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2) Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell “Who driving, you or God? When life takes us on a detour, sometimes we get upset and fight to turn the wheel back in the direction we want to go. But that detour could be God telling you, My child, I see what’s at the end of both paths, trust me this is the better route for you. So let go of the wheel and let God steer you in the right direction.”

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Aubrey R. Taylor - “I believe that we’re walking into a season that is going to be plentiful for you and me both. So turn the page on last year, and step forward to claim all that your Father has prepared and waiting for you in 2013. And remember that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you! Enjoy this issue!”

6) Roslyn Bazzelle - “Showing gratitude for the people in our lives is not only great for ourselves, but it also honors those people.”

...Keeping It On The Positive! A Few Thoughts For You To Ponder...

7) Vivian Martin - “I decree and declare that 2013 Will be The Greatest Year Ever. The things that distracted you, hindered you and tried to keep you from progressing has be bound in the spirit. God is doing a “New Thing” in the lives of His people...Eyes have not seen, neither have ears heard, the good things God is about to do in your life. No holds barred, for me, I shall come forth as “Pure Gold”, in Jesus name. ITS OUR TIME!!!”

7 8) Carla D Lewis - Church works and religious acts do not replace spending personal time with God. Have you ever found yourself so busy working for God that you neglect to spend time with God? It can be easy to be deceived into thinking that doing religious works is just as good as spending personal time with God. However, you will not grow spiritually if you don’t spend time with God. Good works will not get you into Heaven; you must have a personal relationship with Jesus. In Matthew 7:22-23, Jesus said, concerning Judgement Day, “Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’” Those people thought that because they did good things in the name of Jesus they could get into Heaven. Instead, Jesus surprised them by saying, “I never knew you.”

Therefore, don’t get so caught up in your good works that you forget to know God. Make it your goal to seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well (Matthew 6:33). If all of your good works have made you so busy that you don’t spend any time with God, then those good works have become bad works, because they are replacing your time with God.

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9) D. Ivan Young - “By choosing to develop a profound understanding of a handful of these laws, you will unlock untapped, hidden powers that will bring immediate transformation to your life. To do this requires a deeper understanding of the cause-and-effect manner in which Universal Laws work. Once understood, these laws work consistently, effortlessly, and flawlessly in all environments. That includes where you work, live and play. Now before you jump the gun, there are a few rules you must remember. These rules work in the divine and spiritual arena first. What that means is that you must first measure your results by moments, not minutes. Next, these things won’t take place in a few seconds, they happen in the appropriate season. Lastly, faith must be connected to works that are saturated in divine purpose in order for Universal Laws to work on your behalf. A sign that you’re out of harmony with these laws is when frustration and discord is present. This leads me to my next point. Universal Laws never work for fools. It is pre-ordained that you do the right things, at the right time, for the right reasons, for these laws to work for you; or negative Karma will be inescapable. In other words, if your motives are self-centered, based upon greed, or done in a spirit of lust or anger, you are playing with spiritual fire, and proceeding in such a manner will get your butt incinerated. The laws do allow, however, for you to fix broken areas of your life. They even allow you to be selfish as long as selfishness involves improving the content of your character and the quality of your life. As I said before, these laws are here to

help, not hinder you. To this end you can quickly see that if you use them to build, you’re quickly rewarded.” from ANOTHER CHANCE...Where Would You Be Without One! by Dr. D Ivan Young. There ARE guarantees in life. The trick is knowing what to put your confidence in, and when and how to make those covenants work for you. Isn’t it about time you tapped into the source. There’s no better moment than right now. Connect with what God deposited in you.”

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11) Joel Osteen Ministries - “Every enemy in your life has already been defeated, and you have power over all of them. The same power that raised Christ from the dead is inside of you.”

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12) Pastor Mia Wright - "Decision time and communion. Remember all Christ has done for you. It was a sacrifice. Be willing to sacrifice for Him."

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13) Pastor Monica Brown - “"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, It is about learning to dance in the rain."

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14) C.J. Eaden - “If it's been done before, it can be done again. How bad do you really want it?"

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15) Creflo A. Dollar - “Whatever you may be going through, there is a promise in the Bible that provides the answer. You simply must not waver when the enemy tries to distract your focus.”

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16) Sandra Jones Freeman - “The biggest mistake you can make is to be afraid to follow that inward witness which is the number one way God leads all His children (Rom. 8:14). So don’t be afraid. Take time to listen today. Expect to hear in your spirit. God has something to say to you. The sheep listen to [the Shepherd’s] voice and heed it, and he calls his own sheep by name and brings (leads) them out.” – John 10:3

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Our graduates will possess the skills and months, approximately (45 ½ weeks) to comcompetencies that place them at the top of plete for the full time student (depending on the entry-level market for career employment. Holidays, in between term breaks and in-serStudents will be prepared for employment po- vice days, etc.) The individual completing sitions such as full-charge bookkeeper, bookthis program will receive a certificate upon keeper assistant, accounting clerk, completion. automated records clerk, accounts payable clerk, accounts receivable clerk, payroll clerk, Computer Support Specialist auditing clerk, data entry clerk, customer service representative, office manager, genThis course of instruction prepares indieral office clerk, accounting receptionist, and viduals for entry-level jobs as a computer reother related office assignpair and help-desk ments. Employment opportusupport. Graduates may nities can be found in both find suitable employment EDUCATION public and private industries with computer manufacand large and small alike i.e. turing, computer sales, Accounting firms, business and companies with IT departments on the help desk. Students will offices, medical facilities, and etc. The overall program will require 11 learn to troubleshoot and repair personal

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The Medical Assistant program is designed to provide the graduate with the key skills essential to success in the medical office world of today. The Medical Assistant performs routine administrative and clinical tasks to keep the medical office running smoothly in both the front and back office. The Medical Assistant program also pre-


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ployment. They will be prepared to work in various types of medical environments such as hospitals, nursing homes, private doctor’s offices, clinics, medical billing and collection companies, and insurance companies. The overall program will require 10 months, approximately (40 weeks) to complete for the full time student (depending on Holidays, In between term breaks and inservice days, etc.) The individual completing this program will receive a certificate upon completion.

