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Editor’s note: Longtime U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson, a conservative stalwart and Vietnam War POW, died last week. He was 89. His fellow Congressmen from Texas, Louie Gohmert, wrote this tribute.

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Every time I wear this stupid mask, it makes my beard go all wonky. When I take off the mask, the gray hairs on my face point north and the few brown ones head down south. Truly tragic.

You don’t have to look far these days to hear or see the word ‘‘impact’’ to describe how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected lives, businesses, nonprofits and more.

We all know someone who has been bitten by a dog at some point in our lives. These incidents affect hundreds, if not thousands of Texans each year, but it is a largely untold story in our communities that dogs restrained outside by their owners are actually more dangerous than roaming packs …

Every crisis has new heroes. During the 9/11 attacks, they were the first responders running into burning and crumbling buildings as others ran out. Now, during the coronavirus pandemic, the most visible heroes are the health care professionals, who are saving others and risking their own li…

As our nation continues the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, our first responders and the work they’re doing to keep our communities safe has never been more apparent.

The young woman was near tears and said she felt like she had been robbed. Robbed of her senior year and all the pomp and circumstance. I sympathized with her and then thought long before I responded.

The Panthers of Prestige banquet hosted by the Lufkin ISD Education Foundation was always the culmination of the school year to honor the top 20 students and their educators of influence. The students would enjoy a good meal with their family and teachers, read a letter on stage to their cho…

The Big Six-Oh kinda sneaked up on me out of nowhere. Way back when I was younger, my measure of old age moved conveniently. I went from thinking 30 sounded really old to pushing old age to 40 and then 50.

As we continue to navigate this unique time, patient, staff and physician health and safety has been the priority of Woodland Heights. The state of Texas and our county of Angelina is slowly opening up and as we resume more health care services, we are laser-focused on patient safety and tak…

During the pandemic, families across Texas are finding fun and creative ways to spend time together as we all unexpectedly shelter in our homes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It’s uplifting to see how so many are making the best of the situation and becoming closer.

National Prevention Week is an effort to bring communities together to raise public awareness concerning substance abuse and mental health issues.

We have been self-distancing through the COVID-19 pandemic for a few months now. What a wild ride it has been! Despite the number infected — well over 1.25 million — and more than 75,000 deaths, many still question the legitimacy of the extraordinary measures that shut down our economy.

Two of our daughters are moms. From them, my wife and I get near-daily reports on the goings-on inside their respective homes. Which grandkid came up with yet another cute saying for our family’s canon of expressions — we have “gamingoes” for flamingoes, “bee-boos” instead of blueberries and…

April showers bring May flowers is a saying that we all hope is true. A lot of rain plus the COVID-19 stay-at-home situation has really put a strain on many of us, but flowers are blooming beautifully. We hope you are safe and coping well. We look forward to getting back to fully helping our…

Since my last column, Senate District 3 has continue to be affected by COVID-19 and a deadly tornado devastated communities in East Texas. Texans have come together to support each other, either through ensuring they receive necessary items, or by helping to clean up the wreckage of the tornado.

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