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We have a couple of solid stories for Saturday's paper. For A1, our centerpiece takes a look at the future of water in the Guadalupe. Also, we'll continue giving you the latest updates and breaks in the Crossroads area on the swine flu.

For B1, our package features a story on the Black Stallion Literacy Program in Hallettsville.

On our Faith page, we write about the upward soccer program at Northside Baptist Church. Here's a preview of that story: Six-year-old Sarah Hoffer chased after a soccer ball with her teammates on a small soccer field behind Northside Baptist Church.

The girls from both teams swarmed around the ball wherever it went, each trying to steal it from the other team – and sometimes from a teammate by accident.

“I like that there’s no goalies, so people can make a goal easier,” Sarah said.

The church started the program known as Upward two years ago, said Pastor Mike Baker, who oversees the program.

The church organizes sports for children in 5-year-old kindergarten through sixth grade in the spring and fall. The program, which includes spiritual elements such as prayer, offers short devotionals and scripture memory. The rules of the games are also altered slightly to accommodate smaller teams.

In sports, we'll continue with coverage of the big NAIA tournament this week in Victoria. Please check our website for live updates of the game via Twitter.

Please let us know what you think about these stories or if you have tips or suggestions on any others. Please remember, breaking news can change these plans.

Thanks,

Thomas Martinez