Runnels County – Ballinger TX http://ballingertx.org/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 06:23:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://ballingertx.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-150x150.png Runnels County – Ballinger TX http://ballingertx.org/ 32 32 Today’s events for Monday, June 20 | Local News https://ballingertx.org/todays-events-for-monday-june-20-local-news/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 12:00:00 +0000 https://ballingertx.org/todays-events-for-monday-june-20-local-news/ June is dairy month. Since we live in the Dairy State, it’s your patriotic duty to consume as much dairy as possible. Sure, you can pour skim milk over your breakfast cereal and enjoy plain Greek yogurt with fruit after lunch. But we prefer to celebrate Dairy Month in the most delicious way – and […]]]>

June is dairy month. Since we live in the Dairy State, it’s your patriotic duty to consume as much dairy as possible. Sure, you can pour skim milk over your breakfast cereal and enjoy plain Greek yogurt with fruit after lunch. But we prefer to celebrate Dairy Month in the most delicious way – and that means eating ice cream! And we’re pretty sure whipped cream is also a dairy product, so go ahead and make this sundae.

History The Washington Park Velodrome is hosting bike races tonight. Registration for Stock Bike Races (open to everyone, from 3 years old to adults) from 6 p.m., with races from 6.30 p.m. To run, bring your bike and a helmet. For more details, visit www.kenoshavelodrome.com.

Kenosha Public Library hosts Chess Night in Lincoln Park, 6900 18th Ave. The Kenosha Chess Association hosts games from 6-7:30 p.m. on Mondays in front of the park’s Oribiletti Center. All ages and abilities are welcome. Also: The library book truck will be parked nearby. You can register for a library card, borrow and return items, and sign up for the summer reading program.

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Prost! The Biergarten in Petrifying Springs County Park is now open seven days, serving cold drinks and hot pretzels. For more details, see the Biergarten Facebook page.

Monday night music: Who said Monday night had to be depressing? Not the folks at Union Park Tavern. Start the working week with DJ, Ted Runnels and Trombone Dave. They perform their “not your normal DJ schtick” show — featuring a mix of blues, jazz, soul, and soul jazz — from 5-8 p.m. every Monday night at 4520 Eighth Ave. in Kenosha. It almost makes Monday a day to look forward to…almost.

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California Medi-Cal will cover doulas – InsuranceNewsNet https://ballingertx.org/california-medi-cal-will-cover-doulas-insurancenewsnet/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 09:44:11 +0000 https://ballingertx.org/california-medi-cal-will-cover-doulas-insurancenewsnet/ California will cover doula services for low-income residents at more than double the initial rate proposed by the state under a spending plan passed by lawmakers this week. Some supporters hailed the new perk by Medical, the state Medicaid health insurance program, as a step toward professionalizing this group of lay birth attendants. They say […]]]>

California will cover doula services for low-income residents at more than double the initial rate proposed by the state under a spending plan passed by lawmakers this week.

Some supporters hailed the new perk by Medical, the state Medicaid health insurance program, as a step toward professionalizing this group of lay birth attendants. They say a better salary can encourage more people to become doulas. Other supporters, however, called it a partial victory, saying the rate is still too low for the time and work needed to ensure healthy deliveries.

Doulas initially criticized the state for offering one of the lowest fares in the country, $450 by birth – so low that many said it would not be worth accepting Medical the patients. In response, the governor Gavin Newsom last month increased its proposal to $1,154much higher than in most other states.

For some, that still won’t be enough in a state where the cost of living is high and the workload is limited by the unpredictability and length of doula work. Many doulas can only serve two or three clients a month because the job often requires them to be on call.

“I’m totally unimpressed,” said Samsarah Morgan, a doula from Oakland who has been in the business for over 40 years. “That’s not a living wage for someone doing this job.”

The rate in other states that offer doula services through Medicaid is generally between $770 and $900. Oregon join this month Rhode Island by offering the highest rate, $1,500 by birth.

California legislators passed a budget June 13. Once the governor has signed off on the new spending plan, Medical coverage for doula services will take effect in January 2023 and the cost $10.8 million a year. California would pay approximately $4.2 millionand the rest would be covered by the federal government.

“We recognize the value of the work that doulas provide to mothers and infants, particularly the intensity of services and duration of doulas,” the state said. Department of Health Serviceswho administers Medicalwritten in a May 13 email to a group of doulas and researchers advising the department on the new benefit.

