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Central Texas Gellyball entertains groups while remaining socially distant | Business

KEMPNER — From behind his blue mask — and a pallet barricade, 6-year-old Samuel Hoff enjoyed round after round of firing water beads at his parents, Tina and Andrew, his 3-year-old brother Thomas and his friends.

“I wasn’t scared at all,” Samuel said. “It didn’t really hurt to get hit, either.”

The Killeen resident demonstrated the impact with a gentle slap on his knee followed by a careless shrug.

“That’s it,” he said.

Unlike other competitive shooting sports, Gellyball participants walk off the field without a mark on their skin or their clothes.

“It was my favorite part of the day,” Samuel said with shining eyes as he described his experience at dinner that evening.

“That’s the reason we started this business, the children,” said “Aunt Peggy” Smith. “Me and my nephew do a lot of family stuff — we are very family oriented.”

Smith began Central Texas Gellyball the

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Texas bar owners say Gov. Greg Abbott’s reopening plan is ‘unacceptable’

AUSTIN (Texas Tribune) — As Gov. Greg Abbott outlined his latest reopening plan this week, bar owner Greg Barrineau watched in disbelief. Abbott, who announced that Texas restaurants could expand dine-in service to 75% capacity, said bars must remain closed.

“Some bars and their associations have offered some very helpful ideas,” Abbott said of reopening, “and we will continue to work with them on that process.”

But Barrineau, who has laid off his 12 staff members and suffered hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses at Drink Texas, a bar with locations in San Antonio and Boerne, said that assertion of collaboration is “insanity — he doesn’t care about small businesses.”

Michael Klein, the head of Texas Bar and Nightclub Alliance, which represents thousands of bars, said that Abbott’s statement about working together was “incorrect,” carefully choosing

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Texas, Las Vegas restrictions; Moderna vaccine trial


Without masks and a vaccine, we could reach Herd Immunity from COVID-19, but deaths would skyrocket. We break down the science of it.


With the U.S. approaching 200,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths and worldwide infections topping 30 million, Texas and Nevada are set to ease restrictions for some businesses beginning this weekend.

In Texas, which is close to becoming the second state with 700,000 cases, Gov. Greg Abbott is authorizing some businesses — including restaurants, retail stores, gyms and museums — to open up to 75% capacity starting Monday. Bars, however, must remain closed.

In Nevada, public health officials are allowing bars in and around Las Vegas to reopen on Sunday after being closed for six months.

Meanwhile, India is on track to pass the U.S. as the most infected country in the world. Health officials on Friday reported another 96,000 cases in the past 24 hours, pushing

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Eased capacity restrictions at Central Texas gyms won’t necessarily mean a major boost in business

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas is starting to see lower rates of hospitalizations related to COVID-19 and because of that, Governor Greg Abbott announced Thursday he is relaxing some restrictions over the next week.

Effective immediately, hospitals can begin doing elective procedures again. On Sept. 24, nursing and assisted living facilities can open for visits with certain protocols. And on Monday, many businesses that have been operating at 50% capacity can now expand to 75%—that includes places like restaurants, retail stores, office buildings and gyms.

But some local business owners say even though the state is easing capacity restrictions, other COVID-19 guidelines don’t allow for much growth.

Things won’t look much different at FIT Austin, now that Lateef Johnson can increase capacity from 50% to 75%.

“The capacity is one part of it, but we do keep people

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Texas man gets federal prison for Masters golf ticket scheme

A Georgia man was sentenced Monday to more than two years in federal prison after pleading guilty to a scheme that used stolen identities to obtain tickets to the Masters golf tournament.

Federal prosecutors say Stephen Michael Freeman, 42, of Athens, and three family members in Texas sold those tickets for a profit.

U.S. District Court Judge Randall Hall in the tournament’s hometown of Augusta sentenced Freeman to 28 months in prison. More than a year had passed since Freeman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud. His parents and a sister also entered guilty pleas last year and were sentenced to three years on probation.

As part of their plea deals, the family members agreed to pay a total of nearly $275,500 in restitution. A news release from U.S. Attorney Bobby Christine’s office did not say how many tickets the family obtained or how much they profited from

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Central Texas Corporate Giving Survey Launched

AUSTIN, TX — Growing Good — a new partnership among I Live Here I Give Here, the Austin Chamber of Commerce and RecognizeGood — will conduct the Central Texas Corporate Giving Survey, previously known as the Rodman Report through September, officials said Monday.

The survey, which has additional support from Texas Mutual Insurance Company, Google, Netspend, Elizabeth Christian Public Relations and FingerPulse Media, aims to better understand corporate philanthropic giving in Central Texas, officials said in an emailed advisory.

“Our region is home to a corporate culture that deeply understands the importance of giving in the community,” Courtney Manuel, chief executive officer of I Live Here I Give Here, said in a prepared statement. “This has been a year unlike any other because of the health and economic challenges brought on by COVID-19. We are passionate about telling the story of corporate giving in Central Texas and know that our

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Combat vet killed by Texas deputy buried in Alabama on 9/11

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