State says 17-foot Jesus statue violating right-of-way laws

Posted: Friday, May 03, 2002

NEW WAVERLY, Texas (AP) -- Faith is literally getting in the way for New Waverly resident Evelyn Blazek.

A Texas Department of Transportation survey of the property surrounding her 17-foot statue of Jesus concluded it is inside the state right-of-way along Highway 105 East.

''We are working with her to come up with a solution,'' said David Stephens, a state engineer.

The 83-year-old Blazek believes the state survey is wrong and hopes she won't be asked to remove her ''Christ of East Texas'' statue.

''I don't want it moved. I'm just a little old lady that doesn't know much,'' Blazek said.

Blazek said she's moving forward with plans to have the statue blessed in a special ceremony this Sunday. The statue, which took more than two years to build, was completed last November for Blazek's 30-year-old religious sanctuary, Sacred Gardens, located in New Waverly, about 56 miles north of Houston.

''I didn't want to cause any trouble. All my life I've had a dream to make the world a better place. I wanted people who passed the statue to be reminded of our Lord,'' she said. ''I just can't lose faith. I just have to have faith it will work out.''



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