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Cat of the Week

This sweetheart loves to cuddle and play with people, and has even been known to walk on a leash and harness! Tinker the cat hasn’t met a person she doesn’t like and will reach through the bars of her kennel to demand affection.

Dog of the Week

Dingus truly lives up to his name. He is the goofiest, most fun-loving, energetic pup you’ll meet. Dingus has a permanent grin plastered on his gorgeous face. This one-year-old Australian shepherd mix will wear you out and keep coming back for more playtime! Dingus would do great in a home with energetic family members that love to have a good time. 

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter ‘Pets of the Week’

Both pets are available at the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter, located at 750 River Road. Our hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All pets are adoptable for only $20 as part of our #Home4theHolidays special. To learn more, visit us online at

“GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays” is a special one-time session Sunday, Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. led by Brunette Eisenhour, Reverend Todd Salmi and Carolyn Benitez. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

GriefSHARE for the holidays

The holidays can be especially difficult for those mourning the death of a loved one or a close friend. To help, First United Methodist Church is offering a free “GriefSHARE: Surviving the Holidays” session. This special two-hour gathering will feature a time of practical holiday coping strategies, prayer, mutual support and hope for brighter days ahead. It will be confidential and caring. The session open to the entire community.

Obama family gets final Christmas tree in office

WASHINGTON (AP)-— Michelle Obama kicked off her family's final Christmas season at the White House on Friday by receiving a 19-foot Douglas fir from Pennsylvania as the official White House Christmas tree.

Joined by two young nephews instead of her teenage daughters, the first lady said she's ready and excited for the holiday.

"Christmas begins. The holidays start," Mrs. Obama exclaimed after "accepting" the tree from Dave and Mary Vander Velden, owners of an Oconto, Wisconsin, tree farm. "We're ready. Our last one. We're excited about it."

Answers to Go with Susan Smith: Honoring Pearl Harbor

Susan Smith- Daily Record Columnist

Q:  This year is the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.  A friend recommended Gordon W. Prange’s books on the subject.  Do you have any?

A: This patron checked out “December 7, 1941: The Day the Japanese Attacked Pearl Harbor” by Gordon W. Prange.

While searching, I found interesting information on the many Japanese attacks that day.  

Below is an online excerpt from another Prange book, “At Dawn We Slept.”  (The website is listed at the end of this column.)

Exploring Nature: Local sightings

Jerry Hall- Daily Record Columnist

I have seen very few new birds at my backyard feeders lately, mostly just the regular Carolina chickadees and tufted titmice. But other folks have been reporting some most interesting sightings.

A common merganser was seen at Camp Tejas in Williamson County and a ferruginous hawk at Hornsby Bend near Austin. Two whooping cranes were photographed on private property in Bastrop County east of Buescher State Park and two black phoebes were identified at Palmetto State Park in Gonzales County.


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