American Legion hall on South Sam Houston Blvd.

Officials with the American Legion post in

Houston say the death of bingo at the organization’s South Sam

Houston Blvd. quarters has caused a cash crunch.

The last weekly bingo game came on the last

Saturday in December. Organizers called it quits after sagging

crowds and revenue made it no longer feasible. Fewer people caused

smaller jackpots, and prompted its patrons to flee to bigger prizes

offered at Licking, Rolla and Springfield.

“We’re still digging for an answer and

trying to get around it,” said Bud Sutton, finance officer and

adjutant at the American Legion post situated at Cleveland Road and

South Sam Houston Blvd.

The organization has provided thousands of

scholarships over the years for students.

Members of the Houston City Council heard

last week that one plan under consideration was to abandon the

group’s charter and revert property back to the national

organization. That has not happened, City Administrator Larry

Sutton said, noting a study was still under way.

The council last week authorized a study of

property lines. The city has a stake in the matter – one of the

community’s water towers sits on property donated by the

organization to the city.

It’s the second veterans’ group struggling

in less than a year. The Houston Veterans of Foreign Wars post on

North U.S. 63 closed in 2009 and was sold.


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