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September 20, 2010

Photos from Hemphill Care Center

Filed under: Hemphill Care Center — Freddie Keel @ 6:36 pm

Every Sunday morning, Bobby will place the song books on the tables and when the service is over he will put them back in the bookcase.


Richard Barnett provided the morning devotional and then rolled Mary into the lobby where she waited on her ride to the Baptist Church.


Thomas Hamilton is loyal about taking Clement McDaniel to his church every Sunday Morning.


Jimmy Doyle feeds Kacy some peanuts.


Now it is time for Mr. Phillips and Bobby to play a game of dominos.


Mama and Nannie

Mr. Phillips and daughter Pat


Theses sweethearts visit everyday


two pretty ladies, Pat and Mom

September 19, 2010

Luke played in his second soccer game yesterday..

Filed under: Family — Freddie Keel @ 7:15 pm

Luke and I are waiting for game time.


ok, move back Ref and gimme some room


Where’s the gator aid


hey gals, try to catch me

Brett says, hey mom the sun is in our eyes


caps down, now that is better

September 18, 2010

A Joke from my favorite middle daughter

Filed under: Misc — Freddie Keel @ 6:49 pm

Hung Chow calls his work and says, ‘Hey, I no come wok today, I really sick . Got headache, stomach ache and legs hurt, I no come wok.’
The boss says, ‘You know something, Hung Chow,
I really  need you today. When I feel sick like you do, I go to my wife and tell her to give me Sex. That Makes everything  better and I go to work. You try that.’
Two hours later Hung Chow calls again. ‘I do what You say and I feel Great. I be at wok soon………You got nice house

September 17, 2010

Hope you enjoy some of my recent game camera photos

September 16, 2010

How do Piegons find their way home

Filed under: Birds — Freddie Keel @ 8:23 pm
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How is it that homing pigeons find their way home?

While the homing flight of pigeons is a process that is still not completely understood, scientists have two working hypotheses. The first hypothesis involves an “odor map.” It proposes that young homing pigeons learn to reach their home by following a trail of wind-borne odors. A pigeon would, for example, learn that a certain odor is carried on winds blowing from the east. If the pigeon were then transported eastward, the odor would provide a cue to fly westward to return home.

The second hypothesis is that a homing pigeon learns the location of its home by using the earth’s magnetic field as a compass.

This has been an area of intense research in recent years.  It turns out that pigeons an a number of other species including bats have metal deposits in their heads.  These metal deposits, haematite, they’re iron and they’re magnetically sensitive.  They use the Earth’s magnetic field as a kind of compass.  What they do, they know the sun rises in the east and sets in the west and so by using sunrise and sunset they are able to gain a timing.  They set their compass according to where the sun is at certain times.  That gives them their compass directions.  By changing their orientation relative to the Earth’s magnetic field they are able to navigate.  They use this as a broad directional cue.  At the same time they also use visual cues because they have the hippocampus part of their brain which registers where they are in relation to their environment.  They remember visual landmarks and marry them together so they know where they’re going and how they get home.

The debate goes on!

September 15, 2010

On The Bright Side – Mary Howell 9/15/10

Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 6:04 pm

“Are You Ready for Some Football?”

In commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the National Football League, this week’s article gives honor to one of America’s and Canada’s most talented football players, Donnie Caraway.

Donnie Caraway and his wife, Kathy, have made their home in Sabine County for the past 14 years.  He is presently a resident of Hemphill Care Center where he is dealing with health issues.

Caraway’s football career began while he was in high school at Haynesville, Louisiana where he played for his home team.  He later played for Kilgore Junior College and in 1954 was named All American, Most Outstanding Player and All Conference Player.  He was inducted into the Kilgore Junior College Hall of Fame in 1953.

While playing football at the University of Houston, Caraway was on the All Time Players Team.  He excelled as fullback, linebacker and kick-off specialist.  In 1955, he led the Missouri Valley Conference with 41.4 yards per kick.  He was also inducted into the University of Houston Football Hall of Fame.

