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ping — there is at least one fuelrelated number that is a good thing when it goes up: mileage. Gas is expected to reach more than $4 per gallon by Memorial Day, said Rod Hall, partner and By KATLYNN LANHAM operations manager for Honda of Lake Jackson. But work can With gas prices at a record be done to stretch the number high for this time of year — and of visits between tanks. “The No. 1 cause of bad gas not showing any signs of drop-

Properly maintained vehicles get better miles per gallon of gasoline.

Clay Carter, a technician at Rod Hall Honda of Lake Jackson, changes the oil on a vehicle Friday at the service center. Routine maintenance is one way drivers can get the best gas mileage from their vehicles.

mileage is usually lack of care for the vehicle,” said Mike Garcia, Joe Ragland Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram service manager. Properly caring for a vehicle can increase gas mileage by one or two miles per gallon, he said. That can add up.

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Residents asked to grade BISD in survey


TAILS Local animal shelter finding homes for more and more pets.



LAKE JACKSON hase and Laura Caceres were pretty upset when their cat ran away, but after checking at the animal shelter for her, they decided to get another. And then another. “I like cats,” Chase Caceres said simply. With a baby on the way in a few months, the couple wanted to go ahead and break in their new cats: Star Evelyn and Vicki. They weren’t the only ones at the shelter set on adopting a pet. While they were in line to adopt their cats, two other future pet




Taylor Mitchell checks out one of the puppies available for adoption Thursday at the Southern Brazoria County Animal Shelter in Lake Jackson.


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ABOVE: Chase and Laura Caceres play with one of the cats available for adoption Thursday at the Southern Brazoria County Animal Shelter in Lake Jackson. The couple was looking to adopt two indoor cats that day. RIGHT: Star Evelyn, one of several cats up for adoption, relaxes as she has her ears scratched Thursday by her soon-to-be owner, Chase Caceres, at the animal shelter in Lake Jackson.



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Partnership to boost medical access By KATLYNN LANHAM


A police vehicle is at the front of a caravan Friday along Highway 332 in Lake Jackson. Area leaders celebrated the completion of the highway, which was set to open to traffic Saturday. But the lanes had not opened by late Saturday afternoon. VIEW OUR GALLERY. BUY OUR PHOTOS.


CLUTE — Throughout the year, students are issued progress reports by their teachers to let them know how they’re doing in each of their classes. N o w , Brazosport ISD leaders are asking Let Brazosport the commuISD educators nity to let know how they’re the district doing by taking know how it the survey at is doing and www.brazosport how it can serve its students and stakeholders better, disBISD approves trict officials calendar for said. 2012-13 school Brazosport year ISD resiPAGE 6A dents, students, employees and parents are invited to participate in a survey at www. The deadline is midnight April 6, district spokeswoman Tami Sophia said. “We’re always seeking ways to effectively communicate with all of our stakeholders,” said Danny Massey, assistant superintendent of administrative services. “We truly value the information.” The survey is available in both English and Spanish, Sophia said. “We want to get a good poll of how the community feels

FREEPORT — The Mermaid Project is partnering with Brazosport Medical Center to provide a medical home for people receiving breast cancer screening from the organization. The new partnership doesn’t change Brazosport Regional

It’s tough when grandparents live far away, PAGE 7C

The Mermaid Project teams up with Brazosport Medical Center for breast cancer screenings. Health System’s role of providing the testing, but ensures patients have a primary care physician who can give them orders to have the testing done, officials said. “It’s a good synergy,” said Al


Guevara, Brazosport Regional’s executive vice president, chief operations officer and soon-tobe CEO. Brazosport Medical Center


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Guadalupe P. Mata Guadalupe Mata, 86, of Clute, passed away Friday, March 23, 2012, at Cypress Woods Nursing Home in Angleton. She was born December 12, 1925, in San Benito, Texas, to Theodore and Felicita Hernandez Pinion. She is survived by her daughters, Raquel and Alfonso Macias, Delia and Angel Vargas, Janie and Johnny Salinas, Eunice and Javier Martinez, Baudilia and Daniel Martinez; sons, Rene and Zita Mata, Carlos and Mercedes Mata, George Mata, Armondo Javier Mata, Gabriel Mata and Jacob and Becky Mata; sister, Celia Pena; brother, Inze Pinion; 27 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; 12 great-greatgrandchildren; and many other loving relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Manuel Mata; parents; brother, Miguel Pinion; and granddaughter, Valeri Martinez. Funeral services will be

Donna Purnell Cooper

Donna Purnell Cooper, 58, of Tyler, Texas passed away Friday, March 23, 2012 in Houston, Texas. Donna loved raising and showing horses in the United States and Canada, she was an outstanding rider with several championships, and later in life a proud homemaker. She was preceded in death by her mother, Aimee Purnell and is survived by her husband, Joseph Cooper of Tyler, Texas; father, Dr. Howard Purnell and wife, Billye of Houston, Texas; daughter

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LUBBOCK — From orange to white, gas guzzling engine to electric, Charlie Rickman has metamorphosed a 1973 Opel GT. Rickman got the idea from a YouTube video about the similar transfiguration of a 1972 Datsun. He began searching for a car to transform. In 2007, Tamera Rickman, Charlie’s wife, found an orange 1973 Opel GT on Craigslist. They bought the car and had it shipped from Oregon a few weeks later. “It sat in the garage,” Charlie says. “I worked on it here and there. I saved all the money and bought all the components. It was about three years before it was on the road and licensed. In October 2010, I started driving it.” The Rickmans say the project was relatively simple. The car’s body had few dents and was almost rustfree. The couple published YouTube videos of the process and a website illustrating a few tedious tasks, such as removing the engine and installing the pedal and electric motor. “I think we stopped making videos of it when it started running,” Tamera says. Charlie says he and his wife learned a lot throughout the restoration. “I’m not an electrical engineer,” he says. “I don’t know very much about electricity. I learned through reading and just

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Charlie Rickman stands with his wife Tamera Rickman next to their electric 1973 Opel GT at their home Thursday in West Lubbock.

studying. I learned about direct currents, amps, voltage, and how it affects each other. I had to figure out what voltage to run at.” According to Charlie, voltage affects the RPM of a vehicle. The higher the voltage, the faster the car will run. The Opel runs up to 80 mph. Instead of heading to a gas station, the Rickmans connect the Opel to an outlet to charge every day. Charlie says the car does not have to be fully charged to operate. The vehicle has little sound but big power. “At full charge and with a converter, my car could be used to power my house for three days,” he says. “It uses 250 kilowatts of electricity a month. It uses seven kilowatts a day. Seven kilowatts is the

amount of energy used to produce one gallon of gas.” Anna Landrum, Charlie’s mother, says she had no doubt her son and daughter-in-law would see the project to the finish when they got the car. “I knew it was going to take some time,” Landrum says. “Once they start something, they finish it. I’m really proud of both of them for taking it on. They both have full-time jobs.” Landrum says the final product impressed her. She says she did not know what to expect as far as riding or driving a vehicle without an engine. “It worked great,” she says. “I thought it was beautiful and it ran so well. Neither one of them are mechanics. But she knows just as much about

the car as he does.” The car has proved beneficial in many ways, but the greatest one is the more obvious. The Opel is the Rickmans’ main mode of transportation. Since the car doesn’t run on fuel, Tamera says they don’t really keep up with gas prices. “You don’t realize how expensive it is until you have to stop at a gas station,” she says. The environmental friendly car has sparked interest from friends. Charlie says he encourages car enthusiasts to challenge themselves with the process. “Everybody loves it,” he says. “All the people I work with and where Tamera works know everything about it and are all intrigued. If you’re a hot rod, go electric.”

signs that read: “Cuts hurt kids,” “You get what you vote for,” and “If you can’t read this, thank your congressman.” Another sign read “Perry F-” and implied that Republican Gov. Rick Perry would receive a failing grade for his role in the cuts. A student band from McNeil High School in Round Rock, just north of Austin, pounded drums, giving the rally a football-game feel as the booming sounds echoed off nearby buildings. The Texas Legislature does not reconvene until January, and Republican majorities control both houses. But Democrats, nonetheless, have promised to make increas-

ing state spending on education a priority. “We love Texas so much, but we don’t love what’s been done to it,” said U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, an Austin Democrat who steered federal stimulus money to Texas schools in the past, but won’t be able to do so anymore since all stimulus funds have been spent. When crafting its twoyear budget last summer, the state Legislature voted to pump an additional $1.5 billion into the account used to fund public schools, but made slightly more than that in cuts elsewhere. Lawmakers also rewrote the school funding formula to cut an additional $4 billion, despite average public school enrollment increasing by 80,000 students per year statewide. Another $1.4 billion in cuts was made to grant programs. All told, Texas’

per-student funding fell more than $500 as compared to the last budget cycle, the first decline in per-pupil state spending since World War II. Four lawsuits have been filed on behalf of more than 500 school districts representing more than 3 million Texas children. The suits charge that the Legislature’s plan is not equitable in how it distributes funding to school districts — but the legal fight likely won’t begin for months. “For the first time in 60 years, the Legislature that meets in this building behind us failed to finance the current school funding law,” John Folks, superintendent of Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, told the crowd Saturday. “That shows very clearly the priority that Texas has put on public education.”

View from abroad: Teachers, lawmakers rally for schools at Capitol US still No. 1 nation By WILL WEISSERT

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NEW YORK — Anyone worried about an erosion of America’s global status might consider this modest fact: Facebook is the dominant social network in Mongolia. Along with its pervasive social media, the United States leads in myriad other ways — from the allure of its movies and music to the reach of its military. It’s tough to match a nation that deploys troops to Australia and central Africa, propels Beyonce to global stardom, and produced the technologies that abetted the Arab Spring. “American entrepre-

neurs are defining the digital age,” said Harald Leibrecht, the German government’s coordinator for U.S. relations. “And when looking for the ‘next big thing,’ we very much expect it to come from over the Atlantic as well.” So what’s with all the talk about America in decline? Abroad, foreign policy experts are following this discussion with bemusement and concern. A dozen of them, in nine countries on five continents, shared their thoughts with The Associated Press — agreeing that the U.S. stands alone as a global superpower.


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AUSTIN — More than 1,000 teachers, students and administrators from schools across Texas rallied Saturday at the state Capitol to decry $5.4 billion in cuts to public education and demand lawmakers restore some of that funding — or at least not impose another round of cuts next year. The demonstrators, who also included parents and a number of Democratic lawmakers, marched through downtown, then gathered under the Capitol’s pink dome for almost three hours. They chanted “Save Texas schools!” and held up

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Firefighters and city officials look over the scene of a house fire Saturday in Charleston. Authorities say a fire broke out at the two-story wood frame home, killing six children and two adults. A woman and a baby also were hurt.

day party Friday for Lisa Carter, a hotel worker whose 26th birthday was Saturday. A manager at the Holiday Inn Express Charleston Civic Center said he was told Saturday that Carter had been killed. Carter and her two children were staying with her sister at the home, Roxie Means said. People started showing up for the party around 2 p.m. Friday and it started outside an hour later with a cookout and toasts to the birthday girl. “They were nice people drinking a glass of wine,” Roxie Means said. “They weren’t drunk. They weren’t overdoing anything.” Cassie Means said she had gotten to know Carter and played with her children often. Carter told her that she was planning to get married in June and move to Pittsburgh to start a new chapter in her life. “I love the kids,” Roxie Means said. “That’s really what hurts us.”

Cassie Means said she noticed lit candles inside the home when she attended the party Friday night. And before she left, Carter’s two children wanted to know if she would be back on Saturday. “I was telling the kids good night,” Cassie Means said. One of the children asked her, “‘Cassie, are you coming over to play with us tomorrow?’ I said, ‘yeah.’” The child continued, “‘you promise me you’ll be here tomorrow?’” Cassie Means recalled. “I said, ‘I promise you I’ll be here when you wake up to play with you. I’ll be here right when you wake up.” Hours later, the only adult survivor was smoking a cigarette outside, noticed the fire and came running to Means’ home and started “beating down the door,” Roxie Means said. The home was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.


Woman hurt in rollover crash A woman was taken by medical helicopter to a Houston hospital after the SUV she was driving was involved in a rollover crash about 10:30 p.m. Friday, according to a Lake Jackson police report. The woman, 45, was traveling north on Highway 288-B between Kyle Road and College Drive when the crash occurred, according to the report. The front of her SUV clipped the back of a second vehicle, causing the SUV to leave the roadway and flip, Richwood police said. The second driver, a man, 41, refused treatment at the scene. Highway 288-B, which is also Brazosport Boulevard, was closed between Kyle Road and College Drive for about two hours. The woman remained in a Houston hospital Saturday afternoon, Richwood police said.

earrings.” The suspects drove away and the victim “fell somehow” and broke his right femur, Turner said. The suspects didn’t get inside the complex and Turner said the public was in no danger. “He said he knew the woman,” she said. “There was minimal evidence at the scene and very little coming from him.” The man was taken to Galveston by ambulance. Police gave no description of the suspects, but said they are looking for an older model tan or light-colored Ford F-150 pickup. Anyone with information can call Clute police at 979-2656194.


CLUTE — A Clute man shot once in the right hand and leg at about 2:20 a.m. Saturday was recovering at a Galveston hospital Saturday afternoon. Police had not released the man’s name as of Saturday evening, but Detective Diane Turner said he was in good condition at the University of Texas Medical Branch. The man told police he caught a ride from a man and a woman from “a location in Lake Jackson” after 2 a.m. Saturday, Turner said. He was driven to the apartment complex in which he lived in the 100 block of Verde Drive, Turner said. “The man pulled a John Lowman covers gun on him,” she said. Brazoria County for The “He ended up getting Facts. Contact him at 979robbed of some 237-0149.

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wants to claim a legal right to use marijuana for Trooper dies in early health reasons to apply for morning crash a county-issued identificaA Texas Department of tion card. Public Safety trooper has died after a two-vehicle WASHINGTON crash in El Paso. The DPS says 32-year-old US: Accused soldier Trooper Javier Arana Jr. was split killing spree responding to a pursuit call American officials say shortly before 1:30 a.m. U.S. investigators now Saturday when his patrol believe the U.S. soldier car was struck at an inter- accused of killing 17 section by a Ford Ranger. Afghan civilians split the The DPS vehicle caught slaughter into two fire, and Arana died at the episodes, returning to his scene. base after the first attack The driver of the Ford and later slipping away to Ranger, 18-year-old kill again. Edgardo Antonio Flores, This scenario seems to was taken to Del Sol support the U.S. governMedical Center. His pas- ment assertion — contestsenger, 20-year-old Josue ed by some Afghans — that Alejandro Guerrero, was the killings were done by transported to University one person, since they Medical Center. would have been perpetratOfficials are investigat- ed over a long period of ing. Arana is the 87th DPS time than assumed when employee to die in the line Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales of duty. was detained March 11.



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California has seven times as many residents as Colorado, but almost nine times fewer medical marijuana users, at least on paper. And as far as recordkeepers know, the most populous state, home to the nation’s first and most liberal medical marijuana laws, also has a smaller number of pot patients than Arizona, Hawaii, Michigan, Montana and Oregon. If those statistics look off-kilter, they should. The reality is no one knows how many people are legally using marijuana in California because the state — with hundreds of pot stores and clinics that issue marijuana — does not require residents to register. Of the 16 states that allow medicinal use of cannabis, it is one of only three without such a requirement. But a state lawmaker has introduced legislation that would require anyone who

It had become tradition in Mexico. Before daybreak, youths would creep as close as security permitted and serenade their beloved Pope John Paul II with a song of greeting and celebration. Now a new, less familiar pope had come, seeking to strengthen his own ties with the Catholic nation. So well before dawn Saturday, two dozen youths from a Guadalajara church group gathered near the school where the Pope Benedict XVI was staying. “We sang with all our heart and all our force,” said Maria Fernanda de Luna, a member of the group. “It gave us goosebumps to sing ‘Las Mananitas’ for him.” Songs, joyful throngs, church bells and confetti welcomed Benedict as he began his first trip to Mexico, a celebration that seemed to erupt spontaneously out of what had been a thin, sun-dazed crowd.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Eight people, including a woman celebrating her 26th birthday and six young children who stayed over for a family slumber party, died Saturday when fire tore through a two-story home while they slept, officials and witnesses said. A seventh child was on life support after the blaze, the deadliest in West Virginia’s capital city in more than 60 years, Charleston Mayor Danny Jones said. The cause was under investigation. The fire appeared to have started on the first floor of the home, Charleston Assistant Fire Chief Bob Sharp said. Jones said the home had no functioning smoke detectors; one was found in a cabinet, but it didn’t work. A children’s picnic table, chairs and an umbrella were overturned in the yard of the home, sitting on a corner in a neighborhood tightly packed with small houses. The outside of the front of the home was blackened by the flames and smoke. Two upstairs windows were shattered and blackened, and what appeared to be an opening for an upstairs air conditioner was stuffed shut with clothes. Sharp said two of those killed were adults and all of the children who died were younger than 8. Ten people were inside the house at the time of the fire — about 3:30 a.m. — and all were related. Roxie Means and her 14-year-old daughter, Cassie, attended a birth-



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Brazosport ISD approves calendar for 2012-13 school year By SHANNON DAUGHTRY

CLUTE — Brazosport ISD students can look forward to a full week off at spring break next school year and not having to wait until after winter break to take their finals, district officials said. And while there is no such thing as a perfect instructional calendar for a school district, Brazosport ISD officials said they think the one trustees approved for next school year is about as close as they can get. “We feel like it’s a very good instructional calendar that will meet the needs of both our stu-

“This calendar was the best decision for our district because it best met our needs instructionally,” Holacka said. “And it also addressed one of the major requests that both our community and teachers shared — to have a week at Thanksgiving and to end the semester before holiday break.” For Nick Perez and his three children who are in BISD — two at Polk Elementary and one at Clute Intermediate — the change in the district calendar wasn’t a problem. “Our family is here, so we don’t typically go out of town,” Perez said. “Just as long as summer isn’t

dents and the community,” said Danny Massey, assistant superintendent of administrative services. There are three major changes to the 2012-13 instructional calendar from the current 2011-12 calendar, Massey said. “The three biggest differences in the calendar are that there’s a full week-long break at Thanksgiving, the first semester ends before winter break in December and the school year ends in June,” he said. The 2012-13 calendar gives the district days for staff development throughout the year, Superintendent Karin Holacka said.


cut any shorter.” Perez agreed it would be nice to have a week off for Thanksgiving. Ending the semester before winter break will mean students will take their finals before the break, Holacka said. That is different from the current year, she said. This year, students left for break then came back and had to take their finals. The process that led the district through development of the calendar was very thorough, Massey said. Because the state requires all public schools to start on the fourth Monday in August, officials knew that would be

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one of its definites it had to have in the calendar. “Back in December, we had a representative from each campus that we met with where we drafted calendars using different variables,” he said. Once the district had the revised calendars, Massey said they presented them to the District Educational Improvement Council, which is a group made up of business partners, parents, administration and teachers. “We took it to them and received more feedback,” he said. “Then we put the two options on the district website to receive feedback from par-

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Garcia Brothers Circus: 2, 5 and 7:30 p.m. at the Brazoria County Fairgrounds, 901 S. Downing, Angleton. Featuring human cannonball, juggling, motorcycle act, The Mighty King Kong. Advance tickets $5 for children 12 years old and younger and $12 for adults, prices go up at the door. Call 979-922-1629 or 979-848-9293.


Brazosport Art League General Membership meeting: 2 p.m. at the BAL Studio in the Center for the Arts and Sciences, 400 College Drive, Clute. Barbara Feiner will give a demo on watercolor on yupo. Public welcome. Call Duane at 979-265-0777. Market Days: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Brazoria County Fairgrounds, 901 S. Downing, Angleton. Free admission. Call 979-849-4364 ext. 2111.


Miguel Morales looks back at Lupita Sanchez as she draws a picture with her finger on his back Saturday during a youth group fast at St. Jerome’s Catholic Church in Clute. A group of teens fasted for 24 hours to raise money for those in need.

Monday AARP Tax Aide: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through April 9 at the Freeport Library, 410 Brazosport Blvd, Freeport. Volunteers will help residents e-file returns, with special emphasis on low- to moderateincome taxpayers of all ages, and those 60 and older. Bring Social Security card, identification and pertinent income information, including last year’s return if available. Free. Call 979-297-3154 or 979964-4251.

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Angleton Recreation Center, 1601 N. Valderas, Angleton. Angleton Police Department and city of Angleton officials will address topics such as when to call police, how to be a good witness, what your rights are on your property and what to do when you’re out of town. Call 979-8492383.


Diana Ramos sorts through bags of donated clothing Saturday at Isabel Mendoza peeks over the shoulder of Jessica St. Jerome’s Catholic Church in Clute. Ramos and other teens Guerrero as she draws a picture Saturday at St. from the church were participating in a 24-hour fast to raise Jerome’s Catholic Church in Clute. more for those less fortunate.






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ents and community members.” Since its approval at the March board meeting, Holacka said the district’s choice has been getting positive feedback. “I think everyone’s pretty happy about it,” she said. “Of course it won’t make everyone happy, but I definitely think this choice was in the majority.” Being able to announce it in March was also a plus, Massey said. “This year we were able to get it out earlier than other years so people can make plans and know when they’re going to start and end school,” he said.

Tuesday AARP Tax Aide: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through April 10 at the Brazoria Library, 620 S. Brooks. Volunteers will help residents e-file returns, with special emphasis on low- to moderate-income taxpayers of all ages, and those 60 and older. Bring Social Security card, identification and all pertinent income, including last year’s return if available. Call 979-297-3154 or 979-9644251. Planetarium show: 7 p.m. at the Brazosport Planetarium, 400 College Blvd., Clute. Showing “Solar Maximum.” $5 for adults, $3 for students; members free. Call 979-2653376. Gulf Coast Wildlife Rescue meeting: 6:30 p.m. at the Lake Jackson Library, 250 Circle Way. Speaker is Marc Ealy, a biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife. Presentation on venomous snake identification and safety. Call 979-849-0184.

Wednesday AARP Tax-Aide: 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through April 11 at the Angleton Library, 401 E. Cedar, Angleton. Volunteers will help residents e-file returns, with special emphasis on low- to moderate-income taxpayers of all ages, and those 60 and older. Bring Social Security card, identification and all pertinent income information including last year’s return if available. Call 979-297-3154 or 979-9644251.

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Sweeny curfew warning rule to stay despite chief’s objection By ALAN NIESCHWIETZ

SWEENY — Overriding the wishes of Police Chief Tim Wells, City Council voted Tuesday to reauthorize the city’s teen curfew, keeping in place a provision that makes it mandatory a first-time offender receive only a warning citation. “Every other ticket an officer writes, it’s up to his discretion whether to give a warning or not,” Wells told council members. “It ties our hands.


It’s the same thing as having to give a warning for running a stop sign or driving 60 in a s c h o o l zone.” Wells also said because of the lack of a computer in WELLS patrol cars and nighttime staff at the police station, it’s impossible for officers to check immediately whether a teenager has been cited for a curfew violation

before, so virtually every citation they issue is a warning citation, he said. “Can you change a warning to a ticket if you find one’s already been issued?” Councilman Ray Bailey asked. “Not that I’m aware of,” Wells replied. Councilman Dale Lemon, the leading proponent of keeping the ordinance as is, successfully argued to other council members that the warnings, which are accompanied by a certified letter sent to the violator’s parents, work fine.

Also, with no warnings having been issued over the past month, a change was unnecessary, he said. “So it’s not a big deal anyway,” Councilman Gary Coker said upon hearing that statistic. Also at the meeting, council: APPROVED: A motion to again discuss the city’s animal ordinance at council’s meeting next month. Using the case of a local woman who was cited for having chickens in her yard, Lemon said

she and others in similar situations should be given some leeway as long as neighbors aren’t affected. “When somebody isn’t bothering anyone, or their animals aren’t bothering anybody, I don’t see the problem with it,” he said. Bailey was willing to hear suggestions concerning changes to the ordinance, but in general, he said, making exceptions in these kinds of cases tends to open up a can of worms. APPROVED: Spending

$3,100 for the installation of security cameras at City Hall and at the library. Council previously received bids in the $5,000 to $6,000 range for the project, but upon hearing this, local businessman Wayman Hutchings, who sidelines as a security camera installer, offered to donate his labor and do the project at cost. Alan Nieschwietz covers Sweeny for The Facts. Contact him at 979-2370151.



