Local cattle producers will have the opportunity to vote on a new $1 per head Texas Beef Checkoff in early June, according to Jack Fleming, George Crowson and Than Richburg, Houston County Farm Bureau Board members.
"The Texas Beef Checkoff is the cattleman's investment," Crowson said. "Texas cattlemen will decide how these additional Texas funds will be spent. No business thrives without investment, research and promotion."
He said 27 years of inflation and many challenges including an increasingly aggressive animal rights movement, hundreds of misleading claims about beef, and a declining number of cattle have eroded the capabilities of the original $1 per head investment.
Crowson said, "I'm voting 'yes' for an additional dollar per head to strengthen Texas beef in the marketplace for my future and future generations."
The Texas Beef Checkoff Referendum will be held June 2-6 at all county AgriLife Extension offices across Texas during normal business hours.
The Houston County AgriLife Extension office is located in the Houston County Senior Citizens Center building, adjacent to Davy Crockett Memorial Park in Crockett.
Eligible voters must have owned cattle between June 6, 2013 and June 6, 2014. Owners less than 16 years of age must have their ballot co-signed by a parent or legal guardian.
"Farm Bureau policy strongly supports self-help programs for farmers and ranchers," Fleming said. "A 'yes' vote on this Texas Beef Checkoff will extend and enhance programs the Texas Beef Council has developed and implemented over the last 27 years, as well as fund beef demand-building programs for the future."
For more information, contact the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office or the Texas Department of Agriculture.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Photographs of area men killed during the Vietnam War are being sought as part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation (VVMF) project "Faces Never Forgotten."
The VVMF is seeking to locate photos of all 58,286 soldiers listed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. The foundation plans to build a new education center near the existing memorial on the National Mall. Construction is expected to begin in 2016 and to be completed in 2019.
Included in the new center will be an electronic "Wall of Faces" corresponding to the names on the wall. So far, 34,000 photos have been collected and more than 24,000 are left to find.
Photos also may be brought to the offices of the Houston County Courier in Crockett, Trinity Standard in Trinity, Groveton News in Groveton, Polk County Enterprise in Livingston or the Tyler County Booster in Woodville to have them digitally scanned.
The collection of the photos in Texas is being coordinated through the Texas Press Association. All local photos collected will be forwarded to VVMF.
Below is a listing of the men whose photos are still needed, their age at the time of their death, their branch of military service, the date they were killed and the location of their names on the Vietnam Memorial Wall. Family members of those not listed as being from any of these counties who have photos of men killed during the war also may submit photos and they will be forwarded to the VVMF.
Be sure to include the soldier's full name, his branch of service and the county where he had resided prior to entering military service.
HOUSTON COUNTY Crockett Pfc. Ruzell Gray, 20, U.S. Marine Corps, killed May 31, 1968: Panel 62W, Row 10. Spc. 4 Willie Craig Warren, 20, U.S. Army, killed June 22, 1967: Panel 22E, Row 52. Kennard Spc. 4 Johnny Franklin Richards, 24, U.S. Army, killed Sept. 5, 1968: Panel 45W, Row 44. TRINITY COUNTY Apple Springs Seaman John Edward Hollis, 24, U.S. Navy, killed Nov. 11, 1970: Panel 6W, Row 51. Groveton Sgt. Billy Mac Brister, 21, U.S. Army, killed May 11, 1968: Panel 65E, Row 5. Sgt. Albert C. Horace Jr., 21, U.S. Army, killed Aug. 29, 1967: Panel 25E, Row 63. Cpl. Ollie Curtis Freeman, 21, U.S. Army, killed May 11, 1968: Panel 58E, Row 20. Trinity Pfc. Tom Willis Simmons Jr., 20, U.S. Marine Corps, killed Jan. 22, 1968: Panel 35E, Row 12.
