Category: Chambers County Texas



Winter Storm Watch

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX 310 PM CST WED JAN 22 2014 …WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FOR MOST OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS…

A COLD FRONT WITH AN ARCTIC AIR MASS BEHIND IT WILL MOVE INTO SOUTHEAST TEXAS ON THURSDAY.

TEMPERATURES WILL HOLD STEADY AND THEN BEGIN TO FALL DURING THE DAY.

TEMPERATURES SHOULD DROP BELOW FREEZING THURSDAY NIGHT INTO FRIDAY MORNING.

MOISTURE RIDING OVER THE FRONTAL BOUNDARY WILL PRODUCE AREAS OF RAIN DURING THE DAY THURSDAY.

PRECIPITATION MAY THEN CHANGE FROM RAIN TO FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET.

AREAS FROM COLLEGE STATION TO HUNTSVILLE MAY EXPERIENCE A MIX OF SNOW AND SLEET EARLY FRIDAY.

AREAS TO THE SOUTH INCLUDING HOUSTON MAY EXPERIENCE A MIX OF SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN WITH FREEZING RAIN POSSIBLE ALONG THE COAST.

WINTER STORM WARNINGS AND ADVISORIES MAY BE ISSUED DEPENDING ON EXPECTED ICE ACCUMULATIONS EXPECTED IN THE WATCH AREA.

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…WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HOUSTON/GALVESTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON. * TIMING…MAINLY EARLY FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

PORTIONS OF THE WATCH MAY BE UPGRADED TO A WARNING TOMORROW WHERE AREAS MAY RECEIVE MORE THAN A EIGHTH OF AN INCH OF ICE ACCUMULATIONS. ADVISORIES MAY REPLACE PORTIONS OF THE WATCH WHERE ICE ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE LOWER. * THREAT…ICE ACCUMULATIONS FROM SLEET OR FREEZING RAIN OF 0.05 TO 0.15 INCHES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW…SLEET…OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS. && $$


Hazardous Weather Outlook

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX

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313 PM CST WED JAN 22 2014 THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS. .

DAY ONE…THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS NOT EXPECTED AT THIS TIME. .

DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY ALTHOUGH THERE IS A LOT OF UNCERTAINTY IN THE FORECAST A WINTER STORM WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THE AREA.

THE MAIN CONCERN WILL BE ACCUMULATIONS OF SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN EARLY FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

SOME AREAS COULD RECEIVE ICE ACCUMULATIONS OF A FEW HUNDREDTHS TO AN EIGHTH OF AN INCH.

PORTIONS OF THE WATCH MAY BE UPGRADED TO A WARNING DEPENDING ON WHERE HIGHEST ICE ACCUMULATIONS OCCUR.

OTHER AREAS WITH LOWER AMOUNTS OF ICE ACCUMULATIONS MAY NEED WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES.

PLEASE CONTINUE TO MONITOR FUTURE FORECASTS AND UPDATES.

 

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You didn’t enter your dog at the 2013 ORWFD!  There is always this year at the 2014 ORWFD.  Second weekend in October.

Such fun for all the family and the dogs, too!

Categories are Small, Medium, and Large Dogs with SubCategories of “Best Dressed”,  “Most Talented”, “Best Smile”,  “Best Tail Wag” and Best “Caught in the Act” (dog must be present to with this one)

Here is a sampling of some of “My Best Friends”!


 

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Southern Cooking and Hospitality at its best!

Right on FM 1409 in Old River-Winfree, nestled between Simple Simon’s Pizza and Dwight’s Discount Liquor with Hometown Donuts on the end is a GREAT new Hometown Restaurant, Red’s Kitchen.  And boy is the food GOOD!

Charlie Butler is a lady that never meets a stranger and boy can she cook, too!  She has gathered around her a staff of hometown cooks and friendly faces that fit right with her own personality.

Sam, owner of the Sam’s Express stores in Chambers, Liberty, and Harris County also owns the strip mall where you will find all these great businesses.

He has completely refurbished where Old River Cafe used to be and Red’s Kitchen has moved right in and made it their home.

When we got there, the breakfast cook (yes, a breakfast cook) had left and lunch was ON!  They have daily specials and today was the Chicken Fried Steak, french fries, Texas Toast, black-eyed peas, a huge glass of iced tea, and sliced peaches for desert. Yum, Yum.

We were greeted by Susan Garrett Leblanc who we all know and love.   She showed us to a table with that huge Texas smile she is known for and seated us.  

After catching up on everything great about Red’s Kitchen, she took our order and off she went.

Who walks in next but Boyce and Mary Morris coming in to check out the new restaurant!  Boyce is Old River-Winfree’s Historian and Historical Artifact Curator.  It was so great to see  Boyce and Mary and catch up on everything in this comfortable, inviting atmosphere!

