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Pet Talk: General Care for Cats

  Bringing a new cat or kitten into your home can be exciting. Whether you’re a first-time pet owner, or you’re thinking about welcoming another animal into your home, there are many things to consider before adopting or purchasing a feline companion. If you are considering bringing a cat into your home, you should also be prepared for their natural behaviors, such as scratching. Scratching may not be conducive to an indoor domesticated lifestyle, so cat owners should give their cat an outlet for this behavior, such as through a scratching post. Other options for cat owners include declawing their cat. However, declawing should only be done after failed attempts to prevent the cat from using its claws destructively or when its claws present a health risk to the owner, Griffin said. Some possible ways to stop destructive scratching include trimming the claws weekly, giving the cat plenty of scratching posts or other items made for cats to scratch, or placing temporary synthetic nail caps on the claws, Griffin said. Another factor to consider for potential cat owners is the responsibility of cleaning litter boxes. Litter boxes should be cleaned daily and fresh litter should be used weekly to every other week, Griffin said.   “I recommend having one more litter box than cat in the home. For example, if you have two cats, you should have three litter boxes,”...

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Zombies Take Over at Screams® Halloween Theme Park

  The Zombies take over this Friday, September 30th as Screams® opens for its 2016 season and unveils its newest haunted attraction, the Zombie Wasteland.  It’s a whole new level of fear…do you dare tempt fate… will you come out alive… the undead await you!  Only time will tell as you take the ominous journey into the terrifying twists and turns of the all new Zombie Wasteland! Screams® Halloween Theme Park, presented by MetroPCS, opens this Friday, September 30, 2016 for its 21st season of thrills, chills and guaranteed moments of terror. Screams® is Haunted Houses and a Whole Lot more with 3 Haunted Houses, the CarnEvil Clown Maze and the all new Zombie Wasteland!  Plus there is live entertainment on the Screams® stage, Scary-Oke, games of skill, shops, a food court, a full service restaurant and pubs (for those over 21) to deliver a whole night of Halloween fun!  In celebration of the season, the pubs will be featuring seasonal favorites like Crackberry Blackberry Cider, Night Owl Pumpkin Ale, Redhook Pumpkin Porter, Deep Ellum Praline Porter, Spaten Oktoberfest and Fanconia Oktoberfest among many other favorites. “Screams® offers the very best Halloween experience anywhere in North Texas and our 2016 season will be no exception”, says Coy Sevier, Screams® General Manager. “Our new attraction, ‘Zombie Wasteland’ is outstanding and will provide a whole new realm of fear for our...

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Pumpkin Patch Express in October at TSRR

  Get those Halloween costumes ready, because every Saturday and Sunday in October, the Texas State Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch Express will roll out of the Rusk Depot, headed for the Pumpkin Patch! All guests, adults and children, are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes for this special train ride event! The train will depart at 11:30am and 2:30pm each day for a 25-minute train ride to the Pumpkin Patch. During the ride each child will be given a color-your-own Halloween trick or treat bag and crayons to color it with. At the pumpkin patch there will be trick or treating at Trick or Treat Street. Children can pick their own pumpkin to take home. There’s also a hay ride, a bubble station and temporary tattoo station, two bounce houses, the always popular corn box and lots of new games! There are also swings, a tire tunnel and a bumpy slide to keep the kids busy! Sno Coney Island will be on hand selling food, snacks and drinks. On the train ride back to the depot, each child will be given a pumpkin decorating kit for their pumpkin.  Tickets for the event range from $15 to $65 and include the train ride and an hour’s worth of activities at the pumpkin patch. There are three classes of seating to choose from. Standard Class includes both coach and open air cars...

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Beef prices likely to stay low

  Texas Crop and Weather Report    Beef cattle prices will likely continue to decline as a result of herd expansion by producers and other market conditions, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist in College Station. Dr. David Anderson said he expects the long-term trend of lower cattle prices to continue into 2017. Anderson said there could be an uptick in fed-cattle prices during the fall, which is typical especially around the holidays when specific cuts are in higher demand, but the highest prices for the year are behind producers. “Producers have held back more heifers looking to expand herds, and we’re seeing the effects of more cattle,” he said. Cash prices on fed cattle last week were around $1.04 per pound compared to $1.20 per pound at the same time last year and the five-year average of $1.25 per pound, he said. Dr. David Anderson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist, said he expects the long-term trend of lower cattle prices to continue into 2017. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Blair Fannin) Beef production is up almost 5 percent for the nation this year, Anderson said, which also drives prices lower. Heifer slaughter in the last two months is up 18 percent compared to 2015, and steer slaughter is up 9 percent compared to 2015. Anderson said the lower beef prices weren’t atypical among...

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Happy Birthday, Brookshire Brothers!

  In 1921, brothers Austin and Tom Brookshire opened the first Brookshire Brothers in Lufkin, Texas on September 21st. Little did they know, 95 years later, their company would grow to employ over 7,000 employee-owners with 113 retail locations. Over the years, we have seen a number of changes. There have been many expansions, acquisitions, and new business ventures that we’ve experienced. All of these have made us stronger. On behalf of all our employee-owners, we say Thank You! To show our appreciations, we’re inviting our neighbors and friends to a party. Each of our stores had a public birthday party on Saturday, September 24th to celebrate the big...

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