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Fri
22
Feb
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2 Cents Worth

Grab you a cup of coffee and visit with me awhile, not any use for us to be in a hurry, all these dishes will be waiting for us after we visit. I'll guarantee they will be waiting for us, no one wants to wash dishes, clean the house, and all that stuff but us, good thing we are on this earth to get it all done, right girls!!!!!!

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Fri
22
Feb
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The President of Presidents

Essays from West of 98

February 18, 2019 is the day designated for the annual celebration of Presidents’ Day in America. Banks, stock exchanges, and many government offices and schools are closed in observation.

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Fri
15
Feb
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Faces & Places

"I’m from Texas, and I think one of the reasons I like Texas is because there’s no one in control.” ~ Willie Nelson
The only time I was ever in Texas was when my mother and I drove straight across it in summer of 1958 without air conditioning, bound for California or bust. The conversation went mostly like this all the way:
Me: “It’s hot!”
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Thu
07
Feb
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Faces & Places

BY MEG GRUBEN

All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, all things wise and wonderful, The Lord God made them all. ~ Cecil Frances Alexander

I can’t help wondering what goes on in our yard after the sun goes down, and I’m sure by now that someone has written a country song about it. I can easily recognize wild hogs’ tracks, big cats, possums, and racoon, but the crawly ones don’t leave much of a trail.

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Thu
07
Feb
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Throwing Away the Box

BY JAMES DECKER

As many of my readers know, back in June of 2018, Stamford Memorial Hospital closed its inpatient care services and emergency room. This has created a certain level of anxiety and concern within the community, particularly with regard to emergency services. Old folks and young folks alike get concerned when they realize that, in case of a heart attack, car wreck, or workplace accident, the nearest emergency room is now 15 miles away, rather than across town. It’s a tougher sales pitch to attract businesses when local healthcare services are reduced.

The good news and bad news is that this issue isn’t isolated to Stamford. If you do a Google search for rural hospitals, the results you find are frightening. In the last decade, something like 90 rural hospitals have closed.

Thu
31
Jan
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Senate Finance panel starts work on state budget

BY ED STERLING, TEXAS PRESS ASSOCIATION

AUSTIN — Jane Nelson, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, on Jan. 22 said she would follow an aggressive agenda to deliver a budget ready for floor debate by the end of February.

“There are a lot of things this committee and the full Senate will decide to add, subtract, change, before we actually recommend out of this committee a budget,” she said. At the top of the list are school finance and property tax relief.

Nelson, R-Flower Mound, has chaired the powerful committee for three consecutive sessions. On Jan. 15, Nelson filed Senate Bill 1, a base budget for the 2020-2021 biennium, and scheduled daily meetings for the panel to consider the particulars that go into a document that typically exceeds 1,000 pages in length.

Thu
24
Jan
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2 Cents Worth

By Carol Greenway -Holland

Joe and I made it home Saturday evening about 4:00 and we were glad to be home, We had indented to stay over night in the hill country somewhere and we got on that road and Joe said, "Let's just go home!!!!' When we got here we got a nice surprise my youngest son, Lance, was waiting for us and he helped us unload that pickup. I told him just to put it in the third bedroom, and I'd get it put up sometime this week, I was give out.

We enjoyed our stay, the dolphins are so fun to watch escorting the old big ships down the channel, and I mean Friday they were coming down that channel just like it was a highway. One of them came on in without the piolet boat loading our man on, so I'm sure they got in a heap of trouble, but we got to see them lower the ladder down and our American piolet get on the ship,.

Thu
24
Jan
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Faces & Places

BY MEG GRUBEN

If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all.” ~ Thumper

If its simple enough for a rabbit to understand, why can’t we human beings with such elaborate and wonderful brains figure it out?

When I was a kid growing up in Hot Springs, Arkansas (Go Razorbacks!). Sorry, I kind of got carried away for a moment. We kids’ played outside all day until we heard a voice calling our name followed by the word “supper.” If you didn’t get your call, you ran with the one who got theirs. Everybody was as poor as Job’s turkey and sometimes you got turned away. Now Job probably never saw a turkey, but the saying means if he did have one, it probably only had one feather and had to lean against a fence post to gobble. And get this, if you did something wrong and another parent saw you do it, your parents would know about it before you got home.

Thu
10
Jan
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Faces & Places

“Silence, too, can be torture.” ~ Justina Chen Headley

I’ve about had all I can stand and can no longer be silent. It’s the same feeling I get in my stomach if I drink cow’s milk and the lactose intolerant gene gets activated. Is it just me or is about half of America so anxious and emotionally bankrupt that we must take our animals to movies, shopping, church and every place we go?

Thu
10
Jan
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The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame

Tommie Ritter Smith of Carthage is kin to legendary country musician Tex Ritter. “Tex and my dad were first cousins,” says Tommie. “Their dads were brothers.” Tommie has been the chamber exec in Carthage since 1982. Her office is in a historic old antebellum home. In the early 1990s Tommie got the idea to start the Tex Ritter Museum upstairs in the chamber building. She gathered a lot of Tex’s memorabilia and put it on display. Tex was born in Panola County. So was Jim Reeves, another giant in country music. “We think we’re the only county that can lay claim to being the birthplace of two country music hall of famers and international country music stars.” So some Jim Reeves memorabilia was added to the Tex Ritter items.

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