Left to Right: Keri Houston, Hempstead Early Childhood Center Principal, joins HECC staff members Alyssa Cannon and Sandra Leiva with students Chloe Pierre, Elayna Hernandez-Rocha, Honesty Glover, Ryon Turner, and HECC staff members Abigail Flores and Theodora Holloway at the Grandparents Day Parade in September. Due to COVID, the parade was able to replace the annual breakfast the school puts on for Bobcat families.
Cars honking, music playing, bubbles and sirens filled the air at the Hempstead Early Childhood Center in September when the campus welcomed families to the Grandparents Day Parade.
“I am so excited at the turnout for the parade this year,” HECC Principal Keri Houston said. “We had remote families and members of the community come by to wave at the students. While this was a great event, I look forward to having it next year without COVID.”
Hempstead Fire and Police joined the Bobcat families and community members with making the event a memorable one for the students.
By Joshua McLain, HISD Public Relations Coordinator.
Dave Shelburne, long time resident of Hempstead, is pleased to announce his entry to the Hempstead mayoral race. Dave’s foremost concerns are bringing the city to a state of financial stability and respecting the financial contributions of the city’s ratepayers and taxpayers.
Dave said, “The root of most issues in the community stem from the concentration of power in a Mayor / City Council form of government. My first priority as Mayor will be to change the City Charter to a City Administrator / City Council form of government. This will transition the community to a strong Council form of government. This change will allow the Council members to more effectively hear from the people of Hempstead and represent their interests over a long period of time. It is important to allow for continuity and stability in government.”
Dave will remove the salaries for the mayor and council positions. He will hire a qualified and experienced City Administrator to restore the financial stability of the community. Additionally, he will implement a detailed assessment of all departments to promote efficiency and transparency in the government.
A City Administrator—combined with a strong council and a restructured Economic Development Corporation—will bring welcome strength to the business community. Hempstead must move towards a supportive and stable business atmosphere if it is to grow current businesses and entice new industry.
One of Dave’s highest priorities for current and emerging businesses is bringing broadband Internet access to Hempstead. Dave has many other plans for business growth in the community which are available on his Facebook page, @DaveShelburneForMayor.
Dave was born and raised in Hempstead, and graduated from Hempstead High School (HHS) in 1971. After attending Sam Houston State University and working in both Austin and Houston, he moved back to Hempstead where he worked as an electrician at Waller County Electric for 35 years. Dave married in 1985 and had two sons who also graduated from HHS.
Dave has a history of community leadership: serving five terms on City Council, co-founding the Hempstead Youth Soccer Association, and serving on the Hempstead Little League Board. He also served as both a board member and the President of the Texas State Parent’s Association—his sons’ alma mater.
Dave is running for mayor of Hempstead because he knows that we as a community can do better—much better than what we are now. If you have questions or concerns please contact Dave at DaveShelburneForMayor@gmail.com.
Those who have lived a long time have done a lot, seen a lot – and can teach us a lot. And that’s certainly true when it comes to investing.
Consider some of the lessons you might learn from experienced investors:
Regulate your emotions. In the investment world, there’s always something coming at us that could sound scary: political flashpoints, economic news, and even those once-in-a-generation occurrences, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. But older people may take these events in stride; in fact, baby boomers and members of the Silent Generation (born between 1925 and 1945) are coping better emotionally with the impacts of COVID-19 than younger age cohorts, according to the 2020 Edward Jones/Age Wave Four Pillars of the New Retirement study. And by keeping control of your emotions, you may be less likely to make moves such as selling quality investments with good fundamentals just because their prices have fallen in the midst of an overall market decline.
Learn from experience. By definition, the older we get, the more experiences we will have. And most people do indeed learn from experience. Investors, too, benefit from having seen and done things before. Did you chase a “hot” stock only to have found it cooled off before you bought it? Did you buy too many of the same type of investments, only to see your portfolio take a bigger hit during a downturn than it would have if you had diversified? In the investment arena, as in most walks of life, patterns emerge, and once you learn to recognize them, you can learn from past mistakes.
Know yourself. When we reach a certain age, most of us know ourselves pretty well. But you don’t have to wait decades to gain this knowledge – at least not when it comes to investing. For example, you should quickly gain a good sense of your ability to withstand risk. How? Just consider how you react when the market declines sharply. If you find yourself losing sleep over your losses – even if they’re just on paper – you might be taking on too much risk for your own comfort level. Conversely, if market downturns don’t bother you as much as lack of growth in your portfolio, you might be investing too conservatively for your own risk tolerance.
