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+ Kyle strikes business deal with RSI after tax confusion - Page 1D HaysFreePress.com January 18, 2017 Page 1C m Being a living soft gardener has its challenges. Full refrigerators and pantries; wishing you actually owned stock in the Mason Jar company; and neigh- bors not answering the door because you have infected them with your overflow. Not to mention the social stigma of crop envy that we have to contend with ; - ) Now that you are all happily enjoying the increased yield from your living soil gardens, let's bring this system to your pot- ted plants. Your citrus, plumeria and other captive specimens will love you for it. Most soft blends are growing mediums. They offer a very good structure for root growth. However there are some manufactur- ers that offer growing mediums that contain mycorrhizae. These are the ben- eficial bacteria for the soft. Extensive studies at Texas A&M have proved that plants and trees grown with my- corrhizae are signifi- cantly healthier and more disease-resistant The symbiotic relationship between Ws About Thyme by David K. Sargert web of fungal fila- ments. They are called hyphae, and they look like root hairs. The degree to which further botanical engi- neering is used is also pretty stunning. Combinations of bacilli and fungi are strategically mixed to allow one very fast growing fungi to act as the freight train to move other benefi- cial bacilli and fungi quickly across large expanses of soil to 'do their thing.' Once this fungal net is established, it will become a self-sustain- ing colony needing some simple feeding of molasses and organic material to continue to grow. At our nursery, we offer 3 options for living soft for pots: Pro-Mix BX, MycoStim from Organic Labora- tories and Happy Frog potting mix. Just to give you an idea, let's dig a little deeper and look at the amazing contents that plant and fungi is quite you get when you buy fascinating, a bag of Happy Frog: The fungi use the General ingredients: carbon produced by sphagnum peat moss, the plants to support l~erlite; earthworm ~ their own functions, in castings, bat guano, turn helping the plant humic acid, and oyster to reach farther into shells. the soil by creating an extensive network or IT'S ABOUT THYME, 2C Fake news is a seri- ous problem. The respected Pew Research Center recently found that most American adults obtain their news from social media, where fake news abounds. It is believed largely because of a lack of media literacy on the part of readers. Media literacy is defined by the Center for Media Literacy as "the ability to access, analyze, and evalu- ate" information in the media. It em- powers people to be critical thinkers and is essential skill for an informed population and a healthy democ- racy. If you want to improve your media literacy skills, first con- sider the source of the information presented. Is it a known, credible source like a respected newspaper? If you're not sure of a source's legitimacy, Snopes. com has a list of known fake news sites and stories. FactCheck. org, Washington Post Fact Checker, and PolitiFact.com are also good places to check SOurCeS. Considering the sources provided in an article itself is also important. Many fake stories cite sources, but upon further research the sources may be fake or don't back up the story's claim. Check It Out by Jane Ray Another tip is to read beyond the headline; many fake stories have misleading,, attention- grabbing headlines, especially satirical stories. Checking a story's date is also important. A post-election story that quoted from, and linked to, a CNN Mon- ey article about Ford shifting truck produc- tion from Mexico to Ohio was from August 2015 and therefore clearly not the result of the presidential elec- tion, as many of the stories it was cited in asserted. And don't forget to check your biases. It's difficult, but essential. Confirmation bias leads people to put more stock in informa- tion that confirms their beliefs and discount information that doesn't. So the next time you're appalled by a "news" story online, take some time to actually analyze it. If you have ques- tions about media literacy, fake news, or related topics, please visit the Kyle Public Library, where helping people access quality, verified information is one of its key goals. PHOTO BY MOSES.