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Social courtesies in school can mean better grades

February 8th, 2011

Last fall, Marfa Elementary School Principal Liana Sawyer instituted the Shorthorn Steps, which are short lessons on things we all need to know how to do: how to apologize, how to greet someone, how to talk to an adult, how to shake hands. It seems that studies show that students with such knowledge get better …

Jaime Juarez graduates from Le Cordon Bleu

February 4th, 2011

AUSTIN, MARFA – Jaime Juarez, a 2003 Marfa High School graduate, has graduated from Le Cordon Bleu School of Culinary Arts in Austin during commencement ceremonies held at Riverbend Centre on Saturday, January 29, 2011. He earned an Associate of Applied Science in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts. Juarez finished his course work in August.

Swinnea gets good marks, though cafeteria needs work

Swinnea gets good marks, though cafeteria needs work

February 4th, 2011

By STERRY BUTCHER

MARFA – School board trustees gave Superintendent Teloa Swinnea an overall positive review on Monday night, but recommended closer attention to issues at the cafeteria.

The superintendent’s annual evaluation took more than three hours of closed session discussion. Trustees scored Swinnea using the district’s list of goals as a metric and a three-tier grading …

Livestock show brings winners of all kinds

January 28th, 2011

By STERRY BUTCHER

MARFA – The grand champion lamb looked velvety under the lights of the Presidio County Livestock Show last Saturday night. The bleachers were filled and people crammed the aisle. Auctioneer Mem Hall nudged and teased and cajoled the bids higher as middle-schooler Gavin Livingston parked his lamb into a show stance and gazed …

UIL scheduling poses dilemma for high school

January 28th, 2011

By STERRY BUTCHER

MARFA – Twenty-two high school students will ride to McCamey this Saturday for an academic UIL invitational meet. They’re smart kids and they might really rock the contest. But here’s the deal: even if they do well, it’s not clear how they’ll be able to go to the district meet later this spring.

The …

Donations allow school garden project to bloom

January 28th, 2011

By STERRY BUTCHER

MARFA – Dig this: Marfa Elementary School’s garden project has been fully funded and work will begin on it within the next few weeks.

“We wanted a garden on campus to visit and access and see every day,” Jen Lane said this week. “We raised $1,000 and budgeted to pay for wood, nails, cattle …

Legislature slashes Sul Ross budget by $6 million

January 27th, 2011

By STERRY BUTCHER

AUSTIN, ALPINE – Sul Ross State University isn’t among the schools penciled for closure by legislators trying to fill a $27 billion deficit in the state budget.

The proposed plan would cut $1.15 billion from state colleges and universities and includes the closure of Odessa College, Brazosport College, Ranger College and Frank Phillips College.

According …

Interest percolates in building south county 4-H

January 21st, 2011

By STERRY BUTCHER

PRESIDIO COUNTY – There’s an interest in revitalizing a 4-H presence in south Presidio County.

County Extension Agent Jesse Lea Schneider gave a regular report on her office’s activities to county commissioners Tuesday night and encouraged them to attend Saturday’s county livestock show in Marfa. More than 60 children will show projects at the …

Accrediting commission puts Sul Ross on probation

January 21st, 2011

ALPINE – An accrediting organization has placed Sul Ross State University on probation for its failure to identify and assess outcomes of its educational programs and student learning.

“Essentially, what it is, we did not clearly explain how we were going to meet learning outcomes,” Sul Ross President Ricardo Maestas told the Odessa American earlier this …

Presidio County Livestock Show kicks off Saturday

Presidio County Livestock Show kicks off Saturday

January 21st, 2011

By STERRY BUTCHER

MARFA – Come to the Presidio County Livestock Show on Saturday morning to see hogs and dogs, lambs and lamps and kids of both kinds, two-footed and four-footed.

Classes start at 8am at the big red barn on Golf Course Road.

Marfa High School graduate and former 4-H showmanship champ Jon Michael …

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