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certified in the HVAC/R field and our facility is designed with technology including overhead projectors, an HVAC/R lab containing various HVAC/R equipment and components, a student-assisted tool crib and webbased learning and research work stations for students. H-TEC will utilize the ContrenConnect™ curriculum developed by NCCER (www.contrenconnect.com). ContrenConnect is an interactive web-based tool that partners textbooks and internet driven materials to give the student a multi-dimensional learning experience.

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BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU ACCREDITED - “Greater Houston Consulting & Tax Services, Inc., currently has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau with no complaints having ever been filed against it. So, if you’re looking for an independent Tax Preparation Service, where honesty, integrity, and putting you first is the order of the day: you should seriously consider calling Jimmy Coleman and his team of professionals at Greater Houston Consulting & Tax Services, Incorporated at (713)723-2005 to schedule an appointment today!”

Since 1980, Jimmy Coleman and his fine team of Tax Professionals at Greater Houston Consulting & Tax Services, Inc. (GHCT), has been helping Houstonians to rest a little easier when it comes to knowing that their tax related business has been taken care of. That’s because Greater Houston Consulting & Tax Services, Inc, has a firm stated commitment that they are governed by: to always put the needs of their customers first. GHCT specializes in Tax Preparation, Accounting, Auditing, IRS Representation, Business Start-up/Consulting, and Bookkeeping Services. Conveniently located at 12606 Hillcroft, GHCT is uniquely positioned to service the needs of individuals liv-

ing in southwest Houston, as well as those having to travel down South Main Street from Missouri City, Sugarland, Richmond, Rosenberg and other parts of Fort Bend County to get to and from work in the Houston area – and other parts of Harris County.

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What Cynthia Stewart had to say about Greater Houston Consulting & Tax Services, Incorporated: “I have used Greater Houston Consulting and Tax Services to prepare my taxes for at least the last 20 years. They are prompt and dependable. I appreciate their honest approach to my taxes and the thoroughness employed in helping me pay only what is owed or ideally to receive a refund when appropriate. Jimmy Coleman’s advice and counsel concerning my personal finances and retirement planning has been invaluable. Cheryl and Nicole are very helpful, efficient and personable, also. You will be well served by any of their staff. I highly recommend this business.” What Tammy Michelle Davis had to say about Greater Houston Consulting & Tax Services, Incorporated: “Loyal, Professional, and Honesty at its BEST! ... I’ve been a very satisfied client of Greater Hous-

ton’s Consulting and Tax Services for over 5 years. Each member of their staff are very professional, loyal and I can count on their dependable and hardworking efforts to get the job done! Thanks Greater Houston!” Another satisfied customer said this about Greater Houston Consulting & Tax Services Incorporated: “This is tax service that cares about people. Greater Houston Tax Service has “great” employees that knows previous and current customers by their names. Some customers decide to seek other tax services, but they always manage to come back to Greater Houston Tax Service to prepare their taxes the correct way and to fix, what mistakes that was made from other tax services.”

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When it comes to your tax return, you never have to settle for less Never Settle For LessSM - “Why H&R Block? H&R Block is one of the world’s largest tax services providers, utilizing more than 100,000 highly trained tax professionals and having prepared more than 550 million tax returns worldwide since 1955. In addition H&R Block prepares 1 in every 7 U.S. tax returns. H&R Block prepared more than 24 million tax returns worldwide in 2010. You can usually find an H&R Block retail office within 5 miles of most Americans. H&R Block has also prepared more than 50 million digital tax returns since 1994. Visit www.hrblock.com for more information and locations. H&R Block Tax Service - 2533 Southmore Blvd, Houston, TX 77004 - Contact: (713) 524-9991 H&R Block Tax Service - 2424 Rice Blvd, Houston, TX 77005 - Contact: (713) 528-2966 H&R Block Tax Service - 1919 Taylor St, Houston, TX 77007 - Contact: (713) 426-3425 H&R Block Tax Service - 436 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008 - Contact: (713) 863-1654 H&R Block Tax Service - 1967 West TC Jester BLVD, Houston, TX 77008 - Contact: (713) 880-3555 H&R Block Tax Service - 6854 Harrisburg Blvd, Houston, TX 77011 - Contact: (713) 924-5007 H&R Block Tax Service - 7210 Lawndale St, Houston, TX 77012 - Contact: (713) 936-5433 H&R Block Tax Service - 12786 Veterans Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77014 - Contact: (281) 397-0396 H&R Block Tax Service - 14624 Woodforest Blvd, Houston, TX 77015 - Contact: (832) 713-8232 H&R Block Tax Service - 8406 Winkler Dr Ste C, Houston, TX 77017 - Contact: (713) 643-7655 H&R Block Tax Service - 3910 N Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77018 - Contact: (713) 691-4607 H&R Block Tax Service - 1356 W 43rd St, Houston, TX 77018 - Contact: (713) 681-2206 H&R Block Tax Service - 5764 Cullen Blvd, Houston, TX 77021 - Contact: (713) 747-7395


