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Posts published in “Day: March 15, 2007

Kitty Boots uses the last of her nine lives

Changed the time on 17 clocks this morning and have one more to go. The most accurate of the clocks are the two atomic clocks and the cell phone which advanced an hour on its own.
If you want to confirm the correct time, go to:
The site also shows where it is daylight and dark on the earth’s surface; interesting site indeed.
Had a death in the family last week, Kitty Boots used all of his nine lives and simply fell over dead one evening while at the Mrs. feet on the recliner. He had been with us now almost sixteen years and was from Polk County, Texas.
Never grew up around cats, the ones who came around our house back in Georgia would end up being grabbed by the tail in a round and out pitch down the hill from my mother. Reminded me of fast pitch softball. Reason for her not liking cats was because she had a pet parakeet and it had free flight of the dining room.
This woman I am married to now likes cats and we are down to two.

Anyway, old Boots brought his bounty to the Mrs. on numerous occasions from mice, rats, birds, snakes, lizards, shrews and moths.
He is outback now under the tree over by the blackberry patch where he used to roll, lay and watch the birds. R.I.P. Boots.
Working on another book or gathering the makings for one. Still debating if there should be a hole punched through the book in the upper left corner. The purpose for the hole is for people to hang the book on a nail in their outhouses. It is an idea anyway, what do you think?
Never realized there is so much proof reading in preparation for print. Like with everything else, it takes time, energy and money.
Had to replant the garden last week as the last frost burnt every tomato, pepper and potato bush that was above ground. Looked like somebody had poured scalding water over the plants. Uncle JC had warned me it was too early to plant but hardheads run in the family.

Corpus trip gets mixed reviews

The family took an enjoyable trip to Corpus Christi about ten days ago. This was the first visit to that fair city for Linda and I and the first time David has been there except for meetings, etc. The furthest West on that road we had ever been previously was to Victoria. I had traveled there on business a number of times years ago (actually to Union Carbide’s plant at Seadrift) and we visited some friends there about four years ago.
The vastness of the State of Texas begins to overtake Linda and me each time we head west. It seems one sees nothing but open range just a few miles west of Houston on any of the roads heading out of town. That has always intrigued us traveling to San Antonio in previous years and Rt. 59 Southwest is even more open. Coming from the hills and mountains of the east we always enjoy traveling through the open countryside. The only time we can see that distance back east is if we are on top of a mountain.
Traveling down this lonesome road from Houston to Victoria one encounters only a few small towns, and 59 goes around them. However, in the past we have visited the enchanting places of Edna, Ganado and Inez. Not much there.

West of Victoria we leave 59 and head more southwest on Rt. 77. Here we encountered two larger towns in Refugio and Sinton. Larger is a relative term as compared to the wide places in the road along 59. We stopped in both of those towns for one thing or another. All the way along we were impressed with the openness.
We found Corpus to be much to our liking. We stayed in a motel right off the beachfront on Ocean Drive and really enjoyed looking out at the gulf side parks and beach along this front. We are more mountain people than beach bums, but we still enjoy a beautiful sight. Corpus Christi and its beach front is just that. Unfortunately, the day following our arrival was the only day we got to do much visiting.
Dave got the flu the next day and I the following, so we mostly saw the inside of our motel rooms. That wasn’t much fun. We had traveled along Padre Island and a few other sites but that was all we got to do. We felt so bad we turned around and returned to Crosby. Missed many of the sights-to-see but will return again in the future. I also wanted to go the 40 miles further south to Kingsville and the King Ranch but that will have to be another day.
We were also in some of the older, and in a few cases, rather rundown sections of the City that could use some improvement but for the most part we saw a city that could easily become one of our favorites.
Now, it is all for another time!
Such are the people, places and things that touch me in my home!

Utility development key to Crosby’s growth

Crosby—Today and Tomorrow, First in a three-part series.

When did Crosby begin?
Was it in the early 1800’s when the first Czech natives arrived in this area, established an encampment, and called it Lick Skillet?
Thus began the local Bohemian culture that is carried on today through the annual Czech Festival. Was it in 1861 when G. J. Crosby, an employee of the Sabine and Galveston Bay Railroad & Lumber Company, gave the area his family name? Or was it as late as August 23, 1972, when local real estate agent Don Cox sold the first lot in the newly established Newport? Perhaps it was some other date or happening in your mind.
Certainly historians would consider the beginning of Crosby as being the movement of the Czech’s here in the early 1800’s or in 1861 when it was renamed Crosby.
But for the purpose of this series we prefer to look at the more recent date. For the next three weeks we will focus on the faster growth years and we see that being triggered by the establishment of its Newport neighbor.
More specifically we will look at the growth since the turn of the twenty-first century. In the past seven plus years Crosby has been growing at a rate that makes it the envy of many other areas of the state and nation.
Today we will focus on two public utilities that have had to grow at an equal or faster pace to keep up with the demands of its public—the Crosby and Newport Municipal Utility Districts (MUD).

