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Fair play

Fair play

Tatum Tomallo, Staff Writer

September 26, 2019

The blasting band, carnival music and fresh smell of cooked barbeque means it's time for the Comal County Fair. The parade is on Friday, but the fair will officially end on Sunday. Admission to the parade is free and the parade will march down Seguin Street starting in front of the post office and...

Top 5 books you will never forget

Top 5 books you will never forget

Catherine Diel, Staff Writer

September 26, 2019

Honorable Mentions I’ll Give You the Sun Jandy Nelson (2014) “I’ll Give You the Sun,” by Jandy Nelson, is a story about growth, family, betrayal, relationships and passion. It is an inspirational novel showing the effects our choices have on one another and the different perspectives we hold on a...

Films to look out for over break

Films to look out for over break

Chloe Presley-Gundaker, Staff Writer

May 22, 2019

While the stereotypical idea of summer is envisioned as lounging on beaches and poolsides with a tropical drink in hand, burning up in the sun, it rarely is ever that. High schoolers tend to spend summer break either in rooms, huddled under a cocoon of blankets watching Netflix or in movie theaters wa...

A bittersweet ending revealed too soon

A bittersweet ending revealed too soon

Laney Rendon, Editor-in-Chief

May 16, 2019

The idea to write this review with an added twist came from Twitter. Every few posts, I came across one post particularly exposing any lore derived from "Avengers: Endgame." And then two days after a three-hour cry fest that was opening night of the fourth Avengers movie, 'Game of Thrones' came on. My t...

An act worth watching

An act worth watching

Taralynn Gates and Laney Rendon

May 1, 2019

In 2015, mother of one, Dee Dee Blanchard, was found dead in her bed. Her daughter, Gypsy, perceived as sickly with a range of illnesses such as muscular dystrophy and leukemia, unable to walk and mentally stunted, was nowhere to be found. Two troubling posts on their joint Facebook account with a l...

Gotham’s curtain closes

Gotham’s curtain closes

Chloe Presley-Gundaker, Staff Writer

May 1, 2019

Nearly five years ago, Danny Cannon released the pilot of the highly successful Fox show, 'Gotham'. Since then, it has received remarkable acclaim from DC fans because of the different light it brings to a story we’ve seemingly heard over and over again. Despite its massive praise, the show came to...

‘Shazam’ lacks sparkle

‘Shazam’ lacks sparkle

Laney Rendon and Taralynn Gates

April 23, 2019

With Marvel's fourth Avengers adaption, "Endgame," opening today, DC is throwing its best efforts to the wind. Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Shazam keep DC films afloat. After a disappointing Justice League, humor is DC's new favorite tool. "Shazam" came out April 5, reaching an audience score of 91 pe...

Top 10 horror movies

Top 10 horror movies

Emilee Johnson and Skylar Butts

April 15, 2019

Between the classics and the newbies, horror movies have inevitably shaped pop culture. Whether you hide under the covers at every scare or you embrace the spine-tingling sensation of pure terror, the love of a good adrenaline rush has drawn people to theaters all around the world. Here, we have com...

The power of pizza

The power of pizza

Daniel Lackey, Staff Writer

April 12, 2019

Scattered locations of pizza joints dot the Spring Branch landscape hoping to lure in customers eager to satisfy irrepressible pizza cravings. Choosing one is a mission in itself, so our staff is here to help. By describing their pizza place preferences in their perspectives, your next pizza excursion...

District champions

District champions

Taralynn Gates and Jackson Posey

March 25, 2019

Six schools. Three sink, three swim. At some point, it comes time to take off the training wheels and ride on to victory. And Smithson Valley Theatre did just that. Dazzling the crowd with pulsing lights and vocal feats, raw emotion and unchecked terror, the cast strutted off the stage with a well-dese...

In the zone

In the zone

Taralynn Gates and Jackson Posey

March 8, 2019

The room is black. Standing in a circle, connected by hands. Eyes closed, ears open, listening to the director’s words and feeling his hands on their shoulders as he speaks to them. The fate of the work that was put into the show over the last two months is about to be decided as they prepare to s...