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January 31, 2013

On The Bright Side Mary Howell

Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 6:11 am


The residents of Hemphill Care Center are thankful to God for the new year 2013.  We are reminded that every year, we live is a gift from God.


During the month of January, we enjoyed worship services and gospel singing sponsored by Hemphill’s First Baptist Church, Fairdale Baptist, Bethel Chapel Church, Community Fellowship, Parkway Baptist, Antioch Baptist, Hemphill Church of Christ and Bethany Baptist Church.


We enjoyed afternoons of fun and lively music with the Hope Family Clowns of Lake Area Hospice, The Pineywood Pickers and CJ Michaels, the One Man Band.  We say thank you to our friends from Hemphill First Methodist Church for providing refreshments during The Pineywood Pickers concert.


We played bingo with Brother G from heart to Heart Hospice, April from Texas Home Health, Parkway Baptist church and Hemphill Church of Christ.


We were served appropriate treats in celebration of National Pie Day, National Blueberry Pancake Day and the National Corn Chip Day.  We enjoyed listening to Elvis’ love songs and eating peanut butter and banana sandwiches in recognition of Elvis Presley’s birthday.


Congratulations are extended to Barbara Briggs, Resident of the Month, Brother G from Heart to Heart Hospice, Volunteer of the month, and Heather Lucius and Juanita Merchant as Employees of the month.


Residents celebrating birthdays in January are Perkin Thomas, Geneva Iles, Ann Pearce, Darwin Stroud and Stan Bible.


We send our sympathy to the families in the loss of their loved ones, Jewel Bass, Sybil Smith, Joyce Lacoste, Hoy Clark, Donald Tyndell and Ava Anderson.


We welcome family and friends to come for a visit which will give Hemphill Care Center residents a day on the bright side.

January 30, 2013

black powder deer

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January 29, 2013

time to hide

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Great Spotted Woodpecker hiding from its predator, the Sparrowhawk.


January 28, 2013

East Texas Elk

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January 27, 2013


Filed under: Neal Murphy — Freddie Keel @ 6:07 am



Yes,  “rednecks” have their own definition and spelling of the English Language.  No where is it more evident than medical terminology.  The following is a list of the most common definitions used.

Artery –  The study of paintings.

Bacteria –  The back door of a cafeteria.

Barium –  What doctors do when patients die.

Caesarean Section – A neighborhood in Rome, Italy.

Cat Scan –  Searching for a kitty.

Cauterize –  Made eye contact with her.

Colic –  A sheep dog.

D&C –  Where Washington is located.

Dilate –  To live long.

Enema –  Not a friend.

Fester –  Quicker.

Genital –  Not  a Jew.

G. I. Series –  A soldier ball game.

Impotent –  Distinguished, well known.

Labor Pain –  Getting hurt at work.

Nitrates –  Cheaper than day rates.

Node –  Was aware of.

Outpatient –  A patient who fainted.

Pap smear –  A fatherhood test.

Pelvis –  A cousin of Elvis.

Postoperative –  A letter carrier.

Rectum –  Dang near killed ‘em.

Seizure –   A Roman emperor.

Terminal Illness –   Getting sick at the airport.

Tumor –  More than one.

Urine –  Opposite of you’re out.

Varicose –  Nearby.

So, there you have it.  A sampling of words in the redneck medical dictionary.  Let me know if you have any to contribute.






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January 26, 2013

TPWD Proposing Changes to Fishing Regulations

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 6:26 am

AUSTIN — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is proposing fishing regulation changes on two largemouth bass fisheries in East Texas, a clarification of fish harassment rules and new possession rules in state waters for aquatic resources taken in violation of federal regulations in the EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone).

TPWD staff presented on Wednesday proposed amendments to the 2013-14 Statewide Recreational and Commercial Fishing Proclamation to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. The recommended changes include:

Modifying existing regulations for largemouth bass on two East Texas reservoirs, Lake Jacksonville and Lake Kurth.

On Lake Jacksonville, the proposed change would remove the 18-inch minimum length limit for largemouth bass. The five fish daily bag for bass would be retained, but anglers would be allowed to retain two largemouth bass less than 18 inches in length as part of that five fish bag.

For Lake Kurth, the proposed change would establish a 16-inch maximum length limit on largemouth bass, with a temporary retention of bass 24 inches or greater for weighing purposes and/or submission to the ShareLunker program. Anglers would be allowed to harvest five largemouth bass less than 16 inches in length.

Defining parameters of handfishing for catfish and listing restrictions to aid in public understanding and enforceability, specifically regarding prohibition of the use of devices, such as poles, sticks, boxes, and pipes to aid in handfishing.

Adding Canyon Lake Project #6 in Lubbock to special regulations for catfish and devices restrictions.

Clarifying the definition regarding possession of fish to indicate possession limits do not apply once the resource has been processed and reached final destination.

Clarifying the definition of fish harassment to note It would be unlawful to use any vessel to harry, herd, or drive fish by any means including but not limited to operating any vessel in a repeated circular course, for the purpose of or resulting in the concentration of fish for the purpose of taking or attempting to take fish.

Removing prohibitions concerning possession of red drum and bonus red drum tags.

Adding provisions regarding enforcement of federal regulations in state waters. The proposed change would make it a violation for a person to possess an aquatic wildlife resource taken in the Exclusive Economic Zone (federal waters 9-200 miles out) during a closed season provided by federal law; within a protected length limit or in excess of the daily bag limit established by federal law; or with any gear or device prohibited by federal law; or without a required license or permit required by federal law.

