Author: Cheril Vernon

WEEKLY BIBLE COMMENTARY by Wes Woodard 8-20-17

Genesis 1 – “Well Worth Remembering”  We are doing a series through the book of Genesis.  We have already seen the chaotic condition of the earth in verse 2 of chapter 1.  “The earth was formless and void.”  This is not how the Lord made it originally. In Isaiah 45:18 it says, “For the Lord, Who created the heavens (He is the God who formed the earth and make it, He established it and did not create it a waste place. But formed it to be inhabited.  Therefore, something bad happened to the earth between verses 1 and 2. Most likely, Lucifer rebelled against God taking one third of the angels with him, desiring to overthrow God.  God must restore the earth to its original perfect state.  This is what He does in the verses following 1:2.  Today, I want to emphasize how the God of the Bible works out His will through a plurality of male gender personalities: First, in the creation of the first man and woman.  1:26 reads, “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in Our image.”  Note this, God, the Father is addressing God the Son and the Holy Spirit.  The creation of Adam and Eve was a joint venture of the Trinity. During the Church Age, which is right now, local church bodies are to be governed by a plurality of men.  Hebrews...

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THE WEEKENDER by Clyde Black: Please Don’t Challenge the Heat

“Please Don’t Challenge the Heat” theweekender@live.com It’s hard for me to believe that the first article of The Weekender appeared in Houston County in January of 2001.  That’s 17 years ago! I didn’t realize that I’m that old.  I’ve never done anything for 17 years!  Originally the articles were about the Weekenders trips to the county to escape the corporate world of travel and the Dallas lifestyle.  The articles were all intended to be silly, give a smile and poke fun at those of us wanting to be ranchers and cowboys.  It’s been a lot of fun.  I also wanted to give some advice about surviving here.  This brings me to today’s article.  I guess by now most of you know that I have become one of your Justices of the Peace.  As such I get called out to the scene of deaths when they occur out of the hospital.  In rural counties J.P.’s are considered Medical Examiners. Folks, it’s HOT outside!  In the last week I think the two J.P’s in the county have responded to 8 deaths.  I’m positive the heat has had a part in several of these deaths.  When someone is already weakened by health issues the heat serves to complicate these things.  Please don’t challenge the heat.  Take breaks, drink fluids (not beer, guys), and cool your bodies often.  Let someone know where you...

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HORACE MCQUEEN: Grants, And Gifts — Why, Oh, Why?

  The big deal in local Texas government today seems to be hiring grant writers to funnel boatloads of taxpayer money to our counties and cities — large and small. Examples of such greed abound in East Texas. Multi-billion dollar companies often say they won’t bring a new business to our area without taxpayer subsidies. These subsidies are often grants — through governmental agencies, plus tax abatements. Should not a new business pay their fair share of taxes like everyone else who lives here? Commonsense dictates economic growth in East Texas—but without polluting the air, our water sources or bringing in a business that offers wages that can’t compete with the Wal-Mart greeter. And when county, city and economic development folks try to hide under the rug their efforts to bring such new enterprises to our area we should be wary of their intentions. Bringing in new business should concentrate on that business being a good citizen, paying decent wages and not unduly competing with our present business owners. Some taxpayers who were jubilant that a big chicken outfit was coming to Anderson County a few years ago are now not so sure they did right. I get plenty of calls from residents who live close to one or more of the big broiler/pullet or laying houses. The smell from some of those operations is becoming a major problem...

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Wilma Jean Cooper

Wilma Jean Cooper, age 77, of Grapeland passed away Tuesday August 15, 2017 in Crockett.  She was born June 6, 1940 in Liberty Hill to parents, Curtis A. Ivie and Mildred Moore Ivie. She is survived by her mother, Mildred Moore Ivie of Crockett; children, Debra Landrum of Alto, Teresa and Larry Crosby of Alto, Elana Goolsby of Grapeland, Janice and Wayne Hollis of Grapeland, Patricia Pyeatt of Grapeland, and Charles and Tamara Cooper of Normangee; grandchildren, Dana, Jessica, Julie, Mark, Larry, Jr., Shaun, J.D., Ashley, Amos, and Salina; twenty great-grandchildren; brother, J.E. Ivie and wife, Sharon of Liberty...

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Sharon Troutman Bruner

Sharon Troutman Bruner, age 66, of Crockett passed away Sunday, August 13, 2017 in the Christus Mother Francis Hospital in Tyler.  Sharon was born February 11, 1951 in Baytown to Olen and Nita Troutman.  Upon her death, she was a sale associate for Walmart where she had worked for 16 years.  She was a dedicated church member at Harvest Church in Crockett. Sharon is survived by her son, Michael Little and wife, Robyn from Ozona; grandchildren, Ryan, Jakob, Faith and Levi of Ozona; sister and brother-in-law, Sandy and Dan McCullough from Crockett; numerous nieces and nephews, host of special friends and...

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