Columns/Opinions

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 
 
Wed
02
Jul

The Price they Paid

Have you ever wondered what happened to those men who signed the Declaration of Independence? Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked
and burned. Two lost their sons in the Revolutionary Army, another had two sons captured
 
Wed
25
Jun

The Bend News

The promise of rain has not been too good so far, just a few light showers. We can always hope for more. Other parts of Texas east and north of us have really been getting more than they need all at once, which is
causing some flooding. 
 
Wed
25
Jun

The Idle American

Honest-to-goodness columnists who write scatter-shooting accounts on miscellaneous topics often refer to such pieces as  “potpourri.” This has always impressed me, since my using the word always requires a visit to
Webster or Google—my predictable response to a Spell Check squiggle. 
 
Wed
18
Jun

The Idle American

Just as his granddad and dad before him and more recently his own son, Dwain Bruner has risked much on fair play, business ethics and hard work—as well as occasional blind hog luck. It was surprising, though, that
one of his first problems in business would involve theology  
 

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