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 firstname.lastname@example.org., 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.