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Author: Cheril Vernon

SINCERELY SCOTTY by Walter Scott: Billy’s Mission

Billy’s Mission As we approach Mother’s Day, I want to tell you another story.  It is a story of a mother who witnessed a miracle – a miracle that started with her six-year old son, Billy.  Perhaps some of you mothers out there will remember some stories about your children and they, too, will either bring smiles or tears of joy.     This was one of the hottest days of the summer.  It had been almost a month without rain.  The crops were dying; cows had stopped giving milk.  All the creeks and streams were long dried up.  It was a season that, looking back, had bankrupted several farmers.  As a wife and mother she would watch her husband and his brothers go about the difficult process of getting water to their farm.  Recently, the process involved taking a truck to the river and filling it with water, but it was a very expensive process.  And now even the river was getting low.  If they didn’t get rain soon all would be lost. It was on this day that this mother learned the true lesson of sharing, and witnessed a true miracle with her own eyes.  She was in the kitchen making lunch for her husband and his brothers when she saw her six-year old son, Billy, walking toward the woods.  But he wasn’t walking with his usual...

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HORACE MCQUEEN: Words Of Wisdom—or something else!

When it comes to stupidity, we have plenty of folks in the U.S. Congress who qualify for that honor. Sheila Jackson Lee has been in the Congress for 22 years. She represents a neighborhood in Houston where she has successfully convinced voters that she walks on water. She recently said the U.S. Constitution is over 400 years old—only missed by 150 years or so! Then at a town hall meeting of constituents, she interrupted the session to talk for several minutes on her cell phone and not answer questions from the voters. Ms. Lee is also known for saying that astronaut Neil Armstrong planted the first U.S. flag on—MARS. Another Congressman several years ago questioned the sending of 8,000 additional U.S. troops to Guam. Georgia Democrat Hank Johnson said he was worried that the Marine contingent could overload the tiny island and cause it to capsize. Reckon high school science and history lessons should be required before anyone can be elected to political office? Lots of farmers have started fertilizing hay meadows. Dr. Jason Banta, Texas A & M beef specialist, recommends that producers balance the amount of forage to be produced with the quality of nutrients in the grass. He says cutting hay at the proper time produces the most desirable hay—but shooting for maximum number of bales per acre is often a recipe for low quality hay....

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The Case for Rural Job Creation in Texas

By Lonnie Hunt Executive Director, Deep East Texas Council of Governments and Economic Development District I was not surprised the other day to read that Texas was the number one growth state in the United States for 2016, according to a migration trends report from U-Haul.  The company ranks “growth states” by the net gain of one-way U-Haul rentals entering a state during a calendar year.  This, of course, is good news for Texas as a whole.  But is it good news for all of Texas? Unfortunately, the answer is no.  That’s because the significant growth in Texas continues...

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Sunny Thoughts from Sunset 4-20

At Percilla Community Church we had a wonderful community Easter Sunrise service at 7:00 a.m.  Felders Chapel brought some great special music, the Percilla church provided a delicious breakfast, and the Sunset pastor brought the resurrection message.  The message was titled “Journey to Faith,” the story of the apostle Thomas, from John 20:27-28:  “Jesus said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; see my hands.  Reach out your hand and put it into my side.  Stop doubting and believe.’  Thomas said to him, ‘My Lord and my God!’”  The preacher made three points:  (1) The Risen Christ; (2) Thomas the Doubter; (3) Thomas the Believer.  (1) The Risen Christ.  When the women came to the tomb early on resurrection morning, the angel said to them:  “‘Why do you look for the living among the dead?  He is not here; he has risen!’” Paul records the great facts of our Christian faith in 1 Corinthians 15:-1-5:  “Christ died for our sins… he was buried, and he was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures.” Then Paul adds this, v5:  “And he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve… and to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time….”  It is good news that Jesus was not immediately taken up to heaven, but stayed on the earth for 40 days, showing himself alive to so many...

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EVER WONDER by Jacque Scott 4-20

Davy Crockett ‘Davy, Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier’…. Remember the Walt Disney picture?  We all know those famous words to the song, ‘The Ballad of Davy Crockett, but do we know much about the man?  We know that he was an American hero, and that the town of Crockett was named for him, but what else do we know? Most of us know that he is referred to as “the bravest of them all”.  He has become a favorite state hero as well as a national hero. The song tells us that he was born on a mountaintop in Tennessee, but what was he doing camped out in a small settlement that we call Crockett today?  Well, he was on his way to defend the Alamo. Davy came into this country via El Camino Real and loved the area that would later become Huston County.  He wrote his daughter that, “Texas is the garden spot of the world”.  It was a cool time of the year when Davy rode into the little settlement.  The countryside was full of blackberries, dew berries, mulberries, and wild plums.  Everyone could count on hickory nuts, walnuts, pecans and acorns.  Wild turkey, hogs, deer, squirrels, dove and quail were abundant.  He was impressed with the new foliage on trees which told of changing seasons. But more exciting for Davy was the chance...

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