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March 31, 2013

MILLSAP MATTERS: A line on new fishing team

By SHARRON HUDSON

MILLSAP – With school staffs and students back from spring break, everyone is refreshed and there is much going on at all three campuses. One of the most interesting reports is on the high school fishing team’s recent participation in their first bass tournament.

The team of six, along with sponsors, traveled to Marble Falls where the high school there hosted the event on Lake LBJ, which is on the Colorado River in Burnet County. Upon arriving on a Thursday the team took to the water for practice and decisions on where the most likely spots were located. Friday was filled by attending the tournament meeting and going through the rules, and teams of two (plus a captain) were assigned. When the big event came there were some misses, but also good catches, and the whole experience proved very rewarding for this newly formed club.

Members of the team are Beau Harrell, Thomas Richardson, Mitchell Coker, Andrew Norman, Nik Courrtney, and Klay Kaddatz. Glad the group enjoyed the tournament, and this club is a great new endeavor for our school district.

Over at the elementary school, students were recently presented a program by officials from Union Pacific Railroad on railroad safety. As tracks run right through the center of our town, this is much-needed information for our children. Many walk to school and to the store by crossing the tracks, as many of us have done across the years. The railroad workers presented safety measures for being around the tracks, and spoke about dangers associated with putting objects on the tracks. While the agenda was presented in a format that was interesting for the students, it was very helpful on the realities of the great need to be careful around tracks.

For all of the adults around here, and in other areas, where trains coming through are a part of daily life, statistics show that about every 115 minutes a person or vehicle is hit by a train, and in almost half of these collisions the auto warning devices are working properly. In some of these cases people make the mistake of thinking they can beat the train or that the train can stop for them if it must. Train crashes cause about 600 deaths per year and approximately 2,300 injuries.

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