Columns & Opinions

Meridian Tribune looking to honor those lost to COVID-19

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The coronavirus pandemic has affected the lives of everyone, but none more so than those who lost a loved one to the deadly disease. 28 individuals in Bosque County have lost their lives to COVID-19, and The Clifton Record and Meridian Tribune would like to honor those lives in the next edition of Bosque River Run magazine.

Kicked off Facebook

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My Facebook account’s been temporarily disabled. I tried to remove the birth year from my personal info. I’d read that hackers can use birth year plus birthplace to steal identity. It probably wouldn’t have happened. But I figured, why take the chance? I should have left well enough alone. I hit the wrong thing, and---well, it’s a long story. Bottom line--- FB erased me. I don’t exist. Not just my account, but every post I ever made on any page or group. Every happy birthday cartoon I shared has magically disappeared from dozens of different friends’ accounts.

Meridian Tribune looking to honor those lost to COVID-19

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The coronavirus pandemic has affected the lives of everyone, but none more so than those who lost a loved one to the deadly disease. 28 individuals in Bosque County have lost their lives to COVID-19, and The Clifton Record and Meridian Tribune would like to honor those lives in the next edition of Bosque River Run magazine.

Bad, snowy week

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It’s time to write a new column, and I sit here in disbelief that I wrote my last one with snow on the ground--- and it’s still here! I remember snowfalls of my childhood. They didn’t usually last the day, and we’d hope for them to last forever. Well, five days and counting, and it’s beginning to seem like forever. Don’t get me wrong. The snow’s lovely. We’ve driven all over the ranch, and this sight never gets old. If it weren’t so cold, it would be more fun. If we didn’t have at least two burst pipes to repair when the thaw comes, I’d be happier. More may surface in time. If the plants in my greenhouse weren’t likely all dead, that would be nice. The farm animals, birds and wildlife will be relieved when it warms up. I wonder how many were lost from the cold.

Millions of Texans dealing with water supply issues

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Warmer temperatures over the weekend and continuing this week melted most of the snow from the state’s roadways and roofs. But Texans are still dealing with broken pipes that flooded homes and businesses, damaged municipal water systems, and continued power outages in scattered areas, mainly in East and Central Texas.

Severe cold spell

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I guess this is the chigger-killer cold spell I hoped for. Common wisdom holds that a certain number of consecutive days/nights of low temps go a long way toward limiting the successful hatching of millions of chigger eggs elsewhere. If this year’s chigger population takes a hit, I have to be honest and admit I’ll be a happy woman. We’re all God’s creatures, so I hope that gleefully applauding chigger genocide doesn’t make me a terrible person. After all, they make my life miserable every spring and summer until they burn away in the heat. So not only am I sitting here in three layers of clothing, enjoying the light snow as I write, but I’m counting on this being the gift that keeps on giving --- until August.

Snow, ice, single-digit temps blanket the state

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Texans from Lubbock to Longview shivered under single-digit temperatures as their week began, with snow and ice creating dangerous road conditions throughout the state. Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for all 254 Texas counties and urged residents to stay alert to changing weather conditions. The Texas Division of Emergency Management deployed resources from various state agencies to prepare roadways, assist motorists, remove downed trees and perform search-and-rescue operations if necessary.