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DEFINITIONS ADULT: A person who has stopped growing at both ends and is now growing in the middle. BEAUTY PARLOR: A place where women curl up and dye. POLITICS Derived from poly meaning many and ticks which are blood sucking creatures CANNIBAL: Someone who is fed up with people. CHICKENS: The only animals you eat before they are born and after they are dead.. COMMITTEE: A body that keeps minutes and wastes hours. DUST: Mud with the juice squeezed out. EGOTIST: Someone who is usually me-deep in conversation. HANDKERCHIEF: Cold Storage.

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INFLATION: Cutting money in half without damaging the paper. MOSQUITO: An insect that makes you like flies better. RAISIN: Grape with a sunburn. SECRET: Something you tell to one person at a time. SKELETON: A bunch of bones with the person scraped off. TOOTHACHE: The pain that drives you to extraction. TOMORROW: One of the greatest labor saving devices of today. YAWN: An honest opinion openly expressed. and MY Personal Favorite!! WRINKLES: Something other people have, similar to my character lines.

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I had a flat tire on the interstate, so I eased my car over to the shoulder of the road, carefully got out of the car and opened the trunk. I took out 2 cardboard men, unfolded them and stood them at the rear of my car facing oncoming traffic. They look so life like you wouldn’t believe it! They are in trench coats exposing their nude bodies to the approaching drivers. To my surprise, cars start slowing down looking at my lifelike men which made it safer for me to work at the side of the road. And of course, traffic starts backing up. Everybody is tooting their horns and waving like crazy. It wasn’t long before a state trooper pulls up behind me. He gets out of his car and starts walking towards me. I could tell he was not a happy camper! ‘What’s going on here?’ ‘My car has a flat tire’, I said calmly. ‘Well, what the heck are those obscene cardboard men doing here by the road?’ I couldn’t believe that he didn’t know…so I told him, ‘Helloooooo, those are my Emergency Flashers.’

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Hi Ya’ll, Happy Thanksgiving. I have a lot to be thankful,mostly for all of my family. Hope all of you will be having a great Thanksgiving. You probably have all your recipes for Thanksgiving dinner, so here’s one to feed the hungry folks at breakfast and one for fat free condensed milk, if you are baking, hope you enjoy both of them. So, ya’ll have a great one and see ya next month, ya hear? Breakfast Casserole A sure family favorite, make the night before and pop into the oven. INGREDIENTS 12 ounces Light (50% less fat) breakfast sausage 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning 4 1/2 cups sourdough bread cubes or croutons 8 ounces shredded reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese 1 teaspoon mustard powder 2 large whole eggs 4 egg whites OR 1/2 cup egg substitute 2 cups low fat milk DIRECTIONS 1. Crumble sausage into a medium nonstick skillet. Cook over medium heat until nicely brown, breaking up into bits with spatula as it cooks. Sprinkle with poultry seasoning. Coat a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with canola cook-

ing spray and set aside. 2. Add sausage to large bowl along with toasted bread squares, cheese, mustard powder and salt, if desired. Add whole eggs, egg whites (or egg substitute) and milk to mixing bowl, and beat on medium-low speed until smooth and completely blended. 3. Drizzle egg-milk mixture over the sausage and bread mixture; stir to blend. Pour into the prepared baking dish, spread top evenly, cover with foil, then chill in the refrigerator for 8 hours or overnight. 4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake, covered in foil, for 45 minutes. Uncover the foil, and reduce the temperature to 325 degrees. Bake for about 20 minutes longer or until set. Makes 8 servings. Nutritional Info Amount Per Serving Calories: 282.6 ,Total Carbs: 16.4 g ,Total Fat: 11.7 g ,Cholesterol: 92.5 mg ,Sodium: 636.6 mg Dietary Fiber: 0.9 g ,Protein: 26.3 g _____________________________________________ Sugar Free Sweetened Condensed Milk Ingredients 12 ounces Evaporated milk - Low Fat, one large can 1 1/2 cups Powdered milk - Fat free 1/2 cup Splenda - to taste Directions: Blend ingredients together and store, chilled, for up to one week. Use, ounce-for-ounce, as a replacement for conventional sweetened condensed milk (i.e. Eagle Brand) in cooking and baking recipes. Each ounce contains an estimated: Cals: 54,NetCarbs: 9g, FatCals: 14, TotFat: 2g,SatFat: 1g, PolyFat: 0g, MonoFat: 1g Chol: 7mg, Na: 58mg, K: 173mg, TotCarbs: 9g, Fiber: 0g, Sugars: 3g ,NetCarbs: 9g, Protein: 4g

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The following was taken from an email. And, I have to admit, it isn’t the first time I have read it and many of you have probably seen it, as well. Now, I don’t know who wrote it, or even if it is true. I know you will enjoy it because no matter how many times I read it, it’s just as funny as the first time! Roping A Deer (Names have been removed to protect the stupid!) Actual Letter from someone who writes, and farms.... I had this idea that I was going to rope a deer, put it in a stall, fatten it up on corn for a couple of weeks, then kill it and eat it. The first step in this adventure was getting a deer. I figured that, since they congregate at my cattle feeder and do not seem to have much fear of me when I am there (a bold one will sometimes come right up and sniff at the bags of feed while I am in the back of the truck not 4 feet away), it should not be difficult to rope one, get up to it and toss a bag over its head (to calm it down) then hog tie it and transport it home. I filled the cattle feeder then hid down at the end with my rope. The cattle, having seen the roping thing before, stayed well back. They were not having any of it. After about 20 minutes, my deer showed up -- 3 of them. I picked out....a likely looking one, stepped out from the end of the feeder, and threw my rope. The deer just stood there and stared at me. I wrapped the rope around my waist and twisted the end so I would have a good hold. The deer still just stood and stared at me, but you could tell it was mildly concerned about the whole rope situation. I took a step towards took a step away. I put a little tension on the rope and then received an education. The first thing that I learned is that, while a deer may just stand there looking at you funny while you rope it, they are spurred to action when you start pulling on that rope. That deer EXPLODED. The second thing I learned is that pound for pound, a deer is a LOT stronger than a cow or a colt. A cow or a colt in that weight range I could fight down with a rope and with some dignity. A deer-- no chance. That thing ran and bucked and twisted and pulled. There was no controlling it and certainly no getting close to it. As it jerked me off my feet and started dragging me across the ground, it occurred to me that having a deer on a rope was not nearly as good an idea as I had originally imagined. The only up side is that they do not have as much stamina as many other animals. A brief 10 minutes later, it was tired and not nearly as quick to jerk me off my feet and drag me when I managed to get up. It took me a few minutes to realize this, since I was mostly blinded by the blood flowing out of the big gash in my head. By this time, I had lost my taste for corn-fed venison. I just wanted to get that devil creature off the end of that rope. At the time, there was no love at all between Continued on Page 6

