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FORECAST: December snow at courthouse

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There is Christmas in July, or at least talk of it after the Wharton County Commissioners Court gave its blessing to the Wharton Chamber of Commerce regarding its annual holiday event five months from now.

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Wharton Economic Development Corp.

Wharton Economic Development Corp.

tel. 979-532-0999

1944 N. Fulton St., Wharton, TX 77488

Texas Economic Development Center for information comes from the Wharton Economic Development Corporation, Wharton, Texas.  Being the Logistical HUB for activity specifically in the Southwest Houston Region and the Texas Gulf Coast serving the Southern portion of the United States and the World, WEDC has a variety of options and incentives Houston proper cannot offer. 

The First State Bank

The First State Bank

tel. 979-532-0404

505 E Boling Hwy, Wharton, TX 77488

The First State Bank, Louise opened its doors in Louise, Texas, on May 7, 1956 with $100,000 original capital. The first officers were John W. Hancock, President; L.S. Stockton, Executive Vice President and Cashier; and M.W. Crowell, Vice President. By the end of September of the same year, The First State Bank, Louise had over $1 million in assets. The First State Bank, Louise continues to grow and is resolved to stay independent. Today the bank has over $323 million in assets, $25.1 million in capital and nine branches -- Louise, El Campo, Sweeny, Blessing, Wharton, Ganado, Bay City, Angleton, and Victoria. The First State Bank, Louise is proud of its community involvement and quality service. We live up to our motto: "The Friendliest Bank Anywhere." Come in and let us prove it to you!

Rath Plumbing Company

Rath Plumbing Company

tel. 979-532-0223

216 N. Richmond Road, Wharton, TX 77488

Rath Plumbing Co. is a full service plumbing company. From remodeling to new construction, Rath Plumbing provides parts and service, service calls, and much more. For service from a company that has over 110 years of experience, call Rath Plumbing. In Wharton since 1968. No job is too big or too small.

InsuranceNet

InsuranceNet

tel. 979-532-1011

313 W. Milam (Temporary Address), Wharton, TX 77488

East Bernard Express

East Bernard Express

tel. 979-532-8840

115 W. Burleson St., Wharton, TX 77488

Advertise With Us! Our advertising department handles all of the advertising for the Wharton Journal-Spectator and the East Bernard Express out of our Wharton office, conveniently located at 115 W. Burleson St. on the south side of the historic Wharton County Courthouse in downtown Wharton. In addition, if you want your ad to also be included in our sister newspaper, the El Campo Leader-News, we can help you with that, too. For more information on advertising and our advertising rates, or to request a copy of our advertising rate card, send an email to Publisher Bill Wallace at bwallace@journal-spectator.com or call 979-532-8840.   ADVERTISING DEADLINES Wharton Journal-Spectator (publishes twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays) • Wednesday paper: 4 p.m. Monday • Saturday paper: 4 p.m. Thursday East Bernard Express (publishes once a week on Thursdays) • 4 p.m. Monday

Hudgins-Groover Real Estate

tel. 979-532-0044

120 N. Richmond Rd., Wharton, TX 77488

Hudgins-Groover Real Estate is a real estate appraisal and real estate brokerage firm. The principals are Richard T. (Dick) Hudgins, MAI, and Mike Groover, IFAS. Hudgins-Groover began as a real estate agency in 1979, which brokered commercial properties, farms, ranches, and residential properties.  Shortly thereafter, Hudgins-Groover began investing in development projects which included residential subdivisions, townhouses, apartments, and commercial sites. An investment group, Hudgro, Inc., was also organized by the principals to buy properties at Trustee's Sales in Wharton, Harris, Fort Bend, and Matagorda Counties. The partnership, known as Hudgins-Groover Appraisal, began performing real estate appraisals in the early 1980's as a result of client confidence in their experience as real estate professionals. They have since advanced their real estate appraisal expertise with professional training and education with Richard Hudgins obtaining the MAI appraisal designation and Mike Groover obtaining the IFAS appraisal designation. During the Spring of 1998, Hudgins-Groover Real Estate was established to expand their real estate services to again include the brokerage of residential, farm & ranch, and commercial properties.  Linda Baca, an experienced licensed real estate agent who has a reputation as a top producer, joined Hudgins-Groover in May 1998.  The Houston Association of Realtors recognized Linda as the "Number Five" realtor in the entire Houston Area during the 3rd Quarter of 2007.  During 2007 alone, Hudgins-Groover Real Estate has closed over $9,000,000 worth of property. In December 2002, Hudgins-Groover welcomed Greg Lapham as a staff appraiser.  Greg has since become a State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser and a licensed Real Estate Broker in Texas.  In November 2007, Tracy Braden joined Hudgins-Groover as a staff appraiser.  Tracy is a State Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser. Our office building is located at 120 N. Richmond Road in Wharton, Texas.   We hope that you will stop by and meet our staff!