Mechanics can look a car over and quickly assess what problems could be reducing its miles per gallon, Hall said. But there are a few things residents can take care of on their own.


“Make sure you have the proper inflation in tires,” Garcia said. Tire pressure should be checked at least once a month, he said. Tires can lose one to two pounds of pressure every 30 to 60 days, he said. The optimal air pressure for tires can be determined easily by a look in the vehicle’s door jam, where it’s listed on a sticker, Hall said. The car’s manual also has the desired air pressure, or a call to a dealership that sells your model can get the information, he said.


already helps those without insurance or financial means receive medical care, he said. This will just be an extension of that service. The Mermaid Project is a Brazosport Health Foundation initiative that provides breast cancer screening to low-income, uninsured men and women, and is funded through community donations. The new process basically is what the Brazosport Medical Center does anyway, said Nola Copus, the clinic’s director. The center screens people to make sure they can’t afford the care on their own, and then a doctor writes an order for a mammography or other testing if they deem it necessary, Copus said. Before this partnership, Brazosport Medical Center was one of a handful of

The air and fuel filters need to be clean, Garcia said. To check the state of the air filter, simply unclip it and hit it against something, Rod Hall said. If a lot of dust comes out, it’s time to change the filter. Clean filters throughout the vehicle can have an impact on a car’s mileage, he said. The fuel injectors also need to be cleaned periodically, which could require a trip to the mechanic, said Michael Hall, service manager for Honda of Lake Jackson. HOLLY PARKER/The Facts If a fuel injector is clogged, a vehicle isn’t get- Russ Bush, shop foreman at Rod Hall Honda of Lake Jackson serting full use of the gas vice center, performs an inspection Friday on a smart car. pumped into its tank, Rod Routine maintenance is one way drivers can get the best mileage. Hall said. ly instead of quickly after a Driving normally can red light can greatly save a lot of fuel, Pinkney AN EASY DRIVE decrease the amount of gas said. For those really wanting used, Pinkney said. Driving Lanham is a reporter to save some gas, Sammy the speed limit on the forKatlynn The Facts. Contact her at Pinkney, owner of Sammy’s highway — instead of 979-237-0150. Auto Clinic in Clute, sug- going more than 70 mph — also can really benefit gests driving sensibly. Simply speeding up slow- gas mileage. places Mermaid Project officials would try to find primary care for patients who believed they needed breast cancer screening, said Scott Briner, spokesman for Brazosport Regional Health System. Naming them as a partner in the process formalizes the relationship, he said. Patients can’t receive testing services from The Mermaid Project without first getting orders from a primary care physician and showing they’re low income, he said. Going straight to Brazosport Medical Center for primary care makes the process more official and efficient, Copus said. “In the past, the process of locating a primary care provider has been difficult,” Briner said. Those who qualify for Mermaid Project services because they’re low income aren’t likely to already have a primary care provider of their own, he said. The partnership started

about a week ago ,and already three women have been screened and sent to Brazosport Regional Health System with orders for testing, Copus said. “We’re excited about it,” she said. The partnership is a great way to get people in the door and familiar with Brazosport Medical Center so they’ll be more likely in the future to go to the center for their care, she said. Patients still can be referred from any physician to Brazosport Regional Health System for a Mermaid Projectfunded mammogram and to determine if they meet the financial screening criteria. Those already receiving help from The Mermaid Project should see no change in care, Briner said. Katlynn Lanham is a reporter for The Facts. Contact her at 979-237-0150.

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March 25, 2012


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EPA watch list provides no real answers OURVIEWPOINT T

hree local companies made the Environmental Protection Agency’s “high priority” watch list, but the agency did not notify them or the public as to why, which means the companies and the public might be better off if there were no list at all. National Public Radio and the Center for Public Integrity obtained the list late last year as part of their investigation into repeat pollution offenders. We solidly support the release of public information, but this is a glaring example of how everyone is better served by regulatory agencies releasing the most information possible, rather than the least they can. Without supporting documentation or comment as to why the businesses are on the list at all, the EPA poten-

been public about steps to correct them. Our Viewpoint reflects the majoriINEOS and ConocoPhillips ty opinion of the editorial board. had even less to go on, and The Facts editorial board the EPA did not shed any includes: Bill Cornwell, Yvonne light. Mintz, Michael Morris, Dale “Not having specific details Dimitri, Glenn Heath, Glenn on the EPA’s rating process, Krampota and Glenn Blount. it’s hard to respond to their report,” said Regina Slaydon, tially harms the reputation of ConocoPhillips Sweeny Refinery spokeswoman. good companies and alarms “INEOS is disappointed to the public, who have no way be associated with any list of knowing whether they having a negative connotatruly should be concerned. tion,” said INEOS representaConocoPhillips, Gulf tive Charles Saunders. Chemical and Metallurgical Of course they are, as any and INEOS were on the ominous sounding “high priority company would be. What the watch list” and none of them EPA does by releasing a list with no reasoning is akin to were sure why. Gulf spreading rumors without Chemical officials suspected support to back them up. It’s they are on the EPA’s radar because of widely scrutinized not fair to the companies, whose representatives say past problems that occurred environmental compliance is under previous leadership. important to them. New leaders have acknowlThe public might gauge the edged those problems and

list’s relevance with this information from Jennah Durant, a public information officer for EPA Region 6: Enforcement data shows facilities on the “high priority” watch list have a violation, but that data has not been proven or investigated to determine an actual violation. The EPA and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality have a vital job to do in protecting the health of people in this area and safeguarding our planet. They also must keep in mind the responsibility they have to fully inform the public about what they find, so people can make their own rational judgments and not be rattled by hype and buzz words. This editorial was written by Yvonne Mintz, managing editor of The Facts.

TODAYIN HISTORY By The Associated Press

Today is Sunday, March 25, the 85th day of 2012. There are 281 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in history: On March 25, 1776, Gen. George Washington, commander of the Continental Army, was awarded the first Congressional Gold Medal by the Continental Congress for leading the liberation of Boston from British troops during the Revolutionary War.

On this date: In 1306, Robert the Bruce was crowned the King of Scots. In 1634, English colonists sent by Lord Baltimore arrived in present-day Maryland. In 1865, during the Civil War, Confederate forces attacked Fort Stedman in Virginia but were forced to withdraw by counterattacking Union troops. In 1894, Jacob S. Coxey began leading an “army” of unemployed from Massillon, Ohio, to Washington, D.C., to demand help from the federal government. In 1911, 146 people, mostly young female immigrants, were killed when fire broke out at the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. in New York. In 1947, a coal mine explosion in Centralia, Ill., claimed 111 lives. In 1957, the Treaty of Rome established the European Economic Community. In 1960, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York ruled that the D.H. Lawrence novel “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” was not obscene and could be sent through the mails. In 1965, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led 25,000 marchers to the state capitol in Montgomery, Ala., to protest the denial of voting rights to blacks. In 1975, King Faisal of Saudi Arabia was shot to death by a nephew with a history of mental illness. The nephew was beheaded in June 1975. In 1990, 87 people, most of them Honduran and Dominican immigrants, were killed when fire raced through an illegal social club in New York City. In 1996, an 81-day standoff by the anti-government Freemen began at a ranch near Jordan, Mont. Ten years ago: A powerful earthquake rocked Afghanistan and northwestern Pakistan, killing some 1,000 people. Five years ago: Iran announced it was partially suspending cooperation with the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency, citing what it called “illegal and bullying” Security Council sanctions imposed on the country for its refusal to stop enriching uranium. Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi won Mauritania’s first free presidential election in a runoff.

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Small gestures can make big difference t’s one of those moments when you think “How have I never heard of this?” and then, “what a great idea.” In 2000, an organization began when a cancer patient canceled a flight with a volFind out unteer pilot more. scheduled to Volunteer to bring her to help. Houston for ■ Go to: treatment. houston Cancer had ground sapped her bank and biglove account, no cancer one was available to take her from the airport to MD Anderson and so, despite the free flight, the woman simply couldn’t afford to get to the hospital. Pilot Kathy Broussard refused to cancel the flight, of course, flew the woman in, then drove her to the appointment herself. But she didn’t stop there. She placed a small ad in a community newspaper hoping others would be moved to help people flying from all over the country to take advantage of the medical facilities we have so close, and Houston Ground Angels was born. In what was left of that first year, volunteers drove 300 trips from airports to hospitals and back, which the organization calls “missions.” In the 10 years since, they have completed 10,000 missions for patients from 42 states. They have forged cor-



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porate partnerships, been recognized for their work by MD Anderson Cancer Center and have shown kindness to people and their families in what has to be the most trying time of their lives. When Houston Ground Angels Executive Director Dayton Zimmerman called about a speaking slot at our Angleton Rotary Club meeting, I asked about the local connection. I was shocked at how many “missions” start or end at the Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport in Brazoria County. In fact, the organization’s website, houstonground, shows available missions out of our local airport pending right now. “Ground angels” on their way in to Houston for their own errands or visits stop off at the airport and give rides to people badly in need of them. And it’s easier to volunteer than folks might think. Volunteers log onto the website, look for available missions and commit to providing a ride. They are not expected or asked to sit with the patient. They simply drop them off at the hospital and go on their way. A different volunteer picks them up when they are ready to head back to the airport, often a couple of days later. All submissions must include an address and daytime telephone number to be used for verification. Letters which cannot be verified within 14 days of submission will not be published. Mail letters to: The Facts, P.O.

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Terrorism policy needs refining M

uch of the attention in the Middle East over the past few months has been focused on the suffering of the people of Syria. But the Assad regime in Syria, which is slaughtering its own people by the thousands, does so with help from its only ally, Iran. And it is not only in Syria that Iran wreaks havoc; Iran is the chief state sponsor of terrorism throughout the world. Since the fundamentalists took over in Iran, the regime has been directly responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans. The most lethal incident was the bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut in 1983, in which 241 Americans died. And the Iranian attempt to kill Americans continues. Last fall, the U.S. uncovered a plot by the Iranian regime to launch a terrorist attack in the U.S., which could have led to a huge death toll. The prospect that the regime in Iran is about to acquire the capability to build nuclear weapons means that this threat is more than a threat to Americans. It is the major threat to peace in the world. So what is the Obama administration doing about this threat? Not nearly enough. During his 2008 presidential run, Barack Obama said he would be happy to sit down for a friendly discussion with the regime in Iran, as well as those in Cuba and Venezuela. When he was criticized heavily for the comments, he dismissed criticism by claiming, “These countries are tiny. ... They don’t pose a serious threat to us.” In 2009, when the people of Iran flooded the streets of Tehran demanding more freedom, the Obama administration remained largely silent. The administration’s explanation was that if the U.S. had been seen as too supportive, it would have undermined the efforts to bring about democratic change. So instead of helping groups that want to bring about regime change in Iran, the administration has either sat on its hands or — in the case of one of the largest opposition groups, the Mujahedeen-eKhalq, or the People’s Mujahedeen of Iran — fought efforts to remove the group from the terrorist list in the U.S. The PMOI was put on the list during the Clinton administration, in what many critics have charged was an effort to win favor with the newly elected president of Iran, Mohammad Khatami, a purported moderate. The PMOI is now in court in the United States fighting to be delisted, and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals has given the State Department until March 26 to show why the group should remain on the list. The outcome of this decision has particular relevance to a group of PMOI members for whom the U.S. bears some direct responsibility. Some 4,000 Iranian PMOI members have been living in Iraq at Camp Ashraf since 1986. After the U.S. invaded Iraq, the group surrendered its weapons, which had been used to launch attacks against the Iranian regime. In return, the U.S. signed pledges with each of the residents to protect their safety. But those pledges have not been honored since the U.S. turned control of the camp over to the Iraqis. The Iraqis have moved 1,000 of the residents to a facility that lacks basic infrastructure and have attacked the camp on at least two occasions, killing dozens of Iranian men and women. The best solution for those PMOI members would be to have the freedom to settle in third-party countries. But the PMOI’s presence on the terrorist list makes it difficult for them to do so. If the U.S. has good reasons to keep the PMOI on the terrorist list, it should produce actual evidence in court that the group is a direct and current threat to America or our allies. But one thing is clear; the administration should not keep the group on the list in hopes that it will somehow bring about better relations with an Iranian regime that is on the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons and is our proven enemy.

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Requests for trips are at an all-time high and since 2007 have grown at a rate of 40 percent a year, Zimmerman said. Volunteer ranks also have grown. Once someone volunteers once, they are so touched by the experience they do it again and again, he said. Still, Houston Ground Angels is in need of more volunteer drivers and more sponsorship dollars. Collaborations with business can help them stretch their reach, Zimmerman said, and sadly the need is only increasing. Hearing about Houston Ground Angels was a lot like my first time hearing about B.I.G. Love, which helps kids undergoing cancer treatment and their families. B.I.G. Love started with the love of and for a local child who struggled with cancer. Brooke Alyson Phillips ultimately lost her battle, but her legacy lives in a strong organization that started with a simple idea: providing small toys to help children get through cancer treatments and giving groceries to their families who often are stuck in an unfamiliar city, tethered to the hospital. Like B.I.G. Love, the goal of Houston Ground Angels is to help through everyday kindnesses, not grand gestures. They’re small gestures with big impact. Aren’t those always the best?


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April 5 “Get the Credit You Deserve:” 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Brazosport College Corporate Learning Center, 500 College Drive, Lake Jackson. Free. Online registration required at www.

April 26 “What Is a Business Really Worth?”: 6 to 8:30 p.m. at

Brazosport Colleges Corporate Learning Center, 500 College Drive, Lake Jackson. $25. Online registration required at www. Call 979-230-3380.

Ongoing Brazosport Networking Group: 7:30 a.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at Brazosport Area Chamber of Commerce, 300 Abner Jackson Parkway, Lake Jackson. Small business owners meet. Free. Call 979-2852501.

Greater Angleton Chamber of Commerce networking luncheon: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at the First Baptist Church, 237 E. Locust St., Angleton. Cost $15, $18 if invoiced. Call Jessica Haviland at 979-849-6443 or email

Lake Jackson Business Association monthly meeting: Noon the second Wednesday of each month at the Wurst Haus, 102 This Way. Lunch free for first-time attendees. Open to public. Call 979-2373003.

PUBLIC MEETINGS From Facts staff reports

The following people were indicted Wednesday and Thursday by a Brazoria County grand jury. An indictment is not a finding of guilt, only a determination enough evidence exists to proceed to trial.

Joseph Harrell Chavis, 46, counts one and two, aggravated assault; count three, aggravated kidnapping; criminal episode William Karl Eckel, 67, counts one, two and three, aggravated sexual assault of a child; count four, indecency with a child; criminal episode William Karl Eckel, 67, indecency with a child Danielle Marie Garcia, 27, theft-aggregated Matthew Adam Aguilar, 18, count one, indecency with a child; count two, enticing a child; criminal episode Matthew Adam Aguilar, 18, evading arrest Richard Lee Bornheim, 50, theft with two or more previous convictions Alma Nellie Mata, aka Alma Nellie Celestino, 30, theft with two or more previous convictions Clara Ashley Patterson, 22, fraudulent use of identifying information Chryshell Monique Richardson, 35, theft with two or more previous convictions Terence Vaughn Sidney, 41, theft with two or more previous convictions Terence Vaughn Sidney, 41, theft with two or more previous convictions James Elbert Shelton Jr., 27, evading arrest; enhanced Jason Claudell Waddy, 34, assault family violence with previous conviction Herman Wilson, 50, evading arrest Cynthia Ann Armstead, 39, counts one, two, three, four, five and six, credit card or debit card abuse; criminal episode Kioka Latricia Burnett, 26, theft with two or more previous convictions Tiffany Louvinue Fair, 27, theft Ruby Jean Bonner, 56, counts one and two, fraudulent use of identifying information; criminal episode Rodger Brown, 56, forgery Juan Carmona, 34, evading arrest with prior conviction Andrea Collado-Florez, 18, evading arrest Charlie Daniel Esparza, 30, theft Coleman Harrell Grimes, 41, evading arrest Leandria Rachallee Garrett, 24, theft with two or more

INDICTMENTS previous convictions Marissa Luna, 39, assault public servant Beninah James Jean, 22, tampering with physical evidence Larry Joseph Anderson, 23, forgery Derek Anthony Derington, 23, unlawful possession of firearm by felon Darry Gentry, 52, fraudulent use of identifying information Nicholas Reeves Grantom, 22, assault public servant Alec Ryan Koecher, 21, forgery Nazario Robles, 41, driving while intoxicated third or more Jason Claudell Waddy, 34, theft Eric Duane White, 32, theft Chad Latier Welters, 33, theft David Arnulfo Lopez, 39, theft; enhanced Joe Freddy Fuentez, 44, theft Joe Freddy Lopez, 20, theft Christopher Anthony Garza, 48, burglary of habitation habitual Margarito Garcia, 32, count one, assault family violence-choking; count two, burglary of a habitation with intent to commit felony; criminal episode Christian Andrew Johnson, 19, evading arrest Leonard Moreno Jr., 45, theft with two or more previous convictions Joseph Daniel Malloy, 27, retaliation; enhanced Jonathan Lee Smith, 19, counts one, two and three, online solicitation of a minor; criminal episode Kolby Todd Canard, 18, count one, unauthorized use of a vehicle; count two, credit card or debit card abuse; criminal episode Johnnie Eugene Thompson, 38, sex offender duty to register Fabian Fabian, 22, burglary of habitation Fabian Fabian, 22, burglary of habitation Randy Allen Gonzalez, 24, burglary of habitation Randy Allen Gonzalez, 24, burglary of habitation Rodolfo De La Santos, aka Rudy De Los Santos, 51, count one, assault family violence-choking; count two, assault family violence with previous convictions; criminal episode; enhanced Larry Gerke, 49, retaliation Daniel Patrick Haidon III, 26, driving while intoxicated third or more

Stephen Wayne Wilson, 27, driving while intoxicated third or more Jorge Alberto Garcia Jr., 36, driving while intoxicated third or more Johnny Martinez, 57, driving while intoxicated third or more Modesto Munoz Magdaleno, 35, count one and two, driving while intoxicated with child passenger; criminal episode Reymundo Medrano, 18, possession of marihuana in drug free zone Lonnie Henry Jones Jr., 54, possession of a controlled substance-habitual Amy Dawn Spears, 32, possession of a controlled substance; enhanced Javon Montrey Harris, 18, delivery of marihuana to a minor Clayton Kyle Whitlow, 31, driving while intoxicated third or more Agustin Leonardo Perez, 23, possession of marihuana Michael Arroyo, 55, driving while intoxicated third or more Gerson Elias Lima, 21, possession of marihuana Daniel Emerson Lewis, 21, possession of marihuana Reynaldo Martinez Jr., 25, driving while intoxicated third or more Alvin Mendiola, 46, driving while intoxicated third or more James Wesley Phillips Jr., 41, driving while intoxicated third or more Christopher Morin, 25, counts one and two, driving while intoxicated with child passenger; criminal episode Lee Daniel Turner III, 46, possession of a controlled substance Lee Daniel Turner III, 46, unlawful possession of firearm by felon Zackery Terrell, aka Zachary Terrell and Zachery Terrell, 38, possession of a controlled substance German Garcia-Perez, 28, illegal barter/expenditure /invest in drugs

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the school district, and also has a slot where the person taking the survey can write in one suggestion to improve Brazosport ISD. “This survey is about looking at ways we can build relationships with our community and ensure we’re communicating with them to the best of our ability,” Holacka said. Holacka encourages everyone in the community to take the survey, even those who do not have children enrolled in the district. “It doesn’t take too long to fill out,” Holacka said. “And the information we gather from it will help us improve our district.”

we’re doing as a school district,” Superintendent Karin Holacka said. “We want to be able to take that information and see where it is we need to m a k e improvements.” HOLACKA The survey asks a variety of questions, such as a rating of the district’s overall performance and service in its quality of education, technology integration, health services, and safety and security. It asks survey-takers to Shannon Daughtry covers pick their preferred method for receiving Brazosport ISD for The Facts. communication from Contact her at 979-237-0152.

Carlos Ontonio OrrelanoAcosta, 28, illegal barter/expenditure/invest in drugs Enrique Solis Escobar, 39, illegal barter/expenditure /invest in drugs Felix Galvan, 42, illegal barter/expenditure/invest in drugs

Jose Gabriel RamirezEsquivel, 28, intoxicated assault

Gabriel Salazar, 31, sex offender duty to register Gabriel Salazar, 31, escape


Trustees set first budget workshop

The Brazosport ISD Board of Trustees will have its first budget workshop for the 2012-13 school year when it meets at 5 p.m. Monday in the administration building, 301 W. Brazoswood Drive. For information, call 979-730-7000.


Water board to discuss master plan

Brazosport Water Authority board members are scheduled to discuss the agency’s water master plan as well as Brazoria County’s regional water study when they meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the treatment plant, 1251 FM 2004 in Lake Jackson. For information, call 979-297-2715.

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From front, Taylor Mitchell, Timothy Guerra and Meaghan Odom walk along a row of cages Thursday as they check out the dogs available for adoption at the Southern Brazoria County Animal Shelter in Lake Jackson. Meaghan was looking to adopt a puppy, but wanted to check out all of her options before making a final decision.


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During fiscal year 2010-11, the shelter found homes for 1,538 pets, compared CONTINUED FROM COVER to 1,196 the year before. owners were getting dogs. So far this fiscal year, in For 16 of the past 17 four months, they’ve months, the Brazoria found homes for 536 aniCounty Animal Shelter has mals, putting them well made its record-breaking on their way to meeting adoption goals, said last year’s totals. Michele Allison, offsite This is while the number director. The animal shelof pets being brought into ter, though located in Lake the shelter has remained Jackson, is funded by Lake constant, Brown said. Jackson, Clute and Though he had hoped Richwood and operated by their low-cost spay/neuter the Society for the program would have Prevention of Cruelty to decreased the number of Animals of Brazoria strays, they’ve been bringCounty. ing in about the same Animal shelter director number year after year, Jack Brown set goals for Brown said. the staff each month, With the increase in using the average of the adoptions and reclaims, three previous years as the the shelter has reached a number to beat, Brown rate of about 80 percent of said. So far, they’ve missed the adoptable pets in the that goal only once — dur- shelter finding homes, ing a cold month, when Brown said. Some pets are no one seemed to get out, not considered adoptable he said. because they are too sick In December, they broke or injured. their all-time record and The employees at the found homes for 164 pets, shelter have tried hard to Brown said. That beat the meet their goals each previous year’s numbers month, Brown said. But by seven and 2009’s total none of them will feel like by 58. they’ve succeeded until all The shelter’s total adop- of the animals find homes, tion and reclaim rates also he said. have been steadily rising. Brown credits the

increased adoption rates to the compassionate hearts of area residents. “Area residents are proud to say their pet is from the animal shelter,” he said. Meaghan Odom could have gone to several different places to buy the puppy she and her fiancé were looking for; instead, she chose the shelter. “We’ve been wanting a dog and we figured why not get one that’s had no one,” she said. She had her eye on a black and brown puppy. The cost to adopt a pet at the animal shelter ranges from $75 for large dogs to $100 for a small dog, Allison said. Cats are about $85, she said. These prices include them being spayed or neutered, their first round of vaccinations, an adult heartworm test, and preventative and other medical care, she said. Throughout the year, the shelter has different specials to encourage people to come in for pets. Right now, the shelter is running a special on cats. If one is adopted, the other can be adopted for free, she said.



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B’port lifters improve at state Bankhead, Madrigal each set personal records at 4A state championships. From Facts staff reports

Personal records were something that Brazosport powerlifting coach Randy Brooks expected from G e o r g e Bankhead and Ray Madrigal. Both juniors, Bankhead and Madrigal lifted at Saturday’s Class 4A BANKHEAD Powerlifting Association Championships at the Taylor County Expo Center in Abilene. “Every time we were going MADRIGAL out, I just wanted to see these guys PR,” Brooks said. “With that I knew that we were improving and just getting better. I thought it was a great day for us because of the valuable experience they both got at this level. We are looking for both of them to be back at this same place next year.”


