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Obama vs. the Reptilians: Texas Armageddon!

| May 14, 2015
Obama vs. the Reptilians: Texas Armageddon!

Did you know Bob Hope was a reptile from outer space?
Well, read on, pal!
But first…
Some people will believe anything.
The latest in a long line of conspiracy theories concerns a federal military operation planned for Texas this summer, Jade Helm 15.
Some folks, fueled by wacky Austin-based radio talk show host Alex Jones, are sure that the maneuvers are a plot to give the U.S. government a foothold in Texas – along … Read the rest

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What would a few crumbs cost?

| May 14, 2015
What would a few crumbs cost?

I am on a clear liquid diet today in preparation for that wonderful procedure that doctors like to require for people over 50. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, your time is coming.
I am just over three hours into this diet and I’m already tired of it. Just a few crumbs wouldn’t hurt, right?  Most days my breakfast consists of a granola bar and maybe a small container of yogurt, but both … Read the rest

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A grandfather’s story, Part 5: Simple pleasures

| May 14, 2015
A grandfather’s story, Part 5: Simple pleasures

The close of the war was impressed on my mind by the death of Lincoln.
“I can recall the pleasant day in early spring. We boys had been down to the creek, playing, and arrived at home about the time that Mr. Greenwood came from town bringing the news that Lincoln had been assassinated. Mr. Greenwood was Father’s partner in the milk business, and had driven the milk wagon on that occasion.… Read the rest

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Conferees struggle toward budget compromise

| May 14, 2015
Conferees struggle toward budget compromise

For the Texas Legislature to accomplish its main purpose, the passage of a state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 must be achieved.
The five House and five Senate members of the Conference Committee on the budget, House Bill 1, have been working together since late April. They must angle their philosophical pathways to something mutually acceptable to take back to their respective chambers for consideration.… Read the rest

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Laugh Pursuit exhausting in female buddy film

| May 14, 2015
Laugh Pursuit exhausting in female buddy film

Hot Pursuit is one of those movies where you get what you pay for. However, it’s not to be confused for another movie of the same title – a trait that happens with regularity throughout film history.

About the film
The plot of Hot Pursuit is nothing new – another mismatched, female buddy movie. Even its title is not original. (At first, it was Don’t Mess with Texas – even though it was filmed in … Read the rest

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Stormy Weather

| May 14, 2015
Stormy Weather

This funnel cloud – shot east from Highway 51 south of Springtown – eventually touched down in Decatur and caused some damage on May 7. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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DAR passing out annual honors May 16

| May 14, 2015

Eight citizens and organizations will be honored with awards when the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) meet for their annual Eagle Mountain-area Community Awards Banquet.
The Saturday, May 16 gathering is open to the public with advanced reservations; tickets are $20 for the First Baptist Church of Saginaw event, 300 Old Decatur Road.
Set to be recognized with national awards are:
• Lynda Stokes, mayor of Reno. She will receive the DAR Distinguished Citizen … Read the rest

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Sales tax numbers ebb and flow

| May 14, 2015

Some local towns are doing just fine while others lag based on the monthly sales tax report issued by state Comptroller Glenn Hegar.
The final April number statewide – $2.3 billion – is up 1.1 percent from last April.
Texas continued its streak of consecutive growth; it’s now 61.
Almost everyone locally received higher checks than in 2015.
In 2014, Azle’s April take was $203,926 while this year’s check was $211,437 – an increase of … Read the rest

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The top Metroplex suburbs are…Azle and Springtown? So reports one website

| May 14, 2015
The top Metroplex suburbs are…Azle and Springtown? So reports one website

BY NATALIE GENTRY
According to movoto.com, an online real estate brokerage, both Springtown and Azle rank in the top 10 most desirable Fort Worth suburbs in several categories.
To create the lists, the crew at Movoto gathered criteria specific to each subject and scored 28 Fort Worth suburbs according to the parameters.

Looking for love?
Interestingly, Springtown came in at number 1 on the top 10 best suburbs for singles and Azle came in at … Read the rest

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Coming and going

| May 14, 2015
Coming and going

This migrating Monarch enjoys filling up on a zinnia in a Texas garden. Photo courtesy Parker County Master Gardeners

Our state butterfly, the Monarch, travels through here twice annually – and they can stop for you

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Prepare now and you might have hundreds – even thousands – of visitors come October.
That’s when the annual migration of Monarch butterflies once again passes right through this area.… Read the rest

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