of ownership of the property, a copy of the owner’s Texas driver’s license or state-issued identification card and a copy


University, who received a grant from the Texas Sea Grant College Program to study the public’s perceptions of rip currents and identify ways to improve the ability of beach users to identify them. A rip current is a horizontal current that moves perpendicular to the shore, frequently forming around man-made structures like jetties, piers and groins. It does not pull people under the water – it pulls them away from shore. At least 100 people die along the nation’s coasts and Great Lakes beaches each year when rip currents pull them offshore, where they are unable to keep themselves afloat and cannot swim to safety. Rip currents are more likely to form when there are



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+11.15 +4.68 +14.04 +1.76 +8.61 +13.97 +8.90 +6.18 +8.31 +5.04

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YTD PE Last Chg %Chg

1.76 ... ... .12 .88 1.64 1.88 ... .70 ... 1.92 .04 ... 1.76 1.16 .81 3.24 .32 .04 2.04 .96 2.64 .30 ... ... ... ... ... .60 1.00 1.64 1.00 ... ... ...

48 31.63 +.19 12 7.76 +.26 ... 2.37 +.04 15 10.31 +.44 22 32.56 +.73 18 30.10 +.07 10 39.05 +.37 16 568.10+16.10 12 61.00 +.32 15 9.80 +.21 6 47.33 +.61 ... 8.49 +.50 ... 21.25 -1.02 14 74.31 +.71 14 32.90 +.08 6 19.47 +.10 8 111.19 +1.19 16 20.22 +.39 10 36.45 +2.16 19 70.25 +.61 15 26.37 +.11 9 77.76 +.45 8 13.90 +.45 ... 53.98 -.97 20 36.97 +.92 9 17.23 +.27 ... 17.86 -1.16 ... 22.20 -2.53 17 44.01 +1.67 17 34.60 +.99 14 52.68 +1.48 17 21.43 +.06 ... .55 +.05 29 29.62 +.59 16 37.58 +.66

5.6 ... ... 1.2 2.7 5.4 4.8 ... 1.1 ... 4.1 .5 ... 2.4 3.5 4.2 2.9 1.6 .1 2.9 3.6 3.4 2.2 ... ... ... ... ... 1.4 2.9 3.1 4.7 ... ... ...

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+4.6 +43.7 +51.9 +19.2 +18.8 +1.5 -5.5 +40.3 +6.7 +21.0 +10.7 +52.7 -40.2 +1.3 -1.0 -3.1 +4.5 +12.2 +38.5 +.4 -.1 +6.7 +7.1 +20.5 +10.1 +17.8 -32.6 -40.6 +17.4 +20.3 +15.1 -2.6 -80.1 +37.5 +13.9


Name American Funds BalA m American Funds CapIncBuA m American Funds CpWldGrIA m American Funds FnInvA m American Funds GrthAmA m American Funds IncAmerA m American Funds InvCoAmA m American Funds WAMutInvA m Dodge & Cox IntlStk Dodge & Cox Stock Fidelity Contra Fidelity Magellan FrankTemp-Franklin Income A m Janus RsrchT Janus TwentyT Janus WorldwideT d PIMCO TotRetIs Rydex NovaInv Rydex Nsdq100Iv Vanguard 500Adml Vanguard InstIdxI Vanguard InstPlus Vanguard TotIntl d Vanguard TotStIAdm Vanguard TotStIIns Vanguard TotStIdx Vanguard WelltnAdm

NAV 19.68 51.80 35.77 39.30 32.63 17.64 29.99 30.53 32.95 114.52 76.34 72.65 2.18 32.36 61.55 46.45 11.11 26.47 17.55 129.13 128.29 128.30 14.76 35.08 35.09 35.07 58.05

Total Return/Rank 4-wk 12-mo 5-year +2.3 +8.9/A +4.2/B +2.3 +6.8/A +2.1/C +3.0 +1.5/C +1.6/B +2.8 +5.0/D +2.8/B +2.5 +5.0/D +2.3/D +2.0 +7.5/A +3.0/C +3.1 +5.9/D +1.5/C +2.7 +10.7/A +2.0/B +2.4 -6.3/C -1.3/B +2.7 +3.2/D -1.6/E +3.9 +10.2/B +5.5/B +4.2 -1.1/E -0.3/E +1.5 +3.9/D +3.6/C +4.2 +8.0/C +5.2/B +7.1 +9.8/B +6.2/A +3.9 -1.0/D -0.7/D +0.3 +5.9/D +8.2/A +5.2 +10.3/A -1.4/E +5.0 +17.1/A +9.0/A +3.5 +9.3/B +2.5/B +3.5 +9.3/B +2.5/B +3.5 +9.4/B +2.5/B +2.0 -4.2/C -0.9/B +3.2 +8.9/B +3.0/A +3.2 +8.9/B +3.0/A +3.2 +8.8/B +2.9/B +2.2 +8.1/A +5.2/A


