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Let’s Travel! with Jerri McBay

The year 2018 will be the first year of a new group of travelers. The coordinator of this new group is Jerri McBay. Membership is free. There are several trips already on the calendar. The first trip will be a Collette tour Southern Charm. Departure for this 7-day tour is March 4, 2018. Even though the initial registration date has passed, there could still be room for you. Southern Charm begins with two nights in Charleston, then one night in Savannah, two nights on Jekyll Island. The tour ends with a tour of St. Augustine, Florida, and a flight home from Jacksonville. The second trip on the calendar is a 3-day tour to Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Why? That is the location of the Pioneer Woman Mercantile. Pawhuska is a small town north of Tulsa. The group will leave Monday, April 9, and return Wednesday, April 11. Everyone will be staying at a casino near Tulsa. A day trip is planned to the Dallas Music Hall to enjoy Lion King on Saturday, June 30. This musical is a special presentation because of the costumes and puppetry used in portraying the animals. There is even a life-size elephant. The entire theater is used in this must-see production. Another Collette trip will be offered for a July 30 departure. This tour is an 11-day trip Maritimes Coastal Wonders. After flying into Halifax, Nova...

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Leon County Farm & Ranch Seminar Feb. 6th in Centerville

The Leon County Office of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is sponsoring the 2018 Leon County Farm and Ranch Seminar, Tuesday, February 6th in Centreville. This will be an opportunity for TDA Commercial, Non-Commercial, and Private Applicators to receive 5 CEUs (1 Laws, 1 IPM, 3 General). Registration fee is $30.00 per person with lunch included. Please RSVP to the Leon County Extension Office by February 2, 2018 by calling 903-536-2531 or emailing The seminar will be held at the Cowboy Church of Leon County located at 1419 Highway 7 in Centerville. Seminar Schedule is as follows: 8:30-9:00 a.m. – Registration 9:00-10:00 a.m. – TDA Chemical Laws & Regulations, Brad Tullis, Texas Department of Agriculture 10:00-11:00 a.m. – Chemical Brush & Weed Treatment Basics, James Jackson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service 11:00-11:15 a.m. – BREAK 11:15-12:15 a.m. – IPM of Forage Insects, Dr. Sonja Swiger, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service 12:15-1:00 p.m. – Catered Lunch 1:00-2:00 p.m. – Fence Line Brush Management, James Jackson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service 2:00-3:00 p.m. – Control of Flies & Other Parasites on Cattle, Dr. Sonja Swiger, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension...

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Freestone County 4-H Groups Clean up Highway

THE ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY CREW from Freestone County 4-H collected lots of trash along Highway 84 Saturday, January 6th. Thank you, Julie Jordan and Dew 4-H, and everyone that came out to help, for volunteering this month! (Photo by Erin Davis, Extension...

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Super Blue Blood-Moon Makes Appearance in 2018

January skywatchers are in for a rare treat: a Blue Moon, a total lunar eclipse and a supermoon all in the same month. A Blue Moon is when two full moons happen in the same calendar month; lunar eclipses occur when the moon passes into Earth’s shadow; and supermoons happen when the moon’s perigee – its closest approach to Earth in a single orbit – coincides with a full moon. In this case, the supermoon also happens to be the day of the lunar eclipse. The first full moon of January took place on the night of Januay 1st or the morning of January 2nd, depending on your location. The second full moon and the lunar eclipse will occur on the night of January 31st or the morning of February 1st. The supermoon will take place on the night of January 30th, which is technically one day before the moon reaches peak fullness, but even NASA is willing to call the event a supermoon nonetheless. For more information, visit online at...

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2017 Ends with Above Normal Rainfall & Temperatures

by Barney Leach Total rainfall for 2017 was slightly above normal at 45.60 inches. We did have a three-month drought period (September, October, and November) for which we received only 5.24 inches of rain and only five days with measureable rainfall. Normal rainfall for that period is 12.23 inches. Wettest month of the year was August with 5.41 inches. Driest month was November with 1.17 inch. Rainfall for 2017 was 1.79 inch above normal. We did have some frozen precipitation with a trace of sleet on December 6 and a trace of snow on December 7 and December 31. December closed out the year with 5.13 inches of rain and nine days with measureable rainfall. Normal rainfall for December is 3.97 inches. Temperature-wise, 2017 was our hottest year since 2011 with 25 triple-digit temperature days. Our hottest day of the year was 105 degrees on August 19. The coldest day of the year was 12 degrees on January 24. The year clocked out at midnight December 31 somewhat below freezing even though it was our hottest year in a while.   2017 RAINFALL BY MONTH IN INCHES Month                  Rainfall (inches)             Normal                Departure January               5.75                                    3.62                      +2.13 February             3.25                                    3.36                      -0.11 March                  4.25                                    4.33                      -0.08 April                     5.06                                   3.30                      +1.76 May                      4.82                                   4.59                       +0.23 June                     4.16                                    4.03                      +0.13 July                      2.53                                    1.95                      +0.58 August                 5.41                                    2.43                       +2.98 September          1.61                                     3.06                      -1.45 October               2.46                                    5.30                      -2.84...

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