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Ellinger Couple Die from Explosion; Cause Determined

Michael and Mazie Hess of Ellinger died Thursday, two days after they were both seriously injured after a massive explosion caused by a propane leak leveled their home. Both Michael, 79, and Mazie, 81, were pulled from the rubble by neighbors and flown by helicopter to Austin where they underwent surgeries, but their injuries ultimately proved to be fatal.

 

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Mendoza Sworn in to Replace Adamcik

Fayette County Commissioners appointed Sylvia Mendoza to serve the unexpired term of the late Fayette County Tax Assessor-Collector Rosalinda Adamcik, who died in office unexpectedly on August 29. Mendoza has worked in the Tax Assessor’s Office for the past five years.

 

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Flatonia Seeking AG Ruling To Keep Brunner Details Quiet

The City of Flatonia declined to hand over documents detailing the investigation and subsequent retirement of former City Secretary Melissa Brunner. Instead, the City is asking Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to keep most of the details private.

 

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Division a Distraction

To the Editor: Masks vs. no masks.

 

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Correcting Misinformation

To the Editor: I’d like to correct one massive bit of misinformation in Deborah Frank’s letter from last week: Democrats support that all registered voters should have the opportunity to exercise their Constitutional right to vote by mail. There never has been nor ever will be Democratic support to do some bogus mass-mailing to all addresses in Texas.

 

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Gardening Greatness

To the Editor: Andy Behlen’s column is worth the price of the paper. I do so enjoy his words of wisdom concerning gardening.

 

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Church Bells Ring Again

To the Editor: St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church is ringing its bell for the first time in over 50 years.

 

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Curiouser and Curiouser

To the Editor: The quote “Curiouser and Curiouser” comes from “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll. This is an expression we use to mean that something is increasingly confounding.

 

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Questions About Ag Exemptions and Tax Impact

To the Editor: With the increasing acreage being converted from agriculture use to subdivisions or other nonagricultural use, it would be interesting to know just how many acres in Fayette County were converted to non ag use and lost their agriculture exemption over the past several years. I have not seen such a figure and perhaps the county assessor is the only one who knows.

 

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County Fairs of Old

Taking nothing away from our modern day county fairs I can say “They just don’t make them like they used to.” At least not from a little country boy’s point of view. I believe in those late 40s and 50s the county fair was a little more inclined to cater to the younger generations. As country kids growing up on the local farms we had very little access to any entertainment except maybe seeing a…

 

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High-Tech Lincoln Logs Turn Heads in Texas

Trees are almost as old as dirt in the construction industry, but they’re new to Texas in the form of the state’s first mass timber office building. The Texas project generating the buzz is The Soto, which opened last week at Eighth and Broadway streets in San Antonio.

 

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Our New Norm

It is now a part of our lives whether we like it or not. Wearing a mask is the “new norm.” Masks are supposed to be one of the ways of preventing a person from getting coronavirus.

 

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Texans Elect Last President of Republic

Texans turned out in record numbers on Sep. 9, 1844 to pick a president for the fourth and final time. With independence about to be traded for statehood, voters took comfort in the fact that the winner would soon be out of a job.

 

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Art Stroll is This Saturday in La Grange

La Grange Main Street will host the 4th annual La Grange Art Stroll on Saturday, September 12 from 3-7 pm on the courthouse square. Over 15 artisans will have their work on display in locations throughout downtown La Grange. Enjoy art and shopping while you stroll through downtown. And if you get hungry, stop by one of our great restaurants or check out one of the new food trucks.

 

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Seaweed, Molasses & Cider Vinegar: A Potent Mix

Many of you are planting your fall garden right now (or at least you should be). Now is a good time to start applying what I believe is the backbone of a good organic gardening program - liquid seaweed, molasses and apple cider vinegar.

 

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