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Randall Keith "Randy" Stephenson
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Randall Keith "Randy" Stephenson
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Randall Keith "Randy" Stephenson
Randall Keith "Randy" Stephenson
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Randall Keith "Randy" Stephenson, 48, died Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Mr.Stephenson was born Aug. 17, 1967, in Baytown to Eugene Stephenson Jr. and Georgia Hanus. He married Kathy Overby and lived in Beeville most of his life. He was a welder and had worked TDCJ. He had a gift for pencil drawing sketches. He was preceded in death by his wife on June 7, 2009. Survivors include his father, Eugene Stephenson of Beeville; his mother, Georgia Hanus Gabriel of Baytown; a sister, Cynthia Clements of Pearland; stepson, Michael (Stephanie) Overby of Beeville; stepdaughter, Amy (Reagan) Mortensen of Skidmore; three step-grandchildren, Cianna Overby, Zachary Mortensen and Mathieu Mortensen; and special cousins and friends. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, at Galloway & Sons Funeral Home chapel. The funeral service will be conducted there at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10. Interment will follow in Glenwood Cemetery. Galloway & Sons Funeral Home
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Plea for funds to help stock show youth
by Jason Collins
Feb 06, 2016 | 290 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE – A plea is being issued to the community for contributions to this year’s Bee County Junior Livestock and Homemakers Show sale. Jim Crumrine, representing the Stikmakers, one of the buyers groups at the sale, said, “Several of my large donors have backed down. “It is simply because of the perception of the economy.” Businessmen are having to make hard choices as the economy slows due to a downturn in the oil industry. “They, like I, are sitting on tremendous receivables. They have doubled in the last year. “There is not a lot of cash flow.” Joining a buyer’s group is a way for someone with a minimal amount of money to help a youngster during the show’s special sale at the conclusion of the livestock and homemakers show. The money then goes to the county’s youths with winning animal, food and craft projects. “Quite frankly, this is many times life-changing money for these youths,” Crumrine said. “Often times, this allows them to get married, go to college or set up a small business.” He added, “We are helping these youths now. “These are people who work. These are life’s winners. “They are not going to sit there with their hand out. “They are taught competition. Competition is good. Life isn’t about freebies. Life is a competition.” Crumrine reminded county residents that any amount of money will help — even small amounts. “My largest is $5,000. My smallest is $50. Every one of them is important to the total,” Crumrine said. “If I have $20,000, I can do a lot more than if I have $10,000.” He understands those that cannot give what they could in the past. “It is the economics. These people don’t have it,” he said. “I don’t blame them for saying they cannot do that much. “They are having to feed their families and their employees.” He is hopeful though, that more people will offer small amounts to make up for the shortfall. “The bigger my war chest, the more helpful I can be for the children,” he said. His group isn’t alone. Kathy Ball, with the Agrilife Extension Service, said she is hearing the same thing from other groups. “A lot of the groups that have come in, they have stated that people who have given $1,000 (in the past) only gave $500 or $250,” she said. Crumrine said that if the community members will rally with small donations, they can still make this sale exceptional. “These kids are all kids who are going to make it, and I am proud to help them,” he said. Buyers groups for those wishing to donate include: Bids for Kids – John Galloway – 358-4032 The Lady Ewes – Valerie Haws – 361-244-2102 Stikmakers – Jim Crumrine – 361-319-2754 Amigos – Mike Huser – 361-358-3536 In-Laws & Out-Laws – Mary Anne Linney – 361-362-4678 Cards for Kids – Danny Olivares – 361-597-0041 Coastal Bend Aggies Buyers Group – Will Ramirez – 361-319-0061 Bee County Advocates – Brandon Haws – 361-660-8836 CC Buyer’s Group –Ricky Haws – 361-815-3125. Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 343-5221, or at editor@mySouTex.com.
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Coastal Bend Crime Stoppers urges criminal justice, law enforcement students to apply for scholarship
by Gary Kent
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BEEVILLE – High school seniors in Bee, Goliad and Live Oak counties who are planning on a career in law enforcement may want to apply for a $500 scholarship. The financial assistance is offered by the Coastal Bend Crime Stoppers organization. Students who would like to apply must be a May graduate of a high school in any of the three counties covered by the organization. Other requirements include: •Completing an application and resume and submitting it to the appropriate high school counselor by a specified deadline. •Must attend a junior or community college or a four-year university upon graduation with a major in law enforcement of criminal justice. •Must have a grade point average sufficient to gain admittance to one of the types of schools listed. •Must be in need of financial assistance and be able to explain that need. •Must pursue a degree in the field of criminal justice. The application must be typed and submitted with an essay and a current transcript showing class rank and GPA must accompany the submission. The typed resume should include a detailed description of the service rendered at school or in the community and explain why the applicant is vying for the scholarship. The entire package should be submitted by the specified time. Counselors at each of the schools are required to submit the applications to the CBCS organization, and the directors of the organization will make the final selection of the recipients. If no applicants are considered qualified for the scholarship, none will be awarded. One-half of the scholarship will be awarded in the fall semester, and the other half will be awarded in the spring. Students must show proof of enrollment. That should include a bill from a registrar and a schedule of classes before each semester’s payment is made.
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JHS Speech & Debate Team challenges faculty
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BEEVILLE – The Speech and Debate Team of A.C. Jones High School will present the first Staff vs. Student Debate Night at the A.C. Jones High School Auditorium, Monday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. The public is invited to witness the Speech and Debate Team challenge the faculty on issues dealing with education and student life. Admission is free, but donations will be taken, benefiting the team. Topics will range from off-campus lunch, to wearing IDs on campus, to the abolition of homework. This will be a light-hearted night due to the fact that neither side will know which side of the issues they will be defending until that night. Representing the staff of A.C. Jones High School will be Principal and team captain Dee Dee Bernal, science teacher Lee Lasiter, art teacher Cindy Lee Lopez, English teacher Aubrey Rice, and security guard Mars Garcia. Representing the students of A.C. Jones High School will be Speech and Debate president and team captain Roslyn Holland, vice president Destiny Jones, secretary Rodrigo Diaz, historian/membership officer Shelbie Ayala and member Alex Quiroga. Judges for the event will be student judge and treasurer of the Speech and Debate Team, Daniel Mendez, staff judge and theater teacher Christine Shaw and special guest community judge, A.C. Jones High School alumnus and Bee County Judge Stephanie Silvas. Team sponsor Thomas Cox will moderate the debates. The Speech and Debate Team is a new organization on the JHS campus. The first Speech and Debate Team here in 20 years, they encourage forensic competition for high school students and compete in events sanctioned by both the University Interscholastic League (UIL) and the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA). For more information about the A.C. Jones Speech and Debate Team, contact Thomas Cox, team sponsor, at tcox@beevilleisd.net.
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