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Broccoli salad packs a powerful crunch. The vegetable is also chockful of nutrients. Not a fan of broccoli? Accent it with bacon, sunflower seeds and raisins. Many variations of this recipe also call for cubed or grated cheddar cheese for extra zip. (

Sensational salads


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After loading the grill with droolworthy ribs, chicken, burgers and fajitas this Labor Day weekend, remember not to ditch the scrumptious sides that complement them.
I am not exactly The Next Food Network Star and lack the Julia Child-gene so you just have to trust me that these are tried-and-tasty, family-pleasing salad suggestions.
A culinary whiz at zapping Lean Cuisines and Smart Ones, I can attest that these recipes are easy to prepare, wonderfully flavorful and the ingredients are mostly inexpensive.

Members of Highlights in action at the Barbershop Harmony Society’s Southwestern District Quartet Contest are tenor Jerry Cooper, lead Ron Melder, bass Mike Wilson and baritone Doug Peterson. (Heart Of Texas Chorus)

United We Sing concert to feature quartets

The 13th annual United We Sing Concert is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 13 at 3 p.m. in Evans Auditorium on the campus of Texas State University.  
Several outstanding quartets have been lined up for this year’s free concert including “Highlights,” a quartet from the Austin area that formed less than two years ago and quickly established a reputation as a fun and entertaining quartet.  
The four men of Highlights met as members of the Austin-based A Cappella Texas Chorus and have shared their friendship and  harmony with audiences from two to 2,000.

The St. John’s Catholic Church Matlachines dance troupe, shown here in 2014, belongs to the Hays County Matlachines. Participants of all ages entertain audiences while honoring their faith, ancestry and culture. (St. John's Catholic Church)

Engaging and educational


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First Lt. J. Anthony Plattsmier, left, and Cadet Airman 1st Class Cody Beyer walk toward a Civil Air Patrol Cessna 172 for an orientation flight. Visit or for more information. (Maj. Matthew Congrove)

Cadet Airman 1st Class Tyler Hartwick and Lt. Col. Michael Duc discuss protocol during a pre-flight briefing. (Maj. Matthew Congrove)

Cadet Airman 1st Class Tyler Hartwick and Lt. Col. Michael Duc stand in front of a Civil Air Patrol Cessna 172 at San Marcos Regional Airport. (Maj. Matthew Congrove)

Cadets end summer of flight

Seven youth members of the David Lee “Tex” Hill Composite Squadron took to the skies over Hill Country this summer.
The young adults, Civil Air Patrol cadets, were given the opportunity to fly as part of CAP’s orientation flight program.
“O-Flights,” as they’re called, are introductory in nature and teach cadets the basics of flying.
During the rides, a Civil Air Patrol pilot will instruct the cadets on proper techniques and procedures, aircraft instrumentation, radio communication protocols and more.

Answers to go with Susan Smith: The story behind the old cemetery

Each week hundreds of people call or visit the San Marcos Public Library to find information.  “Answers To Go” highlights recent questions. For information, visit the library at 625 East Hopkins, call 393-8200 or email the library though its website,
Q: I heard that the original San Marcos cemetery was actually closer to downtown.  Can you tell me where it was and when it moved to the current site on Old Ranch Road 12?


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