Thursday, April 21, 2016

Prairie View weathers the Flood of 2016

Our heartfelt thought and concern go out to the residents and families who have been affected by the recent torrid rain which flood some of our neighborhoods. We are grateful that there was no loss of life in the area. The hardest hit area in the city was Ruby Street and with help of Prairie View Volunteer Fire Fighters and emergency management’s help the residents were taken to safety, where loved ones came by to retrieve them. All is not bad because Tuscan Gardens on 30291 FM 1488, Waller, Texas is providing much needed assistance to residents of the area. Please call Alecia Grayson if you need any assistance at 281-899-9732. Also let us look on the bright side, we needed the rain though some would say, “not that much!” Just remember the old adage “April Showers, Bring May Flowers,” so let’s be grateful.

The recent growth outlook for Texas pegs Waller County as one of the fastest growing counties in the United States and the folks in Waller County are not taking it lightly. Over the course of April, Waller County Officials including the County Judges, Commissioners, Mayors and council members, school boards of Brookshire, Hempstead, Prairie View and Waller and Prairie View A&M University are holding several public meetings to address issues and programs to help shape the future of the county for the next 25 years. The first set of meetings were held at Waller County Courthouse on April 18 and Waller ISD Board Room on April 19. The next round of meetings will be in the Carden Waller Cooperative Extension Building at Prairie View A&M University on April 25 and Royal High School Auditorium in Brookshire on April 26. The meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact: Hilary Avery at 979-826-7700 or

The Prairie View Federal Credit Union and the Cooperative Extension Program at Prairie View A&M University invite the members to participate in its Financial Fridays Seminars on April 22 in the Carden Waller building at the university. The seminars are designed to enhance the members’ credit and financial management education and will continue on April 29. For information call Jason Y. Ruth at 607-319-1317.

Join Zeta Gamma Omega for our Annual Spring Tea and Silent Auction on April 23, 2016 from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased through a Zeta Gamma Omega member or send a direct message to our page. Hope to see you all there!

The City of Prairie View City Council will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, April 25 at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 44500 U. S. Business Hwy. 290 in Prairie View. The public is invited to attend.

The City of Prairie View will hold elections on May 7, 2016. The candidates are: for Mayor – David Allen, James Larry, Michael Prince and Brian Rowland; for Position 1 – Jonathan L. Miller, Position 4 – Frederick Freeman, James Adair and Na’Shon Edwards and Position 5 - Paulette Barnett and Maduforo Eze. Early Voting for the city election are April 25-May 3, 2016. For more information, visit

The members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Zeta Gamma Omega) and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., (Epsilon Tau Lambda) will host its Friends and Family Crawfish Boil on May 7 from 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Hempstead Park. Tickets are $20. For information or tickets contact Mark Spivey at 281-731-3483 or Email:

The Prairie View A&M University National Alumni Association is gearing up for its 40th National Convention on July 20-24, 2016 in San Antonio. More than 500 alumni and friends of PVAMU are expected to attend the four-day event, featuring workshops, seminars, class meetings and the awards ceremonies. For information visit: or call 936-857-5817.

Your prayers and encouragement are welcomed for Ada Beal, Irene Davis, C. Andrew Doyle, B. J. Freeman, Vanessa Jackson, Evelyn Jones, David Kirkpatrick, Willie Smith, Mary Ann Stubblefield, Arie Walker, Sandra Watson and Douglas Woolfolk. A special prayer for the victims of the recent rain storm and condolences to those who lives and properties were lost in the flood. May God’s peace be with you!

HAPPY APRIL BIRTHDAY GREETINGS TO: Charles T. Edwards (19), Brenda Lorrick (20), Cube Charleston (21), Margaret Foster (21), Lula Hall (21), Martha Jackson (21), Vera King (26, Theodis Shine (26), Vickie Seldon (26), Herbert Thomas (26), Florine Muse (27), Brenda Howard (28) and Erma Sadberry (28)

The members of the Prairie View Retired Teachers and Educational Personnel Association will expand their horizons this month. Instead of its regular meeting on April 27, the members are taking a cultural excursion to the Castles in Brenham, Texas. The group will resume their regular meeting on May 25 at 1:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall of St. Francis of Assisi at 204 Dooley Street. All interested parties are invited to join and attend. The association will host a Candidates Forum at this meeting for all persons seeking elected office. Mrs. Johnie Walker is the president.

The Prairie View Chamber of Commerce will host its meeting on April 29 at 6:00 p.m. in the George E. Higgs National Alumni Building on University Drive in Prairie View. All interested persons are invited to attend. Mr. George Higgs is the president.

A VIEW FROM THE HILL: Prairie View A&M University will host its

/news/2016/04/22/hall-of-fame-inventor-inductee-victor-b-lawrence-tapped-as-keynote-for-2016-industry-day/">Industry Day 2016 on April 27 from 9:30 am – 3:00 p.m. in the Willie A. Tempton, Sr. Memorial Student Center Ballroom. Industry Day provides an opportunity for organizations and companies to learn about the innovative projects and capabilities of the researchers at the university. Individual will learn about the process and opportunities for partnering to develop new and exciting technologies for commercialization.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Victor B. Lawrence, Senior Advisor to the Cyber Security and Information Communication Systems Research Center (CSICSR) which is funded by the Texas A&M University System Chancellor’s Research Initiative. Dr. Lawrence will be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. The event will be hosted by CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Mo Rocca. Dr. Lawrence is also a Distinguished Professor at Stevens Institute of Technology, and Chairman of Baharicom Development Co. He is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, For more information, call 936-261-1587.

The friends and colleagues of Dr. Freddie Frazier, retired professor of Mathematics at Prairie View A&M University will pay homage to Dr. Frazier in special Celebration and Scholarship Banquet on April 23 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Northwest America Plaza, 14919 Northwest Freeway in Houston. The event honors Frazier for 48 years of teaching, research and service and the many lives he impacted at the university. For information, call Kaymartha Dunn at 318-936-3162.

Happy 5th Anniversary to the members Collegiate 100 at Prairie View A&M University and thanks for many contributions you have made to the campus and the community at large. The Collegiate 100was reintroduced to the campus on April 18, 2011 with 22 dynamic and progressive young men. The organization was created at the university in 1994 but went on hiatus in 1997. The members a commemorating Collegiate 100 Week at the university April 17-24.

Until next week, in the words of President Lyndon B. Johnson, "enlightened loyalty requires that each citizen take the trouble to learn about, to discuss, to think through, the crucial issues of our time.” Keep the news and achievements coming to or P. O. Box 2906, Prairie View, TX 77446.

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