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17
Feb

Legislation banning sanctuary city policies clears hurdle

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Feb. 8 praised the Texas Senate’s approval of legislation to ban sanctuary cities, an item on his priority list for the current legislative session.
Senate Bill 4 by Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, passed after 16 hours of floor debate on a 20-10 party-line vote, with Republicans voting in favor and Democrats in opposition.
The bill, if enacted, would prohibit a municipality, county or special district, campus police department of an institution of higher education, an employee of certain local entities and a district attorney or criminal district attorney from adopting rules, orders, ordinances or policies that prohibit enforcement of state and federal immigration laws. It also would void any local policy that currently prohibits law enforcement from inquiring about a person’s immigration status and would require compliance with federal detainer requests.
SB 4 now moves to the Texas House of Representatives for consideration.

Fri
17
Feb

Pet Talk: Protect Fido with a dog house

If you recently adopted or purchased a new furry family member, it is important to provide a dog house for your pet. Whether your new dog will stay primarily outside or regularly cuddle with you on the couch, a dog house is essential for your pet’s protection outdoors.
Dr. Sarah Griffin, lecturer at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, said providing a safe outdoor place for your dog is important, especially if it lives outside or is going to spend long periods of time outdoors.
Portability, durability, and size are all factors to consider when purchasing or building an outdoor shelter for Fido, she added. An effective dog house should protect your dog from extreme temperatures, wind, rain, snow, and even potential predators.

Fri
17
Feb

Groesbeck and Buffalo Livestock Report

GROESBECK AUCTION & LIVESTOCK COMPANY
The Groesbeck Auction & Livestock Company held its weekly livestock auction sale on Thursday, February 09, 2017. The sale is held each Thursday beginning at 12 noon. There were 76 sellers and 37 buyers. There were 353 head sold. The market report from last week’s sale is given below:

Fri
17
Feb

DAR February program on the first “First Lady”

The Jonathan Hardin Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution
met at the Gibbs Memorial Library in Mexia on Wednesday, February 8, at 10:30 a.m. Regent
Aleece McBay opened the regular business meeting with the DAR Ritual, the American’s Creed,
and pledges to the U.S. and Texas flags. Guests were welcomed and three new members were
officially installed by Chapter Registrar Billie Bournias. After the business meeting, a program
most appropriate for the month of February was presented.
The chapter welcomed speaker Barbara Petrov. Mrs. Petrov currently serves as the State
Librarian for Texas Society Daughters of the American Revolution, as well as the National Vice
Chair of the South Central Division of NSDAR and as the Honorary Chapter Regent Lady
Washington Chapter in the Houston area.
On February 4, 1789, George Washington was elected the first President of the United States and

Fri
17
Feb

Limestone County Historical Commission Conducts February Meeting

The Limestone County Historical Commission conducted its regular meeting on February 7, 2017 in the Limestone County Courtroom. Members present were Sarah McReynolds, Linda Jordan, Bruce Jordan, Bubba McDonald, Dixie Hoover, Cindy Pollard and William Reagan. Eric Turrubiarte and Tom Hawkins were unable to attend. Larry Smith of Groesbeck was present as a visitor.
After Chair Reagan called the meeting to order and after a quorum was verified, Mr. Smith shared information about some of the cowboys of Limestone County. The CHC hopes to complete an oral history project on this topic in the near future. Mr. Smith also gave each commission member a Texas Historical Commission pamphlet on the Chisholm Trail, which he helped the THC create several years ago. He shared that he was the cowboy pictured on the front.
The minutes of the previous meeting were presented, discussed, and approved.

Fri
10
Feb

When It Comes to Your Heart, Play Smart

By: Edwina Henry, RN
Assistant Chief Nursing Officer at Parkview Regional Hospital

Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the U.S. In fact, according to the American
Heart Association, one in four people die of heart disease every year. That’s why it’s important to play smart
with your heart. And there are a couple of simple, practical things you can do to stay on top of your heart game.

Fri
10
Feb

Washington on the Brazos to mark 181st Anniversary of Texas Independence

All Texans (natural born, and those that got here as soon as they could) are invited to a Texas-sized 181st anniversary celebration on the very spot “Where Texas Became Texas”— Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site. It was March 2, 1836 when 59 delegates bravely met at Washington, Texas to make a formal declaration of independence from Mexico. From 1836 until 1846, the Republic of Texas proudly existed as a separate nation.
To commemorate this anniversary of Texas Independence, the three entities that administer and support this site—Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept (TPWD), Blinn College and Washington on the Brazos State Park Association—are planning this Texas-sized celebration.

Fri
10
Feb

Turning to history to prepare for tomorrow

By Charlene Hunter James

Fri
10
Feb

2016 had few tornadoes, but that could change, says Texas A&M Prof.

COLLEGE STATION, Jan. 26, 2017 – Although there have been several outbreaks in recent weeks, the overall number of tornadoes in the United States in 2016 was below average and it was one of the quietest years since modern record keeping began in 1954. The reason is likely that a strong El Niño occurred in the first half of the year, says a Texas A&M University severe storms expert, but conditions could soon revert back to normal.
Chris Nowotarski, assistant professor of atmospheric sciences at Texas A&M, says an El Niño (warm water in the Central Pacific which tends to influence weather patterns worldwide) has been associated with a decrease in tornadic activity over the area called Tornado Alley that stretches from the southwest to the Midwest and where tornadoes most frequently form. This likely resulted in the 901 tornadoes in 2016, which is below the yearly average of 1,061.

Fri
10
Feb

Governor raises four issues to emergency status

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott delivered his second biennial “State of the State” address to a joint session of the Texas Legislature on Jan. 31.
In exercising his prerogative as governor, Abbott presented a short list of emergency items for lawmakers to enact during the 85th regular session of the Texas Legislature:
- Improvements to Child Protective Services;
- A ban on sanctuary cities;
- Ethics reforms; and
- Approve a resolution calling for a convention of states.
Abbott said a convention of the states is needed to propose constitutional amendments in order to “fix America” because of a federal government “grown out of control.” It would take a two-thirds majority, or 34 of the 50 state legislatures, to call a convention under Article V of the United States Constitution.
In addition to the emergency items, Abbott called for:

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