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Porcupines qualify for state 7-on-7 tournament

| June 22, 2017
Porcupines qualify for state 7-on-7 tournament

Porcupines discuss a recent 7-on-7 game after its conclusion. Success at a qualifying tournament at Jim Ned June 16 qualified Springtown for a state berth for the third year in a row. The state tourney is again at College Station, June 29-30. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

For 3rd consecutive year, Springtown is headed to elite event at College Station

by Mark K. Campbell
Once more, the Porcupine varsity 7-on-7 football squad has secured a berth at the state’s most elite tournament.
With a favorable coin flip that determined Springtown the top seed, SHS “won” the Jim Ned state qualifying tournament June 16 and will play in College Station June 29-30.… Read the rest

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Sports camps resume in July

| June 22, 2017

With football and volleyball

The summer camp season is in a lull for the rest of June.
Action picks back up next month with:
• football (youth) – July 11-13, $50
• elite volleyball – July 27-29, $125
• football (older) – Aug. 1-3, $50
Participants can register with an online application available at www.springtownisd.net.
Click on Our Schools, then Springtown High School, then Athletics. Camp info is on the right-hand side.
Call (817) 220-3040 for more information.… Read the rest

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Soccer Camp Action

| June 22, 2017
Soccer Camp Action

Soccer campers are all smiles while playing and drilling June 20 at Springtown High School’s practice fields. SHS coaches Katherine Kummerfeld and Jeff Hunt led the camp.             Photos by Mark K. Campbell… Read the rest

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Bear dare: Venturing into murderous beast land

| June 22, 2017
Bear dare: Venturing into murderous beast land

So there I was in bear country again.
As someone who has a premonition that he will meet his Maker via some sort of ursine incident, venturing into terrain preferred by the brutal beasts seemed like a dumb idea.
I hate bears. They are straight-up evil.
You can’t out-run, out-swim, or out-climb one.
They will kill and eat you.
Normally, I avoid any possible contact with bears.
Heck, I won’t even ride with someone named Elisha.
(Right now, somewhere, someone is clutching their King James Bible to their chest and gaffawing in a fearful and wonderful way.)
Maybe you have seen that Facebook video of a mountain biker being pursued by a bear for what seems like miles.… Read the rest

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Mary Ellen Roberson: Recalling a view of the past

| June 22, 2017
Mary Ellen Roberson: Recalling a view of the past

During the time that I was Director of Instructional Services for Springtown ISD, I asked several high school students to interview Senior Citizens.
Candice Countryman chose to interview and write about Mary Ellen Roberson. Here is her article:

Mary Ellen Roberson lives in the small town of Springtown, Texas. She is an amazing lady with a lively sense of humor and a laugh that one has to join and laugh along with. She presently has four children, six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
She believes that the world is no better or worse today than it used to be. She commented that she has not had much trouble adapting with the times and she cannot say which time period she liked the best.… Read the rest

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A Wingnut who enjoys her Sorkin-penned Tobyisms

| June 22, 2017
A Wingnut who enjoys her Sorkin-penned Tobyisms

I began to suspect some time ago that I was the female version of The West Wing’s Toby Zeigler.
Impressively created from the soul of Aaron Sorkin’s dark wit, and brought to life by the majestic Richard Schiff, Toby was initially one of my least favorite characters on the show.
Hear me out on this one, Wingnuts. When the show was in its prime, I was just a teenage girl. A teenager who had a huge crush on Bradley Whitford’s Josh Lyman.
And, as viewers of the show know, Josh and Toby rarely saw eye to eye, and there was that one time they came to blows after the death of Toby’s brother.… Read the rest

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It’s time to stop putting God first in your life

| June 22, 2017
It’s time to stop putting God first in your life

What are your priorities in life? Let’s not even talk yet about the order of your priorities. Let’s just identify the priorities themselves.
Let’s see…there’s work (gotta pay the bills, right?); family (they are the reason we have bills); hobbies (“me” time); friends (we don’t want to get isolated); church (don’t want to get in trouble with God); education (we don’t want our kids being “ignernt”); work (yes, we’ve already listed that one, but the bills were a little more than we anticipated); and God (church is not the only place we think about Him…hopefully).
Maybe we better throw in some community service (if it helps us look good and make some “connections,” makes us feel better about ourselves, makes our communities safer for our kids, or supports the causes that are important to us).… Read the rest

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Gov. signs 2018-19, two-year state budget into law

| June 22, 2017
Gov. signs 2018-19, two-year state budget into law

Gov. Greg Abbott on June 12 signed Senate Bill 1, legislation that appropriates some $217 billion to pay for the state’s next two-year fiscal period.
“I am once again signing a budget that addresses the most pressing challenges faced by our state. This budget funds a life-saving overhaul of Child Protective Services, ensuring children in Texas’ foster care receive the protection they deserve,” Abbott stated in his proclamation. “Even in a tight budget climate,” he added, “this budget prioritizes the safety and well-being of all Texans. It continues to fund our state’s role in securing the border, adding an additional 250 troopers to keep our communities safe.… Read the rest

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Electrifying!

| June 22, 2017
Electrifying!

There is no safe place outside during a thunderstorm; crouching will not help.

Separating lightning myths and facts

by Mark K. Campbell
Aside from it being one of the most misspelled words in the English language – it’s not “lightening” – lightning is misunderstood in other ways, too.
Courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, here are some myths that the organization addresses – as well as confirming some truths.

MYTH Crouch down if you’re caught in a thunderstorm.
TRUTH – Crouching makes you no safer. Flee to a building or hard-topped vehicle. You are not safe anywhere outdoors.… Read the rest

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Parker sheriff: Pets need extra care in heat

| June 22, 2017

Chained pit bull found dead with no water, no shade

The death of a dog found chained to a rock formation and left without shade or water has prompted Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler to make a public service announcement regarding proper summer care for pets.
“Any outdoor animal requires extra care and monitoring due to the extreme Texas heat,” Fowler said.
Sheriff’s Animal Control Supervisor Karen Kessler added domestic animals require adequate shade, preferably a proper doghouse that is well-ventilated.
“Setting a doghouse in direct sunlight without ventilation in high temperatures is asking for a grim outcome concerning the life of your pet,” Kessler said.… Read the rest

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