Find the helpers in the chaos

By Jessica Coleman
Staff Writer

Pieces of crumpled metal and shattered plastic lay peppered across the highway. A highway sign had been knocked into the ditch by the red pickup that now sat alongside it. All I could hear was the pounding of my own heart in my ears and my daughter, aged 8, screaming.

When the world came back into focus, I reached instinctively for my daughter Georgia. I looked up, and saw that my Kia Soul was resting in the median of Highway 59. It felt like we’d been spinning forever, but in hindsight I don't actually know if we even made a complete 360.

We would not be making it to the zoo that day.


Finding my freedom

By Jessica Coleman
Staff Writer
To the absolute horror of everybody except me, I bought a motorcycle.

I grew up often hanging tightly onto my dad as we flew down the road on his Honda Shadow, and I remember the freedom I felt. My husband has one, too.

I am not someone who achieves inner peace easily. I am what one might call “high strung. This is a surprise to exactly no one who has spent more than 14 seconds in my presence. If you asked my doctor, he would say “I can’t give you that information because of doctor/patient confidentiality.”

But if he could give you that information he would tell you that I have problems sleeping because I wake up worrying at night. Even the tiniest of inconveniences is the end of the world at 3 a.m. I have problems focusing, and problems not assuming everything will come out as the worst case scenario.


Dave Says by Dave Ramsey

You’re Using It Wrong
Dear Dave,
I take classes online at a public university that is several hours from my home. I tried to pay for my classes the other day, and my Visa debit card was not accepted. I got a message saying credit cards and cash were the only payment options. How can I take care of this without wasting an entire day driving to campus to pay with cash?
Dear Amy,
Don’t worry, there’s no need for you to drive all the way to campus and back just to pay for your classes. You can run a debit card like it’s a credit card, and they will accept it. The machines don’t recognize the difference, whether you type in a credit card number or a debit card number.


Talk to your kids about bullying

By Jill Koop, guest columnist
Recently, one of our kids said this to me in the car after school: "Mommy, student 'a' and student 'b' are my friends. They don't like student 'c'. I like c, but I just pretend that I don't when I'm around a and b, because they won't be my friends anymore if I don't."
Needless to say, we had a good talk about this predicament. Initially, I wanted to jump all over my kid for even acting for a second like they 'didn't like' someone. But instead, I tried to lovingly explain why that was wrong.
I'm a parent, and I'm also an educator. Bullying is a huge problem in school – it always has been, and probably always will be. We have all kinds of anti-bullying lessons, protocol, and awareness programs in public schools today. I think those are great things to have! But. Our kids have got to be taught this at home too, from an early age. That is where their foundation has to be laid.


Enjoy each other

By Jessica Coleman
Staff Writer
My husband is a saint. If you see Brian Coleman around town, shake his hand, because he lives with me, and I am difficult. Actually, he’s also kind of an introvert, so he probably doesn’t really want you to shake his hand, and I’ve, again, made his life difficult (Love you, Babe!).
Recently, I became obsessed with goats. I’d watch videos of bouncing baby goats on YouTube, and text him photos of goats - all day, sometimes 20 in a day. He would call, and instead of “hello,” I would say “goats!”
I whispered “goats. We need goats. You love goats. They are your favorite animal.” while he was falling asleep at night. I bugged the crap out of him, is what I’m saying, but in my defense, have you met baby goats? They’re the cutest thing ever.


Compressor station concerns

Compressor station concerns   

 I am writing concerning the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (TGP) proposed gas compressor station planned for the immediate Northwest side of Edna, just off Navidad Road, (822).     

Most  citizens are unaware of the planned compressor station, its location and the adverse industrial environment it will promote.         

Compressor stations emit particulate contaminates into the air, the noise from the 20,500 HP gas turbine/compressor is constant, and the building entry, outdoor walk, work stations and security lights will be illuminated throughout the dark hours.       


The misunderstood opossum

Baby opossum being rehabbed by Jessica Coleman in Edna.

By Jessica Coleman 
Staff Writer
    In wildlife rescue, I see a lot of critters. In my home right now, I have a white wing dove, a grackle, a box turtle, some baby squirrels, two adult opossums and a whole bunch of baby opossums. 
    At one point this summer I had over 20 opossums.
    I adore them all, but I especially adore the opossums. I’ve always kind of liked the critters that other people find creepy – I have pet rats and grew up with pythons – but my beloved opossums are so misunderstood. 
    They’re fascinating creatures, and North America’s only marsupial. They’re useful, especially if you don’t like ticks, which they eat (helping to prevent lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses). They will also grub out on the bugs in your yard. You haven’t seen happiness until you’ve given an opossum a June bug. 


State rolls out new women's program

By Ed Sterling
Texas Press Association

   AUSTIN — A women's health program is in effect and ready to deliver more care to more women statewide who are 15 to 44 years old and whose income is up to 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines.

    Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, and Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Charles Smith, in a joint announcement on July 25, said they expect the “new and improved” Healthy Texas Women program to serve some 300,000 women, while earlier programs served 270,000 women. Participation for minors will require parental consent.


Shrimp and grits are a taste of the Creole Old South

Shrimp and grits by Katherine Compton Pope

By Katherine Pope
Guest Columnist

   I love fireworks, so the Fourth of July has always been one of my favorite holidays. For the last few years we have celebrated the 4th with a wonderful party at our dear friend Michael's house. Michael has been a friend of our family for nearly fifteen years. His sons are almost the same age as our children, so over the years we were involved in many of the same activities and an easy family friendship naturally grew. 

    We have spent countless holidays together and have made many wonderful and lasting memories. Now that our children are all almost grown I think we cherish these times even more than we did in years past. 


You’re never too smart to be scammed

By Chris Lundstrom
    There are some pretty tricky people out there and they are after your hard-earned money.
    Here at the newspaper we do all we can to not help any of these scurrilous individuals gain access to you and your cash. But sometimes they are even too smart for us.
    Case in point: We recently ran a classified ad for a personal assistant. Now, occasionally ads are emailed to us from questionable sources and we do our due diligence to check them out before we run their ads. This particular person gave eight different credit card numbers before one would go through. We figured if we received payment, the ad would be legitimate. We should have known better. 


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