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Wed
20
Jun

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales

You ever have a moment that you just want to freeze in time and hope it never goes away?

Well, last week during our vacation, I had a lot of those, but one stood out over the rest.

It was day two in San Antonio, and we had just returned from walking the River Walk.

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Wed
20
Jun

Senate panel conducts hearings on school violence, safety

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — A panel of Texas Senate members on June 11 and 12 received input about ways to improve security on public school campuses.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who presides over the Senate, formed the legislative body’s Select Committee on Violence in Schools and School Safety following the May shooting at Santa Fe High School in which a student shot and killed 10 people and injured 10 others.

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Wed
13
Jun

Top officials join in briefing about hurricane preparedness

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on June 6 joined President Donald Trump, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, FEMA Administrator Brock Long, White House cabinet members and governors from across the country for a video teleconference briefing on hurricane preparedness.

Along with Abbott in Austin were officials from various state agencies that oversee emergency response. The briefing was held to review lessons learned after the 2017 hurricane season. FEMA provided an overview of evacuation zones, clearance times, decision timelines, forecast uncertainty, responsible decision makers and public messaging.

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Sat
09
Jun

Marriage Vows in Concrete…

Dr. Don Newbury

I want it clearly understood up front. My wife and I would invite my Uncle Mort and Aunt Maude to church again if they ever visit on a Sunday.

We both wish—as does Maude—that Mort’s“monetaryitis” dominating his adult life would loosen its grip on the Lord’s Day.

He may—or may not—remember what the preacher said, but his antenna went straight up when he overheard four ladies discussing their upcoming 65th wedding anniversaries. Yes, four couples—all in the same Sunday school class—exchanged vows in the summer of 1953.

 

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Wed
06
Jun

Governor offers safety plan designed to prevent shootings at schools

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on May 30 joined state and local leaders in Dallas and San Marcos to unveil his School and Firearm Safety Action Plan.

The governor’s plan came 12 days after the Santa Fe High School shooting in which 10 people were killed and 10 people were injured. It contains 40 recommendations, including proposals that call for:

— Increasing law enforcement presence at schools;

 

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Wed
30
May

Valdez wins race to face Abbott in November gubernatorial election

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez defeated Houston businessman Andrew White, the son of the late former governor, Mark White, in the May 22 Texas Democratic Party primary runoff.

Valdez, the first Latina to win a gubernatorial primary in Texas, will run against incumbent Republican Governor Greg Abbott, who is seeking a second four-year term, in the November 6 general election.

Valdez garnered 230,467 votes, or 53.32 percent of the total vote, to White’s 201,713 votes, which came to 46.67 percent. Historically, this was the lowest recorded turnout for a Texas Democratic Party gubernatorial runoff. Only 2.83 percent of the state’s 15,249,541 registered voters cast a ballot.

 

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Sat
26
May

Mere Words Don’t Stand a Chance…

By Dr. Don Newbury

 

They came up with clever nicknames, many of them adopted after much headscratching and some the result of “blind hog luck.” One came on opening day of Yankee Stadium in 1923, when baseball darling George Herman (Babe) Ruth blasted one of his longestever homeruns. What a happy day for Yankee fans in the “house that Ruth built!”

 

He became “the sultan of swat.” Fans also called him “The Babe,” another grandiose moniker honoring his 22 colorful years in major league baseball. Baseball fans weren’t surprised when he was given a $70,000 annual contract in 1932. Nonfans were shocked, however, one pointing out that his salary was larger than President Herbert Hoover’s. “The Babe” found such an observation laughable, saying he’d “had a better year than the president

 

Wed
23
May

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve sat down and written a column.

I told myself that I needed to churn one out this week because my fans have been waiting!

Okay, I maybe got a little carried away there with “fans”, but I knew a few people who love reading my columns.

 

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Sat
19
May

At The Museum...

By Wanda Erickson

May 15, 2018

It has been a long time since I wrote an article for the paper, so I just hope this makes sense to you all.

I have been ill and at home for the past four (4) weeks and haven’t done anything at all. But, I still get the paper and the losses that have occurred have been almost too much for one town to take. I just can’t believe that we have lost so many in such a short time so I had to write something.

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Wed
16
May

Paxton requests federal funding for women’s health program

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton last week asked two federal agencies to move quickly to fund the state’s Healthy Texas Women program.

The program was cut off from Medicaid funding by the Obama administration in 2012 after the Texas Legislature enacted a law preventing taxpayer money from going to abortion providers.

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