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Wed
05
Jun
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Healthy Eating for an Active Life

It’s summer time! The days are long and there is plenty of sunshine. It’s a great time of year to get outside and get moving with activities you enjoy, especially with your family!

“For youth and adults participating in physical activity like hiking, swimming, or various sports, healthy eating is essential for optimizing performance. Combining good nutrition and physical activity can lead to a healthier lifestyle,” says Texas A&M AgriLife Extension agent Kailey Miller. Use these tips from the United States Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate website (www.choosemyplyate.gov) to combine good nutrition and physical activity to make the most of your summer!

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Wed
29
May
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The Postscript

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I get anxious, as I might have mentioned.

While I don’t think it’s anything requiring medication, fortunately, I became aware at middle-age that I have always had a sort of “hum” of anxiety going on in the background. I usually only notice it when it stops—like when the refrigerator has been running nonstop and you only notice when it falls silent.

Anxiety has not always been my enemy. I am almost never late. I never miss a deadline. I lie in bed and obsess about everything I’ve written to everyone so I don’t make a lot of careless mistakes. None of this is especially bad.

I suspect my anxiety was pretty darned useful when my ancestors were living on the savanna, watching out for saber-toothed tigers. My ancestor would have been that hyper-vigilant one, sitting on the edge of the campfire, thinking to herself, “Is that a tiger or just a shadow?”

 

 

Wed
22
May
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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor and fellow Texans:

As we enjoy the blessings of family and friends this Memorial Day, let us all take a moment to recollect the reason for this day. Today, we honor the men and women who sacrificed their lives, so that we may enjoy the freedoms we hold so dear.

I ask you to unite with family and friends in a national moment of remembrance at 3:00 p.m. to reflect on the sacrifices made in defense of our values and to remember our servicemembers lost in service to our nation.

For over 150 years, Memorial Day has been a national holiday honoring those who died in service to our nation. Let us remember our history and see our present, so that the thousands of Americans who have served and lost their lives to war, from days past to present, will not be forgotten.

 

 

Wed
22
May
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The Four Chaplains

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It was the evening of February 2, 1943, and the U.S.A.T. Dorchester was crowded to capacity, carrying 902 service men, merchant seamen and civilian workers. Once a luxury coastal liner, the 5,649-ton vessel had been converted into an Army transport ship. The Dorchester, one of three ships in the SG-19 convoy, was moving steadily across the icy waters from Newfoundland toward an American base in Greenland. SG-19 was escorted by Coast Guard Cutters Tampa, Escanaba and Comanche.

Hans J. Danielsen, the ship's captain, was concerned and cautious. Earlier the Tampa had detected a submarine with its sonar. Danielsen knew he was in dangerous waters even before he got the alarming information. German U-boats were constantly prowling these vital sea lanes, and several ships had already been blasted and sunk.

 

 

Wed
15
May
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The Richland Springs Report

It’s STAAR week for all students in Texas, and for all teachers. Teachers will be tied to the scores of their students. I believe that teachers should teach to the best of their abilities and push their students to do the best they possibly can, but when you have a multitude of children who panic for the tests or don’t have the ability to make abstract answers; you have handicapped the child and the teacher.

I was hoping the old nursery rhyme, “leave them alone and they will come home, dragging their tails behind them,” would come true about my chickens. Not so, Fuzzy pretended to get along with my chickens, but the sneaky little brat was just waiting for his moment. On this rainy wet weekend, he brought one back to me, but it was in pieces. I am hoping he will choke on a chicken bone.

I realize it was my fault thinking because he was doing so well with those chickens that he would be safe if I was gone. I was wrong, and now I have no chickens.

 

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.

 

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