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November, 2009 Roping a Deer, continued from Page 5 me and that deer. At that moment, I hated the thing, and I would venture a guess that the feeling was mutual. But, I figured if I just let it go with the rope hanging around its neck, it would likely die slow and painfully somewhere. Despite the gash in my head and the several large knots where I had cleverly arrested the deer’s momentum by bracing my head against various large rocks as it dragged me across the ground, I could still think clearly enough to recognize that there was a small chance that I shared some tiny amount of responsibility for the situation we were in. And, because I didn’t want the deer to have to suffer a slow death, I managed to get it lined back up in between my truck and the feeder - a little trap I had set before hand...kind of like a squeeze chute. I got it to back in there and I started moving up so I could get my rope back. Did you know that deer bite? They do! I never in a million years would have thought that a deer would bite somebody, so I was very surprised when I reached up there to grab that rope and the deer grabbed hold of my wrist. Now, when a deer bites you, it is not like being bit by a horse where they just bite you and then let go. A deer bites you and shakes its head --almost like a pit bull. They bite HARD and it hurts. The proper thing to do when a deer bites you is probably to freeze and draw back slowly. I tried screaming and shaking instead. My method was ineffective. It seems like the deer was biting and shaking for several minutes, but it was likely only several seconds. I, being smarter than a deer (though you may be questioning that claim by now) tricked it. While I kept it busy tearing the tendons out of my right arm, I reached up with my left hand and pulled that rope loose. That was when I got my final lesson in deer behavior for the day. Deer will strike at you with their front feet. They rear right up on their back feet and strike right about head and shoulder level, and their hooves are surprisingly sharp. I learned a long time ago that, when an animal -- like a horse -- strikes at you with their hooves and you can’t get away easily, the best thing to do is try to make a loud noise and make an aggressive move towards the animal. This will usually cause them to back down a bit so you can escape. This was not a horse. This was a deer, so obviously, such trickery would not work. In the course of a milli-second, I devised a different strategy....I screamed like a woman and tried to turn and run. The reason I had always been told NOT to try to turn and run from a horse that paws at you, is that there is a good chance that it will hit you in the back of the head. Deer may not be so different from horses after all, besides being twice as strong and 3 times as evil, because the second I turned to run, it hit me right in the back of the head and knocked me down. Now, when a deer paws at you and knocks you down, it does not immediately leave. I suspect it does not recognize that the danger has passed. What they do instead is paw your back and jump up and down on you while you are laying there crying like a little girl and covering your head. I finally managed to crawl under the truck and the deer went away. So now I know why, when people go deer hunting, they bring a rifle with a scope to sort of even the odds.

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The Greenville Walmart recently had a drawing of all area school campuses and Lee Elementary from Caddo Mills ISD was the lucky winner! When Valerie Duckett and Mindy Alcorn showed up at an assembly on September 29, the teachers had no idea what was about to happen. The representatives from Walmart Grennville had placed every teacher’s name in a hat. They began to draw out ten names. Each of the ten people drawn were awarded $100.00 Walmart gift cards! The lucky winners and Caddo Mills ISD would like to say thank you to WALMART for this wonderful gift to our teachers. Photo (left to right): Ellen Falone, Marletta Page, Kathy Kirkpatrick, Claire Gipson, Kathy Turney, Karen Roberts, Megan Oakes, Karen Cooper,( Valerie Duckett, Mindy Alcorn Walmart Reps), and Sandi Stroope (Principal) not pictured are winners Sharon Woodson and Jennifer Bruton First and second grade students at Griffis Elementary had the pleasure of having a fire safety presentation from Battalion Chief Donnie Bailey and Firefighter Brian Westbrook from the Allen Fire Department. Students learned safety tips and firefighter Brian Westbrook showed the students what firefighters wear to keep themselves safe while fighting a fire as well as allowed them to feel their uniforms. The firefighters also stressed how important it was to not be afraid of them and allowed the students to hear their equipment in use. They also emphasized the importance of not hiding so that they could be rescued. At the end of the fire safety presentation students had the opportunity to ask questions. Of course, what presentation isn’t complete without a few stories of events that have taken place at home? We appreciate Mr. “Weather the Weather” Bailey and Mr. Westbrook for taking the Griffis Elementary School 3rd graders retime out to visit our school. Mr. Bailey has cently presented a musical entitled “Weathbeen visiting our school district yearly for er the Weather” to their friends and family. almost ten years. The third graders sang songs about precipitation, humidity, tornados, wind and storms and dressed for different weather conditions. The students worked very hard beginning the second day of school to learn the music and movements as well as learning about weather. Performers and audience had a wonderful time! Students were directed by Julie Thompson.

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point conversion. An all-region hoopster and state-ranked track athlete, the 3.0 GPA student reads to elementary school youngsters, serves at senior citizens dinners, and coaches several youth sports.

Nate Jeffery, #22, Touchdown Nate scored his 116 to break the 2A State Career Touchdowns record. He is in the top 5 of all classifications 1A 5A.

Nate Jeffery Nate Jeffery,a great student-athlete, has been named Built Ford Tough Texas 2A High School Football Player of the Week for Week 5. His selection came from the Built Ford Tough Advisory Board. His Bio follows: Class 2-A, Nate Jeffery, RB, Caddo Mills, is the Foxes’ game plan. In a 35-6 win over Cooper, for example, he ran 34 times for 317 yards and five TDs, Nate Jeffery pictured with his parents and passed once for 19 yards, and added a twoCoach Sumrow Left to Right - Libby Higginbotham ( Jr.), Jordan Hammack (Sr.), Callie Hayden Sr. and Queen, BreAnn Whitaker (sr.), Genesis Driggs ( Soph), and Sydney Beasley (frsh)

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The Mayonnaise Jar & 2 Coke’s When 24 hours in a day are not enough, and when things in your life seem almost too much to handle, remember the mayonnaise jar, and then remember the 2 Coke’s A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full.. They agreed it was. The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an una nimous yes.’

The professor then produced two Coke’s from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed. ‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things---your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions---and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car. The sand is everything else---the small stuff. ‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life... If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.” “Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal, Take care of the golf balls first---the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.” One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Coke represented... The professor smiled and said, “I’m glad you asked. The Coke just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of Coke’s with a friend.”

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Homecoming 2009

Lone Oak High School’s Homecoming Queen Nominees: Chelsea Lyday, Jessi Holt, Rachel Hammons, Jessica Lynch, Marilyn Anderson Jessica Lynch was crowned queen

Buffy poses for the Super Hero Pep Rally

Lone Oak High School Homecoming King Nominees: Seth Hodges, Trey Malone, Garrett Dunlap, Trenton Overly, Lash Mundrake Trenton Overly was crowned Homecoming King

Lone Oak Middle School Football Results for October 22nd games with Grand Saline 7th Grade: Lost 40-6 The 7th grade Buffaloes scored on a 20 Two of our teachers, Sue Luhn and Margaret Bryan, pose for the Super Hero pep rally.