Ladies of the court Sweeny, Danbury, Columbia load up on first team, individual awards. By JOEL LUNA


Pictured are The Facts All-southern Brazoria County individual award winners. From left are Danbury’s Brittany Brooks, defensive player of the year; Sweeny’s Ajee Jackson, newcomer of the year; Danbury’s Lillie Box, sixth man of the year; and Sweeny’s April Stull, offensive player of the year.

Both Sweeny and Danbury had memorable years on the court, and it was all because of a few players that turned in some sterling performances. This year’s individual honors for The Facts All-southern Brazoria County team were Sweeny’s April Stull as the offensive player of the year; Danbury’s


The Facts All-southern Brazoria County first-team members from left are Sweeny’s Urshel Tims, Danbury’s Shelby Scott, Angleton’s Ashley Lee and Columbia teammates Tiffany Marshall and Malnisha Burton.

Columbia’s Ward earns coach of the year honors By JOEL LUNA



■ See LUNA, Page 4B

Louisville’s Peyton Siva moves the ball against Florida defenders Patric Young, second from right, and Erik Murphy during the first half of an NCAA tournament West Regional final college basketball game Saturday in Phoenix.

■ See AWARDS, Page 4B



NFL. But this whole week was quite an eventful one, which included a bunch of NFL offseason news. My reaction to first learning of New Orlean head coach Sean Payton’s season-long suspension was one of mixed feelings. But now that some and most of the circumstances have come out, I fully understand the year-long ban. One thing is for sure, don’t mess with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell when it comes to the integrity of the game. Bounty-gate was something that had been happening under the watchful eye of Payton and several others in the organization including coaches, players and office personnel.

Brittany Brooks, who made quite an impression even with her 5foot-3 stature as defensive player of the year; Sweeny’s Ajee Jackson was the top newcomer after joining varsity and helping with her energy; and from Danbury, Lillie Box added another dimension to the Lady Panthers on the court and was named the sixth man of the year. All selections were by the sports staff. Stull made quite an impression on the court with the Lady Bulldogs this season and her



ow was my only reaction to Wednesday’s announcements in the


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NFL news comes as shocker



Columbia senior Aaliyah Ward was chosen as The Facts All-southern Brazoria County most valuable player after guiding the Lady ’Necks to the Class 3A Region IV tournament in her senior season.

MOVING UP THE RANKS “It definitely was a season that I am going to remember forever because of how far we got.” — Aaliyah Ward


WEST COLUMBIA — Through her four-year career on the hardwood, Columbia’s Aaliyah Ward has been quite a steady player. In her senior season, she put it all together and was selected as The Facts’ southern Brazoria County most valuable player by the sports staff. “I am really happy about getting the award,” she said. “I remember coming

Columbia’s Ward caps senior year with thrilling playoff run, lifting her to Most Valuable Player honors.

to this over the years and always looking at the one who got it hoping that one day it could be me. I am really excited about getting this award.” A knee injury during the Lady ’Necks’ playoff run slowed her down, and she still is in recovery. “My knee is better and I still am wearing a brace and I still feel some discomfort when I run, but I

■ See MVP, Page 4B

In a run that wasn’t forseen by Columbia Lady ’Neck coach Patrice Ward, her team took the Columbia faithful on a nice playoff trip to the Class 3A Region IV tournament. For her accomplishments from the sideline, Ward was recognized as The Facts’ southern Brazoria County coach of the year by the sports staff.

“This year those kids were great,” Ward said. “I didn’t see this down the road because these kids were young and we had lost a lot from last year. But the girls started jelling together, but more importantly these girls just had heart and they wanted to win.” With senior point guard and stepdaughter, Aaliyah Ward, the Lady ’Necks surrounded her with juniors

■ See COACH, 4B


Columbia Lady ’Necks coach Patrice Ward helped her team to a second-place finish in District 29-3A this past season. She also coached the Lady ’Necks to the Region IV Tournament in Corpus Christi and for that was awarded The Facts All-southern Brazoria County’s coach of the year honor.

Louisville in Final 4 with win over Florida By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer

Associated Press

PHOENIX — Hated to do that to ya, kid. Rick Pitino nearly came unhinged and his point guard watched the end of the game from the bench. When it was over, though, it was Pitino and Louisville making plans for the Final Four and his protege, Billy Donovan, and the Florida Gators wondering what the heck happened.

Freshman forward Chane Behanan made the go-ahead basket with 1:06 left Saturday and the fourth-seeded Cardinals finished the game on a 23-8 run for a 72-68 victory over Donovan's stunned Florida team in the West Regional final. Russ Smith, who finished with 19 points, followed Behanan's bucket with a pair of free throws and then Florida freshman Bradley Beal and teammate Kenny Boynton each missed chances to tie.

Louisville made one more free throw to seal the game and reach its ninth Final Four, the second under Pitino, despite playing the final 3:58 without point guard Peyton Siva, who fouled out. Seventh-seeded Florida (26-11) went out in the regional final for the second straight year, with Donovan falling to 0-7 lifetime against the man who coached him at Providence, hired him as




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Bears back Baylor women rout Georgia Tech in familiar territory Compiled from wire reports


DES MOINES, Iowa — Baylor was cruising, the Lady Bears’ reserves were waiting to check in and there seemed to be little excitement. Then Brittney Griner got behind the Georgia Tech defense and everyone in the arena knew what could be coming. Baylor’s 6-foot-8 All-American didn’t disappoint. Griner threw down a twohanded dunk to cap a sensational performance and the Lady Bears stormed into the NCAA regional finals for the third straight year with an 8368 victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday. Griner, who finished with 35 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks, took a pass from Brooklyn Pope and soared in for her dunk with 6:29 left in yet another rout for the Lady Bears — swinging briefly on the rim for good measure. “I wanted to get one in this game,” said Griner, who was almost nonchalant about her crowd-pleasing play. “Brooklyn got me the ball and I just went up and slammed it.”

By The Associated Press

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Baylor center Brittney Griner hangs on the rim after dunking the ball Tennessee into regional during the second half of an NCAA women’s tournament regional semifinal college basketball game against Georgia Tech, Saturday in Des final, tops Kansas 84-73 DES MOINES, Iowa — Moines, Iowa. Tennessee was down 14 points in 30 months. against 11th-seeded Kansas, an spot in the Final Four. It was the 1,098th win for If anything, Saturday showed unheralded bunch that few though could test the mighty Tennessee coach Pat Summitt, that it won’t be easy in the who announced in August Arnold Palmer Invitational. Lady Vols. In two holes, Woods went Feisty sophomore Meighan she’d been diagnosed with early Simmons gave Tennessee the onset dementia, Alzheimer’s f r o m a f o u r - s h o t l e a d t o boost it needed to survive and type, and has yet to commit to b r i e f l y t i e d w i t h G r a e m e McDowell after a bizarre advance to yet another regional coaching next season. chain of events that featured final. a young man passing out and GOLF Simmons scored 16 of her 22 a woman screaming, all in points off the bench in the sec- Tiger Woods takes the middle of Woods’ swing ond half and Tennessee rallied 1-shot lead at Bay Hill on the 15th tee. past the Jayhawks 84-73 But he followed the double ORLANDO, Fla. — One Saturday and advanced to its second straight regional final swing cost Tiger Woods a com- bogey with a birdie from a fairfortable lead at Bay Hill. All that way bunker on the par-5 16th and 25th in 31 years. Glory Johnson added 18 mattered to him was his name to restore his lead, and then points for the second-seeded atop the leaderboard at the end hung on for a 1-under 71 that Lady Vols (27-8), who’ll meet of the day, leaving him one gave him a one-shot lead over undefeated and top-seeded round away from winning on McDowell going into the final Baylor on Monday night for a the PGA Tour for the first time round.


an assistant at Kentucky and felt as proud as a papa when he watched Donovan win his two national titles in 2006 and 2007. This one, however, was no heartwarmer. Donovan got under Pitino’s skin early in the second half during a timeout when he worked over the officials, who promptly called a foul against the Cardinals (30-9) when play

resumed. “He called that,” Pitino shouted. “Why don’t you just give him a whistle?” Pitino couldn’t get a break for a while after that and when Siva picked up his fourth foul, the coach stomped onto the court and got hit with a technical. Erving Walker made four straight free throws and the Gators led by 11, setting the stage for what could’ve been Donovan’s fourth trip to the Final Four. But the team that went 8 for

11 from 3-point range in the first half went cold — really cold — not hitting any of nine attempts from beyond the arc in the second. The Gators missed seven shots and committed one turnover over the last 2:30. They didn’t score after Boynton’s layup gave them a 68-66 lead with 2:39 left. The game’s best freshman? That was Behanan, who was far less heralded than Beal coming out of high school, but outplayed him down the stretch when the trip to New

ATLANTA — Well, this looks familiar. Kentucky is back in a regional final. So is Baylor. The top-seeded Wildcats moved another step closer to the only goal that matters in the Bluegrass State, shaking off a rather quiet night from freshman star Anthony Davis to put away stubborn Indiana 102-90 at the South Regional on Friday. Next up for Kentucky: Those neon-clad Bears, who advanced to their second regional final in three years with a 75-70 victory over Xavier. “We’re just looking forward to go a little farther and make a little history,” said Baylor’s Quincy Acy, pointing toward Sunday’s game at the Georgia Dome. Kentucky coach John Calipari knows a national title is expected — no, demanded — of his team. Anything less would be considered a disappointment, at least among the Wildcat faithful. The Wildcats (35-2) sure looked as if they were having fun against Indiana, which got into a running contest with a team that was a little faster, a little stronger and just a little too good. Kentucky finished with its most points since a 108-58 victory over Marist in the season opener. “I like a game like that,” Calipari said. “I can’t stand a game in the 50s. Can’t stand coaching it, can’t stand watching it.” Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 24 points, Doron Lamb 21 and three of their teammates — not Davis, mind you — were in double figures. With that, the Wildcats dispatched the team that beat them back in early December. Orleans was on the line. The freshman from Cincinnati scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half, including nine over the last 8:02 and Louisville’s last two field goals — both after Siva had fouled out with nine points and eight assists. Beal, meanwhile, finished with 14 points and controlled this game for the first 37 minutes. But over the last 3, he tried twice to take the ball to the hoop, only to get denied by 6foot-10 center Gorgui Dieng.

THESCORECARD Auto racing NASCAR-Sprint Cup-Auto Club 400 Lineup At Auto Club Speedway Fontana, Calif. Lap length: 2 miles (Car number in parentheses) 1. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 186.403 mph. 2. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 185.534. 3. (55) Mark Martin, Toyota, 185.534. 4. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 185.51. 5. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 185.51. 6. (39) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 185.328. 7. (29) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 185.199. 8. (20) Joey Logano, Toyota, 185.195. 9. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 185.185. 10. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 185.123. 11. (15) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 185.052. 12. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 185. 13. (56) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 184.724. 14. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 184.53. 15. (17) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 184.322. 16. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 184.068. 17. (2) Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 184.044. 18. (10) David Reutimann, Chevrolet, 183.913. 19. (31) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 183.744. 20. (30) David Stremme, Toyota, 183.397. 21. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 183.379. 22. (78) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 183.052. 23. (51) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 182.681. 24. (42) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 182.56. 25. (22) A J Allmendinger, Dodge, 182.542. 26. (47) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 182.445. 27. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 182.366. 28. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford, 182.094. 29. (9) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 182.007. 30. (26) Josh Wise, Ford, 181.087. 31. (83) Landon Cassill, Toyota, 180.85. 32. (98) Michael McDowell, Ford, 180.61. 33. (13) Casey Mears, Ford, 180.542. 34. (36) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, 180.433. 35. (23) Scott Riggs, Chevrolet, 180.356. 36. (49) J.J. Yeley, Chevrolet, 180.297. 37. (33) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 179.609. 38. (34) David Ragan, Ford, 179.466. 39. (19) Mike Bliss, Toyota, 179.296.

40. (93) Travis Kvapil, Toyota, 178.864. 41. (38) David Gilliland, Ford, 178.602. 42. (32) Ken Schrader, Ford, Owner Points. 43. (74) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet,

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Philadelphia 10, Boston 5 FORT MYERS, Fla. — Cole Hamels allowed two runs and four hits in four innings, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat a Boston Red Sox split squad Saturday. Hamels struck out three and walked two. Alfredo Aceves, contending for one of two open spots in Boston’s rotation, gave up nine runs and 10 hits in three innings. He allowed solo home runs to Pete Orr, Freddy Galvis and Carlos Ruiz, and also had a walk, a wild pitch and a hit batter. ASTROS 5, PIRATES 4, 10 INNINGS BRADENTON, Fla. — James McDonald held Houston hitless into the sixth inning, but the Astros scored an unearned run in the 10th to beat Pittsburgh. McDonald retired 16 of the first 17 batters he faced — Juan Castro reached on an error in the third inning — until Travis Buck sent a broken-bat single into shallow center field with one out in the fifth. In his longest outing this spring, McDonald gave up a run on two hits and struck out three over seven innings. Houston’s Scott Moore hit a three-run homer off Ryota Igarashi to tie it. A fielding error by shortstop Josh Rodriguez allowed Buck to score the winning run in the 10th. METS 6, CARDINALS 6, 10 INNINGS PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Ike Davis and Lucas Duda each hit home runs as the New York Mets’ tied the St. Louis Cardinals.



MARCH 25, 2012

Fresh spring tides jumpstart bay fishing


eware the Ides of March,” spoken to Julius Caesar in the Shakespearian tragedy, foretelling his death by fellow Romans, friends. Likewise, anglers should beware of the Ides, for swelling, tepid, spring tides stir large, aggressive fish to feed — rapaciously. Enough of Billy Shakespeare, let’s speak Texan. Warm, new water from Equinox tides pump fresh recruits to barren back lakes and reefs that have been exposed all winter. It’s rejuvenation from the winter doldrums, for both fish and fishers, and the first real opportunity to shed clothing and add a little color to your skin. “Spots like Lake Austin, Oyster Lake, Crab Lake and Boggy are great March hideouts,” said guide Ken Marshall. “Redfish are usually everywhere. We can make long drifts with live shrimp under a popping cork, or anchor on reefs. And you can still fish them when the spring winds blow.” With a falling tide, which has been the case lately during the morning hours, Marshall said to adjust. “Move to the mouths of the lakes,” he said. “The water and bait will be

Bankhead and Madrigal went in as long shots in their respective classes, but both had personal records in some of their events. The 114-pound Bankhead finished ninth overall after being seeded No. 14 coming into the meet. His personal record was in the squat where he carried 350 pounds. “He got his depth in the squat today and that is something we’ve been waiting to see from him,” Brooks said. “Now it is time to go forward after that and just keep getting better.” Along with a 150pound bench press and a 350 deadlift, Bankhead finished with a total of 850. “That total he’s done and more before, but he still had a chance to jump four or five other lifters from where he was at,” Brooks said. Corpus Christi Calallen’s Thomas Soto


NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good on the Louisiana shoreline on topwaters and Corkies. Flounder are fair on jigs tipped with shrimp around marsh drains. SOUTH SABINE: Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good around Lighthouse Cove on plastics and Gulps. BOLIVAR: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on soft plastics and plugs. Black drum and redfish are good at Rollover Pass. TRINITY BAY: Trout are fair to good over scattered shell on Gulps and live shrimp. Waders have taken better trout on the shell along the east shoreline. Catfish are good in the marsh on shrimp.



pouring out of the back lakes and the fish ride with the tide and bait. Camp out and wait for the redfish to come through.” Redfish are not the only drum in abundance in March, juvenile black drum, the eating kind, frequent reefs in West Matagorda Bay. Twin Islands, Shell Island and Oyster Lake are all proven drum haunts in March. Live shrimp under a popping cork is the best bet, but dead shrimp will work, too. “You can find trout, redfish and black drum on the north shoreline of West Bay,” said guide Michael Rolf. “Shell Island is a great place to anchor and wear out the drum and redfish.” Over-sized black drum, those over 30 inches, are the spawners and are only catch-and-release, but that doesn’t mean they are any less fun to catch. Big black bruisers frequent the channels, rivers and jetties leading to the Gulf, and a cracked blue crab is the most popular

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Healthy speckled trout, like this 6-pounder, have been showing with warming tides.

hor’dourve. “The drum run is on,” said guide Mike Cacciotti of Galveston. “There have been some large sand trout as well. Big sheepsheads are hanging tight to the rocks as well. Cacciotti said the first ling of the 2012 showed off the tip of the Galveston jetty this week. The fish measured 34 inches, which is under the 37-inch mandate, so it was released; however, the pelagic fish is a barometer of the warming tides of spring and summer. Spanish mackerel have been showing as well. The Matagorda jetty and the Port O’Connor jetty is a great spot to

COASTAL FISHING black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. TEXAS CITY: Black drum are good in the channel on crabs. Sand trout and whiting are good from the piers on fresh shrimp. FREEPORT: Bull redfish are good on the beachfront on sardines. Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs. Black drum are good at the jetties on cracked blue crabs.

Redfish are fair to good on the shell on the edge of the Intracoastal on crabs and mullet.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Redfish are fair to good on the edge of Oyster Lake and at Shell Island on shrimp and crabs. Black drum are fair to good at the jetty on crabs. PORT O'CONNOR: Trout and redfish are good on plastics over soft mud in waist-deep water in San Antonio Bay. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp. ROCKPORT: Trout are fair

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair to good for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell.

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EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good on the south shoreline on Catch 5s, MirrOlures and Catch 2000s. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. Black drum are fair to good in the Ship Channel on crabs.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good for drifters working shell on live shrimp. Waders have taken good trout in the mud and shell on topwaters and Corkies in the afternoon. Sheepshead, redfish and


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to good in Morris-Cummings Cut on free-lined shrimp. Black drum are good in the Lydia Ann Channel on crabs. Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp. PORT ARANSAS: Redfish are fair to good at East Flats on shrimp. Black drum are good in the Shrimpboat Channel on crabs and finger mullet. Redfish, black drum and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp. CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on Gulps and live shrimp. Black drum are good in the Humble Channel on crabs and table shrimp.

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game in order for me to go out and perform as best I could defensively,” Brooks said. “I just needed that time to get focused and get ready for how physical they were going to be as well.” Brooks averaged 4.2 points a game and 5.8 rebounds, including 4.3 rebounds on defense. She also had 6.2 steals a contest and normally amounted to at least four charges a game. “I sometimes hurt myself all of the time just by the way I threw myself at players,” Brooks said. Jackson was just a junior this season and made quite a jump from JV to varsity. She showed her worth as the newcomer of the year and averaged just 3.1 points a game. But it was all of the other stuff that made a big difference. “Really coming into the year I thought I was going to be like the sixth man coming off the bench,” Jackson said of her award. “Mainly because I knew we had some starters coming back. I think just playing hard and playing as a team really helped my development on the varsity.” Jackson took over right before district play and started all district contests for the Lady Bulldogs. Box became one of the back bones of the Lady

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on the baseline. “I just felt as the games went on, I would feel better being on the court,” Box said. “As a post I just felt like I was in my own little world trying to do as Joel Luna is the sports editor much as I could to help for The Facts. Contact him at my team win.” 979-237-0160.

MVP am improving,” she said. Her growth has been evident since garnering a second-team, all-county recognition her freshman season. As a sophomore, Aaliyah was a first-team member and last season, she was the offensive most valuable player. But her best play could have been this year, as she helped guide the Lady ’Necks all the way to Corpus Christi for the Class 3A Region IV tournament. “This was an amazing season, and it was more than I expected,” she said. “It definitely was a season that I am going to remember forever because of how far we got. Some of those playoff games were intense, but they were fun.” Ward led Columbia with 17 points per game

Just a junior, Box will return for her senior season. Landing on the first team all county were: Sweeny’s Urshel Tims (11.7 points, 12.1 rebounds); Columbia’s Tiffany Marshall (9 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds) and Malnisha Burton (7 points, 3 steals, 5 rebounds); Angleton’s Ashley Lee (8.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3 steals) and Danbury’s Shelby Scott (7.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 2.3 steals). On the second team were, Angleton’s Que’Lanni Cannon; Brazoswood’s Javonna Charles; Columbia’s Karlie Sweeney; Danbury’s Rachel Kelm and Sweeny’s Korinne Branch. Honorable mention honors went to: Angleton’s Emily Stanzel, Alesha Higgins and Mica Chenier; Brazosport’s Danielle Santiago and Kadeja Lewis; Brazoswood’s Ashley Boyd; Columbia’s Donye Morgan, Krystal Davis and Ondrea Hall; Danbury’s Dancie Miller, Summer Miller, Abbie Box and Maigan Marques and Sweeny’s Autumn Higgins.

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Columbia’s Aaliyah Ward cuts between teammates during basketball practice Feb. 2 at the Columbia High School gymnasium.

hit me that it is over with,” she said. “I played with a lot of great teammates in the past, but one of my highlights was the regional tournament. I hate to say it but the hotel part of the trip was a whole lot better than the game. I still don’t know about that game, but we definitely had fun.” Columbia rolled through the playoffs until losing to Burnet, 64-36, at the American Bank Center. Aaliyah wants the opportunity to continue playing at the next level. “I would like to play if I get an opportunity somewhere, if not then I will pursue my education,” Ward said. She will head to Blinn Junior College for a visit and workout in the near future.

to go along with four assists, three steals and four rebounds. “I just can’t believe how Joel Luna is the sports editor these four years have for The Facts. Contact him at gone by, but it still hasn’t 979-237-0160. PEYTON MANNING: This cat finally made up his mind, and no doubt there are at least a dozen other teams that wish they could have afforded him. If Manning gets even close to 100 percent again, watch out, because the Broncos are going to make some gains on the offensive side of the ball. When and if he does return to his old self, then all Denver will have to worry about is the defense and special teams. The sooner Manning starts feeling better, the more important these offseason

workouts will play in to what kind of year the Broncos might have. If I were a gambling man, I’d roll the dice. TIM TEBOW: Probably the biggest loser in all of this Manning stuff was Tebow, because he is back to square one — having to prove his worth to a football team. As to what the heck the New York Jets are doing is purely jumping the gun for head coach Rex Ryan and general manager, Mike Tannenbaum. There is no doubt their jobs will be on the line in 2012,


Tiffany Marshall, Donye Morgan and Krystal Davis, along with sophomore Malnisha Burton by the end of the season. Senior Karlie Sweeney was injured toward the end of district play and freshman Ondrea Hall came on late. “Something about t h e s e girls that “I am I probab l y proud of didn’t have in the way the past they was that t h e y performed would this year. f i g h t until the No one end,” W a r d could have s a i d . told me “They would this was play, and they had going to t h a t happen.” e x t r a spunk to — Patrice just keep Ward going. I am proud of the way they performed this year. No one could have told me this was going to happen.” After getting by Aransas Pass in the area round, that extra fight that these Lady ’Necks had was evident in their quarterfinal win against Goliad. Down by as much as 15 points, the Lady ’Necks outscored Goliad, 42-20 in the second half to pull out a dramatic, 59-52 overtime win to continue toward Corpus Christi. “As we kept going on and on, I just kept saying to myself, is this happening,” Ward said. “That Goliad game I will never forget and during that game I told them that the game wasn’t over, and they had to fight. And in those last two minutes they just turned over a new leaf and realized that they could do this. “I knew we had a long shot at the region tournament, but for these kids it was exciting.” Columbia finished the season 25-7 overall.

and if they don’t make something drastic happen, then both could be gone by this time next year. Tebow is going to continue to be Tebow. He is not going to change and will remain as optimistic as he is. It is just too bad that his type of game does not relate to the NFL. What a great offseason for the NFL — news, news, news. Joel Luna is the sports editor for The Facts. Contact him at 979-237-0160 or at


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Full Time • Competitive Wage Package • TMRS Retirement TML Medical-Paid • Vacation, Sick, Holiday Leave Education Pay • Uniforms Provided

ENGlobal US, Inc. is one of the leading engineering firms in the country. We are currently accepting resumes for the following positions:

10 Yrs. Experience Large Boring Mill Operator 5 Yrs. Experience Centrifuge Repair 5 Yrs. Experience Millwrights - NCCER Compliant

$12-$18 per hour depending on experience. Must have reliable transportation, TWIC card, pass a hair follicle drug test, and 7 yr background check. Must be willing to occasionally travel. Apply in person at: Southwest Refractory, 2443 N. Gordon Alvin, TX


The Facts Classified


To work in and around Freeport

979-849-8584 • 979-265-4411


Angleton Danbury Medical Center Director of Finance Seeking a qualified professional with strong communication and organizational skills. This individual is responsible for reconciling the general ledger, preparation of financial statements & management reports, maintaining cash & internal audit controls, budget coordination and preparation, and management of accounts payable & payroll. Reports directly to CFO. BS in accounting or finance with experience required or equivalent experience. Prior hospital accounting and Meditech experience a bonus.

