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Hope remains for face-to-face school While there remains hope that students can return to school in the Fall for face-to-face instructions, this might be wishful thinking after the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Texas. Based on a Texas Tribune story, Gov. Greg Abbott signaled he might be rethinking plans to open the state’s public…

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The 501 by Hanaba Munn Welch

Cool ways to beat COVID Ready for some good COVID-19 news? You don’t have to replace your old heating and cooling intake vent filter in the battle against the Coronavirus. A dusty filter is more likely to trap those little COVID-19 molecules, or whatever you call those spiny-looking orbs. I read that advice online. Feel…

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Benjamin News

By Gladene Green— Hot weather!  That’s what we are having as we enter the first of July.  Last I heard, the forecast high is 111°, and any way you say it, that’s a mighty uncomfortable sounding temperature.  But as we know, it is what it is, so we deal with it. Not much going on…

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Between the Lines by Bruce Green

The civilizing influence of women I have done a lot of thinking through the years about the calming – the civilizing – influence of a woman on a man. In a marriage it happens slowly, almost imperceptibly, but relentlessly over the passage of years. It’s the only way it would work with us men. It…

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Opinion

Immediate challenges shouldn’t stop Texas from planning for future By Tom Luce, Margaret Spellings and the Texas 2036 Board of Directors— Texas wouldn’t trade places with any other state. That’s important to remember during a historic pandemic and downturn in oil prices. Even in the face of these challenges, Texas has the people, resources and…

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Alzheimer’s research

Freedom from dementia? By Scott Finley / Special to The Hesperian-Beacon— Another Fourth of July has come and gone, and celebrations this year were certainly different from any other time people can remember. July 4, 1776 marked the Declaration of Independence by the original 13 colonies of their freedom from Great Britain’s King George III.…

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Opinion

Governing seems always a beat or two behind By Ross Ramsey / The Texas Tribune— “We’ll leave the light on for you” is a motel chain’s slogan. It also appears to be a principle coronavirus measure for the state of Texas, where the number of available hospital beds is more influential with top leaders than…

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Pet Talk

Reverse sneezing not harmful Snorts, yips, growls and groans —dogs make a variety of sounds that can entertain or worry their owner, depending on the circumstance. Though owners who have concerns about the health of their pet should always consult a veterinarian, Dr. Lori Teller, an associate professor in the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary…

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Mac’s View

Be sure to cast your ballot I’ve just returned my mail-in ballot for the upcoming runoff election where I needed to make a choice between Ronny Jackson and Josh Winegarner as the Republican nominee to replace Mac Thornberry as our district representative in the U.S. House. It was difficult back in March, too. There were…

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Benjamin News

by Gladene Green We had some rain the past few days.  I think between two and three inches have fallen since about mid-week. Thank goodness no hail or high winds came with it, so that was nice.  Did have some thunder and lightning though. Several area families have lost loved ones. Annette Offutt passed away…

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