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Joe Heller

August 2, 2014
Joe Heller

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Grow more in less space

August 2, 2014

Mel Bartholomew pioneered square-foot gardening when he wrote a book on the subject in 1976.

His “revolutionary” gardening method saved seed, water, time and money while reducing weeds and fertilizer use.

In 2005, Bartholomew revised his book keeping his basic principles intact, but adding new tips for improving the process.

Today’s square-foot garden is often reduced in size so that it can easily be located close to homes, facilitating maintenance and harvest.

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Two eye-openers and one not so bad summer

August 2, 2014

I hardly ever write a what-I-did-on-my-summer-vacation column because I never get to go anywhere.

Seriously, I don’t.

My life is rather dull, despite persistent rumor mills that seem to kick into high gear at election time.

When you’re a reporter who covers elections and local governments, you sometimes get smacked by the flotsam and jetsam of shipwrecked political ambitions.

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Lawsuit highlights liability

August 2, 2014

A Sound Off addressed the lawsuit filed by the Urbanovskys in the alcohol-related death of their son.

He and a friend had been drinking at a party where alcohol was provided, or permitted, for underage drinkers.

The resultant auto accident, death of Luke Urbanovsky and conviction of Marcus Click (the driver), has been well covered in this newspaper.

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A serious crisis at our house

August 2, 2014

We had another crisis at our house this week.

We have two granddaughters getting married, and at a recent shower they discovered the two mothers of the bride have bought exactly the same dresses for their individual weddings.

One was purchased in Houston and the other in Fort Worth. Both mothers of the bride are going to take the dresses back and start over.

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Council wish list could create perfect storm

July 26, 2014
Council wish list could  create perfect storm

Citizens might be taken aback by the list of Granbury City Council requested projects.

The list numbers 42.

Some of the requests (and the council members who sponsored them) are:

  • A Tennis Center (Rose Myers);
  • Increasing the amount of money contributed to the Economic Development Corporation from $100,000 to $200,000 (Gary Couch);
  • A Waterpark (Tony Allen and Rose Myers);
  • Small medians with “Tuscan-type” trees on Highway 377 (Rose Myers);
  • Increasing the legal fund for fighting the Brazos River Authority (BRA) from $100,000 to at least $200,000 (Tony Allen and Rose Myers);
  • Moving the city’s Service Center and converting the current location near the City Park into a Youth Center (Mickey Parson); and
  • A Farmer’s Market (Rose Myers).
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    Joe Heller

    July 26, 2014
    Joe Heller

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    Island time: Driving all night to sink our toes in the sand

    July 26, 2014

    My family and I went on our annual South Padre Island vacation earlier this month, and this year certainly did not disappoint.

    Every year I write about this vacation because, quite frankly, (other than Christmas) it’s my favorite week of the year.

    I’m so lucky that my brother and I get along so well, that I adore my sister-in-law, that my mom is my best friend, that my husband fits right in and that all of the kids are more like siblings than cousins.

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    City trying new marketing approach

    July 26, 2014

    How do we bring more visitors to Granbury?

    That is the question that the City’s Marketing and Communications Department, the Tourism Advisory Board and the City Council hope to tackle with help from a new market study.

    It has been said that the best way to promote your community for tourism is to find out who is already visiting and then advertise to more people just like them.

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    Sepia tones: Elderly man seems transported in time at piano

    July 19, 2014
    Sepia tones: Elderly man seems transported in time at piano

    We take the elevator to the second floor, then walk down a long hallway, stopping at a door adorned with a red-white-and-blue ribbon.

    We are at The Cove, which is part of Waterview Senior Living. It is a retirement and assisted living complex on East Pearl Street.

    Wendy Cahill, a concierge at The Cove, knocks, then unlocks the door.

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