The Great Dust Bowl of the Texas Panhandle

Hey! I wanted to come y’all that I had to write a college paper the other day of my favorite place. I currently live in Missouri, but I was born and raised in Texas. I thought I would share my essay paper with you! — By Amy Barnes Jordan The great dust bowl covers a wide range from eastern New Mexico, Kansas, the Oklahoma panhandle and the Texas panhandle. I was born and raised in the Texas panhandle. It is my favorite place to be. From the wide open range to the never ending sky, the Texas Panhandle is not […]

Colors of Texas

by Robin Sallee Texas isn’t usually the place that comes to mind when thinking of beautiful scenery, especially West Texas, but Texans are unique in their ability to see beyond the obvious. Texas has an extremely wide array of browns, yellows and greens with fields, pastures and open ranges sprawling out as far as the eye can see (literally). Don’t forget all those pump jacks dotting the horizon, what would Texas be without those? Now look closer…. One of the most beautiful sights in Texas is the Purple Sage that springs up along the highways and in the fields and […]

Need a Push at 3 AM

Author Unknown . A man and his wife were awakened at 3:00 am by a loud pounding on the door. The man gets up and goes to the door where a drunken stranger, standing in the pouring rain, is asking for a push. “Not a chance,” says the husband, “it is 3:00 in the morning!” He slams the door and returns to bed. . “Who was that?” asked his wife… “Just some drunk guy asking for a push,” he answers. … “Did you help him?” she asks “No, I did not, it’s 3am in the morning and it’s bloomin’ well […]

The Wrong Funeral

by Kimberly Pardue I was at the funeral of my dearest friend,­ my mother. She finally had lost her long battle with cancer. The hurt was so intense; I found it hard to breathe at times. Always supportive, Mother clapped loudest at my school plays, held the box of tissues while listening to my first heartbreak, comforted me at my father’s death, encouraged me in College, and prayed for me my entire life. When mother…’s illness was diagnosed, my sister had a new baby and my brother had recently married his childhood sweetheart, so it fell on me, the 27-year-old […]

The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez

Gregorio Cortez and his brother Romaldo were working as ranch hands at the W.A. Thulmeyer ranch in Karnes County one day when they saw County Sheriff W.T. Morris and his deputies riding toward them. It was June 12, 1901, and life for Cortez would never be the same. Within five minutes Cortez, 25, became a martyr, folk hero and central figure in a corrido (Hispanic folk ballad), one famous to this day. The sheriff and his deputies, John Trimmell and Boone Choate, were at the ranch searching for a horse thief. Sheriff Morris questioned the Cortez brothers and Choate acted […]

The Voters “can go to hell and I will go to Texas.” David Crockett

by Julia Robb   . . David Crockett Don’t call him Davy. David’s political enemies called him “Davy” to make him seem boyish. They never convinced anybody. Dying at the Alamo was just the final scene in David’s dramatic and impressive life. David Crockett was six-foot and handsome, an expert shot with his rifles (he always named them “Betsey”), a three-term U.S. congressman and an American folk hero who wrote a popular memoir titled A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett, of the State of Tennessee. He grew up in the wilderness, could hit a target at two hundred […]

Jack Hays and The Wild Texas Rangers

by Julia Robb In 1840, Texas Ranger Captain Jack Hays and twenty of his men tracked down two hundred Comanches herding stolen horses. Hays said, “Yonder are the Indians, boys, and yonder are our horses. The Indians are pretty strong. But we can whip them. What do you say?” The Rangers charged, killed the Comanche leader and the rest of the warriors ran. That’s a typical Ranger story. The nineteenth century Texas Rangers were special to Texas and there’s a reason. The Rangers were quick-shooting, hard-drinking, brutal, aggressive men, “just this side of brigands and desperados,” who fought a “war […]

Farmer Brown Goes to Court

Farmer Brown decided his injuries from the accident were serious enough to take the trucking company (responsible for the accident) to court. In court, the trucking company’s fancy lawyer was questioning Farmer Brown. “Didn’t you say, at the scene of the accident, ‘I’m fine’?” asked the lawyer. .. Farmer Brown responded, “Well I’ll tell you what happened. I had just loaded my favorite mule Bessie into the…” .. “I didn’t ask for any details,” the lawyer interrupted, “just answer the question. Did you not say, at the scene of the accident, ‘I’m fine’!” . Farmer Brown said, “Well I had […]

When Congressmen Carried Guns

by Julia Robb In 1832, Sam Houston stood in the U.S. of Representatives, on trial for attacking Ohio Representative William Stanbery. It was a headline trial. Sam Houston, a six-foot-two, good-looking Tennessean, was already famous. While Houston defended himself, a woman in the balcony threw him a bouquet of flowers and cried “I would rather be Sam Houston in a dungeon than Stanbery on a throne.” We think we know about Sam Houston; general of the Texas armies, hero of San Jacinto, president of the Republic of Texas, senator of Texas, governor of Texas. But Sam Houston was bigger than […]

Kountze ISD Rejects Court’s Decision, Appeals

Remember the cheerleaders that won the court case against the school district that was trying to prevent them from painting Bible verses and patriotic sayings on “run-through” signs at home then bringing them to football games for the team to run through? Well, the school district lost in court. Appealed. Lost again. Now they’re back at it. Wasting more taxpayer money and preventing our Texas kids from expressing themselves the way they wish to express themselves. One must wonder what would happen if they were to paint immoral things on these “run-throughs”. What would happen then? Not a thing, I […]