Apply: Human Resources 132 Hospital Drive, Angleton, TX 77515 Phone: 979-848-9106 Fax: 979-864-8406 EOE



The City of Freeport is accepting applications for the following:

•Lifeguards •Pool Cashier • Assistant Swim Coach

Interested parties may obtain an application at 200 W. 2nd Street, Freeport, TX or The City of Freeport is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Infinity Construction Services 926 S. Brazosport Blvd., Clute, TX E.O.E.



MARCH 25, 2012






Civil Mechanical, Inc. Accepting applications for:

Mechanical Estimator

(Familiar with pipe and structural steel)

Apply in person at: 430 W. Plantation, Clute Fax resume to (979) 265-9010 EOE


* •Certified CNA * •Floor Tech * •HR Coordinator Sweeny House * Nursing Center * $

500 Sign on Bonus • 1st & 2nd Shift

Applicants please bring resume & current TB records.

109 N. McKinney, Sweeny, TX EOE

* * * * *

WHAT IS 1” TALL AND CAN MOVE A TRUCK??? A Facts Classified Ad! Ask our “Wheels Deal” Special 979-265-7401 or


Requirements: ■ 4+ years of relevant experience in developing and maintaining Primivera 6 schedules for TARS ■ Proficient in Microsoft Excel ■ Excellent oral and written communication skills ■ Must be self motivated ■ Must have a good general knowledge of the mechanical crafts

–––– Benefit Package –––– Send resumes to: Scheduler P.O. Box 306 • Clute, Tx 77531 E-mail:











TECHNICIAN NEEDED for light computer and Internet trouble shooting abilities, with some sales experience. Must have understanding and be familiar with computer components, routers, TV screens, Internet, ports and related functions and have reliable transportation. Send resumes to employment@

Customer Serv.


CUSTOMER Service Representative is needed. Must be at least 18 years old. Interested applicant should send his or her resume to: ksym101@hotmail .com

NOW ACCEPTING applications. Experienced with 1 yr. commercial driving or Minimum of Class A & B CDL. Must pass DOT, drug screen & physical. Must have TWIC badge. Must be at least 25 years of age. Apply in person at 2101 Oyster Creek Bend, Oyster Creek.

seeking full-time Heavy Crane Mechanic with 4-5 years exp. in heavy crane maintenance and repair. Must be flexible & reliable. Travel may be required. Send resume to

TRUCK ACCESSORIES Installer wanted for Brazoria County Truck Outfitters. Experience required. Please call 979-308- 2279, or come by 2123 S. Velasco St., Angleton, TX.


Director of Development for Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic School in Richwood. Exp. with schools, recruitment, events, fundraising, marketing, charitable donors, grants, etc. Full-time position. Send resume, salary req. and cover letter to or FAX to 979-265-9780




Applicants can apply on line at or apply in person Monday-Friday between 8am-5pm at the Angleton office at 101 Tigner. Applicants can mail resumes to: Connect Transit, 4352 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway, Texas City, Texas 77591.

TECHNICIAN NEEDED to perform calibrations & minor repairs on measurement test equipment. A basic understanding of electronics required. Technical School or Military background a plus. Must have good math skills & basic computer skills. Some travel required. Drug Test Required. Competitive wages and benefits. Please fax or mail resume to: Fax: 979-388-8334 Mail: Technician, P.O. Box 239, Clute, TX 77531.

HAVING A GARAGE SALE? A Facts Classified Ad Can Help! Not just one day a week, but any day you want!! 979-265-7401

• Drivers Needed - Several Routes Currently Available • Four Hour Minimum Routes • Hourly Rates Beginning at $11.60 P/H • Training Provided Call us at

979-864-8702 for more information

REG. DENTAL ASST. P/T position. Bring resume to 1028 N. Velasco, Angleton Texas, 77515.

Drivers ACME TRUCK Line now hiring Drivers for Tandem Flatbeds. Must have a Class A CDL, 1 yr. OTR. HazMat & TWIC preferred. 979-864-3510. DRIVERS

Civil Mechanical, Inc. Accepting applications for:

• Pipefitters • Ironworkers • Boilermakers Apply in person at: 430 W. Plantation, Clute Fax resume to (979) 265-9010 EOE

Now Hiring! Texaco Tunnel Wash We are looking for customer oriented, positive team members with a passion for cars and great customer service skills. We offer flexible hours and on the job training.

Turn in applications to Barbara Donovan




Prior detailing experience and bilingual applicants are a plus!

DRIVER POSITIONS Based out of the Angleton office. Candidates must have a class B commercial driver’s license with a passenger endorsement and two years paid driving experience and a good driving record. We are hiring for 1 full time position and 3 part time and extra board positions. Salary is $9.00-$10.35 per hour with full benefits for full time position and $9.00-$10.35 for part time and extra board with no benefits. A criminal history check will be conducted and candidates must meet center requirements.

seeking full-time Trailer Mechanic with DOT License, 4-5 years experience in heavy truck and trailer maintenance and repair. Must be flexible and reliable. Send resume to

220 West Highway 332 Lake Jackson, TX 979-297-3866


Apply at J & L Painting, Inc. 916 S. Shanks • Clute, TX

CDL-A JOB FAIR WHEN: Wednesday 3/28 through Friday 3/30 9 AM - 5 PM

WHERE: 2401 Independence Parkway South La Porte, TX 77571 •ALL DEDICATED OUT & BACK LOADS •Great Hometime •Immediate Openings for Company Drivers and Owner Operators •Tank & Hazmat Endorsements Required. Come See Us or Refer to Scott Adkins When Doing an Online Application at: m Call Scott Today at:

888-472-6440 or 877-600-8195 DRIVERS NEEDED OTR & Regional Class A CDL w/ clean MVR. O/O. TWIC Card required. Minimum 2 years experience. 480-9500. DRIVERS: CRYOGENIC Transportation. OTR Tanker Work based out of Baytown. Awesome Pay and Benefits! Growing Company. CDL-A w/X End. 2yrs Exp. 832-339-0072 HOT SHOT/FLAT BED Company Drivers needed. Must have TWIC card & Class A CDL. Retirement plan available. Apply 3910 E. Hwy 332, Freeport.



The City of Freeport is accepting applications for the following position:

MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN Parks & Recreation • Full Time High School Diploma or GED required and Electrical License preferred, 5 years experience in HVAC, plumbing experience desirable. An ability to facilitate positive community relations is required. Principal Responsibilities: 1. Responsible for the day to day operations in performing general maintenance of city facilities. 2. Maintenance and upkeep of city hall, police department, recreation center and parks department buildings including community houses, visitor’s center, etc. 3. Order parts as needed to make repairs to city’s facilities 4. Keep accurate records of city’s maintenance using work order system. 5. Assist in parks operation as needed. 6. Operate and maintain city vehicle and equipment as required. Minimum Qualifications: 1. Must have good comprehension and communication skills. 2. Be a quick learner and be able to apply self to task at hand. 3. Self starting individual who follows instructions, can take charge, shows initiative to see that routine and special projects are followed through and completed in a timely manner without continuous prompting. 4. Requires a demonstrated ability to be dependable, organized, flexible and service oriented. 5. Expected to be available for and report to work in a dependable and timely fashion. 6. Employees shall be physically and mentally fit every workday to carry out their job duties and responsibilites. 7. Must be available to work over as necessary to meet deadlines and perform special projects. 8. Be reliable and exercise good judgment while approaching, troubleshooting and problem solving projects. 9. Able to maintain a high degree of intitiative in the fulfillment of their responsibilities. Monday - Friday schedule, some overtime required, rotating on call 7 days a week. Interested parties may obtain an application at 200 W. 2nd Street, Freeport, TX or The City of Freeport is an Equal Opportunity Employer

JIT DISTRIBUTING now hiring Drivers: Company & Owner Operators

CLASS A CDL • Flatbed • Dry Van Exp. - 2 yrs. local or 1 yr. OTR clean MVR. Must pass DOT physical & drug screen.

CLASS B & C • Hot Shot clean MVR, must pass DOT physical & drug screen. All drivers must pass background. TWIC preferred. Apply at 616 W. Hwy 332, Clute TX., 8:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. or 4005 Technology Dr., Ste #1146, Angleton, TX 77515. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

LOCAL COMPANY hiring Owner Operators for primarily Texas. Call (979) 239-1984. ROUTE DRIVER We will train.A Class B-CDL is a plus. 40 hours/week, Mon.Fri. Applications taken 8-3 Mon.-Fri. Call 979- 848-2229 or at 332 C.R. 223.

Health Care

COASTAL STAFF Relief seeks PRN LVNs for Home Health Private Duty. Also need experienced PRN LVN or RN for MedSurg and ICU hospital shifts. Call Ronda @ 979-299-3006 ext 102 CREEKSIDE VILLAGE is accepting applications for CNAs for various shifts. Apply in person, 914 N. Brazosport Blvd, Clute. EOE NEW CHEMICAL DEPENDENT TREATMENT PROGRAM. Needs LCDC. Level 3 or above for Lake Jackson area. For more information call: 281-485-7725. Or 281-485-8356.

PART TIME BOOKKEEPER Needed for local Medical Clinic 3 days a week. Must be proficient in Peachtree, understanding in A/R & accounts payable. Fax resume to 979-292-0488.

RN/LVN Come join our caring team. Salary commensurate with experience. Apply in person to Cypress Woods Care Center, 135 1/2 Hospital Drive, Angleton. EOE.

I.C.S. Inc. General Contractors Hiring NCCER Certified

To Order Call The Facts at 979-237-0115

•Pipefitters •Iron Workers •Rig Welders •Finish Carpenters

you read this ad, then you know newspaper advertising


Apply in person


2802 FM 523 • Oyster Creek


No Phone Calls






COMPASSIONATE CAREGIVERS: CNA’s Beginning pay $9.50 per hour. Must have: * great work ethic * good people skills *interest in helping others * current CPR certification *TDL & car insurance *Negative TB test Come by office for more info. Help Inc., 127 Circle Way, Lake Jackson.


seeking a Purchasing Clerk in the Technical Department. Knowledge of SAP required. Knowledge of purchasing maintenance parts for equipment is a must (cranes, heavy trucks, and trailers). Inventory Control, Shipping & Receiving experience preferred. Must be flexible and reliable. Send resume to

LOCAL HEAVY Equip. Rental Co. looking for a Lead Shop Technician. Send resume to Box 538, c/o The Facts, PO Box 549, Clute, TX 77531

NEED FULL Time exp’d Land Surveyor Helper. Must be 18 years, drug free w/ good driving record. Benefits. 979-265-3622 ext. 100.

Super Savers???

A/C & Heating

Concrete Work



AIR CONDITIONING “WE’RE HERE to satisfy your cooling or heating needs”. Complete service and installation. Free estimates. 979-798-9338 mobile.979-235-0818. TACLB# 015890E.

MOORE A/C & HEATING 979-373-4917 Complete sales, service and installation. Free estimates.

Appliance Rep.


SAME DAY SERVICE Washers, dryers, fridges, etc. Most parts on truck. Mike & Larry. 25 yrs. experience. Monday - Saturday.


PARKING LOTS, driveways, patios, 30 yrs exp 979-487-9133 979-417-3392.

FIVE J’S CONCRETE CO. Driveways/Patio’s Sidewalks, Parking Lots, Etc. Free est. 979-233-2470. Bonded & Insured.

MATAMOROS CONSTRUCTION Parking lots. Driveways, Tractor work. George: 709-9478.

ROBERTO’S CONCRETE WORK PARKING LOTS, Driveways, Patios, Etc. Free estimates. 979-215-6025.

Contractors MASONRY MIKE HILL 713-412-0920 Residential & Commercial. Brick, block, stone, tile. Large & small jobs.


ALL MAKES/models. Serving Braz. Cty. 30 yrs +. Howard Cain,




Carpet Cleaning 979-849-4418

SILLS BRANSON’S XTREMELY CLEAN 979-297-1970 WHEN YOU’RE tired of not getting the service you deserve, call us. We’ve been standing behind our jobs for over 25 years. Carpet, tile, upholstery, pet treatments, air ducts, water extraction. 24 hr emergency service Mention this ad & receive $10.00 off!!

CARPET DEEP CLEANING SPECIAL 3 RMS $75 incl. Spotter & deodorizer. Walton Co. 979-8778137 / 800-750-2443.


979-285-8534 Comm. & Resid. Kitchens, Baths, additions, Interior & Exterior Renovation.

Dirt Work BACKHOE SEPTIC REPAIR ALL DIRT work. Mowing. Free estimates. 979-824-0249.

Electricians A-ARC ELECTRIC Licensed & Insured Res/Comm. New construction, additions & repairs. 979-297 -9577. TECL 17357.





WOOD FENCES 979-236-4258

Cleaning Services. Call for bid today. Homes & offices. Lisa 979-201-3245.

LISA’S CLEANING SERVICE Homes, Apt. Complex. & Offices. cleaning. 979-233-0369 or 979-201-2414.


We are providing excellent service and lower prices on wood, cyclone & iron fences. STRAIGHT FENCE COMPANY Privacy wood, chain link, iron, farm & ranch. Fee estimates.



PC Repair Home/Office 979-316-4210



FREE Diagnosis.




Wood privacy, chain link, ornamental iron, aluminum, vinyl, ranch rail. superiorfences@

Home Maint. J. LOPEZ REMODELING. Tile, custom cabinets, dry wall, painting, sidings, flooring & more. 979-549-3178.




WAITRESS/ BAR BACK, & Door needed. Apply in person Monday - Friday between 10a.m.2p.m. at Kicks Club, Angleton.



$5.00 Ads ??? WAREHOUSE/DRI VER - . Energetic, dependable person needed. Good driving record & knowledge of Houston area a plus. Flexible schedule. Apply in person 8-5 Mon.-Fri., 312 W. Plantation, Clute.

needed for our emergency shelter & youth home. Must be at least 21 yrs old w/good driving record & be able to pass criminal background check & drug test. Responsibilities will include supervision of children, training in daily living skills, transportation to appts and scheduling daily activities. Shift available is 3 pm to 11 pm incl. wknds. Call 281-581-2505 or fax resume to 281-581-9344. See website for application!

You Can Place A Facts Classified Ad 24 Hrs. A Day, 7 Days A Week!

A TOP REMODEL 979-345-3100 HANDYMAN SERVICES We’re quality professionals 35 YRS. EXP. Kitchen, Bath, Room Addition, Windows, Doors, Siding, Trim, Ceramic Tile, Sheetrock & Painting.

A&M REMODELING 979-799-5355 INT/EXT Paint, sheetrock/texture, flooring. Real Estate transaction make ready.

BACK TO BASICS CONSTRUCTION Where Elegance Meets Integrity Interior & Exterior Carpentry, drywall, painting, and more. 25 yrs. exp. Free est.


BATHROOM & KITCHEN REMODELING Custom cabinets & more. Granite & tile backsplashes. 979-292-4784.

BRANSON CONSTRUCTION 979-297-1970 WHEN YOU’RE tired of not getting the service you deserve, call us. We’ve been doing the job right since 1969. No job too large or too small. All ext. & int. remodeling, emergency repairs, etc.

CUSTOM CABINETS Plywood boxes, hardwood faces, raised panel doors. 979-292-4784

CUSTOM TOUCH PAINTING QUALITY WORK At a better price. Interior & Exterior. Very clean work. 979-297-2194.

Painting Wallpaper removal, cabinet refinish, popcorn ceiling removal, light carpentry. 979-848-0155.

EXTERIOR SPECIALTIES WOOD, HARDI & VINYL SIDINGS ENERGY STAR DOORS & WINDOWS Locally Owned & Operated since 1984 Mark Schaefer 979-297-3706

G&G HOME REPAIR 979-233-1636 979-201-1405 Windstorm code Hardi Siding, painting, additions, decks, house pilings. New construction.



EL CHICO RESTAURANT Now hiring servers. Nights & weekends. Please apply in person Monday - Thursday. 2- 4p.m.

Angleton Professionals LICENSED REALTOR Assistant needed. Active Angleton foreclosure office. Mon.-Fri. Salaried. Will: 979-299-9400

22303 SOUTH CR 48 Fri. (3/30) 9-5p.m Sat. (3/31) 9-4p.m Sun. (4/1) 10-4p.m Huge barn Estate sale. Contents of an antique store closed 7 yrs. ago.Angleton.




2559 COMPASS CT Sat. & Sun. 10-? Big Sale! Clothes, furniture, TVs, electronics, antique furniture, curtains. Quintana.

Now hiring Waitstaff & Cooks. Apply in person only to 917 Hwy 332, Lake Jackson.



979-299-8940 SPECIALIZING IN HARDI SIDING Painting, decks, sheetrock & pressure washing.

LOPEZ HOME REPAIR INT./EXT. REMODEL & PAINT 979-482-7381 WE INSTALL Ceramic Tile, Vinyl, Laminate, Hardwood Floors & Carpet. Free est. All work guar.




979-709-3067 979-548-3683

ROOFING BONDED/INSURED LICENSED. Free est. 979-233-0369 1-800-689-8129.

BAKER HOUSE LEVELING 979-345-4980 979-236-2009 ALL KINDS. VA/FHA approved. Free estimates. Work guaranteed. 25 yrs. exp.




ALL WORK GUARANTEED Sheetrock, texture, paint, ceramic tile. INSURED!! 979-373-8776.


BBB MEMBER Lifetime warranty

SALAZAR HOUSE LEVELING & ROOFING 979-864-4453 979-417-7307 All work Guaranteed. Lic’d & bonded. Free Inspections. Senior citizen discount.

Lawn Care

ALDANA’S LAWNCARE 979-417-9083

HOUSE LEVELING & REMODELING 979-299-3226 1-855-220-8689 Since 1974. Lifetime warranties. VA/FHA approved. Pressed piles installed.

Mowing Weed eating Edging Flower beds Lawn maint. Mulching Power washing Free estimates. Professional & dependable. Extensive experience


AAA RATING! 979-482-3140


RES. & COMM. Maintenance & Design. Beds & Mulching.


CJC’S LAWN Service 979-824-3726. Lots & Lawns

979-285-3500 Mike Hall


VA/FHA approved. Fully insured & bonded. Res. & Comm. Slab/Pier & Beam. Lifetime warr. avail. Since 1979.

ACCURATE FOUNDATION & ROOFING CONSTRUCTION 1-800-727-3581 979-299-8470 VA/FHA approved methods. Slab/pier & beam, roofs, Free est’s lifetime warr.


979-922-9899 AFFORDABLE PRICES QUALITY WORK Int. & Ext. Painting, Deck Refinishing, Gutter Cleaning. Free Estimates.




Repairs 20 years in area. All roofs Texas windstorm certified. 979-285-5782. Free estimates.


House Leveling

Comm./Res. Low rates. Fully insured Free est. Sr. discount. 979-388-4868.


Foundations & Repair VA & FHA Approved! Work Guar.Free Est! Bonded & insured.

Painting, Hardi siding, windows, doors. Licen sed & insured. All work guar. Free estimates. Don Smith, owner, 979-417-9410 or 979-299-6766.


BONDED. FREE Estimates. Work Guaranteed. Comp pricing. 979-239-2341.

35 years experience. I’ll bid it to get it!! Call Ronnie 979-248-3914.






Flower beds, hedges, mulch, mowing, weeding, edging, landscape. ALL WORK GUARANTEED. FREE EST.

David David - owner 979-265-1042 979-848-2810.

HOUSE LEVELING 979-265-0610 979-236-1189





BID NOTICE The City of Richwood is solocoting bids for Storm Debris Removal - Annual Contingency Contract. Specifications and detailed requirements are available at Richwood City Hall, 215 Halbert, Richwood, Texas 77531 or calling 979.265.2082. Bids will be received until Friday, April 20, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.’and will be opened Monday, April 23, 2012 at 10:00 p.m. The bids will be presented to City Council for their approval. Bids shall be sealed and clearly marked “Bid - Storm Debris Removal - Annual Contingency Contract” and submitted to: City of Richwood Attn: Karen Schrom, City Secretary 215 Halbert Richwood, Texas 77531 The City of Richwood reserves the right to reject any and all bids to waive any and all technicalities and to accept any bid or part thereof which in opinion of the City Council is the most advantageous to the City. BID NOTICE

LEE FLIPPO Interior/Exterior painting, cabinetry & all home remodeling. Free estimates.

LAWN CARE LOW RATES EXC. SERVICE 979-236-2982 Mowing, weed eating, edging, cleanup, tree trimming, flower beds & power washing. Free est. Juan Silva.

SHEFFIELD LAWNSERVICE 979-665-8143 Basic lawn care, landscaping, etc. Free estimates.






OFFICE ASSISTANT organized and dependable. Quickbooks a Plus. Small very casual Freeport office. P/T to start w/oppty. to go F/T. Send resume to Box 540, c/o The Facts, PO Box 549, Clute, TX 77531

MARCH 25, 2012

TEXAS GULF COAST ROOFING 979-709-2587 All roof’s Texas Windstorm certified. Insured. All work guaranteed! Free Estimates!

Storage STEEL STORAGE CONTAINERS Delivered to your site. Rental - sales - rent to own Lone Star Storage, (979) 798-5798.


The City of Sweeny is soliciting bids for a one year Debris Removal Contract. Specifications and detailed requirements are available at Sweeny City Hall, 102W. Ashley Wilson Rd., Sweeny, Texas 77480; 979-548-3321 or our website: Bids will be received until 2:00 pm’ Wednesday, April 11, 2012 and will be opened at that time. The bids will be presented to City Council for their approval. Bids shall be sealed and clearly marked “Bid - Debris Removal” and submitted to: City of Sweeny Attn: Reatta Minshew P. O. Box 248 Sweeny, TX 77480 The City of Sweeny reserves the right to reject any and/or all bids, to waive any and all technicalities and to accept any bid or part thereof which in the opinion of the City Council is most advantageous to the City. REQUESTS FOR PROPOSAL The City of Richwood is seeking application from eligible financial institutions to be the Banking Services Depository. Specifications and detailed requirements are available at Richwood City Hall, 215 Halbert, Richwood, Texas 77531 or calling 979.265.2082. Sealed proposals will be received until Monday, June 4, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.’ at which time said proposals will be publicly opened and read. The bids will be presented to the City Council for their approval. Bids shall be sealed and clearly marked on the outside, “Proposal to Serve as Depository for the City of Richwood” and submitted to: City of Richwood Attn: Karen Schrom, City Secretary 215 Halbert Richwood, Texas 77531


979-849-6982 COMPLETE TREE Care. Stumps, fertilizing, trim, take downs, Hurricane Proofing and Oak firewood. 26 yrs exp. Free est.

CARL’S TREE SERVICE FOR ALL your tree trimming needs. Insured & bonded. Free est’s. 979-417-8828.

COWBOY WAY TREE SERVICE Tree trimming & removal. No job too big or too small. Insured & bonded. Markus Chancey, 709-4203.


AND SCREENS VINYL & ALUMINUM Windows, Solar Screens. Energy Star & TDI Approved. 849-8139, 297-7989

Banks submitting proposals should be careful to see that the appropriate bid form is used. The City of Richwood reserves the right to reject any and all bids to waive any and all technicalities and to accept any bid or part thereof which in opinion of the City Council is the most advantageous to the City. THE CITY of Sweeny’s Planning and Zoning Board of Commissioners will be conducting a public hearing on march 26, 2012 at 7:00pm. This meeting will be held at Sweeny City Hall 102 W Ashley Wilson Rd. The public hearing will be to consider amending the Zoning Ordinance section R2-B requirements.