Students at Lone Oak High School enjoyed the ROCK Pep Rally with Special Guest “Kiss”!

A Honor Roll Lone Oak Middle School

Sydney Humble Michael Keck Coleton Lasseter Hailey Lawson Clinton Mahand Danielle mccroskey Macy Mccroskey Samone Middleton Clay Moats Carly Prim Allen Ragsdale Sara Ross Matthew Schumann Rebecca Schumann Devin Shaw Eric Shaw Kevin Smith Callie Spradling David Tanoos Gina Thompson Madeline Vinson Kassidy Watson Mitchell Wheat Dane White Monica Williams

Bailey Barrett Kaitlynn Baxter Keenan Beachem Alyssa Busby Justin Carson Jessie Cunningham Rebekah Davidson Taryn Driggers Erica Eacret Cassidy Fetty Cody Floyd Eli Gammage Dakota Gannon Morgan Gibbs Gaston Gilbert Shawn Goodwin Austin Hall Cody-Lane Hardin Christopher Hernandez Taylor Hill

yard TD pass from Andrew Nichols to Jacob Lemieux. Record: 2-2-1 Next game:

Thursday October 29 at

Como-Pickton at 4:30pm. 8th Grade: Won 22-0 Scoring for the 8th grade Buffaloes:

These Lone Oak Elementary School Kindergartners are enjoying free books thanks to a special program. SONIC Drive-In, in partnership with, provided the materials through a special Limeades for Learning Program. The program provided take home readers that will connect learning from the school day with family time in their rural community. It provides opportunities for families to get excited about their children’s education. When a Kindergarten child reads a book to a family member, the only one smiling more than the child is the family member!

Sawyer Zachary scored on a 1 yard TD Run.

Ethan Fite completed the 2-pt

conversion pass to Cody Hardin. Zachary completed a 20 yard TD pass to Clint Mahand. Zachary ran in the 2-pt conversion. Jon Moore scored on a 30 yard TD Run. The 2-pt conversion was no good. Zachary also recovered a fumble. Fite and Kody Quick each had an interception for the Buffalo defense. Record: 3-1 Next game:

Thursday October 29 vs

Paris at Lone Oak at 5:00pm.

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1. An elephant has the largest eyes of any animal. 2. The national anthem of Greece has 6 verses. 3. A cat has 32 muscles in each ear. 4. A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes. 5. There have been a total 54 different animals in boxes of animal crackers. 6. Chef Boyardee was a fictional character. 7. Neptune makes one revolution of the sun everyday. 8. Popeye, the Sailor has 4 nephews. 9. Forest fires move faster uphill than downhill! 10. The longest life span of a queen ant is 90 days. ********************************************** 1. False. Marine scientists studying the carcass of a rare colossal squid said Wednesday they had measured its eye at about 11 inches (28 centimeters) across—bigger than a

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dinner plate—making it the largest animal eye on Earth. (from National Geographic) 2. False. The national anthem of Greece has 158 verses. 3. True. A cat’s ear has 32 muscles. 4. False. Sharks lack eyelids, and so they cannot blink using either eye. 5. True In total, there have been 54 different animals represented by animal crackers since 1902. 6. False. There is a Chef Boyardee, although his name is not spelled that way. Hector Boiardi, an Italian immigrant, came to the United States in 1914 when he was only 17. 7. False. Since Neptune’s discovery in 1846, it has made about three-quarters of one revolution of the sun. 8. True. In the 1942 entry Pip-Eye, Pup-Eye, Poop-Eye, An’ Peep-Eye which introduced his four identical nephews. 9 True. Fires move faster uphill than downhill because heat rises. 10. False. A queen ant can live to be 20 years old or more.

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Ernest Epps Education Service Center The Ernest Epps Education Service Center dedication was held on October 11th, 2009 at 2 p.m.

The speaker was Rev. Raymond Clayborn.

State Representative, Jodie Laudenburg, also presented Randy Hancock, Superintendent of RCISD and Don Palmer, President Of the Board of Trustees for RCISD with two flags. One Texas flag that had been flown over the State capital and one US flag that had been flown over the US capital.

Harry H. Herndon Intermediate School Dedication Photo Right: Harry H Herndon and the Harry H. Herndon Intermediate School Photo Below: Treble Makers Choir stand ready as Board President Don Palmer welcomes the guest for Herndon Intermediate School Dedication

Photo Left: Tena Herndon Griffith presents the school with a flag in memory of her dad – Superintendent Randy Hancock and Board Trustee Bobby Summers look on.

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Remember our Veterans on November 11th GRANDPARENTS GET A BREAK! Eddie Hall, State Farm Agent in Greenville, reminded us of a great benefit for grandparents who contribute to their grandchild’s college fund. One of the ways to do this is the 529 plan that allows you to set aside funds for a grandchild’s college education. To ensure there is no federal income tax taken from the funds upon withdrawal, it has to be used to pay for qualified higher education expenses. Also, free from federal income tax is a program called a Coverdell Education Savings Account. Grandparents, or other contributors, must have an adjusted gross income of less than a certain amount to take advantage of the Coverdell program. The maximum that can be contributed each year is $2,000. These funds remain tax free as long as they are withdrawn to pay for qualified higher education or elementary/secondary educational expenses. This is a great way to make sure the funds are there for your grandchildren to receive the best education possible.

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Top Honors

Crockett teacher named one of the state’s best A Greenville ISD elementary teacher is among those from 80 North Texas school districts who are being honored this year as the state’s outstanding educators. Lisa Redd, a second grade teacher at Greenville’s Crockett Elementary, attended the 2010 Texas Regional Teacher of the Year Luncheon and Awards Gala in August. The luncheon serves as the regional component of the Texas Teacher of the Year competition. Redd was earlier named the district’s Elementary Teacher of the Year. Redd and was named from a group of campus elementary Teacher of the Year winners that included Stacey Essix (L.P. Waters Early Childhood Center), Delores Rackley (Lamar Elementary), Jackie Marek (Travis Elementary), Marcia Penland (Carver Elementary), Lisa Redd (Crockett Elementary) and Marcie Hardaway (Bowie Elementary). Each fall, the Texas State Teacher of the Year program honors two State Teachers of the Year