Doulas act as coaches, guiding families through pregnancy and advocating for them in the hospital during labor and delivery, as well as the postpartum period. Doula services have been associated with better birth outcomes, such as lower rates of C-sections, more breastfeeding, and fewer babies born underweight.

Doulas also serve women who are having abortions or miscarriages — something the Doula Advisory Group hopes the state will agree to cover in the future.

However, it is difficult to know how

many doulas work in California because the domain is not regulated. Most of their work is for patients who pay out of pocket, up to $3,500 depending on the location and the experience of the doula.

Advocates hope that adding doulas to covered Medi-Cal services could help reduce maternal mortality rates, especially for black mothers, who die due to childbirth at a rate nearly three times higher than that of white mothers.

During the negotiations, the doulas sought as much as $3,600 for each pregnancy and for maternal support for one year after birth. They wanted $1,000 to assist in labor and delivery and $100 each for up to six sessions before birth and 20 sessions postpartum.

Under the Governor’s latest proposal, the state would pay $126.31 for a first visit and $60.48 up to eight shorter subsequent visits. Labor and delivery would be reimbursed at $544.28. The state or Medical insurers may approve additional visits.

The Newsom administration set compensation for doula labor and delivery at the same rate as doctors and midwives. “This proposal recognizes that although doulas have less formal training than a licensed practitioner, doula services are different and generally last much longer than a visit or birth event with a licensed practitioner,” said writes the state in the May 13 email, the authenticity of which has been confirmed by KHN.

Doulas could have negotiated a flat rate with the administration, but thought charging for each visit would be fairer to workers, said Anu Manchikanti Gómez, associate professor at the School of Social Welfare to University of California, Berkeley who is studying doula programs in California. The downside, however, is that some doulas may not earn full price if their clients do not use all of their allotted visits before or after the birth.

“Because the rate of perinatal visits is so low, it doesn’t make a huge difference overall in terms of state spending,” Gómez said. “But $900 versus. $1,100 could be extremely important for a doula.

Although the reimbursement rate was lower than what the doulas were asking for, some said it still represented progress. Khefri Riley, a Los Angeles doula who helped negotiate the new rates, said he introduced doula services in Medical could create a pathway for new workers from birth to enter the profession. “The needle was moved a little bit,” Riley said.

Others said the new rate is more acceptable but the numbers are still tight for doulas. Chantel Runnels serves customers in the Inland Empire and can travel over 100 miles round trip for patients. With gas prices above $6 a gallon, Runnels said, “everyone feels the pressure.”

Some doulas report that local governments and private insurance programs pay even more. A pilot doula program in Los Angeles paid up to $2,300 by birth, and one on Riverside paid up to $1,250.

“We live in one of the most expensive states, and I think there are a lot of big wins in the review that reflect that they listen to the nature of doula work,” Runnels said. “There is still a lot of room for improvement.”

State governments will often determine what is reasonable by checking rates in other states. California looked Oregonwho offered $350 by birth. But that rate was so low that few doulas were willing to accept Medicaid patients.

Then, on June 8, Oregon announced that it would start paying doulas $1,500 by birth. Raeben Nolan, Vice President of the Oregon Doula Associationsaid the increase was the product of seven or eight years of lobbying.

Nolan said California originally raced Oregon basically with his first proposal. Now she’s applauding California’s turnaround.

“I love that they have so many paid visits,” Nolan said. “I think it’s really good.”

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Title IX Timeline: 50 Years of Interrupted Progress in the United States https://ballingertx.org/title-ix-timeline-50-years-of-interrupted-progress-in-the-united-states/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 11:02:27 +0000 https://ballingertx.org/title-ix-timeline-50-years-of-interrupted-progress-in-the-united-states/ By The Associated Press It has been 50 years since Title IX was signed into law by President Nixon. The measure prohibits discrimination against women when it comes to the vast majority of educational programs that receive federal assistance. It has a broad and extraordinary impact on everything from college campus safety to athletics to […]]]>

By The Associated Press

It has been 50 years since Title IX was signed into law by President Nixon. The measure prohibits discrimination against women when it comes to the vast majority of educational programs that receive federal assistance.

