Auctioneer Heath Hale, Season for Caring, MoPac Updates and more

Auctioneer Heath Hale in action.

Auctioneer Heath Hale in action.

BUSINESS: Heath Hale’s auctioneering life. Taken from my column in the Statesman: “Salado-raised Heath Hale attended his first livestock auction as an infant. His father, Tommy Hale, is an auctioneer. So are two uncles and two cousins. As soon as he could, Hale joined the family trade, calling car auctions on weekdays and charity auctions on some weekends. His younger brother and best friend, Seth Hale, is his lead “ringman,” or bid spotter. “I love having the microphone in my hand,” Hale, 29, says. “And I’ve gotten to do that every day for 11 years.” Recently, Hale and his team made news by raising hundreds of thousands of dollars during live auctions for the high-profile Andy Roddick Foundation, Rise School of Austin, and Mack, Jack & McConaughey benefits.” http://shar.es/1Xywqp

CHARITY: Reports on last year’s Season for Caring folks. Taken from Nicole Villalpando‘s story in the Statesman: “A safe place to live. A car to drive. Medical bills erased. Peace of mind. That’s what Statesman readers gave to last year’s Season for Caring featured families. Since 1999, Statesman Season for Caring has raised more than $8 million in monetary donations and in-kind goods and services and helped thousands of people around Central Texas through the nonprofit agencies that are part of the program. Today we look back on the 2013 families before we kick off the 16th Season for Caring campaign on Sunday with 11 new featured families.” http://shar.es/1XywPR

 TRANSIT: Extremely informative updates on MoPac construction. Taken from Ben Wear‘s column in the Statesman: “The caller, who spends more of his life on MoPac Boulevard than he would like, had a request for the transportation reporter: Could you do a series of stories, complete with big drawings, laying out what MoPac will look like when all this construction ends? Well, maybe I can do it, or something like it, but only much closer to that (hopefully not mythical) time about a year from now when the tolled express lanes open. What I can do for now, here, is give you a MoPac for Dummies version.” 
http://shar.es/1XyxbB


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