Submitted by Mary Merrell:
WARNING – SNAKES AHEAD!
3 weeks ago, my husband killed a 5′ rattle snake with 14 rattles in our yard on CR 466. Fortunately, none of my dogs were bit. On Saturday, 4/25, a rattle snake bit my dog Zara around 5 p.m. (same time frame as other siting, so not sure if this is a common time for them to come out – does anyone know if this is common?). We rushed Zara to Heart of Texas Vet Emergency Clinic in Round Rock. She was given a dose of Anti-venin, an IV drip, pain medication etc. 24 hours later she was able to come home, and she is doing well. The vet said they are seeing an abnormal number of snake bites not only in the country but in subdivision yards. The rattle snake bite is very painful for you or your pet, and the treatment is very expensive. Please be careful when in your yard or walking through grass fields. We have lived on CR 466 since 1996, and since that time only saw 2 rattle snakes until 6 months ago when my husband was bit by one on our 2nd story deck, then the snake from 3 weeks ago, and now the one from Saturday.
No, it’s not Chinese New Year. I have been hearing that there are a lot of rattlesnakes in the area this year. The following was submitted by Todd Hammond:
There have been quite a few [rattlesnakes] this year. I have killed six at my place out on FM 1466. The largest was five feet long, which I killed in April 2015. I have attached its photo. It had 12-13 rattles. I have also killed three of them between 3-4 feet long. My barn cats have killed three babies 12-18 inches long.
We’ve been out here for almost eight years now. In the first 6 years, we saw only one rattlesnake. But now in the last six months, there have been a half dozen of them.
Submitted by Carmen Schnutenhaus:
Saturday- May 9, 2015 from 9 – 5 PM
Come enjoy shopping throughout Coupland.
Sales will be happening at the gas station location (95 & Hoxie), the Train depot, and at homes throughout Coupland.
Can’t get better then this . . . one stop shopping.
For more information: Amore Personal Assistance Services
If you have items to sell, please contact me so we can put you on the sale map.
Hope to see you there!!
This older female Chihuahua followed my husband and son this evening from County Road 460, and is now in our garage. We think she belongs to someone on County Road 460. She is not very social, but is probably scared.
Editor’s Note: For such a small town, Coupland seems to be a witness to many unusual things. Mostly good things. Two weeks ago, scenes from an upcoming movie, with which Willie was involved, were filmed over a two-day period in downtown Coupland. Last week it was this bizarre story. I passed by on the way home and there were many, many more police and emergency vehicles than can be seen in the two photos taken from a cell phone video. I was having to dodge incoming police cars so I didn’t get any pictures but I saw multiple vehicles at the a home and many more around the stock tank down the hill. At that time, the vehicle was completely submerged and not visible but I could tell something was attracting attention. At my request, Jennifer Dollins submitted the following story and the video from which the images were captured. Thanks Jennifer!
On, Thursday, March 12, 2015, we smelled smoke outside at around 6:30 pm and then heard the sirens, we were going to soccer practice, but instead headed west on CR 458 to follow the fire truck – we thought it was a fire, but when we got to the first ‘S’ curve at Charles and Wynne Keating’s house, we found out that there was no fire, but a 17 year old boy had stolen his mother, or sisters car, after having a fight with his girlfriend, and somehow lost control, most likely due to speed. The car ran through the Keating’s fence and into their pond. When I got there it was already totally submerged, people were telling me that the boy ran off toward Brushy Creek. Law enforcement were everywhere and going through the Rohlack’s property to try to find the guy. A DPS officer put on his scuba gear and swam down to hook the car to the tow truck, but nobody seemed to be in any hurry. I heard that the Keating’s talked to the guy, and when they told him they had called the law, he ran off, but not before telling them that he was alone in the car when it wrecked. Then the helicopter came and searched for an hour or so, and found him at Brushy Creek, from what I am told. Granted, this is all hearsay, but I’m thinking the kid was lucky to have gotten out of the car and not drowned. – Jennifer Dollins
MarLira’s Creations, is now open in Coupland! It’s right behind the Stock-Up Food Mart. I stopped in on Saturday and met Julia. I got a free pork tamale sample. One was not enough! I bought a dozen for later but I couldn’t resist trying her barbacoa taco. Here is my official, food critic response:
I will definitely be back for more and to try her other menu items. Please support this new business in Coupland. You’ll be glad you stopped in.
Here is a link to her website: MarLira Creations