I had an appointment at the VA hospital in Houston on Tuesday. Normally, the place is crowded, with a steady flow of patients and visitors moving in and out.
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.
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…
There’s a special day set aside between Thanksgiving and Christmas to encourage shoppers to patronize the small businesses that help our community thrive.
The coronavirus epidemic has been an enormous inconvenience — to put it mildly — for most of us. Students and educators are scrambling to find a way to make distance learning work. Stores are scrambling to keep their shelves stocked. And citizens are scrambling to find toilet paper on those …
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott doesn’t want to issue a shelter-in-place order for the state, but he warned it could be coming if we don’t heed his previous orders about stopping the spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus.
COVID-19, the novel coronavirus pandemic, is inciting panic for a number of reasons. It’s a new virus, which means no one has immunity, and there’s no vaccine. Americans’ fears about the disease have spiked, according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.…
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…
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday issued a widespread executive order to close restaurants, bars, gyms and schools as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread.
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.
Thankful. Maybe it’s not exactly how you’re feeling right now. Empty store shelves. Desperately trying to find toilet paper. Listening to your school-age child count to 100 for what seems like the millionth time. (Teachers, you are our biggest heroes.) Worrying about needing to go to work or…
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…
The Stephen F. Austin State University board of regents recently approved a fixed-rate tuition plan aimed at reducing student debt and increasing the opportunity for timely degree completion.
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…
Texans have something to celebrate during Sunshine Week this year. But we also have more work to do to protect the public’s right to know about our government.
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.
“A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce, or a tragedy, or perhaps both.”
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.
Public fear has erupted over the novel coronavirus outbreak, now considered a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Are you scared?
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!
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…
Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is the latest ‘‘new’’ disease to pose a serious global threat.
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.
There were 16,028 votes cast in Tuesday’s party primary elections in Angelina County — 12,801 voting for Republicans and 3,227 voting on the Democratic side. And according to the Texas Secretary of State’s website, more than 6,000 voters cast their ballots early.
Texas is a state of opportunity and prosperity. There is a story brewing in East Texas that stands in stark contrast to this fundamental Texas mentality. It’s a story about Texas not fighting for the jobs and economic prosperity of its people. It is about my tribe — the Alabama-Coushatta Tri…
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?
With partisan bickering at an all-time high, it’s rare to find an issue that almost everyone agrees on. But regardless of the time we each wake up this Sunday, we’ll all be of the same opinion: It’s one hour too dang early.
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.
It’s spring break time for high school students across Deep East Texas; for many it begins when classes adjourn Friday.
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…
- County extends disaster declaration another 35 days
- First case of COVID-19 in Angelina County confirmed
- 100 patients tested for COVID-19 so far in Angelina County
- City tightens restrictions on COVID-19 emergency declaration
- Lufkin, Angelina County declare local disaster, set $1,000 fine, jail time for those who violate regulations
- City extends disaster declaration indefinitely
- STALLARD: Heartbreak wasn’t one of the listed symptoms
- COVID-19 confirmed in Nacogdoches
- COVID-19 briefs
- Man who visited Lufkin tests positive for COVID-19