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25
Jul
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Book Review - The Cedar Choppers: Life on the Edge of Nothing

At the low-water bridge below Tom Miller Dam, west of downtown Austin, during the summer of his 10th or 11th year, Ken Roberts had his first encounter with cedar choppers. On his way to the bridge for an afternoon of fishing, he found himself facing a group of boys who clearly came from a different place and culture than the middle-class, suburban community he was accustomed to. “They looked hard---tanned, skinny, dirty. These were not kids you would find in Austin.” When Roberts’ fishing companion curtly refused the strangers’ offer to sell them a stringer of bluegills, the three boys went away, only to reappear moments later, one of them carrying a club. Roberts and his friend made a hasty retreat.

 

 

Thu
25
Jul
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Keeping Children Hydrated during Summer

Summer is here, and as the weather continues to heat up, staying hydrated is vital, especially for little ones.

Dehydration can lead to loss of energy, lethargy, irritability, headaches, difficulty sleeping, constipation, fainting and, if severe, can lead to more dire consequences, said Jenny McGlothlin, speech-language pathologist and clinician at the UT Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders.

 

 

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Thu
18
Jul
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Local families needed to host high school exchange students

At present, we are needing a host family for Johnson, a 15-year-old student from Taiwan. We are looking for a family who would be willing to open their hearts and home to him, but also for any of our wonderful exchange students.

For Johnson, he enjoys playing basketball and is the captain of his team. Johnson is a music lover and plays saxophone and flute. To help out by hosting Johnson or another student, contact us today!

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Thu
18
Jul
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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Several of you have asked if Texas A&M University has plans for a tuition-free program for students from low-income families similar to what the University of Texas recently announced.

 

 

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Thu
11
Jul
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Happy Herman's Hideaway

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Hello my dear San Saba friends! I hope you are doing well and enjoying these hot summer days.

Dad was just saying how he is glad it isn’t humid and I ran to find tape to put across his mouth because as insane as Mother Nature has been, she will turn San Saba into a steam room! Wouldn’t we all look a mess as melted puddles of cowboy boots, hats and belt buckles? I would just be a melted cowboy hat because mom would have to buy two sets of boots and she really would have no idea where to put a belt on my long body.

 

 

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Thu
11
Jul
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The Bend News

An update on the rain---as of 2:44 p.m., it has started to rain, but the sun is out and it doesn’t look like too much moisture will be falling.

No rain this Monday morning, but lots of thunder and rumblings, but still dry. Could be possible for rain tonight. We can always hope! It has been hot, but still haven’t hit the 100 degree mark. But could happen before too long; it is summer you know!

The BMC heard their new pastor, Tim Brewer, this past Sunday. He has 42 years of preaching experience. He came from Victoria, a church with a membership of 1200, to pastor Lometa and Bend with a combination of a bit less membership. He will find that they are a very dedicated flock!

 

 

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Thu
11
Jul
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The Postscript

“Singing Lessons”

I’m having fun singing.

I started singing lessons a few weeks ago. My teacher lives out of town, but every other week she teaches in her parents’house—the house she grew up in—just a few minutes away. So, I drive to a little house in the suburbs, meet her parents’ two friendly little dogs, (“More people! So exciting!”) and take an hour-long voice lesson in my teacher’s childhood bedroom.

 

 

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Thu
11
Jul
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Fugitives From San Saba County Part II

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So just who were these wanted and desperate men sought by Sheriff Sewell B. Howard in 1888? What is the connection between San Saba County and Foard County? First some backdrop.

From 1880 to 1890, Texas experienced a growth surge. During those years the population went from 1,590,000 to 2, 230,000. Under popular Governor Lawrence C. “Sul” Ross, the new capitol in Austin had been completed, the Indian threat had been removed, buffalo had been replaced by cattle and the railroads were expanding into the vast portions of the state. Despite these “Progressive Years” there were problems. Crime was rampant.

 

 

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Thu
04
Jul
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Happy Herman's Hideaway

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Howdy there, my dear San Saba friends! How in the world are you? I am feeling great, fit as a fiddle as they say. Speaking of such things what exactly does that mean? A violin can be played with feeling, but does it have feelings? I do believe it is made out wood. Of course, they say Pinocchio had feelings and he was made out of wood…his nose did grow longer when he lied but come on guys…that was a fairy story!

Thu
04
Jul
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The Richland Springs Report

Here I am in gorgeous Seeley's Bay, Ontario. Ontario has been having strange weather this year just as we have had in Richland Springs. For all you swimmers, the water temperature was and is hovering around 77. Being the warm blooded creature that I am, I have managed to put my feet in the water. The surface was not too bad, but after a few minutes of exposure the cold set in to my bones. My nieces went for a swim, but chicken great-aunt Sue was content to watch from the dock.

Two of my cousins from my dad's side, Sandy and her husband Brian, came down from their lakeside cottage to visit us here in God's country. My cousin, Barb, came without her husband, Tony, and stayed several days with us. My nephew, Jay, came with his two children, Rielynd and Sloane.

 

 

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