Monthly Archives: February 2011

ways to save gas


Gas Price Alerts to help consumers save at the pump

By Carol Wersich


EVANSVILLE — Gasoline prices have risen 13.4 percent in the past 12 months, according to the latest U.S. Consumer Price Index Summary, and they show no signs of slowing down.



• Reduce your gasoline consumption by chaining trips together. For example, while you’re out to the drugstore also pick up your dry-cleaning and groceries before returning home, rather than make separate trips.

“Once a vehicle is warmed up, it gets much better fuel economy compared to slow starts.”

• Utilize the family’s most fuel-efficient car as often as possible.

• Make sure your vehicle’s tires have appropriate air pressure.

“Underinflated tires will rob you of fuel economy, plus make the tires much more vulnerable to damage, including blow-outs.

“Tire air pressure fluctuates as temperatures fluxuate. So, have the air pressure checked in changing temperatures.”

• Eliminate carrying around unncecssary weight, such as a heavy sand bag.

“The more you carry around, the more it impacts fuel economy.”

• Reduce your speed.

Once you drive above 55 miles per hour, every additional mile robs you of about one percent of fuel economy.

“If you’re used to driving 70 miles per hour, drop it to 65 miles per house and improve your fuel economy by five percent.”

• Look at all alternative transportation modes, including walking.

“If your grocery store or convenient store is only two blocks away, walk there for your milk and leave your car at home.

You can enjoy talking with neighbors along the way.”

• Anticipate traffic light changes ahead by coasting to the lights.


Check this out before you jump in!!!


A 327-pound alligator gar may be largest caught

February 16, 2011 |  3:56 pm

Mississippi Museum of Natural Science staff look over the massive, 327-pound alligator gar caught Monday by angler Kenny Williams.

Seems no sooner did Outposts mention the International Game Fish Assn. all-tackle world record for alligator gar in a Wednesday post than word comes that the record may be bested.

Angler Kenny Williams of Vicksburg, Miss., landed an alligator gar Monday that tipped the scales at 327 pounds, possibly a new record for the species. The current IGFA record belongs to a 279-pounder pulled from the Rio Grande in Texas in 1951.

The fish, caught by Williams in Mississippi’s Chotard Lake, measured 8 feet, 5 1/4 inches with a 47.95-inch girth.

“At first I didn’t think he was that big. But as I was getting him into the boat, it was like, ‘How big is this thing?’ It was a lot of effort just to get him into the boat,” Williams told ABC affiliate WAPT-TV in Jackson, Miss.

Williams donated his catch to the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in Jackson, where it will be mounted and placed on display.


ok.. growing up i was pretty much raised at the lake.  My dad went gar fishing ALOT.   I would ocassionaly go with him.  I thought i had seen some pretty big gar in my time.. Even as the years have went on my little brothers and dad have keep the bow fishing tradition going.  I think one gar that they caught was like 150 lbs.  But this thing is a monster!!!  Makes you think twice about a swim in the lake to cool off of just float in the sun.. 🙂



























College for all East Texans


(KTRE) – There’s a huge opportunity for you Wednesday night to save thousands of dollars on your child’s college education.

There are billions of dollars available for Texans to use to pay for school.  The money is already here, so you don’t want to be left out.  Best of all, the money is not just for 4-year colleges.  Financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships and loans is available for 2-year colleges and technical schools.

It may be a sign of the times, but those in need of financial aid are not only teenagers just graduating from high school but adults too are either going to college for the first time or returning to college to get re-trained in a new field after losing a job.

More than $6-billion is available which is why KTRE is manning a phone bank in Austin along with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

The free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the only form students and families must complete to apply for most financial aid.  The deadline for filling out the FAFSA application is June 30, but the sooner the application is turned in, the more likely students will get money for college.

The financial aid office at the college or university you go to will determine how much and what type of financial aid you will receive to attend their institution.  Institutions set their own deadlines.  Make sure you complete and submit your FAFSA by the college’s of university’s Priority Application Deadline.

For more information, go to the website

Lack of knowledge should not be a barrier.  There are trained volunteers waiting for your call.

A college degree not only increases the graduate’s earning power, but also enhances your opportunities and confidence to adapt to changes in job sectors.

With a bachelor’s degree, a person can earn about a million dollars more over their lifetime than they would with a high school diploma.

Watch the East Texas News Wednesday night at 5, 6, and 10.  KTRE/KLTV’s Taylor Hemness is in Austin and will have live reports to help you get your financial aid questions answered and more importantly help you net thousands of dollars for college.  During the live reports Taylor will prompt you to call toll free 1-888-311-8881.  Trained operators will be on the phones until 11 o’clock Wednesday night.



