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A February 2010 Reuters News report on the 2009 “Swine Flu” (H1N1) virus noted that in the USA, 300,000 were infected, 60,000 hospitalized and 18,000 died. There were no runs on toilet paper, no school closings, no travel bans, nobody too scared to go to church and no media-induced hysteria.

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During my time with the Zavalla Volunteer Fire Department, I was responsible for the First Responder/EMS program. Like most VFDs in this area, our funds were short but our needs were plenty. It was these two factors that made me seek out resources that could be used to benefit our First Resp…

I am sure each one of you are of the same opinion about our present health environment — confused and concerned. We are now into at least week three of the awareness of this virus, and my prayer is that you are taking the issue seriously and doing your part to stall the progress and keep you…

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”

Surely, by now, we’ve all seen the symptoms of the coronavirus. Fever, shortness of breath, a dry cough, among others. They’re confusing. They sound like a lot of other common ailments.

You would always find me playing outside as a kid. Whether it was running with neighborhood kids like a pack of wolves from one yard to another, or sitting quietly on the sturdy limb of a big tree. Climbing trees was a favorite activity.

Nearly 250 years ago, strengthened by faith and bound by a common desire for liberty, our forefathers created the framework for a new system of government in which the people exercise authority over the government. Enshrined in this new democracy are a set of core principles that have stood …

One of my goals as your county judge is to make sure that the citizens of Angelina County have a voice in their county government with access to any information or records that they may need.

Many people in East Texas, especially the rural communities, asked why I did not run again for the District 1 Congressman position. Although my interest has never waned, the district lines for District 1, since 2003, have been gerrymandered, ensuring Mr. Louis Gohmert continuous, uncontested…

A true democratic society is only successful if there is transparency and openness in its government. To ensure this remains true, each state in the United States have ‘‘sunshine laws.’’ These laws provide guidelines to ensure our governments are open and transparent with the citizens of our…

Hello everyone. Happy greetings from your tax office. It’s just about springtime and the grass is greener, trees are budding, and I am noticing a yellow haze on my blue car that makes it look greenish. I pray your allergies are not too bad this year.

When it comes to education, every child deserves a strong foundation. Our youngest students are capable of so much more than we ever imagined; and the best way to get them prepared for a successful educational experience is to get them registered for pre-K and kindergarten.

With the recent outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus) around the world, and a growing number of cases here in Texas, I want to encourage everyone to heed the advice of our health care professionals.

Information about the coronavirus continues to dominate the news cycle, including Wednesday’s declaration by the World Health Organization that the virus is a global pandemic, as well as Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s implementation of a seven-day emergency health declaration, which brough…

I have been privileged to be offered on many occasions to come into the MTC-Diboll Correctional Center to tour and share, and as with every experience, it becomes more and more eye-opening, encouraging, enlightening and even in an unusual way of enabling!

The Museum of East Texas invites you and your family to visit the museum often and participate in the many exciting programs this spring.

On behalf of the Kurth Animal Shelter Advocates, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation for all who helped in making our gala/fundraiser, “Boots, Best Buddies, and BBQ” another successful event. As always, the staff of the Pitser Garrison Convention Center went above and beyond to ta…

I love all kinds of music — Christian, ’80s rock, some real country — but sometimes scrolling through the channels I’ll stop on the Frank Sinatra channel and listen and picture women in elegant evening gowns and perfectly coiffed hair and dapper men in suits. It was before my time, but in my…

Spring Break is here and that means summer is right around the corner ... gardening, getting active outdoors, vacations and all the fun that comes with the warmer months.

I lived in Oregon for many years, and in other states also. But one day I was watching the news and when I heard that Texas was going to pull out of the Union, my eyes turned to Texas. In which I am proud to say I now live here.

I appreciate Charles Nick and The Lufkin Daily News for informing us that the government caused the split in the Methodist church.

Can you hear me now? That phrase, made popular by Verizon Wireless in the early 2000s, epitomizes the frustration of rural America over lack of reliable cellphone coverage.

If you’ve ever considered driving past your local school just to catch a glimpse of what goes on during the day, might I suggest not doing so this Friday?

Calling all artists. The Lufkin Convention & Visitors Bureau and downtown Lufkin are excited to announce a fun new event during our annual SpringFest. Join us for SpringFest’s Chalk Walk from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 18.

The annual American Legion Family Mid-Winter Conference was recently held in Austin. There was so much information, new ideas about what’s going on around the country, especially in Texas with the American Legion Family.

The saying goes that everything is bigger in Texas, and that is true of the amount of pride Texans have in our state. Today we celebrate Texas’ Independence Day, which honors the signing of Texas’ Declaration of Independence from Mexico. Texas went on to be a stand-alone Republic for 10 year…

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