It has a broad and extraordinary impact on everything from college campus safety to athletics to public school education. Progress sometimes stalled.

A timeline of key events before, during, and after the passage in 1972 of the landmark U.S. law known as Title IX:

1836: Georgia Female College is the first women’s college to open in the United States

1917: Jeannette Rankin of Montana becomes the first woman elected to Congress.

1920: American women gain the right to vote.

1936: A federal appeals court actually says doctors can prescribe birth control to women.

1947: The first report of the Truman Commission calls for more equitable access to higher education, including an end to racial and religious discrimination.

1953: Toni Stone becomes the first woman to regularly play professional baseball (Negro Leagues).

1954: The United States Supreme Court ruled that “separate educational institutions are inherently unequal” in the landmark decision Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka.

1960: Wilma Rudolph becomes the first American woman to win three gold medals at the Olympic Games. The black sprinter star becomes a prominent civil rights activist.

1963: The Commission on the Status of Women, led by Eleanor Roosevelt, finds widespread discrimination against women in the United States and urges federal courts that “the principle of equality be firmly established in constitutional doctrine” . Congress passes the Equal Pay Act.

1964: The Civil Rights Act includes sex as one of the things employers cannot discriminate against. It also establishes the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Hawaii’s Patsy Mink becomes first woman of color elected to U.S. House; she then co-authored Title IX, the Early Childhood Education Act and the Equal Women in Education Act.

1965: The Elementary and Secondary Education Act provides federal funding for K-12 schools with low-income student populations. President Lyndon Johnson also signs the Higher Education Act of 1965 which gives students access to loans, scholarships and other programs.

1966: The National Organization for Women is created, calling on women to “participate fully in mainstream American society…in a truly equal partnership with men”.

1967: Aretha Franklin covers Otis Redding’s 1965 hit, “Respect,” and it quickly becomes a feminist anthem.

1969: New York Democrat Shirley Chisholm becomes the first black woman in Congress. She later becomes the first woman to seek the presidential nomination.

1971: The Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) is founded to govern collegiate women’s athletics and administer national championships.

1972: Congress passes Title IX, which is signed into law by President Richard Nixon. Title IX states: “No person in the United States shall, because of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits, or be discriminated against in connection with any program or activity of education with federal financial assistance.” Congress also passes the Equal Rights Amendment, but it never gets the 38 state approval needed to become law.

1973: The Supreme Court renders its opinion Roe v. Wade establishing the right to abortion. Billie Jean King defeats Bobby Riggs in straight sets in “The Battle of the Sexes” tennis exhibition match.

1974: The Women’s Educational Equity Act provides grants and contracts to assist “gender-neutral programs,” as well as to help institutions meet Title IX requirements.

1975: President Gerald Ford signs the Title IX athletic regulations, which give athletic departments up to three years to implement them, after noting that “it was the intention of Congress, regardless of the reason for interpretation, to include athletics”.

1976: The NCAA challenges the legality of Title IX regarding athletics in a lawsuit that is dismissed two years later.

1977: Three female Yale students, two graduates, and a male faculty member become the first to sue for sexual harassment under Title IX (Alexander v. Yale). He would fail on appeal.

1979: Ann Meyers becomes the first woman to sign an NBA contract (Indiana Pacers, $500,000). She had been the first woman to receive a basketball scholarship from UCLA.

1979: US officials have implemented the important three-pronged test for Title IX compliance in athletics.

1980: Oversight of Title IX is performed by the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.

nineteen eighty one : Sandra Day O’Connor becomes the first woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court.

1982: Louisiana Tech defeats Cheyney State for the first NCAA women’s basketball title. Two months later, the AIAW folded, placing top women’s collegiate sports entirely under the umbrella of the NCAA. Cheryl Miller scores 105 points in a high school game to launch one of the greatest careers in basketball history.

1984: Democrat Geraldine Ferraro becomes the first woman to win a vice presidential nomination from a major political party. The United States wins its first Olympic gold medal in women’s basketball.

1987: Pat Summitt wins the first of her eight national women’s basketball titles in Tennessee.

1988: Congress overturns President Ronald Reagan’s veto of the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, mandating the application of Title IX to any school receiving federal funds.

1994: The Athletics Equity Disclosure Act is passed. Under Title IX, schools with federal financial aid and athletics programs must provide annual gender equity information, including roster sizes and certain budgets.

