Most Of Texas Still In Drought, But Storms Could Bring Hope, Says Texas A&M Prof
COLLEGE STATION– Most of Texas is still in a moderate-to-severe drought, but a storm forming 2,000 miles northwest of Hawaii may be the key to drought relief for the state, says a Texas A&M University professor who also serves as the state climatologist.
John Nielsen-Gammon, professor of atmospheric sciences, says that precipitation everywhere in the state has been running below normal since Oct. 1.
State Aid Levels a Mystery as Texans Apply for College
By Peter Malof
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - As they put the finishing touches on their college application essays, many young Texans are unable to estimate how much aid they may be eligible to receive during their quests for diplomas.
Today's Christmas parade kicks off annual Salado Stroll
Weekend long event includes Homes Tour, late night shopping, strolling entertainment
Get in the holiday spirit in picturesque historic Salado with a holiday parade, home tours, a live nativity scene and theatrical performances.
The two weekends of Friday, Nov. 30 through Sunday Dec. 2 and Friday through Sunday Dec. 7-9 are filled with entertainment, activities and Christmas shopping experiences for the whole family.
Festivities start with the annual Christmas Parade at 5 p.m. Nov. 29. The Parade will begin on Royal St. and make its way up the length of Main Street to the Salado Plaza Shopping Center.
Arrive early (4:30 p.m.) Thursday Nov. 29 to get the best spots along the parade route.
The parade will have more than 40 entries and will include the SHS marching band, floats, walking groups, bicycle riders and vintage cars.
At the end of the parade, there will be hot chocolate and cookies and a visit from jolly old St. Nick at the Salado Sculpture Garden.
Strolling holiday carolers will serenade the late evening shoppers along Main Street each weekend. Children will be enchanted with the live nativity scene, sponsored by the First Baptist Church, in the evenings on the first weekend of the Stroll.
Beautifully decorated historic and contemporary homes open their doors to visitors during Christmas Stroll. See Homes Tour story on page 1B, this edition, for times, stops and tickets.
To get in the holiday spirit, take in Tablerock Amphitheater’s production of Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” in the evenings or the laugh-filled Silver Spur Theater’s annual Christmas production of “Christmas is on the Air” with performances Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 15.
For the latest schedule of strolling carolers and other performances and special events, turn to page 8B of this edition or visit www.saladovillagevoice.com.
LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Nov. 22, 2012) – The annual celebration of Thanksgiving has been an official U.S. holiday since 1863, but the tradition goes back to 1621 when the Pilgrims joined with Native Americans in a three-day feast to celebrate their first harvest in the New World.
AUSTIN — Employers added 36,600 total nonfarm jobs in October in Texas for a total of 277,400 jobs added over the year. The state’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.6 percent in October from 6.8 percent in September. The unemployment rate in Texas remains well below the national rate of 7.9 percent.
While you are here in Salado for the Highland Games and Gathering of the Clans, The Range invites you to two events that will feature some of the best flavors of Scotland.
Owner and executive chef Dave Hermann has planned a special selection menu for this weekend reflecting the flavors of Scotland. The Scottish Menu dinner is $34.95. The menu includes a Scotch egg appetizer -- a soft cooked egg wrapped in herbed pork mince, fried crispy with garlic Aioli. Entree will be a choice of pan-seared Scottish salmon served over braised greens, green onion potato pancakes and herb beurre blac or a rack of lamb with fresh root vegetables and potato scones. Dessert will be Cranachan, a double cream with Jameson raspberries and toasted oatmeal.
If your taste of Scotland is a little more -- spirited -- then you will want to take part in the Scotch tasting at The Lounge at the Range throughout the weekend beginning at 2 p.m. daily Nov. 9-11. The Scotch tasting will feature the finest from Glenmorangie. Tickets are $30 per person. The Scotch tasting will include a flight of three scotches from Glenmorangie: Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban, Glenmorangie Lasanta and Glenmorangie Nectar D’or.
Reservations for either can be made here or by calling 254-947-3828.
The 51st Annual Salado Scottish Games and Gathering of the Clans will be taking place on the Salado Youth Association grounds, Veterans Day Weekend Nov. 9-11.
This year’s Gathering promises to be much larger than last year with extended hours, new special events, and in partnership with the 3rd Cavalry Regiment and the Wounded Warriors Transition Brigade from Fort Hood.