After his college years, he was drafted by the New York Giants in the third pick to play linebacker.  The Giants had some big name players at that time such as Sam Huff and Frank Gifford.  Donnie remembers having Vince Lombardi as the Giants offensive coach and Tom Landry as the Giants defensive coach.  He recalls that both coaches were demanding and difficult to please.  He would never have dreamed that both men would be in the National Football Hall of Fame after several years of successful coaching and several championships.

Several professional teams of the NFL and Canadian Football League desired Donnie’s services.  These teams included the Green Bay Packers, Calgary Stampeders, Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Washington Redskins.  The Green Bay Packers placed him on their preferred list in the early draft.  However, Donnie went to the Calgary Stampeders Canadian team first.  He later played for the New York Giants, Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tiger-Cats.  He remembers playing in the famous Fog Bowl in Toronto, Canada which is comparable to our Super Bowl.

An excerpt from the Houston Post stated that “Donnie was a brute of a fullback, had arms like tree trunks and a huge chest.  He was an indestructible fellow whose East Texas background had forged an iron will to match that body of steel.  Donnie was what you’d call a good ole’ boy but it was best not to make him mad.  When Donnie got mad, the grass wouldn’t even grow where he stood”.

Donnie Caraway’s football story would not be complete without sharing his and Kathy’s love story which began more than 50 years ago.  While Donnie was playing football in Toronto he dated a girl who was a friend of Kathy’s.  Kathy and her friend worked at the same bank.  After having lunch one day with Kathy’s friend, Donnie asked Kathy to have dinner with him that same evening.  Donnie did not have a car since he was just in town to play football so Kathy had to pick him up.  She was angry by the time she found a parking place and walked a long distance to find him in his apartment.  To make a long story short, Kathy and Donnie eventually married other spouses but kept in touch once a year by phone.  She jokingly said he only called when he was drunk!  After both of their mates died and 36 years passed, Kathy and Donnie married.  They later purchased a home in Rebel Ridge on Toledo Bend which they named “Journey’s End”.

Donnie Caraway’s professional football career spanned 14 years and ended when he was 32 years of age.  He formed and coached a professional football team called the Pasadena Pistols in Pasadena, Texas.

He worked as a diesel engineer until his retirement. Donnie has vivid memories of his football days but is still very humble about his accomplishments.  He enjoys a simple life now and takes one day at a time and enjoys being with his wife, Kathy.  By the way, Kathy never saw her husband play a game of football!

Mary Howell

September 15, 2010

Don and Kathy Caraway


Biography for Mary Howell

Mary Howell is a cerebral palsied quadriplegic who has resided at Hemphill Care Center in Hemphill, Texas since November, 2009.  She lived with her parents until their deaths and then lived in her home with 24/7 caregivers.  Mary has spent her life turning defeat into victory.  Her determination and strong faith in God have been an inspiration to all who know her.

Mary attended Hemphill High School, Wharton Junior College and served as the Editor of the Sabine County Reporter.  She has received numerous awards from the Texas Press Women and the Texas Press Association. for her writing.  Mary wrote and published her autobiography in 2007, Life On The Bright Side.

She has received various awards for her services in the community. She was named as an outstanding citizen, communicator of achievement, and Texas Handicapped Professional Woman of the Year in 1986.  She was among the “Nine Who Make A Difference” selected by KTRE-TV in 1986..

Mary’s love for God makes the difference in her life, enabling her to turn sadness into happiness and apparent defeat into victory.

Clara and friend with Mary

September 14, 2010

Texas Archery Season – 2010

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 8:43 pm

Texas Archery Season – October 2-November 5, 2010

Bag Limit: 4 deer, no more than 2 bucks, and no more than 2 antlerless, all seasons combined.

Be reminded that since archery season is near, this is the perfect time to do some maintenance on tree stands, climbing aids and safety equipment. It is important to make sure all equipment remains both safe to use and functional for the season.

Here are a few basics to help ensure your safety:

1.  Check all strapping material, buckles, seats and stitching for wear and tear.
2.  Oil hinges, and tighten bolts and screws.
3.  Repaint where necessary.
4.  Check all rope assemblies for cuts, unraveling or any weak areas.
5.  Wash away dirt, mud or oils that may create dangerous slippery areas.
6.  Add padding to rails where needed.
7.  Take steps to reduce any potential noisy squeaks or clicks.
8.  Order and replace any missing or damaged parts.
9.  Purchase safety accessory items that you do not have.
a.   Quick-Connect Straps
b.   Lineman’s Climbing  Strap
c.   Lifelines

Failure to follow many of these basics could lead to serious injury or death.

