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County’s handling of high-profile DWI case again raises questions of special treatment

August 23, 2014

Once again, a situation has occurred that hints at possible special treatment for a county official/employee charged with DWI.

The bench trial for the drunken driving case of Juvenile Probation Director Beth Pate was held Wednesday in judge’s chambers before a visiting judge. It was not held in open court.

The Hood County News paid $42.75 to obtain a transcript.

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Noise, noise, everywhere’s noise

August 23, 2014

What is that noise?

Whatever it is, it’s downright annoying. And, it’s ongoing!

Ear-splitting crashing and crunching sounds are getting ridiculously louder, fraying nerves to the point of pushing one to grouchiness.

Obnoxious honking horns, car mufflers and street repair machinery blare continually.

Motorcyclists propelled with what sounds like gunpowder, not gasoline, accelerating to such speeds they appear as if attempting to break the sound barrier.

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Joe Heller

August 23, 2014
Joe Heller

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Girls night out a bundle of joy

August 16, 2014

Two weekends ago it was our annual girls’ trip to the Gaylord Texan. This is the one time a year when my girlfriends and I spend an entire weekend together, giggling like school girls, floating in the lazy river and staying up way past our bed times.

Every year’s trip is special, but this year it was one that we will definitely NEVER forget.

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Volunteers needed for new shelter with more than double capacity

August 16, 2014
Volunteers needed for new shelter with more than double capacity

Kelly McNab’s 40-hour-a-week gig isn’t your typical office job.

Some of those who occupy cubicles don’t have the best bathroom habits. Most are stressed and anxious.

The office has poor ventilation and, well, stinks.

There is a high turnover rate, a constant flow of customers and jangling phones.

Most people working in such an environment might scour the Want Ads, desperately searching for an easier way to make a living.

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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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