Friday, December 31, 2010

Stanford Ends Uconn's Winning Streak Before Waco Lady Bears

A few days ago, I wrote here that I believed it would be the Waco Lady Baylor Bears who would end the winning streak of the University of Connecticut (Uconn) Lady Huskies team. However, last night - Stanford beat the Lady Baylor Bears to that challenge, so the Uconn winning streak ends at 90 games. No sports team is invincible and no matter how good a team is, they will eventually find their way to defeat. That said, oh what a winning streak it was for the Uconn Lady Huskies - who racked up 90 straight victories. I can only image how the citizens of Waco would feel if our Lady Bears were riding a winning streak of almost 100 consecutive games.

Like millions of other fans around the country, I find myself impatiently waiting for March - when the best college basketball teams meet in Indianapolis to play in the Final Four of lady's basketball. Before last nights surprising victory by Stanford over Uconn, I was expecting to see the Lady Baylor Bears cruise into the finals with only Uconn standing in the way of them winning another national championship. However, I now need to add Stanford to my list of possible 2011 National Champions as they proved their worth "big time" against Uconn last night. Like has been the case in the past, it's hard to predict who might win the Final Four until late in February. Looks like 2011 will be no different.



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Waco Residents Take Up Arms To Defend Life & Property

On Thursday night, KWTX-TV (Channel 10) reported on two incidents, recently, where Waco area residents used firearms to protect their homes and businesses. The sad truth is, that crime is increasing and with law enforcement agencies being stretched thin - some Waco citizens are making the choice to arm themselves against criminals who wish to do them harm. What is happening in Waco right now, is no different than what has happened in the past when criminals are left to wander the streets - because of prison overcrowding and a lack of will among elected leaders to spend the money necessary to keep them locked up.

Just as in the past, most crimes are committed by career criminals who have little to no fear when they are arrested by police. Many times, criminals just work the criminal justice system to the point where they are either given a small prison sentence or no jail time at all. Some in the legal field call this the "revolving door" of Texas prisons, which are overcrowded on most days. When it comes election time, all politicians are on the side of "law and order", but something happens to them when they take office and start to look at what it costs taxpayers to fund long jail sentences for career criminals. Make no mistake, if you are the victim of a crime - more than likely the person who victimized you is a career criminal.

What politicians in Austin and Washington D.C. do not seem to understand is that people in rural states, like Texas, will not take being victimized sitting down. People in Waco and in other communities around Texas are well known for their willingness to take up arms and defend their families and property themselves, when the criminal justice system fails to serve the public. There are people I know that say the crime rate in Waco is greater now because of recession. I don't buy into that theory, because I consider violent crime a problem of character and not one of financial need. I expect more citizens in Waco to start buying guns, if local police and courts do not get career criminals off the streets for good.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Will Baylor's Lady Bears Put An End To UConn's Winning Streak?

As of today, the University of Connecticut (UConn) girls basketball team has won 89 games without a defeat. While this is record breaking news, about one month ago - the Baylor Lady Bears came within one point of ending the UConn winning streak, then. In 2010, there are two great teams, in the country, playing collegiate female basketball and those two teams are the University of Connecticut Huskies and the Baylor Lady Bears in Waco, Texas. If there is one team in the United States that has the potential to defeat the UConn Huskies', in 2010/2011, that team is Waco's Lady Baylor Bears.

The rivalry between Baylor and UConn in girls basketball has been growing for years. When it comes to girls basketball, there are no two better coaches than Kim Mulkey for the Lady Baylor Bears and Geno Auriemma for the University of Connecticut girls team. Even in 2010, with the Baylor Lady Bears ranked number two in the country - the one team that the Bears and everyone else has to beat to win a national championship is Auriemma's UConn Huskies. Waco's Baylor Lady Bears' will certainly have a chance to revenge their one point loss to the UConn girls when the holiday's give way to another season of Final Four games in March. However, will Kim Mulkey be able to lead her Lady Bears to a victory against a UConn team that right now seems unbeatable?

