Author: Cheril Vernon

Houston County Lake Report 6-22

85 F surface water temperature, water darkly stained, and normal level. Good black bass early evening with bass to 9 pounds 1 ounce caught by Kaigen Parker, 10 years old.  Lures: Rouges with red belly; Carolina rigged and Wacky rigged red and bright blue worms. Small bass in the shallows early morning and late evening chasing bait fish. Good crappie using live minnows at brush piles. Very good bream using live worms in coves. Good catfish using live worms, and shad on trot lines. 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 by Gary Allen Burns

Chinese privet (ligustrum sinense) and European privet (ligustrum vulare) were introduced into the Southern United States in the mid-1800s for ornamental use. These invasive species escaped into the native environment and are now found in 78 counties in east and central Texas. They may form dense thickets up to 30 feet in height. While Chinese privet can grow in a variety of habitats, it grows best in mesic (moderately moist) soils and full sunlight, and it reduces the abundance and diversity of native herbaceous plants and tree seedlings along streams and rivers. It is aggressive along roadsides, fencerows, creeks and forest edges and can even invade forests. It is an evergreen shrub with opposite leaves and bluish black berries that grow in clusters and hang on into winter. Chinese privet, as well as all introduced species of Ligustrum, produces fruit toxic to humans and floral odors may cause respiratory irritation. European privet is a deciduous shrub with a multiple-stem trunk and many leafy branches and purple to black spherical berries that persist into winter. It’s an aggressive invasive often forming dense thickets, especially in bottomland forests and fence rows. Small nonnative privet on small areas may be controlled by hand removal. Foliar or basal spray herbicides, however, are recommended on large areas. Control recommendations can be found at:...

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SUNNY THOUGHTS FROM SUNSET by Rev. Vance Drum 6-22

Sunday was Father’s Day, and we honored our fathers with a small gift package for each one.    Happy Father’s Day! All of our fathers have been less than perfect.  All have participated in the fall of our first father Adam.  My father was a good man, an elder in God’s house, but he also had his faults.  I too have my faults and flaws.  Thank God He has been merciful.  The main thing is that our heavenly Father shares none of these faults. He is only loving, only caring, and only helpful, paying attention to our every need.  When we come to him, he walks beside us, and sometimes, if we’re especially needy, He carries us.  The Sunset pastor continued our “Raised with Christ” series with a message, “Hollow and Deceptive.”  The text was from Colossians 2:8:  “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy….”  The pastor made two points:  (1) Hollow and Deceptive Philosophy; (2) Life Rooted in Christ.  (1) Hollow and Deceptive Philosophy.  The Colossian church had a problem with relying on “hollow and deceptive philosophy, rather than on Christ.”  As in the First Century, the world’s wisdom — without Christ — today is hollow — empty.  It does not satisfy our souls, and leads also to physical hardship and poverty.  It is also deceptive.  It is a host of...

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EVER WONDER by Jacque Scott: Don’t Mess with Kids

Don’t Mess with Kids Last week I gave you something called ‘Don’t mess with Mom’.  Today I have something called ‘Don’t Mess with Kids’. There will be lots of smiles today from these little precocious kids… A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales. The teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though it was a very large mammal its throat was very small. The little girl stated that Jonah swallowed by a whale.  Irritated, the teacher reiterated that a whale could not swallow a human; it was physically impossible.  The little girl said, “When I get to heaven I will ask Jonah”. The teacher asked, “What if Jonah went to hell?” The little girl replied, “Then you ask him”. A Kindergarten teacher was observing her classroom of children while they were drawing. She would occasionally walk around to see each child’s work.  As she got to one little girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was. The girl replied, “I’m drawing God.” The teacher paused and said, “But no one knows what God looks like.” Without missing a beat, or looking up from her drawing, the girl replied, “They will in a minute.” 3.   A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five And six year olds.      After explaining...

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Alice Jenah Mohn Davies

Alice Jenah Mohn Davies passed away peacefully at her home in Crockett, Texas on June 13, 2017 at the age of 97 after a lengthy illness.  Born in Brownwood, Texas on March 28, 1920, she grew up on the banks of the Guadalupe River in Old Ingram, Texas, a town founded by her grandfather, John Charles Wesley Ingram.  As a young child, Alice learned about flowers and a respect for all of God’s creation from her beloved grandmother, Sarah Alice Nichols Ingram.  After graduating from the Hunt School in 1938, she attended secretarial school in San Antonio.  It was...

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