Month: March 2017

Loyd Edward Baker

Loyd Edward Baker, age 58, of Kennard passed away at his home Sunday, March 12, 2017.  He was born February 4, 1959 in Houston County to parents Lloyd and Margie Baker.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family and friends. He is survived by his children, Aimee Baker of Kennard, James Baker of Kennard; sisters, Sharon Oliver of Kennard, Carla Barclay and husband, Steve of Kennard, Helen Goodson and husband, David of Kennard; nieces and nephews, Trisha Oliver of Lakeland, FL, Terry Oliver of Seattle, WA, Jennifer Bruce and husband, James of Hudson; great-nieces, Brianna Delgado of Hudson and Kayleigh Bruce of Hudson; and many special friends including Keith and Michelle Rowe. Loyd was preceded in death by his parents, Loyd and Margie Baker. Funeral services for Loyd Edward Baker were held Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel.  Interment will follow in the Ivie Cemetery.  The family received friends Monday, March 13, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Callaway-Allee Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at...

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Houston County Lake Report 3-16

68F surface water temperature, water stained, and normal level. Very good black bass to 7 pounds 3 ounces on plum worms.  Several bass over 5 pounds; and many buck bass in the shallows; black and chartreuse neon lizards. Very good crappie on live minnows off piers and brush piles. Good bream on live worms. Very good flat-head catfish near brush at the dam.  Crockett Family Resort Cottages, Marina, & RV Park Houston County Lake 75 Dogwood LN W Crockett, Tx 75835 936/544-8466...

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FORESTRY UPDATE by Gary Allen Burns 3-16

For inherited property, it may be useful to postpone a real estate appraisal until six months after the date of death. For federal estate taxes, the value of the gross estate is usually on the date of death. However, an alternative date of six months after the date of death may be used if the property is not sold, distributed or disposed of within those six months. If the property is in fact sold, distributed or disposed of within those six months, the value is determined at that date. The alternative valuation method may reduce the estate taxes if the gross estate depreciates during the six months. However, in this case, the recipient would receive the property as a “step-up basis”, and the property value would be lower than at the time of death. This could be the downside. If the recipient sells the property later, there could be a greater income tax burden. The alternative valuation method must be made within one year after the due date of the federal estate tax return including extensions. Estates that do not owe any federal estate taxes or generation-skipping tax may not use this method. Consulting an experienced tax accountant or an estate lawyer is necessary to explain the applicable options and to ensure that you limit your estate tax...

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SUNNY THOUGHTS FROM SUNSET by the Rev. Vance Drum 3-16

The Sunset pastor on Sunday continued our “Covenant” theme with a message, “What’s Better about the New Covenant?”  The text was from Hebrews 7:19, 22 and 8:6:  We have in Jesus a “better hope, a better covenant, and better promises.”  Everything is better in the New Covenant, embodied in Jesus.   What we had in Moses’ Old Covenant really did not work at all because it depended on defective, sinful human action to uphold it.  The pastor made three points:  In Jesus’ New Covenant we have (1) A Better Hope; (2) A Better Covenant; (3) Better Promises.  (1) A Better Hope.  Did you ever have some hope that something was going to happen, but, deep down, you had some serious doubts about it?  You had a desire for it, but no expectation of receiving?  The dictionary defines hope as “desire accompanied by expectation.”  People may survive, but they cannot thrive, without hope.  Without hope we lose our desire to get up in the morning. Without hope we sense no purpose in life, nothing for which to exert any energy to grow and achieve.  Without hope we may lose our appetite, and we may even lose our desire to live.  Jesus, however, gives us hope.  In v19: “For the law made nothing perfect, and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.”  Jesus is the only one...

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EVER WONDER by Jacque Scott: Popcorn

Popcorn How did we get popcorn?  How did the popping of corn come about?  Tens of thousands of years before there were movies, there was popcorn.  Archeologists have found 80,000 year old corn pollen below Mexico City.  Because this pollen is almost exactly the same as modern popcorn pollen, researchers believe that cavemen most likely had popcorn.  It is believed that the oldest use of wild and early-cultivated corn was popping. First of all, we have to look at the mention of corn in the Bible.  Biblical accounts of corn stored in the pyramids are probably misunderstood.  ‘Corn’ in the Bible was probably barley.  The mistake comes from the meaning of corn at the time.  The most widely used grain in a specific place was called ‘corn’.  In England ‘corn’ was wheat, and in Scotland and Ireland the word referred to oats.  The most common grain in the Americas was maize, and so it became our ‘corn’.    The oldest ears of popcorn ever found were discovered in the Bat Cave of west central New Mexico in 1948 and 1950.  These early Bat Cave ears range from the size of a penny to about 2” and are about 5,600 old. The Spaniard Cobo wrote about the Peruvian Indians saying “They toast a certain kind of corn until it bursts.  They call it ‘pisancalla’, and they use it as a...

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