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New Horizons teacher named one of the state’s best A Greenville ISD secondary teacher is among those from 80 North Texas school districts who are being honored this year as the state’s outstanding educators. Kay Loehr, who teaches Computer Applications at the New Horizons Learning Center, attended the 2010 Texas Regional Teacher of the Year Luncheon and Awards Gala in August. The luncheon serves as the regional component of the Texas Teacher of the Year competition. Loehr was earlier named the district’s Secondary Teacher of the Year. Loehr was named from a group of secondary Teacher of the Year winners that included Troiana Hoffman (Greenville Sixth Grade Center), Laurie King (Greenville Middle School) and Darla Abrego (Greenville High School). “My goal is to enrich students’ lives by provid-

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— one in elementary education and one in secondary education — and Regional Teachers of the Year from each of the 20 Education Service Center regions. “I would describe myself as a positive, supportive and organized teacher. Eight years ago, during the new teacher training, the facilitator told us, ‘You’ve got to know your pups!’ That phrase has always stayed with me. I have tried to honor that statement and my principles by allowing it to guide and add to my teaching style,” said Redd. “I enjoy getting to know my students individually. I think it’s necessary to know their backgrounds; their struggles and successes. I try and work with their strengths and weaknesses to help make them a valuable and productive member of our school society.” Redd, a native of Greenville and 1982 graduate of Greenville High School, attended East Texas State University and the University of North Texas, where she earned her Bachelors in Elementary Education in the Fall of 1988. A nine year veteran of teaching, she previously taught in McKinney ISD. The state program is affiliated with the National Teacher of the Year Program, the oldest ing opportunities to learn life skills as well as academic skills. These opportunities include the development of a positive image of themselves, communicating appropriately in written and verbal form, making and keeping successful relationships, managing personal and job resources, obtaining and retaining successful careers, supporting themselves and their family adequately and becoming contributing citizens of the community,” said Loehr. “Every student has the ability to learn, deserves respect, has individual abilities and handicaps and comes from situations outside of school that impact learning in both positive and negative ways.” Loehr, who earned degrees from East Texas State University and also attended Texas Tech University and Southwest Texas Junior College, has been at New Horizons since 1997. She previously worked in Bland ISD and Fiona ISD. The state program is affiliated with the National Teacher of the Year Program, the oldest and most prestigious awards program to focus public attention on excellence in teaching.

and most prestigious awards program to focus public attention on excellence in teaching. The program’s mission is to select outstanding classroom teachers who are also able to speak for, motivate and exemplify the contributions of all teachers.

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Lemonade from Lemons Crockett Elementary students were treated to an imprompt cookout at school recently by Greenville ISD’s Child Nutrition and Transportation Departments. The departments joined together to provide the cookout for students while the school’s cafeteria was closed for repairs.

Crockett Elementary teacher Lisa Redd said she enjoys getting to know her students individually. “I think it’s necessary to know their backgrounds; their struggles and successes,” she said. Redd, a second grade teacher and Greenville native, has been named Greenville ISD’s Elementary Teacher of the Year. The program’s mission is to select outstanding classroom teachers who are also able to speak for, motivate and exemplify the contributions of all teachers.

From left, Sharee Osten, Maria Gonzalez, Cohnie Harris and Brenda Bell serve students as they come through the chow line.

New Horizons Learning Center teacher Kay Loehr said she aims to provide opportunities for students to learn life skills as well as academic skills. “As a teacher, my job is to consider each student’s unique situation and provide each student with the best opportunity to learn,” she said. Loehr has been named Greenville ISD’s Secondary Teacher of the Year.

Transportation Department staffer Don Ward, taking a break from his cooking duties, greeted Jonathan Garcia, a first grader in Alex Partida’s class.

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Osama bin Laden went to heaven and was greeted by George Washington, who slapped him and yelled, “How dare you try to destroy the nation I helped conceive?” Patrick Henry then approached and punched Osama in the nose. James Madison entered and kicked him in the shin. An angry Thomas Jefferson whacked Osama over the head with a cane. The thrashing continued as John Randolph, James Monroe and 66 other early Americans came in and unleashed their anger on the terrorist leader. Suddenly, as Osama lay writhing in unbearable pain, an angel appeared. “This is not what you promised

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me,” said Osama. “Come on, Osama,” the angel replied. “I told you there would be 72 Virginians waiting for you in heaven.” ********************************************** Joe and Dave are hunting when Dave keels over. Frantic, Joe dials 911 on his cell phone and blurts, “My friend just dropped dead! What should I do?” A soothing voice at the other end says, “Don’t worry, I can help. First, let’s make sure he’s really dead.” After a brief silence, the operator hears a shot. Then Joe comes back to the phone. “Okay,” he says nervously to the operator. “What do I do next?”


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Quinlan-Ford 2009 Homecoming Celebrating Our Past - Honoring Our Future!

Community Rally & Bonfire, 2009 Hall of Fame Induction, 2009 Homecoming Game, Parade, BBQ Cook-off & Luncheon, Tug-of-War, Alum Flag Football and 2009 Fall Festival & Street Dance! We had 40 Blue Belle Alumni perform for their 40th Reunion and almost that many alum panther football players return home to play in our 1st annual Alum Flag Football game! All was a HUGE success!

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Faith is a Lifestyle

By Pastors Dean & Ruth Remmers

I felt it the instant it happened—I threw my back out and I couldn’t stand up straight again. I could have prevented the pain, the discomfort, and—yes, even the embarrassment. But I didn’t. Why? Because I didn’t discern the LORD’s body. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. I Corinthians 11:29-30 …Christ is the head of the church: and he is the Savior of the body. Ephesians 5:23 The day before we had been in my father-in-law’s pasture with a sick cow. I didn’t know it at the time, but our youngest son, David, had gotten layers of mud and clay on his shoes. In fact, I didn’t know anything about

it until it was time to leave for church the next morning. By that time they were caked and baked! And that was the only pair of shoes that fit him at the time except his flip-flops. Was I mad at him! To make matters worse (I thought), my husband had the congregation come forward for communion that day. There went David down to the front…Flip-Flop-Flip-Flop-Flip-Flop….(I realized then why a bull gets so mad when a red flag keeps snapping at him.) We were having communion—my opportunity to make things right—but I missed it big time! Needless to say, by the time we got home that day, I had hammered my frustrations into our son. David’s wrongdoing was so small compared to mine, but my anger was driving my actions, and I wasn’t doing anything to stop it. Then I bent over to do something, and I heard the pop! Everything stopped. I had to ask God to forgive me, I had to ask my son to forgive me, and I had to forgive myself and cover it all with the Blood of Jesus. The next day the chiropractor adjusted my back (interspersed with bursts of laughter) as I explained what had happened. More recently, we were listening to a man sing in a church service in another city. I questioned his methods and wondered about his motives. When we were by ourselves, I asked my husband what he thought about the man. Pastor Dean told me that while it would appease the flesh to talk about him, he would let his spirit man dominate and keep quiet except to pray for him. Although we were not receiving communion at that moment, here was my opportunity to make things right with God. Could it have been the Spirit of God that pricked me that day so that I would pray for the man? I quickly repented for finding fault with my brother and asked God to help him. It wouldn’t have helped for me to criticize and “discuss” his faults—we all have areas we

