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Spillman - 60th

POTTSBORO - John Howard and Helen Spillman celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with family members and friends on Oct. 3 at Calvary Baptist Church in Denison. The gathering was hosted by their children, Lenora Hatch and Joyce L. Spillman.

Movie review: ‘The Martian’ makes you feel good to be an Earthling (+video)

Ridley Scott’s space operas have been pretty bleak. “Alien” and its follow-up prologue “Prometheus” carried us to places where everyone can hear you scream. “Blade Runner” brought killer androids from their slave confines on extraterrestrial colonies to destroy their creators on Earth. Scott’s goal has been to make us unsettled, not uplifted. Unlike the “Star Trek” franchise, he’s never inspired NASA engineers.

GC presents “Our Country’s Good” Oct. 8-10

Grayson College theatre students take on the challenges of an 18th century Australian penal colony when they present “Our Country’s Good” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8-10 in the Cruce Stark Auditorium, located in the Arts & Communication Center on the college’s main campus in Denison. Written by British playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker and adapted from Thomas Keneally’s novel “The Playmaker,” the award-winning and Tony Award-nominated play is geared for adult audiences.

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Comedian Gabriel ‘Fluffy’ Iglesias tries to ‘break even’ in new reality show (+video)

Sitting overlooking the ocean at a restaurant in Long Beach, Calif., comedian Gabriel Iglesias pulls out his cellphone. Scrolling through the notes section, he lands on a page dated Dec. 30, 2012. On it is the skeleton of the idea bringing him back to television screens on Thursday night, an unscripted show about his struggles eating healthy and working out while on tour.

Local woman works to open farmers market in Howe

HOWE — Just a few months ago, Howe resident Debbie Wallis had an idea. With extra space in the parking lot of her store, Salvage Junky, and without a local grocery store, she saw a need she could help fill, and started working to bring a local farmers market in Howe.