Texas

James Baker

A moon, full or not, hanging over the vast open farmland of the Texas coastal plain, always brings to my mind the popular waltz written by the Dujka Brothers, singing of the Moon Over Moravia. These are not the Dujka Brothers of Czechoslovakia, nor are they singing of those historical Czech lands in the east of the Czech Republic. No, these Dujka Brothers are born and bred in Texas, and their Moravia is the small town nestled in the rolling prairies between Schulenburg and Hallettsville.

For most Texans, spring time gives us a small window of opportunity to trek outside in some bearable weather. It's almost become a tradition for Texans to use this precious time to take photos in patches of bluebonnets. But just as we humans are beginning to shake off winter and go outside into the sun, so are are the snakes.

Anyone who's spent a significant time in the southwest can tell you, snake bites are a real danger. So what do you do if you encounter one?


You might think you have deep roots in Texas, but they do not compare to some of the great trees of the state. These Live Oaks, Pecans, Elms and Cypress have stood tall through the ages. They watched the six flags come and go. They gave shade to the history makers and sometimes provided the limbs for grim lynchings.

The Texas A&M Forest Service has collected the most storied trees of the state in the book “Famous Trees of Texas” Gretchen Riley co-authored the book with Peter D.Smith.

Texas has gotten used to topping lists about booming business and population growth. And while the headline of today’s Census Bureau data is all about Florida, don’t be fooled. Texas is still leading the way in a lot of areas.

“In a lot of cases, Texas leads a lot of the growth area statistics primarily because Texas itself is very, very large,” U.S. Census Bureau Population Estimates Branch Chief Ben Bolender says.

DALLAS — Two Texas cities are among the top five fastest-growing cities by percentage growth in the past year. The U.S. Census Bureau reports the Austin-Round Rock area in Texas is the nation’s third-fastest growing metropolitan area at 3 percent, followed by fourth-place Odessa, Texas, at 2.9 percent.

Texas snagged the top spots in both numerical increase by person for counties and metro areas.

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