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ROCKSPRINGS — The Devil’s Sinkhole Society, the nonprofit volunteer Texas Parks friends group that provides Devil’s Sinkhole State Natural Area tours and operates the Rocksprings Visitors Center, is proceeding with an active year. 

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Most of us are fascinated by watching animal behavior, especially their interactions with their own species. It is these intraspecies interactionsand associations that we call, anthropomorphically, “animal societies.”To start with the basics, some animals are loners and some like to be part …

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With the Arcadia Theater in the news recently, I thought it might be useful to share the old girl’s history. Here’s the story of the Arcadia from my files:

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I’m the type of computer user who doesn’t require or want “assistance” from typical word processing software, thank you very much. A good example was that annoying paperclip thingie that used to pop up in Windows to ask if you needed help. First thing I did on every computer was turn him off…

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Dear Readers: A great safety measure to protect your pets in case of a fire? A sticker on the window telling first responders how many and what types of pets you have inside.

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Several weeks ago, a kind person in Oakland, California, contacted me via email, saying he’d purchased an old scrapbook from 1938-39, which contained photographs, news clippings and football programs from Schreiner Institute.

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The Hill Country Youth Ranch Auxiliary will meet Aug. 26 in the Cailloux Activity Center at Schreiner University. The meeting will begin at 11 a.m. with lunch at 11:30 a.m. The cost of the luncheon is $17. 

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As an elementary science teacher, I was perennially fascinated by the fascination dinosaurs held for all students. I now have a granddaughter who requested a dinosaur theme for her 3rd birthday, and she was talking Triceratops, not Barney.

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This summer, after having raised the necessary funds from generous donors, 10 youths and four adults prepared their hearts and their suitcases and piled into two mini vans. 

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Several years ago, I began a program of walking the same trail around 10-12 acres of woodland/savanna around my house every month in order to observe and record the things in nature that I saw. Initially, I just walked the trail somewhat slowly looking for anything that caught my eye, spendi…

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The Korean War began on June 25, 1950, as military forces of North Korea invaded South Korea. Two days later, President Truman ordered the United States military into the war to support the South Koreans.  

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U.S. Army Cpl. Billy Joe Butler’s eldest sibling, 92-year-old Ellen Louise Chipman, remembers the day her brother came to ask her opinion about enlisting in the armed forces.

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A 35-year-old Kerrville resident has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for sexually assaulting his live-in girlfriend’s 16-year-old daughter. 

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Eighth-grader Natalie E. Wagner, left, is the winner of the VFW Post 1480 Patriot’s Pen Essay Award for 2018. She was presented a certificate and $100 for her essay, “Why the American flag is important.” Wagner is a student at Notre Dame Catholic School.

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Dear Readers: Being a mom is rewarding, yet challenging and stressful at the same time. What are some hints for moms when times get tough? Read on:

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Like discovering penicillin and gravity, I accidentally stumbled onto the Secret to All Success while doing something else.

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Anyone who has been reading my column for very long probably already knows I have a real problem with exotics. Previously, on a trip to the Texas Coast and South Texas, I saw, again, the problems presented by many invasive plant species. 

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The Upper Guadalupe River Authority’s Annual River Clean Up is just around the corner on Saturday, July 27. Hats off to the more than 350 volunteers who already have registered and are willing to get their hands dirty in order to keep our river clean.    

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Dear Heloise: My husband has a problem with his shoes: They smell terrible. How can I get his shoes to smell better? — C.H. in Arizona

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Dear Readers: Ladies, the heat is on. How should you dress for the office in the summer? Most offices adopt a more relaxed dress code for summertime. Let’s take a look:

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Yes, I know, certain bacteria and fungi can cause disease, both in animals and plants, and it is these detrimental aspects we normally think of first. But there also are many species of beneficial bacteria and fungi that we very much need and want to keep healthy. 

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Time for my sesquiannual purge of ideas that don’t rise to column-worthiness.

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Dear Readers: We love to pamper our pooches, get their ears cleaned and nails clipped (and polished?), possibly a gland expression and a sudsy scrub, rinse, blow-dry and hair bow. But when it comes to dog grooming, how much do you know about your dog groomer?

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Dear Readers: Happy Birthday, America! Today is July Fourth, the day we celebrate our independence and the birth of our great nation. 

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Dear Readers: Today’s Sound Off is about wedding etiquette, or a lack of it:

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Members of the Major James Kerr Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Kerrville, met June 14 for their annual Flag Day luncheon. The event took place at Rails: A Cafe at the Depot.

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For the last 35 years, Ken Postma has walked the production floors of All-Plastics’ Kerrville manufacturing facility, collaborating with the team and providing technical guidance. He has been a mentor and a friend to many and has left a legacy behind as he moves into the next chapter of his …

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Hill Country Charity Ball Association Inc. recently presented a $95,000 check to Habitat for Humanity — the largest philanthropic donation in Hill Country Charity Ball’s history.

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While going through my collection of historic Kerr County photographs this week, I found some negatives that I’d never scanned. I could tell they were photographs of construction. Intrigued, I put them in the scanner to find out what they were.

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Dear Readers: Summertime’s here, and fresh fruits abound! How to pick the freshest? Let’s take a look: