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Fri
11
Apr
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A Cow Hanging

John lives down the road from me. We have cattle across the fence from each other. He is good at a lot of things; carpentry, electronics, sports and hunting, but cows are not his strong suit. He runs a handful on 90 acres. He called me one day askin’ if we had seen a cow of his. I told him we had cleared the pasture and had not seen her in with our bunch. I left town for a  weekend and when I returned hehad left a message to call. I did.  “I found her,” he said
 
Thu
03
Apr
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The Ag Media Explosion!

By Baxter Black.
 
How does it strike you that the more concentrated agriculture becomes, the more rural/ag media is available? Regional farm, ranch and equine oriented publications are still a very strong part of our print media. Many of them have been around for over 50 years.

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Thu
03
Apr
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RANGERS’ CLOSEST CALL CAME AT THE CAPITOL

By Bartee Haile.
 
At the end of a lengthy public probe into charges of corruption and criminal misdeeds, the question Lone Star legislators faced on Apr. 2, 1919 was whether to do away with the Texas Rangers altogether or give the legendary lawmen one more chance to clean up their act. Even in their hard-fighting heyday, the fabled frontier guardians were never without their detractors. For years critics had questioned their shoot-first philosophy, and local peace officers resented the often uninvited intrusion of the governor’s gendarmes.

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Fri
28
Mar
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The Illinois Cowboy Revisited

It’s nice to hear that my friends Chet and Dale are still holding up the reputation of the “mounted Cowboy” in the land of Lincoln and John Deere. Due  to a case of porphus ileades (Latin for poor facilities) at the local sale barn, two big bulls crashed the unloading chute and plowed into the parking lot! 
 
Fri
28
Mar
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CHAIN SAW ART ON A GOLF COURSE

The Gaines County Golf Course, between Seminole and Seagraves, is a sculpture garden filled with unique wooden carvings created from trees that succumbed to the long standing drought.  “We lost a lot of trees and
it seemed like such a shame to see them just die,” says Kathy Davis of Seminole. “There are some really big trees out there.”  
 
Thu
20
Mar
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The Saga of the Spotted Skunk

By Baxter Black.
 
If it weren’t so ridiculous it would make you cry. The Endangered Species Act has popped up again like a stinky diaper at day care. This time it is the Plains Spotted Skunk, one of four species of spotted skunks that can be found almost anywhere from Canada to Mexico and coast to coast except, apparently, in the backyard of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. According to the Feds, “The decline of small farms, the advent of agriculture practices that encourage removal of fence rows and brush piles, intensive use of pesticide, improved grain management practices, and the end of large haystack construction are implicated as potential causes for the species’ decline in landscapes dominated by human activity.” Whew.
 
Thu
20
Mar
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TEXAS WOMEN FIGHT LONG AND HARD FOR THE VOTE

By Bartee Haile.
 
On Mar. 25, 1918, in a special ceremony at the state capitol, Gov. William P. Hobby signed into law the Primary Election Law giving the women of Texas at long last the right to vote. On hand for the momentous occasion were standard bearers Jane Y. McCallum and Minnie Fisher Cunningham. Often down but never out, the resolute crusaders refused to give up the fight for the female franchise.
 
Fri
14
Mar
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A Footlong Prolapse

By Baxter Black.
 
It was a Colorado winter afternoon when the boys spotted a big crossbred cow wobblin’ along with her calf trailing behind and a prolapse as big as an army issue duffle bag! When they got closer they could see the calf had sucked but the prolapse looked a little worse for the wear. Merle and Earl were a’horseback two miles from the corrals. The cow was domesticated but certainly not tame! She was a range cow. They’re like KMart employees; you can’t actually walk up to one!

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Fri
14
Mar
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LINDBERGH LUCKY EVEN BEFORE HISTORIC SOLO

By Bartee Haile.
 
“Slim” Lindbergh reported for pilot training at Brooks Field in San Antonio on Mar. 18, 1924 just three years before the skinny college dropout became the most famous man in the world To the dismay of his father, a Minnesota congressman, Charles A. Lindbergh Jr. gave up his engineering studies in 1920 to become a barnstormer. The youth spent the next two years risking his neck for pocket change and having the time of his life.

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Fri
07
Mar
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TWO-SPORT STAR DIED A HERO ON IWO

On Mar. 6, 1945, First Lieutenant Jack Lummus, a professional football and baseball player from Ennis, took command of a Marine rifle platoon on the blood-soaked island of Iwo Jima. After three girls, an Ellis County cotton farmer finally got the chance in 1915 to give a son his name. Andrew Jackson Lummus, Jr. grew up big and strong excelling in every sport he went out for at Ennis high school. 
 

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