Columns/Opinions

Mon
09
Mar

Winchester News

by Bobbie Hajek

 

Pedal Thru The Pines, a cycling event benefiting Family Crisis Center, will take place on March 14. This year’s event will begin at 9 a.m. at Riverbend Park in Smithville and will feature various distance routes (24, 40, and 70 miles) traveling west on Highway 71 turning right onto FM 153 and continuing onto FM 2104, FM 2239, and FM 448 taking cyclist up Rocky Hill, past St. Mary’s Catholic Church, to Serbin, Northrup, Winchester and back to Riverbend Park.
 
Thu
05
Mar

Senate Panel Passes Legislation to Fund State Highways

By ED STERLING
 
AUSTIN — The Senate Transportation Committee on Feb. 25 tentatively approved two pieces of legislation that would take a portion of various motor vehicle related taxes and dedicate that money to road and bridge construction and maintenance.
 

 

Thu
05
Mar

Just a Thought Parenthood is Not for Old Folks

By REGINA KEILERS
 
Being a grandmother is probably one of the best things about getting older – that is until you get to keep the grandchild overnight and get her to school the next day. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love keeping my granddaughter, but it seems way harder than it was when I was a young mom.
 

 

Mon
02
Mar

Winchester News

by Bobbie Hajek

Winchester Civic Association 2015 dues are now due. They are $10 per household. Please send check to P.O. Box 8861,
Winchester, Texas 78945. Make checks payable to: WACA. The Winchester Area Civic Association would like to thank
all that submitted recipes for the cookbook. If you haven’t submitted your recipes yet and would like to it is not to late.
 
Fri
27
Feb

Lawmakers Receive Budget Priorities

By ED STERLING

AUSTIN — On Feb. 17, Gov. Greg Abbott delivered his first State of the State address during a joint session of the Texas House and Senate and released his recommendations for the two-year 2016-2017 state budget.
 
Fri
27
Feb

Public Notices Matter

By REGINA KEILERS

Public notices have been run in newspapers for years. Their purpose is to keep you, the citizens of this community, county, state and country informed of the activities that are (or about to be) going on around you. When local governments make decisions they are required to publish a newspaper notice to let you know. But that could change.
 
Mon
23
Feb

Nechanitz - The Only One in the World

By JUDY MATEJOWSKY
There’s no place like home! You’ve all heard that phrase before. Nechanitz was a great home to hundreds once upon a time. People from out of our county can’t pronounce it and wonder where on earth it is! Well, it is a mere 10 miles or so northwest of La Grange off SH 77, down FM 2145. Newspaper columnist Leon Hale has visited Nechanitz several times during his career and then reminisced about it in his own inimitable way. Another columnist, Frank X. Tolbert, wrote about his stop here in October 1967 in the Dallas Morning News.
 
Thu
19
Feb

Abbott Joins Other Governors In Urging Against Veto

By ED STERLING

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Feb. 12 announced he had joined a coalition of 24 governors in signing and sending a letter to President Obama that urges the nation’s chief executive “to reconsider his threat” to veto legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline.
 
Thu
19
Feb

School Attendance Dilemmas

By REGINA KEILERS

Going through some of the paperwork at my mom’s house recently, I came across a perfect attendance certificate. It was my one and only perfect attendance certificate in all thirteen years of public school (grades K-12).
 
Thu
12
Feb

Senate Panel Hears Testimony on Funding Needs

By ED STERLING

AUSTIN — Last week, the Senate Finance Committee began groundwork for its budget-writing duties with public hearings on four consecutive days. Led by Chairwoman Jane Nelson, R-Grapevine, the 15-member panel heard testimony from the offices of the governor, comptroller and attorney general. Input also was received on state pension funds, courts and payments on state debt. Currently, the budget is an estimated $4.5 billion for all of those “general government” functions
and an increase of $200 million has been proposed for 2016-2017.
 

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