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Peggy Prosperie seeks BCISD seat

Peggy Prosperie is seeking your vote for BCISD seat #3.

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from a Facebook post

Hello,  I am Peggy Prosperie, and this is my husband of 40 years, Kenneth.  

My husband and I both grew up in Port Arthur, and we loved our City!  We had planned on raising our children there.  The crime got so bad that the Police started Neighborhood watch programs.  

We joined and tried to save our city.  It got too bad, so we had to move to a safer place for our children!!  

When we moved here to Bridge City 24 years ago, it was like living in another world!!  It is like living in Mayberry!!   Those of you who have been born and raised in Bridge City is more Blessed than you will ever know! 

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 We have wonderful neighbors and help others when we can.   

All three of our children attended and graduated from Bridge City.  Our daughter got her teaching degree and did her student teaching hours at Hatton Elementary.   Our oldest son loved baseball and tried out for the high school team.  He made the team but decided not to play because he knew it was taking too much time away from his studies.  

He graduated Valedictorian:)  

Our youngest son played football.  Kenneth and I helped clean the stands after every game.  He also graduated with a CNA certification and went on to become a Registered Nurse. Back when he was in Hatton Elementary,  I volunteered to tutor students that needed extra help; was a homeroom Mom every chance I got and volunteered in the workroom often. 

 Bridge City has wonderful teachers and faculty!  

Kenneth and I have two grandchildren in Bridge City schools right now, and two more soon to be there.     

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The Parents are the first and foremost teachers of the children. 

 The public school system was started to help teach the children to read, write, learn math, and ultimately be able to think for themselves.   I do believe that the majority of the School Board has been focusing on athletics before the School’s needs since 2014 or so.

In 2014, they decided to have a bond election to build an Arts Theater.  

Then in 2019, they chose to spend several million dollars on the baseball complex with turf, then wanted a bond for the Middle School.  

Now, the School Board chose to improve athletics again for $3.1 Million (building a turf football field, track, pole vault, tennis courts), instead of focusing on the Middle School.  The School Board may be full of sweet, good-intentioned members, but that is not the purpose of a School Board.  

I am running for School Board because I believe that the School Board should focus on the Schools first, then turf.  

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I believe the School Board should be fiscally responsible with our tax dollars.  

We are still paying on the High School Bond.  I think that this is the wrong time to ask for a bond for the Middle School.  There are too many citizens who have flooded not only once recently, but twice.   

With Covid and the economy, it is a terrible time for this.   

There are too many hard-working citizens trying to make it these days!  

I toured the Middle School recently, and it is a very strong building that can and has withstood many storms and can withstand many more.  It is still very functional, and I know the wonderful staff can make it work, and the hard-working Maintenance team can help them. 

It is a working, repairable School.   

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We should not pass bonds that will leave our community and children in tremendous debt for 30 more years.  If both bonds pass, it will raise our School debt by almost $121 million (bonds and interest total).           

Several people are saying that my husband and I are always negative.  We see problems that need to be repaired and believe that you, the citizens, need to know these things also.  We speak up about dirty water because every citizen deserves clean water coming out of their tap. 

We fight against zone changes in the City that would impede into our neighborhoods!   

My husband saw all the sandbags that TxDOT left by Hwy 1442 drains during Hurricane Season that would slow the water drainage, and got them removed.  He also investigated why Hwy 1442 at Texas Avenue would flood during regular rains, and got it all cleaned out by TxDOT. 

He found sewage running out of the actual street, not the sewer lid, but the actual street, he got with the City to address this, and the City is in the process of repairing it!  I could go on and on!  

We find problems that need fixing, and do our best to fix them, because we love this city and its citizens, our neighbors!!    No matter how this Bond goes, the children’s safety while in school and family’s safety throughout Bridge City is the most important thing!

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I won’t even pretend I understand all of the book of Revelation…but I do understand quite plainly that I do wish to spend eternity in Heaven…..

Keep in mind. The rapture comes before the anti christ.  I have been reading the Bible and it really does always come down to this. I have been hearing about the second coming of Christ and the events unfolding since I was a child. The “Mark of the Beast” Artificial Intelligence,  microchips, no cash/digital currency, Total Government dependency/control. When we are raising a family, working long hours, some two jobs, lots of things go unnoticed or just get ignored.

No one can comprehend how bad it will be, but we see it happening, bit by bit, on the news everyday.

While the devil is preparing people for the Anti Christ, God is preparing people for the Rapture. I don’t know when the rapture will take place but I know that I won’t be left behind when that trumpet sounds!

I also believe right now that God is giving us a chance to repent. We need to get the Gospel message out!!! Until the Good Lord calls me away from this world to go home, I want to make it clear that I believe in Jesus Christ as the one and only True Lord and Savior. Despite the fact that I am human, and I fail a lot, I believe that Jesus is the Son of God.

This is the best challenge I have seen on Facebook; so, if the Holy Spirit moves you and you’re not ashamed, just copy, and make this your status update.

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I’m a believer in God The Father,  Jesus The Son, and The Holy Spirit Amen! 🙏♥️🙏

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Preparing for Disasters in Orange County, Texas

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Submitted by Wendy Garrison of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

As Many of us know, here in southeast Texas, August is the time we focus on the Gulf. Many of us have experienced hurricanes, flooding, tornados, and industrial disasters and we are reminded by our county and city officials to have a plan in these cases. Materials are available online and packets are located at the Orange County Emergency Management at 11475 FM 1442, Orange, TX 77630, and have been distributed throughout the year but remember you may need to modify your plans based on your family’s needs. Registering for the STAN helps us be updated on emergencies and major events happening in our area. If you need more guidance, each of our communities has personnel who train year-round to manage emergencies and assist residents. Contact your local emergency management office for more information.

