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Observations: Burris overcomes to bring hope

Korey Burris has overcome a lot in his life to get where he is today.



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Korey Burris

Starting out, my dad only wanted one kid and I have an older brother. My mom was on birth control but it didn’t work so in my childhood my dad acted like he had a grudge against me.

I went through a lot of mental abuse. 

Later on, in my teenage years, my father would punish me by making me kneel on uncooked rice, stand on my tipsy toes for long periods of time, made me take cold baths in a 55-gallon drum in the backyard, sit on the wall like I was sitting on a chair, etc. 


Well, I had resentment towards him. 

Then when I was 16, my best friend shot and killed himself with a 12 gauge. I hurried to my buddy’s house thinking to myself I’d never do that, I was absolutely devastated. This was Jan 8th, 1993. As the year went on, I got and some trouble; nothing big, just teenager stuff. 

Then on New Year’s, I went out and got n trouble for not coming home. I thought you know what, screw it I am going to just wait 7 days and kill myself. It would all be over.

Boy was I wrong.

I keep a shotgun shell on my dresser and looked at it for a week and never had second thoughts. 

When Jan 8th, 1994 came around I was watching the movie “Aspen Extreme” in the living room. Halfway through the movie, I said it was time. I got the gun and shell went into the bathroom and sat on the toilet. 


I counted to myself 1, 2, 3 and it was done. 

Now I don’t remember this, but I was told I unlocked two bathroom doors and walked back into the living room. I sat back where I was watching the movie. My mom was outside, when she came in she saw me and flipped out.

Now being an RN, she tried to stay calm and called 911. it was busy like 3 times,

I was life-flighted to Beaumont, 30 miles away.  The doctors said they couldn’t do anything for me and sent me to UTMB Galveston, another hour away. This is where I stayed for a few months. 

I don’t remember anything for two weeks. When I started remembering, I thought  “damn I can’t even kill myself right. “I’ll never have a normal life now for sure.”

 As time went on I said well there has to be a reason I am still here, so I started asking God why he saved me. 


With no answer, I just decided to be the best me I could be. When I got out of the hospital, I was home-schooled for two months. But, I didn’t stay at home, I went out as much as I could holding my chest out and my head held high. 

I went back to school after the summer break, everybody would stare and talk. But, I paid no mind, I was here for a reason. 

photo courtesy of Korey Burris

I experimented with drugs and kept doing them as most people my age were. I actually had several girlfriends, somehow.

It made me realize not everybody looks at the outside.  While in college, I met this girl that was awesome we ended up getting married on Jan 8th, 2000 to make the date a good date. We both played around with drugs as I tried to keep jobs, but discrimination is a hard thing to deal with.

We had our first child in August of 2000 and that made me wanna try even harder to do right. We were clean and sober for five years and then coming home from work I got in a wreck with an 18 wheeler at 80 mph. My truck flipped five times and I walked away with a bloody nose and went home. 

Two weeks later I had a violent seizure which broke both my shoulders. At this point, we had no money. Nothing. We lived on faith and God alone for five years getting it all fixed. Butt every time I’d get my shoulder fixed, I would have another seizure. I have had my right shoulder fixed twice and am waiting on my 5th operation on my left. 

In 2011 we had our second child and we got back into drugs bad. We battled with CPS among other things, I would drink bleach and orange juice to clean out my system to keep my kids several times. 


Finally, in 2015 I got clean. My wife didn’t; so me and the kids left.

She went to jail for 6 months and it opened her eyes. We were apart a year n a half. 

Then when she was about to get out, I’d been clean a while and relapsed once, and ended up in jail for 2 months in a different state. I started reading the bible like 16 hrs a day.

 I was at peace and studying God. 

My charges were dropped and I got time served.  

Now it’s 2022. Me and the wife are divorced, but friends. I also have become a licensed Chaplain and founder of the group Suicide Prevention & Gods Helpers on Facebook.


Remember, I started asking why I was still here. Well, I asked God this every day for 12yrs.


Well after my wreck, when I thought I had nothing, God said he wanted me to help people battling suicidal tendencies and I said no, that’s not me. 

For a week that’s all I could hear in my head was help people, help people. So I said ok, I will do it. 

At this moment God revealed to me so much about myself my life all the way back to conception.

It was like a light turning on. 


photo courtesy of Korey Burris

And here it is. Yes, my mom was on birth control, but God put me there to endure a childhood like I had so I could help others. He knew I would try killing myself, but didn’t stop so I could be his voice of him to help others. 

God took 12yrs to answer me. When I shot myself it was an uncommon act, but when I got God’s answer suicide was all too common. 

So that’s my story


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I won’t even pretend I understand all of the book of Revelation…but I do understand quite plainly that I do wish to spend eternity in Heaven…..

Keep in mind. The rapture comes before the anti christ.  I have been reading the Bible and it really does always come down to this. I have been hearing about the second coming of Christ and the events unfolding since I was a child. The “Mark of the Beast” Artificial Intelligence,  microchips, no cash/digital currency, Total Government dependency/control. When we are raising a family, working long hours, some two jobs, lots of things go unnoticed or just get ignored.

No one can comprehend how bad it will be, but we see it happening, bit by bit, on the news everyday.

While the devil is preparing people for the Anti Christ, God is preparing people for the Rapture. I don’t know when the rapture will take place but I know that I won’t be left behind when that trumpet sounds!

I also believe right now that God is giving us a chance to repent. We need to get the Gospel message out!!! Until the Good Lord calls me away from this world to go home, I want to make it clear that I believe in Jesus Christ as the one and only True Lord and Savior. Despite the fact that I am human, and I fail a lot, I believe that Jesus is the Son of God.

