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May we all celebrate the Risen King in all His Glory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Lyrids meteor shower are usually lyra_vega_lyrid_showeractive between April 16 and April 25 every year. It tends to peak around April 22 or April 23.

Where is the radiant point for the Lyrid meteor shower? If you trace the paths of all the Lyrid meteors backward, they seem to radiate from the constellation Lyra the Harp, near the brilliant star Vega. However, this is only a chance alignment, for these meteors burn up in the atmosphere about 100 kilometers – or 60 miles – up. Vega lies trillions of times farther away at 25 light-years.

The star Vega resides quite far north of the celestial equator, so for that reason the Lyrid meteor shower favors the Northern Hemisphere. At mid-northern latitudes, Vega sits low over the northeastern horizon around 10 p.m. Afterwards, Vega soars upward during the nighttime hours and reaches its highest point in the sky around dawn.

As a general rule, the higher that Vega climbs into the sky, the more meteors that you’re likely to see. That’s why the greatest numbers of meteors generally fly in the dark hours before dawn.

Lyrid meteors in history. The Lyrid meteor shower has the distinction of being among the oldest of known meteor showers. Records of this shower go back for some 2,700 years.

The ancient Chinese are said to have observed the Lyrid meteors “falling like rain” in the year 687 BC.

That time period in ancient China, by the way, corresponds with what is called the Spring and Autumn Period (about 771 to 476 BC), which tradition associates with the Chinese teacher and philosopher Confucius, one of the first to espouse the principle: “Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself.” I wonder if he saw the meteors …

How to watch the Lyrid meteors. Fortunately, you don’t need any special equipment to watch a meteor shower. Just find a dark, open sky away from artificial lights. Lie down comfortably on a reclining lawn chair, and look upward.

Although the moonlight is likely to wash out some Lyrid meteors in 2014, a portion of these Lyrid meteors should be bright enough to overcome the moonlit glare.

Another beautiful feature of the Lyrids to watch for … about one quarter of these swift meteors exhibit persistent trains – that is, ionized gas trails that glow for a few seconds after the meteor has passed.

Comet Thatcher is the source of the Lyrid meteors. Every year, in the later part of April, our planet Earth crosses the orbital path of Comet Thatcher (C/1861 G1), of which there are no photographs due to its roughly a 415-year orbit around the sun. Comet Thatcher last visited the inner solar system in 1861, before the photographic process became widespread. This comet isn’t expected to return until the year 2276.

Bits and pieces shed by this comet litter its orbit and bombard the Earth’s upper atmosphere at 177,000 kilometers (110,000 miles) per hour. The vaporizing debris streaks the nighttime with medium-fast Lyrid meteors.

If Earth passes through an unusually thick clump of comet rubble, an elevated number of meteors could be in store.

What was that date again? So heads up in late April! The Lyrids will probably be best between midnight and dawn on April 22, 2014. The light of the last quarter moon will interfere, but if you’re out there with friends, a lawn chair to recline on, a sleeping bag to stay warm and thermos of something hot to drink … you’ll have fun.

Geminid-Orion-by-Dyer_341Bottom line: Remember that the Lyrids aren’t the year’s best meteor shower. In the Northern Hemisphere, that distinction often goes to the Perseids in August or the Geminids in December. But the Lyrids do offer 10 to 20 meteors per hour at their peak on a moonless night; in 2014, the last quarter moon will likely temper the production before dawn on April 22. And remember that, like all meteor showers, the Lyrids aren’t altogether predictable. In rare instances, they can bombard the sky with up to nearly 100 meteors per hour.


Where to view

Observers in the Northern Hemisphere are best located to view the Lyrids.

While it is not necessary to look in a particular direction to enjoy a meteor shower – just lay down on the ground and look directly above and you are bound to see some meteors – astronomers suggest lying down on the ground looking towards the East and look at the sky above you to view the Lyrids.

When to view

The best time to view the Lyrids is after nightfall and before dawn.

How to view

There isn’t a lot of skill involved in watching a meteor shower. Here are some tips on how to maximize your time looking for the Lyrids:

  • Get out of the city to a place where city and artificial lights do not impede your viewing
  • If you are out viewing the shower during its peak, you will not need any special equipment. You should be able to see the shower with your naked eyes.
  • Carry a blanket or a comfortable chair with you – viewing meteors, just like any other kind of star gazing is a waiting game, and you need to be comfortable. Plus, you may not want to leave until you can’t see the majestic celestial fireworks anymore.
  • Check the weather and moonrise and moonset timings for your location before you leave, and plan your viewing around it.

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ExxonMobil has asked Kelly Services to staff a six-month project and we need your help finding the right people for each opening!  Please review the specifics below and send us the names, phone numbers, email address of those you know that are qualified to accept a unique assignment!

Part-time employees are needed to escort and observe contractors working within the newly constructed buildings at the new campus.  The qualified candidates will be escorting the construction contractor to the area needing attention (replace glass, re-paint wall, etc) and ensure that the construction contractor remains only in the authorized area.  The Kelly employees assigned will be working with the campus security personnel and report to security personnel any breaches in security.

Excellent Pay!

