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by Mark K. Campbell
Three sports camps, some with multiple age sessions, remain for Springtown youngsters – all at SHS.
A youth football camp is slated for July 11-14 at the SHS indoor facility.
Grades 2-9 will learn from 10 a.m. until noon for $50.
A boys and girls soccer camp follows, from July 18-21 in three sessions:
I – grades 1-3, 5-5:30 p.m., $30
II – grades 4-6, 5:45-6:30 p.m., $40
III – grades 7-9, 6:45-7:30 p.m., $40
A second football camp for older Porcupines – grades 7-9 – is set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. July 25-28.
The cost is $50.… Read the rest
Back in 1980, Olympic dreams of many were dashed because of political reasons. America boycotted the Moscow Games because Russia invaded Afghanistan.
The boycott was devastating to many athletes, including defending decathlon champ Bruce Jenner who was so upset that he turned into a woman. (FYI: This is the sort of easy jokes I’ll be making in this column.)
Thirty-six years later, there’s another reason why so many of the U.S.’ finest are declining to compete against the best in the world.
The reports coming from Brazil are not good when it comes to the variety of reasons that this could be the worst Olympics ever.… Read the rest
Well that really puts things in perspective!”
I don’t know how many times I have heard or used that little sentence. Recent variations on that theme make reference to “first world problems.” The message seems to be that, if you think a little bit about someone else’s worse situation, you will realize that your issues are fairly insignificant in the grand scheme of things.
For example, much of my time, energy, and focus over the past few weeks has been given to preparing for the launch of my new book. I’ve posted to social media, sent out emails, and actual – gasp – paper letters in envelopes with stamps!… Read the rest
All of the bank had been killed except one whom Sergeant Spangler was riding close on to. He pulled the trigger to shoot this only surviving one, when the cartridge failed to fire.
“On hearing the plea: ‘Me ‘Merican,’ he noticed that the one who was fleeing from him in a struggling effort to evade death was a woman – a white woman with an infant wrapped in buffalo skin, in her arms.
“This white woman was, in fact, Cynthia Ann Parker who had been taken captive by the Indians twenty-one years previous to this time, at the massacre of Parker’s Fort.… Read the rest
The U.S. Supreme Court on June 27 struck down parts of the state abortion law that Texas lawmakers revised and passed in 2013.
The law’s provision that physicians providing abortions must have admitting privileges to a nearby hospital and the provision that abortion facilities must meet minimum standards for ambulatory surgical centers are in violation of the Constitution, the court said in a 5-3 ruling.
Justice Stephen Breyer, author of the court’s majority opinion, wrote, “We conclude that neither of these provisions offers medical benefits sufficient to justify the burdens upon access that each imposes.”
Furthermore, wrote Breyer, the admitting-privileges requirement imposes an “undue burden” on a woman’s right to choose, and evidence provided by the State of Texas did not show how the new law advanced the state’s legitimate interest in protecting women’s health.… Read the rest
Arguments are made about who is America’s greatest director. But when it comes to pleasing across the spectrum – mass entertainments to near-art classics – we can’t beat Steven Spielberg.
About the film
There’s always a batch of high-brow folks who believe that if a movie is a success, it must not be very good – after all, how can the dirty masses appreciate true art?
Well, those snobs are wrong.
Spielberg has delivered great movies in every possible manner, and, while he might be waning somewhat these days, he’s still our best.
He directed a movie that at one time was the biggest domestic moneymaker of all-time, Jaws (1975).… Read the rest
Two first place plaques were won at the Texas Press Association’s Leadership Retreat in June in Montgomery.
Reporter Natalie Gentry and Editor Mark K. Campbell combined to take first in News Photo.
The winning entry was comprised of several pictures including a fire photo taken by Gentry and an icy road by Campbell.
Judges said, “Some nice photos and shows that Johnny-on-the-spot energy.”
The second first place plaque went to Campbell for a pair of editorials on social media and police shootings.… Read the rest
Dan Gibson entertained Springtown children June 30 with his adaptations of traditional folk tales from many cultures, historical tales, original stories, a bit of outrageous cowboy poetry, shameless whoppers about eccentric people and strange animals, and songs.
Next up as part of the Library’s summer program is July 7, Tharpo the Clown.
A genius with a steady stream of puns and jokes, Tharpo is full of energy and quips that will keep the kids laughing.… Read the rest