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October 30, 2013

On the Bright Side – Mary Howell

Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 6:02 am

            Hemphill Care Center welcomed family and friends to the third annual community appreciation event which was hosted by the corporate owners. More than two hundred hamburgers were served to the guests. The event was enjoyed by the young and the old. The children had fun playing on the giant slide and trampoline.

The following Monday we were entertained by the Lakes Area Hospice Clowns who distributed bags of candy to us.

The Resident Council selected Quincy Martindale from Affinity Hospice as the Volunteer of the Month, Nelly Sheppard as Resident of the Month, and Patty Helmer and Rose Sparks as Employees of the Month.

A party was held October 11th to show appreciation to our Food Service workers including Rene, Mamie, Linda, Katherine, Julia, Becky, Colette, and Alla.

The Care Center expressed appreciation to the Hemphill and Pineland Volunteer Fire Departments by providing meals at their respective department meetings. This was in recognition of Fire Prevention Week.

We say thank you to our October Bingo sponsors: Kelli from East Texas Home Health, Hemphill Church of Christ, American Legion Post #197, and Parkway Baptist Church.

We extend our sympathies to the family and friends in the loss of their loved ones Albert Blackerby, Frances Martin, Norbit Tatom, and Perkin Thomas.

During October we worshipped with the following churches: Hemphill First Baptist Church, Fairdale Baptist Church, Bethel Chapel Baptist Church, Community Fellowship Church, Hemphill Church of Christ, Parkway Baptist Church, Gravel Hill Antioch Baptist Church, Bethany Baptist Church, Burkeville Baptist Church, and the Harvest Assembly of God Church.

Happy October Birthday wishes go to Jeanette Cupit, Margaret Conway, Lora Wilson, Carolyn Lyons, Mary Howell, and Dwain Rhame. Our birthday party was hosted by Harbor Hospice.

We look forward to our October Fall Fest which will begin at 2 pm Thursday October 31st. We welcome family and friends to come celebrate with us. We also look forward to children coming by for tricks or treats. We will have fun seeing the little ones dressed up in their Halloween costumes later that evening.

May God bless you and yours with a life on the bright side.


October 30, 2013

October 29, 2013

All Time Largest Typical Whitetail Deer – # 16

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 6:06 am

16. Peter Switsun

Peter Swistun was a Saskatchewan farmer who lived in the middle of nowhere. But apparently that was a good place to be, as Switsun’s farm was frequented by a giant whitetail he’d kept his eyes on for a long time. With a buddy and an old beat up pickup, Switsun went after the deer after sighting it one evening while doing chores. His friend got off a few shots but couldn’t connect, but then Switsun killed the deer with his .30-06. The official score was 200 2/8 B&C, which was good enough for No. 16 on the all-time typical whitetail list.


