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Joe Heller

July 12, 2014
Joe Heller

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Pop! Boom! Blast!

July 12, 2014

Doubt they’re graduates of Coach Curtis Allen’s Driver’s Education Class.

(Coach Allen is a driver’s ed legend in Granbury. Seems he’s been in the passenger seat since student drivers were holding horse reins.)

Anyway, the humid night of July 4 brought out the best of humanity.

They were on Granbury’s clogged roads after the fireworks, trying their best – or worst – to get home before dawn.

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How to outsmart the fox

July 12, 2014

Being a mother is the most rewarding job I have.

I wake up every day looking forward to seeing my kids’ faces, and I rush home every evening looking forward to the same.

Of course there are some bumps in the road now and then, and times when I feel like a failure.

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Where strawberries are king

July 12, 2014

In 1949, when Stilwell, Oklahoma’s “Strawberry Festival” was just 1 year old, crooners were applauded when they cut loose with Dear Hearts and Gentle People.

They got extra points if referencing their own hometowns or the communities where they were appearing at the time.

One such singer was Gene Autry.

They “whooped and hollered” in his hometown that was named four times before they got it right – “Gene Autry, OK,” 200 crow-flight miles from Stilwell.

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Letters to the Editor

July 12, 2014

Don’t blame city

It is unfortunate that Mike Brown decided not to expand his dealership in Granbury. But don’t blame the current City Council.

In 2001, the HC (heavy commercial) zoning was designated on the property on 377 that Mike Brown wanted to expand on to. That zoning did not allow used car sales, only new car sales (among other uses).

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Let’s scare up money for a good cause

July 5, 2014

Warning: If you hate Halloween, or feel that the holiday should not be celebrated, this column is not for you.

This columnisfor you, however, if: you get a thrill out of things that go bump in the night, and; you get a thrill from raising money for good causes.

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Once you know the players

July 5, 2014

I taught Cross Cultural Communication for four years at Texas Tech.I know about the tribes in the Middle East and their history which goes back to 632, etc. But now I’m confused about how we should view the participants in today’s times.

Let’s see, maybe you can help me out here.

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Singing our national anthem strains my vocal chords

June 28, 2014

Singing our national anthem strains my vocal chords

As I sit at the desk in the pre-dawn hours of Independence Day 2013, I think about strained vocal chords.

Mine, when I try to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” even in my mind as I’m doing now, it hurts.

It makes me wince when I think about all the butchered solo renditions I’ve heard.

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Learning marksmanship all over again

June 28, 2014

Learning marksmanship all over again

I grew up in the country in West Texas on the banks of Dead Man Creek.

That creek was my second home. I spent my youth there fishing, swimming and searching for artifacts on three different ancient Indian campgrounds along the creek.

Being young and dumb I also hunted all forms of wildlife whether I ate them or not.

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One year past shocking tragedy

June 28, 2014

One year past shocking tragedy

The biggest emotional blow from the shootings that stunned Hood County a year ago today were absorbed by a widow and her two small children.

“It has been a hard year,” Katie McLean said through a Sheriff’s Office source. “We miss Lance so much.”

Her 38-year-old husband, Hood County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Lance McLean, was shot by a Johnson County man, and died the next day.

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