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Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

LAST QUEEN FOR A LIFETIME LAID TO REST Masses line the roads as Elizabeth is taken to castle for burial. Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin was lowered into the royal vault of St. George... — Updated 9/20/2022

 By Carl Parker    Columnists 

Where Are the People

I am beginning to suspect that aliens are taking over the world by replacing human beings with machines. I wouldn’t complain so much if the machines were more accommodating. As... — Updated 9/20/2022


Rain Lilies: Possess an Alluring Ephemeral Nature

During a recent Orange County Master Gardener monthly meeting, fellow Master Gardener, Eddie Shaw, who counts himself a fan of the rain lily, surprised me with a gift of seeds. The... — Updated 9/20/2022


Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

YEARS LATER WORDS JUMP BACK AT ME Words you read from our Out of the Past section, 20-45-50 years etc, are words I wrote all those many years ago. I just rework them for today’s... — Updated 9/13/2022


Fall Vegetable Gardening: Time to Plant!

Fall is in the air…well almost! Autumn officially begins in a couple of weeks, on the 22nd of September to be exact. Soon lower humidity and cooler temperatures will be upon us.... — Updated 9/13/2022


Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

WATCHING 9-11 AS IT UNFOLDED 21 YEARS AGO As I sit here on the 21st anniversary of 9-11, my mind goes back to that moment. I was sitting in the office, my feet propped on the desk,... — Updated 9/6/2022

 By Carl Parker    Columnists


While I was in the state Senate, I was invited and attended a Roundtable at Oxford on education. It was attended by educators from all over the world. Many were from countries just... — Updated 9/6/2022


From the Desk of Mayor David Rutledge

I wasn’t sure August was ever going to get over. It seems like it must’ve rained somewhere in the city every day. The unsettled weather sure reminds me that “H” season is... — Updated 9/6/2022


Trees: Transplant During Autumn

Can you believe we are now more than halfway thru hurricane season 2022? Fortunately, there have been no tropical storm developments within the Gulf of Mexico so far and I'm going... — Updated 9/6/2022


Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

ANOTHER LABOR DAY ROLLS AROUND Monday, September 5, is Labor Day. Over the years, Labor Day in our area was always a big day of celebration. Just a few years ago, before the Reagan... — Updated 8/30/2022


Ideal Companions: Strawberries and Garlic

Last week's article reviewed garlic (allium sativum) varieties which grow well in our climate. This week I want to share information on a wonderful companion plant to interplant... — Updated 8/30/2022

 By Carl Parker    Columnists


Recently I have heard much discussion about fear that the United States may descend into a socialistic type government. Generally in my conversations with folks, I have found that... — Updated 8/30/2022


Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

TOP SECRET DOCS NOT ACCIDENTAL Robinson Once Luther Theater Guest Eugene Robinson, a Washington Post columnist and associate Editor, has covered the White House for decades. In the... — Updated 8/23/2022

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Not Boring

Early in my struggling law practice I was inclined to accept almost anything in order to gain a new client. I regularly swapped legal services for goods or services. On one... — Updated 8/23/2022


Garlic: Several Varieties Thrive in SETX

There are nearly 600 cultivars of garlic cultivated world-wide with Central Asia cultivating 120 varieties (Image courtesy Pinterest). Garlic offers several health benefits and is w... — Updated 8/23/2022


Sherlock Breaux in the Creauxs Nest

TIME ROLLS ON As you get older time does seem to go faster. You look at your 30-year-old Rolodex and over half of the people listed in it are now gone. That’s one reason why elder... — Updated 8/16/2022

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Education Money

Texas public education has not been adequately funded since the 1940s. Under the party now in power it has gotten worse, not better. Growth in charter schools is one reason why.... — Updated 8/16/2022


Soil Basics: Microbes to pH

Gardeners, hopefully most of you received rain the past week as forecast by local meteorologist. It certainly is a welcome respite and truly needed. And with the rain comes another... — Updated 8/16/2022


Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

TRUMP’S HOME IN FLORIDA SEARCHED Monday the FBI searched Trump’s Palm Beach, Florida home. The search, according to multiple people familiar with the investigation, approved to... — Updated 8/9/2022

 By Carl Parker    Columnists


In this column I recently wrote about the quote of P. T. Barnum that there is a sucker born every minute. I now believe the quote was wrong. After watching the trial of Alex Jones,... — Updated 8/9/2022


My Five Cents...

Sixty-four years ago this month, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act, which established NASA and emphasized our commitment to space... — Updated 8/2/2022


Monarch Butterflies: Endangered Species "Red List"

Gardeners, typically I refrain from being the harbinger of sad news but on July 21st, 2022, the IUCN classified one of our most majestic butterflies, as an endangered species and... — Updated 8/2/2022


From the Desk of Mayor David Rutledge

Summer is starting to wind down, seems as if everyone is getting ready for school to start. A week from today it’s going to officially open up for the fall semester. This is... — Updated 8/2/2022

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Good or Bad?

There has long been discussion about whether or not elected officials should have limits on how many years they should serve. The concept can be both good and bad. Arguments for... — Updated 8/2/2022


Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

COUNTY JUDGE TO FACE THE HEAT AT ROAST On August 4, the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce is having a "celebrity roast" of the head of county government. John Gothia is a longtime Bri... — Updated 7/26/2022


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