Author: Cheril Vernon

THE WEEKENDER: “President Elect”

theweekender@live.com A lot of folks are surprised that Donald Trump is our President Elect.  People just didn’t realize how mad the middle class is at our government and elected officials. The anger has been brewing for a long time. If you are a middle class person you can’t actually remember when the federal government did anything for you. We all know that taxes have gone up and regulations have increased. About the only tax deduction any of us have anymore is our mortgage interest. We have watched as illegal immigrants are given more welfare dollars than we can earn. Welfare recipients have learned how to maneuver in the system to be able to earn more than most of us with jobs are able to earn. Yeah, the middle class is tired of it. The Messenger recently published the acclaimed article, Sons of Arthritis, and anyone who read that series could have predicted a Trump victory. The series pointed out that folks all over this great land were upset and worried about the direction our civil leaders were taking. (Ok, Ok. It was an acclaimed article at my house.) Please notice that I am not blaming one political party or the other. One party has gone way left and burn and pillage if they don’t get their way. The other is full of wimps who are afraid to stand up...

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Sincerely Scotty 12-4

  If I were to ask 20 people “What is significant about the date Dec. 7, 1941? I suspect less than half would really know the answer much less the impact of it. One of my goals is to help people remember that fateful date. 1941 – We didn’t have TV, computers, email, or smart phones – you get the idea, we lived in the stone age. Communications were not measured in seconds, hours would be more reasonable. It was Saturday, December 6, 1941,Washington D.C. – President Roosevelt is making an appeal to the Japanese Emperor for peace. However, his plea was ignored. Late Saturday night, the American code-breaking service (now the NSA) was successful in decoding some of the Japanese messages and passing them to the President and Cordell Hull, Secretary of State. The Americans believed an attack was imminent, but the exact target was not known. Later, early Sunday morning, another message was decoded telling the Japanese ambassador to deliver the message to the White House at 1PM – early morning in Hawaii. By the time the message got to Hawaii, it was 4 hours after the attack. Pearl Harbor was not on high alert because the local commanders didn’t believe an attack was imminent. They were very wrong. A few minutes before 8 AM, the first wave of enemy planes attacked. There were high altitude bombers,...

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HORACE MCQUEEN: FFA—A Great Asset For America

  When it comes to farming and ranching, the learning programs offered to our young men and women through vocational agriculture will bring many of them back to the land .These organizations are the backbone of many communities. Over 649,000 of our youth are enrolled in high school vocational agriculture programs. There are 7,859 local FFA chapters in the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands—with Texas laying claim to the most members (116,000) and the largest number of chapters at 1,032. Females make up 47% of the membership. Next time you see a high school student wearing the blue and gold FFA jacket, give a salute. These are the future of American agriculture! As we look ahead here in East Texas, one thing that stands out is a marked jump in cattle prices. Especially in those calves that are being sold at sale barns. With a major rebound in the futures market, buyers are back in the market offering more dollars by far than they did a couple months ago. Not up to the prices of two years ago, but at least we are making some progress. Those cowboys buying for feedlots and winter pastures are doing their best to assemble cattle for their programs. One thing for sure, the bids are bringing some smiles to the sellers. Forestry is a major income producer in our East Texas....

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Weekly Bible Commentary by Wes Woodard: Daniel 6 – “Daniel in the Lions’ Den”

  Daniel distinguished himself among the 120 leaders of the nation of the Medes. Darius, the king, decided to appoint Daniel head over all the leaders. The other leaders became jealous of Daniel, so they had the king pass a law that no one could pray to any god, only King Darius, for 30 days. The penalty for breaking this law was to be cast into the den of lions.   The king did not realize that he had been tricked, but he passed the law because of his super ego. He did not realize that Daniel would break it.  Even after Daniel heard about the law he continued to go home, open a window toward Jerusalem, kneel down, and pray three times a day, giving thanks to his God.  This had been his habit. His enemies followed him home and caught him in the act of prayer.  As soon as they found him, they quickly returned to the palace and told King Darius that someone was breaking the law.  They immediately called for Daniel to be thrown into the den of lions.  This made the king very sad.  A stone was laid over the mouth of the den and sealed with the king’s signet ring.  The king went home and stayed awake and fasted all night. The next morning at dawn the king went to the lion’s den. He...

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Maynard Carnes

  Funeral Services for Maynard Carnes, age 56 of Slocum, will be Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 2 p.m. in Rhone Memorial Chapel with Bro. David Franklin officiating. Burial will follow in Crawford Cemetery in Slocum. Mr. Carnes passed away Thursday, December 1, 2016 at his home after a lengthy illness. He was born February 5, 1960 in Palestine, Texas to L.Z. Carnes and Annie Mae Hart Carnes. He was an automobile painter by profession. Mr. Carnes was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Carnes leaves behind his loving wife of 30 years, Vicky Pearson Carnes of Slocum;...

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