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Posts published in “Day: May 8, 2008”

Hall, Ybarra named Eagle of the Year

By BOBBY HORN JR.
MONT BELVIEU—For the first time in Barbers Hill history the Eagle of the Year Award, the highest honor a current student-athlete can achieve, was given to two recipients.
This year’s Eagle of the Year is Brooks Ybarra and Chandler Hall.
Athletic Director Don Price said that in selecting the recipients, each coach nominates one player for the award. Once the nominees are made the coaches, as a group, vote for the person who best exemplifies the Barbers Hill Scholar-Athlete. This year, he noted, three votes were taken and each time the vote ended in a tie. After the third vote, he said, they agreed to make the joint award.

Other award recipients were: Girls Basketball—Keeley Rivera, most assists; Shannon Mudd, Brittany Gibbs and Rivera, leading rebounder; Lauren Sadler, outstanding defensive player and Rivera, most valuable player.
Boys Basketball- Heath Padgett, defensive award; Ian Hamblin, Heart Award and Jon Daniels, most valuable player.
Tennis—Landry Tice and Brittany Tobin, boys and girls most valuable player.
Golf—Austin Snell and Melissa Freeman, boys and girls most valuable player.
Girls Track—Hillary Pooles, most valuable player and Meghan McCoy, Achievement Award.
Boys Track— Jess Williams, most valuable player and True Grit Award.
Softball—Brooke Bens and Rebecca Nicholson, defensive award; Whitney Miller and Hall, offensive award and Hall, Leadership Award.
Baseball—Hunter Silva and Jake Ponder, offensive award; Ross Hales, defensive award.
The Academic Award, which goes to the student-athlete with the highest grade point average, went to Jon Daniels.

Chambers Co. Library hosts all-day anime event Saturday

CHAMBERS COUNTY– The Chambers County Library in Anahuac will be hosting Ana-Con, a free all-day event on May 10 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The library is located at 202 Cummings St.
Ana-Con, is an all day anime convention featuring games, anime, a Super Smash Bros: Brawl tournament, food and prizes.
For those who are new to anime, let’s start with an introduction. “An · i · me – a” is a Japanese style of motion-picture animation, characterized by highly stylized, colorful art, and futuristic settings.
Anime is the Japanese shortened word for ‘animation’. In Japan, anime is a popular form of entertainment. It comes in the form of TV shows, movies and direct to video releases. Most of the time, anime comes from a manga – Japanese comics. Occasionally, though, you’ll get an anime first, and then the manga will follow…but as a general rule, anime comes from a popular manga series.

To some, Anime might just be dismissed as one of those silly Pokemon cartoons for kids. But on delving deeper, you will be surprised to know that a majority of anime covers a wide range of emotions, intense graphics, story lines and brilliantly conceptualized characters. It allows for a creative outlet for teens to express themselves through cosplay, creative drawing, or creating their own anime.
The Schedule of events include 24 Anime titles showing throughout the day; DragonBall Z scavenger hunt; Dance Off, Pants Off (not literally) contest; Cosplay show and Gaming room complete with DDR, Super Smash Brothers, Guitar Hero, Halo 3 and more!
A ‘Maid Café’ will also be available to serve Ana-Con-goers Japanese style refreshments. Prices for the Maid Café will vary from .50 cents to a few dollars.
To register, please go to the Chambers County Library System website and scroll down to the Teen Blog and follow the rules to sign up !

Abandoned truck yields $300k in marijuana

By BOBBY HORN JR.
BAYTOWN—Two Baytown Police Dept. officers got a big surprise Sunday, while on patrol along Interstate 10 East.
According to Detective Sgt. Shawn Fischer, Officers David Holland and Jeremy Tharp were working traffic enforcement on Interstate 10 near Sjolander Rd. around 9:30 a.m. on May 4th when they saw a white 2002 Chevy pickup with Louisiana license plates parked on the side of the roadway.
“The Officers stopped to check and make sure everyone was okay inside the vehicle,” Fischer said.” “There was no one inside or anywhere around the vehicle. The Officers then noticed a heavy very distinct odor, fresh marijuana. They looked in the bed of the truck and observed numerous bundles of marijuana, which completely filled the bed.”
The officers also saw bundles in the extended cab portion of the truck.
Fischer said the truck was towed to the Baytown Police station. During an inventory of the vehicle forty six bundles of marijuana discovered.
“Most of the bundles of marijuana weighed twenty five pounds,” Fischer said. “The total weight was close to twelve hundred pounds with a street value of over $300,000.”
Fischer said that there was no apparent mechanical problem with the vehicle and investigators could only speculate that the driver was forced off the road or lost his nerve and abandoned the shipment. Interstate 10 is known to law enforcement as a popular drug corridor.
The incident is currently under Investigation by the Baytown Police Special Operations and Narcotics Division.

Investments (and expertise) can make great Mother’s Day gifts

Mother’s Day arrives this Sunday. You could, of course, give Mom some flowers, and she’d probably appreciate them. But if your mother is a certain age, you might also want to make another type of gift – a gift that can help her enjoy the retirement lifestyle she’s envisioned.
If you don’t think your mother needs this type of gift, consider this: With advances in health care, today’s retirees can easily live two or even three decades in retirement. Furthermore, women still outlive men, on average, by several years. In other words, your mother will likely have to pay for decades of retirement – and during some of those years, she may be solely responsible for making financial decisions.
That’s why you may want to provide as much investment-related help to your mother as you can. And there’s no time like Mother’s Day to get started.
So, what sort of gifts should you think about? Here are a few possibilities:

* Help fund Mom’s IRA. If your mother is still working, she can contribute to an IRA – and she should. A traditional IRA offers the potential for tax-deferred earnings, while a Roth IRA has the potential to grow tax free, provided your mother doesn’t take any withdrawals until she is at least 59-1/2 and she’s had her account for at least five years. In 2008, your mother can put in up to $6,000 to an IRA if she’s 50 or older, or $5,000 if she’s under 50. While you can’t actually make a deposit into your mother’s IRA, you can give her some money for that purpose.
* Give stocks. Consider giving shares of a company that produces products or services used by your mother. If you’re going to give away some of your own shares, you’ll need to know what you originally paid for the stock, how long you’ve held it and its fair market value at the date of the gift. Your mother will need this information to determine gains or losses if she decides to sell the stock. (You’ll also need to determine if you have to pay gift taxes. You can give up to $12,000 per year, free of gift taxes, to as many people as you want.)
* Pay off a debt. If you can afford it, tell your mother you’d like to pay off her credit card balance, a month’s car payment or another type of loan. But don’t stop there – encourage her to invest the money that she’ll be saving due to your generosity. Even if it’s just a relatively small amount, every little bit helps. And who knows? Your gift could encourage your mother to take further steps to reduce debt and invest more.
* Make an appointment with a financial advisor. If your mother doesn’t already work with a professional financial advisor, make an appointment for her to see one, preferably one that comes with good referrals. A reputable financial advisor won’t charge anything for an initial consultation, and, over time, he or she can help your mother create investment strategies that are appropriate for her goals, needs, risk tolerance and time horizon.
By following one or more of these gift suggestions, you’ll brighten the holiday for your own mother. And your gift will still have an impact long after Mother’s Day is over.