So, what now? Hopefully, you have a plan to keep your family safe. Pets may be considered by us to be family; however, domesticated animals require other considerations when preparing for emergencies. Some accommodations we seek may not accept or have facilities for our pets. If by chance you need to go to a temporary shelter: identification, leashes, shot records, and if possible, portable kennels are key. Places such as this have limited space and pets will need to be housed in a separate facility from you. If your pet has been separated from you due to unforeseen events, visible identification with your contact information and a microchip may help in a quicker reunion with your pet after an emergency.

Livestock owners who can transport their livestock prior to an emergency should be prepared and know the places and contact numbers of the facilities they choose to go to. Consider the amount of food and water needed to travel with your animal. As with pets, you may be separated from your animal. Visible markings, as well as microchips, will aid in a quicker reunion with your animal.

Make sure your animals are in good health and updated on their vaccinations prior to transport. Best practice, check with your vet about what vaccines are needed to be boarded, or sheltered in a facility with other pets, and keep the records with you.

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Here is a list of websites that will help you make a plan that fits your needs:

Texas Animal Health Commission: https://www.tahc.texas.gov/emergency/naturaldisaster.html

AgriLifeLearn.com: https://agrilifelearn.tamu.edu/s/global-search/disaster?c__results_layout_state=%7B%7D

Orange County Disaster Rebuild: https://www.ocdisasterrebuild.com/

Texas Department of Emergency Management: https://www.tdem.texas.gov/

Ready.gov: Plan Ahead for Disasters | Ready.gov

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Sen. Robert Nichols: My Five Cents for 2 February 2023

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Submitted by State Senator Robert Nichols

It’s Groundhog Day! Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this week, indicating six more weeks of winter; unwelcome news after ice storms covered much of the state this week. The iconic groundhog made his 137th appearance and records of his predictions go back to 1887.

Here are five things happening around your state:

  1. Abbott names new border czar

This week Governor Abbott named long-time Border Patrol agent Mike Banks to be the new Texas Border Czar. He will report directly to the governor and ensure border security strategies are fully executed in Texas. He will work collaboratively with the Texas Military Department, the Department of Public Safety, and other relevant agencies to continue Operation Lone Star. Mike Banks was the Border Patrol Weslaco Station Patrol Agent in Charge. He has over 30 years of federal law enforcement experience. He’s worked in multiple stations stretching the length of the US-Mexico border. Before joining the Border Patrol, he was a member of the US Navy Military Police. The unprecedented crisis at our southern border demands action and Governor Abbott has stepped up to the plate to address it. I appreciate his continued leadership on this issue.

 

  1. SFA Board of Regents approves change to salaries

At a recent meeting, the SFA Board of Regents approved mid-year salary increases for university employees, an increase in non-resident fees, and an increase to university meal plans and housing. Employees will receive a six percent increase to their base salary after the board approved the $3.5 million expenditure. Interim President Dr. Steve Westbrook said the board requested this increase from the University of Texas System after they decided to affiliate. The SFA board voted last year to affiliate with the University of Texas System rather than remaining independent. The transition requires legislation, which I am excited to carry with Rep. Travis Clardy this session. The legislation will ensure that the university retains the name Stephen F. Austin– a measure of great importance to the university, the community, and to me.

  1. Comptroller receives $363 million in grants for broadband

 

Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced this week that the agency will receive $363 million in federal grants to increase access to affordable, reliable broadband to more than 150,000 homes and businesses in Texas. The US Treasury’s award will go to the Bring Online Opportunities to Texas (BOOT) program. The BOOT program is a competitive grant program administered through the Texas Broadband Development Office. The program is designed to fund broadband infrastructure projects that cover the last few miles to your home or business. Qualified projects will be located in a designated areas, invest in capital assets, and address critical needs in the community it serves. The office will begin accepting applications for the funds later this spring.  

 

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  1. Caleb’s Law filed in Senate

 Senate Bill 129, also known as Caleb’s Law, was filed by Senator Drew Springer recently. The bill would strengthen penalties for offenders who possess child pornography. Child pornography laws have not been updated since 1989 and the current laws are ill-equipped to handle changes in modern technology. The changes will work to keep kids safe and strengthen punishments for those convicted. The bill includes degrees of punishment based on the amount of materials possessed. It also has enhancements for materials depicting children under the age of 10 and for those taking care of children and receiving money from the state. The law’s name comes from Caleb Diehl, a high school senior who went missing in March 2015.

 

  1. Winter weather resources, TDEM resources

 Winter Storm Mara swept through much of Central and Northeast Texas, causing dangerous driving conditions and power outages across the state. Ice accumulated on roadways, tree branches, and power lines, which caused some outages and many fallen branches. Many state agencies monitored the ongoing weather situation and worked to keep Texans safe, including the Public Utility Commission, Texas Division of Emergency Management, and ERCOT. It is important to note that any power outages experienced during this storm were not a result of lack of capacity on the grid. Those were due to power lines being down due to the storm. We appreciate the hard work of all our first responders and everyone who worked around the clock to keep Texans safe and warm. For more information from TDEM about resources available to you, visit https://tdem.texas.gov/disasters/january-2023-winter-storm.

 

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