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And now, ladies and gentlemen: The greatest Aggie joke ever? How about Texas A&M-Israel?!

| October 31, 2013
And now, ladies and gentlemen: The greatest Aggie joke ever? How about Texas A&M-Israel?!

OK, look: I’m a Longhorn and I was thoroughly indoctrinated to believe that students at Texas A&M were the ones who couldn’t cut it elsewhere. I know Aggies are good at planting stuff and yelling at football games – usually because they were losing – while they stand up all the time then reach over to kiss whomever is next to them, regardless of gender.… Read the rest

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Murder He Wrote: How to murder a conversation

| October 31, 2013
Murder He Wrote: How to murder a conversation

I like a good murder mystery – a well-developed fictional story with a murder plot and lots of unexpected twists and turns.

As I have been pondering the topic over the past couple of weeks, I am thinking about the mysterious demise of Mr. Conversation.  He’s been bludgeoned, poisoned, and starved to death in living rooms, conference rooms, and bedrooms. He’s died on the phone and in front of witnesses. And if all the suspects were to be arrested, you and I might be behind bars today.… Read the rest

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For wintertime color add pansies to your landscape

| October 31, 2013
For wintertime color add pansies to your landscape

Many would-be, patriotic planters of bluebonnets have been discouraged with the idea of a non-blooming winter bluebonnet plant. From September until April, bluebonnets are a hard sell item to those who demand beauty from flower beds all year. This problem can be solved by interplanting with other fall annuals which serve as companion plants to provide interim beauty.

After several years of testing and some record-breaking cold winters, the recommended companion plants for bluebonnets are pansies, dusty miller, dianthus, spring-flowering bulbs (tulips, etc.), ornamental cabbage or kale and Drummond red phlox. Most of these flowering plants will be overgrown by the bluebonnets in March as they begin to expand.… Read the rest

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Rep. Geren concerned about Texas’ water future

| October 31, 2013

We use it every day to brush our teeth, take a shower and clean the dishes. And most of us probably take it for granted that when we turn on that tap, water will flow. Ensuring that we have an adequate supply of water is one of the most important, and difficult, policy challenges facing our growing state.

More than 1,000 people move to Texas every day. Over the next fifty years our population is expected to nearly double, and in Tarrant County our demand for water is projected to increase by over 50 percent.  During the same time, without action, our water supplies are projected to decline.… Read the rest

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Early voting turnout strong

| October 31, 2013
Early voting turnout strong

Texas voters will decide the fate of nine proposed amendments to the state constitution in the coming election.

Early voting began Oct. 21 and runs through Nov. 1. Numbers reported Oct. 25 showed that voting is on track to outpace turnout in recent elections.

The Secretary of State’s office reports daily voting totals for the 15 most populous counties in the state, and by the end of Oct. 24, the fourth day of early voting, about 95,000 Texans had cast a ballot at the polls in those counties. That was more than double the 45,379 voters who had voted at the same point in 2011 constitutional amendment election, the Secretary of State’s office said.… Read the rest

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Thomas Damon “Papi” Bigbee

| October 31, 2013
Thomas Damon “Papi” Bigbee
1963 – 2013

Thomas Damon “Papi” Bigbee passed away Friday, Oct. 25, 2013.

The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 at Biggers Funeral Home, 6100 Azle Avenue, Lake Worth, 76135. Viewing and life story will be held from noon to 8 p.m Friday, Nov. 1. The family would like to express special gratitude and appreciation to the ICU team, trauma unit and Harris Hospital – Downtown Fort Worth – especially Gene, Jennifer and Amy.… Read the rest

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Thomas Woody Clark

| October 31, 2013
Thomas Woody Clark
1936 – 2013

Thomas Woody Clark, 77, passed away Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, surrounded by family at his home in Fort Worth.

A graveside service was held Tuesday, Oct. 28 in Veal Station Cemetery.

Thomas Woody Clark was born March 13, 1936, in Decatur to the late Thomas and Foye Hutchison Clark. He graduated with the class of 1955 from Springtown High School and joined the U.S. Marine Corps where he served with distinction and valor. He married the former Betty Watkins in Cottondale on July 15, 1960, and they began their life together. He made his career as a police officer with the Fort Worth and Sansom Park Police Departments and later with the City of Fort Worth.… Read the rest

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Bobby Dale Langston

| October 31, 2013
Bobby Dale Langston
1936 – 2013

Bobby Dale Langston, 77, beloved husband, dad and “Papa,” went to heaven Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013.

A memorial service was held Thursday, Oct. 24 in Fort Worth at Laurel Land Funeral Home. A graveside service immediately followed at Springtown Cemetery, Springtown.

Bobby was born Sept. 9, 1936 in Fort Worth to Doyle Sr. and Louise Langston. He joined the Army National Guard where he served as a medical specialist. He married the love of his life, Carol on Oct. 26, 1957.… Read the rest

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Young Marines honor the fallen at the Run to Remember

| October 31, 2013
Young Marines honor the fallen at the Run to Remember

Parker County Young Marines participate in many activities through the year, including this one last summer, Springtown’s All- American Bicycle Rally. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

By Natalie Gentry

The Parker County Young Marines celebrated their 10th anniversary this month.

During the decade of training, the unit has grown from 18 to 34 Young Marines and has become a standard presence at all Springtown War Memorial Association events.… Read the rest

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Motorcycle wreck victim dies from injuries

| October 31, 2013

By Carla Noah Stutsman

The victim in a motorcycle accident that virtually shut down westbound traffic coming into Azle on SH 199 on Oct. 3 has died from his injuries.

Thomas Damon Bigbee, 50, of Springtown, died at 7:08 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Bigbee was flown from the scene of the accident, which occurred in the 700 block of SH 199, by a CareFlite air ambulance. At the time, both the Azle Fire Department and Azle Police Department believed he was being flown to John Peter Smith… Read the rest

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