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Wed
18
Oct

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales

If you’ve read my columns since the very beginning, you might remember the very first one I ever wrote.

It involved Diego, and his losing a tooth.

Well, the tooth fairy, instead of cash, left him a can of tuna underneath his pillow.

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Wed
18
Oct

State creates mental health task force for Harvey-affected schools

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath on Oct. 11 announced the establishment of the Hurricane Harvey Task Force on School Mental Health Supports to deliver needed attention to schools and higher education institutions impacted by the storm.

The Texas Education Agency, acting on orders from Gov. Greg Abbott, is spearheading the effort in partnership with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and Texas Health and Human Services Commission, in collaboration with the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute. The task force will develop a list of tiered supports and resources that can be used by school leaders to address the mental health needs of affected staff, students and families.

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Sat
14
Oct

That Little Light of His…

by Dr. Don Newbury 

For several days, I’ve started off humming a certain tune extracted from memories of Vacation Bible School days. (At times, I have broken into song, but retreated quickly to humming—or sometimes whistling—upon my wife’s mention that a continuance of the off-key noises, however joyful, threatens to ruin her day.)

Mine is a modified version of “This Little Light of Mine.” A more accurate title would be “That Little Light of His.”

Such tiny illumination in the darkness pitched around 5 a.m. on a recent Saturday morning prevented a serious accident….

 

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Wed
11
Oct

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales

This past Saturday was such a great day!

Like any other day in our lives, it was hectic from start to finish.

Jessica’s plane was set to arrive in Lubbock that morning at 10:30 a.m. Plus, because stuff always works out like this, Emma had her first soccer game of the season at 12 p.m. Did I also mention it was Clarissa’s birthday?

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Wed
11
Oct

Abbott, Texas delegation ask Congress for hurricane relief funds

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott and members of Lone Star State’s congressional delegation last week signed a letter seeking $18.7 billion in Texas-specific Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery funding in the next federal supplemental appropriations bill.

Meanwhile, the Texas Department of Emergency Management Commission is working with county judges and mayors to secure funding and resources requested by those local officials.

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Sat
07
Oct

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales 

As you read this, my family (thank God) will be complete once again.

After two long weeks, Jessica, my beautiful wife, was set to be home Saturday morning (yesterday) and we, the kids and I, couldn’t be happier.

I think I said this in my last column, I already appreciate my wife so much, but I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t appreciate her so much more now.

These past two weeks have not only been an eye-opener for me, but also the kids.

 

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Sat
07
Oct

Getting Out More Often…

by Dr. Don Newbury 

The admonition—one made by generations—urges others to “get out more often.”

I’ve made such suggestions many times in a spirit of good humor.

The older one gets, however, the more important it is to seriously consider such suggestions. They likely “fit.” As long as folks can “get out,” predictable results include both invigoration and restoration!...

 

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Wed
04
Oct

Governor applauds TxDOT efforts in removal of hurricane debris

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 27 announced the Texas Department of Transportation had collected more than 2.4 million cubic feet of debris left behind by Hurricane Harvey in roadways across the four districts hardest hit by the storm.

TxDOT is continuing to assist in the removal of debris from roadsides in Corpus Christi, Houston, Beaumont and a number of areas along the Gulf Coast region, Abbott said in a news release.

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Sat
30
Sep

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales 

One week down, and one more to go.

Jessica is set to get back Friday, Oct., 6th from Houston. And that day can’t come soon enough.

We are still talking to her every single day, using face time.

The kids have been taking it well, but I know they are ready to have their Mom back home.

We’ve been hard at work fixing up the house since last Monday.

I made a quick stop at Lowe’s ACE Hardware here in Littlefield, and picked up enough paint for a few projects. Let’s just say, when Jessica gets back home next week, she’s in for a huge surprise.

 

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Sat
30
Sep

The World of ‘Isms’…

What we knew of “isms,” during days of our youth, was limited. There were many “isms” about which we were totally unaware, and that’s still the case.

Initially, though, we figured words ending in “ism” were bad “mocus,” and to be avoided whenever possible.

Old-timers complained of painful rheumatism; some of ‘em said they had “rheumatiz.” Years later, it dawned on us that the two terms are interchangeable. Astigmatism came into focus to expand our limited inventory of “isms,” and “communism” may have been our first “ism” word unrelated to health….

 

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