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I volunteered to work at a local nursing home the summer after I turned 13. My duties included emptying bed pans, visiting with residents, delivering food trays and various other unpaid, menial duties. The job was hard work and came with no prestige, but it was the best summer I’ve ever had.

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I volunteered to work at a local nursing home the summer after I turned 13. My duties included emptying bed pans, visiting with residents, delivering food trays and various other unpaid, menial duties. The job was hard work and came with no prestige, but it was the best summer I’ve ever had.

STEM studies are here to stay. Who knew that STEM, a curriculum based on four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — began long ago with the launch of the Russian satellite Sputnik? After that event, Americans were challenged to step up and become leaders i…

I will never forget the day — as a 6-year-old watching “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” for the first time — when Dumbledore said to Neville Longbottom:

The “Kids Nowadays” theme goes back as far as any of us can remember. Old folks bemoaning the behaviors and attitudes of young people, with their crusty old words usually sprinkled with some form of “back in my day.”

A year ago, we tried to say goodbye to 2020. We envisioned a relatively quick end to COVID-19. The Holy Grail of 2020 — a vaccine against COVID-19 — was found, only to be ignored by so many like an unwanted Christmas present. 2020 did not go away — it decided to reincarnate as 2021.

With the holiday season officially wrapped up, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year! As we settle back into our routines, let us not forget that each new year affords us the opportunity to think back on not only our achievements, but also the struggles we’ve faced and how we can improve.

2021 marked the first year in the nine-year history that Angelina County Wreaths Across America has come close to meeting our goal and having a wreath for every veteran in Garden of Memories.

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In Angelina County, rarely does a week go by without a report of — or an arrest made for — some form of sex crime or family violence assault. And sometimes the same individuals are charged with both.

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I’m responding to The Lufkin Daily News’ editorial “Quick to Judge,” which was about Coach Todd Quick. After witnessing 10 years of his head coaching, I don’t think I’m being “quick to judge” — in fact, that judgment is really overdue.

If you made it to downtown Lufkin for Christmas in the Pines and stuck around for the lighting of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Pumping Unit, you know the Christmas season is upon us.

Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part …

December is the time we celebrate Christmas and its meaning to us. It also is an opportunity for spending time with loved ones and friends, enjoying good food, (though sometimes too much of it), and watching Christmas movies while basking in the glow of a roaring fire.

At Lufkin ISD, the Advanced Academics opportunities abound. From kindergarten through senior year, students have many choices to accommodate their talents and interests to set them on the right path.

With Christmas fast approaching and the New Year right behind it, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Whether we’re preoccupied with finalizing holiday preparations for the family or immersed in our community’s Christmas festivities, the commotion of th…

The holiday season is a time for gathering with those closest to you and celebrating the end of the year. Many celebrations and festivities include alcohol, and with that comes an increased likelihood of drunk driving. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were 2,462 DUI…