Habitat improving, inspiring youngster
by Chip Latcham
Sep 06, 2013 | 283 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Although the world situation appears bleak, with our nation’s leaders moving inexorably closer to entering the civil war in Syria, the future looks promising in South Texas on many fronts.

First, most taxing entities (including Bee County and the Beeville ISD) are lowering property tax rates, thanks to higher property values attributed to the Eagle Ford Shale. Although most taxpayers won’t see a noticeable decrease, at least our taxes should not rise this year.

Additionally, the last suspected participant in the senseless shooting death at Kohler (Nopal) Park has been apprehended. The 27-year-old driver of the ’97 Camaro was arrested by U.S. marshals near Houston. Like the shooter, age 20, who was quickly caught in the city, he will face murder charges.

Awaiting their trials, this brings community members a step closer to concluding this tragic event – a drive-by shooting in a public place in which police say the suspect had gang connections.

We extend our heartfelt appreciation to area lawmen, especially members of our police department and sheriff’s office, for doing all they do to protect citizens from an ever-more-dangerous society. We also wish the BPD well in its Sept. 20 Fight Night event at the Expo Center, with proceeds helping the officers provide training and buy badly needed equipment.

Also, we commend all those involved in the acquiring of property within the city of Beeville for Habitat for Humanity’s first home build, hopefully next year.

From past and present officers and board members of the Bee County Habitat affiliate, which has been in existence for three years, to the generous civic clubs which conveyed their share of the property on North Berry and East Lott streets (behind the old Youth Center building), there are too many people to thank individually.

Yet, this development opens an exciting new chapter in the fledgling group’s saga, as plans now are to build up to four homes on 7,500-square foot tracts for families desiring “a hand up, not a handout.”

Another way area residents can show their appreciation is to purchase a BBQ chicken dinner after church on Sunday at Faith Lutheran Church from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., priced at $7 per plate. All proceeds will go the local Habitat program.

And just when many of us are about to give up on the young people of today (think Miley Cyrus), we learn of the encouraging story of a 12-year-old girl right here in our town.

Wanting to do something for her community, Madison Arthur, a student at Moreno Middle School, raised money, bought school supplies then toys, and worked a weekend to paint and brighten the deteriorating walls of the Child Protective Services office visitation room.

“Our family is very blessed, and we try to teach our children they need to give back to the community,” her mother said.

That is a message that evades most adults, let alone the children, in 2013 America.

Way to go, Madison. Just as your parents are, this community is so proud of you.
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