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Figs: Sweet Summer Fruit

Numerous fig varieties grow well in Southeast, Texas climate. Different stages of ripeness, figs' herald summers' arrival. Gardeners, it certainly seems Summers arrived early this... — Updated 5/27/2022


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GUN BUYING BOOM IN U.S. Shooting Leaves Many Dead in Uvalde Texas Three days after a mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, that left 10 dead, a report was release by the Bureau of... — Updated 5/24/2022

 By Roy Dunn    Columnists 

It's just you and the future

This is for those youngsters who will be graduating this month, leaving the protection of home and striking out on their own. You have absolutely no idea what the future has in stor... — Updated 5/24/2022

 By Carl Parker    Columnists 

Go Vote

I had an old gentleman once tell me the biggest problem in the country is ignorance and apathy, but he said, "I don't know what to do about it and furthermore, I don't really... — Updated 5/24/2022

 By Carl Parker    Columnists


There is no doubt I care a great deal about education. It is not only something which increases the quality of life, it underpins the American way of life. Thomas Jefferson once... — Updated 5/17/2022


Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

BIDEN: ‘Evil will not win. Hate will not prevail’ Joe Biden is attacking the “hateful and perverse ideology” behind the Buffalo massacre: In America, evil will not win. I... — Updated 5/17/2022


Wilting Tomato Plant Leaves: Tomato Blight or Wilt?

First, let me begin by asking you not to use the term 'blight' lightly. Many plants, not just tomatoes, are prone to disease problems. If Blight strikes your garden, you don't... — Updated 5/17/2022


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GREMLINS GOT US LAST WEEK Last week universal broadsheet newsprint went into effect, meaning all broadsheet newspapers will be the same size. We were the last in this market to... — Updated 5/10/2022


Native Plants and Texas Superstars Make Gardening Easy

Technically, we are in the middle of spring, but it seems as though summer has arrived as our daytime temperature is above 90℉ many days, yet according to the Farmer's almanac,... — Updated 5/10/2022


My Five Cents…

Last month, I was proud to co-host the Lone Star Legislative Summit in Nacogdoches with Rep. Travis Clardy in conjunction with the Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce. We hosted a... — Updated 5/10/2022

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

The Cost of Higher Education

Things have certainly changed since I was a freshman at the University of Texas in 1952. I stayed at a boarding house which charged me $55.00 a month for room and board, tuition... — Updated 5/10/2022


Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

WE COULD SEE IT COMING HIGH COURT MAY OVERTURN ROE The U.S. Supreme Court has taken a preliminary vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that has for 49 years guaranteed wo... — Updated 5/3/2022


From the Desk of Mayor David Rutledge

Here's a few things happening around City Hall this past month. We're working with our engineers / project managers to finalize the details on the new water well for our Sunnyside f... — Updated 5/3/2022


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MUSK ACQUIRES TWITTER Elon Musk reached an agreement to buy Twitter for roughly $44 billion on Monday. Musk said in a joint statement with Twitter that he wants to make the service... — Updated 4/26/2022


Improving Soil: Always Begin with a Test

As many of you may already know our soil in Southeast Texas, or more specifically in Jefferson and Orange County is not optimum for most plants and can be difficult to cultivate.... — Updated 4/26/2022

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Meeting People

Among some of the nice things about serving in the Legislature for 32 years is the opportunity I enjoyed meeting people, some famous, some not-so-famous, but most very interesting... — Updated 4/19/2022


Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

EASTER PRAYERS FOR UKRAINE The celebration of Holy Week in the Christian Faith, has only brought death and destruction to the people of Ukraine by Russia. Putin is outright... — Updated 4/12/2022

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Straining Gnats and Swallowing Camels

We have all heard the phrase: “swallowing camels while straining gnats.” Generally, the phrase is applied to persons we designate as hypocrites. It seems to me; however, the... — Updated 4/12/2022

 By Roy Dunn    Columnists

Down Life's Highway

My grandmother Availia had many children; among them were three sets of twins and a set of triplets. Many of the young died as infants. Only one twin, my uncle Meldan “Tee-Dan... — Updated 4/12/2022


Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

WHAT A COMEBACK KANSAS OVER NORTH CAROLINA We were having a Jayhawks watch party, pulling for Kansas to defeat North Carolina for the National College Basketball Championship. By... — Updated 4/5/2022


From the desk of Mayor David Rutledge

This past week, some of our City Council members had the opportunity to meet with other Councilmembers from the 12-county area that makes up Region 16 of the Texas Municipal League... — Updated 4/5/2022


April Gardening Tips: Let the Blooming Begin

Greetings my fellow gardening enthusiasts! Our wait is finally over, Spring is erupting into bloom all around us. Azaleas, daffodils, and numerous other spring plants are bursting i... — Updated 4/5/2022

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

A Recent Poll Most Discouraging

Recently, I was extremely disturbed by the results of a poll which asked “How many Americans would remain and fight for our nation’s government as are the Ukrainians?”.... — Updated 4/5/2022

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Count Your Blessings

We in Southeast Texas need to wake up and realize that we are blessed in many ways; but the most valuable commodity available to us, our homes and our business entities is fresh... — Updated 3/29/2022


Native and Perennial Plants

Previously, I have spoken about selecting the right plant for the right spot in your garden, flower bed or yard. Today we're going to talk about native and perennial plants. Many... — Updated 3/24/2022


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