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Class of 2013 achieves highest graduation rate

August 13, 2014
Class of 2013 achieves highest graduation rate

The class of 2013 Texas high school on-time graduation rate was 88 percent, the highest on record and 0.3 percentage points higher than the previous record set by the class of 2012, Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams announced on Aug. 5.
The figures are included in the Texas Education Agency report, Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 2012-13.
“We’ve set the bar high for Texas students to ensure every graduate is ready for college or career, and they have consistently demonstrated that they are up to the challenge,” commented Gov.… Read the rest

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Feeling puny: Ain’t nobody got time for that

August 6, 2014
Feeling puny: Ain’t nobody got time for that

I am the only guy I know who can be sick for five days, consume nothing but crackers and sports drinks (which quickly exited the body – it was like pouring through sieve) and still manage to gain three pounds.
Somehow I picked up the bug that’s going around, the “stomach flu” – the only more generic illness label is “flu-like symptoms.” But this sucker wouldn’t go away.… Read the rest

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Will you still love me, Tomorrow?

August 6, 2014
Will you still love me, Tomorrow?

May 13, 1988: Brilliant, energetic, 26-year-old preacher boy with gorgeous wife and 5-day-old daughter walks across the stage and receives his seminary Master’s degree with the expectation that some grateful church would be waiting anxiously to call him as their pastor.
December 4, 1988: After continuing his part-time youth/music ministry and working full-time as a roofer, said preacher boy (who really never thought he was brilliant, but it made for a good first paragraph) preaches his first sermon as pastor of a troubled little church full of senior citizens in the declining town of Tucumcari, New Mexico.… Read the rest

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Three Flags Ceremony 210 years ago changed history

August 6, 2014
Three Flags Ceremony 210 years ago changed history

A ceremony occurred 210 years ago, March 9-10, 1804, that represented a major event in U.S. history. In St. Louis it is called Three Flags Day and commemorates the acquisition of the Louisiana Purchase, which meant that the U.S. doubled in size.
Actually, we doubled in size three times:
1. At the end of the French and Indian War in 1763, Britain acquired French land, and after that the colonies on the east coast stretched to the Appalachian mountains.… Read the rest

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Texas deals with border as Congress departs

August 6, 2014
Texas deals with border as Congress departs

Congress left Washington, D.C., Aug. 1 for a month-long recess, without having passed an immigration bill addressing the porous U.S.-Mexico border and humanitarian crisis.
Figures compiled by the federal Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection division show 57,500 “unaccompanied alien children” have been apprehended and processed since October 2013, the majority in the Rio Grande Valley.
While President Obama’s request to Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency funding remains pending, the governor’s office said the state of Texas will tap available funds to pay the cost of deploying 1,000 national guard troops along the border to assist in law enforcement operations.… Read the rest

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Lost in a lost world – in a women’s dressing room

July 30, 2014
Lost in a lost world – in a women’s dressing room

It was weird being in there.
Things were slow at Macy’s and the Bride was trying on swimsuits for an upcoming ocean trip. No one was in our area of the department store, so the Bride said I should go into the fitting room with her.
Against my gut feeling, I did so. And it was weird in there – like when you head into a bathroom and it ends up being the girls’ restroom. (So many stalls…)… Read the rest

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The Great Pretender

July 30, 2014
The Great Pretender

This is one of those days when I have no inspiration to write. I’ve been looking at this computer screen for almost an hour. I’ve had a granola bar and a cup of coffee and have taken a cup of coffee to Mrs. Sweetie. And now, I am just about out of time because I need to be getting ready for church.… Read the rest

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Rangers help cavalry clean up west central Texas in 1870s

July 30, 2014
Rangers help cavalry clean up west central Texas in 1870s

Geography influenced settlement of the Edwards Plateau area in west central Texas in Kimble and Crocket counties. Fort Stockton is west, Junction City east, and Mexico lies to the south. Settlers arrived late because in some places it is 1,500 feet higher than surrounding land.
Pioneers looked for timber, water, arable land, but the Edwards Plateau of 30,000 miles lacked all three. Average rainfall is less than ten inches. Not until the 1880s when windmills could bring up life-preserving water could anyone live there.… Read the rest

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Governor orders deployment of guard to border

July 30, 2014
Governor orders deployment of guard to border

Tensions continued last week, concerning the tens of thousands of Central Americans — primarily unaccompanied minors and women with small children — who cross into the Lone Star State, without documentation, to escape violence and poverty in their own countries.
Those intercepted by the authorities are moved to detention facilities and processed according to federal and state protocols. On July 21, Gov. Rick Perry ordered the deployment of 1,000 Texas National Guard members to assist in Operation Strong Safety, a state law enforcement surge on the border, under the command and control of the Texas Department of Public Safety.… Read the rest

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Financier bailed out America’s debt two centuries ago

July 23, 2014
Financier bailed out America’s debt two centuries ago

I have a friend who looks up historical events for each day and emails them. For July 9, she wrote that in 1795 on that day James Swan paid off the U.S. national debt of $2,024,899 with some of his own funds. We have some wealthy folks around today, but I’m afraid that $17 trillion is beyond their reach! Of course, I wondered “Who in the world was James Swan?”… Read the rest

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