Tadpole's Outdoor Blog

June 30, 2012

yesterday was last day in paradise for tadpole


June 29, 2012

time for kayaking

Filed under: Uncategorized — Freddie Keel @ 6:02 am

got their life jackets and paddles to begin a day kayaking



nice day for sons with their fathers

June 28, 2012

A kid playing in the sand


June 27, 2012


Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 6:29 am

On The Bright Side

By Mary Howell

            The residents of Hemphill Care Center have been blessed with lots of activities during the month of June. We welcomed our new activities director Melissa Williams.

            We were blessed with wonderful worship services and gospel singing provided by: Hemphill First Baptist Church, Fairdale Baptist Church, Hemphill Church of Christ, Bethel Chapel Baptist Church, Community Fellowship church, Parkway Baptist Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Bethany Baptist Church, and Brother G from Heart to Heart Hospice. We also enjoyed having Bible study with Daryl Patterson and Brandi of Harbor Hospice.

            We say thank you to our Bingo sponsors for June: Juanita, Melissa, the American Legion Post 197, Texas Home Health, Parkway Baptist Church, and Lorene from Consolidated Health Care.

            We enjoyed a Monday afternoon with the Lakes Area Hospice clowns. They always brighten our day.

            Some of our new activities included a Country Music Awards party, Yahtzee, sittercise and juice bar, and making the Hemphill Care Center cookbooks.

            We honored fathers with a Father’s Day party. Clement McDaniel was the oldest father, William McKay was the youngest, and Louis Scott has the most children. The party was sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary Post 10351.

We observed Juneteenth with a program by Vollie Grace, and enjoyed a watermelon treat afterwards.

We express our appreciation to the Macedonia Baptist church mission ladies for baking delicious pies and cakes for us to enjoy.

Another highlight for us was a boat ride on Lake Sam Rayburn.

We are looking forward to our handshake competition in celebration of National Handshake Day, with the winner being announced Friday.

Congratulations to our resident of the month, Bill Ener, and to our volunteer of the month, Community Fellowship Church as well as our employees of the month Bettie Clark and Alla Stalls.

Our sympathy is expressed to the loved ones of Raymon Lakey who passed away June 4, 2012.

We say a “happy birthday” to our friends celebrating birthdays in June: Ava Anderson, Hubert Gilson, and Jerry Schovajsa.

On a personal note from Mary Howell, I express my appreciation to Nici Miller, and her mother Karen Underwood, for helping to make this week’s On the Bright Side possible; they willingly volunteered to help me write this column.

May God bless all my readers with a day on the bright side!

P.S. Copies of Mary’s book, Life on the Bright Side, are now available at Healthy Solutions Health Food Store, Hemphill First Baptist church office, and the J. R. Huffman Library, Hemphill, TX.   An epilogue was added to include events since the book was first published in 2007.

June 26, 2012

it was a special day for Tadpole

Filed under: Family — Freddie Keel @ 7:24 am

It was a pleasure to spend the morning with our two oldest grand-daughters.

We had a nice time on the beach and in the pool.



June 25, 2012

his fishing buddy told him where to cast

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 6:22 am

This big black bass was caught and released.

June 24, 2012


Filed under: Neal Murphy — Freddie Keel @ 6:11 am







This is the city.  Houston, Texas.  There are over one million stories in the city, and this is one of them.  My name is Murphy, and I was working the night watch out of the patrol division of the Harris County Sheriff Department.  My partner’s name is *John Smith.  The year is 1972.

We had been dispatched to a “suspicious car” call around Interstate 10 west, and Highway 6, in the far western part of Harris County.  The vehicle was not located so I cleared the call with the dispatcher as “GOA” – (police jargon for ‘gone on arrival’).  Then we were dispatched to another call several miles away.

John was driving our unmarked patrol car as we headed back toward the city on interstate 10.  Just as we crossed into the city limits of Houston, on the crest of a hill, the Houston Police Department had set up one of those new radar units on a tripod on the side of the freeway.  As we passed I noted that our speed was over eighty.  John said to me, “Well, partner, I guess they are going to come after us.”  He was correct.  I looked in the rear view mirror and saw a patrol car, lights flashing, gaining ground.