This is the best challenge I have seen on Facebook; so, if the Holy Spirit moves you and you’re not ashamed, just copy, and make this your status update.


I’m a believer in God The Father,  Jesus The Son, and The Holy Spirit Amen! 🙏♥️🙏

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Preparing for Disasters in Orange County, Texas



Submitted by Wendy Garrison of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

As Many of us know, here in southeast Texas, August is the time we focus on the Gulf. Many of us have experienced hurricanes, flooding, tornados, and industrial disasters and we are reminded by our county and city officials to have a plan in these cases. Materials are available online and packets are located at the Orange County Emergency Management at 11475 FM 1442, Orange, TX 77630, and have been distributed throughout the year but remember you may need to modify your plans based on your family’s needs. Registering for the STAN helps us be updated on emergencies and major events happening in our area. If you need more guidance, each of our communities has personnel who train year-round to manage emergencies and assist residents. Contact your local emergency management office for more information.

So, what now? Hopefully, you have a plan to keep your family safe. Pets may be considered by us to be family; however, domesticated animals require other considerations when preparing for emergencies. Some accommodations we seek may not accept or have facilities for our pets. If by chance you need to go to a temporary shelter: identification, leashes, shot records, and if possible, portable kennels are key. Places such as this have limited space and pets will need to be housed in a separate facility from you. If your pet has been separated from you due to unforeseen events, visible identification with your contact information and a microchip may help in a quicker reunion with your pet after an emergency.

Livestock owners who can transport their livestock prior to an emergency should be prepared and know the places and contact numbers of the facilities they choose to go to. Consider the amount of food and water needed to travel with your animal. As with pets, you may be separated from your animal. Visible markings, as well as microchips, will aid in a quicker reunion with your animal.

Make sure your animals are in good health and updated on their vaccinations prior to transport. Best practice, check with your vet about what vaccines are needed to be boarded, or sheltered in a facility with other pets, and keep the records with you.

Here is a list of websites that will help you make a plan that fits your needs:

Texas Animal Health Commission:

Orange County Disaster Rebuild:

Texas Department of Emergency Management: Plan Ahead for Disasters |


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Sen. Robert Nichols: My Five Cents for 2 February 2023



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Submitted by State Senator Robert Nichols

It’s Groundhog Day! Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this week, indicating six more weeks of winter; unwelcome news after ice storms covered much of the state this week. The iconic groundhog made his 137th appearance and records of his predictions go back to 1887.

Here are five things happening around your state:

  1. Abbott names new border czar

This week Governor Abbott named long-time Border Patrol agent Mike Banks to be the new Texas Border Czar. He will report directly to the governor and ensure border security strategies are fully executed in Texas. He will work collaboratively with the Texas Military Department, the Department of Public Safety, and other relevant agencies to continue Operation Lone Star. Mike Banks was the Border Patrol Weslaco Station Patrol Agent in Charge. He has over 30 years of federal law enforcement experience. He’s worked in multiple stations stretching the length of the US-Mexico border. Before joining the Border Patrol, he was a member of the US Navy Military Police. The unprecedented crisis at our southern border demands action and Governor Abbott has stepped up to the plate to address it. I appreciate his continued leadership on this issue.


  1. SFA Board of Regents approves change to salaries

At a recent meeting, the SFA Board of Regents approved mid-year salary increases for university employees, an increase in non-resident fees, and an increase to university meal plans and housing. Employees will receive a six percent increase to their base salary after the board approved the $3.5 million expenditure. Interim President Dr. Steve Westbrook said the board requested this increase from the University of Texas System after they decided to affiliate. The SFA board voted last year to affiliate with the University of Texas System rather than remaining independent. The transition requires legislation, which I am excited to carry with Rep. Travis Clardy this session. The legislation will ensure that the university retains the name Stephen F. Austin– a measure of great importance to the university, the community, and to me.

  1. Comptroller receives $363 million in grants for broadband


Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced this week that the agency will receive $363 million in federal grants to increase access to affordable, reliable broadband to more than 150,000 homes and businesses in Texas. The US Treasury’s award will go to the Bring Online Opportunities to Texas (BOOT) program. The BOOT program is a competitive grant program administered through the Texas Broadband Development Office. The program is designed to fund broadband infrastructure projects that cover the last few miles to your home or business. Qualified projects will be located in a designated areas, invest in capital assets, and address critical needs in the community it serves. The office will begin accepting applications for the funds later this spring.  


  1. Caleb’s Law filed in Senate

 Senate Bill 129, also known as Caleb’s Law, was filed by Senator Drew Springer recently. The bill would strengthen penalties for offenders who possess child pornography. Child pornography laws have not been updated since 1989 and the current laws are ill-equipped to handle changes in modern technology. The changes will work to keep kids safe and strengthen punishments for those convicted. The bill includes degrees of punishment based on the amount of materials possessed. It also has enhancements for materials depicting children under the age of 10 and for those taking care of children and receiving money from the state. The law’s name comes from Caleb Diehl, a high school senior who went missing in March 2015.



  1. Winter weather resources, TDEM resources

 Winter Storm Mara swept through much of Central and Northeast Texas, causing dangerous driving conditions and power outages across the state. Ice accumulated on roadways, tree branches, and power lines, which caused some outages and many fallen branches. Many state agencies monitored the ongoing weather situation and worked to keep Texans safe, including the Public Utility Commission, Texas Division of Emergency Management, and ERCOT. It is important to note that any power outages experienced during this storm were not a result of lack of capacity on the grid. Those were due to power lines being down due to the storm. We appreciate the hard work of all our first responders and everyone who worked around the clock to keep Texans safe and warm. For more information from TDEM about resources available to you, visit


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