Texas Twister need to grow in, so we’d better sow lots of love and patience into others so that we can reap love and patience by the bushels in our own lives. There are those who had been destined for greatness in the kingdom of God, but the criticisms and misunderstandings of others have snuffed out their lamps. It’s time to pray for others who help make up the body of Christ. It’s time to stop letting our tongues move from praising God to heaping condemnation on others. We may be the very one who can pray that person into a place of victory that he or she needs. And when that brother or sister gains the victory over the situation, he or she could be a major blessing to your family or even to the whole body of Christ. Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. Ephesians 4:15, 16, NLT


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After many years of avoiding getting on scales, a man got on them to find he couldn’t read the numbers. He got off, put his glasses on, got back on and said, “Wow! I can’t believe these glasses Solution on Page 30

weigh 50 pounds!”

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1-877-FOOD-MINISTRY (1-877-366-3646) NOVEMBER 2009 MENU SIGNATURE BOX $30.00 Balanced nutrition and variety with enough food to feed a family of four for a week. 1.5 lb. Ribeye Steaks (3 x 8 oz.)* 1 lb. Boneless Center Cut Pork Chops (4 x 4 oz.) 2 lb. Chicken Fried Rice Skillet Meal (All White Chicken Meat, Rice, Vegetables with Egg and Gourmet Teriyaki Sauce) 22 oz. Lasagna with Meat Sauce 22 oz. Breaded Fish Patties (5 ct.) 1 lb. Lean Ground Beef 1.5 lb. Breaded Chicken Breast Fillet 1 lb. Frozen Zucchini 1 lb. Frozen Cauliflower Florets 1 lb. Frozen Broccoli Florets 1 lb. (approx.) Hash Brown Patties (7 ct.) 8 oz. Breakfast Cereal 2 lb. bag Fresh Onions 32 oz. 2% Shelf Stable Milk Dozen Eggs Dessert *Steaks in a box of Angel Food are now thicker than ever before. Though there may be fewer steaks in a box, it’s the same amount of meat but the quality is higher and the steaks are tenderer. SENIOR & CONVENIENCE MEALS $28.00 For Seniors or People on the Go! Ten perfectly seasoned, nutritionally balanced, fully

cooked meals—just heat and serve. Each meal has been developed with the dietary needs of senior citizens in mind, and contains 3 oz. of protein, a starch & two vegetables or fruit. Sliced Turkey & Dressing with Gravy, corn and green bean/cranberry blend Macaroni & Beef with noodles, carrots zucchini/red pepper Country Herb Chicken with mashed potatoes, broccoli and green bean blend Macaroni & Cheese with broccoli and lima beans Beef Stew with Carrots & Potatoes, Brussels sprouts and corn/red pepper blend Sweet & Sour Chicken with rice, sugar snap peas and carrots Mesquite Chicken with rice/black bean blend, carrots and green beans Chicken & Rice with Mushroom Sauce, green beans and black bean/corn blend Charbroiled Beef Patty with mashed potatoes, gravy, carrots and corn blend Lemon Pepper Baked Fish with rice, peas and zucchini/ red pepper blend Desserts: Assorted Cookies, Mixed Fruit Cup, Applesauce, Nature Valley Bar, Cranberry Juice Cocktail, Pineapple Juice 5 LB. ALLERGEN-FREE FOOD BOX $23.00 Processed to eliminate the eight top serious allergens: Peanuts, Soybeans, Milk, Eggs, Fish, Crustacea, Tree Nuts and Gluten (wheat, rye and barley). Great for children and adults! 1 lb. Breaded Chicken Fillet Patties 1 lb. Breaded Chicken Tenders 1 lb. Breaded Chicken Nuggets 1 lb. Breaded Steak Fingers 1 lb. Breaded Chicken Wings Battered/Breaded with water, white rice, brown rice, modified tapioca starch, flax seed, sugar, salt, spices, dehydrated garlic, spice extractives/Breaded and oleoresin paprika. Breading is pre-browned in Canola oil. Thanksgiving Holiday Box $36.00 Available for Pre-order September 1st-October 28th!!!! This year we have an exciting menu that we think your friends and family will enjoy and will make a nice gift for anyone that you believe needs a little uplifting around the holidays. This will not affect the normal November order period. This is a special order in addition to your regular order and no Holiday Box orders will be accepted after the October 28th deadline. This Holiday Box will ONLY be shipped during the November distribution period and not beforehand. SNAP benefits cannot be accepted with this order until 35 days prior to the delivery date and can-

Texas Twister not be accepted online. 7 lb. (avg.) Perdue Roasting Hen 2 lb. Frozen Green Beans 4.5 oz. Brown Gravy Mix 2.5 lb. Boneless Netted Ham 1 lb. Frozen Cranberries 1 Dessert Item (Pie or Cake) 2 lb. Frozen Diced Sweet Potatoes 17 oz. Ready to Cook Corn Bread Dressing 1 Recipe Sheet with scripture ***Specials may now be purchased with or without the purchase of any of the Standard Boxes listed above**** NOVEMBER SPECIAL #1 $23.00 7 lb. Assorted Meat Grill Box 1.5 lb. New York Strip Steaks (2 x 12 oz.) 2 lb. Boston Butt Chops (4 x 8 oz.) 2 lb. Lean Hamburger Steaks (4 x 8 oz.) 1.5 lb. Italian Sausage with Cheese NOVEMBER SPECIAL #2 $22.00 5 lb. Assorted Meat and Chicken Combo 2 lb. Sirloin Steak Strips (4 x 8 oz.) 1.5 lb. Bacon Wrapped Beef Fillet (4 x 6 oz.) 1.5 lb. Bacon Wrapped Chicken Fillet (4 x 6 oz.) NOVEMBER SPECIAL #3 $21.00 10 lb. Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breast Box 10 lbs. IQF Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breasts NOVEMBER SPECIAL #4 $22.00 Premium Fresh Fruit and Veggie Box 1 Stalk California Celery 3 lb. New Crop North Carolina Sweet Potatoes 3 lb. New Crop Idaho Potatoes 1 head Fresh Leafy Green Cabbage 1 lb. California Carrots 3 lb. Tree Ripened Juice Oranges 3 lb. New Crop Red Delicious Apples 1 (8 oz.) bag New Crop Georgia Grown Shelled Pecan Halves 4 Washington State Bosc Pears 1 (12 oz.) 100% Pure Sweet Honey Bear 2 New Crop Ruby Red Grapefruit Orders Due: Contact Your Local Host Site* Distribution Day: Contact Your Local Host Site* *Please note that some host sites have earlier order deadlines. Please contact your local host site for information. Visit our website to locate a host site near you Angel Food Ministries Reserves the Right to Substitute Any of the Above Items Due to Availability, Cost and Quality. We Accept Food Stamps (EBT). Angel Food Ministries is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Complaints of discrimination should be sent to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Washington, DC 20250-9410


