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Posts published in “Day: October 31, 2002”

Chamber EXPO wows the Crosby Crowds

CROSBY– Fifty three brightly decorated booths, colorful entertainment and eager business representatives greeted over several hundred consumers at Crosby High School commons last weekend.


Swamping the Business to Consumer Expo on Saturday morning, over 350 local folks participated in drawings for door prizes.

KMCO took top honors as the best representative of their business with lab coats, a state of the art back exhibit, and some great delicacies to snack on.

Lee College had the “Best of Theme” booth, with its international flag display.

Medics claim Crosby’s ESD station is haunted

CROSBY– A spiral staircase ascends to a darkened and dusty room, suddenly electricity crackles an unintelligible attempt at communication, a droning hum is constant, a suspicious stain appears in the center– some rooms are born bad, others become bad but whatever wlaks above local rescue crews– walks alone.


The glaring, dully surprised look that any non-psychic can read from a busy man as, “Are you insane?” is the initial response of the Coordinator of Medical Services for ESD#5, Cary Avey’s, to the question “Is your ESD#5 Station House on FM2100 haunted?”

Patiently, Avey answered that question with others, “Who told you about that stuff? Did you notice it’s a metal building; it’s going to make noises as it heats up from the weather and contracts from the air conditioning inside. I’ve spent the night up there several months ago and didn’t get bothered”.

Huffman ISD plans bond referendum in December

HUFFMAN– Steven Myers, Superintendent of the Huffman schools, announced that the Board of Trustees approved an order calling for a “Schoolhouse Bond Election” in the amount of $19.8 million dollars.


The election is scheduled for December 7, 2002.

The district long-range planning committee will be preparing detailed information regarding the bond election, and scheduling meetings to inform staff, parents, and community members.

Additional information is available by calling Myers at 281-324-1871, ext. 106.

Got Investment Losses? Make Them Work for You

If you have long-term investment goals — sending children to college, planning a comfortable retirement, providing a legacy for the next generation — you probably adhere to a long-term investment philosophy, such as “buy and hold.” But even a buy-and-hold strategy doesn’t require you to own a stock forever.

At some point, you may choose to sell a stock because it no longer meets your diversification needs, or because the underlying company has lost its competitive position within its industry. You might also decide to sell because you feel that a company’s management has taken the business in a new, questionable direction. And on occasion, you might sell a stock because its price has fallen so far that it may never recover.
Whatever your reason for selling a stock, you’ll want to get as much benefit from the losses as possible. Fortunately, you’ve got an ally — the U.S. tax code. Your investment losses are tax-deductible, to a point. You can use your capital losses to offset any capital gains you have, plus up to $3,000 of other income, including earned income. So, for example, if you realized a $2,000 capital gain this year from selling stocks or other appreciated investments, you could write off up to $5,000 in losses. And you can carry forward any “excess” losses to future years.
In fact, because so many investors have realized more losses than they can’t write off in a single year, Congress is considering increasing the amount of losses that can be deducted annually.
What happens if you’d like to write off some losses, but you still want to hang on to the stock that caused them? If you sell the stock, and then buy it back within 30 days, you can’t deduct the losses, because you’d be violating the IRS’ “wash-sale” rule. You could sell the stock, wait for 30 days, and then repurchase it — but you’d run the risk of having the stock’s price rebound in the meantime. As an alternative, you could sell the stock and immediately reinvest your proceeds in a similar company. As long as you’re not investing in a stock that is “substantially identical” to the one you sold, you can generally avoid the wash-sale rule. Nonetheless, you’ll want to consult with your tax advisor before making any of these types of moves.

Edward Jones Investments
15010 FM 2100 Suite 101
(Next to Crosby Fairgrounds)
Crosby, TX 77532
Please call for our CD rates. 281-328-9913

Up in Smoke

An Apple A Day
Up In Smoke

Although public awareness about the dangers of tobacco smoke has heightened over recent years, the message has apparently not gotten through to many Americans. Approximately one-quarter of our adult population (over 40 million people) continues to smoke tobacco. Smoking is even on the rise among young Americans, with a thirty-percent increase over the past decade in teens.

