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In the Treehouse: It’s a Dirty Job

They say motherhood is the gift that keeps on giving, and it truly is. The hugs just because, the kisses whenever I need them the most, the silly stories, the times filled with laughter; they will all for sure reside in my memory forever. My sweet little angels that I brought into this world, will bring me love and happiness and offer me the gift that keeps on giving forever, and that is the gift of love. However, there are those times, that will also be locked into my memory of motherhood that will never be forgotten; and it’s those moments of disgust, wipes, poop, and many other bodily fluids. (Warning. This column is full-on mommy hood; so for those of you with a weak stomach, I would NOT continue reading.) Just the other day, I was fulfilling my duties as a PTO mom, and we were leaving the school to head home and do homework and our nightly routine; but I happened to run into a friend of mine in the parking lot, that happened to be parked next to my car. So I put my two little boys in the car to cool off in the AC and watch a movie. So and I began to chat and catch up, then all of the sudden my youngest got out of the car and was kind of playing...

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More women taking on agricultural land ownership

  Mentorship between generations, over fences important   FREDERICKSBURG – “Learn, support, educate” may not have been the theme but was the outcome of the second annual conference for women interested in conservation and stewardship of land in the Edwards Plateau, according to participants and presenters alike. The Women in Wildlife Conservation conference recently held in Fredericksburg and attended by more than 70 women was an effort to help those who are inheriting land, purchasing land or who have become owners of land for various reasons, said Dr. Larry Redmon, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program leader in College Station. “We think this is an underserved audience,” Redmon said. “We think by getting these ladies together and discussing things with them about land stewardship, especially here in the Edwards Plateau, we can impact not only those who currently own the property, but those who will come after them, their daughters and the granddaughters.” Megan Clayton, AgriLife Extension range specialist in Corpus Christi, spoke about “Stewardship in the Edwards Plateau – The Next Generation.” Women representing land holdings of all sizes attended the second annual conference on stewardship in Fredericksburg. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Kay Ledbetter) Clayton said the “next generation” is diverse, because it might be mothers similar to her own who in their 60s are just becoming the landowner. Or, it might be the daughters who...

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Guilty Verdict in Capital Murder Trial

Jury began deliberations around 4:00 p.m. On Friday, October 7, 2016 in the Capital Murder trial of Lawson Abram. Within a couple hours, jury returned a “guilty” verdict. This is the first of three Capital Murder trials stemming from an incident in March 2015 that resulted in the death of Doug Hurst of Teague, Texas. Two other defendants, Amber Halford and O’Jarion McClenon, have trials set for later this month. Full story of this week’s trial will be published in next week’s edition of the Freestone County...

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Fields of Faith Hosted by Fairfield FCA on October 12

  The Fairfield Chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes will be hosting the annual Fields of Faith event on October 12 at 7:00 p.m. The event will be located at the Fairfield High School Auditorium. It is available to anyone who looks to grow in their relationship with Christ, with no tickets necessary. A love offering will be taken up sometime during the event. All funds will go toward senior scholarships to FCA members and we appreciate any donation made. The event will feature speakers, a live band, prayer, testimonoes and much...

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Schwertner Defends Access to Psychiatric Care; Calls on Paxton to Affirm Definition of “Physician”

  Schwertner calls decision by Judge Rory Olsen not to accept psychiatric evaluations offered by doctors of osteopathy a clear violation of Texas law, says it will only serve to limit psychiatric care in Harris County. AUSTIN, TX –- Thursday, Ocotber 6, 2016, Senator Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown) sent a formal request to Attorney General Ken Paxton (attached) asking that he issue a legal opinion affirming the right of doctors of osteopathy (DO) to practice medicine in the state of Texas. Last week, probate Judge Rory Olsen of Harris County created a measure of controversy by stating he would no longer accept recommendations for involuntary psychiatric commitment from doctors of osteopathic medicine — an altogether puzzling decision that seems to defy decades of established legal and medical precedent. “The simple fact is, Judge Olsen doesn’t have the authority to decide which physicians he does or does not want to listen to,” said Schwertner. “Regardless of  this man’s opinion, the law governing the practice of medicine is exceedingly clear: DOs — just like MDs — are fully-trained, licensed, and accredited physicians with all the rights and responsibilities that entails. Period.” Generally regarded as more holistic and prevention-oriented, osteopathic doctors currently represent about 10 percent of all Texas physicians. DOs enjoy the same practice rights as MDs in all 50 states, including Texas. “As a physician, I find Judge Olsen’s attempt...

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