Essie Lorretta Spinks Herrmann


Essie Lorretta Spinks Herrmann, age 76 of Frisco, Texas passed away on June 27, 2014. She was born on July 2, 1937 in Mullin, Texas to Esteline (Swindle) and Albert E. Spinks. On June 1, 1973, Lorretta married Philip John Herrmann in Houston, Texas. She was retired School Teacher from Needville ISD and a member of the Roman Catholic Faith.


Lorretta is survived by her husband, Philip Herrmann of Frisco, Texas; two sister-in-laws, Janice Spinks of Crockett, Texas and Sue Sinclair  and husband Ron of Brookfield, Wisconsin; nephew, David Spinks and wife Judy of Lott, Texas; two nieces, Virgie Marsh  and husband Aaron of Crockett, Texas and Heather Robinett and husband Joe of Frisco, Texas; several great nieces and nephews.


Lorretta is preceded in death by her parents, Esteline and Albert Spinks and brother, Bernell Spinks.


A Graveside Service was held at Ridgeview West Memorial Park in Frisco on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 2:30 pm.  Family visitation was at the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Frisco prior to the service.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Holy Cross Catholic Church, P O Box 5365, Frisco, Texas 75035

Mildred Marie Teykl Urbanek

MildredUrbanekFuneral services for Mildred Marie Teykl Urbanek, 89, of Needville, Texas will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, July 7, 2014 at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 9122 Church St, in Needville, Texas with Rev. Jonathan Murray officiating. Interment will follow at the Needville Public Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 6, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Chapel in Rosenberg, Texas.

Mildred was born December 22, 1924 in Needville, to Joseph J. Teykl and Mary Hurta Teykl. She went to be with her Lord and Savior on July 1, 2014 in Richmond, Texas.

As a lifelong resident of the Needville area community, Mildred along with being a devoted housewife and mother, was active in many organizations. During her 89 years as a member of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, she was an Elder, Trustee, Sunday School Clerk and Teacher. She was President, Vice-President and Treasurer several times during her 54 years as a member of the St. Paul’s Presbyterian Women’s Organization. She was also active in the Needville American Legion Women’s Auxiliary Post #350 for 61 years, PTA, Vacation Bible School and Treasurer of the Needville Senior Citizens Organization for many years.

She is preceded in death by her husband of almost 52 years Frank J. Urbanek, Sr., parents J.J. and Mary Teykl, sisters, Ollie Krobot and Doris Eda; and brother, Harry Teykl.

Mildred is survived by daughter, Sharon Brauner and husband, Ernest; sons, Ronald Urbanek and wife, Cecelia and Frank Urbanek Jr. and wife, Rosie; grandchildren, Ernest Brauner Jr. and wife, Mendie, Shelly Pesak, Chris Urbanek and wife, Krissy, Richard Krobot and wife, Thersa, Keith Urbanek and fiancée, Jennifer, Christine Farquhar and husband, Chad; and step-grandchildren, Shirley Juarez and husband, Javier, Vickie Danielson and husband, Mike, fourteen great-grandchildren and six step great-grandchildren; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Memorial Fund at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 389, Needville, TX 77461.

Fulshear Freedom Fest & Fireworks Show


The Fulshear Freedom Fest, hosted by the City of Fulshear and the Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for Friday, July 4, 2014, 6 PM – 9:30 PM in Downtown Fulshear.  Music, parade, children’s activities, fireworks, shopping, and food, this event has it all!

The Triumphs ( will take the stage at 6 PM. The nine piece band has roots that go back to the early days of rock ‘n roll and also launched the career of 5-time Grammy award winner B.J. Thomas. Their music menu ranges from Elvis to the Eagles, Chuck Berry to Chicago, and the Beatles to Bobby Bland.

The parade will begin promptly at 7 PM, from the Bob Lutts Library on Fifth Street, moving south along FM 359 to First Street. Parade entries will be accepted through July 3rd. All local businesses, organizations and residents are encouraged to participate. The fireworks display will begin at 9:15 PM. The best place to view the fireworks will be within the event area, along FM 359.

There will be plenty of fun and activities for the whole family; including bounce houses, rock climbing wall, dunk tank, face painting and balloon artists. The kid’s area will benefit Our Military Kids and we ask for a $5 donation for admission, capping at $20 per family. Our Military Kids is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to provide support and recognition to military children. This may include children ages 3 years through the 12th grade of deployed National Guard and Reserve service members, along with children of Wounded and Fallen Warriors from all branches of service. The grants to children pay for fees associated with athletic, fine arts, and tutoring programs.

Although the event begins at 6 PM, road closures will begin at 12 PM to prepare for the event and set the stage. FM 359 will be closed to all traffic between Front Street and Second Street between 12 PM, Friday, July 4, 2014 and 1 AM on Saturday, July 5, 2014.  North bound traffic traveling along FM 359 and/or FM 1093 will be detoured by police officers to travel along Front St. to Harris St. to Fifth St. and will resume their intended route North on FM 359. South Bound traffic traveling along FM 359 will be detoured by police officers to travel along Second St. to Syms St. and will exit on FM 1093 to resume their intended route.

More information can be found

Beasley School Reunion

Students at the old Beasley School gather at their final reunion. Kneeling is Albert Meyer. Standing are, from left, fellow Beasley School alumni and guests Eugene Arlitt, Sam Myska, Walter “Buddy” Meyer, Mildred Walzel Scott, Sidney Pastor, Lloyd Ellison, Laverne and Bob Coller, Elaine Engel Arnold, Loyd Engle, Merle Engel Krause, an unidentified non-Beasley attendee, Eugene Myska and Sylvester Boone.


Coastal Prairie Master Naturalists Offer Fall Training


Master Naturalist Training – Fort Bend & Waller Counties

The Texas Master Naturalist Program, Coastal Prairie Chapter, is now taking applications for the Fall 2014 training program.  Classes and field work provide training in natural history, wildlife, and the ecosystems of the area.


The Texas Master Naturalist Program is a volunteer training program sponsored by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and AgriLife Extension.  Its goal is to help improve volunteers’ understanding of natural resources and related management activities, enabling them to earn Master Naturalist certification.


Master Naturalists volunteer in their communities, providing natural resource education and participating in community service and outreach projects. Volunteers are trained to help ensure that people will be able to enjoy the natural Texas for years to come.  A wide variety of topics are covered including bird study, botany, ecology, weather/climate, mammals and soil science among others.


Classes start Saturday, August 23, 2014, and will be held at various locations in Fort Bend and Waller Counties through early November. There are twelve classes, six of which will be on held on Saturdays. Five of the classes will be held on Tuesday evenings. Tuition is $150 and class size is limited. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. To download an application and view the complete training schedule please visit:


For more information call 832-922-0524 or visit