Month: April 2017

SINCERELY SCOTTY by Walter Scott: Joe

Joe Did you ever meet a person who you thought lived the way Jesus would have wanted us all to live? No, I don’t mean preachers or evangelists – I mean everyday people like you and me.  It is not the job or calling, it’s the person.  It’s the person who will go the ‘second mile’ without complaining, but smiling and happy to be of service.  I’ve known many people who will go out of their way to be of some service, and I have on occasion as well, but I always wonder if it is to earn points with God. This is especially true around Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I admit to looking in the mirror and asking myself if my intentions were entirely pure.  Sad to say, I usually answer no.  All too often we find ourselves trying to earn our way to heaven rather than simply accepting His grace.  I’d like to tell you the story of Joe.         Joe was a drunk who was miraculously converted at a Bowery mission. Prior to his conversion, he had gained the reputation of being a dirty wino for which there was no hope, only a miserable existence in the ghetto. But following his conversion to a new life in Christ, everything changed. Joe became the most caring person that anyone associated with the mission had ever...

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THE WEEKENDER by Clyde Black: Cowboy Up

“Cowboy Up” Please, mark your calendars for May 11, 12, and 13.  Please do it now so you don’t forget.  On May 11th, the Crockett Lions Club kicks off its annual PRCA Rodeo.  This is big folks.  Rodeo defines the essence of all American sport.  Like soccer is too much of the world, rodeo is to America.  Sure some profess football or baseball as our national sport but not this guy.  Rodeo is American.  It dates back to the western spread of our society.  Cowboy skills that were necessary to exist and do a job are now immortalized in sport.  It’s all about strong individualism and personal performance.  Contestants either win, place or show.  If not successful they leave unpaid for their next show. In rodeo cowboy world, potential winnings are called purses.  The Crockett Lions Club offers some of the best purses in the state.  This means that the very best of the cowboys and cowgirls sign up to come to Crockett.  International contestants and those from all over the country invade Crockett for these three days.  They stay on the grounds and mingle with the crowds during each evening’s performance.  Other sports don’t give fans such close proximity to the pro’s.  If it’s important to you, you should know that it’s a family friendly event.  Kids love it and also have the opportunity to participate in the...

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HORACE MCQUEEN: It’s Time to Ban Stupidity

There are always those who are trying to con the public. The soybean farmers have done a real number on the dairy industry with their “soymilk.” Then there is “almond” milk — plus several more vegetable-derived “milk” products. None can come close to real milk, from real cows. Now the dairy industry has come together and trying to convince the U.S. Congress that the fakes need to do away with milk in their names. And to add credibility to the claims of the dairy folks, pure milk from cows is about half the price of the fake milks at the grocery store. What will it take for our pussy-footing Texas Legislature to ban texting when driving? The House of Representatives has voted to join 46 other states in making the practice illegal. But the Texas Senate hasn’t boarded the bus as of yet. Senators, it’s time to join the real world — how many more lives of Texans must be lost before texting when driving is made an illegal act? In the past two weeks, 13 church members returning from a retreat in central Texas were killed by a pickup driver who admitted he was sending messages on his phone. As for the farming business, we are wet — and more wet! Just a couple weeks ago cattle began to wean themselves from consuming hay. They were chasing green...

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Jimmy Ray “Sonny” Turner

Jimmy Ray “Sonny” Turner, age 82, of Grapeland, Texas passed away Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at Winfield Nursing Center in Crockett, Texas.  Sonny was born February 21, 1935 in Houston County to parents, Lewis Turner and Libby Owens Turner. He was retired from the Grapeland Co-Op.  Mr. Turner was a member of Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church of Grapeland. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis and Libby Turner; sisters, Katie Weisinger, Sprucy Nuerenberg, Louise Starkey, and Sissy Vickers; brothers, Colquitt Skidmore, Roland Turner, and Bill Turner. Sonny is survived by his sister, Marie Turner of Grapeland, Texas and numerous nieces and nephews. Graveside services for Jimmy Ray “Sonny” Turner were held Friday, April 7, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Refuge Cemetery in Grapeland, Texas with Will Yates officiating.    Funeral arrangements were in care of Rhone Funeral Home, 3900 S. State Hwy 19, Palestine, Texas. To view online, leave condolences or sign the guest book, go to...

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Essie Pearl Shepherd

Essie Pearl Shepherd (81) of Grapeland, TX, who was born on September 22, 1935 in Oakwood, Texas to James F. Dancer and Mary Elizabeth Dancer.  With the blessing of being raised in a loving, Christian home, Essie accepted Christ at a young age and grew up attending New Salem Baptist Church, Grapeland, Texas. After relocating back to Grapeland in retirement, she united with Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Palestine, Texas.  Essie was raised in Latexo, Texas and educated in the W.R. Banks school system. As an adult she moved to Houston, Texas with her husband, A.J. Shepherd, where she...

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