The Crosby MUD has had to deal with growth from the business, industrial and private home ownership areas. From a housing point of view it has grown far slower than that of Newport. However, the business side growth has put the Crosby MUD in a position of having to modernize and expand its water capacity and distribution.
According to statistics from the Crosby MUD it has expanded its operating water meters from 1,049 in 2000 to 1,129 in 2007. While this may seem to represent a small growth, one needs to look at what those additional meters represent.
MUD representative Jerry Blizzard said most of this growth is serving the large number of businesses, many part of national chains, that have been established here since the year 2000. Each of those meters represents dozens of facilities from the meter inward. One need only drive down Rt. 2100 to see what it represents today as opposed to the year 2000.
Water availability, while a consideration, “is not the real problem,” according to Blizzard. “Our problem is one of distribution. We had a bond issue passed in 2004 and another last year. Renovations have been going on for a while and will continue. We have a 300,000 gal. storage tank and two large booster pumps completed. Other renovation work continues.”
Blizzard also pointed out that the Crosby MUD is working to provide its service South of new U. S. Rt. 90 to service businesses and housing developments not yet in place but to be built in the next few years. The area along new Rt. 90 is highly desirable for business growth.
Newport growth is a different matter.
The Newport MUD has had to face different, yet important problems of its own. Board member, Jim Hembee, said Newport homes have increased by 1,013 since 2000. It now serves more than 2,700 home owners within Newport. That growth will continue, or expand, over the next few years.
Hembee said about 175 homes will be added this year, drop to about 160 in 2008 and then increase to more than 200 per year in the immediate future. There are several undeveloped lots remaining in Newport, other areas to be opened and a new gated-community to be added shortly.
Developer Brad Koenig is putting in the gated-community. Land preparation is underway now on Golf Club Road, across from the entrance to Newport Country Club. About 160 homes are expected to be built there and some may be under construction before the end of 2007.
Crosby is changing, and the change is likely to increase before the year 2015.

Next Week: The Star-Courier looks at the Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce, business growth and housing growth outside of Newport.

Overturned 18-wheeler shuts down I-10 East

HIGHLANDS– Officers were forced to shut down eastbound traffic on I-10 for about 4 hours last Tuesday, when an 18 wheel truck with a load of plastic flower pots overturned and blocked several lanes.
The accident occurred just east of Four Corners, where the on-ramp from Crosby Lynchburg Road engages the freeway. It happened at about 1 p.m.
There were no injuries in the wreck, according to State Trooper Orlando Jacobs. The truck driver, A. Hudson, from Laredo, said that he was cut off by another vehicle that continued on. He then collided with a white van and damaged it slightly. The 18 wheeler was a total loss. It was dragged off to the grassy berm by two heavy duty wreckers so that the lanes could be reopened about 5 p.m.
A crew from the CalArk trucking company offloaded the truck to another vehicle, finishing about 10 p.m. Traffic was backed up for hours, as far west as Beltway 8.

Local congressman seeks Oval Office

CHAMBERS COUNTY— Ron Paul, the U.S. Congressman for District 14, which includes Chambers County, announced this week his intention to run for president of the United States.
The announcement cam on Monday morning during the ‘Washington Journal’ show on CSPAN.
This is the second time that Paul has sought the nation’s highest office. In 1988 he ran an unsuccessful campaign as the Libertarian Party Candidate. This time is seeking the Republican nomination.
Calling himself a “strict Constitutionalist” Paul said that he is running because he fells that the Republican Party has moved away from its roots and has become the “party of big government.” He is also a staunch anti-war advocate, being one of a handful of Republicans who voted against the country’s involvement in the war in Iraq.

Paul was elected to Congress in the seventies and eighties, and re-elected in 1996. He currently serves on the Financial Services and International Relations committees.
Paul has been called the “taxpayers friend” by the National Taxpayers Union and was named by the “Washington Quarterly” as one of the 50 most influential leaders in Congress.
While serving as a Republican in Congress, Paul has not lost touch with the Libertarian. He has, during his career in Congress, been recognized by organizations such as the National Taxpayers Union, Citizens Against Government Waste, the Council for a Competitive Economy and Young Conservatives of Texas.
He is also the author of several books, including Challenge to Liberty; The Case for Gold; and Freedom Under Siege.
Ron Paul and his wife of 45 years, Carol, make their home in Lake Jackson. They are the parents of five children and the grandparents of 16. A former Air Force flight surgeon during the 1960s, Dr. Paul is a graduate of Gettysburg College and Duke University Medical School. In his career as an obstetrician, Paul said that he has delivered more than 4,000 babies.