Shot  Placement

The vital areas of the Whitetail deer include the brain, spinal column, jugular vein (which runs through the neck), lungs, heart and the liver.  A deer hit in any one of these areas will not travel far.  However, the heart lung area offers the largest target and should be your preferred shot.   The ideal shot would be one where the deer is standing in the open and in a broadside position under 30 yards away.   In the woods a deer rarely presents this type of shot, they are partially screened by brush and vegetation, moving or at a less than ideal range for a clean kill.   Regardless of the circumstances the best bet is to aim for the heart-lung area. See the chart below for some possible shots that may be presented:

wasa.gif (12526 bytes)Walking Away(steep angle): About 45 percent of the heart-lung area is exposed.  The tendency is to shoot too far forward: aim along an imaginary line exiting between the deer’s front legs qtsa.gif (12095 bytes)Quartering Toward(steep angle): About 55 percent of the heart-lung area is exposed, but is protected by the shoulder bone.  The deer would probably see you move to prepare for the shot. qasa.gif (10012 bytes)Quartering Away(steep angle): About 55 percent of the heart-lung area is exposed.  Aim along an imaginary line exiting low on the far shoulder. In this position the deer is not likely to see your movement.
brgr.gif (7402 bytes)Broadside(ground shot): With 100 percent of the heart-lung area exposed, you have a target roughly the size of an 8 inch paper plate with room for error.  By far the best shot to hope for. deerana.gif (51866 bytes) qtgr.gif (9030 bytes)Quartering Toward(ground shot): About 65 percent of the heart-lung area is exposed.  Aim for the near shoulder.  Don’t try this shot with a bow; you’ll hit the shoulder bone.
qagr.gif (9409 bytes)Quartering Away(ground shot): About 60 percent of the heart-lung area is exposed.  Aim along an imaginary line through the deer’s far shoulder. hogr.gif (6546 bytes)Head On(ground shot): Only 35 percent of the heart-lung area is exposed, this shot is too risky for archers. Gun hunters should also avoid this shot.  You risk the bullet deflecting off the shoulder bone and only wounding the deer. Wait for a better shot !

Know your target !  Shoot only after you have verified that it is a deer!

Don’t Shoot at Sound or Movement.  Verify Your Target!

September 12, 2010

Texas Game Warden Field Notes

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 7:05 pm

The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports.

  • Numbers add up to legal trouble: Tarrant County Game Wardens Clint Borchardt and Chelle Mount were checking fishermen along the West Fork of the Trinity River on February 21. The first of two boats they checked had four fishermen. The section behind the last seat was filled to the top of the transom with 122 white bass. The second boat had two fishermen and 64 white bass in their ice chest. All six fishermen received citations for over the limit of white bass.

  • Crappie fishermen come up short: Polk County Game Warden David Johnson was patrolling Kickapoo Creek for water safety violations on February 22 when he noticed several boats taking advantage of the crappie bite up the creek. While making contact with three subjects, a water safety inspection was conducted. When a personal flotation device was pulled from below the front deck, the warden noticed a holding basket full of crappie. Several citations were issued for possession of undersized crappie and no fishing license.

  • Wardens find novel use of stolen truck: Game Wardens Michael Hummert and Colt Gaulden were patrolling on February 21 when they heard a call that a Department of Public Safety helicopter had detected a LoJack transmission coming from a 90,000-acre ranch in Webb County. Responding to the call, the wardens entered the ranch and spoke with the landowner. The DPS helicopter was hovering over an area where the landowner said a hunter’s camp was located. The wardens entered the camp and found a stolen Ford F-250 four-door truck. The originally white truck had been painted in camouflage, an elevated deer blind had been installed, and fictitious plates had been put on the vehicle.