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PE Last Chg 22 51.75 -.07 11 39.60 -.21 10 86.86 +1.31 7 12.70 +.27 8 39.09 +.83 16 19.59 +.46 ... 2.56 +.04 20 126.26 +.20 11 35.34 +.64 9 24.57 +.53 20 49.14 +.55 23 60.37 +1.11 ... 68.16 +1.89 ... 10.07 +.09 ... 32.26 -.38 ... 39.96 +1.13 ... 44.49 +1.18 ... 55.10 +.88 ... 83.06 +1.62 12 27.49 +.51 16 203.78 +2.78 ... 21.30 +.42 10 43.39 +2.85 19 65.33 +.23 8 8.26 +.38 50 10.41 +.23 25 24.22 -.16 21 30.23 +.39 18 96.78 +.12 19 38.28 +.60 ... 8.49 +.41 12 32.67 +.63 17 18.93 +.73 ... 5.05 +.05 12 99.98 +1.54 17 30.13 +.42

YTD %Chg +11.6 -8.7 +2.5 +18.0 +6.3 +9.4 -1.9 +2.1 +2.4 -4.6 +16.9 +11.1 +18.8 +10.5 +19.7 +14.6 +17.3 +11.2 +12.6 +13.4 +10.8 +14.8 +30.5 -.4 +7.4 +9.6 0.0 +19.1 -3.5 +1.5 +35.0 +25.8 +25.1 +4.8 +6.7 +17.5



Penney NY PepsiCo NY Pfizer NY PwShs QQQ Nasd PrUShS&P NY ProctGam NY Qualcom Nasd RegionsFn NY RschMotn Nasd RoyDShllA NY SpdrDJIA NY S&P500ETF NY Schlmbrg NY SearsHldgsNasd SiriusXM Nasd SouthnCo NY SwstAirl NY SprintNex NY SP Engy NY SPDR Fncl NY SP Inds NY SunTrst NY Tenneco NY 3M Co NY TimeWarn NY UnilevNV NY UPS B NY US Bancrp NY USSteel NY Vale SA NY VerizonCm NY WalMart NY Walgrn NY WellsFargo NY Yahoo Nasd Youku NY

Div Yld

YTD PE Last Chg %Chg

.80 2.06 .88 .46 ... 2.10 1.00 .04 ... 3.36 3.48 2.58 1.10 .33 ... 1.89 .02 ... 1.07 .22 .73 .20 ... 2.36 1.04 1.25 2.28 .78 .20 1.55 2.00 1.59 .90 .88 ... ...

23 37.63 +.12 +7.1 16 64.34 +.40 -3.0 17 22.01 +.47 +1.7 ... 66.26 +1.21 +18.7 ... 15.39 -.58 -20.2 17 67.90 +.19 +1.8 25 64.85 +1.00 +18.6 34 5.78 +.15 +34.4 3 13.49 +.38 -7.0 14 72.18 +.73 -1.2 ... 131.68 +2.22 +8.1 ... 140.06 +2.48 +11.6 20 74.77 +.75 +9.5 ... 79.94 +2.23 +151.5 18 2.29 -.03 +25.8 18 45.41 +.02 -1.9 32 8.41 +.13 -1.8 ... 2.79 +.07 +19.2 ... 74.67 +.89 +8.0 ... 15.42 +.57 +18.6 ... 37.78 +.77 +11.9 21 22.58 +.70 +27.6 15 39.76 +1.61 +33.5 15 88.75 +1.21 +8.6 13 36.52 +.34 +1.1 ... 34.13 +.26 -.7 20 78.37 +.68 +7.1 13 31.01 +1.33 +14.6 ... 28.31 +1.92 +7.0 ... 23.62 +1.14 +10.1 46 39.48 +.16 -1.6 13 61.00 +.32 +2.1 11 33.25 -.38 +.6 12 33.33 +1.82 +20.9 18 14.55 +.06 -9.8 ... 31.38 -.47 +100.3

2.1 3.2 4.0 .7 ... 3.1 1.5 .7 ... 4.7 2.6 1.8 1.5 ... ... 4.2 .2 ... 1.4 1.4 1.9 .9 ... 2.7 2.8 3.7 2.9 2.5 .7 6.6 5.1 2.6 2.7 2.6 ... ...


