Our News September 2012

Register to Vote 30 days Before November 6th

In Texas you must be registered to vote 30 days before the election. If you have moved, you need to be registered in the county you live in. You can pick up a voter registration form at Vinson Library or Sienna Branch or call 281-341-8670 for Fort Bend Co. or 713-755-6965 for Harris Co and they will mail you a form. It is against the law to register if you are not a citizen of the US. It is also against the law to vote if you have been convicted of a felony.


Agenda 21 is all about global control of the masses-that’s you and me. Seems a few people who very concerned about the planet also know what is best for us. Their goals are to be accomplished through local officials. A recent example of control is the Houston city ordinance that says the city will decide if you can have a permit to give food to the homeless. 30,000 people have signed a request to allow citizens to vote on this ordinance but the mayor says there isn’t enough time to check the veracity of the signatures. Hey us peons might make an unwise decision.

To control people, they have to be dependent on the government. If you want to give away food you will have to get the government to make it ok.

More people than ever are depending on the government to get food. According to USDA 45.8 million people, or almost 15% of the population, get food stamps. Will that influence who they vote for?

Other people are so durn contrary and independent that they succeed without the government. So tax. Regulate, or jail, them. Like the guy who tried to collect rain water and violated an Oregon law that says all core sources of water belong to the state. He is now due to serve 30 days in jail according to CNS news.

If we vote for candidates who promise to give us stuff our grandchildren will have to pay for, and if Christians ignore what God says but vote according to what the TV says, and if we put our priority on stuff and safety instead of liberty, we will get the leaders we deserve.

Just keep on believing all Democrats or all Republicans are good and we will have leaders who love regulations and will fit right into the plans of Agenda 21


Billy Reagan Educational Center   at 4842 Anderson Road will be in full swing accepting students K thru 8th grade. One classroom of Kindergarten students will have the opportunity of a two-way dual language program in an effort to develop full bilingualism and bi-literacy for all students.

The center will implement this program in one of the kindergarten classes during the 2012-2013 academic year and add one grade per year until there is a complete two-way dual language program in grades K-8.

The new school, named after Billy Reagan who was an HISD superintendent for 12 years, is located about a mile from the Anderson Road homestead. Gustaf Anderson was a school trustee of the Almeda School District when his children, Lilly, Laura, and Carl attended Almeda’s one room school. Gustaf along with trustees A. L Parker and E. P. Anderson had a two-story cement and brick building built with two outhouses. The complex served approximately 40 students coming from parts of three counties.

In 1921, Laura Anderson started teaching Almeda students in the best school building south of Holcombe Blvd. She seldom had to punish her students since she was acquainted with all their parents. In 1937, Laura started teaching at Lamar until she retired in 1963, lacking a few hours of getting a PhD. Lilly got her PhD and taught in HISD for 44 years.

The Anderson family loved education. It seems fitting that Anderson Road has the latest in the field of education with the Yes Academy and the Billy Reagan Center.


An HISD bond proposal for $1.89 billion to construct 20 new high schools and improvements on other schools will be on the ballot in Nov. If the bond passes, Madison HISD Bond cont… will be included in the 20 schools to get a new campus. The tax rate would have to be raised to $1.15 per $100 valuation of your property. Then in two years the rate would be raised to $1.20. This year according to the HISD website, HISD is losing $120 million over the next two years in state funding and $5.7 million in Federal funds.

Carl David Anderson, wants to know if anyone recognizes the house of Erick Lindberg, who was the nephew of his grandfather. It was built in 1895 about 3 miles from the Anderson homestead, near the community cemetery. Call 713-433-1098 and I’ll email Carl David so he can get in touch with you.


Is prayer a cry of desperation for help? Is it a wish list like we gave to Santa Claus when we were kids? Is it an effort to get God to do something for us that we need or want? Or is it a time to confess your sin, a time to thank God for what he has already done, or just praise him for who he is?

Prayer can be any and all of the above but through it all prayer is a way to get to know God. So-called unanswered prayers can reveal God’s character to us. We might feel like He is not listening, but are we listening? He says, “Be still and know that I am God.” Isaiah 46:10

He also says Pray without ceasing. When the disciples asked Jesus how to pray, He gave an example in Matthew 6:9-13. And then He said God already knows what we need. So what is the point of asking God for what we need? Sometimes we realize we don’t need what we pray for, but we do need to learn to trust him regardless of how He answers.

