Assistant Bank Manager Elva Steiner of 1st Community Bank accepted the Spotlight of the Month award from Flour Bluff Business Association president, Jennifer Welp, at the regular FBBA meeting held April 12, 2017, at Funtrackers in Flour Bluff. First Community Bank is a traditional community bank. Their employees are shareholders of the bank, which means they have a personal interest in creating satisfied customers. Deposits are reinvested in homes and businesses right here in South Texas, helping families and business owners succeed. “1st Community is committed to this community,” said Steiner.
According to the company website, “First Community Bank first opened in Alice in 1983. During the next three decades, First Community has grown to include banks in Kingsville, Portland, Padre Island, Rockport and Victoria. Our headquarters and Home Loan Center are in Corpus Christi. We are rooted in South Texas, and we know, understand and serve the residents and businesses of the Coastal Bend at nine convenient bank locations.”
For more information about 1st Community Bank, visit the Corpus Christi / Padre Island Officers Miles Graham or Elva Steiner at 14254 South Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas, or call (361) 949-9310. The bank lobby is open Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The drive-thru hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Other FBBA Business
The FBBA welcomed newly elected Pct. 2 Constable Mitchell Clark as the keynote speaker. Constable Clark outlined some of his new programs, such as Walk with the Constable and Talk with the Constable, as part of the changes he is making in his department. “We want to get out into the community and connect with the citizens,” said Clark. The constable will be speaking to the residents of Flour Bluff at the Flour Bluff Citizens Council meeting on April 17, 2017. (Watch for a separate article on Constable Mitchell Clark and his plans for the community. He is a regular contributor to The Paper Trail News, as well.
Jeremy Watts of HEB Plus in Flour Bluff invited everyone to take part in the Annual Earth Day clean up of Waldron Road. The event takes place from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017. “HEB will supply bags, trash pickers, and water and fruit for the volunteers. We will also have a DJ playing music. HEBuddy will be on site, too,” said Watts. “We’re looking for another great year for our Earth Day event.”
In conjunction with the Earth Day event, the FBCC, with the help of District 4 Councilman Greg Smith and City of Corpus Christi Solid Waste Director Lawrence Mikolajczyk, have secured four Litter Critter bins. The theme is “Beautify Your Block.” The FBCC encourages all citizens to take part in both large and small ways.
- Grab a couple of trash bags and ask a neighbor to help you walk your block and pick up the trash.
- Join HEB and the Flour Bluff Business Association to clean up Waldron Road.
- Help an elderly or disabled neighbor do some spring-cleaning.
- Get a group together to clean a neighborhood park.
The Litter Critter will be available on Saturday, April 22, 2017, to drop off brush and bulky items from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Volunteers will be available to assist with drop offs. Anyone interested in helping with the program should contact the Flour Bluff Citizens Council at firstname.lastname@example.org. Everyone is asked to adhere to the rules concerning what may be placed into the bins. Prohibited items include: appliances, tires, household hazardous waste, construction materials, dead animals, flammable or hazardous materials, ammunition, asbestos. Household hazardous waste consists of items such as anti-freeze, solvents, brake fluid, transmission fluid, batteries, cleaning solvent, polishes, oven cleaner, pool chemicals, paint, paint thinner, paint stripper, spray paint, weed killer, pesticides, insecticides, sprays, dusts, poisons, gas, motor oil and filters. Construction materials are defined as sheet rock, shingles, lumber, fencing, concrete, brick, rocks, stones, dirt, soil.
County Commissioner Brent Chesney gave an update on the sale of the 1914 Nueces County Courthouse. In an April 12, 2017, report from KRIS Channel 6 News, “Nueces County Commissioner signed a real estate contract with an Ohio-based development group for $1,000. However, the group will have to pay $1.5 million is back taxes. The group has a track record of successful projects, for example, they turned a 1930’s 12-story hotel into a loft-style apartment in Canton, Ohio. Though it is still early in the acquisition process, the group already has some ideas as to what they want to do with the building. The plans is to turn the building into a hotel. The group says they plan to leave old courtrooms intact, and possibly turn one room into a main dining area and another into a lobby area. It will take about six to seven months of planning and work with the Texas Historical Commission before plans are finalized. The group says the construction process is expected to take about 20 months.”
Retired from education after serving 30 years (twenty-eight as an English teacher and two years as a new-teacher mentor), Shirley enjoys her life with family and friends while serving her community, church, and school in Corpus Christi, Texas. She is the creator and managing editor of The Paper Trail, an online news/blog site that serves to offer new, in-depth, and insightful responses to the events of the day. She also writes and edits for The Texas Shoreline News, a Corpus Christi print newspaper.