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Jr !:~L'~ i!ili: : ![! L,! t { ,~! THEY SAiD THAT? "...the strength that they give me here makes me feel like Wonder Woman." -- Julia Martinez, therapy recipient at Warm Springs Rehabilitation i! ). Page 3A Once --JUST once -- I was "volunteered"Wobb's to officiate a junior high school football Wisdom game. Thank the by Willis Webb good Lord I was spared that indignity ever again, but I couldn't refuse that time. The llead coach of those Teague Junior High Lions was one Jack Meredith, my family's next-door neighbor and absolutely one of the best guys I've ever known. Jack went to Stanford University where he was a three- year starter at end. He married a Teague girl (Norita Keils} and wound up coaching there in both the high school and the junior high. There are much larger staffs these days and most schools, even those Teague's size, have somewhat separate coaching staffs. I was 20 years old and had mn out of money for college, so I'd laid out a year to be the $45-a-week news editor ofThe Teague Chronicle (yeah, Steve, $45). Of course, as the only "hard news" and "sports news" per- son (a woman handled "society" news, as it was once called, plus bookkeeping), I covered everything I could get to, and I made the "mistake" once of going m cover a junior high football game. Somehow, there were no officials for the game. I don't recall if some had been hired and didn't show up or ff schools in those days used local volunteers for those junior high/middle school contests. I remember at this particular game, the complete officiating crew was local volunteers. Of course, I'd played high school football and went off to college at Sam Houston State for a couple ofyears where I studied journalism and landed the cushy part- time job {full-time hours} as sports publicity director. However, I depleted my bank account and laid out of school to replenish it. College journalism had taught me that successful newspapers must cover as much ofthe news as is hu- manly possible. And, overtime...well, we never heard of nor dreamed that we could be paid for anything be- yond 40 hours. So, covering junior high sports as well as high school, plus Rotary Club meetings, city council, car wrecks...everything...was the order of the day. At country newspapers, we thought "the beat" either applied to big city daily newspapers, what the police walk/dr ve or what the school principal did to YOur posterior ffyou sassed a teacher. Otherwise, we C0/,ered eveurtl~g v~ could get to, or that someone would tell us about or;nr-[ in many cases, write abotit (often in an almost unreadable scribbling). It was a massive transfusion into our veins of printer's ink, as the legend goes. Being a tree believer in the Great News Way (cover it all), I was everywhere I could be each week, and I found that I loved it more than I could possibly ever love being the next Grantland Rice, the greatest sports writer of all time. So, there I was at Lion Stadium one Thursday after- noon covering the junior high football game. And, as stated, was asked to officiate the game. You don't say no to such"civic" duty in Teague. I was in my jeans and a sports shirt and tennis ("tenny") shoes and that was a good enough uniform, along with a whistle and a white "rag" to be used as the "penalty flag." The memorable incident in the game caused me to recall the one player's name I can remember, because he was the one who drew the penalty flag-- Tyrus (Ty) Petty. He was a great kid and a rangy end on the junior highteam. He kept lining up off sides. Being a "homer," I kept trying to ignore it. Final , though, between plays, I went to Jack Meredith and said, "Coach, Ty's lining up off sides EVERY time." Jack looked at me and cocked his head as he said, "Well, dang it (really what he said), call it." So, sure enough, on the next pla there was Ty dear- ly off sides, so I tossed my white rag flag and painfully penalized my Teague Junior Lions. I found the press box a great retreat from such "draft du ,' in the future and in the vast majority of sports contests I covered in the next 50-plus years. Much more enjoyable, too. Access vote tabulations )osted b!the Office of the Willis Webb is a retired community newspaper editor-publisher of more than 50years experience. Webb worked all over Texas during those 50 years. wwelob1937@att.net LOCAL COMMENTS He is of age to have his mug shot given out. It is all over the Austin new stations. Teach your kids not to make these type of threats. Educate them why and show them this story --Greg Estes on Facebook re: Police have arrested a 17-year-old Hays High School student accused of threat- ening to bring a gun to school. Go Lobos! Proud Alum here! -- Blake Daniel Vajgert on Facebook re: Two key sto- rylines surround tonight's Lehman/Austin game at House Park, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Hays Free Press November 5, 2014 c~glecartoons,com !i; i The Secretary of State's Elections Division on Oct. 31 posted early voting turnouts for each of the state's 15 highest-population counties: Harris, Dallas, Tarrant, Bexar, Travis, Collin, Denton, E1 Paso, Fort Bend, Hidalgo, Montgomery, Williamson, Galveston, Nueces and Cameron. Of the 8,978,313 registered voters in those counties, .... t,715,731 