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Time for that Turkey & Dressing, Again. Now some of my family could eat if year round, but I just like it for the cooler weather, like we are having now. I do wish we would have some of that in-between weather, where we don’t have to use the heater or the AC, but this is TEXAS and we won’t get much of that here. For a different Thanksgiving dinner side dish, try this one. Some people don’t care for cabbage, but give it a try; its different enough it will surprise even the pickiest eater. Baked Cabbage 2 C. Crushed Cornflakes Cereal ¼ C. Oleo, Melted 1 (10 oz.) pkg. finely shredded Angel Hair Cabbage 1 Lg. Sweet Onion, halved &thinly sliced ½ C. Milk ½ C. mayo 1 (10-3/4 oz.) Can Cream of Celery Soup (undiluted) 1 C. (4oz.) Shredded Cheddar Cheese Stir together cereal & oleo, spoon half of cereal mixture into lightly greased 11 X 7 inch baking dish. Top with cabbage and onions. Stir together milk, mayo and soup. Pour over cabbage. Sprinkle with cheese & remaining cereal mixture. Baked, covered, at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Makes 6 to 8 servings. Enjoy!! If you want potatoes as a side dish and don’t want to peel and boil, try this recipe. I think you will have to make it again soon. Another Potato Casserole 1 (32 oz.) Pkg. Frozen Hash Browned Potatoes, thawed 3/4 C. Oleo (softened & divided) ½ C. Chopped Onion 1 (10 ¾ oz.) Can Cream of Chicken Soup (undiluted) 1 (8 oz.) Ctn. Sour Cream 1 C. Shredded Cheddar Cheese 2 C. Corn Flakes, Crushed Combine potatoes, ½ C. Oleo, chopped onions, soup, sour cream and cheese. Stir well. Spoon into large greased casserole dish. Crush the corn flakes; stir remaining butter into crushed corn flakes. Sprinkle over potato mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. Enjoy!! I hope that everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving and all your family can be with you for a great day. God Bless

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Q. Can you tell me how the Egyptians mummified their dead and is it still possible to have this done today? (Part 2) Jordan C. (Royse City, Texas) A. (Part 2) In last months column, you read about the Egyptian practice of mummification. Mummification is a preservation process, just as embalming is but they differ greatly. The Ancient Egyptians mummified as a direct result of their belief that the physical body survives death and will need personal possessions in the hereafter. We wrote about frankincense, myrrh, palm wine and a salt mixture called natron and the major roll of each in mummification. We ended last month’s column with the natron solution being placed into small bags and then into the body. The empty cavity was swabbed with palm wine and packed with spices, myrrh, and muslin packets of wood shavings. The body was rubbed with a mixture of five fine oils: frankincense, myrrh, palm, lotus, and cedar. The closing of the incision had its own ritual and marked the conclusion of the bodies ‘embalming’ and drying process. Now it was time for the wrapping process. Long strips of linen were cut and completed with appropriate hieroglyphic inscriptions. They were attached by pouring a natural

resin (tar) between layers, covering the entire body. The entire wrapping process took several days and required more than 6 layers or 20 pounds of linen. In accordance with ancient practice, a heart amulet was place over the mummy’s heart before the final layer was complete. The Egyptian mummy would then go through several burial rituals that dealt with purification and preparing for the afterlife. Finally, the mummy is placed into a coffin known as a sarcophagus. The full process of mummification took over 70 days to complete. On June 25, 1994; a team of scientists from The University of Maryland and The Long Island University completed the first human mummification in nearly 2,000 years. Replicas of ancient Egyptian embalming tools were used as well as 100 yards of linen and more than 600 pounds of natron, frankincense and myrrh, oil of cedar, palm wine and natural resins. The mummification was performed at the University of Maryland in Baltimore and the mummy’s name was Mumab. Mumab is now resting in the Museum of Man in San Diego, CA and will continue to be studied by scientists and future generations. In researching places within the United States that perform this ancient practice; I was surprised by my findings. There is one in California and one in Salt Lake City, Utah. It seems that the current costs for mummification services range from 65,000 to 68,000 within the continental United States. This charge does not seem to include what the body will be placed in. The price for a burial casket (ie. sarcophagus) will cost the deceased anywhere from tens of thousands of dollars to well over a hundred of thousands of dollars; depending on how elab-

According to the IBWA (International Bottled Water Association) Polycarbonate Plastic Containers Used For Bottled Water Products are Safe for Consumer Use Recent media stories have raised questions about the safety of polycarbonate plastic bottles due to the presence of a substance known as bisphenol A (BPA). Polycarbonate plastic is used in a wide variety of consumer products, including food and drink containers. Many 3 and 5-gallon bottled water containers are made of polycarbonate plastic and consumers can remain confident about the safety of these products. • Polycarbonate plastic has been the material of choice for food and beverage product containers for nearly 50 years because it is lightweight, highly shatter-resistant, and transparent. During that time, many International studies have been conducted to assess the potential for trace levels of BPA to migrate from lined cans or polycarbonate bottles into foods or beverages. The conclusions from those studies and comprehensive safety evaluations by government bodies worldwide are that polycarbonate bottles are safe for consumer use. • As noted by Health Canada, an adult would have to drink approximately 1,000 liters (or 264 gallons) of water from polycarbonate water cooler bottles EVERY DAY to approach the science-based safe intake limit for BPA recently established in Canada. Different government agencies in the United States, Canada, Europe, New Zeland, and Japan have all done studies and concluded there is no risk to our health. To see these reports and get more information go to

Texas Twister orate. A nice family home could be purchased for what a simple mummy would cost. It’s no wonder why cremation is on the rise in the United States. (If you have a question that you would like answered in this column, please write to ASK THE DIRECTOR c/o Ingram Funeral Home P.O. Box 2218 Quinlan, Texas 75474).


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a year ago, a tragic car accident took the life of 14 month old Alanna Jisha when the car went into Lake Fork. There was a camera that was in the car at the time of the accident and could not be found. It held the pictures of Alanna’s last six weeks of life. Many volunteers combed the area looking for it, handed out flyers, and even the dive team from Commerce pitched in. It was recovered in September. (Please read October issue at At the time we went to print for our October issue, it was not known if the pictures would be recovered from the camera.

