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December 31, 2011

Happy New Year

Filed under: Misc — Freddie Keel @ 6:55 am

Gas prices could rise near $4 mark next spring

Posted on December 9, 2011 at 11:59 am by Dan X. McGraw in Gasoline, General

Mohammad Rezaie changes the gas prices at his Union 76 gas station in Oakland, Calif., Friday, Nov. 11, 2011. The price of oil is flirting with $100 per barrel for the first time since the summer, as fears fade that Europe’s debt crisis will spread and trigger another recession. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

If high gas prices are getting you down, you shouldn’t be looking forward to the New Year.

An expiring ethanol tax credit will likely boost gasoline prices at the pump by a nickel on New Year’s Day, and gasoline prices could rise above the $4-per-gallon mark by spring, said Tom Kloza, chief analyst for Oil Price Information Service.

Gasoline at $4 per gallon “is a certainty for a number of states unless we have a financial collapse in Europe or a recession in the U.S.,” Kloza predicted.

Kloza, who monitors gasoline prices nationwide, said prices could rise to the $3.75- to $4.50-per-gallon range built on unseasonably high gasoline prices this year. While $4.50 per gallon is unlikely, Kloza said it is the most “apocalyptic view” of gasoline prices.

Texas gas prices have been steadily falling after peaking near the $4-per-gallon mark this summer. As of this week, Houston drivers are paying on average $3.09 a gallon, more than 30 cents higher than the $2.78 average last year, according to the AAA gas gauge report.

But Kloza said consumers actually should be paying more at the pump, given the current cost of crude oil, which is hovering around $100 per barrel.

“Based on where crude oil prices are, gasoline prices are way too cheap,” Kloza said. “The public is going to believe it, but it’s true.”

Under current crude oil prices, gasoline should be selling around $3.45 a gallon in Texas, Kloza said. He said the price has been tempered by over production by refineries, but the price will eventually correct itself in the New Year.

Bob Van der Valk, a fuel specialist, said all things point to $4 gas this spring.

“We will be starting the New Year with the average price for gasoline $1 per gallon higher than we were at the beginning of this year,” he said. “I am forecasting gasoline prices in Houston to back over $4 per gallon by Easter.”

Gasoline demand has steadily fallen since the summer, and analysts are predicting that will continue in the New Year.

“I think anyone that watches this product – and hears the talk about consumers shopping, or going back to restaurants – has to wonder if they are doing so on foot or carpooling,” Kloza said. “These are very significant year-to-year declines. There is certainly some fatigue there.”

As demand continues to shrink, American refineries have been beefing up their exports of gasoline, diesel and other petroleum products to foreign markets, turning the country into a net exporter of fuel.

The result is that drivers are paying more for gasoline for this time of the year.

“Instead of that product backing up and depressing prices, it’s being sent to other countries,” Kloza said. “It’s good news for the refining industries and their workers and the balance of trade and U.S. jobs.”

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December 30, 2011

Texas Game Warden Field Notes

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 6:29 am

(the photos and cartoons are not related to the situations)

SQUIRREL HUNTER UNFRIENDS WARDEN

Shelby County Game Warden Mike Hanson was checking deer and squirrel hunters in the Sabine National Forest when he observed a vehicle being operated at a high rate of speed. Once the vehicle was stopped, it was apparent the operator was intoxicated. The suspect informed the warden he was only in the area to assist the warden in searching for anything suspicious. He further informed Hanson that he was not his friend anymore. At 9:30 a.m., the suspect registered .227 and .221 on the Intoxilyzer.  Case pending.

WHAT PART OF NO DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND

A landowner noticed tree stands being placed on his property and notified Brazoria County Game Warden Jason Richers. Richers removed the stands from the property and left his business card at the location. A few days later he received a call from an individual inquiring about the stands. Richers met with the individual the next day and explained to him that the stands were placed on private property, returned the stands and explained that one must have permission from the landowner of the property he intends to hunt. A few days later, the landowner called again and the stands were back. Brazoria County Game Wardens Jason Richers, Jim Bob Van Dyke, Joe Goff, Scott Jennings and Fort Bend County Game Warden Mike Weiss traveled to the location on opening day of bow season and arrested two individuals for hunting without landowner consent.  Cases pending.

