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Busting a move back in 1961

January 21, 2015
Busting a move back in 1961

I ventured into the morgue again. That’s the place upstairs here at the office where we keep decades worth of old newspapers.
Up there, I found a very old edition of The Azle Banner. It’s dated Thursday, Jan. 19, 1961.
It’s not in great shape, yellowed and torn. But it’s readable. The Banner covered all the news around here – Azle, Lake Worth, Springtown, Boyd, and  points in between.… Read the rest

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Recent book reviews story of North Texas vigilante hangings

January 21, 2015
Recent book reviews story of North Texas vigilante hangings

Historians like to commemorate anniversaries of important events. The year 2012 was the 150th anniversary of vigilante action in North Texas which resulted in the hanging of 42 men. Two citizens knowledgeable of the happenings in 1862 wrote accounts that told somewhat differing stories. Dr. Thomas Barrett’s essay was published in 1885, and the other by George Washington Diamond remained unseen for over a century.… Read the rest

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The assisted living decision

January 21, 2015
The assisted living decision

She’s in her 90’s.
She can’t hear.
Her sight is dimming.
She’s becoming more and more afraid and anxious about her surroundings.
Because of what appears to be the onset of dementia, she has gotten lost while out and about.
Her apartment, while comfortable, is more and more insufficient for her daily needs.
She lost her twin sister and roommate almost a year ago and she’s been pretty lonely ever since.… Read the rest

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Perry gives his parting speech as governor as legislative session begins

January 21, 2015
Perry gives his parting speech as governor as legislative session begins

Gov. Rick Perry delivered his farewell address to a joint session of the House and Senate on Jan. 15 on day three of the 140-day regular session of the 84th Texas Legislature.
Before recounting various aspects of the state’s performance during his record-breaking tenure as chief executive, Perry said, “I have come here to reflect on what we have done together, and to say farewell. But most of all, to tell you it has been the highest of honors to serve as your governor for the last 14 years.”… Read the rest

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French terrorist attacks raise serious concerns

January 14, 2015
French terrorist attacks raise serious concerns

Why poke the bear?
That’s the question many are asking when it comes to addressing the Paris murders of the staff of the satire magazine Charlie Hebdo by Muslim terrorists.
When the topic came up of publishing the latest offending cartoon en masse in papers across the world, folks were divided on whether or not that was a good idea.
Why poke the bear, some ask. You can clearly see that these militants will kill you and your co-workers if you incite them. Leave them be and they’ll crawl back to their caves.… Read the rest

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Treatment of Indians changed because of circumstances

January 14, 2015
Treatment of Indians changed because of circumstances

Attitudes and treatment of Indians or Native Americans, changed dramatically over the centuries after Europeans first set foot on the East coast and began moving westward.
Early arrivals at Jamestown with Captain John Smith in 1607 described their friendly native neighbors as “a colour browne when they are of any age, but they are borne white.” Even a darker skin color was explained by their time in the sun. One historian wrote that it was not until the 1750s, when colonists saw the natives painted red for battle, did they call them “redskins.”… Read the rest

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The Big Red Pen

January 14, 2015
The Big Red Pen

I heard a highly successful pastor tell about high school test. As the grades were returned, the students began discussing and comparing. When he got his, instead of a grade, there was printed in large red letters simply the word, “NO.”
Imagine the conversation between two teenagers: “Man, I got a 72 on that test! What did you get?” “Um, I got a NO.” That will bless your heart!… Read the rest

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Proposal would put contracts under increased scrutiny

January 14, 2015
Proposal would put contracts under increased scrutiny

Signaling his intent to promote transparency and accountability in the 84th Texas Legislature, House Speaker Joe Straus on Jan. 9 announced that in the coming weeks the House would release a budget proposal designed to strengthen oversight of state agency contracts. The Legislature convenes Jan. 13.
Agencies or institutions of higher education, under the proposal, would have to meet new reporting requirements prior to awarding a contract or making a purchase worth more than $10 million, Straus said. Requirements also would apply to contracts and purchases worth more than $1 million and which do not go through a competitive bidding process, he added.… Read the rest

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When it comes to using words these days…SMH

January 7, 2015
When it comes to using words these days…SMH

I had no idea what SMH meant.
Or ICYMI.
These cryptic messages required decoding from today’s Enigma machine, AKA Goggle.
I like words. I write a whole bunch of them every week.
I’m the guy who refuses to type “waiting 4 U 2 get thru” when sending a text message to the Bride. Instead, it is “I’m waiting for you to get through.” With the proper capitalization, punctuation, and spelling.… Read the rest

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What did you do on your Christmas ‘vacation’?

January 7, 2015
What did you do on your Christmas ‘vacation’?

Do you recognize the name Clark Griswold, Chevy Chase’s character in the 1980’s Vacation films? Old Clark always had the best intentions to give his family the perfect vacation experiences, but something usually went wrong. OK, maybe everything went really, really wrong…always. As we laughed at his bumbling, pratfalling, slapstick attempts, maybe we even felt a little sympathy for him because we know what it is like when plans go awry.… Read the rest

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