  • Motorcycle goes for a boat ride: Game Wardens Ronnie Langford, Brent Whitus, and Jim Lindeman were patrolling the upper end of Lake Travis in Burnet County on February 20 when a flat-bottom boat containing an upright motorcycle caught their attention. The wardens stopped the unregistered craft to talk to its two occupants. When they ran a check the wardens discovered the motorcycle was reported stolen in Burnet County. The motorcycle and subjects were turned over to the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office for further investigation.

  • Remember, Don’t Mess With Texas: Gillespie County Warden Scott Krueger received a call from a local rancher on February 22 regarding a dumped blackbuck antelope carcass and large bag of trash in the ditch near the rancher’s residence. Scott located the trash the next morning. At the bottom of the trash bag Scott found a receipt from a store in Fredericksburg. Next he met with the store’s loss prevention director who began a records search. In a few minutes video was found of the suspect checking out, as well as parking lot video of the subject getting into his vehicle. Since he paid with a credit card, Scott was able to get his name. A quick check in the phone book gave Scott an address. After a brief introduction, Scott told the suspect the reason for the visit. A citation was issued, and the trash was cleaned up.

  • “Hog” turns out to be illegal doe: Van Zandt County Game Warden Steve Stapleton received a call from a landowner who had found the outline of a deer in the snow with a blood trail leading back to a county road. The landowner said that a short time after he made the discovery, a truck drove up and the driver asked if he could put a hog trap on the rancher’s property. The landowner asked the man if he knew anything about a deer being illegally shot on his property, and the man said he had found a hog and in the spirit of helpfulness had removed it for the rancher. The warden was able to track down the subject and drove to the subject’s house pulling the regional Operation Game Thief trailer for an upcoming event. The warden realized he was likely on the right investigative track when the man saw the OGT trailer and remarked that it looked like he was going to lose his truck “over all of this.” It seems he thought the trailer was used to confiscate vehicles and illegal equipment. A freshly killed doe was found hidden in a hay barn. The warden also recovered a .22 short pistol used to kill the deer. Multiple cases pending.

  • On-line detective work pays off. Travis County Warden Cody Jones got word on February 19 of a Craigslist posting from someone wanting to purchase whitetail deer meat. The warden made email contact with two persons and working with the Special Operations Unit set up a buy-bust. Both suspects were filed on for setting up an illegal purchase of meat from a game animal.

  • Young woman gets another chance at life: Around 11 p.m. on February 21, Travis County Game Warden Braxton Harris was patrolling Austin’s Lady Bird Johnson Lake checking a few bank fishermen and late-night kayakers. Beneath the I-35 bridge the warden drove by the one car parked in the area and noticed a hose going from the exhaust pipe into the rear window. After turning the car off and finding its female occupant still breathing, he opened all the car doors and then called for an ambulance. The 25-year-old woman was expected to make a full recovery.

  • Nice bucks! Too bad they were taken illegally. Travis County Game Warden Braxton Harris received a call at 4 a.m. February 24 from dispatch to contact an Austin Police Department officer who was detaining two men who had just shot two deer. When the warden arrived, he found the two deer had been shot with a 12-gauge from the roadway. One buck scored 126 2/8 Boon and Crockett points and the other 109 1/8. The deer meat was donated for use by the homeless and the men taken to jail. Cases pending.

  • One toke over the line: On February 24, Travis County Warden Cody Jones was searching for a vehicle involved in poaching activity when two subjects approached his state truck while toking on a marijuana pipe. Not until they had walked to within only a few feet of the warden did they realize their mistake and try to hide the illegal substance. Both subjects were issued field release citations for the marijuana possession and released.

September 11, 2010

Pendleton Harbor September Golf Tournament Winners

Filed under: Buddies — Freddie Keel @ 6:30 pm
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The reason they are all smiles is that they just blew all the other teams away in Pendleton Harbor monthly golf tournament.  The winners were George Johnson, Kevin Dutton, Japhan Green, Anthony Page and Jaxon Page.

Pendleton Harbor is a par three nine-hole golf course offering memberships to the general public.  The monthly scramble tournament occurs on the second Saturday of each month.

September 10, 2010

Glenda at Grand Parents Day with Brett and Luke – 9/10/10

Filed under: Family — Freddie Keel @ 8:01 pm








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