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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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Wed
31
May
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The Texas Hill Country: Are We Loving it to Death?

I have been in love with the Hill Country since I was a kid. Growing up in the drier, treeless, hill-less High Plains, when my family took vacations and other trips to the Hill Country, it opened up a, literally, whole new world to me. And even thirty years of living outside of Texas didn’t dim that affection.

But the Hill Country has changed since I was a kid, and I have now lived here long enough (17 years) to have witnessed continuing changes. And most of the changes have not necessarily been for the better. I guess that explains why I have spent as much time as possible trying to preserve as much of our native habitat as possible.

Wed
31
May
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DPS urges Texans to stay vigilant report suspicious activity

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is calling on Texans to remain vigilant regarding potential crime and terrorist activity in their communities, and to report suspicious behaviors to local authorities or the department’s iWATCH website at www.iwatchtx.org. The iWATCH program was created as a partnership between communities and law enforcement, and utilizes citizen-sourced tips related to criminal activity.

“In the wake of the cowardly attack in Manchester, UK, our condolences go out to the victims and their families, and everyone impacted by this tragedy,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “We want to remind Texans of the crucial role they play in helping law enforcement protect the public from groups and lone-wolf actors intent on harming others. We urge individuals to stay alert and report any illegal or suspicious activity they witness to iWATCH or to their local authorities.”

Wed
24
May
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The Richland Springs Report

By Sue Ransom

Wed
24
May
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The Bend News

By Jo Price

The rain did come Saturday with some wind and little bits of hail leaving anywhere from two and one half inch to a little less in some places. Some small branches from trees were broken off because of the wind, but no major damage and of course the electric went on and off, just enough to make you have to reset all your clocks. Sunday afternoon another one half inch fell without any wind The river got up some, but not bad at all just enough to flush it out good and possibly make the fishing better. Especially for catfish.

Congratulations go out to all the seniors in the county who are graduating this year. Some will have plans to go on to college and some will be making other plans for their future.

 

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Wed
17
May
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The Bend News

By Jo Price

 

Still no rain . . . it either went to the north or the south of us each time----maybe this week will be different as they are predicting rain again for most of this week. Time will tell!

Hope everyone had a happy Mother’s Day this year. Some were taken out to eat others had someone else cook the meal. No clean up or dish washing for most mothers this year. I'm sure most received a nice card and some pretty flowers or pot plant, or some may have just received some work that was needed to be done around the home place. Just know it was all appreciated by mothers.

Wed
17
May
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Peculiar Habits - The ladies of the Auburn Hat Society

By Kevin Slimp´s

 

Outside church organizations, there were only three prominent civic groups in Lennox Valley during my teenage years. The VFW post was formed in the 1920s by local veterans who served in the Spanish-American War and World War I. In the 1960s, a few local citizens formed the Ruritan Club. Never quite as prominent as the VFW, the Ruritans’ motto was, “To serve The Valley with fellowship, goodwill, and community service.”

While both espoused civic duty, there was a third group in our community which seemed to attract more attention than either the VFW or Ruritans.

The Auburn Hat Society of Lennox Valley was made up of women, 50 years and older, who possessed qualities befitting members of such a society. One requirement of membership was to wear a bright auburn hat to each meeting.

Wed
10
May
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Hill Country Naturalist

By Jim Stanley, Texas Master Naturalist

How the Condition of the Land Affects the Amount of Runoff and Erosion

In the Hill Country, the amount of soil many of us have is minimal and somewhat limits what types of plants grow here and how much biomass can be produced in a single growing year. Some people, however, are fortunate to live in areas of deep soil, usually in the lower elevations along creek or river valleys where the soil from the uplands has been transported by erosion over many years.

 

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Wed
10
May
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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

While viewing the spectacular, colorful Mill Pond Park, my husband and I quickly decided it was picture-taking time. Our four-year-old great- granddaughter, Isabella, was perfect! She exclaimed, "I'm so happy to be here!" Also, she's a third generation to enjoy the park.

 

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Wed
03
May
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The Richland Springs Report

By Sue Ransom

I don’t know if this week’s weather constitutes roaring like a lion, but the last few days have been quite a trip.

Saturday morning I went out and did yard work in short sleeves but the afternoon I went to Brownwood and wore a jacket. I was sad that we didn’t get much rain out of this violent system, but I'm very thankful that we did not get the weather that hit Canton. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families who faced those horrible tornadoes.

 

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