So, you have got to go and see what you think.  

Red’s Kitchen Is OPEN Monday – Friday from 6 AM – 8 PM Monday thru Friday , and Saturday 7 AM – 7 PM. Great food and reasonable prices…All Sandwiches and Burgers include French Fries and Sweet or Unsweet Tea… Dinners include Tea as well. 

“LIKE” them on FACEBOOK where you can find out what the daily special is and everything Red’s Kitchen at:  https://www.facebook.com/RedsKitchen

Here’s the menus and after that is some pictures.

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URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX

441 AM CST SUN JAN 5 2014 

…WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM TODAY TO 12 AM CST MONDAY… 

…HARD FREEZE WATCH IN EFFECT FROM TONIGHT INTO MONDAY MORNING… 

.STRONG NORTH WINDS WILL DEVELOP IN THE WAKE OF AN ARCTIC COLD FRONT SET TO MOVE THROUGH THE AREA THIS MORNING. 

A STRONG COLD FRONT WILL MOVE THROUGH THE REGION THIS MORNING. MUCH COLDER TEMPERATURES CAN BE EXPECTED BEHIND THE FRONT. AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF BELOW FREEZING TEMPERATURES AND VERY LOW WIND CHILLS IS EXPECTED TONIGHT THROUGH TOMORROW MORNING (ROUGHLY 9 TO 12 HOURS ACROSS INLAND LOCATIONS WITH LOWS GENERALLY IN THE LOWER TO MID 20S NORTH OF I-10 AND RIGHT AROUND FREEZING AT THE COAST). HARD FREEZE WARNINGS WILL LIKELY BE NEEDED. FOR THE COASTAL WATERS…STRONG NORTH WINDS WITH GUSTS POSSIBLY TO GALE FORCE CAN BE EXPECTED BEHIND THE FRONT. 

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…WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THIS MORNING TO MIDNIGHT 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HOUSTON/GALVESTON HAS ISSUED A

HARD FREEZE WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH MONDAY MORNING. 

PROLONGED SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES WILL OCCUR ACROSS THE AREA TONIGHT INTO MONDAY MORNING. HARD FREEZE WATCHES WILL LIKELY BE UPGRADED TO HARD FREEZE WARNINGS. ANOTHER PROLONGED SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURE EVENT WILL OCCUR ACROSS THE AREA MONDAY EVENING THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING. HARD FREEZE WARNINGS WILL BE NEEDED. 

* EVENT…AN ARCTIC AIRMASS WILL MOVE THROUGH SOUTHEAST TEXAS THIS  MORNING. TEMPERATURES WILL BE DROPPING THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND IT  WILL BECOME BREEZY. AFTER SUNSET…TEMPERATURES WILL QUICKLY  DROP. ALONG WITH FREEZING TEMPERATURES…EXPECT VERY LOW WIND  CHILL READINGS.


The West Chambers County Chamber of Commerce is looking to hire a highly-motivated individual to perform the accounting and membership management functions of our growing organization.  If you or someone you know is seeking a rewarding position in a fast-paced environment, please send a résumé outlining appropriate qualifications to:

1)     WCCCC,  PO Box 750, Mont Belvieu, Texas 77580, ~OR~

2)   Missy@TheWCCCC.com

Résumés will be accepted through January 12, 2014.  Any questions regarding the position will be answered by email only – please, no telephone calls!

Applicants will be screened and those selected will be contacted on Monday, January 13, by email to schedule an initial interview.

Thank you – in advance – for helping us hire the very best person to help lead our Chamber forward!

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Santa is making a stop in Old River-Winfree on Saturday, December 14th at the Community Building (flyer below).

Kids get to give their Christmas Lists to Santa, get their picture taken with him, and receive a gift right there!

There will be pizza, cookies, and a drink, along with Mark’s Mobile Music providing the Christmas music we all love.

Miss Old River Country Natural Beauty Pageant Winners will also be there to meet and greet everyone.

It’s all free and Sponsored by the City of Old River-Winfree!

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Until the last soldier or marine comes home, ORWFD 5K Run/Walk will support the Wounded Warrior Project and the Pfc Wesley Riggs Memorial Scholarship Fund.

You can still donate to the WWP and the Scholarship Fund at:  http://www.orwfoundersday.com/Donations.html

If you look hard, you will see Commissioner Rusty Senac and Old River-Winfree Councilwoman, Jackie Johnson running or walking to support our Veterans!  You will also see the Family of Pfc Wesley R. Riggs, Daniel Riggs, Vickie Riggs, and Brian Riggs.

Special thanks to Bob Botto, Race Manager, Tracie Comeaux, Shane Brand, Kiel Williams, Linda Murphy, Colleen Fontenot, among a few for organizing the race.

Thanks to the best hosts around, Barbers Hill Independent School District.