CAUSE #59922 412 DISTRICT COURT THE STATE OF TEXAS TO: RONALD D. WILLIAMSON Defendent(s) -GREETING NOTICE TO DEFENDANT: “You have been sued. You may employ an attorney. If you or your attorney do not file a written answer with the clerk who issued this citation by 10:00 am on the Monday next following the expiration of 42 days after the date this citation was issued, a default judgment may be taken against you.” You are hereby commanded to appear by filing a written answer to the Plaintiff’s PLAINTIFFS’ ORIGINAL PETITION petition at or before 10:00 o’clock A.M. on the Monday next after the expiration of 42 days after the date of issuance of this citation the same being Monday the 2ND day of APRIL, 2012 before the Honorable 412TH DISTRICT COURT of Brazoria County, at the Courthouse in said County in Angleton, Texas. Said Plaintiff’s Petition was filed in said court on the 23rd day of September, 2012 in the above entitled cause. A brief statement of the nature of this suit is as follows, PROPERTY RETURN as is more fully shown by Plaintiff’s Petition on file is this suit. Said answer may be filed by mailing same to: Rhonda Barchak, District Clerk, 111 E. Locust, Ste 500, Angleton, Texas, 77515-4678 or by bringing it to the District Clerks Office at Room 500, Courthouse, 111 E. Locust St., Angleton, Texas. The names of the Parties in said suit are: CAROL ANN BURDIN, ET AL, as Plaintiff(s), vs. 24/7 RESTORATION ENTERPRISES LLC, ET AL as Defendant(s). The name and address of the Attorney for Plaintiff is KEVIN L BRADSHAW, 203 S. FRIENDSWOOD DR., SUITE 200, FRIENDSWOOD, TX 77546, 281-996-0200. The Court has the authority in this suit to enter judgment. Any such judgment will be binding upon you. Issued and given under my hand and seal of said Court at Angleton, Texas, this the 13th day of FEBRUARY, 2012. RHONDA BARCHAK, DISTRICT CLERK BRAZORIA COUNTY, TEXAS SHIRLEY ROGERS DEPUTY A TRUE COPY, I CERTIFY CHARLES S. WAGNER, SHERIFF, BRAZORIA COUNTY, TEXAS SHERIFF BY SHARON REED DEPUTY LEGAL NOTICE: This Texas Lottery Commission Scratch-Off game will close on April 9, 2012. You have until October 6, 2012, to redeem any tickets for this game: #1343 Monthly Bonus ($5) overall odds are 1 in 4.94. This Texas Lottery Commission Scratch-Off game will close on April 30, 2012. You have until October 27, 2012, to redeem any tickets for this game: #1360 Triple Tripler ($3) overall odds are 1 in 4.85. These Texas Lottery Commission Scratch-Off games will close on May 30, 2012. You have until November 26, 2012, to redeem any tickets for these games: #1293 Double Blackjack ($2) overall odds are 1 in 4.85, #1370 Silver Bells ($5) overall odds are 1 in 3.86, #1378 Instant

Cash Five® ($1) overall odds are 1 in 2.63. The odds listed here are the overall odds of winning any prize in a game, including break-even prizes. Lottery retailers are authorized to redeem prizes of up to and including $599. Prizes of $600 or more must be claimed in person at a Lottery Claim Center or by mail with a completed Texas Lottery claim form; however, annuity prizes or prizes over $1,000,000 must be claimed in person at the Commission Headquarters in Austin. Call Customer Service at 1-800-37LOTTO or visit the Lottery Web site at for more information and location of nearest Claim Center. The Texas Lottery is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets, or for tickets lost in the mail. Tickets, transactions, players, and winners are subject to, and players and winners agree to abide by, all applicable laws, Commission rules, regulations, policies, directives, instructions, conditions, procedures, and final decisions of the Executive Director. A Scratch-Off game may continue to be sold even when all the top prizes have been claimed. Must be 18 years of age or older to purchase a Texas Lottery ticket. PLAY RESPONSIBLY. The Texas Lottery supports Texas education.

ONE TELEPHONE CALL will bring results - call The Facts Classified Today. We can help! NOTICE TO BIDDERS

Notice is hereby given that the City of Lake Jackson will receive sealed bids for the following items: Trailer Mounted Portable Generator Rental - Bid 0445

Bids will be received until 2:00 P.M., April 5, 2012 at which time they will be publicly opened and read. The bid award will be made at a regularly scheduled meeting of the City of Lake Jackson City Council. Bid information and specifications may be obtained from the City of Lake Jackson Purchasing Department at City Hall.

All bids will be marked “SEALED BID No. 0445 - TRAILER MOUNTED GENERATOR RENTAL”, on the outside of a completely sealed envelope and submitted to the Purchasing Department, 25 Oak Drive, Lake Jackson, Texas, 77566. Iveet Y. Rivas, Buyer City of Lake Jackson Fax: 979/415-2520 PH: 979/415-2520 Email:


Fair Housing is a National Policy of the United States. It’s the law, and it’s your right. To promote fair housing practices, the City of Lake Jackson has passed a Fair Housing Proclamation designating the month of April 2012 as Fair Housing Month.

Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, as amended, prohibits discrimination against any person on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, familial status or national origin in the sale or rental of units in the housing market.

For more information on fair housing or to report possible fair housing discrimination, call the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s toll free hotline at 1-800-669-9777 or 1-800-927-9275 (TDD).




MARCH 25, 2012



STOREY & Clark console piano. Light color wood. Exc. cond. $500. 979-849-8103.


COMING SOON Now taking applications for all positions, full & part time. Apply in person, 11 am - 3 pm at 1130 Hwy 332, Clute, beside LaQuinta (old Denny’s bldg). 979665-8415, Barbara.


OPEN AUDITIONS Thurs., 3/29, 4-6 pm. Cast Positions, Opening Coordinators. Competitive pay. CHUCK E. CHEESE, Brazos Mall.

BEAUTY SALONS SALON SPACE avail. at Le Touche’: 1 large room & 1 facial room equipped. Off of Oyster Creek Dr., behind CVS in L.J. 979-299-4383.

SERVICES OFFERED CAREGIVER: I am a loving, caring, commpassionate woman looking to help you look after your love one. I have a reliable car to help with errands if needed. 979- 236-9743.

15000 WATT, NEW Generac portable generator. $2500. Piano, great for beginners $500. Maytag washer & dryer. Great condition. $400. 979-299-8649. 30-06 AMMO, 50 cents each 1994 50hp Johnson outboard motor, $300.00 Kid's, 90cc 4-wheeler, 2008, low hours use (28), clean & runs good. $350.00 979-798-8521

ANGLETON STEEL SUPPLY SEE US for your Angle iron; Plate; Sq. tube; Exp-Metal; channel; pipe. Metal bldg. components in stock. 979-849-6475 CLUB CAR golf cart, w/ charger, good condition, needs new batteries, $900. Cardio Glide exerciser, $75. (979) 265-4767. FULL KITCHEN cabinets, like new, $800. 19.7 cu. ft. side-byside fridge, ice & water in door, like new, $400. 979-230-6536.

GAINES COMPUTER & XBOX REPAIR. We fix Red ring of death. Free est. 979-248-9269

I BUY Non-working Kenmore, Whirlpool, Roper, Estate Washer’s & Dryers. Call Alton 979-415-4841.



Home Sweet Home!

CANTERBURY SQUARE APARTMENTS •Spacious 1 & 2 Bedrooms •5 Minutes To Phillips •Next To Shopping Center & School

979-548-7469 301 Ashley Wilson Road, Sweeny





(Formerly Oaks of Angleton)


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MONTH-TO-MONTH LEASES Available During Renovation


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INTRO TO BELLY DANCE Free class Wed. 3/28 9a.m & 6:30p.m. New 10wk classes (2 X week) Mon. & Weds. Begin 4/2 registration limited. Rec. Center in L.J. 979-297-4533

RENEW OR Enhance the finish on your gun w/ CERAKOTE, the leading “state of the art” firearm coating 964-3519; 236-2881.



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PAIR OF 2011 SEADOO GTI SE 155 Jet Ski’s. Includes: trailer, covers, tube w/ rope, and 4 life jackets. Jet Ski's only have 13 hours on them. Contact Kenzie (979) 481-2954.



HEAVY EQUIPMENT 2004 BOBCAT T300 Track Skid Steer Loader. Cab-heat/air. Asking $5500. E-mail me for pictures and details 832-548-4507.

PETS & SUPPLIES ROTTWEILER, AKC registered. Large 5 yr. old male. $400. (979) 373-6049. SAVANNAH F6 Kittens. 3 striped males, 2 females. $100 $300. 361-972-5060.

FREE PETS LOW COST Spay/ Neuter avail. at SPCA - BC. Call 979-2852340 ext 100. CATS...979-997-0054 DOG....979-549-9441

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Apartments 200 Damon Drive • West Columbia


• New Owner/Totally Renovated • New Central Air/Heat • New Laundry Center • Lush Gardens/Sparkling Pool • Covered Parking • Remodeled Interiors with Quiet Country Living Call for information and specials

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ANGLETON, 712 Lorraine. 3-1, ch&a. Fenced yard. $895/ mo & $895 dep. 281-701-2046.

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UNFURNISHED APARTMENTS ANGLETON: TOWN Square Apartments. 2Br/ 1.5 ba. Townhome with 2 assigned covered parking spaces at back door. Call for Move In Specials! 979-848-2750 ARBOR PINES APARTMENTS $99 Move in Special on select units. Call or come by for details. Now open Saturdays 10-5p.m. 979-549-0959. WEST COLUMBIA. 1 & 2 BR available. 13th month free w/ one year lease. 979345-3370. $199.00 MOVE In Special! 1 BR start at $365, 2 BR start at $400. Azalea Court Apts. 902 N. Ave. J, Freeport. 979-233-8981. www.azaleacourt


AVAIL. 04/05/12. Very nice 4/2/2 in L.J. $1600/mo. Recent updates, beautiful details, slate floor, huge MBR closet. Large open plan, FP,.beautiful home, must see. Serious inquiries only. 979-285-6602. COLUMBIA LAKES 3/2/2 Two story. Must see; $1350/mo & dep. 832-495-2135. FREEPORT DUPLEX 3/1/1. $500per month plus deposit. Call 979-292-4894. L.J., 310 S. Yaupon. 3/2/2 brick, CA&H, fenced backyard, $975/mo. + 1 mo. dep. 979-323-0648, 979-239-8888. REMODELED 3BR, 2BA, 1400 sq ft, 1/2 acre in Sweeny. Ca&h a/c-heat, dishwasher, fridge, stove. 1 year lease w/ stable job & refs. req’d. $850/mo & $800 dep. (281) 914-6172. RICHWOOD: 116 W. Mahan, 3br, 1.5ba, fenced yd. No pets $950/ mo + dep. 979-373-7639.


FURNISHED APARTMENTS OYSTER CREEK 2/1. very clean. All bills pd. Free cable & wifi. $800/mo $400 dep. No Pets. 230-6536.

CONDOS & TOWNHOMES L.J. 1BR Condo w/ w/d, & microwave, for rent. Non smoking, no pets. $640/mo. + dep. 979-299-9029.

OYSTER CREEK. 1/1. Very nice. All bills paid. Free cable. $650/mo $400 dep. No Pets. Great for singles or couples. 979-230-6536.


UNFURNISHED HOUSES 3-2-2, lg. home, big kitchen, add-on room in back, plus upstairs apt, in W.C. $1500. Call Lynn with Prudential Premier Properties, 979-297-5077. ANG. 3/2.5/2 brick 2 story. #4 Dallas Ct 1. New carpet, paint, & ceramic tile. Recently remodeled. Fenced yard $950/mo. 979-215-1157.

ANGLETON 3200 to 10,000 sq. ft. warehouse spaces avail. 979-299-3121. ANGLETON, 21 E. Myrtle.. $1200/mo. Kitchen, 4 office spaces. Call Belinda Gaines, Reality Associates. 292-9750.

ANGLETON - 1 BR, 1 BA duplex. Covered parking. $525+ dep. 848-7040.

BUILDING FOR rent. Lake Jackson, 103 N. Parking Place. Front & rear entrance w/ attached lot on back. 3200 sq. ft. 979-848-6500.




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CLUTE. 1 suite avail. in Texas Plaza. Clyde Cone Co. for details 979-265-4701.

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AGENT ON DUTY Robin Goolsby (979) 798-1440


3273 sf, w/ formal LR plus office & additional game rm or another bdrm on .5 acres. 979-549-9700.

DOWNTOWN LAKE JACKSON OFFICE SPACE with great locations, from 600 to 12,000 sq. ft. Call 979-299-3121 or 979-297-5668.

OFFICE SPACE 979-297-4012 #221 First National Bank of Lake Jackson Bldg. 122 West Way Fourth Floor Utilities and Janitorial Included

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES AMERICAN COMPANY offers opportunity to make extra money. Sat. 03/31 @ 4:30 pm. Cherotel, 925 Hwy 332, LJ. See Mr. Casados. Spanish 2:30 & 6:30 pm.

ANGLETON 3/2/2 Move in ready w/ new paint, updated bath, huge covered patio, fenced yard 2/fruit trees. 979-549-9700.

ANGLETON BARNDOMINIUM / Shop. Steel building w/ living qtrs. + complete woodworking shop and large fenced lot, under $110K. Bob Peltier & Assoc. 7 days 24 hrs. (979) 265 or 849-1234. ANGLETON NORTHSIDE FORECLOSURE - 2 story brick. Extra yard fenced lot, FP, 3-2-2, master down. Low $70’s. Bob Peltier & Assoc. 7 days 24 hrs. (979) 265 or 849-1234.


BRAZOS CROSSING S/D 107 Bailey’s Ct.

3/2/1 - Lg. Backyd., clean, fresh paint, good neighborhood. Sweeny. $110,000. 979-236-8585.

3/2/2, 1555 sq. ft., $159,900, 71’x120’ lot All brick home w/ large covered patio & wood fence. Split plan, stained kit. cabinets, granite, ceiling fans, & 6’ walk-in shower.

3BR, 1 Bath Home $60,000 OBO. 112 Creekside Dr. Holiday Lake Angleton, TX 77515 979-848-3775 ACCESS PHOTOS of over 800 homes currently for sale in the area from the privacy of your home. www.angletontexas, lakejacksontexas Compliments of TDECU Real Estate, LLC

ACRES OF HAPPINESS IN ANGLETON! 3 story Hill-Country style, 5 or 6 bdrm, 3.5 bth home nested on 13 ac w/ stocked pond. 979-549-9700.

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3/2/2 w/ vaulted ceilings, gas FP, split plan, master w/separate shower/Jacuzzi & indoor utility. 979-549-9700.

FOR A list of Bank Owned Properties for sale in Brazoria County, go to: www. brazoriacountybank Compliments of TDECU Real Estate. LLC FOR SALE by owner. 117 Pin Oak, Lake Jackson. 3/1/1 or 4/1. $89,500. Owner finance possibility with $5000 down payment. 297-8501

GAMEROOM/ STUDY/ Lakeview: Columbia Lakes, 4BR on 4 Lots. $385,000. 979-248-0065


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4Bed, 1Bath. Churchill, TX. Call for info. 832-445-7276.



Audubon Woods Development 979-236-1985

310 Yaupon, Freeport

HOUSES FOR SALE COLUMBIA LAKES Townhome, 1812 Veranda. 2-2-2, on golf course. $92,500. Broker 713-817-7027.

2460 sq. ft. office building, great, high traffic corner location. Also 4800 sq. ft. warehouse w/ CH&A. 979-299-3121.

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205 WOODHAVEN – Columbia Lakes Resort; Recent Major Updates! 3 BR 2 ? BA 2 GAR; F/P; covered patio; 2 lots $149,000. 979-345-2416. HOLIDAY LAKES 3/2/2. CA&H 1 ac. on creek. $63,000. 849-5163.

LEASE WITH option to buy. Ang., 2613 N. Valderas. Lg 3-1.5-2. $130K, $5K down, $1500/mo. Call Clyde Cone Co. for details, (979) 265-4701.

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Southampton Apartments

Under New Ownership 1400 Henderson, Angleton, TX



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440 Highway 332, Lake Jackson


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S P C A - PETS OF THE WEEK Hi my name is Vicki. I’m a grey and white female Siamese mix who is already spayed! I’m a cat on a mission - to find a new family! Meet Benny. He’s an adult male Dachshund mix. He’s intelligent, independent, confident & clever. He’s looking for a family. Could you be that family? Come by the Shelter or we are at Brazos Mall, Petco, and Petsmart every Saturday to visit with Vicki, Benny and their many friends!

"Kennel Sponsorships" are now available for large or small kennels! Why not have your company or family recognized with a plaque to show you care! Call 979-285-2340 ext. 100 or visit for details! The SPCA of Brazoria County works out of its Lake Jackson location at 141 Canna Lane. The Southern Brazoria County Animal Shelter, a partnership with Clute, Lake Jackson and Freeport, operates from noon to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays and Mondays. Call 979-285-2340 for information or to donate by becoming a Shelter Angel. Or send donations to P.O. Box 3291, Lake Jackson, TX 77566.

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L.J. BY OWNER. Cute updated 3/1/1. Best deal on the mkt! $78,900. - 243424.

L.J., 59 S. Trillium Ct. 3/2.5/3, Beautiful 2-story by Family Ffitness. $215,000. 979-266-9168. LAKEFRONT JUST LISTED - 6 acres, 3-2, w/ towering trees & nature galore. $90’s. ALSO 3000 SF on 1.5 lakefront acre, new construction need finishing, $80’s. Bob Peltier & Assoc. 7 days 24 hrs. (979) 265 or 849-1234.

PUBLISHER’S NOTICE “All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination.� Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1800-669-9777. The toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800 -927- 9275.

150 PLEASANT VALLEY – Columbia Lakes Resort; 4 BR 2 1/2 BA 2 GAR on 2 lots on the golf course (corner); Aprx. 2700 SF; $185,000. 979-345-2416. OWNER FINANCE Fpt: 3BR, slab-$40’s Fpt: 2BR, ca&h-40’s Fpt:3BR, lg den $60’s LJ: 4BR, fenced-$60’s JC:3BR, Mobile-$30’s ABC Realty 297-9900 POOL DELUXE! Sparkllng rock pool w/ falls. Appx. 3000 sf w/ guest area over garage. Screened game room, loft, 2 lots w/ towering trees. $100’s. Bob Peltier & Assoc. 7 days 24 hrs. (979) 265 or 849-1234. RESIDENTIAL OR COMMERCIAL! 1600 sf home just under one acre w/pond, patio, double detached garage, over sized concrete drive w/ commercial parking capability . 979-549-9700.

WATERFRONT! CUSTOM Colonial, 3-4/3.5/2+ huge barn/ shop. Custom features, hardwoods, granite tops, high ceilings, nice landscaping, huge Oaks on 2+Ac. $399K by owner 979-299-8033

604 ROENE – West Columbia; 3 BR 2 BA 2 GAR; aprx. 2000 SF; F/P; fenced on 0.33 acres in town; $174,500. 979-345-2416.





DEMI JOHN 12 acres w/ garage & aerobic system. $67,000. 979-3739573, if no answer call 409-787-4996.

1734 CR 287 (Duncan Drive) $25,000 1711 CR 287 (Duncan Drive) $25,000

206 Hickory $7,500

1.8-3 AC. restricted. concrete st, underground util. Danbury ISD. (281)782-0742.

11.1 ACRES with frontage on 2004 & 288B, oustanding commercial potential. Call Charles at (979) 297-5555 American Realty

1 ACRE lot for sale. Bar X Ranch, Angleton, TX $7000. 713-937-3909.


2 ACRE, wooded lots in Oakwood Shores on Bayou Bend, across from Bastrop Bayou lot. $40,000. 979-665-8869. 281-914-2167


1st Team 979-297-5747 CR 25, W. C. $495,000 3300 7th St., Bay City $445,000 1515 N. Ave. J. Frpt. $95,000 119 Plantation, L.J. $79,500 21132 CR 298 Caney Dr., Sargent $79,000 1717 Ave. L, Bay City $66,000.

100-220 acres only 30 miles west of Angleton, TX. 40 acres of beautiful pasture with mature Live Oaks & 180 acres of mature woods. Perfect place to build home. Large barn & water well. Great deer & hog hunting. Joins 1400 acre wildlife refuge. Great FM & CR frontage. $2800/ac. 972-999-1321 OWNER FINANCE: 1) 1.37 acres, Braz., mobile ok. 2) 30 acres FM 2611, Churchill area, all or part. 3) 44.94 acres, Hwy 36, near Frpt golf course, all or part. Call Clyde Cone Co. (979) 265-4701.

1 Team 979-297-5747 BAY CITY FM 2668 Nichols Rd. $500,000 12th St. $55,000

BRAZORIA 3198-1 FM 521 $392,000 3198-2 FM 521 $350,000 3198-3 FM 521 $405,000 CR 510 $81,000 5406 CR 469 $99,000 CR 659 $55,000

FREEPORT 711 W. Brazos Blvd $45,000

JONES CREEK Hwy 36 & FM 2004 $445,500 CR 400 $130,000






1st Team 979-297-5747 CREEKSIDE APTS. 11 units. Like new! $475K. Call for info. (979) 230-6536.

Cedar Lane $35,000

1st Team 979-297-5747

SARGENT 1369 CR 299 $15,500 8100 FM 457 $33,000 1018 Lazy Lane $62,000 1851 Hall Road $55,000 1552 Canal Drive $55,000 1012 CR 291 $25,000 50 CR 291 $85,000 39 CR 291 $20,000 36 CR 291 $20,000


ABC REALTY WE BUY HOUSES Instant Debt Relief Fast Cash 297-9900 ANY CONDITION! We buy houses! Fast cash! Call Clyde Cone Co. Inc., 979265-4701.


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Silverleaf $11,500 Silverleaf $10,500

NEW 2 bedrooms 1 bath reduced to sale. Call Bryan 281-8147409. RBI 33813.





Office 979-297-1226 An Independently Owned & Operated Member of Coldwell Banker Residential Affiliates, Inc.

OPEN HOUSES 1-3PM real estate auction 1038 Bluewater Hwy. • Surfside 3,2, beautifully maintained beach home, steel shutters, Anderson storm door, large open living room, dining room & kitchen, downstairs shower, AC replaced in February 2012. Refrigerator, washer and dryer stay. $275,000

Hosted by Bitsy Ahlrich

Cell: 979-571-8156

3312 CR 257 • Surfside Custom 3 BR, 2 bath & loft beachfront home, sits on +/- 15 acres of prime beach property. Propane fireplace, stainless appliances, roll down hurricane shutters. $820,000

Hosted by Kimmy Wessels

Cell: 979-417-6955

Sable Hail 979-215-9539

322 Pine • Lake Jackson

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3,2,2, well maintained, well designed landscaping, inground lighting, double car attached garage, new countertop for bath, new flooring, refinished wood floors. $114,900

Everything We Touch Turns To... SOLD

Lake Jackson 979-297-7799 Brazoria 979-798-1188

3BR Waterfront Home FREEPORT, TX t4BOE4IPBMT3E3BR 2BA 1,980+/- sf modern waterfront home with huge deck. The lot is bulkheaded and on a tidal canal connecting to the intracoastal waterway. The house has a large modern kitchen with plenty of cabinet and counter space, large family room with high ceiling and a master suite. Nominal Opening Bid: $25,000 0QFO1VCMJD*OTQFDUJPO 1-4pm Sun Mar 25 and 2 hours before auction. "VDUJPOT 9am, Fri Mar 30 on site or live from anywhere at 800.801.8003 800.801.8003

ANGLETON / BRAZORIA / CLUTE / LAKE JACKSON RICHWOOD / RESORT / SURFSIDE / WEST COLUMBIA 6. RESORT HOME: Beautiful custom built 4BR, 3 bath home with a wrap around deck. Easy to wake up to a gorgeous view of the Gulf. Located near the pedestrian beach of Surfside. This home is modeled after the seaside cottages of Cape Cod. Quality finishes and a great design. Make an appointment today. 7. HIDE-A-WAY!: Resort 3BR, 2 bath home with 2 car garage. Beautiful canal front. Great for a large family. $260’s. 8. GET READY FOR SUMMER: Surfside - 2BR, 2 baths with a wood burning stove. Great views of the beach & the jetties just a walk away. Take a look! 9. RESORT LIVING: Canal Frontage with Gulf access with all the Amenities. Several new constructions. 3BR, 2 bath homes at Hide-a-Way on the Gulf. Call for details. 10. GALVESTON CONDO: Spectacular Gulf views from this 3BR, 3 bath resort condo. Just a walk away from the beach. Very nice, take a look. $223,500.

