Wednesday, March 30, 2011

"Meet Me At The Fat Ho For Lunch" Waco, Texas

People around Waco have a new saying and it goes something like this: "Meet me at the Fat Ho for lunch". Ten days ago, a 20 something year old young woman started a new hamburger joint in Waco. To make her dream a reality, she sold just about everything of value that she owned. Her dream was to open up a hamburger restaurant and name it "Fat Ho Burgers". As they say in the movies, "the rest was history". Within hours of opening, this young and intelligent business woman was getting attention from the Waco news media and by the end of her first week of operation, people were lined up out the front door of "Fat Ho Burgers" waiting to order one of her hamburgers.

Of course, Waco is in the bible belt and for some folks the very idea that someone would open up a business here that not only offended one segment of the population (folks who are over weight), but a totally different second group who lets say are not filled with wholesome Christian values - caused some to openly ridicule and blast the name of this new business. There were even a few people who teach business as a career who offered to help this new business owner - if she would just change the name of her business to something more mainstream.

Fortunately, she did not listen to those who only see negatives when something new and different comes along and instead she kept her "Fat Ho Burgers" name. On Saturday, my wife and I drove by her restaurant to order a burger or two. However, when we were there at around 2pm, the line waiting to just get in the front door had well over 50 people in it. Over the past ten days, a new saying is being heard all over Waco at lunch time. That saying is not only funny, but it has also turned into one of the best business slogans of 2011. "Meet me at the Fat Ho for lunch". Current wait times to be served at "Fat Ho Burgers" are around one hour and so far thousands of people are willing to hang around that long - just to order one of their famous burgers.

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High Speed Police Chase Over, Suspect In Custody

On Wednesday morning, there was a high speed police chase through several cities in Bell County as a man who stole a leaf blower tried to evade police. As a chase that produced speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour progressed through Nolanville, Killeen and Harker Heights - it eventually ended in a non eventful way when the suspect pulled into a driveway and surrendered to police. There is no word at this time as to why the suspect stole the leaf blower or why he decided to run from the police.

There was a single gunshot fired during this incident. The origional police officer who attempted to stop the man, said the suspect tried to run him over with his car. After which the police officer fired a single shot at the then fleeing suspect. That gunshot did not hit the suspects car and fortunately no one else in the surrounding area was hit by it either. The mentality of criminals is something I have marveled at for most of my life. People who run from the police are almost always caught, so why does the next criminal really believe that they will be more successful at out running the police then the person before them?

When I was a kid, my dad use to tell me that I should never run from the police. He said, "son it doesn't matter how fast your car is, because no vehicle can outrun a police radio". 40 years later, I still remember those wise words from my father. I guess most of these criminals, who believe they can out run a police officer, did not have a wise dad like mine - who explained the facts of life to them. I'm glad no one was injured in the police chase through Bell County this morning.

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Melissa Jones In Tears After Baylor Loss To A&M

Thousands of Baylor fans learned Tuesday night that it is so much better to win then to lose. No one showed that expression of sadness more then did Baylor senior Melissa Jones. It's been a tough month for Melissa, as first an injury caused her to lose the sight in her right eye and then Tuesday night to see her lifelong dream of winning a national NCAA championship slip away forever. For all of the 2011 season, head coach Kim Mulkey has said that Melissa Jones was the glue that held the team together. No truer words have ever been spoken.

Sports competition teaches so much about real life and that is why Jones and the rest of the Baylor Lady Bears team will come out of the defeat against A&M on Tuesday night stronger individuals over time. Right now, it's so hard to put a positive face on the 2011 Baylor Lady Bears season, but in time all players and fans will be able to look back on this season with a sense of pride at what was accomplished. In addition to Melissa Jones, I want to express my pride in head coach Kim Mulkey. Once again - she has made all Baylor fans proud - not only with her coaching skills, but also in the way she keeps bringing a positive image to Baylor University.

There is no way to get over the deep sadness inside all Baylor Lady Bears fans today, but we will live to fight another day. Next year, I feel sorry for the coach or team who takes this fine group of young ladies for granted. Tonight, was the end of the road for senior Melissa Jones and while I'm sure she is sad that her basketball days at Baylor did not end with a national championship. In time, she will always be able to look back at what she accomplished with a team of excellent athletes at Baylor in 2011 and be able to smile with pride. I am so proud of the 2011 Baylor Lady Bears.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Is There An Increase In Violent Crime In Waco?