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“No country upon earth ever had it more in its power to attain these blessings than United America. Wondrously strange, then, and much to be regretted indeed would it be, were we to neglect the means and to depart from the road which Providence has pointed us to so plainly.” --George Washington “I am one of those who do not believe that a national debt is a national blessing, but rather a curse to a republic; inasmuch as it is calculated to raise around the administration a moneyed aristocracy dangerous to the liberties of the country.” --President Andrew Jackson (1767-1845)

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idea, but if you can get them started, you will have a great deal of fun. Buy some balloons. While everyone is watching TV, blow it up and let it go! You are sure to get some giggles from the whole family. Then, hand them out for everyone. Blow them up for the little ones so they can have a good time, too. And, tie them off and pitch them around. They can’t hurt anything or anyone so, they are great for just batting around. You can get the family cat involved by getting the helium type with long streamers. You have to be careful during the holiday football games. Serious fans might not get into this unless there is a timeout! Or, just start a game of Charades. Get up in the big middle of your family and start acting something out. They will be eager participants in no time. You could get a puzzle out, and ask for help with a piece or two. See if you can get everyone interested without even asking for them to put it together with you. Dominoes stacked so they will all fall when you push the first one is also fun and will get everyone’s attention. There are many ways to get your family playing and communicating without demanding it. Just get creative, and see what works for your family! by Ginger Lane Good old fashion fun! Thanksgiving is a great time for everyone to be together. But, if they all go their own way after the meal, here are some tips! Buy a game. A real hands on game, like Trouble or Operation. Don’t get one downloaded on the computer, but one that sits on the kitchen table. Buy a deck of cards for playing gin rummy or go fish. Get something the whole family can play together. After your meal, pull it out and gather everyone to play. Some of them might balk at the

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Story from Ginger Lane I had just gone through the hardest time of my life during the last couple of years before April 2007. Different problems had cost me all I had in savings. And, now, my source of income was drying up. I had been in the phone service business for many years, but when AT&T bought out Bell, it was no longer an option for me. I was driving down 276 in Quinlan, and pulled over on the side of the road. I was talking to God. I told him, I will work hard, if you will just show me what you want me to do. Suddenly, I remembered my best friend Sandee and my sister Debby. We had done some projects before that involved ads and printing. They both liked doing those projects and had casually mentioned a few times that we should do more. I decided right then I would start a small paper. I knew probably knew just enough about printing a paper to get me into real trouble. And, considering I was not just broke, I was about to lose every-

thing that I had, I have to say that I was still pretty excited about the idea even though I barely had gas money to get back home. I sat there a few minutes figuring printing costs, and how to promote it. Yes, it would work! I drove straight to D Earls and Dennis Earls was sitting at his desk. (We lost Dennis to a sudden illness last year, but he will never be forgotten.) I went in with absolutely nothing in my hands to show him. I started describing my new venture and I can’t even remember what name I gave him, but it wasn’t Texas Twister. Without a moments hesitation he told me he would purchase an ad on the front cover top left, and he would keep buying that spot for as long as I printed the paper! And, he wrote me a big check for 3 months worth of advertising! My next stop, the same thing, 3 months of advertising and money in my hand! Many of you may not have any idea of what the prices are for advertising, but within about 45 minutes from the time I had asked God what I should do, I had several hundred dollars in my hand. That was 2 1/2 years ago. Texas Twister Publications now publishes, Texas Twister, Senior Journey, several menus, chamber directories, and Let me say right now, without Continued on Page 25


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Answered Prayers, Con’t from Page 24 Sandee, Debby, my family, Misty, Ashley, and all the people that write articles and customers that believed in and supported it, Texas Twister would not be what it is today. My sincere gratitude to them all. And, I thank God that day for answering my prayer. The drama I went through prior to starting Texas Twister has given me great insight to what I wanted it to be. Reason for everything? You bet! When times are the hardest, just dig in, and include God in your plans!


So many people do not understand what hospice is. And, it is such an important service that is available to us. Here is some information. Definitions of hospice on the Web: • a lodging for travelers (especially one kept by a monastic order) • a program of medical and emotional care for the terminally ill ( • • • Who is eligible for hospice? Hospice is available to any person regardless of age, disease, or economic status. When do you get involved with hospice? It is appropriate to become involved with hospice when an illness is at it’s final terminal stages. If no more treatments for a cure or heroic measures are to be taken to prolong life are going to be used, a hospice should be brought in for the final 6 months or less of life is expected. What services does hospice offer? Hospice is a team of professionals including doctors, nurses, clergy and social workers. Is hospice only for the patient? Hospice provides strong physical, emotional, spiritual support for the patient and for the family. They help everyone prepare for the final moments of the patients life. They sometimes provide counseling for the family for around a year after death. How is it paid for? For terminal patients with less thank six months to live might be covered by Medicare or Medicaid. And, some HMO’s and health insurance policies cover these services. Many hospice can provide service from donations or other sources, so if you have a family member facing a terminal illness, please find out what is available to you and if you need help, just ask for it. You don’t have to face this alone, so please don’t.

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My name is Don Frederick. I am a freelance cartoonist and long time resident of Forney Texas. Originally from Dallas, I’ve lived in Forney about eleven years. I enjoy my life there with my wife Maureen, my daughter Lauren, the dog Lennox and our wonderful and pleasantly plump tabby cat Max. I enjoy being with my family and drawing my cartoons. I’ve drawn cartoons and wanted to be a cartoonist from the day I could pick up a pencil. My mom and dad

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have always believed in me and said it was my destiny to draw cartoons for a living. Everyone in my family has told me this; even my wife and daughter. “You’re going to make it someday” they always say. And I want to thank them all for believing in me. I currently draw and write a comic strip called “Day by Day.” Even with a busy and fast pace life I can always find time to work on my strip. My life has always been full of different jobs. It seems like I’m always working at least two. But I’ve never lost sight of my comics. They’re planted deep in my heart. I think that perseverance is the key. And it’s not just with me. I think if anyone wants and strives for something long enough, they’ll get it. You just have to keep moving forward. Never give up, stay focused and have faith. I wish luck to anyone who tries to make their dreams a reality because good things do happen to good people eventually.


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Texas Twister honors all those who serve or have served in any capacity in the military of the United States of America. We salute you and would like to express our sincere appreciation.

