The Fourth of July has come and gone. It was great to celebrate Independence Day again the way it ought to be celebrated — with lots of fireworks and American flags.

As we approach the month of August and the start of another school year, I hope you and your family enjoy the remainder of the 2021 summer vacation.

Remember way back in the spring of 2020? Then, “pandemic” was something from a history book, “zoom” was the sound a kid with a toy car made and “lockdown” was what a misbehaving teenager experienced from his or her parents.

Recently, the Responsible Pet Owners Alliance published an opinion piece taking aim at broad issues within animal welfare and, more specifically, the Safe Outdoor Dogs Act (SB 474), which passed the House and Senate this session but was ultimately vetoed by Gov. Greg Abbott.

They say that nothing is certain in life except death and taxes. While those two certainties are undeniable, we need to make sure that family-owned businesses, including farms and ranches, aren’t taxed to death.

Even though many House members and some state Senators are still in Washington, D.C., to break quorum, the special session continues in Austin. The state Senate has enough members at the Capitol to continue working on important legislation we’ve been called to address. Though these measures …

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Authorities arrested a DeSoto man early today after he allegedly led officers on a two-hour, four-county chase in which he rammed the U-Haul truck he was driving into patrol vehicles and played “chicken” with oncoming motorists, according to a Facebook post from Trinity County Sheriff Woody …

The Angelina County Commissioners met Friday to continue budget discussions. However, because notice of the meeting was not published online as expected, County Attorney Cary Kirby encouraged the court not to discuss anything or make any decisions.

With COVID-19 restrictions lifted statewide and summer vacations still an option before school gets started next month, I sincerely hope you and your family will consider making the trip to Austin for a history and civics lesson at your state Capitol.

Back-to-school time is my favorite time of year, and this year I am even more excited because we will be back to school as usual.

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Immigrants and advocates are urging Democrats and President Joe Biden to quickly act on legislation to protect young immigrants after a federal judge in Texas on Friday ruled illegal an Obama-era program that prevents the deportation of thousands of them brought into the U.S. as children.

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The Lufkin Cultural District Advisory Group visited the Longview Cultural District last week as guests of community leaders and the Arts! Longview organization, which leads their district.

Man, nothing prompts a little existential pondering like spending time on the beach. All the clichés, especially the ones regarding man’s infinitesimal place on this earth, roll in right along with the waves. We live on a big rock with two-thirds of it covered with ocean, and we don’t even h…

I stopped in a small-town café on my way to a meeting not long ago and I couldn’t help but overhear the table of four next to me. You could tell they were old friends gathering to cuss and discuss the town news and gossip.

NACOGDOCHES — The Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Preseason All-Texas Small College Team was announced on Tuesday, and the SFA Lumberjacks were represented on the offense by Katy freshman Justice Guillory.

On July 4, 1845, the Convention of 1845 was called to meet in Austin to consider the joint resolution of the U.S. Congress proposing to annex the Republic of Texas. By a vote of 55-1, the delegates formally accepted the annexation offer from the U.S. Congress. Texas was formally admitted to …

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An Angelina County man died in a motorcycle crash this afternoon on Roland Marshall Road in Zavalla, according to a report from Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. David Hendry.

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The Lufkin Daily News donated $5,000 this week to two Lufkin nonprofits to help each organization further their missions in the community.

Most of us have had our lives disrupted in some way as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As difficult as job loss and economic upheaval have been, it is the loss of life that is most tragic.

As many of you know, Gov. Greg Abbott called upon legislators to return to Austin on July 8 to begin the first special session of the 87th Legislature. Abbott announced the special session agenda on July 7. As expected, election integrity and bail reform were on top of that list, along with …

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Lufkin Daily News publisher Jackie Zimmerman and staff writer Jess Huff talk with Townsquare Media's Danny Merrell about upcoming stories in The Lufkin Daily News. This is a weekly series that airs on the Merrell in the Morning show every Friday.

Let’s make one thing perfectly clear. At no time in my life have I ever wanted a cat. On not a single day of my existence have I ever awakened thinking, “Boy, I sure wish I had a cat.”

Protecting our herds from pests and disease is a constant chore. Cattle producers are on the front lines, working with researchers and animal health officials to identify new threats and mitigate risks to the cattle industry.

Thanks to LDN for its article (LDN, June 23) covering the Angelina County meeting of June 22, including the public hearing about zoning for the Azalea Springs solar power park.

The Nataki Stewart Soccer Academy will host the Angelina College Lil’ Runners Soccer Camps from July 12-16. The camps are available for 3-14-year-old boys and girls and cost is $55 per participant.