Of course, as a Waco resident - I believe that the Lady Baylor Bears can and will defeat Auriemma's Lady Huskies in the last game of the 2011 Final Four series. Right now, everyone in the sports world has elevated the Lady Huskies' to a level where most people don't believe they are beatable. However, in the world of sports - a huge winning streak like the one currently earned by the UConn Lady Huskies cannot and will not last forever. The big question is, when will the Baylor Lady Bears or some other great team put an end to UConn's undefeated status? Personally, I do not believe any team is good enough defeat UConn's girls basketball team this year - with the possible exception on Kim Mulkey's Baylor Lady Bears. Frankly, I cannot wait for the 2011 Final Four - when I hope that the Baylor Lady Bears stop Auriemma's Uconn Lady Huskies' flat in their tracks.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

I Am One Of The 7% (Inspirational Video Presentation)

Today, I was visiting Facebook and saw a inspirational video that brought tears to my eyes - because of what it had to say. Later in the day, I visited YouTube and found a copy of this video so I could embed it here for all to see. The holiday season for many is a time of stress and anger, because of the material nature of what Christmas has become in the modern age. After watching the video presentation below titled "I am one of the 7%", I found my heart full of joy and maybe this video will help you too.

Here in the Waco area, the streets are cluttered with last minute Christmas shoppers rushing to the mall to find those last minute gifts. Like in years past, far too many people will spend more money than they can afford on people who really won't be touched by their gifts of love. Those kind of people will always be around to mess up a good thing, like the birth of Jesus Christ, and as I have grown older I have found myself praying for them with compassion - instead of cursing them under my breath, because of their rudeness. The creator of the music video "I am one of the 7%" is asking people to forward this message around the Internet. If you wish to help, please copy and paste this web address: .... http://waconewsbeat.blogspot.com/2010/12/i-am-one-of-7-inspirational-video.html ..... inside an email message and title the subject line "I am one of the 7%". Happy Holidays!



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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Former KCEN-TV Anchor John Gilbert Joins KBTX In Bryan/College Station

Former, KCEN-TV News anchor John Gilbert has announced that he will be joining the news team at KBTX-TV in Bryan/College Station in January. Many Waco area residents will remember John Gilbert from his eight years anchoring the news on Channel 6 in the Waco, Temple and Killeen market. Several weeks ago, John Gilbert announced to views at KCEN-TV that he was leaving his job there and in later interviews he said that he would announce shortly where his new job would take him.

I have been impressed with the reporting and anchoring job John Gilbert has done at KCEN-TV and I have no doubt that he will soon be one of the most respected television news anchors in his new home in Bryan and College Station at KBTX-TV. In some ways, John Gilbert is returning home by moving from the Waco TV market - to just 90 miles south of Waco down Highway 6 to College Station. John Gilbert earned his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University in 1976, so the Bryan/College Station area will be familiar territory for him.

My sister attended Texas A&M in the early 1980's on a full tennis scholarship and she and her husband have called College Station, Texas home ever since. On special occasions and holiday's, my wife and I visit she and her family and I look forward to watching John Gilbert on television in College Station during our future visits. In my opinion, KCEN-TV's loss is KBTX-TV's gain in hiring a first class news anchor in John Gilbert. If memory serves me correctly, KCEN-TV was/is still a part of the cable television line-up in College Station, so many local residents there have most likely already seen Gilbert in action.

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Long Delays When Renewing Texas Drivers License

The wait time to receive a drivers license renewal in the mail from the State of Texas is currently around 45 days. Luckily, for most Texans - they only need to renew their drivers license every six years. For months now, I have heard horror stories from friends and coworkers about the hours of wait time when visiting the Texas DPS office in Waco. So, when my drivers license was about to expire in early December - I decided to use the online service provided by the State of Texas at http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/DriverLicense/. It took only a matter of a few minutes to renew my Texas drivers license there, so I expected that my renewal permit would follow in about three or four weeks.

