Category: Community

One More Weekend to See “The Addams Family” in Palestine

With glowing reviews from patrons, you don’t want to miss your chance to see Palestine Community Theatre’s (PCT) production of “The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy” at the historic Texas Theatre in downtown Palestine, 213 W. Crawford. The show will run for only one more four-day weekend this Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with curtain Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 PM and on Sunday at 2:00 PM. The production is sponsored by Nucor-Vulcraft and is a continuation of the story of the Addams family from years past. Wednesday has grown up and fallen in love with a “normal” boy, and the family and ghosts of Addams ancestors must find a way to get along with the boyfriend’s “normal” family. After seeing the show, patrons, who’ve come from not only Palestine and surrounding communities, but also the Dallas and Houston areas and even as far away as Arkansas, have said things such as, “very entertaining,” “amazing talent,” “wonderful production,” and “this is one of my favorites.” Tickets are still available for all performances and can be purchased locally at Palestine Chamber of Commerce, Palestine Visitor Center, Blake Furniture, and Discount Pools, and online at Tickets can also be reserved by visiting the PCT website,, and completing the Will Call form. Please remember PCT is an all-volunteer organization. You will receive a confirmation for your Will Call submission, but it...

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2016 Texas Superstar brochures are being distributed throughout Texas

   The new Texas Superstar guide to strong and stunning plants for Texans created by Texas A&M AgriLife Research, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas Department of Agriculture is now being distributed throughout the state. To be designated a Texas Superstar, a plant must not only be beautiful but must also perform well for consumers and growers throughout the state. Superstars must be easy to propagate, which should ensure the plants are not only widely available throughout Texas but also reasonably priced. A seven-person board decides which plants are chosen for the Texas Superstar marketing campaigns. The Texas Superstar Executive Board is made up of a variety of AgriLife Research and AgriLife Extension experts specializing in fields of horticulture, plant physiology and other disciplines and include Dr. Brent Pemberton, Overton; Dr. Tim Davis, College Station; Dr. Mike Arnold and Dr. Dan Lineberger, College Station; Dr. Larry Stein, Uvalde; David Rodriguez, San Antonio and Dr. Cynthia McKenney, Texas Tech University department of plant and soil science,  Lubbock. Input from board members, county horticulturists, arboretum and botanical garden personnel, horticultural writers, and landscape designers is considered during the selection process. Dr. Brent Pemberton, Texas A&M AgriLife Research horticulturist in Overton, holds the 2016 Texas Superstar guide for ornamental plants tested around the state and chosen for their beauty and hardiness in all regions of Texas. (Texas A&M AgriLife...

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Movie Review: Jason Bourne

  “Jason Bourne” gets off on the wrong foot by having a lame title. I guess the idea was to recover from the flop that was “The Bourne Legacy” by promising viewers that Jason Bourne would actually be involved in this one. But what it’s unofficially promising to do is break from the hot streak of the first three “Bourne” movies. Fans of the franchise expect the movies to be titled “The Bourne (something vaguely exciting)” Who cares if people like to make fun of these titles (“The Bourne Colonoscopy”), they’re essential to the way people identify the franchise. Matt Damon is back as Bourne, brought out of hiding after nearly a decade when his hacker friend Nicky (Julia Stiles) digs up some information about the CIA program that turned him into a super-assassin only to erase his memory later. This leads him on a global quest to find more answers, all while evading CIA director Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones), rising CIA star Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander), and an unnamed rival “Asset” (Vincent Cassel). Bourne learns more secrets about his past, including some disturbing family history that makes his feud with The Asset even more personal. For a movie whose title is simply the name of the main character, Bourne himself has a surprisingly limited presence. I’ve been told he has somewhere between twenty and forty lines of...

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