1995: Connecticut wins the first of its 11 national titles under coach Geno Auriemma.

1996: The female athletes win a lawsuit and force Brown to restore funding for women’s gymnastics and volleyball after saying the school violated Title IX by turning both teams into donor-funded entities. The NBA clears the way for the Women’s National Basketball Association to begin play the following year.

1999: Brandi Chastain’s penalty gives USA victory over China in World Cup final, reinvigorating women’s sport in USA

2001: Ashley Martin becomes the first woman to play and score in a Division I football game as a placekicker for Jacksonville State.

2008: Danica Patrick wins the Japan 300 and becomes the first woman to win the highest level of American open-wheel racing.

2014 : Becky Hammon becomes the first full-time assistant coach in NBA history.

2015 : The United States’ 5-2 victory over Japan in the Women’s World Cup final becomes the most-watched football match in American television history.

2016: Citing Title IX, the Obama administration says transgender students in public schools should be allowed to use the bathroom or locker room that matches their gender identity, the guidelines were overturned by the Trump administration. Hillary Clinton becomes the first woman to win a major party presidential nomination.

2017: Serena Williams wins her 23rd Grand Slam title, the second of all time.

2020: New amendments to Title IX come into effect, primarily regarding sexual harassment.

2021: The report rips the NCAA for failing to live up to its commitment to gender equity by prioritizing its lucrative Division I men’s basketball tournament “over everything else,” including the women’s championships.

2022: Dawn Staley of South Carolina becomes the first black Division I basketball coach, male or female, to win more than one national championship. The United States Women’s National Soccer Team reaches a landmark deal to be paid equally with the Men’s National Team.

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Winters’ Megan Tarr Wins Dean’s List at Valdosta State https://ballingertx.org/winters-megan-tarr-wins-deans-list-at-valdosta-state/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 11:02:27 +0000 https://ballingertx.org/winters-megan-tarr-wins-deans-list-at-valdosta-state/ Valdosta State University VALDOSTA, GA — Valdosta State University congratulates Megan Tarr of Winters, Texas on earning a spot on the 2022 Spring Dean’s List. Dean’s List honors are reserved for VSU’s top-performing students. Tarr is one of more than 1,600 distinguished and accomplished students recognized for excellence in achieving their educational goals. To qualify […]]]>

Valdosta State University

VALDOSTA, GA — Valdosta State University congratulates Megan Tarr of Winters, Texas on earning a spot on the 2022 Spring Dean’s List.

Dean’s List honors are reserved for VSU’s top-performing students. Tarr is one of more than 1,600 distinguished and accomplished students recognized for excellence in achieving their educational goals.

To qualify for Dean’s List at VSU, students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher over nine or more hours of a semester with a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher. Please note that development students, transition students, and graduate students are not eligible for Dean’s List status.

Founded in 1906, Valdosta State University is a leading comprehensive university that offers both the broad academic, cultural, and social opportunities of a large university and the small classes and close personal attention of small institutions. VSU offers more than 100 on-campus and online degree, certificate, and endorsement programs for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as a full menu of extracurricular activities, championship sports and academic teams national honors organizations, sororities and fraternities, intramural sports, educational and service clubs, a symphony orchestra, art and theater, research opportunities, and more. VSU is committed to creating a campus culture focused on individual student success, providing students with expanded transformational and experiential learning opportunities, and increasing regional impact by serving as a resource and innovative leader for Georgia in the South.

Find us on the web at www.valdosta.edu

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Heat advisory in effect but not as hot in Concho Valley https://ballingertx.org/heat-advisory-in-effect-but-not-as-hot-in-concho-valley/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 12:57:30 +0000 https://ballingertx.org/heat-advisory-in-effect-but-not-as-hot-in-concho-valley/ SAN ANGELO – Afternoon high temperatures in the Concho Valley will again reach over 100 degrees on Monday and a heat advisory is in effect, but it will be noticeably cooler than the weekend. The high temperature in San Angelo on Saturday was 107 degrees and the maximum temperature on Sunday afternoon reached 108 degrees. […]]]>

SAN ANGELO – Afternoon high temperatures in the Concho Valley will again reach over 100 degrees on Monday and a heat advisory is in effect, but it will be noticeably cooler than the weekend.