Ford to recall 150,000 F-150 pickups over air bags

WASHINGTON (AP) – Under government pressure, Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday it will recall nearly 150,000 F-150 pickup trucks to fix air bags that could deploy without warning, a fraction of the vehicles the government contends should be called back and repaired.

The recall covers trucks from the 2005-2006 model years in the United States and Canada for what the Dearborn, Mich., company calls a “relatively low risk” of the air bag deploying inadvertently.

The government, however, has urged Ford to recall 1.3 million F-150s from the 2004-2006 model years, citing 98 injuries from air bags deploying accidentally. The recall is being closely watched because Ford’s F-Series pickup truck is the best-selling vehicle in America.

Ford’s leaders have made safety a cornerstone of the company’s revitalization, but the truck recall represents the latest safety issue to confront the automaker.

Ford has recalled more than 600,000 Windstar minivans in the U.S. and Canada since August to fix rear axles that can corrode and break, an issue still under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. During the past decade, Ford recalled more than 10 million vehicles, including the F-Series pickup, to repair a cruise control switch system that was linked to engine fires.

A Transportation Department spokeswoman said the agency was reviewing Ford’s response to see if the F-150 recall was adequate. If the government determines that the recall is too limited, it could seek a rare public hearing to decide whether Ford should widen its safety action.

The last such hearing was scheduled in September 2009, after a New York school bus manufacturer resisted a recall. The company decided to issue the recall before the hearing.

“Scheduling a hearing is very rare, and car companies need to take it seriously,” said David Kelly, who served as NHTSA’s chief of staff and acting administrator during the Bush administration. “At the end of the day, the companies are going to do what NHTSA wants them to do, and they’re just delaying the inevitable.”

NHTSA has been investigating the air bag issues for more than a year. In May, Ford told the government that the problems didn’t “present an unreasonable risk to vehicle safety” because there was a low rate of alleged injuries and the air bag warning lamp provided an “obvious warning” to drivers.

Ford told NHTSA in May that some drivers reported injuries that included burns from contact with the air bag, bruises, neck and back pain and minor cuts. “Two customers reported broken or chipped teeth and two reported fractures of the extremities (elbow or arm),” wrote James Vondale, director of Ford’s automotive safety office.

NHTSA, in a January 2011 letter to Ford released on Wednesday, said the agency knew of 269 cases in which the air bags deployed inadvertently resulting in 98 injuries, some serious. The agency noted that Ford made production changes to the trucks in 2006 and 2007 to fix the air bag wiring and other issues. “The potential for loss of vehicular control poses an unreasonable risk to safety,” NHTSA told the company.

Ford told the agency in a response that it did not believe a recall of the entire 1.3 million vehicles was justified based on the agency’s analysis and said owners received an adequate warning from the air bag warning light. Ford said NHTSA was requesting a large recall to “affect the behavior of an extremely small group of owners who have shown that they habitually ignored multiple safety warnings.”

Ford spokesman Wes Sherwood said in a statement Wednesday that the recall covered trucks built at the Norfolk, Va., assembly plant from November 2004 through June 2005. The majority of the complaints involved trucks built during the first shift of production at the Norfolk plant, and the rates of air bags accidentally deploying were much higher in trucks built at the Virginia plant than those assembled at plants in Michigan and Missouri, he said.

Ford said an air bag wire located in the steering wheel could have been improperly positioned so it would chafe, expose bare copper and create the possibility of a short circuit that would light up the air bag warning lamp.

Ford said most of the air bag issues happened within the first few seconds of the vehicle starting up. The company said it was aware of “one customer that jumped from the vehicle” after the air bag deployed while the truck was parked in a driveway.

The recall, which was first reported by the Detroit News, is expected to begin in early March. Owners will be notified and told to bring their trucks to their dealers.



Toyota recalls 2.17 million vehicles

Recall information

TORRANCE, CA (RNN) – Toyota announced a voluntary safety recall of 2.17 million U.S. vehicles, saying that faulty carpeting and matting could affect their accelerator pedals.

More than half of the vehicles were added to a burgeoning list of recalls from November 2009. According to the Associated Press, Thursday’s additions pushed the total number of vehicles recalled by Toyota over 14 million vehicles since 2009.

These vehicles include 761,000 RAV4 manufactured between 2006 and 2010; 603,000 4Runners manufactured between 2003 and 2009; and 12,700 Lexus LX 570 vehicles manufactured between 2008 and 2011.
Toyota Recalls

•Approximately 20,000 2006 and 2007 GS 300 and GS 350 all-wheel drive

•Approximately 397,000 2004 through 2006 Highlander and Highlander HV vehicles

•Approximately 372,000 2004 through 2006 and early 2007 RX 330, RX 350 and RX 400h

•Approximately 603,000 2003 through 2009 4Runner

•Approximately 17,000 2008 through 2011 Lexus LX 570

•Approximately 761,000 2006 through 2010 RAV4

The vehicles have been recalled in order to “address the potential for unsecured or incompatible floor mat entrapment of the accelerator pedal,” Toyota said in a news release.

