Fred, my son Mark and I were deer hunting. The two of them went one direction from the camp, the first morning, and some other hunters dropped me off in the opposite direction. When I was through hunting I decided to walk back to camp. That evening I walked back again. However, it seemed like I would never get back to camp.
Mark asked me if it was a very long walk? I said, “Well I can tell you this, son, it seemed twice as far in the dark as it did in the light!”
“I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth.” (Isaiah 42:16)
R & L Auto Supply established in 1984 is located on FM 1409 in Old River-Winfree. They are definitely not just an Auto Parts Store. Time is money, so if you need most anything you can find in a hardware store, R&L has it.
Friendly and very knowledgeable staff with superb customer service. Down home, country friendliness awaits you.
Stop by and visit! You may be surprised at what they have to offer! More to come as we near the Classic Car and Truck Show October 11, 2014.
This is a video from 2011. Look how they’ve changed!
As I sat down at home for lunch with my wife, I looked at her, reached over and took off her glasses and said, “Why do you have on my reading glasses?”
“Well, that explains a lot! I’ve cleaned them twice and even turned on more lights and still couldn’t see. I was beginning to think I needed a new prescription!” She said.
Has a wrong view blinded you to the things of God? Jesus offers sight to all who will see, just like He did for the blind man in John 9:25, who testified, “One thing I know: Once I was blind, but now I see!”
The Texas flag is composed of a blue stripe for loyalty, a white stripe for purity, a red stripe for bravery, and a lone star for unity. It flies at the same height as the U.S. flag in Washington, D.C. When Texas was engaged in the cause for her independence, Texans were encouraged to “show your colors” as a symbol of allegiance and determination.
For the believer, the Bible teaches us to always show our colors, allegiance to the cause of Jesus Christ. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.” (Romans 1:16)
Everyone in the Old River-Winfree Community is doing the Happy Dance in anticipation of the new Walmart Complex opening.
Some of the new Employees and contractor’s working at the complex stop in at Sam’s Express on FM 1409 in Old River-Winfree and suggest the date is September 10th.
The Walmart on Garth in Baytown has reached its capacity causing loyal customers to turn away from shopping there because of the long lines at checkout and crowded parking lots. Loosing customers is not something Walmart wants to see.
So, with the new Walmart opening, they know their customers will be coming back to that location AND, at the same time, provide a convenient place for us to shop and eat without driving on the congested Garth Road
Below is the updated map of what our area has to look forward to:
I was hurrying to get the trash can to the street so I would not miss the garbage truck. Dana was calling out to me to stop. When I turned, I saw she was holding a small bag of garbage in her hand and telling there was a large bag in the kitchen. I was about to put out some garbage, but certainly not all of it.
“But now you must also rid yourselves of ALL (garbage) such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.” (Colossians 3:8)
It’s always a joy to look toward heaven, but this weekend will make it especially grand! The largest Supermoon of 2014 and the Perseids Meteor Shower at the same time will be occurring! Grab the mosquito spray and “get outside”!
Like all full moons, this month’s full moon on August 10 has many names. It’s the Sturgeon Moon in North America, harking back to bygone centuries when this large fish roamed plentifully in the Great Lakes and Hudson Bay. The August full moon is also known as the Green Corn Moon or the Grain Moon. In 2014, the August 10 full moon also gives us this year’s closest supermoon. According to NASA, this full moon will be 14% closer and 30% brighter than other full moons of the year.
As measured from the centers of the Earth and moon, the August 10 full moon lies 356,896 kilometers (221,675 miles) away. The moon and Earth won’t make such a close encounter again until the full moon of September 28, 2015, at which time the two will only be 19 kilometers closer together.
At United States’ time zones, the moon will turn full on August 10 at 2:09 p.m. EDT, 1:09 p.m. CDT, 12:09 p.m. MDT and 11:09 a.m. PDT.
August 10 also brings the start of the “Old Faithful” of meteor showers, the Perseids.
The prolific Perseids show up once a year, in August, filling the night sky with as many as 80 shooting stars an hour.
Super moons bring with them 30% more light. That’s a problem as it makes the meteors less visible.
Still, the two events together make this a good few days to spend some time outside at night.
The shower’s peak will come in the hours before dawn Aug. 11-13, Burress says.
Look in the constellation Perseus, which is just to the left of the Pleiades, the Seven Sisters constellation, in the northeastern portion of the sky.
