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Pro rodeo clown Kajun Kidd moved to my hometown

March 8, 2014

When you grow up in 1940s-1950s Texas in a rural area or small town, chances are rodeo will be one of your favorite sports.

Since my father started out as a rancher and then was a buyer for a meat packing plant the rest of his life, rodeo was part of our lives.

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Don’t keep the home fires burning

March 8, 2014

It’s March, which means that pretty soon people will start annoying the heck out of us with questions such as, “Hot enough for ya?”

Texas summers being what they are, we can probably count on being sweaty and miserable for, oh, six months or so.

But armpit sweat stains aren’t the only dangers we in Hood County will be facing this summer.

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Order out of chaos

March 8, 2014

Order out of chaos

A recent edition of the Hood County News headlined interviews between representative Jim Keffer and his challenger, Cullen Crisp. Other than a class action lawsuit against the BRA which will probably not take place I would like to offer the following recommendations.

I would release enough water from upstream to fill Lake Granbury to capacity.

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Living healthy is for me

March 1, 2014

I don’t want to overreact or be unkind, but the article on “Healthy Living – it’s not for me!” bordered on bad advice.

I think it was an attempt to be humorous and answer the over- the-top resolutions that come at us in the new year. The facts of the case are that in America we are being overcome with obesity, and it is growing, rapidly … and … being overweight is overwhelming our health care systems until they can hardly keep up.

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The lazy days of life

March 1, 2014

One might assume I’m a tad bit lazy if they heard me complain.

However, I don’t think of myself as a slacker because I’ve been working practically all my life. From the age of 6 my parents assigned chores for me and my siblings. If they weren’t done, our allowance wasn’t given.

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Joe Heller

March 1, 2014
Joe Heller

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No embarrassing entertainment

March 1, 2014

On Saturday afternoon, we had the pleasure to visit the Granbury Live Theater on the square and be thoroughly entertained by the Big City Music Revue.

The square was alive with lots of folks shopping and eating in our restaurants, and the show was packed.

The Big City Music Revue is much of the same group that performed there previously and as always, their show was awesome.

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Facebook as therapy to authors, readers

March 1, 2014

It’s easy to see how Facebook has changed the way we interact with our family and acquaintances, and it has even changed our definition of “friend.”

But what is less obvious and rarely written about are the psychological benefits to those people posting status updates and the people reading those status updates.

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Wearing jeans to church? Thou art in the right place

February 15, 2014

Church services today are a far cry from when I grew up.

Come to think of it, everything now is a far cry from how it was when I grew up, which is kind of depressing.

Every Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday night, my family would be at the East Side Church of Christ in Irving, rear ends planted firmly in the red-cushioned pews.

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James Largent: Great chapter being written in history of Granbury ISD

February 15, 2014

Recently, I gave a “State of the District” address at the Granbury Chamber of Commerce luncheon, and I would like to share with you some of the key facts from that presentation.

I began by giving a brief bond and facilities update. We recently sold our bonds at a very good rate that will not require as high of a tax increase as we expected and will save taxpayers over $24 million during the life of the bond program.

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