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Court decision upholds prayer in public meetings

May 14, 2014
Court decision upholds prayer in public meetings

Governmental bodies’ right to begin meetings with a prayer — so long as the prayer does not favor a particular religious denomination — was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision rendered May 5.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott reacted to the decision in Town of Greece, New York v. Galloway et al. “I am pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court has once again upheld the longstanding and constitutionally protected right of governmental bodies to begin their meetings with prayer,” Abbott said.… Read the rest

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Turning down for what by starting from the bottom

May 7, 2014
Turning down for what by starting from the bottom

Once again, we are delving into today’s youth as – like generations of old people (over 30) before us – we can claim with absolutely certainty that this group of young ‘uns is the worst ever.
Especially when it comes to music.
If you Bible Decode the Revelation, you will likely find words like “Miley Cyrus” and “Gaga.” Yes, decoders from prior generations uncovered “MTV” and before that “Beatles” and the one before that “Frankie” (Sinatra), but we’re right this time!… Read the rest

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How to never have another bad day

May 7, 2014
How to never have another bad day

When my kids were little, we often read to them the classic children’s book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
We’ve all had those days, right?  The day starts off with a malfunctioning alarm clock or a headache or an early morning phone call or text message. It gets us off on the wrong foot. As Mrs. Sweetie says, “Some days I wake up grumpy. Other days I let him sleep.”… Read the rest

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Did Annie Oakley offer to lead women into war?

May 7, 2014
Did Annie Oakley offer to lead women into war?

Someone told me that Annie Oakley tried to volunteer for the Spanish-American War and intended to bring other women with her whom she had trained to shoot. I decided to check it out. Remember, she was the young sharpshooter who traveled with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.
Born August 13, 1860 in a rural log cabin in western Ohio, she was named Phoebe Ann Moses and called “Annie” by family. Her parents had been Quakers in Pennsylvania, and Annie was the sixth of seven children.… Read the rest

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Please: Take time to look twice for motorcycles

May 7, 2014
Please: Take time to look twice for motorcycles

Friday, July 19, 2013 had been ordinary in every way.
A Lakeside woman continued her campaign against “bandit signs.” A “ghost” Buzzy was being installed in the new turf at Hornet Field. Vinny and the Jets were set to play in the Music in the Park Summer Concert Series. And Texas Health Azle won an award.
I was also working on the story about Shorty Robinson’s remains being found in his front yard in Pelican Bay, where his wife had buried him after cutting his throat.… Read the rest

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Toyota picks Plano for North America headquarters

May 7, 2014
Toyota picks Plano for North America headquarters

Toyota Motor Corporation on April 28 announced its decision to locate the headquarters of Toyota Motor North America headquarters to Plano.
Toyota said the move is “designed to better serve customers and position Toyota for sustainable, long-term growth.”
Within the next three years, Toyota’s three separate North American headquarters for manufacturing, sales and marketing and corporate operations will relocate to a single, state-of-the-art campus in Plano, just north of Dallas. Toyota’s North American finance arm also plans to move its headquarters to this new, shared campus.  Altogether, these moves will affect about 4,000 employees, Toyota said.… Read the rest

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Secrets to getting the most out of your vehicle

April 30, 2014
Secrets to getting the most out of your vehicle

I’m not really a car guy.
For me, a serpentine belt might actually be a real serpent for all I know.
Yet, I manage to get fantastic mileage out of my vehicles. This never fails to mystify my friends who spend hours tightening thingies under the hood and fretting about changing their oil every 3,000 miles.
On April 26, my trusty 2004 Chevy Silverado turned over to 300,000 miles.… Read the rest

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Safe!

April 30, 2014
Safe!

At  least 90 percent of the time, I write this column from my rocking chair in my living room. It is my place to meet with God each morning, consume much coffee, and be inspired. I’m working on getting my home office/man cave set up where I can work/write/record for long, uninterrupted periods of time, but the mornings will still begin in the rocking chair.… Read the rest

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How the state of Oklahoma eventually got that name

April 30, 2014
How the state of Oklahoma eventually got that name

I really like to know how things got their names. Last week I wrote that there’s always history, a person, and a story. So, how did Oklahoma get its name? Read on.
The story begins during the American Revolution when a white colonist named William Fry entered Choctaw country (later Mississippi). He married a Choctaw woman. Skip to his great-grandson Kiliahote, born in November, 1826 whose family did not speak English. The first group of Choctaw were being “persuaded” to move west of the Mississippi River to Indian Territory and traveled with great hardship in 1832.… Read the rest

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Officials jump into TX-OU river boundary issue

April 30, 2014
Officials jump into TX-OU river boundary issue

When a temperamental river with mud banks and sand bars defines the border between two states or two countries, there’s a natural potential for conflict between humans on both sides of it.
And so, a 140-acre plot of land along the Red River border between Texas and Oklahoma became a growing news topic last week. That particular plot is within some 90,000 acres of land along a 116-mile stretch of the river that has some people worried about federal tinkering with border.… Read the rest

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