September 2015 Volume 22 No. 1


9/23 First Day of Autumn

Hiram Clarke/Fort Bend TIRZ
          The Hiram Clarke/Fort Bend Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ #25) has officially created the Hiram Clarke/Fort Bend Redevelopment Authority.  The authority was created for the purpose of aiding, assisting, and acting on behalf of the City of Houston in the performance of its governmental functions to promote the common good and general welfare of the area included within TIRZ #25.
The initiative of the Hiram Clarke/Fort Bend Redevelopment Authority will be to implement the Project Plan and the Reinvestment Zone Financing Plan for the TIRZ; to develop a policy for the financing and construction of public infrastructure improvements necessary for the development of mixed use, residential, commercial, retail and other related land uses within the zone; and to develop and implement a development policy for the zone (including the acquisition of land for development purposes). 
The Hiram Clarke/Fort Bend Redevelopment Authority Board shall consist of the same members of the TIRZ #25 Board with Theodore Andrews, TIRZ #25 Board Chairman.

 MILTON AND Peggy zwahr will celebrate  62 years of marriage September 26, 2015
 They agree that their secret for a long and happy marriage was to “always have faith in God and faith and trust in each other.  Our love grew stronger each year.” During those 62 years they raised three Eagle Scout sons: David, Steve, and Jon. They also had three grandchildren: Shonda, Kayla and Steven and six great grandchildren: Ava, Aisha, Dayssi, Lily, Tristan, and Blake Milton, born July 31st and named after his Grand Pa and Great Grand Pa.  Their two great sorrows was the lost of David’s wife, Debbie, and great granddaughter, Aisha. Their faith has helped them through the good and the sad times.

Milton Blake Labra arrived in time to help his great grand parents celebrate their 62nd anniversary.

         Sweet little Erma went to her doctor and told him that as soon as her husband stepped in the door he started yelling and complaining, insulting her, and even using foul language. He won’t listen to reason. “I’m getting so depressed, the verbal abuse is more than I can take. Can you give me something to help,” she asked.
         The doctor said, I want you to make a pot of tea. As soon as your husband walks in the door, I want you to take a sip of tea and just hold it in your mouth until he gets quiet. If he starts up again take another sip. Come back in four weeks for a check up.
Four weeks later, Erma bounced into the doctor’s office all smiles. “Doctor that tea worked like a miracle. At first I had to take several sips of tea, but this week I only needed one small sip. I wished I would have known what a wonderful effect tea has.”
“And Erma, if you ever run out don’t have tea, substitute  water,” replied the wise old doc.
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight O Lord my strength and my redeemer.”  
Psalm 19:14

         So why no protest when 24.8 percent of the babies aborted in Texas are black, but only 12.3 percent of the people in Texas are black, according to the Census Bureau.  

FM 2234
         Initially  scheduled for completion in 2014, the 4-lane roadway project from Cartwright Rd. to the Fort Bend Tollway is finally open to vehicular traffic. This segment of FM 2234 is still undergoing some minor construction repairs to the existing medians, but TxDOT assured the District K council office that all construction will be completed by mid-September.
Phase II of the FM 2234 project from Fort Bend Tollway to FM 521 is scheduled to start in 2016. According to TxDOT, their Brazoria Area Engineer's Office is expected to manage this project. Similar to the Phase 1 project, Council Member Green will facilitate a community informational meeting for the residential neighborhoods pertaining to this portion of FM 2234. The District K office will continue to keep the Fort Bend Houston community informed as when a tentative start date is established.
To help us understand the Bill of Rights in our Constitution, Lewis  Napper wrote a Bill of NON-Rights
 I: You do not have the right to a new car, big screen TV, or any other form of wealth.
II: You do not have the right to never be offended.
III: You do not have the right to be free from harm.
IV: You do not have the right to free food and housing. 
 V: You do not have the right to free health care.
 VI: You do not have the right to physically harm other people.
VII: You do not have the right to the possessions of others.
VIII: You do not have the right to a job.
IX: You do not have the right to happiness. You have the right to PURSUE happiness,
X: English is our language. Learn it!
XI: You do not have the right to change our country's history or heritage. This country was founded on the belief in the one true God. And yet, you are given the freedom to believe in any religion, any faith, or no faith at all with no fear of persecution. The phrase IN GOD WE TRUST is part of our heritage and history.

