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Posts published in “Day: July 8, 2003”

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Welcome back, y’all. Hope the week has been a good ‘un for ya. Well, it’s summer time, and the heat is here. Remember not that long ago when it was cold and rainy and you wished for the warm weather? Uh Huh. The coastal plains are a real joy in the summer.

I was drivin’ in to work on Monday and past the “Three Musketeers” walkin’ on the side of the road. I’m referin’ to the three beautiful ladies who walk most mornings along the highway 90 feeder near 2100. They always have a smile, and big sticks! Howdy, Ladies.

For those of you still urging me to run against Gene “The WEENIE” Green for Congress, the answer is still no. I’m afraid I would win and then I couldn’t call those scoundrels to task each week in Horsefeathers! However, each of you have the opportunity to tell him how you feel at the voting booth, so VOTE!

The shindig at Lyin’ Larry’s with my ol pard, Doug Supernaw, was a great time with a lot of smooooth dancin’ by Larry and Donna. Great job, Larry, do it again!

I’d appreciate you all rememberin’ our friends Mike and Val of Lonestar Catfish and Ribs, who were forced to shut the doors of their delicious establishment. I know they will hit the ground runnin’, cause you can’t keep a good man (or woman) down for very long! We love you guys!

I’m thinkin’ of bringin “A Cowboy True” to the Crosby area in the near future, if you all would be interested. It will be different, yet the same, and just as good. The entertainers will knock your socks off! Cost will be $8.00 to $10.00 per ticket. So stay tuned!

I will be leaving this weekend for the Academy of Western Artists Awards Show in Ft. Worth with Miss Judy. We’ll get to see some of my ol pards like Curly Musgrave, Belinda Gail, Red Steagall, R.W Hampton and a herd of others. I’ll tell them you all said howdy. I hope to bring back some good pictures and share them with you. I‘ll try to get the Head Wrangler at the newspaper will let me run them for you.

The house buildin’ is goin’ slow, but sure at the Rancho Pequito. Hope to be in soon. When we do, I’ll have a house warmin’ and you’re all invited! (Hope Miss Judy approves)! The horses will be glad to meet some new folks, too.

I am plannin’ to have a “Cowboy Kids Poetry Contest” for all the kids in 4th, 5th and 6th grades in the area. That means the Crosby, Baytown, Galena Park and Channelview school districts can enter. The winners will receive some neat prizes and awards, as well as recognition for the schools and classes who participate. All you teachers give us an email this summer and get a head start for your kids. Miss Judy just retired after 29 years teaching 3rd and 5th grades and she can answer all your questions. Our email is lloydshelby@ev1.net . You can also contact us through the website, www.paintedwordstudios.com.

Gladys Adcox, “Granny”, suggested I not feed my horses too much or I’d get even more bow-legged. Sorry, Granny, too late!

Howdy, to all my pards whose names I didn’t mention. Gotta go shut gate, cause I saw Gene “The WEENIE” Green sneakin’ in.

Till later,
Just a Ridin’,
Lloyd

METRO adds rail to airport, Galleria in response to public comments

New E-W Bus on Aldine Mail Route included in Proposal

HOUSTON– After weeks of public hearings, METRO is preparing the final recommendations to present to its board on July 31st.

Two themes which have repeated in many of the meetings are the need for light rail to encompass more of the needs of the minority community, and for the funding for road improvements to continue.

In response to the comments, METRO has modified their Phase I map to include light rail lines to Intercontinental airport, and to the Galleria/Greenway Plaza area. This would increase the number of miles from 41 to 55, and provide many more destinations, according to Chairman Arthur Schechter of Metro.

In addition, an option of borrowing money (or selling bonds) would be offered, in two versions. One would accelerate completion of the rail proposal. The other would offer only a reduced rail system, 13.7 miles in addition to the 7.7 now being built, but would have extra monies available to fund the current roadway or “general mobility” plan. This plan is scheduled to end in 2009, and many communities have complained that they will have to raise local taxes to compensate for this loss of revenue.

The new proposal includes money for 12 additional bus routes, including an East-West Line on Aldine Mail Route to West Road.

However, no action was taken on requests for a light rail extension to Gulfgate Mall and further west on I-10, but some money is left in the budget for more lines.

Special Session full of rancor, but newest map is less partisan

AUSTIN– Legislators have been meeting since Monday, in response to Governor Perry’s call for a Special Session to Redistrict the lines for Congressional seats.

Representative King has produced a new map, shown below, that would retain more of the old boundaries in the Houston area than previous attempts, but the end result statewide would still be a loss of seats for the Democrats in the 2004 elections. Estimates have ranged from 5 to 7 seats would go to the Republican candidates, at the expense of incumbent Democrats.

Locally, Congr. Chris Bell and Sheila Jackson Lee may lose their seats because major changes to their districts might erode their voting base. Congr. Gene Green and Nick Lampson would have to move their residences to hold on to their districts.

