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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

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Reading and Technology

If you are with a group of teens, more often than not you will catch them engrossed in looking at their cell phones. I have been blessed with bright children and grandchildren... — Updated 7/26/2022


N-P-K Fertilizers: Significance of the Letters

So, you've noticed your spring flowers have endured as much of our Texas summer heat as they can stand and decided it's time to replace them with summer blooming annuals and... — Updated 7/26/2022


Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

THE EAGLE HAS LANDED JULY 20, 1969 It was 1961, John F. Kennedy was the president of the United States. He wanted to land humans on the moon in that decade. The United States had... — Updated 7/19/2022

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Can Computers Save Us?

Democracy works best when all of the people of the nation participate. Unfortunately, today, less than half of the eligible voters in our country take time to exercise their... — Updated 7/19/2022


Effective Weed Control Begins with Knowledge

Gardeners, it's another beautiful summer morning here in Southeast Texas. Rather than moving from gardening task to task, as is typical most days, I took the time to slowly walk aro... — Updated 7/19/2022


Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

LEAVING HENRIETTA RECALLING SPECIAL TIMES GREAT FRIENDS AND A GOOD RUN On September 12, 2008, Hurricane Ike came ashore, completely overrunning Bridge City with water as high as six... — Updated 7/12/2022

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Are You a Sucker?

P. J. Barnum once said, “There is a sucker born every minute.” He made millions using that philosophy with his circus. If democracy is to survive, we need to not be suckers... — Updated 7/12/2022

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Roy and Me

Roy Dunn, publisher of this paper, and I can be cited as a good example of how politics in America should work. Our relationship began over 50 years ago. A close friend of Roy’s... — Updated 7/12/2022


Timing is Everything: Establishing a Wildflower Garden

How quickly time passes us by! Another week has come and gone. Summer is going to be with us for several months, providing us ample opportunity to continue with our seasonal... — Updated 7/12/2022


Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRIDGE CITY Fifty-two years ago, July 7, the small community of Bridge City incorporated and the town of Bridge City, Texas was born. A young attorney named H.D.... — Updated 7/5/2022


From the Desk of Mayor David Rutledge

I don’t know about you, but I’m glad to see our drought gone! It was becoming a drain on everyone’s patience and pocketbook. The ground around my slab was starting to shrink... — Updated 7/5/2022


Watering Techniques for SE Texas Gardens

Happy Independence Day everyone! I'm hoping each of you were able to spend time with family, friends and loved ones to celebrate the holiday. I spoke with my sister recently, who li... — Updated 7/5/2022

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

House of Representatives

The Texas House of Representatives is made up of 150 members elected from individual districts throughout the state. Traditionally they are re-done to accommodate changes in... — Updated 6/28/2022


Cowboy Church of Orange County Under New Leadership

Pastor Harland Strother will usher in a new era at Cowboy Church of Orange County when he takes up the reins July 1. Strother's "Faith Walk" style of ministry encourages believers... — Updated 6/28/2022


Summer Flowers for Texas Gardens

Spring's now past, a pleasant but hazy memory with summer officially arriving June 21st. So, for the next several months, summer will be keeping us company. This means we can count... — Updated 6/28/2022


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