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She would lose her hair … scout’s honor!

January 9, 2016

One doesn’t hear much about dares anymore and rarer still are “double dog dares.”

Well, Stephenville’s Debbie Beverly issued dares to members of Cub Scout Pack 18 in both 2014 and 2015.

They’ve responded, easily topping the goals she set for annual popcorn sales.

The proceeds cushion costs of meetings, outings, awards and such.

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Penicillin can’t cure affluenza

January 9, 2016

Is the affluenza defense defensible?

Can our society allow an over-privileged kid to kill four people and not suffer the consequences of his actions?

He did not use a gun but a high-powered vehicle out of control because of his blood alcohol level.

His lawyer was absolutely brilliant with the defense and he was absolutely bat-crap wrong.

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Letter to the Editor

January 9, 2016

Stupidity, no butts about it

Recently, while at the local Walmart service station, the following happened to me.

I had just finished refueling my vehicle, when a SUV backed into the lane next to mine.

I noticed a lady sitting in the front passenger seat holding an ignited cigarette in her right hand.

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Joe Heller

January 9, 2016
Joe Heller

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A message to the man who abused his family in public

January 9, 2016

The stories in today’s issue about a judge’s scathing indictment of the state’s foster care system has made me think of abused and neglected children.

This made me think of something I witnessed a few months ago at a large store.

I was at one of the self check-out stations and heard something, but wasn’t sure what.

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New baby, new year. What could be better?

January 2, 2016

When I wrote my end-of-the-year-reflection-column last year, I was in a very different place emotionally than I am right now.

2014 was pretty tough on me, with some extreme highs and even more extreme lows.

The title of my column last year was, “Be Easy On Me, 2015.”

I can definitely say that 2015 was completely different, and it ended with the highest of highs as we now have Fielder.

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Joe Heller’s Year In Review

January 2, 2016
Joe Heller’s Year In Review

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No lumps of coal for these children

December 26, 2015

Have you ever received a “lump of coal” in your Christmas stocking?

Not me, but probably should have after slinging my big sister’s twirling baton to the next county after she broke by new tommy-hawk.

A friend and I were talking the other afternoon, in festive Sundance Square, about the holidays, the Jolly Ol’ Elf and lumps of coal.

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Jones, Cowboys lucky NFL has such parity

December 26, 2015

The Dallas Cowboys were finally eliminated from playoff contention last weekend. It’s been like watching a long, painful death of an annoying insect.

With quarterback Tony Romo out with his collarbone injury, I chose to welcome each loss as another step closer to a high draft pick.

I knew they had no chance to reach the Super Bowl even though they probably could have won the division, if …

If they had an owner smart enough to pull his head out and stop making stupid decisions.

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Basketball backers

December 26, 2015
Basketball backers

Fans watch the Granbury Lady Pirates basketball team rule the home court in a 74-38 win over Burleson. All Granbury, Lipan and Tolar basketball teams are on a short Christmas break, but the teams will be back in action on Monday to compete in tournaments.

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