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Luke (rt) and his good friend Larry Weishuhn are both in their mid seventies and still enjoying the great outdoors, maybe more now than ever! Photo by Luke Clayton
April 16, 2024

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Luke (rt) and his good friend Larry Weishuhn are both in their mid seventies and still enjoying the great outdoors, maybe more now than ever! Photo by Luke ClaytonThere was a time back when I was in my twenties and thirties that I thought I would be hanging…
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As an outdoors writer for the past 39 years, I’ve become accustomed to “gallavanting” around the country fishing, hunting and collecting material for my articles. Lately though, I’ve been sticking pretty close to home. Kenneth Shephard with a good “eater…

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Local’s product to be featured on QVC2

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JUMPING FOR JOY  Hayden Thiel, a nonverbal autistic young man, is thrilled to no longer be losing the remote control following his mother’s invention of The Remote Retriever, an electronic accessory that helps find lost or misplaced remote controls. Courtesy photoJUMPING FOR JOY Hayden Thiel, a nonverbal autistic young man, is thrilled to no longer be losing the remote control following his mother’s invention of The Remote Retriever, an electronic accessory that helps find lost or misplaced remote controls. Courtesy photo

By Emily Banks Wooten
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The ancient proverb, “Necessity is the mother of invention” has proven true for one local mother. Pamela M. Thiel, a single mother of two boys, Dylan and Hayden, invented The Remote Retriever, an electronic accessory to help find lost or misplaced remote controls.

“In November of 2019, my nonverbal autistic son, Hayden, lost three remote controls. After purchasing new remotes at $60 each, I thought there has to be an easy way to find a remote. The following year while visiting my Dad, I found out that his remote was missing, too. I ordered him a new one and then another one a few weeks later. This is where the idea for The Remote Retriever was born,” Thiel said.

“Now that we have launched, we will be one of the featured companies on QVC Small Business Spotlight. Tune in to QVC2 at 2 p.m. Central on Saturday to see The Remote Retriever featured on air,” Thiel said.

The Remote Retriever was selected by Qurate Retail GroupSM for its 2022 Small Business Spotlight, an initiative to support entrepreneurs from underrepresented groups by giving participants more opportunities for national exposure. The program, which launched in 2020 and is now in its third year, builds on Qurate Retail Group’s longstanding foundation of supporting small businesses and reflects the company’s commitment to increasing opportunities for underrepresented groups.

The exciting news is that The Remote Retriever will be one of five small businesses featured in a live program on QVC2 to celebrate disability-owned small businesses in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The show is an opportunity for The Remote Retriever to share its brand story with QVC viewers nationwide.

The Remote Retriever comes in both black and white and retails for $59.99. It is an electronic accessory that helps individuals find lost or misplaced remote controls quickly and easily with the touch of a button using Bluetooth technology up to a 150-foot range. The Remote Retriever includes two components called the base and the tag. The base is attached to the TV or another stationary object such as a TV stand, end table or coffee table and the tag is attached to the remote. Push the button on the base and the tag will emit a sound. Listen for the sound to locate the remote. Once the remote is found, push the button again to turn off the sound. If the button is not pushed after three minutes the sound will turn off automatically.

To learn more about The Remote Retriever, visit the website https://TheRemoteRetriever.net. Thiel may be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

“Inventing it and bringing it to market has been a long labor of love. I continued to work on it day and night, even while in ICU at MD Anderson Cancer Center,” Thiel said, adding, “We hope to get to the point that we can donate a portion of our sales to autism awareness.”

Viewers can check their local listings for availability or watch live or on-demand on the QVC+ and HSN+ streaming experience available on the web at plus.qvc.com and plus.hsn.com. QVC+ and HSN+ are also widely available on popular streaming platforms, including Roku, Comcast X1, Xfinity Flex and X-Class TV, Amazon Fire TV, LG, Apple TV, Android TV, the Google Play Store and Google TV.

Throughout 2022, QVC has been promoting selected small businesses during certain months, including Black History Month in February, Women’s History Month in March, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May, National Military Appreciation Month in May, Pride Month in June, National Hispanic Heritage Month in September and National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October.

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HOUSE OF THE DRAGONS

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If asked, fans of the drama “Game of Thrones” and its prequel, “House of the Dragon,” would probably say that dragons live in King’s Landing, Dragonstone or Westeros. However, there just happens to be a “House of the Dragons” right here in Polk County in the Texas Landing subdivision off FM 3126. Photo by Emily Banks Wooten

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PUC adopts expanded weather rules

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AUSTIN — The Public Utility Commission of Texas recently adopted expanded weather preparation rules for electricity generators and transmission utilities to ensure grid reliability during both summer and winter weather events. 

The expanded rules build on the successful implementation of the winter weather preparation requirements adopted by the PUCT in November 2021 and add new summer weather preparation requirements to begin in June 2023.

“Reliability drives every decision we make when it comes to grid operations,” said Public Utility Commission Chairman Peter Lake. “The grid has to be ready for any weather condition, from extreme heat to extreme cold. These rules take that into account by setting the baseline preparation requirements for an operator at some of the most extreme weather conditions this state has experienced and requiring the operator to prepare their generation resources and transmission facilities to be able to operate in those conditions.”

In addition to extending current winter weather preparation requirements into the future, the rule adopts specific temperature standards for ten geographically distinct areas of the state and establishes minimum and maximum temperatures at which owners of electric generation and transmission entities need to prepare their facilities to be able to operate. These temperature standards go into effect in 2023.

The expanded rule also removes the special exemption process adopted last year for utilities that could not meet mandatory preparation deadlines due to supply chain issues or other acceptable reasons. 

Finally, the new rule requires the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the grid operator for about 90 percent of the state, to deliver a weather study that examines several weather parameters that can have negative impacts on the reliable operation of the electric grid. The rule requires ERCOT to update this study at least every five years to account for variability in weather patterns over time.

The 2021 weather preparation rules already in place as part of reliability reforms passed by the Texas Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott require electricity generators to winterize their facilities against extreme cold weather. 

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Corrigan man jailed on murder charges

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Gino MoralesGino MoralesA man suspected of murder is behind bars at the Polk County Jail following an incident in a Corrigan neighborhood Wednesday.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call just after 7 p.m. Wednesday in reference to a gunshot victim in Reilly Village.

The caller reported the victim had suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and the suspect had since left the scene. Officers arrived and the victim was identified as Arthur Bean Jr., 30, of Corrigan. The suspect was soon identified as Gino Morales, 29, also of Corrigan.

Officers from the Corrigan Police Department were able to locate and detain the suspect at his residence in the Rayburn Hills area. Investigators processed the crime scene and a search warrant was obtained for the suspect’s residence.

Bean Jr. was flown to Conroe Regional Hospital, but would later succumb to his injuries.

Morales was booked into the Polk County Jail, where he was charged with first-degree murder. Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Jamie Richardson has set a bond for Morales at $250,000.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Corrigan Police Department for their assistance in this case. Those with information regarding the case are asked to notify the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

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