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Movie Review – Insidious: The Lost Key

by Bob Garver   “Insidious” is one of those horror franchises that likes to jump around a lot in its timeline. “The Last Key” takes place second out of the four films. The story follows paranormal problem-solver Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) and her techies Specs (Leigh Whannell) and Tucker (Angus Sampson) as they investigate yet another haunting… but this time, it’s personal! Okay, we never get that cheesy line, but it is personal, and I wish we did. The haunting is happening in Elise’s childhood home in Five Keys, New Mexico. We get flashbacks to a fateful night in...

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Highway Blowout Ends in Fatal Crash

Another highway fatality has marred a seemingly peaceful start to the New Year Thursday, January 5, 2018 in Limestone County. According to the preliminary report from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), Helen Oakes, 85, was travelling west on Highway 164 when her 2015 Chevrolet Suburban sustained a rear tire blowout, causing Oakes to veer in to oncoming traffic. James Baldwin, 47, who was travelling eastbound in a 2014 Ford F-250, tried to evade Oakes by steering to the right but was struck head on. Baldwin was airlifted from the scene to Baylor Scott & White in Dallas where he subsequently died from his injuries. Oakes was transported to Limestone Medical Center with minor injuries. DPS Trooper Dallon McKay conducted the accident...

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Taking Stock As We Begin A New Year

by Lee H. Hamilton This may seem odd, but as I look ahead to a year we all know will be momentous, you want to know what I feel most strongly? Gratitude. I’ll tell you in a moment how much work we have ahead of us to strengthen our country. But I’m mindful of just how strong we already are. A resilient economy has been performing well for several years now, avoiding both rampant inflation and recession. Despite its flaws, we have a remarkable education system that has allowed more people to enroll in college, make dramatic gains in lifelong learning and — especially in the case of racial minorities — get an education that a generation ago would have been much harder to secure. We have a more diverse, educated workforce than ever before, and we’re making progress on issues from climate change to social equality. We remain wealthy, powerful, and blessed with perhaps the strongest governing institutions of any country in the world — despite the challenges of the moment. We possess an immense, deep pool of talented people, who have made us a leading example of unity out of diversity, or as our motto has it, “out of many, one.” However, we have to work to retain and buttress our strengths. And as I suggested, we have our work cut out for us. For one thing,...

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Candidate Forum & Chili Supper in February

A Candidate Forum and Chili Supper is being hosted by Freestone County Retired Teachers (FCRT) on Monday, February 5, 2018. The Chili Supper will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Candidate Forum at 6:00 p.m. The event will be held at Fairfield High School Cafeteria, located at 631 Post Oak Road in Fairfield, Texas. The public is invited to come and hear from the candidates attending. Local and State Candidates have been invited to join us in helping to educate our community on their views. Texas Primary Elections are on March 6, 2018. Early voting begins on February 20, 2018 and ends on March 2, 2018. “We want to educate the voters in our communities to be informed voters,” says FCRT member, Alicia Smith. For more information, send an email to...

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CBP Seizes Liquid Meth Valued at Nearly $300K

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport seized over 65 pounds of liquid methamphetamine with an estimated value of $297,000, Jan. 2. The narcotic was shipped from China to Memphis, Tenn. and destined for Fort Worth, Texas. “Intercepting illegal drugs from entering our country is a top priority for CBP,” said Dallas Area Port Director Cleatus P. Hunt, Jr.  “CBP officers targeted and seized a large amount of dangerous narcotics, preventing those drugs from ending up in the hands of our community.” Two boxes of unlabeled bottles were shipped and manifested as “printing ink” with a declared value of $90.  However, when CBP officers at DFW reviewed the electronic manifest, they determined a further inspection was warranted. When the 100 bottles arrived to DFW, a CBP canine inspection indicated a presence of narcotics.  Officers tested the clear, liquid substance found in the bottles and the test revealed the substance was positive for the properties of methamphetamine. CBP officers seized the suspected narcotics.  Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents are investigating this matter. CBP has seen a steady increase in methamphetamine seizures.  In FY 2012, at ports of entry, CBP officers seized 14,131 pounds of this narcotic.  CBP officers saw a 212 percent increase over a five year period when they seized 44,065 pounds in FY 2017. –CBP– U.S. Customs and Border Protection...

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