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Posts published in “Day: July 6, 2004

Traffic stop on Airline turns deadly

A suspect fatally shot during a struggle with a Harris County Precinct One deputy constable at 11100 Airline about 3:50 p.m. on June 27 has been positively identified.

The suspect, Francisco Antonio Garza (H/m, DOB 10-13-73), was shot one time in the chest and pronounced dead at the scene.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant R.D. Hayes and Officer D.R. Shorten reported:

A Harris County Precinct One deputy constable had attempted to arrest the suspect on a traffic violation. The suspect ran from the deputy who managed to catch up to the suspect in the 11100 block of Airline. The suspect struggled with the deputy and attempted to remove the deputy constable’s weapon from its holster. When the deputy constable and suspect fought over the weapon, one shot was fired and struck the suspect.

North Forest names new superintendent

During a called meeting held Friday, June 18, the North Forest Independent School District board of trustees named Dr. James Simpson, currently superintendent of the Crockett Independent School District, as the lone finalist for its superintendent’s position. By law, the board must now wait 21 days before it can name Dr. Simpson to the position.

The decision to make Simpson finalist was unanimous, with member board Maxine Lane-Seals, Fran Gentry, Mae Sykes, James Leonard, Barbara Gaston, and Allen Provost casting affirmative votes. Board member John Kyles was not present for the meeting.

Simpson, 40, has been Crockett superintendent since 2003. Prior to becoming Crockett superintendent, he was principal at the Carnegie Van Guard High School in the Houston ISD. He has also been an assistant principal at Westfield High School in the Spring ISD.

Simpson earned a Ph.D. in educational administration from Texas A&M University, and he holds a masters degree in educational administration from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. His bachelors, also from Sam Houston State, is in mathematics.

NFISD students visit France

Springtime in Paris is only a dream for most. For thirteen Forest Brook and Smiley students, it became a reality.

“Speaking French with real French people was unbelievable,” says Smiley junior Damon Metoyer. “I couldn’t believe I really went to Paris.”

“This was an opportunity of a lifetime for many of my students,” Juanita Broussard, Smiley French teacher said. “Some had never been traveled outside of Texas before.”

“The food was very different,” commented Forest Brook junio Terin Matlock. “But everything else about the trip was great,” she added.

There is no comparison to visiting historic sites like Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower from reading about them, explained Martha George, Forest Brook French teacher.

The students visited the World War II Museums, several cathedrals, Versailles, and villages in the French countryside. Lisa Ortiz, a Forest Brook sophomore, described the Frech as very friendly. “Sometimes we had a hard time with the money conversions, but the people were patient with me,” she explained.

When asked if they were going back next year, all of the youngsters gave an excited yes. In nine days, the students visited ten towns and four castles.

Ms. George said she hopes to expand the program next year.

NFISD’s Fran Gentry to serve as GCAASB director

North Forest ISD trustee Fran Gentry will serve as a Director of the Gulf Coast Area Association of School Boards (GCAASB) for the 2004-2005 school year.

The GCAASB is a voluntary organization composed of more than 50 school boards in the greater Houston area to enhance the quality of education for public school children in the Texas Gulf Coast area by providing education and information to local school boards, and creating an opportunity for local school boards to impact the legislate process affecting public education.

The dues paid by GCAASB member school boards and associate members, who are supporters of public education, provide state-required training for local trustees at quarterly meetings, produce a regular newsletter, and support educational excellence at the local school level through a scholarship program.

“The experience that Mrs. Gentry has gained on her local Board of Trustees will benefit all of the students, staffs, and schools in the Gulf Coast Area Association as it is combined on the Executive Board with the experience of trustees from 14 other school districts,” said GCAASB Executive Secretary Jerry Smith. “Her leadership will be meaningful!”

Local trustees serving as officers of the Gulf Coast Area Association of School Boards include President Dr. Bill Haglund of Spring Branch ISD, First Vice President Rose Wise of Sheldon ISD, Second Vice President Leland Kuykendall of Channelview ISD; Secretary/Treasurer Dr. Aaron Clevenson of Humble ISD, and Past President Dr. Bill O’Brien of Cypress-Fairbanks ISD.

Local trustees serving as GCAASB Directors include Emmett Hill of Aldine ISD, Pete Vincent of Alvin ISD, Earl Boykin of Crosoy ISD, Dr. Arthur L. Pace of Fort Bend ISD, and Jerry Toliver of Galena Park ISD.

