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Quite honestly this heat makes me want to carry a portable fan clipped to my sun hat or sit on top of an ice bucket while I pull weeds. In our neck of the woods, the humidity just makes it worse. Not just for those of us outside, but the plants as well. Normally by mid-July we are either in the middle of a drought or swimming around in our yards fighting leftovers of a tropical storm.

Not every spot in our yards can be covered in turfgrass. You may have deep shade, or lots of tree roots, or a hot and dry spot or a very steep slope. You may have a spot that you can’t get to with irrigation or isn’t safe to drag a hose to it for water. In such cases as these, groundcovers can be very useful.

The 35th annual Parker County Peach Festival kicks off in one week and the biggest provider of those peaches residents see overflowing crates each year is Hutton Peach Farm in Weatherford.

The final show of the Raven Repertory Company’s summer showcase is set for this afternoon at Sam Houston State. 

How do you live in the shadow of a giant? How do you move on after the greatest possible triumph? How do you top the top? These are the questions “Spider-Man: Far From Home” has to answer both thematically and literally.

Not unlike other counties in the U.S., a “poor farm” was once implemented in Parker County to house indigent residents before the enactment of Social Security in 1935 and the land to this day still sits off Tin Top Road as a part of history. 

Richard Curtis is one of cinema’s great high-concept writing talents, not because of how intricate and ironclad the stories he tells are, but because he manages to make it all look so effortless. This is the writer who gave us the intertwining romances of “Love Actually” and, more impressively, the epic love story of “About Time.” He crafts clever hooks out of thin air and then, while we’re not looking, embeds them deep in our hearts.

It’s that time again. You are making plans for a summer vacation or July 4th extended holiday. You have the mail covered. The dog or cat is either being boarded or going with you. The thermostat is set for vacation time. You have a hold put on your newspaper being delivered or mailed. The oven is off and so is the ironing board. Oh, wait a minute! What do we do about our plants? 

Combining love for animals with a desire to serve the community, students from the Walker County Junior Master Gardener Summer Boat Camp found a creative way to help animals awaiting adoption. 

“Toy Story 4” was not supposed to happen. At least, that’s what I remember most about the responses to the news that Pixar would be returning to the world of its very first feature film once again. I remember feeling like it was excessive. I remember friends calling it a cash grab. Mostly, I remember everyone thinking there couldn’t possibly be a good reason to return to the story after the wonderful, seemingly definitive conclusion of the saga in “Toy Story 3,” a near-perfect film that still ranks among the best Pixar offerings. 

“From now on, I know where my family is going to be comfortable dining in Huntsville.” 

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Elizabeth Eilenberger Rollins, 59, died at home in Palestine on June 25th. A memorial service will be held at 3PM on Saturday, July 20, in the Chapel of the First Christian Church with Rev Jordan Byrd officiating.

Cheryl Grimes Davis, 62, died peacefully on July 13, 2019 after a courageous fight with cancer. She is proceeded in death by husband Jerry Davis and parents Hervey and Carolyn Grimes. She is survived by daughter Nicole Carmona and husband Gil, sisters Andrea Sims and husband Lane, and Leah V…