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Burn Bans Will Dampen 4th Of July Celebrations This Year

It's dry.  Very, very dry.  Texas is in the grips of one of the worst drouhgts in the last 50 years and this has prompted over 125 Texas Counties to enact burn bans to include the use of fireworks this year

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(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Staycations Are The New Vacations For Many

I can’t remember where I first heard the term ‘staycation’, but I caught myself using that word the other day.  I nearly slapped myself.  Where did that come from?  I’d run into a friend of mine who remarried a while back.  He an

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(Courtesy of Polaroid/Getty Images)
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Identity Theft Threat Can Only Get Worse

It scares me sometimes how much we have to depend on credit cards, debit cards and the like.  I learned just yesterday that a family member may be the victim of identity theft.  He's got a collection agency on him for a debt that is definately not one he created

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(Photo by Doreen Spooner/Keystone Features/Getty Images)
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TAKS To Be Replaced By STAAR And Nobody Wants Either Of Them

Standardized testing: the governments way of determining if our children are up to speed.  What it really is, you see, is another fine example of why you should fear anyone who says 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help you'

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Photo: Courtesy of Ed Dulaney
Photo: Courtesy of Ed Dulaney
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Texas Wildfires: Mapped!

How many fires are there and where are they?  Smoke from the Possum Kingdom fire was so strong in Wichita Falls last night, folks were calling the WFFD to report the smell, thinking something in their own neighborhoods was ablaze

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(Photo by Laura Segall/Getty Images)
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Tea Party Movement: What Are You Afraid Of?

A town in Michigan has deemed a local tea party group called "Common Sense Patriots of Branch County" as too controversial.  After you read the article below, it will become painfully clear that this community's leaders, most specifically it's city manager, just don't get it: the First Amendment applies to conservatives as well as liberals and those in between

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The Enviromental Crowd Just Thinks They’re On To Something New

Anyone who knows me knows that I'm far from a tree hugger.  Take care of the land?  Be good stewards of that which God has given us?  Yes, of course.  That only makes good sense.  But the 'envrio-nazi's' of the world, the ones who are chaining themselves to trees and protesting against anything that involves a drill or shovel, well, they're nuts

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Touring Wichita Falls History
Downtown celebration with soldiers returning from World War I - 1918 (Armistice Day). Photo from the Lester Jones Collection -Wichita Falls Museum of Art.
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Virtual Tour Of Historic Wichita Falls

  (click play and hear how Wichita Falls began)

A Short History of Wichita Falls
In the 1800s, the Wichita Falls, Texas area was home to the Wichita Indians. A small waterfall near their village is thought to be the origin of the city's name. A life-sized sculpture by local

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