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Fort Bend County, At Large
By Cheryl Skinner

This column expresses the personal opinions/views of the writer. If you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column, write a SIGNED letter to the editor. Name can be withheld by request with a valid day time phone number.

Still no word on polka band member

For those waiting on a story providing information as to what happened to Bobby Jones, the popular polka band member and disc jockey, the wait will go on at least a little longer. Law enforcement officials are waiting for the rain swollen Colorado River to get down to 12 feet before they explore the possibility that Jonesí automobile is submerged in the river by the city of Wharton.

Jones disappeared on June 23 and hasnít been heard from since. About a week later Wharton Police discovered a license plate, later identified as belonging on a car registered to Jones, on the banks of the Colorado. A DPS sonar scan found an object, about the size of Jones car, under the waters near where the license plate was found. However, torrential downpours and rising water has kept the officers from bringing the object to the surface. For a while the river was over 30 feet and it will be a while before it drops to the level that officers deemed safe for the recovery effort.

More money requested to keep bad guys behind bars

As we were preparing to go to press Tuesday, Fort Bend County Commissioners were considering a request from Sheriff Milton Wright for another large chunk of money to house inmates out of county. Wright was seeking an additional $314,000 to keep the inmates behind bars through Sept. 30 of this year.

Talk about the high cost of crime! Sadly the taxpayers are footing the bill.

2008 presidential election should be interesting

Since a handful of Republican precinct chairs and at least one commissioner have basically stopped every effort by the electionís administrator to make changes, it is going to be interesting to see how the 2008 Presidential elections play out.

I am going to save my notes. You can bet if there is chaos and confusion; a lack of voting machines; delays reporting the results or any of the other things that come with the big one, J. R. Perez, the newly hired Electionís Administrator, is going to fade the heat.

I know that for a fact some people will be condemning J. R. because there are already a few of our not-so-informed citizens blaming him for buying the controversial e-Slate voting machines. Just for the record, those machines (not enough of them, we now know) were not purchased by J.R. The former electionís administrator Steve Raborn did that little ditty and if I remember correctly he told our commissioners that they would have to get a whole lot more machines before the next presidential election.


Contact skinnerc1@tconline.net, if you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column. Write a SIGNED letter to the editor with valid day time phone number--name can be withheld by request.

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