Huge Marijuana Bust in Polk County

It might be the biggest marijuana bust in Texas history. It happened in Polk County, where around 48-thousand plants have been found and there’s reported to be thousands of additional plants that haven’t been recovered yet. A deer hunter who was maintaining a deer lease in Goodrich, off of Old Highway 35 over the weekend, found the field of plants.

Courtesy of Scott Engle

Courtesy of Scott Engle

Courtesy of Scott Engle

Courtesy of Scott Engle

Courtesy of Scott Engle

Courtesy of Scott Engle

McCullough Junior High Student Orientation Dates

McCullough Junior High has a special student orientation each fall to help young people and their parents/guardians be prepared and feel good about the upcoming year. Student orientation allows children to pick up lockers/combinations, obtain valuable handouts, see their tentative schedules, walk their classes, and see their friends. Additionally, parents/guardians can sign up for P.T.O., purchase school clothing/gear, and pick up required reading books, if interested. Attendance is not mandatory but is a huge plus. Textbooks will be issued the first week of school. The child, or the child’s official parent/guardian, must be present to pick up materials. Should a student not be in town on their assigned date and pick up time, he/she can obtain a copy of his/her tentative schedule and pre-assigned locker at our front desk during the week of 8/18. These students who miss orientation will be issued pre-assigned lockers the first week. Students’ schedules will be available during their time slot only so that the line will move quickly for all students, parents, and guardians.
8/12/14
8:30 a.m.— 9:30 a.m. 8th grade Last Name A-C
9:30 a.m.— 10:30 a.m. 8th grade Last Name D-H
10:30 a.m— 11:30 p.m. 8th grade Last Name I-L
11:30 p.m. — 12:30p.m. 8th grade Last Name M-P
Closed 12:30 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. lunch and volunteer shift change
1:00 p.m.— 2:00 p.m. 8th grade Last Name Q-S
2:00 p.m.— 3:00 p.m. 8th grade Last Name T-V
3:00 p.m.— 4:00 p.m. 8th grade Last Name W-Z
Students’ schedules will be available during their time slot only so that the line will move quickly for all.
8/14/14
8:30 a.m.— 9:30 a.m. 7th grade Last Name A-C
9:30 a.m.— 10:30 a.m. 7th grade Last Name D-H
10:30 a.m — 11:30 p.m. 7th grade Last Name I-L
11:30 p.m. —12:30p.m. 7th grade Last Name M-P
Closed 12:30 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. lunch and volunteer shift change
1:00 p.m.— 2:00 p.m. 7th grade Last Name Q-S
2:00 p.m.— 3:00 p.m. 7th grade Last Name T-V
3:00 p.m.— 4:00 p.m. 7th grade Last Name W-Z
8/22/14
Student Orientation for all students registering in August new to C.I.S.D. will occur on August 22nd. The specific new to C.I.S.D. student pick up times will be:
7th graders– 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.
8th graders- 11:00 a.m. until noon

Entergy Awards $1.76 Million in Grants to Support Local Community Projects

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The Woodlands, Texas – More than 33 local nonprofit organizations will help improve the quality of life in Southeast Texas thanks to recent grant awards from the Entergy Charitable Foundation. The foundation is funded by shareholders of Entergy Corporation and supports strategic investments in education, environmental programs and poverty solutions in communities served by Entergy.
Area nonprofit organizations received $134,300 in funding in the first of two award cycles offered annually by the foundation. Applications for the next cycle of the grant program should be submitted by August 1.
“We strive to contribute to a society that is healthy, educated, environmentally safe and productive, allowing all stakeholders – our owners, customers, employees and communities – to thrive,” said Vernon Pierce, vice president, customer service, Entergy Texas, Inc. “Company owners see stronger revenues from communities with healthy economic and industrial growth. Stronger communities also support quality of life for Entergy customers and employees living and working in the region.”
First cycle recipients include: Raise Texas, Austin; Anayat House, Inc.; Art Museum of Southeast Texas; Beaumont Art League; Buckner Children & Family Services; CASA of Southeast Texas, Inc.; Edison Plaza Museum; Habitat for Humanity of Jefferson County, Inc.; Inspire, Encourage, Achieve; JA Worldwide; Jefferson County Precinct #4; Jehovah Jireh Village Community Development Center, Inc.; Julie Rogers Gift of Life; Junior League of Beaumont; Lamar University; Southeast Texas Nonprofit Development Center; and the Tender Loving Care Center for Children, all in Beaumont.
Assistance League of Lake Conroe; Education for Tomorrow Alliance; and the Montgomery County Emergency Assistance; all of Conroe; Including Kids, Inc. Humble; Huntsville Education Foundation and the UM Army, both of Huntsville; Navasota ISD Education Foundation, Navasota.
Les Enfants Centre, Inc., New Beginnings Ministry, Inc.; Port Arthur Higher Education; and the Samaritan Counseling Center of Southeast Texas, all of Port Arthur; Piney Woods Elementary, Splendora; The Woodlands Center for the Performing Arts, the Woodlands; Community Partners of Montgomery County and Division of God, both of Willis.
For more information about Entergy’s corporate citizenship initiatives and to access an application from the Entergy Charitable Foundation, go to Our Community at http://www.entergy.com.
Entergy Texas, Inc. provides electricity to more than 420,000 customers in 27 counties. It is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation. Entergy is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including more than 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the nation’s leading nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

