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Anderson mourns sudden loss of Randy Cleere

April 12, 2023 - 00:00
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The Grimes County Mobile Food Bank will be open Thursday, April 13 from 9:30-10:45 a.m. in the back-parking lot of the Grimes County Fairgrounds. Any resident of Grimes County will be served and will only need to show their driver’s license when they complete the once-a-year Client Assistant Intake form. For more information contact Chris Albright, or 713-962-2144.


Richards Masonic Lodge 15th annual Car Show at Yankees Tavern in Carlos has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 15. Registration is 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and proceeds go towards scholarships for seniors. Awards presentation will be held at 2 p.m. All makes, models and years are welcomed. For more information contact Brian Coleman, 832-567-3832, Jan Matchett, 936-870-6187 or Scott Harman, 936-870-8505.


Blood donors save lives. Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center faces a critical shortage of blood and blood products. Over 1,000 units are needed each day to meet the needs of patients in Southeast Texas.To help meet this need the Knights of Columbus Council #4054 will host a blood drive Sunday, April 16 in the St. Stanislaus parish hall from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. A free t-shirt will be given to all donors. If you are able, please sign up and donate at Enter group code STKR. The Knights will also serve a pancake breakfast that day. If you need more information, contact Henry Ostermann, 936-873-2291.


April events:

April 22 – 3rd Annual “A Cause for Paws” fundraiser festival at Grimes County Expo Center.

April 22 – Anderson VFD Annual Steak Dinner, live auction and gun raffle at St. Stanislaus Parish Hall.

April 29 – Town of Anderson Clean-up Day – 8 a.m. – noon.


Clint and Kristin Vezurk became parents for the third time with their latest arrival, Tinley Jo. Tinley was born April 3 at Scott & White Hospital in College Station at 10:18 a.m. weighing 7 pounds 5 ounces and measuring 20.5 inches long. She will join her sister Callie Grace and brother Trenton Hayes in this happy household. Grandparents are Roger and Deanie Vezurk of Anderson and Michael and Geralda Busa of Navasota.


A couple’s baby shower was held for Ray and Katelynn Smith and soon-to-be here, Baby Beckham Alexander Saturday, April 8, at the home of Ray’s parents, Kevin and Martha Smith in Carlos. The theme of the party was “Dallas Cowboys.” Attendees enjoyed homemade delicious Mexican cuisine. Beckham is expected to arrive on or around June 27.


Tears flowed again this week as our town suddenly lost Randy Cleere of a heart attack at his home Wednesday, April 5. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Cathy, children Jason, Travis and Jennifer, as well as his grandchildren that he loved dearly. 


Randy was a dear friend to the Sowell family. Don and Randy are life-long friends growing up together in Navasota and graduating a year apart in high school. After a 20-year tenure with TDCJ, Randy retired and went to work with Grimes County Sheriff’s Office as their Livestock Officer until his death. Anybody who knew Randy could testify he was a colorful figure. If you knew him, you had a story or two or three to tell, about your experiences with Randy. I know our family will miss him deeply as well as so many others. Services were held at Nobles Funeral Chapel Tuesday with the burial to follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery near his home in Anderson.


Happy Birthday to those celebrating this week: April 13 – Jeffrey Mentlewski, Kary Borski, Brian Bachmeyer; April 14 – Kyle Klawinsky, Myles Borski; April 15 – Aaron Burzynski; April 16 – Harriet Borski, Cole Davis, Atina Minor, Johnny Pasket, Martin Lara, Brenda McDonald, Louise Sanders; April 17 – Lindsey Schroeder, Clint Vezurk, Kirstie Busa, Ann-Marie Backhus, Monica Mitchell; April 18 – Brandon Borski, Kyndal Bohnert; April 19 – Geralyn Backhus, Maycee Myers, Hagan Burzynski and Victoria Negrin.


Happy Anniversary to those celebrating this week: April 14 – Stephen and Erin Kimich, 16 years; April 15 – Billy and Judy Noski, 61 years; April 16 – Wes and Stacey Male; April 16 – Sean and Kelsey Winn, 7 years; April 18 – Tony and Jackie Watson, 25 years; and April 19 – Dennis and Dianne Sechelski.


If you have special news about what goes on in your family or life, let me know by calling 936-870-6842 or email me at I would love to share with others.