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Thu
12
Nov

Going to the same school for 55 years

Bill Giles graduated from Van High School in 1956 and went to college. "Then I came back to the same in 1960 and started my teaching career here," he says. "I wasn´t very much older than the students I was teaching."

 

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Thu
12
Nov

Ellen degeneres pizza lunatics demand elen degeneres remove leather from clothing line! oh, no!

Care 2 gathered more that 1800 signatures! To the dismay of animal rights activists and vegan martyrs, her  "luxury lifestyle" brand of clothing has added a $2.50 pair of Brazilian shoes.

 

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Thu
05
Nov

A little book of cartoons

roger moore of merkel does a weekly cartoon for several texas news papers and magazines. He has just published his first book.

 

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Thu
05
Nov

Sale barn transactions

John B and I were discussing how hard it must be for an auctioneer to say somethin good about every thing tha walks through a sale barn ring. For the novice, we offer the following explanations for these rather ambiguous descriptions.

 

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Thu
29
Oct

THE OCARINA PLAYS MORE THAN YANKEE DOODLE

I run into surprises on a regular basis. I was surprised when I interviewed Chris Gale a few years ago and heard her play classical music on an ocarina. I was surprised last Saturday night when I attended the 3rd Annual International Ocarina Festival in Allen. Chris and her husband arranged it. The main concert was in the Allen Public Library Auditorium, which is a state of the art facility with excellent acoustics. It was full of people, many of whom were curious about having an ocarina festival in the first place. 
 
Thu
29
Oct

IKE'S TOUR

by Baxter Black

 

Thu
22
Oct

Switchin' Flies

By Barney Nelson

Limpia was running muddy and foamy as I took a drive to Pecos a couple of weeks ago. Tanks full. Nice breeze ruffling the leaves. All was right with the world. Well, except for whitebrush blooming everywhere. Whitebrush is pure evil except that it blooms after a good rain, smells divine, and makes bees happy. But it has totally invaded our mountains, forming a solid mass in places or filling every niche between boulders. Its white blossoms make the invasion obvious. It probably also increases our bee population, again both good and bad. Since we've had a good year, it is hard to tell where the fires burned as the scars have healed beautifully. Has whitebrush disappeared where the fires went through? I'm not sure. 

Thu
22
Oct

HOOD'S TEXAS BRIGADE HONORED WITH CAPITOL MONUMENT

By Bartee Haile

A monument honoring the courage and sacrifice of Hood's Texas Brigade was dedicated on the grounds of the state capitol in Austin on Oct. 27, 1910. In the fast-paced weeks following secession, the Confederacy called upon its westernmost member to furnish 20 infantry companies. Texas responded with 32 combat-ready units, local and county militias that eagerly marched off to war half a continent away. Enlisting en masse under names like the Knights of Guadalupe County, Five Shooters, Texas Invincibles and Polk County Flying Artillery, more than 4,000 Lone Star volunteers joined the Confederate Army.

Thu
15
Oct

A TRAIN RIDE TO CHICAGO

We've taken a few train trips and loved them all. We rode the rails from Los Angeles to Oakland, from Savannah to Charleston, from Dallas to Texarkana. We've taken some excursion trains in Texas and Colorado. We've taken the Chihuahua al Pacifico railroad in Mexico and the Chunnel train beneath the English Channel. Train travel is wonderful. It is the refined way to go someplace.

 

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Thu
15
Oct

ANOTHER GOOD MAN GONE

by Baxter Black, DVM

I had just finished bein’ on an Extension program in the Herington, KS sale barn. I was standin’ in the auction ring afterwards tryin’ to answer a few questions and shake hands with the local stockman. My veterinary lecture, as usual, had been more humorous than informative. One older gentleman waited ‘til the last question had been asked then he approached me and offered his hand. I didn’t catch his name. He was wearin’ thick glasses. He reached into his shirt pocket and handed me a Polaroid snapshot of a cowdog settin’ in the back of an ol’ Chevy pickup. “Go git in the pickup!” he said, an obvious reference to one of my stories. He laughed and wandered off.

 

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