August 31, 2008

The Kosse Blog returns on this final day of August.  In the next few days I will be offering an
editorial opinion on the Kosse property tax proposal and the presidential race.  It will be a long
essay, and I don't have time to work on it at the moment.

The grandson of recently departed Kosseite Dalton Bruton sent the following e-mail:

I would like to thank each and everyone in Kosse that helped any way they could through this
difficult time. That town has a heart bigger than Texas itself. My mother and father (Betty &
Wayne Barclay) are so happy and comfortable living there. After this last weekend I realize
why. You all made the Memorial for my Papa (Dalton Bruton) a good one. I do not know how I
could ever repay that wonderful town but I can say that you all will be thought of regularly. And
to al of you that like to give my dad a hard time I thank you folks too. Again THANK YOU ALL!!!

                                    Travis Barclay
                                    Grandson of Dalton Bruton

The Kosse Helping Hands organization will have a benefit stew supper for recent flood victims
Shawn and Shannon Grigg.  The event will be held at the Kosse First United Methodist Church
Pavilion on September 6 beginning at 5:00 p.m..  Also sponsoring this worthy effort are the
Kosse Community Center, local churches, and various interested citizens.  All donations are
appreciated. If you would like to volunteer to assist please contact Kosse City Secretary Nora
Ensminger at (254)375-2212.

The City of Kosse will hold a meeting at the Kosse Community Center on September 16 at
7:00 p.m. to discuss a proposed municipal property tax increase for 2008 of 11.35%.  All are
invited.


July 27, 2008

It's supposed to be 103 degrees today with no rain forecast for at least the next week.  In
other words, a typical Kosse scorcher.

While visiting with Mayor Daniell at the cafe last night, he mentioned the recent sparse output
of this blog.  I told him that sometimes my brain doesn't have the requisite thought power to
think of things to write about.  While this is true, the main reason is that I get involved in other
things and get sidetracked.  

In last week's editorial column of the Bremond Press, the editor of the paper was lambasting
the existence of internet blogs, stating they are a source of great misinformation and basically
a cancer on society.  I found this quite amusing.  The irony of course is that print media is
losing readership to the internet with each passing day and this is not going to change.  The
great thing is that news and information is so much more readily available now than when I
was growing up.  


July 7, 2008

Bozo the Clown has died.  Click for article.  He was one of my favorites as a youngster in the
early 1960's, and we always reserved the television for Channel 13 at 4:30 p.m. to enjoy his
frolicking antics.  I would say the world was a less-stressed era back then, but in reality it was
during the period of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Kennedy assassination, and learning how in
kindergarten to get under our desks to avoid nuclear annihilation from the Russians.

The Teague Fire Chief, Robert Knight, was killed in the line of duty Saturday night.  
Click for
article.  I actually knew him fairly well, as he was a regular customer at our Teague Pizza Pro.  
He was a nice guy and this is most upsetting.  In an earlier blog post I related the story of
watching Kosse fireman Donny Ensminger put his own life at risk to put out a truck fire on
Highway 14 one early morning a year or so ago.  Our local volunteer fire department is one of
those organizations we don't give much thought to until they are needed, and we forget that
their lives are often at risk.  

The Texas State Comptroller has disbursed the July sales tax receipts and Kosse continues its
booming ways.  Quoting the Mexia Daily News, "Kosse showed a major increase this year from
last year's accumulative figures. Last year it was $15,378.21. This year, $31,282.13.  
Thornton is down for year-to-date, $6.919.60, from last year's total of $8,372.01."  In other
words, our business activity is 450% greater than our similar sized neighbor to the north.


June 20, 2008

The annual Kosse July 4th fireworks show will be held at the Kosse City Park on July 4
beginning at approximately 9:00 p.m.  Donations are now being accepted to purchase the
fireworks.  All are invited to come join the celebration.