voted early in person or by mail. That's a 19.11 percent cumulative early voting percentage. To compare with the last midterm election, in 2010, the cumulative early voting total for those 15 counties was 1,731,589 ballots cast out of 8,339,034 registered voters, or 20.76 percent of the total. After polls close at 7 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 4, anyone with an Internet connection will be able to access vote tabulations posted by the Office of the Secretary of States a.t the website www.sos.state.tx.us. Election results in races for statewide offices will be recapped in next week's State Capital Highlights column. Summit focuses on bullying "Bullying remains one of the most prevalent and widely discussed topics pertaining to school safety and security," Texas Education Agency announced during Texas Safe Schools Week, Oct. 19-25. During the week, Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University in San Marcos and the Texas Education Agency spotlighted resources available to help school districts and charters address and combat bullying and cyber-bullying on campuses. Also, Texas School Safety Center presented the 2nd Annual Texas Bully Prevention Summit on Oct. 30 in San Marcos. Nurse recovers from Ebola Texas Department of State Health Services Commissioner Dr. David Lakey on Oct. 28 expressed relief when Amber Vinson, a nurse with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, was declared free of the Ebola virus last week. She was in Capitol Highlights by Ed Sterling isolation and receiving treatment at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. "We are so pleased that ~anber Vinson has been declared free of Ebola. She is one of the health care workers who bravely provided care to the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States. Through excellent health care and her own courage, she beat the disease. Based on the clinical and lab findings, people are not at risk of getting the disease from her, and she has been completely cleared. We wish her the best as she transitions back to a normal life, and we welcome her back home to Texas," Lakey said in an official statement. Governor greets Gov. Rick Perry on Oct. 27 welcomed NewYork, N.Y.-based Toyota Motor North America Inc. to Plano, where its new headquarters will be built. The manufacturer's relocation to Plano is supported by a $40 million investment from the business-luring Texas Enterprise Fund administered by the governor's office. The facility, to be completed in late 2016 or early 2017, will bring nearly 4,000 jobs and more than $300 million in capital investment to North Texas, according to Perry's Oct. 27 statement. Toyota Motor North America, combined with 21 on- site suppliers, already supports some 6,000 jobs in San Antonio, including 2,900 from its $2.3 billion manufacturing plant. TxDOT ends gravel Texas Department of Transportation in the summer of 2013 announced a plan to convert 83 miles of "significantly damaged paved roads" in the Eagle Ford Shale energy- producing region to gravel surface as a temporary budget- cutting measure. In an Oct. 24 letter to the Legislative Budget Board, TxDOT announced the formal termination of its "high-end unpaved road conversion policy" and requested access to $402 million in additional funding for Fiscal Year 2015 with half going to safety projects across the state and the remainder toward roadways affected by the state's growing energy sector. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst praised TxDOT's announcement, saying, "Texas families and businesses in both rural and urban areas deserve a comprehensive first-rate transportation system and they'll get it." Drought conditions Gov. Perry on Oct. 28 announced the renewal of the emergency disaster proclamation the governor originally he signed in July 2011, certifying that exceptional drought conditions posed a threat of imminent disaster in specified counties in Texas. This month, the proclamation applies to 98 of the state's 254 counties. In contrast, the proclamation applied to 113 specified counties last month. The drought proclamation directs that "all necessary measures, both public and private" as authorized by state law "be implemented to meet that threat" and "all rules and regulations that may inhibit or prevent prompt response to this threat are suspended for the duration of the state of disaster." Ed Sterling works for the Texas Press Association and follows the Legislature for the organization. edsterling@texaspress.com Barton Publications, Inc. News tips: news@haysfreepress.com Opinions: csb@haysfreepress.com 113 We Center St., Kyle, TX 78640 512-'268-7862 122 Main St., Buda, TX 78610 512-295o9760 www.haysfreepress.com Publisher Moses Lees III, Sports Editor, Cyndy Slovak-Barton News Reporter Andy Sevilla, Senior Reporter Editor Ashley Sara, Reporter Kim Hilsenbeck kim@haysfreepress.com Columnists Sandra Grizzle, Pauline Tom, Bartee Halle, Clint Younts, John Young Proofreaders Jane Kirkham, Travis Wilson Tracy Mack, Marketing Director Debbie Hall, Marketing Specialist Emily Fry, Marketing Specialist Connie Brewer, Office Manager Suzanne Hallam, Circulation/ Classifieds David White, Production Manager Christine Thorpe, Production Asst. Distribution Pete Sizemore, Cosme Cuellar