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NAME CHANGE COMING TO MONTAGNE CENTER The late Bob Montagne Remembered The Montagne Center, Lamar’s basketball arena, has been named for the late A.H. “Bob” Montagne since it... — Updated 12/6/2022

 By Carl Parker    Columnists 

Know the Rules

Several years ago, an old pal of mine, a great golfer, entered a big golf tournament in one of our smaller East Texas towns. He figured he would be a contender to win the... — Updated 12/6/2022

 By Roy Dunn    Columnists 

Down Life's Highway

It's come on the 81st anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Prior to the attack, life in the little Cajun community of Abbeville was slower and more country than any Norman Rockwell... — Updated 12/6/2022


Norfolk Island Pine: A Living Christmas Tree

The needled branches of Norfolk Island Pine trees (Araucaria heterophylla), look right at home during the holidays! They can be decorated as Christmas trees and once the holidays... — Updated 12/6/2022


Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

ORANGE COUNTY ADVANCED POWER STATION STATE OF THE ART The new power station in Orange County, near Bridge City, at the present Entergy location, will be in the city of Port Arthur.... — Updated 11/29/2022

 By Carl Parker    Columnists


I am absolutely convinced that some of us were born with an extra gene that commits us to following politics in great detail. As a victim of such plague, you may be assured that I... — Updated 11/29/2022


Holiday Cacti: Thanksgiving, Christmas & Easter (Part 3 of 3)

Gardeners, many of you hosted neighbors, friends, and family (as did we) during the Thanksgiving holiday. Some family members drove considerable distances and others traveled greate... — Updated 11/29/2022


Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

THANKS IS A DOUBLE EDGED SWORD We folks here in Southeast Texas have much to be thankful for. All around us, in many ways, from crime to weather and more, this is one of the... — Updated 11/22/2022

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

What If

Athens, Greece is the birthplace of self-government known as democracy. Even though we call our system of government a democracy, it is, in fact, a republic. The difference being... — Updated 11/22/2022


Holiday Cacti: Thanksgiving, Christmas & Easter (Part 1 of 3)

Gardeners, we are once again experiencing brisk weather, though it’s cold to me and looks as though it’ll be “hanging around” for more than a week. In preparation of rainy,... — Updated 11/21/2022


Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

DEMOCRACY WINS OVER VOTERS Last week, in predicting the outcome of the national elections, I came as close as anyone in making the right call. After months of the Republican party s... — Updated 11/15/2022



Crime is always high on the list of concerns of voting citizens. A long list of promises made by would-be officeholders almost always contains at least one promise concerning... — Updated 11/15/2022


Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

MID-TERM ELECTIONS WILL DETERMINE UNITED STATES FUTURE Tuesday Nov. 8, was Election Day around the nation. Mid-term elections usually favor the party that is not in power. For the... — Updated 11/8/2022

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Then and Now

When John McCain was seeking the presidency, a woman supporter opined that his opponent was a Muslim not a loyal American and was born in Africa. Senator McCain quickly stopped her... — Updated 11/8/2022


Lawn and Garden Tools: Maintenance & Winterizing

Last week, I wrote about transitioning houseplants back indoors or other areas, such as a porch, greenhouse, or garage, allowing plants to be protected from cooler nighttime... — Updated 11/7/2022


Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

WORLD SERIES-PHILLIES HOST ASTROS Rain forced World Series game 3 to be moved from Monday to Tuesday. Two games will follow on Wednesday and Thursday in Philadelphia. If the series... — Updated 11/1/2022


From the Desk of Mayor David Rutledge

It’s almost time! Time to start working on your entry into the Christmas parade, that is. The date is quickly approaching to break out those Christmas lights, fire up the old... — Updated 11/1/2022


Time to Harvest: Satsuma's

While driving around different communities in SETX, you've probably noticed (I certainly have) Satsuma trees are displaying bright orange-yellow fruits which are ripening. Did you... — Updated 11/1/2022

 By Carl Parker    Columnists


Having been born in 1934 I have witnessed much change in the world. Most of the changes have made life better, but some I feel like I could do without. Some things I didn’t have... — Updated 11/1/2022


Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

WORLD SERIES STARTS FRIDAY PHILLIES vs ASTROS The Philadelphia Phillies are going to the World Series for the first time in 13 years, and they are going there in a fashion that... — Updated 10/25/2022

 By Carl Parker    Columnists


Most of my friends, particularly the ones with a conservative bent, often like to quote the old saying, “least government governs best.” What makes me wonder why is it that all... — Updated 10/25/2022


Halloween Gardens: Spooky Plant Selections

It's been another fantastic week of cooler temperatures with perfect weather! We've experienced a few chilly mornings, but temperatures have warmed nicely by midday, making garden... — Updated 10/25/2022


Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

PATH TO WORLD SERIES YANKEES vs ASTROS The Houston Astros have a record six consecutive American League Championship Series appearances after an 18-inning win over the Seattle... — Updated 10/18/2022

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Money and Politics

What is the difference between a bribe and a campaign contribution? I must admit that sometimes it is difficult to tell. As I mentioned in a previous article, a former speaker of th... — Updated 10/18/2022


Houseplant Transition: Time to Relocate

Another week of fantastic weather has ended and fortunately many of us welcomed much needed rainfall, though the amount will hardly reduce our rainfall deficit! Our first true cold... — Updated 10/17/2022


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