Church presents prayer blanket to Eustace VFD

Payne Springs United Methodist Church, located at 9667 State Highway 198 in Payne Springs, presented a prayer blanket to the members of the Eustace Volunteer Fire Department in appreciation for the selfless contributions they make to our community.

“We want you to know we love you, and we recognize and appreciate the risks you take to keep our families and friends safe every day of the year. This prayer blanket was laid on the altar rail of our church to be bathed in prayer during our Sunday worship. As our pastor and members of our congregation prayed specifically for you, each tied a knot in the fringe. All the fringe has been knotted as a testimony to the love we feel for each of you for the service you provide for all of us,” said Prayer Blanket Ministry Chairperson Priscilla Berry.

Pictured are (top row) Eustace Volunteer Fire Department first responders and (front row, from left) Allyson Penny, Jo Lute, and Priscilla Berry.

Obituary: Billy Jean Featherston

Billy Jean Featherston (Ms. Jeanie), 83, of Brownsboro, entered eternal peace Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at Chandler Nursing Home under the care of Hospice of East Texas following a long illness.

Ms. Jeannie was born March 21, 1935 in Sweetwater, Texas to parents Andrew and Lillie Burns Hector. Raised by her paternal grandparents Arden and Rhoda Hector, she attended Sweetwater schools, as well as attended high school in Odessa, TX.

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Woman arrested for illegal dumping in Brownsboro

Renee McLaughlin

Press release

On July 10, Fire Marshal Shane Renberg responded to an illegal dump of trash on CR 3418 in Brownsboro. After an investigation, it was determined the person responsible for dumping the trash was Renee McLaughlin. McLaughlin was arrested at the scene and transported to Henderson County Jail and booked in for Illegal Dumping > 5lbs a class B misdemeanor. McLaughlin was also cited for Driving while license suspended and failure to maintain financial responsibility.

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Burn ban remains in place

Henderson County Commissioners decided to leave the current burn ban in place for at least another week Tuesday morning after hearing the county’s Keetch-Byrum Drought Index (KBDI) numbers are still high despite recent rains.

Fire Marshal Shane Renberg reported the county’s KBDI average is 595, still 20 points above the suggested level for a burn ban.

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Gun Barrel City Masonic Youth recognized at State Conference

The Gun Barrel City Masonic Youth Rainbow Girls attended their annual state conference in Waco, Texas, June 28-July 1, where the theme was “Journey to Neverland.” The Gun Barrel City Assembly was recognized for participating in Boxtops for Education, donating pop tabs to the Ronald McDonald House, and for their many hours of service. Samantha Ramos earned her proficiency certificates; and three girls, as well as their Mother Advisor, participated in the ritualistic lectures and assembly room set-up competitions. Tara Trimmins was recognized for her 8 years of membership in Rainbow, and Samantha Ramos and Emily Currey for their 5-year memberships. Emily took part as Sister of Patriotism in the Memorial Service and served as a Grand Page. The Assembly was very excited and proud when the following appointments were announced: Samantha Ramos as Grand Patriotism, Emily Currey as Grand Representative to Alabama and Mississippi, and Tara Trimmins as Junior Member of the Grand Executive Committee. The girls were also treated to an evening at SkateWorld (skating and laser tag).

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