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H&R Block Tax Service - 62 E Crosstimbers St, Houston, TX 77022 - Contact: (713) 695-7369 H&R Block Tax Service - 426 Crosstimbers St, Houston, TX 77022 - Contact: (713) 694-8322 H&R Block Tax Service - 900 S Wayside Dr Ste 300, Houston, TX 77023 - (713) 928-3642 H&R Block Tax Service - 4703 B Richmond, Houston, TX 77027 - Contact: (713) 626-9533 H&R Block Tax Service - 8784 Tidwell Rd, Houston, TX 77028 - Contact: (713) 633-1214 H&R Block Tax Service - 12156 East Fwy, Houston, TX 77029 - Contact: (832) 384-8929 H&R Block Tax Service - 11839 Wilcrest Dr, Houston, TX 77031 - Contact: (281) 564-5000 H&R Block Tax Service - 10763 Gulf Fwy, Houston, TX 77034 - Contact: (713) 946-5301 H&R Block Tax Service - 10350 B S Post Oak, Houston, TX 77035 - Contact: (713) 723-3063 H&R Block Tax Service - 6589 W Bellfort St, Houston, TX 77035 - Contact: (713) 729-8320 H&R Block Tax Service - 8220 S Gessner Dr Ste 12, Houston, TX 77036 - Contact: (713) 778-1400 H&R Block Tax Service - 9801 Bissonnet St Ste C, Houston, TX 77036 - Contact: (713) 772-5333 H&R Block Tax Service - 5858 S Gessner Dr Ste 122, Houston, TX 77036 - Contact: (713) 771-5584 H&R Block Tax Service - 1423 W Mount Houston Rd, Houston, TX 77038 - Contact: (281) 448-8644 H&R Block Tax Service - 6317 N Eldridge Pkwy Ste 104, Houston, TX 77041 - Contact: (713) 983-6547 H&R Block Tax Service - 10912 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77042 - Contact: (713) 781-8787 H&R Block Tax Service - 12710 W Lake Houston Pkwy Ste B, Houston, TX 77044 - Contact: (281) 454-4628 H&R Block Tax Service - 4333 B W Fuqua, Houston, TX 77045 - Contact: (713) 433-9672 H&R Block Tax Service - 15242 Wallisville Rd Ste E, Houston, TX 77049 - Contact: (713) 451-6900 H&R Block Tax Service - 2626 S Loop W Ste 150, Houston, TX 77054 - Contact: (713) 665-4049 H&R Block Tax Service - 8150 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77054 - Contact: (713) 668-6891 H&R Block Tax Service - 9742 Katy Fwy Ste 400, Houston, TX 77055 - Contact: (713) 722-8142 H&R Block Tax Service - 6508 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77057 - Contact: (713) 936-5005 H&R Block Tax Service - 3205 Hillcroft St, Houston, TX 77057 - Contact: (713) 936-5257 H&R Block Tax Service - 8203 Broadway St, Houston, TX 77061 - Contact: (713) 847-8970 H&R Block Tax Service - 9296 Westheimer Rd Ste 110, Houston, TX 77063 - Contact: (713) 952-0661 H&R Block Tax Service - 12020 FM 1960 Rd W Ste 750, Houston, TX 77065 - Contact: (281) 477-0532 H&R Block Tax Service - 210 West Greens Rd, Houston, TX 77067 - Contact: (281) 301-1529 H&R Block Tax Service - 5050 Cypress Creek Pkwy Ste 133, Houston, TX 77069 - Contact: (281) 586-0222 H&R Block Tax Service - 10708 Cypress Creek Pkwy, Houston, TX 77070 - Contact: (281) 469-6604 H&R Block Tax Service - 10100 Beechnut St Ste 150, Houston, TX 77072 - Contact: (281) 988-8691 H&R Block Tax Service - 11209 Bellaire Blvd Ste C12E, Houston, TX 77072 - Contact: (281) 530-1115 H&R Block Tax Service - 11755 Beechnut St, Houston, TX 77072 - Contact: (800) 472-5625 H&R Block Tax Service - 12144 E St, Houston, TX 77072 - Contact: (713) 453-3961 H&R Block Tax Service - 607 E Richey Rd Ste F, Houston, TX 77073 - Contact: (281) 443-9107 H&R Block Tax Service - 7056 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77074 - Contact: (713) 771-4810 H&R Block Tax Service - 9855 Blackhawk Blvd Ste B, Houston, TX 77075 - Contact: (713) 991-2987 H&R Block Tax Service - 5522 Airline Dr, Houston, TX 77076 - Contact: (713) 691-1152 H&R Block Tax Service - 12817 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77077 - Contact: (281) 497-6513 H&R Block Tax Service - 14526 A Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77079 - Contact: (281) 496-9581 H&R Block Tax Service - 9474 Hammerly Blvd Ste C, Houston, TX 77080 - Contact: (713) 465-1672 H&R Block Tax Service - 2747 Gessner Dr, Houston, TX 77080 - Contact: (713) 895-9701 H&R Block Tax Service - 5716 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77081 - Contact: (713) 665-5326 H&R Block Tax Service - 6773 Highway 6 South, Houston, TX 77083 - Contact: (281) 568-1849 H&R Block Tax Service - 4340 Highway 6 N, Houston, TX 77084 - Contact: (281) 463-3639 H&R Block Tax Service - 6608 Highway 6 N, Houston, TX 77084 - Contact: (281) 855-7332 H&R Block Tax Service - 12430 State Highway 249 Ste O, Houston, TX 77086 - Contact: (281) 847-1401 H&R Block Tax Service - 10906 Bammel North Houston Rd, Houston, TX 77086 - Contact: (281) 586-8443 H&R Block Tax Service - 12430 State Highway 249 Ste O, Houston, TX 77086 - Contact: (832) 431-4884 H&R Block Tax Service - 2903 Woodridge Dr Ste 110, Houston, TX 77087 - Contact: (713) 640-2742 H&R Block Tax Service - 10918 Fuqua St, Houston, TX 77089 - Contact: (281) 484-5067 H&R Block Tax Service - 1426 Cypress Creek Pkwy, Houston, TX 77090 - Contact: (281) 444-2361 H&R Block Tax Service - 5704 W Little York Rd, Houston, TX 77091 - Contact: (281) 447-2819 H&R Block Tax Service - 12710 Northwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77092 - Contact: (713) 936-5157 H&R Block Tax Service - 5388 W 34th St, Houston, TX 77092 - Contact: (713) 681-7103 H&R Block Tax Service - 4217 Tidwell Rd Ste A-3, Houston, TX 77093 - Contact: (713) 635-7882 H&R Block Tax Service - 10763 Eastex FWY, Houston, TX 77093 - Contact: (713) 692-5070 H&R Block Tax Service - 9700 Hillcroft St, Houston, TX 77096 - Contact: (800) 472-5625 H&R Block Tax Service - 4834 Beechnut St, Houston, TX 77096 - Contact: (713) 664-7719 H&R Block Tax Service - 2055 Westheimer Rd Ste 175, Houston, TX 77098 - Contact: (713) 523-1743