Wharton Journal-Spectator

Wharton Journal-Spectator

tel. 979-532-8840

115 W. Burleson St., Wharton, TX 77488

Advertise With Us!  The Wharton Journal-Spectator's advertising department handles all of the advertising for the Wharton Journal-Spectator and the East Bernard Express out of our Wharton office, conveniently located at 115 W. Burleson St. on the south side of the historic Wharton County Courthouse in downtown Wharton. In addition, if you want your ad to also be included in our sister newspaper, the El Campo Leader-News, we can help you with that, too. For more information on advertising and our advertising rates, or to request a copy of our advertising rate card, send an email to Publisher Bill Wallace at bwallace@journal-spectator.com or call 979-532-8840.   ADVERTISING DEADLINES Wharton Journal-Spectator (publishes twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays) • Wednesday paper: 4 p.m. Monday • Saturday paper: 4 p.m. Thursday East Bernard Express (publishes once a week on Thursdays) • 4 p.m. Monday

Wharton County Junior College

Wharton County Junior College

tel. 979-532-4560

911 Boling Hwy., Wharton, TX 77488

Wharton County Junior College is a public, two-year, comprehensive community college offering a wide range of postsecondary educational programs and services including associate degrees, certificates, continuing-education courses, cultural affairs, and leisure-time activities for the benefit of the community and a population of students that varies in age, background, and ability. The college affords opportunities for individual growth and expression and promotes the development of the total person through scholarly and creative activity and the application of knowledge for the good of society. Its curricular and co-curricular activities lay a foundation for lifelong learning and involved citizenship and encourage the pursuit of knowledge, innovation, experimentation, and excellence in human endeavor. It prepares students for entry-level positions, for advancement in various occupations and professions, for a broad understanding of the liberal arts and sciences, and for transfer to baccalaureate- granting institutions. In fulfilling its mission, the college offers associate in arts, associate of arts in teaching, and associate in applied science degrees; offers transfer curricula in preparation for the baccalaureate degree; offers career/vocational curricula leading to certificates and associate degrees; offers remedial and developmental courses and services, as well as adult basic education, to assist under prepared students to achieve competency in basic skills and thus gain access to college-level programs; supports excellence in instruction in all academic areas by the encouragement of faculty professional development for the improvement of teaching and learning through innovative teaching methodologies, research and public service; provides library and other instructional resources as integral parts of the educational process; supports students in the learning process through counseling and academic advising; offers continuing-education noncredit courses and programs to meet the needs of business, industry, government, and the community-at-large, and to contribute to the economic development of its service region; provides varied cultural opportunities, recreational activities, and community services to enhance the quality of life in its service region; actively cooperates with school districts, vocational-technical schools, other colleges, and universities to promote a more productive educational environment within its service region. Wharton County Junior College is an institution that emphasizes personal attention to students, innovation and flexibility in its credit and noncredit offerings, and responsiveness to the diversity of communities it serves. The college is dedicated to providing an educational environment that recognizes individuality, stresses the importance of human relationships, and reflects the democratic values of our society.

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    Funeral services for Mrs. Minnie Marie Aldridge, 91, of Wharton, will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m., Aug. 14, at Camp Zion Rising Star Baptist Church with the Rev. C. McWashington officiating. 

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    Pierre Jamaul Amey, known to many as “PJ,” 31, of Boling, left this earth Aug. 11. 

