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Thu
21
Sep

Hurricane recovery work continues

By ED STERLING

 

Help-is-on-the-way announcements from the governor’s office came last week as residents of hard-hit counties of the state labored to pull themselves out the watery mire and windblown nightmare of Hurricane Harvey.

 

On Sept. 14, Gov. Greg Abbott spotlighted Texas Department of Transportation contractors’ efforts to remove debris along state roadways in the Coastal Bend, the area that took a full frontal assault from the deadly storm that plowed ashore and battered Texas in late August and early September.

 

“The cleanup in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey is a job that will take months for Texans to complete,” Abbott said, “but our state agencies have been poised and ready to begin the work of clearing our roads and public spaces of the oftentimes dangerous debris left by this storm.”

 

Thu
21
Sep

Shaving Princess Fluffy

By MARC ROBERTSON

 

Have you learned to put down your cellphone while driving? Texas law now prescribes a hefty fine for anyone caught sending or reading text messages on a mobile device while operating a motor vehicle. I don’t know whether this will be an easy law to enforce, other than by an officer actually seeing a driver using a cellphone, and it’s worth pointing out that the law does not apply to receiving GPS information on the device.

 

With cars moving ever faster on our roads today, highways ever more crowded, and car designs themselves becoming ever smaller, it’s just going to be very difficult indeed for an officer to spot a texter. Furthermore, texting itself has become swifter and easier, with predictive typing and touchscreen efficiency, bigger screens with improved resolution, and voice-to-text applications that actually work properly now.

 

But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth promoting the ban.

 

 

Thu
14
Sep

What Pearsall is capable of...

By CHARLES “TINK” JACKSON

As a city, we have to be prepared for many different problems. We spend a lot of time talking about doing what we have to do to develop a reserve fund. This is vital for those unforeseen situations that can and will arise.

A broken water or waste water line, a water pump burned up in a lightning strike, or a major flood are just a few things that can (and do) occur that can leave the City with a major repair bill. Those types of major repairs are not built into our scarecrow budget. Not having the financial resources to make the immediate repairs can lead to lengthy loss of service for all of our citizens. Thus, planning and planning for the worst-case scenario, is something that must always be on our minds here at City Hall.

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Thu
14
Sep

Deep grunting

By MARC ROBERTSON

Is it me, or are plastic food bags becoming more difficult to open? It’s not me, is it? It had better be the bags. I’m not ready for this sort of ageawakening at this hour of the day.

I was fighting with the top of a Cheerios bag (family size, of course) just this morning when it occurred to me that I haven’t had this much trouble accessing my fodder since, well, since I tried opening a packet of sweet-n-salty crunch things two days ago.

There it was, just begging to be pinched on both sides and pulled apart slowly, so that the glue (or whatever they use) gently yields and the bag is open just far enough to dispense a serving of little beige hoops over which I may pour milk.

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Thu
07
Sep

Weather Whys

All About the Dew Point

By Juan Salazar

What does the dew point tell us about current weather conditions?

“The dew point is the temperature to which the air would have to cool in order to reach saturation,” explains Brent McRoberts of Texas A&M University.

“The dew point tells us the amount of water vapor in the air.

The higher the dew point, the higher the water vapor content.

In other words, dry air has a low dew point, whereas moist air has a higher dew point.”

 

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Thu
07
Sep

Harvey assaults coast, inland counties

By ED STERLING

Emergency relief operations expanded and intensified last week as floodwaters caused by Hurricane/ Tropical Storm Harvey-generated rains inundated and overwhelmed Harris County and dozens of other stricken counties.

While damage estimates continue to increase, at least 45,000 people have moved to public shelters, more than 100,000 homes have been destroyed and the death toll is rising.

On Aug. 25, President Donald Trump declared a major disaster exists in Texas. He ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in affected areas. Assistance may include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

 

Thu
31
Aug

27 stops and 1,800 miles across Texas

By WILL HURD

 

This month, my staff and I did our annual DC2DQ road-trip, hosting twenty public town hall meetings in seven days across Texas – mostly at local Dairy Queens.

 

When I first ran for Congress, folks told me that they never saw their Representative.

 

I promised them that they would never be able to say that about me. Regardless of if you agree with me or not, I will continue to show up in your community, tell you what I have done and why I did it.

 

DC2DQ is one way that I meet face-to-face with you and your neighbors to do just that. It is also an opportunity for you to meet my staff and receive help with personal cases involving federal agencies like the VA, Social Security, and Medicare.

 

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Thu
31
Aug

Hurricane Harvey assaults coast, then batters inland counties

By ED STERLING

 

Hurricane Harvey slammed the middle Texas coast on Aug. 25, hammering the region from Rockport to Palacios before continuing inland as a tropical storm and causing widespread catastrophic flooding.

 

With wind speeds in excess of 130 miles per hour before landfall at Rockport, the National Hurricane Center in Miami gave the storm a rating of Category 4. As rains and flooding worsened, Harvey was widely reportedly to be the strongest hurricane to hit Texas since Carla in 1961.

 

Before the storm hit, Gov. Greg Abbott requested and received a presidential disaster declaration, receiving approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The declaration cleared the way for individual assistance, public assistance and hazard mitigation to communities in affected counties, where high winds, torrential rains, flooding, tornadoes, power outages and more weather-related troubles affected millions of Texans.

 

Thu
24
Aug

Special session ends over impasse on property tax reform bill

ED STERLING

Gov. Greg Abbott gave legislators 20 must-pass items, but the lawmakers delivered only 12 bills to his desk during the first called session of the 85th Texas Legislature.

Both the House and Senate gaveled to final adjournment on Aug. 15, the 29th day of the 30-day session, after deadlines left negotiators without enough time to resolve differences in Senate Bill 1, the property tax reform bill. The House adjourned first, leaving the Senate to accept its substituted version of SB 1 or let it die.

 

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Thu
24
Aug

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Thank you parents

Dear Editor,

I would like to thank our cross country parents for the recent parent-sponsored fundraisers for the Maverick cross country teams.

A special thanks goes to Linda Parsons for spearheading the first fundraiser with a rummage sale at the Pearsall Fire Department

We appreciate all the parents and community that supported the cause. In addition, we had our inaugural Maverick XC Fun Run this past weekend. This was also a parent sponsored event and both fundraisers were a great success.

 

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