Monthly Archives: June 2013



Missing as of 6-28 a year old female tabby. Name is Eany. Please call Barb Franklin at 512-626-3251
(Submitted by Jennifer Dollins)

Publisher’s Note: I have been told that this marking in a cat is actually called “tortoise shell,” and that the cat would be called a “torti.” According to Wikipedia, “A cat with this coloring, but also with the tabby pattern, is a torbie.”

Of course, it doesn’t matter what it is called. Please be on the lookout for this sweet kitty cat.

The Coupland Times Has a New Look!


Anything new takes time to get right. I have redesigned the appearance of The Coupland Times and as you will see, there are still a few kinks to be worked out. Nevertheless, all the essential elements are present. When you click on the article headlines, you will see the full story along with any images.

I appreciate your patience as I work on the technical details. Nevertheless, I think you will like the new layout, which includes some new features. Go the HOME page to see the total picture.

The section called “How May I Serve You?” has been expanded to include information about my work as an adult educator and presenter, in addition to website setup and assistance. I specialize in financial literacy and you can get more information on the different presentations by clicking here.

With regard to websites . . . well, I never said I was an expert and that should be obvious. However, most folks don’t need — and don’t want to pay for — advanced help, which can cost $75 and up per hour. I have experts available when proficiency in programming code is necessary. I specialize in helping people learn computer basics and how to take advantage of what the Digital Age has to offer. I have experience with Macintosh, Windows, and Linux-based systems. I don’t know it all. However, I know what works for me and I can share that with you. I can even do basic computer repair and replacement of parts like CD/DVD drives. Click here for more information.

I have also added links to another website which supports my role as a marketer of nutritional supplements, especially those related to providing the 90 essential nutrients that human beings require for optimal health and proper immune system functioning. I use the products myself, as does my family, and we have noticed the difference they have made in our lives. I don’t really push it because being a salesman is not my forte. However, at the very least, you should watch the videos explaining the “90-for-life” concept and how it was developed. I think you will be surprised by what you learn. If you want to try some of the products, just fill out the short online form and I will contact you. Take a look by clicking here.

I welcome your feedback on the new format. Let the tweaking commence!

Stewart Dale Spencer



A City on a Hill – Coupland City

From “A City on a Hill: A Story of a Community, a Church, a People” by Jewel R. Johnson, Second Edition, 1979, Merchants Press of Taylor, Texas

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Coupland City

News About the Lone Star Rail District (Updated)

UPDATE – HERE IS A BETTER STORY: DERAILED! Georgetown City Council Votes To End Participation In Lone Star Rail District

new_logoGeorgetown might back out of the Lone Star Rail District. Here is an excerpt from a story that appeared in the Austin-American Statesman on June 20:

Georgetown has been paying an annual $50,000 membership fee since 2006, but a majority of the city council decided last week to put together a resolution to cancel the membership. They will vote whether to pass the resolution at their next regular meeting on Tuesday.

If you don’t have a copy of the Statesman available, you can get more of the story on the Austin-Amercian Statesman’s premium website called Georgetown might pull out of Lone Star Rail District

Click here to go to the Lone Star Rail District’s website for their perspective on the need for such rail service.

Thank you to Susan Garry for bringing this to my attention.  – Stewart Dale Spencer

Tanks Roll Into Coupland!

No, martial law hasn’t been declared in Coupland. I’m talking about giant storage tanks being transported through town. I’ve seen a lot of them lately. They come in from Highway 95 on Spur 277 on the north side of town. They come around the curve onto Commerce Street, sometimes at an alarming speed, then turn left to go east on FM 1466, past the fire station and over the bridge. A few times I wondered if the thing would just tip right over on the curve, especially with what I assume must be a high center of gravity.

Sorry for the fuzzy shot but I was at the other end of the street and had to zoom in. Here are two of the tanks on flatbed trailers. Two others had just passed through prior to this shot.

Sorry for the fuzzy shot but I was at the other end of the street and had to zoom in. Here are two of the tanks on flatbed trailers. Two others had just passed through prior to this shot.

It was only a few weeks ago that one of the tanks got stuck going over the bridge because planners hadn’t paid attention to the height of some of the railing structure. The road was closed for hours.

I can’t help but wonder where they are going and for what are they being used. Every time I have seen them, there were two or three traveling together. If any of the readers have any information about this situation, please post a comment or send an email to {This email is obscured. Your must have javascript enabled to see it}.

Teen Dance at the Old Coupland Inn & Dancehall Thursday Night!


Spread the word! From the Old Coupland Inn’s Facebook page:

Teen night starts this Thursday from 7 to 11pm, cover is $8.00 and there will be dance lessons available, free of charge!!!!!



The restaurant will be opened to the public on these nights as well. Be sure to support this if you want it to continue!!!! Call 431-9584 for questions. You don’t need your parents to be here on this night. Proper attire is required, no daisy dukes!