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Governor proclaims results in constitutional amendment election

Governor proclaims results in constitutional amendment election

STATE CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS

AUSTIN — Before voterapproved amendments to the Texas Constitution are set in stone, it is the governor’s duty to publicly proclaim the results of the election.

On Dec. 4, Gov. Greg Abbott posted such a proclamation, having first certified the tabulation prepared by the Texas secretary of state, the state’s chief election officer.

In his proclamation, Abbott listed the nine of 10 proposed amendments that passed in the Nov. 5 constitutional amendment election. The one that did not pass, and therefore not included in the proclamation, was Proposition 1, the proposed constitutional amendment allowing a person to hold more than one office as a municipal judge at the same time.

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11
Dec
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And Thus Began My Education

And Thus Began My Education

IT’S THE PITTS LEE PITTS

A lot of parents are going to be mad at me for saying this but someone needs to say it. So here goes: not every kid should go to a four year college. My rule of thumb would be if you have to borrow money to attend a university DON’T DO IT! I know a lot of millenials who are currently in debt $200,000 for their college degrees, who are now bartenders or telemarketers and living at home. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you don’t need an education to be successful, all I’m saying is there are plenty of other places to get a cheaper and better education than in the ivy-covered halls of a name brand university.

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11
Dec
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Mort on Mavericks: ‘Now’ Team in Dallas….

Mort on Mavericks: ‘Now’ Team in Dallas….

IDLE AMERICAN

My Uncle Mort, a dedicated “frog gigger” during most of the 20th century and all the years so far in this one, claims to have made the best possible use of “Indian Summer.”

“It was the shortest season ever, limited to a few hours on Nov. 24,” he mused. “I’m glad I didn’t waste it watching TV. I’d have been dissecting NFL and NBA games--specifically the Cowboys’ whimper against the Patriots and the Mavericks easy disposition of the Rockets. Yep, catching sun rays was the best choice.”

Mort, at age 107, favors “frog-gigging” over anything on TV, and that’s what he did during the aforementioned telecasts. He was up on the frogs, 54-0, when they forfeited.

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11
Dec
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Watch out for community holiday scams

Watch out for community holiday scams

BBB COLUMN

The holiday season has officially begun. Unfortunately, this is also a busy season for scammers looking to steal your money or personal information. That’s why the Better Business Bureau reminds you of common holiday scams to help you stay sharp this season:

Seasonal employment scams

Many companies and industries hire extra employees during the holidays. This is a perfect opportunity for scammers to put out fake help wanted ads. Use these tips to stay safe:

• Know the signs. Being aware of the red flags of employment scams can help you avoid them. Employers asking for upfront payment for a job, job offers without interviews and big money for small jobs are all major signs of employment scams.

 

 

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Wed
04
Dec
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The Toothless Cattle Company

The Toothless Cattle Company

IT’S THE PITTS

I wasn’t always a tightwad. I didn’t always stoop to pick up pennies, straighten bent paper clips or shop in thrift stores. As a kid my grandparents gave me ten Carson City silver dollars every Christmas and birthday and if I had all those coins now I might be in the Forbes 400, but I had to go and waste them on baseballs and bubble gum.

I mowed lawns, delivered papers, dusted furniture in my Grandpa’s furniture store and did anything to make a buck. The funny thing was, the more money I made, the more tightfisted I became. The deeper my pockets got the shorter my arms grew. I’m sure economists have a name for this phenomena.

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04
Dec
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A mother's letter to Santa

MELISSA PERNER

WHAT’S ON MY MIND

Dear Santa, I've been a good mom all year. I've fed, cleaned and cuddled my children on demand, visited the doctor's office more than my doctor, sold 62 cases of candy bars to raise money to plant a shade tree on the school playground.

I was hoping you could spread my list out over several Christmases, since I had to write this letter with my son's red crayon, on the back of a receipt in the laundry room between cycles, and who knows when I'll find anymore free time in the next 18 years.

Here are my Christmas wishes:

 

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Businesses should review their financial reports

JAMES LEAVELLE

BUSINESS TIPS

It seemed like a good idea at the time…starting your own business that is. After all, how hard could it be? All I have to do is buy or make something and sell it to someone who wants or needs it. All you had to do was establish a legal business structure, set up an account with the State Comptroller’s office, find a business location, and obtain some financing. You jumped through some hoops to get all that done and now you are in business and you are doing well.

Wed
20
Nov
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Old News

Old News

I have a friend who worked for a livestock newspaper for 40 years who has newspaper ink clogging up his veins. Recently he’s been involuntarily checked into cell block 314 of the Old Farts Senior Dying Center by his three ungrateful children who are getting tired of waiting for their inheritance. No sooner had he put away the contents of his single suitcase, what was left of a very full life, than his kids put his house up for sale and ripped up the carpet and tore the wallpaper off the walls looking for a safe filled with Krugerands that was no place to be found.

My friend is one of those people who has had a rough life but who has taken advantage of every bad break he ever had. He’s the proverbial person who, when handed lemons in life, made a delightful vodka/lemonade cocktail with the kick of a Missouri mule. So I wasn’t surprised to hear that he’s making the most of being relegated to Heaven’s Waiting Room.

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Nov
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The services of the Small Business Development Center

The services of the Small Business Development Center

The Angelo State University - Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will soon celebrate its 30th year of service to San Angelo and the 10 county area of the Concho Valley. Thousands of small businesses in the Concho Valley have benefited from our business advising and training services.

The SBDC provides two basic services for small businesses. The first service is our technical business advising which is at no-cost and confidential. It is conducted by certified business advisors who have small business ownership or business management experience.

Wed
06
Nov
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Fake Out

Fake Out

IT’S THE PITTS

It seems like everything is fake these days: fake news, fake ice cream, fake money, fake teeth, fake knees, fake hips and fake identities. Bald guys are wearing toupees, women are getting fake boobs and fake people pester me on the phone with robo calls from fraudulent folks. Fake “reality” TV show stars in Hollywood are even creating fake grades and fake SAT test scores so their dumb kids can get into Harvard and Yale. I suppose their diplomas will be made with fake sheepskin.

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