I happened to be looking out about half an hour ago to the east and the yard looked like it was orange. A cloud overhead looked sort of orange and I couldn't figure out why. Got a call a bit ago from a friend of mine who told me there is a wildfire off 67 near Stewarts. I asked more precisely whether that was before or after, going west, the road that goes to Fossil Rim, and she said it was after towards Stephenville. Incidentally, I greatly appreciate the concern of reaching out to make sure I
I've watched every single one of the January 6 hearings, in which a bunch of people stormed the Capitol of the United States, showed contempt for police (um, what ever happened to the Blue Lives Matter mantra?), injured people, put out a noose to hang Vice President Mike Pence, and then ran roughshod through the Capitol, including smearing poop inside the building, stealing things and looking like they were not only trying to obstruct a constitutional event but were going to injure or kill congr
Everyone who lives in Somervell County knows that the heat this summer has been extraordinary. There have been excessive heat warnings for a lot of days that tell people to stay inside. I concur but there are still things that have to be done outside if, as I do, you have agriculture or have to feed cattle, etc. I have a section of the yard where I have been attempting for the last year to create a privacy buffer between me and the neighbor. One way I decided to do it is by planting Texas Sage n
Decent people with ethics do not require that 10 year old girls must carry babies to term when impregnated by a rapist (or any other age of women for that matter). Anyone that does feel that way, ie, that rapists have more rights than a girl or woman, has something seriously wrong with them, and should be shunned, even if they pretend they are somehow righteous people.
Have read in the past week or so about the 10 year old girl in Ohio who was raped by a man, and, because Ohio now has made
According to KCENTV, the fire is 40% contained and people in Walnut Springs may possibly be asked to evacuate (not yet)
Bosque County is south of us and earlier today when I was out in the yard, a jet flew very fast overhead towards there. About 10 minutes ago, 3 jets came from the south so I assume they are either getting more water or fire retardant.
Besides the fact it has been hotter than usual, some of the plants I have in the front yard have taken a real beating. The only reason I could imagine for it was that deer were coming along in the middle of the night and chewing down the plants, including the flowers. I had one pot with caladiums that seemed to be lunch for something, plus it was struggling a bit with the heat. I moved it under a tree in a shady part of the yard. About a week ago I went out to look and the leaves had been eaten
SO HOT here now, under a heat advisory through Friday evening, and it will be over 100 degrees every day for at least a week. And that only brings us to the middle of July. Time to bring up one of my favorite things about living in this county and that is the Somervell County Transfer Station where I can get a free truckload of mulch. I have done this twice already this summer (really should have started in March) and it has done wonders for the trees and bushes in the yard. Whereas before I wou
Makes it even more important for parents to take an active part in their children's education, read and consider what the children are being taught and make sure to teach them the truth. The slave trade should not be glossed over with such a ridiculous phrase.
Back in 2011 when Rick Perry had aspirations to be president, Texas had a major drought. At one point, Rick Perry told people that "Only God Can Help" and told them to pray for rain. Well, looks like god was busy when Perry was asking so finally Perry had to give up and ask then-President Obama for federal help in August.
We had another drought year a few years back and it was one main factor on why I decided not to keep yard birds anymore.
That brings us to this year, 2022. I got a
Pretty clear to me after watching the video that anyone who cosigns the beliefs below does not believe in the concept of the Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence, since they want their branch of christian sect to take over the world. Gives some new meaning to evangelism, with added pressure to build more churches and pressure everybody to join.
Is the seven mountains mandate biblical?
Ridiculously, one of the proponents of Seven Mountains Dominionism li
I saw after SCOTUS decision re: Roe V Wade, the Greg Abbott crowed about Texas being a pro-life state. Not only does he not speak for EVERY citizen of Texas, he isn't actually pro-life nor is the person who has the real power in this state, Dan Patrick. Remember that Patrick was quite willing to tell people to sacrifice themselves for the economy. And Greg Abbott has shown he does not care about people's lives, including all the ones that died in the Texas freeze last year.