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Liberty Tax Service Is Consistently Ranked As A Top Franchise ®

CONSIDER LIBERTY TAX SERVICE THIS YEAR - “Liberty Tax Service® has surged to the forefront of a constantly evolving and technological tax industry, garnering many accolades in its climb. Here are some of the most recent: Entrepreneur magazine has ranked Liberty Tax Service on its “Franchise 500” list of best franchise opportunities since 1998. Liberty Tax Service is the only tax franchise on the Forbes magazine’s “Top 20 Franchises for the Buck.” (2012) In July, 2011 Vetrepreneur magazine named Liberty Tax on its “Military Friendly” franchise list. In its Summer 2011 issue, Small Business Opportunities magazine ranked Liberty Tax one of the “75 Hot Franchises to Get Into Now.” In June, G.I. Jobs named Liberty Tax Service on its elite list of “Military Friendly” franchises. Visit www.libertytax.com for more information and store locations. Liberty Tax Service - 1726 W 18th St, Houston, Texas 77008 - Contact: (713) 861-8882 Liberty Tax Service - 1008 N Shepherd Dr, Houston, Texas 77008 - Contact: (713) 861-8182 Liberty Tax Service - 5206 Irvington Blvd, Houston, Texas 77009 - Contact: (713) 869-5711 Liberty Tax Service - 13134 Veterans Memorial Dr, Houston, Texas 77014 - Contact: (281) 440-3160 Liberty Tax Service - 12620 Woodforest Blvd Suite 110, Houston, Texas 77015 - Contact: (713) 330-8111 Liberty Tax Service - 16E Uvalde Rd, Houston, Texas 77015 - Contact: (713) 330-8111 Liberty Tax Service - 7205A Tidwell Rd, Houston, Texas 77016 - Contact: (713) 635-9500 Liberty Tax Service - 4216A Ella Blvd, Houston, Texas 77018 - Contact: (713) 680-2400 Liberty Tax Service - 5808 Cullen Blvd, Houston, Texas 77021 - Contact: (713) 635-9500 Liberty Tax Service - 712 West Tidwell Rd, Houston, Texas 77022 - Contact: (832) 767-6608 Liberty Tax Service - 728 Telephone Rd, Houston, Texas 77023 - Contact: (713) 923-9222 Liberty Tax Service - 8615K Tidwell Rd, Houston, Texas 77028 - Contact: (713) 635-9500


