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Volume 123, Number 60 journal-spectator.com
Saturday, July 28,2012
16 Pages, 3 Inserts
INSIDE THIS ISSUE!
Today’s Funeral and
Death Notices, Page A6
Odilia Gomez, Harold
Mathews and Jeffery
Sales remain strong in city, county
up 41.69 percent
from July 2011
By KEITH MAGEE
Sales tax collections in all
three of Wharton County’s in-
corporated cities — Wharton,
East Bernard and El Campo
— were up in July, as well as
Wharton County, according to
figures released by the State
Local sales tax allocations: July 2012
2012 to date
2011 to date
2012 to date
2011 to date
Source: State comptroller's office
Revenue was up for the
county for the eighth month
in a row, while the city’s rev-
enue has had a double-digit
increase for the fifth month in
In the city of Wharton,
$207,961.84 was collected, a
strong 41.69 percent increase
from the $146,771.47 that was
received in July 2011. Year to
date, the city’s collections are
up 20.83 percent.
After having several
months of falling revenue,
East Bernard has had in-
creased revenue for the sec-
ond month in a row. The city
collected $22,065.95, a 21.41
percent increase from the
$18,174.35 received last July.
The strong showing pushed
East Bernard’s collections for
the year ahead of last year’s
pace at 0.15 percent.
Wharton County’s col-
See SALES, Page A3
■ Free Paper Shredding
First State Bank of Louise, 505 E.
Boling Hwy. in Wharton, will host a
Community Shred Day from 8 a.m.
until noon today. This event is open
to the public. Accepted will be: out-
dated tax returns, credit card state-
ments, paycheck stubs, bank state-
ments and cancelled checks, bills
and receipts. Do not bring: Plastic
files, leather of any kind, three ring
binders, ink cartridges, glass, batter-
ies, matches, large clips — staples
and small paper clips are fine and
large files need to be broken down.
Pack items to be shredded in boxes
or containers that are not extremely
heavy so they can be carried to the
■ Free Rice and Beans
Stop by or drive by Boling First
United Methodist Church, 607 Tex-
as Ave. in Boling, from 10 a.m. until
2 p.m. today and each one who
arrives will get a Texas-size pound
of dry rice and a Texas-size pound
of dry beans for free. Boling FUMC
wants show its and God's love for
the community through the event.
■ Special Men's Service
Bethlehem Baptist Church of
Newgulf has cancelled its annual
Men's Day Service planned for Sun-
■ Caney Creek VBS
Caney Creek Church VBS starts
from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday
and runs through Wednesday. Reg-
istration will take place beginning at
6 p.m. on Monday. Explore Rocky
Point Lighthouse and discover how
to let Jesus' light shine in their
lives. For more information contact
Caney Creek Church at 532-2533.
■ Youth Garage Sale
The College Height Baptist
Church Youth Group, 1515 Briar Ln.
in Wharton, is having a church-wide
garage sale from 8 a.m. until sold
out on Saturday, Aug. 4, in the Fam-
ily Life Center at the church. The
youth are raising funds for youth
camp in the coming year.
■ Boling YFBL Camp
A Boling Youth Football League
Mini-Camp will be held from 9 a.m.
until noon on Saturday, Aug. 4,
at the Boling High School practice
field. Participants will take part in ac-
tivities, drills and exercises designed
to expose them to basic founda-
tions of football and cheerleading
and get them excited about the
upcoming season. Cost to attend
is $10 per child. All participants will
receive a BYFL mini-camp T-shirt.
This camp is open to all children
ages 5-12, not just BYFL players
and cheer participants. Visit boling-
youth-football.com for details and
■ Cowboy Church Events
Coastal Plains Cowboy Church
Playday Series runs Saturday, Aug.
4 and Aug. 18. Books open 8 a.m.
