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“Don’t give up your landline,” is what we say to each other often in rural West Texas. When there are power outages, high winds, and powerful storms that knock out internet and cellphone service, our landlines are lifelines. Many of us also have old push-button telephones we use when our mobile phones go dead. We connect the vintage beauties to the landline jack, and we’re back in business. That trick may become common practice in the near future.
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Baker Elementary announces 3rd Six Weeks Honor Rolls

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“All A” Honor Roll Fifth Grade: Kendall Bell, Alex Castaneda, Alan Chavez, Isaac English, Kate Escarcega, Ashley Frayre, Ava Johnson, Allie Lewis, Maddy Longoria, Weston Mitchell, Abby Moreno, Tyson Orrell, Ryan Purcell, Isaac Saenz, Brooks Wall, Ryahn Whitson. Fourth Grade: Sofia Avila, Cristal Blanco, Ainsleigh Boyd, Sadie Boyd, Callie Flowers, Waylon Hawkins, Baylor Hosford, Easton Jones, Kaylee Richardson, Harper Spencer.
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TURNING POINTS are sometimes subtle. No one knows exactly when it started to happen, but everyone in town is now donning masks before they go in the post office. I’ve written before about my community’s lack of masks. In the Christmas note I sent six weeks ago, I told friends that the most dangerous thing I do is get my mail every day, because nobody wears a mask. Now, everyone wears a mask.
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Hemphill County Junior Livestock Show rolls into the ring

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Fifty-one FFA and 4-H students overcame pandemic res13rictions, quarantines, revised rules, adapted schedules, and a flagging economy to successfully compete in last weekend’s 2020 Hemphill County Junior Livestock Show and Sale, showing 81 animals. Only 51 animals went through the sale this year, compared to 57 in 2020 and 71 the year before that. Sales figures were roughly $62,800, with add-on money still coming in, compared to $65,700 last year.
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CMS Honor Roll 3rd Six Weeks

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“All A” Honor Roll Eighth Grade: Brooklyn Beedy, Jessa Bell, Arionna Black, Lilly Bradford, Landry Cantu, Paula Castaneda, Connor Cipollone, William Davis, Julian Dominguez, Mackenzie Flowers, Margaret Hanes, Jacob Hayes, Delaney Huntress, Tucker Landry, Konnar McClendon, Iris Mondragon, Lucas Moreno, Morgan Orrell, Cooper Powell, Avery Ratliff, Cole Walser. Seventh Grade: Brianna Antillon, Kylie Cavalier, Collier Cook, Daniel Jimenez, Sophia Mills, Kimora Morales, Sarahi Moreno, Rene Osornio, Giovani Perez, Sage Saenz, Tate Wilhelm.
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Rural students and higher education

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Reading the Chronicle of Higher Education on Jan. 6, I came across an advertising banner that gave me pause. It read, “A College Lifeline: Higher Education for incarcerated and rural students—and why it matters.” I downloaded this joint venture between Ascendium and the Chronicle of Higher Education. It provided some insight; however, the initial contrast between a felon and a person from a rural setting was startling to me. Charles Manson and Henry David Thoreau have similar needs and aspirations regarding educational aspirations? Profiling always misses the mark.
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West Texas A&M recruits for AmeriCorps program

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AUSTIN—Canyon’s West Texas A&M University is partnering with area high schools, community colleges, and other organizations to generate more career opportunities through the AmeriCorps program. WTAMU officials said collaboration with AmeriCorps will encourage young people to build skills and go on to become the next generation of leaders, in whatever capacity they choose.