Morrison to become Hutto chief Aug. 18
The Deer Park Police Department gave a friendly farewell to a retiring lieutenant that was tabbed to lead another department in the Texas Hill Country.
Lt. Earl Morrison, who has been with DPPD since 2000, was named chief of the Hutto Police Department earlier this month. He will take over a small department in a growing Austin-area community on Aug. 18.
From dealing with an angry mother Chihuahua on his first investigations case to his ascension up the ranks of the department, members of the department gave well wishes to their retiring colleague.
During his 14 year career with DPPD, Morrison served a variety of roles including patrolman, detective, sergeant, and most recently lieutenant. Prior to serving the City of Deer Park, Morrison served as a correctional officer for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and served three years in the United States Army where he received an honorable discharge after serving as a combat medic. Following his Army service, Morrison also served three years in the Texas Army National Guard.
Start thinking about Christmas now as Koby's Fine Jewelry at 3428 Center Street is taking layaways for the holiday season. They are also having a "class ring" sale during August.
KZ Boutique at 3428 Center Street just received their first-ever shipment of palazzo pants, plus new styles of Grazie Sandals. Stop by soon and browse their clearance section with 70 percent off clothes and 50 percent off jewelry.
Vanessa Nylund and her daughter Wendy Welch have opened Sweet Peas Children's Boutique at 118 Dixie Dr. (former location of Emma's Closet). Sweet Peas is a one-stop shop featuring children's clothing for boys and girls, sizes birth to 10/12. Your kids can even enjoy the cute play area while you browse. Visit them on Facebook at SweetPeasDeerPark.
Raquel Espinoza, public affairs director for Union Pacific Railroad, spoke to the Deer Park Rotary Club about the vitality of the railroad industry and its role in providing the goods and materials used in everyday life.
Union Pacific was founded under the Pacific Railway Act of 1862, signed by President Abraham Lincoln. The vision was to connect the eastern United States to the west.
"Basically, there was 20,000 men build a railroad with their bare hands. There was no technology, and they worked in excruciating conditions – hot summers and frigid winters and tough terraine," she said.
Today, Union Pacific is the largest railroad in the country, on the cutting edge of railroad technology, operating in 23 states west of the Mississippi River. It is headquartered in Omaha, Neb.
"We're a 32,000 mile factory without a roof," Espinoza said. "No matter what, we still have 10,000 businesses depending on us to get their materials. We're strong for many reasons. We serve the ports from California to here on the Gulf Coast."
That Christmas season he and his wife, Jana Crouch, launched a drive to collect gently used clothes for the kids. The community responded by providing not only clothes, but enough money to buy shoes and socks for every child at the facility.
The next year, the Crouches focused solely on providing shoes. In 2013, the shoe drive collected twice their goal. "The response was enormous," she said. "It was amazing the way the citizens of Deer Park and the surrounding community opened their hearts and wallets for these children in need."
Due to the continued increase in community giving, the Crouches decided to expand from a shoe drive, to a full non-profit organization. A board of area professionals with a shared love for orphans has been appointed. The group believes there is a need in our community to help families who open their doors to children in crisis.
Beginning this Fall, San Jacinto College will offer a U.S. history course exclusively for veteran students.
"I had a desire to work with this special group of men and women, so I asked that the course be created," said San Jacinto College history professor, Kearby Lyde, who will teach this course. "I have found that my veteran students are, most often, more serious about their goals and their education. I think a lot of that comes from their experiences in the military."
Lyde, who has taught at San Jacinto College for almost 40 years, has a background in military and diplomatic history. During his time as a history professor at the College, Lyde has interviewed more than 2,000 veterans who fought in World Wars I and II, were in China in the 1930s, flew on the Doolittle raid in 1942, cracked German code, and dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. "So many of them lost friends who were closer than family, so I feel it's important to keep as many of those stories as alive as possible," he said. Since 1981, Lyde has also organized student and faculty trips to Europe that include many locations of both World Wars. "It's much easier to talk about aspects of WWI and WWII after having 'walked the ground.'"
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Little is the son of Betty L. Kenney of McKinley Park, Ill. and Jerry D. Little of Deer Park.
He is a 2007 graduate of Deer Park High School and earned an associate degree in 2011 from San Jacinto College.