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The protocol of re-gifting

If you haven’t heard, President Obama and the First Lady were at Buckingham Palace yesterday where they met Queen Elizabeth. As is customary with other heads of state, the President brought the Queen a gift. The gifts selected are usually intended to reflect the country which the head of state represents. In his case, President […]

Photo contest commemorates 100th year of The Texas Spur

While the town of Spur is celebrating their centennial year, so is The Texas Spur. In publication since the beginning, The Texas Spur published its first issue November 5, 1909, four days after the opening of the town of Spur with the sell of Spur Farm Lands.
To celebrate our 100th year in publication we […]

Scam Alert!

Sunday was the last day that the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal newspaper was delivered to subscribers’ homes in Dickens County and sold on news stands at local businesses. An announcement made by the Avalanche-Journal earlier this month, to cease home delivery and news stand sales in Dickens County has perturbed many faithful Lubbock A-J readers in Dickens […]

You Love me, You Love me not

We just finished our annual Valentine’s issue. This year we had 120 photographs submitted by parents, grandparents, and aunts and uncles. It is always nerve-wracking as we print names, names, and yet more names underneath each of the photos identifying the kids then make sure we get everything spelled correctly, always hoping that what looked […]

Does this irritate you?

Researchers at Oxford University have compiled a list of the 10 most irritating phrases. Heading the list was the expression ‘at the end of the day’, which was followed in second place by the phrase ‘fairly unique’.
“I personally” made third place. Considered a tautological statement because it expresses the same thing twice in different words. […]

It’s a !@#**& job but someone has to do it

One of the key things I have learned from observing the Spur sidewalk project is that grant money isn’t free and it doesn’t necessarily make things better. And, furthermore, the process of the project rarely makes sense. This was affirmed in my mind on Friday morning. Backing into the “news cave”, I noticed Harry Bob […]

“Christmas with the Kranks”, or “It sure is a dark house on Burlington”

As I write this from my desk inside the newpaper office, my husband, Bullfeathers, is decorating our office’s front window for Christmas. Indeed there is a “first time” for everything.
For the past two Christmases we have barely been able to get a tree put up at home while following the Jayton Jaybirds in the state […]

Bailout?! Baloney!

U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus of Alabama described American taxpayers as having “bailout fatigue” regarding the Big 3 automaker CEO’s testimony to Congress. But I think a lot of us prefer to refer to it as “bailout baloney”.
Tell me again how much those three men make in one year? While two of them spoke of taking […]

Democrats dwindling in Dickens, Kent counties

 
As I look over last week’s election returns for Dickens and Kent counties I notice a trend that has materialized over the past decade. While the majority of the U.S. voted for Democratic candidates, the majority of voters in Dickens and Kent counties voted for Republicans, something I’m told was unheard of 15 or […]

Tattling on Terrell

I was forwarded a story this morning coming out of the Dallas/Fort Worth metro which I found kind of amusing. It showed the video of a story run on the telvision station WFAA during their local newscast. They reported that 25 people in the town of Terrell, located 25 miles east of Dallas, were protesting […]

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