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.

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.

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…

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.

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…

I’d like to start this column by providing an update on a recent development with Teachers Retirement System and their proposal to rent high-end office space in downtown Austin at an exorbitant cost.

2020 is shaping up to be an exciting year, even if you are tired of the political commercials and the mean spiritedness you see on TV, digital media and readings.

C’mon, admit it. At some point in your life, you wanted to be rich and famous. Who didn’t? I can still remember being a little dude wanting to grow up to become Batman or Superman. Once I began playing sports, I just knew I was destined to become the next Willie Mayes or Roger Staubach. I ev…

I like learning. I’m what most would call a perennial student. I learned to read at the age of 3. Really read. I taught myself to write not long after. As long as I can remember, I’ve just wanted to know and understand things. A life without learning is difficult for me to imagine — it’s a l…

In the upcoming General Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC) in May 2020, that church will probably be split (article in Washington Post, Jan. 3, 2020). This is because of many years of conflicts caused by liberals trying to force the church to change its conservative, traditional…

I am sure each of you have had all the cold, wet days you can tolerate for a while. Hopefully all these days will make for a beautiful spring in the days that are just around the corner for us.

It seems like yesterday that I bought her a little motorized car that she could drive around the yard. I wondered at the time if it was too dangerous or if she was too young to drive it. Four mph was much too fast for this preschooler. What if she tumbled over? What if she hit something in t…

Hello everyone from your Tax Office. Hopefully you are doing well and blessed. We survived the January tax collections and we want to thank our citizens for being so nice, friendly and cooperative while parting with your hard-earned money.

When I think of the Lufkin ISD mission to provide exceptional learning experiences for our students, the 10th-grade Gifted and Talented Integrated Studies Program trip to New York City immediately comes to mind.

With the primary elections around the corner, I want to remind everyone that early voting in Texas for the March 3 primary election will begin Tuesday and end on Feb. 28.

February is American Heart Month and the perfect time to send a reminder to those we love to make sure they are taking care and precautions in the health of their hearts.

When I was a skinny, naïve teenager, I worked the summer of 1980 for the U.S. Census Bureau going door to door, pencil in hand, filling out census forms. Or rather, I went trailer park to trailer park in the outskirts of Odessa, where I was assigned to work.

It’s the month of love and we have so many great things to love here in Lufkin. Are you looking for the perfect date night for your special someone? Check out these awesome activities to get you out on the town.

Jan. 11 was a “Service Saturday” with Angelina Beautiful/Clean and a new group that makes mats for the homeless from plastic bags. So, don’t throw them away anymore.

I hope that you all had a wonderful start to this new year. This coming year will be spent reviewing interim charges in our Senate committees and beginning to prepare for the next legislative session, which will begin in January 2021.

We are at the beginning of the shortest month of the calendar year, but for the children of the African diaspora, we cherish this month with pride because we are moving with a sturdy pace toward equality in a land which, without our ancestors, would not have been this “shining star on the hill.”

Whatever our political views, certainly we can agree we have the right to know how government is conducting business. How are taxpayer dollars spent? Who is influencing decisions?

This past year has been a wonderful exercise in community engagement, listening and planning for growth as it pertains to the mission of the Angelina Arts Alliance, which is to enrich, entertain and educate our community by presenting and promoting the performing arts.

In art, drawing is essentially the act of visually translating an idea, concept or object into marks on a surface. Drawing, like most great disciplines, is an art and a science. It also serves as a great life metaphor.

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