We pulled over for the city officer who approached the driver side of our patrol car.  I could not help but notice how young he looked.  Peering in the rear view mirror, I could see an older officer still in the car.  His training officer, perhaps?

Even though our police radio was chattering incessantly, and we were both in full uniform, the young police officer peered into our vehicle and inquired, “Who do you guys work for?”  John pointed toward his shoulder patch and replied, “We work for Buster Kern, Sheriff of Harris County.”  Unfazed, the young officer then asked, “Who owns this car?”  Again, John pointed to his shoulder patch which clearly read “Deputy Sheriff, Harris County, Texas.”

*Name changed to protect the guilty.

“Well, nevertheless, you were speeding over eighty miles per hour per the radar unit back there”, the young officer pronounced.  “I need to see your drivers’ license, Sir”, he ordered.  “And may I ask why?”, John shot back.  “Well, obviously I am going to write you a speeding ticket”, he replied.  Seemingly this young officer had never heard of “Professional Courtesy” before.

Unfazed, John responded, “Well, if you are going to write me a speeding ticket, then I demand to see your drivers license”, as he reached for his ticket book.  “Just what do you mean?”, responded the young officer as he took a step back.  “It’s simple, buddy.  If I was speeding, then you were speeding, also.  So you are getting a speeding ticket from me.  Now, give me your driver’s license.”

I suspect that he was not taught at the academy exactly what to do in a situation like this.  He blurted out, “Stay here!  I will be right back!” as he walked back to his patrol car.  I watched in the rear view and saw that he was discussing his dilemma with the older officer, who seemed to be smiling.

In a few minutes, the young cop came back and handed John his driver’s license, with only a “You can go now.”  John grinned at me as he put his ticket book back in his brief case and said, “Works every time!”


About the Author

Neal Murphy resides in his birthplace, San Augustine, Texas, with his wife Clara. He has two children, Kay Fatheree, a pastor’s wife now living in Abilene, Texas, and Douglas Murphy, a police officer in North Carolina, and has five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Neal earned a bachelor of business administration degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, and a master’s degree in insurance from the Insurance Institute of America. He also attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he studied religion courses. He is a deacon at a Baptist Church, has taught Sunday school classes, and directed church choirs for many years. He began his writing in 2005, and many of his short stories about his life growing up in a small Texas town have been published in Reminisce Magazine, Good Old Days Magazine, Looking Back Magazine, and the Town Square Magazine. He had a story included in Memories of Mother, a book published by Xulon Press. Another story was published in the book Dear Old Golden School Days published by the DRG Publishing Group. He published a book, From the Heart of a Country Preacher, by Xulon Press in 2006. His second book entitled Those Were the Days was published by Xlibris Inc. in 2007. In 2008 he published another book, The Psalms—From the Heart of a Country Preacher, by Xlibris Inc. He is a founding member of the Deep East Texas Literary Guild of San Augustine, Texas, founded in 2009. He has weekly stories in the San Augustine Tribune and the Toledo Chronicle, an online newspaper. He has a monthly story in the Shelby County Today online newspaper.

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June 23, 2012

fishing report from the lagoon

This is a large mean crab



and then a nice Barracuda hit a spoon

new pet for the boys

Filed under: Family,Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 6:50 am

the boys went to the beach and dug up a couple of pets.

One of the pets got his pinchers on a grand-sons’ thumb

and it was exciting for a few seconds.


 and after they were cooked, Brett got his revenge

by eating the nice juicy crab that had pinched him.

June 22, 2012

Texas Game Warden Field Notes

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 8:04 am

 (you wonder about your safety on the water with so many fellow boaters drinking and using drugs)

  • Tom Green County Game Warden Jason Huebner received a call May 21 about a white-tailed deer doe that had been killed.

Warden Huebner recovered an arrow from the deer and noticed that the arrow had some unique fletching and wraps.

Huebner decided to go to the local archery shop, where he was able to cross reference the components of the arrow to a customer database.

He then matched the arrow to a subject and felt he was on the right path.

