August 2012

The results of the Republican Primary on July 31st show that the Republican party of the past no longer controls the way the majority of Republican voters will vote.


South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley says "There is nothing we want more than to make sure every person in South Carolina has the right to vote. And we're not just talking about it; we did something about it. We had an 1-800 number. We opened the lines for two weeks. We said anybody that needs a ride to the Motor Vehicles, we will take you. We'll help you get the ID that you need. The people who were against this said there are thousands and thousands of people that can't get to the DMV. Do you know how many people actually got rides? Less than 30 across the entire state got rides to get picture ID."

True the Vote here in Houston has the same offer to help people to get their photo ID in Harris Co. residents call 713-368-8683. Fort Bend Co. residents call 281-342-3411 press 4, or google voter registration in your county and get various ways to get a photo ID so you can vote in November. You must be registered 30 days before an election. If you can’t get any satisfaction call me at 713-433-1098.


John Walker is always on the search for information of the history in Fort Bend Co. Recently he and a friend were tracing the Cane Belt RR bed west of Guy, Texas. They were checking out the Moore Ranch and possible location of the community of Mooredale shown on the 1936 Ft. Bend Co. map. They found a suspicious spot but no proof, but they did run across a fellow named Al Greising who worked as an electrician for 23 years for Sugar Land Industries. He had an item that was 'old' from the Sugar Land Industries plant. The old item had a swastika, the foundry mark used by Crane Co. in the early 1900’s.

Seems the swastika was an ancient symbol of good luck and served ancient peoples as a symbol of life, or of man or of the sun. It has been found on religious artifacts from hundreds of years ago.

Over the centuries the swastika and its numerous variations have been used by many cultures worldwide. These include a number of Native American tribes such as the Hopi, Kickapoo, Pottawatomie, Zuni peoples and others.

Swastikas have been found in ancient cave paintings in Mexico and on many antiquities from China, Egypt, Japan, India, Tibet, Ancient Crete, Scotland and Ireland. They are also found in artifacts of the Central American Maya and Aztec peoples and on a coin of Ethelred of Northumbria from the 9th century as well as on Christian vestments dating from the 8th and 9th centuries.

When Crane Company began manufacturing cast steel valves and fittings over a century ago, the good luck swastika (the word is believed to originate from the Sanskrit “su” meaning “good” and “asti” meaning ”to be”) was chosen as its foundry symbol for these products.

Early in the twentieth century the so-called “American Swastika” was a popular adornment on manufactured products ranging from industrial equipment to good luck charms, commemorative medallions and even greeting cards. By one description, the arms of the symbol represented four connected letters “L” which stood for Light, Love, Life and, above all good Luck.

Later, the NASDAP or German Nazi Party adopted a version of the swastika as their official insignia. When they rose to power, the world became aware of the nature and methods employed by that regime and Crane Co. along with other companies removed the mark from their products.

Colorado Tragedy

Seems like every time a vote restricting gun owner- ship comes along there is another killing spree. Those who are in favor of banning guns seem to think the tragedy justifies passing a law. Others take the opposite view thinking that if just one person had a legally concealed handgun, the killing would have been stopped much sooner.
It was a tragedy in Colorado, but look what happens in countries where the citizens do not have guns.

50+ million dead: Mao Ze-Dong (China, 1958-61 and 1966-69, Tibet 1949-50) In just 7 years over 50 million!
12+ million dead: Adolf Hitler (Germany, 1939-1945)

5+ million dead: Jozef Stalin (USSR, 1932-39)
2+ million dead: Hideki Tojo (Japan, 1941-44)
1.6 million dead: Pol Pot (Cambodia, 1975-79)
1.5 million dead Kim Il Sung (North Korea, 1948-94) :
1 million dead: Menghistu (Ethiopia, 1975-78)
900,000 Leonid Brezhnev (Afghanistan,1979-1982)

800,000 dead: Jean Kambanda (Rwanda, 1994)
    “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” –Thomas Jefferson    Writer of the Declaration of Independence and our third president.


It wasn't supposed to happen in England, with all its very strict gun control laws. And yet last week Derrick Bird shot and killed 12 people and wounded 11 others. A headline in The Times of London read: "Toughest laws in the world could not stop Cumbria tragedy."


In the kindergarten school of prayer, I learned that when we most need God’s help, we may feel too helpless to even pray. That is when we need the prayers of family and friends.

