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2021 Little Mr. & Miss XIT named

By Bill Kelly


The 85th XIT Rodeo & Reunion had its first official event of the year as the 2021 Little Mr. & Miss XIT Pageant was held on Saturday July 24 at the La Rita Theatre. A total of six boys and 9 girls competed to be named Little Mr. and Miss XIT.

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George Strait to perform at Houston Rodeo

By Madalyn Mendoza


Jun. 24 — Texas-sized news came out of the “Blue Clear Sky” on George Strait’s 69th birthday: The King will cap off the Houston Rodeo’s entertainment lineup next year.

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Water well owner training set for July 22 in Arlington

By Kerry Halladay


A Texas Well Owner Network, TWON, training is scheduled for July 22 in Arlington. Well owners can also bring a sample of their well water the day before the training.

The Well Educated training, which is free and open to the public, will be held July 22 from 8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. at the Trinity River Authority of Texas office, 5300 S. Collins Ave., Arlington.

Joel Pigg, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist and TWON coordinator, Bryan-College Station, said the TWON program is for Texas residents who depend on household wells for their water needs.

“The program was established to help well owners become familiar with Texas groundwater resources, septic system maintenance, well maintenance and construction, and water quality and treatment,” Pigg said. “It allows them to learn more about how to improve and protect their community water resources.”

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Texas grocer to offer limited run of AgriLife research-bred hibiscus

By Kay Ledbetter


Rarely are Texas Plains gardeners able to purchase flowers bred specifically for their region. But in July, the United Family chain of stores will offer winter-hardy hibiscus plants bred by the Texas A&M AgriLife Research ornamental breeding program in Vernon.

The United Family has stores from Dallas-Fort Worth to Albuquerque that will participate in this distribution of winter-hardy hibiscus. The distribution will include some Texas A&M AgriLifebred plants, with particular emphasis on the Vernon and Wichita Falls stores, said Bradley Gaines, business director for floral with the United Family, Lubbock.

The floral departments in about 90 stores will offer the plants, some of which will be from the award-winning Summer Spice Collection by J. Berry Nursery. This specific collection contains winter-hardy hibiscus bred by Dariusz Malinowski, Ph.D., AgriLife Research plant physiologist in the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Vernon.

Information coming soon