The high temperature in San Angelo on Saturday was 107 degrees and the maximum temperature on Sunday afternoon reached 108 degrees. The maximum temperature Monday afternoon is expected to reach 103 degrees.

The heat advisory is in effect from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday for northern Concho Valley counties, including Sterling, Coke, Runnels and Tom Green counties, including the city of San Angelo. Temperatures will be above the 100 degree mark in southern Concho Valley counties, but conditions do not reach the threshold where a heat advisory would be issued there.

A heat advisory means that temperature, humidity and wind speed combine to create dangerous heat conditions and heat-related illnesses are possible.

Those who work outdoors should take frequent breaks, drink plenty of fluids and wear appropriate clothing. Anyone who ventures outdoors should take precautions to prevent heat-related illnesses. And make sure all pets outside have plenty of fresh water and shade.

Temperatures are expected to exceed 100 degrees every afternoon for the next ten days with the exception of Wednesday when the maximum is expected at 99 degrees.

There is no rain forecast for the next ten days. Tom Green County Commissioners will consider reinstating the burning ban on Tuesday and will also vote on banning aerial fireworks for Independence Day weekend.

This is a serious and dynamic weather situation. Check back often for updates.

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Lawrence watches young Parsons in Cowboys sack race https://ballingertx.org/lawrence-watches-young-parsons-in-cowboys-sack-race/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 07:13:55 +0000 https://ballingertx.org/lawrence-watches-young-parsons-in-cowboys-sack-race/ Schuyler Dixon Associated press FRISCO — DeMarcus Lawrence used to say he didn’t care about sacks as long as he felt productive — until Micah Parsons led the Dallas Cowboys in that category while winning the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2021. The veteran defensive end could take inspiration from the second-year linebacker […]]]>

Schuyler Dixon Associated press

FRISCO — DeMarcus Lawrence used to say he didn’t care about sacks as long as he felt productive — until Micah Parsons led the Dallas Cowboys in that category while winning the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2021.

The veteran defensive end could take inspiration from the second-year linebacker three years after Lawrence’s only two seasons with double-digit sacks.

“I let a rookie show me last year,” Lawrence said. “Well done to my boy Micah. But reassert my dominance. Let everyone know I’m coming, how I feel, and the kind of respect I’m going to demand when I step onto this pitch.

Parsons appreciates that his club rookie record of 13 sacks could help motivate Lawrence, who needs to combine totals from his last three seasons to match his career high of 14 1/2 from 2017.

Penn State’s 2021 first-round pick isn’t conceding anything, though.

“I want D-Law to be who he is,” Parsons said. “I’m not taking that away from him. But sorry to tell him, he’ll never get it back. I want him to get all the fun he can…so he can be a 10-bag guy, great. But if 10 is the number, I’m going for 20.”

Lawrence never had the chance to be as productive as Parsons last season.

By the time Lawrence returned from a broken foot that cost him 10 games, Parsons had one more sack than DeMarcus Ware’s eight from 2005, which was the most for a Dallas rookie since sacks became official in 1982.

Lawrence finished last season with three sacks in seven games, leaving him in single digits for a third straight season since signing a five-year, $105 million deal that avoided a second straight year of playing on the franchise label.

The Cowboys moved into the second round to sign Lawrence in 2014 weeks after releasing Ware, the club’s career sack leader with 117, in a cost-cutting move.

Lawrence’s fate likely would have been the same had he not accepted a reworked contract this offseason ($40 million, three-year, $30 million guaranteed). He called it a no-brainer to end his career with the Cowboys. Ware moved to Denver and won a Super Bowl.

The Cowboys’ off-season practices began about a month after Lawrence turned 30, and he showed up without the dreadlocks he said he had started growing as a rookie. This is another part of his motivation.

“I had a lot of fun with my dreads. It was a growth stage that I was going through,” Lawrence said. “I turned 30 this year, so I figure it’s time for me to change into a grown man.”

Lawrence thought he would bring Randy Gregory back as another defensive end, but Gregory changed his mind and signed with the Broncos in free agency.

Now the focus turns to Lawrence and Parsons, though Parsons won’t always be lined up as an end. The 23-year-old’s speed and flexibility helped Parsons post a number of sacks that Lawrence now feels he has to chase.