Work Location: ExxonMobil’s New Woodlands Campus; Spring, Texas

 

Shift times – flexible schedules are not available – just the shifts as defined below

  • Monday – Friday 6 PM – 12 Midnight

  • Saturday & Sunday: 6 am – 3 pm

  • Saturday & Sunday: 3 pm – 12 Midnight

We are also requiring a commitment of 6 months, anticipating the assignment to run through Oct 31, 2014.

Please have anyone interested contact:

Vicky De Vilbiss I Commercial Recruiter

Email: devilva@kellyservices.com

 


Texas Attorney General’s Office, Fort Worth, Arlington Law Enforcement Complete Joint Operation Cracking Down on Domestic Violence

Warrant roundup leads to arrest of 33 offenders who had outstanding family violence warrants

 

FORT WORTH – The Office of the Attorney General’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit coordinated a law enforcement operation with local, state and federal law enforcement authorities that led to the arrest of 33 fugitives with outstanding felony and misdemeanor family violence arrest warrants. Attorney General Abbott made the following statement about the warrant sweep:

“This joint operation reflects a concerted crackdown on domestic violence offenders by state and local law enforcement agencies. During this operation, the Attorney General’s Office successfully partnered with local officials in Tarrant County and the Texas Department of Public Safety to locate and arrest 33 individuals with outstanding warrants for family violence offenses. We are grateful to state, federal and local law enforcement agencies – including the Fort Worth and Arlington police departments, the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office and the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office – for partnering with the Attorney General’s Office on this very significant joint operation.”

On April 9, Fugitive Unit investigators collaborated with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office, the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office, and the Texas Juvenile Justice Department Office of Inspector General to locate Matthew Hernandez, 46, in Fort Worth, and take him into custody. The Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant for Hernandez’s arrest in early March for domestic violence assault against a family member. DPS records indicate Hernandez’s criminal history includes injury to a child/elderly/disabled with reckless bodily injury; assault bodily injury family member; assault bodily injury; and theft of property.

Law enforcement team

Law enforcement entities participating in the April 7 – April 11 sweep were:

  • Texas Attorney General’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit

  • Fort Worth Police Department

  • Arlington Police Department

  • Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office

  • Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office

  • Texas Department of Public Safety – CID

  • Texas Department of Criminal Justice – OIG

  • Texas Juvenile Justice Department – OIG

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation

  • United States Marshals Service

  • Homeland Security Investigations – National Gang Unit

The Texas Attorney General’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit has successfully located and arrested more than 3,200 individuals who had outstanding arrest warrants – primarily subjects who were convicted sex offenders. The agency’s Crime Victim Services Division oversees the Compensation to Victims of Crime Fund, which provides financial assistance to victims of violent crime. The division also awards grants to nonprofit organizations that provide critically needed services to crime victims.

During the 2012-13 grant cycle, grants were awarded to 10 victim advocacy organizations and local government programs located in Tarrant County. As a result, family violence victims in the Fort Worth area received victim-related services such as grief counseling and shelter from domestic violence.

For more information about the OAG’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit and Crime Victim Services Division, access the agency’s website at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.


Gov. Rick Perry, Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal today sent a letter urging President Barack Obama to take meaningful steps to strengthen and improve the Medicare Advantage program. The program, which offers an alternative health insurance plan provided by a private company to Medicare recipients, has proven as effective as traditional Medicare in reducing hospital readmissions, improving care coordination and overall health outcomes. Hundreds of thousands of Texans rely on the program for care. Click here to view the letter.

As reported by the Associated Press:

Rick Perry, 2 other GOP governors blast Medicare Advantage rates
April 15, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Three Southern Republican governors are writing President Barack Obama to complain about newly announced Medicare Advantage payments.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal signed the April 15 letter that says changes to Medicare Advantage payments will harm “America’s seniors.” The changes are blamed on the nation’s health care overhaul.

The letter contends an announcement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that payments will increase “amounts to little more than political theater.”

CMS earlier this month said 2015 payments should increase less than 1 percent overall. Analysts expect actual funding to fall when many other variables are considered.

This might lead to fewer changes for the privately-run plans, which serve nearly 16 million people, or about 30 percent of all Medicare beneficiaries.


From Old River Baptist:

“This East, when the eggs are found and the baskets are unwrapped, will you feel satisfied or still searching?

Join us at the Church on Old River for a celebration full of joy and meaning, not empty ritual.  Your whole family will enjoy the great music and a message that will bring direction and encouragement to your faith journey.

Come find what’s missing in your Easter!  We’ll be looking for you.”

For more information visit the Website:  http://www.oldriverbaptist.com/

 

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140411163359-01-lunar-eclipse-0414-horizontal-galleryProphecy loves signs from the heavens, and they will deliver Tuesday with a moonlight spectacle.

What will happen could sound sort of like this:

The moon will turn to blood as it aligns with Earth and sun
Then do so thrice more ere a year and a half is done,
‘Tis not the herald of the apocalypses
Just the first of four total lunar eclipses.

In other words, get ready for an unusually beautiful moon to grace the night skies next week. There will be a total lunar eclipse Tuesday that will turn the moon a burnt reddish orange, NASA says.