When I renewed my Texas Drivers License on the Texas Department of Public Safety website, I was told that my renewal drivers license would be mailed within three to four weeks from the day I ordered it. However, it really took almost six weeks before my license finally arrived in the mail - which was about a week after the my old drivers license expired. Friday night, I checked that Texas DPS web page again at http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/DriverLicense/customer_service/Contact.asp and it now it says that Texas drivers licenses are taking between 35 and 45 days to arrive in the mail. I'm glad the DPS revised their website, because it is impossible to reach them on their posted telephone number of 512-424-2600. I tried to reach someone at that number for days, but it was always busy.

I know that the State of Texas, along with almost every other government agency in the country is trying to save money. My guess is that the reason it is taking so long waiting in line to renew a drivers license in Texas is because of budget cuts. However, even during tough economic times - the State of Texas needs to run a good ship - where state requirements, like a drivers license's, are handled in a professional and timely manner. Just be advised that if you are renewing your Texas drivers license in person, be prepared to wait in line two hours or more and if you have the choice of renewing online - please do so, but be aware that it will still take almost 45 days before your new or renewal Texas drivers license arrives in the mail.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Waco Women Arrested On Identity Theft Charges

Four local women are in custody tonight after a joint local and federal investigation found that they allegedly committed identity theft. Angela Cuellar, Yolanda Ramos, Diane Rivera, and Christine Elifritz are all in police custody after their arrest today. The criminal complaint against these four Waco women claims that while Angela Cuellar was employed by Integrated Biometrics Technology, she stole background applications from the company, which should have been destroyed. Angela Cuellar was employed by Integrated Biometrics Technology from March through July of 2008. It is unclear right now, how much damage was done to the credit histories and reputations of the people who found their most personal information (Social Security Numbers and Dates of Birth) in the wrong hands.

If these charges are eventually proven beyond a responsible doubt to a jury, all four of these women could face 15 years or more in prison. Early reports suggest that many of the applications that were allegedly stolen by Cuellar were from applicants in the field of education. Fingerprint Applicant Services of Texas (FAST) is a service that is used by administrators in education to check out the background information of people they are expecting to hire as employees. The information that is required for these background checks, includes a persons Social Security Number, Date of Birth and other private information. I wonder why a new employee was granted unsupervised access to all this private information and also why there were not better checks and balances to make sure the information was not removed from this business?

Identity Theft has become a billion dollar problem in the United States and it appears that this serious crime is not slowing down. For thousands of people each year, the unwanted news that someone they don't even know has stolen their identity and racked up thousands of dollars worth of debt without their knowledge - must be a horrifying thing to experience. My personal opinion is, that with the popularity of easy/fast credit in recent years, the act of identity theft has grown quicker simply - because most retailers want to sell their products to consumers without any wait time. More on this story as it develops.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Police Arrest Jose Maria Garcia After Crime Spree Yesterday

The alleged man behind a violent crime spree in the Waco area yesterday was arrested today in a traffic stop in Killeen, Texas. Jose Maria Garcia was taken into custody, after his ex-wife called police and told them where he was located. Yesterday afternoon, during an attempted traffic stop - Jose Garcia allegedly ran from a deputy who was trying to stop him, wrecked his car and then proceeded to drive his damaged vehicle into the deputy - trapping him between his car and the door. A short time later, Garcia showed up at a Bruceville, Tx Cefco convenience store where he shot a man from Tennessee several times and stole his car. The deputy was treated and released from Scott & White Hospital, but the man who was shot is still a patient at Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco.

As of right now, no one seems to know why Jose Garcia allegedly decided to go on a crime spree Monday afternoon. However, folks in and around the Bruceville-Eddy area will certainly sleep better tonight knowing that an arrest has been made in this case. Garcia is a temporary contract for Northrop Grumman on Fort Hood. The injured parties in Monday afternoons crime spree are, Falls County Sheriff’s Deputy Lou Lourcey and the civilians name who was shot before his car was stolen is Clark McCabe from Nashville, Tennessee. At last report, Mr. McCabe was still listed in serious condition at Hillcrest Medical Center.