Barbers Hill Bank supports and continues to support, four years running, ORWFD, the Wounded Warrior Project, and the Pfc Wesley R. Riggs Scholarship Fund by paying all expenses incurred with their $5000 Sponsorship!


Old River-Winfree Community is still giving back with the Old River Baptist Harvest Festival Annual Event. Bring a $1 or canned vegetable and you’re in! We are the best town in the world! Full of activities to celebrate Fall! See the flyer below for all the fun and fellowship!

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We finally got it up!

This roadside mural was done by Ken “The Dauber” Pridgeon 5 years ago.

Ken painted this mural for ORWFD when the idea for the Pfc Wesley R. Riggs was just a vision in my mind.

How awesome is this! It has been a long time coming and we are SO proud of it.

Please, see Boyce Morris, Jr. to find out what that mural is about and the rich history he has accumulated for us.

Old River-WInfree really is a historic town. We are getting there. Come see it at Old River-Winfree Founders Day October 12, 2013.

Boyce will have artifacts and our rich history on display October 11th and 12th, Friday and Saturday. He was setting up today and he has a lot of new items for you to see!

God Bless you Ken and Boyce!

Special thanks to Linda Johnson Murphy and her brother for getting this up free of charge!

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We welcome you to Old RIver-Winfree Founders Day 2013 with a look at the last 4 years.  We hope you enjoy a look back and come to the 2013 ORWFD.

Absolutely FREE Carnival Rides and games!  Texas Fallen Heroes Memorial Wall; Portrait of a Warrior, Ken Pridgeon;  Jean Epperson, Published Author of Bay Area History; Boyce Morris, Jr. Historical Old River-Winfree Artifacts; Vendors Galore, Miss Old River Country Pageant; “My Best Friend” Dog Contest; Pie, Cake, Cupcake Bakeoff and auction; Vintage Car and Truck Contest at R&L Auto Supply, and lots of fun!

Enjoy the video!


While you are at ORWFD, be sure and visit the Hospitality Room in the ORW Community Building. Chairman Tracie Comeaux will be on hand with fresh coffee, while you stroll around the exhibits of Boyce Morris, Jr. ORWFD Historian! Below is a sampling of the Historical Artifacts of our area Boyce has, through his on blood, sweat, and tears, brought up from the ground surrounding the Old River. You will want to see this! Thanks Boyce for all you do!

You will be amazed at what Boyce has discovered about our history in Old River-Winfree and the Beauty of the river that runs through us, Old River.

We are unique in our name, our heritage, and our bond to each other.  Old River and Winfree, Texas come see your history!

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A Tribute to those who have run and will run/walk on October 5th. 

We want you to know that every time your foot touches the ground, every time you shed a drop of sweat, every time you take a labored breath, and sometimes, every time you shed a tear, you are extending your hand to help a Wounded Warrior stand tall and honoring the one that “gave all”. God Bless you!

We Salute you! Hooah! 

Seeing the video below, have you registered to run, make a donation, or bought a t-shirt. Now’s your time. Go to the link below and scroll down. We will NEVER forget the sacrifice all of our men and women, along with their families, have made to keep us free. We will NEVER forget those that made the ultimate sacrifice. Not here in Small Towns USA! Join us!

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dogshowlogoOn a Friday Evening, October 12, 2012, community dog lovers gathered for the “My Best Friend” Dog Contest.  This year, the Dog Contest will be on Saturday and is sure to be a good time for both dog and “friend”!

They entered into the following Categories:

Category (check one or more) $5.00 ea category

   _________ Best Trick (Talent)

   _________ Best Dressed

   _________ Best Tail Wagging (Personality)

   _________ “Caught in the Act” Photo Contest  (simple

                       camera pictures are fine)

Each dog is divided into Small, Medium, and Large Breeds, so everyone stands to win!

We had some really interesting entries last year.  A couple of the dogs were rescued dogs and one, the Black Lab, understood commands in German!

Why this fun, cheap to enter, dog contest……Read below:

They are the ones that greet us at the door;  the ones that are in the back yard yapping up a storm, jumping for joy, and dancing around just because we are home, finally.

They guard our children, our homes, our lives; and let us know when danger is around real or perceived by them.

They help us to remember our childhood; those days of carefree abandon.  Before we knew the world was not always nice.

We are so busy and caught up in our lives; but look down into their eyes and see such love, unconditional love, loyalty, and devotion even though sometimes we forget to let them out and shame them because they potty on the floor.  Sometimes their food bowl goes empty a little too long and we wonder why they are gnawing on the furniture.  We forget to fill their water bowl and wonder why they drink out of the toilet.

Sometimes forgotten in the back yard, they stand vigil for us, their family.

Enjoy the video of some of our entrants and winners!  It was so much fun for everyone!

