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Fri
20
Dec

Nation mourns loss of Country Music legend

The country music nation lost an icon this week, and I lost an influence. Ray Price, 87, succumbed to pancreatic cancer and passed away on Monday according to his agent in Nashville.
On November 6, 2012, Ray Price confirmed that he was fighting pancreatic cancer. Price told the San Antonio Express-News that he had been receiving chemotherapy for the past six months. An alternative to the chemo would have been surgery that involved removing the pancreas along with portions of the stomach and liver, which would have meant a long recovery and stay in a nursing home. Said Price, “That’s not very much an option for me. God knows I want to live as long as I can but I don’t want to live like that.”

Fri
06
Dec

World history up for auction

It was a racial thing, a fact that was never disputed.
In 1936, an African American set the world on fire, and upset the plans of a dictator.
Adolf Hitler, in 1936, planned to show the world the pure dominance of his superior “Aryan race.” Hosting the Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany, Hitler’s propaganda machine had begun well in advance, including loud speaker services through the streets of Germany and forced opening ceremony attendance.
Upon entry to the stadium at the beginning of the games, the Americans were the only nation not to dip the flag at the passing of the review stands. An act of defiance that echoed through the commentators of the first televised games. In that group of athletic Americans was an African American from Cleveland Ohio, his name was Jessie Owens.

Tue
26
Nov

Newspapers keep history safe

In 1963, several shots rang out through Dealey Plaza in Dallas that shocked the nation and for my parents, stopped time. There have been too many of these moments in history that has stopped time, 9/11, Columbine and in 1963, the assassination of the United States 35th President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
Pictured is the November 28, 1963 edition of The Hearne Democrat that has been living in our vault for 50 years. November 22, 1963, the day of the assignation, was a Friday. The Hearne Democrat was a Wednesday newspaper, this was the first local newspaper after the assassination and featured on the front page is a photo of the President and Vice-President Lyndon Baines Johnson. I just thought you might like to see how your newspaper presented the news.

Thu
07
Nov
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Time

Daylight savings time has come and passed and every year the time changeover really messes with my internal clock. I have an internal clock that is pretty accurate. I can tell you within five minutes the time without use of a watch. I’m not bragging, it is just something I have always been able to do.

Twice a year I have to reboot that internal clock and this year was difficult. Here’s the story…

I know that on Sunday at 2am the clocks go back an hour. No problem. To reboot my internal clock I have to find a good clock, one that has been reset and look at it for a few days. But the glitch came about when I realized, I did not know if a clock was good or not. I’ll explain.

These days, clocks reset themselves. My computer reset itself, my truck, my bedside alarm(that threw me off, I had no idea that silly little clock would rest itself), the microwave and many other digital clocks reset themselves. A few however did not.

Thu
31
Oct
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Cameras are everywhere

It is safe to say that cameras are everywhere. With today’s technology, the quality of cell phone camera meet the required specifications for today’s newspaper printing. This was not always the case.

Back in “The Day,” I remember building ads in what would now be called “the old way.” Literally if the picture of the bananas for the local grocery store ad was too big, graphic designers would have to venture to the dark room and reshoot a reduced PMT (Photo Mechanical Transfer) image, cut it out and glue/wax it down.

Local photographers would venture in and out of the newspaper darkroom. In those days having a job at the newspaper meant having access to a free darkroom and chemicals to process your film. Being the local photographer also meant that you were considered the best in the area, a bit of a status symbol. This status would often lead you, a photographer, getting the lions share of the weddings and portrait photography jobs in the community.

Thu
24
Oct
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Anonymous Rumor Control

Part of this job, the job of newspaper publisher, is rumor control. But if you think about that for a minute, how many rumors could possibly be flying around Robertson County that would catch the attention of the local newspaper.

You would be surprised at how many anonymous letters, emails, phone calls and smoke signals we receive every week. Ok, maybe not smoke signals, but you get the point.

Sometimes it is nothing more than a simple misunderstanding, but on occasion the rumor, if allowed to swell, can damage a person’s livelihood, their family reputation and their children.

Thu
24
Oct
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Anonymous Rumor Control

Part of this job, the job of newspaper publisher, is rumor control. But if you think about that for a minute, how many rumors could possibly be flying around Robertson County that would catch the attention of the local newspaper.

You would be surprised at how many anonymous letters, emails, phone calls and smoke signals we receive every week. Ok, maybe not smoke signals, but you get the point.

Sometimes it is nothing more than a simple misunderstanding, but on occasion the rumor, if allowed to swell, can damage a person’s livelihood, their family reputation and their children.

Wed
16
Oct
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Hooowdy!!

“I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could.”
It is a popular bumper sticker and reflected by those of us that are not considered native. If you were not born in Texas, it is all you have to cling too. Having spent more than 2/3 of my life in Texas, I too can never be native and the best I can hope for is a bumper sticker to show my loyalty.
Texans are funny people, we really are. We have a lot of state pride and why not? It is the greatest state in the union; we all know everything is bigger and better in Texas.
The Texas State Fair opened their gates originally in 1886. In 1952 Big Tex, the beloved towering cowboy made his debut as the State Fair Mascot.

Thu
10
Oct
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All the other things the shutdown effects

I have been collecting national impact information regarding the government shutdown, I bet I have a few you did not know about.
You may not get to see the Deadliest Catch this season. Without government officials to set gaming quotas for the famed crab fleet in Alaska everyone is sitting on the dock. As the delay keeps fishermen on the dock, it could mean that you will not be enjoying crab on the dinner plate. As an avid watcher of the show, I can tell you that just a few days of a delayed start for those guys means trouble. Ice packs form north of the crab grounds and begin to move down to cover the fishing grounds. The fleet in 2011 was caught in a major storm forcing many ships to cease operations and occurring costly repairs. After the 2012 season, many in Alaska recovered but still many more were hit hard, a delayed start this year may just shut a few down for good.

Thu
03
Oct
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Ask what your county can do for you

You would think I would be writing this column about the government shutting down. You would just think that if you did not live in Robertson County where many would have you believe our local government has run-a-muck.
It has not.
While rumors fly and emails are emailed, the facts just seem to keep getting lost. Well there is a solution to the problem.
Robertson County Judge Jan Roe will address the public in a sort of state of the county address on October 7. She is asking that you submit any and all questions via email to [email protected].
So I get a lot of email regarding county government as well as all governing bodies in Robertson County. ISD’s, cities, water-boards, etc. and the one thing that always makes me stop and question the validity of a submitted letter to the editor is meeting attendance. Did the letter writer attend the meeting in question?

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