What the heck is going on in Celina, Texas? That’s the question that hit me a few weeks ago when I made my first stop in that town. I’ve lived in Dallas for 42 years but never had a reason to visit. Then, in mid-November, a work errand took me 50 miles north. The charming downtown was bustling with a festival called Celina Craft & Cork. A few blocks away, I ran into two friends, Ben Rogers and Skin Wade, of The Ben and Skin Show on KEGL. The reason I ran into them is because they are part owners of a brewery called Rollertown Beerworks, and they were standing in front of the brewery when I sauntered up. They’ve got big garage doors that were rolled up. Folks were seated at picnic tables, with lots of social distance. Great place. It was hopping.
“How many people live in Celina?” I asked Ben, who lives up there.
“Hang on,” he said. “The mayor’s here. I’ll ask him.”
I forget the exact numbers. Something like 12,000 people, and the mayor told him he expects the number to double in five years.
A few minutes after the exchange, the mayor got up to leave, and Ben introduced him to me. His name was Sean Terry. Big dude. Bald noggin. I’d later learn that he was a punter for the Aggies, back when A&M was in the Southwest Conference. Mayor Terry and I bumped elbows. I didn’t think about him again until last week, when I heard the FBI had raided his house.
Now then. A public affairs officer for the FBI named Melinda Urbina tells me that they don’t like…