Two more people were murdered in Waco last night. That follows another murder Sunday morning. It appears that violent crime is on the rise in Waco and that's not good news. There are some people who blame rising crime rates on the poor economy, but I don't think bad financial times are the reason why murders are increasing in Waco. I do believe that the City of Waco should hire more police officers and put them on the streets in some of our worst neighborhoods. Late last night, it appears two men were murdered on Spring Street by a drive by shooting. On Sunday, that murder was the result of a family fight that spiraled got out-of-control.

It's not just in Waco, but in similar sized cities around the country where the murder rate seems to be climbing. While I do believe that petty crimes such as stealing might be affected by a poor economy, when someone decides to use a gun and murder someone else that has everything to do with personal morality. I also believe that drugs and alcohol play an important role when fights that use to end with a black-eye, now days end up with someone being shot and killed. When you add drug use, low morals and a firearm to the mix in any dispute - you are likely to find someone lying on the ground dead from a gunshot wound.

In some Waco neighborhoods - it is not safe for children or adults to leave their homes after dark. That is a real shame, because many of these neighborhoods were great places to raise a family only a few years ago. Much to my surprise, the City of Waco has been successful revitalizing downtown. Maybe as their next project, they should try and work that same magic on formerly great Waco neighborhoods, that have been taken over by gang-bangers and drug dealers? Waco is still a great place to live and it's a real shame that some residents can't enjoy all that this wonderful city has to offer, simply because they are prisoners in their own homes for half the day.

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Growing Number Of Bronchitis Cases In Waco

Until February, I had never suffer a single case of bronchitis. However, as April approaches - I have caught it two different times and as it turns out I am not alone. Hundreds of Waco residents have found themselves camped out at the doctors office in search of antibiotics to treat bronchitis. During the middle of February, I caught my first case of bronchitis and after a few days of suffering I went to the doctor. The doctor gave me Z-Pack to treat my lung infection and I was better within a few days.

Then, one month later, I felt the same symptom coming back again. This time I have decided to just let my body fight off the infection by itself with the hope that once I have a large enough immunity against bronchitis it won't come back again. During the past month, my wife has become ill with bronchitis too. She went to the same doctor for treatment, but her case of bronchitis is not clearing up as fast as mine did. After thinking about it, maybe the Z-Pack didn't cleared up anything - but instead just knocked down the infection for a short time only to have it come back again once I was finished taking it.

Many friends and coworkers have also come down with a severe cast of bronchitis recently and some of them have said that they too are not prone to suffering from it. I'm not sure what is going on in and around Waco this winter/spring, but I hope all of these bronchitis cases stop pretty soon. I am a terrible patient, because I do not like being sick at all. I feel sorry for the folks who have to be around me during this time - because I know that my mood and choice of words are not well spoken when I am sick. If you have suffered from bronchitis recently - I hope you start to feel better, soon.

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Fat Ho Burgers Waco - Prices & Menu

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People from all over the country are talking about Waco's newest restaurant Fat Ho Burgers. Some of the offerings on their menu are listed below. Prices are subject to change.
  • Supa Fly Ho with cheese (Single Burger Patty) $3.25
  • Supa Dupa Fly Ho with cheese (Double Burger Patty) $4.25
  • Supa Fly Ho with bacon & cheese $4.25
  • Fat Chicken Ho (Chicken Sandwich) $3.50
  • Bad Mamajama (4 meat, 3 cheese and and bacon) $6.00
  • Sloopy Ho Brisket $2.99
  • Toasty Ho (Meat & cheese on toast) $4.00
  • Summer Sausage Sandwich with cheese $3.00
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich $2.00
Fat Ho Burgers address: South 11th Street & I-35  Waco, Texas

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Waco's Fat Ho Burgers Getting Mixed Reviews

What goes up must go down and that is what the owner of Waco's Fat Ho Burgers is learning quickly. In the best start of any business in recent memory - Fat Ho Burgers went from nothing on Tuesday, when they opened, to garnering nationwide attention within a matter of hours. However, the new is quickly wearing off of Fat Ho Burgers as some folks who have eaten there say that the food quality is not as good as at other Waco restaurants. For me, the whole beauty of Fat Ho Burgers was never the quality of the food served there, but the unique sounding name that creates interest everywhere.

While some folks have complained about the taste of the food at Fat Ho Burgers, most people I have talked to said the food was just fine and they plan to eat there again sometime next week. Sadly, anytime someone comes up with an idea that no one else has thought of before - there are always a few people around willing and eager to say negative things about it. Frankly, some of the negative comments I have heard this week about Fat Ho Burgers were nothing more than sour grapes from people who wish they would have been the person to come up with this great idea in the first place.

