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04
Jan
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Daffodils and Crepe Myrtles

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When Donna Albus threw her hat in the ring for the Abilene City Council, she announced her candidacy in a leather shop owned by her son. She is a flamboyant woman who wears outrageous hats and clothes that give the appearance she’s always in costume. She is known as Abilene’s biggest cheerleader and two years ago was voted Abilene’s Citizen of the year. She has won the Mrs. LBJ Award for environmental and community involvement and is past president of Keep Texas Beautiful. She has worked on several preservation and clean up projects in Abilene.

If you haven’t been to Abilene lately you need to go. The city has become a garden spot filled with art. The city has several parks, museums, theaters, a zoo, downtown murals, a philharmonic orchestra and other attractions. It is home to Dyess Air Force Base and three universities.

Fri
28
Dec
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Whitley succeeds Pablos as Texas secretary of state

BY ED STERLING

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Dec. 17 announced the appointment of David Whitley as Texas’ 112th secretary of state. In his new role, Whitley will act as Texas’ chief elections officer, as protocol officer for state and international affairs, and will serve as liaison for the governor on Mexico and border affairs. Whitley’s appointment fills the vacancy left by outgoing Secretary of State Rolando Pablos, who served in the post for two years.

“David has been an invaluable member of my administration for over a decade, both in my time as attorney general and during the entirety of my first term as governor,” Abbott said. “He has a keen understanding of the election process, and has served as a top advisor for international relations within the Office of the Governor. I am confident that in his new role as secretary of state, David will continue to safeguard the integrity of our elections and maintain Texas’ standing on the international stage.”

Fri
21
Dec
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Texas’ top lawyer cheers court ruling against Obamacare

AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton applauded a Dec. 14 Fort Worth federal district court decision declaring unconstitutional the U.S.

Affordable Care

Act, widely known as “Obamacare.”

Ten months ago, Paxton and Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel led a 20-state coalition lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the 2010 health care law, arguing that Congress rendered all of Obamacare unconstitutional by doing away with the tax penalty in Obamacare’s individual mandate when it enacted President Donald Trump’s tax overhaul.

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Fri
21
Dec
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2019 and the Status Quo

Essays from West of 98

Today, I’m thinking about 2019. I know it’s still several days away and we’ve all got lots of things to do between now and then (boy do I ever). But as 2018 draws to a close, I think it’s important to reflect on the year that has passed and the year to come.

Fri
14
Dec
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2 Cents Worth

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Carol Greenway -Holland

We had snow, yes we had a good snow, I know all the little ones had a ball, making snow balls, my sons wanted to know If I had played in the snow!!!!! I told them forget it, they weren’t little anymore and I wasn’t getting outside!!! We used to have fun in the snow but those times are gone, now I wrap up in my electric throw, get my good book on I pad and that’s where I stay!!!!!! The snow was beautiful, I say beautiful because it didn’t last long as soon as the temperature started going up, it started melting., The trees around the homes on Grace Street were beautiful, with the snow on top of all of them. I called Tennie Cade and told her I knew the pastures around her home were just beautiful, but I wasn’t getting out to take pictures,. Let’s go down memory lane with me for a minute, all of you that lived in Rotan, remember the old Grammar School hill, when we were all growing up it snowed and I mean it snowed.

Fri
14
Dec
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The Good Old Days Again

Essays from West of 98

The Grand Theatre reopened in Stamford on November 23, 2018. After being dark for the better part of the last decade, the neon lights of the theatre marquee again light the downtown skyline. Downtown parking spaces have more demand on weekend evenings than they used to.

Since the theatre’s re-opening, excitement has been palpable. In reading comments on Facebook and hearing discussion in town, I’ve noticed that the excitement transcends generations in an interesting manner. From teenagers to the elderly, each age group is excited based on *their* memories of the theatre.

Fri
07
Dec
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Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush dies Nov. 30

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AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Dec. 1 issued the following statement on the Nov. 30 death of George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president of the United States:

“The state of Texas mourns with the nation at the passing of one of our greatest presidents. George H.W. Bush was an American hero and icon, he was a friend to all he met, he embodied class and dignity. Texans are genuinely honored that he called the Lone Star State home and we collectively grieve this monumental loss. On behalf of Texas, Cecilia and I offer our thoughts and prayers to the Bush family in their time of need.”

Bush, 94, a Republican, served as the president from 1989 to 1993. He served as vice president from 1981 to 1989 alongside President Ronald Reagan. He served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Texas Congressional District 7, from 1967 to 1971, and went on to serve the nation in many other high-level appointed positions.

Fri
07
Dec
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2 Cents Worth

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Carol Greenway -Holland

Good morning to all of you who read my column, grab you a cup of coffee, and set and visit with me awhile. It’s a beautiful day in Aspermont this morning, and all of you that left Fisher County, it was not a pretty day Friday and Saturday, remember what a good old fashioned sand storm was when we were all growing up. Well that is what happened to us last week, I just knew I was going to wake up Sunday morning with a nice sinus headache, with hot towels on my head, and a bath in vicks, but I got by with it because I’m in Aspermont, and you know that is the first thing I noticed when I married Joe, the sand does not blow up here like it does in Rotan, Joe, me, and all the girls all went to Snyder Tuesday night to the Senior Citizen Dance,

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Fri
30
Nov
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Faces & Places

Don’t hate me but I think that men should only be allowed to shop certain hours of the daylike between 12:00 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. with a mandatory trainer so they don’t hurt themselves. They can’t find anything at home so what makes you think they can find anything in the grocery store? The holidays only make it worse.

I’m a little jaded from two bad experiences last Christmas in Wally World. The first was an older man telling me that I was about the size of his wife, and what size pajamas do I wear and what I thought might be appropriate for her. I told him to try using that invention called the telephone and call someone who knows her, like her granny or momma.

Fri
30
Nov
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2 Cents Worth

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Wow! What a wonderful Thanksgiving the Greenway Family had, all of us were together, and we all ate too much! Crystal, my granddaughter, had asked to cook Thanksgiving dinner and I told her wonderful, she, cooked the dressing, Charlie, Brian’s wife brought pies, and of course the deviled eggs that the family fights over, Lance brought a tray of veg-, Jay turkey, ., Jay can make my hot rolls as well as I can, and I made the giblet gravy since Crystal said, “Grandma I don’t have a recipe for it, so I’ve got to get one wrote for her,. We had a grand time, and it was such a pretty day. We left about 3:00 because the great grandsons said, “Grandma we’re going hunting this evening!

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