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Wed
15
May
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Notes from the Spring Creek Arts Guild

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By Cathy Ledbetter

I grew up as an “Air Force Brat.” I was born in an Air Force hospital and lived on or near Air Force bases my entire childhood. My dad retired from theAir Force within a day of me graduating from high school. Like most military families, we moved around a bit, although not as frequently and as far-flung as some. Even though we were mostly stationed in the Southeast, we never lived near either side of my extended family.

Last week I went on a road trip with my parents—just like way back in the old days, except my little brother was not along for this trip. My dad drove, just like he almost always did, but this time I sat in the front seat as the navigator—a job my mother always had. We drove to Tennessee to visit my dad’s side of the family and to visit his old stomping grounds.

Wed
08
May
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The Idle American

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It All Started at the Rodeo…

We’ve heard about the chances of being hit by lightning, winning the lottery or scoring a hole-in-one on the golf course, but nothing about the probability of two distinguished educators meeting up at a rodeo.

Dr. Ronny Collins, former school superintendent at Wellington, Jacksboro, Snyder and Mineral Wells, was a rodeo clown to help finance his college education, and his wife, Terri, a career fifth grade teacher, rode bulls.

Their first “hello” was in a dusty rodeo arena….

 

 

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Thu
02
May
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The Postscript

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“Plenty of Beans”

My husband, Peter, is preparing for the End Times.

This might not be literally true, but it would certainly appear to be if you checked out the food supplies we have stashed away. Peter hates the fact that packages now contain less than they used to while the price continues to rise. He is infuriated when products substitute less quantity and quality and try to “get away with it.”

 

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Thu
02
May
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Letter to the Editor

U.S. Supreme Court hears freedom of information case involving South Dakota newspaper

By David Bordewyk

South Dakota

Dear Editor:

To sit in the courtroom of the Supreme Court of the United States and watch the nine justices in action is one thing. To sit in the courtroom and watch the justices in action when the issue is about freedom of information and the public's right to know in America is a privilege.

So it was on April 22nd that I witnessed the Supreme Court hear oral arguments in the case of Food Marketing Institute v. Argus leader Media.

 

 

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Wed
24
Apr
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The Bend News

The weather man hit the nail on the head last week with his weather predication. Wednesday night, the wind came in with a blast, lightening, thunder and rain. Different ones reported some wind damage. Some trees were blown over, some limbs broken off and some damage to roofs. Some of the old pecan trees along FM 580 going to Lampasas were blown down and the Highway Department had to be called out at 1:00 A.M. to remove the broken limbs from the road. Bobbie Morris reported that several post oak trees and mesquite limbs were broken off as well as some sheet iron blown around.

Jane Tinney is now living at Canyon Lake to be near her son, Gary Freeland and his family. She will be greatly missed by her many friends and her church family at the High Valley Baptist Church.

 

Wed
24
Apr
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Notes from the Spring Creek Arts Guild

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By Cathy Ledbetter

This past weekend we had what has become our Annual Family Party. A week before that, my husband and I were in College Station for our last Company E-1 Banquet and Fundraiser.

This brings to mind just how much effort it takes to get together with people whether they are family or friends. There are people we are around all the time at work or school, but apart from that, it takes considerable effort on everyone’s part to gather a group of people together.

 

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Thu
11
Apr
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The Richland Springs Report

Thank heavens the first round of STAAR testing is over and we hunker down for the next round. Our kids are super kids and I sincerely hope they all do well. Some will not, simply because the pressure is just too great. As much as we all try not to place too heavy an emphasis on these tests, the simple matter is the state expects the students and the teachers to succeed on these tests.

 

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Thu
11
Apr
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Hill Country Naturalist

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Being naturally more interested in what is going on outside than inside, I find myself gazing out the window at the vegetation and especially the critters out there. And, frequently one of those critters does something really interesting, surprising, or even funny. Here are a few of the incidents I have seen recently.

 

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Wed
03
Apr
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The Postscript

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By Carrie Classon

My friend, Andrew, will not use a credit card when paying for his groceries. Andrew is a curmudgeon and has been one for years. He lives alone and has been a dear friend for almost all my life.

“It’s none of their darned business how much broccoli I’m buying!” he tells me, as his reason for making these purchases in cash.

My husband, Peter, and I pay for all our groceries with a credit card in order to get points. One year’s worth of groceries (and other things) just about adds up to two airplane tickets to go on vacation, so we are fastidious about it. I have no concerns about the grocery store knowing how much broccoli I buy. (A lot, for those who are interested.)

 

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Wed
03
Apr
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The Bend News

By Jo Price

This is no April Fools joke. . . it is cold outside this Monday morning.

Guess old man winter is not entirely through with us yet. The pecan trees have really been putting on leaves, but the old mesquite trees are just now beginning to put on some green, but not all just a handful, so we could still be in for some more cold. Keep your fingers crossed, hoping to not lose fruit on some of the early blooming fruit trees.

Bonnie Millican reported that the bluebonnets and the wild flowers are outstanding this year, even some of the yucca are blooming, but could use some rain. She reported that people all along the road to Fredericksburg were stopping and taking pictures. The flowers around the churches and hills are beautiful.

 

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