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Feb 11, 2016   07:56 AM

Ballinger,TexasFeb8, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that $150 million in funding is available for agricultural producers through the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), USDA’s largest conservation program that helps producers voluntarily improve the health and productivity of private and Tribal working lands. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service(NRCS) plans to add an estimated 10 million acres to the rolls of CSP during fiscal year 2016.


NRCS accepts applications for CSP throughout the year, but producers should submit applications by March 31, 2016 to local USDA service centers to ensure they are considered for enrollment in 2016. 

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Feb 05, 2016   12:42 PM

Construction will soon begin on The Crossing Travel Market at the intersection of US Hwy 83 and Texas Hwy 153 in Winters, Texas. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at the 7-acre site on Friday, February 12th at 1:30 pm. The Crossing, a modern convenience store/travel market, will offer plenty for everyone. The vision of Winters natives and local residents Doug & Amy Wheat, The Crossing Travel Market is a multi-faceted retail destination. It will have a distinct local feel, from its graphics, design, and store theme, to its West Texas hospitality and service. The Wheats aim to cater to the local residents of Winters and Runnels County as well as to become a “destination stop” for travelers, commuters, truckers, and local and regional fleets. The Crossing will offer several quick-service food options including: Krispy Krunchy Chicken, Hunt Bros. Pizza, and its Hometown Grill, which will feature a variety of quality food offerings. The store will have indoor seating for 40 patrons as well as expanded seating in an outdoor, covered area. The Crossing will also feature an exceptional fountain drink and coffee bar as well.

The Crossing will have 4 highway entry/exit points, two each from highways 83 and 153, which will greatly assist with customer flow and separation. The passenger vehicle fueling will consist of a 10-position fueling island, and the truck/fleet island will have 5 fueling lanes. The passenger vehicle area will offer gasoline and highway diesel, and the fleet fueling area will offer highway diesel, off-road diesel, and diesel exhaust fluid. Amenities planned for truck and fleet customers include truck parking, showers, washer/dryer and a relaxation lounge.  

The Crossing Travel Market, a limited partnership of the Wheat family, will be supplied fuel by Wheat Energy Services, a Winters-based fuel distribution company owned and operated by the Wheats.

General Partner Doug Wheat states, “We are very excited to get our project off the ground, and we are humbled by and very grateful for the support that’s been shown by our community as we have prepared for this project. We are optimistic about the positive economic impact and growth potential that this can have for Winters, Runnels County, and the Texas Midwest.”

With construction beginning in February, 2016, the anticipated opening date should be late fall of 2016, barring any significant delays.

Feb 05, 2016   12:39 PM

The Ballinger Ag Boosters are selling a limited number of tickets for a gun raffle.  Tickets are $20 each and the drawing will be held on March 1, 2016.  1st prize is a Daniel Defense – AR-15 .223 DDM4055 Brown ($1700).  2nd prize is a CZ Redhead Premier 12 gauge shotgun over & under 1557922 28” barrel ($959.99).  You don’t have to be present to win.  See an Ag Teacher or an Ag Booster Member for tickets.

Feb 03, 2016   01:10 PM

Nasa comes to the Carnegie  Ballinger, TX

8 museum items from NASA will be coming to the Carnegie Library in Ballinger March 9-23!
The Library Hours during Exhibit

10:00 am -5:00 PM Monday
10:00 am -6:00 PM Tuesday
10:00 am -5:00 PM Wednesday
10:00 am -5:00 PM Thursday
10:00 am -4:00 PM Friday

All are welcome during open hours!

*Astronaut Jumpsuit
*Apollo Helmet
*6 moon rock replicas
*Real Space food examples
*NASA Food Poster Display
*EVA Glove (for spacewalks)
*5 foot space shuttle on 747 model
*5 foot space shuttle with booster rockets on launch pad

 Schools may plan field trips
Call for reservations* for us to accommodate the classes!
325-365-3616 ask for Mechele, Carolyn, or Ann
 There will be various Science activities, space reading, Space writing projects, different SPACE art projects throughout the month!  And some SPACE surprises!

Feb 02, 2016   08:05 AM
End of Day

The Friends of the “Gus” Pruser Agriculture Exhibit will hold their monthly meeting Monday February, 8 at 6PM.   The meeting will be in the Gus Pruser Agriculture Exhibit at 219 W. Dale, Winters.  Friends of the “Gus” Pruser Exhibit is a group interested in preserving the agriculture heritage of the Winters area.  Stop by and discus old tractors.  For additional information contact John Long at 325-754-5389 or

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