Columns/Opinions

Wed
12
Apr

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor

Friday was Go Blue Day across the state of Texas. Go Blue Day is a day set up in April of every year for Child Abuse Prevention month. This is to make people aware of the problem of abuse that children face in some families. The San Saba County Child Welfare Board celebrated this day at all three schools in San Saba County, Cherokee, Richland Springs and San Saba. Elementary students were told about abuse and given items to help them be aware of the problem. The problem is one that several families in our county are experiencing at this time.

The San Saba County Welfare Board would like to thank the schools for allowing us to come and make this presentation. Cherokee would like thank the Rose Shop for providing helium for the balloons that were turned loose in memory of the 171 deaths that occurred because of abuse last year.

 

Wed
05
Apr

Notes from the Spring Creek Arts Guild

Ted the Gentle Giant 

 

By Cathy Ledbetter 

Teddy, Ted, Theodore, T-Man, Big Daddy, Uncle Ted, T—all names for Ted Ledbetter. Ted came to live with us when he was three years old. He was apparently a black lab, but taller and thinner than a lot of black labs. He had a thick mane around his neck and chest with a tiny tuft of white on his chest.

Wed
05
Apr

Hill Country Naturalist

Trees Special Parts of Our Lives 

 

By Jim Stanley 

When you are driving down the road in the Hill Country, what you mostly see out your window, covering the ground, are trees. You probably don’t see individual trees so much as the whole collection. Sure, we see wildflowers at times and in places we see grasslands or savannas which are mixed grasses and trees.

But when you are not traveling down the road at 70 miles per hour, but taking a leisurely walk or even just sitting on your back porch, you are likely seeing individual trees and noticing whatever there is about an individual tree that attracts your attention. And chances are that the more often you notice the tree or spend time looking at it, the more it means to you, the more important it is to you. Some of us, sometimes, fall in love with a tree.

Wed
22
Mar

Reading Recommendations

by Nancy Bannister

Alice Roosevelt Longworth, Carol Felsenthal - She knew personally every president from Benjamin Harrison to Richard Nixon and was such an important and long-lived presence in the nation's capitol that she became known as the "other Washington monument."

For more than 90 years, she moved through the corridors and bedrooms of power as the youthful "Princess Alice." She attracted adoring crowds wherever she went. As the wife of the Speaker of the House, Alice blossomed into the quintessential Washington hostess; as a dowager, she earned a reputation as the most brilliant and outspoken wit in Washington.

 

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Wed
22
Mar

Roadtripping

By Cathy Ledbetter

After spending most of seven years with a hundred and sixty five mile round-trip commute to and from work, I am not one who is prone to jump in the car and go somewhere at the drop of a hat. In fact, my car will sit out in the driveway for week-long stretches without ever being moved. But I do enjoy a good, old-fashioned road trip every now and then if I have a traveling companion.

A couple of weekends ago, my best friend (my husband) and I took a whirlwind road trip to Northern Alabama. Our son was competing in a shooting match near Talladega (which is pronounced by locals as Talladeega, not Talladayga—when in Rome and all), and we have some God-family relatives who live not far from Talladega.

 

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Wed
15
Mar

Can We Really Live Using Less Natural Resources? Actually, We Already Are

By Jim Stanley, Texas Master Naturalist

I have written before in these columns that in the future we will have to learn to consume less and conserve more. And this statement is just based on the facts that the amounts of some natural resources are fixed, like water and fossil fuels, or are becoming more difficult or costly to obtain, and the increasing population, and thus the increasing demand for natural resources.

I know some people hold out hope that new technology will solve some of these problems, and that may indeed be the case. But, for instance, the only way to actually make more fresh water is to remove the salt from seawater or brines, and that involves a lot of additional energy—thus helping to alleviate a water shortage but by using more of another precious resource.

 

Wed
08
Mar

Elm Grove Echoes

By Rhonda Wyatt

Five of our VERY talented Elm Grove/Bowser actors, Jeremy and Jared Martin and Chase, Jacey, and Jordan Gossett, performed in Kyle, Texas on Thursday and then again for the community in Richland Springs on Sunday. Marta Martin, Assistant Director, also attended and supported these kids. There was a great turnout for the Sunday performance. Thank you to the entire community from RSISD One Act Play! OAP travels to Bangs for district competition on March 9th. Break a leg!

 

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Wed
08
Mar

The Richland Springs Report

By Sue Ransom

We have had a busy week, and I anticipate that next week will be just as hectic. Thank heaven spring break is right around the corner. We teachers have been spiffing up our rooms so that parents and community members will be awed by our wonderful new classrooms and creative work areas. I have been a little jealous of the elementary rooms that are works of art. My class rooms are quite a bit plainer. I think I have some Scandinavian blood in me. I am attempting a reading corner for the first time in my teaching career.

 

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Wed
01
Mar

Ecology 101 for Hill Country Landowners

By Jim Stanley, Texas Master Naturalist

The lead article in this month’s Texas Wildlife magazine is “Ecology and the Land Steward” by Steve Nelle. Steve is a retired NRCS agent and a friend of mine and someone I consider one of the most knowledgeable when it comes to managing native habitats. Nelle begins the article by writing, “All landowners are practicing ecologists, whether they realize it or not.”, and that “Ecology is a science—not an emotional endeavor.” He goes on to write that, “Ecology… involves the understanding and application of ecological principles, ecological processes and ecological practices.”

 

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Wed
22
Feb

Tennessee man arrested and charged with 18 counts of theft

A Hendersonville, Tenn. man was charged with 18 counts of theft after scamming multiple victims in Blanco, Texas and across the United States by selling electronic cattle ear tags and not delivering the product to the victims.

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Mike Barr led the investigation. TSCRA Special Ranger Wayne Goodman and Hendersonville, Tenn. Sheriff’s Department Det. Sgt. Jim Vaughn assisted.

According to Barr, the suspect, Timothy Michael Evans, 50, made up a company called “Cattle Traxx” and used a website and social media to fraudulently sell electronic ear tags to a victim in Blanco, Texas. The victim said he never received the ear tags he purchased and Evans continuously made excuses for the delay in delivering the product.

 

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