Category: Community

Decorate Teague Park

  A lighting ceremony in Teague City park is being planned by the City of Teague on Thursday, December 8, 2016. The annual Christmas parade will start on 3rd street and end at city park for the lighting ceremony. Local businesses are being asked to participate by choosing a tree located on the outer perimeter to decorate, and promote your business by placing a sign with your logo or business name. If interested, please call City Hall at 254-739-2011 for details. Booths will be available for food and merchandise vendors. Call City Hall and...

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Let the Music Begin at Fairfield Fall Arts Fest

  The courthouse square will be filled with live music and dancing throughout the day on October 1 starting at 11:00am at Fall Arts Fest!  The event will present the awesome sights and sounds of CSO Lite, the Aggie Wranglers, vocals from TSAC’s “RING OF FIRE:  The Music of Johnny Cash,” and Tin Top Road Bluegrass Band. CSO Lite (an extension of Corsicana Swing Orchestra) will kick off the day’s events with its diverse instrumentals.  Led by Jerry Ballew of Teague, the band is comprised of a mix of educators and professionals who simply enjoy creating music together.  The group was first assembled over a decade ago by Jim Stubbs, former band director of Navarro College, and has included musicians from Fairfield and Teague, as well as from Corsicana.  With their many talents, skills and love of music, they have revived sounds of the Big Band era, though their repertoire includes other music genres such as country, rock ‘n’ roll and Latin.  Though they thoroughly enjoy making music together, their motto is, “We love our music, but for now we are keeping our day jobs!” Aggie Wranglers, a volunteer exhibition couples dance team, will be performing at noon sharing their passion for dancing and their love of Texas A&M University.  This self-funded group is run solely by students of A&M and has become one of the University’s most widely...

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One of the wettest Augusts on record has water supplies and fall forages looking good

Texas Crop & Weather Report    Near-record August rains brought most of Texas out of drought conditions and improved water availability and soil moisture indexes, said weather and water experts. Dr. Kevin Wagner, deputy director of engagement at the Texas Water Resources Institute, College Station, said atypical August storm systems around the state delivered needed relief to some areas. Wagner said rain events that brought 3 inches or more of rain to areas improved soil moisture indexes and likely produced runoff capable of filling farm ponds. Widespread rains in August put a damper on field work but have filled farm ponds and ended drought conditions in most of Texas. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Kay Ledbetter) Most major water-supply reservoirs around the state are full or holding good amounts of water after several inches of rain fell over a week–long period in August, Wagner said. He suspects farm ponds are in better shape than major reservoirs because they require much less runoff to impact smaller bodies of water. “Generally, if an area is out of drought, we can assume that the farm pond levels are going to be in good shape,” he said. “Producers in the South Plains and other arid areas of the state typically use groundwater as their predominant water source for livestock.” Wagner said he visited the San Angelo area recently, where several major...

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Royal Pig In a Blanket?

  Texas A&M Study Shows Hawaiian Hogs Have Rich History Hawaiians have always regarded pigs as something special, a notion that comes from their Polynesian roots centuries ago. In recent years, the islands have become overrun with thousands of feral hogs, and tradition or not, many islanders believe something has to be done to control the destructive beasts. However, a team of international scientists that includes a Texas A&M University professor has found that today’s wild feral hogs are descendants of the original pigs Polynesians brought to the islands, meaning they are a direct link to Hawaii’s rich cultural history. Anna Linderholm, assistant professor of anthropology who also directs the BIG laboratory (bioarchaeology and genomics) at Texas A&M, and her colleagues have had their work published in the Royal Society Open Science. The other researchers are from the University of Copenhagen, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, the University of Hawaii, Trinity Western University of British Columbia, Uppsala University of Sweden, the University of Liverpool, the National University of Ireland and Cornell University. The team examined 57 feral hogs and after analyzing DNA material and genetic markers and other methods, found that the hogs are almost certainly direct descendants of pigs brought to the islands hundreds – perhaps has many as 800 years – ago by Polynesians who eventually inhabited Hawaii. “It has always been believed that the pigs were...

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Pet Talk: Adopting and Training a Service Dog

Dogs can be incredibly smart and comforting animals. While most dog owners depend on their dog for emotional support and companionship, others look to dogs for assistance with disabilities, such as blindness or hearing loss. Service dogs are specially trained to assist with many types of disabilities. As defined by the American Disabilities Act, a service dog is any dog assisting a person with a disability and the animal must be trained to do a task for the person. Because service dogs are so highly trained, they are allowed to go in many public places, such as restaurants, buses, bathrooms, and even on school and university campuses. On the other hand, therapy dogs are not considered a service dog by law—nonetheless they still help people. Therapy dogs are trained to provide comfort and affection to people and are often used in caring facilities such as hospitals and nursing homes. While therapy dogs certainly require training to behave in public, service dogs are known for their incredible obedience and multi-step training programs that help shape them into the perfect assistance dog. “Service dogs have to learn that even though a person who is blind told them to go through a door, they should not go if there is a hazard that could injure their owner,” said Dr. Alice Blue-McLendon, clinical assistant professor and faculty advisor for the Aggie Guide Dogs...

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