On average, we humans take somewhere around 20,000 breaths per day. My totals crank up considerably when my wife walks past. Or when I climb some stairs. Multiply those breaths over the course of an entire year, and we’re cranking out and sucking in more than seven million times.

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I heard an older gentleman tell someone waiting in a check-out line that he just hated wearing seatbelts. His argument was that he was from the “old school.” He grew up when there were no seatbelts in vehicles and he guessed he was just “set in his ways.”

The Texas Legislature is moving quickly as we work to conclude the third called session of the 87th Legislature. Recently, the House approved its version of a redistricting map but work still remains as that bill heads to the Senate for approval.

What’s it like to walk through Central Park on a beautiful day in October? Thirty-seven Lufkin High School students in the Gifted and Talented program can tell you in full detail after returning home from their trip from New York City. The students also could tell you the artist, time period…

Since the last time we spoke, the House Redistricting Committee approved an initial version of the redistricting map for the Texas House of Representatives.

I love fairy tale endings. I am a sucker for the 1997 television version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘‘Cinderella’’ featuring Brandy, Whitney Houston and the incomparable Bernadette Peters. My daughters grew up with that version and we all watched it countless times.

My “little” brother Randy is a pretty private person. About the only time anyone other than his wife Lory sees him is when he’s at work. Otherwise, he stays to himself and with her. If I want to find him during his time off, I’ve gotta stalk him around his pond or somewhere else on his property.

“Coffee & Comradery” is at the VFW Post No. 1836 on Ford Chapel Road from 8 a.m. to noon Monday-Friday for veterans, their families and caregivers. It started Aug. 2 at the post and is still ongoing, but we are not seeing the numbers we did at the VA Clinic. We feel sure it’s the transpo…

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The Texas landscape today is changing quicker than ever. According to recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau, an estimated 1,000 people per day are added to the state’s population. About half are natural increases due to the birth rate exceeding the death rate, but the other half migrate fr…

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I have a voice for newspaper. Yes, the old adage is someone has a face for radio, which I might also have depending on who you ask, but I definitely have a voice that is better seen in words than heard over the airwaves.

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The big news in Austin this week was the unveiling of the proposed map for the 150 Texas House Districts by the chairman of the House Redistricting Committee.

One of many positive outcomes from the past year of cultural district planning is a new spirit of collaboration among the participants of this yearlong planning initiative. In fact, one task force was specifically created for the arts and cultural organizations in our community. Three other …

“God’s peace and blessings to you as you join with the National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES) and the thousands of students, faculty and administrators around the country to celebrate this year’s Episcopal Schools Celebration.”

I hope you have had an opportunity to review the upcoming 2021-22 events schedule for the Angelina Arts Alliance.

Along with the recent cooler weather we are experiencing, we welcomed the official arrival of the fall season this past week. From Friday night football games to filling corn feeders, this is one of my favorite times of the year.

Another tragedy in the national spotlight. A young lady comes up missing and eventually is found deceased after she and her boyfriend and she were subjects of scrutiny.

More than a year later, we continue to battle COVID-19. While the hospital is here to care for those severe cases, many are able to fight the coronavirus at home. With that, I wanted to share some things that you can do to manage your COVID-19 symptoms at home. The Centers for Disease Contro…

Last week, Hurricane Nicholas made landfall, impacting the coastal region of Southeast Texas and neighboring counties. Though the storm hit as a hurricane, it was later downgraded to a tropical storm and then to a tropical depression.

Lufkin ISD is continually supported locally and on the state level through partnerships that make students the beneficiaries of an excellent education. We are proud to serve this community and feel privileged to have the backing of so many grants and programs giving our students amazing oppo…

Gov. Greg Abbott recently announced the Texas Health and Human Services Commission is set to receive $5 million in federal funding to help serve rural hospitals.

In the latest episode of “Celebrity Speaks,” we have a rapper who’s stirring up some controversy over her comments regarding the COVID vaccine, and we’ve got a comedian who’s drawing attention for his political opinions.

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I’ve tried to be optimistic about this Panther season, but it’s gotten to be very hard after 10 seasons of failed productivity in which we have a 40% playoff record. The excuses started before the season even began. Saying every position on your team is up for grabs, that tells me that from …

We all breathed a sigh of relief when we knew Hurricane Ida would miss the Texas coastline. But our friends in Louisiana were not so fortunate.

Many avid hunters are already planning for deer season, which begins Oct. 2 for bowhunters and Nov. 7 for general firearms season. Landowners who participate in special management programs within the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department can begin harvesting deer Oct. 2 with a firearm, as well.

Last weekend, we recognized the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. We remember and pray for all the Americans who were killed during the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Flight 93. Let us never forget.

As our nation observes the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, join me in remembering the nearly 3,000 Americans who lost their lives to this senseless act of violence.