 Phone Scams - Still Number One
         The telephone is still the scammer’s favorite method. Never give out information concerning your Social Security or bank account info, etc in response to an unsolicited call. Scammers come up with new stories everyday. They are experts in deceit and they don’t give you time to think.
.  They use scare tactics, prey on your sympathy, or on your desire to get something for nothing.

Drivers don’t pay attention to the law that says no passing within 300 feet of an intersection according to Sue Hughes who has been hit twice when turning off of Anderson. On the morning of August 15th, a neighbor made a left hand turn onto his street and was hit by a car passing a car that had slowed down as the neighbor turned. Witnesses estimated the car was speeding about 80 miles an hour. The speeder hit the ditch after knocking the back wheels off the car of the man just trying to safely drive home.  He survived.
Another person in the 14000 block of Almeda Road was not so fortunate. He had an heart attack, ran into a pole and was killed near Bob’s State Inspection station.

 Almeda Moe
“Morning Moe. I see you are all prepped for your operation. Hey, why do you look so worried? This is a  procedure that has been done many times.”
“I was ok until the nurse said, ‘Don’t worry I’m sure everything will be fine.”
Why should that bother you?
“She was talking to the doctor.”  

Commissioner Richard Morrison, Precinct 1, will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting in Fresno on Sept. 3rd at the Mustang Community Center  at 4525 FM 521 North at 6:30 pm.


Born June 1st 2015  Call 281 438 5363

Vinson Library

3810 W. Fuqua 832 393 2120
 closed Sun. & Mon.

Multi-center open Mon. thru Fri.

Sienna Branch Library

 8411 Sienna Spring Blvd 281-238-2900
Deer Hunting in Texas Sat. Sept. 19th beginning at 10:30 am. David Lobpries, a biologist for 42 years with Texas Parks and Wildlife will speak on white-tailed deer population and Chronic Wasting Disease.    Sienna Book Club 2nd Mon.  1:30 pm,  Sept.14,  The Aftermath, by Rhidian Brook.  Booked on Crime Mystery Sept. 22nd at 7:00 pm, The Monogram Murders,  by Sophie Hannah. “Make Your Own Book Safe” on Sat. Sept. 12, at 10:30 am,  Mother Goose Time -- Tues. at 10 am -- age 1 month to 12 months. Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29.Toddler Time -- Thurs. at 10 am --  12 to 36 months. Sept. 3, 10, 17, & 24.Pre-school children, 3 to 6 years will enjoy Story Time, stories,  movies, and  crafts,  10 am  Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30.Pajama Night Story Time --  Mon. at 6:30 pm -- Sept.14, 21,  28;  Kinder Korner -2nd & 4th Wed. 4pm. Sept. 9 – All About School  Sept. 23 – All About Friends The After-School Break -crafts, movies, stories,  for school-aged children grades 1-5 through 5 ONLY – 2nd and 4th Tue. at 4 pm. Sept. 8 & 22. Tween CafĂ©, 4th & 5th grades  1st and 3rd Wed. each month at 4 pm.  Middle-School  5:30 pm 1st & 3rd Thurs. grades 6 and up.  Sept. 3 Game Day! Computer: MS Word 2010 Survival Basics- Sept 2, 10 am. MS Word 2010: Intermediate- Sept. 3, 10 am. MS Excel 2010 Survival Basics - Sept. 8, 10 am. MS Excel 2010 Intermediate - Sept. 9, 10 am.MS Excel 2010: Pivot Tables Sept. 10th.
Abiding Missionary Baptist Church as you celebrate  your 23rd Church Anniversary in Almeda October 18, 2015. 

