Author: Karen Leidy

Pet Talk: Snake Season Is Here

By the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Spring and summer are a great time to get outdoors. However, warmer temperatures also mean that certain creatures, such as snakes, will be more active. According to Texas Parks & Wildlife, the vast majority of Texas snakes are harmless and non-venomous, but just in case, you should always be cautious. Dr. J. Jill Heatley, associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, said garden snakes, a non-venomous group, are some of the most common snakes in the Bryan-College Station area. But be careful; venomous snakes also are prevalent. “Common garden snakes in the area include the rough green snake, rough earth snake, the rat snake, and the diamondback water snake,” Heatley said. “There also are non-venomous snakes in the area that may mimic venomous snakes, such as the hognose snake. Common venomous snakes include the cottonmouth and copperhead.” Though some parks may not require you to keep your pet on a leash, it may be a good idea to keep Fido controlled in case you do encounter a snake. In this situation, Heatley said to lead your pet away and avoid the snake by taking another path. Even if the snake doesn’t appear to be venomous, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Though we can do our best to...

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Freestone Medical Center CEO Talks Transition Status

Nearly thirty local entrepreneurs attended last week’s Business After Hours at Gilberto’s Restaurant in Fairfield to enjoy networking, encouragement, and fun. Stace Holland, CEO of Freestone Medical Center, shared information about the transition process from the former ETMC hospital. One of the challenges has been getting the billing information transferred over to the new name. Most patients are still receiving a bill from the former hospital, and insurance payments are going through ETMC first, with Freestone Medical Center (FMC) being reimbursed at a later date. The situation has developed because of the time it takes for Medicare to make...

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Movie Review: “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”

  by Bob Garver   I’ve found that the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies benefit from low expectations. Take the original, “Curse of the Black Pearl” from 2003. At first, it seemed like a bad idea to invest so heavily in a pirate movie (two words: “Cutthroat Island”) based on a Disney theme park ride (three words: “The Country Bears”). But the movie pulled a huge upset and proved the naysayers wrong: it was funny, it was exciting, Johnny Depp got an Oscar nomination for playing the mischievous Captain Jack Sparrow, and it made a ton of money. Then...

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Texas Joins The Call for Constitutional Convention

Earlier this month, the Texas House of Representatives approved a Senate Joint Resolution, which calls for an Article V Convention of the States. The House vote was 94 to 51. This makes Texas the 11th of 34 states needed to call the convention. Texas joins such states as Alabama, Alaska, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Tennessee. Passage of the measure was listed as a priority by Governor Greg Abbott during his State of the State Address on January 31st. The Texas call for a convention would be to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution that would –impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, –limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and –limit the terms of office of federal officials and members of Congress. This measure will be forwarded to Vice-President Mike Pence (who resides over the U.S. Senate) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (who resides over the U.S. House of Representatives). Under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, the legislatures of two thirds of the states can call for a convention to draft amendments to the Constitution, and any amendments approved by the convention would then require the support of three-quarters of the states to become part of the Constitution. In its history, the U.S. Constitution has been amended 27 times. So far, none of those were amendments generated by a convention of...

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Community Backs the Blue, Raising More Than $3,000

Fairfield Police Association held their first Back the Blue BBQ on Saturday, May 13, 2017, raising a total of $3,267. Fairfield Police Sergeant David Utsey was the designated BBQ cooker for the event; and the group sold more than 200 plates. “The members of the association worked very hard to make this a great event,” says association President, Albert Gallegos. “We want to thank the citizens for coming out to support our benefit. We look forward to doing this again next...

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