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Monday, December 13, 2010

Extreme Home Makeover Salado (100th Episode)

Sometime in February, the ABC hit show Extreme Home Makeover will celebrate it's 100th episode and that show will profile an injured solider (Patrick Zeigler) and his new bride (Jessica Zeigler). On Sunday, local Waco ABC television station KXXV-TV (Channel 25) was on hand when Extreme Home Makeover host Ty Pennington spoke his trademark phrase: "Move That Bus". For almost one week, thousands of volunteers from Central Texas and beyond - pitched in with free labor to turn a home that was not friendly to a wounded warrior - into a classic homestead that any human being would be proud to call home. Knowing that my own friends and neighbors from Waco, Temple and Killeen were willing to show up and give of their time to help out this brave American, gives me goose bumps.

I am not a regular viewer of Extreme Home Makeover on ABC-TV, but you can bet that I will be watching in February when the Zeigler families new home is profiled on national television. According to broadcast reports from KXXV-TV, thousands of people were on hand Sunday afternoon when Extreme Home Makeover filmed the last segment of their show about Patrick Zeigler. Another positive aspect of Extreme Home Makeover's visit to Central Texas was the fact that for the first time in my memory, KWTX-TV covered an event where another local television station was being made the center of attention. While Waco's Channel 10 did not mention the name of the TV show that made Patrick Zeigler's dream of a home makeover possible, they did cover the story and and in doing so did the right thing during this holiday season.



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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Best Steaks In Waco Found At 135 Prime

For the second time in as many years, my company Christmas party was held last night at 135 Prime Restaurant in Waco. When it comes to high end dinning, there is no better place to eat than 135 Prime. At last years Christmas party, I dinned on a New York Strip steak and this year I picked their delicious Filet steak. Both the New York Strip and the Filet were easily the best steak meals I have enjoyed in Waco in the past 25 years. Last night, my wife thoroughly enjoyed the Salmon at 135 Prime. The drinks, appetizers and atmosphere were outstanding as well. While there are many good restaurants to enjoy a meal at in the Waco area, there are only a handful of places that even come close to a restaurant like 135 Prime - which I consider to be at least four and maybe even a Five Star establishment.

Everyone who loves to dine out, knows that great food is only one part of what makes a restaurant exceptional. At Waco's 135 Prine, not only is the food second to none in the area - but the atmosphere is perfect, especially around the holiday season. There are backrooms available at 135 Prime, which have expanded seating for large parties - like the one my company held this weekend. It's extremely easy to lose yourself from the first minute you enter 135 Prime. The front door entrance gives a full display of most of the restaurant, but the dim lighting causes this very open experience to seem very personal - even though other patrons are very near by.

Finally, I would like to complement the waiter staff that took care of us at 135 Prime. No one could ask for a better group of people than the ones who waited tables at 135 Prime during our company Christmas Party. There are probably one hundred restaurants or more in the Waco area that serve steak. Over the past 20 plus years I have sampled most of them. Like many of you, I consider a great steak dinner just another part of enjoying a Texas lifestyle. If you are looking for cheap steak, then 135 Prime is not the place for you. However, if you really what to pull out all the stops and take a special person to an outstanding restaurant in the Waco, Texas area - then 135 Prime is the place to go.

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Dan Henderson Of Uncle Dan's BBQ Is A Waco Legend

Friday night, the wife and I visited a local Waco restaurant where we received a great meal and a wonderful dining experience. We have eaten at this restaurant many times over our 20 plus year marriage and we have never been disappointed with either the service or the food. The name of this restaurant is Uncle Dan's Barbecue, located on Lake Air drive just past Valley Mills. While the food is always good when we visit Uncle Dan's, the reason we keep returning to this establishment is because of it's owner Dan Henderson. Dan is a Waco legend, because he has served his famous dishes and outstanding BBQ sauce to regular and famous people all over the world. Sadly, with all the restaurant choices now available in the Waco area - it has been several months since our last visit to Uncle Dan's.