Empty Bowl kicks off holiday drive for Salado Family Relief
Salado area potters and restaurants are teaming up for the Empty Bowl Project to benefit the Salado Family Relief Fund 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Salado Civic Center on Main Street.
For just $15, you can purchase a handmade bowl by area potters, fill it with soup provided by area restaurants and help support the Salado Family Relief Fund. You can have all-you-can-eat soup for just $10 per person.
Updated: Wagnon turns self in to Travis County Sheriff, may be out on bond
Lisa Wagnon has reportedly turned herself in to Travis County Sheriff's Department earlier today (Oct. 25). However, an online search of the Travis County Jail population that is updated every 15 minutes (https://public.co.travis.tx.us/sips/default.aspx) shows that L. Wagnon is not in the Travis County jail at this time. She may have paid the $10,000 bond to be released. She is not listed among the active inmate population at the Bell County Jail as of 3:30 p.m. Oct. 25. http://www.co.bell.tx.us/Sheriff/CSTMR/bjaactlst.htm
SISD teacher resigns, warrant issued for improper relationship with a student
Judge Ted Duffield issued a warrant late on Oct. 24 for the arrest of Lisa Marie Wagnon, age 48, for the second degree felony of Improper Relationship between and Educator and a Student.
The Public Arts League of Salado and Keep Salado Beautiful hosted the first anniversary celebration of the Salado Sculpture Garden starting with a gala preview party 6 p.m. Oct. 26 in the garden at 113 Salado Plaza Drive.
Texas Water Development Board approves $900,000 in financial assistance to the Salado Water Supply Corporation to finance water system improvement
AUSTIN - (October 17, 2012) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution a loan in the amount of $900,000 to the Salado Water Supply Corporation (Bell County) from the Rural Water Assistance Fund to finance water system improvements.
The Salado Water Supply Corporation intends to use the funds to construct infrastructure that will allow it to connect to the Kempner Water Supply Corporation’s recently constructed surface water treatment plant.
The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional planning and preparing the State Water Plan for the development of the state’s water resources. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.
Texas water, energy forefront of issues discussed at Texas A&M conference
COLLEGE STATION – Experts at a conference addressing water and energy in Texas collectively agreed the state’s water needs will grow exponentially over the next decade, fueled by a “business-friendly” environment attracting more people to the Lone Star state.
But unsolved is how to fund the proposed $53.1 billion state water plan going before the Texas Legislature in January. This issue, along with education, will be on the forefront of issues debated among lawmakers in Austin, according to conference speakers.
Four candidates have filed for three three-year terms on the Salado ISD Board of Trustees. They appear on the ballot in the following manner: Rodney W. Bell, Kristi Jarvis, Brian Sunshine and Kim Bird.
The Salado Film Squad won the inaugural state competition of the UIL Focus - Young Filmmakers Festival. Their documentary, “The Heroes at Home: The Untold Story,” was shown on April 16 at the Paramount Theater in Austin. Final awards were announced that evening at the premiere and The Heroes At Home: The Untold Story was the overall winner.
The Salado Film Squad reached the state final round of competition of the UIL Focus - Young Filmmakers Festival. Their documentary, “The Heroes at Home: The Untold Story,” will be shown on April 16 at the Paramount Theater in Austin. Final awards will be announced that evening at the premiere.
Troopers set to issue tickets to drivers breaking the law
AUSTIN – As part of National School Bus Safety Week (Oct. 21-25), the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is urging drivers to obey state law by not passing any school bus that is stopped and operating a visual signal – either flashing red lights or a stop sign. In addition, Texas Highway Patrol troopers will be enhancing their efforts to catch those drivers who break the law.
Every year, artist Bill Smith hand-crafts knives as the centerpieces of the Salado Education Foundation Cattlemen’s Ball, but this year he promises something very special.
Smith has made a replica Musso Bowie knife to be auctioned off on Oct. 19 as part of the 14th annual Cattlemen’s Ball.
“It is such a labor intensive process because I choose to make them the old way by not using modern tools,” Smith said of the Bowie knife. Earlier this year, he donated one to the Alamo, where it is now on display in the museum there. “I fire my forge with coal, hammer by hand, and draw file the blades. I do, however, use the lathe to make the bottle shaped nut on the end of the handle. If I made another I would need to charge too much.”
Bill made several Bowie knives and sold them before he found out one was appraised for $25,000. The knife is an exact representation of the original Bowie knife brought back to America by Joe Musso.
Smith used the same methods and like materials as James Black, the blacksmith who forged the first Bowie knife.
