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+ ST41JJ0m Semi-pro basketball team hasa new local owner. - Page 1D , :~ X,I [ree ress :? Februa 15, 2017 gelC Mtcny by Pauline Tom on't believe every- )thing on the In- temet. And, to my great regret, don't believe every word you read here. As much as I research, I sometimes weave in a statement not knowing it needs research. Last week, I misidentified an owl. Our"Ovd' e#' in our Owl Shack was an Eastern Screech Owl, red morph. According to "Birds of the Texas Hill Country" (Lockwood), "Gray is the, dominant color morph on the plateau, with red- morph birds very rarely found." Westem Screech Owls are found as far east as Kerr County, which is well west of Hays County. West- ern Screech Owls are gray. Our"Owree" disap- MT. CITY MONTAGE, 2C ThbWeek in Texas Histo by Bartee Halle Adrmasked mob agged five uspected cattle thieves kicking and screaming from the Ma- son County jail on Feb. 18, 1875, lynched three of the terrified outlaws and touched off a nasty feud forever known as the Hoodoo War. In the chaotic after- math of the CivilWar, Texans often took the law into their own hands. Desperate characters, who mistook common folk for easy pickings, were routinely dis- patched without benefit of judge, jury or clergy. Like so many similar episodes, the Mason County hanging might soon have been forgot- ten had the vigilantes not been Germans and the victims so-called "na- fives." Blood began to flow when fear replaced mason, and people blindly picked sides along ethnic lines. Small ranchers and farm- ers of German descent hesitated to strike back against the saddle tramps plundering their precious few possessions in the early 1870s. Having suf- fered for their pro-Union opinions during the war, they wanted only to pick up the pieces of their quiet lives. The last thing most German Texans wanted was trouble. Confronted by a worsening crime wave, TEXAS HISTORY, 3C PHOTO BY R. HATFIELD PHOTOGRAPHY According to Gordon Wybo, beekeeper and Sustainacycle owner, by humans are directly related to bees, so people need to be more population." "two out of every three bites of food consumed involved in keeping bees and increasing the bee BY SAMANTHA SMITH In the last few months of 2016, Americans saw some- thing happen that hasn't ever happened. In October, seven species of Hawaiian Bees were added to the endangered species list for the first time ever. Joining them are the rusty patched bumble- bee, which is the first bee spe- cies in the continental U.S. to be placed on the list. While their addition to the list may only appear as a small blip on our collective radar, local apiaries have a more stoic reaction to the news. "Bees in general are like the canary in the coal mine," "Last winter, we lost 40 percent of the bee population Three years like that worth of damage (to the bee population) could set us back 50 years." --Gordon Wybo, beekeeper and Sustainacycie owner Gordon Wybo, owner of Sus- tainacycle in Kyle and local beekeeper said. "When you see something wrong with those, it's alerting you to a problem." While Wybo said the seven species aren't true honeybees and are only indigenous to Hawaii, their addition to the endangered species list is historic. According to an article published in the Huffington Post in October 2016, a survey BEES, 4C PHOTOS BY MOSES LEOS Ul Kyle resident Matthew Frasier (2625) leads a group of runners down the final stretch of Saturday's Run for the Love of It 5K in Buda. Inset, above, San Antonio resident Michelle Anguiano (2663) flashes dual "1 love you" in American Sign Language as she approaches the finish line of the Run for the Love of It event. Inset, below, San Marcos resident Carlos Baca watches as Kai Baca sprints toward the finish line. Over 170 runners participated in the event, which was put on by area nonprofit For the Love of Go. (Browse and buy photos online at HaysFree- Just follow the photos link.) 10 steps to a veggie garden Ask Amanda by Amanda Moon As Texans we have a ndency to think February as the official start of spring. Even though we still get some cold snaps, the spring weather tends to outweigh the frosts. So this is the month when we start our spring gardens. A hardy few are already putting in tomatoes, but for most of us this is a month of prep and planning. Some guidelines and ideas to help with this: 1. On a rainy day do some research in books and on-line about garden- ing in central Texas. It's a different game here, and you need to be ready for it. 2. Make sure you have enough time to put into your garden. You'll need to be watchful dail3 monitor- ing for pests, signs of dis- ease and moisture levels. 3. Let the time you have to spend gardening GARDENING, 2C Check It Out by Jane Ray The increasing number of senior citizens is having a major effect on Ameri- can society. According to the American Library Association, in 1950 the number of those aged 65 and older was 8.1% of the overall population. That percentage is expected to jump to as high as 20% or more by 2050. To ensure that a long life is also a good life, many factors come into play. Clearly good physi- cal health is key. What's becoming increasingly clear is that an engaged, healthy mind is just as important to overall well- being and happiness as a healthy body. Retirement needs to be an active, engaging and mentally stimulating time of life. Those who spend their years in a sedentary lifestyle largely seques- tered from the larger community will not have the same quality of life as those who are more engaged. Fortunately, retirement provides in- dividuals increased time for hobbies, volunteer- ing, and learning. Libraries recognize this shifting demand for in- creased services for older adults and are adjusting accordingly. With more time available for leisure reading, older adults are helping shape the direc- tion of library collections CHECK IT OUT, 4C iilliIiliIii II i 1: i