Like a boxer who gets battered and bruised, goes to the corner of the ring and receives comfort and encouragement from his trainer so he is able to get up and finish the fight. When the fight gets tough, mentally, physical or emotionally, we too need to rest in God and his words. Words like Philippians 4:6: “Be anxious for nothing but by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Isaiah 40:29 “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak”. (Thanks Mrs. Bailey)

If we have memorized some of the verses, then all we need is a reminder to calm our heart. A favorite is I Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation (or trial) has overtaken you but such as is common to man, but God is faithful and will not allow you to be tempted above that you are able but will with the temptation also make a way to escape that you may be able to endure it.”

In Tuscany Rehab, a man named Dominic, had a rack of pipes fall on him. His neck was broken twice and he was paralyzed the waist down. While at the TIRR (The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research) Dominic saw people in worse shape than he was so he picked a different person every day to pray for. He has a long way to go toward recovery but what an attitude.

It helps to remember that God does not waste our tears. In His grand plan, everything –good and bad– works together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

For a book which addresses questions, especially about unanswered prayer, get a book by Philipp Yancy titled Prayer.

INFORMATION VS. REGULATION           By James Andrews

The information technology industry and the internet are shining examples of why freedom works best. The growth, opportunity, job creation, and improvement to everyone's standard of living all occurred without government regulation. People were free to be creative, productive, and to profit mightily for their efforts. That environment proved that freedom generates more benefit for us all than does regulation. The last great example before that was the rise of American prominence in the world. We went from nothing to the greatest nation on earth because of a void in regulation and government intimidation, rather than because of it.

We should focus on information rather than regulation. When information becomes available that there is a better way of doing something, the people and businesses who adapt to the new information will succeed. Regulations merely force everyone to follow a particular course of action whether it is the best action or not. Regulations hinder progress; only freedom and creativity advance progress. The only time, regulations contribute to progress is when they drive people to be creative about how they get around the regulations.


    Fox News Channel 26 allowed suspended Arcola Police Chief Howard Sylve to give his side of the dispute between him and Arcola Mayor Evelyn Jones. Her allegations are in a letter on Isiah Carey’s blog.
   An open forum will be held on August 14th at city hall where the issue may be settled by a full city council. Residents will also be allowed to address the problem.


The new Billy Reagan middle/elementary school on Anderson Road has already enrolled over 500 students and will enroll more August 6th-10th, Their phone # is 713-434-5285. To find out the enrollment dates for Almeda call 713 434 5620, Petersen 713-434-5630, Montgomery 713 434 5640, Hobby 713-434-5650, Grissom 713-434 5660, Windsor 713 726 3642, Dowling 713 434 5600.

Ft. Bend Schools: Burton 281 634 5080, Goodman 281 634 5985, Baines Middle 281 634 6870, Hightower 281 634 5240, and Ridgepoint 281 327 5200.


“I had gall bladder surgery and now I have no gall,” says Missy Partin.

Almeda Moe

Moe got a job hauling two chimpanzees to the zoo in Houston when his truck broke down on Almeda Road. Worried about the animals being in the hot sun for several hours, he decided to flag down a car to finish the job. The first person to stop was Fresno Flo. When Moe explained the situation and offered her $100 to take the chimps to the zoo, she agreed and they buckled the chimps up in the back seat. A few hours later Moe was driving near the zoo and he sees Flo walking down the street and holding on to each hand was one of the chimps. “What are you doing? I paid you to take them to the zoo! “ Moe demanded. “Oh,” replied Flo, “We have already been to the zoo, but we had some money left so we are going to the museum.”


See how well you score
Q1. In which battle did Napoleon die?
Q2. Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?
Q3. River Ravi flows in which state?
Q4. What is the main reason for divorce?
Q5. What is the main reason for failure?
Q6. What can you never eat for breakfast?
Q7. What looks like half an apple?
Q8. If you throw a red stone into the blue sea what it will become?
Q9. How can a man go eight days without sleeping ?
Q10. How can you lift an elephant with one hand?

Q11. If you had three apples and four oranges in one hand and four apples and three oranges in the other hand, what would you have ?
Q12. If it took eight men ten hours to build a wall, how long would it take four men to build it?
Q13. How can you drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it?
The professor gave the student zero on the test. Seems like to me he got all the answers right. 1. In his last battle. 2 At the bottom of the page 3. liquid 4. marriage 5. exams 6. lunch and dinner 7. The other half 8. It becomes wet 9. He sleeps at night 10. You will never find an elephant which has one hand. 11.very large hands 12. No time at all, the wall is already built. 13. Any way you want, concrete floors are very hard to crack.


