Columns/Opinions

Wed
24
May

The Richland Springs Report

By Sue Ransom

Wed
24
May

The Bend News

By Jo Price

The rain did come Saturday with some wind and little bits of hail leaving anywhere from two and one half inch to a little less in some places. Some small branches from trees were broken off because of the wind, but no major damage and of course the electric went on and off, just enough to make you have to reset all your clocks. Sunday afternoon another one half inch fell without any wind The river got up some, but not bad at all just enough to flush it out good and possibly make the fishing better. Especially for catfish.

Congratulations go out to all the seniors in the county who are graduating this year. Some will have plans to go on to college and some will be making other plans for their future.

 

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Wed
17
May

The Bend News

By Jo Price

 

Still no rain . . . it either went to the north or the south of us each time----maybe this week will be different as they are predicting rain again for most of this week. Time will tell!

Hope everyone had a happy Mother’s Day this year. Some were taken out to eat others had someone else cook the meal. No clean up or dish washing for most mothers this year. I'm sure most received a nice card and some pretty flowers or pot plant, or some may have just received some work that was needed to be done around the home place. Just know it was all appreciated by mothers.

Wed
17
May

Peculiar Habits - The ladies of the Auburn Hat Society

By Kevin Slimp´s

 

Outside church organizations, there were only three prominent civic groups in Lennox Valley during my teenage years. The VFW post was formed in the 1920s by local veterans who served in the Spanish-American War and World War I. In the 1960s, a few local citizens formed the Ruritan Club. Never quite as prominent as the VFW, the Ruritans’ motto was, “To serve The Valley with fellowship, goodwill, and community service.”

While both espoused civic duty, there was a third group in our community which seemed to attract more attention than either the VFW or Ruritans.

The Auburn Hat Society of Lennox Valley was made up of women, 50 years and older, who possessed qualities befitting members of such a society. One requirement of membership was to wear a bright auburn hat to each meeting.

Wed
10
May

Hill Country Naturalist

By Jim Stanley, Texas Master Naturalist

How the Condition of the Land Affects the Amount of Runoff and Erosion

In the Hill Country, the amount of soil many of us have is minimal and somewhat limits what types of plants grow here and how much biomass can be produced in a single growing year. Some people, however, are fortunate to live in areas of deep soil, usually in the lower elevations along creek or river valleys where the soil from the uplands has been transported by erosion over many years.

 

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Wed
10
May

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

While viewing the spectacular, colorful Mill Pond Park, my husband and I quickly decided it was picture-taking time. Our four-year-old great- granddaughter, Isabella, was perfect! She exclaimed, "I'm so happy to be here!" Also, she's a third generation to enjoy the park.

 

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Wed
03
May

The Richland Springs Report

By Sue Ransom

I don’t know if this week’s weather constitutes roaring like a lion, but the last few days have been quite a trip.

Saturday morning I went out and did yard work in short sleeves but the afternoon I went to Brownwood and wore a jacket. I was sad that we didn’t get much rain out of this violent system, but I'm very thankful that we did not get the weather that hit Canton. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families who faced those horrible tornadoes.

 

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Wed
03
May

The Independent State of Spring Creek

By Cathy Ledbetter

For the first time since we moved to the ranch in Spring Creek, I am growing vegetables with some success. This iteration of my garden is built on the north side of my chicken run. I am hoping the wire chicken run will help dampen the prevailing wind a bit and the constant presence of the chickens in the area will help keep the insect population down. This morning’s check revealed tiny tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, and eggplants.

A couple of days ago I saw that the majority of the tender little lettuce plants had been eaten down the the ground. Last night I saw the reason—a cottontail was frozen in the corner of my garden, hoping to be unnoticed by my dogs. As soon as the dogs went past, the cottontail slipped through the corner of the fence and ran for the backyard shed. I guess I’ll have to fix the fence because I cannot stand the idea of hurting the rabbit. As my husband would say, I am just not hungry enough.

 

Wed
26
Apr

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:

Easter weekend, my wife and I, having been invited to come to San Saba County, decided to visit some good friends that live in the northeast portion of the county. Having just purchased a new Nissan pickup and having never been to San Saba County, off we went. Our visit was two-fold: to see the beautiful wildflowers and to show off the new ride.

 

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Wed
19
Apr

The Richland Springs Report

By Sue Ransom

Well that was a wild weather week to say the least. I think our spring is cooler than our winter weather. My thermometer said 77 today, but that wind just leaves you feeling a little chilled.

Yes, this girl from Canada feels chilled by cool April breezes. Monday there was an inch of hail storming down from black clouds. My yard and road are littered with oak leaves. The fruit on the peach, plum, plumcot and pear trees took a beating. All, that is, except the hardy pear tree.

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