People from all over the State of Texas are traveling to Waco this weekend to taste a Fat Ho Burger for themselves. So far, I have seen news reports about this new Waco restaurant on TV stations in Dallas, Houston and even on the Fox News Channel, nationally. This afternoon, my wife and I plan to visit Fat Ho Burgers and see what all the fuss is about ourselves. The American people love a rags to riches story and right now the owner of Fat Ho Burgers is the talk of the town and beyond because of her new restaurant. You've just got to love America where anything is possible.

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Willie Contreras/Leonard Nino Arrested For Nathan Romo Murder

Lorena Texas high school student Nathan Romo died on March 11th of this year after being shot in the head at a Waco park. Sadly, Romo's death was caused when he gave a friend a ride to that park - because the friend had a dispute with another man. Shortly after arriving at the park, gunfire rang out and one of those bullets struck young Nathan Romo in the head. When it became clear to the family that Romo's brain was no longer functioning - they donated his organs before he was removed from life support systems.

Willie Contreras is 28-years old, while Leonard Trey Nino is only 17. Both suspects in the murder of Nathan Romo were arrested on Friday after warrants for their arrest were issued. It is still not clear why gunshots rang out that March day which killed Romo. Likely the real truth will never be known, but at least Romo's family now has the knowledge that a case is being made against two people prosecutors believe to be responsible for his murder. It's terrible anytime a teenager is killed, but it just seems worse when a death comes at the hands of another, rather than in an auto accident or something else that is more understandable.

Not only is Nathan Romo a hero for telling his parents that he wanted to be an organ donor, but they are heroes too for honoring that request at the worst possible time in their lives. An arrest of suspects in Romo's murder will not bring him back to life, but in our society - the next best thing we have is a justice system that removes murders from our streets. Early indications suggest that one of today's arrested suspects has been cooperating with police, while the other one has not. I hope for the families sake that some real answers will be found as to why their son was shot and killed earlier this month. While those answers will never completely ease their grief, it's certainly better than nothing.

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Voter ID In Texas Is The Right Thing To Do

As Democrats in the Texas Senate tried to find ways to block "Voter ID" from becoming law, it became clear to me that what they were really trying to do was find a way to keep illegal people voting in elections in Texas. There is no valid reason why a person should not be required to show a valid photo ID when they vote. We all show a legal ID every time we cash a check or even when entering a nightclub on Friday night. While I do disagree with some stuff our conservative legislature in Austin is trying to push down our throats, "Voter ID" is a good idea and should be passed into law.

Only a fool or someone who hopes to gain the votes of an illegal immigrant would oppose such a simple and good law. As most voters stated in the last election, Americans and Texans are tired of business as usual coming from our elected officials. One of those practices is allowing anyone to show up on election day and vote for the candidate of their choice. To vote in Texas, a person must be a legal resident and how in the world will election workers know if they are unless the voter is required to show a legal Texas photo ID? Democrats in the Texas State Legislature are on the wrong side of this "Voter ID" issue and frankly it is making them seem like a supporter of allowing non legally registered voters to cast ballots on Election Day.

What has happened to the modern day democratic party in the State of Texas? Have they all sold their souls to liberals in Washington for so long now that they don't even know what being a real Texan means anymore? The only valid reason for not requiring every single voter in Texas to show a legal photo id when they vote is to allow people who should not be voting to evade the law and vote anyway. Every Texan who applies for a job, must show his or her employer a valid Texas Photo ID. Should we expect anything less when that same person shows up to vote for our future elected leaders?

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Fat Ho Burgers Draws National Attention

Within a few days of opening, a brand new restaurant in Waco is drawing national attention. The name of this new burger joint is "Fat Ho Burgers". The list of entrees on the menu are just as unusual and funny as the business name. Within hours of opening, a newspaper story in the Waco Tribune Herald told about this new business and it's unusual name. There have been some residents in Waco that do not like the business name, but the vast majority of people think the name is funny.

As word of this new Waco business with a funny sounding name spread, all three local TV stations visited "Fat Ho Burgers" to gather feedback from local patrons. To a person, everyone said the food was fantastic even though it's location is a bit hard to find. Then on Wednesday, a television station in Dallas / Fort Worth traveled to Waco to see for themselves what the big attraction was to "Fat Ho Burgers". The owner of Fat Ho Burgers is a young African-American woman in her 20's, who thought that a different sounding name for her business might draw positive attention. She was so right.