“I think he’s got somebody else who challenges him and plays the same way he does on that defense can even unleash the D-Law that you’ve seen for a long time,” Parsons said. “I’m just excited. He’s got something about him that I don’t see in a lot of people, and he’s just a dog.

A year ago, Lawrence was hoping a healthy offseason could get his production back on track. Then he broke his foot in practice the week after Game 1 and could only watch Parsons emerge and the Cowboys take over the NFC East.

Lawrence is no longer the star who produced 25 sacks over two seasons — or the up-and-coming rookie who had the first two sacks of his playoff career in the 2014 season.

Coach Mike McCarthy is all for the idea of ​​another promising young player helping Lawrence recover on those days.

“I think it’s healthy, and it’s really part of the competition,” McCarthy said. “D-Law has a lot of skins on the wall. And I think as players go through their careers, they’re always looking for a way to be challenged.

It didn’t take long for Lawrence to mention that he felt challenged.

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Rangers nominate Calhoun for assignment https://ballingertx.org/rangers-nominate-calhoun-for-assignment/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 17:04:07 +0000 https://ballingertx.org/rangers-nominate-calhoun-for-assignment/ Associated Press ARLINGTON — Willie Calhoun, the Texas Rangers’ main acquisition in the 2017 trade that sent Yu Darvish to the Los Angeles Dodgers, was slated for assignment Sunday. Calhoun, 27, was traded to Triple-A Round Rock early last month after going .136 in 18 games with one homer and two RBIs, then asked for […]]]>

Associated Press

ARLINGTON — Willie Calhoun, the Texas Rangers’ main acquisition in the 2017 trade that sent Yu Darvish to the Los Angeles Dodgers, was slated for assignment Sunday.

Calhoun, 27, was traded to Triple-A Round Rock early last month after going .136 in 18 games with one homer and two RBIs, then asked for a trade. He hit .221 with four home runs and 15 RBIs with Round Rock.

Calhoun came to Texas with pitcher AJ Alexy and infielder Brendon Davis on July 31, 2017 for Darvish, then a four-time All-Star with the Rangers.

Calhoun hit .241 in six seasons with Texas. His best season was 2019, when he hit .269 with 21 home runs and 48 RBIs.

Calhoun broke his jaw during spring training 2020 when he was hit by a pitch and played in just 29 games that year. His 2021 season ended in June when he was hit by a pitch that fractured his left forearm.

Rangers chairman Jon Daniels said the decision to appoint Calhoun was not difficult and was unrelated to Calhoun’s trade demand.

“At some point, the opportunities run out,” Daniels said.

Calhoun was named to make room on the 40-man roster of outfielder Steele Walker, whose contract was selected at Round Rock. Left-handed hitter Walker, 25, hit .297 in 20 games this season with Round Rock. He was scheduled to make his major league debut Sunday at home against Seattle.

Texas also opted for infielder Andy Ibanez at Round Rock on Sunday.

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Victims of Kalamazoo Bike Tragedy Remembered Six Years Later with Memorial Ride https://ballingertx.org/victims-of-kalamazoo-bike-tragedy-remembered-six-years-later-with-memorial-ride/ Tue, 07 Jun 2022 21:53:40 +0000 https://ballingertx.org/victims-of-kalamazoo-bike-tragedy-remembered-six-years-later-with-memorial-ride/ COOPER CHARTER TOWNSHIP, Mich. — It’s been six years since a drugged driver ran over several cyclists in Kalamazoo County. The nine cyclists rode together as part of the “Chain Gang Bicycle Club”. Five motorcyclists were killed and four were injured. “Just thinking about the people, it was such a loss for the community to […]]]>

COOPER CHARTER TOWNSHIP, Mich. — It’s been six years since a drugged driver ran over several cyclists in Kalamazoo County.

The nine cyclists rode together as part of the “Chain Gang Bicycle Club”. Five motorcyclists were killed and four were injured.

“Just thinking about the people, it was such a loss for the community to lose these people. Each one of them was a good person,” said Paul Runnels, one of the men who survived the bicycle tragedy.

READ: Survivor of Kalamazoo bike tragedy remembers the day five years later

At approximately 6:30 p.m. on June 7, 2016, cyclists were riding on N. Westnedge Ave in Cooper Charter Township.

Runnels said he remembered passing Markin Glen Park. The trip was approximately 28 miles from Nazareth to Plainwell.

