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Thu
02
Jul
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Governor’s order restricts alcohol-serving establishments

Governor’s order restricts alcohol-serving establishments

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the state to slow down the reopening process for bars and other venues as coronavirus-related infections, hospitalizations and deaths continued to increase in Texas last week.

“As I said from the start, if the positivity rate rose above 10%, the State of Texas would take further action to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” Abbott said. “At this time, it is clear that the rise in cases is largely driven by certain types of activities, including Texans congregating in bars."

Abbott ordered bars and other state-licensed establishments that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages to close at noon on June 26, but allowed them to continue offering delivery and take-out services until further notice.

The governor allowed restaurants, beginning June 29, to remain open for dine-in service, but at a capacity not to exceed 50% of total listed indoor occupancy.

 

 

 

Thu
02
Jul
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2 CENTS WORTH

2 Cents Worth

Grab you a glass of tea and let's set and visit awhile. Joe and I have had a good week, staying close to home, and if we do have to go anywhere that big 6 foot 6 inch cowboy is wearing a mask, so if he can wear that mask all of you others can.!!!!!!

Thu
25
Jun
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GORMAN FALLS: A CHALLENGING DESTINATION

GORMAN FALLS: A CHALLENGING DESTINATION

TUMBLEWEED SMITH

Water cascades 70 feel down a steep bluff at Colorado Bend State Park south of San Saba. The area is known as Gorman Falls and has more than one stream. There is a narrow rush of water just a few feet away from the tall one. The water moves fast down a crevice between a tall bluff and a caliche hillside. It’s a shady spot with an observation deck overlooking the Colorado River. The waterfalls never quit flowing and provide a pleasing sound to enjoy while you recover from your hike to the falls.

We had made arrangements to meet Debbie Hicks, the interpretive resource manager of the park. I’m glad we did because the drive to the park is long enough for you to think you’ll never get there. But the highway has lots of curves and passes through some beautiful hills and valleys.

Thu
25
Jun
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INDEPENDENCE FOR ALL

On June 19, 1865, General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas. Granger was a West Point graduate and veteran of the Mexican-American War who had distinguished himself in the American Civil War commanding Union troops at the Battle of Chickamauga. On this day, Gen. Granger arrived to assume command of U.S. Army forces in the Department of Texas. Shortly after Gen. Granger’s arrival in Texas, he stood on the balcony of the historic Ashton Villa home (new Texas headquarters of the U.S. Army) and read aloud General Order No. 3:

Thu
25
Jun
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2 CENTS WORTH

Cents Worth

CAROL GREENWAY-HOLLAND

Good morning all of my friends who are reading this column, it's a beautiful day in Aspermont, Texas, this morning even though we have had some terrible things happened this week, but you know what we'll all make it, the wonderful sun came up this morning, all of us that can will get all together and we will beat this awful thing, our First Baptist Church burned to the ground Friday night. We had an electric storm and the church caught fire, all of our prayers are with all the members losing their church home, but the fellowship hall didn't burn. We have more churches here in Aspermont who will open their arms to all and help them get through this. Seems like we didn't have enough with this virus raging, but you know The Lord doesn't put on us more than we can handle, so let's all pray we can get through all of this.

Thu
18
Jun
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Faces & Places

“If man has good corn, or wood, or boards, or pigs to sell or can make better chairs or knives, crucibles, or church organs, than anybody else, you will find a broad, hard beaten road to his house tho it be in the woods.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thu
18
Jun
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JUST, KIND, AND HUMBLE

The setting was ancient Israel. It was the 8th century BC. The two Hebrew kingdoms were doomed—the northern kingdom of Israel would fall to the Assyrians in 720, while the southern kingdom of Judah would hold on, but only for a little while longer. On to the scene strode Micah, a prophet with a tough message and an unreceptive audience.

Thu
18
Jun
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2 CENTS WORTH

2 Cents Worth

Wow what a week, it just flew by, in fact June is nearly over with, where are the days gone, Joe and I have been busy with the garden, he is so proud of his garden, he has already been giving squash away, the cucumbers are beginning to make, he has tomatoes on two vines, so he is a happy camper. He told me while we were setting on the back porch, "Carol I may make me a bigger garden next year!!!!" I said, "Well if you do build me a vegetable stand and I will sell vegetables, because there is no way we can eat all you make!!!!" We should have mad a video of the Food Saver the kids gave us for Christmas us trying to make that thing work.

Thu
11
Jun
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Storm preparations begin while state continues to battle COVID-19

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AUSTIN — As Tropical Storm Cristobal moved north in the Gulf of Mexico from the Yucatan Peninsula toward Louisiana, the weather system’s potential impact on East Texas grew and Gov. Greg Abbott on June 5 addressed the situation in a news conference.

Abbott said preparedness is the key in any hurricane season. He added that the Texas Department of Emergency Management and a roster of state agency departments, local responders and FEMA were ready. Meanwhile, he said, the state's ongoing efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 also continue and East Texas residents in particular should be extra mindful of both threats.

Cumulative figures posted June 6 by the Texas Department of State Health Services showed that some 74,978 people in Texas had been diagnosed with COVID-19 and 1,830 deaths resulting from the virus pandemic had been confirmed.

Thu
04
Jun
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CHECK YOUR MIRRORS

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Lillie turns five next month.

My granddaughter is her parents’ firstborn and my first grandchild. Like most grandparents, I have shared and celebrated the major events in her young life. Her parents have also graciously afforded me the “unlimited minutes” plan when it comes to popping in on a whim or coming to stay for two weeks. (The pandemic has interrupted that routine since March 15, but we are back on track for a nice long summer stay if all goes as planned).

The next big milestone, starting school, is upon us. I suspect this is the real reason why my daughter and sonin-law want me to come spend time this summer: Lillie has a pronoun usage issue.

 

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