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From Granbury to ‘momma,’ happy birthday!

June 21, 2014

He affectionately calls her “momma.”

“She’s a mother type,” said Esther Umphress’ husband, Kennith. “She’s just a sweet, sweet person. If you ever met her, you would fall in love with her.”

He did – 35 years ago.

Esther’s first husband, Kennith’s friend and business partner, had died.

Kennith had returned to Fort Worth from working in Alaskan gold mines.

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Selling real estate is not my cup of tea

June 14, 2014

by Chelsea Hooper

My husband and I put our house on the market last week, and it’s the first time that either of us have been through this process.

When our agent (who is a friend of ours) came over, she said we need to de-clutter, de-personalize and clean.

All of those things are hard for me to do, but I was very hesitant with the de-personalize part.

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Letters to the Editor

June 14, 2014

History comes alive in clerk’s documents

Viewing 1800s documents on a computer screen is outstanding and very handy; however, being able to see the original document is indescribable!

History really comes alive through the documents at the county clerk’s office on West Bridge Street in Granbury. Using no tax money, County Clerk Mary Burnett has preserved deeds and other Hood County documents for posterity.

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These hot wheels are the real deal

June 14, 2014
These hot wheels are the real deal

LOTUS ENTERTAIN YOU: This stunning, intensely yellow Lotus Evora is part of Jack Farr’s fleet of exotic sports cars that can be driven at his MotorSpoort Ranch at 9012 Performance Court in Cresson Sunday.

by Mark Wilson

Staff Writer

I wasn’t prepared for “the experience.”

There I was, climbing into an exotic Italian sports car featuring a 560-horsepower engine.

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God bless Red Skelton

June 14, 2014

by Nancy Pricer

Staff Writer

The first time I watched Red Skelton recite Mr. Lasswell’s version of the Pledge of Allegiance I cried.

I watched it on a DVD, but you can find the video on the Internet.

Mr. Lasswell was one of Skelton’s teachers when he was a schoolboy and felt his students had come to regard the Pledge as a daily drudgery.

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What’s Up With That? What’s the deal with that house by the lake bridge?

June 7, 2014
What’s Up With That? What’s the deal with that house by the lake bridge?

You’ve probably driven by it a thousand times.

As time wore on, you may have noticed that the two-story house near the lake bridge on the street behind Wiley’s Funeral Home was looking worse and worse.

It wasn’t your imagination.

According to the Hood County Appraisal District, the canal home in The Shores subdivision has been on a steady decline for the past several years.

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I want to eat healthy, or at least die trying

June 7, 2014

A recent Discovery News online article led off with this earth-shattering news flash:

“Eating seven or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day reduces people’s risk of dying, a new study suggests.”

Above all, that was a poorly worded sentence. Obviously the writer didn’t mean to suggest that some of us won’t have to die – if we just eat enough fruits and vegetables.

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Blood spilled in the sand for us

June 7, 2014

Seventy years ago Operation Overlord brought more aircraft, ships and soldiers together than any other battle before or after.

American, British, French and Canadian forces met on the beaches of Normandy, France on June 6, 1944: D-Day.

My tour bus parked in its designated spot, and I began to make my way to the historic beach with 20 other high school students.

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Joe Heller

June 7, 2014
Joe Heller

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Joe Heller

May 31, 2014
Joe Heller

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