Some high school students in the Houston School District are getting the opportunity to share their faith with peers this week.

Members of the 4Twelve youth group at First Baptist Church in Houston are participating in the Life Book Movement (TLBM) –– a program designed to reach high school students with God’s Word. It is best described as a short-term mission trip in which high school students get the opportunity to offer The Life Book to classmates.

The book’s unique design engages students with the truth of God’s Word as they are introduced to Jesus Christ, using an interactive format with honest student comments and real-life questions in the margins.

Twenty-six members of 4Twelve took 25 copies apiece of The Life Book to pass out to their middle school and high school peers.

In addition to Houston, Life Book distribution, or “saturation,” is taking place this week in the Missouri communities of Jefferson City and Concordia.

The City of Houston sent a letter last week to homeowners along four streets in town to notify them that new sidewalks may soon be built for students at Houston R-1 Schools.

In the letter from City Administrator Larry Sutton, he said funds will be requested from the Safe Routes to School Program. “At the present time, students have to walk in the streets and ditches on these designated sections,” Sutton said in the letter.

The proposed sidewalks will be five feet wide, concrete and cross driveways. The proposed sidewalks will be along the right-of-way on:

-Bryan Street, west side, Hawthorn to Highway 17.
-Ozark Street, north side, Frederick to Airport.
-King Street, east side, Chestnut to Ozark.
-Chestnut Street, north side, King to Hamrick.

Sutton said the city will be notified in June if it is eligible for the funds. The project will be evaluated in a statewide competition. If approved, Sutton said the project is projected to be bid for work in the summer of 2012.

The Animal Shelter of Texas County is seeking goat milk for seven puppies whose mother was struck and killed by a vehicle. Goat owners or anyone who could provide the milk is asked to call 417-967-0700.

The shelter is also seeking blankets for its animals during these cold winter days.

As he was doing his dishes Thursday afternoon, something caught Todd McKinney’s eyes. He initially believed it was a cow. But a closer look revealed a special animal: an albino deer.

Todd called his brother, Boulder, and they tracked the doe to a nearby field in the Dog’s Bluff area.

This photo, taken by the Herald’s Jeff McNiell, is from a bluff several hundred yards away. The deer appeared to be eating among the trees and after 30 minutes, briefly came from behind them. It was in a group of about eight other deer.

Dr. Joe Richardson, who has property nearby across the river, said Friday morning that he has seen the deer six times since Aug. 31 and been close enough to take photos three times.

Richardson said he last saw the doe bedded down near his home. He didn’t have a camera.

“I got out of my pickup and walked within 30 yards of it, thinking it was trash or something else because it wouldn’t move,” Richardson said. “It finally stood up and calmly eased off.”