Take a longer-term perspective. When we’re young, we sometimes are more inclined to desire instant gratification – we want results now. Translated into the investment world, this could mean we want to see big returns in a short period. However, despite the popular mythology, it’s quite hard to turn enormous profits on investments overnight – or even over weeks or months. But as the years pass, we learn the value of thinking long-term – how investments we made years ago, and have added to steadily, are now yielding results that can help build the resources we need to reach our objectives.
Don’t go it alone. Some of us, when we’re young, have a tendency to think we have all the answers and don’t need much help in our endeavors. But age gives us the wisdom to recognize that, although we may have acquired much knowledge over the years, we can still use some help in specialized areas, such as creating a long-term investment strategy.
These suggestions are appropriate for anyone – and they can help you on your journey toward your goals.
This article was submitted by Taylor Starnes your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.
WACO, Texas—Through the Farm Bureau Feeding Texas Co-op Contribution Program, Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) and county Farm Bureaus donated $350,648 to feed families in local communities.
The program, established by TFB in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, paired food banks and other food-relief entities with local restaurants and caterers. TFB matched a county Farm Bureau donation of up to $1,000 for any food-related project during the pandemic.
“Since March, food banks and other food-relief entities have seen a sharp increase in the number of requests for help,” TFB President Russell Boening said. “Texas Farm Bureau and county Farm Bureaus were ready to assist these food banks, community organizations, restaurants and others to help those in need.”
A total of 139 county Farm Bureaus participated in the program, donating $239,454 directly to local food-relief organizations. TFB matched $111,194, increasing the impact of the statewide program.
“This was a joint effort between the state organization and county Farm Bureaus to help those who are in need of food, as well as those who provide that food, while also helping keep businesses operating in the unprecedented times that many are facing during this global pandemic,” Boening said.
Several county Farm Bureaus made donations to Meals on Wheels, food pantries and the Salvation Army, among other community groups.
“There are numerous families across the state who rely on the services these food-relief entities provide, and we’re proud to have worked with our county Farm Bureaus to help Texans and lend a hand during these trying times,” Boening said. “In Texas and in agriculture, we help each other. It’s just what we do.”
Hello, my name is Stephanie Bush, I am running for Hempstead ISD School Board position 4. I have lived in Waller County for 22 years, the last 12 of those years have been in Hempstead. For nearly 8 years I have been a substitute teacher in Hempstead schools. I have also volunteered with many organizations, band & athletic booster, FFA, cheer and baseball/softball concessions to name a few. I have been married to Scott Bush for almost 26 years, his name may sound familiar to you as he has served on the Hempstead ISD school board (position 4) since 2014. We have three amazing children, Shelbi, Kylie Jo and Wyatt Bush all of whom graduated from Hempstead, two have since graduated from college and embarked on careers in their degree fields and one is still currently attending university and playing football for them as well!
I am running for Hempstead ISD school board position 4 in part because Hempstead ISD helped my children build the foundation they needed to strive for and attain their goals of attending college and pursuing their careers and I want to be a part of Hempstead ISD continuing to improve and flourish to provide that same foundation to its students for many years to come.
I’ve seen so much Positive change throughout this district and know with hard work and perseverance Hempstead ISD will continue to improve and thrive! If elected my focus will be on the following;
A positive, safe & inclusive learning environment for ALL of our students.
Increasing open and transparent communication throughout the district including administration, teachers/staff, students/parents and community members.
Educational and extracurricular programs that excite, motivate and inspire!
Providing a foundation for students to shine here and to grow & expand to excel beyond our boundaries.
Tax dollars spent intelligently, where they are needed and how they are intended to be spent.
Providing programs for those students who desire a path that allows them to graduate with a certification in a field ready and able to immediately enter the workforce.
Continue to foster and promote a sense of pride and loyalty for our district.
Help promote a positive, productive inclusive atmosphere that will enable Hempstead ISD to attract, hire and retain the high Quality teachers, staff and leadership our students deserve.
Encourage our Teachers/staff, parents, administration, community and students to unite together and work towards an enriched progressive district.
Please help Hempstead ISD continue to improve to be the positive educational experience it is meant to be for our students so they can build for the future! Please come out to vote on November 3rd.
Thank you in advance for your support!
The Hempstead Athletic Department will recognize its seniors before the football game against Sweeny, September 18. Fans will need to be in the stands by 7 p.m. to celebrate with the seniors.
Kick-off for the game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Student-athletes from football, band, cross country and cheer will be honored.
Tickets for the game will be sold Wednesday, September 16 and Thursday, September 17. Sales will take place at the SE Entrance of the Competition Gym from 3:45 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. or until tickets run out.
Only 200 tickets will be sold. Ticket prices are $6 for adults and $3 for students.
All COVID protocols will be followed during the senior recognition and throughout the game. Concession Stand APP The Band Booster Club will be using CASH APP to take payments for all items purchased at the concession stand at all football games this season. Fans can use the code $hempsteadbb for the CASH APP which can be downloaded on a cellular device. Due to COVID, no other form of payment will be accepted.
