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Posts published in “Day: September 13, 2007”

Murder suspect caught in Huffman

BY LEWIS SPEARMAN
HUFFMAN – The man arrested in Huffman for the killing of a Athens, Texas resident was returned to face prosecution.
Edward Ray Smalley, 51, was booked into the Henderson County Jail, Thursday, on a charge of capital murder for the slaying of Tony Moore. Moore’s body was found inside his residence Sept. 3. Smalley remained in the Henderson County Jail Friday in lieu of $1.5 million bond.
Smalley, arrested shortly after 6 a.m. September 6, was found at his sister’s home in Huffman. According to reports, Smalley surrendered without incident to the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force. The task force is a combined effort of Harris County Sheriff’s Dept., Houston Police and others operating in cooperation with the U.S. Marshall’s Office.
Smalley, a Kentucky native who has lived in the Henderson County area for the past several years, was taken to the Harris County Jail, where he was arraigned.
A 2003 Jaguar found at the time of the arrest is said to be from the victim’s residence. Smalley has arrests on his record prior to being taken into custody, burglary, assault and an escape from jail.
When friends and relatives telephoned authorities worried about Moore, the police found the victim at his residence, with blunt force trauma on his face and head.
Investigators hope to interview Smalley get an account of what led to the violence and Moore’s death.

Local barber honors military, emergency personnel

By BOBBY HORN JR.
HIGHLANDS—How do you say ‘thank you” to the fire fighter or police officer who puts their life on the line to help those whom they may have never met? How do you say “thank you” to that young soldier who stands guard thousands of miles from home who says “sleep well tonight, I will protect you?”
One local barber is doing his part to say ‘thank you.’
Donnie Crockett, himself a veteran of the U.S. Army (1977-1981) offers free hair to firefighters, police officers and members of the military at his shop on Garth Road near the new El Toro Mexican Restaurant.
A barber for the past 16 and a half years, Crockett began this service five years ago on the first anniversary of the 9-11 attacks.
“It really struck me,” he said. “To see those fire fighters and police. They’re laying it on the line and it just seemed like the right thing to do.”
Crockett holds a special place in his heart for those in the military. His brothers served in the Navy and Army and his father was a member of the National Guard. Another relative, he said, was a marine aviator during World War II and a member of the squad that sank the first Japanese battleship at Wake Island.
Then there is his son. Crockett’s son Clay is a Marine who works as a K-9 specialist in the military police. He is currently on assignment in Iraq.
“Anyone who puts their life on the line deserves our thanks,” he said.
Crockett lives in Highlands and, for the past 13 years, operated a barber shop in Pasadena. Eight months ago he moved to the Garth Road location.

Return of the hummingbirds

The hummingbirds are in migration across Texas on their way to Central and South America for the winter. If you have feeders up, you know what I’m talking about.
A magazine had a picture of a lady sitting and holding a small red container with hummingbirds gathered around on her finger. Great photo opportunity, so yours truly tried attracting the birds. They would hover about two feet from me but no closer. It is amazing to see a hummingbird that close and to hear the small bird with the drone sound of their wings flapping at 15 – 80 times per second.
The hummingbirds paid more attention to me than getting a drink.
While reading about the woman holding the birds, the article said it says it took a few days for them to get used to her hanging around next to the feeders daily for them to land on her finger.
Didn’t know it but hummingbirds are carnivores and the sugar water is just for fuel to power their fly catching activity. They have to fly south to get the bugs that can’t handle freezing weather.

Several years ago, yours truly walked up behind a hummer on a feeder and picked it up. Lil thing must have been sleeping as it was so easy to do and I let the Mrs. hold it for a second before letting it go. That’s bragging rights.
This hot weather has brought my peppers into the production mode if they are picked regular.
Granddaughter was here yesterday so she and the Mrs. picked peppers, bringing in nearly a colander full; mostly Tabasco Peppers by the front door and Cayenne from the back garden.
Having that many peppers, I couldn’t see letting them go to waste so I whooped up a batch of chowchow this morning using one head of cabbage and four yellow onions. No green tomatoes to be found at several supermarkets as they are scarce as hens’ teeth this time of year.
Tried sampling some of the finished product with Frito’s and only took two bites to say no mas. Not sure if allowing this batch to sit for six months or so will calm it down and take some of the heat out or not.
Read an interesting note the other day it says, a person’s true character is revealed by what he does when no one is watching.

City seeks $11M for Eagle Dr. upgrades

BY BOBBY HORN JR.
MONT BELVIEU— In November, the City of Mont Belvieu will ask voters to approve an $11 Million Bond referendum designed to improve mobility along Eagle Drive.
The election will be held Nov. 6.
City administrator Bryan Easum said city was looking at spending $9.3 Million for the project but even with voters approval it would be a couple of years before construction could begin the city wanted a little extra cushion in the event of price increases for materials.
The plan, Easum said, is to convert Eagle Drive into a four-lane road with either a center turning lane or boulevard-style median. Plans call for sidewalks to be installed along both sides of the street. In order to avoid the use of ditches the city plans to install an underground storm sewer system, add landscaping along the roadway and install additional traffic signals.
“It is imporatnt for us to get the water off Eagle Drive when it rains,” he said.
Where and how many traffic signals, Easum said, has yet to be determined.
As engineers begin designing the expansion Easum said that a speed study would also be conducted to determine if the current speed limits are appropriate for the street. Currently the speed limit is 45 mile per hour and 35 miles per hour in the school zone. The Barbers Hill ISD has not requested a lower school zone limit.
The new Eagle Drive will extend from Interstate 10 in the south, north to FM 565 just south of the City Hall Complex.
Easum explained that travels north of FM 565 and connects with SH 146 is technically a state highway. With other projects under consideration, he said, the state has not given any indication of improvements along that stretch of road that passes by Eagle Pointe.
Easum noted that while growth has not been large as anticipated, more congestion is the future is anticipated. The improvements, he added, would also solve left turn conflicts on the road.
“It’s obvious that trafiic is getting worse and worse on Eagle Drive,” he said,
A recent mobility study shows that 20,000 vaehicles use Eagle Drive during a given 24-hour period.
If the bonds are approved, Easum said that is would take between a year and 18 months for engineers to draw up the design plans. From that point the city would have to go out for bids, with construction not likely to begin before Fall 2009.