This week is deemed National Agriculture Week and we in the 23rd District of Texas are certainly grateful for the hard work of farmers and ranchers year-round. Folks in the agriculture industry toil around the clock to produce goods that we consume every day from the clothes on our backs to the food on our tables. The industry supports more than 3.75 million Texas jobs paying $160 billion in wages and we simply cannot overstate its importance on our economy.

Contentment. Satisfaction. Joy. Delight. Exuberance. Jubilation. It doesn’t matter what you call it. We all want to be happy. It’s a pretty basic universal truth. What makes us happy, however, is as unique as each of us. And, to complicate matters even further, what makes us happy today may not do the same tomorrow – and vice versa.

John Ballew of Fort Worth grew up in Memphis, Texas, a small Hall County town between Quail and Turkey. His grandfather was Jefferson Raymond Ballew a colorful Memphis merchant who sold cars, refrigerators, radios and whiskey.

51st District Judge Barbara Walther agreed to a request March 5, 2018 from the Texas Attorney General’s Office to move several sets of human remains currently buried at the YFZ Ranch Cemetery to other cemeteries, some as far away as Utah.

Eldorado High School’s One-Act Play entry ‘Bad Seed’ is advancing to the Bi-District round of competition in Stamford on Friday, March 23rd after impressing judges at the District 7 competition in Mertzon on Wednesday, March 7th.

The City of Eldorado is a step closer to a new 100,000 gallon water tower after action taken during Monday night’s city council meeting.

Tooter Dunham, representing the Schleicher County Historical Society was present Monday morning to ask the Schleicher County Commissioners Court for $1,500. The commissioners authorized the payment of $1,000 from budgeted with an additional $500 to be taken from the contingency fund.

he Eldorado show team has been busy since January. The first stop was at the Hill District Jr. Livestock Show. There were exhibitors in Breeding Swine, Breeding Sheep, Market Lambs and Market Goats. Seth Parker had a second place ewe. His brother Cade also had a third place ewe.

CJ Covarrubiaz entered her “lidded ceramic box” form “Radiohead” in the Visual Art Scholastic Event (VASE) for Texas Region 15 on Saturday, March 3, 2018.

Scam artists aware of federal plans to re-issue Medicare cards are calling seniors across the country to trick them into disclosing confidential financial information. This can lead to identify theft or unauthorized withdrawals from personal accounts.

The West -Pyle Cattle Co. of Pecos County joined my ranch for about three miles south of the Southern Pacific Railroad. This was rough mountain country and the fences were at least 50 years old. Also, they did not use this three sectioned pasture as it was too rough for Hereford cattle.

A friend at radio station KNEL in Brady told me I should interview Harold Byler. I asked who is he, what has he done, etc. He told me he was a storyteller and writer, then leafed through a stack of newspapers and pulled out a column Mr. Byler had written. It was all about Truman and the end of World War. It had solid historical facts. I called Mr. Byler and he said, “Sounds like fun. Come on over after lunch.”

Aunt Maude smirks often, corrects gently and forgives daily. Oh, she also looks the other way regularly to avoid getting the “shakes.” She has attained the same age as my 105-year-old Uncle Mort, and has pretty much figured out how to maintain peace and harmony in their home nestled down in the thicket. Enduring 85 years of marriage to a man who is said to have been made AFTER God broke the mold warrants the admiration of everyone who knows this couple.

Michael Gary Keene, 23 of San Angelo, was found not guilty of Accident Involving Death and Manslaughter of Gisele Jarmon after 3 hours of deliberation by a Schleicher County jury on Monday.

Chris Meador will be the next commissioner for Schleicher County Precinct 4. He defeated Glyn Hutto 105-95 in the race to replace Matt Brown.

The Eldorado Game Association will be awarding five - $2,000 scholarships to 2018 graduates of Eldorado High School who are pursuing a four-year degree in Agricultural Sciences

The Fort McKavett Volunteer Fire Department met on February 12, 2018. The group reviewed the minutes to the previous meeting and the financial report.

The number of Monarch butterflies is down once again this year, following a trend that has seen declining numbers of the colorful creature over the past decade, says a Texas A&M University Monarch butterfly advocate. Craig Wilson, director of the USDA Future Scientists Program and senior research associate in the Center for Mathematics and Science Education and longtime butterfly enthusiast, says early figures show fewer Monarch numbers for 2018. Early estimates show that their numbers are down almost 15 percent from a year ago in the breeding grounds in Mexico.

Prinary Election Day is Tuesday, March 6th. Due to the District Court trial being held in the main room of the Memorial Building, voting for Precinct 2 will be in the former Elections Office on the stage area.

Eldorado High School will be presenting “Bad Seed” One Act Play 2018 season. Bad Seed is based on a screenplay by Maxwell Anderson that was adapted from William Mach’s novel.

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