It’s called a blood moon, and this one is just the first in a series of four consecutive total eclipses.

Within a year and a half, North America will be able to see a blood moon a total of four times. The moon takes on this color during the eclipse as it passes through the Earth’s shadow, which is the color of a desert sunset.

The four blood moons will occur in roughly six-month intervals on the following dates: April 15, 2014; October 8, 2014; April 4, 2015, and September 28, 2015.

With that frequency, one might be misled into thinking that they are commonplace.

There are about two lunar eclipses per year, NASA says. Some of them — penumbral eclipses — are so subtle, they are vaguely visible and go greatly unnoticed.

Other eclipses just cast a partial shadow on the moon but lend it none of that brilliant sunset hue.

Lunar eclipses — penumbral, partial or umbral — occur in random order, NASA says. Getting four umbral eclipses in a row is like drawing a rare lunar poker hand of four of a kind.

Just like the poker players, astronomers have a name for that lucky draw. It’s called a tetrad, NASA says.

“The most unique thing about the 2014-2015 tetrad is that all of them are visible for all or parts of the USA,” longtime NASA eclipse expert Fred Espenak said in a prepared statement.

In the 21st century, there will be many tetrads, but look back a few centuries, and you’ll find the opposite phenomenon, Espenak said.

Before the dawn of the 20th century, there was a 300-year period when there were none, he said. Zero.

That would mean that neither Sir Isaac Newton, Mozart, Queen Anne, George Washington, Napoleon, Abraham Lincoln nor their contemporaries ever had a chance to see one.

So, we’re in luck. To take advantage of it, you’ll have to stay up late from Monday night into Tuesday.

People in North and South America will be able to see the entire eclipse, while sky watchers in the western Pacific can catch only the last half. The moon will be setting in most of Europe and Africa during the eclipse, so residents there probably won’t see much.

For gazing geeks, NASA has set up a live web chat to answer questions about the eclipse starting at 1 a.m. Eastern Time.

The heavenly curtain rises on Tuesday’s lunar review around 2 a.m. ET, when the moon starts to slide into Earth’s shadow.

It should turn into a blood moon — a coppery red — about an hour later and stay that way for over an hour, NASA says.

Tuesday’s blood moon comes right on time for the Jewish festival of Passover, which commemorates the ancient Israelites’ exodus from slavery in Egypt. According to the Bible, God cast 10 plagues upon the Egyptians, the final plague being the death of the firstborn. The Israelites painted lamb’s blood on their doorways so that this plague would pass over their homes.

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What is a lunar tetrad? Both astronomers and followers of certain Christian pastors are talking about the lunar tetrad of 2014-2015. What is a tetrad? It’s four successive total lunar eclipses, with no partial lunar eclipses in between, each of which is separated from the other by six lunar months (six full moons)

Blood Moons in Biblical prophecy. We’re not experts on prophecy of any kind. But we’ll tell you what we know about the new definition for Blood Moon that has raised so many questions recently.

From what we’ve been able to gather, two Christian pastors, Mark Blitz and John Hagee, use the term Blood Moon to apply to the full moons of the upcoming tetrad – four successive total lunar eclipses, with no partial lunar eclipses in between, each of which is separated from the other by six lunar months (six full moons) – in 2014 and 2015. John Hagee appears to have popularized the term in his 2013 book Four Blood Moons: Something is About to Change.

Mark Blitz and John Hagee speak of a lunar tetrad as representing a fulfillment of Biblical prophecy. After all, the moon is supposed to turn blood red before the end times, isn’t it? As described in Joel 2:31 (Common English Bible):

The sun will be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood before the great and dreadful day of the LORD comes.

That description, by the way, describes both a total solar eclipse and total lunar eclipse. Sun turned to darkness = moon directly between the Earth and sun in a total solar eclipse. Moon turned to blood = Earth directly between the sun and moon, Earth’s shadow falling on the moon in a total lunar eclipse.

This book, published in 2013, is apparently what launched all the questions to our astronomy website about Blood Moons.  We confess.  We haven't read it.

Dates of Biblical prophecy Blood Moons in 2014 and 2015. These are the dates for the upcoming tetrad – four successive total lunar eclipses – in these years.

2014:
Total lunar eclipse: April 14-15
Total lunar eclipse: October 8

2015:
Total lunar eclipse: April 4
Total lunar eclipse: September 28

There are a total of 8 tetrads in the 21st century (2001 to 2100). But proponents of this Biblical prophecy regard the upcoming tetrad as especially significant because it coincides with two important Jewish holidays: Passover and Tabernacles.

The April 2014 and April 2015 total lunar eclipses align with the feast of Passover. The October 2014 and September 2015 total lunar eclipses align with the feast of Tabernacles.

The Jewish calendar is a lunar calendar. In any year, it’s inevitable that a full moon should fall on or near the feasts of Passover (15 Nissan) and Tabernacles (15 Tishri). Nissan and Tishri are the first and seventh months of the Jewish calendar, respectively.

It is somewhat ironic that three of these four lunar eclipses are not visible – even in part – from Israel. The only eclipse that can be seen at all from Israel is the tail end of the September 28, 2015 eclipse, which may be observable for a short while before sunrise.

