2018-01-24 / Editorial & Columns

Behind the Badge

Happenings since we last talked
By Larry G. Spence

It's been a very busy week or so and here I am trying to make a deadline to get this column done. We made a quick trip to Grapevine, Texas for a board meeting of the Sheriff's Association of Texas. The meeting was both a business meeting and a planning session for our July Annual Training Conference. This conference is the oldest conference gathering in the state of Texas. The conference will once again be held at The Gaylord, in Grapevine around the middle of July. It is open for not only Sheriffs, but other officers as well. We have gotten so big and have so many exhibitors it has been hard to find a place large enough to handle all our needs with housing, and training and exhibit space. We met Friday, then again Saturday morning, then we left Grapevine about noon Saturday. All in all it was a good meeting, a lot was accomplished, and it was a safe trip.

This week has also been busy and will get busier as the Willacy County Livestock Show begins Wednesday night. We encourage everyone to come out and have a good time. A carnival is already here, and plenty of exhibits and food. So fun for the entire family, come out more than one night, the weather should be comfortable. One thing I keep forgetting is that we have a Prescription Drop Box in our Sheriff’s Office lobby where you can deposit your old pre- scription medicines no longer in use, and drop them in our drop box. It's a good way to make sure they don't fall into the wrong hands and get misused by someone else. These are picked up by DEA officers and weighed and then documented and destroyed. Please help us keep these prescription medication off the streets.

The box is made available through the cooperation of a grant from CVS Pharmacy. Watson’s City Drug also has a box available in their store if you don't want to drive all the way to our office. Thank you for your help in keeping our streets safe and our youth. I am the Lions Club chairman for eyeglasses. If you have any old eyeglasses not in us, bring them to city hall where we have a box to deposit them in, or bring them to our office. We will collect these and get them to the proper place where they are fixed and sent all over the world to people who can use them. This is just one of many Lion projects, our motto is "We Serve". So if you think you might be interested in becoming a Lion, contact one of us. We have the Raymondville Lions Club and the Willacy County Lions Club, and both are very service minded.

I know there is more, but I can't think of it right now, besides I've run out of space. So until next week, be safe, and be blessed!

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