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Superior Service Awards presented at Texas A&M AgriLife conference

COLLEGE STATION – Select faculty and staff of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service received the agency’s Superior Service Award during a ceremony Jan. 10 on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station. From across the state, 17 individuals as well as eight teams with a total of 79 members were recognized. AgriLife Extension director Dr. Doug Steele said the award recognizes AgriLife Extension personnel who provide outstanding performance in education or other outstanding service to the organization and Texans. “The work of these honorees exemplifies the contribution that AgriLife Extension education makes in meeting society’s challenges,” Steele said. “The impact of such work is proof we are meeting our mission to help Texans better their lives through continuing education that encourages lasting and effective change.” The categories and names of individuals receiving the Superior Service Award were: — County Extension Agent Karen Jungman, family and consumer sciences, Hill County. Reginald Lepley, agriculture and natural resources, Walker County. Amy Ressler, family and consumer sciences, Montgomery County. Wendy Scott, family and consumer sciences, Lynn County. Lyle Zoeller, agriculture and natural resources, Bell County. Marcel Valdez, agriculture and natural resources, Zavala County. — Extension Specialist Dr. Gaylon Morgan, state AgriLife Extension cotton agronomist, College Station. — Extension Program Specialist Nikki Dictson, AgriLife Extension program specialist, Texas Water Resources Institute, College Station. — Extension Program Support Gene Carr, AgriLife Extension assistant...

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Movie Review: Hidden Figures

A lot of people were unhappy with my review of “Sing” a few weeks ago. Many wondered how I could have so much disdain for a movie with positive messages about perseverance and following your dreams. There are two main reasons: 1) That movie is considerably less positive with its messages about stealing and avoiding responsibility, and 2) There are plenty of better movies with messages about perseverance and following your dreams. One such movie is “Hidden Figures.” The film follows three African-American women who work at NASA in 1961. Katherine (Taraji P. Henson) is a mathematician and physicist. Mary (Janelle Monae) is a mathematician and engineer. Dorothy (Octavia Spencer) is a mathematician and essentially a supervisor, though she hasn’t gotten the appropriate promotion yet. The three work out of Langley, Virginia, during a tense time in the segregation era. They persevere and follow their dreams in order to help John Glenn (Glen Powell) make his legendary orbit around the Earth. The three face obstacles typical of women and African-Americans in that era. Katherine needs to make crucial calculations, but the lead engineer (Jim Parsons) won’t admit that his own work might be flawed and redacts key information. Also, the nearest colored bathroom is fifteen minutes away, so she’s forced to take forty-minute breaks that cut down on productivity. Mary needs clearance to make necessary contributions, but can only...

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Research trials focus on winter pasture stocking strategies

  OVERTON – Profits in stocker production can be as green as winter pastures when conditions are right and producers apply correct stocking strategies, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research expert. And research trials at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Overton are focusing on identifying optimal strategies and stocking rates for producers. Stocker calves being placed on pasture, a mixture of Mayton rye and Nelson ryegrass, as part of a Texas A&M AgriLife Research winter pasture trial focused on optimal stocking rates for winter pastures. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Adam Russell) Dr. Monte Rouquette, an AgriLife Research forage physiologist in Overton, said his research on proper stocking rates for winter pastures considers various hypothetical scenarios producers might face when investing in winter and spring forages. For producers, success or failure in their investment in small grain and ryegrass seed, planting and fertilizing is determined by the weight gained by each calf and gain per acre by April or May, Rouquette said. The average daily gain, gain per animal and gain per acre will determine whether a producer’s decision to plant winter pastures was worthwhile. Rouquette said evaluating profits after the fact is always easy but that his goal is to provide producers “advance warning” and expectation for gains from different stocking strategies. “The research emphasis is to evaluate stocking strategies for...

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Our County: A Great Place to Live and Shop

  Whether you live on the edge of the Piney Woods, in the middle of the Post Oak Belt, or at the beginning of the Plains, you might still have a common address – that of Freestone County, Texas. With several small towns (each with its own personality), and even more small communities, this place we call home has much to offer. Outdoors For outdoor enthusiasts, the menu is top-notch, with the fishing and hiking of Fairfield Lake State Park, the boating and swimming at Richland Chambers Reservoir, and the hunting opportunities at Caney Creek Lodge and world-class shooting sports facilities at Caney Creek Shooting Sports. Horse lovers and rodeo fans have several venues to choose from, including the privately-owned Twin Lakes Covered Arena, along with two city arenas that are home to the annual Freestone County Fair & Rodeo held in Fairfield and the largest amateur rodeo in the state, the July Fourth Rodeo held in Teague. History Of course, not all events are held outdoors, as Freestone County is home to, at least, two wonderful museums for history aficionados. The Freestone County Historical Museum, located in Fairfield on the grounds of the old county jail house, features artifacts from the days of illegal moonshining.  The museum includes the state-of-the-art Barbara and H. Neil Bass Wing, housing exhibits such as an extensive gun collection and a recreation of...

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Newly Elected Officials take Oath of Office

 New Year means New Faces in Freestone County, as elected officials take their oath of office…          Elected officials take their oath of office on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 before starting their first day of work.  Conducting the ceremony was 87th District Judge Deborah Oakes Evans (second from left), who also swore in her son, Brian Evans, as County Attorney.  Elected officials include (left-right):  County Commissioner – Pct. 3 Mike Daniels, Sr.; Judge Evans, County Commissioner – Pct. 1 Andy Bonner, Constable – Pct. 4 Wade Harrison, County Tax Assessor Collector Lisa Foree, County Attorney Brian Evans, Constable – Pct. 3 Pamela Brackens, Constable – Pct. 2 Lynn Clary, and Constable – Pct. 1 Buck Bonner.  Sheriff Jeremy Shipley was sworn in, but had to step out for an active shooter situation in Wortham, which started as a store robbery in Mexia.  Stay tuned for details next week.  (Photo by Nicole...

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