Phillip Yancy in the book Prayer, tells about George Chen, who was arrested in China for telling others about Jesus. The guards forced him to work in a cesspool , knee-deep in human waste, turning it with a shovel to make compost. Chen said, “They thought I’d be miserable but actually I was happy. It smelled so bad no one would come near me, so I could pray and sing aloud all day.”

I don’t know what Chen prayed but evidently it made a difference in his life. Each one of us will learn what is the point of praying - by praying.


When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act--a.k.a. Obamacare--was enacted in March 2010 it included (in Section 2713) a non-specific requirement that health care plans must provide "additional preventive services" to women. These unspecified "additional preventive services," the law said, were to be "provided for in comprehensive guidelines supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration," a division of the Department of Health and Human Services.

HHS commissioned a federally funded committee at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) which recommended regulations and HHS Secretary Sebelius finalized the regulations which says that all health care plans, except those provided by an actual house of worship, must provide coverage for sterilization to “all women with reproductive capacity.”

That could include a girl as young as 12. It certainly could relieve the stress on a pimp if his girls are sterilized. CNSNews.com


The 2013 Hog Out County Grant is currently accepting a Notice of Intent to Participate Form from any county that wishes to participate in the Hog Out Challenge (October 1 - December 31, 2012). Forms must be received by September 28, 2012.
Texas is home to nearly 2.6 million feral hogs, the largest feral hog population in the U.S.
Last year Hartaman County was rated first as 2,047 feral hogs were killed. Fort Bend Co. placed 11th with 610 killed .


Like any other art, these people practice until they know how to dupe some of the smartest people around. Recently Daniel, who has been involved with computers since the beginning for almost 40 years, and is a retired Adjunct Professor of Economics, got scammed. An email from a stranded niece needed him to wire money to Spain. A favorite spot for a lot of scammers because the destination is hard to track in Spain. Daniel wasn’t about to ignore a cry for help from his family. How did the thieves get the info to trick him? I guess that is why they are called scam artist. They also thrive on good hearted, trusting people or on those who are hoping to take advantage of a good deal. Don’t let anyone rush you to make a decision without asking family or friend for advice, and never give out any info on the phone or the Internet.

Keeping Him Close By

www.KHCB.org - 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 www.mytnpa.org. Call 713-520-5200 for more info.

The Government Sues the Government

August 23rd a group of 10 federal immigration-enforcement agents -- including the president of the agents' union -- filed suit against Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano and ICE Director John Morton.

This lawsuit seeks to prevent law enforcement officer Plaintiffs from being forced to either violate federal law if they comply with the unlawful Directive or risk adverse employment action if they disobey the unlawful orders of the DHS Secretary. This lawsuit also seeks to preserve the balance of legislative and executive powers established by the United States Constitution.


I finally received my tax return for 2011 back from the IRS. It puzzles me!!! They are questioning how many dependents I claimed. I guess it was because of my response to the question: "List all dependents."
I replied: 12 million illegal immigrants; 3 million crack heads; 42 million people on food stamps, 2 million people in over 243 prisons; and 535 persons in the U.S. House and Senate, plus 1 President."Evidently, this was NOT an acceptable answer.


If the guy who killed people at a Sikhs service thought he was attacking Muslims, he was wrong. The Sikh religion was founded by Nanah, who was born in 1469 in the northern part of India. Early on they underwent persecution because they disagreed with both the Hindus and the Muslims. Nanah was their first Guru, who they believed had a divine spirit which he passed on to the succeeding nine gurus. The last guru died in 1708. Over 20 million Sikhs believe in one God and equality of all people regardless of sex or anything else.

Correction: the deleted last line in Digging up History was “Crane Co. along with other companies removed the swastika mark from their products.”


Darrell Mayfield who turned 92 July 27th. Darrell has lived his entire life in Pierce Junction or Almeda except for the years he spent on a ship during WWII.

Garnett Lewis celebrated his 79th birthday on August 12th. How does he celebrate? He gives another pint of blood. He gives three times at Southview Baptist Church and another three times a year at the Blood Center behind the Astro Dome. So far he has given 16 gallons, more or less. There is a demand for his O positive blood. Garnett says, “The Lord has really blessed me.”

Happy Birthday also to John Breckenridge, John, 84 on Sept. 12th, is also a transplant from Pierce Junction.