U.S. Tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000
       * Fed budget: $3,820,000,000,000
        * New debt: $ 1,650,000,000,000
  * National debt: $14,271,000,000,000
* Recent budget cuts: $ 38,500,000,000
Now remove 8 zeros and pretend it's a household budget:
        * Annual family income: $21,700
      * Money the family spent: $38,200 
* New debt on the credit card: $16,500
* Outstanding balance on the credit card: $142,710
               * Total budget cuts: $385

Death Notices   Condolences

ARTHUR F. OLSON, 92 went on to be with his dear friend, Jesus, and his beloved wife, Garnett, on June 26, 2012.

Art fought in WWII. Part of the account he wrote of the Normandy invasion was published in Our News. Art is survived by his five children: twenty grandchildren and twenty-five great-grandchildren. Including spouses, his family, numbered sixty-six people.
Donations may be made to Frontier Camp, a Christian Youth Camp
in Grapeland, TX and Sandy Point Bible Church Sandy Point, TX.

PAUL THOMAS FORD SR. born January 11, 1930 passed away July 3, 2012. An active member of Almeda Baptist now Southview, he and his wife raised their family in Almeda. Preceded in death by two children Lana Sanders and Paul Jr., he is survived by Willie Ruth, his wife of 63 1/2 years, and five children: Debbie/Thomas Knight, Kathy/John Brock, Richard/Judy Ford, David/Susan Ford and William “Andy”/ Laura Ford; 13 grandchildren and 14 greats. Services were at South Park.

MARGARET W. HOHENSTEIN, 94, died July 9, 2012. A doctor rode a horse during a blizzard to deliver Margaret on February 4, 1918 in West Leisenring, PA. She had a wonderful childhood growing up in a coal mining town with her father and stepmother after her mother got tuberculosis. After WWII, she and her husband, Joe, moved to Almeda where their third child, Roger was born. She personally cared for Roger who had Down Syndrome until she was 82. Her staunch faith in Jesus Christ brought her strength, peace and joy through the rough times, She was known for her faith, gratitude and generosity. Buried by Joe and Roger she is survived by her children Peggy Hohenstein and Greg Hohenstein, two grandchildren and three greats.


KHCB is a commercial free radio station that provides Christian music and programs at 105.7 FM in English, in Spanish at 1400 AM., or in Vietnamese at For programs in Chinese and other stations in English go to or call 713-520-5200 to have a copy of all their programs mailed to you free of charge.

How heavy is this glass of water?.

If you hold it at arm’s length for a minute it weighs about 10 oz.
If you hold it for an hour, you’ll have an ache in your arm.
If you hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance.
In each case it's the same weight, but the longer you hold it, the heavier it becomes. That's the way it is with stress. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on.


August 24th-26th a revival will be held at the Darrington Prison. If you have a desire to help go to the web site Prisoners Bible or call 281-489-1699 for future events. This organization is in Manvel, TX.

Light of the World

The Word of God is tight, but it is right.
Keep your eyes on Jesus. He’s the Light of the world and the Bright and Morning Star. © Copyright by Emmaline Wiley
John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke, “I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

Arcola Fresno Baseball

Free play the month of August for 4yrs-8yrs (Ages)..If your child wants to play please call the Baseball Agent: Annika Howard 832-922-2374 to set up the teams.

Town Hall Meeting

Commissioner Richard Morrison, Fort Bend County Precinct 1, will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting in Fresno on August 2nd at the Mustang Community Center located at 4525 FM 521 North from 6:30 P.M. till 8:00P.M. He will be discussing any concerns that the residents of Precinct 1 may have.

Vinson Library
3810 West Fuqua Call 832 393 2120 for info on other programs. Open Tue. 10-6, Wed. 10-6, Thurs.12-8, Fri. 1-5, Sat. 10-5. Closed Sunday and Monday. web site www.
Multi-center open Mon.—Friday.

Sienna Branch Library 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd at 281-238-2900.
LEARN EMBROIDERY BASICS August 4th and 11th at 1pm.Reservations are required. To register online at the library’s website (, click on “Calendar,” select “Sienna Branch,” and find the program or call 281-238-2952, or visit the library.


The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is proud to be distributing the greatest amount ever of free meals and food stamps to 46 million people.

Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, asks us "Please Do Not Feed the Animals as it will cause them to become dependent on handouts and unable to fend for themselves.”



Read the history of the early years of the town of Almeda in Back Yonder in Almeda.
Available at Debbie’s Barber Shop in the 14000 blk. of Almeda Rd. or at Bob’s State Inspection 14910 Almeda Road or call 713-433-1098 to have a copy mailed to you. $12 plus $2 for postage

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