Though the Capitol has been closed to the public for most of this year, my staff is hard at work preparing for the upcoming legislative session. Though the session will surely look different this year due to the ongoing global pandemic, we are still focused on the needs of the state and our …

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I am thankful. Yes. I said it. And it’s not just a nod to Thanksgiving. I am so very thankful that I live in this community — one that is so warm, welcoming and caring.

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UNCASVILLE, CT — The SFA basketball team pulled out of the MTE Tournament at the Mohegan Sun Casino this week due to a positive test by a support staff member traveling with the team.

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The Hemphill and Six Mile Volunteer Fire Departments each received a $200,000 cost-share grant through the Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program administered by the Texas A&M Forest Service.

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The National Weather Service office in Shreveport, Louisiana, is forecasting cool and rainy weather for the remainder of the Thanksgiving week.

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Envelopes for the Christian Information & Service Center’s annual fundraiser went out with The Lufkin Daily News’ weekend edition.

Given the challenging year we’ve had, I’m especially grateful for the Thanksgiving holiday this season because it provides all of us a much-needed opportunity to reflect on our blessings with focused gratitude.

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NACOGDOCHES — SFA men’s basketball head coach Kyle Keller announced the addition of Coban Porter for the Lumberjacks on Monday as part of the early signing day period. Porter will join the Lumberjacks after finishing his playing career this season at Link Year Prep, where he has averaged 13.…

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NACOGDOCHES — SFA volleyball head coach Debbie Humphreys announced last week the signing of a four-woman class for the 2021 season. Three of the newest Ladyjacks are in-state recruits, while a fourth hails from Florida. All four will suit up for the defending Southland Conference Champions n…

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I heard once that if you make a list of the positives and negatives in your life, the positives will likely outweigh the negatives. Of course, that might be determined by your own state of mind, life circumstances and whether the year is 2020.

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Imagine wanting to be foster parents to a child in need and then getting a call that your wish had come true. A 3-month-old-boy needed care and was ready to be brought home, but with a complication: The young child was infected with COVID-19.

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With deer season underway, motorists are urged to stay alert in pre-dawn hours and after dark. Deer are on the move through the nine-county Lufkin District and crashes involving vehicles vs. deer have already been reported.

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As temperatures in East Texas turn colder, TxDOT crews are busy preparing for the season’s first taste of winter weather, which could include icy roadways.

With the holidays just around the corner, many of us are gearing up for Black Friday sales, thumbing through seasonal catalogs, window shopping downtown, perusing the web, and scouring our many fabulous local businesses to make sure we get just the right gift for everyone on our list.

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During the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving Day, each of us is more focused on showing gratitude. John Milton, author and poet, wrote, “Gratitude bestows reverence ... changing forever how we experience life and the world.”

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Did you know that tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States? Each year, smoking accounts for 443,000 premature deaths and, according to the American Cancer Society, thousands of non-smokers die as a result of exposure to secondhan…

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — In this one-of-a-kind Masters that had no fans and no roars, Dustin Johnson made sure it had no drama. And when he polished off his five-shot victory Sunday with lowest score in tournament history, he had no words.

Annie Wolaver, left, on violin, and her sister Gretchen Wolaver, on mandolin, perform an original bluegrass tune with the rest of the six-sibling Annie Moses Band Saturday evening at the Temple Theater on the Angelina College campus. This marks the first Angelina Arts Alliance show at the fa…

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Dustin Johnson began his assault on Augusta National with a 5-iron for a tap-in eagle, and he never relented until he matched the 54-hole record at the Masters and built a four-shot lead to put himself in prime position for another major.

I am so proud of the opportunity to be the superintendent of schools at Lufkin ISD, where the students consistently demonstrate excellence.

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It is indeed highly gratifying to have been able to witness this phase of American history. The contentious back and forward confrontations created interest and, to a certain degree, satisfaction.

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In order to prepare ‘Jack Nation for the imminent start of the 2020-21 seasons of Lumberjack and Ladyjack Basketball, SFA and the Purple Lights Fund will partner to put on a virtual ‘Jack Madness event Tuesday. The event will take place inside William R. Johnson Coliseum but has been moved t…

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The Lufkin Police Department has located 71-year-old Luenell Marshall, of Zavalla, who walked away from Woodland Heights Medical Center around 3 p.m. Thursday. She is now safe with family, according to Jessica Pebsworth, communications director for the city of Lufkin.

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More than 130 million people and two-thirds of adults in the United States regularly use prescription drugs. A recent string of lawsuits against Purdue Pharma resulted in their bankruptcy declaration largely due to the cost associated with the settlements.

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The sisters of the Monastery of the Infant Jesus celebrated 75 years of life in Lufkin Monday. With no ability to host a public celebration because of COVID-19, prioress Sister Mary Margaret invited the community to celebrate in spirit.