“We were about six to seven miles away when the crash happened,” Runnels said.

An under the influence driver, identified as Charles Pickett Jr. hit them with his pickup truck.

“The only thing I remember hearing was people, and it’s pretty typical to yell ‘car back’ and because we were going up a hill I decided not to look back because I don’t didn’t want to swerve into traffic. I decided to keep my head down and keep pedaling up the hill,” Runnels said.

Runnels was one of four injured, suffering multiple broken bones from which he took months to recover.

The five who lost their lives were Debbie Bradley, Fred (Tony) Nelson, Larry Paulik, Melissa Favig-Hughes and Suzanna Sippel.

“The bikes were in such bad shape after they were all hit that paramedics and first responders didn’t even know how many people were involved,” Runnels said.

Bike Friendly Kalamazoo president Paul Selden said it was important that drivers give space to cyclists and slow down when overtaking.

“It’s five feet in Michigan. State law is three feet, but in Kalamazoo County, and many places, it’s five feet, which is about half a lane.” , said Bike Friendly Kalamazoo President Paul Selden.

Selden also said cyclists should make sure they are visible and follow the rules of the road.

The accident didn’t stop Runnels from his bike, but it did spur him to advocate for awareness and change.

“It’s a day of the year when we come together around this idea, that we are here to help each other because unfortunately we are not the last to have lost someone in a bicycle accident,” said Runnels.

The Kalamazoo Bicycle Club and survivors of the cycling tragedy organize a ‘Ride of Silence’ Tribute and Memorial Ride.

Riders will meet at the Ascension Borgess Health and Fitness Center near Gull Road around 5.45pm on Tuesday.

The planned 28-mile route is the same as that taken by the cyclists on the day of the tragedy.

Approximately five miles into the ride, the group will stop at the Chain Gang Memorial in Markin Glen Park for a moment of silence.

Runners can then turn around to return to Ascension Borgess Health and Fitness Center or continue to Plainwell.

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Fort Worth residents rally for victims of Uvalde and Tulsa https://ballingertx.org/fort-worth-residents-rally-for-victims-of-uvalde-and-tulsa/ Sun, 05 Jun 2022 22:40:49 +0000 https://ballingertx.org/fort-worth-residents-rally-for-victims-of-uvalde-and-tulsa/ “I feel exhausted. I feel exhausted. I’m a teacher, I have kids, and I’m a shooting survivor,” Runnels told Lena Pope’s “Be the Light” Gathering June 2. “I feel exhausted that over 20 years later we are still dealing with some of the same things.” Runnels teaches second grade and Uvalde’s shooting happened a day […]]]>

“I feel exhausted. I feel exhausted. I’m a teacher, I have kids, and I’m a shooting survivor,” Runnels told Lena Pope’s “Be the Light” Gathering June 2. “I feel exhausted that over 20 years later we are still dealing with some of the same things.”

Runnels teaches second grade and Uvalde’s shooting happened a day before the last day of Chapel Hill class. She did not tell her students about the shooting, but Melanie Kinsbury, 53, a gifted and talented teacher at Chapel Hill Academy, did.

“The day of the shooting was our eighth grade graduation, and so at graduation that night we took a moment of silence,” Kingsbury said. “We had one more day with the students. So, we talked about it a bit, mostly I let the kids express their concerns. And we talked about how we have to work to make things come together. safer place.”

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Mom Gives Birth to Identical Twins 3 Days Apart in Texas: ‘Very Rare’ News https://ballingertx.org/mom-gives-birth-to-identical-twins-3-days-apart-in-texas-very-rare-news/ Sat, 04 Jun 2022 07:05:52 +0000 https://ballingertx.org/mom-gives-birth-to-identical-twins-3-days-apart-in-texas-very-rare-news/ NEWYou can now read articles from Fox Information! In an unusual event, a Texas woman gave birth to one of her twin daughters while still pregnant with the other. Carmen Martinez, now a mother of three, welcomed Gabriella (Gabby) Grace Hernandez on March 7 and Isabella Rose Hernandez on March 10 at Hendrick Health Center […]]]>

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In an unusual event, a Texas woman gave birth to one of her twin daughters while still pregnant with the other.

Carmen Martinez, now a mother of three, welcomed Gabriella (Gabby) Grace Hernandez on March 7 and Isabella Rose Hernandez on March 10 at Hendrick Health Center in Abilene, Texas, a town in Taylor County.

