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Phil Brannan harvested this solid 8-pointer last week while hunting in the Hill

We’re well into the deer season at this point and, as predicted by wildlife biologists, there are some very nice bucks being tagged. Some of the best are from South Texas, but I’ve seen a couple of big bucks from the Hill Country that have better-than-average antlers. And as of last week, some of those Hill Country bucks were in the rut.

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The Texas Monthly BBQ Festival is to meat aficionados what Jazz Fest is to music lovers. It was a cool Sunday morning in Austin and smoke was in the air — as was the anticipation of eating some of the best barbecue on the planet. Those lucky enough to get VIP passes were let in an hour early to sample from their choice of the 24 joints that were serving up small portions of their award winning que.

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With about half of the Oscar contending movies already in theaters, it’s not a far stretch to begin compiling a short list of nominations for the major awards. If you’ve seen “The Martian,” “Bridge of Spies,” “Creed” and “Inside Out” then you have been keeping up. All of these features could produce nominations in directing and acting categories, not to mention best picture.

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Girl sings in front of Christmas tree

The Groves Beautification and Old Fashioned Christmas in Groves committees are inviting the public to a two-fold festive event that begins with the lighting of the City Christmas Tree presented by the Groves Beautification Committee in Celebration Park, located at Lincoln and Coolidge. The park will be decked out for the holidays with the ceremony to begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4.

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2016 Dodge Journey lineup has been streamlined from seven models to f

With several sales records under its belt in 2015, Dodge is looking to build on that momentum with its 2016 Dodge Journey. Dodge’s versatile crossover offers a simplified lineup for 2016.

For 2016, the Dodge Journey lineup has been streamlined from seven models to five. The SE model replaces the AVP at the entry level, providing customers with standard features like 17-inch wheels and keyless Enter ‘n’ Go with push-button start.

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