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Waskom lost a great man in Charles Maxwell

Oct. 3, 2012 at 10 p.m.

Few in agriculture plus homeowners can find fault with the wonderful rain we had last weekend across the area with four to five inches of moisture received by most, if not all.

The rain did not fill the ponds and the aquifer, but made the next few weeks more productive for the fall gardeners who had their plants in the ground. Hopefully, we will receive more rain this weekend.

On Sept. 25, the community of Waskom lost the richest man in town with the passing of Charles Maxwell. I am not speaking of material wealth and things but of Charlie's attitude and actions to all in the area.

He loved his Lord, family, community, the First Methodist Church of Waskom and was a servant to many folks he did not even know by the approach he took to life. Our family became friends with the Maxwells when we moved to the Waskom area in 1968 and did many things together.

Charles served on the school board and had a garage and parts house. He and Margaret worked together and were available to help others. After he knew he had a terminal illness he was still active in helping others. The week before his death he left the hospice help at home and went to open the place where he worked and get a battery for someone in need.

Our sympathy is extended to his wife, three children and their families and to the many who were not blood kin but real family. His example of a loving, caring person should be a pattern for all.

"God's work, done in God's way, will never ever want for God's provision or God's protection." This quote is from Adrian Rogers.

Lots of landowners are in the market for seed to be planted for winter grazing and in some cases erosion control. We have research available for the performance of many varieties available here in East Texas.

Ask questions about the plant's performance and follow the suggested varieties and fertilize according to a soil test. You will save when you follow instructions for the fertilizers needed for maximum results.

Take note all who are considering planting timber or could become involved with timber. On Friday, Oct. 12, 9 a.m. to noon. Harrison, Gregg, and Panola Forest Landowners Association will meet and you are invited. The most complete meeting concerning forestry in our area will be held at Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge, 15600 Hwy 134 in Karnack. Membership dues to the organization are $10 annually and that takes care of your noon meal. If you plan to attend, RSVP to (903) 938-8712 by Oct. 9 and don't miss the meeting.

Slaughter of pork continues on a weekly basis. Sales are good and the export market for 2013 is excellent, even with our cold storage inventory near full. Daily kills are in the area of 430,000 head and hog growers are reducing their sow herds with the cost of grain being a factor.

District FFA Wildlife Contests were held earlier this week. Waskom FFA entered two teams. One team, Robby Goode, Cameron Maxwell, Kaleb Sanders and Courtney Pickens, placed first and team member Robby Goode was high individual.

Elysian Fields placed second. The other Waskom team, Dominick Phillips, Sarah Hickinbottom, Andrew Bruce, Colton Loyd and Bradley Griffey placed third. The regional contest will be Oct. 31 in Nacogdoches with the teams mentioned along with Carthage and Beckville will be in the regional contest.

Pumpkin time is near at hand and there seems to be an ample supply available this year. You can properly store pumpkins up to seven months and they have many uses. Store in a cool, dry and dark place around 50 degrees. Leave a long stem on them and be sure to keep them off the direct floor, cement or dirt. Stack individually on straw or card board and enjoy.

"I am very little inclined on any occasion to say anything unless I hope to produce some good by it." This quote is from Abraham Lincoln.

The 2012 Harrison County 4-H Banquet was presented Tuesday evening honoring many county award winning youth and their leaders. Gabriel Alonzo was Gold Star Award Winner. Rachel Cole represents Harrison and District V on the State 4-H Council. Harry Rogers was recognized as Adult Leader of the Year and J. C. Penny Store was awarded Friend of 4-H Award. The food was good and the youth were great.



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