Trinidad FFA students working
hard on projects
Special to The Monitor
TRINIDAD–Students are hard at work preparing several
projects for competition this year.
Trinidad FFA has been participating in the Ag Mechanics portion of
Houston and San Antonio for several years with success in both events.
In addition to competing in these events, the students involved in the
Ag Mechanics Program have the opportunity to earn certifications with
the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), a
nationally recognized certification program.
As an added feature of the Houston Ag Mechanics Show, industry
representatives offer interviews to participants for potential
employment after high school.
FFA students build many things for people in the community and are
currently taking orders for hay rings and Horseshoe Christmas Trees.
If you have a project big or small that you would like built, contact
Mr. Main at (903) 778-2415
SAR honors Deputy Harris
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–The Athens Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution
recently awarded the SAR Medal for Heroism to Henderson County Sheriff’s
Deputy Kevin Harris for risking his life to save two deputies who were
killed while answering a disturbance call. Deputy Harris was injured
during the gunfire.
The medal recognizes outstanding bravery and self-sacrifice in the face
of imminent danger, particularly acts which involve great personal
courage and risk to the recipient.
It includes law enforcement personnel who, faced with an emergency,
boldly respond to the need, while placing their own lives in peril.
Sweet potatoes: a near perfect
By Brian Cummins
Van Zandt County Extension Agent
CANTON–The sweet potato should be more than a holiday
treat, it should be a part of a year round nutritional program because
of its nutritional qualities.
The sweet potato has yellow or orange flesh, and its thin skin may
either be white, yellow, orange, red or purple.
Sometimes this root vegetable will be shaped like a potato, being short
and blocky with rounded ends, while other times it will be longer with
There is often much confusion between sweet potatoes and yams; the
moist-fleshed, orange-colored root vegetable that is often called a
“yam” is actually a sweet potato.
How sweet it is for your health to eat sweet potatoes! Not only do they
taste like dessert, but they possess antioxidant effects and are
considered an antidiabetic food.
Recent studies have shown sweet potatoes to contain some unique root
storage proteins that have been observed to have significant antioxidant
capacities. These proteins had about one-third the antioxidant activity
of glutathione-one of the body’s most impressive internally produced
More studies are need to further prove the sweet potatoes claim to being
the “near perfect” vegetable.
According to the George Mateljan Foundation, a non-profit organization
free of commercial influence, the sweet potato also has recently
classified the sweet potato as an “antidiabetic” food. Sweet potatoes
have been given this label because of some recent animal studies in
which sweet potato helped stabilize blood sugar levels and lowered
(Insulin resistance is a problem caused when cells don’t respond to the
hormone insulin, which is supposed to act as a key and unlock the cell
in order to allow sugar to pass from the blood into the cell).
Some of its blood sugar regulatory properties may come from the fact
that sweet potatoes are concentrated in carotenoids.
Research has suggested that physiological levels, as well as dietary
intake, of carotenoids may be inversely associated with insulin
resistance and high blood sugar levels.
Once again, more research is needed in this area, but the stage is set
for sweet potato to show unique healing properties in the area of blood
The numbers for the nutritional sweet potato speak for themselves:
almost twice the ecommended daily allowance of vitamin A, 42 percent of
the recommendation for vitamin C, four times the RDA for beta carotene,
and, when eaten with the skin, sweet potatoes have more fiber than
oatmeal. All these benefits with only about 130 to 160 calories.
Here are the facts on sweet potatoes (for one medium size sweet potato)
from the USDA:
Fat 0.39 g
Protein 2.15 g
Net Carbs 31.56 g
Dietary Fiber 3.9 g
Calcium 28.6 mg
Sodium 16.9 mg Potassium 265.2 mg
Folate 18.2 mcg
Vitamin C 29.51 mg
Vitamin A 26081.9 IU
Among root vegetables, sweet potatoes offer the lowest glycemic index
That’s because the sweet potato digests slowly, causing a gradual rise
in blood sugar so you feel satisfied longer. It’s time to move sweet
potatoes to the “good” carb list.
For more information on sweet potatoes contact your local Extension
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
We are five beautiful Heeler mix
pups. We were brought here by animal control, so we have no
history. We are sweet little pups starting out in a new world.
We’ve been wormed and given our first shots. We are sweet babies
looking for our new forever homes.
My name is Chloe. I am a
beautiful female kitten. I was brought to the Shelter by my
owners who were not able to keep me. I am a very playful kid
looking for my new forever home.
My name is Rebel. I am a
beautiful male Pit Bull mix pup. I am somewhere around four
months old. I am a sweet and playful puppy. I am such a
wonderful kid in need of a new wonderful home.
My name is Chris. I am a male
Retriever mix pup. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. I am a very sweet young man with
lots of energy. I have been given my first shots. I am a sweet
kid looking for my home.
Pictured are just a few
animals at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven
Points in dire need of a good home. Please call or stop by the
Humane Society today and rescue one of these forgotten animals.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is located on 10220
County Road 2403 in
Seven Points. For more information, please call (903) 432-3422
after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.
For further information
visit our website at