Category: Community

Buck Sighting in Freestone County, TX

This gorgeous 8-pt. buck was photographed by one of our readers in Freestone County just last month.  Perhaps they will be lucky enough to catch this beauty on the deer stand on opening day of Deer Season, November 5,...

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Earth Kind Living Conference December 2nd in Palestine

PALESTINE – East Texans will have the chance to learn about new environmental-friendly techniques around the home and ranch during a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Earth-Kind Living conference Dec. 2 in Palestine. The event begins with registration at 8 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. inside Ben E. Keith Beverages, 2019 W. Oak St. The conference will introduce consumers, producers and volunteers to Earth-Kind Living, a balanced system using university research-proven techniques for quality living, environmental stewardship and overall well being, said Larry Pierce, AgriLife Extension regional program leader for Districts 4 and 5, Overton. Experts will share information on agricultural production, land stewardship, health and wellness, and Earth-Kind friendly homes. Cost is $25 if attendees preregister by Nov. 10 and $35 the day of the event. For more information and to register, go to “The lineup of speakers is diverse and very knowledgeable about ways to be good stewards of our environment as producers, ranchers and homeowners,” Pierce said. “By implementing Earth-Kind methods, we have the ability to improve the quality of life on our farms and in our homes and eventually our communities.” Speakers and topics include:–Dr. Ron Gill, AgriLife Extension livestock specialist, and Dr. Susan Ballabina, AgriLife Extension executive associate director, College Station – Research-based Truth in Agricultural Production, Land Stewardship, Health and Wellness.–Steve Nelle, freelance conservation and wildlife management consultant, San Angelo –...

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Pasture & Ranch Management Seminar Announced

The Pridgeon Community Center in Franklin will be the location of a Pasture and Ranch Management Seminar to be held on Monday, October, 31st.  Registration will begin at 7:00am with the program slated to begin at 7:30am. The program will conclude at 3:00pm. The address for the Community Center is 351 Cooks Lane, Franklin, Texas. The seminar will offer seven hours of CEU’s for the private applicator license and certificate holders. It has also been approved for commercial/non-commercial license holders to receive all needed hours to renew their license. The approved hours will include three hours in the General category, two hours in the Laws and Regulations category, one hour in the Drift category and one hour in the IPM category.  The first five hours will satisfy requirements for Commercial License Holders. Speakers and topics will include:  “Review of Current Laws & Regulations” –Dr. Shane McLellan; “Feral Hog Control: What is legal & What is not” –Dr. Jim Cathey; “Controlling Herbicide Drift” –Mr. Edward Schneider; “Mosquito’s & the Zika Virus” –Dr. Sonja Swiger; “Range & Pasture Weed ID and Control” –Dr. Barron Rector; “Managing External Parasites as Part of a Beef Cattle Management Program” –Dr. Jason Cleere.  An eight hour CEU program will also be offered on Thursday, December 8th.  It will be set-up much like the October 31st program. If you attend both programs, you will receive fifteen...

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Hiring Red, White, & You! Veterans’ Hiring Fair November 10th

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), in partnership with 28 local workforce development boards and the Texas Veterans Commission, will host veterans hiring fairs in 30 cities throughout Texas on Thursday, Nov. 10. TWC’s fifth annual Hiring Red, White & You! statewide hiring fair is a joint initiative supported by the Office of the Governor, the Texas Medical Center and the Texas Veterans Commission to connect veterans and their spouses in Texas with employers who are seeking veterans’ exceptional skills. “This event represents the importance of Texas employers working together to help our veterans who have served our country as they begin the next chapter of their lives,” said Governor Greg Abbott. “The Hiring Red, White & You! events are excellent opportunities for veterans to gain employment and for Texas employers to find experienced individuals to fill available job opportunities.” The multi-city event is designed to assist veterans, service members and their spouses as they seek their next career opportunity. Employers participate at no cost and are encouraged to contact their local Workforce Solutions office for more information. Over the past four years, Hiring Red, White & You! has connected more than 42,000 veterans with over 6,500 employers. “Texas veterans are well-educated, dedicated and highly-trained individuals who have the technical and professional skills needed by Texas employers,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “The Hiring Red, White & You! statewide hiring...

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Pet Talk: Zoonotic Diseases

    Whether pet owners are walking in the park, going on a road trip, or even just lying in bed, spending time with four-legged friends is a part of daily life. However, spending time with pets comes with the responsibility of keeping them healthy. Regular veterinarian checkups are important, especially in helping to prevent pets from becoming sick or infected with diseases—including zoonotic diseases, which can be transmitted to people. Dr. Angela Arenas, assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained what zoonotic diseases are and how they are transmitted. “A zoonotic disease is an infectious disease that can be transmitted between animals and humans,” she said. “Oral-fecal route is a common route of infection. For example, a zoonotic disease can be spread when a human has touched something contaminated with an infected pet’s fecal material, and then they accidentally touch their mouth. Additionally, vegetables that have not been washed appropriately and have been contaminated with fecal material is another example of an oral-fecal route of infection.” Arenas said sandboxes for children could also be a potential source of zoonotic infection, since cats may use the sandbox as a litter box. If children are playing in the backyard where infected pets defecate, this could also be a potential source of a zoonotic infection. Common zoonotic diseases can spread through parasites and fungal,...

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