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Tue
21
Aug
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The Stockman has an app! Read about our new way to receive news!

By MELISSA PERNER

Tue
14
Aug
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Newspapers: more than meets the eye

By BRENNA HALE

When I began my internship in June, I was amazed by how much work and time goes into publishing our weekly paper.

My first day of work was a Tuesday, so it was paper day for The Ozona Stockman.

Learning the six-step process that develops the pages of our paper onto plates that are ready to be fitted onto the press was one of the most interesting parts of my job.

 

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Tue
14
Aug
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Newsprint tariffs hurt small town newspapers

By ANDREW JOHNSON

It isn’t that easy to drop everything in the middle of the week and fly to Washington. If you’re a community newspaper publisher, going anywhere in the middle of the week is a challenge.

That is when the newspaper has to be edited, wrapped up in color, printed, labeled and distributed to readers.

 

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Tue
07
Aug
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Hurricane Harvey-affected campuses receive special evaluations

By Ed Sterling | Texas Press Association

 

AUSTIN — Some 109 independent school districts and charters directly affected by Hurricane Harvey are eligible for special evaluation in this year’s state accountability system, the Texas Education Agency announced Aug. 1. Based on data reported to the agency during the past school year, the affected districts and charters encompass some 1,188 eligible campuses. Among the submitted data are the numbers of displaced students and teachers and the impact on local school facilities and instructional time. Hurricane Harvey criteria announced in June represents a change to storm-related accountability adjustments when compared to prior

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Tue
07
Aug
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Texas landowners subsidize pipelines and powerlines

There is no question, pipeline and transmission line projects are necessary to supply our rapidly growing state. The electric transmission capacity ensures our lights stay on and our homes stay cool during the hottest months of the year. Pipelines carrying oil and gas supply our fuel and a wide array of petroleum-based products, helping feed a booming

Texas economy. There is, however, a darker side to this pipeline and transmission line development. Every year more Texas landowners find themselves in the path of pipeline and transmission line projects. Most of these companies have the power of eminent domain and can condemn by force the land they want. They are common carriers, meaning their pipeline or transmission lines are available for use by other companies, even though they profit from the projects. Unfortunately, landowners facing the threat of eminent domain stand little chance of being treated justly or being paid a fair price for what is taken from them.

Wed
01
Aug
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Taking advantage of Amazon’s weakest link

By Alejandro Castañon

Wed
01
Aug
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Texas energy drives global progress

By Will Hurd

Working hard to support our nation’s energy sector is a way of life for Texans. We have consistently been the largest crude oilproducing state, and last year, were responsible for over one-third of all U.S. crude oil production. From the Permian Basin to the Eagle Ford Shale, our state’s booming energy sector puts food on our tables, supports Texas families and keeps our economy strong. But energy production in our backyard is also proving to have broad impacts across the globe and Texas energy is now a viable tool in U.S. foreign policy.

Tue
24
Jul
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Texas Beef Checkoff brings great opportunities and great responsibilities

BY AUSTIN BROWN III

“For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.,” wrote Luke in chapter 12 of his book in the King James Bible.

My family and I have been given much in our ranching life. It has been our privilege and pleasure to give back to the ranching community. Serving on the Texas Beef Council (TBC) and on the Beef Promotion and Research Council of Texas (BPRCT) are among those privileges.

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Tue
24
Jul
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Texas Democratic candidates find friendly donors in hostile congressional districts

BY ROSS RAMSEY

Democratic challengers outraised Republican congressional incumbents in seven races in Texas during the second quarter of the year. But in most of those races — including the statewide contest for U.S. Senate — recent election history favors the Republicans. Sometimes, it favors them by a wide margin.

Money helps. A challenger to an incumbent has to become known to voters to have a chance, and some sort of advertising — door hangers, radio and TV advertising, social media ads — is a big part of that.

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Tue
17
Jul
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Seven questions to ask in a borrowing situation

By DAVE ERICKSON

In his books Borrowing for Your Business, and Borrowing to Build Your Business, former banker George M. Dawson discussed seven questions typically asked in any borrowing situation. I believe these seven questions can help any business borrower better understand how lenders evaluate their loan proposal. Below is a discussion of the seven questions.

First, how much money do you want? Some borrowers fail to determine how much they really need. Lenders want to know the borrower has taken the time to pin this down as accurately as they can. Remember to allow for contingencies, as the unexpected may happen. It is important to borrow enough to avoid going back to the lender asking for more right away. Borrowing too little may just be enough to get you in trouble. Preparing accurate cash flow projections with assumptions will show you how much you will need to borrow.

 

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