Comments on the proposed rules may be submitted by mail or e-mail to Robert Macdonald: robert.macdonald@tpwd.state.tx.us, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, Texas 78744.  Comments may also be submitted through the department’s Internet web site and at upcoming public meetings to be scheduled around the state.

TPWD Public Hearing Calendar

All meetings start at 7 p.m.

March 4

  • Alpine – Kokernot Lodge, 400 N Harrison St.
  • Jacksonville – Norman Activity Center, 526 E Commerce St.

March 5

  • Dickinson – Dickinson Marine Lab, 1502 FM 517 E
  • Fort Stockton – Pecos County Civic Center, N Hwy. 285

March 6

  • Dallas/Fort Worth – Cabela’s Allen, #1 Cabela’s Dr.

March 7

  • Corpus Christi – Texas A&M Corpus Christi, NRC Rm. 1003, 6300 Ocean Dr.
  • Van Horn – El Capitan Hotel, 100 W Broadway

March 11

  • Lufkin – Angelina County Courthouse, 159th District Courtroom, 606 E Lufkin Ave.

March 12

  • Dalhart – Dallam County Courthouse, 414 Denver Ave.
  • San Antonio – Lions Field Community Center, 2809 Broadway

March 13

  • Houston – Sheldon Lake State Park Regional HQ, 14500 Garret Rd.

March 14

  • Austin – TPWD Commission Hearing Room, 4200 Smith School Rd.
  • Pampa – Gray County Courthouse, 2nd Floor Courtroom, 205 N Russell

January 25, 2013

On The Bright Side – Mary Howell

Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 6:06 am


In our world of high technology, numbers play a vital role in our daily lives.  Every-thing has it own number.


When we are children, numbers are one of the first things we learn.  I remember long before I started school that my Daddy would hold up his fingers one at a time and let me count them.   Then when in Miss Maggie McLemore’s class at Hemphill Elementary School, my classmates and I learned to count from 1 to 100 while Miss Maggie pointed to each number with a yard stick pointer.


I remember when Hemphill’s residents had only two digit phone numbers.  We thought we were uptown when the phone company changed to 7 digit phone numbers.  It so happened Hemphill’s prefix was Sunset 7.


Numbers have been important since the beginning of time.  In the Bible we read that God knows the number of stars in the heavens and the number of grains of sand on the earth.


Numbers were so important in Bible days that God inspired Moses to write a Book of Numbers which is the fourth book in the Bible.  The Book of Numbers contains hundreds of numbers which counted people and their possessions such as cattle and sheep.


God even went to the trouble to count the hairs on our heads.  But for some people the number would be very few and far between.  Isn’t it good to know that God cares enough to count the hairs on our head.


Today we have all kinds of numbers such as Social Security numbers, drivers license numbers, insurance numbers,  bank account numbers, house and street numbers, phone numbers and credit card numbers and so on.


When we go to the store, we look for the prices of everything we want to purchase.  We can’t go from one city to another without noticing highway numbers or the speed limit numbers when we happen to lose our important numbers we feel like we have lost our personal identity and we become traumatized until our numbers are recovered.


God knows the number of days we all have to live on this earth.  If we are faithful to worship Jesus during our lifetime, when we die, numbers will not be important to us anymore, we will live an eternity with Jesus.


All of our days will then be on the Bright Side.

January 24, 2013

Student artists across Texas in grades K — 12 take notice

Time to Begin Work on Texas State-Fish Art Contest Entries

ATHENS—Student artists across Texas in grades K — 12 take notice: It’s time to start preparing your entries for the 2013 Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest.

The contest is open to all students in public, private or home schools. Entry deadline is March 31 each year.

Contest rules, guidelines, entry information and details about the contest can be found at www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishart.

Major support for the Texas division of the contest is provided by the Toyota Texas Bass Classic, which makes it possible for the top three Texas entries in each grade level to win cash prizes. Additional support for the contest is provided by the William E. Armentrout Foundation, Friends of the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center and Fish Flops®.

The Texas first-place winner in grades 10—12 wins $1,000; second place $750; third place $500. Prizes in the 4—6 and 7—9 grade levels are $100 for first; $75 for second; $50 for third.

Funding from the Toyota Texas Bass Classic also provides a travel allowance for first-place Texas winners and their families to attend the national State-Fish Art Expo, which will be held July 12, 2013, at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry, Georgia. Texas winners will compete with winners from other states for national awards at the Expo.

One outstanding piece of artwork each year is selected for the Art of Conservation Award, and a commemorative stamp featuring the artwork is produced for sale. Proceeds from sales of the stamp are used to fund conservation projects.

Educators who wish to have their students enter the contest can download the free “State-Fish Art Contest Lesson Plan” at www.statefishart.com. The interdisciplinary curriculum includes lessons and activities, a species identification section profiling each state fish, a glossary and student worksheets.

Located in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, Wildlife Forever is a non-profit multi-species conservation organization dedicated to conserving America’s wildlife heritage. Working at the grassroots level, Wildlife Forever has funded conservation projects in all 50 states, committing millions of dollars to “on-the-ground” efforts. Wildlife Forever supports habitat restoration and enhancement, land acquisition, research and management of fish and wildlife populations.

January 23, 2013

Deer Hunting with Black Powder Rifle


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January 22, 2013

Grandson Garrett is happy to have good hunting friends


Squirrel hunting in East Texas is a thrill for our grandson.

He is fortunate to have good friends  which take him hunting.

This trip yielded 19 squirrels.

Good squirrel dogs are a pleasure to watch hunt.

The squirrels are cleaned and eaten.

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