Almeda Moe

Moe won a BMW and a trip to London. He drove his new car to New York City, went to a bank, and borrowed $3,000. The loan officer wanted to know what Moe had for collateral. Moe handed over his BMW keys. After the bank checked to see if he had a clear title they loaned him the money and put the car in their parking facility. Moe left for London and the city bankers started laughing at the country hick who put up his expensive car for collateral for just $3,000. Two weeks later Moe gives the bank a check for $3,000 plus interest of $12.08. The bank clerks try not to laugh at the dumb Texas boy. The loan officer said to Moe, “Sir we found out that you have a sizable amount of money in a bank in Texas. Why did you borrow money from us? " Moe replied, Where else in New York could I safely park my car for two weeks for $12.08?

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. houstonlibrary.org
Multi-center open Mon.—Friday.

Sienna Branch Library 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd Closed Sept.3rd for Labor Day and Sept. 28th for fair day. Call 281-238-2900 for times and dates for following: *Book Club Meeting/Selection
*Back-to-School Resources Children’s Programs Computer Classes *Culinary Book Club Meeting *The Art & Sport of Dragon-Boat Racing *Mental Success in School *Intro to MS Excel in Spanish *Free SAT Practice Test

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, A library card provides free access to videos, DVDs, CDs, software, and books. See the library’s website at www.fortbend.lib.tx.us a


The FWSD #1 water meter is ready to service to people of Arcola. According to Rodrigo Carreon, the Fresno Water Board engineer told him that the meter located at the corner of Post Road and 521 has been approved for service.


Grain –finished cattle spend most their lives grazing in a pasture then the last 4 to 6 months in a feedyard. They be given FDA-approved antibiotics or growth promoting hormones. Grass-finished cattle spend their entire lives grazing and also may be given FDA-approved antibiotics or hormones. Naturally raised cattle can be grain or grass finished but have never received antibiotics or growth promoting hormones and must be certified by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service. Certified organic cattle can be grain or grass finished as long as the feed is 100% organic. They never receive antibiotics or hormones and also certified by USDA. All cattle may be given vitamins and minerals.

A 3-oz serving of lean beef supplies 150 calories and on a 2000 calorie diet, 48% protein, 37% Vitamin B12, 33% Niacin, 20% Vitamin B6, 12% Iron of the daily requirements.


If you are interested in teaching children the Christian faith but aren’t sure how, then you can attend a six hour seminar, free of charge which will present the basics and great ideas on how to get started. This training would be helpful to Sunday School teachers, parents, or those who would like to start a Bible club.

The seminar will be held in Almeda. The date has not been set so call Our News at 713-433-1098 and leave your number and I’ll return your call as soon as I know.

Dear God for many years I lived in fear, and shed a lot to tears. I thank you for giving me relief from my grief.
God has not given us the spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind. II Timothy 3:7
© Copyright By Emmaline Wiley, who is celebrating her 50th birthday on Sept. 9th.


James Ray Thompson passed away on Saturday August 04, 2012 in Houston, Texas. He was born on October 4, 1932 in Duckhill, Mississippi to Wade and Mary Thompson. He is preceded in death by his wife Evelyn. He is survived by his Daughter Sheila Landreneau and her husband Jerry of Magnolia, Texas, Daughter Lisa Hoffman and her husband John of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, Son Ray Thompson and his wife Donna of Aurora Colorado, Son Rick Thompson and his wife Rhonda of Channelview, Texas, five grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, one brother, and six sisters.

James was a member of the masons and a weekly attendee of his church. In lieu of flowers a contribution may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Yvonne McGarr Thompsom says, “I hope before I die there will be a park for the kids in Arcola and a museum with a wash tub, clothes line, and a hand water pump. Yvonne is at the Sugar Land Health Care Center. She sent a letter saying, “This facility is just too good to be true. I have not seen people look so good, work so hard and in prompt time since I worked for Hugh Hefner, Play Boy Mag on East Walten at 919 Michigan in Chicago and the Veteran Hospital in Houston—after I passed a Civil Service test. We looked good, worked hard, and were so proud of being employed. These people here at the center are also well kept from head to toe, anticipating your needs. The food is just too good.”

Yvonne praises the center and all the people that work there, although she says the therapy sessions are about to kill her. She also wants to thank Mrs. Helen Duncan and M/M Leon Washington who were instrumental in getting her help at the Center even though she left home kicking and screaming not realizing how good a care she would receive.

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