"There's not enough love in this town," said Pastor Alvin Wells.
Railroad tracks and Highway 6 are not the only two things some residents say divide this town so rich in history.
"The east side of Calvert is like you’re in one part of the world and when you come over to the west side you're in a third world country with these abandoned homes and everything," said Wells.
But thanks to a unique and federally funded project, the Texas National Guard is moving in with big trucks, heavy machinery and a huge mission. For the next week, soldiers will be tearing down dilapidated and abandoned homes that have been used as drug houses.
“We're like any town in the state, or anywhere else,” said Calvert Mayor Marcus Greaves. “We have a little bit of a dope problem.”
It's been a week since the Texas National Guard moved in and their mission to tear down more than 40 suspected drug houses is almost over. The best part…the demolition project isn't costing the city a dime.
“When we learned it was drug money that was going to finance this, that made us even more favorable in doing it,” said Greaves.
“I think any time we can remove the temptation and keep kids off drugs, we are obviously creating a better country and better town,” said Texas National Guard Brigadier General William Smith.
“God has a plan and this is just the beginning of what's going to take place in the West side of Calvert,” said Wells. “The drugs are going to be removed and the whole West side is going to be cleaned up."
In the long run, folks like Alvin Wells say they're thankful and optimistic this big project will finally reunite this small community in Robertson County.
“It’s huge and positive,” said Calvert Police Chief Nancy Juvrud. “Calvert is going to be so beautiful when they finish and we hope people are going to want to move in and build new houses on these lots."
For the National Guard, the demolition project serves as training.
Members of BV CASA tell News 3 they found three puppies inside one of the suspected drug houses. They are in need of a home. You can see a picture of the puppies by clicking on the "PHOTOS" tab above this story. For more information on these puppies you can call BV CASA at: 979-846-3560.
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