For the past 11 years Bill has drawn plans, cut out, and built two or three one-of-a-kind custom knives for the Salado Education Foundation auctions, which have raised thousands of dollars for local scholarships.
Last year alone, his three knives raised $7,500 for SEF scholarships for Salado seniors and grants for teachers.
Salado Education Foundation hosts its 14th annual Cattlemen’s Ball on Oct. 19 at Tenroc Ranch. Freddie Fuller will perform for guests as they arrive and sign-in at 6:30 p.m.
A steak dinner grilled by Johnny’s Steaks and Bar-Be-Que in Salado will begin at 7 p.m.
This year, the Salado Education Foundation
has awarded more
in scholarships and $5,000 in innovative teaching grants.
Tickets are available at First Community Title Salado office, Century 21 Bill Bartlett, The Haire Shoppe and the Superintendent’s office.
Killeen, TX – Variety's Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children welcomed 20 Salado High School students on Wednesday, September 25 for a high-adventure leadership retreat. As part of the Youth Leadership Program at Salado High School, students challenged themselves on the 40-foot rock wall, 175-foot zipline, low-ropes obstacle course and other activities.
Last year, Salado Athletic Booster Club funded $73,023 to Salado student athletes and athletic programs.
The success of the Booster Club is due chiefly to the support of sponsors, an annual Reverse Raffle and an annual golf tournament in the spring that raises money for scholarships to qualifying Salado seniors.
The Annual Athletic Booster Reverse Raffle, Dinner and Dance will be Sept. 21 at Tenroc Ranch Blue Heron room.
On the twelfth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, Salado students, along with local law enforcement and fire fighters, joined with troopers from the 3d Cavalry Regiment to honor the sacrifices of so many brave individuals that day by completing a Freedom Walk.
FORT HOOD, Texas-- On the twelfth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, Salado students, along with local law enforcement and fire fighters, will join with troopers from the 3d Cavalry Regiment to honor the sacrifices of so many brave individuals that day by completing a Freedom Walk.
“His greatest gift is the ability to build positive relationships with students, employees, parents and all other stakeholders,” Dr. Michael Novotny said of Salado High principal Burt Smith.
That gift is one of the reasons Smith was recently named by the 2013 Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP) as the Region 12 High School Principal of the Year. Smith will find out later this year if he will be named as the State High School Principal of the Year.
Lone Star Cup will be presented during annual event on Aug. 24
The University Interscholastic League will honor Salado High School on Aug. 24 for its 2013 Class 2A UIL Lone Star Cup victory. The Lone Star Cup trophy presentation will take place at the Meet the Eagles Night at 7 p.m.
Salado named best in state in UIL competition in 2A division
After a late season rise in the standings, Salado High School captured its second Conference 2A UIL Lone Star Cup win today (July 1). The Eagles excelled in the spring winning state championships in academics and girls golf, finishing third at state in one-act play and boys golf, and advancing to the state semifinals in baseball.
The announcement was made official on July 1 after a two-week waiting period when the final standings were released June 17.
Education Advocates Say School Plan Laced With “Poison Pill”
AUSTIN, Texas - Public-education advocates are crying foul over a tax-credit provision in a Texas school-reform package proposed this week by the incoming head of the Senate Education Committee. They say it's a backdoor attempt to introduce school vouchers to the state.
Updated: Wagnon turns self in to Travis County Sheriff, may be out on bond
Lisa Wagnon has reportedly turned herself in to Travis County Sheriff's Department earlier today (Oct. 25). However, an online search of the Travis County Jail population that is updated every 15 minutes (https://public.co.travis.tx.us/sips/default.aspx) shows that L. Wagnon is not in the Travis County jail at this time. She may have paid the $10,000 bond to be released.
Comptroller Offers Matching Scholarships, Tuition Grants to Students in State's Prepaid College Tuition Plan
(AUSTIN) — There is a new way to save for your child’s college tuition.
To encourage families to put aside money for the cost of higher education, the Texas Comptroller’s office is offering competitive matching scholarships and tuition grants to 150 students this year through the Texas Match the Promise Foundation®.
Exterior reconstruction slated for Scott & White Memorial Hospital bed tower
Temple facility façade will switch from copper to stone masonry
CENTRAL TEXAS – (November 2, 2012)Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple will begin reconstruction of the exterior of its main facility, the Center for Advanced Medicine (CAM), in early 2013. This planned exterior reconstruction of the CAM was necessitated by the discovery of wide-ranging and systemic defects. The construction work is a necessary step to ensure the long term viability of the building, while maintaining the highest quality standards for patients and employees, according to Robert W. Pryor, MD, MBA, president and CEO of Scott & White Healthcare.
