Damage to plumbing and wires in the attic

In the warm seasons squirrels play and live in the big pecan tree in our back

The Douglas Squirrel (Tamiasciurus douglasii) ...

The Douglas Squirrel (Tamiasciurus douglasii) is an example of wildlife. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

yard. It is also typical to see them run to and fro throughout the neighborhood. Notably, our neighborhood is quiet for both man and beast, and for years our family has known them to live in our attic without any harm.

Today however, there was a loud crash coming from my daughter’s room, and to my dismay disaster to see that the ceiling caved in. Of course, the worse thought comes first that the roof needed repair; especially remembering the heavy rains this week. Texas is killer for none stop rain and ice in this season. However, my husband on quick inspection of the attic noticed right away the PCP Piping (Pecks) had been nibbled and their was a fine mist of hot water escaping from the area. Apparently, this had been that way for a while or at least long enough to saturate the sheet rock until it could no longer hold the wet insulation.

Upon researching how to get rid of the nuisances I note that not all squirrels live in the attic; there are only the female and her young who might frequent there. Also, noted that even if you do manage to get rid of the animals, the smell will remain and can attract future residents of the same.

Here are suggestions to help end the stay of your non-pay occupants:

  • Set Traps and Remove them, this might not be a top choice if you are like me and afraid of them
  • One way door, something like a doggy door but no re-entry
  • Call the experts, someone who specializes in removal of critters, and who will return them to the wild

To read more about squirrel eviction Click Here

Tarrant County Crack Down, Child Support

Tarrant County Courthouse, Fort Worth, Texas

Tarrant County Courthouse, Fort Worth, Texas (Photo credit: Ken Lund)

Today it is not uncommon for fathers to struggle with no support when the mother is absent; it is not the case anymore that women are the ones left with the burden of single parenthood.


Just ask any single parent who, for whatever reason has the misfortune of raising children alone and you will hear a resounding chime as they tell you it gets hard, but what can be done?
According to the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office, a partnership with 8 Tarrant County Constables has led to 22 arrests for failure to pay their child support. In the August Press Release entitled, “Tarrant County Constables Conduct Child Support Roundup,” reports state, “The Tarrant County constables who participated in the initiative are: Pct. 1 Constable Jerry Crowder, Pct. 2 Constable Robert McGinty, Pct. 3 Constable Zane Hilger, Pct. 4 Constable Dub Bransom, Pct. 5 Constable Sergio Deleon, Pct. 6 Constable Joe Kubes, Pct. 7 Constable Clint Burgess and Pct. 8 Constable Chester Luckett.”
The article goes on to state that those arrested were wanted by authorities for failing to meet their obligated payments.
The Attorney General gives a stern warning saying, “Parents who have outstanding warrants can avoid the embarrassment of arrest at their home or work by turning themselves in to the Tarrant County Jail. Parents who have fallen behind on their child support payments – but are not yet subject to warrants for their arrest – should immediately contact the Attorney General’s Child Support Division at (800) 252-8014 to make payment arrangements.”
State and Federal law determines reprimand for each perspective state; hence, in Tarrant County the duty of the Attorney is to serve those families who request service or those who receive public assistance.

Services offered by the Tarrant County Child Support Division are as follows:
• locating absent parents;
• establishing paternity for children born to unmarried parents;
• establishing, enforcing and modifying child and medical support orders;
• and collecting and distributing child support payments.
The report adds, in 2010 parents in the State Texas had paid more than $241,000,000 in support to their children.
To find out more: Click Here 

Watch: New Child Support Law Texas


Suspicious Package Causes Evacuation in Fort Worth

A United States Post Office was the subject of Breaking News when a package was spotted in the front parking area,  evacuation for further inspection of the package was authorized.

It was around 10 a.m. when the report about a lone box sitting in the middle of the parking lot at 4600 E. Rosedale Street in Fort Worth and authorities were dispatched to the scene.

Several investigators were called in to inspect the package as insurety precautions.

CNN DFW reported, “Postal Inspector Amanda McMurray told KRLD NewsRadio 1080, “A box has been left out front of the Polytechnic Station in Fort Worth. Right now we don’t have any reason to believe that the parcel itself is dangerous, however out of an abundance of caution postal inspectors and [the] Fort Worth bomb squad are on site.”

Other Expert Investigators included:

  • Chopper 11
  • A Bomb Detection Robot
  • Bomb Squad Unit

Notably, today’s scare is not the first of it’s kind at this particular Postal Branch where reports tell of two more packages found in less than 2 months.

Fire Department Officials announced that 2 months ago they got reports of suspicious packages at that same branch.