Results of Investigation into Shots Fired, Barely Missing Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputy

After two days of intense investigation by Cleveland Police Department Detective John Shaver and Liberty County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Investigator Kenny Dagle. It appears that what was first thought to be a deliberate act of shooting at a Deputy was rather a very careless and thoughtless discharge of a firearm into the air by some unknown person which allowed the bullets to fall down and “ shower”, and break the windshield of the patrol car with two of the spent bullets.
Sgt. Dagle reported that he and Det. Shaver, upon a close analysis of the windshield bullet strikes and the direction of glass fracture of those strikes and using a lazer beam, an angle finder and a trajectory rod determined that the slope of the windshield is at a 33 degree angle while the bullets that struck the windshield came from an upward elevation at a 24 degree angle and, left, at a 63 degree angle striking the windshield, itself. According to the Investigators this is a clear indication that, in fact, the bullets were not fired on a level plane from ground level but was, rather, evidently fired into the air at an approximate distance of 400 yards east of the Deputies patrol unit and the bullets struck the windshield as they fell from the air.
As a result of these calculations and findings by Sgt. Dagle and Det. Shaver, the Cleveland Police Department, who took the lead in this case, have changed the offense from “Attempted Capital Murder of a Peace Officer” to “Deadly Conduct” which is a third degree felony and if the person who fired these shots into the air is arrested, he or she will be charged with that offense. The investigation is continuing to determine who may have discharged the weapon into the air.
Investigators wish to stress the danger of shooting any firearm into the air as, logically, the bullets must fall from the air somewhere. There is a possibility a small child or adult could be severely injured when these bullets come to the ground or property damage could result as it did in this situation. This should be kept in mind as in New Year’s celebrations where it has become common practice to fire weapons into the air to celebrate the new year. Such actions could have tragic results and should be avoided.

Original Press Release:

Liberty County Sheriff’s Patrol Captain Mark Ellington reports that one of his Deputies was walking out of the Court House Annex building in Cleveland, Texas early this morning at approximately 12:30am when he heard five rapid gun shots. The Deputy was walking towards his patrol vehicle and was at the driver’s side front fender when two of the bullets struck the windshield of his patrol unit, missing the Deputy by about 18” to 24”. The strike area of the other three bullets were not found. Fortunately, the Deputy was not injured.

The Deputy reported to Capt. Ellington the gun shots appeared to have come from an apartment complex across the street from the Annex building or from a wooded area immediately adjacent to the apartment. Sheriff’s Deputies and the Cleveland Police Department Officers responded immediately to the scene which was searched but the suspect was not located. This is the first such incident of its kind in Liberty County to anyone’s knowledge
The Cleveland Police Department is conducting the follow up investigation as the offense occurred within their jurisdiction. Any further information as to the result of their investigation will be coming from that department.

Andre Johnson at Training Camp

Courtesy of AP

Courtesy of AP

Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson reported to the team Friday morning and was present at the training facility, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Johnson was present Friday at Texans training camp, a league source told ESPN. The seven-time Pro Bowl receiver was also at the facility on Monday, learning the team’s new offense, sources told ESPN.com. Rookies and injured players were required to report on Monday. The first practice of training camp will be Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Johnson skipped organized team activities and a minicamp, both of which were voluntary, and missed the Texans’ mandatory minicamp in June. He was frustrated at the prospect of entering what he thought might be another rebuilding season for the Texans. He is the longest-tenured player on the team, having been drafted third overall in 2003. In May, Johnson made his frustrations public, saying he wasn’t sure he still wanted to be part of the Texans organization. Despite his absence, Johnson remained in contact with first-year Texans coach Bill O’Brien, whose public comments about Johnson have been consistently positive. O’Brien said he had no concerns about Johnson being able to pick up the team’s offense when he did arrive.

AAA Texas: Statewide Gas Price Average Moves Lower, Down Four Cents This

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(Irving, TX) – Summer road trips will continue to cost Texans less money at
the gas pumps this week. The statewide average for a gallon of regular
unleaded fuel is now $3.41, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch.
That price is four cents less than last week and 13 cents less than this
time last year. Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in the Lone Star
State, drivers in El Paso are paying the most at $3.49 per gallon while
drivers in Amarillo are paying the least at $3.32 per gallon. The statewide
average in Texas is 14 cents less than the national average of $3.55 per
gallon.