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Wed
30
Aug
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Notes from the Spring Creek Arts Guild

By Cathy Ledbetter

Out and Back Again

I got back from my family/eclipse trip to Charleston this past Thursday morning, just in time for Hurricane Harvey. I got to see all but the totality of the eclipse as the clouds covered it up just before the moon fully covered the sun. We had crashed a party on Lake Moultrie in a lakeside community known as Short Stay. We did not know any of the people gathered in the back yard by the lake, but they invited us to fill up a plate with hamburgers and home-made goodies and find a place to sit and visit. I gave away a few pairs of my eclipse glasses to some people who had driven down from Western Pennsylvania to see the eclipse. I had a great time with these friendly strangers and invited them all to my house in 2024 to see the total eclipse that will pass over San Saba County.

 

Wed
23
Aug
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The Richland Springs Report

by Sue Ransom 

Last Thursday the school staff were preparing for the first day of school and a dinner at the Fowler home when that big storm blew into town. It was one powerful event and many of us feared that dinner would have to be cancelled. We all look forward to spending time together right before the start of the school year.

It’s like the end of the year luncheon at my house…tradition. We had about 1.3 inches here at the house, but several others had closer to three inches. It was most definitely a blessing. I don’t know if you have thought about it very much, but it is August and our fields are green. That is not only unusual; it is awesome. I’m afraid Russ is going to have to cut the grass again. My new grass is enjoying this blessing.

Wed
23
Aug
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San Saba School Spotlights

Submitted by SSISD School Superintendent Michael Bohensky 

San Saba ISD Receives Distinction and Accountability Recognition at all Campuses and District 

San Saba ISD and all campuses received a “Met” Accountability Rating for the 2017 Ratings. Campuses must meet Index 1 or 2 and meet Index 3 and Index 4.

There are three measures on state accountability assessments — Approaches= Passed; Meets=Postsecondary Readiness; Mastered=Advanced Academic Achievement

Index 1 = Student Performance for STAAR results at each campus – this includes all assessments for all student groups meeting at least a 60% “Approaches” (passing) standard

 

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Wed
16
Aug
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“Let the Children Come”

By Jennifer Kidd

We want our First United Methodist Church Hamilton to be known as caring for children. That is why we started providing a “kids kingdom” at our annual Harvest Festival, which will be alive and well from 9:00 to 3:00 again on Saturday, October 7. In Matthew 19:14, Jesus asserted, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven." And that’s our guiding premise.

Repeating our set-up of last year, we will provide separate age-appropriate stations for each activity and run a tape around all of the area across the bridge from the church’s west side, to form a safety barrier from Highway 36 (Main Street) and N. Stidham Street. We provided a small break in the boundary for an entrance from Stidham Street, and another one on the east side of our space facing the sanctuary, to control access and provide the best security for the kids.

 

Wed
16
Aug
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That Crazy Weather!

By Brother J

Severe thunderstorms, softball-size hail, swarms of tornadoes, and not too far away, 55-mile per hour wind gusts and dust and over 660,000 acres burned (1000 square miles or the size of 2/3 of the state of Rhode Island); plus, 28 inches of snow in two days in Arizona was our weather in the past.

Why was all of that going on? When God originally made the earth it was not this way. There were all kinds of fruits and vegetables and they were always ready to eat (Genesis 1:29 & 30). there were also no seasons, no rains, no tornadoes or other catastrophes. The earth was watered from a mist that went up from the ground (Genesis 2:6). Why so different now?

 

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Wed
09
Aug
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Mystery Letter - Could A.J. have been right for a change?

By Kevin Slimp's

As Iris Long sat in her seat in the back row of the Lutheran contemporary service, her mind was moving in several different directions at once. Raymond Cooper, seated ten seats to her left on the opposite end of the row, was obviously uncomfortable. She could sense something wasn’t going according to plan.

Standing behind her, just inside the entrance to the fellowship hall, Marvin Walsh was noticeably upset as he talked with someone on the other side of the door.

 

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Wed
02
Aug
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The Bend News

By Jo Price

Still no rain, but promises of some later on this week. The grass has lost most of the green and beginning to turn yellow. If it rains it will turn green again overnight.

Has anyone noticed the lack of mesquite beans on the trees this year? Some are turning a light yellow and no beans at all, while others will just have a few scattered around on the tree. There are very few with a heavy crop.

Do you suppose that will be a sign of a mild winter this year?

Where did July go? It went by like a whirlwind and now we are going into August. The older we get the faster the months and years go by.

 

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Wed
02
Aug
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The Richland Springs Report

By Sue Ransom

I have decided I must be a weakling. I can’t take the extreme cold of Canada, and I melt when it comes to the 100 degrees of Texas. My outdoor day is done around 10:30 a.m.

I’m listening to the thunder rumble in the distance, and I hope it travels here so that we can get a little rain relief. It is supposed to get a little cooler this week. I can only hope.

I was thinking about Press Adams and the dedication he showed to his country, his family, his community and his God.

Two years ago, my son and his family and their friends joined me on the 4th of July float. The adults were all serving members of the United States Airforce. My son went and shook hands with everyone on the float and spent some time talking to them.

He is a history buff and has a tremendous amount of respect for veterans, especially from WWII.

 

Wed
26
Jul
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Marvin and Raymond are up to something at Sunday Services

By Kevin Slimp´s

More often than not, Sunday was the most anticipated day of the week in The Valley. It’s not because anything earth-shattering took place in the four sanctuaries each week, but most folks like having people and places in their lives which don’t change significantly over time, and the Sunday morning service was just such a place.

Sure, people come and go. In time, even priests and preachers either move on or pass away. Still, it was soothing to know most things remained the same from week to week and year to year.

 

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Wed
19
Jul
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The Bend News

By Jo Price

Well it is Monday again and not a cloud in the sky, just a very warm summer morning. All the rain if any was way beyond us and as usual over east of interstate 35 and down south. When the good Lord wants us to have rain it will come, just pray it comes before too long.

A resident of Bend Ronald Allen Bascom 70 lost his life in a car accident this past Wednesday on FM 580 West. It was a head on collision with a pickup on the wrong side of the road. You just never know when you may meet a car on the wrong side of the road, so always try to be prepared to hit the ditch if necessary.

 

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