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Paper returns  to roots, looks  toward its future  with new format

Salado Village Voice returns to its roots this week as the 34-year-old newspaper unveils a new broadsheet standard.

“The newspaper started out in 1979 as a broadsheet in the style of the old newspapers of the 19th century,” Editor-in-Chief Tim Fleischer said. “Dayton Kelley modeled his Salado Village Voice around the old broadsheets like the New York Times with straight columns and lots of type.”

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Top sex offender in custody (2)

Most Wanted Sex Offender

Most Wanted Sex Offender arrested in Austin

Lloyd Lester Gibson III, 67, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender, is now in custody after being arrested in Austin on Monday by the U.S. Marshals Service Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, which includes the Texas Department of Public Safety.  Gibson was wanted for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in Fort Worth and Parole Violation.

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Drought continues in Texas (2)

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.

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Fort Hood impact

Texas Comptroller: Economic Impact of Fort Hood More Than $25 Billion in Fiscal 2011

(AUSTIN) — The Fort Hood Army post had an economic impact of $25.3 billion in Texas during fiscal 2011, according to a new analysis released today by Texas Comptroller Susan Combs.

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State finances (2)

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.

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Thanksgiving meals

Serving line for Thanksgiving meals

Methodist Church members provide Thanksgiving meals to highway travelers over holiday

The Salado United Methodist hosted its third annual Thanksgiving Feast on the southbound IH-35 rest stop area south of Salado. 

Over 100 church members helped serve a full Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings to the traveling motorists.  

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Christmas Parade and Stroll

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.

Long Knives carve Thanksgiving turkey

Long Knives carve Thanksgiving Turkey

By Staff Sgt. Jeff VanWey

4th BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs

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.

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Texas adds jobs

Texas Employers Add 36,600 Jobs in October

Unemployment rate falls again

 

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.

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Clearwater UWCD

Clearwater UWCD regulates groundwater in Bell County

By Tim Fleischer, Editor-in-Chief

Since its creation in 1999, the  Clearwater Underground Water Control District (CUWCD) has registered 4,925 wells and permits for wells in Bell County.

Of those registrations, 4,060 are grandfathered exempt wells. Another 709 are also exempt wells, according to Leland Gersbach, president of the board of directors of the CUWCD.

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Scottish Tasting

Glenmorangie scotches

Flavor of Scotland in Salado

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.

Gathering of Clans

Soldiers practice for Gathering of the Clans this weekend in Salado

Scottish Games this weekend

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. 

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Chili Supper benefits Drama (2)

Vidalia Sparks

SOAP cleans up at state

Masons cook chili to benefit SHS Drama Department

What does it take to clean up at the UIL state meet?  A little SOAP . . . Salado One-Act Play.

  With four appearances at the state meet, two state championships, and innumerable individual awards, Salado High School’s theatre department continues to put trophies on the shelf.  

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Salado Creek Winery

Rodeo Austin event features local winemakers Salado Creek Winery

Local wine makers Jon and Dottie Moore will be features during the Rodeo Austin’s third annnual Off the Vine Wine & Food Tasting on Nov. 8 at the West Austin Youth Association (WAYA). 

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Empty Bowl helps families

EMPTY-bowl-casie-wadfordEmpty 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.

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Duckie Drop in Salado

Rubber Duckies Fall From The Sky

Event will raise funds for local FD

In Salado Texas, on Oct. 27 rubber ducks will come raining from the sky.  Skydive Temple is holding a “Duckie Drop” as a fundraiser for the Salado Fire Department. 

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Warrant Issued

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. 

 

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Sculpture Garden (2)

Sculpture Garden unveils new pieces

BeckhamThe 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.

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Water-Grant

 

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.

Body Identified

Fingerprints help police identify Body discovered near Stillhouse

Fingerprints have led to the identification of a body that was discovered Oct. 12 a half-mile south of the dam at Stillhouse Hollow Lake. 

Southwest Institute of Forensic Science notified the Bell County Sheriff’s Office on Oct. 13 that the body discovered in a bag off of FM 1670 died of multiple stab wounds in the chest. 

The victim is identified by fingerprints as being a missing person reported out of San Antonio. Llael Garcia-Rodriguez, 31 years of age, from San Atnonio has been identified as the murder victim.

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Water is key issue

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.

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