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  • Janie Sedillo

    Janie Sedillo

    Funeral service for Janie Sedillo 81, of Lane, will be held Friday. Aug. 17, at 10 a.m. at Peace Tabernacle United, 1416 North Alabama Road, in Wharton, Texas. 

  • Joseph Arriaga

    Joseph Arriaga

    Joseph Agustine Arriaga, age 66, of Rosemead, CA, heard the clarion call to come Home and receive a new body with no more suffering and eternal rest on Monday, July 30. He was born on Aug. 28, 1951, in Wharton, the child of the Osbaldo B. Arriaga and the late Severa Esparza Arriaga. 

  • Bobbie Thompson

    Funeral services for Mrs. Bobbie Thompson, age 61 of Somerville, will be held Saturday at 10 a.m., Aug. 18 at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, with the Rev. R.L. Harris officiating. 

  • Mildred Faye Ripple

    Mildred Faye Ripple

    Mildred Faye Hubenak Ripple, born in Pierce, on Oct. 29, 1938 went to see Our Lord Aug. 5, at the age of 79.

Provisions owner has customers’ health in mind

Provisions owner has customers’ health in mind

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Healthy living and healthy eating have come into the forefront of people’s minds as obesity rates rise in America. 

If heat, dry weather linger, burn ban likely

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With little or no rain forecast for Wharton County, it appears likely that residents will be under a burn ban at the beginning of next month.

Wharton now focused on levee funding

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The City of Wharton met with officials of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) as a precursor to an agreement that will be signed by both …

Multi-jurisdiction river agreements reached

Multi-jurisdiction river agreements reached

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The City of Wharton committed just over $33,000 for a Wharton County application that will study the water flow along the Colorado River and i…

WCJC to donate education manikins to Wharton ISD

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Wharton County Junior College will be donating older models of manikins used previously at the Johnson Health Occupations Center. 

Wharton ISD preps in advance of 2018-19 school year

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Fall is slowly approaching, and in the later parts of summer it is time to get students ready to go back to school. 

Wharton airport operations continue to run smoothly

Wharton airport operations continue to run smoothly

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In the 1960s, Wharton Regional Airport was created. Many forget, or perhaps fail to notice, that this airport stands on the outskirts of Whart…

WCJC trustees discuss FY budget

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There were plenty of good moments during a ribbon cutting ceremony that welcomed OakBend Medical Center-Wharton in an official capacity to doz…

OakBend Wharton has ribbon cutting ceremony

OakBend Wharton has ribbon cutting ceremony

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There were plenty of good moments during a ribbon cutting ceremony that welcomed OakBend Medical Center-Wharton in an official capacity to doz…

Wharton takes the heat

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The summer heat has been so intense this week that warnings were issued by the National Weather Service, prompting local officials to let resi…

Wharton ISD met 2017-18 goals despite Mother Nature

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The goals that the school district made were met despite flooding as a result of Hurricane Harvey that occurred in August 2017.

Saharan Desert leaves some across the world in the dust

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Wharton County has had a dusty summer.  

Boling FFA students make most of state event in Fort Worth

Boling FFA students make most of state event in Fort Worth

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The Boling FFA Chapter capped the summer off with a trip to the 90th Annual Texas FFA Convention held in Fort Worth from July 9-13.  

MLK scholarships to be awarded at inaugural banquet

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The Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Fund of Wharton County will be having its first scholarship banquet. 

Wharton FFA students to compete in different area

Wharton FFA students to compete in different area

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Wharton High School FFA is in a new area that consists of chapters from three other counties.

Chamber Lunch & Learn: Wharton flood survival discussed

Chamber Lunch & Learn: Wharton flood survival discussed

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In listening to an expert on urban and regional planning and historic preservation, Dwayne Jones made many comparisons between Wharton and Gal…

$73.2M levee project briefly discussed at council meeting

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Wharton City Manager Andres Garza provided brief information to Wharton elected officials about the Flood Reduction Project that will cost mil…

Wharton's city department heads discuss FY budgets for next five years

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The Wharton city staff has a little more than a month to figure out how to find a balance between the proposed Fiscal Year 2018-19 budget and …

Cloud begins Congressional District 27 term

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Newly-elected Congressman Michael Cloud voted in favor of H.R. 200, a bipartisan bill which included the “Modernizing Recreational Fisheries M…