Scott & White will begin the reconstruction of the CAM in February or Marchof 2013. The expected duration of the construction is 18 months. Hospital officials expressed confidence that the work would be done without disturbing patient care provided at the facility. Cost of the reconstruction project is expected to exceed $20 million.
“After extensive forensic analysis of the building, we have come to the conclusion that there are significant defects in the building envelope that make it imperative that we replace the entire exterior of the CAM,” said Dr. Pryor. “For that reason, among
other measures, we will be replacing the copper façade at the CAM with a new masonry exterior.”
Pryor said that the health and safety of patients and employees at the main facility required Scott & White to take the extraordinary measure of reconstructing significant portions of the exterior of the CAM.
“We are taking all measures necessary to correct the defective building exterior. Once it became evident the defects were both wide-ranging and systemic, Scott & White was able to take appropriate corrective actions to ensure that no patients or employees were endangered in any way,” said Dr. Pryor.
It is anticipated that construction will occur in enclosed 30-foot sections in multiple locations around the building, in order to maintain quality control and limit the impact on patients and building operations. Upon completion, the entire copper façade will be replaced. Scott & White has already begun constructing a mockup of the new exterior wall at a location across the street from the CAM.
Scott & White is pursuing legal action against all parties responsible for the defects in this building, which was completed in 2008, less than five years ago.
“We will not wait on that litigation to fix the problem,” said Dr. Pryor. “We are proceeding in a thorough and responsible fashion. Patient and employee safety comes first.”
Scott & White has been taking quarterly air samplings of the patient care areas in order to confirm the facility is maintaining the appropriate air quality within the building. These samplings have been taken on every floor of the CAM and at different locations on the floor. Approximately 85 rooms have been sampled each time.
“We began and continue to maintain an ongoing air monitoring program that resulted in hundreds of air samples being taken at hundreds of locations throughout the facility,” said Dr. Pryor. “We have not seen any significant variations in the samplings. But we will continue an extensive air sampling program until this reconstruction project is complete.”
Building codes require that hospital air systems maintain positive pressure to the outside. As a result, properly ventilated hospitals should be pushing air out of the building rather than letting outside air push into the building. Scott& White has taken multiple pressure readings throughout the building to confirm that the CAM is correctly pressurized (pushing air out). This is a critical element to any building maintaining the correct air quality and allows for the control of temperature and humidity within the building at the correct levels.
Earlier, Scott & White officials brought in building forensic experts to examine areas of the building where there were known leaks. Those areas, and others, were completely disassembled, and in those areas examined, numerous defects were discovered. After confirming multiple problems in all these different locations, Scott & White leadership decided that a reconstruction of the exterior of the CAM was appropriate.
“Those problems are being corrected and we will continue to pursue our goal of being the most trusted and valued name in American health care,” said Dr. Pryor.
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CTC Continuing Education registering for November classes
Registration for Continuing Education classes in November at Central Texas College (CTC) is underway now. A variety of non-credit classes in exercise, business, home décor, cooking and other topics are being offered. Some of the available classes include:
USDA Provides Farm Bill Funding for Pest and Disease Management Programs
WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014 — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the allocation of $48.1 million, provided by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill), to projects across the country that will help to prevent the introduction or spread of plant pests and diseases that threaten America's agriculture economy and the environment.
Native and Adapted Plants Help Keep Rivers Flowing
By John Michaelson
AUSTIN, Texas - With drought conditions persisting through the state, more Texans are discovering a solution in their backyards - and putting native plants into landscaping can pay off in more ways than one.
AUSTIN, Texas - September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and according to mental health experts, taking the steps to possibly save someone's life does not require any special skills or training. Melissa Heinen, who coordinates suicide prevention services, said people who are contemplating ending their own lives often speak out - and when they do, friends, family and neighbors need to listen and take action.
AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is now offering eligible drivers with unpaid Driver Responsibility Program (DRP) surcharges significant reductions in fees owed as part of a new Incentive Program. In addition, drivers can now apply for the already existing Indigency Program and the new Incentive Program through one application process, which ensures that customers who are denied indigency status will automatically be considered for the Incentive Program if they are eligible. Both programs were created by the Texas Legislature.