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A memorable anniversary

May 17, 2014

Our anniversary will be a memorable one this year, and for all the wrong reasons.

It started out good enough with a fine plan.

We were going to drive to Salado and eat at the Stagecoach Inn, have a leisurely evening maybe visiting the shops in this little town (not really my favorite thing to do, but I might do it on anniversaries).

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Letters to the Editor

May 17, 2014

Barbara Durham a blessing

Hood County lost a wonderful lady, Barbara Durham.

She was not well-known to a lot of people because she was a quiet helper.

She worked behind the scenes with her husband, Harold Durham, director of the Granbury Church of Christ Christian Service Center.

She helped in the background distributing food and clothing.

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Most is ‘right’ with the world

May 10, 2014

It was a source of amusement – for folks outside my family, anyway – when my 27 fellow seniors “honored me” during our final year at Early High School in 1956.

I was elected – unanimously, I might add -“most likely to remain left-handed.”

I felt a slight sting, my folks frowned, and my brother Fred feigned sympathy, laughing about it when out of our hearing.

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Joe Heller

May 10, 2014
Joe Heller

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Letters to the Editor

May 10, 2014

I Could Have Discussed My Salary With You

I was a little surprised to see the headlines in last Saturday’s paper concerning the salaries of GISD employees.

Normally headlines of that size and the inference of using that type of headline is accompanied by an in depth article.

Since there wasn’t an article discussing whether the salaries were appropriate, the only thing that can be taken from the article is that you were trying to create a controversy for or against select personnel working for the school district or the salaries of all district employees.

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Drug abuse complicated, yet simple

May 10, 2014

I became more and more convinced while researching and writing the special report on methamphetamine abuse and addiction that “the devil’s drug” was an ideal title for the series.

It concludes with part 4 in today’s paper (Pages 1B, 3B).

I interviewed a local husband and wife who had children temporarily taken away by Children’s Protective Services (CPS) because of their meth addiction.

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Welcome to Our World

May 3, 2014
Welcome to Our World

The theme of the program was Our World at Thursday’s annual National Day of Prayer Breakfast. A highlight of the program came when law enforcement and the Armed Forces were honored. With Law Enforcement Chaplain John Knox at the podium, Julia Pannell began the tribute with a ring of the bell, first to honor the memory of Sheriff Deputy Larry Miller and the second ring for Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Lance McLean.

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What legacy are we leaving to teens?

May 3, 2014

The other day, I read a column on the Huffington Post website, written by a single mother of four named Jennifer Ball.

Her column was a message to another woman named Jennifer. The woman had been the last customer of the day for Ball’s 16-year-old son, who works at a grocery store.

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The birds and the bees…

May 3, 2014

“Let me tell ya ’bout the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees…”

Yeah, “nature-lover” me was sitting out on the back deck-porch-whatchamacallit the other day and I actually got to watch the birds and the bees.

After taking in all of this for a while, a buzzing sound nearby got my attention.

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Joe Heller

May 3, 2014
Joe Heller

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