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It’s never too early to start talking to your children about future goals, including decisions after high school. This week, Lufkin ISD will be all about college during College Week. We pride ourselves on ensuring 100% of our students are accepted to a university, college, technical school o…

On April 21, 1836, Gen. Sam Houston led the Texian Army to victory at the Battle of San Jacinto. Fought near the present day city of Deer Park, the 18-minute long battle began when Texian forces charged the Mexican camp during their siesta — for which Mexican President and Gen. Santa Anna fa…

The proof is in the pudding. When considering how to cast your vote for mayor, consider what the candidates have done for the city of Lufkin.

I understand (sort of) the reasoning behind standardized testing, despite the recent fiasco when the entire system shut down on Testing Day.

Most everyone knows the name G. Gordon Liddy, yet fewer people know that he had a longtime radio show with many listeners in East Texas (including myself and many friends who are now gone themselves). Many people also have heard of the fraternal organizations the Masonic Lodge and the Shrine…

When we moved to Lufkin, among the first people we met were Tony and Bob Brown. After nearly 42 years, they remain wonderful friends, and we continue to be thankful for their friendship.

An emergency room doctor wrote recently that he always looks at the Facebook page of a deceased teenager before he informs the parents of their child’s death. He said it helps keep him human.

Many educators and parents may not realize the connection between world oil prices and local education funding, but new research connects world oil prices with Texas public school funding, and it shows clearly that billions of dollars K-12 schools rely upon to educate students could be at ri…

With all the reports of police brutality on the news today, my heart goes out to the police for doing their jobs. I know it has to be tough to go out and face what may come. We had a family member in law enforcement and that taught us to respect any law enforcement officers. Yes, there are s…

Waiting 60 days for a response from Commissioner Bobby Cheshire, Sheriff Greg Sanches and District Attorney Janet Cassels is not acceptable.

Because of the candidates’ forum at the Temple Theater last Monday evening, I am even more convinced Don Langston is the man the public needs to elect in May for the mayor of Lufkin. The reasons are clear:

Sometimes cans get kicked so far down the road that we forget about them. Such is the case with a 2016 federal Health Information Technology mandate known as the 21st Century Cures Act Info Blocking Rule, advocated by a nonprofit organization known as OpenNotes.

Surrounded by hundreds of law enforcement officers, the loved ones of Texas State Trooper Chad Walker solemnly laid him to rest after he gave his life in the line of duty.

It’s not as if I seek out these types of conversations. I’m not exactly stalking people trying to talk them into attending college or seeking some kind of formal education.

It’s a tragic fact that Region 5 of the Texas Department of Family & Protective services investigated 4,642 cases of children who were reported as abused or neglected in fiscal year 2020. In Region 5, there were 9 child deaths due to abuse or neglect in 2020. Thankfully, none of those de…

The shameful opinions of both Dr. Dallas Pierre (LDN, March 17) and Gary Stallard (LDN, Feb. 26) seem to be in tune with the absurd attitude of poor brainwashed-and-reprogrammed Joe Biden’s accusations in a speech against ‘‘white supremacists’’ when their references to Black History Month us…

Our Texas leaders are now planning to thrill Wall Street investors again this summer in return for them uber-overflowing their donation coffers, according to a leaked phone call published by Texas Monthly.

Selfish prayers can cause harm to ourselves and family. We need to pray for our neighbors and friends and other people’s needs. If God answered all of our prayers or wants, then this would be selfish and selfish people are not happy people. We need to seek to help others. The Bible teaches u…

This week the Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 5, a bill I authored that would address broadband access across the state. I appreciate the support of my colleagues and the leadership from the House author Rep. Trent Ashby.

My wife and I are 84 years old. When the snow and ice storm hit, we were not prepared. We were fortunate to get a room at the La Quinta Inn. The desk clerk, April, was outstanding in her efforts to help and assist their guests. When there was no water, two of their employees rigged up a syst…

After surviving a bitterly contested presidential race, a catastrophic global pandemic, and a once in a hundred years ice storm, we thought we were finally going to come up for air, count our blessings and move on.

And when they were come to the place which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.

For more than 40 years, Gary’s life has revolved around alcohol. It has adversely impacted every aspect of his life: his wife has left him, his children seldom speak to him, he struggles keeping a job, and now his health is failing.

Tuesday, March 23, I was on the commissioner’s court agenda to make the following statement, but at the last minute I was kicked off the agenda because commissioners Bobby Cheshire, Terry Pitts and Kermit Kennedy did not want to hear what the public has to say about implementation of the uni…

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This week marks the halfway point in the 87th legislative session. We’ve spent the first 70 days filing bills, attending hearings and working on the budget.