East Bernard Express (East Bernard, Tex.), Vol. 69, No. 47, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 22, 2012 Page: 1 of 12
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It’s Playoff Time!
By KEITH MAGEE
It’s the most wonderful time of the year —
the high school football playoff season.
For the third year in a row, the East Ber-
nard Brahmas are in the playoffs, and for the
second straight year, they are district champi-
ons. That gave the Brahmas a first-round bye
last week, but now it’s time for East Bernard
to hit the field.
The Brahmas will face Banquete at 7:30
p.m. Friday in a Class 2A Division II area play-
off at Matador Stadium in Seguin.
Again this year, the East Bernard Express
is including a Brahma banner in this week’s
paper. We encourage fans to post the banner at
their business and then take them to the game
For more, see sports, Page Bl.
Volume 69, No. 47
Today is the 327th day of the year,
with 39 days remaining.
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partly sunny, with a
high near 79. South
wind 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday night most-
ly cloudy, with a low
around 59. South wind
5 to 10 mph.
Friday a 30 percent
chance of showers and
ly after noon. Mostly
cloudy, with a high near
75. Calm wind becom-
ing north around 5 mph
in the afternoon. Fri-
day night a 20 percent
chance of showers and
Photo by Karen Johnston, EBISD photojournalism
Honoring area seniors
First United Methodist Youth Fellowship member Maggie Cheatham serves food at the annual Thanksgiving Day Luncheon held on Nov.
15 at the American Legion Hall. Seniors are invited each year to the event sponsored by the First United Methodist Church. Seniors are
treated to a complete Thanksgiving meal with dessert at no charge. The meal is a "thank you" to the seniors who worked hard to establish
the community and also is a tribute to those seniors who served in the military. Entertainment is provided by the East Bernard Junior High
School Band. For more photos, see Page A6.
Council approves SPOT program
By KEITH MAGEE
The East Bernard City Council on
Monday agreed to spend $1,250 to help
Wharton County Stray Pet Outreach
Program (SPOT) with a Spay Neuter
Assistance Program (SNAP) for eligible
East Bernard residents.
The cost of the program is $2,500, and
the council agreed to split the cost with
Wharton County SPOT.
Under the program, 24 pets who be-
long to low income residents, as well
as others who receive government as-
sistance, would be spayed or neutered
through a mobile clinic that will come to
Holy Cross Catholic Church has
agreed to let officials use the church’s
parking lot for the mobile clinic.
‘We hope to partner with Wharton
County and bring it to each precinct,”
said SPOT representative Christine
Stransky, who made the presentation to
“It’s a simple economic plan that’s
cheaper in the long run.”
During the presentation, Merle
Hudgins also spoke and gave her sup-
port of the program.
“I’ve been supporting SPOT for a long
time,” Hudgins said. ‘What you’re ad-
dressing is your city’s animal problem if
you take the first step forward. It’s very
Council member Terry Hlavinka
wanted to know if the local veterinar-
ian supported the program. Mayor Buck
Boettcher said he spoke with the veteri-
narian who said he was neutral on the
“It makes sense from an economical
standpoint,” Hlavinka said.
Council members approved the pro-
gram by a 4-2 vote, and afterward, a
large group of audience members ap-
We’re finally going to be addressing
the problem and not the end solution,”
In other business, the council ap-
proved funding $15,000 for the East
Bernard EMS, which will be $7,500 for
the next two years.
Council members also approved pur-
chasing a new Tahoe from Caldwell
Chevrolet. The vehicle will replace a
2005 Crown Victoria with 112,000 miles
City Secretary Melvin Sands will be-
gin driving the Crown Vic instead of re-
ceiving a monthly vehicle allowance.
for busy day
By BENJAMIN SHARP
With the busiest shopping
days of the year arriving this
weekend, East Bernard mer-
chants were scrambling this
week to do all they could to
At Polak Petals, shelves
were stocked with plenty of
new merchandise to accommo-
date a wide range of shoppers.
Owner Brittany Polak said the
store caters to a diverse crowd
since it offers everything from
flowers to clothing to antiques.
We have a little bit of ev-
erything,” she said. “And we’ve
been getting lots of new items
The store will actually
be closed on the day after
Thanksgiving, commonly re-
ferred to as Black Friday. Po-
lak said she wanted to spend
that time with family and also
give her employees a chance to
catch their breath in the midst
of a very busy holiday season.
The store will reopen on
Saturday and Sunday, though,
from noon to 5 p.m. each day.
Polak expects a sizeable crowd.
‘We have some extra work-
ers coming in,” she said.
Next door, Tammy Alexan-
der spent this week getting
her new coffee shop — Glory
Bean Coffee Co. — ready for
shoppers. With a normal open-
ing time of 5 a.m., she won’t
need to expand her hours to
catch shoppers looking for a
little pick me up before they
See BLACK, Page A2
Carrying the cross
by himself, Jesus went
to the place called
Skull Hill (in Hebrew,
Golgotha). There they
crucified him. There
were two others cruci-
fied with him, one on
either side, with Jesus
For items of interest, from
wedding engagements to
community events, contact
You also can drop off items
at our office at 115 W. Burle-
son St., Wharton, TX 77488.
Wreck sends one to hospital, 4 children uninjured
By BENJAMIN SHARP
A two vehicle accident
in East Bernard this week
sent one man to the hospi-
tal. Thankfully, four children
who were also involved in the
crash were uninjured.
“They were all fine,” said
Precinct 2 Constable J.A. Szy-
manski. “It could have been a
whole lot worse than what it
The accident occurred
around 11:30 a.m. Monday on
Texas 60 at FM 2919. Accord-
ing to law enforcement offi-
cials, a car traveling south on
60 turned into the northbound
lanes and ran into a pickup.
The driver of the car appar-
ently was trying to avoid a col-
lision with a different vehicle
that had turned off the road-
“The car lost control and
struck the truck,” Szymanski
East Bernard Volunteer
Fire Department, East Ber-
nard EMS, the Precinct 2 Con-
stable’s office, the Department
of Public Safety and Sheriff’s
Department deputies all re-
sponded. Both lanes of Texas
60 were shut down for approx-
imate 45 minutes, with traffic
rerouted onto 2919.
Szymanski said there were
seven people treated by EMS
at the scene. Only one of those
— the man who was driving
the pickup — was taken to the
“He was taken non-emer-
gency with non life-threaten-
ing injuries,” Szymanski said.
Inside the car were four
children, all of whom were
properly restrained in car
seats and belts.
“Everybody had their seat
belts on and the airbags de-
ployed,” Szymanski said.
Constables and state troopers survey the scene of a two-car accident which shut down Texas 60 for
nearly an hour Monday.
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Wallace, Bill. East Bernard Express (East Bernard, Tex.), Vol. 69, No. 47, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 22, 2012, newspaper, November 22, 2012; East Bernard, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth787582/m1/1/: accessed March 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Wharton County Library.