Missing Boy Found Safe with Tall Tale

The following view is from the time before Casey Hathaway was found safe.

A missing 3-year-old boy who was found alive after enduring two days of heavy rain and freezing temperatures says it was a bear who kept him safe and warm.
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Cold Days Warm Heart


Friendship is warm feelings which comes from the inner core of the heart, it can’t be bought or sold. – Unknown

A friend; loves at all times… is always loyal… born to help in time of need… It is for adversity such a brother is born. – Proverbs 17:17 – Various

Volunteering Lessens Depression & Extends Life


A warm glow and sense of connection aren’t all you get from volunteering: It can improve your mental health and help you live longer too. A leading researcher explains why.

Most of us know that if we eat our fruit and veggies, exercise often, and avoid smoking, we have a better chance of living longer and healthier lives. But your doctor may not have told you there’s a link between volunteering and health. Published recently in BMC Public Health, the paper finds that volunteering is associated with lower depression, increased well-being, and a 22 percent reduction in the risk of dying.

But there’s more… Go Here for the Story.

Sleep with Socks On, Start Tonight, Why?

When your feet get cold, one of the best solutions, according to experts, wear a pair of socks to bed. However, the “small” debate renders a simple statement, it’s a good idea. People have debated this subject for years. Reader’s Digest has decided to weigh in and see if they could find the answer.

If you like sleeping with your feet warm at night has been proven to actually makes a difference in your sleeping patterns. According to sleep.org, “Heating cold feet causes a dilation of the blood vessels, which may tell the brain that it is bedtime.  Wearing socks to bed isn’t the only secret to a sweet slumber.

The other side of this issue doesn’t exist, as least this reporter couldn’t find any. I then thought, hmmm, maybe it’s because most people don’t wear socks to bed. Or if the picture above is the only choice, I’ll pass. So they figure, why argue, besides I’m tired. Good Night!

Snow Friday! Closures, Delays and More, Keep Well, Movie Reviews

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Power Thoughts

  1. “Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.”   ~Christopher Reeve
  2. “Marriage is three parts love and seven parts forgiveness of sins.”  ~Langdon Mitchell
  3. “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve.”  ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Changing Weather and Traffic Conditions:

  • A **WINTER STORM WARNING** is in effect for Angelina, Houston, Jasper, Nacogdoches, Newton, Polk, Trinity, Tyler, Sabine, and San Augustine counties through 6pm on Friday.
  • A **WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY** has now been issued for Cherokee, Rusk, and Shelby counties through 6pm on Friday.
  • Forecast:
    • Today: Freezing rain and sleet, possibly mixed with snow, mainly before noon. High near 35. Northwest wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Total daytime ice accumulation of 0.1 to 0.3 of an inch possible. Total daytime snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
    • Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21. West wind between 5 and 10 mph becoming calm.
    • Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. Calm wind becoming south between 5 and 10 mph.
    • Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 28. South wind around 5 mph.

Road Closures and Information on Help:

  • If you have to drive, you are urged to slow down, use precaution and add extra travel time. If you must travel or leave your home today, know that things are wet and may turn to ice.
  • City officials have closed the U.S. 59 North and South overpasses at Loop 287 in Lufkin, due to ice buildup.
  • Additional road condition information is available by calling TxDOT’s toll-free highway conditions at 1-800-452-9292 or use Texas road conditions on the Internet at http://www.txdot.gov/travel/road_conditions.htm
  • In Lufkin a Red Cross shelter site remains on stand-by. Residents of Angelina County who are without power and in need of shelter service may request assistance by contacting Lufkin Police Department at (936) 633-0356.

