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Celebrating San Marcos’own jazz king

Linda Kelsey-Jones - Special to the Record

On Saturday, Aug. 27,  from 1 to 7 p.m., the Calaboose African American History Museum invites residents of San Marcos to join in the celebration of Eddie Durham’s birthday. Durham was born in San Marcos on Aug. 19, 1906, into a musically gifted family. He and his siblings joined their father in playing for square dances and later formed the Durham Brothers Band. 

The author on the steps of the ruins of the old brothel. IMAGES COURTESY OF JAYME BLASHKE 

 

The best little book about Texas’ best little ...well, you know...

Nicholas Reddy - Special to the Record

On Aug. 1, 1974, the infamous La Grange Chicken Ranch brothel was closed down for good. Most know of it by its entertaining stage and screen depictions as “The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas.” The popular brothel operated with impunity for 144 years and was even openly accepted in the community, but was forced to close after one journalist, Marvin Zindler of Houston TV station KTRK, gave the establishment national attention. 

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Pets of the week

Wilma is a 2-year-old Boston terrier/ pit bull mix. She arrived at the shelter quite underweight and with various injuries. Now she is in great health and spunky as ever. 

Wilma is a great fit for all adults and for other dogs, but is very enthusiastic with her play and affection. She might not be the best for small children she could knock over. Wilma still has a couple of spots in her fur, and her tail is crooked from an untreated break, but her spirit is completely untarnished.

Meals on Wheels issues call for help

All too often, Senior Citizens have to decide between purchasing medications, paying a utility bill or buying food. 

This is the case for many senior citizens in Hays County. This segment of our population is growing every day. The Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area reports that there will not be enough caregivers to care for the elderly population as it ages, which will increase the demand for more services to the elderly. 

Exploring Nature with Jerry Hall: On lifespans

     Most birds do not live for very long.  Fifteen years is about the maximum for most species in the wild, although parrots in captivity often reach 60 or more. 

     If you are interested in living a really long life, you should be born a sponge, an animal that can live thousands of years.  Or a quahog clam – one Icelandic species reached 507 years and 225 years is not uncommon.

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