 College Fair 
 Missouri City Branch Library on Sat. Sept. 12th, 2 to 4 pm at
 1530 Texas Parkway.

Annual Raffle and BBQ 
Sat. Sept. 12th Serving starts at 11am.
Call 281 431 2451 for more info

Work has begun on Phrase 3 of the district with the main lines being laid starting at Fresno Trammel going north up to Nail Road and then east to west on Evergreen.

 West Fuqua Project
The proposed West Fuqua St. reconstruction project which is slated for 2019.  For more information about this project or to fill out a comment while still in the design phase, e-mail and reference the West Fuqua St. Reconstruction project.

See You at the Pole 9/23
 The First Amendment guarantees free speech and the free exercise of religion.  Students may privately pray, either individually or as a group, at a school athletic competition (such as a football game), student assembly, or other extracurricular activity when school officials (teachers or administrators) are not involved, like praying around the flag pole on the 23rd. Public schools must treat religious expression such as prayer, reading the Bible, and religious discussion the same way they treat similar non-religious expression. If you feel the public school is violating your child’s constitutional rights contact Liberty Institute at

Serina Mystique “Mysti” Stewart June 14, 1978—July 4, 2015.
No matter how often or what the  offense, Mysti  was always willing to forgive. She is survived by four children. She died saving a life.

In 1892, Almeda was a 250 acre town on paper eleven miles from the Houston city limits. A year later 50 early residents had a post office and  provided school for their children conducted in  a hay barn on White Road. To read about Almeda's early history buy Back Yonder in Almeda at Debbie’s Barber Shop (next to Parker’s Hardware) in the 14000 block of Almeda Road for $12 or have a copy mailed to you for $14.50. Send a check to Our News  P. O. Box 450336 Houston, TX 77245  Call 713 433 1098 for more info.


August 2015 issue

         A small cross with flowers on Hwy. 521 near Foxshire is a reminder of the tragic death of Serina “Misti” Stewart at 12:15 am. July 5, 2015. Misti lost her life while trying to save a life of someone she didn’t know. She was trying to pull a person out of danger when she was hit by first one car and then another one. Born June 14, 1979, Misti had recently celebrated her 37th birthday. Her friends say she was always there when someone asked for help. She leaves behind three children.   

July 24th, Ali opened up his “dream store” on the corner of Almeda Road and East Anderson Road. Ali owns 22 Eagle Marts including the one on Almeda Genoa Road. The telephone # at the super market is 832 623 7518.  

A  group of residents from Ft. Bend County have been leading an effort to bring awareness and change regarding  home/land appraisals from increasing to as much as 10% a year. People are fearful of being taxed out of their homes. Over 2000 residents  are involved and state reps are taking notice.  The tax rate is irrelevant if the Appraisal board increases  the taxes  by elevating the value by 10% every year. They believe the appraisal district is inconsistent.  We ask our representatives for assistance in "auditing" their operations and providing transparency to the reasons behind our appraisal values. All Texas citizens are asked to consider signing the petition. It's time for our representatives and taxing authorities to take greater accountability regarding budgets and  transparency.  To sign the petition and get more info go to
Recently I was denied service at a grocery store in Almeda. Normally I try to be presentable when I go anywhere but I had made a quick dash to get someone to work. Since it was early I thought I could dash into the store for one item before anybody noticed my appearance. But the security guard noticed, “You can’t come in barefoot.”
“I came in this store barefoot before you were born.” Where is the manager?”
“It is a health regulation,” he said. “I’m sorry.”