“Gabby was the first born at 24 weeks and 4 days, and Bella was born at 25 weeks, precisely,” Martinez told Fox News Digital in a phone interview.

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Martinez remembers showing signs of early labor a week before the women were born, but she was only able to delay the onset for a few days, so they had a chance to develop more.

Typical human pregnancies last about 40 weeks.

Gabriella Grace Hernandez was born on March 7, 2022 at Hendrick Health, a medical facility in Abilene, Texas. She was born premature at 24 weeks and four days.
(Carmen Martinez)

“[My doctors] checked all the parts, they were still there high quality,” Martinez said.

“There was no type of misery or anything like that. But they had their own separate placenta and their own separate sac, and it was only for child A that it ruptured and never for child B.”

“I’ve only seen this once in my career.”

— Dr. James L. Tadvick

Gabby was born weighing less than two kilos and had to be admitted to the hospital’s NICU.

Martinez said she had to delay the departure of her second child to increase her chances of survival.

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Martinez, her boyfriend Johnny Hernandez and her 15-year-old son Ethan were shocked by the turn of events.

“We didn’t name anyone immediately because we didn’t know what was going to happen,” Martinez told Fox News Digital.

“Once we finally called our fast family and sent a picture of Gabby, everyone was scared because all they saw was a picture of a child – they often didn’t know what to ask,” she continued.

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Family members Martinez and Hernandez were baffled to learn that Bella’s availability was still ongoing.

In the days leading up to Bella’s debut, Martinez said she could really feel the toddler moving spherically as she rested on her hospital mattress.

“Bella had her personal social gathering,” she recalled. “It’s kind of like she has the whole belly to herself and she’s having a good time.”

Carmen Martinez was able to keep each of her twins, Gabby and Bella, after the young twin was safely delivered on March 10, 2022 at Hendrick Health.
(Carmen Martinez)

Bella was born on Hernandez’s thirty-seventh birthday at one pound and eight ounces.

Dr. James L. Tadvick, OB-GYN at Hendrick Health, helped ship all the babies.

“I’ve only seen this once in my career. It’s very unusual,” Tadvick told Fox News Digital, in an email.

Both babies are receiving special care in Abilene while Martinez has returned home and resumed work in Winters, a town in Runnels County, Texas, about a 45-minute drive away.

“We’re just ready for them to come home.”

—Carmen Martinez

Martinez said the separation had been emotionally difficult for her, as had the home preparation needed to welcome two newborns into the family three months earlier – but she is grateful that her twins are doing better.

“Gabby and Bella have a 30% chance of surviving being so small and so early,” she explained.

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“They are almost three months [old] now. They are fine. Gabby weighs 4 kilos, 11 ounces now, and Bella [is] 4 kilos, eight ounces. So that’s a giant leap from being a pound and a half at the start.

The twins will stay in the NICU “a little longer,” so they “get stronger and develop their lungs,” Martinez explained.

She added, “We’re just ready for them to come home.”

Martinez said she chose to attend just a few months to share her story because she wanted to consider the well-being of the new baby models.

Martinez said she hopes her story helps others while raising awareness regarding the alternative of delayed births in various pregnancies.

The moms of twins reached out to Martinez to ask about her experience.

She said she hopes her presence will help others while raising awareness regarding the alternative of delayed births with various pregnancies.

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Earlier this year another mum went viral for giving birth to twins who were born a quarter of an hour apart on New Years Eve and ended up having birthdays in entirely different years.

The hospital calculated that leaving was a one in two million chance.

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Gabriella “Gabby” Grace Hernandez and Isabella “Bella” Rose Hernandez are equivalent twins from Texas who were born three days apart in March 2022, at Hendrick Health.
(Carmen Martinez)

At the time of publication, data and calculations on the prospect of giving birth to equivalent twins within three days were not accessible.

“Our doctors said there was a 30% chance they were equivalent,” Martinez told Fox News Digital.

“They ended up being equivalent.”

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And with two March birthdays to consider for the twins, Martinez already has an elaborate long-term plan.

“We’re going to have a great time on their birthdays together when they’re younger and don’t realize it. However, once they get older and realize this, they will need their own birthday events on the day,” the proud mum said.

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