Schools Closed or Canceled:
~ Lufkin ISD and Lufkin ISD PACE Potpourri rescheduled for Feb. 24.
~ The Lufkin High School Boys’ Soccer teams were to kick off the 4th annual Soccer Lil’ Panther program tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. Due to the weather-related rescheduling of their district game with Atascosita to 12:00 tomorrow, we will postpone the start of Lil’ Panthers until next Saturday, Feb. 12th at 11:00.
~ Nacogdoches ISD,
~ Academy of Hair Design
~ Angelina College closed on Friday. Saturday activities and events will be held as scheduled.
~ Alto ISD,
~ Apple Springs ISD,
~ Broaddus ISD,
~ Center ISD
~ Central Heights ISD
~ Centerville ISD (Trinity County)
~ Chester ISD
~ Chireno ISD
~ Christ Episcopal School (Nacogdoches)
~ Colmesneil ISD, Basketball games rescheduled for Saturday.
~ Corrigan-Camden ISD,
~ Creekside Learning Center
~ Crockett ISD
~ Cushing ISD
~ Diboll ISD,
~ Douglas ISD,
~ Etoile ISD
~ First Christian Church preschool
~ Fredonia Hill Academy
~ Garrison ISD
~ Goodrich ISD
~ Groveton ISD
~ Harmony Hill School,
~ Hemphill ISD
~ Hill Academy School
~ Hudson ISD
~ Huntington ISD
~ Jacksonville Baptist College
~ Just Kidz Pre-School (Lufkin)
~ Katherine Sage Temple Childcare
~ Kids Incorporated Learning Center
~ Kid Unlimited
~ Latexo ISD
~ Little Rascals Clubhouse
~ Martinsville ISD
~ Onalaska ISD
~ Panola College
~ Pineywoods Community Academy (Lufkin)
~ Regents Academy Nacogdoches
~ Right Step Child Center (Nacogdoches)
~ San Augustine ISD
~ Shelbyville ISD
~ Storybook Hollow Child Care Center (Lufkin)
~ Stephen F. Austin including Childhood Lab and Charter School
~ St. Cyprian’s Episcopal School
~ Spring Hill Learning Center
~ St. Patrick School
~ Tanglewood Learning Center
~ Timpson ISD
~ Tiny Town Day Care on SH 94 following Hudson ISD procedure.
~ Trinity,
~ Tulane Kids Academy (Lufkin)
~ Wells ISD
~ Woden ISD, and Woden Basketball games rescheduled for Saturday at 3 p.m.
~ Zavalla ISD, Basketball games rescheduled for Saturday.

Delays:
~ Excelsior ISD: 10 a.m.

Businesses,Meetings & Events and Ball Games:
~ Angelina County First Friday Luncheon canceled. Will be rescheduled.
~ Angelina County Court-at-Law No. 2 docket call rescheduled for March 2 at 9 a.m.
~ Charles Wilson VA Outpatient Clinic closed on Friday.
~ Friday luncheon at Wiley Hotel in Garrison canceled.
~ Friday’s Healthy Nacogdoches Coalition meeting canceled.
~ Lufkin Head Start closed on Friday.
~ Lufkin Kiwanis Club spelling bee rescheduled for Feb. 19.
~ Lufkin Workshop and Op Center closed on Friday.
~ Nacogdoches County Courthouse opening at 10 a.m. Friday.
~ Nacogdoches County STOP meeting canceled. Rescheduled for same time next week.
~ Salvation Army Adult Day Center in Lufkin closed on Friday.
~ Thursday’s Citywide Black History Celebration in Lufkin canceled.
~ TxDOT public hearing on Loop 224 canceled.
~ UTMB clinic and WIC offices (Nacogdoches) opening at 11 a.m. Friday.
~ WorkForce Solutions offices in all Deep East Texas counties open at 10 a.m. Friday.

Sick Days Solutions Guide Germ Watch: Keep the Whole Family From Getting Sick (kaboose.com)

When one of the kids comes down with a cold or stomach bug, you don’t want the whole household to get sick. Good news: you can limit the rest of the family’sexposure to illnesses and there’s no need to lock Emma and her cooties up in the attic to keep everyone else healthy. Try these tips from doctors for containing the germs:

  1. Scrub, scrub, scrub: Since most viruses and bacteria get spread when a person touches someone sick or something that sick person has been in contact with, the most important thing you can do to decrease the spread of germs and diseases is practice good hand washing with soap and warm water for 15 seconds and if you don’t have access to water, use wet wipes or liquid hand sanitizer to keep your hands clean.
  2. One for one: Limit the sharing of viruses by avoiding food, cup and utensil sharing as a general rule of thumb. Each child should have his own towel and toothbrush.
  3. Use your elbow: Teach kids to turn their heads and cough or sneeze into their elbow that way they’re not coughing into their hand and they don’t usually make contact with other people with their elbow.
  4. Clean germ carriers: When a family member is sick, household objects may have germs on them so sharing them can spread illnesses. Use soap and water or a disinfectant, such as diluted bleach on toys once a day to prevent your child’s siblings from picking up the same germs. If your little patient has been lying on the sofa channel-surfing all day, wipe down the remote before other family members use it. The same goes for the phone.
  5. Practice prevention: Practice good common sense things, such as frequent hand washing, and make sure the kids eat a healthy diet, get lots of rest and get the flu vaccine.

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