Month: December 2016

“We Want Answers!”

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter (EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third part of a series on the CWSC. The first article examined the accountability of the CWSC Board of Directors and was published in the Dec. 18 edition of The Messenger. The second part of this series l addressed the responses given by the CWSC regarding questions previously asked by shareholders. The third part looks at specific questions posed to the CWSC Board.) HOUSTON COUNTY – During the monthly meeting of the Consolidated Water Supply Corporation (CWSC) Board of Directors meeting held on Tuesday, Dec. 13, shareholders in the...

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Houston County Holiday Tournament Preview

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter HOUSTON COUNTY – The Houston County Holiday Tournament tipped off on Wednesday, Dec. 28 with a full slate of games. At the outset, the tournament was divided into two pools – Pool A and Pool B. Pool A consisted of: the Crockett Bulldogs; the Fairfield Eagles; the China Spring Cougars; the Pollock Central Bulldogs; and the Westwood Panthers. Pool B consisted of: the Grapeland Sandies; the Madisonville Mustangs; the Diboll Lumberjacks; the Frankston Indians; and the Trinity Tigers. As far as classification, four of the 10 teams – China Spring, Diboll, Fairfield and Madisonville...

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Zilkha Discussion Highlights Commissioners Court

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter HOUSTON COUNTY – As the Houston County Commissioners Court meeting neared its conclusion on Tuesday, Dec. 27 and agenda item concerning the acceptance of a donation from Zilkha Biomass Energy was re-addressed by the court. The matter was previously tabled during the Dec. 13 commissioners court meeting and pertained to the company’s transfer of ownership of the 13.125 acre wood pellet fuel manufacturing facility to Houston County. The facility has been vacant since Zilkha closed the plant earlier this year. During the Dec. 13 meeting, Precinct Two Commissioner Willie Kitchen expressed his belief the...

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SUNNY THOUGHTS FROM SUNSET By Rev. Vance Drum 12-29

We wish all of you a Happy New Year 2017 from your friends at Sunset!  Sunday was Christmas Day, and we continued our theme, “Jesus Our Shepherd King:  Finding Peace in an Age of Anxiety,” with a message, “Shepherd’s Joy.”  The text was from Luke 2:10:  “But the angel said to the shepherds, ‘Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.’”  Christmas is all about Immanuel—God with us.  Sometimes, amidst all the hustle and bustle, tinsel and toys, and celebrations with family and friends, we may overlook the fact that Christmas is all about Jesus—Immanuel—who is God with us.  God looked down on our dismal plight—awash in sin, corruption and rebellion, and God knew that we—on our own—would be unable to climb any ladder up to heaven.  So God said I myself will go down and lift them up.  I will send my only-begotten Son to earth, to become one of them, and show them the way to a better place.  So God came to be with us.  His name was Jesus, because he would save his people from their sins.  The pastor made three points:  (1) No Fear; (2) Good News; (3) Great Joy. (1) No Fear.  Jesus is our Shepherd King.  Since he is our great Shepherd, caring for and taking care of us, and since...

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EVER WONDER by Jacque Scott 12-29

Diamonds Why is a bit of crystallized carbon so valuable? Because it is known as a diamond… Diamonds are the hardest natural substances known to man. They are eighty-five times harder than rubies or sapphires. Pound for pound they can bring higher prices than any other raw material on earth. For 2,000 years the only known source of diamonds was the stream beds of ancient India where diamond ‘pebbles’ were occasional found. They were sought after for their rarity and collected by royalty but no-one knew how to cut them. Thus, they were not nearly as beautiful as rubies or emeralds. Sometime in the 15th century, it was discovered that diamonds could be used to cut other diamonds. In the late 17th century, a Venetian by the name of Peruzzi developed what is known as the ‘brilliant cut’. This way of cutting the stone gave the diamond fifty-eight facets mathematically arranged so that the most light rays could be caught to give the diamond a new dazzling brilliance. ‘Diamond Fever’ came in the late 1860’s when an incredible almost flawless diamond of 85.8 carats was found near Hopetown, South Africa. The DeBeer family sold the land and the name for 6,000 pounds, and today the DeBeers Consolidated Mines Ltd. Is one of the largest in the world. It produces 40% of the world’s diamonds. These first diamonds found on...

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