After brief interviews, Warden Huebner was able to obtain a confession from a suspect. Appropriate charges have been filed.

  • Marion County Game Warden Robb Furlow and Cadet Daylan Damron were patrolling Lake O’ the Pines on May 26 when they decided to get out of the heat for a bit, and headed for their boat trailer which was located in a camping area.

As the wardens parked their boats to access the trailer, they noticed a yellow rope stretched across the cove and a group of about eight people trying to stop the wardens from running over their illegal gill net which was set less than 50 yards from the wardens’ trailer.

Multiple cases pending.

  • Polk County Game Wardens Ryan Hall and David Johnson were patrolling Lake Livingston on May 27 when they observed a speed boat racing back and forth along the Lake Livingston Dam.

The boat was traveling at an unsafe speed for the choppy water conditions— more than 80 mph — and wardens stopped it for a water safety inspection.

The driver of the boat performed poorly on all field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest for boating while intoxicated.

Warden Hall obtained a search warrant and a sample of the subject’s blood was collected as evidence to determine his blood alcohol concentration.

The subject stated that he didn’t think that game wardens stopped fast boats.

Case pending

  • Polk County Game Wardens Ryan Hall, Brandon Mosley, and David Johnson were patrolling Lake Livingston on May 28 for water safety violations when they received a call for assistance from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office regarding a large fight in progress at a local boat ramp.

The wardens were the first units to arrive and detained several subjects until Polk County deputies could arrive.

Wardens found one subject to be in possession of drug paraphernalia, and he was issued a citation.

The actors in the original fight were placed under arrest and transported by deputies to the Polk County Jail for disorderly conduct.

Case pending.

  • Shelby County Game Warden Mike Hanson and Louisiana Game Warden Joey Melton worked together on the border-straddling Sabine River on May 26.

During the course of their patrol, they issued several citations for water safety violations in both states.

Hanson arrested a Center resident for Boating While Intoxicated, and placed him in the Shelby County Jail.

The suspect was offered a blood test but refused.  He did, however, admit he had taken hydrocodone prior to consuming beer.

  • Comal County Wardens Michael McCall and Brent Satsky and Captain Michael Morse were patrolling Canyon Lake May 27 when they noticed a pontoon boat cutting across a cove at a high rate of speed with no regard for others in the highly congested area.

The wardens made contact with the boat, and the operator exhibited obvious signs of intoxication, failing the afloat tests and the on-shore field sobriety tests.

The Hays County man was arrested for Boating While Intoxicated and transported to a hospital where a voluntary blood sample was obtained.

Upon arrival at the Comal County Jail with the suspect, wardens learned the man had an outstanding warrant in Hays County for credit card abuse with a bond of $100,000.

The man was also found to have recently failed a drug test, and his probation was pending revocation.

While being booked into jail, the violator complained of feeling ill and requested a nurse.  The suspect stated that he was “drug-sick on heroin.”  Cases pending.

  • Later on May 27, Wardens Michael McCall and Brent Satsky and Captain Michael Morse were patrolling Canyon  Lake and responded to reports of a fight at one of the reservoir’s more congested boat ramps.

Apparently, a man who was attempting to trailer his boat became upset with a ski boat that was pulling skiers really close to the boat ramp while he was trying to load his boat.

Words were exchanged and a fight soon followed.

The man driving the pickup with attached trailer onto which the angry boater was trying to load his vessel jumped out of the vehicle to get in on the melee, but forgot to put the truck in park.

The truck and trailer rolled down the steep boat ramp and came to rest in about 60 feet of water.

The truck and trailer were recovered the following day.

  •  Shackelford County Game Warden Shea Guinn received a call during the night of May 27 from Ft. Griffin State  Historical Park about shots being fired in the campground.

Guinn contacted four subjects at the back of the campground.

Two of the subjects admitted to walking down to the river and using a .45 pistol to shoot at “eyes.”

The suspects had hidden the pistol in the brush when they knew they had been reported.

Warden Guinn secured the pistol and interviewed the suspects, learning both were convicted felons, prohibited from possessing firearms.

They also had small amounts of marijuana along with other drug paraphernalia.

Both stated many times they “were not hurting anyone.”