October 28, 2013

Hunting Forecast 2013 – Texas Parks and Wildlife

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 6:08 am

October 26, 2013

Texas Game Warden Field Notes

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 5:50 am

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

  • Sleepy Hollow-like
    Two Van Zandt County game wardens received a tip about three individuals who had killed two large white-tailed bucks, still in velvet, at night with a spotlight. After interviewing the subjects, the wardens found out the two bucks were shot at night with a .22 rifle and their heads had been removed. Numerous cases against those involved are pending.
  • Plan B
    While patrolling Lake Fork during early teal season, two Van Zandt County game wardens saw two boats with hunters shooting shore birds. Unable to make contact with the groups in the water, the wardens notified a Wood County game warden who was in the area in his Go-Devil boat.  However, the Wood County warden’s boat had developed mechanical problems earlier that morning, so he improvised and created another plan. After finding a willing duck hunter with a mud motor who gladly volunteered to take him to the group, multiple shore birds and one hen wood duck were recovered, and multiple cases were filed.
  • Two-fer
    A Cherokee County game warden responded to a call regarding spotlighting and shots fired west of Maydelle. Recognizing the vehicle description, the warden found the vehicle, which was still in the area.  After a brief interview of the two subjects in the vehicle, individuals the warden had previously filed on twice each for hunting violations, they admitted to shooting at a hog from the county road. Cases pending.
  • Hunting in the Wrong Place
    A game warden from Dallam and Hartley counties and a Lubbock County game warden lieutenant received a call opening morning of pronghorn season about a hunter who shot pronghorn on their property in eastern Dallam County. After a short investigation, the hunter was located hunting two miles north of the property he had permission to hunt on. The pronghorn was seized and charges were filed.
  • Trouble with the Swerve
    A Hunt County game warden was patrolling for night hunters around midnight near a deer breeding facility when he saw a vehicle stop on the highway not far from him. The warden investigated further and saw the vehicle turn down a dirt road and begin driving along the high fence belonging to a ranch. He continued to follow the vehicle and saw that it was being driven all over the roadway. A traffic stop was made and the warden found that the driver was intoxicated. He was unable to complete any sobriety exercises. At the jail, the driver blew a .175 on the Intoxilyzer.  Case pending.
  • Oh deer…
    After receiving several calls from dispatch about “peppering” from dove hunters, a Gillespie County game warden met with the hunters, one of whom led him to his residence where his hunting license was stored. While checking the license, the warden noticed a cage in the man’s backyard with a fawn inside. The man said he found the fawn “abandoned” on the side of the road and brought it home a few months back. Case pending.
  • Underage and Under the Influence
    While patrolling for dove hunting violations, two Starr County game wardens saw a pickup truck leaving a ranch with two unrestrained juveniles riding in the bed. After contact was made, one of the wardens saw two open alcoholic containers in the cab of the truck, and detracted a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage. After interviewing the driver and performing standardized field sobriety tests, the driver was placed under arrest for DWI with a child passenger under 15 years old (state jail felony) and was transported to the Starr County Jail.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight
    After spending the morning checking fisherman on the Coleto Creek Resevoir, two Goliad County game wardens were headed to the field to check dove hunters in the area. The wardens found a newer model crew cab truck stashed suspiciously in the brush. A check of the vehicle identification number showered the truck to be stolen out of Houston. The case was turned over to the Goliad County Sheriff’s Department.
  • Caught in the Act
    A Brooks County game warden and a Kleberg County game warden returned to a large ranch in southern Brooks County to locate a group of dove hunters the wardens believed to be in violation of the law. The wardens eventually found the hunters and observed them from the brush as they enjoyed their dove hunt past legal shooting time and with plenty of bird action. The wardens rushed in soon after and were running over chicken scratch to get to them. Once contact was made and everything was checked out, multiple citations were issued, including: baiting migratory birds; hunting with unplugged shotgun, no hunting licenses, hunter education; and waste of game of a javelina.  Cases pending.
  • Work in Progress
    Bexar County game wardens were asked to assist Terrell County game wardens on a hunting without landowner’s consent case involving two aoudad rams that were taken by four suspects caught on a game camera and the subsequent posting of their illegal hunt on Facebook.  Terrell County arrest warrants were issued, and to date, three suspects have been arrested in Bexar County and a search warrant of one of the suspect’s residence yielded an aoudad ram skull.  Bexar County game wardens are continuing to search for the fourth suspect in the case.

October 25, 2013

Special Youth Hunting Season This Weekend

AUSTIN — Young hunters will get the first shots during special youth-only hunting seasons for white-tailed deer, waterfowl and Rio Grande turkey Oct. 26-27.


During the statewide special youth-only hunting weekend, licensed youth 16 years of age or younger will be allowed to harvest white-tailed deer and Rio Grande turkey. The youth-only waterfowl season in the North and South Duck Zones is for licensed youth 15 years of age or younger. A Special Youth Hunting License ($7) is required.

General season bag limits for the county hunted apply during the youth-only weekend, but some additional restrictions may apply in certain areas so be sure to check the 2013-14 Outdoor Annual of hunting and fishing regulations before heading afield.

To make room for the new generation of Texas hunters, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has made an extra effort to open as much public hunting land as possible to youth hunting on department-managed lands. Youth who are hunting on TPWD lands must be accompanied by a supervising adult 18 years of age or older who possesses the required Annual Public Hunting permit, a valid hunting license and any required stamps and permits.


October 24, 2013

On The Bright Side – Mary Howell

Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 5:54 am

Breast Cancer Awareness month is October!  This is intended to make all women everywhere aware of this deadly disease that will strike one in eight women in their lifetime.  It claims thousands of lives every year and can also be deadly to men.  It can occur in females of all ages even in youths but mostly strikes women over 40 years of age.

Many women will survive this disease if it is caught early and treated aggressively.  Women over 40 are urged to get yearly mammograms and perform self-breast examination.  There are many new modalities of treatment which have been introduced in recent years.

Every family has been affected by this dreaded disease either as a family member or a close friend.  My two sisters have both been touched by breast cancer in recent years.  Clara is a 19 year survivor and Jane is approaching her five-year goal.  Clara had a grim prognosis but God healed her and she is a living testimony of how wonderful life can be.  Jane also enjoys life to the fullest after her bout with cancer.   Clara frequently helps others who are battling this disease and feels this is the reason she was allowed to have the disease and survive.  She has shared her testimony with groups and frequently walks in relays.

Our family lost a beloved family member this year to Multiple Myeloma.  We were again made aware that cancer is no respecter of persons.

