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Wed
25
Jul
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2 Cents Worth

By Carol Greenway -Holland

Good morning to all of you. Grab a glass of tea, and I will continue my story. I told you last week, I would finish our wonderful trip we had to South Dakota, so here it is.

We went to Custer State Park, thought we might get to see the Buffalo now that the rangers can keep up with them and tell you where they are in the state park. We got there about noon along with a bus load of tourist, and the Ranger told us, as Joe and I well knew, at that time of the day you cannot see animals, they are asleep under a tree, smarter than all of us humans! Anyway he told us to go in the film room, sit down and watch the movie from a helicopter ride and see the State Park, the roundup of the Buffalo, and it would be the most enjoyable ride you would ever have, and boy was he right. We started to set through it another time, beautiful country, beautiful buffalo, and the roundup was something to see.

Thu
19
Jul
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Faces & Places

By Mary Gruben

When all the stories have been written, there will still be stories about WalMart and kids. I’m at WalMart so often (too often) that my husband tells me someday they will start charging me rent. However, I have no special affection for the store.

Early in the spring, when the earth is yawning, warming and waking up, I always have high hopes that maybe this year I could buy some lovely plants and keep the dogs from digging them up.

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Thu
19
Jul
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2 Cents Worth

By Carol Greenway -Holland

Grab you a cup of coffee and visit with me awhile, on the radio when we were traveling this past week, they said, “Coffee is good for you, so instead of tea maybe I had better start drinking coffee, only I really don’t like coffee that well. I have some friends that drink it all day, but I only drink one cup with my breakfast and that’s it Oh well, to each his own!!!!! Joe and I have had an awesome week, so much fun and so much to see in the Black Hills, We stayed in Rapid City, South Dakota and just drove everywhere to see all the sights, thought about taking one of those tours, but when we found out the cost, we decided to drive and see everything. I had been up there in the 90”s and Lester and I stayed at the Mount Rushmore KOA Campground, but this time was sure different. Joe said, “Carol you can just be the tour guide and we can stop and see things when we want to, so that’s what we did.

Thu
12
Jul
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Reunions, Rodeos, and Legacies

By James Decker

The arena lights have been turned off. The stock has been loaded. The crowds have drifted away. Except for finalizing the accounting and cleaning up the aftermath, the 88th Texas Cowboy Reunion is in the books, so I wanted to say a few words about this year’s event and what the event means in general.

In 1930, amidst the Great Depression, thirteen community leaders met in Stamford to propose a celebration to boost morale and stimulate the local economy. These leaders organized an event, centered around Independence Day, that would promote the legacy of the West Texas cowboy, a way of life that was quickly disappearing in the face of 20th century mechanization. That first year, 12,000 people watched three days of rodeo events and participated in cowboy fellowship and historical commemoration.

Thu
12
Jul
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2 Cents Worth

By Carol Greenway-Holland

Well, I told you in my last column no telling where I would be when I visited with you, so here Joe and I are in South Dakota, and having a ball. We left Aspermont Friday morning heading north on 83, a beautiful drive all the way up to Interstate 90 in South Dakota. The crops in Kansas and part of Nebraska where just like Texas, they need rain like we do. They had corn, small corn, soy beans, and feed lots, lots of feed lots. When we left Kansas and crossed into Nebraska we started seeing green road sides, and small lakes of water. They would be in the valleys, all of a sudden we would be on top of a hill, go into a valley and there were the little lakes.

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Thu
05
Jul
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2 Cents Worth

By Carol Greenway -Holland

Good morning to all of you, so glad you enjoy visiting with me every week, it’s a joy to visit with all of you. I checked my water barrels this morning and sometime during the night the 3rd one got full, so I have wonderful water. Joe and I had a good week last week, all of the crowd went to Snyder on Tuesday night and danced, had a good time saw lots of friends that we hadn’t seen in a while. Our friends that we visit in Port Aransas that live in Snyder came to the dance and wanted us to come visit them on Friday, eat lunch with them at the Senior Citizens, so not only did we have a good meal, a good visit with them, I got to visit with all of my friends that live at Snyder that eat there, so we all had a good time.

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Thu
05
Jul
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Pride When No One Is Watching

By James Decker

Community pride was on my mind over the weekend. A group of volunteers organized by the Stamford Chamber of Commerce worked to put some finishing touches on the tidiness of the downtown square and elsewhere in town, before the 88th Texas Cowboy Reunion kicks off and brings thousands of people into our town to celebrate the heritage and culture of the Texas cowboy.

I am thankful for the hard work of our community’s volunteers, city employees, and dedicated residents who went above and beyond to tidy up our community in advance of our premier annual event.

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Thu
28
Jun
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2 Cents Worth

By Carol Greenway -Holland

Thu
28
Jun
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Sparks Becoming Wildfires

By James Decker

If you’ve seen the national political news this past week, you’re probably exhausted, annoyed, and frustrated. Our news has been consumed by incivility, ugly behavior, petty wars of words, and a general lack of leadership and servanthood. This soap opera is fueled by 24 hour cable news and social media, which keep us in a constant frenzy in the name of ratings, revenue, and clicks.

If you’re tired of that, let me tell you about the news in Stamford this past week. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve got our share of struggles and issues, but three developments stand out.

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Thu
21
Jun
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2 Cents Worth

By Carol Greenway -Holland

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