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Liberty Tax Service - 9422 Cullen Blvd, Houston, TX 77051 - Contact: (713) 635-9500 Liberty Tax Service - 15901 B South Post Oak, Houston, TX 77053 - Contact: (713) 635-9500 Liberty Tax Service - 8057D Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77054 - Contact: (713) 796-1040 Liberty Tax Service - 3212B Hillcroft St, Houston, TX 77057 - Contact: (713) 952-8383 Liberty Tax Service - 12300 N. Freeway, Houston, TX 77060 - Contact: (713) 635-9500 Liberty Tax Service - 5033 Cypress Creek Pkwy, Houston, TX 77069 - Contact: (281) 583-1040 Liberty Tax Service - 9260 Cypress Creek Pkwy, Houston, TX 77070 - Contact: (281) 894-5888 Liberty Tax Service - 10766 Cypress Creek Pkwy, Houston, TX 77070 - Contact: (281) 894-7729 Liberty Tax Service - 12520A Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77077 - Contact: (281) 293-7788 Liberty Tax Service - 14625 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77079 - Contact: (281) 597-1040 Liberty Tax Service - 10146 Hammerly Blvd, Houston, TX 77080 - Contact: (713) 465-5630 Liberty Tax Service - 5900 Chimney Rock Rd, Houston, TX 77081 - Contact: (832) 251-1040 Liberty Tax Service - 6824A Highway 6 S, Houston, TX 77083 - Contact: (832) 328-4829 Liberty Tax Service - 4915 Highway 6 N, Houston, TX 77084 - Contact: (281) 855-8383 Liberty Tax Service - 2112 Fry Rd, Houston, TX 77084 - Contact: (281) 599-8299 Liberty Tax Service - 11235 Fuqua St, Houston, TX 77089 - Contact: (713) 944-8800 Liberty Tax Service - 10903 Scarsdale Blvd, Houston, TX 77089 - Contact: (281) 412-5531 Liberty Tax Service - 2030 Cypress Creek Pkwy, Houston, TX 77090 - Contact: (281) 893-0409 Liberty Tax Service - 5710 Antoine Dr, Houston, TX 77091 - Contact: (713) 812-0216 Liberty Tax Service - 11047 Northwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77092 - Contact: (713) 688-6588 Liberty Tax Service - 8542 Highway 6 N, Houston, TX 77095 - Contact: (281) 550-1444 Liberty Tax Service - 15881 Fm 529 Rd Suite C, Houston, TX 77095 - Contact: (281) 855-2727 Liberty Tax Service - 11270 Fondren Rd, Houston, TX 77096 - Contact: (713) 635-9500 Liberty Tax Service - 15881 Fm 529 Rd Suite C, Houston, TX 77095 - Contact: (281) 855-2727 Liberty Tax Service - 11850 Bissonnet St Suite E, Houston, TX 77099 - Contact: (281) 575-1040 Liberty Tax Service - 12757 S Dairy Ashford St, Houston, TX 77099 - Contact: (281) 988-7050

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Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Inside Fiesta) 4200 San Jacinto, Houston,TX 77004 - (832) 567-5995 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Store) 3609 Burkett St.,,Houston,TX 77004 - Contact: (281) 888-4870 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Inside ACE) 1801 Ella Blvd,,Houston,Tx 77008 - Contact: (713) 900-6517 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Inside Sellers Brothers) 8011 Elvera,,Houston TX,77012 - Contact: (713) 477-7777 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Store) 13383 Louisville, Houston,TX 77015 - Contact: 713-637-6440 Colbert/Ball Tax Service - (Inside Sellers Brothers) - 1202 Uvalde Rd., Houston,TX 77015 - (713) 230-8779 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Inside ACE) 9 Uvalde Houston,TX 77015 - Stop By And See Us today! Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Store) 8808 Homestead Houston,TX 77016 - Contact: (713) 633-2600 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Inside HEB) 2108 North Fraizer Conroe,Tx 77016 - Come see us today! Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Store) 6145 Allendale, Houston,TX 77017 - Contact: (832) 659-0111 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Store) 2835 Broadway,Suite B,Houston,TX 77017 - (713) 477-7777 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Store) 14656 Ella BLVD, Suite 400, Houston,TX 77014 - (281) 875-2274 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Store) 7221 Scott, Houston,Tx 77021- Contact: (713) 808-9692 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Store) 6213 Lyons,106,Houston,Tx 77020 - Contact: (713) 694-2274 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Store) 6718 Cullen BLVD,,Houston,TX 77021 - (832) 830-8000 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Inside ACE) 4502 - A Griggs,,Houston,Tx 77021 - Come see us today! Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Inside HEB) 6102 Scott St.,,Houston,Tx 77021 - Contact: (713) 808-9692 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Inside Fiesta) 4711 Airline Drive ,,Houston,TX 77022 - (832) 568-5995 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Store) - 7048 Lawndale,Suite D,Houston,TX,77023 - Contact: (713) 477-7777 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Inside ACE) 9539 South Main St.,,Houston,Tx 77025 - (713) 510-0955 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Inside Fiesta) 9419 Mesa Rd,,Houston,TX 77028 - Contact: (832) 577-1805 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Inside Sellers Brothers) 10901 Market,,Houston,Tx 77029 - (713) 623-1364 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Inside ACE) 5810 Bellfort St,D, Houston,TX,77033 - Contact: (832) 577-6819 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Inside ACE) 6408 Martin Luther King BLVD, Houston,Tx 77033 - Come by today! Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Inside Fiesta) 5600 Mykawa, Houston,TX,77033 - (713) 847-7266 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Fiesta) 1175 Edgebrook, Houston,TX,77034 - Contact: (713) 910-7299 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Inside ACE) 10804 South Post Oak,,Houston,TX 77035 - (832) 352-1897 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Inside ACE) 11338 Chimney Rock,,Houston,Tx 77035 - (832) 530-7523 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Inside Fiesta) 12355 S Main, Houston,TX 77035 - 713-728-0455 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Store) 11313 Fondren,A,Houston,TX 77035 - Contact: (713) 723-4044 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Inside Fiesta) 11006 Airline, Houston,Tx 77036 - Contact: (281) 674-3493 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Inside ACE) 8631 Beechnut,,Houston,Tx,77036 - Contact: (832) 686-7866 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Fiesta) 8710 Bellaire Blvd,,Houston,TX,77036 - Contact: (832) 279-6343, Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Inside Fiesta) 1728 W Mount Houston Rd,,Houston,TX 77038 - (281) 742-3000 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Inside ACE) 4607 Hwy 6 N,,Houston,TX 77041- Contact: (281) 456-3179 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Store) 13110 FM 529,Suite 5,Houston,TX 77041 - Contact: 713-896-7701 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Store) 1452 Wilcrest Dr.,,Houston,Tx 77042 - Contact: (281) 888-9549 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Store) 12160 Almeda,,Houston,TX 77045 - Contact: (713) 433-0220,


