“Here is $100. When it is gone you forget about this idea of having a newspaper,” Cotton Andrews said. That $100 dwindled but this issue completes 20 years of Our News coming your way.
         In that first issue of September 1994, typed on a typewriter, the news was about Pastor Cannon at Almeda Baptist, Ann Harvey the principal at Almeda School, George Bush running for governor against Ann Richards and Debbie Johnson who had just completed 16 years of cutting hair in Almeda. Make that 36 years now.
Parker’s Hardware has been in business as a hardware store since the 40’s and I just found out after driving all the way to Hwy. 35 that Parker’s sells glass. Wish I had known before I drove 30 miles. Jason, who works at Parker’s says, “We give good customer service too.

Rosa Chapman stands in the doorway of the post office in 1935. The mail was delivered by a Greyhound bus, although in earlier years by train. The two-story house in back belonged to Mr. Fordyce who had also served as postmaster when the office was inside his store. Both buildings were located between what is now Pyburn’s and Kountry Kubbard. Between 1893 to 1959 the “office” was in several locations. After Houston annexed most of the area that was considered to be Almeda, the post office was moved inside the  Houston city limits in ‘59, taking the town of Almeda off the map.

         Edward Cuevas will be the new principal starting the school year at Almeda Elementary. Max Pope left for health reasons to return to South Carolina.
         I thank all the people who voted for me and I’ll be working to resolve their issues. I heard their concerns. To those who didn’t vote for me, I hope to win their confidence. If they have any questions I have an open door policy. Call and I’ll set up a time to meet.
Arcola will be getting a new city manager and  police chief. Rene Silva is serving as the interim police chief. Silva has about 14 years experience in police work and has been a full time officer in Arcola since January. Currently Arcola has five full time officers, one part time and one reserve officer. The City of Arcola is participating in the Fort Bend County Department of Social Services WALK WITH PRIDE SHOE PROGRAM.  Applications are available at Arcola City Hall; 13222 Highway 6; Arcola, Texas 77583.  Please turn in your name and telephone number to the staff in the front office.  Application deadline is August 1, 2014. 
Fresno property owners are paying 10 cents per 100 valuation to the water board. 75% of the tax has gone to pay off debt and 25% is used for expansion. The water board recently voted to reduce the debt payment to 50% and use 50% for expansion. The proposal will be on the ballot in November for the public to approve or reject.
The debt has been reduced and the fees for water cover all the cost to maintain the system.
A past operator put in some plastic lines to the meters. They will be corrected with copper lines as required. The next water board meeting will be held at the Fresno First Baptist Church next to Mustang Park on Aug. 21st at 6pm. The community center is being remodeled.
The Consumer Financial Protection bureau Agency is renovating their headquarters, which they rent. The estimated cost is $215 million to build a four story high glass staircase, a two story waterfall and a few other amenities like a sunken garden. If you get a chance to go to Washington DC, be sure and tell them you appreciate how they protect your of tax dollars.
 Coushatta Casino Trip
A bus will arrive at 7:30 am and return 7:30pm at the Mustang Center in Fresno for anyone over 21 years old for a $20 roundtrip to Coushatta on August 23rd. Must pay by Aug. 9th at Arcola City Hall. Call Doris Swetman at 832 641 1280.
Chevron Station on Anderson
Manager Mike hopes to open August 1st with a grand opening soon to follow.
Almeda moe 
Moe had a flat tire. He jacked up the car but when he bent down to take off the nuts he noticed something under the car so he crawled under the car to see what it was. His foot accidently knocked the jack over and the car fell on him. Moe was rushed to the hospital. “Thank goodness I just got insurance,” thought Moe. But then he got a notice from the insurance company that said, “Anybody who did what you did would have to be a moron. We consider that a pre-existing condition. Your policy does not cover pre-existing conditions.”
Look for a City of Houston program called Second Chance designed to put people to work, who can’t get a job because of a prison record.
Child Evangelism Fellowship
CEF is now in 188 countries reaching over 15,612,330 children around the world. CEF trains Christians how to reach children by conducting Good News Clubs in homes, apartments and schools. Training is also great  for parents and  Sunday School teachers. A training class starts August 9th from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Abiding Faith Methodist Church at 14300 Almeda School Road. The class is free and lunch will be provided but call Mary Walker at 281 235 2423 so she will know how many to prepare for.
Pregnant woman in need of help can call 800 974 3622 or go online to The center is located at 327 Garland Drive in Lake Jackson. If you shop at Kroger’s, you can help by enrolling in Kroger’s Community Reward  and designate the Pregnancy Help Center of Brazosport.
MIKE RODRIGUEZ JR.  passed away July 3, 2014. He had served as an Arcola Police Officer for 18 years.
TOM TUFFLY passed away July 6, 2014. Tom served many years as a member of  Arcola city council before and after he was elected mayor in May of 2006. Preceded in death by his wife, Nellie Frances, in June 6, 2012, he is survived by one son, Herbert Mckinzie and six grandchildren.
July 19, 1931—July 16, 2014
Shirley grew up in Almeda. She never had many luxuries, but a good woman blessed with a good husband and five fine children. Preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Wendt, a sister, Doris, and a brother, Buddy Rumfola, Shirley is survived by  Elmer Jr./Nita, Robert, Joe/Gail, William/Sandy, Dianna/Brian Brantley;  sister, Barbara; brother, Donald; 15 grandchildren, numerous greats, and great, great grandchildren.  
Born August 27, 1942, John went to be with his Lord and Savior  July 21, 2014. He was medically retired from the United States Navy in 1962, then  worked for Western Electric / Southwestern Bell for 35 years, retiring in 1997. He was a Charter Member and Chairman of the Deacons at First Baptist Church Fresno. John was instrumental in forming the Fresh Water Supply District No. 1, serving as it's president for 14 years. He is an Endowed Member and Master Mason in the Grand Lodge of Texas affiliated with Lodge Number 1295. Preceded in death by his daughter Beverly Bryant and granddaughter Natalie Davis, John is survived by his wife of 51 years, Carol Ann Borden, Sister, Bobbie Hatcher, Sons: John/Cyndi, Stephen/Vige; daughter, Jeannie Lea Neal, 10 grandchildren and 3 greats. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Food and Clothing Pantry at First Baptist Church Fresno, 4501 F.M. 521, Fresno, Texas 77545. 

         What right do you have to come before the Creator of the universe and ask for anything? One prayer Jesus approved of was, “God be merciful to me a sinner,” Luke 18:13.
         Jesus gave instructions to his disciples to pray “Our Father, who art in heaven…”Matthew 6:9. Have you ever thought about the privilege we have to call the all powerful, all knowing Creator, our Father? That right comes to us by way of the cross. When we believe in Jesus, and receive Him into our lives, he gives us the power or right to become the children of God...John 1:12. As a child of God, we have been invited to approach Our Father who dearly loves His children with our request in the name of Jesus. That name is like a key that unlocks the door to heaven. It doesn’t mean to just say, “in Jesus name” at the tail end of a prayer. It means to pray according to His character, according to His will trusting that an all wise and all good God will give us the best answer to our request even if the best answer in light of eternity might be no.
From the foot of the cross we can legally pray because it was there we are forgiven and cleaned from our sins.  
Quotes from Will Rogers
There are two theories to arguing with a woman. Neither works.
If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.
Never miss a good chance to shut up.

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