Columns and Opinion

Hill Country Naturalist

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I still remember the first exposure I had to experts talking about land management in the Hill Country. It was in January of 2002 in an all-day symposium on land management in one of the local hotels in Kerrville. The speakers were all college professors or government agency people from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Forest Service and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

State Capital HIGHLIGHTS

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Get your flu shot, governor says While scientists race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is urging everyone to get a flu shot.

DPS Troopers hit milestone in child rescues

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The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Highway Patrol Troopers this week rescued their 500th child during traffc stops since the implementation of specialized training that began in 2009. Troopers receive the training as part of the Interdiction for the Protection of Children (IPC) program.

Senator and candidates to be available for Q&A session before Dillos' Pep Rally

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Senator Dawn Buckingham along with Shelby Slawson and August Pfluger will be at the San Saba Visitor Center, 113 S. High Street on Friday, September 25, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. for a short Question and Answer session before attending the Armadillo's Pep Rally. If you have questions regarding the current situation or what their goals are, please try to attend.

Letter to the Editor

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Dear Editor, In one month, San Saba County and Baylor Scott & White will hold the 2020 Fourth Quarter Blood Drive. As we are all aware, by now, COVID-19 has turned this year a little sideways so that even our blood drives have a little twist to them! On Tuesday, October 20th, from 12 noon until 6 p.m., there will be a blood mobile unit located at the First Baptist Church at 208 W.

The Richland Springs Report

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I just feel as if the American spirit is beginning to recover from our incarceration. Perhaps it is the approach of the election date, or maybe the news that several companies have started phase three testing. It could be the cooler temperatures as well. I am enjoying the return to normal, not the new normal, but good old fashion normal. I don’t want to spend any more time roaming around with a silly mask on my face.

Happy Herman's Hideaway

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Well hello, my wonderful San Saba friends, and I hope you have had a wonderful week since last we spoke. I have to admit I have really enjoyed the cooler temperatures. I ask to go outside a lot more. In fact, I have become a bit of a bug about it because that is what I hunt for on the back and front porches when I go out. One morning while out on the front porch with dad, I saw something I had never seen before! I approached the thing carefully, flipped it with my nose, but before I could pursue it further, dad forced me inside. I heard the conversation between the parentals, and evidently my encounter had been with a frog. I heard words such as toxic, foaming at the mouth, and it would make me very sick. I suppose like any stubborn dachshund, I sat at the front door whining to go back out to kiss a frog!

The Idle American

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Wedged in my mind’s recesses are these eight simple words: “If you can make it there, go back.” They’re easy enough to understand, but application is a whole ‘nuther thing. These words captioned a cartoon a while back.

HCM recommends flu vaccinations

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With the continued presence of COVID-19, getting a flu shot is “more important than ever,” according to James Partin, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Hill Country Memorial. “People need to remember there is a significant number of worldwide deaths from influenza every year,” Partin said.