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Colbert Ball Tax Service - (inside JoeVs) 5609 Uvalde Rd., Houston,TX 77049 - Contact: (832) 230-7230 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (inside Fiesta) 9420 Cullen,,Houston,TX 77051 - Contact: (832) 577-1805 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Store) 4109 Reed Road,,Houston,TX 77051 - Contact: (713) 636-9864 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Inside ACE) 9201 Cullen Blvd,,Houston,TX,77051 - Contact: (713) 621-8290 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Store) 15948 S. Post Oak,,Houston,TX,77053 - Contact: (713) 452-9904 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Store) 2616 South Loop West ,Suite 110,Houston,TX 77054 - (713) 592-5555 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Inside ACE) 7812 Almeda, Houston,Tx 77054 - Come by today! Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Store) 5100 Westheimer, #263, Houston,Tx 77056 - Contact: (832) 415-1876 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Store) 6250 Westpark Dr.,340,Houston,TX 77057 - Contact: (713) 738-4984 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Inside Fiesta) 7510 Bellfort, Houston,TX,77061 - Contact: (713) 370-2366 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Store) 17000 El Camino Real ,Ste 210B,Houston,TX 77062 - (281) 984-7387 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Store) 3987 South Gessner Rd,,Houston,Tx,77063 - (713) 977-8297 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Store) 9110 Jones Rd.,131,Houston,TX,77065 - (281) 469-3705 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Inside HEB) 12035 Antoine Dr., Houston,Tx,77066 - Come see us today! Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Store) 2944 Gears Rd., Houston,TX,77067- (281) 875-2274 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Store) 12800 N. Borough,Suite E, Houston,TX 77067 - Contact: 281-872-4636 Colbert Ball Tax Service - (Inside ACE) 4507 FM 1960 Rd. 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Mayor Allen Owen Has Served Missouri City, Texas For Over 35 years

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JANUARY 2013

MAYOR ALLEN OWEN

Missouri City Will Hold A General Election On Sat., May 11th, 2013

In accordance with the Texas Election Code, the City of Missouri City will hold a General Election on May 11, 2013. The races for the General Election are for the four district A, B, C, & D, Missouri City Councilmembers

Robert and Kristin. Community Involvement: Prior to his election, Council member Marshall served as commissioner of the Missouri City Planning and Zoning Commission, served as

chair of the Missouri City Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee, served as vice chair of the Missouri City Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Committee, treasurer of the Missouri City Police and

Fire Auxiliary, and board member of Municipal Utility District (MUD) 122. In addition, Marshall has been a member of the Quail Valley Acquisition Feasibility Committee and the Public Safety Subcommittee.

The term of office for these positions is two years from May 2013 to May 2015. Notice is hereby given that applications for a place on the City of Missouri City, Texas General Election ballot may be filed during the following time to the City Secretary.

UPCOMING ELECTION

EMERY

A little About The Candidates On The 2013 Ballot MARSHALL

SMITH

ELACKATT

District A - Bobby Marshall is a 19year resident of Colony Crossing in Missouri City. In addition to his duties as City Council member, he also serves as a Board member of the Colony Crossing Homeowners Association. Marshall owns an office supply and printing business in the community. He has been a precinct alternate election judge for 27 years and a Little League volunteer for 36 years, including serving as a Little League World Series umpire in 2005. He has been married to Vanessa for 28 years, and they have two children,

Mayor Owen Goes At The State Capital

Mayor Allen Owen (second from left) stopped by the Capital Hill Office of State Representative Ronald E. Reynolds (HD-27) in Fort Bend County, Texas will in Austin, Texas for the swearing in of the 83rd Legislature. The gentleman (first from the left) is Woody Owens a Pearland City Councilman. The gentleman on the far left is Gary Pearson. The district represented by Rep. Reynolds covers parts of Houston, Missouri City, Arcola, Fresno, Richmond, Rosenberg, Needville, Stafford and parts of Sugar Land, Texas.

“The Show Me City” is the Region’s Most Diverse City


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District B - Don Smith and family have owned a home in Hunters Glen III for 31 years. He is the current president of the Hunters Glen-III Homeowners’ Association and has served on that board in many capacities over the years. Don and his wife Etta have been married for 33 years and have five boys and one girl. Their seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild complete the family. Council member Smith is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and since retiring as the southwestern divisional marketing director for Pitney Bowes, Don primarily has focused on community service. Community Involvement - Council member Smith has recently resurrected the Texas Parkway Alliance; was a board member of the City’s Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone 1, and was secretary of the Texas Association of Black Council Members. He is chairman of the Missouri City Juneteenth Celebration Foundation; is a life time member of the NAACP and the A. Phillip Randolph Institute, a member of the Missouri City YMCA Century Club, the Black Heritage Committee – Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and the Covenant Glen United Methodist Church Male Chorus. District C - Robin Elackatt was elected to office on May 9, 2009, as the District C Council member. He and his wife Tina have been residents of Colony Lakes Subdivision since 2006. They have two daughters and are members of St. Laurence Catholic Church. Currently, Council member Elackatt works for Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. Community Involvement - Prior to being a Council member, Elackatt served as the vice chairman and board member of the Parks Board. Currently, he serves on the Colony Lakes Homeowners’ Association Board and was the past president of the Homeowner’s Association Board.

