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Lucky thirteen

Our lives are bombarded daily with stories of terrorism, death and many negative tales. This story is true, heartwarming and positive. On August 5, 2013 13 tiny, fuzzy, yellow ducklings fell into a sewer pipe through a storm grate. If that wasn’t enough the grate was located directly in the center of a fast food […]

Karbowski-Hernandez Engagement


Mr and Mrs. John Karbowski III of Brenham Texas would like to announce the engagement of thier daughter Brittney Marie Karbowski of Richmond Texas to Matthew Daniel Hernandez of Richmond Texas son of Sylvia Escamilla and Eduardo Hernandez. The wedding will be held at Ashelynn Manor in Magnolia Texas on October 11,2013 at 6:00 in […]

Turning the Tide on Childhood Obesity

By Dr. Janey Thornton USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services As the Department of Agriculture’s Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, I am on a mission to make sure all of our nation’s children have the best possible chance at a healthy life and a bright future. So, […]

Proven potential, demonstrated leadership: Army Aviator on the rise 

Lt. Col. Hoby F. Cupp is congratulated by his family following his promotion to Lt. Col. in the Pentagon's Patriot Room, July 16, 2013. The ceremony was hosted by Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal and attended by numerous friends and colleagues. Pictured left to right: Lt. Col. Hoby F. Cupp, Jennifer Cupp (wife), Brycen F. Cupp (being held; son), Nolan R. Cupp (standing, son), Karen L. Cupp (mother) and Bobby R. Cupp (father).

By Lt. Col. Rob Manning Under Secretary of the Army Public Affairs Hoby F. Cupp says his promotion to lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army is the result of the enduring support from his family, friends, mentors and the extraordinary Soldiers he’s been fortunate enough to serve with in both garrison and combat. Under Secretary […]

Ruling defines ‘supervisor,’ puts limits on employer liability in harassment cases

By Katie Loehrke, editor, J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. The U.S. Supreme Court recently considered the definition of “supervisor” to determine when an employer is liable for workplace harassment. In this case, Vance v. Ball State University, the main question was whether supervisor liability applies to harassment by any employee with authority to direct […]

Employers may need to make religious accommodations for vegans

By Katie Loehrke, editor, J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. When a workplace practice conflicts with an employee’s religious beliefs, the employer must consider whether a religious accommodation is available. Often, such scenarios arise in the form of scheduling conflicts when an employee’s religion compels worship on a particular day. Common examples of religious accommodations […]

Band competition held

Shown are the Wessendorff Middle School band members.

By Madison Palmer 6th grade student  Students in the band at Wertheimer Middle School recently attended a solo and ensemble competition held at Wessendorff Middle School.  Our band students had been preparing for this special event the whole year both at school and at home.  Each student who participated played a solo, ensemble, and if […]

Local elections on tap

Early voting thru May 4, election Sat. May 11 By B.K. Carter  There hasn’t been a lot of hot politicking this year it seems to me. Of course, I’ve been waylaid by my health so maybe it has been a lot hotter than I think. The candidates have thankfully left me alone but I still […]

Who can legally assist Veterans with VA Claims?

Veterans scam alert The preeminent fraud—“helping” Veterans with the VA benefit commonly called Aid & Attendance. Getting yourself through the maze can be difficult, but it is worth the effort to wartime Veterans and Widows of Veterans during the difficult economic times we now face. More Veterans and surviving spouses file claims for disability benefits […]

Valentine’s “Love Day”celebrated at Wertheimer Middle School

Students celebrate Valentine's Day at Wertheimer MS.

By Madison Palmer The popular holiday is named for St. Valentine was a priest who served during third century Rome.  According to, legend has it that Emperor Claudius II, who ruled Rome during this time, decided that single men made better soldiers than those who were married.  Because of this, he outlawed marriage for […]

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