Let us be in prayer for those whose lives have been affected by breast cancer and other cancers.  Let’s support those who are still battling this disease by lifting them up in prayer daily and encouraging them to live life on the bright side.

October 23, 2013


Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 6:33 am


A snorkeler off the coast of California found more than she bargained for on the ocean floor, when she saw the large eyes of an 18-foot fish staring back at her. It turned out to be a dead oarfish, a mysterious creature known to live in waters thousands of feet deep.

The discovery at the bottom of Toyon Bay at Catalina Island came as a shock to Jasmine Santana, an instructor at the , who approached the ribbon-like animal with care before realizing it was dead. Its body was “almost perfectly intact,” the institute says. It may have died of natural causes.

As Santana tried to pull the sea creature through the shallows and up to a beach, other instructors spotted her and pitched in. It took at least 15 of them to hoist the oarfish, which brought a surprise ending to what had been a “leisurely” afternoon snorkel.

The institute, which runs a camp and activities for children, has contacted ocean wildlife experts about the find. The oarfish is the longest bony fish in the world; one specimen was reported as being 36 feet in length, according to the .

The animal is also called a ribbon fish, or sometimes merely the king of herrings. In 2011, a large oarfish was filmed swimming in the Gulf of Mexico, in striking images that show its single dorsal fin rippling along the length of its body.

“It is believed that oarfish dive over 3,000 feet deep, which leaves them largely unstudied,” the Catalina Institute says, “and little is known about their behavior or population. They are likely responsible for sea serpent legends throughout history.”

October 22, 2013

All Time Largest Typical Whitetail Deer – # 17

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 6:00 am

17. Eugene Kurinka

Like Cinderella, Eugene Kurinka was left at deer camp to do chores while his friends went out for a morning hunt. After the chores were done, Kurinka headed out for some late morning hunting on the Otauwau River in Alberta, Canada. He didn’t find a glass slipper, but something even better—a 200 1/8 B&C whitetail and the No. 17 typical on our list. He now has official bragging rights in deer camp.


October 21, 2013

yes, coyotes will eat corn

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 10:08 am


A coyote to caught eating  under one of our

corn feeders.

Inside the ground blind,

is grandson Garrett.

He takes a unsuccessful shot

with an arrow.

October 20, 2013


Filed under: Neal Murphy — Freddie Keel @ 6:56 am


The other day I asked a friend if we received much rain.  His reply was, “It rained cats and dogs for a while”.  I understood what he meant by that phrase, but upon reflection wondered about its origin.  I had read somewhere that the phrase dates back to the 16th century when houses had thatched roofs.  It seems that the roofs were favorite places for cats and dogs to sleep.  When it came a very hard rain, the animals would fall off or through the thatched roof, thereby it was said that it rained cats and dogs.  However, further research has proven that origin as incorrect.


The fact is that the experts just don’t know the origin of the phrase.  It might have roots in Norse mythology, medieval superstitions, or from the obsolete word catadupe (waterfall), or perhaps dead animals in the streets of Britain being picked up by storm waters.

Research shows that British poet, Henry Vaughan referred to the phrase in 1651 in a collection of poems.  In 1738, Jonathan Swift wrote about the subject in his Complete Collection of Genteel and Ingenious Conversation publication.  However, etymologists – people who study the origins of words – have suggested several mythological and literal explanations of why people say “it’s raining cats and dogs” to describe a heavy downpour.  Here are some of the most popular theories:

  • Odin, the Norse god of storms, was often pictured with dogs and wolves, which were symbols of wind.  Witches, who supposedly rode their brooms during storms, were often pictured with black cats, which became signs of heavy rain for sailors.  Therefore, “raining cats and dogs” may refer to a storm with wind (dogs) and heavy rain (cats).
  • “Cats and dogs” may come from the Greek expression cata doxa, which means “contrary to experience or belief.”  If it is raining cats and dogs, it is raining unusually or unbelievably hard.
  • “Cats and dogs” may be a perversion of the now obsolete word catadupe, which in old English meant “a waterfall”.  So, to say “it’s raining cats and dogs” might be to say “it’s raining waterfalls.”

There are other similes which employ falls of improbable objects as figurative ways of expressing the sensory overload of noise and confusion that can occur during a violent rainstorm.  People have said that it’s raining like pitchforks, hammer handles, and even chicken coops.  It may be that the version with cats and dogs fits into this model, without needing to invoke supernatural beliefs or inadequate drainage.

Well, there you have it.  It appears that on this particular saying one has to make up his/her own mind about which explanation suits your fancy.  If the experts, the etymologists, can’t figure it out, then I am sure I can’t.  But that won’t keep me from using it the next time it “rains cats and dogs”, and will try not to step in a poodle.

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