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Wed
04
Jan
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Sharyland files Amended Rate Case addresses new procedural requirements

Sharyland Utilities, L.P. (Sharyland) announced January 3rd that on December 30, 2016, it filed an amended rate filing package as part of its ongoing system-wide rate case with the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) to set regulated delivery rates for all of Sharyland’s retail service territories. Sharyland jointly filed this amended package along with Sharyland Distribution & Transmission Services, L.L.C. (SDTS).

“This amended filing represents an important milestone in moving our rate case forward,” said David Campbell, Chief Executive Officer of Sharyland. “It primarily addresses new procedural requirements related to there gulation of our lease agreements with SDTS, with minimal impacts on our proposed rates for our residential customers.”

Wed
28
Dec
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Hill Country Area Crime Stoppers Crime Alert for Blanco County

Hill Country Area Crime Stoppers, Blanco County Sheriff’s Office needs your assistance in identifying subjects that stole a pick up, trailer, Kawasaki ATV, gun safe, guns, jewelry and fishing poles. On November 17, 2016. The pick up and one gun have been recovered.

Any one with information can contact Capt. Ben Ablon with Blanco County Sheriff’s Office at 830-868-9308 or Crime Stoppers to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000.00 call 1-866-756-8477 or on line at www.hillcountryareacrimestoppers.com.

 

 

Wed
28
Dec
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Purple Martins are coming in February

Purple martins will be making their way to our area in February and we need to have their homes ready for them after their long trip from Brazil.

Homes need to be placed in specific areas to have the best chance of attracting a colony to your property. Purple martins actually like to have human interaction in their lives.

They are the only birds that need human help to have a successful colony.

Master Gardener Robert Yantis will tell us what we need to know to welcome these beautiful and delightful birds to the Highland Lakes area in a free program presented by the Kingsland Garden Club on Friday, January 6th.

 

 

Wed
21
Dec
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Pierian Study Club ladies want to wish you a Merry Christmas

By Anita Adams 

The Pierian Study Club held their annual Christmas Guest gala December 8, 2016 at the festive overlook at the Arrowhead Bank. There was a large attendance with many of the husbands present as guests. Christmas was in the air with decorations and most all the ladies dressed in red, white, or black and many of the men in red vests or ties, enhancing the beauty of the party.

The elegant table was filled with delicacies of marinated pork loin with raspberry chipotle sauce and dip, Cajun meatballs, smoky Gouda pimento cheese sandwiches, boiled shrimp with cocktail sauce, cheese and vegetable trays with Southwest dip, roasted red pepper and artichoke dip, pecan tartlets, and toffee brownies, with hot cider complimenting the holiday menu.

 

Wed
21
Dec
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Brantley James Shannon

Brantley James Shannon was born December 3, 2016, in Fredericksburg, TX. He weighed 5 lbs., 9 oz. and was 18 inches long. Proud parents are Travis and Susan Shannon. Big sister is Skyla Shannon. Grandparents are Connie Lynn Perry and Tim and Wendy Shannon.

 

Wed
14
Dec
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San Saba ISD Welcomes New Administration

With the beginning of the spring semester San Saba ISD, students and staff will greet new administrators leading the District. At the November, 2016 school board meeting, trustees approved Dr. Michael Bohensky as interim Superintendent. Dr. Bohensky will begin serving as interim Superintendent on January 1, 2017. Dr. Bohensky has served San Saba ISD previously as the San Saba Middle School Principal and for the past five years as Assistant Superintendent. Dr. Bohensky is a graduate of Angelo State University and Lamar University.

Wed
14
Dec
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The Long Shadow of Infamy

By Art Dlugach

 

On this Day of Prayer, the Day the Bible says, “God rested,” Americans did not have time to pray, and the Japanese did not rest.

It was tragic beyond comprehension. It was a horrific shock. The U.S.S. Arizona, Oklahoma, California, Pennsylvania, Nevada, and Tennessee: names of these states and others were on ships and lined up on an island that would become—but was not yet—a state, itself. The Washington Post writes close to 1200 men were on the Arizona, when the Japanese sunk the most ill-fated ship when the U.S. was not even at war.

“No fear,” Arnold Schwichtenberg said here at the National Museum of the Pacific War. “Whenever it happens, you’re doing the best you’re supposed to do.” No mistakes tolerated.

Mr. Schwichtenberg of Barefoot Bay, Florida, is an energetic man—95-years-old.

 

 

Wed
07
Dec
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Giving a bicycle for Christmas . . . Don’t forget the helmet!

By Melanie Potter

Bicycles are always a popular gift at Christmas time, and many parents are shopping now for that perfect new bicycle for their child – maybe even their first bicycle. This is an excellent opportunity to teach children about the importance of wearing a helmet to protect their head.

According to National Safe Kids, helmets reduce the risk of head injury by at least 45 percent, brain injury by 33 percent, facial injury by 27 percent and fatal injury by 29 percent.

Safe Kids also reports that bicycles are associated with more injuries in children than any other product except automobiles.

The Texas Medical Association reports that head injuries account for more than 60 percent of bicycle-related deaths, which reinforces why helmets should be considered an important part of bike riding.

 

Wed
07
Dec
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Texas A&M Expert: Polar Vortex has cold air, but what does it really mean?

With a major cold air mass expected to cover most of the U.S. this week – as much as 75 percent of the country could experience temperatures below freezing -- it’s the time of year when the term “polar vortex” creeps into the news. But it might be a good time to set the record straight on what exactly a polar vortex is, says a Texas A&M University weather expert.

John Nielsen-Gammon, Regents Professor of Atmospheric Sciences who also serves as the State Climatologist, says the term polar vortex has been around longer than you think. It was first identified in the 1850s, and fully mapped out by the 1950s, but only in the last five years or so has the nomenclature made it to popular culture, perhaps in a misleading way.

 

Wed
30
Nov
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Few people plan for the cost of long-term care

By Bob Moos

 

Long-term care can be one of the biggest expenses of retirement. Yet few people plan for it.

If you’re 65, you have just about a 50-50 chance of entering a nursing home at some point. The average cost of a private room now exceeds $75,000 per year, and the average length of stay is almost 2 ½ years. That adds up to more than $185,000.

One reason people don’t give much thought to the high cost of long-term care is that they figure they won’t have to pay for it. If and when the time comes, they tell themselves, Medicare will pick up most of the tab, the same as it does for hospital stays and doctor visits.

But that’s not the case. It can be a real eye-opener to discover that Medicare typically doesn’t pay for long-term “custodial care” – the kind of personal care that helps you with such day-to-day tasks as getting in and out of bed, bathing, dressing and eating.

 

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