Events start at 10 a.m. and age
groups are 7 and under, 8 to 10,
11 to 13 and 14 to 18. For more
information, call Darla Helm 979-
See DATELINE, Page A2
By BENJAMIN SHARP
One was caught, but the
rest of the suspected illegal
immigrants who bailed out
of a truck in rural Wharton
County this week are likely
“I feel very confident they’re
already back in Houston by
now,” Chief Deputy Bill Cope-
land of the Wharton County
Sheriff’s Department said on
Thursday ‘We think someone
picked them up.”
Sheriff’s department offi-
cials scoured brush and woods
along Texas 60 — about half-
way between Lane City and
Magnet — on three separate
occasions Tuesday afternoon,
searching for 12 people last
seen in a Dodge pickup racing
out of Bay City. The truck had
earlier been reported stolen
out of Harris County, along
with a Ford F-150 that was
carrying 14 other suspected il-
According to news reports,
a Matagorda County deputy
See ONE, Page A4
Staff photo by Keith Magee
Spin the wheel
Waymond Williams of Wharton watches with Krista Spano of Gentiva Home Heath after he spun Gentiva's wheel during the Wharton
County Health Fair on Wednesday at the Wharton Civic Center. See related photo, Page A3.
Primary runoff elections are Tuesday
Wharton County voters will decide
whether Republican Ross Kurtz or John
Roades will be the next district attorney
during a runoff election on Tuesday.
Wharton County will have two run-
off ballots — one Republican and one
for the Democratic party, but only the
GOP ballot will have any contested local
Wharton County residents who voted
in the original May 31 primary will not
be permitted to switch parties for the
To vote in the Republican runoff, a
registered voter must either have voted
in the first GOP primary or not at all in
To vote in the Democratic Primary,
the same situation is true.
See PRIMARY, Page A4
Photo by Benjamin Sharp
Che'Kierah Washington, 10, of Wharton raises her hand to answer a question during a summer pro-
gram, "Yes We Can," sponsored by Just Do It Now at the Dawson Community Resource Center.
Yes They Can
By BENJAMIN SHARP
If you’re wondering how
successful Just Do It Now’s
new intervention program
has been this summer, just
ask Che’Kierah Washington.
The 10-year-old Wharton
girl says participating in the
program has been an experi-
ence like no other.
“It’s about behaving and
making new friends and
learning how to cooperate
with each other,” Washington
said this week. “It’s fun. It’s
cool. I love it.”
Such a testimony is music
to the ears of Greg Baines,
founder and director of Just
Do It Now and the driving
force behind a new interven-
tion program entitled ‘Yes
We Can.” Funded through a
$120,000 Juvenile Justice De-
partment grant, ‘Yes We Can”
has enabled Just Do It Now to
open up its former Dawson El-
ementary School campus to a
host of new faces this summer.
Baines said 248 kids
ages six to 17 enrolled in the
course, learning social skills,
school curriculum, motiva-
tional speaking, religion, and
developing relationships that
will reach far into the future.
The target group was
kids in the 6 to 10 age range,
those who statistics prove are
most at-risk for dropping out
of school and becoming em-
broiled in crime and drugs
and, if left unchecked, eventu-
ally losing a portion of their
lives in the justice system.
“These kids needed help —
mind, body and soul,” Baines
said. “It’s based on all areas of
Referrals came from area
churches, local families and
even the school district, in
See PROGRAM, Page A10
for current conditions, updated
forecasts and weather radar.
Details Page A2.
Life & Leisure......
BURN BAN LIFTED
Wharton County’s burn ban has been lifted until further notice.
For burning guidlines, visit www.co.wharton.tx.us/
Controlled burns must be reported to 532-1550.
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Wallace, Bill. Wharton Journal-Spectator (Wharton, Tex.), Vol. 123, No. 60, Ed. 1 Saturday, July 28, 2012, newspaper, July 28, 2012; Wharton, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth661625/m1/1/: accessed June 24, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Wharton County Library.