Gardening Q & A

Plant Q & A

Q. Our snapdragons look beautiful except they are surrounded by two types of weeds. One has a scalloped round leaf with a purple flower, and one has a small mouse ear leaf and white flowers. I don’t know if they will grow over the top of the Sonnet snapdragons, but they shade the foliage. Is there any easy way to […]

Wild hogs causing a raucous

Whether you call them wild pigs or feral hogs, they are no longer just a rural problem, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Wild pigs cause more than $52 million in agricultural damage in Texas annually, said John Tomecek, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist, Thrall. But it’s their encroachment into increasingly urbanized areas that is becoming a […]

‘Tis the season


Just for fun I thought I’d share with you how Albert Einstein might have calculated Santa’s visits. “So let’s see. There are six billion people on Earth. Probably about six per family on average, so there are one billion homes. Some of these homes are city apartments twenty feet apart, but the people in igloos or jungle huts or desert […]


Beatrice R. Mireles of Pleasanton passed away December 13, 2019, at the age of 81. She was born in Christine on January 16, 1938, to Bentura and Guenive (Anguiano) Rodriguez. Beatrice is survived by her beloved husband of 61 years, Jesus Mireles; children, Ricky Mireles (Pat), Angie Mireles, Robert Mireles (Belinda), Selestino Mireles (Ebony Loving), Betty Mireles, Steve Mireles (Rose […]


Joe Sherwood Kortis passed away Thursday, December 12, 2019, at the age of 78. He was born in Dime Box to Joseph and Alene (Blaha) Kortis February 3, 1941. He is preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Alene Kortis, double first cousin Edward Blaha, uncle Ed Blaha, Sr. and aunt Lydia Blaha. Joe is survived by his wife, […]


Hugo Baten South of Pleasanton passed away Monday December 9, 2019, at the age of 94. He was born in Gainsville on July 30,1925 to Hervia K. and Ethel Beatrice Baten South. He is survived by his wife, Dollie Ann South; grandchildren, Stanley Hepworth, Cynthia Mae Evans, Belinda South Alvarez, John P. South and great-grandchildren, Joshua M. Alvarez, Matthew K. […]

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