Author: Cheril Vernon

THE WEEKENDER: Father’s Day Angel

“Father’s Day Angel” This article is going to come out on Father’s Day.  Let me first of all say thank you to all dads who have worked hard to take care of their families and for teaching your children love and respect. To all you kids who wonder what to get dad for a present please don’t feel obligated to buy him a tie or plaid shorts!  A simple phone call and expression of love would be great!  Claire and I have reached an age that dictates both our parents have passed away.  For her dad we transplanted a small pine from his funeral to our backyard.  It’s now over 15 feet tall and we call it the Cooper Pine as his name was Bob Cooper.  My dad’s name was Charlie.  He was a great cattleman so I named my beloved bull, Charlie.  He’s retired now but will always have a place of respect here on the ranch. Sometimes I look around and become concerned at the kind of people who can produce children.  It’s scary! There is something inside me that wants to say that the mere ability to produce a child does not a father make.  But to those dads that love their kids and tell them so, live up to the responsibilities of parenthood, teach respect for law and give their children a sense of personal responsibility,...

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All Chicken Litter Is Not Equal!

Using chicken litter as a fertilizer is becoming more common in East Texas. The growing number of houses built to house chickens means more and more litter available. Several years ago, some poultry producers fed litter to their cattle — but, hopefully, this practice has been abandoned. Grass farmers who decide to use poultry litter on pastures or hay meadows should explore their options before buying litter. First of all a soil test will indicate what your soil needs. Most all our soils are short in Nitrogen and Potassium — but often not phosphorous. That is one snag with poultry litter, as it contains lots of phosphorous. If the soil test shows no need for more phosphorous, why pay for something you don’t need. But if the soil test calls for Nitrogen, Potassium plus Phosphorous, litter may offer a good deal over commercial fertilizer. Also, the poultry folks at Texas A & M point out that litter from a broiler house has up to twice the value of that from a pullet or laying house. Dealing with a reliable litter supplier can save dollars and at the same time give grasslands what they need to grow more forage. Changes are coming our way in how we get news and other information. We got notices this week that the paper newsletters from two different organizations are to be no more....

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WEEKLY BIBLE COMMENTARY by Wes Woodard

“1 Corinthians 10 – “Poor Players on the Winning Team” This title describes the Nation of Israel that came out from bondage in Egypt.  It is obvious which word is stressed in verses 1-4; it is “all”.  All of the Jews leaving Egypt were baptized unto Moses (identified with him) and with the cloud, and the Sea; and drank from the same spiritual rock (a picture of the coming Savior) never-the-less, God was not pleased with how most of them lived after getting out of Egypt! This is why many of them died during the wanderings in the wilderness! They were satisfied to be a poor performing player on the winning team!  There are satisfied to be poor performing players on the winning team!  There are Christians today just like this. They seem not to realize that one day they will stand before the Judgment Seat of Jesus Christ and give account (answers) to their Lord for how they have lived!  How...

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Jasper Eugene Jennings

Jasper Eugene Jennings, age 85, of Kennard passed away Monday, June 12, 2017 in Dickinson. He was born October 5, 1931 in Houston County to parents, Wade Jennings and Mona Moffitt Jennings. He was a 1948 graduate of Kennard High School, retired as a manufacturing supervisor from Monsanto with 33 years of service and then owned and operated the Boatwright Limousin Ranch. He is survived by his wife, Kay Jennings of Kennard; son, Dennis Jennings and wife, Sharon of Loveland, CO; daughters, Thresa McClellen of Kemah, and Linda Jennings of Dickinson; grandchildren, Jennifer Silberisen and husband, Harold, Jason Jennings,...

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Lufkin’s Ellen Trout Zoo Celebrates 50 Years

By Cheril Vernon Messenger Copy Editor LUFKIN – They say it all started with a hippo, a hippopotamus that is, more than 50 years ago. In the early 1960s, Lufkin businessman Walter Trout had a dream – to build a zoo in Lufkin. “Mr. Trout thought the children and people of Lufkin would enjoy a zoo and they shouldn’t have to travel to Houston or Dallas to do so,” Ellen Trout Zoo Director Gordon Henley told The Messenger during an interview Friday. At the time, Trout was president of the Texas Foundry and Machine Company, later known as GE...

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