Straight from The Horse’s Mouth

Have you ever wondered why books have chapters? An average book runs about 65,000 words. Chapters are helpful because they help break up the action. They set the scene and provide progress to the story line. They are constructive divisions of important events. Our lives have chapters, too. While most books are limited to about eighteen, if you live a […]

Tales from WannaBea Farm

Joyce Stark Scratch The Conclusion “Good morning, Officer Jones”, Dean greeted the official looking man, “our lunch is not quite ready but we are still serving breakfast if you like”. “Get out of my way, Dean, you know exactly why I’m here”, he answered, and stepping around Dean he stopped at the cashier’s station where he bent and looked underneath. […]


Living in sawmill towns

While some sentimentalists may disagree, living in East Texas’ early sawmill towns was no bed of roses. My parents lived in four such towns in East Texas and western Louisiana, and I still remember those days vividly, but not always pleasantly. We didn’t have refrigerators; our food was kept cool in what we called “the ice box.” Even today, I […]

Chute ‘n the Bull

Everyone has heard the expression “good fences make good neighbors.” This has never been truer than in today’s world. Many counties have closed range laws, meaning that if livestock gets out of a pasture and causes damage such as an automobile accident, the owner of the livestock is liable. As more people move to the country from the city, we […]

New Texas Superstar is a patio orange without the pathos

COLLEGE STATION – – Not to be uppity, but just because a plant is favored by oriental royalty doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good enough to be a Texas Superstar, said a Texas AgriLife Extension Service expert. Satsuma Miho mandarins are one of the five new Texas Superstars for 2010, said Dr. Larry Stein, AgriLife Extension horticulturist. After rigorous testing, horticulturists […]

B & J Slay Angus Ranch joins membership of American Angus Association

B & J Slay Angus Ranch, Oakwood, Texas, are new members of the American Angus Association®, reports Bryce Schumann, CEO of the national breed registry organization in Saint Joseph, Missouri. The American Angus Association, with nearly 31,000 active adult and junior members, is the largest beef cattle registry Association in the world. Its computerized records include detailed information on more […]


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RRC production statistics and allowables for June 2010

AUSTIN — The Texas average rig count as of May 14 was 639, representing about 44 percent of all active land rigs in the United States. In the last 12 months, total Texas reported production was 345 million barrels of oil and 7.4 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Texas natural gas production represents approximately 29 percent of total U.S. […]

Texas monthly oil and gas statistics

APRIL PERMITS TO DRILL The Commission issued a total of 1,561 original drilling permits in April 2010 compared to 858 in April 2009. The April total included 1,374 permits to drill new oil and gas wells, 43 to re-enter existing well bores, and 144 for re-completions. Permits issued in April 2010 included 357 oil, 284 gas, 856 oil and gas, […]

TDA Market Recap June 1, 2010

AUSTIN – (June 1, 2010) For the week ending May 29, feeder cattle prices at Texas auctions were mostly steady to $5 lower per hundredweight, with a few to $2 higher and a few to $9 lower. Fed cattle prices were lower following declines in wholesale meat values as falling stock markets and the financial crisis in Europe renewed concerns […]