BAIT BAD BACHELOR PARTY PRESENT

While checking dove hunters in Zavala County, Game Warden Chris Stautzenberger and Kinney County Game Warden Dayton Isaacs checked a group of 10 hunters who were dove hunting behind a high fence around a pond. Stautzenberger noticed that the area had been baited with corn and milo. The group argued that they did not know about the place being baited and were leasing the place for a bachelor party for the weekend. The ranch manager was interviewed and admitted to placing the bait in the field, and 10 citations for hunting over bait and one for placing bait to attract were issued.

ROAD AXIS HUNTERS THRWARTED

Uvalde County Game Warden Henry Lutz received a call from Deputy Game Warden John Earl Teague regarding shots being fired from a county road. When Lutz arrived, Teague and recently retired Real County Game Warden Shane Hohmann had two juvenile boys and one 17-year-old subject detained. The boys admitted to shooting an axis deer and a rabbit from the county road that day. They had another axis deer in camp that they claimed was killed in the Nueces River the day before. After locating the downed axis deer and rabbit, shot from the road, the 17-year-old was asked to take the wardens to where he shot the axis in the river. The boy showed the wardens a spot at the water’s edge that had no blood or deer tracks. Later, the young man admitted that this axis deer had also been shot off of another county road and took the wardens to that location, where blood was found.  Several charges of hunting from a public road and one charge of no hunting license were filed.

BOWHUNTING STAND GOOD PLACE FOR A NAP

Kent/Dickens County Game Warden Danny Kessel received a call from a bowhunter who found his stand occupied by a man armed with an assault rifle and a pistol. The violator informed Kessel that the previous night he left his camp with an alcohol-induced plan to go shoot a pig. He stated that he left his camp, got lost and decided to wait out the night in the deer stand. The violator had no hunting license or identification and had crossed four property lines that were posted with no trespassing signs. Cases pending.

TRESPASSERS PURSUING SQUIRRELS COME BACK WITH DEER

Upshur County Game Warden David Pellizzari received a call concerning individuals hunting without consent. Pellizzari located a vehicle and waited until the subjects came out of the woods from squirrel hunting. A quick call to the landowner confirmed that the men did not have permission to hunt the property. One subject did not have his wallet or license and had blood on his clothing. A search of the area revealed the front leg of a freshly killed deer. The subject denied killing the deer and stated he found a doe on the back of the property, even though the meat was still warm and had fresh blood on it. The subject maintained that somebody else must have shot it that morning. The subject finally admitted to killing the deer, cutting off the front leg and backstraps, and to not having a hunting license. Cases pending.

SPEARS USED TO TAKE LOW-WATER GAMEFISH

McLennan County Game Warden Jason Campbell apprehended a group of fishermen in Falls County. The subjects were using spears to take several different species of game fish from a local river, where the fish were unable to move due to the low-water conditions. One yellow cat weighed more than 25 pounds. Cases pending.

SQUIRREL GUN IS STILL A FIREARM FOR THIS FELON

Grayson County Game Warden Dale Moses received a call from a landowner whose neighbor had spotted a man and woman entering his property with rifles. After noticing a vehicle with Oklahoma plates parked on the roadway, Moses waited for the subjects to arrive back to their vehicle. A woman and a child exited the woods first, and after noticing the warden, the woman laid her .22-caliber rifle down behind a tree. The woman said she was hunting squirrels and that her husband, who also had a .22-caliber rifle, was still in the woods. When the husband saw Moses, he stepped back into the woods and came out a few minutes later without his firearm. Moses met the subject in the field and retrieved the gun. A computer check showed the man to be on five-year probation after receiving deferred adjudication for a felony in Grayson County. The subject’s probation officer was notified. The subject had also failed to tell his probation officer that he is currently living in Oklahoma. Cases pending.

