Sunday, January 31, 2016

Your Family Is The Bedrock Of Your Life


When was the last time you told a family member that you loved them? While that might seem like a crazy question to some folks, in reality those simple three words 'I love you' are often missing when the pressures of everyday life are pounding down upon your head. For just a minute image what your life would be like without family in it. Most folks take those that love them for granted to the point some don't even feel loved or appreciated anymore. I know many of us say 'I love you' in passing daily, but that's not the same thing as stopping what you are doing and looking another person in the eye and saying it like you really mean it.

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I'm A Pickin and I'm A Grinnin


If you remember that saying, you are like me and grew up during the great age of television. Hee Haw was must watch television around our house when I was growing up in the 1970's and I'll bet you at least saw it too, a few times. I enjoyed watching both Buck Owens and Roy Clark, the hosts of the show, as they made fun of country life in a way that did not offend folks like us who were from the country. Sometimes I miss great shows like Hee Haw, but thank goodness for TV Land and a few other cable networks who allow many of us older folks to live out memories from our childhood again.

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Panthers / Broncos – Who Will Win?


We are one week away from Super Bowl 50 and the one question all football fans are asking now is who will win the 2016 Super Bowl? I will be cheering for the Broncos, but my gut tells me that when the final buzzer sounds it will be the Panthers who will be taking the trophy home to Carolina. It should be a great game. Lots of history at stake for the Broncos and so much to prove for the Panthers. Like many of you, I wish the Cowboys or Texans were in this game. However, that was not in the cards this year. Maybe next season?

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Without Integrity Life Is Hollow


One of the best things about Texas is that a person does not have to look far to find a person with integrity. Of course, we have our fair share of folks who cannot be trusted any further than we can see them. But I do believe most Texans know the difference between right and wrong and to me that's a good thing. Always try to put integrity above education, making money or trying to gain more attention for yourself. There is nothing on Earth more powerful than a person who can be trusted under all circumstances.

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Texas Rabbit On Trix Cereal Box


The next time you visit the grocery store and travel down the cereal aisle you might notice a rabbit by the name of Cinnabun on boxes of Trix cereal. What you might not know is that Cinnabun is a Texas rabbit who calls the Houston area home. Before you think to yourself that this is not a big deal, keep in mind that Cinnabun beat out over 7500 rabbits to win a contest that put him on the front of Trix cereals.

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Wichita Falls / Houston Gas Prices


I know many Texans feel that falling gas prices are not good for everyone in the state, but for those who are looking for the best price day in and day out. Here are the lowest we found on the last day of January 2016. Sam's Club in Wichita Falls was $1.41 per gallon, while Buc-ee's in Houston (6201 IH-45 & Holland Rd) was selling their gas for $1.36 per gallon. Experts predict that gas prices in Texas will fall even lower in the weeks to come.

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Motorcycle Club Takes Blind Texan For Ride


It might seem like a small thing to most folks, but to 24-year-old Dylan Turner it was a lifetime dream. Turner is blind and has always dreamed about riding on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Well, this weekend dozens of Texans showed up at a motorcycle dealership in Waco to join together to grant Dylan his wish. There are a bunch of great Texans out there who work everyday to help others who are less fortunate than they are. High five to them.

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Are US Elections Too Long?


Are you like me and believe that U.S. elections last far too long? In most nations, an election season will last from 3-6 months. However, in the United States it seems like they never end. On Monday Americans in Iowa will head to caucus locations and they will be the first voters to decide who will be the next President of the United States. I believe the season(s) for American presidential elections is way too long. Do you agree?

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Hero Bus Driver Died In Crash


Please pray for the family of DART bus driver Zulita Walker who was killed in a bus crash this weekend. Her name might be familiar to you because she was honored last year when she helped save a man attempting suicide. Late Friday night a bus Zulita was driving lost control and slammed into a cement wall where I-30 and I-45 come together. There were no passengers on the bus at the time. It has been said that only the good die young and that is certainly the case here.

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

JJ Watt Is NFL Role Model


Sadly, there are too few real life role models in the NFL today. However, there is one huge exception that seems to break the mold of National Football League 'spoiled brats' and that man is JJ Watt from the state of Texas. JJ has been in the hospital recently having groin surgery. During his stay, he has been tweeting out well wishes not only to Houston Texans fans. But also to the nurses and rehab folks who are helping with his recovery. Thank God there are some JJ Watt's not only in the NFL, but in the country as a whole. From my point of view, the 'bad boys' of the NFL get too much attention while great guys like Watt are ignored. We need more role models like JJ Watt in the world today.

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Hero Marine Saved Texas Deputy's Life


Earlier this month, a United States Marine saw a sheriff's deputy being attacked and without hesitation that Marine pulled his concealed handgun on the suspect who then ran away without further injuring the law enforcement officer. This story of bravery occurred in Bastrop County. The Marine, Scott Perkins, came to the rescue of Sheriff's Deputy Dylan Dorris on January 16th at the Country Store at Waterson and State Highway 304. The suspect, 32-year-old Kenton Desean Fryer from Arkansas, was arrested later that same day. What a great story of one Texan helping out another.

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Texans Are Getting Sick From Zika Virus


The number of Texans getting sick from the Zika virus is growing and there is no sign that will change in the near future. So far, 6-cases of this deadly virus have been confirmed in Texas with most of them being in the Houston area. Zika is transferred to humans via mosquito bites. Most of the Texas cases, so far, can be traced back to folks visiting Central and South America who brought the virus back home. Doctors with the CDC are recommending that people traveling south outside the United States to take extra precautions to avoid getting bit by mosquitoes.

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FW Police Called In Manziel Altercation


It appears the former Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel has found himself in trouble with police once again. In a report out of the Metroplex, Manziel was questioned earlier today by police in Fort Worth in connection to an altercation between he and his girlfriend. No other details are available at this time. However, it's sad to watch another athlete with so much potential self-destructing.