How common is a tetrad of total lunar eclipses? Depending upon the century in which you live, a lunar tetrad (four consecutive total lunar eclipses, spaced at six lunar months apart from one another) may happen fairly frequently – or not at all.

For instance, in our 21st century (2001-2100), there are a total 8 tetrads, but in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, there were none at all. If we include all the centuries from the 1st century (AD 1-100) through the 21st century (2001-2100), inclusive, there are a total of 62 tetrads. The last one occurred in 2003-2004, and the next one after the 2014-2015 tetrad will happen in 2032-2033.

However, if we want to know which tetrads specifically fell on the Jewish feasts of Passover and Tabernacles, there appear to be a total of 8 in these 21 centuries:

1. 162-163 C.E. (Common Era)
2. 795-796 C.E.
3. 842-843 C.E.
4. 860-861 C.E.
5. 1493-1494 C.E.
6. 1949-1950 C.E.
7. 1967-1968 C.E.
8. 2014-2015 C.E.

Why is the term Blood Moon being used to mean a full moon of a lunar tetrad? We can’t really tell you why more and more people are using the term Blood Moon to describe the four full moons of a lunar tetrad. We don’t know why, exactly.

Here’s the definition of a lunar tetrad, again: four successive total lunar eclipses, with no partial eclipses in between, each of which is separated from the other by six lunar months (six full moons). There’s no obvious reason why Blood Moon should be associated with this term.

To the best of our knowledge, however, the use of the term Blood Moon to describe a lunar tetrad is of recent origin. It might have originated with John Hagee’s 2013 book.

We’re still not sure whether Blood Moon pertains to the full moon of any tetrad, or specifically to a tetrad that coincides with the feasts of Passover and Tabernacles.

Either way, I suspect the nouveau definition of Blood Moon will gain traction as we approach the tetrad, the four total lunar eclipses of 2014 and 2015.


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DSCF3314It seems like one minute we looked up at the bare trees of winter and the next day the trees were budding out.

Woodland acres is full of lush, green trees, grass, and foliage that makes this time of year so enjoyable and rejuvenating.  Just driving down Shady Lane is enough to take your breath away at the beauty of God’s Green Earth.

In our community, carefull cultivated Azaleas are blooming in a riot of color coming in second place only to the Texas Bluebonnets.   They both bloom for a short period of time and really take our breath away.

Thanks to all of you in Woodland Acres and Old River-Winfree that give us this great show of color year after year, even after the worst of hurricane.

Hat’s off to you!


TxDOT launches Talk, Text, Crash campaign to coincide with April national awareness effort

AUSTIN — As the number of crashes caused by distracted drivers continues to rise, the Texas Department of Transportation is urging motorists to put away their mobile devices and other distractions, and pay attention to the road. April marks National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the kickoff of TxDOT’s annual Talk, Text, Crash public education campaign.

“The statistics in Texas are sobering,” said John Barton, TxDOT deputy executive director. “One in five traffic crashes in Texas is caused by a distracted driver, and last year 459 people were killed as a result. Those deaths were preventable. It’s simple: We want drivers to focus 100 percent on driving when they’re behind the wheel — for their sake and the sake of others.”

Distracted driving-­related crashes and fatalities in Texas are highest among young adults and adults over the age of 45. In 2013, the number of Texas crashes involving distracted driving totaled 94,943, up 4 percent from the previous year.

Drivers who use a cell phone when driving are four times more likely to get into a crash serious enough to cause injury. While distractions affect drivers of all ages, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found that hand-­held cell phone use is highest among 16-­ to 24-­year-­olds.

Text messaging is particularly dangerous. New research conducted last year by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute showed reaction times double when drivers are distracted by text messaging. Additionally, sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes away from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s the equivalent of driving the length of a football field while blindfolded.

While cell phone use is the most recognizable driving distraction, any type of behavior that draws a motorist’s attention away from driving is dangerous. Distractions can include:

  • Texting

  • Checking email

  • Eating and drinking

  • Grooming

  • Reading

  • Programming a navigation system

  • Watching a video

  • Adjusting a radio, CD player or other audio device

The Talk, Text, Crash campaign warns motorists about the dangers of distractions and urges them to avoid multitasking or engaging in non-­driving activities until they arrive at their destination.

For media inquiries, contact TxDOT Media Relations at MediaRelations@txdot.gov or (512) 463-­8700.

The Texas Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining 80,000 miles of road and for supporting aviation, rail, and public transportation across the state. TxDOT and its 11,000 employees are committed to working with others to provide safe and reliable transportation solutions for Texas by maintaining a safe system, addressing congestion, connecting Texas communities, and being a Best in Class state agency. Find out more at TxDOT.gov.


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031414 004Kiel Williams, 2014 Old River-Winfree Founders Day President, presents Alex Karedia, Manager of Sam’s Express in Old River-Winfree with the ORWFD 2014 Business of the Year Award!

Sam’s Express is always on hand to help the community as much as possible.  One way they do this is by backing Old River-Winfree Founders Day and sponsoring the “My Best Friend” Dog Contest for two years in a row.