I know that there are some women who revel in being second class citizens, who like govt prying into their business and deciding their health issues for them, or who, religious-style, want the men in their lives to decide for them. There are many more of us who see what SCOTUS did the other day with Roe v Wade as being a direct hit on women's autonomy and right, up until this was overturned, to decide in conjunction with their health-care provider what needed to be done about situations unwanted
In 2018, I wrote, in an article about Southern Baptists and separation of church and state, about how the hard right took over the Southern Baptist Convention with a URL of an article by Rick McClatchy and Bruce Prescott. The URL became invalid but today I came across the original article and going to repost here
In previous Somervell County Commissioners Court administrations, a citizen attending the Commissioners Court meeting was given a handout that included the budget transfers. That is, when money is used from one account to pay for another, it generated a line item, like 00001 X Dept Training Seminar to 00003 General Fund. In other words, although sometimes it was a heck of a lot of moves, you could easily follow what moneys were being moved around between different accounts. The overhead system t
At least before 2018
Dwyane Johnson has a business Johnson Electric. located on CR 2010 in Somervell County The DBA for this was filed in April 2008, so presumably he has been doing business since that time, and surely just like other businesses that have personal property used in business, he has been subject to paying taxes on it, specifically rendering tax.
BUT for some reason Mr Johnson has not paid rendering tax on his business property UNTIL 2018, when
From time to time, Somervell County Salon has published a list of the salaries of both Somervell County and Glen Rose Medical Center. Both, of course, are public entities so we get to know what our tax money is going for and to what jobs. The following information is from an open records request to Somervell County. Please keep in mind as you read that these numbers might not represent the full compensation for a given person. I have in process another open records request for the full amounts,
Had to laugh when I saw this. Just wrote about the 5/9/2022 Somervell County Commissioners Court meeting in which Judge Danny Chambers argued with the presenter regarding somervell county sheriff's department salaries. Dwayne Johnson notably stayed pretty quiet during this and one might think that he also had respect for TOMA (Texas Open Meetings Act) and would have refrained from discussing non-agenda items. But oh, no, there's a run off election coming so Johnson needed to find a way to toot h
Tony Riker from the Texas Municipal Police Association was asked by the Somervell County Sheriff's Office Association to come do a presentation to the Somervell County Commissioners Court on 5/9/2022 specifically about how there are salaries paid within the Sheriff's department that are markedly lower than what other counties pay, and that there is a danger of losing professional employees to areas that pay equitably. Astonishingly, Mr. Riker was treated with arguments from, primarily, Judge Dan
Got to thinking about this the other day because Dwayne Johnson, who is in a runoff for Precinct 2 County Commissioner, came by the house bragging about how the golf course and other businesses are essentially self-paying without using any county money. The idea is that all profits and expenses come, not from line items in the general Somervell County budget, but from the Enterprise fund. In the past, the golf club did not make enough money to run without additional moneys from the general budge
Towards the end of this last year (2021) two things happened. First, Turn and Burn's concession contract was not renewed, and second, Somervell County applied for, first, a private club license with TABC and then Mixed Beverage. The ostensible reason for Somervell County to kick out a private contractor who by Dwayne Johnson's indirect admission below, was making money for the county through concessions, was to help the golf course and other businesses be self-sustaining by running everything ou
As a citizen who is trying to keep up on what is going on, but covid and other factors getting in the way, I wondered about what the fool the Somervell County Special Assistance District is, when it was passed, what it is for, etc. Did some research the last couple of weeks.
First, this special assistance district brings in additional taxes through extra sales taxes levied through businesses and the money is put into a separate county bank account. The sales tax cannot exceed the # set by
In the last couple of months, I was interested to know about a subdivision going in off 144 near the Bosque County line. I called to speak to Tammy, who is not my commissioner, but, frankly, I had no desire to speak to Dwayne Johnson, who is. When I called, the admin for the commissioners told me Tammy was not in. After I hung up, after not asking to speak to Johnson, I was surprised to see him calling me within a few minutes of my call. (I have heard that Johnson's wife works as admin for the c
Apparently one of the changes made by the Texas Lege this last session was to require a posted guard during counting of ballots
But it appears that this was an unfunded mandate, ie, the county must pay for the guard (someone from sheriff's department) but how do they get paid and how much, etc. Interesting discussion.