District D - Floyd Emery was elected to his office on May 14, 2011. He has been married 52 years to his wife, Linda. They have been homeowners in Quail Valley for more than 35 years, where they raised their two sons, Brian and Dennis. Councilmember Emery retired from Halliburton in 1999 and was employed by Baroid/Dresser/Halliburton for 47 years of service prior to his early retirement. During his tenure, he achieved a successful business career excelling in the management and directorship of Information Technology, Finance and Human Resources. Community Involvement - Council member Emery continues to have extensive involvement in various Missouri City and Quail Valley community service organizations. This includes QV Proud as its current president, Citizens for Missouri City’s Future as its president, an active member of the QV Exchange Club, and as chair of the Missouri City Police Officers Association annual benefit golf tournament.

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THE OWEN REPORT PUBLISHED BY MAYOR ALLEN OWEN Mayor Allen Owen Has Served Missouri City, Texas For Over 35 years

Get To Know Mayor Allen Owen Personal History

Mayor Allen Owen is Missouri City’s 10th mayor since the city’s incorporation in 1956. Mayor Owen and his family have lived in Missouri City more than 34 years. Mayor Owen continues to dedicate much of his time and expertise towards the development of a community where he and his wife of 44 years, Jane, raised their three children. Owen has served as mayor since his election to that position in 1994. Prior to that time he was a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission for five years and a City Council member for eight years, including serving as mayor pro-tem. Mayor Owen earned degrees from Southern Methodist Univer-

sity’s Graduate School of Finance and Banking and from Stephen F. Austin State University.

Community Involvement

From the beginning of Mayor Owen’s association with Missouri City, he has been highly visible in the community that now has grown to 68,000 residents and numerous businesses. He continues to play a major role in building a strong economy evidenced by Missouri City’s attraction of quality residential and commercial development. Mayor Owen combines his position as senior vice president and Texas government liaison for Wells Fargo Bank of Texas with assuring he is available to hear and work with the City’s residents on their needs. He actively participates in

numerous community activities, including tireless volunteer hours with the YMCA, United Way, March of Dimes, and many other organizations.

Additional Service

He serves on the boards for the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, Fort Bend Women’s Center, Fort Bend Literacy Council, and the Fort Bend Community Justice Council. Mayor Owen is also a lifetime vice president and director of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, a lifetime member of the Fort Bend Fair, past president of the Texas 4H Foundation, and president of the Asian American Family Counseling Center.

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MESSAGE FROM THE CO-GRAND MARSHAL

THANK YOU! CONGRESSMAN AL GREEN - 9TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

“I am proud that we Houstonians have once again shown our admiration for the many accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King as well as our dedication to celebrating his legacy. Thank you for your commitment to making the 2013 MLK Grande Parade such a success. I trust that we will continue using this holiday as an opportunity for us to reflect on the story and the numerous contributions of Dr. King. Let us also continue to remember the many other unsung heroes and heroines who sacrificed while seeking positive societal change. ‘Keep the Dream Alive.’”


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Our sole purpose is to promote Racial Harmony through Educational and Promotional concepts and ideas.

Our Educational Concepts include the following:

- Consensus Building through the awareness of oneness and common values. - Networking through the Public, Private Schools and Churches by interacting with Administrators,Educators, and Ministers on the importance of respecting all cultures ethnicity and spiritual beliefs.

Our Promotional Concepts include the following:

- Emphasizing The Greatness of Multi-Cultural Diversity through Community Sponsored Events. - Raising the Awareness of Commonalities through differences that culminates each year on the Third Monday in January, the official Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration.

About Our Theme

There is but One Race, and that is The Human Race. This message was articulated very clearly by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a Visionary who saw things from a different perspective. Almost Forty Years later, we now see those things, and we will strive to incorporate those things into our everyday lives in the knowledge of “Change Begins With Self” America is a unique experience. While it is home for all who desire peace and prosperity, it is an awakening for others to the possibilities of positive change. Americans are a collective inheritance of cultural, ethnic and spiritual differences whose sum total epitomizes all that is good in the human experience. The key to America’s strength is her shared differences. Her shared differences are what we applaud and celebrate. . It is these differences that make us uniquely gifted, strong, and reflects the greatness of Collaborative Cohabitation. The common thread of The Whole of Humanity, is its’ multicultural diversity. Accordingly we proudly announce our theme.

2013 MLK GRANDE PARADE SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS

Corporate Partners: Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau, Houston Rockets, Tyler Perry Studios, Midtown Redevelopment District, Walgreens, AVON, Houston Public Library, Jack in the Box, Union Pacific, Pepsico, Sprint, The Original Harlem Globetrotters, Baker & Associates, Houston Astros, Universal Studios, Texas Black Expo, Verizon, XEROX, Music World Entertainment, and IKEA — Automobile Partners: Toyota, General Motors, NIssan, and the Houston Area Chevy Dealers — Airline Partners: United, JetBlue, Delta, and U.S. Airways — Hotel Partners: Hilton Houston – Southwest, Hilton Houston – Medical Center, Holiday Inn-Medical Center, and the Courtyard Marriott Medical Center — Community Partners: Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, Organization Of Black Airline Pilots, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Esther’s Cajun Cafe & Soulfood — Academic Partners: University of Houston, Rice University, Historical Black Colleges & Universities, and Houston Community College — Media Partners: SPORTSTALK 790 AM, CLASSIC ROCK 93.7 THE ARROW, Radio Disney - 1590 AM, KSBJ Radio-89.3 FM - Humble, The Houston Examiner, Houston Style Magazine, Business Pro Newspaper, SUNNY 99.1, HCC-TV, NTD TV, rolling out, Univision, 713 NEWS, 104.1 KRBE, 94.5 FM the BUZZ, 740 KTRH NEWS RADIO, and THE 950 AM — Armed Services Partners: U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, USMC, Texas State Guard, Texas Army National Guard, Texas Air National Guard, and the U.S. Coast Guard — Law Enforcement Partners: Harris County Pct 3, Constable Ken Jones, Harris County Pct 7, Constable May Walker, Fort Bend County Pct 2, Constable Ruben Davis, and the HCC Police Department


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bers are limited to serving three terms of two years each, with each term beginning on January 2 of the even-numbered year. Below you will find the current listing for Houston’s elected governing body; and the term of office they’re currently serving.