SPEEDING TO FEED PET GATOR

The Galveston Police Department stopped a speeding driver. When asked why he was in such a hurry, the driver replied that he needed to get home and feed his pet alligator. Game Warden Jaime Pendlebury was notified, responded to the location and seized a baby alligator. Case pending.

TAKE HEED OF FRIENDLY WARNINGS

On October 7th, Zapata County Warden Carson Wardlow was off-duty and fishing from the bank on Falcon Lake when a man approached and asked if the area was open for the public to fish. Wardlow informed the man it was a public area. The man stated his semi-truck was parked up the road but he would be back shortly with his pole. When the man returned, it was discovered that he was from California and didn’t have a Texas fishing license. Wardlow warned, “You need to go get a license before you start fishing because the Game Wardens patrol this area.” The man stated that he would “take his chances” and began fishing for catfish. Not wanting to blow his “cover,” Wardlow discreetly called his partner, Game Warden Shane Bailey, who was in the area and on-duty. Bailey arrived and the California man denied that he was fishing; after a few questions the man admitted he was fishing and received a citation. After Warden Bailey left, the man informed Wardlow that he had received a ticket and now he had to leave and buy a license. Wardlow replied, “I tried to warn you.”

BAG OF CORN NOT THE RIGHT HIDING PLACE

Starr County Game Warden Dennis Gazaway checked two men leaving a dove hunting area. While inspecting their game, Gazaway noticed several empty sacks and one sack half full of corn in the bed of the truck. Under the corn the warden found four quail. Cases pending for possession of quail in closed season.

THIS PUNISHMENT MIGHT BE MILD ONCE THE CAPTAIN FINDS OUT

Game Wardens Valchar and Bernstein were contacted by Fort Hood game wardens who advised that they had stopped a suspicious vehicle on post, with two soldiers inside the vehicle. The two men were in possession of four recently killed white-tailed deer that had been skinned and quartered. One suspect said that he shot the deer two nights earlier on a property where he keeps his horses. One of the men told Valchar that he was the one who shot the four deer because they were eating his horses hay. The wardens received consent to search one of the suspect’s home for the deer meat and weapon used. The wardens seized one rifle and the deer meat in the freezer. The deer meat was not fully frozen and there was still water in the bag. Bernstein spoke with the wife of one of the suspects. She advised that three other men had gone hunting with her husband, provided their names and said each had shot a deer from the highway. The husband then admitted to hunting at night, shooting at approximately 14 to 16 deer and killing and taking seven deer. Bernstein and Valchar retrieved search warrants and arrest warrants for the three other soldiers and charged them with hunting white-tailed deer at night and hunting from a vehicle. All deer meat from two houses was seized and a .50-caliber desert eagle and a Remington 30-06 were seized in connection with the shootings.

HUNTING ACCIDENT SOUNDS FAMILIAR

Somervell County Game Warden Joni Kuykendall responded to a report of a hunting accident that had occurred at a local private bird hunting area. Two bird hunters were hunting quail with 12-gauge shotguns. While walking through the field, one hunter swung and shot at a bird that was flying toward the other hunter. The other hunter was peppered with birdshot. Both hunters were hunter education certified.

December 29, 2011

Deer hunting could open 2012 in four urbanized Texas counties

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 6:49 am

Deer hunting, with archery only, might be opened next year in three northeast Texas counties and one along the coast, if the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approves.

Hunting regulations similar to archery-only Grayson County would be extended to Collin, Dallas, and Rockwall counties, according to the proposal.

And in Galveston County, the deer hunting regulations would mirror those of neighboring Harris County.

All four counties currently have no open deer seasons.

Opening them to bowhunting would also provide “a tool to deal with urban deer issues,” said Alan Cain, white-tailed deer program leader at Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

“Obviously,” Cain added, “those areas are urban for the most part, fragmented, but still with small but huntable pockets of deer.

