Texas receives grant to help fund anti-terrorism measures

Gov. Greg Abbott on Oct. 24 announced $55.5 million in funding from the federal Homeland Security Grant Program to support state and local efforts to prevent terror attacks and crack down on terroristic activity in Texas. 
These awards, according to a governor’s office news release, will go toward local anti-terrorism efforts across the state, including 227 different State Homeland Security Program projects and 134 Urban Area Security Initiative projects.
"Texas is confronted with a wide range of threats that pose a risk to our safety and security each day, and as governor, my first priority is to ensure the safety and security of all Texans. These grants will enhance state and local officials' efforts to not only confront, but also prepare for and prevent, attacks before they happen," Abbott said.
Most of the grant is to be meted out as follows:


Treasures from the Quinlan Museum

By Donna Smith

News taken from the Oct. 4, 1929, edition of The Quinlan Review.

Again, I am submitting articles from an old newspaper donated by M.K. Epperson from the collection of his father, Rooks Epperson.

Reading these old articles and advertisements help us recreate Quinlan city and school history. Come visit the museum and see what we have. The museum can only be opened when a volunteer is present. If you need to make a special appointment you can call Donna Smith, volunteer, at 903 453-4254.

I enjoyed reading that Highway 34 was once the Dixie Highway.

After reading the description of the characters in “Mammy’s Lil Wild Rose,” I would have gone and seen this play.

In 1929 Quinlan boys had organized a six man football team and the girls had organized a basketball team. There were lots of entertainment for the youth and families in Quinlan of 1929.


Treasures from the Quinlan Museum

Photographer Bobby Baumgardner has donated the original pictures he took of the Quinlan football team from 1971 to 2000. He also donated to the museum the names of the players and the football schedule for these years.

On display in the museum under glass-topped tables are pictures of the 1929 and 1950-1951 football teams.

We welcome you to visit the Quinlan Museum and see the pictures of the early Quinlan football teams. We also have scrapbooks in the library of former football players; Lamoine Vance, who became a boxer and Hobart Wade Lytal who played basketball at Austin College and retired as the Athletic Director of Irving School District.

From copies of Greenville newspaper on microfilm in the Greenville Library records I have compiled some of the history of the Quinlan football teams.


Tablets for Disaster

For most older folks, the word “tablet” brings to mind some kind of vitamin. For younger folks, a “tablet” looks like an overgrown cell phone. This is the kind of tablet we’ll talk about here.

A tablet is an electronic box into which I can place numerous digital tools called “apps” – short for “applications” or small computer programs. A tablet is basically a small computer with a “touch screen,” meaning you interact with it by touching your fingertips to the glass face of the tablet.

There are tens of thousands of apps. One of the best places to get them is the “Google Play Store.” Your tablet connects by radio waves called “Wi-Fi” to nearby Wi-Fi sources. Many restaurants, motels, and businesses have their own Wi-Fi, so you take your tablet there with you. Ask for their password, select their unique Wi-Fi name, type in the password, and your tablet searches for their Wi-Fi connection.


Got any prepper buddies?

One difficulty that many people preparing for emergencies experience is that as far as they know, nobody else on earth is doing it.

That isn’t true. Texas has a population of about 25 million people, and I personally know of a dozen or two who are preparing for emergencies. That may sound funny, but it isn’t supposed to be funny.

Many people who are making preparations for emergencies just don’t tell anybody else. They reason that if the word gets out, everybody who didn’t prepare will converge on their doorstep if and when an emergency occurs. And you know, they might be right?


The perks of growing older

Who says getting older doesn’t have its privileges? Regardless of where you live, seniors qualify for a wide range of discounts and related benefits.

These perks are offered by retailers, restaurants, transportation providers and senior organizations. They range from free coffee to discounts of all kinds. Some discounts are well-known. Others may be available, but are only extended upon request. Regardless, all have the potential to help make your Golden Years a bit more affordable!

There are a number of dedicated websites (;,;) that track businesses offering senior discounts. All feature information on age requirements and other limitations that might apply.


Superhero Andrew Russell, family, friends and supporters

My heart is overwhelmed with joy following the Dec. 4 fundraiser for local superhero Andrew Russell’s 10th year cancerversary. It was truly a blessing and an honor to be a part of this event and if you weren’t there, you missed the opportunity to enjoy basking in the presence of someone with the sweetest demeanor, most beautiful smile and kindest heart.

​Being a superhero is a big job, and being the parents to a superhero is a huge responsibility as well. The two special people tasked with looking after our hero, Michael and Misty, not only want to care for Andrew, but to teach him to care for others as well. Instead of just enjoying the well-deserved and well-earned celebration for their family, Michael and Misty wanted to use the gala as a platform to teach Andrew what it means to help others, irrelevant to all the help and support he needs so often for himself.


Resources for Veterans available

    Almost 3 million Americans have served in Afghanistan or Iraq. Half have been deployed more than once.  Almost a million of those who served, live with a disability.  When they served as young men and women they gave everything they had to give and excelled at their job.  When they have returned home, America has not taken care of them as they should. Besides those who gave their life, some will love with disabilities the rest of their life. 

Approximately  300,000 homeless veterans will sleep tonight on the streets somewhere in America. In addition, almost one and a half million are at risk for being homeless; that number will rise.  Too many veterans lose their family; the rate of divorce among veterans is 47 percent higher than other marriages.  22 veterans commit suicide every day; one every 2 hours.  At least half a million veterans have PTSD.


Put these in your stockings

10 emergency preparedness gifts 

Thanksgiving Day is over, and across Van Zandt County, people are preparing for Christmas. While Santa Claus brings toys and candy, I’d like to suggest some durable gifts for emergency preparedness.

One of my buddies suggested an M-35 Army surplus 2-1/2 ton truck for $7,500 from Liberty Hill, Texas. But it’s too big even for a spandex Christmas stocking, and it’s too expensive. Emergency preparedness gifts need to be inexpensive and small enough to fit into your Christmas stocking. Here are my top 10 for 2016:

-BIC butane lighters with transparent sides. You can see how much butane is in them, they light every time, and if they leak butane, it evaporates. I carry matches and flint and steel, but I start my fires with a BIC butane lighter because it is easier and more reliable. For durability, get the BIC brand instead of cheap copies.


State Capitol Highlights

Bill filers jump to early start as legislative session nears

Just a few of Texas’ 31 Senate members and 150 House members filed a total of 523 pieces of legislation on Nov. 14, the first day lawmakers could submit legislation for the coming session.

The 85th regular session of the Texas Legislature is scheduled to convene on the second Tuesday in January, that is, Jan. 10, at noon. Final adjournment — 140 days later — is set for the last Monday in May, that is, May 29.

Now, back to those bills filed on Nov. 14. Not that it’s a competition, but Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, filed 20 bills, the highest total of any House member. Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, was the top 1st-day filer among senators and all legislators with 42 bills and one joint resolution. Zaffirini also co-authored three bills she filed jointly with Sen. José Menéndez, D-San Antonio.


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