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A family and its stump: It’s at my place now

| December 1, 2016
A family and its stump: It’s at my place now

Much to my delight, the door was unlocked.
It was Thanksgiving Day and the family was where it always is on that day – at Lake Whitney at the Bride’s parents’ house.
After the death of my parents, we are selling their small lake cabin with the screened-in porch perched on a high ledge with dramatic views of towering limestone cliffs across the way.
We had had the place cleaned to be made presentable for sale, and it must’ve worked because it sold on the first day of its listing. The Realtor said we needed to get what we wanted out of the cabin before the new occupants arrived.… Read the rest

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What if we were the blessing others were thankful for?

| December 1, 2016
What if we were the blessing others were thankful for?

My friends, I hope your Thanksgiving was truly a time of gratitude to God for His blessings, provision, and presence. And I hope you survived Black Friday! (Of course, if you didn’t survive it, you are not reading this, so never mind). As I heard someone recently say, “Only in America, do we follow up a day of gratitude with a day of unrestrained and frenzied shopping where we spend money we don’t have to buy things we don’t need to impress people we don’t even like!”
If you live in the USA, you are among the most materially blessed in the world.… Read the rest

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Government investigations into a deadly Indian raid

| December 1, 2016
Government investigations into a deadly Indian raid

This is an excerpt from Indian Fighting on the Texas Frontier by Captain John M. Elkins.

General Sherman had been inspecting all the government posts, when there was a raid near Fort Richardson in Jacksboro.
After viewing the scene of death and destruction, he quickly ordered troops to follow the trail continuously until they learned for certain as to whether or not it were Indians that committed this horrible crime. In the meantime he caught the stage and hurried to the reservation at Fort Sill.
Immediately upon his arrival there he ordered the agent to bring forth all Indians on the reservation for his inspection, to determine whether any were absent.… Read the rest

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Empty nesting before 30?

| December 1, 2016
Empty nesting before 30?

Those who know me well know the only responsibility I take more seriously than being the oldest of four siblings is being a mother.
Anyone who has had the displeasure of hassling any of the other three Derr siblings– and has had to deal with me as a result – also knows this.
I am not sure when it started – I guess about the time I had my son – but at some point, I became my siblings’ third parent.
My brother and I are relatively close in age, but I am nine years older than my middle sister and 13 years older than the baby.… Read the rest

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African-American History Memorial unveiled

| December 1, 2016
African-American History Memorial unveiled

A crowd of citizens and dignitaries gathered on the south lawn of the state Capitol on Nov. 19 to witness the unveiling of the Texas African American History Memorial.
The 32-foot-wide, 27-foot-tall bronze monument by sculptor Ed Dwight features images of African-Americans in Texas from modern times going back nearly 500 years.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, a former long-time member of the Texas House of Representatives, spoke at the event.
“This monument stands as a marker that no matter how smart you may think you are, no matter how gifted you may be, and no matter what contribution you may have made, we are standing on the foundation and the shoulders of people who have sacrificed to get us where we are today,” Turner said.… Read the rest

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Porcupines beat visiting Hornets

| December 1, 2016
Porcupines beat visiting Hornets

Game comes down to last shot

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
When Azle came to Springtown (1-4) Nov. 29 for a non-district basketball game, several factors were in play:
• the squads are longtime rivals
• both Springtown and Azle’s coaches are in their first years
• SHS’ Ernest Mims and AHS’ James Crafton are friends
• the game was low-scoring early
• the lead changed hands in the final period
• it came down to the final shot
When the buzzer sounded after an Azle 3-pointer bounded off the back of the rim, the Porcupines claimed a 48-45 victory.
The first period left the net alone, ending with SHS ahead 3-2.… Read the rest

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Wrestlers ready for mats

| December 1, 2016
Wrestlers ready for mats

With one state-qualifier returning and more athletes in the program, SHS wrestling coach Tye Adams sees big things for this year’s squad.
“We have a lot of kids out this year, the most we have had in three years,” the veteran coach said.
Almost 50 athletes are training to hit the mats this season.
Adams said, “We have a lot of young kids that we are excited about and a few returnees that will need to carry the torch for us.” One of those returnees is senior Jesse Springfield who reached the state tournament last February.
Adams said, “I am lucky to have good kids, great assistants, and overwhelming support from our athletic program.”
The JV competes Dec.… Read the rest

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Weaver Signs with Sul Ross

| December 1, 2016
Weaver Signs with Sul Ross

Lady Porcupine Ashton Weaver signs to continue her volleyball career at Sul Ross University. With the school’s all-time kill record holder are (l-r) parents Aaron and Amanda Weaver and SHS coach Leighann Strickland.

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Basketball ladies get a road victory

| December 1, 2016

Lady Porcupines win at FW Christian

Road veterans, the Lady Porcupines hoops squad played two more games away from the SHS gym.
At Muenster, Springtown (2-4) struggled to score and lost 61-24.
The state-ranked hosts – with a 6-0 guard and 6-3 post – survived SHS’ full-court press.
A bight spot was the play of freshman Kaitlyn Goree, coach Susan Croft said.
Goree scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. “She is becoming a huge help in our inside game,” Croft said.
Gabby Terry scored 7 points and had 8 boards while Khristin Mote went 7 points and 6 rebounds.
The Springtown effort was there, Croft noted: “The girls played one of their best games as far as hustle, effort, attitude, and teamwork.”
A win came at the next stop, 41-39 over FW Christian.… Read the rest

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SMS

| December 1, 2016

Girls basketball
The 8th A beat Azle Forte 42-6 then won its own tourney.
The A beat Lake Worth 35-10 to start the event – the high scorer was Shanna Teague with 9 points.
Next, Forte fell again, 34-9; Teague’s 11 points led SMS.
After a 51-28 win over Azle JH – with Haylee Winstead scoring 16 points – SMS won the tourney.
The team is coached by Thomas Croft.
The victorious squad: Emi Shallenberger, Jayden Grubis, Kaycee Henderson, Marissa Kelley, Landree Bryant, Shanna Teague, Malorie Henneck, Rayleigh Farris, Shaylee Slate, and Haylee Winstead.
The 8th B defeated Azle Forte 36-10.… Read the rest

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