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Facebook & Instagram Ban Private Gun Sales


Two of the largest Internet companies in the world have decided to start cracking down on private gun sales on their popular social platforms. Facebook and Instagram will no longer allow private guns sales after President Obama and some state attorney general's requested them to do so. These companies will continue to allow licensed gun dealers to sell their products. This new rule will only affect private individuals who wish to sell guns on their social media sites. Do you think this is a good or bad idea?

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Friday, January 29, 2016

$1.38 Per Gallon In Kenedy, Texas


If you drive outside of San Antonio on Highway 181 traveling southeast, you will go though a small Texas town called Kenedy. Today, gas prices there are $1.38 per gallon at the H.E.B. store. As we approach the last weekend of January, 2016 is turning out to be one of the best years for Texas drivers wallets as the price for a gallon of gas continue to drop. How low will they go? Nobody knows.

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In God We Trust Comes To Ector County


Dozens of counties around Texas have already added the phrase 'In God We Trust' to their law enforcement vehicles and now Ector County has joined that list. The Ector County (Odessa, Texas) Sheriff's Department is now displaying those words on many of their vehicles. For the most part, Texans like having the words 'In God We Trust' on police vehicles. There are some folks who believe there should be NO religious sayings placed on anything paid for by the taxpayers, but in the Lone Star State those folks are in the minority.

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150K Cash Seized At Bus Station


As folks all around Texas head to the bank this morning to cash their weekly paycheck, it's pretty much certain that few of them will have earned this much cash. A man in McAllen on Wednesday was arrested when he tried to cross the U.S. / Mexico boarder with $150 thousand dollars in cash. In this modern day and age, few people legitimately carry around that much cash, so take a good look at the picture above and just image just how much money that really is. Illegal drugs and millions of dollars in cash cross the border between Mexico and Texas each day.

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Kountze High School Banners Are Okay


In an 8-0 opinion this morning, the Texas Supreme Court ruled in favor of Kountze High School cheerleaders when it comes to displaying religious banners during football games. The school district had already said these banners were okay to display, but a lawyer for the kids wanted the highest court in Texas to make a ruling as well. Simply put, the cheerleaders wanted a precedent as to the legality of what they were doing and this morning they got it.

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Too Many Toll Roads In Texas?


I grew up in a small town in the Texas Panhandle where there was an abundance of fresh air and all the roads, both paved and unpaved were free for all to drive on. In that area of the Lone Star State, the air and roads are still free. However, in many parts of the state of Texas it has become difficult to drive from point A to B without having to pay extra for the privilege. In the Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin metropolitan areas there are a growing number of toll roads and not all Texans believe that's is a good thing. Put simply, toll roads allow politicians in Austin to have the money necessary to build new major highways without raising taxes on residents. What do you think about this explosion of toll roads in Texas? In the future, will they help or hurt our great state when it comes to jobs and the expansion of our economy?

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Will Tom Cruise (Maverick) Be In Top Gun 2?


One of the best films of all time will soon have a second part. Decades ago, millions of folks around the world lined up to put their money down to watch a great movie called 'Top Gun.' As the time nears for 'Top Gun 2' to be released, speculation has been rampant about whether or not Tom Cruise will star in this new flick. I personally think he will, but my guess is this new Top Gun movie will be more of a reboot rather than a continuation of the old plot. Let's face it, Tom Cruise is not as young as he was when the first movie was released.

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High Lead Content In Texas Water


Like most folks I have watched in amazement as news spread about high lead content in the drinking water of Flint, Michigan. Now KXAN-TV in Austin is reporting that several water districts in the Lone Star State have shown high lead levels in drinking water. The TV station discovered that lead levels in drinking water in the following districts have been tested at levels above 15 parts per billion of lead. Those districts include: Garfield Water Supply Corporation, Lakeway Municipal Utility District, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, Briarcreek Subdivision and Windermere Community. If you live in one of these water districts, please don't panic. Lead levels in the water supply do fluctuate between tests, but with all the negative news coming out of Michigan right now. We thought it might be a good idea to pass along this information to you.

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Who Else Is Ready For Spring?


While I do not like the extremely high temperatures during Texas summers, winter is not a time I am fond of either. The time of year I like the best in Texas is during the spring. The air is usually very fresh during March, April and May and for most folks during these months. Bluebonnets are in full bloom and growing everywhere. Just one more month to go and some of that warmer weather and bluebonnets will be heading our way. I am so ready!

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Man With Pot Steals Miley Cyrus Blow Up Doll


This has to be the strangest story of the day. Police in Corpus Christi have arrested 27-year-old Lawrence Roberts for possession of marijuana and while they were searching his belonging they found a life size blow up doll of singer Miley Cyrus. Shortly before Roberts' was stopped and found in possession of that Cyrus doll, a store in the area had called the police department and reported that one had been stolen from them. Strange, very strange.

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He's Back (Ethan Couch)


Probably the most disliked man in Texas has arrived back in the state after being released by Mexico. Who could forget Ethan Couch? He's the young man who killed 4-people in a DWI accident and was able to get out of any serious jail time because his lawyer convinced a judge that he was too spoiled to know right from wrong. He arrived back in Texas this morning, so we will see what happens now.

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20-Years-Ago Today Cowboys Won 5th Super Bowl


Since that Sunday, 20-years-ago, every Dallas Cowboys fan has learned to live with disappointment. Jimmy Johnson built one of the best football teams that ever played in the NFL and then owner Jerry Jones destroyed his hard work one piece at a time over the past two decades after firing him. It's hard to believe that thousands of young Texas college students have never seen the Dallas Cowboys win a Super Bowl game. What a shame.

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