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Apr
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“SPORT OF KINGS” FLOURISHED IN TEXAS DURING DEPRESSION

In April 1934, a year after pari-mutuel horse racing became legal, Texas’ fourth track opened in San Antonio under the name of Alamo Downs. Horse races and wagers on the outcome were common inthe Lone Star State as far back as the middle of the nineteenth century. Before the Civil War, fans flocked to the Hill Country hamlet of Harkeyville to place their bets. When the American love affair with the thoroughbred blossomed in the 1880’s, new courses sprang up at Dallas and Brownwood.  

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Fri
17
Apr
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Making Ol’ Bay Famous

Picture this; a panoramic background, the green Okanogan Valley, pines and quakies with  contrasting colors of a splendid autumn springtime. The artistic eye discerns a lone riderless horse, a bay with 4 white socks and a blaze standing, reins hanging down, and a white flag hooked over the saddle horn. As the flag comes into focus,the mind begins to dissect ‘…is that a pair of tighty whiteys?”

 

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Tue
14
Apr
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Cow Psychologist

“Doc, I’ve got a heifer that just had a calf. She’s not accepting it very well. Can I bring her in for psycowlogical counseling?” It all started with that call from the worried cowman. My veterinary specialty of cow psycowlogy has gained popularity since my article appeared. 
 

 

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14
Apr
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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