For a moment I considered ignoring him... no he is a lot bigger than I am, so I stomped (actually you don’t stomp when you are barefoot) out of the store.“No, You are not sorry,” I snapped back. Since I was very short on time because I had to be at a Bible Study where I was to teach on the sin of complaining, I got back out of my car.  I stepped up to the automatic door (that replaced the old screen door of long ago) and said, “If you are really sorry will you take this $5 and get me a gallon of milk?
         He took the money and brought the milk to the door. I did not deserve that kindness. My self righteous indignation evaporated. Proverbs 12:15 says “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes.” Officers, who have the job of enforcing rules when we act like a fool, are really special.  They don’t arrest us for displaying love, joy, peace, goodness, gentleness, faith, patience and  meekness. They deserve our respect.  I was rebellious, but I was not guilty of complaining nor was I late for Bible study, because a man in authority forgave my rudeness.
  God is good. I am thankful He forgives his children.  We never have the right  to be rude but if want to...
Police Officer's Panel
Sunday, August 9, 2015 @ 9am-9:45am
Abiding Faith United Methodist Church
14300 Almeda School Rd.
 Ask Questions!  Come join the discussion!

         Cindy and Daniel are the managers of North Point at 3126 Ward Street where at the present 13 residents, mostly people with disabilities and a few non-violent persons on parole, are residing. Cindy and her husband, Daniel,  opened February 14, 2015. Cindy had spent the previous 20 years working as a CNA in a hospital and a nursing home with 60 occupants in Missouri. She is glad to be in a warmer climate as cold weather increases the pain she suffers from  rheumatoid arthritis caused in part by the years she spent as a gymnastic. She and Daniel were married in 1983 and together they have nine children.
Although Cindy is only one inch over five feet, her energy level is ten feet high. She does all the cooking, most of the washing, dispensing medicine, including injections, even bathing a resident in a wheelchair, and keeping an eye out for those that need a little extra care, or sometimes just a friend to talk to. The residents are free to leave but she asks them not to leave until they have a plan rather than get mad and take off.
Some of the residents are on Medicaid so they can afford to go to the Good Old Days Program by Art Levy. To Cindy all her residents are angels. If you would like to see a big smile on her face just drive up to 3126 Ward street with sheets, towels, silverware, blankets, clothes, plastic cups, etc. You may call first 832 416 3130.           
You may recognize that the house is the one Mr. and Mrs. Ward bought from Mr. Anderson and moved from Anderson Rd. It is over 100 years old

Almeda moe
Moe’s wife decided it was time to get modern so she sent him a text message while she was shopping. She wrote: "If you are sleeping, send me your dreams.
If you are laughing, send me your smile. If you are eating, send me a bite.
If you are drinking, send me a sip.
If you are crying, send me your tears.
I love you."
Moe texted back: "I'm on the toilet. Please advise."

Saturday September 12th, the Fresno Volunteer Fire Department will have their annual fundraiser. Raffle tickets may be  purchased Now! Call 281 431 2451 for details.

 Join us for:

Family & Friend's Day

August 2, 2015 @10 am

Abiding Faith United Methodist Church

14300 Almeda School Rd.

Dinner will be served!

 Are you thinking about ways to serve in Sharing God's Word with 

our youth?           Let's take the Gospel into our community schools! Let's think about our kid's future... IT'S GOOD NEWS
For training date and times contact: Barbara Carter @ Abiding Faith UM Church  713-433-3906

Born June 1st 2015                  Call 281 438 5363

Vinson Library
3810 W. Fuqua 832 393 2120
 closed Sun. & Mon.
Multi-center open Mon. thru Fri.

Sienna Branch Library
 8411 Sienna Spring Blvd 281-238-2900
Capture Fort Bend County Photography Contest. Submit photo from Aug. 1st until 5pm August 15th.  Amateurs only for high school students or adults at 281-633-4734.
iPhotography Workshop on Saturday, August 22, beginning at 12:00 noon instructor AndrĂ© Hermann will discuss unique aspects of mobile-phone photography. Register online (, or call the library at 281-238-2952.
Diabetes Awareness” on Saturday, August 8, beginning at 2:00 pm,    Dr. Tiffany Bunag, will provide an overview of diabetes, including signs and symptoms, care, and prevention and  causes of diabetes. Diabetic-friendly refreshments will be served. For more info call 281-238-2100.
Living with Hearing Loss Sat. August 15, 2:00 to 4:00 pm, in the Meeting Room at the Missouri City Branch Library, located at 1530 Texas Parkway.281 238 2100
I’ve Hired My First Employee: Now What?,” on Saturday, August 8, beginning at 10:30 am,  SCORE mentor John Lumley will give tips for hiring and info on reporting requirements, laws, and regulations with which an employer must comply as well as info on employee-benefit options, employee handbooks, and compensation practices and requirements. Find out the difference between a contract worker and an employee.
          Call 281-238-2952, for Aug. computer class schedule.

