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~ ,: , ~~ ~,~: ~i~ ~, ~ ..... + Hospital group eyes Kyle for new clinic. - Page 1D ree ]re e April 5, 2017" Page 1C COURTESY PHOTO Mexican feather grass is an easy and appealing plant for this area, Spring vegetable gardening: Plant those warm season crops. This list includes beans, black-eyed peas, okra, squash, cantaloupe, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, watermelon, corn, and eggplant. There's still time to plant those cooler season crops: lettuce, radishes, and carrots. Fertilize your garden: DO this organically with compost. Other sources of nutrition are dried fish flakes and organic fe ilizers formulated for garden use. You can also use liquid fertilizers, such as fish emulsion and seaweed extracts. 3. Control weeds: Keep them down with mulch and by weeding a little bit every day. 4. Plant spring IPs About Thyme by Chris Winslow annuals: This is the perfect time. Work some compost into your flower beds and you'll give these new plants just the food they need to flower through the summer. Some ideas: begonias, zinnias, marigolds, petunias, coleus, periwinkle, cosmos, larkspur, portulaca, and purslane. 5. Plant perennials: Choose some of your favorites from the extensive lists available, or visit your neighborhood nursery ASK CHRIS, 4C Tgn years into a 99- ar prison sentence r murder, a trusty told the guards he was go- ing fishing onApr. 11, 1930 and vanished into thin air. In February 1915, a farmer and his son hunting in the Big Thicket, the im- penetrable natural wonder that once covered portions of 11 southeast Texas coun- ties, came upon a partially decomposed corpse in a shallow grave. The coroner's educated guess was that the man had been dead two weeks, but the bullet holes in the vic- tim's chest left no doubt as to the cause of death. The deceased was identified from his clothes and dental work as an oilfleld worker named Richard Watts. Emory Eran Sapp and his half-brother Louis Sapp immediately came under suspicion. Theywere taken to Kountze for question- ing and held in the Hardin cotmtyjaU. When Frank Havard, a friend of Watts, was a no- show at the Sapps' pre- liminary hearin a county prosecutor had a hunch where the missing wimess might be. Returning to the Big Thicket with a group ofvolunteers, he found a second grave 70 feet from the first. And, sure enough, the Occupant was Havard, dead from a gunshot woUnd to the head. The discovery of the sec- ond body led to the swift indictment of the Sapp brothers on two counts of murder. Their bond hearing in late April tripled the Size of Kountze, as the curious descended on the sleepy county seat to see the Suspects in the flesh. Texas History by Bartee Halle Em and Lou Sapp did not look like distant rela- fives much less siblings. Em was a slender six-footer in his mid-thirties with piercing eyes and a pleas- ant personality. Though barely out of his teens, LOu looked like Paul Bunyan on steroids, a giant of a man who was as strong as an ox but not nearly as smart. The spectators that packed the courtroom for the bond hearing got their money's worth. To support their argument for keep- ing the Sapps under lock and key, the prosecution claimedWatts and Havard had been killed to cover up a third slaying. It all began in a Beau- mont jewelry store in 1912. The proprietor told Em Sapp that a rich old widow was ripe for the picking. Em divorced his wife later that year and in Juiy 1914 married elderly Ellen Par- tain in the jeweler's home. Six days after the wed- ding, the bride deposited $19,500 in the groom's bank account. As soon as Ellen signed a new will leaving him all her worldly posses- sions, Em started shopping for a triggerman. Frank Havard turned him down but not Richard Watts. In the fall of 1914, Em persuaded Ellen to come along on a weekend hunt- ing trip. Camped for the night near the Trinity River TEXAS HISTORY, 3C COURTESY PHOTO Tucker, the PAWS ambassadog, visits hospitals, nursing homes and children's homes with his handler Melody Hilburn. S as BY LESLY DE LEON ringing a smile to a child in a hospi- tal is routine for Tucker, a former shelter dog who is now the Cen- tral Texas Protection for Animal Welfare Services (PAWS) ambassadog. Tucker could be joined in the future by two additional dogs, Toby and Mojo, whose job it ing homes, programs and other PHOTO BY LESLY DELEON locations to positivelyCentral Texas Protection of Animal Welfare Services inapactpeop]e's]ives~lnd (PAWS) executive director Melody Hilburn poses with a brighten theft days. pooch at the shelter in Kyle. All of it is part of the Central Texas PAWS visit- Executive Director and senior citizens in nursing hag pet program. Tuckers handier, visits homes a couple of times Melody Hilbum, PAWS hospital patients and a month. "It's more to get their mind offthe current situation and just have a little joy in the day, es- pecially in the hospital," Hilburn said. Some senior citizens don't have families, so having a visit from a pet helps relieve stress and loneliness, she said. "You can see the delight on the residents' faces when they see the dogs coming in," Hilbum said. - :PAWS'Visiting grambegan four ago with Tucker. "He was with the Seton program for the first three years," Hilbum said."He was doing :i therapy work, and then VISITING DOGS, 3C l Sometimes a photo is not available. Such is the case with what RonTom de- scribed when I returned home from a bus trip to Wichita Falls (to hear Beth Moore) with ladies of Fellowship Church. Remember how l told you about putting blond dog hair from my mom's dog, Buddy, into a "suet cage" for birds to use as nesting material, hanging just outside our breakfast window? Over the weekend, Ron saw hummingbirds pulling Buddy's hair from the cage. Can you imagine a tiny little hummer fly- ing with a clump almost as large as itself?. That's what Ron described. Long strands of almost loose dog hair stream from the wire cage. Earlier in the season, we watched bluebirds and titmice stuff their beaks full. Our bluebird nest, with dog hair woven into the nest cup, is now empty. Right on schedule, the four Eastern Bluebird babies fledged last week. Now, an Ash-throat- ed Flycatcher pair spends a good bit of time in our front yard. My hopes are up for a flycatcher nesting in one of our "bluebird" nestboxes. The Ash- throated Flycatcher uses the same size nestbox as the Eastern Bluebird, with the same size hole. It's possible the blue- bird pair will nest again in our yard. In Texas, This ash-throated flycatcher breakfast window. by Pauline Tom bluebirds can have as many as four broods in a season, often using the same nestbox or one nearby. Pamala Nelson, from the Coves of Cimar- ron, sent a tidbit saying they can tell when their Screech Owl that uses their Owl Shack is around because the PHOTO BY PAULINE TOM likes to hang outside the titmice and chickadees raise a racket. She sent a photo. With my new (Craig- slist purchase) iPhone 7 plus, newspaper-quali- ty photos have become easier to snap. The seller clued me in that an Otterbox (heavy duty protection for smartphone) can be purchased from Ama- zon to arrive quickly for about half the cost of purchasing from the manufacturer. A call to Otterbox on our way home brought assur- ance that their war- ranty applies no matter where the item is pur- chased. My Otterbox arrived on a Sunday during church after a Friday evening drive to Round Rock to make the phone purchase. Photos I submitted this week include an Ash-throated Fly- catcher, sitting on wire fencing just outside our breakfast window, as we look out at our big boulder water feature. And, I sent the newspaper images of two "White-lined sphinx moths" (Hyles lineata) on Salli and Brian Wilson's sal- via by their mallbo, Sometimes the sphz~ moths are mistaken for hummingbirds as they hover and quickly move from one flower to an- other. Usually, they're seen near sunset. Just outside our office win- dow, a photograph of a "purple passion flower" (Passiflora incarnate) served as a reminder to mention the value of planting natives in order to attract native wildlife. Sure enough, minutes later Gulf fritil- lary butterflies called me back outside to the vine. The butterflies lay their eggs on the pas- sion vine, which hatch into caterpillars that eat the foliage. This sign-off is intended to call you to action, "Please send tidbits." ptom5678@ (subject: Tidbit) or 512-268- 5676. Thanks! Love to you, Pauline 4~ q