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Posts published in “Day: May 31, 2007”

Battle of Anahuac Anniversary – Historical society finalizes plans for celebration

By PUDGE WILLCOX
CHAMBERS COUNTY– The Chambers County Historical Commission conducted a Regular Meeting in the Archives Building and the main item of discussion was the upcoming Celebration recognizing the 175th Anniversary of the Battle at Ft. Anahuac.
The various committee chairs gave reports of their activities and the program is now almost complete.
The Celebration will be on Saturday, June 9th, beginning with a Grand Parade starting from the Courthouse at 9:00 am. County Judge Jimmy Sylvia will be Parade King and he will be joined by former County Judge Alama Lois Turner who will serve as Parade Queen. They will lead the parade from the Courthouse to Ft. Anahuac Park riding in a horse drawn surrey. The parade will consist of an array of floats, shiny cars and music.
Festivities in the park will begin at 10:00 am. They will consist of music by live bands, an address by Sam Houston IV and a battle reenactment conducted by the Texas Army and the Royal Rangers. The Houston Camp of the Buffalo Soldiers will be present and local County Officials will participate as well.
Trophies will be awarded to winners in the Beard Growing Contest and the Period Costume Contest as well as to three categories of parade winners. There will be a silent auction of numerous items donated by individuals and businesses and a live auction conducted by County Judge Jimmy Sylvia.
There will be plenty food and drink booths available for lunch as well as craft and antique booths selling their wares. The community is encouraged to attend the celebration which recognizes a most historic event in the history of Anahuac as well as the State of Texas.
Anyone that would like to participate in or assist with the celebration should contact Commission Chair Bob Wheat at 409-267-6599.

Financial Tips for Newlyweds

It’s June – a popular month for weddings. If you’re getting married this month, you have a lot to think about: a rehearsal, a ceremony, a reception, possibly a honeymoon. But most important of all, you’ve got the anticipation of starting a new life together. To help make that life a happy one, you and your new spouse will need to communicate with each other on all types of issues – and one of the most important of those issues is your joint financial situation.
So, once the wedding festivities are behind you, take some steps that relate to your future financial well being. Here are a few suggestions:
*Establish financial goals. You and your spouse can become disciplined money managers if you’re both working toward some joint long-term financial objectives, such as a new home. If you eventually have children, your goals may expand to include college. And throughout your working life, you’ll want to put money away for retirement. No matter what your goals are, you’ll have a better chance of achieving them if you set out a strategy – and stick to it.

*Don’t put off investing. How much money you have available to invest depends on your income and expenses. When you’re just married and establishing a household, you may not feel that you have a lot of cash to spare, but make it a priority to put away something each month, even if it’s only a small amount. If you can get into the investment “habit” right away, it will serve you well throughout your married life.
*Take advantage of retirement plans. If you and your spouse are both working, you may each have access to a 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan. Contribute as much as you can afford to each plan – at least enough to earn the employer’s match, if one is offered. Also, look closely at how you are each allocating your dollars within your respective plans. Try to avoid duplicating each other’s investment choices. By spreading your money around a range of investments, the two of you can potentially reduce the effects of market volatility and give yourselves more chances for success. A financial advisor can help you identify the investment choices that are appropriate for your risk tolerance, goals and time horizon.
*Get control of your debts. Your debts, and those of your new spouse, are now of concern to both of you. While some debts – such as a mortgage – may be inevitable, it’s generally a good idea to keep your debt load as low as possible. That’s because the more money you spend on debts, the less you’ll have available to invest for your future. By going over your student loans, car loans, credit cards, etc., you may be able to develop a strategy to reduce your overall debt load.
By following these suggestions, you can start married life off on the right foot, at least in regard to your financial situation. As for who gets to write the thank-you notes for the wedding presents – well, that’s another matter.

Crosby speaks out against ‘predator’ story

By BOBBY HORN JR.
CROSBY— Roughly 160 people gathered Tuesday night at Crosby Church to show their outrage over a report on Fox26 News concerning registered sex offenders in Crosby.
The report, which first aired on May 8, said that based on a population of 1,700 residents Crosby had a ratio of 30 residents for every ‘predator.’ The term ‘predator’ used by the report referred to registered sex offenders, while assuming that every registered offender was “hunting for prey.”
The Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce, along with area business and individuals, took immediate offense to the report, citing what Chamber President Steve Coon referred to as being “full of misrepresentations and inaccuracies.”
Coon said they report gave Crosby a ‘black eye.’
“The swelling hasn’t even begun to do down,” he said during this week’s meeting.
Coon said the purpose of this week’s meeting was to let the public know what had happened, inform the community about the chamber’s response as well as Fox26’s reaction and their response to letters from the chamber, local citizens and elected officials.

The main area of contention, Coon said, was reporter Caroyln Canville’s source of population figures. Coon said that the 1,700 figure quoted in the reported consisted of only a small portion of the area and that the entire population of ZIP Code 77532 is closer to 20,143. Given the 62 sex offenders registered in 77532, the ratio is closer to 1 to 343, not the 1:30 cited in the report.
Coon told the gathering that within days of the report he, on behalf of the chamber, sent a letter to the news station asking for multiple retractions, a series of “positive” reports about Crosby, and the firing of Canville as well as those responsible for conducting research for the report as well as those who allowed it to air.
Following the letter, Coon said that he has had multiple conversations with Fox, both locally as well as with their national legal representation.
In response to the complaints, Fox 26 aired multiple retractions beginning on May 22. Initially Fox26 refused to run a retraction on their website, even though the report was posted on the site. After more pressure by the chamber Fox26 said it would put a retraction on the website.
Despite the on-air apology, Coon said he was not satisfied with the news station’s response. “It just didn’t have the punch I was looking to,” he added.
“We’ve good folks,” Coon said. “Our handshakes are gold and we just want to be done right.”
The chamber has also asked the station to run a number of “positive stories” about Crosby. Canville has been in Crosby this week conducting interviews and Coon said he was looking forward to seeking what comes out.
“I felt I was able to give the opportunity to paint a positive image of the community,” said Dr. Larry Koslovsky, of Crosby Brethren Church, concerning his interview with Canville this week.
Coon said the chamber is not through with their fight.
“We haven’t stopped this,” Coon said. “This is not the end of it. We understand that we’ve been pushing hard and we have been getting very little in return.”
Speaking about the issue of registered sex offenders Deputy C.H. Collier, who works for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office’s Sex Offender Compliance division, said the state sex offender registry database is a tool which can be abused in the wrong hands, as the report showed. He noted that Crosby’s ratio is no different from that of North Houston or far West Harris County.
He also reminded the group that just because someone’s name is on the list does not necessarily mean they are a predator. He gave examples of how a 19-year old boy could have relations with a 16-year old girl. Technically this is considered statutory rape, which would require a registration. The couple could later be married and 10 or 15 years later the man would still have to maintain registry on the sex offender site. Another example he gave was of a 10-year old boy who slaps a girl’s bottom. If charges were filed, the child would be required to register for a certain number of years after he reaches 18, even if he received probation as a child.
“We do need to be cautious about broad brushing them (registered sex offenders),” Crosby Church Pastor and Chamber Board Member Keenan Smith.
Smith said that main issue was Fox’s errors and “sensational’ reporting. “There is power in words,” he said, “With greater power comes greater responsibility.”
Conn said he invited Fox26 to the meeting to explain their position as well as other Houston media to cover the media.
Not a single Houston television media outlet chose to attend the meeting.