“Bottom line is, there is no biological reason not to have a season in those counties.”

The archery-only Grayson County model for the three northeast counties does not allow hunting with firearms. During archery season, crossbows are allowed only for people with upper-limb disabilities, but they can be used by anyone during the general gun season.

Galveston County would be opened to archery season. There also would be a general and muzzleloader seasons like in Harris County.

Regulations would also be changed in each of these counties to allow the taking of two does without the Managed Lands Deer Permits that are required now in Grayson and Harris counties.

The commission was notified on Nov. 2 that a formal proposal would be made in January. Commission members would likely vote on the changes in March, Cain said.

Trevor Tanner, a TPWD biologist in northeast Texas, said healthy deer populations have grown up near the Collin County communities of Anna, Melissa, Blue Ridge and around Lake Lavon.

The best deer habitat in the region is along main creek drainages, Tanner said.

“I’ve seen some trail cam pictures from the Lake Lavon area of some decent size deer,” he said. “There also have been some hit on (U.S.) 380. One actually ended up in the cab of an 18-wheeler.”

Hunting in these counties, Tanner said, could help control populations as urban areas expand.

“We don’t want to be the next Westlake in the Austin area or San Antonio and even the Conroe area that have very large deer populations,” Tanner said. He added that those herds got out of control “because there is no hunting allowed in those urban areas.”

December 28, 2011

On The Bright Side – Mary Howell – December 28, 2011

Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 6:30 am

On The Bright Side
December 28, 2011

The residents of Hemphill Care Center have been in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season with lots of activities planned for our enjoyment.
During the first week our home was turned into a Christmas wonderland. Decorated with brilliantly colored lights, 3 beautiful Christmas trees and dozens of beautiful red poinsettias donated by our friends at Oakhill Baptist Church. Our big beautiful Christmas tree in our dining room was decorated by our great friends and volunteers from Hemphill’s Church of Christ.
We had fun laughing and singing with our clown friends from Lakes Area Hospice and from Fairdale Baptist Church. They brought Christmas cheer to our hearts. The craft ladies(Carole and Linda) and our friends from the Hemphill Garden Club helped us make Christmas decorations for our rooms. The highlight of the week was our huge annual Christmas Party which was held on Saturday December 10, 2011. Relatives, friends and volunteers made the party a wonderful time for us. Our activity director handed our plaques for the  volunteer of the year, which was Fairdale Baptist Church and our resident of the year, which was Jerry Fields.
Jolly ole St. Nick even stopped by to deliver gifts to all of us.
Thanks to our friends at Six Mile Baptist Church we were treated to a free shopping spree, at which time we could select gifts for our family and friends. We were blessed to have special Christmas programs and cantatas presented by the choirs of: Bethel Chapel Baptist church, County Line Baptist Church, Parkway Baptist Church, Fairdale Baptist Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, The Rach Family and the band of West Sabine, they were all awesome!
The Macedonia Mission ladies treated us to delicious homemade cakes and pies and surprised everyone with a special gift. Marissa from Jordan Home Health read us a beautiful Christmas story titled “The Three Trees” the story was very moving and touched our hearts.
Lively bingo games this month were sponsored by Hemphill’s Church of Christ, Carletta with Texas Home Health and Parkway Baptist Church. We were sad to hear that Foy Forehand from the Church of Christ will not be here any longer to play bingo with us. He plans to move out of Sabine County sometime in January. He will be greatly missed by all of us.
We were happy to worship with our friends from the First Baptist Church, Fairdale Baptist Church, Bethel Chapel Baptist Church, Little Flock Baptist Church, Parkway Baptist Church, Community Fellowship Church, and Bethany Baptist Church, who shared the spirit of Christmas with us.
Although we have enjoyed all the Christmas activities, we had a very merry Christmas Sunday with all our families and friends stopping by all day to make our day special.
The resident council selected Sandy Trahan as our volunteer of the month, Jack Winn as our resident of the month and Tiffani Bradberry and Ernie Mae Garner as our employees of the month. Celebrating birthdays this month were: our own Pat Bradberry, Angie Martin, Bettie Mae McGraw, Ruth Watson, Bobbie Garrett, Anna McKay and Jesse Allen.
Our love and sympathy is extended to the families and friends of: Verdell Easley, Thurman Richards and Don Caraway for the loss of their loved one.
We are so looking forward to the next few days. We are having a monthly birthday party given by Tiffany Harris, C.J. Michaels, the one man band is stopping by and we are having a pizza party of Friday to ring in the new year a little early
The residents and staff of Hemphill Care Center would like to wish everyone a very happy and safe New Year. May Gods blessings be yours each day of 2012.

