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Tue
04
Aug

Making a 72-hour emergency kit for $20

A “72-Hour Emergency Kit” is portable, has basic supplies and tides a couple of people over for 72 hours.

 It may take that long for local, county, state, and non-profit agencies to respond to a disaster or emergency. Until then, you’re on your own.

A commercial kit can cost hundreds of dollars. A truly comprehensive 72-hour kit requires a truck to haul it.

If you’ll settle for a smaller, homemade kit, you can make one for around $20. Here’s what you need:

• Carrying bag. Use eight grocery store plastic bags, stuffed to make two bags four layers thick. You could use a school knapsack or a backpack.

• 3 gallons of water per person, for three days. Carry the water in three 1-gallon plastic jugs. These weigh 25 pounds, and a kid’s little red wagon or suitcase with wheels could haul them. For two people, that’s 6 gallons or 50 pounds of drinkable water.

Mon
03
Aug

More to come at the Van Zandt County Library

Summer isn’t quite over at Van Zandt County Library.  See Facebook, or ask at the desk about other activities.

Fall and winter plans are being discussed.  The Friends of the Library have upgraded the Buchanan Room visual and sound capabilities, and groups are already scheduling meetings.  Several Thursday night activities will be announced soon.  Remember, Thursday the Library opens at noon and is open until 8 p.m.  Delta Kappa Gamma, Canton Rotary, Canton Lions and other groups are pairing with the library to assist in programs.

Sun
02
Aug

State Capitol Highlights

Governor says family of woman who died in custody deserves answers

Sat
01
Aug

County Blotter

The Van Zandt Co. Sheriff’s Dept. reported the following arrests for July 21 - 28, 2015

Henry Geovanni Aguilar-Ramos, 35, Dallas, was arrested on a warrant for driving while intoxicated with open alcohol container.

Richard Eugene Barker, 56, Richland, was arrested on a warrant for sex offenders’ duty to register.

Billy Bob Basham, 24, Fruitvale, was arrested on a warrant for possession of marijuana, and on five Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 warrants for driving while license invalid and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Terry Dwayne Blanton, 43, Terrell, was arrested on a warrant for driving while intoxicated.

Rubin Brown, 56, Dallas, was arrested on site driving while intoxicated with open container, no insurance and driving while license invalid.

Thu
30
Jul

A Balancing Act

The Balanced Life…is it real or a myth?

In the hectic, busy world we live in, can we experience peace?

 

Has your hectic schedule and intense lifestyle robbed you of your sense of humor, peace, joy, and contentment in life? Has time become your enemy?  As you watch the minutes tick away, do you easily become frustrated and angry?  Looking back on your day, are you filled with regrets for things left undone because you just didn’t have enough time?

More importantly, as God observes the events of your day, do you think His heart is filled with sorrow for the choices you’ve made?  Were you too busy to hear His voice directing you to call a friend, write a note of encouragement, or simply sit in awe at the beauty of a rainbow?

Thu
30
Jul

Grand Saline Library

Our summer reading program is coming to an end very soon.  All entries to the reading challenges must be submitted by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4.  We will be giving away $25 and a Kindle Fire for both challenges.  We would like to thank Lisa Morgan for teaching yoga for us this week.  We had a great turnout for her class. We would like to thank everyone that took part in our reading program this summer.  We’ve had a record number of people use the library this summer. 

August is approaching fast and we use the month after summer reading to catch up and do some much needed housekeeping.  While everyone is preparing to get back to school things slow down at the library just enough that we can work on projects such as cleaning DVDs, inventorying books and completing reports. 

Tue
28
Jul

A Balancing Act

The Balanced Life…is it real or a myth?

In the hectic, busy world we live in, can we experience peace?

Is it realistic to believe the balanced life includes peace, harmony, and vitality in your marriage? Can you balance husband, children, laundry, meals, and teaching a Bible study?  Of course you can, if you remember what you achieve in your marriage depends on your relationship to Christ.  If you are developing a close personal relationship with Christ, your marriage will grow in intimacy also.  

Mon
27
Jul

State Capitol Highlights

Governor's order enhances readiness on military bases

 Gov. Greg Abbott on July 18 authorized Adjutant General John Nichols of the Texas National Guard to arm personnel at military facilities across Texas.

Abbott’s action comes following the July 16 shooting on two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tenn., that resulted in the deaths of four U.S. Marines and one U.S. Navy sailor. A suspect was killed at the scene. An investigation is in progress.

“It is with a heavy heart that I issue this order,” Abbott said. “After the recent shooting in Chattanooga, it has become clear that our military personnel must have the ability to defend themselves against these type of attacks on our own soil. 

“Arming the National Guard at these bases will not only serve as a deterrent to anyone wishing to do harm to our service men and women, but will enable them to protect those living and working on the base.”

Sun
26
Jul

Remember to love while keeping Christianity

Today, God’s true New Testament Church finds herself in a time that most thought would never come in America. 

The recent ruling of the Supreme Court of the United States has been thoroughly written and spoken about by people of every sector since the day of the ruling.  The difference of thought is caused by the fact that most Christians hold to a Biblical worldview and the contrasting side of this issue holds to either a Theism, Naturalism, Secular Humanism or a Postmodern worldview.

This has caused a gaping chasm that is wider apart than any Democrat or Republican issue disparity.  The rhetoric has been heard and now the church must be about the Great Commission left to us by Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20.

Sun
26
Jul

Remember to love while keeping Christianity

Today, God’s true New Testament Church finds herself in a time that most thought would never come in America. 

The recent ruling of the Supreme Court of the United States has been thoroughly written and spoken about by people of every sector since the day of the ruling.  The difference of thought is caused by the fact that most Christians hold to a Biblical worldview and the contrasting side of this issue holds to either a Theism, Naturalism, Secular Humanism or a Postmodern worldview.

This has caused a gaping chasm that is wider apart than any Democrat or Republican issue disparity.  The rhetoric has been heard and now the church must be about the Great Commission left to us by Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20.

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