Normally, a bright moon would dim the visibility of meteors, but the Perseids have bright meteors, so “it’s not a complete washout,” Burress says. “But it won’t be nearly as good as it would if the moon wasn’t up.”
Another option is to look as night falls, when the moon is low in the east, according to Alan MacRobert, senior editor at Sky & Telescope magazine.
If you’re lucky, you might see some Earth-grazing Perseids. These are unusually long and graceful meteors, less frequent but quite lovely.
This year’s Perseid shower won’t be the wild, showy 80 meteors per hour that can happen when they arrive during moonless nights. Even so, a shooting star or two reminds us that looking heavenward is always rewarding.
And if you don’t see a meteor, you’ll still get to see a super moon.
Gov. Rick Perry has launched a public service announcement (PSA) to raise awareness of state resources available to help Texas veterans navigate the Veterans Administration (VA) health care system. Texas has increased staffing for the Texas Veterans Hotline in response to failures by the VA system to adequately care for our nation’s veterans.
“Texas has a long and proud tradition of taking care of those who protect and defend our freedom,” Gov. Perry said. “As Texans and Americans, it is our responsibility to step up where others have fallen short and to make sure our veterans know we are grateful for their service and will honor the commitments our nation has made to them. It’s my sincere hope the confirmation of Robert McDonald as VA Secretary begins the process of fixing this broken agency and the broken promises to our veterans.”
In addition to increasing staff for the Texas Veterans Hotline, on June 12, 2014, Gov. Perry asked Texas hospitals and medical clinics to open their doors to Texas veterans who have faced bureaucratic challenges in accessing health care through the VA. More than 300 hospitals and clinics have responded across the state, but cannot begin treating VA patients until the VA gives them authorization and ensures timely reimbursement of the cost of care provided.
The Texas Cable Association and Texas Association of Broadcasters will air the PSA on their respective member networks and on-line throughout the state. The PSA directs veterans to call the Texas Veterans Hotline at 1-800-252-8387 (VETS) for assistance with accessing VA health care benefits.
The Texas energy boom may be going south – south of the border, that is – as Texas oil and gas companies explore new business possibilities that are opening up throughout Mexico.
The nationalized energy industry of Texas’ southern neighbor and top trading partner is undergoing a sea change. Reversing 76 years of government policy, Pemex (Petróleos Mexicanos), Mexico’s state-run oil and gas monopoly, is opening itself to partnerships – and its fields to exploration and production (E&P) – by private firms. Many Texas-based O&G service companies already subcontract in Mexico, but allowing foreign E&P is a whole new ballgame.
“I didn’t think I’d ever see it in my lifetime,” observed Eric Potter, associate director of the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin. He and his colleagues have conducted extensive research on various O&G formations for Pemex.
While Mexico is already one of the world’s oil-producing giants, economists believe its E&P growth potential is quite strong, given the country’s vast amounts of untapped deposits. The two big unanswered questions now are how attractive Mexico’s business terms will be and how much oil and gas it can supply reliably and profitably.
In December 2013, Mexico’s state legislatures ratified a constitutional amendment that ended decades of public control over both the nation’s electricity and oil and gas industries. Though advanced by an effective coalition, it was still a hard sell given the government’s longstanding, deep-seated dependency on Pemex. Mexico derives 35 percent of its federal budget from oil and gas revenue, according to Alejandra León, associate director of Latin America – Downstream Oil for global economic analysis firm IHS/CERA. Pemex sends the government 65 percent of its income, according to Potter, limiting what’s available for reinvestment. Indeed, energy stagnation due to a lack of development resources bolstered the argument that Mexico would prosper if it brought in private and foreign investors.
Not surprisingly, some critics continue to suggest that Mexico will be shortchanged in the bargain. As Potter notes, the devil is always in the details. The Mexican congress is slowly modifying numerous laws and enacting new ones to implement the transition. The government also is determining how much of its resources Pemex will retain and what will be up for grabs. The outcomes will determine just how much investing there will be in Mexico’s brave new energy world.
Pemex will become one of many players, Potter said, but it will have more flexibility to sell greater interests in what it retains. This will, in turn, generate more operating capital. Given its historical dependence on oil, the Mexican government may still take a sizable cut of E&P revenue, León said, regardless of who is generating it. Nevertheless, both Potter and León think the initial impact of the new law could benefit firms across the entire E&P spectrum, from independent producers to the major global oil companies, perhaps including some Mexican entrepreneurs as well. Potter added that some investors might even negotiate deals and transfer them to others.