MAYOR ANNISE D. PARKER

Mayor Annise Parker is currently serving her second-term as the mayor of Houston. She will be running for re-election on the November 2013 ballot.

FORMER CITY ATTORNEY BEN HALL IS RUNNING FOR MAYOR OF THE CITY OF HOUSTON

Attorney Benjamin L. Hall, III, a Harvardtrained lawyer, and former Houston (City Attorney) who founded The Hall Law Firm in 2000 has declared his candidacy for Mayor. The Hall Law Firm concentrates on litigation matters, including complex construction litigation, complex commercial and contract cases, as well as consumer/personal injury claims.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CONTROLLER RONALD C. GREEN

Houston City Controller Ronald C. Green is currently serving his second-term as Houston’s Controller. He will be running for re-election on the Nov. 2013 ballot.

HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT A

Houston Council Member Helena Brown is currently serving her first term as the Houston City Council District A representative and will be up for re-election in November of 2013.

HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT B

Houston City Council Member Jerry Davis is currently serving his first-term as the Houston City Council District B representative and will be up for re-election in Nov., of 2013.

Where Houston’s Current Leadership and where they currently stand as it relates to term-limits

GENERAL ELECTION:

2013 is a very important election year for people in the city of Houston. In November of 2013 Houston voters will be voting for Mayor, Controller, and Eleven Council Members who are elected from districts and five atlarge Council Members. The sixteen Council Members are elected every two years, in oddnumbered years. Council Mem-

HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT C

Houston City Council Member Ellen Cohen is currently serving her first-term as the Houston City Council District C representative and will be up for re-election in the November 2013 General Election.

HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT D

Houston City Council Member Wanda Adams is currently serving her third and final term as the Houston City Council District D representative. The District D Houston City Council seat will be one of the open seats on the 2013 Mayoral Election ballot in November.

HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT E

HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT J

Houston City Council Member Dave Martin is currently serving out the remainder of the term vacated by former Houston City Council Member Mike Sullivan who is now serving as the Harris County Tax Assessor/Voter Registrar. District E pretty much covers the areas of Kingwood and Clear Lake. Council Member Martin will be seeking to win the opportunity to serve his first complete term as the Houston City Council District E representative on the November 2013 ballot. A proven business and government leader, Dave has a strong desire to ensure conservative principles are applied in City government and will bring sound business and proven decision making skills in dealing with the issues facing Houston today. Public safety, fiscal responsibility and economic development will be the cornerstone of Dave’s campaign. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana and a graduate of Louisiana State University, Dave serves as a Managing Director of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. and previously worked for two large “Big Four” Accounting Firms, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP and Ernst & Young, LLP.

Houston City Council Member Mike Laster is currently serving his first-term as the Houston City Council District J representative and will be up for re-election in on the November 2013 Mayoral Election ballot.

HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT F

Houston City Council Member Al Hoang will be seeking to serve his third and final term as the Houston City Council District F representative on the Nov. 2013 ballot.

HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT G

Houston City Council Member Oliver Pennington is currently serving his second term. He will be seeking to serve his third and final term as the Houston City Council District G representative on the Nov. 2013 ballot.

HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT H

Houston City Council Member Ed Gonzalez is currently serving his second term. He will be seeking to serve his third and final term as the Houston City Council District H representative on the Nov., 2013 ballot.

HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT I

Houston City Council Member James G. Rodriguez is currently serving his third and final term as the Houston City Council District I representative. The District I Houston City Council seat will be one of the open seats on the 2013 Mayoral Election ballot.

HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT K

Houston City Council Member Larry Green is currently serving his firstterm as the Houston City Council District K representative and will be up for re-election on November 2013 Mayor Election ballot.

CITY COUNCIL AT-LARGE POSITION 1

Council Member Stephen Costello is currently serving his second term as the Houston City Council At-Large Position 1 representative and will be up for re-election on the November 2013 Mayoral Election ballot.

CITY COUNCIL AT-LARGE POSITION 2

Houston City Council Member Andrew C. Burks is currently serving his first term as the Houston City Council At-Large Position 2 representative and will be up for re-election on the Nov. 2013 Election.

CITY COUNCIL AT-LARGE POSITION 3

Houston City Council Member Melisa Noriega is currently serving her third and final term as the Houston City Council At-Large Position 3 representative. The At-Large Position 3 City Council seat will be one of the open seats on the 2013 Mayoral Election ballot.

CITY COUNCIL AT-LARGE POSITION 4

Houston City Council Member C.O. Bradford is currently serving his second term as the Houston City Council AtLarge Position 4 representative and will be up for re-election in November.

CITY COUNCIL AT-LARGE POSITION 5

Houston City Council Member Jack Christie is currently serving his first term as the Houston City Council At-Large Position 5 representative and will be up for re-election on the November 2013 Mayoral Election ballot.


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