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Just like the birds that make them, bird nests come in many different forms. Depending on the size, habitat and lifestyle of their maker, bird nests can range greatly in complexity — from simple scrapes in the sand made by many beach nesting birds, to intricately woven hanging nests crafted …

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I’ve missed two chances to get my swimming pool started because of the natural pool dropped from the sky. You know, the kind that comes from a thunderstorm. I don’t think we have missed many days without rain.

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Genesis 6:18 is one of the most important verses in the Bible because it is the first time we read the word "covenant." 

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Editor’s note: Clara Johnson welcomes contributors to her weekly Shout Outs column. Send yours to bliving@thefacts.com.

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Cadets learn how to calmly and effectively sort goats.

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Texas Brigades incorporates fun into wildlife and leadership lessons for campers.

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All four coveys at Rolling Plains Bobwhite Brigade practice marching to get the blood pumping in the early morning. Marching is used for team building and to get the cadets out of their comfort zone.

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Cadets work on putting together a plant book with plants they collected, using a plant press to make a better presentation.

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A cadet puts to use knowledge gained at camp by presenting a management plan to a mock city council.

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When I was a kid, Loudon Wainwright’s song “Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road” was a favorite on road trips. Even now, the song still pops in my head whenever I see a dead skunk, which is often on our Texas roads. So why is this such a common sight in these parts?

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The proposed annexation of Texas during the years just prior to the beginning of the War Between the States stirred a number of political agendas in the U.S. in the late 1850s and first half of the 1860s.

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We are in a spiritual battle of some sort on a daily basis. Wars are fought on different fronts, for different reasons and with varying degrees of intensity. Our spiritual battles and warfare are real, even though we cannot physically see the attacker. And we must recognize one of the devil’…

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Internationally acclaimed artists and local talent will be performing atThe Clarion at Brazosport College for their 2021-22 performance season at 100 percent capacity. There will be five main concerts and two specials starting at 7:30 p.m. with one special performance having two shows.

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Shouts of love and appreciation to Shedrick Helm Jr., Ada Pierce, Ruby Johnson, Mother Carrie Thomas, Casanna Hanks, Mary Johnson, former king and queen of Mims Community Juneteenth Frank Petteway and Theresa Jackson, all the coordinators, supporters and contributors of our Juneteenth festiv…

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Every once in a while, a popular bird species kept in captivity is released by pet owners or escapes. They become successful, start nesting and producing young, and become established as a feral population in the wild.

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A heavy majority of residents of the northern United States were adamantly opposed to the annexation of Texas to the Union, primarily because they it would increase the present balance of slave vs. non-slave states.

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Sadie Robertson Huff was a teenage star on “Duck Dynasty,” the granddaughter of Phil Robertson, founder of Duck Commander, and she became first runner-up with “Dancing with the Stars.” She has had parts in “God is not Dead 2” and “I’m Not Ashamed.” Since then, she is using her fame to preach…

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I remember my amazement when we visited Universal Studios and saw the back lot of a movie studio for the first time. Beautiful sets of modern cities as well as Old West towns — all fake! They all had only a front, with nothing behind but some supports to prop them up. I had a deeper understa…

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For those who have not heard Zach Neil perform, when he sings, he reminds people of why they love country music. Those who would like to hear his brand for the first time — or not for the first time — will have the chance to do so today at The Dirty South, as Neil performs with a full band.

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Shouts of eternal love and birthday blessings to a nanogenarian and a man of God whose steps are ordered by the Lord — Deacon Tommy Hendricks. Deacon Hendricks is the patriarch and a very fervent and faithful member of the Greater Mt. Zion Church, and Pastor Roland K. Hendricks is God’s chos…

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Texas’ admission to the United States was the center of political battles that would resonate for years, primarily because it would be a “slave state.”

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Butterflies are some of the most beloved insects you can find in a garden. But their younger forms, the caterpillars, tend to go unappreciated by most. They’re often viewed as pests, unwelcome visitors who munch through leaves and fruits the gardener wanted to preserve. But if we look closer…

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Freeport Historical Museum has a temporary Fort Velasco exhibit that highlights the lead up, event and aftermath of the event. 

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Editor’s note: Clara Johnson welcomes contributors to her weekly Shout Outs column. Send yours to bliving@thefacts.com.

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The Lake Jackson Historical Museum is looking to augment its ability to tell the story of the founding and growth of the area with scannable documents and pictures that can more comprehensively represent local history. The idea came about through a vacation by one of the museum’s board members.

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Annexation was a word on the tongue of every adult Texan during the first couple of years in the 1840s, and those who lived in counties along the Gulf Coast were overwhelmingly in favor of it — the sooner, the better.