Ruth Ann Few 979.292.6179


HUD HOMES IN LAKE JACKSON, CLUTE, FREEPORT AND ANGLETON. GOV’T MUST SELL NOW. WE ARE APPROVED BROKER. CALL FOR INFORMATION. LOTS / ACREAGE / COMMERCIAL 11. ANGLETON: Great business location on SH 35 w/high visibility & traffic. 1509 SF includes 2 service bays & extra storage. Take a look & make an offer. $145K. 12. BRAZOSPORT BLVD.: Commercial building with two spaces on a busy corner lot with high visibiity and traffic. Parking in the front and back. Great investment opportunity, call for details. $185K. 13. RICHWOOD’S OAKWOOD SHORES: Build your dream home on 2 acres with many amenities. Neighborhood park, pavilion, boat ramp and more. $30’s. 14. CHENANGO RANCH: 2-5 acres in new subdivision north of Angleton. Prices slashed 75%. Call for the deal of the year!!! 15. FORMER US POST OFFICE: Building with 9592 SF interior space. Covered loading dock with plenty of parking. Call for an appointment. $350,000. 16. REDUCED OFFICE/WAREHOUSE/HOME!: 2400 SF of Office/Warehouse sits on 4 acres w/8,756 SF concrete pavement. Includes a 3BR, 2 bath, 2 car garage brick home w/1586 SF living area. ONLY $170K for the whole package. 17. RESIDENTIAL LOT!: Freeport Northside. Ready to build your family a home? Check out this lot on Ave Q. Only $13K. 18. NEAR DOWNTOWN FREEPORT: Commercial lots near downtown marina. Drive by to see if this is the location for you and your business. $15K.

AGENTS EVA LOPEZ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .202-9317 RANDY ABERCROMBIE . . . . . . . . . . . .415-4357 DEBBIE ISACKS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .239-7251 MARISOL DIAZ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .709-6163 SANDRA LEAVEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .235-0827 GREG FLANIKEN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .299-5019 LUCY MORENO-WARE . . . . . . . . . . . . .299-5537 VICTOR JUAREZ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .202-3563 HORACE LEMONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .709-6960

1101 Brazosport Blvd., Freeport, Texas 77541

BUYER’S PREMIUM MAY APPLY. TX Brandon Michael Rodriguez. (214) 930-1581 Lic. #510797;

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Serving Brazoria County’s Real Estate Needs Since 1975

RESIDENTIAL FREEPORT / JONES CREEK / OYSTER CREEK 1. HISTORIC HOME: In Freeport, near downtown. 9BR, 2 bath, 2 story home on a corner lot. Recent interior paint. Take a look! $120’s. 2. OYSTER CREEK: 4BR, 2 bath mobile home with 2 storage buildings on over 3 acres per owner. Call for an appointment. $80’s. 3. REDUCED: Freeport 3BR, 2 bath, 2 car garage home with a 2-story workshop. Close to schools. Take a look at this home, it is great for a large family. $90’s. 4. FREEPORT: Acacia Circle-4BR, 2 bath brick home in need of some TLC. Will make a very nice home for your family. $60’s. 5. NEAR DOWNTOWN FREEPORT: Commercial or Residential property. 2BR, 1 bath home with 2 car detached garage. Take a look and make an offer. $43,950.


Tammie Bell 979.292.6163


Residential âœś Commercial âœś Sales & Leasing âœś Property Management

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Susan Perry




979-297-5555 AGENT ON DUTY

3-3.5-2 custom home on 1.8 acres. 30x50 shop, wrap around porch, split floor plan, walking distance to San Bernard river. $285,000.


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2803 CR 519



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River Oaks $9,500 330 Wellshire $7,500


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110 Northwood Drive, Lake Jackson

The Facts Classified Making It Easy For You! 720 S. Main Street, Clute 979-265-7401 or




4 lots on man-made canal with metal 36’x60’ 4/3/3 Ballard home features 8’ doors, bldg w/partitioned area of central heat/air and tray ceilings, security & sprinkler systems, half bath. Water & sewer already on-site. granite & custom cabinetry in kitchen & Private boat ramp & bulkheaded. lg covered patio.


DOLLAR CITY. New dollar store in Angleton for sale or lease. Approx. 1900 sq. ft. Up to $6000 month income potential. 713-377-0050.

We Have A Wheels Deal Special!

1846 Hall Road, Sargent


10 ACRES OWNER FINANCED on FM 521 near ST 35, Bailey’s Prairie. Barn w/ apartment, rock road, electric, water well, septic, tall trees. Bob Peltier & Assoc. 7 days 24 hrs. (979) 265 or 849-1234.


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4 bdrm, 3 bath home features 17x26 living area with full window view of backyard and Bastrop Bayou, kitchen w/stainless appliances and circular front drive.

1934 CR. 287 (Duncan Drive) $25,000 1918 CR 287 (Duncan Drive) $25,000 1902 CR 287 (Duncan Drive) $25,000 1810 CR 287 (Duncan Drive) $25,000 1802 CR 287 (Duncan Drive) $25,000 1715 CR 287 (Duncan Drive) $25,000


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FORECLOSURE. FULLY remodeled 4 bedroom 2 baths. Call Bryan 281-814-7409. RBI 33813.

REFURBISHED REPO’S for sale! Rebuilt to your specs. Singles & Double wides. Inhouse financing. Mobile Home City 1(800) 346-6144. RBI34120.

NEW BANK financing with credit scores as low as 575. Call Larry 979-743-0551. RBI 33813.

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STAYINGIN BED On this date in 1969, John Lennon and new wife Yoko Ono launched the first of their two famous weeklong Bed-Ins for Peace at the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. They were married on March 20.



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A place for everything; everything in its place o you know what I miss? Other than coffee served in real cups with saucers, newspaper pages that when opened up spread out to a wingspan of a full yard, talk shows with hosts like Johnnie Carson and Merv Griffin, lunch counters in drug stores and S&H Green Stamp redemption centers? In addition to those things and a good many others, I miss card catalogs. You know, those big, bulky chest-of-drawer type contraptions in libraries with dozens of narrow, long drawers full of index cards. I wish I’d paid better attention when libraries jettisoned all their card catalogs and moved in computers to replace




them. Because I’d have tried to end up with one of those unique pieces of furniture. And what, you might ask, would I do with one if I had it? Here’s your answer: I’d organize. I used to be a great organizer. When I was a boy in the East Texas Piney Woods, I fancied myself a fisherman, and my tackle box was a wonder of perfect organization. Down to a perfectly oiled filet knife, which I never used except to

constantly untangle my Zebco reel. Alas, I was considerably better at arranging lures, hooks and bobbers than I was at catching fish. Over the years I’ve let that “everything in its place” philosophy backslide, and an old card catalog should set me right. I’d store knickknacks in its drawers, things that now reside haphazardly in my desk, my dresser, and especially in one kitchen drawer — everybody has one, I think — where stuff goes to die. Like old measuring tapes, open packs of chewing gum, odd screws and nails, and bits of picture wire. I’d carefully print labels for the little metal window slots



When I was a boy in the East Texas Piney Woods, I fancied myself a fisherman, and my tackle box was a wonder of perfect organization.

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Oatmeal gets special treatment in healthy recipe Hi Gin, If you like cooked cereal for breakfast, this is a good one.

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Many reporters expected the event to be much more lewd, as it followed on the heels of the couple posing completely nude for an album cover.

SLOW-COOKED FRUITED OATMEAL WITH NUTS 3 cups water 2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal 2 cups chopped apples 1 cup dried cranberries (I used cherries) 1 cup fat-free milk 2 teaspoons butter, melted 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 6 tablespoon chopped almonds, toasted (toast in 250 degree oven for 20 minutes, turning once) 6 tablespoons chopped pecans, toasted (same as almonds).

Veronique Olvera, manager at Peak Nutrition in Lake Jackson, talks about some of the many herbs and spices that are sold at the store as supplements.

Instead, they were dressed in white, sitting upright with signs saying “Bed Peace” and “Hair Peace” above their heads. The turbulent period was chronicled

in the Beatles’ song “The Ballad of John and Yoko,” which features the lines “You can get married in Gibraltar near Spain,” “Talking in our beds for a week” and

Spray crockpot with Pam. Combine first 8 ingredients in crockpot. Cover and cook on low for 5 hours or until liquid is absorbed. Stir occasionally. Spoon oatmeal into bowls and sprinkle with toasted nuts. I also sprinkle blueberries on top. I like fatfree half & half on top. I store in a covered casserole dish in fridge and reheat in a cereal bowl a portion for one, in microwave 21⁄2 minutes at 50 percent power.

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The second Bed-In was supposed to be in New York, but Lennon wasn’t allowed in the U.S. because of a 1968 marijuana conviction. He and Ono picked the Bahamas, but because of the heat flew to Montreal instead. Numerous celebrities visited Lennon and Oko during the Montreal Bed-In, which started May 26. On June 1,

1969, they recorded the song “Give Peace a Chance,” which featured Tommy Smothers, Timothy Leary (center, below), Dick Gregory, Murray the K, Petula Clark and others singing.

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These five spices have the most medical research to support their health benefits and can easily be found in most grocery stores: ■ Turmeric — Antioxidant, antiinflammatory ■ Garlic — Cardiovascular, antifungal, lowering blood pressure ■ Cinnamon — Lowering blood sugar, weight ■ Ginger — Digestion, antiinflammatory, nausea, arthritis ■ Cayenne — Increases metabolism, digestion, immune system stimulant


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Acai is one of many supplements that can be found at local health food stores. In addition to vitamins and minerals, many people are using spices and herbs such as cinnamon and garlic to improve their health.

hen looking to supplement and improve health and body function, spices can be a beneficial, natural alternative to traditional medicines. Several spices have been the subject of medical testing and research for use in cancer, diabetes and arthritis, among other areas. “Honestly, I would say the big five and


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offering 10 new courses this semester. Odds are, none of the classes will be more interesting than the “Day in the Life of” class. This course will introduce a different guest speaker every week who will discuss what a typical day is like in

Volunteers take a bow at annual banquet in Lake Jackson SEE PAGE 2C

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Sea Center Texas thanks volunteers at annual banquet Special to The Facts

LAKE JACKSON — The annual Sea Center Texas Volunteer Recognition Banquet was SEEN AND recently presented at the Lake Jackson Civic Center and sponsored by BASF Corp. Gold Awards for extraordinary service were presented to Johnnie Bedrich, Mary Helen Israel, Gail Stoops and Sam Salvo. To qualify for the Gold Awards, individuals contributed more than 300 hours during 2011, and have more than five years of service at Sea Center. Silver Award recipients Jerry Eppner, James Glover, Dick Huntington, Kerry Magee, Roy Morgan, Tom Morris, Dax Watkins and Val Willingham were recognized for more than 200 hours worked in 2011, and more than five years of service. Three volunteers, Bobby Holt, Roy Morgan and James Glover, received a 10-year service pin and Dave Brandes, Bill Brown, Roger Eck, Gerry Gimber, Mick McKinney, Andre Nguyen, Thomas Quarles, Gail Stoops and Roger Wright were recognized for five years of service. Congratulated for more than 1,000 hours of service were Mary Helen Israel (7,250 and 7,000), Sam Salvo (5,500), Johnnie Bedrich (5,000), Jo Ann Forse (3,750), Chuck Schrieber (3,000), Roy Morgan (3,000), James Glover (3,000), Kerry Magee (2,500), Connie Courtney (2,250), A.G. Snelgrove (2,000), Tom Horner (2,000), Vic Johnston (1,750), Jerry Eppner (1,750), Dave Brandes (1,250), Bill Brown (1,250) and John Boettiger, Bob Race, Pat Bedrich, Alice Genereau, Lois Glover and Roger Wright for 1,000 each. Service awards for 500 hours were presented to Wayne Pedigo, Andy Smith, Krissy Plunkett, Gail Stoops, Steve Stoops and Ryan Cato. Owen Wilson and Jen Kimball earned a 400hour service award and Candace Novak was recognized for 300 hours of service. Shelby Smith and Candace Novak were congratulated for their contributions of more than 200 hours. A.J. Rinn, Michelle Overman, Josie Overman, Daniel Wood, Anthony Blount, Lisa Neasbitt, Daniel Felsted, Janet Jackson-Ellis and Louis Golish were awarded for 100 hours of service. Thirty-hour service awards went to Chris Hartman, Rosie Poitevint, Scott Poitevint, Richard Romero, Maria Romero, Rani Hulen, Zack Hulen, Diana Osorio, Jared Pavlicek and Leo O’Gorman.


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Recognized for participating in Sea Center Texas special programs and for 30 hours of service were, front row from left, 30-hour award-winners Rosie Poitevint, Maria Romero, Rani Hulen and Zack Hulen; back from left, 30-hour honorees Chris Hartman and Scott Poitevint, along with Ross Melinchuk, Andy Smith (School Award), Krissy Plunkett (School Award), Robby Byers, Gil Aguilar (Hatchery Education Award), David Winder and Jared Pavlicek (30 hours). Not pictured: Richard Romero, Diana Osorio and Leo O’Gorman (30 hours) Nicole Carrillo, Mary Vaselka, Celina Gauthier, John Lochmann, Sheila Williams and Leo O’Gorman (Hatchery Education Awards).

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Pictured being presented with awards for more than 500 hours of service are Sea Center Texas volunteers, front row from left, Vic Johnston (1,750 hours), Gail Stoops (500 hours), Bob Race (1,000 hours), Pat Bedrich (1,000 hours), Lois Glover (1,000 hours), Dave Brandes (1,250 hours) and Jerry Eppner (1,750 hours); back from left, Steve Stoops (500 hours), Ross Melinchuk, Robby Byers, Andy Smith (500 hours), Krissy Plunkett (500 hours), John Boettiger (1,000 hours), David Winder and Bill Brown (1,250 hours). Not pictured: Wayne Pedigo and Ryan Cato (500 hours), Alice Genereau and Roger Wright (1,000 hours).

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Sea Center Texas partner representatives present awards to volunteers for five and 10 years of service. Pictured, front row from left, are James Glover (10 years), Tom Quarles (five years) and Gail Stoops (five year); back from left, Mick McKinney (five years), Ross Melinchuk (TPWD), Robby Byers (CCA), David Winder (Dow), Bill Brown (five years), Gerry Gimber (five years), Dave Brandes (five years), Bobby Holt (10 years) and Roy Morgan (10 years). Not pictured: Roger Eck, Andre Nguyen and Roger Wright (five years).

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Pictured are volunteers receiving recognition for 100 to 400 hours of service at Sea Center Texas. Front row, from left, Louis Golish (100 hours), A.J. Rinn (100 hours), Owen Wilson (400 hours), Candace Novak (200 and 300 hours) and Jen Kimball (400 hours); back from left, Ross Melinchuk, Robby Byers, Daniel Felsted (100 hours), Janet Jackson-Ellis (100 hours), Josie Overman (100 hours), Michelle Overman (100 hours) and David Winder. Not pictured: Daniel Wood (100 hours), Anthony Blount (100 hours), Lisa Neasbitt (100 hours) and Shelby Smith (200 hours).

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Gold and Silver awards for extraordinary service are presented to Sea Center Texas volunteers by Sea Center Texas partner representatives. Pictured, front row from left, Johnnie Bedrich (Gold Award), James Glover (Silver Award), Mary Helen Israel (Gold Award), Val Willingham (Silver Award) and Gail Stoops (Gold Award); back from left, Dax Watkins (Silver Award), Tom Morris (Silver Award), Ross Melinchuk, Robby Byers, David Winder, Jerry Eppner (Silver Award), Kerry Magee (Silver Award) and Roy Morgan (Silver Award). Not pictured: Sam Salvo (Gold Award).

During the banquet, individuals were recognized for participation in special programs, as well as hours of service. Recognized for participating in the site’s hatchery guide education program were Nicole Carrillo,

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Mary Hill Vaselka, Celina Gauthier, Gil Aguilar, John Lochmann, Sheila Williams and Leo O’Gorman. Krissy Plunkett and Andy Smith received school program awards. Sea Center Texas volunteers are an integral

Sea Center Texas volunteers recognized by Sea Center Texas partner representatives for more than 2,000 hours of service are, front row from left, Chuck Schrieber (3,000 hours), Mary Helen Israel (7,000 and 7,250 hours), Connie Courtney (2,250 hours), Jo Ann Forse (3,750 hours) and Johnnie Bedrich (5,000 hours); back from left, James Glover (2,000 hours), Ross Melinchuk, Robby Byers, Kerry Magee (2,500 hours), A.G. Snelgrove (2,000 hours), David Winder and Roy Morgan (2,000 hours). Not pictured: Tom Horner (2,000 hours) and Sam Salvo (5,500 hours).

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on the front of each drawer. “Rubber Bands” would go into one, though it’s unlikely we’d ever accumulate enough rubber bands to fill up a 3 inch by 5 inch space nearly 2 feet deep. Another card would proclaim “Safety Pins.” We have hundreds, many hundreds, of safety pins in one corner of a drawer in our bathroom, and every time we come home from the dry cleaners we add several more. Though I can’t, at the moment, remember when I’ve taken one out and used it. Other labels would read “Bank Statements,” “Receipts,” “Insurance Stuff” and any number of other categories representing things I never seem to be able to locate when I need them. A couple of the drawers would surely be the repository of pennies that now fill up a couple of shoe boxes. Then, after all that sorting and placing, anything left over but not deserving of its own cubicle would be relegated to several “Miscellaneous” drawers. At the high school where I’ve taught for a long time we used to have a handsome quartet of card catalogs in the library. They were about four and a half feet tall and were butted up against each other so as to point their drawers in four different directions. Their purpose was, of course, to provide a reference guide for every book in the library. But, since they were just the right height for leaning, they provided an additional service. For years, the good ladies who ran that

library — Peggy Borchers, Pat Shaw and Janie Weatherly — and I leaned over those catalogs and talked about all manner of things every morning when we had our coffee. It was our gossip fence. Since I’d been sequestered in my classroom for a couple of hours before that, they sometimes caught me up on what had happened in the outside world that morning. I learned that the “Titanic” had been found while standing there, that President Reagan had ordered the invasion of Granada (whereupon we pulled down a big atlas and found Granada) and that the space shuttle “Challenger” had exploded shortly after takeoff. So, I have a real fondness for card catalogs, and I wish I had one. One reason might be that I, as I already admitted, am oftentimes not as organized as I once was. And a piece of furniture with multiple cubbyholes seems a perfect place to herd some of my stuff into their proper places. That, and the fact that it will look darned nice in my home library with an ivy plant on top of it alongside some books I intend to get to. And yes, for those of you who keep inquiring, Dickens’ “Dombey and Son” — all 800-plus pages in nearly infinitesimal print — will be there. If that book weren’t so darned huge, it should go in its own drawer behind a label that reads “Someday.” Award-winning author Ron Rozelle has written eight books. He teaches creative writing at Brazoswood High School. He can be reached at © 2012 Ron Rozelle


with Cheryl and Ron back to Alaska, we shopped in fine stores everywhere in just about every town we went through while still in the good Washington, to get ready for the frozen north. And I love oatmeal! When I first read through the recipe, I thought how healthy and delicious this sounded but, since I am the only in the family who eats oatmeal I would have to figure out how to make just a little … then I read about storing the bulk of it in the fridge. I’m good to go. Thanks, Marilyn! ■ ■ ■ Dear Gin, By now you probably have more than enough peach cobblers, etc., to last some time. However, I have one I put in our church cookbook some time ago. The other (can’t remember where I got it, but my husband has had diverticulitis, so the seeds had to come out), is just as good as the old-fashioned cobbler with seeds. Good being in touch again. Love,

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brown sugar over peaches. Sprinkle on cinnamon. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, granulated sugar, baking powder and salt; add milk and beat well, until smooth. Batter will be very thin. Pour batter over peaches and brown sugar. Drizzle melted butter or margarine over batter. Bake in preheated 350-degree oven about 35 minutes.

water and stir until smooth. Add boiling juice. Cook until thick. Remove from heat and set aside.

Dough: Place butter in 12- by 8- by 2-inch glass baking dish and place in oven until melted. Mix flour, sugar and baking powder and milk together; pour over hot butter. Drop filling by spoonfuls over dough. Do not stir. Bake 30 CHARLOTTE’S SEEDLESS BLACKBERRY minutes until golden brown. Serve with ice COBBLER cream or whipping Sweet dough: cream. Makes 8 servings. 1 cup flour 1 cup sugar 1 cup evaporated or Ms. Julia, regular milk You can never have too 1 many cobbler recipes! ⁄2 cup butter They are usually easier to 2 teaspoons baking whip up than pies, and to powder. me they are just as tasty. And thank you so much Filling: 11⁄2 cup blackberry juice for the seedless version of 1 the blackberry cobbler ⁄2 teaspoon vanilla recipe. There are lots of extract folks out there who have 1 cup sugar 4 tablespoons cornstarch. diverticulitis and love having this recipe! It is VERY good having Heat oven to 350 degrees. In saucepan, heat you in touch again. I hope all has been well in juice, vanilla and sugar your life! Good hearing until very hot. Mix the from you, my friend. cornstarch with 1⁄4 cup

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Suicidal twin kills sister by mistake. (Whiner, I would have thought they were brothers!) Honk if you love peace and quiet. (I’m gonna say the ones who do this have to be blond …. men! Huh, Whiner?) If a man is standing in the middle of a forest speaking, and there is no one around to hear him, is he still wrong? (Well duh, Whiner, of course he is!) Never test the water with both feet. (I’m speechless!) And lastly: If a thing is worth doing, wouldn’t it have been done already? (Only if those things are done by a woman. Gotcha, Mack!) If you have recipes or tips to share, or a request, send to Conversations with Gin, P.O. Box 334, Clute, TX. 77531, or email to

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Cook 70th Anniversary Katherine Allison Fraley and Eric Mathew Eastham were married on May 8, 2011, at Chapel Dulcinea in Austin, Texas. Katherine is the daughter of Thomas and Jane Fraley, who currently reside in Bean Station, Tennessee. Eric Eastham is the son of Sandy and Sharon Eastham and Effie Dawkins. The newlyweds met and live in Austin, Texas. The bride is a graduate of Texas State University, and works as an Account Executive for Presence Marketing. The groom works as a certified Welder and is also employed by the Welding Department at Austin Community College.

BIRTHS Sarah Leigh Ann Haschke Stephen Haschke and Heather Elrod Haschke of Keller, Texas, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Sarah Leigh Ann Haschke. Sarah was born February 24, 2012, in Grapevine, Texas. She weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. Proud grandparents are Mike and Lora Lea Haschke of Lake Jackson and Kathaleen and Dale Elrod of Hondo, Texas. Great-grandmother is Dorothy Haschke of Lake Jackson. Also welcoming Sarah to the family is big brother Noah Michael Haschke.

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Kristen Jane Fraley Canova, daughter of Thomas and Jane Fraley, currently residing in Bean Station, Tennessee, and Alan Smith, son of Eugene and Verda Smith, were married on April 23, 2011, at Woodhaven Bible Church in Woodhaven, Michigan. The couple resides in Cincinnati, Ohio. The bride is a graduate of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and presently plays with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. The groom is presently working as a consultant for Ford Motor Company in Michigan, and is completing studies associated with his expertise. Submit information by email to; by fax to 979-265-9052; by mail to P.O. Box 549, Clute, TX 77531; or drop it off at The Facts, 720 S. Main St., Clute. For information, call 979-2657411, Ext. 148.

Angleton Class of 1962: 50-year reunion Friday, April 13 at Stahlman Park in Surfside. Other classes are welcome, but must register. Registration and visitation 5 to 7 p.m., dinner 7 to 8 p.m., entertainment 8:30 p.m. by Wade Hawthorne (Linda and Jimmy Hawthorne’s son). For information or to register, call or email Yvonne (Warren) Myrick at 361-643-4017 or RSVP by Saturday, as we need a head count for the caterer.