“The overall pie should grow, even though Pemex’s share will decrease,” he predicted.
What’s In It For Me?
While not outright privatization, the new agreements are expected to be more lucrative than the current performance-based service contracts first allowed in 2008, according to analysts at PFC Energy, a subsidiary of IHS.
They expect Mexico to offer three types of contractual arrangements:
Licenses (permits similar to concessions) and contracts for sharing production and profits. Licensees are paid in oil and gas produced.
Production contracts, which earn holders a percentage of what’s produced and to which they hold title. Both licenses and production contracts allow booking of reserves. Being more lucrative, production contracts are more likely to be applied to higher-risk operations.
Profit-sharing contracts. Contract holders are paid in cash based on a percentage of earned profits. They own none of the resources but can book their shares of the revenue.
Potter suggested that the business terms – royalties, taxes, and contractual obligations – that emerge will be key. He said potential investors also will need to consider where the opportunities are located and their types.
The opportunities won’t be immediate, says León, and Mexico’s E&P likely won’t be competitive in the near term. “Pemex must decide what it will keep,” she explained.
To date, in what has been dubbed “Round Zero,” Pemex is opting to relinquish its northern Mexico shale plays and some of its deepwater offshore holdings. Both are expensive enterprises requiring extensive, and very different, expertise.
Potter believes it is too early to predict how attractive Mexico’s shale oil and gas plays will be in areas where the geology is complex and largely untested. Pemex has drilled only a half dozen wells in its portion of the Eagle Ford shale compared to more than 8,000 in Texas, he pointed out. Security also is a concern, given that portions of the formation extend southward beneath areas subject to control by Mexican drug cartels. However, there are other similar shale plays in Mexico that may also lure enhanced recovery firms.
Pemex’s deepwater presence in the Gulf of Mexico is currently next to nothing, so it, too, is ripe for development. But only the more financially sound, technically sophisticated players need apply.
Hurry Up and Wait
Mexico’s energy ministry has until mid-September to decide if Pemex has the capacity to manage and develop the resources it wants to retain or open any of them up to competitive bidding. Then, over the next few years, it must prove itself capable of doing so. Short term, León said, there will be two concurrent systems: one for existing projects and a parallel regulatory framework for newly developed areas. The transition won’t be complete until 2016. Regardless of what the new regulations are, Potter said, they must be administered fairly and ethically in order to work.
The impact on global markets and prices is uncertain. But Potter is confident that the ripple effects in Texas will be positive and pervasive.
While a bit of a mixed metaphor, Potter’s observation is economically true nonetheless: “A drilled well is just the tip of the iceberg.”
Most likely you are not aware that the filing date to get on the ballot for the November 4, 2014 Elections is here.
There are three positions on the Old River-Winfree City Council coming up for re-election or replacement.
This is your time to make a difference in our community.
No one in Old River-Winfree seems to know these date or doesn’t want to get involved and that is a shame. We need younger people to fill our City Government; to step up with new ideas, fresh perspectives. This will bring new energy into our community and guide us into the future always looking out for the interest of the citizens of Old River-Winfree.
We need the citizens in Old River-Winfree between the ages of 35-55 with life experiences, both personal and business for these three positions.
Question: Can you name the current council members of Old River-Winfree? Do you even know who the Mayor is?
All you need to do is click on the link below and read up on what serving in our town would involve and some rules and regulations.
A couple of quick things to know: To put your name on the Ballot to run for City Council, just go by the Old River-Winfree City Office and ask the City Secretary for an application. Pretty simple really. You must be a resident of Old River-Winfree and pass a background check. Any other information you can glean from the information below.
If you think you or someone you know could really benefit our town, please pass this on to them. It’s either time for a change or to continue with the old status quo (state of affairs of Old River-Winfree continuing the way they have been). Your decision!
Last night around 1:00 a.m. residents were woken by some breaking in to their shed. Chambers County Sheriff’s Department was called and responded immediately.
Be diligent and watch over yourselves and your neighbors. Be your own Neighborhood Watch. If you see something suspicious report it to the Sheriff’s Department.
For non-emergency Phone: 409-267-2500 or call 911 in the Old River-Winfree area in case of an emergency.
