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Actor James Garner embarrassed me

August 16, 2014

Actor James Garner embarrassed me in a public setting.

One of my favorite actor-entertainers of all time, James Garner, died recently, but I had already forgiven him for embarrassing me in a public setting.

When he first hit the screens and news media, I was a journalism student at the University of Houston.

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Don Newbury: Did she sing? You better believe it!

August 9, 2014

Masses of folks are in lockstep, completing daily routines with heightened speed, too often in fast-forward mode.

Mostly, it is left to seniors to amble along, their lives ratcheted down by bodies unable to keep pace and/or people who take life in smaller bites.

Some learn – usually “later than sooner” – that “rose-smelling” along the way is an admonition that, once attempted, results in repeated yearnings to inhale life’s best fragrances.

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New on campus

August 9, 2014
New on campus

Stephen Hodge (center), one of four new assistant football coaches for Granbury head coach Scotty Pugh this season, gives instructions during preseason practice earlier this week. Hodge was a 2009 draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys out of Texas Christian University. The Pirates’ other new assistant football coaches are Jody Brown, Anthony Overstreet and Jordon Sweatt.

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Letter to the Editor: Let’s pray for more rain

August 9, 2014

I have been reading the concerns about the water level at Lake Granbury and all the people involved in trying to get more water into the lake. I, too, have been concerned about water levels in my stock tanks or lakes on the family ranch near Lipan.

I am attaching a picture in 1964 where executives of Texas Power Light Company and Texas Electric Service Company are signing the agreement with the Brazos River Authority to construct what is now Lake Granbury (deCordova Bend Dam).

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Carol Cook: All that glitters is … sickening!

August 9, 2014

This makes me feel rather odd; but mostly it annoys me.I don’t like glitter, period.

Nor will I touch anything glittery under any circumstances. Truth is, I’d like to slap some sense into whoever invented it.

Seriously, I avoid anything with glitter; greeting cards, gift bags, holiday decorations, especially in craft stores where practically everything is glitterized!

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Joe Heller

August 2, 2014
Joe Heller

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Grow more in less space

August 2, 2014

Mel Bartholomew pioneered square-foot gardening when he wrote a book on the subject in 1976.

His “revolutionary” gardening method saved seed, water, time and money while reducing weeds and fertilizer use.

In 2005, Bartholomew revised his book keeping his basic principles intact, but adding new tips for improving the process.

Today’s square-foot garden is often reduced in size so that it can easily be located close to homes, facilitating maintenance and harvest.

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Two eye-openers and one not so bad summer

August 2, 2014

I hardly ever write a what-I-did-on-my-summer-vacation column because I never get to go anywhere.

Seriously, I don’t.

My life is rather dull, despite persistent rumor mills that seem to kick into high gear at election time.

When you’re a reporter who covers elections and local governments, you sometimes get smacked by the flotsam and jetsam of shipwrecked political ambitions.

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Lawsuit highlights liability

August 2, 2014

A Sound Off addressed the lawsuit filed by the Urbanovskys in the alcohol-related death of their son.

He and a friend had been drinking at a party where alcohol was provided, or permitted, for underage drinkers.

The resultant auto accident, death of Luke Urbanovsky and conviction of Marcus Click (the driver), has been well covered in this newspaper.

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A serious crisis at our house

August 2, 2014

We had another crisis at our house this week.

We have two granddaughters getting married, and at a recent shower they discovered the two mothers of the bride have bought exactly the same dresses for their individual weddings.

One was purchased in Houston and the other in Fort Worth. Both mothers of the bride are going to take the dresses back and start over.

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