The next legislative session of the Texas Legislature is set to begin January 13, 2015. The legislature meets in regular sessions every two years, beginning at noon on the second Tuesday of odd numbered years. A regular legislative session lasts for 140 consecutive days. The incoming representatives and senators were able to begin filing legislation for the 84th session on November 10th. As of this writing, there have been 710 bills filed, a few of which I will discuss this week. . . . More . . .
SHERMAN, TEXAS--Ruth I. Cape, Austin College associate professor of German, has edited a bilingual and annotated edition of a collection of letters, New World View: Letters from a German Immigrant Family in Texas, 1854 – 1885. The book is published by Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., and available through Peter Lang Publishing or Amazon.
The book spans three decades, describing the three-month sea voyage of Christian Friedrich Bergmann and his family; their settling in Boerne, Texas, as farmers and ranchers; and the challenges faced in adapting to American culture. The family belonged to the large wave of German immigrants that came to . . . More . . .
The Preston Trail Chapter NSDAR donated two motorized mobility scooters to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2772. The post in turn provides free wheelchairs and mobility units to veterans in need.
DAR members support countless patriotic projects and endeavors, many of which honor the brave men and women who serve or have served our country in the U.S. Armed Forces, and all of which are beneficial.
Opening Doors for Disabled Veterans is an assistance program . . . More . . .
The holiday season is well underway. Cities in Delta, Fannin, and Grayson Counties have decorated their streets and are hosting Christmas events such as parades and holiday concerts. Likewise, at the Capitol in Austin preparations for the holiday season have begun. The Capitol halls are adorned with decorations, and several traditional Christmas trees, including one in the House Chamber, welcome visitors to the Capitol. Throughout the holiday season, school children come . . . More . . .
Warren Buffet, the “Oracle from Omaha,” is considered one of the most successful investors in history. Yet while the investment world may seem complex, Mr. Buffet’s advice is actually pretty simple. Here are a few Buffet quotes, along with some suggestions on putting them to use:
“Whether we’re talking about socks or stocks, I like buying quality merchandise when it is marked down.”
An annual tradition at the capitol is the unveiling of the capitol ornament. The 2014 ornament was just recently unveiled and features the blue oculus windows which can been seen near the north wing of the Capitol. The ornament is finished in 24k gold. There were originally twenty-four blue, round windows installed in the skylight structure located on the north wing roof of the Capitol. The compound glass was made by fusing together . . . More . . .
SHERMAN, TEXAS—Austin College will host renowned author Dr. Carmen Tafolla, presenting the lecture “The Border Crossed Us: Latino Voices in The U.S.” on Friday, December 5, at 4:30 p.m. in Hoxie Thompson Auditorium of Sherman Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public. Acclaimed author of more than 20 books for adults and children, Tafolla, a 1972 graduate of Austin College, is an advocate for Latino voices and cultures, as well as a . . . More . . .
SHERMAN, TEXAS— The Austin College women’s basketball program will host its fourth annual Free Basketball Clinic benefiting for boys and girls, grades 3 through 8, on Sunday December 14, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the College’s Robert Mason Complex. The event benefits Toys for Tots, and clinic participants are encouraged to bring a small, unwrapped holiday toy to donate. The boys and girls, led by the women’s basketball players and Coach Michelle Filander and staff, . . . More . . .
It’s almost Thanksgiving — a holiday that once celebrated the harvest season. Although many of us today may not be directly connected to agriculture, we still gather on Thanksgiving with our loved ones to share whatever “bounty” we may have. But this practice doesn’t have to begin and end with food. Why not incorporate the spirit of sharing into your overall financial strategy? Here . . . More . . .