Also serving as GCAASB Directors are Manuel Rodriguez of Houston ISD, Joe Adams of Katy ISD, Fran Gentry of North Forest ISD, Marshall Kendrick of Pasadena ISD, Sherry Mudder of Spring ISD, and Joe DeCuir of Texas City ISD.

American Legion Post 578 recognized for hard work

Post 578 at 3415 Aldine Mail Route received a Welcome Plaque for their outstanding work in the Post community and state. The Post officers receiving the plaque are: (r to l) Gene Monores, Commander and J.J. Jasek, Post Executive Committeeman. The did so much work for Post 578 they were installed and are serving again in the same offices. If you are a veteran and live in the Aldine area, come visit our post and meet other veterans. We are here to help veterans and their families.

Church bloopers…

It is time for a few laughs.

Sometime ago a longtime Union Carbide buddy of mine, also a Methodist Minister, sent me a group of “mistakes” in church bulletins. None from his church I presume!

I have used some “joke” columns for laughter in other papers now and then. Perhaps you Star-Courier readers will enjoy these. Take time out in this hot summer and laugh a little.

…The Rector will preach his farewell message after which the choir will sing “Break Forth into Joy.”
…At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be “What is Hell?” Come early and hear our choir practice.
…Eight new robes are currently needed, due to the addition of several new members and the deterioration of some older ones.
…Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.
…Miss Charlene Mason sang, “I Will Not Pass This Way Again,” giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.

…Attend and you will hear an excellent speaker and heave a health lunch.
…The sermon this morning: “Jesus Walks on Water.” The sermon tonight: “Searching for Jesus.”
…During the absence of our Pastor, we enjoyed the rare privilege of hearing a good sermon when J. F. Stubbs supplied our pulpit.
…The Associate Minister unveiled the church’s new tithing campaign slogan last Sunday, “I Upped My Pledge – Up Yours.”

…Our youth basketball team is back in action Wednesday at 8 p. m. Come out and watch us kill Christ the King.
…The peacemaking meeting scheduled for today has been canceled due to a conflict.
…Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Don’t forget your husbands.
…For those of you who have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
…Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 at the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.
…The Lutheran men’s group will meet at 6 p. m. Steak, mashed potatoes, green beans and dessert will be served for a nominal feel.
…Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10. All ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the B. S. is done.
…Weight Watchers will meet at 7 p. m. at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use the large double doors at the side entrance.

Such are the people, places and things that have touched my life in my West Virginia home!

Anyone have a cup of sugar?

The Mrs. asked me to
– make some extra
– blackberry jam so she can take it to the
granddaughters in Pennsylvania next month. Told her I would since that is one little chore I rather enjoy doing. I decided to make two batches instead of one. Mind you, a batch of blackberry jam is five cups of berry juice and six and a half cups of sugar.

Checking the ingredients, I had plenty of blackberries, a lots of sugar and two pouches of Sure Gel along with another case of store bought pint jars with rings and seals; I was ready to start jamming. Got one batch cooked, canned and cooling on the counter which equaled almost six pints. Sieved the next batch of berries and had them in the cooker on the stove. I was measuring sugar for the next batch in a separate bowl and came up about a little over a cup short.

“Horse feathers!” I said, and had to shut everything down and drive to the store for another bag of sugar to complete the process. A bit of inconvenienced and somewhat frustrated, I finished the product with a final tally of ten pints. An incredible amount of sugar is involved in putting up blackberry jam so next time IÕll have an extra bag of sugar set back.

One of my buds from Day Lake called and said the water is at 31 feet level and no telling when it will stop rising. Boy howdy, thatÕs all I need another mud party at the cabin cleaning with no attendees. Sure enough, I got on the computer and checked USGSÕs web site @ ( for the water level for the Trinity River @ Liberty, TX. Water was at 25 feet and a huge sigh of relief was forth coming not to mention a phone call to my friend whose cabin is next to ours down there. Water does not enter the cabin of this old Snake Charmer until it gets to 29 feet then we got waterfront property.

I told the Mrs. that I was thinking of selling the cabin. Somehow or Ônother, I think she likes for me and the Four Dog to go to the cabin so she can have her peace and quiet at times too. Maybe IÕll just keep it.

The Henderson boys are cooking fish for a benefit at the Boat Club on July 10th for Hopelene Johnson. There will be some of my chowchow available at the silent auction as well as a limited supply of blackberry jam so come on down, starts at 11:00.

What did the fish say when it hit the wall? Dam.