While we were going through the serving line, on Friday night, owner Dan Henderson came up and shook my hand and I commented to him that he never seemed to age that much. While we were dinning on brisket, sausage, turkey and their delicious yellow potato salad, we were entertained on the piano by a nice lady who was playing Christmas music. Unlike national chain restaurants, where there is a long line when waiting to be seated on a Friday night, Dan's BBQ in Waco, while busy - got us through the serving line quickly, so we would have time to enjoyed some of his wonderful BBQ meat and sauce. I also love to eat the cherry pie at Uncle Dan's. Unlike other restaurants, Uncle Dan's deserts seem to be made fresh at all hours of the day and night.

As we were leaving Uncle Dan's BBQ on Friday night, I remember feeling a little bit guilty because it had been several months since we had visited there for a meal. Uncle Dan's owner Dan Henderson is one of the hardest working men I have ever met. In addition to running his business on Lake Air Drive in Waco, he also owns another BBQ restaurant in Hewitt - that has one of the best drive through businesses in the area. Some folks may remember that Uncle Dan (Dan Henderson) served many special occasions at the President Bush family ranch when he was President of the United States. However, many of you might not remember that Uncle Dan has also catered many special events outside of Waco and even in foreign countries. If you have not visited a good home grown restaurant in a long time, one of your best choices is Uncle Dan's BBQ on Lake Air Drive in Waco and on Hewitt Drive in Hewitt.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Did Waco Woman Start Fire That Almost Killed Her?

On Thursday, the Waco Fire Department issued an arrest warrant for Jennifer Matthews who was badly burned in a house fire in March of this year. Originally, Matthews told police that she had been kidnapped. For months, Jennifer Matthews underwent treatment for her severe burns at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. According to TV news reports on Thursday night, police have been unable to question Matthews about the fire that injured her to date. While Matthews has not been available for questioning by Waco police and fire department officials, investigators have been busy putting together exactly what happened that day in March when neighbors rushed to save Jennifer Matthews life after she ran from the garage of her own home engulfed in flames.

An employee of a gas station located at Valley Mills and Hilltop Drive told police that he remembered Jennifer Matthews when she came into his store to buy a gas container the day a fire, started with gasoline, broke out at her home. Police also, reportedly have video surveillance from the same gas station, which shows Matthews buying that gas container and filling it with gasoline at the same station shortly thereafter. According to Waco Fire Department officials, they have been trying to get Jennifer Matthews to turn herself in - but so far they have not heard anything from her. Fire department officials told reporters on Thursday night, that they hope Jennifer Matthews will turn herself in.

I still remember when I first heard about this story back in March. At the time, I remember hearing friends and coworkers talking about being afraid - because an alleged kidnapper was at large in Waco. I still hold out hope that Jennifer Matthews did not bring this tragedy on herself and I also hope that she will come forward and either help clear her name or face the truth of what she did. In addition to facing justice in a court-of-law, if Jennifer Matthews did start the fire that critically injured herself - she also owns the citizens of Waco an apology for creating a sense of fear and danger among Waco residents that did not really exist.

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Extreme Home Makeover Comes To Waco-Temple-Killeen

As most of you probably already know, the hit ABC TV show "Extreme Home Makeover" is filming in Central Texas this week. The show, searches around the nation to find families in need - who are living in substandard or worse housing situations. Patrick Zeigler and his fiance Jennifer Hansen are currently on an all expense paid vacation in Las Vegas - while scores of local residents and home building experts are putting a face-life on Zeighler's home near Salado, Texas. I have watched Extreme Home Makeover in the past and I think the work they perform for the needy is outstanding. While vacationing in Las Vegas, Patrick Zeigler and his fiance Hansen received another surprise, when Extreme Home Makeover producers surprised them with an all expense paid wedding when they return home to Central Texas.

Patrick Zeigler is an injured member of the United States Armed forces. Injuries he suffer in war while defending our country have made it very difficult for him to live in his current home, without some major modifications. Like they have done so many times before, Extreme Home Makeover has brought all the right people together to completely remodel the home of Patrick Zeighler within the span of only a few days. Until Extreme Home Makeover decided to help Patrick Zeigler, I don't recall a remodeling effort by them in the Central Texas area. When it comes to US soldiers who are injured in the line-of-duty, there is no limit most Waco area residents will to go to in order to help these brave citizens.