Be diligent and take a few precautions that we all know, but need to be reminded of from time to time.
1. Lock your doors
Keep all doors and windows locked. It may sound obvious, but many burglaries are actually unforced – meaning thieves gain entry through back doors and open windows.
2. Invest in an alarm
House alarms are a great deterrent – but only if they are switched on! A false alarm is better than having treasured possessions stolen or being woken by someone in your home during the wee hours.
3. Scare thieves with a sensor light
Motion sensors put burglars off as crooks don’t want to be under the spotlight when up to no good. The higher up you place them, the wider the area they illuminate.
4. Hide any valuables
Don’t leave valuables such as laptops, iPads and games consoles out in full view. Thieves want easy and valuable targets they can grab and carry. Portable devices are just what they are looking for.
5. Keep keys out of sight
Keep your keys away from the front door. A small hand or a bent piece of wire through the letterbox and a skilled thief could snatch your house and car keys.
6. Unplug electricals
Electrical items such as hair straighteners, irons and clothes dryers are a fire risk if left switched on and unattended. Unplug electricals and check things are switched off before you head out.
7. Fake it
Give the illusion that someone is home by drawing curtains and using timer switches to bring lamps on at different times and maybe a radio to help foil anyone who may be nosing around.
8. Don’t make their lives easier
Ladders and tools can come in very handy and make the job of breaking in a lot easier for a visiting burglar. Make sure you store them out of sight.
9. Lock up any garden furniture
Garden furniture, outdoor toys, bikes and expensive potted plants are all very tempting. Ensure sheds, gates and garages have secure locks and fix gaps in fences to prevent opportunistic crooks from getting access.
10. Look out for each other
Let neighbours know when you go away, so they can keep an eye on things. But, resist bragging about travels on social media – you never know who is just waiting for an opportune moment.
How high is demand for welders to work in the shale boom on the U.S. Gulf Coast?
“If somebody came to me on the Gulf Coast, some high-school kid, and said, ‘I don’t know what to do with my life,’ I’d tell him, ‘Learn to weld.’”
So high that “you can take every citizen in the region of Lake Charles between the ages of 5 and 85 and teach them all how to weld and you’re not going to have enough welders,” said Peter Huntsman, chief executive officer of chemical maker Huntsman Corp.
So high that San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, offers a four-hour welding class in the middle of the night.
So high that local employers say they’re worried there won’t be adequate supply of workers of all kinds. Just for construction, Gulf Coast oil, gas and chemical companies will have to find 36,000 new qualified workers by 2016, according to Industrial Info Resources Inc. in Sugar Land, Texas. Regional estimates call for even more new hires once those projects are built.
The processing and refining industries need so many workers to build new facilities in Texas and Louisiana because of the unprecedented rise over the last three years in U.S. oil and gas production, much of it due to shale. Labor shortages, causing delays in construction, threaten to slow the boom and push back the date when the country can meet its own energy needs, estimated by BP Plc to be in 2035.
Worker scarcities are already evident in the unemployment rates of Texas (5.7 percent) and Louisiana (4.5 percent), both below the national average of 6.7 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Thelowest jobless rate of any area in the U.S. in February was 2.8 percent in Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, Louisiana, because of offshore-oil exploration in the Gulf of Mexico.
Companies will spend $35 billion, more than ever, on expansion projects along the Houston Ship Channel by next year, creating a total of 265,800 jobs, a 2012 Greater Houston Port Bureau survey shows. Louisiana, where $60 billion in building projects are planned through 2016, will need 86,300 workers over that time, according to the state’sWorkforce Commission.
“This is an exponentially larger investment period than Louisiana has ever seen,” said Tom Guarisco, a spokesman for the Workforce Commission in Baton Rouge.
The biggest shortages will be for welders, electricians, instrumentation technicians, fabricators and pipe fitters, according to Roger Blackburn, executive account manager at Infinity Construction Services LP, which employs about 2,500 workers on the Gulf Coast. The scale of the projects means costs and delays will probably escalate, he said.
Labor scarcity can erode profit. Cost run-ups and labor shortages have hindered recent energy-boom projects in Canada and Australia. Wages for oil and gas workers in Canada rose to as much as 60 percent higher than U.S. counterparts, labor data show. In Australia, cooks at offshore projects are earning more than A$350,000 ($328,000) a year while laundry hands get more than A$325,000 and barge welders almost A$400,000, imperiling investments in liquefied natural gas, according to the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association.