Kiel Williams is no stranger to the people of Old River-Winfree.  He has resided most of his life in Old River-Winfree and is known by most of residents.  Kiel also serves as a Volunteer Fireman at the Old River-Winfree Volunteer Fire Department.  He understands our community and knows what matters to us.  

Past winners of the Awards are Simple Simon’s with the “Helping Hands” 2012 Award for their help in the needs of our fellow residents; and R&L Auto 2013 Business of the Year Award winner with the Old River-Winfree Founders Day Classic Car and Truck Car Show.

We love our town and the businesses that choose to take a chance on us!

Let’s support each and every one of them!


DSHS Issues Oil Spill Precautions

Oil4Due to the recent oil spill in Galveston Bay, DSHS advises people not to eat seafood from areas contaminated with oil. People should not keep or eat seafood that has oil on it or tastes or smells like oil. DSHS also advises people not to swim in areas where they can see oil.

There is no indication that seafood in the marketplace has been impacted by the oil spill. DSHS has increased surveillance at seafood wholesalers and distributors to help ensure that seafood that makes its way to the marketplace is not contaminated. DSHS also will be collecting and sampling seafood from the impacted waters to test for contamination.

DSHS has not closed any areas to the harvesting of fish, shrimp or crabs. Unrelated to the spill, Galveston Bay is temporarily closed to oyster harvesting.

 

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Freshwater Fishing Reports

To prevent the spread of invasive zebra mussels, anglers in some North and Central Texas counties are required to drain all water from their boats before leaving or approaching a public water body. Get details.