Remember Veteran’s Day November 11th

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Psychiatry students were in their Emotional Extremes class. “Let’s set some parameters,” the professor said. “What’s the opposite of joy?” he asked one student. “Sadness,” he replied. “The opposite of depression?” he asked another student. “Elation,” he replied. “The opposite of woe?” the prof asked a young woman from Texas. The Texan replied, “Sir, I believe that would be giddyup.” Puzzle on page 23

Puzzle on page 17

Puzzle on page 23


by Ginger Lane You have to be responsible about the maintenance of your tires. Check them often for the correct air pressure. You have to look to see if the tire is wearing evenly, and if there are signs of damage. Every year there are millions of accidents. Many of them caused by unsafe tires. A couple of weeks ago, I picked up Cameron, my grandson. We were coming back from Dallas, and the ride had a funny ‘feel’ to it. It wasn’t too bad, so I just ignored it, and when I got home started enjoying his visit. Then, his dad came over and noticed I had a low tire, dangerously low. I felt foolish for ignoring the ‘feel’ of my trip, but it reminded me of a story my mom has told over and over. Many years ago, my mom had to drive about an hour to pick my Uncle Jimmy up from the hospital after a surgery. She tells about the tire making a funny popping sound when she was driving the speed limit or worse when she slowed down. The sound was really kind of scary, but she found that if she drove very, very fast, the noise went away! She was very proud of herself that she figured out a way to fix it. However, when she got back home, they discov-

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ered a huge knot on the tire that was about to explode. I feel sure that if it had burst going the speed my mother hasn’t disclosed, she and my uncle would have been seriously injured. Be sure and check your tires to make sure they are

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in good condition and at the proper pressure. And, if you have a funny ‘feel’ to your ride, or strange noises. Stop and check the tires immediately. Sometimes you might be carrying precious cargo you don’t want your grandson!

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We are getting all kinds of letters about the great things the Hunt County Sheriff’s Department has done! Here’s one of them written by Joe Knight, Undersheriff of Hunt County.

David McGee (right) receiving the Sons of the American Revolution Law Enforcement award from Lee Greninger, Jail administrator. The term “Law Enforcement” is a broad term at a Sheriff’s Office. It not only includes sworn Peace Officers, but also

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sworn Detention Officers. Transport is an assignment for Detention Officers. These are the armed Officers who transport prisoners to and from court, and to and from other penal institutions. It is just such a Transport Officer that was this year’s recipient of the Sons of the American Revolution Law Enforcement award. On a summer day a few months ago just before noon, a Hunt County inmate was discovered bleeding profusely from his right arm. A large amount of blood was pooling on the floor next to his bunk. It was soon discovered that this inmate had attempted suicide. Assistance was immediately called for and an ambulance was summoned. At just this moment David McGee heard the call for help and immediately responded, even though this was outside of his normal job description. Accompanied by two additional detention officers, Sergeant McGee entered the cell without hesitation to render aid. A tourniquet was applied to the inmate’s arm to help control the bleeding. Sergeant McGee literally went “hands on” to administer first aid even a scenario that would make even the toughest of us a bit queasy. As a direct result of David McGee in particular, as well as others on the scene and Continued on Page 34

REALLY DUMB CRIMINALS This guy dropped his cell phone near where an 84 year old woman had her purse snatched. The cops found it and suspected he might be involved with the crime when they found the last outgoing text message: “I’m ready to grab some old lady’s purse.” A woman went to her neighbor’s yard sale and couldn’t help admiring some of the items. The Oriental rug, the luggage, the shoes—They were all exactly her style. And, why not? They were hers! Thief arrested! Two criminals escaping custody were handcuffed together. Might have pulled it off, except for they couldn’t get together on deciding which way to go around a telephone pole. They slammed into each other and were arrested trying to get back on their feet. .



Miriam Amanda Wallace “Ma” Ferguson (June 13, 1875 – June 25, 1961) became the first female governor of Texas in 1925. She was born in Bell County, Texas. Her husband, James Edward Ferguson, the governor from 1915 to 1917, was impeached, convicted, and removed from office during his second term. Under terms of the conviction, he was not allowed to hold state office again. After her husband’s impeachment and conviction, she ran as a Democrat for the office herself. During the campaign she said she would follow the advice of her husband and that Texas would get “two governors for the price of one.” Against what would have seemed insurmountable odds, another Ferguson was elected not only as governor, but the first woman governor of Texas. She was the second female state governor in the United States. Two weeks before her inauguration, Nellie Tayloe Ross was sworn in as governor of Wyoming to finish the expired term of her late husband. Ferguson got her nickname “Ma” partly because “M.A.” were her initials, and also because it was novelty to have a woman governor at the time. Before her marriage to James Ferguson when she was twenty-four, she was educated at Salado College and Baylor Female College. “Fergusonism,” as the Fergusons’ brand of populism was called, was still a controversial subject in Texas. As governor, she tackled some of the tougher issues of the

November, 2009 day. Though a teetotaler like her husband, she aligned herself with the “wets” in the battle over prohibition and took a firm stand against the Ku Klux Klan. She was a fiscal conservative. During her first administration she averaged over 100 pardons a month, and accusations of both bribes and kickbacks overshadowed her term, resulting in unsuccessful attempts to impeach her. This led to her defeat in the primaries of both 1926 and 1930. However, she ran again in 1932. She narrowly won the Democratic nomination over incumbent Ross S. Sterling. She then defeated Republican Orville Bullington in the general election. Bullington fared stronger than most Texas Republican candidates did at that time. Her second term as governor was less controversial than her first. According to rumor, state highway contracts only went to companies that advertised in the Fergusons’ newspaper, Ferguson Forum. A House committee investigated the charge but nothing ever came of it. Miriam Ferguson, along with a few other people, have been attributed with this quote: “If English was good enough for Jesus Christ, it ought to be good enough for the children of Texas.” She was an educated woman and fairly well-read, so it is somewhat unlikely that she actually ever uttered those words. There are also variations of these words going back to 1881 that were often used to ridicule the backwardness of various unnamed Christians which strengthens the argument that the attribution to Ferguson was incorrect. Mrs. Ferguson’s infamously generous granting of pardons was her way of relieving the overcrowded conditions in Texas prisons. Some said that the pardons were the result of bribes, though that was never proved. Those actions led the Legislature to amend the law so that the

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Governor cannot unilaterally issue a pardon. Today, the Texas Board of Pardon and Parole must first recommend a pardon (though if the Board recommends a pardon, the Governor can choose not to grant it). Except for an unsuccessful bid to replace Governor W. Lee “Pappy” O’Daniel in 1940, the Fergusons remained retired from political life after 1934. Miriam Ferguson died from congestive heart failure at the age of 86.

Miriam Amanda Wallace Ferguson (1875 - 1961), American politician. This image was taken of Miriam Amanda Wallace Ferguson when she was First Lady of Texas, prior to her being elected Governor in her own right.

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Heroes Among Us, Con’t from Page 32 in the Ambulance and Helicopter and other medical personnel, this inmate survived. On that June morning, David truly saved a life. These fine young men and women that work for the Sherriff’s Office do a very difficult job; both physically and emotionally, without very much financial reward. Then, more often than you will ever know, they go way outside of their job description to help someone else. (If you know of a group or individual that you would like to see in this column, please let me know at or 888-355-5263.)

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