Author: Cheril Vernon


By Gary Allen Burns Timber ownership has three distinct tax treatments for federal income tax purposes: (1) Property held for personal use (2) ordinary business property and (3) timber farm. Personal property is usually small tracts used for personal enjoyment, such as recreational property and small acreage. Major expenses are added to the original cost of the real estate, and there are few or no tax deductions. Ordinary business property has a large acreage with recurring timber harvests. This usually only applies to a few taxpayers, and requires advanced financial and tax reporting – usually Form T. Timber farms are usually held long-term with occasional timber sales with capital gains treatment. Expenses are directly applied without incurred limits. Operations are usually reported on the Farm schedule, Schedule F, with Form T not generally...

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Houston County Lake Report 2-22

55-56F surface water temperature, water stained in color, and 4 inches above normal level. Good black bass to 6 pounds 2 ounces on live minnow in 25 feet of water around timber 100 yards off a point at the northern shore.  Other bass just under 14 inches and another over 14 inches long.  Two spotted bass 15 inches long caught in 25 feet of water. Good crappie on live minnows in 12 feet of water near the islands and to 20 feet of water around brush. Good catfish averaging 3 pounds each on live worms, one foot off the lake bottom near the marina.  Crockett Family Resort Cottages, Marina, & RV Park Houston County Lake 75 Dogwood LN W, Crockett, Tx 75835 936-544-8466,...

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Sunny Thoughts from Sunset 2-22

By Vance Drum Dear friends:  America has a massive spiritual problem, as witnessed by the latest mass murder, this time in Florida.  May God’s people be prayerful, and active, in holding up God’s alternative of life in a devastating culture of death.  The Sunset pastor on Sunday continued our series, “Drilling Deep, Drawing Near,” with a message, “The Holy and the Common,” from Ezekiel 22:26:  “They profane my holy things; do not distinguish between the holy and the common.” The point today:  God is a holy God who draws a distinction between right and wrong.  When we do anything and everything that we want to do in our old sinful nature, that is not ok with God.  Sin is a Bible word that God takes seriously.  The pastor made three points:  (1) Making Distinctions; (2) Violence to the Law; (3) Looking for Someone. (1) Making Distinctions.  V26:  “They profane my holy things; they do not distinguish between the holy and the common; they teach that there is no difference between the unclean and the clean.”  God is a holy God who makes distinctions between the holy and the common, between right and wrong. Everything is not pleasing to God. God our Creator is a Spirit who has highly defined views of right and wrong.  His human creation, made in his own image, also have a God-given conception of what’s...

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EVER WONDER: God’s Accuracy

By Jacque Scott God’s Accuracy “Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil — it has no point.” Scotty sent something to me that has been around many times, and I thought that it may be a good time for me to reprint an article I did years ago.  The world is full of violence, grief and stress.  Without God, ours lives are pointless.  Remember there is a master plan. The words to a wonderful much loved hymn have made me think of something that several of my friends have sent to me recently on God’s accuracy.  “How Great Thou Art’ is one of my favorite old gospel songs and goes like this:  “O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder, consider all the worlds thy hands have made.  I see the stars; I hear the rolling thunder, thy power throughout the universe displayed.” Our God is great.  Have you ever given thought to His accuracy?  The facts will astound you and maybe make you think about His power and greatness. God’s accuracy may even be observed in the hatching of eggs… For example: The eggs of the potato bug hatch in seven days; Those of the canary in 14 days; Those of the barnyard hen in 21 days; The eggs of ducks and geese hatch in 28 days; Those of the mallard in 35 days; The eggs...

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Lillian McQueen Anderson Paduh

Services for Lillian McQueen Anderson Paduh age 96 of Grapeland will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the First Baptist Church at Friday Community in Trinity County. Burial will follow in the Flat Prairie Cemetery, Trinity County, TX. A visitation will be held 30 minutes prior to service at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Bailey & Foster Funeral Home. Lillian McQueen Anderson Paduh passed away peacefully Sunday morning, February 18, 2018, at Cartmell Home for Aged, where she had been a resident for the past forty two months. She was born May 13,...

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