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Thu
21
Feb
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IRS Tax Tip - Here’s what taxpayers do when they have to file a new W-4

The IRS reminds taxpayers to look into whether they need to adjust their paycheck withholding. Taxpayers who do need to adjust their withholding should submit a new Form W-4, Employee’sWithholdingAllowance Certificate to their employers. Taxpayers can use the updated Withholding Calculator on IRS.gov to do a quick “paycheck checkup” to check that they’re not having too little or too much tax withheld at work.

Among the groups who should check their withholding are:

• Two-income families

• People working two or more jobs or who only work for part of the year

 

 

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Thu
21
Feb
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Happy Herman's Hideaway

Hello dear San Saba friends! Well I survived mom’s weekend away! I actually had a fairly decent time with dad and he pretty much devoted his time to me as if he had turned into mom! If I did go out to dachshund jail, he came right out there with me; yep, he imprisoned himself! Of course, there we were in dachshund jail while mom was enjoying gorgeous NYLO Hotel in Irving. . . having an outrageously luxury experience with an amazing, accommodating staff and incredibly great amenities!

I have to say I did miss being hand fed my boiled egg, but if I am being honest I am nitpicking the point of eating my egg is to get things in my mouth and into my tummy. Dad slices it up and puts it in a bowl; whereas mom and I sit on the couch and she breaks off little bites and I eat it over a paper plate from her fingers. I suppose I feel a bit of a king with mom's way.

Thu
07
Feb
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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor:

I am writing to thank San Saba residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season.

Because of the generosity of donors in San Saba and across the United States, Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan's Purse, collected more than 8.8 million shoeboxes in 2018. Combined with those collected from partnering countries in 2018, the ministry is now sending more than 10.6 million shoebox gifts to children suffering from poverty, natural disasters, war, disease and famine.

These simple gifts bring smiles to the faces of children around the world. Packed with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items, these gifts bring joy and are a tangible expression of God's love. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.

 

Thu
31
Jan
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What about Super Bowl 53?

This coming Sunday in Atlanta, the New England Patriots will battle it out with the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl

53. History will be made in that it will be winner take all! Two mighty, well equipped, well prepared teams will suit up for one last final battle.

Battle is not new for either team and both teams have been to the point of seemingly defeat but refusing to concede they came back.

 

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Thu
31
Jan
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Hill Country Naturalist

I have written several columns over the years about the unpredictable nature of our rainfall. I guess it is because it is a topic everyone talks about, complains about, and worries about. And, last year was just an example of another weird rainfall year.

At our house last year, the first five months were about as "normal" a possible, with a total of about nine inches, which gave us reasonable spring flowers and a good start for most grasses. Then, just as all the vegetation was at its peak growing/water utilization rate and hottest temperatures, we had two of the driest months in June and July with no significant rainfall for almost 90 days.

Thu
24
Jan
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Notes from the Spring Creek Arts Guild

Last night was the Super Blood Wolf Moon, but no one in my house stayed up late enough to see it fully eclipsed. I did go out to see it after it first rose, again about a half hour later when it was almost dark, and once more when it was partially eclipsed. The great thing about celestial events this time of the year is that not only can you see them through the bare branches of the trees, those same bare branches make very picturesque frames for full moons, sunrises, and sunsets. Yes, I am going to once more extol the glories of winter.

Thu
24
Jan
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Hill Country Naturalist

The Legume family has many interesting properties and is represented by many species of Hill Country plants.

The scientific or Latin name for this family is Fabaceae, and is also known as the Pea family. In Texas, Legumes are the third largest plant family after the Aster or Sunflower family and the Grass family. Flowering plants are classified and placed in families by scientists according to the, sometimes minute, structures of the flowers so the general appearance of the plants as a whole may have little in common with other members of the family.

The most easily recognized characteristic of the Pea family is that its seeds are enclosed in a "pod" composed of two halves which split apart when dry. Think sweet peas, black-eyed peas, or green beans.

 

Thu
10
Jan
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The Bend News

Missed the deadline for the news last week, so will try to catch up on all the happenings around the Bend.

The weather has been up and down. First, there were really cold days of early part of last week and then nice warm days for the last few days.

Still, very cold at night, but when the sun comes out it is very nice. There was even some light rain last week and more rain is forecast this next week.

Lee Matthews was admitted to the hospital suffering pneumonia. He thought he had a case of bad allergies. Keep him on your prayer list.

It seems like everyone is having medical problems around the Bend.

 

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Thu
10
Jan
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The Idle American

By Dr. Don Newbury

I don’t know much about the Mormon Church, but I’ve always viewed most adherents as being generous with both their gifts and their time.

They number some 15 million worldwide, and in Utah--where about two million of three million citizens are Mormons--there’s considerable “co-mingling” of issues at both the state house and the church house. (Since Utah attained statehood in 1896, all of its governors--save two--have been Mormons.)

Most “church news” is spawned during semi-annual meetings, but a surprising new law from the state house kicked in on January 1. Permissible blood alcohol content for drivers is now 0.05 percent, the lowest of any state. This law goes against the grain of many drivers, so it might be well-noted that Utahans in the legislature who pushed this bill may add “courageous” to their names….

 

Thu
03
Jan
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The Idle American

By Dr. Don Newbury

My Uncle Mort’s Sad Scene…

He stood there, gazing at the Salvation Army kettle on the town square. It was Christmas Eve, and my Uncle Mort--106 and counting--solemnly offered a “mental salute” to the woman as she joyfully rang her bell. Frail of body and warmed only by a tattered coat given to the Army last year, she seemed resolved to help the less fortunate.

Perhaps minding the kettle for last-minute shoppers as they joined the fray for final purchases was the noblest thing she could do.

Mort choked up as he described the scene. The kettleminder’s ringing set him to thinking about moments in 2018 when he blew his stack, usually because he didn’t have all the facts. And when he did, they were somewhat dyslexic--backwards at best in his “fire/aim/ready” life.…

 

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