Columns/Opinions

Wed
20
Aug

The Idle American

Somewhere between the admonition to avoid looks at gift horse’s mouths and the dangers of Greeks bearing gifts should be warnings about acceptance of gifts from offspring. This is particularly true if they are “far out”
presents and/or are received at non-holiday/anniversary/birthday calendar junctures. At such times, offspring—in this case, our youngest of three daughters—flashes her best smile, gurgling something about “just because” at the same time.
 

 

Wed
13
Aug

Rev. Dick West to preach the 156th Methodist Camp Meeting

Bend United Methodist Church has announced that the Rev. Richard "Dick" West will be the evangelist for the 156th annual Methodist camp meeting  to be held August 21-24 at the Methodist Campground on Cherokee Creek in the Chappel Community
 
Wed
06
Aug

Old, New, Borrowed, Blue…

By Dr. Don Newbury.
 
Dissection of notes found in the pocket of an old suit isn’t easy. Maybe they were scrawled during the lull in a wedding ceremony, or to jog my memory of a joke for later use. Anyway, it reminded me of a couple who “got hitched” many moons ago—back when gasoline prices were in single digits. She remembers ALL the details; he, almost none.

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Wed
30
Jul

Special Commissioners’ Court meeting held, Town Hall style, regarding the future of EMS Services for San Saba County

A special meeting of the Commissioners’ Court was held Thursday evening, July 24, at 6:45p.m. at the Civic Center. The public was invited and the meeting was held in a town hall format. The meeting was opened with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. Judge Byron Theodosis introduced Dr. Craig Whiting, San Saba County EMS Medical Director, who was instrumental in arranging the meeting, and asked him to make the opening remarks.
 
Wed
23
Jul

The Richland Springs Report

After a beautiful week of fall weather, VBS was greeted with a return of our usual summer weather. That doesn’t dampen down the excitement that comes with VBS. We are counting on 35-50 kids from the area. There are prizes to be bought with points earned during the five day event. There will also be three major prizes, (donated to the church by Big Mama’s Market) that will be won during our missions drive 
 
Wed
23
Jul

Elm Grove Echoes

It’s official! Richland Springs Baptist church has hired a new preacher. Brother Joel Densman, previously of Prairie Lea Baptist Church, will be serving The Lord at the pulpit in Richland Springs. Joel and his family will be moving to Richland Springs the first part of August. (I believe his first Sunday here will be August 24).  
 
Wed
16
Jul

The Idle American

They’re famous for duck calls in Monroe, LA, and a few blocks away lives a Christian entertainer,  Dr. Dennis Swanberg. Known as “The Swan,” he has long been known for impersonations that sound every bit as “real” to listeners as the calls do to ducks  
 
Wed
09
Jul

Texas confirms State’s first Chikungunya Case

The Texas Department of State Health Services has confirmed the state’s first human case of chikungunya, a viral disease that can cause fever and severe joint pain and is spread to people by mosquitoes. The patient recently returned to Texas from a trip to the Caribbean where chikungunya has been causing human disease since late 2013. 
 
Wed
09
Jul

The Idle American

A half-century ago, the late Nat “King” Cole crooned about the Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer. The lyrics probably “fit” US life in the early ‘60s, but hardly so today. Current summers seem jampacked. There are “wall-to-wall”
activities, early ‘til late, particularly for youngsters.  
 
Wed
02
Jul

Help children find loving homes this Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is a holiday that brings together families and friends to celebrate the nation that we call home. For children in the Texas child welfare system, home can be an unstable place that changes month to month.
Last year, more than 46,600 Texas children were in the child welfare system, waiting to be placed in permanent homes 
 

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