By Joshua McLain, HISD Public Relations Coordinator.
When the dust settled after back-to-back league games in less than 24 hours the Hempstead Ladycat Volleyball team finds itself 3-5 overall and 1-1 to start District 24-3A.
HHS will face another district foe on the road Tuesday, September 15 against Hitchcock before welcoming Van Vleck at 5 p.m., Friday, September 18.
In their first home game of the season Saturday against Harmony School of Discovery the Ladycats picked up a 25-14, 25-20, 25-19 win.
Head Coach Kumina Thomas believes coming home to play in such a short turnaround tests the will of her squad.
“It says lots about the girls’ endurance and willingness to work together as one unit,” Thomas said of playing consecutive district matches. “As we move forward we just need to keep improving.”
The Ladycats opened league season Friday dropping a 3-0 decision at Brazos (8-3, 1-1) by the scores of 25-9, 25-10, 25-11.
“We came up short (Friday night) but overall the girls are really improving,” head coach Kumina Thomas said. “I was impressed with how we were digging the ball against Brazos. We are still working on our communication. Our transition is getting better so building on that will keep us in sync with one another.”
By Joshua McLain, HISD Public Relations Coordinator.
The Waller County Grand Jury, January Term of 2020, in the 506th Judicial District Court, have considered the cases brought before them for the months of March 2020 and have returned 31 Felony True Bills:
March 2020 (30)
Adrian Aguirre – DOB: 02/22/1986 – Driving While Intoxicated 3rd or More
Javon Jamal Anderson – DOB: 12/20/1996 – Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon (x 3 Counts)
Jeannette Batchelder – DOB: 04/07/1951 – Injury Child/Elderly/Disable Reckless BI
Joseph James Mangiofico – DOB: 05/16/1981 - Injury Child/Elderly/Disable Reckless BI
June Marie Mangiofico – DOB: 11/23/1951 - Injury Child/Elderly/Disable Reckless BI
Tyron Rashaude Bolding – DOB: 10/25/2002 – Attempt to Commit Burglary of Habitation
Jabrionne Kenneth Robinson – DOB: 09/27/2001 – Attempt to Commit Burglary of Habitation
Noel Antonio Wolfe – DOB: 12/25/2001 - Attempt to Commit Burglary of Habitation
Joseph Alan Bentancur – DOB: 10/22/1997 – Possession of Controlled Substance
Dylan Gregory Brown – DOB: 05/26/1983 – Evading Arrest Det with Vehicle
Lesnier Caballero-Duvergel – DOB: 12/06/1990 – Possession of Controlled Substance
Arquimedes Cardos Naranjo – DOB: 10/14/1982 – Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements (X 2) AND Unlawful Use of Criminal Instrument
Sarah Taylor Davis – DOB: 02/19/1988 – Possession of Controlled Substance
Gary Wayne Glover, Jr. – DOB: 10/28/1986 – Man/Del Controlled Substance
Traveon Marques Hillsman – DOB: 04/25/1998 – Burlary of Building; Theft Cattle/Horse/Exotic Livestock <$150K (x 2 Counts) AND Cruelty to Livestock Animals Physical Abuse (x 3 Counts)
Norris Steven Hood – DOB: 03/05/1982 – Violation Bond/Protective Order 2+ Times within 12 Months AND Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon
Nikko Maurice Hubbard – DOB: 03/12/1990 – Viol Bond/Protective Order 2 + Times within 12 Months AND Theft from Person
Taylor Thomas Paustenbach – DOB: 04/26/199 – Sexual Assault
Jacquanae Euniqe Phelps – DOB: 01/05/1996 – Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
Dustin Ray Powell – DOB: 06/05/1991 – Tampering with or Fabricating Physical Evidence
Robert Dwayne Stevenson – DOB: 09/15/1992 – Possession of Controlled Substance
Chandra Elizabeth Stienstra – DOB: 08/09-1971 – Possession of Controlled Substance
Ben Tripp White – DOB: 01/21/1966 – Driving While Intoxicated 3rd or More
Cherise Devena Williams – DOB: 12/30/1981 – Fraudulent Use or Possession of Identifying Information # Items <5 Elderly
Shane Thomas Wolff – DOB: 03/04/1993 – Possession of Controlled Substance
Pre-Kindergarten student Kelvin Ragston dons zookeeper attire to celebrate Hempstead Early Childhood Center’s annual Career Day Dress-Up Day in September. Teachers Kathy Ivey, right, and Marissa Sanders join Ragston as a nurse and basketball coach.
By Joshua McLain, HISD Public Relations Coordinator