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Steamboat Yellow Stone Kept Revolution Afloat

In a May 19, 1837 letter to the speaker of the Republic house of representatives, President Sam Houston pressed for full payment as promised to the captain and crew of the Yellow Stone and the rightful place of the steamboat in Texas history.

 

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The Tomato Battleground, Continued

Last Friday I wrote about tomatoes, but there’s a whole lot more to growing this plant. I mentioned pruning the suckers and the main stalks to control height, but there are other parts of the plant that I prune as well.

 

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Mullins Prairie Store Closing Friday

Mullins Prairie Store will close after this Friday, May 15. “We have made the decision to close because we want to spend more time with family and enjoy some of our hobbies,” said Pamela Henry, who owns the store with her husband Marvin. “We have enjoyed running the bar and have met a lot of great people and appreciate the support of the community.” The store will host a livestream concert…

 

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Council’s Signage Decision Raises Concern

La Grange Economic Development Corporation awarded a bid to install wayfinding signage around the city. But the company that won the award, FSG Signs of Austin, submitted a price double that of the low bidder, TRP Construction of Austin.

 

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La Grange Police Investigate Electric Theft

La Grange Police Chief David Gilbreath reported that police received a call from the 700 block of Upperline Street on May 7. The caller stated that a tenant in their apartment complex had plugged an extension cord into another tenant’s exterior electrical outlet. The caller stated that the cord had been plugged in for at least a day.

 

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LG Auto Accidents Plummet

Fewer traffic accidents are happening on the streets of La Grange, apparently as a result of the coronavirus shutdowns.

 

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Sports Awards to be Announced Online

La Grange High School will be announcing the Roberts Family Female and Male Athlete of the Year, Business and Professional Women’s Club Female Athlete of the Year, La Grange Optimist Club Male Athlete of the Year and Female and Male Fighting Heart Awards live on a Zoom meeting next Monday, May 18 at 6 p.m. Those awards were usually announced at the annual sports banquet. The school will be…

 

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Schulenburg Srs. Vote for All-Inclusive Ceremony

Schulenburg ISD High School seniors and their families had the opportunity to vote last week for how they wanted their graduation to be held.

 

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Bealls/Gordman’s Files for Bankruptcy

Stage Stores, Inc. (the owner of the former Bealls location in La Grange that was transitioning to Gordman’s) announced Sunday that the company has filed voluntary petitions under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division. The Company will simultaneously solicit bids for a going concern sale of the business or any of its…

 

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SLM Offering Parking Lot Worship Services

The congregations of the Shared Lutheran Ministry are planning to gather for a parking lot worship on Sundays, May 24 and 31 at 10 a.m. at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Warrenton parking lot. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

 

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Bluebonnet Electric Annual Meeting Held Without Public Attendance

Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative conducted its annual meeting on Tuesday, May 12, without public attendance in adherence to coronavirus-related guidelines from federal and state public health officials.

 

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Ellinger VFD Announces Raffle Winners

On Wednesday, May 6, the Ellinger Volunteer Firemen held the drawing for the raffle it sponsored. The drawing was to be part of the 29th Annual Feast and Fundraiser that was scheduled for Sunday, April 26. The Fundraiser was cancelled due to health risks involving Covid-19. The cost of each ticket was $20 and there were 20 prizes.

 

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The Wild Adventure of a Man Named Shirley

Last week, we left Shirley G. Wilkins of La Grange in the small detached office of a store in Catoosa, Indian Territory on the night of February 7, 1895. His friend, Sam Irvine, had just been shot in an attempted robbery by Jess Cochran. Wilkins had returned fire and killed Cochran. Out of ammunition, he slid his shotgun on the floor next to Irvine and hid behind a bureau as Cochran’s partner,…

 

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