Enterprise Products Partners LP said March 18 that permitting for a facility east of Houston, in Mont Belvieu, Texas, that turns propane into propylene is running three months behind. In December,Royal Dutch Shell Plc canceled a $20 billion gas-to-liquids plant slated for Louisiana, citing potential cost overruns. Construction for three new U.S. natural-gas-processing plants could go as much as 40 percent over budget and finish nine months late, Sergey Vasnetsov, senior vice president of strategic planning at LyondellBasell Industries NV in Houston, said at a March 12 conference in New York.
“There was some tight availability of qualified labor, and so we expect it to be a significant issue for the industry, in particular in 2016, 2017, where the bulk of the heavy construction will take place in the U.S.,” Vasnetsov said at the conference.
Chevron Phillips Chemical Co., a venture between Chevron Corp. and Phillips 66 based in The Woodlands, Texas, broke ground near Houston this month on ethylene and polyethylene plastics plants whose budget will go $1 billion over the original $5 billion estimate, primarily because of labor costs, Chief Executive Officer Peter Cella said in an interview.
“Where are the workers going to come from?” Cella asked.
The answer: from Canada and other countries, and employers are sweetening benefit packages to attract and retain them. These include higher contributions to retirement savings and tuition reimbursement, said Dani Grant, a human resources manager at chemical maker Noltex LLC in La Porte, Texas.
Other companies are tempting workers with gourmet dining, retention bonuses and smoking areas, which are usually not allowed at chemical facilities, said Russell Heinen, a senior director at IHS Inc., an energy company advisory firm in Englewood, Colorado.
Bechtel Corp., the biggest U.S. construction contractor, offers the amenity of running-water toilets, according to Jim Ivany, executive vice president at the San Francisco-based company’s oil, gas and chemicals unit.
When projects in engineering and permitting stages start construction late this year, wages will rise 15 to 20 percent “almost overnight,” similar to what happened in 2006 and 2007 before the global recession, according to Peter Huntsman of Salt Lake City-based Huntsman Corp.
Pay started to rise in the fourth quarter of 2013, said Mike Bergen, an executive vice president at IIR. The most skilled combo-pipe welders on the Gulf Coast earned $34.75 an hour, 2 percent more than in the previous quarter, IIR data show. Wages will grow by about 12 percent a year, IIR estimates.
Austin Khalili, 22, works in a warehouse but wants to become a welder. That’s why he’s enrolled at San Jacinto College’s twice-weekly 10 p.m.-to-2 a.m. welding class, where he can learn the trade, grab a quick nap and still be at his day job by 4 a.m.
“It’s hard sometimes, but it’s going to be worth it,” Khalili said. “I know it’s going to pay off.”
San Jacinto College built the new welding classroom, with 118 booths, at its central campus two years ago. Enrollment has jumped to 435 students. Each booth has its own welding rig and ventilation fan in the warehouse-sized building.
Wearing heavy protective clothing and visors on a humid spring evening, students practiced behind curtains in the booths. Ghostly blue light and sparks scattering on the floor were the only visible evidence of their work welding seams on metal sheets.
Khalili will be able to start earning as much as $28 an hour after completing the class and getting his certificate, according to Tiburcio Parras, head of the welding program. Wages escalate after that, and Parras said that several of his students have gone on to purchase their own trucks and welding rigs, which allows them to earn as much as $7,000 a week working in places such as the Eagle Ford drilling fields in South Texas.
(AUSTIN) — The deadline is July 31 for Texas families to enroll their newborns in the Texas Tuition Promise Fund® and avoid future increases in tuition and required fees at Texas public colleges and universities. Newborns are children younger than 1 at the time of enrollment.
The Texas Tuition Promise Fund — the state’s prepaid college tuition program — allows participants to lock in the cost of undergraduate tuition and required fees at Texas public colleges and universities based on current prices.
Under the plan, families can prepay tuition and required fees for a four-year degree, two years of community college or just a few semesters at Texas public colleges and universities by purchasing tuition units.
Enrollment in the program at 2013-14 prices closed Feb. 28 for children older than 1. The next annual enrollment period begins Sept. 1, with new contract prices based on Texas public college costs for the 2014-15 academic year.
Complete plan information, current prices, enrollment forms and more are available online at www.TuitionPromise.org, or call 1-800-445-GRAD (4723), Option 5.