Sometime around the beginning of this weekend, Extreme Home Makeover will be finished with their work on Patrick Zeigler's home. I saw a few photographs on the Internet today of the progress being made out in Salado on his home and already I can tell that something special has been going on this Christmas right in our own backyard. To the people behind ABC Extreme Home Makeover, the dozens of volunteers who are giving of their time and Patrick Zeigler who was injured while serving this great country during war-time, I would like to say thank you. I have known that the Waco/Central Texas area has been a great place to live for well over 25 years now and the reason I continue to call this area my home is because of residents and professionals who are doing the right thing in Salado this week.

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

KCEN-TV (Waco) Replaces John Gilbert With Doug Currin

KCEN-TV announced yesterday that Doug Currin will be joining their 5,6 & 10pm news beginning in January of 2011. A few weeks ago, former KCEN-TV news anchor John Gilbert announced that he was leaving the station after eight years of service. According to a bio, recently released on the KCEN-TV website, Doug Currin most recently worked in the news business for WBRE-TV in Scranton, Pennsylvania. In addition to his anchoring duties at WBRE, Currin has interviewed many famous and important people over the years including: Hillary Clinton, John McCain and former President Jimmy Carter.

Not long ago, KCEN-TV was sold to Dallas based "London Broadcasting Company". Since that change in ownership at KCEN-TV, there have been two big departures from their Waco-Temple-Killeen station. The first person was a well liked lady by the name of Kelley Barr - who was fired from her position over one year ago. Then about a week ago, the other half of that anchoring team - John Gilbert decided to quit his job. It's not clear whether or not London Broadcasting wanted to change both news anchors at KCEN-TV, but in hindsight that is exactly what happened. While I don't wish any ill will on current anchor Myra Arthur or Doug Currin who will replace John Gilbert in January - I will say that both new KCEN-TV news anchors have some pretty big shoes to fill.

I have lived in Waco since 1983. Over that period of time I have seen large market media companies come and go in the Waco-Temple-Killeen TV market. Many times in the past, new owners of TV stations in the Waco area have mistakenly thought that well polished, good looking news anchors are just what this market needs. However, large media companies many times underestimate the loyalty Waco-Temple-Killen residents place in anchors who have been around and stood the test of time. In Dallas, Houston or San Antonio it might make sense to bring in nice looking and well polished news anchors to improve the ratings at a TV station - but that same system does not work in Central Texas. The decision to fire Kelley Barr and now with the voluntary choice to quit made by John Gilbert, my hope is that London Broadcasting will give Myra Arthur and Doug Currin enough time for local residents to get to know them, before they make another change.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Five People Save Four Lives In Marlin Texas Fire

On Monday, a Christmas miracle came early in the City of Marlin, Texas as five new hero's were born. Instead of walking away when a neighbor was in need, five citizens of Marlin, Texas put themselves in harms way to save someone else. The names of those brave Marlin residents are - Pearlie Mitchel - Jammie Steele - Carlton Haynes - Rodney Scruggs and Lahazel Davis. On Monday afternoon, sometime around 2pm, a house caught on fire at Commerce and Conoly in the City of Marlin, Texas. Inside that home were four people - an adult woman and three children. When these new hero's arrived on the scene, the woman and a child were laying in the doorway of the burning home - while the other two children were still inside the burning house.

Without a thought for their own personal safety, five regular citizens took it upon themselves to rush into the flames of a fully engulfed house fire and save this woman and three children from possible death. The fire chief in Marlin, Texas (Curtis Keener) became emotional as he told reporters at the scene about the bravery of these five citizens who saved the lives of four other people before the fire department arrived. Fire Chief Curtis Keener said the he will call attention to the bravery of these remarkable citizens the next time the Marlin City Council meets. Someone told me once that no human being really knows exactly what they will do when called upon to risk their own life to save someone else until that time comes. This story bares out that wisdom.