Various cases pending.

  • During the Memorial Day weekend, Caldwell County Game Warden Joann Garza-Mayberry led an operation on the San Marcos River, with the operation involving two other TPWD game wardens and several members of the Caldwell County Constables offices.

Wardens, constables and deputies issued 57 citations, and made arrests for violations which included littering, minor in possession (of alcohol), consumption of alcohol by minor, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs, public intoxication, insufficient number of personal flotation devices, and fishing without a valid license.

They were joined by retired game warden and current Justice of the Peace Alfonso Campos and Emergency Management Coordinator Jim Parker, who provided the Caldwell County Incident Command Trailer during the operation.

During the holiday weekend, officers saw thousands of people on the San Marcos River, which has become a preferred tubing destination in the Central Texas area because of the lack of ordinances prohibiting or limiting use of glass, alcohol and float tubes that neighboring counties enforce.

The addition of a new tubing business in the Martindale area has further increased usage and misuse of the river in Caldwell County. The operation was an attempt by officers to protect the beauty and habitat of the San Marcos River while equally securing the safety of the public.

  • Calhoun Game Warden Mike Mitchell was called on May 27 and May 28 to rescue stranded boaters in the ship channel of Matagorda Bay near Magnolia Beach.

One individual was on his maiden voyage in a new vessel by himself at 1 a.m.

In the other incident, two people were on a rented personal watercraft, and were unfamiliar with boating or boat operation.

  • Tom Green County Game Wardens Jason Huebner and Cynde Aguilar arrested a subject June 2 on Lake Nasworthy for BWI.

Apparently, the suspect thought he could exercise his way to sobriety as he jogged in place the entire time while en route to the Intoxilyzer.

It didn’t work.

The subject provided a sample that measured 0.115.

Appropriate charges have been filed.

  •  Game Wardens Brent Isom, Cliff Swofford, Matt Waggoner, David Pellizzari, Ronald Mathis, and Captain Pat Canan patrolled Possum Kingdom  Lake during the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

They handled seven Boating While Intoxicated arrests, 10 alcohol cases, four drug cases, 30 water safety violations and issued 16 warnings.

  • While working water safety enforcement on Miller Creek Reservoir on June 2, Baylor County Game Warden Josh McCrary observed a boat operator in relatively calm water make four unsuccessful attempts to load his boat on a trailer.

Warden McCrary contacted the boat operator and noticed he displayed signs of impairment.

After administering field sobriety tests, McCrary arrested the man for Boating While Intoxicated.

Warden McCrary also learned that the suspect is awaiting a DWI trial in Taylor County.

  • Williamson County Game Wardens Turk Jones and Joel Campos were working Lake Georgetown on May 26 when they stopped a pontoon boat operated by a male.

While performing a safety check on the boat, Warden Campos noticed several empty beer cans on the boat.

When asked how many beers he had consumed that day, the boat operators responded “about 12.”

Warden Jones asked the operator to put on a life jacket and board the wardens’ boat for further interviewing.

When asked again how many beers he had consumed, the operators said he and his wife brought 20; his wife confirmed she had about six and there was one left, so he figured he had drank about 12.

Warden Jones performed the afloat field sobriety tests while Warden Campos videotaped. They went to shore, where Warden Jones performed more sobriety tests while, again, Warden Campos videotaped.

The subject exhibited multiple signs of intoxication. He refused chemical analysis.

The subject was booked into Williamson County Jail for Boating While Intoxicated.

  • Guadalupe County Game Warden Tracy Large received a call June 4 from the Sheriff’s Office informing him a woman was stuck on a low-head dam on the San Marcos River.

Upon arrival at the scene, Warden Large found that a woman had fallen over the dam, dropped about 7 feet and was on a 4-foot ledge.

The woman couldn’t move either direction because the water was so swift she would be swept over into the rocks below.

Warden Large with the help of volunteer firemen directed the rescue using ropes to secure a ladder, then lowered the ladder to the victim, who was able to climb out.

The woman was so tired from her ordeal Warden Large and a fireman had to carry her to shore.

She was uninjured and very appreciative of the rescuers.

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