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Wed
07
Feb
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The Richland Springs Report

By Sue Ransom

Saturday was another sad day for our Richland Springs community. Shirley Benton was laid to rest at the Cowboy Cemetery.

Although a sad occasion for her loving family, I have no doubt she was glad to be with her sweet Jerry. I first met Shirley in the spring of 2005. The cement trucks rolled up the hill to pour my foundation, and there to meet them was an odd assortment of people who came to share the task of smoothing and tamping. They did such a great job that Tim Brockman suggested that I stain my floors. Throughout the day I listened to the friendly banter and enjoyed the sound of Shirley’s laughter. That group of people were my first introduction to the good folks of Richland Springs. Since then Shirley and I have crossed paths many times, and she will always hold a special place in my heart. She was a feisty but loveable lady.

 

Wed
07
Feb
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Highlights of Harkeyville

By D. Harkey

This is supposing that you made it through Super Bowl Sunday with little distress and no mishap. Gene Craig and this humble scribe watched the game and festivities down at the Craig Brothers' abode on the banks of the Colorado just this side of the Bend. Getting down to the Bend a bit early gave me time to take a brief pass by the Bend General Store. Cali is about done with the painting job and the Red with white trim sure stands out. We also visited with a couple from Lampassas that knew Cali from his General Store in Llano. I think the husband might be the wine-maker at the vineyardwinery in Nix. Seems like the name of the enterprise is Stone Ledge Vineyard and Winery; a fitting name for that area.

 

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Wed
24
Jan
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Times ‘Squared’ on New Year’s Eve…

By Dr. Don Newbury

Officials charged with safekeeping and maintaining order at Times Square in New York City on New Year’s Eve must have been sweating, even if the weather outside was frightful.

The mass of humanity--estimated to number in excess of one million people--surely could have been forgiven had they chosen to celebrate indoors. But, when the role was called up yonder in the “Big Apple,” they were “there.” Critics contend, however, that all were NOT accounted for, nor did they wish to be.

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Wed
24
Jan
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The Richland Springs Report

By Sue Ransom

Our winter freeze has caused more than a few problems for area residents. We were out of water on Thursday and Friday due to the city water pipes freezing and causing the chlorination to break.

At least that is my inexpert view of the water issue. We were fine out here in the boonies. I’m surprised that my fish have managed to survive all those frozen days. I was unable to even feed them for two days because the water was frozen solid. They are pretty hardy fish for tropical goldfish.

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Wed
17
Jan
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Challenges of Childhood…

By Dr. Don Newbury

Childhood illnesses in the mid-20th Century were rarely treated by physicians who practiced medicine. Instead, mothers practiced home remedies with abandon.

Many among us can remember times when the treatment was worse than the illness, as well as accompanying psychological damage that won’t let go.

 

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Wed
17
Jan
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The Bend News

By Jo Price

Mother nature is going to really give us some bad weather this week.

They are already posting weather alerts on the TV Monday. It would be wise for everyone to stock up on groceries and what ever else you might need before the bad stuff hits. Make sure your pets have a warm place to stay.

 

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Wed
03
Jan
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The Effects of European Man on the Ecology of the Hill Country

A few weeks ago I discussed what the Hill Country Looked like before European man arrived in the early 1800s. Today I want to discuss what changes Europeans caused in the ecology of the Hill Country.

Prior to 1800, Texas was populated mainly by Native Americans with only a very few early settlers, mainly Spanish in South Texas. The Native Americans certainly had some effects on the Hill Country ecology. They started, intentionally or accidentally, grass fires, hunted many wild animals and cultivated a few small farms here and there. But their effects on the landscape were relatively minor, because of their relatively small numbers and their rather subsistence lifestyle.

Wed
03
Jan
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The Bend News

By Jo Price

Just a little note:

The boarding of flight 2018 has been announced. Your baggage should only contain the best souvenirs of 2017. The bad and sad moments should be left in the garbage. The duration of the flight will be 12 months. So tighten your seat belt. The next stop over will be Health, Love, Joy, Harmony, Well Being and Peace. The captain offers you the following menu which will be served during the flight. A cocktail of Friendship. A Supremeo of Health. A Grain of Prosperity. A bunch of excellent News. A Salad of Success. A cake of Happiness. And all accompanied by a burst of laughter…. Wishing you an enjoyable trip on board flight 2018.

Happy New Year! Now if I can just remember to print 2018, seems like it was just yesterday that I just got used to printing 2017.

Wed
27
Dec
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God Bless Us, Everyone…

By Dr. Don Newbury

To some, it could be a Cinderella story. Djimonii Jackson, a Howard Payne University senior, was featured in the parade and at the football game as the 2017 Homecoming Queen. Snappily dressed and flashing a disarming smile, she charmed effortlessly. She was escorted by her godfather, Michael Thomas, and also present was her mother, Marsena Alexander, all from Beaumont.

When we headed home early the next day, we saw Djimonii in her “grubbies,” dragging out huge bags of trash from Veda Hodge Dormitory. How could this be, my wife and I wondered.

 

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Wed
27
Dec
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Highlights of Harkeyville

By D. Harkey

Looks like we made it by the Yule Tide Holiday happy, well fed, as well as respectful of the "Reason for the Season." We still have to get by the holiday for the advent of 2018, though it is mostly a joyous series of celebrations, most folks breathe a sigh of relief when it's finally passed. Seems like a lot of folks mention the fact of barely getting by Thanksgiving and "Boom!"

. . . Christmas is upon us. The Canadians might be a bit more smart as they celebrate Thanksgiving in October.

 

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