I have not visited Fat Ho Burgers yet, but my wife and I usually eat at all new Waco restaurants within the first few weeks after they open. From the looks of things, hundreds of people per day are current visiting Fat Ho Burgers and with publicity going statewide - it will likely be difficult to buy a burger at Fat Ho, unless the customer can wait a long time. It would not surprise me to wake up in the morning and find the "Today Show" or "Good Morning America" reporting live from Waco's Fat Ho Burgers. This new restaurant has caught on faster than any new business in this area in a long time.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Joyce Sturdivant Arrested For 2008 Murder Of Husband Joe

While many people in the Waco area were surprised by Wednesday's arrest of Joyce Sturdivant, others have been pointing fingers of blame at her for the murder of her husband for several years now. While I do not live in Robinson, I am friends with some people who do and many of them have always thought that Joyce was behind the murder of her husband, Joe. As the special prosecutor laid out his case against Joyce Sturdivant on the 10 o'clock news Wednesday night, it was almost as if he had been talking to the same people I had been listening to for the past couple of years about this case.

Everyone in the Robinson area who knew the Sturdivant's well, all had the same response when it was suggested that intruders entered Joe Sturdivant's home and murdered him. They all talked about his huge dogs that would never let anyone other than a family member near his house. However, on the night of his murder – those dogs were running free. We know this because the police were unable to get out of their cars until his wife Joyce put them up. That one fact has caused many residents of Robinson and friends and neighbors of Joe to doubt that he was murdered by intruders in a robbery gone bad situation.

Last night on KWTX, there was an interview with a good friend of Joyce Sturdivant who did a great job of vouching for her innocence. However, there must be more than hear say evidence against Joyce Sturdivant for a McLennan County grand jury to have indicted her in the murder of her husband. A future murder trial of Joyce Sturdivant will likely create as much or more interest than was generated by Matt Baker's trial last year. Joe Sturdivant was a generally well liked man who owned and operated a transmission business in this area for decades. Joyce Sturdivant will likely go on trial sometime early next year.

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Kitok's Restaurant Waco: Best Oriental Fries

Saturday night, my wife and I visited one of our favorite restaurants in Waco. Kitok's, is located on N. 18th Street and is not the easiest place to find for folks who live outside of town. Like other restaurants, we usually order the same thing during every visit. Tonight, we each ordered a hamburger and shared a large order of oriental fries. Folks, if you have not tried the oriental fries at Kitok's – you have been missing out on something very special to eat in Waco, Texas.

In recent years, new owners have taken over Kitok's Restaurant in Waco, but they did not change a thing about the looks of the place or the wonderful cooking that goes on behind those small closed doors. During the work week, it is not uncommon to see bank presidents eating at Kitok's side by side with construction workers. The great food at Kitok's appeals to everyone and the atmosphere inside is old-fashion and very laid back. However, the number one reason why people in Waco keep coming back to Kitok's time and time again is for the oriental fries.

Kitok's Restaurant is located at 1815 N. 18th Street. (about halfway between Waco Dr. and MCC). The restaurant is very small with seating accommodations for less than 50 people. If you want to be seated quickly, plan your visits during off-peak times during the mid-afternoon or in the early evening hours. Kitok's is closed on Sunday and Monday. Whether you are thinking about eating at Kitok's for the first time or you plan to dine there again, it's always a real treat to eat outstanding food from a little place that most people have never heard of.

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Nathan Romo's Gift Of Life To Strangers

On Friday, Scott & White hospital in Temple successfully harvested the organs of Nathan Romo. He was shot Monday night in a Waco park as he sat inside his car. Romo found himself at the wrong place at the wrong time as bullets struck the car in which he was sitting. Waco Police have not made an arrest in the case, but Friday afternoon they upped the charges against his shooter to murder. Nathan Romo was 17-years-old and played football and attended Lorena High School.

Romo's family said that even at his young age he wanted to be an organ donor, so they honored his final request as his organs were harvested at Scott & White hospital in Temple on Friday afternoon. It will take time to learn how many lives were saved with Romo's organs. However, in time – I believe Romo's family will have the opportunity to meet some of the people who were given a second chance at life by his generous donation. Organ donation involves a terrible twist of fate, because in order for someone to live – another person must die.

When Nathan Romo made the decision to help a friend by giving him a ride into Waco on Monday, I'm certain that he did not know that choice would result in his death. While a tragedy for Nathan Romo's family, this story should serve as a wake up call to other young people to prove that they are not immune to the violence of others. Most teenagers seldom see the dangers that surround them every day. Instead, they go about their business and usually only see the good in others. It must be difficult being the parent of a teenager these days. As adults we see and know first hand how dangerous the world around us can be. However, it is next to impossible to pass on those survival instincts to our children.

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