MOST WIDELY HELD MUTUAL FUNDS Total Assets Obj ($Mlns) MA 32,742 IH 56,945 WS 47,952 LB 32,631 LG 57,936 MA 54,945 LB 45,635 LV 40,038 FV 40,102 LV 39,840 LG 59,470 LG 13,849 CA 37,556 LG 1,419 LG 3,472 WS 877 CI 149,075 LB 38 LG 722 LB 56,336 LB 65,810 LB 38,580 FB 32,880 LB 54,525 LB 34,626 LB 68,078 MA 32,513

The information found on the website suggests that you can escape the current by swimming in a direction following the shoreline. When free of the current, swim at an angle – away from the current – toward shore. If you are unable to escape by swimming, float or tread water. When the current weakens, swim at an angle away from the current toward shore. If you feel you will be unable to reach the shore, draw attention to yourself by facing the shore and calling or waving for help. Signs of a possible rip current include a channel of churning, choppy water; an area with a noticeable difference in water color; a line of foam, seaweed or debris moving steadily seaward; and a break in the incoming wave pattern. However, some rip currents occur with no visible signs.

heavy surf conditions, which combine with human nature to increase the danger. “People tend to gravitate to areas where the waves are less intense, but those also happen to be where rip currents are most prevalent,” Houser said, adding that most incidents involving people and rip currents happen around 4 p.m., “When you are sun-baked, tired and, in the case of adults, possibly affected by alcohol consumption.” If you are caught in a rip current, remain calm to conserve energy and think clearly, and don’t fight the current by trying to swim straight to shore. The Texas Sea Grant College Program is a partnership of university, government and industry, focusing on marine research, education and advisory services. Visit their website at



of his or her vehicle registration card. Those without vehicles can submit a copy of a current utility bill instead. Addresses on all those documents must match the address of the home on which the exemption is being sought. For more information or assistance, call the Chambers County Appraisal District at 409-267-3795.

Pct Load 5.75 5.75 5.75 5.75 5.75 5.75 5.75 5.75 NL NL NL NL 4.25 NL NL NL NL NL NL NL NL NL NL NL NL NL NL

Min Init Invt 250 250 250 250 250 250 250 250 2,500 2,500 2,500 2,500 1,000 2,500 2,500 2,500 1,000,000 2,500 2,500 10,000 5,000,000 200,000,000 3,000 10,000 5,000,000 3,000 50,000

CA -Conservative Allocation, CI -Intermediate-Term Bond, ES -Europe Stock, FB -Foreign Large Blend, FG -Foreign LargeGrowth, FV -Foreign Large Value, IH -World Allocation, LB -Large Blend, LG -Large Growth, LV -Large Value, MA -Moderate Allocation, MB -Mid-Cap Blend, MV - Mid-Cap Value, SH -Specialty-heath, WS -World Stock, Total Return: Chng in NAV with dividends reinvested. Rank: How fund performed vs. others with same objective: A is in top 20%, E in bottom 20%. Min Init Invt: Minimum $ needed to invest in fund. Source: Morningstar.

Stock Footnotes: g = Dividends and earnings in Canadian dollars. h = Does not meet continued-listing standards. lf = Late filing with SEC. n = New in past 52 weeks. pf = Preferred. rs = Stock has undergone a reverse stock split of at least 50 percent within the past year. rt = Right to buy security at a specified price. s = Stock has split by at least 20 percent within the last year. un = Units. vj = In bankruptcy or receivership. wd = When distributed. wi = When issued. wt = Warrants. Mutual Fund Footnotes: b = Fee covering market costs is paid from fund assets. d = Deferred sales charge, or redemption fee. f = front load (sales charges). m = Multiple fees are charged. NA = not available. p = previous day’s net asset value. s = fund split shares during the week. x = fund paid a distribution during the week.Gainers and Losers must be worth at least $2 to be listed in tables above. Most Actives must be worth at least $1. Volume in hundreds of shares. Source: The Associated Press. Sales figures are unofficial.


NYSE 8,234.47 +148.19



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Chg +1.70 +15.12 +2.45 +.64 +.34 +1.34 +1.20 +2.92 +.27 +9.44





Last 3.59 15.95 2.05 6.15 2.63 5.93 41.40 2.93 2.89 13.39

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%Chg -22.7 -15.2 -13.4 -11.6 -11.3 -11.2 -10.3 -10.2 -9.8 -9.1

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%Chg +9.5 +8.7 +7.9 +7.7 +7.3 +6.7 +6.7 +6.5 +6.3 +5.4

Name BBC pf II VlyNBc wt NCentBsh Omeros SalemCm GrWlfRes AcadiaPh Carmike EdacTech SunesisPh

Advanced Declined Unchanged Total issues New Highs New Lows Volume


Last 30.04 2.00 30.02 10.22 3.88 5.32 2.04 10.67 13.53 2.63

+56.22 OR MORE)

Chg +10.19 +.60 +7.98 +2.58 +.83 +1.13 +.33 +1.57 +1.88 +.36

%Chg +51.3 +42.9 +36.2 +33.8 +27.1 +27.0 +19.3 +17.3 +16.1 +15.9

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DIARY 2,490 585 79 3,154 199 8 4,260,206,363




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%Chg +88.1 +48.0 +27.3 +21.2 +16.7 +16.0 +16.0 +12.8 +10.2 +10.1


Chg -5.48 -3.20 -.83 -9.70 -.27 -2.94 -7.42 -2.53 -1.92 -2.42


291 173 31 495 10 ... 91,136,003

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