Water Body Report
ALAN HENRY Water lightly stained; 52–61 degrees; 14.75’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, jigs and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.
AMISTAD Water fairly clear; 59–63 degrees; 35.22’ low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastic lizards. Striped bass are good on slabs, crankbaits, and Sassy Shad. White bass are good on slabs, crankbaits, and Sassy Shad. Catfish are good on live bait over baited holes. Yellow catfish are slow. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.
ARROWHEAD Water off color; 53–59 degrees; 17.33’ low. One ramp open and few anglers have been on the lake.
ATHENS Water clear; 56–61 degrees; 0.11’ high. Black bass are good on white spinnerbaits and shad pattern shallow crankbaits along the shoreline. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
BASTROP Water clear; 59–63 degrees. Black bass are good on chartreuse crankbaits, and soft plastics. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water clear; 56–60 degrees; 9.62’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters and spinnerbaits in coves. Hybrid striper are good on live shad early. White bass are good on light blue jigs. Crappie are good on minnows in 30 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on bloodbait, stinkbait, and minnows. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines and throw lines baited with perch. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Boats, livewells, and bait buckets must be drained of all water before leaving the area. Get details.
BOB SANDLIN Water clear; 58–62 degrees; 2.93’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged lizards and creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
BONHAM Water stained, 55–61 degrees; 1.98’ low. Black bass are good on jigs, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, shakyheads and soft jerk baits in 1–8 feet. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs along the bridges as well as the park pier. Catfish are slow on chicken liver along Timbercreek Channel down to about 20 feet.
BRAUNIG Water clear. Black bass are good on crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms in the reeds. Striped bass are good on liver and shad. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish are good on cut bait in 15–20 feet.
BRIDGEPORT Water clear, 54–59 degrees; 21.40’ low. Black bass are fair on bahama milk color Megabass Knuckle 60 crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Channel catfish are good on trotlines. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Boats, livewells, and bait buckets must be drained of all water before leaving the area. Get details.
BROWNWOOD Water stained; 56–60 degrees; 10.68’ low. Black bass are fair on perch colored spinnerbaits, jigs, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and shad crankbaits. Crappie are fair on Li’l Fishies and tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
BUCHANAN Water stained; 55–59 degrees; 31.03’ low. Black bass to 4 pounds are fair on pumpkin Curb’s jigs, jerkbaits, and Carolina rigged JDC lizards along break lines and ledges. Striped bass are good drifting live bait in 25–35 feet, and trolling white/chartreuse Curb’s striper jigs and crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs and crankbaits in creeks. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
CADDO Water stained; 56– 62 degrees; 0.82’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigs and bladed jigs. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See Possession and Transport.
CALAVERAS Water clear. Black bass are good on dark soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits in reed beds. Striped bass are good on spoons and jigs near the dam. Redfish are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver, shrimp, and cheesebait. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water murky; 57–61 degrees; 8.34’ low. Black bass are fair on jerkbaits and Texas rigged Scoundrel worms on shaky jigheads in 20–25 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and Blade Baits along the main river channel. Smallmouth bass are fair on JDC smoke/red flake tubes and tomato red drop shot worms over rock piles. Crappie are fair on minnows upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
CEDAR CREEK Water clear; 56–60 degrees; 3.55’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and squarebill crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.
CHOKE CANYON Water clear; 58–62 degrees; 23.74’ low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and heavy jigs in grass. White bass are good on minnows and jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and live perch. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLEMAN Water clear; 58–62 degrees; 16.25’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on silver and chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water clear; 62 degrees in main lake, 82 degrees at hot water discharge; 3.91’ low. Black bass are good on soft plastics and spinnerbaits in 8–10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY 20.61’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water stained; 56–60 degrees; 0.48’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, cut bait, and frozen shrimp.
COOPER Water clear; 66–70 degrees; 12.56’ low. Black bass are good on medium crankbaits and Carolina rigged plastics up to ’15 deep. Crappie are slow on jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines.
FAIRFIELD Fishing has been slow since the fish kill in September of 2010. TPWD has discontinued stocking the lake after another kill in early September 2011. Redfish and black bass survived the kill in limited numbers.
FALCON Water clear; 58–62 degrees; 24.15’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.
FAYETTE Water stained. Black bass are good on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps, crankbaits, and soft plastics. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and shad.
FORK Water clear; 58–62 degrees; 4.22’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged Missile D– Bombs in super bug and black/blue bladed jigs with LFT Live Magic shad around spawning flats. Yellow bass and white bass are good on slabs and small crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows near bridges. Catfish are good on prepared bait and rod and reel.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water clear; 53–60 degrees; 13.15’ low. Black bass are fair on black/blue jigs, Rat–L–Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.
GIBBONS CREEK Water clear. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on live bait, cut bait, and stinkbait.
GRANBURY Water stained; 55–59 degrees; 9.81’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are good on live bait and stinkbait.
GRANGER Water clear; 57–61 degrees; 0.20’ high. Black bass are fair on soft plastics and jigs upriver. White bass are good on pet spoons and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows upriver under lights at night. Blue catfish are fair on juglines baited with shad and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
GRAPEVINE Water clear; 56–60 degrees; 9.95’ low. Black bass are fair on Megabass Knuckle 60 crankbaits in pumpkinseed – some fish being caught on shakyheads with green pumpkin finesse worms. Crappie are good near brush piles on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad.
GREENBELT 42.32’ low. No report available.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 59–63 degrees; 0.17’ high. Black bass to 7 pounds are fair on crawfish colored spinnerbaits and lipless crankbaits near the islands and at mid–lake. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows in 25 feet. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 54–61 degrees; 24.03’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.
JOE POOL Water clear; 55–59 degrees; 1.37’ low. Black bass are good on white bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on prepared bait.
LAKE O’ THE PINES Water lightly stained; 57–62; degrees; 1.37’ high. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, flipping jigs and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See Possession and Transport.
LAVON Water lightly stained; 54–59 degrees; 12.30’ low. Black bass are slow on black/blue flipping jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and trotlines. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Boats, livewells, and bait buckets must be drained of all water before leaving the area. Get details.
LBJ Water stained; 58–62 degrees; 0.26’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair jigging Curb’s jigs and Pirk Minnows. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
LEWISVILLE Water clear; 54–59 degrees; 7.87’ low. Black bass are fair on Megabass Vision 110 jerkbaits in SP Table Rock Shad. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on jigs and minnows. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut shad. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Boats, livewells, and bait buckets must be drained of all water before leaving the area. Get details.
LIVINGSTON Water fairly clear; 53–57 degrees; 0.19’ high. Black bass are good on soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on soft plastics and spec rigs upriver. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on noodles. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE 97.47 low. No report available.
MARTIN CREEK Water clear; 68–71 degrees; 0.03 low. Black bass are good on squarebill crankbaits, Bandit 200 crankbaits in white splatterback and white spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on white jigs and minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and rod and reel.
MEREDITH 89.15’ low. No report available.
MONTICELLO Water fairly clear; 59–65 degrees; 0.99’ high. Black bass are good on black and blue flipping jigs and Texas rigged green pumpkin creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and rod and reel.
NASWORTHY No report available.
NAVARRO MILLS Water murky; 54–58 degrees; 0.01’ high. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed Rat–L–Traps and crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue/white jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 54–60 degrees; 45.90’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon seed jigs, shakyheads, Rat–L–Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 54–61 degrees; 22.45’ low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads, Rat–L–Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.
PALESTINE Water clear; 54–60 degrees; 0.31’ high. Black bass are good on white bladed jigs and green pumpkin wacky worms. Crappie are fair on jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are fair on jigs. Catfish are good on cut bait.
PALO DURO 52.64’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water fairly clear; 54–61 degrees; 13.64’ low. Black bass are fair on jigs and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.
PROCTOR Water stained; 53–57 degrees; 8.50’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are good on white striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on live shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
RAY HUBBARD Water clear; 55–60 degrees; 7.42’ low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits and Texas rigged soft plastic craws. Crappie are fair on jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
RAY ROBERTS Water clear; 54–59 degrees; 8.00’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged watermelon red creatures. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Boats, livewells, and bait buckets must be drained of all water before leaving the area. Get details.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water lightly stained; 54–59 degrees; 7.33’ low. Black bass are fair on medium and deep diving crankbaits. White bass are good on jigs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
SAM RAYBURN Water murky; 54–58 degrees; 2.86’ low. Black bass are good on Carolina rigged green pumpkin soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. White bass are good on live minnows and watermelon jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are fair on frozen shrimp, liver, and cut bait.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 55–59 degrees; 2.44’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon/chartreuse soft plastics and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 69.86’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 15.22’ low. No report available.
STEINHAGEN 1.57’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water stained; 57–61 degrees; 11.21’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and yellow tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water murky; 53–59 degrees; 24.16’ low. Black bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 54–60 degrees; 9.71’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin or black and blue flipping jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Striped bass and hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut shad. Please call ahead to verify access at ramp of your choice. Lake access is severely limited due to low water.
TEXOMA Water clear; 53–58 degrees; 8.76’ low. Black bass are good on shakyheads and drop shot finesse worms near deeper points. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs and minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Boats, livewells, and bait buckets must be drained of all water before leaving the area. Get details.
TOLEDO BEND Water murky; 53–57 degrees; 2.18’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water murky; 55–59 degrees; 53.37’ low. Black bass are fair on smoke grubs, white jigs, and crawfish crankbaits in 8–20 feet. Striped bass are fair on white spoons in 20–40 feet. White bass are fair on white spoons and chrome crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water lightly stained. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water clear; 54–60 degrees; 7.80’ low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 52–60 degrees; 34.64’ low. No report available.
WHITNEY Water stained; 56–60 degrees; 12.10’ low. Black bass are good on jerkbaits and Carolina rigged chartreuse soft plastics. Striped bass are fair drifting live bait in 25–35 feet, and on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on Pirk Minnows and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Catfish are slow.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water lightly stained; 55–61 degrees; 4.35 ’ high. Black bass are good on black neon Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on prepared bait and trotlines. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See Possession and Transport.