Tobacco smoke contains at least 43 substances that cause cancer. Some of the chemicals in tobacco smoke include cyanide, benzene, formaldehyde, wood alcohol, acetylene, and ammonia. Nicotine itself is a poison that in large doses can kill a person by stopping their muscles of respiration. The health consequences of smoking are substantial, including a dramatic increase in diseases of the heart, blood vessels, lungs, and brain.
Tobacco smoke also elevates the risk of many types of cancer. In the U.S. tobacco causes 1-in 5 cancer deaths (nearly 440,000 deaths per year). Bottom line, smoking will kill you. However, it’s never too late to quit. The risk of heart disease in the ex-smoker is equivalent to that of the non-smoker after fifteen years of being tobacco free.
Smoking cessation is not easy! In fact it may be one of the hardest things that you will ever do. The end result, however, can be very rewarding. On average, it takes people about ten attempts before finally being able to quit.
There are several products available for smoking cessation in the way of nicotine replacement. Nicotine gum and patches are available over-the-counter. The nicotine nasal spray and inhalers still require a doctor’s prescription. There is also an oral medication called bupropion (Zyban) that is used for smoking cessation. This medication is similar to many of the prescription antidepressant medications. Bupropion can be used in combination with the nicotine replacement products. Always use these products according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
No matter what method you choose to stop smoking, it’s important to pick a day to quit and stick to it! None of the above products are meant to replace will power. Because smoking is sometimes used as a “stress reliever”, it also helps to have an action plan in place for what to do instead of smoking during times of stress. You should also enlist the help of friends and family members. Let them know you’re attempting to quit and they’re likely to provide valuable support. You should also discard all smoking related items – cigarettes, ashtrays, lighters, etc.
Quitting smoking is not easy. Attempting smoking cessation, though, is worth the health benefits that your body will receive. Now is the perfect time to make the commitment to quit since November marks the annual Great American Smokeout. This is an event held on the third Thursday of every November, sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Ask your physician for advice in this matter and to help decide what methods of cessation are most appropriate for you. Further information can be obtained through the American Cancer Society web site (cancer.org). Good luck and Happy Halloween!

R.G. Roach, D.O.
The Center for Family & Preventive Medicine
281-328-2568


George West and Egypt…All part of Texas


Well, it looks a whole lot like a wet winter (again). I wish someone would find out how to turn that thing off!
Anyway, I think we all breathed a sigh of relief when they caught those sniper guys. It’s a shame it took so many lives.
Don’t forget that it’s only a little over a week ‘till we’re campaign commercial free! Shouldn’t there be a holiday for that or something?


Speakin’ of them politicians, did you hear about the politician who was kissin’ babies and the mothers washed the baby’s mouths out with soap?!
I’m not sure who to believe anymore. The Democrats tell us how mean the Republicans are and to vote Democrat. The Republicans tell us what scoundrels the Democrats are, so vote for Republicans. The Independents tell us that everybody is crooked but them. Well, it makes a decision so tough, when all of them are tellin’ the truth!
I had somebody tell me maybe I should lighten up on poor ole Bill Clinton and his cronies. I told them that I would, but Bill won’t leave the stage. He keeps trying to stay in the spotlight. So I politely told them, I really believe that you all read my ramblin’s because I don’t say what everyone else says, I just say what everyone else would say, if given the chance! Now, if I’m wrong on this, please write and let the Star Courier know.
Speaking of the Star Courier, how about the new website? It is really nice. Check it out at www.starcouriernews.com. (By the way, they will eventually get around to changing it for each week, I promise).
This weekend, I will be down in beautiful George West Texas for their Storyfest. It’s a long way down there, but it is probably the single best event of its kind in Texas. There will be storytelling, ghost stories, poets, a working chuckwagon, games, music and a lot of other stuff for the kids and adults. I’m going to keep tellin’ you all about these things until some of you attend. These are great family weekends that are free admission.
The second weekend in November is the Egypt Plantation Days in Egypt, Texas. Yes, Virginia, there is an Egypt, Texas! Another free event with something for everyone. Egypt is just ten miles North of Wharton, Texas. Try this one, too!
I guess I’ve never come right out and said it, but you might stick your ole head into a local Crosby church service on Sunday. There are a bunch of good ones around and one of ‘em will fit you, I’ll guarantee. You might even like it!
As you’ve probably already guessed, I had a lot of stuff to say, just none of it was real long. See, you were lucky this week. But that don’t mean you don’t have to close the gate when you leave! So have a great week, say somethin’ nice to someone you don’t even know and, ‘till we meet again, Happy Trails, Lloyd

