Author: Cheril Vernon

Master National event expected to bring money into local economy

By Cheril Vernon Messenger Copy Editor PALESTINE – Dog and hunting enthusiasts from across the United States will descend upon the Palestine area for the next two weeks as the 7,500-acre BigWoods on the Trinity hunting retreat on the Trinity River bottoms of Tennessee Colony hosts the Master National Retriever Club’s 2017 Master National event. Opening ceremonies and a banquet will kick off the Master National’s events today at Lakeview Methodist Conference Center in Palestine. Registration will continue on Friday, Oct. 13 with the Master National Retriever Club (MNRC) Licensed Hunting Test starting on Saturday, Oct. 14 and continuing...

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FORESTRY UPDATE by Gary Allen Burns

There have been at least four documented sightings of black bear in East Texas. They appear to be young males looking for new home ranges and are probably from Oklahoma and Arkansas. While bears from these two states, as well as Louisiana, occasionally wander into East Texas, breeding pairs have been absent for almost 100 years. If you encounter a bear, biologists recommend that you talk calmly while backing away slowly. Don’t make direct eye contact and don’t run away. If the bear approaches, they advise that you stay put and raise your arms or jacket to appear larger and then yell at the bear. It is against the law to kill a bear in Texas. Penalties are up to $10,000, with added civil restitution, fines, jail time and loss of hunting privileges. The bear is listed as threatened by the State of...

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Houston County Lake Report 10-12

83F surface water temperature, water stained in color, and normal level. Good black bass to 5 pounds 7 oz and many small bass to 4 pounds on artificial worms Good crappie on live minnows in 14 feet of water around brush. Good bream on live worms off piers and near grassy banks. Good catfish on jug lines with shad.  Crockett Family Resort Cottages, Marina, & RV Park Houston County Lake 75 Dogwood LN W Crockett, Tx 75835 936-544-8466...

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EVER WONDER by Jacque Scott: Etiquette

Etiquette Have you ever wondered about all of the silly old-fashioned rules telling us how we should behave ourselves in social situations?  You know the ones like, “Don’t wear white shoes before Easter or after Labor Day.”  My mother was from Alabama, and I actually grew up with lots of these rules on how to do things the ‘right way’. These rules of behavior are called etiquette, and etiquette has often been called the ‘oil of civility’.  It is behavior that society always called polite.  Today, we have a more relaxed way of living, but there are always a few of these old rules hanging around. Good manners probably started when a puny caveman stepped out of the way of a stronger caveman.  Yes, many of the gestures we think of as mannerly probably started as acts of submission.  The kiss on the hand of a lord or gentleman more than likely started with a punished man who “thanked” his punisher for correcting his uncivilized ways. The handshake is traced back to a time when most men carried weapons.  The weapon hand was usually the right hand, and to shake hands, it had to be empty. Kneeling, bowing, curtsying, before a superior- — all of these were gestures of submission.  Tipping a hat as a greeting can be traced to knights in full armor raising their visors to show...

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SINCERELY SCOTTY: Remember When

As you all know, I like nostalgia items. Several years ago, we attended the American Big Band concert put on by the Piney Woods Fine Arts Association.  It was a musical trip into the past.  I wish they would bring it back. There was musical history and nostalgia as many of the past band leaders were recognized.  There are many things that will bring back memories of the past and I would once again like to give you a few thoughts to help you drift back into the good times.  See how many you remember………. My mom used to defrost hamburger on the counter (What’s a microwave?) and I used to eat it raw sometimes too (I liked it with a little salt and pepper); our school sandwiches were wrapped in wax paper in a brown paper bag not in ice pack coolers, but I can’t remember getting food poisoning.      We all took gym, not PE… and risked permanent injury with a pair of high top Ked’s (only worn in gym) instead of having cross-training athletic shoes with air cushion soles and built in light reflectors. I can’t recall any injuries but they must have happened because they tell us how much safer we are now.  Flunking gym was not an option… even for stupid kids! I guess PE must be much harder than gym.  It’s even...

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