~ ]11 On Saturday, the Hays County L vestock Show and Expo announced the 2017 queen and queen's court during a coronatiO~::. emony at the Dripping Springs Ranch Park. Members of the 2017 court are (left to right) duchesses Avery Herron, Lauren d~?:; Konleigh Eben, Destinee Cabrera, Grace Baxter, princess Makenna Hawkins, queen Hannah Fults. Not pictured are duchesses Hannah McGee and Hannah Griffin. BY MOSES LEOS III news@haysfreepress.com participating in the Hays County Live- stock Show and Expo (HCLSE) is a tradition Dripping Springs resident Jeff Dodd passed down to his children. As the years went by, Dodd's three sons, whose interest was spurred by Dodd, not only completed their projects and ob- tained money for college, but also gained life skills along the way. Now as a member of the HCLSE Board of Directors, Dodd hopes to continue advocating the show in order to hold on to the agriculmr~ r66ts'of ~ the region. "I think we're loshng some of the agricultural background in Texas," Dodd said. "This gives a lot of our kids an opportu- nity to see the process and to stay involved with the roots of the community." The HCLSE, which of- ficially kicked off Saturday with the annual horse show, will feature !,500 total entries that span multiple categories that include livestock, agri- cultural mechanics and home skills. Exhibitors come from only Hays County, Dodd said. Helping manage the expansive show is a 25-member board that Dodd said helps "divide and conquer." Every species that is shown has a superinten- dent that helps set up pens, line out specific classes, and eventually nm the show. "They are responsible for micromanagement of the show," Dodd said. Over the years, partici- pation levels have ebbed PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Kylie Baker, a 7th grader from Dripping Springs, proudly holds her blue ribbon earned in the junior showmanship competition at the Hays County Livestock Show and Expo horse show Saturday at Dripping Springs Ranch Park in Dripping Springs. "1 think we're losing some of the agricultural background in Texas ... This gives a lot of our kids an opportunity to see the process and to stay involved with the roots of the community." - Jeff Dodd, member of HCSLE board of directors and flowed, Dodd said. Participation roughly three to four years ago was higher than today. But the show has grown by leaps and bounds over the past 30 years, Dodd said, who himself par- ticipated as a youth in the 1980s. Nita Leinneweber, who is part of the board, said participation has grown "across the board" in nearly every category. That includes the homeskills category, which features food, arts, crafts and clothing and even photography. From there, each category is further split into specific classes that youth partici- pate in. With a variety of cat- egories and classes, both Dodd and Lenneweber said participants often compete in multiple disci- plines at the same time. Help from the fam- fly, and the commu- uity, guides participants through the process. McKenna Hawkins, a member of the Buda 4H and princess in the HCLSE queen's court, said participants rarely compete in projects alone. "You always have the community surrounding LIVESTOCK SHOW, 4C I Sarah Bernhardt's special train rolled into Dallas on Jan. 24, 1892 for the first of four Texas stops on her "Grand World Tour." Texans flocked to see the famous French actress, but those who missed the golden opportunity would get a second chance. After her initial trek across the United States in 1880, the internationally acclaimed "Divine Sarah" regularly returned for profitable encores over the next 37 years. Even more than the sensation her dazzling presence always created, Bernhardt rel- ished the impressive box office receipts. Whenever the "Pride of Paris" ran short of cash, she could count on adoring Ameri- 11a Week in Texas History by Bartee Haile cans to help her get back on her dainty feet. The Lone Star State finally appeared on the Bernhardt itinerary dur- ing a two-year marathon billed as her "GrandWorld Tour." Showing incredible stamina, she appeared in 170 cities, including 1892 dates in Dallas, Fort Worth, Galveston and Houston. Fourteen years later, fi- nancial necessity dictated another U,S. visit appro- priately promoted at age 62 as Madame Bernhardt's "Farewell Tour." But times had changed, and by 1906 a powerful syndicate controlled every theater and opera house in the country. When the Euro- pean star refused to cut a blatantly unfair deal, the greedy monopoly retali- ated by banning her from the American stage. Three enterprising brothers suggested that Bernhardt entertain out- doors under a huge circus tent. To their amazement, the aging actress eagerly agreed and the show soon hit the road. Following the usual opening leg on the East Coast, the Bernhardt Special chugged through the South en route to Texas. Besides the opulent private car of the star at- traction, the train included three coaches and three baggage cars that carried the sets for six different plays as well as the acting troupe, two maids, two male servants, a mas- seuse, private secretary and full-time attendant for the leading lady's canine companions. The Dallas andWaco appearances went smoothly, but few fans in Austin braved a torrential downpour and knee-deep mud to attend the tent show on the grounds of the temporary capitol. Goaded either by con- science or behind-the- scenes ann-twisting by the state attorney general, the owner of the local opera TEXAS HISTORY, 2C " i! |i I [ I