Send ’em a Texas Ranger


What a week. It seems that the whole world is tipping over on its side. There’s a gunman loose in the Washington/Virginia area and everyone is staying home, not even shopping for groceries! The economy in that area is down millions of dollars and the nut is still runnin’ loose! How about putting a BIG reward out for this guy’s capture, say, $1,000,000.00? I betcha that would get him caught real quick like. And, if all else fails, we may just have to settle it by sending them a Texas Ranger. End of story.
Have you heard the latest from Panic World Headquarters? North Korea has deliverable nuclear weapons. DUH!!! Guess where they got the technology to build accurate missiles for those nuclear weapons. Well, it’s spelled B-I-L-L C-L-I-N-T-O-N. Slick sold them the technology so he could finance his campaign. Then he made sure nothing would be done about it by appointing Her Majesty, Madeline Allbright sic (there’s a great last name for ya!), as Secretary of State. North Korea promised to play nice and she believed ‘em!
Now Korea is ready to move and everyone is saying “it’s Bush’s fault”! Sorry, guys. Some of us have been following this thing and know what’s goin’ on. Everyone else is just now startin’ to see the mess that went on in Washington during Slick’s stay. The scary part is, how much more damage is yet uncovered?
On the cheerier side, the election season is almost over. Can Thanksgiving be far behind? Is it a coincidence that Thanksgiving quickly follows the elections? Just be sure and vote, especially for the governor.
I’m having trouble deciding which scoundrel to vote for. Is it still legal to vote for my favorite candidate, “None of the Above”?
A little note to the boys who do the grate cookin’ at “Larry’s” on Thursday nite: “I love you guys! Just keep them steaks juicy”!
I got to entertain about forty Japanese visiting Tyler on Saturday. What a great time! They spoke little or no English and I spoke only two or three phrases of Japanese. However, when I spoke “cowboy”, they understood instantly. They knew the words and music to “Happy Trails”, and sang right along. I taught them the words to “Back In The Saddle Again”. No problem. Then they wanted their pictures taken holdin’ my antique Colt pistols, usually pointed at me! You see, in Japan, they cannot own firearms of any kind, so they have a real fascination with guns.
One really nice guy informed me through the interpreter that he was a black belt. I said I was a good shot. He then said he would stop the bullet with his sword. I said, “bang, bang, bang”! He said, “I now dead”!
These folks were very courteous and polite. Some were flat out funny, like that guy. We all enjoyed each others company. What was the common bond though, was the cowboy spirit, which they loved and identified with so well.
I guess the American cowboy is still one of the best good will ambassadors we have, and Lord knows, we need them now, more than ever. So this week, if you see a cowboy, tell him thanks. He’ll know what you mean!
Shut the gate on your way out, pard.
‘Till we meet again, Happy Trails! Lloyd

Cougars Get Trumped by King

Crosby- With the Crosby looking to keep their district record perfect, the Cougars traveled to Crenshaw Stadium in nearby Sheldon. Despite a valiant effort, the Cougars lost 35-28.
During the soggy evening, the Cougar rushing game could only muster 88 rushing yards, Cleveland Archie having 68 of them. Quarterback, Kellen Haynes was 15-31 for 231 yards with no picks. King quarterback, Jeremy Hearne opened the scoring with a 70-yard run with less than two minutes having passed in the first quarter. Crosby answered with a 19-yard pass from Haynes to Chris Destin. Crosby tight end, Chad Coltharp then caught a 20-yard pass to put the Cougars ahead 14-7 at the end of the first quarter.
Crosby would not have the lead again. The Panthers scored 13 points in the second quarter to Crosby’s 0, and went into the locker room with a 20-14 lead. King scored first in the second half, after recovering an onsides kick. Then Crosby stormed back to knot the score at 28-28, with twelve minutes left to play.
The Panthers scored in the opening minute of the fourth quarter, and held the Cougars scoreless for the remainder of the game, to come away with the win.
6-2,2-1 Crosby will travel to Forest Brook on Friday to face the 3-4,2-1 Jaguars in an important District 21-4A game. The game is at 7:30 PM on November 1st.