Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A Salute to the Veterans and Service men and women who gave and give of their time and lives protecting the country!

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, Germany signed the armistice with the Allies, the United States among them, ending World War I. The day was celebrated as Armistice Day, however, since 1954, Americans have celebrated it as Veterans' Day, a day dedicated to the extraordinary Americans who protected our freedom in years past, and to those who protect it today.
Many local observances are planned to commemorate the occasion and to thank the soldiers and their families for the sacrifices they make for the freedom we enjoy today. The Waller High School Student Council will host its 27th Annual Veterans Day Program Nov. 11 at 9:30 a.m. in the gymnasium. A continental breakfast reception will precede the program in the library at 8:30 a.m. Council president and faculty sponsor are Tej Webster and Ms. Samantha Glover, respectively.

Congratulations to Kyle Maronie, former Mr. Prairie View A&M University on his theatrical debut “A Lesson Before Dying” presented by the famed Charles Gilpin Players in the Department of Music and Theatre at Prairie View A&M University. The play is based on the Novel by Ernest J. Gaines Written by Romulus Linney and directed by Tim Roseborough. Production runs Nov. 11-21 in the Anne Campbell Black Box Theatre, Hobart Taylor Building. Buy tickets online at For show times and reservations call 936-261-3307 or

The S.P.I.T Knowledge Program at PVAMU will host Mr. Tim Wise, prolific author of “Color Blind: The Rise of Post Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity.” The lecture is set for November 16, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. in Opal Johnson-Smith Auditorium and is free and open to the public. Wise is an antiracist activist, essayist and author of four books on racism and white privilege. Books will be on sale during the reception, hosted by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Epsilon Tau Lambda Chapter.

The Top Ladies of Distinction and the Prairie View Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., will host an Alzheimer’s Disease: Know Basic Signs and Connect on November 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Prairie View Alumni House, 148 FM 1098. The speaker is Ann McDonald, Alzheimer’s Association Representative. The public is invited.

The Men of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church will host its Monthly Breakfast on November 20 at 8:30 a.m. All men in the community are invited to attend. Speaker for the event is Dr. Seab Smith. For reservations and confirmation, call 936-857-3272.

Congratulations to all the candidates in the Waller County Elections, particular kudos to Marianne Elaine Jackson who was elected as Judge for Precinct 3. Jackson will be sworn in on January 1, 2011.

Kudos also to Elizabeth Gardner on her selection as Miss Cypress. Elizabeth will represent the pageant at the 2011 Miss Texas/Miss America Scholarship Pageant in Fort Worth, Texas. Liz is a senior communications student at Prairie View A&M University and represented Miss East Texas in the 2010 Pageant.

The Prairie View Community lost another pillar in the passing of Mrs. Julia Owens on November 5. Mrs. Owens is the widow of Dr. Emory R. Owens, former medical director at PVAMU. The Funeral service is on November 14 at 10:00 a.m. at the Johnson-Phillip All Faith Chapel at PVAMU. Visitation is on November 13 from 5:00-7:30 p.m. at the Chapel. Condolences may be sent to the Julia Owens Family, c/o Singleton Funeral Home, 616 7th Street, Hempstead, TX 77445.

Members of Mount Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate its 152nd Church Anniversary on November 14th, 2010. Speakers include Honorable Pastor Sylvester Smith, Jr. of the New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Bryan and Dr. Ross Cullen of Solid Rock Church in Humble Texas. Mount Corinth, the 3rd oldest church in Texas, was founded on November 11, 1858. Reverend Lloyd Crosby is the pastor. For information, contact Mrs. Gwendolyn Carter at 936-857-3522 or Burnest Carter at 936-648-6509.

Your prayers and encouragement are welcomed for the health of Vera Armstrong, Martha Bailey, Esel and Willie J. Bell Sr., Mary Boozer, Ernestine Carreathers, Nellie Charleston, Redessa Coleman, Hulen and Irene Davis, B. J. Freeman, Mary Kemp, David and Loraine Kirkpatrick, William H. Parker, James Poindexter, Irene Reid, Cecile Richardson, Willie Smith, Otelia A. Watson and Douglas Woolfolk. May God’s peace be with you all!

A View from the Hill: The Johnson Phillip All Faiths Chapel announces its 2010 Campaign November 1 –30, 2010 to raise funds to supplement its operating costs. The campaign’s goal is to get $20,000. Nondenominational worship services are held in the JPAFC on Sundays. All contributions are tax deductible.

The Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) team at PVAMU is reveling over the success of its Fresh Talent on the Hill Showcase with more than 17 participants on November 9. The team will also host its Financial Literacy Program – The Stock Market Simulator which allows students to set up online accounts and invest in various companies. Plans are underway for the Business Ethics seminar and Global Entrepreneurship Week Nov. 15-21. Devin Evans, a sophomore civil engineering major from Dallas is the president. For information, contact 936-857-3579 or

Happy November Birthdays: Lasana Sirleaf (7), Travis Webster (8), Famatta Freeman (9), Lillian Kirby (11), Harold Simmons (11), Barbara Dunham Gooden (13) and Carol Cummings Kellum (15 Harold Simmons (11), Larry Hickman (20), William ‘Trey’ Reid (20), Gwendolyn Carter (21), Eichele Shafer (21), Kevin Tompkins (21), Cleola Walker (21), Purvis Carter (22), Samuel Montgomery (23), Priscilla Yell (23),James Jacob Boyer (26), Irma Kendrick (26) and Charles McClelland (26).

Until next week, in the words of Malcolm X, “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” Keep the news, achievements and recognitions coming to, fax 936-857-5352, phone 936-857-3272 or P. O. Box 2906, Prairie View, Texas 77446.

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