There are a number of events that usher in the sights and tastes of the holidays in East Texas: the start of high school football playoffs, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Pumping Unit lighting up the night sky and the tasty waffles whipped up by Rotarians at the Rotary Club Waffle Bake.
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With the Thanksgiving holiday coming to a close, we’re reminded of the importance of gratitude. Gathering around the table with friends and family serves as a perfect opportunity for us to recenter our lives in the present and acknowledge the countless blessings God has given us.
The present is an interesting time of the year. It is what I am going to call The Great Transition. While I write this, I am looking forward to turkey and dressing. As you read this, you have most likely had your fill of turkey and dressing. The pumpkins are being put away, and the stockings…
Today is Black Friday — historically the official kick-off to the holiday shopping season. But as far as the deals go, it’s been here for weeks. Retailers no longer wait for the day after Thanksgiving to start sales, with many taking the liberty to brand all sorts of promotions during the ye…
I’m trying to write a column the day before Thanksgiving so it can run in the newspaper the day after Thanksgiving. If I read over it again Friday morning, it’s either gonna look like I’m clairvoyant — or an idiot.
On Thursday, we will celebrate an American holiday that began in 1621 when Plymouth colonial Gov. William Bradford proclaimed a day of thanksgiving and prayer after a successful harvest. Edward Wilson, a Pilgrim at Plymouth, described the celebration: “And although it be not always so plenti…
November is National Adoption Month, and it’s also the month that many families in America will celebrate the holiday of Thanksgiving with their families, friends and loved ones. For me, the month of November makes it impossible to ignore my past and the immense amount of gratitude I have fo…
Tony Sarge, commercial artist and designer, is responsible for creating the first giant helium-filled characters floating high above New York City ushering in the holiday season.
Residents and businesses have stepped up to the challenge and come through once again for the United Way of Angelina County — taking the campaign into overtime to meet this year’s goal.
What if your child had the opportunity to explore their interests, passions and talents and expand their knowledge and experiences to prepare them for not only a job they are good at but one they also will enjoy?
The lady in front of me was digging in her purse for change with a baby on one hip when I walked up to the checkout. My first thought was that I was in a big hurry, and this was a delay I didn’t need.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year — and for many in East Texas, that has diddly-squat to do with the holidays.
In an editorial last week, we warned our readers to be vigilant of the con artists and thieves who are always looking to pry open our wallets but seem to redouble their efforts during the holiday season.
As the holidays approach, it’s easy to forget to take advantage of your insurance benefits. Now is a good time to review your outstanding health care needs and take full advantage of paid-up deductibles or available funds in Flexible Spending Accounts while you still can.
We could all use a little extra money. And with an estimated one in four Texans having money waiting to be claimed with the Texas Comptroller’s Office, there’s no reason to leave money that belongs in East Texas just sitting around in Austin.
With the general election behind us, I’d like to express my sincere gratitude to the citizens of Angelina, Houston, Polk, San Augustine, Trinity and Tyler counties for entrusting me with the honor of serving as your state representative. It is truly the honor of a lifetime — one that I do no…
According to the latest figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, there are about 16.5 million veterans of military service currently living. That number has steadily declined over the years as we continue to lose veterans from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
When visiting a friend once, I got an invitation from his 10-year-old son to join him in playing a video game. The boy was all into those military-style games, and my buddy had told the kid I’d served in the Marine Corps.
It never ceases to amaze me how divisive political campaigns can be. With at one end of the political spectrum, a twice-impeached president, and at the opposite end, a president fighting record high inflation, nothing could separate us worse. If we have never needed unity before, we certainl…
The holidays are at hand. It’s a special time of the year, generally filled with food, fun, family and tidings of comfort and joy.
Over the past two months, leaders at Stephen F. Austin State University have been considering whether to join a university system, and if so, which one. As both a career educator and a lifelong Lumberjack, I see the choice as self-evident: SFA should join the system that best fits its culture.
Tuesday is Election Day. It’s imperative that all Angelina County citizens exercise their right to vote. That’s the beauty of our representative democracy: Eligible voters have the opportunity to cast ballots to determine their leaders.
A few weeks ago, my car broke down in front of one of the local value stores. I am on crutches and was trying to fix my car but no luck. So I sat in my car waiting on a friend to help, my door was open and my crutches were resting against the door. As I sat there waiting, I noticed no one as…
Hello Angelina County. We are now counting down to the Veterans Day Parade. Come on down to Huntington, the most patriotic town in Angelina County, and join us to honor all the veterans. The parade is scheduled for Nov. 12. Lineup for being in the parade is at 9 a.m. by the middle school gym…
Imagine the headlines if the population of Harlingen, Pflugerville or North Richland Hills were wiped out by a natural disaster like a flood, hurricane, tornado or by a terrorist attack. Or that 18 airplanes crashed in Texas, with no survivors, every year for the last 22 years.
Anniversaries are an important part of life. They remind us of significant events and put a pin on the calendar to remind us of something that matters to us.
One of the greatest aspects of our way of government is that anyone can run for public office, from local positions all the way up to our highest roles — including president.
The dumbest collective human experience we exercise twice a year is switching our clocks forward one hour and then back one hour just four months later. We are the only species that compensates for the tilt of the axis of the Earth, other than the folks in Hawaii and Arizona.
People in most parts of the United States will set their clocks back one hour on Sunday so that darkness falls earlier in the day, a seasonal shift that is enforced by the federal government.
Every day is Veterans Day for members of the American Legion Family No. 113, and we try to do all we can to help our veterans, especially those in need, but it takes time, money and dedication to make this happen.
Early voting has begun! Be sure to check with your county clerk’s office to find out where polling locations are open near you. Early voting ends. Election Day is Nov. 8.
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