If today is your birthday, congratulations!  You share this date with singing cowboy star, Gene Autry.  Gene was born in Tioga, Texas.  Most famous for his signature song, "Back In The Saddle Again", he would go on to become a recording artist, a movie star and in later years, owner of the California Angels baseball team.  In 1969, he was voted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.  


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It's National Coffee Day!

There are many accounts of how coffee first came to be.  One of the earliest points to the SUFI monasteries near Mokha in Yemen, in the middle of the 15th century.  There, coffee seeds were first roasted and brewed, much as they are today.  Traders from Yemeni, brought back coffee to their homeland, from Ethiopia, and began to plant the seed and grow coffee trees.

Legend has it, in 1670, Baba Budan, smuggled coffee seeds out of the Middle east and planted them in Mysore.  Coffee then spread to Italy, on to the rest of Europe, also Indonesia and eventually the Americas.

To help you celebrate this special day, many businesses are offering free, or discounted, coffee to their customers.  Check it out and enjoy!

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Concho Valley birthdays include:

Davashtian Manley, 10.  From Mom, Dad and sister, McKenna.

Allyson Matheny, 8.  From Mom, Nanny and Paw-Paw.

Ryder Tavarez, 4.  From the whole family.

Carol Kennedy, 59.  From her husband, Curtis.

Richard Green, 57.  From his wife, Sally.  Richard wins our birthday cake today from Halfmann's Cake Cottage. 

Happy Wedding Anniversary to:

Jesse & Maria Murphy, 2 years.  From her Mom, Dad, sisters and their families.

Jim & Melissa Ornelas, 7 years.  From Ryan and Sylvia.

Eugene & Rosie Rodgers, 39 years.  From the Banda Clan.

Lupe & Lena Banda, 41 years.  From Ryan and Sylvia.

All 4 couples will be in our drawing Friday morning for a dozen roses from Southwest Florists.