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Wed
07
Mar
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The Richland Springs Report

By Sue Ransom

Thank heavens Tuesday has come and gone. My mailbox has been flooded with political post cards. I will say it again. I believe political ads should only be allowed to speak the truth the whole truth and no half-truths. I get one piece of material saying JD is an upstanding pro-lifer, and the next says he voted for third term abortions. I receive yet another political poster that gives the voting records of all and Sheffield is cleared, only to be followed by another report that leaves his name off. We need some consistency with this nonsense. I want to be an informed voter, but I have to wade through a ton of misinformation. Never-the-less, I don’t stay home.

 

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Wed
07
Mar
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The Bend News

By Jo Price

March came in with lots of rain for everyone which was so badly needed. Some of the tanks even received some much needed water.

Everything is so green it kind of hurts your eyeballs, but it is a good “hurt.” The apricot trees and wild plum are already blooming and just hope they are not hit with a frost. Would be nice to be able to pick apricots and wild plums for some really good jelly.

 

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Wed
28
Feb
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The Richland Springs Report

By Sue Ransom

Good grief, February is done and March has arrived.

Will it arrive like a lion or a lamb? I’m not sure, but I am shocked that we are already down to the third month of the year. I’m hoping we will have a splendid display of spring flowers now that we have been blessed with magnificent rains. We had five inches here at the house. I hope it doesn’t warm up too quickly or the fruit trees will bloom out, and we will lose them to a late frost. I think I can count on having pears. They seem to survive all types of weather. The peaches, plumcots and plums are a different story. Life is such an adventure.

Bro Russ of the First Baptist Church is in Cambodia this week.

 

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Wed
28
Feb
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The Bend News

By Jo Price

The rain did fall this past week with some getting more and some getting less. Around the Bend reports of around two and half inches.

The tanks didn’t receive any much needed water, but the Colorado river did get a nice rise which brought in enough needed water to flush it out. More rain is needed and just maybe this week more will come. I f you can believe the weather reports the weather is going to be much warmer, which will be nice. March is knocking at the door.

It will be interesting to see how it comes in. Lets hope it comes in like a lamb and goes out the same way.

 

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Wed
21
Feb
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The Bend News

By Jo Price 

Still no rain, but it seems everyone around is getting some of the good wet stuff. We can be thankful for the nice warm weather for this past week and hopefully rain will be coming to us around the Bend before too long. The wind blew out of the South just about all day long Monday taking with it what little moisture there was.

Jane Clark reported that Boyd Clark came for the weekend and they had a Valentine dinner Sunday after church before he left for Lubbock.

 

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Wed
21
Feb
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Hill Country Naturalist

Biodiversity: More Complicated, and Perhaps More Important Than We Thought 

 

Regular readers of these columns have probably read something along the lines of: “One of the most important characteristics of a healthy, sustainable, productive native habitat is that it is biodiverse.”

And there is certainly nothing wrong with that statement, as far as it goes.

When most people think about biodiversity, they think in terms of the number of plant and/or animal species that can be found on any given property or natural area—the more different species, the more biodiverse. But there is no single number of species that above that number is good biodiversity and below that number is not.

 

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Wed
14
Feb
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Highlights of Harkeyville

By D. Harkey

Wed
14
Feb
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The Richland Springs Report

By Sue Ransom

In spite of the fact this year is advancing at a fast trot, I have tried to jump a week. Perhaps it is Freudian so that we can get all this hospital stuff behind us. Whatever the reason, I am disappointed that this is only the week of the 12th instead of the 19th. In a few short weeks I will get to see my eldest son. He will come home for a short visit before going back overseas. I am praying that God will make his next assignment easily accessible to Russ and me. I know it is silly, but I just feel better when he and the family are nearer to us. Bad things can happen anywhere in the world, but I just want them near me. That worry issue is something that all military families face on a daily basis.

Wed
07
Feb
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The Richland Springs Report

By Sue Ransom

Saturday was another sad day for our Richland Springs community. Shirley Benton was laid to rest at the Cowboy Cemetery.

Although a sad occasion for her loving family, I have no doubt she was glad to be with her sweet Jerry. I first met Shirley in the spring of 2005. The cement trucks rolled up the hill to pour my foundation, and there to meet them was an odd assortment of people who came to share the task of smoothing and tamping. They did such a great job that Tim Brockman suggested that I stain my floors. Throughout the day I listened to the friendly banter and enjoyed the sound of Shirley’s laughter. That group of people were my first introduction to the good folks of Richland Springs. Since then Shirley and I have crossed paths many times, and she will always hold a special place in my heart. She was a feisty but loveable lady.

 

Wed
07
Feb
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Highlights of Harkeyville

By D. Harkey

This is supposing that you made it through Super Bowl Sunday with little distress and no mishap. Gene Craig and this humble scribe watched the game and festivities down at the Craig Brothers' abode on the banks of the Colorado just this side of the Bend. Getting down to the Bend a bit early gave me time to take a brief pass by the Bend General Store. Cali is about done with the painting job and the Red with white trim sure stands out. We also visited with a couple from Lampassas that knew Cali from his General Store in Llano. I think the husband might be the wine-maker at the vineyardwinery in Nix. Seems like the name of the enterprise is Stone Ledge Vineyard and Winery; a fitting name for that area.

 

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