The Fourth of July has come and gone. It was great to celebrate Independence Day again the way it ought to be celebrated — with lots of fireworks and American flags.

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The Fourth of July has come and gone. It was great to celebrate Independence Day again the way it ought to be celebrated — with lots of fireworks and American flags.

As we approach the month of August and the start of another school year, I hope you and your family enjoy the remainder of the 2021 summer vacation.

Remember way back in the spring of 2020? Then, “pandemic” was something from a history book, “zoom” was the sound a kid with a toy car made and “lockdown” was what a misbehaving teenager experienced from his or her parents.

Recently, the Responsible Pet Owners Alliance published an opinion piece taking aim at broad issues within animal welfare and, more specifically, the Safe Outdoor Dogs Act (SB 474), which passed the House and Senate this session but was ultimately vetoed by Gov. Greg Abbott.

They say that nothing is certain in life except death and taxes. While those two certainties are undeniable, we need to make sure that family-owned businesses, including farms and ranches, aren’t taxed to death.

Even though many House members and some state Senators are still in Washington, D.C., to break quorum, the special session continues in Austin. The state Senate has enough members at the Capitol to continue working on important legislation we’ve been called to address. Though these measures …

With COVID-19 restrictions lifted statewide and summer vacations still an option before school gets started next month, I sincerely hope you and your family will consider making the trip to Austin for a history and civics lesson at your state Capitol.

Back-to-school time is my favorite time of year, and this year I am even more excited because we will be back to school as usual.

Man, nothing prompts a little existential pondering like spending time on the beach. All the clichés, especially the ones regarding man’s infinitesimal place on this earth, roll in right along with the waves. We live on a big rock with two-thirds of it covered with ocean, and we don’t even h…

I stopped in a small-town café on my way to a meeting not long ago and I couldn’t help but overhear the table of four next to me. You could tell they were old friends gathering to cuss and discuss the town news and gossip.

On July 4, 1845, the Convention of 1845 was called to meet in Austin to consider the joint resolution of the U.S. Congress proposing to annex the Republic of Texas. By a vote of 55-1, the delegates formally accepted the annexation offer from the U.S. Congress. Texas was formally admitted to …

Most of us have had our lives disrupted in some way as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As difficult as job loss and economic upheaval have been, it is the loss of life that is most tragic.

As many of you know, Gov. Greg Abbott called upon legislators to return to Austin on July 8 to begin the first special session of the 87th Legislature. Abbott announced the special session agenda on July 7. As expected, election integrity and bail reform were on top of that list, along with …

Let’s make one thing perfectly clear. At no time in my life have I ever wanted a cat. On not a single day of my existence have I ever awakened thinking, “Boy, I sure wish I had a cat.”

Protecting our herds from pests and disease is a constant chore. Cattle producers are on the front lines, working with researchers and animal health officials to identify new threats and mitigate risks to the cattle industry.

Thanks to LDN for its article (LDN, June 23) covering the Angelina County meeting of June 22, including the public hearing about zoning for the Azalea Springs solar power park.

On an unseasonably cool Thursday, July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress declared what its delegates had voted on just two days prior: total independence from King George III and Great Britain.

On this day, our nation gained its independence from the British monarchy. Multiple escalating attempts by the British to demand more taxes from the colonies to pay for past wars provoked the beginning of the Revolutionary War. Colonial leaders knew the excessive taxation the monarchy levied…

Training takes place at this time each year for our school board and administrative staff to ensure we have standards in place representing the expectations of an Episcopal education and to keep us all mindful of best practices in following our board’s bylaws.

As you may have heard, Gov. Greg Abbott recently announced that legislators will need to shelve their summer plans as we will be back in Austin on July 8 to convene our first special session of the 87th Legislature.

Many of you within the city and county are aware that the Texas Humane Legislation Network has worked diligently over the course of the past six years to change current animal welfare laws.

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As we officially start the summer, Lufkin is alive with possibilities. Community leaders and volunteers are hard at work planning ways to improve everything about downtown Lufkin, from wayfinding to encouraging tourism and cultural enrichment. We are blessed in our corner of the Pineywoods w…

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Happy First National Juneteenth Holiday, everybody!! Yes, the use of exclamation marks is appropriate. Also, the “Everybody” ending the exclamatory sentence is intentional.

Change is never easy, and saying goodbye to Don Muhlbach will definitely not be easy. He served on the Lufkin ISD board of trustees for the past eight years (May 2013 to June 2021) working alongside the team of eight ensuring the best for our students.

June 20 is the final day for Gov. Greg Abbott to sign or veto a piece of legislation passed in the 87th legislative session. The governor also has the option to not sign or veto a bill, effectively allowing the legislation to become law without his signature.

I never once heard my old man use the words “payback” or “karma.” Instead, he’d heave a sigh and, in a resigned voice say, “Well, I guess I had it coming.”