December 27, 2011

a nice weekend with a grandson

I tried to explain to the kid, that they should pay attention to their elders and they might learn to catch a big fish.

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The kid said that sometime an old dog might learn a new trick from a kid

and now get the net.

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It was just a little larger than my fish smarty pants.

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While I was cleaning and cooking fish, the kid was squirrel hunting.

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and then he pigged out on fried cat fish

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and then a dog squirrel hunting trip with his buddy, Marvin.

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Then deer hunting early the next morning in a nice big cozy heated box stand.

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So much for hunting, time for a nap

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a nice weekend with a grandson

December 26, 2011

TEXAS – more information than you need

Filed under: Misc — Freddie Keel @ 6:08 am

Capital City: Austin
Statehood: December 29, 1845 (28th)
Population: 20,044,141
Nickname: Lone Star State
Motto: Friendship
Origin of State Name: Based on a word used by Caddo Indians meaning “friends”
Counties: 254
Largest Cities: Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, El Paso, Austin
Border States: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma
Land Area: 262,015 sq. mi.; 2nd largest
Highest Point: Guadalupe Peak, 8,749 ft
Lowest Point: Gulf of Mexico, sea level
State Bird: Mockingbird
State Flower: Bluebonnet (lupinus)
State Tree: Pecan (carya illinoensis)
State Song: Texas, Our Texas
State Web Site: www.state.tx.us
State Mammal (Large) : Texas Longhorn
State Mammal (Small): Armadillo
State Reptile: Horned Lizard
State Flying Mammal: Mexican Free-tailed Bat
State Plant: Prickly Pear Cactus
State Grass: Sideoats Grama
State Ship: Battleship Texas
State Folk Dance: Square Dance
State Fruit: Texas Red Grapefruit
State Gemstone cut: The Lone Star Cut
State Stone: Petrified Palmwood
State Seashell: Lightning Whelk
State Dish: Chili
State Pepper: Jalapeno
State Fish: Guadalupe Bass
State Insect: Monarch Butterfly
Longest State River: Rio Grande (1270 miles)

