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Services and Celebration of Life will be held on  August 23, 2014 at 11 a.m and a visitation at 9 a.m at Old River Baptist Church

Those who have attended the Old River Christmas Party at the Chambers County Community Building on FM 565 will remember Ronnie and his wife Jessica as Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus.

For years these two giving people dressed up for the kids and the community to put smiles on the faces of all!  

A fund has been set up for the family at http://www.gofundme.com/d88y64.  Give back to the family as they have given to us.

Ronnie Galloway Jr., a resident of Old River, Texas, passed away on August 18, 2014. He was 42. 


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It’s always a joy to look toward heaven, but this weekend will make it especially grand!  The largest Supermoon of 2014 and the Perseids Meteor Shower at the same time will be occurring!  Grab the mosquito spray and “get outside”!

Like all full moons, this month’s full moon on August 10 has many names. It’s the Sturgeon Moon in North America, harking back to bygone centuries when this large fish roamed plentifully in the Great Lakes and Hudson Bay. The August full moon is also known as the Green Corn Moon or the Grain Moon. In 2014, the August 10 full moon also gives us this year’s closest supermoon. According to NASA, this full moon will be 14% closer and 30% brighter than other full moons of the year.

As measured from the centers of the Earth and moon, the August 10 full moon lies 356,896 kilometers (221,675 miles) away. The moon and Earth won’t make such a close encounter again until the full moon of September 28, 2015, at which time the two will only be 19 kilometers closer together.

At United States’ time zones, the moon will turn full on August 10 at 2:09 p.m. EDT, 1:09 p.m. CDT, 12:09 p.m. MDT and 11:09 a.m. PDT.

perseid-mapAugust 10 also brings the start of the “Old Faithful” of meteor showers, the Perseids.

The prolific Perseids show up once a year, in August, filling the night sky with as many as 80 shooting stars an hour. 

Super moons bring with them 30% more light. That’s a problem as it makes the meteors less visible.

Still, the two events together make this a good few days to spend some time outside at night.

The shower’s peak will come in the hours before dawn Aug. 11-13, Burress says.

Look in the constellation Perseus, which is just to the left of the Pleiades, the Seven Sisters constellation, in the northeastern portion of the sky.

Normally, a bright moon would dim the visibility of meteors, but the Perseids have bright meteors, so “it’s not a complete washout,” Burress says. “But it won’t be nearly as good as it would if the moon wasn’t up.”

Another option is to look as night falls, when the moon is low in the east, according to Alan MacRobert, senior editor at Sky & Telescope magazine.

la-sci-sn-perseid-meteor-shower-peaks-this-wee-001If you’re lucky, you might see some Earth-grazing Perseids. These are unusually long and graceful meteors, less frequent but quite lovely.

This year’s Perseid shower won’t be the wild, showy 80 meteors per hour that can happen when they arrive during moonless nights. Even so, a shooting star or two reminds us that looking heavenward is always rewarding.

And if you don’t see a meteor, you’ll still get to see a super moon.

 


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(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs reminds shoppers the annual sales tax holiday is scheduled for this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 8 -10.

The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100 from sales tax, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend during the weekend.

Lists of apparel and school supplies that may be purchased tax free can be found on the Comptroller’s website at www.TexasTaxHoliday.org.

This year, shoppers will save an estimated $82.7 million in state and local sales taxes during the Sales Tax Holiday.

The tax holiday weekend has been an annual event since 1999.


header-logo-newGov. Rick Perry has launched a public service announcement (PSA) to raise awareness of state resources available to help Texas veterans navigate the Veterans Administration (VA) health care system. Texas has increased staffing for the Texas Veterans Hotline in response to failures by the VA system to adequately care for our nation’s veterans.

“Texas has a long and proud tradition of taking care of those who protect and defend our freedom,” Gov. Perry said. “As Texans and Americans, it is our responsibility to step up where others have fallen short and to make sure our veterans know we are grateful for their service and will honor the commitments our nation has made to them. It’s my sincere hope the confirmation of Robert McDonald as VA Secretary begins the process of fixing this broken agency and the broken promises to our veterans.”

In addition to increasing staff for the Texas Veterans Hotline, on June 12, 2014, Gov. Perry asked Texas hospitals and medical clinics to open their doors to Texas veterans who have faced bureaucratic challenges in accessing health care through the VA. More than 300 hospitals and clinics have responded across the state, but cannot begin treating VA patients until the VA gives them authorization and ensures timely reimbursement of the cost of care provided.

The Texas Cable Association and Texas Association of Broadcasters will air the PSA on their respective member networks and on-line throughout the state. The PSA directs veterans to call the Texas Veterans Hotline at 1-800-252-8387 (VETS) for assistance with accessing VA health care benefits.

To view the PSA, please visit here.

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