REUNIONS for Friday and Saturday, April 20-21. Invitations have been mailed with details of the events. Due to class members having address changes, some invitations have been returned. Send your updated address to Call Larry at 979-233-5734 or 979373-7227, Judy at 979-2334117 or Eugene at 979-7984325 or 979-236-5019. The deadline to RSVP invitations is April 1.

Angleton Class of 1967: 45-year reunion April 27-28. All classes are invited to come socialize with old friends. Email Murphy Rankin at or call 979-848-7539.

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Brazosport High School Class of 1962: 50-year reunion set

J.B. and Laura Cook of Lake Jackson, Texas, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on March 11, 2012. Mrs. Cook, formerly Laura Woodward, is a lifelong Brazoria County resident. Mr. Cook, a Dow retiree, has lived in the area since 1939. A luncheon was held in their honor at Gaido’s in Galveston by family members, including their daughter and son-in-law, Lyn and Graham Hendrix; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Teri and Bob Williams; greatgranddaughter, Tuesday Williams; and great-grandson, Tyler Williams.

20-year reunion July 14 at Stahlman Park in Surfside. For information or to register, call or email Cindy (Rankin) Broaddus at 979-824-2383 or

Angleton Class of 2002: 10-year reunion Aug. 4, at

Cherotel Hotel, 925 Highway 332, Lake Jackson. Tickets are $45 per person and must be purchased by June 30. Visit angletonclassof2002reunion/ home to purchase tickets or for information about the reunion. Alvin Class of 1977: The reunion committee is looking for fellow Yellow Jackets who have disappeared from our contact list. Planning for the 35-year reunion is under way now. If you think you or someone you know might be on the list of missing grads, contact Doug Dodson at Bluestratt@ or 512-591-6077.

Alvin High School Alumni Association: All graduates and faculty of Alvin High School are invited to join the Alvin Alumni Association. Call Melinda Purcell at the Alvin AISD Education Foundation at 281-331-ALUM (2586) or visit

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Military Brazoria Veterans War Memorial: Brazoria Lions Club, Brazoria Heritage Foundation and city of Brazoria are planning a Veterans War Memorial for the grounds of the Brazoria Civic Center (old elementary school). It will begin with those killed in action at Fort Velasco on June 26, 1832, and cover the KIAs from Brazoria at the Alamo, Goliad, San Jacinto, Mier Expedition, Spanish American War, Civil War, as well as WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan. The names of veterans killed in action in the Brazoria area (798 exchange) are being researched. If you have a family member who should be included, contact Bob Schwebel at 979-236-0241, fax information to 979-345-4630 or email

New season of ‘Mad Men’ likely to spawn more fashion trends By SAMANTHA CRITCHELL AP Fashion Writer

NEW YORK — From the moment “Mad Men” debuted, the stylized AMC drama about the men and women who work in Madison Avenue advertising in the 1960s has been a tastemaker favorite. A steady parade of Betty, Peggy and Joan look-alikes have appeared on the catwalks as designers interpreted their favorite looks from the early ’60s. But time has marched on in season five, mimicking the fast evolution of fashion during that decade. Viewers can likely expect skirts to be a little shorter and eyelashes to be thicker when the new season premieres tonight. Psychedelic colors and patterns could be coming into fashion, too. The nipped-waist, fullskirt, almost petticoated silhouette that introduced the female characters in season one, set in 1960, would look out of

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touch with what was happening in the world just a few years later. After Jackie Kennedy started stepping out in more body-conscious sheath dresses and looser shifts, everyone did. And the collective eye was adjusting to the minis introduced in London by designer Mary Quant that

were making their way across the Atlantic when the show left off last season in 1965. For men, change likely won’t be as obvious, but by the mid-’60s not every shirt had to be white and not all haircuts were buzzed above the ears. Thank the Beatles and their mop-top haircuts for that. “The world was changing incredibly fast then,” says Scott F. Stoddart, dean of liberal arts at Manhattan’s Fashion Institute of Technology. “It starts in the ’60s, and the ’70s were just as packed — it was a trajectory. Things slowed down a little in the ’80s, which were actually more conservative, more like the ’50s when the whole decade looked the same.” Culturally, beatniks were becoming mods, rock ’n’ roll was taking hold, and the move from stockings to pantyhose — and eventual bra-burning — all influenced mid-’60s fashion. It will all probably mean a lot to upward-

ly mobile Peggy Olson, who started off wearing matronly clothes when she was Don Draper’s secretary but is a feminist at heart, says Stoddart, who wrote “Analyzing Mad Men: Critical Essays on the Television Series.” He’s most interested in the fashion evolution of Draper’s daughter, Sally, who will be in middle school in suburbia, which eventually becomes a hub of change with girls wearing dungarees. Sally, he says, is “a rebel in the making.” That was the norm for adolescents and teens, who adopted Lyndon Johnson’s daughters as their style role models in a way that Jackie Kennedy had been for their mothers. “They were hipper,” Stoddart explains. “They were parting their hair in the middle.” Don Draper probably won’t like that one bit on Sally, Stoddart observes, because for all his smoking, drinking and womanizing, he’s more conser-

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nitely someone to watch, Bryant says, because she understands that her wardrobe is an expression of herself. The others also express themselves through their clothes, but don’t always realize it, she says. “Betty Draper Francis — her roots are growing up in the 1950s, so she’s always a little bit updated ’50s, and that says a lot. ... She cares about appearances more than she does fashion. She likes the appearance of perfection.” And for Joan, who always liked the tighter cut anyway, could start showing an appreciation for the richer, more luxurious fabrics that were becoming popular. The polish that comes with the “Mad Men” look resonates with consumers right now, says Banana Republic creative director Simon Kneen, who has collaborated with Bryant on “Mad Men”-themed collections. The second batch of styles is in stores now.

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Buc Band earns honors at solo, ensemble contest Special to The Facts

Brazoswood High School band students performed Jan. 28 in the UIL Regional Solo and Ensemble contest. The highest rating possible at this contest is “Division I — Superior.” Buc Band members brought home a total of 118 Division I Superior Solo Medals and 48 Division I Superior Ensemble Medals. Students who earned a first-division performance medal on a woodwind solo were: Flute: Jenna Butcher, Megan Davenport, Kay Freeman, Jaycie Greak, Morgan Hembling, Kristen Huggins, Julian Jagush, Allison Kesseler, Taylor Lasagna, Jennifer Theriot, Allison Tran and Jenna Williamson Oboe: Amee Patel Bassoon: Daniel French, Shari Gann, Cole McDougal, Sherry Powell, Jennifer Sims and Hannah Woizeschke Clarinet: Naomi Cherian, Jamie Contreras, Ayisha Mahama, Karla Martinez, Amanda Parsons, Robert

Brazosport ISD Rasco Middle School Fourth six weeks Fifth grade, Principal’s Honor Roll Riley Arnold, Lydia Bundick, Sydney Coffey, Kevin Davis, Anna Dayries, Kaleb Durgan, Lisa Ebach, Michael Evangelista, Ethan Grimes, Aaron Haish, Rylee Hallum, Barron Hansen, Michael Hempel, Graydon Hill, Carolyn Jess, Nicholas Karjala, Scott Kesseler, Juliana Leano, Yamil Lopez-Ruiz, Kyra Lunford, Dorian McDougal, Alyssa Poe, Amanda Price, Jennifer Rudolf, Jenna Sandefur, Madison Trihus, Logan Vincent and Luke Whitehead.

Fifth grade, “A” Honor Roll Kori Aguilar, Abigail Alejandrez, Marcos Ayala, Jonathon Battle, Janie Batts, Tyler Baxter, Courtney Bowers, Drew Brady, Hannah Caffey, Lillian Carr, Aliyah Celedon, Kayla Chavez, Nathan Cloeter, Kayla Cressman, Mackenzie Daigle, Jackson Davis, Dylan Deavenport, Dylan Deutschlander, Keaton Dinge, Ravenne Dodge, Cole Dotson, Benjamin Ellet-Kinslow, Angelise Folks, Jessica Fuller, Dustin Gaona, Timothy Garcia, Logan Gier, Conner Goodwin, Emma Gray, Ulysess Gutierrez, Marc Huber, Talan Jamison, Minzsie Koch, Kavi Kummer, Eileen Lanthier, Benjamin Laurel, Jared Martinez, Haley Martz, Samuel Massey, Justis Massie, Hannah Mayhew, Sage McDougal, Robert McGill, Kyla McPartland, Juliana Meraz, Leif Meyer, Whitley Miles, Zachary Mills, Callie Morrison, Daniel Mullenix, Reona Nagata, Garrett Nicholas, Lorcan Oden, Kale Parker, Annika Parshottam, James Parsons, Jazlynn Pena, Beyonce Perry, Randal Perry, Sara Plank, Yashira Reyes-Rodriguez, Katie Ross, Carly Rotramel, Rebekah Rumsey, Jason Schumann, Kamryn Scott, Mason Seay, Skylar Serbantez, Connor Sheetz, Stanley Simiskey, Lillien Smith, Scott Stevenson, Shane Stevenson, Landry Tracy, Steven Velez, Avery Watkins, Colton Weiss, Bethany Wines, Caleb Woodburn and Maggie Yang.

Rodriguez, Kenna Schulte, Laura Valencia, Alyssa Cortez, Rebecca Davenport, Kiabeth Garcia, Rebecca Kanski, Helen Martinez, Kimmy Matthews and Menley Stewart Bass clarinet: Christian Damian, Henry Joaquin and Victoria Pinkney Alto saxophone: Madeline Deal, Troy Efaw, Eva Guajardo, Ziping Liu, Kishan Patel and Austin Taylor Tenor saxophone: M.J. Hertzing and Clarissa Muniz Baritone saxophone: Phoenix Younie Students who earned a first-division performance medal on a brass solo were: Trumpet: Codie Barnett, Caleb Bradford, Patrick Caserta, Clay Casey, Thomas Castelluccio, John Cloeter, Caroline Efaw, Chris Cermak, Alex Green, Jamison Hunter, Kristen Kutach, Nathaniel McKay, Daniel Milner, Erica Stell, Blas Torres, Tyler Wagner, Christian Wiggs, Austin Wood, Jacob Batts, Josh Hines, JJ Juarez, Nathan Marshall,

HONOR ROLLS Sixth grade, Principal’s Honor Roll Cole Armstrong, AnneElisabeth Baker, Riya Chakraborty, Jason Dedas, Camille Edwards, Brendan Fattig, Christopher Frank, Rachel Gambrel, Ashley Garner, David Gasiorowski, Morgan Hawkins, Sarah James, Kane Johnson, Madison Kahanek, Julia Lampe, Emma Ngyuen, Lauren Nichols, Daniel O’Neal, Maddison Pate, Michael Rudolf, Lainey Scott, Jeffrey Sims, Savannah Smart, Katharine Stroh, Vivie Tran, Rebekah Verghese, Cameron Yates and Alexander Yung.

Hannah Schiller and Bobby Weaver French horn: Tyler Bartholome, Meghan Beasley, Nikki Cannon, Ryan Dauer, Greg Felsted, Alden Goff, Brennon Hair, Kira Leger, Callie Moore, Billy Owen, Austin Potts, Justin Ruleman, Aaron Schiff, Seiji Williams and Jonathon Gay Trombone: Samantha Blackmar, Casey Fattig, Brydon Geisler, Janson Jones, Aaron Kirk, Jordan Potts, Kevin Walker, Michael Williams, Joshua Hawkins and Juan Mendoza Bass trombone: Jonathan Davies and Marshall Tullous Baritone: Will Bradford, Joseph Halepeska, Ryan Lindveit, Christian Stevens, Hunter Matula Tuba: Austin Crumrine, Wesley Morgan, Mitchell Oden, Ginji Sugitani and Patrick Shows Students who earned a first-division performance medal on a percussion solo were: Multiple percussion: Mary Gillis Snare drum: Shaun Fattig, The Facts office, 720 S. Main in Clute. Honor rolls must be first name, then last name (no middle names) — separated by commas, not semi-colons — and submitted by email as text, not in spreadsheet columns. Pictures must be jpeg attachments. For information, call 979237-0159.

Denisse Romero, Natalie Jasper, Mitch Kaus, Andrew Krohn and Kelly Mergenhagen Keyboard: Cory Watts, Robert Barré, Abigail Lopez and Evan Gray Those students earning first-division performance medals for small ensemble performance were: Flute choir: Jenna Butcher, Kay Freeman, Morgan Hembling, Kristen Huggins, Julian Jagush, Taylor Lasagna, Jennifer Sims, Allison Tran and

Jenna Williamson Flute choir: Austin Crumrine, Megan Davenport, Kaitlyn Davis, Soleil Elam, Jaycie Greak, Allison Kesseler, Jennifer Theriot and Margaret Weaver Clarinet quartet: Ayisha Mahama, Amanda Parsons, Laura Valencia and Shaniya Ward Clarinet choir: Austin Cates, Naomi Cherian, Christian Damian, Henry Joaquin, Karla Martinez, Robert Rodriguez, Kenna Schulte, Jamie Contreras,

Ashlyn Head, Shaniya Ward and Laura Valencia Saxophone quartet: M.J. Hertzing, Jackson Kimbrough, Ziping Liu and Phoenix Younie Woodwind quintet: Julian Jagush, Cole McDougal, Rachel Nguyen and Robert Rodriguez Trombone quartet: Samantha Blackmar, Jonathon Davies, Brydon Geisler and Aaron Kirk Trumpet quartet: Chris Cermak, John Cloeter, Dallin Collins and Nathaniel McKay.

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of attention in the United States. The spice is being studied for its ef-fects in treating cancer, cystic fibrosis, Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis, according to an article by The Brain Research Institute at UCLA. Curcumin is the active compound in turmeric and when taking turmeric in a pill form, there should be 90-95 percent curcumin in that supplement, Olvera said. A strong anti-oxidant, medical studies have found some potential for the spice to help lower cholesterol. An easy way to incorporate small amounts of turmeric into a healthy diet is to sprinkle it on meat before searing it, Olvera said. “Turmeric has an ability to help block cancer-causing chemicals that are created when you sear meat,” she said. Information supporting this idea comes from neurosur-


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geon Russell Blaylock, author of several books on natural ways to improve health. Turmeric does have properties that keep blood platelets from sticking together, so those on blood thinners should be careful when using the spice or consult a doctor before using it. Garlic also is a spice that can easily be added to any diet. “Garlic will help kill parasites, to help with an ear infection, to lowering blood pressure,” said

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pain of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Cayenne pepper also comes highly recommended by nutrionists and natural health professionals. “That spice will do 101 different things, from stopping all unnatural bleeding and helping with heart issues, and it works as a catalyst to help other herbs work quicker,” Beavers said. “Just replace black pepper with cayenne.” Other benefits of cayenne include increased metabolism, circulation issues and indigestion in correlation with peptic ulcers, Olvera said. “A lot of people also use cayenne for cold and flu because it helps to thin out mucous,” she said. “It’s not a full-on expectorant, but it does help thin it out.” The key to feeling these health benefits will come from using the spices daily and consistently, Beavers said. “If you’ve got to go digging through cabinets looking for these spices, people won’t do it,” she

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and imbedded with Marines anywhere horse patrol was needed. Dr. Nick Giannone, “A Day in the Life of … an Emergency Room Doctor”: Giannone was a co-owner of Coastal Physicians Associates and specialized in family and occupational medicine for more than 10 years. He began a full-time practice in emergency medicine at Angleton Danbury Medical Center in 2000. Dr. Giannone completed his family practice residency at UTMB and became board certified in family practice. Dr. Richard Johnston, “A Day in the Life of … a Pathologist”: Johnston specializes in anatomic and clinical pathology. He has been a hospital pathologist for more than 40 years. His resume includes St. Mary’s Hospital in McAlester, Okla., from 1968 to 1972, Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City from 1972-2002 and Palacios Community Medical Center in Palacios from 2002 to the present. Bryan Sidebottom, “A Day in the Life of … an Investigator for the Lake Jackson Police Department”: Sidebottom was a U.S. Army sergeant for more

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health benefits would find it easy to start with cinnamon, Beavers said. “Cinnamon, that’s such an easy thing to use,” she said. “It just needs to be left out on your cabinet. Put it on everything from coffee first thing in the morning, to a little sprinkle of cinnamon on your oatmeal. It works on blood-sugar levels.” An added benefit of lowering blood sugar is weight, Olvera said. When blood sugar spikes, it cause the pancreas to produce more insulin, which gets stored as fat, she said. For any digestive issue, Olvera and Beavers suggest increasing use of ginger. Morning sickness, sea sickness, air sickness and vertigo often are treated naturally with ginger, Olvera said. “Every shake I make has ginger in it,” Beavers said. “It just gives everything a kick.” Medical studies on ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties are being conducted in regard to its use in helping to ease the


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HAPPY BIRTHDAY The year ahead should be an extremely active one for you both socially and in terms of business. You are likely to make lots of new friends who will introduce some exciting experiences into your life.


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By BERNICE BEDE OSOL ARIES (March 21-April 19) — If you think you are entitled to specific consideration from certain people, speak up. Others’ minds aren’t always operating on the same wavelength, and people may need reminding. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Use the same methods that previously brought you success in tackling something very similar to what you’re now facing. What worked before should work again, with perhaps a few minor changes. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Without realizing it, you have won the confidence of someone who has been studying you closely. This person is looking for a person to confide in and believes you’re the one. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Several wonderful, worthwhile ideas are likely to spring from some casual discussions you’ll be having with others. Funny how the best schemes pop up when you’re not looking. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Don’t hesitate to act in harmony with your thoughts and/or inspirations. Certain ideas that enter your head concerning ways to further your ambitions could be very worthwhile. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Gains you acquire are likely to come about in a circuitous fashion. You’ll be able to understand what’s happening, but others will miss the point, allowing you to take advantage of them. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — The credit will belong to you when several people who have strong emotional ties pull together for a common cause. It will be due to you knowing how to get everyone working collectively. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — This is an especially good day to have a frank discussion regarding an important issue that needs resolving. Solutions can be found that will benefit all parties involved. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — If you put your mind to it, ways can be developed that’ll enhance your earning capacity. The improvements you come up with might not make you rich, but they could sweeten the pot. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — As time passes and you open up, you’re likely to become more and more sociable. If you haven’t made plans for the day, it might prove worthwhile to join some friends who have. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — You’re apt to be surprised by some candid comments made by someone whose confidence you didn’t know you enjoyed. What occurs indicates closer bonds can be formed. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Social activities that emphasize the mental rather than the physical are likely to be the most appealing for you. Seek out chatty friends rather than your jogging buddies to pass the time.

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In a July 6 photo released by HN ENT US LLC, the Australian pop quartet Human Nature performs in Las Vegas.

Smokey Robinson-backed Aussie pop group tours US By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press

DETROIT — An Australian pop quartet’s music really got a hold of Smokey Robinson. Motown Records’ signature vocalist loved Human Nature’s take on the legendary label’s standards so much that he signed on as the group’s official presenter and helped facilitate a lengthy run for it at the Imperial Palace hotel in Las Vegas. Now, the guys are heading out for their first U.S. tour, which kicked off Saturday in — where else — Detroit. Human Nature (brothers Andrew and Mike Tierney and fellow high school classmates Phil Burton and Toby Allen) have released nine albums, five of which went to No. 1 in their native country. They’ve opened for Celine Dion and Michael Jackson in Europe and Australia and performed the national anthem at

the Summer Olympic Games in their home city of Sydney in 2000. But it was their 2005 Motown tribute, “Reach Out,” that attracted the attention of Robinson. “They came to the studio one night in Los Angeles ... and sang for me a cappella with no music — just them singing — and blew me away, man. Just awesome,” the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer told Associated Press in a phone interview. “I am so enamored with them.” And, thanks in part to Robinson’s backing, the group nailed down an exclusive booking at the Imperial Palace, where they have played five and six nights a week to soldout crowds for the past two-and-a-half years. The group is moving beyond Nevada with the 10-city tour, which will take them to Washington, New York, Chicago and Boston through May 6. Add to that a PBS special — featuring Robinson — that began

airing in December and a CD of Motown covers released earlier this month, and Human Nature is well on its way to expanding its influence beyond its roots in Oceania. Not only does the group have Robinson to thank for its stateside successes, but also the music of Motown, which enjoyed its heyday nearly a half-century ago but has been embraced by generations of listeners drawn to its timelessness. So, what could these guys possibly bring to the music that hasn’t been done better by Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and company? “They have put their own touch on (the songs),” Robinson said. “They sing the Motown music, but they do it like Human Nature does it.” For their part, Human Nature simply loves singing the songs. “Our roots lie in American soul,” Andrew Tierney said. “It’s the ultimate market for what we love.”

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SUNDAY MARCH 25, 2012 Associations

The National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers: For chemists, engineers and others in the technical community. Call 979238-7830 or 979-238-2801.

Sunday Brazosport Daylily Society: 2:30 p.m. second Sundays, Lake Jackson Civic Center.

Brazosport Eagles Aerie 3111 bingo: Doors open at 11 a.m., cards sold beginning at noon, with bingo from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays, 6818 Highway 332 East. Portion of proceeds goes to charity. Call 979-239-2582.

Greenwood Gun Club Shotgunners: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, Greenwood Gun Club, three miles east of Highway 523 on FM 2004. Call Jim Cutshall at 979-297-6143.

Monday American Business Women’s Association, Alvin Daytimer Chapter: 2 p.m. fourth Mondays, Alvin Senior Citizen Center, 309 W. Sealy. Call 281585-4973 or 281-585-6419.

Angleton Citizens Police Academy Alumni: 6 p.m. second Mondays, Angleton Police Department. Call 979-8492383. Beta Gamma Lambda: Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi meets first and third Mondays. Call Denise Fuqua at 979-849-3532 or 979297-3118.

Brazoria County Aggie Moms: 6:30 p.m. second Mondays September through May, Lake Jackson Civic Center. Open to any past, present or future Aggie mom. Call Tami Pate at 979-849-3486.

September through May. Call Betty at 979-265-8199.

Brazoria County Campaign for Liberty Meetup: 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the party room at Fuddruckers in Lake Jackson. Call 979-345-2582.

Brazoria Heritage Foundation: 5:30 to 7 p.m. first Tuesdays at the Brazoria Civic Center in Brazoria. Call 979-236-0241 or email

Brazosport Archaeological Society: 7:30 p.m. second Tuesdays, Brazosport Museum of Natural Science, The Center for Arts and Sciences, 400 College Drive, Clute. Laboratory sessions, field trips, excavations and surveys; promotes the study of the prehistory and history of the lower Brazos River region.

Brazosport Area Christian Women’s Connection: Prayer coffee 10 a.m. second Tuesdays, Apple’s Way Restaurant, 145 Oyster Creek Drive, Lake Jackson. Call Gail Wilfred at 979-292-6708. Monthly luncheon is 11:30 a.m. third Tuesdays, Lake Jackson Civic Center, 333 Highway 332 E. Call Robyn at 979-236-1056 or Donna at 979-583-7720.

Brazosport Garden Club: Meets 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the Lake Jackson Library. Each month, there is a different speaker with a presentation. Refreshments and door prizes; the public is invited. Call Jim at 979-297-7893.

Brazosport Newcomer’s Club: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. second Tuesdays, September through May, at new location, Jasmine Hall, 100 Narcissus St., Lake Jackson. Features interesting speakers each month. Drinks and food provided. Email

How to submit information Listings for clubs, civic organizations and associations run every Sunday in Brazos Living as space permits. To have meeting notices for your organization published regularly, come by the office at 720 S. Main in Clute, or send the following information to Club Calendar, P.O. Box 549, Clute, TX 77531: club name; date, time and location of meetings; and a phone number readers can call for more information. Information also can be sent by fax at 979265-9052 or emailed to For information, call 979-237-0159.

Tuesdays, September through May, Museum of Natural Science, The Center for Arts and Sciences, 400 College Drive, Clute. Educational opportunities, field trips; encourages conservation of mollusks, other sea shells. Call 979-265-2684.

Seniors Duplicate Bridge Club: 9 a.m. Tuesdays, Carriage Inn, 130 Lake Road, Lake Jackson. Unsanctioned and free. Call Dee at 979-297-4705.