To read more: Click Here

Fort Worth Pastor, Darrell Blair Accused of Sexual Assault

Fort Worth Pastor, and singer, Darrell Blair arrested for sexual assault moslestation

Bob Gammage, Texas House Representative, Formely in ‘Dirty 30,’ Dead

Bob Gammage, a law maker for the Democratic Party, and once candidate for Governor, or better known for his part in the 1970’s ‘Dirty 30’ in Texas, died Monday, at 74.

According to reports, Gammage was discovered dead by family members at his home. Reportedly, he was up late watching movies, his son, Sam Gammage told reporters.

The cause of death is not known; however, it is speculated that he might have suffered a heart attack.

The ‘Dirty 30’ was a dual party group of men who usurped the House Speaker, and other officials investigated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Born Robert Alton Gammage in Houston Texas, he served in the Texas House from 1971 to 1973.

To read more on the Gammage death; Click Here

State Voter ID Law aka Jim Crow, Racially Charged

In a last ditch straw grasping effort to control voting, Republicans have gone all out to stop the force that is Obama on Nov. 6, Election Day. It is by any means necessary in the race for that most coveted White House Seat marked, Mr. President; however, truth is being uncovered state by state in what looks like, smells like, Jim Crow Laws.

The enforcement of the State ID Requirement Law would mean several groups of people would be left out of the Presidential vote on Nov. 6; which would mean a sure win for the Republican Candidate, Mitt Romney. Why? Well, it would mean that several minority groups without their state identification would not get in to cast their ballot. 

The National Conference of State Legislature provides a breakdown of each state’s requirements:

Strict Photo

  • Kansas
  • Tennessee
  • Georgia
  • Pennsylvania


  • Idaho
  • South Dakota
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Florida
  • New Hampshire

Non Photo                                                                                                                 

  • Washington State
  • Montana
  • Utah
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • North Dakota
  • Texas
  • Oklahoma
  • Arkansas
  • Missouri
  • Kentucky
  • Alabama
  • Ohio
  • Virginia
  • South Carolina

All remaining states made no requirements for identification purposes.      

Today, was a big win for Pennysylvania, who won their fight to uphold the ID  law; and, theirs which follows Texas’ win in court last month to stop the enforcement of the law.

The ID restrictions are seen as similar to the Jim Crow Laws which made it impossible for women, and freedmen to vote during times past.

Here are a few for Texas:

Jim Crow laws were passed in the Lone Star state from 1866 to 1958. Some examples include:
1950: Separate facilities required for white and black citizens in state parks
1953: Public carriers to be segregated
1958: No child compelled to attend schools that are racially mixed. No desegregation unless approved by election. Governor may close schools where troops used on federal authority. 

See More on Voter ID Law: Click Here

To Read about Jim Crow Laws

To read about Minorities left out of vote: Click here

To Read about Texas Racial Impact: Click here

The West Nile Virus: Big Tex-Demic

Aedes Albopictus, blood-fed

Not only do Texas residents fight heat this year, but along with the heat come mosquitoes; and not only mosquitoes, but “killer” mosquitoes which carry the West Nile Virus.

Summer in Texas is full of things to do; like swimming, boating, fishing and other water activities where there is no surprise that with summer come mosquitoes. However, people are being warned this year to head indoors before dusk. Why? Because this year’s mosquito bites can be deadly.

According to Center for Disease Control there have been 392 Neuroinvasive disease cases  reported this year; as well as, 341 non-neuroinvasive reports of the deadly virus which rounds up to more than 730 cases so far, and 30 people have  died as a result.

CDC is warning everyone to stay indoors between the hours of dusk and dawn, and protect themselves.

What are the symptoms? Keep in mind that the symptoms are flu like and can include the following:

  • fever
  • headache
  • neck and back stiffness
  • muscle ache
  • tiredness
  • joint pain
  • swollen glands
  • rash

Who is at risk?

Children, and adults 50 and over; as well as those whose immune systems have been weaken by HIV/AIDS, Cancer, and various organ transplants.

Preventative measures:

  • Wear insect repellent. Repellents that include one of these ingredients are best: DEET, lemon eucalyptus, or picaridin.
  • When possible, wear socks, long sleeves, and long pants when outside.
  • If you see a dead bird, don’t touch it — it could be infected. Wear gloves and mask to be safe.
  • Empty any standing water that may be a breeding ground for mosquito larvae.


CDC: West Nile Virus

What’s West Nile?

More Information:

More News on Virus in Texas : Click Here

Texas Preventative Measures: Click Here

mosquitos messed up
mosquitos messed up (Photo credit: quapan)
English: The proboscis of an Aedes albopictus ...

English: The proboscis of an Aedes albopictus mosquito feeding on human blood. Under experimental conditions the Aedes albopictus mosquito, also known as the Asian Tiger Mosquito, has been found to be a vector of West Nile Virus. Aedes is a genus of the Culicine family of mosquitos. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)