OTHER INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT TEXAS

  • Texas is popularly known as The Lone Star State.
  • The Alamo is located in San Antonio. It is where Texas defenders fell to Mexican General Santa Anna and the phrase Remember the Alamo originated. The Alamo is considered the cradle of Texas liberty and the state’s most popular historic site.
  • The lightning whelk is the official state shell.
  • Texas is the only state to have the flags of 6 different nations fly over it. They are: Spain, France, Mexico, Republic of Texas, Confederate States, and the United States.
  • Although six flags have flown over Texas, there have been eight changes of government: Spanish 1519-1685, French 1685-1690, Spanish 1690-1821, Mexican 1821-1836, Republic of Texas 1836-1845, United States 1845-1861, Confederate States 1861-1865, United States 1865-present.
  • The King Ranch in Texas is bigger than the state of Rhode Island.
  • During the period of July 24-26, 1979, the Tropical Storm Claudette brought 45 inches of rain to an area near Alvin, Texas, contributing to more than $600 million in damages. Claudette produced the United States 24 hour rainfall record of 43 inches.
  • More wool comes from the state of Texas than any other state in the United States.
  • Edwards Plateau in west central Texas is the top sheep growing area in the country.
  • Texas is the only state to enter the United States by treaty instead of territorial annexation.
  • The state was an independent nation from 1836 to 1845.
  • Texas boasts the nation’s largest herd of whitetail deer.
  • A coastal live oak located near Fulton is the oldest tree in the state. The tree has an estimated age of more than 1,500 years.
  • Sam Houston, arguably the most famous Texan, was actually born in Virginia. Houston served as governor of Tennessee before coming to Texas.
  • Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in the state.
  • When Texas was annexed in 1845 it retained the right to fly its flag at the same height as the national flag.
  • The first offensive action of the Texas Revolution occurred in Goliad on October 9, 1835 when local colonists captured the fort and town.
  • On December 20, 1835 the first Declaration of Texas Independence was signed in Goliad and the first flag of Texas Independence was hoisted.
  • The Hertzberg Circus Museum in San Antonio contains one of the largest assortments of circusana in the world.
  • The capital city of Austin is located on the Colorado River in south-central Texas. The capitol building is made from Texas pink granite. It served as the capital of the Republic of Texas in 1840-1842.
  • Austin is considered the live music capital of the world.
  • Texas is home to Dell and Compaq computers and central Texas is often referred to as the Silicon Valley of the south.
  • Professional sports teams include the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Stars, Houston Astros, Houston Comets, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, and Texas Rangers.
  • Dr. Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. The Dublin Dr Pepper, 85 miles west of Waco, still uses pure imperial cane sugar in its product. There is no period after the Dr in Dr Pepper.
  • The first suspension bridge in the United States was the Waco Bridge. Built in 1870 and still in use today as a pedestrian crossing of the Brazos River.
  • In 1836 five sites served as temporary capitals of Texas: Washington-on-the-Brazos: Harrisburg: Galveston: Velasco: and Columbia. Sam Houston moved the capital to Houston in 1837. In 1839 the capital was moved to the new town of Austin.
  • The capitol in Austin opened May 16, 1888. The dome of the building stands seven feet higher than that of the nation’s Capitol in Washington, D.C.
  • Texas comes from the Hasinai Indian word tejas meaning friends or allies.
  • The armadillo is the official state mammal.
  • Texas has the first domed stadium in the country. The structure was built in Houston and opened in April 1965.
  • The Houston Comets are the only team in the country to win four back-to-back WNBA championships. 1997-2000 Cynthia Cooper remains the only player to win the WNBA Championship MVP.
  • The worst natural disaster in United States history was caused by a hurricane that hit Galveston in 1900. Over 8000 deaths were recorded.
  • The first word spoken from the moon on July 20, 1969 was Houston.
  • Texas’ largest county is Brewster with 6,208 square miles.
  • Texas possesses three of the top ten most populous cities in the United States. These towns are Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio.
  • El Paso is closer to Needles, California than it is to Dallas.
  • Texas includes 267,339 square miles, or 7.4% of the nation’s total area.
  • The state’s cattle population is estimated to be near 16 million.
  • More land is farmed in Texas than in any other state.
  • More species of bats live in Texas than in any other part of the United States.
  • Laredo is the world’s largest inland port.
  • Port Lavaca has the world’s longest fishing pier. Originally part of the causeway connecting the two sides of Lavaca Bay, the center span of was destroyed by Hurricane Carla in 1961.
  • The Tyler Municipal Rose Garden is the world’s largest rose garden. It contains 38,000 rose bushes representing 500 varieties of roses set in a 22-acre garden.
  • Amarillo has the world’s largest helium well.
  • The world’s first rodeo was held in Pecos on July 4, 1883.
  • The Flagship Hotel on Seawall Boulevard in Galveston is the only hotel in North America built entirely over the water.
  • The Heisman trophy is named for John William Heisman the first full-time coach and athletic director at Rice University in Houston.
  • Brazoria County has more species of birds than any other comparable area in North America.
  • The Aransas Wildlife Refuge is the winter home of North America’s only remaining flock of whooping cranes.