Go to the Events Page on Old River-Winfree Founders Day Website, scroll down to the Dog Contest, click on the Form page, save and print.


Autumn in the garden – can’t you just feel the air changing?  Being out of doors is bearable again, and it’s high time to do those chores you put off because it was just too darned hot for too darned long. 

Flower beds and potted plants have probably passed their peak with any annuals you have placed in them, so freshen them up with something new. 

Late summer here in Chambers County allows you a choice; you can go with the autumn traditionals like mums, or you can coax some salvia and petunias to brighten the beds.  And have you ever considered planting some colorful vegetables among your pretties?  Swiss chard is a great example; it not only takes the heat of summer, but survives quite well through the winter, and the color choices available these days are stunning.  Other greens may not be as glamorous, but they can fill a bare spot in your flower bed for the winter, and they make great eating as well.

 Autumn is bulb season.  The bulbs, corms, tubers, and rhizomes that make up these blooming beauties are all out for sale right now, both in the big box stores and at a host of “bulb sales” in the greater Houston area.  While now is the best time to get the best selections, make sure you plant them at the best time for each type of bulb.  Tulips, for example, need to be chilled for several weeks here, wrapped in paper towels and in a paper bag in the vegetable drawer of the fridge.  Plant them from Christmas to New Year’s Day.  And plant your bulbs in groups so they will show to the best advantage at their bloom times.

 If you have a traditional vegetable bed, you know you are in peak fall planting season right now; fall is a much better season for veg gardening around here than spring.  Transplants of broccoli and cabbage and the like (the brassicas) are widely available, and English and snap peas can go in now and in the months ahead.  Radishes, carrots, onions, turnips, and beets are ready to shine now that the heat has dissipated, and all those greens we mentioned above are just waiting to be scattered in the soil.  Keep the water coming, of course; those seeds will return tenfold if you just keep their growing conditions happy, and it is still quite dry around here.

 

Shrubs that bloom in the spring should be spared at this time, since they are setting their flower buds, but those with spent summer bloom can be trimmed and clipped. Red-tipped photinias could use a light prune early in September, to get some red on the new growth for the winter.  Don’t fertilize your bushes now; they need to slow down for the cool temps.  And now is the start of the perfect season to buy new shrubs and trees for planting.  They will thrive over the winter by building their root structures, and be ready to tackle our Texas summers in a few months.

 

Lawn junkies should be on the lookout for the cool-season weeds, which start to show up in this pleasant weather. (It’s always a trade-off, isn’t it?)  Mowing will continue to help control weed seed production, so don’t give up on this task – besides, it’s much more pleasant to mow this time of year!  If you feel you must use a pre-emergent weed control, get it in now.  Don’t wait for October, and read the instructions!

 

And just because it’s cooler doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t keep an eye out for potential issues in the yard and garden.  Poison ivy looks gorgeous in the fall with its colorful leaves and berries, but a timely spraying program can keep this bad boy out of the way, so something equally pretty, like Virginia creeper, can take its place with less painful effects.  And those pretty butterflies and moths are laying eggs; those eggs turn into those weird worms on your plants!  So, make your choices (butterflies/bugs, or gorgeous plants/veg?) and proceed accordingly.  Autumn in Chambers County is the best time of year, so get out and enjoy the yard.  And if you do need help, call the Chambers County Agri-Life Extension Office for assistance.  


5K 004On October 12, 2013 Old River-Winfree Founders Day and the Community of Old River-Winfree welcomes back the Texas Fallen Heroes Memorial Wall.

This traveling wall is the only one of it’s kind featuring a tribute to each 20th Century war with the numbers of Heroic Warriors lost and the Heroic who fought for Freedom with them.

Each war is featured on it’s Wall beautifully and artistically etched in stone up to the pictorial account of each and every Texas Hero who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the Iraq and Afghanistan Theaters of War.

The wall ,when put together, is huge and an extremely moving tribute to those who died for our freedom.

For ORWFD to host the wall for a second year is amazing as you don’t see it in Liberty or Chambers Counties.  This is a perfect opportunity for you and your family.

The family of the local businesses of A-Automotive and Kwik Kar Oil & Lube are champions of Freedom and those who fight for it.  Our Veterans, our Military (whether they are serving or stand ready to serve) are always in their hearts and thoughts.

The Wall has grown since it was last at the 2011 ORWFD.   It will be a reminder of those lost and those who will never be forgotten!  It is so big that we will have the Old River-Winfree City Hall parking lot blocked off from traffic just to hold the wall and Ken “The Dauber” Pridgeon of Portrait of a Warrior Gallery.

When Chris of A-Automotive was asked, he immediately said “Yes, by all mean Yes”.  

ORWFD is proud to stand with A -Automotive and Kwik Kar to honor these fine men and women!

A must see and Bring Your Cameras!  It is something to behold!



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