 IN 1860  WHO SAID
“In this enlightened age, there are few I believe, but what will not acknowledge, that slavery as an institution is a moral and political evil in any country.”  See ANSWER at bottom.

Almeda’s Wyatt Earp just celebrated his 70th birthday July 7th.  He hasn’t retired for he still runs the plastic recycling company and sells wood for BBQ. In the first issue of Our News, he put in a 1/4 page ad for antiques and continued for the next 18 months.  His ad  kept Our News from going bankrupt as the paper started with only $100.  Wyatt, sure hope your  birthday was great!

Modern Day Daniel Boone
They might not be able to trap bears but several men are earning as much as $1000 a week during the winter months trapping feral hogs according to Wilton Curry who buys them. Curry has one of Texas Approved Feral Swine Holding Facilities in Rosenberg. He hauls live hogs to San Antonio where they are processed by a company that sells the meat overseas where it is considered a delicacy.
He cannot accept a dead hog but for hogs weighing 40 to 60 pounds he pays 10 cents a pound, 61 to 100 lbs. 35 cents, over 100 lbs, 45 cents a pound  plus a head bonus of $5 for 100 lb hog, over 150 lbs. $10 and over 200 lbs a bonus of $12.50.
Trap a dozen hogs in your spare time and you could earn $1,000.
Of course, prices change but you can contact Wilton Curry at 3039 N Bar Lane Rosenberg 77471 or call 281 808 0597.

Our government is of the lobbyist, by the lobbyist and for the lobbyist according to Senator Ted Cruz,  noting that lobbyist are responsible for a vote to extend the Export Import Bank which in essence is corporate welfare for several companies at the expense of taxpayers. Lobbyist give campaign money to Dems. and Rep.
Career politicians are more concerned about keeping their job than doing their job. They will never pass a bill for term limits but voters need to retire Republican Senator John Cornyn and Democrat Representative Al Green. They’ve been there too long.

         Parents normally love their children and want love in return. With love, they tell the child to brush their teeth, don’t eat dirt, etc. They want obedience from their child for the good of the child. They know the child will not always obey, since they have inherited a nature which wants its own way. So when the kid disobeys and gets hurt, the parent is there with medicine or maybe just a kiss to make it feel better or if necessary a switch to teach them to do what is right.
  A loving parent reflects the love of God toward us. No parent would expect obedience if the child has not been told what to do, nor does God. So he told certain men to write down the rules that would help us live the kind of life that would in the long run make us happy and bring glory to God.
None of us keep all the rules all the time so we are not in a position to judge one another. But if we break the rules we should never deny that God’s rules are good. Just as our children bring us joy or grief, our actions bring joy or grief to our heavenly Father.
Rules for a small child are not necessary for a teenager just as the rules in Leviticus concerning animal sacrifice are no longer needed. Animal sacrifice had prepared God’s people to understand that God is a God of justice and to look forward to his promise of sending a person who will clean us from our sins.  The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23)  
The rule to honor your parents does not change with age nor do the other moral rules such as lying, stealing, killing, deviations of God’s design for sex, or anything we might do that dishonors  our heavenly Father who happens to be omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent.

Pick up a copy of the history of the area of Almeda at Debbie’s Barber Shop (next to Parker’s Hardware) in the 14000 block of Almeda Road for $12 or have a copy mailed to you for $14.50. Send a check to Our News
 P. O. Box 450336 Houston, TX 77245
The book is $12 Postage $2.50
call 713 433 1098 for more info

ANSWER to Who Said    -Robert E. Lee -  Surprised?