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Tue
19
May
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Stopping ISIS

When I travel throughout our district and meet with the people I represent, every county and town has a different set of issues they want to discuss, depending on their local industries, businesses, schools, etc. But there is one topic that I am always asked about, no matter where I am – our national security
 
Tue
12
May
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Long Time Passing

I read in the Wall Street Journal that children born today have a good chance of living until they are 150. Just imagine how the obituary page might read then. Orpheous "Moldy" Ashbottom passed away at the Forever Dead Holding Facility after the candles on his birthday cake caused a fire, the sprinklers went off, and Moldy got pneumonia. Months passed before anyone realized he was dead. At the time of his death Orpheous was married to his twelfth wife, Wanda, a childhood sweetheart he saw at their 140th high school class reunion. After the pregnancy test Orpheus did the honorable thing and married Wanda.
 

 

Tue
12
May
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Marketing choices are plentiful for businesses

When it comes to marketing and advertising your business, it is easy to fall back on colloquial phrases as justification for not being willing to try different techniques or channels. I grew up the son of a furniture and floor covering store manager in a time where there were three primary means of advertising in a small town. Our small town (less than 10,000) had two small newspapers and one AM radio station.
 
Tue
05
May
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No Irons In The Fire

Calving heifers, building fence and cleaning out spring boxes, these are a few of my least favorite things. But the hardest chore every year is finding a date for a branding. Getting a bunch of ranchers to agree on anything, much less a free work day, is like herding three dozen cats. I live in Fall calving country which means branding takes place in January and February. There is a cowboy shortage in our area due to the pay scale and several ranchers also have another job in town, which limits brandings to the weekends.
 

 

Tue
05
May
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Small businesses have major impact

Every day, your life is in some way impacted by a small business. Maybe it’s where you buy your coffee in the morning on the way to work or drop off your dry cleaning before taking the kids to school. The food you purchase from the local grocery store might have been produced by a local business, and a neighbor likely owns the gas station you frequent. Since small businesses employ more than half of American workers, you might work for one. Or maybe you’re one of the brave souls who have chosen, at great risk, to start a venture of your own.
 
Tue
28
Apr
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Rolling In The Chips

I have been indicted in a paternity suit, or I should say, my horse Gentleman has. My noble steed and I were doing our thing at a neighbor's branding and I must admit it wasn't one of Gentleman's better days. One of the weekend cowboys in attendance was a practicing lawyer. I think he's a criminal lawyer, but he hasn't gone to jail for it yet. The lawyer's young mare, like Gentleman, was always in the wrong spot at the wrong time, tripped over her own feet, and kept throwing her head up and down like a Texas oil well

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Tue
28
Apr
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Mort’s theory of everything

My Uncle Mort’s screeching to a stop on his golf cart isn’t a rarity; seldom, however, does he leave the motor running. “I’m the luckiest guy in the thicket,” my 102-year-old kin bragged, “The two-hours-only shoe sale coincides with Maude’s kick-off of spring cleaning. So I ducked out of work, volunteering to fetch her some new sandals in town. The sales guy asked me her shoe size; I told him Maude says she wears a size 9, but a 10 feels so good, she usually buys 11’s.” Good fortune followed my uncle to the thrift store, where he found a like-new pair of brogans for $3. And they gave him a buck for the ones he’s been wearing for 20 years.  

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Tue
21
Apr
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Cyber attacks

by WILL HURD
Cybersecurity. It’s the latest buzzword. Your colleagues worry about it. The talking heads on TV analyze it. Congress holds hearings about it. And when your credit card company sends you a letter about it, you wonder just how concerned you should be. Long before the word cybersecurity was coined, governments, companies and individuals were victims of cyber breaches. For as long as there has been sensitive information available on the web, there have been bad actors trying to access it and use it in a destructive way.
 
Tue
21
Apr
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Questions on sheriff's office handling of recent incidents

Dear Editor,
The question of the month is lazy, stupid or crooked, and it is about the Crockett County Sheriff's Department. In the last two months the following incidents have occurred. The incidents were treated as civil matters upon initial contact. Number one, a juvenile was shot at while at a Stripes Store. The weapon was a BB Gun that missed the victim and struck a 2015 Chevrolet Pickup. No report because it was a BB gun and I have been told by a deputy that they do not take criminal mischief reports on the damage to the pickup. State law mandates a report on the assault so a report was made. However, the victim and his mother have not been updated on the case.
 
Tue
14
Apr
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April is Community Banking Month

The month of April marks the celebration of Community Banking Month. On behalf of Ozona Bank, I want to thank the Ozona community for trusting us to meet your everyday banking needs. It is a privilege to provide personalized services for our customers and to do it responsibly.

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