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19
Jul
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Hill Country Naturalist

What Do Our White-Tailed Deer Think

What do Our White-Tailed Deer Think About all These Exotics?

Well, OK, we don’t really know what the deer “think.” I am obviously anthropomorphizing them a bit. The idea came from a blog I read written by Justin Bryan about the behavior of deer in the presence of exotic ungulates as well as some statistics about these ungulates.

 

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Wed
12
Jul
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That’s why they call him . . . Silver Tongue

By Kevin Slimp´s

A person can only take so much.

That’s true even of politicians.

Mayor Dick “Silver Tongue” Bland enjoyed a brief period of respite for a few short weeks following his narrow victory in the August election. It wasn’t long, how-ever, before his old nemesis was making life miserable once again.

Everyone has a breaking point, and Mayor Bland had reached his. For weeks, since Raymond Cooper returned to the air and launched his weekly “newspaper,” Silver Tongue remained silent as he heard his former rival blame him for everything from A.J. Fryerson’s disappearance to the rapid demise of morals among Valley teens as a result of the rising popularity of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

 

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Wed
05
Jul
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Doug's Doorstep

By Doug Suggs

Perhaps you have heard the old saying, "Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me." I'm not quite sure where this saying came from, but as a child, I heard this more than once. Do you agree with it? Neither do I!

It is true that sticks and stones can break your bones. However, it is also true that words can hurt you. If you have ever been criticized unjustly or called a name by someone that is unkind, you know how much it hurts. If someone has told a lie about you and you lost a job, were incarcerated, or turned against by another, then you know how much it can hurt.

 

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Wed
28
Jun
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Freedom

By Doug Suggs

There is getting ready to be a big birthday party. There will be celebrations going on all over the country. The grandest country in the world is getting ready to be 241 years old. She has survived several wars, depressions, recessions and a host of other things and still, she is a grand old girl. Of course, I am referring to the United States of America. We are so blessed to live in this country.

 

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Wed
21
Jun
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The Bend News

By Jo Price

The hot summer days have started and the air conditioners are running at full speed in order to keep cool. The storm that the weather people keep watching, could bring some weather to Texas, but it is a wait and see thing.

Hope all the fathers out there had a nice day Sunday and received some nice things or had a special meal with the family

 

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Wed
21
Jun
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Down Memory Lane

From the San Saba News & Star Archives

25 Years Ago June 18, 1992 (Front Page) - City Council awards bid to Superior Sanitation: The City Council discussed the City budget and contract waste disposal. Deryl Hoyt again expressed concern about the old water tower next to Pecan Valley Hardware. City Manager, Darrin Barker, said he would investigate steps to remove it. It will be less expensive to remove it than replace it.

- Roy Walston hired as County Agent: Roy Walston was introduced to the Commissioners' Court and then recommended to be hired. The Court approved the hiring of Walston by unanimous vote to begin duties July 1st.

 

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Wed
14
Jun
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From Rylander Memorial Library...

by Nancy Bannister

Reading Recommendations:

A John Graves Reader, University of Texas Press, Austin -

"I seem to have wound up as a 'regional' writer, whatever that may be. It was not what I had in mind at the outset, but I find that this doesn't bother me much these days. After a good bit of floundering and wandering when younger I found my principle vein of material in Texas and the Southwest where I had started out, and my concerns for the most part have not been momentously contemporary ones. So be it. I wrote what presented itself to be written, and the question of whence it derived does not loom very large to me at this point. The other question, the main one of whether it turned out well or badly is for readers present and future to decide."

 

Wed
14
Jun
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Notes from the Spring Creek Arts Guild

Fermentation Experimentation

By Cathy Ledbetter

A few years ago I went to a reunion of my dad’s side of the family, the Joneses, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. I was milling around talking to various cousins when I noticed there was a group of people with pens and paper tightly clustered around one of my elder female relatives. They were all listening to her intently and taking lots of notes. I went over to see what wisdom was being imparted but could make little sense of it having jumped in midstream. Later I asked my dad about it as he was one of the note-takers. He said she was telling them how to properly make and ferment sauerkraut. Apparently the making of sauerkraut can be very tricky and some people have the touch while others do not. If you listen to someone like my dad’s aunt, it sounds a lot like magic.

 

Wed
07
Jun
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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Re: The closure and Abandonment of 2 miles (7,000 ft) of a 100-year-old County Rd 416 to Mr. Rockafellow

My name is Stacy Oliver and THE OLIVER FAMILY STRONGLY OBJECT to the closing of the 2 miles (7000 ft.) of County Rd 416. We own 50 acres on County Rd 416. We are 5 generations of the same family of Olivers, we have owned this land since 1949. Our property is located on County Rd 416, Mr. Rockafellow purchased all the land around our property and now wants to close off the road.

 

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Wed
07
Jun
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The Idle American

By Dr. Don Newbury

Ostensibly, my 104-year-old Uncle Mort phoned to seek my opinion on a subject about which I know little--no, strike that--about which I know nothing. He was at an active wear store, trying to decide on the color of gear he should wear when he opens his ‘goat yoga emporium,’ down in the thicket.

“This fad is so new, I can make a ‘killing’ before too many others get in the game,” he panted.

 

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