Jalapeno pepper jelly originated in Lake Jackson and was first marketed in 1978.

December 25, 2011

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Filed under: Misc — Freddie Keel @ 6:35 am

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Merry Christmas from me to you.

December 24, 2011

cat fishing with neighbor

Johnny with a nice blue catfish

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two of our larger blue cat

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nice mess of catfish

December 23, 2011

Good Bye Ray

Filed under: Buddies,Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 6:38 am

(Prior to the Texas State Tournament this year, Ray called and left a message wanting to take mom and I out to eat for all she and I did for him years ago.  A few days before the tournament while pre-fishing on Toledo, Ray fell and hurt his back requiring him to return home so we never got to see him.  We had a chance to visit with his son Mike.   Our grand-son Garrett got to meet Mike while at the tournament weigh in.  For years Dr. Bill Sheldon, Ray and I would fish the Individual Division.  Over the years each one of us won First Place which just increased the competition between the three of us.  Bill died several years ago after being bitten by a mosquito while night fishing on Sam Rayburn.   During the late 60’s Ray spent the night with us several times and mom fed him some good home cooking.  At that time, Ray was just a struggling lure and gun salesman.  He fished with dad several times and never failed to ask about him and send his best wishes.   —– God Bless you Ray for the good memories.   We lost a friend of nearly 50 years)

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Fishing legend Ray Murski dies after auto wreck

murskiRay Murski, shown here with the T. Boone Pickens Lifetime Sportsman Award, died in a car accident Dec. 19. Photo by LSON.

Ray Murski, a legend in Texas fishing, died Dec. 19 after sustaining injuries in a two-vehicle wreck in Burnet.

Murski, 72, was a conservationist and successful businessman.

He was also among the first competitors on the Bassmaster Tournament Trail after it was founded in the late 1960s.

Murski owned Murski-Breeding Sales, Co. Inc. of Dallas, which represents numerous accounts in the fishing and hunting industry.

He owned Strike King Lure Company.

In 1971, Sam Walton invited Murski to be among the first purchasers of stock in his expanding business, Walmart.

His Flint Creek Ranch in Bosque County is where he hosted thousands of youngsters for hunting, fishing and camping.

Murski was a past Texas Wildlife Association director and a member of the Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. He also was a life sponsor member of the Dallas Safari Club.

“Ray was a worldwide hunter, a tireless supporter of the hunting and fishing industries and an avid quail hunter,” said Ben Carter, DSC executive director. “He will be missed.”

In March, he was awarded the T. Boone Pickens Lifetime Sportsman Award at the 2011 Park Cities Quail annual dinner and auction in Dallas.

Murski died at an Austin-area hospital after being transported following the crash. Details about the wreck were not immediately available.

According to John Barnes, president of Strike King, Murski spent his last days hunting at his South Texas deer lease with his son, Mike, and his three grandsons. The hunting was not so good because the lease had a lot of rain recently. Everyone on the lease had gotten their trucks stuck in the mud, including Murski, Barnes said.

Murski was returning to his Flint Creek Ranch when the accident happened, Barnes said.

December 22, 2011

On The Bright Side – Mary Howell – 12/21/11

Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 6:44 am

On The Bright Side

Mary Howell

 

The Christmas Story – Luke 2:1-20  NKJ

And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Cesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.  This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria.  So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.  So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered.  And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.  Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.  Then the angel said to them “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.  For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is called Christ the Lord.  And this will be the sign to you:  You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger”.  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

            “Glory to God in the highest,

             And on earth peace,

             Goodwill toward men!”

 

So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another; “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.”  And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger,  Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child.  And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds, But Mary kept all these things an pondered them in her heart.  Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.           

I pray that each of you will have a blessed  Christmas.  Let us remember to keep Jesus in our Christmas celebration.  May the love of Jesus fill your heart during this Christmas season.

 

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