 

Saltwater Fishing Reports

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NORTH SABINE Trout are fair to good on the Louisiana shoreline on topwaters and Corkies. Flounder are fair on jigs tipped with shrimp around marsh drains.
SOUTH SABINE Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good around Garrison Ridge and the Louisiana shoreline on topwaters and Corkies.
BOLIVAR Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on soft plastics and plugs. Black drum and redfish are good at Rollover Pass.
TRINITY BAY Trout are good for drifters working pods of mullet on Bass Assassins, Tidal Surges Killers and MirrOlures. Redfish are fair to good for waders around Rabbit Bayou and Red’s Bayou.
EAST GALVESTON BAY Trout are fair to good while drifting deep shell on plastics and live shrimp. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. Black drum are fair to good in the Ship Channel on crabs.
WEST GALVESTON BAY Trout are fair to good for drifters working shell on live shrimp. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Redfish are good in the back lakes on shrimp and Gulps.
TEXAS CITY Black drum and redfish are good in the channel on crabs and mullet. Trout are fair on the reefs on live shrimp on the incoming tide.
FREEPORT Sand trout, speckled trout, black drum and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay. Black drum are good at the jetties on cracked blue crabs.
EAST MATAGORDA BAY Trout are good for drifters over humps and shell on live shrimp and pumpkinseed Bass Assassins. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on crabs and mullet. Sheepshead are good on shrimp.
WEST MATAGORDA BAY Redfish are fair to good on the edge of Oyster Lake and Mad Island Cut on shrimp and crabs. Black drum and redfish are fair to good at the jetty on crabs.
PORT O’CONNOR Trout and redfish are fair on soft plastics over soft mud. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp. Black drum are good at the jetty on crabs.
ROCKPORT Trout are fair to good in Morris–Cummings Cut on free–lined shrimp. Black drum are good in the Lydia Ann Channel on crabs. Redfish are good in the back of Allyn’s Bight on Gulps on the incoming tide.
PORT ARANSAS Trout are fair on the East Flats on Gulps under a popping cork. Black drum are good in the Shrimpboat Channel on crabs and finger mullet. Redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp.
CORPUS CHRISTI Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on Gulps and live shrimp. Black drum and redfish are fair to good in the Packery Channel on crabs.
BAFFIN BAY Trout are good in the guts along the King Ranch shoreline on Corkies and topwaters. Black drum are good in the Land Cut on crabs. Trout are fair to good in the Land Cut on live shrimp.
PORT MANSFIELD Trout are fair to good on topwaters around sand and grass. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes. Black drum and redfish are good on crabs at East Cut.
SOUTH PADRE Trout are good around the spoil islands, channel edges and color changes on DOA Shrimp in 3–4 feet of water. Black drum, redfish and sheepshead have taken at the jetty.
PORT ISABEL Trout and redfish are fair to good at Gas Well Flats on live shrimp. Redfish are fair on the flats in South Bay on DOA Shrimp and live shrimp.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014  •  Austin, Texas  •  Press Release

Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement regarding the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals decision to uphold a law protecting life and women’s health passed by the Texas Legislature in 2013:

“The people of Texas have spoken through their elected leaders and in support of protecting the culture of life in our state. Today’s court decision is good news for Texas women and the unborn, and we will continue to fight for the protection of life and women’s health in Texas.”


Staffordshire terrier cat and ferret trio on a white backgroundDr. Sarah Matak and staff of the Winnie Veterinary Clinic will be at the Chambers County Annex on Eagle Drive in Mont Belvieu on April 12, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. administering vaccinations for Rabies at a discounted price of $7.00/pet and $11.00 for DHLPP/pet.

