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On Jan. 25, 1839, the Republic of Texas adopted the iconic flag we know and cherish today, a simple but bold design that features a single five-point star surrounded by a blue field with two horizontal stripes, the upper stripe white and the lower red. Colors in the flags of both the United …

On Jan. 25, 1839, the official flag of Texas was adopted by the Third Congress of the Republic of Texas. It specified the look of the iconic Lone Star Flag that we know and love today. The colors were chosen to signify certain attributes: red for courage, white for purity and liberty and blu…

It was no surprise when the opportunity for upper school students to participate in a learning project with Angelina & Neches River Authority that their teacher recognized the great benefit the partnership offers and signed up for the project.

Lufkin ISD is hosting the Parents for African American Academic Success (PAAAS) symposium Feb. 3-4 at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center. The goals of this event include:

As part of School Board Appreciation Month, I invite parents, teachers and students to join me in recognizing our local school board members who have dedicated their time to serve our Texas students and communities.

Keeping a baseball scorebook isn’t exactly easy. There are so many variables and possible interpretations (hit or error?). One truly has to know the game to keep a righteous book.

This week we celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was a visionary leader and made an invaluable impact on our country.

This week, we celebrate a man who stood for justice, equality, love and so much more. He stood for these things so much, and his belief in his dream was so great, that he was assassinated for it.

New Year’s resolutions are all about positive change. Losing weight, exercising more and getting organized top typical resolution lists. The unspoken goal of all New Year’s resolutions, as I see it, is to be happier, usually by trying to fix something that is making us unhappy.

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year. The new year brings a new legislative session, so I’ll be spending time in Austin working on your behalf over the next 140 days.

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My very first “taxable” job came when my Mom used her connections to get my 14-year-old self a position with the county road department. Officially, I was too young for the job, but Mom managed to get me a spot on a road crew. I’d make more money than I’d made from mowing yards and helping h…

With Christmas upon us and the New Year fast approaching, we’re immersed with reasons to celebrate. And while the end of December is perhaps the busiest time of year, it’s my hope that, amidst all of the fanfare and pageantry, we take a moment to be still and re-center ourselves on why we ha…

As we are now in the full swing of the holiday season, I hope it has been fantastic. I know it can be a busy time of year, but it is typically the good kind of busy. Whether it be the parade, ice skating, lighting of Rudolph or any of the other local holiday happenings, I hope that you have …

People really want to help, but we especially like to help during the holiday season — the season of giving. We want to make lives better for others, and particularly for children. The harsh truth is that sometimes we do things we think we are doing for others, but it’s not what the person r…

First of all, I could never say I love you, because I’m forever a Lufkin Panther. But coach King, I continue to admire the job you are doing in Longview. I recently went to your playoff game here in Lufkin and really and truly got jealous — because it wasn’t my Panthers — looking over at the…

Reset and Reimagine (R2) GEAR UP is a seven-year partnership grant from the United States Department of Education to the University of Texas at Austin through its Institute for Public School Initiatives (IPSI) in the College of Education.

As we look ahead toward the 88th legislative session, I believe one thing we as legislators should be focused on is supporting children and families. As a parent and grandparent, I know the importance of the first days and weeks of a new child’s life, and the physical impact childbirth has o…

He walks his lady through piles of beautiful snow, stopping only to tell her he got her something for Christmas. He whistles, and a cute little puppy comes bounding all alone through a snow drift to greet her surprised self.

The fragrance of cedar and pine coupled with a swath of greenery and red berries never fails to alert the sensory system that, in the words written by Tex Logan and recorded in 1951 by Bill Monroe and The Bluegrass Boys,“Christmas time’s a-comin.’”

I was headed into town to do a little Christmas shopping when I passed an old pickup truck pulling a trailer with what appeared to be all they owned loaded on it.

As I write, I am sitting at Standpipe Coffee (one of my favorite haunts), latte at hand, enjoying the downtown Lufkin Christmas decorations, the comforting sound of steaming espresso machines, and the pleasant conversation of strangers at other tables. Despite the unseasonably warm weather, …