The City of Marlin is located about 30 miles from Waco, Texas. I have traveled through there on many occasions in my travels to visit friends and family in the Bryan-College Station area. Little did I know during those trips through Marlin that there were some future local resident hero's that did not even know they existed before Monday. In the spirit of Christmas, nothing makes me feel better about the Waco area than knowing that we have hero's living around here - who will put their lives on the line to save people they do not or hardly know. Once again, the names of these new Central Texas hero's are ( Pearlie Mitchel - Jammie Steele - Carlton Haynes - Rodney Scruggs and Lahazel Davis) and may God bless them all.

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Did Waco Police Make Mistakes In Thanksgiving Death?

Rodney Green, of Waco, is dead and three Waco police officers are on administrative leave after a strange traffic accident on Thanksgiving Day 2010. 36-year-old Rodney Green was involved in a one car traffic accident on Thanksgiving Day and shortly thereafter he was none responsive, taken to a Waco hospital and declared dead. It's what happened in the middle of this story that is making some Waco resident wonder if three local police officers acted within police department guidelines that day. The most troubling part of this story is that when a person is involved in a traffic accident, Waco police are send to the scene to gather evidence and help injured people. However, rather than helping Rodney Green - their actions might have lead to his death.

According to Waco police reports, when they arrived at the scene of Rodney Green's traffic accident - he was not acting right and became combative with the police. Somewhere in the middle of all of this, one Waco police officer drew his or her taser weapon and shocked Rodney Green to try and get him to comply with their commands. This tasering of Rodney Green occurred after he was placed in leg restraints, which he broke apart according to police reports. Shortly after Waco police used a taser weapon against Rodney Green, he stopped responding at all to police officers and at that point an ambulance was called to take him to the hospital where he later died.

There were some suggestions that Rodney Green may have been under the influence of some type of drug at the time of his traffic accident, but those reports have not been confirmed at this time. Mr. Green's body was sent to the medical examiners office in Dallas for an autopsy and full toxicology screening that might take up to 12 weeks to be completed. Right now, the biggest question is whether or not these three Waco police officers followed proper department procedure in this case? Time and further investigation will determine, if all or any of these police officers overreached that day. There are strict rules on the use of deadly and less than deadly force in the Waco Police Department and a full investigation by the Waco PD, DA's office and Dallas Medical Examiner will hopefully get to the bottom of what really happened that day.

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

KCEN-TV (Waco) Anchor John Gilbert Quits News Job

Tuesday night, KCEN-TV's John Gilbert told views that he would not be returning as an anchor on the 6pm and 10pm news. I am sorry to see John Gilbert leave the Central Texas TV market, because I thought he was doing a fantastic job anchoring the news on KCEN-TV. A little over one year ago, John Gilbert's co-anchor Kelley Barr was fired from KCEN-TV and replaced by Myra Arthur. Soon, there will be two new faces on KCEN-TV news and I wonder if that is really such a good thing for the TV station? Most people who watch local TV for their news in the Waco area tend to like consistency and not constant turnover - especially in the people who sit in the anchor chair.

For the past eight years of John Gilbert's employment at KCEN-TV, I have tuned in nightly to their broadcast to catch up on what has been happening around the Waco area. Now that both Kelley Barr and John Gilbert are no longer anchors on KCEN-TV, I will consider watching either KWTX or KXXV for local news in the future. I am one of those middle aged folks who likes to see consistency in the position of news anchor and with two news anchor departures at KCEN-TV within the past year - there won't be much consistency left for local viewers to appreciate. From all outward appearances, John Gilbert left KCEN-TV on good terms - but his contract with the TV station will not allow him to work at another TV station in the Waco market for the next year.

Change is just a normal part of life, but after Kelley Barr's firing and now the voluntary choice of John Gilbert to quit as anchor on the prime-time edition of KCEN-TV news, I really wonder what is going on behind the scenes at this television station now that it is under new ownership. Sometimes new owners of television stations, what to make quick changes in on-air personalities with the hope that their efforts will translate into higher ratings and increased advertising revenues. Sadly, many outside owners of local Waco television stations make the mistake of thinking that well polished bubble headed anchors that do well in larger markets like Dallas - will somehow also help their ratings prospects in Waco and the rest of Central Texas.