POLK COUNTY Livingston Pfc. Andrew Lewis Stephens, 22, U.S. Army, killed Nov. 21, 1966: Panel 12E, Row 106. Spc. 5 Marvin Ray Robinson, 23, U.S. Army, killed Sept. 11, 1969: Panel 18W, Row 72. Camden Lance Cpl. Johnny Clarence Spears, 22, U.S. Marine Corps, killed Jan. 30, 1971: Panel 5W, Row 70
TYLER COUNTY Woodville Cpl. Peter Louis Winter, 23, U.S. Army, killed April 1, 1971: Panel 4W, Row 100. Pfc. Leroy Wood, 18, U.S. Marine Corps, killed July 13, 1968: Panel 52W, Row 25. Hillister Staff Sgt. Arthur Lee Beaty, 25, U.S. Army, killed May 12, 1968: Panel 58E, Row 30.
The Crockett Police Department is taking part in the nationwide "Click It or Ticket" campaign for the Memorial Day holiday period.
The campaign began Monday, May 19 and will continue through June 1. "We are asking our local drivers to buckle up and make sure their children are buckled up for safety," said CPD Chief David Cross.
"We work numerous accidents each year where a seat belt could have made a difference in the severity of the injuries received by the occupants of the vehicles," Cross explained. "Our officers will be out looking for seat belt violators over this period. So buckle up for safety."
Motorists who don't buckle up in compliance with state seat belt laws face fines and court costs up to $200 as stepped up enforcement gets underway this month during the Texas Department of Transportation's 13th annual "Click It or Ticket" campaign.
"Seat belts save lives," said John Barton, TxDOT deputy executive director. "That's a fact. Buckling up will keep you from getting a ticket, and more importantly, it could save your life. Whether you're the driver or a passenger, everyone in the vehicle is required by law to wear a seat belt for every trip. The cost of not using one just isn't worth it."
The "Click It or Ticket" campaign is credited with motivating millions of motorists to always use their seat belts. Only 76 percent of Texans used seat belts when the campaign began in 2002. Today, 9 out of 10 Texans buckle up. The National Highway Traffic Safety estimates that since its inception, the "Click It or Ticket" campaign in Texas has resulted in 3,962 fewer traffic fatalities while preventing 66,823 serious injuries and saving more than $15 billion in related economic costs.
In 2013, there were 943 fatalities and 5,383 serious injuries in Texas resulting from crashes in which drivers or passengers were not wearing seat belts.
Wearing a seat belt increases the chances of surviving a serious crash by 45 percent. In pickup trucks, that number jumps to 60 percent as those vehicles are more likely than cars to roll over in a crash. In roll-over crashes, seat belts help keep occupants from being ejected from the vehicle.
Texas law requires everyone in a vehicle to be buckled up, including back seat passengers. Visit texasclickitorticket.com for more information.
Marcus Peterson(left), Broderick Creag (right). HCSO photos
By Lynda Jones Editor-in-Chief
An alert citizen's report to the Houston County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) on Monday, May 19 led to the arrest of two men and the recovery of stolen farm equipment.
According to HCSO officials, the investigation began with a call that came in regarding suspicious activity in the Pennington area, south of Crockett.
"The caller reported that someone was driving his neighbor's tractor down a road and the driver was not familiar to him," HCSO officials stated.
Deputies responding to the call conducted an investigation, including interviews, and ultimately arrested two Crockett men and charged them with alleged theft of the tractor and hay forks. The tractor, along with stolen hay forks, were returned to the owner.
Broderick Creag, 36, of Crockett and Marcus Peterson, 27, of Crockett both were arrested as suspects in this criminal act and charged with State Jail Felony theft, according to the HCSO.
They were booked into the Houston County Jail.
Houston County Sheriff Darrel Bobbitt stated, "This is an example of how important it is for citizens to report any suspicious activity. We still live in a community where neighbors can be the eyes and ears for each other and this is what helps to solve crime."
A young student shows his abilities using an Atlatl to hunt wild game for food during the 21st Annual Houston County Forest Awareness Tour held this year at Ratcliff Lake Recreational Area in the Davy Crockett National Forest on April 10 and April 11 for Houston County schools. (Courtesy Photo)