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Tue
14
Apr

RECORD STRENGTH TORNADO TEARS THROUGH THE PANHANDLE

The only F5 tornado ever to touch down in the northernmost part of the Lone Star State tore through the Texas Panhandle on Apr. 9, 1947 leaving death and destruction in its 100-mile-long wake. 
 
Fri
03
Apr

PART TIME RADIO FUN

Dr. Jim Bush recently retired from his job as chaplain at an assisted living facility for adults at Carlsbad, just north of San Angelo. He says he’s not sure if he is kin to the Bush presidents. “If I am related to Uncle George, he was born on the side of the family whose children were born with silver spoons in their mouths. I’ve always had my foot in my mouth.”
 
Fri
03
Apr

Take Care of Yer Friends

Friend is a word that I don’t throw around Though it’s used and abused, I still like the sound. I save if for people who’ve done right by me And I know I can count on if ever need be. Some of my friends drive big limousines Own ranches and banks and visit with queens. And some of my friends are up to their necks In overdue notes and can’t write a check!
 
Fri
27
Mar

East Coast-West Coast

by Baxter Black
 
I was back in New York last winter speaking to the Beef Producers Association. I have been on the east coast often and have developed a good sense of how their urban neighbors look at the ag industry.
 
Fri
27
Mar

SENATOR GIVES UP SEAT TO RUN FOR GOVERNOR

by Bartee Haile
 
On Mar. 26, 1956, two weeks after asking Texans whether he should vacate his seat in the U.S. Senate in order to run for governor, Price Daniel went back on statewide television with the results of his dubious “poll.”
 
Fri
20
Mar

ROCK HUNTS IN THE MOUNTAINS

When you go inside the Antelope Lodge in Alpine, you notice a room off the lobby that is filled with sparkling pieces of rock. They include quartz crystal, amethyst, citrine, jasper geodes and world-class agate. It’s a museum created by Teri Smith,  who has owned the motel formore than twenty years. “It  started out just as a displaycase,” she says. “Then I had two display cases, then I had this room.”

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Fri
20
Mar

TOWN GOES UP IN FLAMES TWICE IN FOUR DECADES

by Bartee HaNinety-nine years ago this week, the second major fire in four decades destroyed downtown Paris leaving 5,000 residents of the northeast Texas town homeless. Founded in 1844 on 50 acres donated by a pioneer merchant, the original inhabitants changed the name of the settlement from Pinhook to Paris. On the eve of secession, the community was a cattle and farming center of 700, a figure that more than tripled by 1877. ile

 

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Fri
13
Mar

Cowboy’s Guide to Vegetarian’s

In an effort to foster an understanding between cowboys and vegetarians, it is crucial to debunk certain myths. MYTH #1) Vegetarians are all left wing, liberal Democrats raised by Baby Boomers who voted for Al Gore. Not so. The average vegetarian is a 48 year-old woman who was forced to eat her broccoli before she could have dessert! It was not until President  Bush came out of the closet and announced his dislike for broccoli, that he found a cause some vegetarians could rally behind! Three registered as Republicans!

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Fri
13
Mar

WHARTON BROTHERS DIED BEFORE THEIR TIME

by Bartee Haile

William H. Wharton was still mourning the premature passing of his younger brother, when he accidentally cut his own life short on Mar. 14, 1839. At ages 14 and 10, William and John Austin Wharton suddenly became orphans after losing both parents in 1816. A big-hearted uncle in their hometown of Nashville, Tennessee opened his home to the boys and three other siblings. Jesse Wharton not only kept the children together but provided each of them with a first-class education.

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Fri
06
Mar

THE TEXAS BRUSH COUNTRY

During my senior year at Baylor I made several trips to Monterrey, Mexico to visit the family I lived with while attending Monterrey Tec the previous summer. At certain times of year the wonderful aroma of orange blossoms around the little town of Catarina practically intoxicated me, made me feel good to smell that natural perfume.
 

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