No excuses now!


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Gov. Rick Perry has directed all necessary state resources to assist with the cleanup of oil that has spilled into the Houston Ship Channel after a collision between vessels yesterday. The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) is ensuring the coordination of the multiple state resources responding to this incident, and the governor has been briefed by TDEM Chief Nim Kidd on the ongoing cleanup efforts.

“The State of Texas is deploying all necessary resources to respond to this situation, and will continue to do so to ensure the spill is contained and cleaned up with as little impact as possible to the environment and commerce,” Gov. Perry said. “We are thankful to the responders and personnel who are working diligently to respond to this situation.”

The U.S. Coast Guard is the lead agency for maritime incidents such as this, while the Texas General Land Office is the lead state agency for cleanup efforts. The responsible parties are also assisting in the response to this incident. Additional state agencies and emergency response units are working to ensure public health and safety, and to protect the surrounding environment and wildlife.

The Texas General Land Office has deployed multiple personnel to the incident site to manage the cleanup effort, and resources from the Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Department of Public Safety and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are also assisting in this effort.

The barge has been moved to a ship yard and is no longer at the scene of the spill. The Houston Ship Channel has been closed to traffic, and the Bolivar Ferry has been suspended until the spill is contained.


362ca5512b903823409eb3bd41eb9946Bake sale Saturday, March 22 At Thriftee Food on Eagle Drive in Mont Belvieu

10:00 am to 3 PM

For Melissa Wilson Hill

Daughter of Dwight and Sandra Wilson

Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne is Coming to Support the Family

Melissa is battling Sarcoma cancer.   She has a five month old daughter and ten-year old son.

Sandra Wilson, Melissa’s mother says, “The cancer laid dormant in her legs for two years.   When Avery (her five month old)  was born, the straining of child-birth brought it to the surface of her inner right leg.    Melissa has just finished her fourth of five chemo treatments and then radiation will begin.”

A sarcoma is a type of cancer that develops from certain tissues, like bone or muscle. The main types of sarcoma are: osteosarcoma, which develops from bone, and soft tissue sarcomas. Soft tissue sarcomas can develop from soft tissues like fat, muscle, nerves, fibrous tissues, blood vessels, or deep skin tissues.

As we all know, medical insurance coverage has lifetime limits.  Insurance carriers usually cover $500,000, $1,000,000, and $2,000,000 per lifetime.  It is not forever and does run out.   Cancer is expensive to fight.  Help Melissa fight her battle with all the Medical World has to offer.  Prayers are asked for.

Donation jars at Dwight’s Discount Liquor, Red’s Kitchen, and Simple Simon’s Pizza in Old River-Winfree.  Leonard’s Convenience Store at the Chambers/Liberty County Line on FM 1409 also has a jar.

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Purported Veterans’ Charity Charged with Violating Texas Law, Deceiving Texas Donors

 

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott charged Veterans Support Organization (VSO) and four of its principals with unlawfully soliciting charitable contributions and misrepresenting to Texas donors that the donations would benefit local veterans in need.

Court documents filed by the State Wednesday explained that the defendants claimed to offer assistance to local needy veterans through VSO’s work, housing, and grant programs. However, the State’s investigation found that VSO’s so-called “work program” was merely structured panhandling that the defendants used to solicit funds for VSO. While publicly claiming to hire veterans, the State charged that the defendants actually hired both veterans and non-veterans to stand in front of various storefronts for up to 12 hours a day to raise at least $225 a day in donations for VSO. In seeking permission to place its solicitors in front of a store, the defendants misrepresented to store management that the solicitors were veterans whose main purpose is to raise awareness about veterans’ programs and provide resource information to store customers – not to solicit donations from them.

The defendants conducted their unlawful solicitations in numerous counties statewide, including Bell, Bexar, Dallas, Harris, Hays, Nueces and Travis. According to VSO’s own records, few of the donations VSO raised in Texas actually were used in Texas – despite the defendants’ misrepresentations to donors that charitable contributions would help “local” veterans “in the area.” The State’s investigation revealed that the defendants raised more than $2.5 million in Texas from 2010 to 2012. More than 70 percent of the funds raised in Texas were diverted to Florida or Rhode Island – contrary to the defendants’ statements to Texas donors that the charitable donations would benefit “local” veterans in need.

The State’s enforcement action also explained that the defendants often made a profit on their so-called “housing program” for veterans. The housing program consisted of VSO renting two residences – one in Austin and one in Dallas – and subletting rooms in the houses to their employee solicitors, only some of whom were veterans. In addition to paying $125 a week for rent, each individual had to participate in VSO’s “work program” or be subject to eviction. The defendants also evicted employee solicitors who were unable to pay the rent. In contrast to its claim that it was seeking to help “homeless veterans,” VSO actually only housed individuals – veterans or not – who could afford to pay for a room.

The State is seeking a temporary and permanent injunction as well as civil penalties against the defendants. The State is also asking the court to secure the defendants’ assets and funds and distribute them to help needy veterans and their families in Texas – as intended by the donors.

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