Author: Cheril Vernon

‘Give Me the Bible” conference set Saturday

By Sarah Naron Messenger Reporter PALESTINE – Crockett Road Church of Christ in Palestine will host its annual “Give Me the Bible” conference Saturday, Jan. 20. “(We will have) two great speakers and a lot of good singing,” said Pastor Dan Manuel. “Hobbs Book Publishing Company will be here with Bible materials as well as the World Video Bible School with free DVDs on the church.” The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, located at 1717 Crockett Road in Palestine. According to Manuel, those in attendance will also receive reports on the “Give Me the Bible” television program. A catered lunch provided by Cotton Patch will be served at noon. The cost is $8 per adult. According to Manuel, the “Give Me the Bible” television program began in April 1989. “The program has been televised on NBC KETK 56 in Tyler for the last 29 years,” Manuel explained. “The program is moving to KLTV Channel 7 on April 1.” In addition to being shown on KLTV in Tyler, the program will air at 6 a.m. Sunday mornings on KTRE Channel 9 in the Lufkin/Nacogdoches area. Viewers in Longview can tune into KLPN 58 at 6 a.m. Friday mornings for the program, which also broadcasts on stations in the Bryan/College Station, Sherman-Denison, Texarkana, Waco and Lake Charles, LA. For the past six years,...

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Local Hospitals Filled to Capacity

By Cheril Vernon Messenger Copy Editor PALESTINE – An influx of patients – especially those with flu symptoms – have flooded area hospitals in recent weeks. Palestine Regional Medical Center is just one of several area hospitals reported to be at capacity. “Our capacity is full. We’ve had surrounding hospitals try to transfer patients to us on a daily basis,” PRMC Chief Nursing Officer Patsy Walker said. “All the surrounding hospitals are at capacity as well. We’ve made calls to hospitals in Tyler, Lufkin, Longview, facilities in Houston and Dallas – they are all full. It’s everybody, not just us.” PRMC has 156 beds, but staff call-ins due to the flu season have also led the hospital to be considered at capacity even if all the beds aren’t taken. “We have had a lot of call-ins because of the flu. Not all of our beds are filled with patients with the flu, but we I know we had 300-plus positive flu swabs in December just in our Emergency Department (ED),” Walker said. In some cases, PRMC has sent patients as far as to Waco to find a bed. “If we find a bed, it’s a lucky phone call,” Walker  said. “It’s this time of the year. It always depends on the flu. If it’s not bad we don’t see this overcrowding, but when it is, it causes overcrowding in...

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Houston County Lake Report 1-18

49F surface water temperature, water stained, and normal level. Slow black bass to 2 ½ pound in 15 to 20 feet of water using slow drag dark worms.  Purple body jigs with chartreuse tail for several spotted bass. Slow to fair crappie on live minnows. No report catfish.  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 1-18

By Gary Allen Burns Surface fires are the most common kind of forest fire. The flames burn near the ground, consuming the grass and brush on the surface, leaving the tree canopy untouched. The dry litter on the ground, of course, is more combustible than the green leaves. Crown fires — fires in the crown canopy — are more dangerous. Hardwood trees are not as flammable as conifers, which can be explosive. In addition, the wind can carry burning needles, leaves and sparks great distances. Ground fires result from spontaneous combustion of decaying humus or peat in wet bogs. The humus or peat usually smolders, seldom flaming, and burns from the surface down, where it becomes hotter. The fire can kill the root system of the trees. There may be little evidence of a fire except for dead standing...

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Sunny Thoughts from Sunset 1-18

By Vance Drum Sunday was Installation Sunday at Sunset, and we were blessed to install four new elders and deacons on the Sunset Board, praise the Lord. The pastor brought a message, “Here Am I.  Send Me,” about the call of the great prophet Isaiah, from Isaiah 6:8:  The Lord said, “Whom shall I send?  And who will go for us?”  And [Isaiah] said, “Here am I.  Send me!” Did you ever have a job that needed somebody — a volunteer — to step up to the plate and do?  If anything gets done in the world, somebody is putting forth their time, energy, money and other resources to get the job done.  The pastor made four points:  (1) Isaiah’s Vision; (2) Isaiah’s Response; (3) God’s Remedy; (4) God’s Commission.  (1) Isaiah’s Vision.  It was crisis time in Jerusalem.  Good King Uzziah had died, after reigning 52 years and doing “what was right” in the eyes of the Lord [2 Chronicles 26].   Now there was a power vacuum, and God needed someone to speak His word to his people.  Isaiah wrote, “I saw the Lord, seated on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of his robe filled the temple.”  God in the vision was exalted, almost inapproachable.   Angels were flying back and forth and calling to each other:  “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the...

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