Two separate recalls were also issued Thursday. First on the list is a group of 20,000 GS 300 and GS 350 All-Wheel Drive Vehicles manufactured between 2006 and early 2007.

Toyota said that the vehicles need to have the plastic pad embedded in their driver’s side carpet modified, for fear that it could affect how their accelerator pedals operate.

“If this occurs, the accelerator pedal may become temporarily stuck in a partially depressed position rather than returning to the idle position,” Toyota said.

The next recall includes 372,000 RX 330, RX 350 and RX 400h vehicles manufactured between 2004 and 2006 and in early 2007. Also in this group are 397,000 Highlander and Highlander HV vehicles made between 2004 and 2006.

Toyota said this group of vehicles needs to have the carpet cover and its two retention clips replaced, also on the driver’s side floor.

“If the forward retention clip used to secure the floor carpet cover, which is located in front of the center console, is not installed properly, the cover may lean toward the accelerator pedal and interfere with the accelerator pedal arm,” Toyota said.

Toyota said the accelerator pedal in these vehicles could become “temporarily stuck in a partially depressed position” instead of shifting back to idle, if such an event occurs.

Owners of all of the vehicles will receive more information in the mail in the near future, Toyota said.

A government accountability report recently cleared Toyota of liability over some of its vehicles that accelerated suddenly, saying that the vehicles seemed to have sticky accelerator pedals rather than electrical glitches.

Closed, Delayed or Canceled


<strong>Schools Closed or Canceled:</strong>
~ Lufkin ISD,
~ Lufkin ISD PACE Potpourri rescheduled for Feb. 24.
~ Nacogdoches ISD,
~ Apple Springs ISD,
~ Broaddus ISD,
~ Central Heights ISD
~ Christ Episcopal School (Nacogdoches)
~ Chireno ISD
~ Colmesneil ISD,  Basketball games rescheduled for Saturday.
~ Corrigan-Camden ISD,
~ Creekside Learning Center
~ Diboll ISD,
~ First Christian Church preschool
~ Fredonia Hill Academy
~ Goodrich ISD
~ Harmony Hill School,
~ Hemphill ISD
~ Hill Academy School
~ Hudson ISD
~ Kid Unlimited
~ Latexo ISD
~ Martinsville ISD
~ Onalaska ISD
~ Pineywoods Community Academy (Lufkin)
~ Regents Academy Nacogdoches
~ St. Cyprian’s Episcopal School
~ Spring Hill Learning Center
~ St. Patrick School
~ Tanglewood Learning Center
~ Tiny Town Day Care on SH 94 following Hudson ISD procedure.
~ Woden; Basketball games rescheduled for Saturday at 3 p.m.
~ Zavalla ISD, Basketball games rescheduled for Saturday.

~ Alto: two hours later.
~ Center: 10 a.m.
~ Centerville: 10 a.m.
~ Chester: 10 a.m.
~ Chireno: 10 a.m. Buses running two hours late.
~ Crockett: two hours later. Buses running two hours late.
~ Excelsior: 10 a.m.
~ Groveton: 10 a.m.
~ Huntington: 10 a.m. Buses running two hours late.
~ San Augustine: 10 a.m.
~ Trinity: 10 a.m.
~ Wells: 10 a.m.

<strong>Angelina College:</strong>

All classes on-campus and off-campus centers  are canceled for Thursday evening. The campus and off-campus centers  will be closed on Friday. Saturday activities and events will be held as  scheduled.

<strong>Businesses,Meetings &amp; Events and Ball Games:</strong>

~ 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.
~ Another Just Kidz Pre-School (Hudson) closed Friday.
~ Charles Wilson VA Outpatient Clinic closed on Friday.
~ Friday luncheon at Wiley Hotel in Garrison canceled.
~ Friday’s Healthy Nacogdoches Coalition meeting canceled.
~ Just Kidz Pre-School (Lufkin) closed Friday.
~ Katherine Sage Temple Childcare closed on Friday.
~ Kids Incorporated Learning Center closed on Friday.
~ Little Rascals Clubhouse closed on Friday.
~ 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.
~ Right Step Child Center (Nacogdoches) closed on Friday.
~ Salvation Army Adult Day Center in Lufkin closed on Friday.
~ Storybook Hollow Child Care Center (Lufkin) closed Friday.
~ Thursday’s Citywide Black History Celebration in Lufkin canceled.
~ Tulane Kids Academy (Lufkin) closed Friday.
~ 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.