After the Session had met for a day, Governor Perry placed 28 more issues on the agenda. These included government reorganization, that would broaden the powers of the governor’s office, which is traditionally one of the weakest in the nation.

Not included was any bill that would deal with the problem of school financing. This will probably come up in another session later in the year.

NorthEast has the best luck, it seems…

Gambers in NorthEast Houston have had a remarkable run of winnings recently. Two stories out of many more, illustrate the point that we seem to have the Golden Touch in this area. Here are the stories:

Humble man claims $37mil Jackpot in new Lotto Game

HUMBLE— In the hopes of funding a new school, David Kelly, 37, bought 20 Quick Pick tickets for the first Lotto Texas™ drawing, and ended up winning a $37 million jackpot. His matching ticket makes him the first winner of the new Lotto Texas game that was changed in May. Kelly claimed $24, 211,786, the Cash Value Option sum, at Texas Lottery™ headquarters in Austin.

“In addition to David’s impressive $37 million jackpot, 118,000 other winners won nearly $800,000 in additional prizes in Saturday’s game, which shows just how winnable the new Lotto Texas is,” said Reagan E. Greer, Texas Lottery Commission Executive Director. “We’ve averaged 83,399 matching tickets per drawing, and we’re hoping those players who haven’t yet tried the new game will take notice of all the winners this weekend and take a chance with this week’s drawings.”

Kelly, a northeast Houston resident, said that while he occasionally plays Texas Lottery games, he intentionally bought 20 tickets for Saturday’s drawing after learning more about the possibility of helping a few friends open a school.

“I told one of my friends that I needed to win the Lottery if I was going to be able to do something about opening a school,” explained Kelly. With his winnings, he said he hopes he’ll be able to help the community and the children in that area.

Kelly purchased the winning ticket at Texas Star Stop, located at 15415 Eastex Fwy., in Humble. The retailer is eligible for a 1 percent bonus of $370,000 for selling the winning ticket. The winning numbers were 31—06—25—05—44, and the bonus ball was 27.

Crosby Woman wins $1+mil in Biloxi Casino

BILOXI– Nancy Moss’ “pit stop” in Biloxi at the President Casino landed her $1,009,960.55 on the Wheel of Fortune® quarter dollar progressive slot machine.

Moss said she had never played the Wheel of Fortune® progressive slot machines before but “loves the TV show and since no one was around, I decided to give it a try.”

From Crosby, Texas, Moss and her family decided to stop at the President Casino in Biloxi for the evening as it’s the half-way point to her father’s house in Georgia. Moss picked her machine and jokingly asked her husband and family to leave as they were “bringing me bad luck.” Only minutes after her husband and family left her side, Moss hit the jackpot. At first she thought her machine was broken, then was shocked to realize what she had won. Six other previous winners were recently announced, bringing the total MegaJackpots™ winnings to just over $25 million in the Biloxi/Gulfport area since May 14, This is the second jackpot in one month on the Wheel of Fortune® progressive slot machines. Moss had played approximately $40 before hitting the MegaJackpots™ bonanza.

With her winnings, Moss plans to open her own business – it’s something she’s always wanted to do. “This will make life more comfortable” Moss said. The Wheel of Fortune® machine is based on the popular television game show, “Wheel of Fortune®.” The jackpot is paid when a player plays the maximum bet ($.75) and lines up all three winning symbols on the appropriate pay line. After the jackpot is verified, the Wheel of Fortune meter is reset at $200,000, The Wheel of Fortune is one of 15 Mississippi MegaJackpots’ systems operated by IGT, a world leader in the manufacturing of gaming machines and proprietary software for progressive gaming systems. All TGT MegaJackpots™ awards are paid in annual installments upon verification, except MegaJackpots Instant Winners jackpots and Rapid Riches MegaJackpots awards, which are paid in their entirety upon verification. Wheel of Fortune® is a registered trademark of Califon Production Inc.

Double killing on Lynette Street

Police are investigating a double homocide that occured last Saturday morning, about 2:30 am, in the 7900 block of Lynette, near the corner of Ley Road and N. Wayside. Dead were Eric and Brandi Boutee, a young couple with outstanding plans for the future, according to family and friends.

Investigators said that the couple, in separate cars, pulled into their driveway and were accosted by two men who were robbing their house. The woman, Brandi Cooper-Boutee, 21, was killed almost immediately as she sat in her car. Her husband, Eric Boutee, 23, was taken into the house while it was ransacked, and then killed execution style outside. He was shot in the back of the head. Reportedly the two black men were carrying a .22 rifle and a shotgun.

Then the two men fled on foot, according to police and witnesses. The couple had been married about a year, and the woman was pregnant, according to the family. Anyone with information is asked to call the police, at 713-308-3600.