Tales of Poker Flats: COWBOY BETS THE FUTURE


If it won’t for the cowboy stunts, the women wouldn’t be a-talkin’ about him like they do.” – An old buddy from straight out of the Virginia swamps “And they wouldn’t vote for him, neither.”

Bosqueville – It’s the kind of double-down plunge only a punter bucking the tiger could conceive – or understand – a glimmer in the future, perceived from the past in the gas light haze of a faro parlor in a frontier hell town hotter than a depot stove.

Sheriff Parnell McNamara and his wife Charlotte Miller enjoyed the gift of good fortune when the widow of real estate developer F.M. Young, Gloria Young, bestowed upon the couple by warranty deed two lots located in the exclusive Keys Creek development at Steinbeck Bend on April 1 of this year.

Located at 309 and 313 Keys Creek Dr., the two parcels total about six-tenths of an acre, each with an assessed valuation of $17,550, or 53 percent of an identical market value estimated by the McLennan Appraisal District at $32,900 each. Annual taxes on each of the two unimproved parcels are approximately $550 each.

A further check of McLennan County land records shows that the Sheriff granted a deed of trust to Community Bank & Trust President W.D. Lacy as trustee for $813,831.89 on October 24, 2013 on an aggregate of 7 acres in two parcels – one each of five and two acres – both of which front on China Springs Road near the intersection of Saddle Creek Road, a stone’s throw from the “Y” at the popular breakfast and lunch spot, “Griff’s.” Other adjacent parcels are identified as the property of the Sheriff’s recently deceased brother Mike McNamara. The parcels identified in the trust deed are labeled as “owner unknown.”

On April 15 of this year, the Sheriff entered into an agreement to modify, renew and extend that agreement to mature on October 15, 2016 with interest to accrue at 2 percent per annum in monthly installments, beginning on May 15.

According to Texas Penal Code, it is a Class A Misdemeanor for a public servant to accept any gift worth more than $50. It is furthermore a criminal violation for an public servant to solicit or accept a gift from a person who may be inspected or regulated subject to the official’s jurisdiction.

To make an offer of such a bestowal is an equally culpable act, according to the Penal Code.

One of the duties of the Constitutional Office of Sheriff is to preside over foreclosures and forfeitures of property, both personal and real.

In one provision of the law, a public official who receives unsolicited such a benefit may donate the benefit that the public servant is legally prohibited from accepting to a governmental entity or a charitable organization formed for educational, religious or scientific purposes.



8 thoughts on “Tales of Poker Flats: COWBOY BETS THE FUTURE”

    1. Bang on, then, old man! You are truly of the finest kind, and I applaud your discerning taste. – The Legendary Jim Parks

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