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Daniel David Holoubek

10 Apr


Daniel David Holoubek, age 52, beloved son and brother passed this life on Sunday, February 7, 2016 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Born in Manhattan, Kansas, Daniel grew up in Wichita Falls, Texas and after attending college he moved to Albuquerque in 1992. He was employed with KNAT-TV, a Trinity Broadcasting Network Station and personnel there became like second family to him.

Additionally, he owned and operated a video production entity producing educational, instructional and historical videos for business use, along with numerous individual clients weddings. He excelled in his production talents as it was very important to him.

Daniel was an active member of his church, San Felipe de Neri Parish in Albuquerque, as his faith was very important to him. He served for many years as president of The St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Felipe de Neri parish.

He is survived by his mother and father, June and David; sister, Jodi Wachsman of Wichita Falls; and brother Eric and wife Brenda of San Antonio, Texas. A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 10 a.m. at San Felipe de Neri parish, 2005 North Plaza Street NW, Albuquerque, NM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society, 2005 N. Plaza St. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104. A memorial service will be held in Wichita Falls, Texas at a later date.

Son of Joe Brown recalls childhood in peach orchards

10 Apr

I took a nostalgic drive to Thornberry, Texas, to retrieve my dad’s old peach orchard sign. I thought it was gone, but a neighbor said it was up, but looking worn out.

I got a surprise when I found his old license plate behind it. “DO IT UP,” it read. I’ll hang both in my shop to keep me company.

As a punk kid, I hated going out there. I only did it because he paid me $3.35 an hour. It was hard work and I was a naive teenager. I didn’t understand. Hell, I didn’t understand anything then. A typical teenager: all-knowing and invincible.

My dad inherited that acreage from his dad. I never knew the details because I barely knew my Grandad; he died when I was very young. Why my dad chose peaches is a mystery, but I watched as a newbie become very knowledgable in farming. Don Decker, a previous county agent, was my dad’s life line when he had questions.

My dad, Charlie, my older brother, and myself planted about 800 to 1,000 of the peach trees out there. At one time, he had 1,500 trees and come every June, it would be an amazing display.

I’m guessing when I was around 13 years old, he showed us how to run the trickle-line irrigation, how to prune a peach tree in the shape of a satellite dish, how to run a tractor and when to pick a peach. My brother and I also learned the hard way that you can’t eat 20 peaches in a row without repercussions. Life Lessons 101.

Despite all his efforts, in all the years he owned the 30 acres, he only had one bumper crop. The rest were ruined by late freeze, early freeze, hail, insects, lack of pruning, not picking them on time or they just didn’t produce that year due to little rainfall. It didn’t matter. That was my dad’s heaven. That was his “man-cave.”

He would sit out there in the front yard and drink his beer or scotch, have a Swisher Sweet cigar and listen to the southeast wind blow through the branches of the massive cottonwood trees that covered the small house that his dad had built. It was a refreshing reward for his work each day.

He got into the habit of throwing his beer cans in the dirt driveway to act as gravel and, trust me, there were thousands of flattened Budweiser and Schlitz cans lining the road.

He would often sleep out there on weekends, probably from lining the driveway with too many beer cans. But, hey! Why not? My mom was OK with it, we were OK with it and it kept him safe.

The mornings there were glorious! Quiet and crisp. The wood-burning stove heated the house perfectly and you could cook yourself breakfast right on top.

I’m 53 and I get it now! He couldn’t care less about the orchard making money. It wasn’t about money. It was about peace of mind and freedom. It was about having you own piece of paradise and shunning the outside world with its boring and restrictive 9-5 job. I understand now!

What I wouldn’t give to rewind the clock, crack open two cold Shlitz Malt Liquor beers, sit in a chair next to my dad, with his two favorite dogs, Tasha and Clotheline, at our feet, listen to the wind and watch the trees grow.

Michael Brown, 53, is the younger son of beloved TRN columnist and farm editor, the late Joe Brown, who retired from the paper in 2010 after 46 years. Joe Brown also had a popular early-morning show, “RFD-3,” on KFDX. He died in 2013. Michael, the owner of Michael Brown Remodeling and Repair and his wife, Kathleen, live in Wichita Falls, and have two daughters, Meika and Marisa, who live in Austin. Michael’s older brother, Charlie, 54, lives in Norman, Oklahoma, and has two sons, Eric and Jason.

Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience

7 Apr

“This happened very quickly.” T-Rex engulfed in flames at Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience

The T-Rex at the Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience is destroyed by a fire that was ignited by an electrical issue Thursday, March 22, 2018.

Jay-Z and David Letterman discuss their infidelities and how they’re trying to be better men

6 Apr
Rapper Jay-Z and talk-show host David Letterman. (Joe Pugliese / Netflix)

Jay-Z and David Letterman addressed their respective infidelities on Friday’s episode of Letterman’s new Netflix talk-show “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction” and the work that they put into making things right again.

Toward the end of the hour, Letterman broached the subject in a roundabout way by alluding to his own indiscretions, which he said he regretted.

“I did something that I had no business doing,” the “Late Show” veteran said, focusing on his and the rapper’s shared experience of doing “something to blow up” their families.


6 Apr

Seen through a screen door, Zachary Floyd stands outside his home in Pueblo in April. Floyd, who beat a man to death with a golf club, credits the state mental hospital for saving his life.



Bull & Barrel

5 Apr

Nugent to perform in Wichita Falls

7 Feb

Nugent to perform in Wichita Falls

By Times Record News

Ted Nugent, a polarizing political figure of late who made a recent stop in Wichita Falls with Texas attorney general and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott, is getting back to rock ?n’ roll.

The Motor City Madman is picking up his guitar for a concert at 8 p.m. July 3 at Memorial Auditorium, following recent concert stops by rockers Styx and REO Speedwagon at the auditorium.

Nugent was in Wichita Falls Feb. 18 to introduce Abbott at the 8th St. Coffee House. He said back then he moved to Texas 10 years ago because of what the state stood for.

“I got to Texas as soon as I could because the whole world sucks, America sucks less and Texas doesn’t suck at all,” he said.

Nugent first gained acclaim as lead guitarist of The Amboy Dukes before branching out on his own. His big hits include “Cat Scratch Fever,” “Stranglehold” and “Wango Tango.”

According to Rolling Stone, Nugent was the highest grossing touring artist in the world between 1976 and 1979.

In addition to his music and political views, Nugent also is known as an avid hunter and supports gun ownership rights.

He wrote New York Times Best Seller “God, Guns and Rock ?n’ Roll” and such books as “Kill It and Grill It” and “Ted, White and Blue: The Nugent Manifesto.”

He also has been a radio show personality.

Tickets for the Nugent concert at Memorial Auditorium will go on sale at 10 a.m. April 18 at the Kay Yeager Coliseum box office and Sheppard Air Force Base ITT office.