Month: April 2017

SINCERELY SCOTTY by Walter Scott: Billy’s Mission

Billy’s Mission As we approach Mother’s Day, I want to tell you another story.  It is a story of a mother who witnessed a miracle – a miracle that started with her six-year old son, Billy.  Perhaps some of you mothers out there will remember some stories about your children and they, too, will either bring smiles or tears of joy.     This was one of the hottest days of the summer.  It had been almost a month without rain.  The crops were dying; cows had stopped giving milk.  All the creeks and streams were long dried up.  It was a season that, looking back, had bankrupted several farmers.  As a wife and mother she would watch her husband and his brothers go about the difficult process of getting water to their farm.  Recently, the process involved taking a truck to the river and filling it with water, but it was a very expensive process.  And now even the river was getting low.  If they didn’t get rain soon all would be lost. It was on this day that this mother learned the true lesson of sharing, and witnessed a true miracle with her own eyes.  She was in the kitchen making lunch for her husband and his brothers when she saw her six-year old son, Billy, walking toward the woods.  But he wasn’t walking with his usual...

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HORACE MCQUEEN: Words Of Wisdom—or something else!

When it comes to stupidity, we have plenty of folks in the U.S. Congress who qualify for that honor. Sheila Jackson Lee has been in the Congress for 22 years. She represents a neighborhood in Houston where she has successfully convinced voters that she walks on water. She recently said the U.S. Constitution is over 400 years old—only missed by 150 years or so! Then at a town hall meeting of constituents, she interrupted the session to talk for several minutes on her cell phone and not answer questions from the voters. Ms. Lee is also known for saying that astronaut Neil Armstrong planted the first U.S. flag on—MARS. Another Congressman several years ago questioned the sending of 8,000 additional U.S. troops to Guam. Georgia Democrat Hank Johnson said he was worried that the Marine contingent could overload the tiny island and cause it to capsize. Reckon high school science and history lessons should be required before anyone can be elected to political office? Lots of farmers have started fertilizing hay meadows. Dr. Jason Banta, Texas A & M beef specialist, recommends that producers balance the amount of forage to be produced with the quality of nutrients in the grass. He says cutting hay at the proper time produces the most desirable hay—but shooting for maximum number of bales per acre is often a recipe for low quality hay....

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City of Elkhart, Elkhart VFD Square Off in City Council Meeting

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter ELKHART – Tensions between the City of Elkhart and the Elkhart Volunteer Fire Department (EVFD) have been smoldering for quite some time and they caught fire during an Elkhart City Council meeting held on Tuesday, April 18. In the first of a multi-part series, the meeting itself will be addressed in part one while the public comments along with EVFD Fire Chief Randy McCoy’s response will be covered in subsequent editions. Following the public comments portion of the meeting, which will be covered in a separate article in a later edition of this newspaper,...

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FFA: Laying the Foundation for Success

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter  GRAPELAND – “When the FFA first started back in 1928, everything was still mostly rural. It was considered a class for farm boys,” Grapeland FFA Advisor Gary Graham said in an interview earlier this week. “You didn’t see it in the big cities. As a matter of fact, when I took Ag in high school it was still known as the Future Farmers of America. It stayed that way until 1998, when they changed the name. It changed because of technology in agriculture which has grown the industry where it’s so much more than...

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Warrant Service Leads to Additional Charges

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter  HOUSTON COUNTY – Deputies from the Houston County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) were dispatched to a residence located on at 12256 Stat Highway 287 S in Pennington on the afternoon of April 20 in reference to a warrant service investigation. The warrant pertained to Anderson County resident 40-year-old Stacy Lynn Branch. The complainant had advised the HCSO Branch was currently at the residence in Pennington and stated it was known she warrants out for her arrest. According to a probable cause affidavit, Investigator Larenzo Simpson and Deputy Detric Murray responded to the dispatch and when...

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