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Wed
03
May
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The Independent State of Spring Creek

By Cathy Ledbetter

For the first time since we moved to the ranch in Spring Creek, I am growing vegetables with some success. This iteration of my garden is built on the north side of my chicken run. I am hoping the wire chicken run will help dampen the prevailing wind a bit and the constant presence of the chickens in the area will help keep the insect population down. This morning’s check revealed tiny tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, and eggplants.

A couple of days ago I saw that the majority of the tender little lettuce plants had been eaten down the the ground. Last night I saw the reason—a cottontail was frozen in the corner of my garden, hoping to be unnoticed by my dogs. As soon as the dogs went past, the cottontail slipped through the corner of the fence and ran for the backyard shed. I guess I’ll have to fix the fence because I cannot stand the idea of hurting the rabbit. As my husband would say, I am just not hungry enough.

 

Wed
26
Apr
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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:

Easter weekend, my wife and I, having been invited to come to San Saba County, decided to visit some good friends that live in the northeast portion of the county. Having just purchased a new Nissan pickup and having never been to San Saba County, off we went. Our visit was two-fold: to see the beautiful wildflowers and to show off the new ride.

 

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Wed
19
Apr
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The Richland Springs Report

By Sue Ransom

Well that was a wild weather week to say the least. I think our spring is cooler than our winter weather. My thermometer said 77 today, but that wind just leaves you feeling a little chilled.

Yes, this girl from Canada feels chilled by cool April breezes. Monday there was an inch of hail storming down from black clouds. My yard and road are littered with oak leaves. The fruit on the peach, plum, plumcot and pear trees took a beating. All, that is, except the hardy pear tree.

Wed
19
Apr
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The Bend News

By Jo Price

The weather over the Easter weekend was as near perfect as you could ask for. Not to cold nor too warm. Just right for the Easter egg hunts that High Valley Baptist church had for the youngsters.

The home of William and Jane Clark was a very busy place over the weekend. Friday night they had hamburgers and hot dogs for members of the family. Those attending were Elsa Dean Shirley and her grandson Timber Rogers of New Mexico, Bobby Clark of Round Rock, Emerson and Gladys Brister of Thrall, Boyd Clark and sons Eli and Silas of Lubbock, Doug, Kristi, Jordan and Jaylee Messer of Lampasas, Matt, Jamie, and Andrew and A J. Clark from Bend, Anthony Henniger of Lampasas, Josh Anderson of New Mexico. 

 

 

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Wed
12
Apr
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Down Memory Lane

25 Years Ago
April 9, 1992

Front Page: "April's Fool Fires not a joke" - San Saba Police Chief Ray Riggs reported 4 arson fires set in dumpsters, Tuesday night, March 31st. The fires set from 8:30-10:15 were in dumpsters at Circle K, G&R Grocery, Mill pond Park at the Community Building, and behind Storms.

 

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Wed
12
Apr
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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor

Friday was Go Blue Day across the state of Texas. Go Blue Day is a day set up in April of every year for Child Abuse Prevention month. This is to make people aware of the problem of abuse that children face in some families. The San Saba County Child Welfare Board celebrated this day at all three schools in San Saba County, Cherokee, Richland Springs and San Saba. Elementary students were told about abuse and given items to help them be aware of the problem. The problem is one that several families in our county are experiencing at this time.

The San Saba County Welfare Board would like to thank the schools for allowing us to come and make this presentation. Cherokee would like thank the Rose Shop for providing helium for the balloons that were turned loose in memory of the 171 deaths that occurred because of abuse last year.

 

Wed
05
Apr
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Notes from the Spring Creek Arts Guild

Ted the Gentle Giant 

 

By Cathy Ledbetter 

Teddy, Ted, Theodore, T-Man, Big Daddy, Uncle Ted, T—all names for Ted Ledbetter. Ted came to live with us when he was three years old. He was apparently a black lab, but taller and thinner than a lot of black labs. He had a thick mane around his neck and chest with a tiny tuft of white on his chest.

Wed
05
Apr
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Hill Country Naturalist

Trees Special Parts of Our Lives 

 

By Jim Stanley 

When you are driving down the road in the Hill Country, what you mostly see out your window, covering the ground, are trees. You probably don’t see individual trees so much as the whole collection. Sure, we see wildflowers at times and in places we see grasslands or savannas which are mixed grasses and trees.

But when you are not traveling down the road at 70 miles per hour, but taking a leisurely walk or even just sitting on your back porch, you are likely seeing individual trees and noticing whatever there is about an individual tree that attracts your attention. And chances are that the more often you notice the tree or spend time looking at it, the more it means to you, the more important it is to you. Some of us, sometimes, fall in love with a tree.

Wed
22
Mar
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Reading Recommendations

by Nancy Bannister

Alice Roosevelt Longworth, Carol Felsenthal - She knew personally every president from Benjamin Harrison to Richard Nixon and was such an important and long-lived presence in the nation's capitol that she became known as the "other Washington monument."

For more than 90 years, she moved through the corridors and bedrooms of power as the youthful "Princess Alice." She attracted adoring crowds wherever she went. As the wife of the Speaker of the House, Alice blossomed into the quintessential Washington hostess; as a dowager, she earned a reputation as the most brilliant and outspoken wit in Washington.

 

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Wed
22
Mar
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Roadtripping

By Cathy Ledbetter

After spending most of seven years with a hundred and sixty five mile round-trip commute to and from work, I am not one who is prone to jump in the car and go somewhere at the drop of a hat. In fact, my car will sit out in the driveway for week-long stretches without ever being moved. But I do enjoy a good, old-fashioned road trip every now and then if I have a traveling companion.

A couple of weekends ago, my best friend (my husband) and I took a whirlwind road trip to Northern Alabama. Our son was competing in a shooting match near Talladega (which is pronounced by locals as Talladeega, not Talladayga—when in Rome and all), and we have some God-family relatives who live not far from Talladega.

 

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