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March 7, 2013

Spring Break

Some things to do and to avoid

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Set to begin at 1 p.m. and last until 3:30 p.m., youth participants are led on a fun and informative interactive lesson emphasizing tips to avoid becoming turned around in the woods and steps to take if they ever are lost.

The children will learn through games, presentations and a nature trail hike. The park requires all youth be accompanied by a parent, guardian or youth group leader while on the course.

Participation in the event is limited to the first 25 individuals and those interested can reserve a spot by calling (940) 328-1171.

Finally, park visitors are invited to Storytelling Down in the Holler, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. March 30.

Park Interpreter David Owens will lead the event, which will be held at Penitentiary Hollow and include various stories ranging from fun to frightening.

Whether recounting tales of regional folklore, cowboy poetry or just painting a captivating picture with words, the event promises something for everyone.

Those in the audience are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair.

Something to avoid next week: Local authorities out in force for spring break violators

By CHRIS AGEE

Increased patrol will begin Friday among Department of Public Safety troopers statewide in an effort to crack down on drunk driving during spring break.

These enhanced patrols are made possible through a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation.

The initiative will begin Friday and last until March 17, which is the period DPS has identified as the most active spring break period in Texas.

According to DPS Director Steven McCraw, the agency’s number one objective in increased patrols is to mitigate the danger caused by young, impaired drivers.

“Too frequently people choose to drink and drive during spring break,” McCraw added, “which is an extremely dangerous decision that often leads to senseless tragedy.”

Mineral Wells Police Chief Dean Sullivan agreed with DPS authorities, noting a crackdown on intoxicated drivers emphasizes the risk involved.

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