The annual Bremond Polish Days celebration will be held on June 27-28.  Events will include
the Polish Pickle Run, a barbecue cookoff, a Miss Polish Days beauty pageant, arts and crafts
booths, and a street dance featuring music by Cherokee Rose.  All are invited.

The winners of the 2008 Homecoming Parade entries have been announced.  They were:

Best Overall - Ray Bowden
Best Pulled Trailer - Kosse Heritage House
Best Vintage Entry - David Hillman
Best Dressed Cowboy - Verdon Hill
Best Dressed Cowgirl - Kayla Hewitt
Best Lil' Cowboy - Stetson Williamson
Best Decorated Bicycle - Sarah Smith
Best Decorated Vehicle - Hill family


June 16, 2008

Kosse Homecoming 2008 has come and gone and from most reports were successful and fun
days.  Meadowcreek Park had what is becoming their Annual Homecoming Equestrian Event,
and as always there was a large influx of out-of-towners for the various events.  

It was quite a shock when Tim Russert died on Friday at the age of 58.  He was such an
institution on "Meet the Press" and will present a true void in my viewing of the various Sunday
morning news shows.  I record the shows each Sunday morning and watch them when I get to
my office.  Russert was always the one I watched first because he was the best interviewer
and had the best guests.  I read that the person most likely to succeed him is David Gregory,
who is also quite good at grilling reticent guests.


June 7, 2008

The druggies in Marlin are evidently a tough bunch.  An 18-year old girl was arrested on drug
charges, placed in the back seat of a police car, and then succeeded in destroying the inside
of the car with her feet.  
Click for article.  There is always some strange story out of Marlin.  
When Ryan was nine or ten years old he was mugged and roughed up by some older kid at
the Marlin Wal Mart for the 50-cents Terri had given him to play a videogame.  I suppose the
little hoodlum was in training for his future in prison.


June 5, 2008

Congratulations are in order for Mike Wheal and his new bride Rani Lauderdale Wheal.  They
were married last week in Lake Tahoe, and also enjoyed time in Las Vegas.  I met Mike one
evening at the cafe, and although our conversation was short he seems like a good guy.

Thank goodness the Democratic nomination is finally settled.  Time to start thinking whether to
vote for Obama or McCain.  
Click for article.  There are certain issues from both sides that I
support, and also things on both sides that are disturbing.  As even the current president's
father, former President George H.W. Bush stated,  the nation is suffering from Bush fatigue
and ready for a change.  

Stacy and Jeff Lockhart are spending the week at Disney World with Stephanie and one of her
friends.  She called me tonight from Florida to see how things were going at the cafe during
her absence.  They will be back Monday and I will breathe a sigh of relief, as she is the one
who actually operates the business on a daily basis.  The smoothness of this week at the cafe
is a testament to her preparations for her vacation time.


May 30, 2008

I received the following e-mail from a lady giving away a dog.  If anyone is interested please
contact her.  It is printed verbatim.

i have a small dog, a norfolk terrier, that needs a new home. his name is handsome harry,
cause hes not.he has a fantastic personality, very smart and lovers everyone. his only problem
is, he has to be an only dog. we have had him about a year, we found him at the intersection
of two highways and couldnt leave him there.we have two inside dogs and one other outside,
we kept hoping he would adapt, but  his breed is territoral, bark when someone comes up
then when he knows its ok, he lays down for a tummy rub please if you have room at your
home and in your heart , give this fantastic loving, only dog a home thanksbetty 254 746
7413, or email bettya@airmail.net.,   he, is inside or outside dog

The Kosse Homecoming promises to be a fun-filled and full day.  It is only a couple of weeks
away, and the preparations are in full swing.  The parade will be held at 2:00 p.m. on
Narcissus Street.  Awards will be given in eight different categories.  It is sponsored by the
Kosse Chamber of Commerce.  

An unusual story on the Drudge Report states a tribe of people have been discovered in
Brazil who have never had contact with the civilized world.  
Click for article.  What is even more
amazing is that the article says there are 100 such uncontacted tribes in the world today.  
Pretty strange.
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