Single Adult Social Club (50+): 6:30 p.m. first Tuesdays. For meeting places, call Elaine at 979-297-1085.

Sweeny Bulldog Belle Parents Organization: 6:30 p.m. second Tuesdays at the high school cafeteria. All Belle parents are urged to attend. Call 979-235-0730.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 64: 7 p.m. second

Mondays and Wednesdays, Art League Studio, The Center for Arts and Sciences, 400 College Drive, Clute. All welcome.

Tuesdays, U.S.C.G. Station, 823 Coast Guard Drive, Freeport. All are welcome.

information, call Nancy Starks at 979-265-9308.

VFW Post 4341 and Ladies Auxiliary: 7 p.m. second

Brazosport Birders and Naturalists: 7 p.m. fourth

Dr. Wayne Dryer book study group: 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the Brew and Bake, Oyster Creek Center, 145 Oyster Creek Drive, No. 3, Lake Jackson. Call 785-845-0680.

Tuesdays, 108 S. Ave. D, Freeport. Call 979-230-0104. VFW Post 8576: 7:30 p.m. second Tuesdays at post home, Johnson-Cook Road, Clute. Call 979-549-0390 or 979-2657891. VFW Post 10378: 7:30 p.m. first and third Tuesdays at post home, 300 Hospital Drive, Angleton.

Mondays, museum at The Center for Arts and Sciences, 400 College Drive, Clute. Promoting birds and wildlife. Visitors and new members welcome. Call 979-297-5563.

Damon Mound Extension Education Club: 10 a.m. first

and third Mondays, First Baptist Church of Damon. Call 979742-3667 or 979-742-3181.

Diamond Toastmasters:

4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays, B120, room 205, Dow Texas Operations, Freeport. Provides an opportunity for people to improve their public speaking skills, listening to others and making presentations. Visitors welcome. Contact Yushan Hu, vice president of membership, at 979-238-9868 or Yhu1@ Kappa Delta: Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi meets second and fourth Mondays. Call Sherry Patton at 979-709-7371.

LJFAT — Lake Jackson/ Freeport Area Triathletes: 6:30 p.m. first Mondays at the Lake Jackson Public Library. Call 979-285-0266.

Marine Corps League: Regular membership meeting at 6 p.m. second Monday of the month. Detachment planning meeting (all members invited) fourth Mondays at the American Legion, 1221 S. Highway 288-B, Angleton. For all active honorably discharged Marines and Navy Corpsmen who served with the Marines. Call Jorge Buenrostro at 979549-1551.

TOPS — Take Off Pounds Sensibly: 6 p.m. Mondays on

the fourth floor of the Brazosport Regional Health System hospital in Lake Jackson. Fees $4 monthly, plus $25 annually. Call 979-299-5265 or 979482-1201. VFW Post 8551: Post and auxiliary meetings 6:30 p.m. first Mondays at post home, Highway 35 and FM 1459, Sweeny. Call 979-345-4409.

Women’s Investment Group: Meets every second Monday at the Lake Jackson Library, 250 Circle Way. Call Wilma Parkinson at 979-480-0609. XICHINU: Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi meets 7 p.m. second and fourth Mondays. Call Carol Gerault at 979-798-2798 or 979-417-3521.

Tuesday Angleton Toastmasters: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, St. John Lutheran Church, 2227 N. Downing Ave., Angleton. No RSVP necessary, but on rare occasions a meeting might be canceled or moved. Contact club President Kay Smitherman at 979-849-4413; or visit http://angleton.freetoast

Beta Sigma Phi Chapter: Preceptor Alpha Psi meets second and fourth Tuesdays,

Goldwing Road Riders Association: Local chapter “L” meetings 6:30 p.m. second Tuesdays, DJ’s Bar-B-Que, 906 Plantation, Clute. Open to the public. Call Al Mayo at 979849-3147.

Gulf Coast Wildlife Rescue: 6:30 p.m. fourth Tuesdays, Lake Jackson Library. Educational meetings concerning wildlife rehabilitation and volunteer training. All welcome. Call 979-849-0184, email info@ or visit

Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 8576: 6 p.m. second Tuesdays, post home, JohnsonCook Road, Clute. Call 979549-0390 or 979-265-7891.

Lake Jackson Chapter 1009, Order of the Eastern Star: 7 p.m. second Tuesdays, Lake Jackson Masonic Lodge Hall, 107 Parking Way. Call 979233-4581.

Lake Jackson Library Book Study Group: 10:10 a.m. Tuesdays in the Lake Jackson Library Conference Room, 250 Circle Way. The group is led by Dr. Harry Parker, a retired university professor. Contact him at for weekly handouts, schedule and book titles. Visitors are welcome.

League of United Latin American Citizens, L.U.L.A.C. Youth Council 1031: 5:30 p.m. first and third Tuesdays of the month, Clute Library, 215 N. Shanks. Open to boys and girls age 13 or older. Visitors welcome. Call Stella, youth adviser, at 979-417-5437.

Mid-Coast Corvette Club: 6 p.m. first Tuesdays at a local restaurant — visit www.btel. com/mccc for next location; meeting begins at 7 p.m. Open to all Corvette owners. Call 979297-8956 or 979-265-2405.

Our Favorite Girl Doll Club of Brazoria County: 7 p.m. fourth Tuesdays, Freeport Library. All welcome. Call 979-297-4807 or 979-265-5185.

Pearland Knitting Group: 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at Panera Bread Co., 10621 Broadway (northeast corner of Highway 288 and FM 518), Pearland. Visit http:// stitchnbitch-houston.

Plantation Quilting Guild: 9:30 a.m. second Tuesdays, First Baptist Church, 401 Yaupon, Lake Jackson. Learn quilting methods and history. Call Nancy Boettiger at 979297-5427.

Rotary Club of Brazosport: 11:45 a.m. Tuesdays at the Lake Jackson Civic Center, 333 Highway 332 E. Visiting Rotarians and guests welcome. Contact President Diane Hill at 979-297-5169 or jimhill9@

Brazoria County Doll Club: 7 p.m. second Thursdays, Brazoria Library. All doll collectors welcome. Call Andrea Jones at 979-299-3400.

Brazoria County Modelers Association Radio-Controlled Model Airplanes: 7:30 p.m. first Thursdays, Lake Jackson Library. Call Jack Thompson at 979-233-2521.

Brazoria Historical Militia: 7 p.m. first Thursdays, First Capitol Replica, West Columbia. Living history reenactment for 1823-1837. All welcome. Call James at 979-848-2148.

Brazosport Elks Lodge 2200: Sea Shell Searchers of Brazoria County: 7 p.m. first

Diamond Duplicate Bridge Club: 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays. For

Brazosport Art League PaintIn Group: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

and ceremonial practice, third Thursdays, American Legion Charles Dixon Post 241, 1221 S. Highway 288-B, Angleton. New members welcome. Call 979-799-5732.

West Columbia Lions Club: 7 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, American Legion Hall, 14th and Jefferson streets. All welcome. Call John at 979-345-4749.

Wednesday Alvin Extension Education Association: With the help of Texas AgriLife Extension Service, the association works to fortify and enrich families by promoting educational programs, leadership growth and community service. Visitors welcome; you can join at any time. Meetings are 10 a.m. second and fourth Wednesdays at the Nazarene Church in Alvin. For information, call Sherri Blackstock at 281-3897080.

Bar-X Duplicate Bridge Club: 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays. For information, call Nancy Starks at 979-265-9308.

Brazoria Achievers Extension Education Club: 1 p.m. first and third Wednesdays, St. Joseph Catholic Church parish hall, Brazoria. Call 979-9643728 or 979-798-9322.

Brazoria Kennel Club: 7:30 p.m. fourth Wednesdays January through October, Smithhart’s County Seat Grill, Angleton. Call Barbara at 979297-7383 or Marie at 979-2331853.

Brazosport Aerie 3111 of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and Ladies Auxiliary: Joint officers meeting at 6:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at 6818 Highway 332 E. in Freeport. It also celebrates members’ birthdays on that day. For information, call 979239-2582.

Brazosport Art League Life Drawing sessions: 2 to 4 p.m. first and third Wednesdays, BAL studio at The Center for the Arts and Sciences, 400 College Blvd., Clute. For information, call Harry Sargent or the studio at 979-265-1582 or 979-265-4766.

Brazosport Association of Retired Teachers (BART): 10 a.m. third Wednesdays September through May, except December, at various Lake Jackson locations. The Christmas luncheon will be the second Wednesday due to conflict with school holidays Membership is open to all local Texas education system retirees who receive benefits from TRTA. New members always welcome. For information, call Bill at 979-265-6918, Frances at 979-297-6790 or Ann at 979-297-3147.

Brazosport PC Club: 7:30 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month at the Lake Jackson Library. Topics include problem solving, new devices and programs.

Brazosport Toastmasters: 6 p.m. Wednesdays at the Lake Jackson Library community room. Call Kerry Magee at 979964-3236.

Brew Bayou home brew club: 7 p.m. fourth Wednesdays, Talk About Good Restaurant and Catering, 2105 Brazosport Blvd., Freeport. Learn to brew beer, wine, cider, mead and saki. Contact Bill Tobler at 979-297-5134 or brewbetter1@

Cradle of Texas chapter Texas Master Naturalists: Social halfhour at 8:30 a.m., guest speaker at 9 a.m. second Wednesdays at the Brazoria County AgriLife Extension office, 21017 CR 171, Angleton. Training offered year-round, volunteers are needed and the general public is always welcome. Call 979-265-3813.

Fraternal Order of Eagles: 7:30 p.m. first and third Wednesdays at the Aerie hall, 6818 E. Highway 332, Freeport. Call Yvette Ruiz at 979-824-1320.

Ladies Auxiliary Brazosport Aerie 3111 of the Fraternal Order of Eagles: 7 p.m. second and fourth Wednesdays at Aerie home, Highway 332, Freeport. Call 979-233-1441 or 979-239-2582.

Lake Jackson Business Association: Noon second Wednesdays, Wurst Haus Restaurant, 102 This Way, downtown Lake Jackson. Call 979-482-3306.

Lake Jackson Garden Club: Second Wednesdays September through May, Lake Jackson Civic Center, Plaza Room 3 (May luncheon location TBA). Business meeting at 9:30 a.m., program at 10:30 a.m. For those interested in nature and conservation, beautification and enhancement projects, love of growing plants, flower arrangement and philanthropy. Visit www.lakejacksongarden or call Jo Ann Holt at 979-265-4861 or Barbara Ray at 979-297-7494. Silver Hearts: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Angleton Recreation Center, 1601 N. Valderas St. Join us for table games, dominos, fitness, crafts, lunch and bingo, all free of charge to all senior citizens 60 and older in the Angleton area. Call 979-549-0410.

Weight loss/healthy diet/exercise class: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, First Presbyterian Church, 1402 W. Broad St., Freeport. Free; all welcome. Call 281-728-6263 or email

Thursday After 5 Rotary Club: 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at Wurst Haus Restaurant, 102 This Way, downtown Lake Jackson. Visiting Rotarians and guests welcome. Call Rotarian Richard Wood, Wurst Haus proprietor, at 979-297-3003.

American Legion Charles Dixon Post 241: 6 p.m. first Thursdays for a potluck dinner with meeting to follow at 7 p.m.; auxiliary meeting 7 p.m. second Thursdays; executive meeting 7 p.m. the last Thursday of the month. All meetings at post home, 1221 S. Highway 288-B, Angleton. Call 979-849-9774.

Angleton Extension Homemakers: 1:30 p.m. first and third Thursdays. Call 979849-1127 or 979-848-1265.

Brazoria County Artifacts and Recovery Metal Detector Club: 7 p.m. third Thursdays, Brazoria Library, 201 Main St. Call Melvin Laughin at 979323-9848 or 979-241-5408.

Brazoria County Car Club: First Thursdays at a local restaurant; eat at 6 p.m., meeting at 7 p.m. Open to all car owners and enthusiasts. Call 979-798-7714.

Brazoria County Combined Color Guard: 7 p.m. meeting

7:30 p.m. first and third Thursdays, 210 N. Highway 288-B, Clute. Call 979-265-8007.

Brazosport Evening Lions: Club meets the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at DJ’s Bar-B-Que in Clute. Invited guests speak on various topics of interest to the community at large. Lions are involved in numerous civic and charitable activities, including providing free eye exams and eyeglasses for needy children in BISD. Call Larry Wilson, past president, at 979-292-4697 or email him at

Chapter DA, P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) International: 6:30 p.m. second Thursdays, 1 p.m. fourth Thursdays. Call 979-345-3335.

Disabled American Veterans: 6:30 p.m. second Thursdays, American Legion Hall, Highway 288-B, Angleton.

Gulf Coast Emergency Rescue Squad: Call Mike Whitaker at 979-297-7962 or Quintin Kirk at 979-849-5882, or visit http://site.gulfcoastrescue

Lake Jackson Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association: 7 p.m. second Thursdays in the training room at the Lake Jackson Police Department. Call 979-297-8986. Lake Jackson 4-H Club: 7 p.m. second Thursdays, Church of the Nazarene. Call 979-2975790 or 979-265-3304.

Lake Jackson Gulf Coasters: 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, youth center of First United Methodist Church of Lake Jackson, 404 Azalea. All men are welcome to the men’s barbershop chorus, affiliated with the Harmony Society. Call Harry Sargent at 979-297-4766. Lake Jackson TEA Party: 7 p.m. most Thursdays, Andy’s Kitchen, 415 This Way, Lake Jackson. Open to anyone to discuss goals, long-term objectives, topics and speakers for future town halls and volunteer opportunities. Check the web for dates at www.lakejackson or call Annette Bennett at 713201-1451.

Lamar Fontaine Chapter 33 United Daughters of the Confederacy: 10 a.m. first Thursdays. Call 979-345-3335.

League of United Latin American Citizens, L.U.L.A.C. Adult Council 4655 of Brazosport: 6:30 p.m. second Thursdays, Clute Library. All in the community are welcome. Call Nelda Thrash at 979-236-7280.

Sons of Confederate Veterans 13th Texas Infantry: Meet second Thursdays at Smithhart’s Texas Grill, 2440 N. Velasco, Angleton. Meetings begin at 7 p.m., but many gather as early as 6 p.m. to eat and visit. Call 979-848-1320.

Sweet Adelines Cradle of Texas Chorus: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, First Presbyterian Church, Angleton. Call Karon at 979-849-3855 or Sally Mikulastick at 979-849-7337.

Sweeny Veterans Memorial Committee: 6:30 p.m. third Thursdays at the Sweeny Senior Citizens building. All interested are invited to participate. Call Sherry Hughes at 979-548-0290. Take Shape for Life: Cooking class meets 6 p.m. each Thursday at 135 E. Myrtle St., Angleton. Call Donna Betts at 979-864-0482 or Bridgett Norris at 979-417-3838.

Texas Public Employees Association Brazos River Chapter 244: 7 p.m. third Thursdays, Room 103, Professional Building, next to Angleton Danbury Medical Center. Open to current or retired state employees. Call Jerry McGinty at 979-848-0717.

TOPS — Take Off Pounds Sensibly: 10 a.m. Thursdays, Church of the Nazarene, Lake Jackson. Call 979-798-9228. Traveler’s Club: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. second Thursdays at the Angleton Recreation Center, 1601 N. Valderas St.

Love to travel? Come meet with others to share experiences, get ideas for Silver Hearts trips and set up your own trips. Free; open to all seniors 55 and older in Angleton and surrounding areas. Call the rec center at 979-549-0410. Writing critique group: 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at Carriage Inn, 130 Lake Road, Lake Jackson. Members edit short stories, articles, memoirs, novels and more; beginning and advanced writers welcome. Call Nancy at 281-595-2089 or Kathleen at 979-297-3970.

Friday Brazoria County Chapter of the Texas Master Gardeners: 11 a.m. second Fridays at the old armory building, CR 171, Angleton. Call 979-864-1558, Ext. 110.

Brazoria County Retired Teachers Association: 11:15 a.m. first Fridays October through May at Bethel Presbyterian Church in East Columbia; meal, program and short business meeting. Catered meal costs $10 and reservations can be made the Wednesday before by calling Karen Kielman at 979-8499113. All educational retirees and interested citizens are encouraged to attend.

Brazosport Neighborhood Group of the American Sewing Guild: 6:30 p.m. third Fridays, Fellowship Room of Family Life Church, 220 Lake Road, Lake Jackson. The American Sewing Guild is a nonprofit national organization open to people of all skill levels interested in sewing as a creative, rewarding activity. Visit and, or call Jan Stanley at 979-297-0379.

Gulf Coast Duplicate Bridge Club: 7 p.m. Fridays. For information, call Nancy Starks at 979-265-9308.

Lake Jackson Promenaders: Square dance club meets second and fourth Fridays; early rounds start at 7:30 p.m. and squares at 8 p.m, Jasmine Hall, 100 Narcissus. Refreshments served. Call 979-297-5649. Scrapping Together: 6 p.m. third Fridays, Sweeny First United Methodist Church, 207 E. First St. in Watts Hall. For people who enjoy stamping or making cards and scrapbook pages. Members share information, ideas and fun. Bring whatever project you are working on and your own supplies. Although we invite dealers on occasion you are not required to buy anything. Teenagers welcome, but there are no facilities for children. Call 979-5481352.

Saturday Brazoria County Woodcarving Club: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. second Saturdays, Brazoria Community Library. Call Bill Clark at 979798-2378 or Tom Quarles at 979-233-1697.

Brazosport Breakfast Lions Club: 8:30 a.m. every Saturday. First Saturdays at Ryan’s Steakhouse, Lake Jackson; other Saturdays at Clute Whataburger. Call 979-285-2337.

Brazos Valley Railroad Society: Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday, 214 Smith St., Brazoria, in the Brazoria Civic Center. Call 979-417-1521

Columbia Historical Museum Genealogy Group: Meetings normally 10 a.m. first Saturdays at the museum, 247 E. Brazos St., West Columbia. Free and open to the public Everyone welcome. For information, call Judy at 979-345-2638 or Margaret at 979-345-6125. Elks Lodge bingo: 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays at the Brazosport Elks 2200, 201 N. Brazosport Blvd., Clute. Call 979-265-8007. Greenwood Longrifles: First Saturdays at Greenwood Gun Club range, two miles north of Brazoria, FM 521 at CR 508. Range opens at 8 a.m.; shooting matches from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call Steve Efird at 979798-6764.

North Brazoria Democratic Club: 9 a.m. third Saturdays, Busy Bee Restaurant, 4009 Broadway, Pearland. Contact Elizabeth McLane at mclane_e@ or 281-489-7455.

South Brazoria County Democratic Club: 10 a.m. fourth Saturdays, Bonner Law Offices, 704 W. Plantation, Clute. Call Juanita Crane at 979-233-6497.

Texas Historical Cemetery Guardianship Association: Meetings 10 a.m. to noon third Saturdays at the Brazoria County Historical Museum on Cedar Street in Angleton. THCGA seeks to locate, preserve and protect historic cemeteries in Brazoria County. Visitors welcome. Call President Harold Gaul at 979799-5732 or Vice President Jamie Murray at 979-864-1208.



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Gardner’s latest novel is a dark thriller told by Charlie, a young woman who has survived horrific child abuse. Charlie is convinced that she is targeted for death at the time and date on which both of her best friends were killed in separate states in the preceding two years. Evidence at those scenes indicates that her friends apparently died without putting up a fight, and Charlie is determined that even if her would-be killer succeeds, he will do so at his own risk. To accomplish this, Charlie takes boxing and shooting lessons, makes daily marathon runs, prepares herself mentally to fight — and hopefully thwart her would-be killer. She dissects every part of her plan, adding safeguards at each juncture to guard against failure of any of them. She even contacts police who investigated her friends’ deaths, and eventually decides that she wants Detective D.D. Warren to investigate her own death, should her plans fail. She tells Warren that she is the only connection between her two dead friends. She expects to be murdered at 8 p.m. on Jan. 21 — now just a few days away — the date and time of her friends’ death. She wants Warren to know her death will be murder and to have the background of the other cases, so that even if the



killer is successful, he will not get away with the murder. If you are sickened by the idea of a mother who tortures her children (feeding Charlie ground glass, for example) and then seeks attention by taking the critically injured girl to the hospital for help, you shouldn’t read this one. But if you pass it by, you’ll be missing a superior thriller that will keep you guessing most of the way. Gardner has long been on my list of favorite mystery/thriller writers, and this is one of her best, though I have to wonder at her ability to keep going with such a dark story. It must have been wrenching to write about such abuse.

Private: #1 Suspect By James Patterson & Maxine Paetro Little, Brown and Company $27.99 hardcover

Patterson and Paetro have managed to combine several different cases that must be solved by the highly effective investigative firm, Private. The firm has become the world’s most effective investigation firm, able to uncover the truth even when police agencies fail. The key to its success is Jack Morgan, who is not only an exceptional investigator, but also has gathered other top practitioners and the best technology available.

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But when his former lover is found murdered in his bed, Jack is the prime suspect, and police detectives on the case aren’t bothering to look for anyone else. Despite his personal problems, Jack is pushed by a mob boss to find a van-load of illegal pharmaceuticals that have been stolen by a rival group. At the same time, the manager of a luxury hotel is seeking Private’s help in finding the person responsible for the murder of several hotel guests at hostelries in her chain. There’s even a thread of romance gone bad, to add still another facet to a well plotted story.

Copper Beach By Jayne Ann Krentz G.P. Putnam’s Sons $25.95 hardcover

Abby Radwell uses her psychic talent to “unlock” coded rare books, and while this might not sound like a dangerous ability to most of us, it certainly proves to be so in Jayne Ann Krentz’s new book. When Abby receives blackmail threats, she hires Sam Coppersmith to act as her bodyguard, but he soon proves to offer much more. Together, they work to find the dangerous people behind the threats and the murder of a friend, and to free a young man who has been wrongly locked away by those who consider him of unsound mind. In spite of the dangers inherent in their collaboration, Abby and Sam manage to forge a romantic bond that is more powerful than either of them has ever known.

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Bill Schlingsog, left, of Middleton, Wis., passes off the championship trophy to Peter Piersma, a judge and representing the Netherlands, at the 2012 World Champion Cheese Contest March 7 in Madison, Wis. The top winning gouda was made by Friesland Campina company in Wolvega, Netherlands.


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Dutch company emerges as big cheese By DINESH RAMDE Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. — Hundreds of cultured spectators nibbled on cheese and crackers, waiting patiently for an hour as dozens of judges deliberated recently before

naming a Dutch Vermeer the world’s best cheese. What was once a low-key industry affair noticed only by a handful of spectators and reporters is now a musthave ticket for those looking to get their gouda on. The World Champion

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But it was a low-fat Gouda named Vermeer from Friesland Campina, a company based in Wolvega, Netherlands, that took top honors. The company didn’t have any representatives in Wisconsin, but will receive its formal award at a banquet in Madison next month. Dutch judge Peter Piersma woke up the cheesemaker’s plant manager, Piet Nederhoed, with a phone call. It was about 1 a.m. Holland time. “I got him out of bed so he was a little quiet, but then he got very excited,� Piersma said. Dan Konz, a cheese grader from Kimball, Minn., said the winning Vermeer stood out for its “nice, smooth, clean flavor. It had nice body and mouth-feel. A very clean taste.� Experts compare specialty cheeses to wines: Both have subtle variations based on their region of origin, year of creation and the techniques employed by master craftsmen. The judging protocol is also similar. Judges roll entries in their mouths, search for nuanced characteristics and then discard the samples. Some judges wipe their tongues with napkins between tastings. While the judges sampled the finalists, spectators did the same with cheeses from countries such as Germany, South Africa and Australia. “In the past, unless you were a super cheese geek, this is not something you went to,� said Jeanne Carpenter, executive director of Wisconsin Cheese Originals, an organization of artisan cheese fans. “But getting to try 15 different cheeses from 15 different countries, plus meeting the best of Wisconsin’s cheesemakers, people love that.� Judges graded 2,500 entries in 82 cheese and butter classes on flavor, texture, body and color. Seven finalists were from the U.S. — five from Wisconsin and one each from Utah and Vermont. Five other finalists were from Switzerland.

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