Commentary

Sat
20
Jun

Relay For Life begins Friday night at 6 p.m.

By JOELLA LOVVORN Teams of the Relay For Life of Lamb County have already been orking to raise funds for cancer research and other benefits provided by the American Cancer Society. This year’s Relay For Life will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, June 26, inthe Lamb County Ag and Community Center, to have a good dry and safe place, regardless of what the weather decides to present. The theme this year is: “Travel Through Time with Relay For Life of Lamb County.

 

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Sat
20
Jun

All Scream for Ice Cream…

It is considered a short poem, ditty, slogan or even a hard, cold fact—we all scream for ice cream. Purists may sniff, however, insisting that initially, it was but the chorus of a simple melody introduced in 1925. Here lately, however—with Blue Bell’s voluntary removal of its dessertsfrom all outlets—many of its faithful have raised their voices. Screams have been ramped up to rafter-shaking levels   

 

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Sat
13
Jun

When Shoelaces Came Untied…

by Dr. Don Newbury

We are broken—or at least badly bent—by breaking news. It raises our blood pressure, confounds our minds and reduces us to hand-wringing, often at the beginning of TV newscasts. Brows furrow, even though we know that much news content is a true reflection of the people we’ve become— and what we condone. Confidence is shaken in governments and institutions, as well as in ourselves. We don’t feel equal to whatever comes next—and “next” shows up fast. We are rightfully afraid—quivering, quaking and hunkering down. Eye-closing doesn’t help; rage abounds—on the road and otherwise. The crowd maddens; life is cheapened.

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Sat
06
Jun

Takin’ A Timeout

By Joe Gonzales

This is going to be a long week for the wife and me. For the first time ever, we are going to let one of our children go on a trip. We’ve done this in the past, but that was to Lubbock for a day, or staying the night with family in Levelland for a few days. This time, we are letting him leave for a week with my sister, Stephanie to Dallas! She has a convention for work, so they, her, my brother-in-law Cory and my nephew Vince, turned it into a little vacation.

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Sat
06
Jun

Just Trying to Help Out…

by Dr. Don Newbury

The water of 38 years has flowed under the bridge since I “stole” a hearse. Surely the statute of limitations has kicked in by now, thus this confession. I am NOT, however, admitting guilt. Instead, I was the “victim” of yet another Groner Pitts prank. Friends who knew this merriest of morticians—who reigned in Brownwood for a half-century— also were “victimized” from time to time. Yet, I never had a better friend, and Brownwood (TX) never had a greater ambassador. And thousands who followed his antics for three decades through the late George Dolan’s daily columns in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram never lacked for laughs. Many were often ensnared in his webb of tomfoolery. I’m probably the only “victim,” however, to “steal” a hearse—one partially owned by Pitts himself….

Wed
03
Jun

“Come, go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words…”

A dear friend of mine launched a pottery business a couple of years ago. I was planning my vacation and had some extra time and would be near his home, so I asked if he would be available for a visit and interested in giving me a lesson on throwing clay. He eagerly agreed and when the day of our lesson arrived, we walked into his studio. There were two pottery wheels, one electric and the other a manual “kick-wheel.” On shelves were all sorts of bowls, plates, vases, mugs, and other items, all in various stages of completion. Before we could begin, we needed some clay. He reached for a block of something in plastic wrap, pulled the wrapper back and in the blink of an eye, he had cut off a huge chunk of clay with a wire. He then divided that chunk of clay into four smaller chunks. Then he took one and offered me a second one. He then proceeded to show me how to “knead” the clay so that we could get the air bubbles out.

Wed
03
Jun

Legislature passes budget as session wraps up

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Four days before the June 1 end of the 84th regular session of the Texas Legislature, both houses finally agreed after months of deliberation on a state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017. A 10-member conference committee worked out differences between the House and Senate versions of the budget. The House vote on final adoption of House Bill 1 was 115 ayes to 33 nays; the Senate vote was 30-1. HB 1 awaits approval by Gov. Greg Abbott.

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Sat
30
May

Uncle Mort on Aging…

On a night when sleep was fitful, I caught the tail-end of a TVtalk show. A guy quoted my Uncle Mort, who believes drinking buttermilk daily is the secret of his longevity.  f all the claims I’ve heard Mort  ake—and there are many—none I recalled involved buttermilk.First thing the next morning, I called my 102-year-old kin to share  hat I’d heard on TV…. 
 
Sat
30
May

Sudan students get year’s awards

By JOELLA LOVVORN
Hundreds of awards from all phases of studies and participation    Junior High and High School students at the Sudan Independent School District, were given Wednesday morning, May 20, in the 2015 Awards Assembly. Junior High Students in seventh and eighth grades, and all fourgrades in high school, were recognized  for their accomplishments and successes during the school year. Gordon Martin, principal, welcomed the guests and congratulated the students on their excellence in making the school’s recognition as the successful school it has become. 
 
Sat
23
May

Takin’ A Timeout

These past two weeks at the Gonzales household have been been exciting to say the least. The reason – Grandpa came to visit! My Dad comes and stays with us from time-to-time. He gets a little vacation away from Levelland. But mostly, he gets to spend time with his grandkids...Diego, Emma and Clarissa. That’s where the fun starts. For some reason, all the rules that I had when I was a kid with my parents, those seem to apply to my kids.

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