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  • Down Life's Highway

    Roy Dunn, For the Record|Updated Mar 26, 2024

    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” survived. His twin Melda didn’t make it past 3 years old. Grandma had been the carrier of 20 children or more. Few made it to birth, some lived a few months or a few days, and only seven of those children lived a long life. My aunt Eve died in 2008 at age 105. The rest all lived to be 90, with the excep...

  • Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

    Sherlock Breaux, For the Record|Updated Mar 19, 2024

    SUPREME COURT PERMITS TEXAS TO ARREST PEOPLE WHO ILLEGALLY CROSS THE BORDER AS LEGAL CLASH CONTINUES The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed Texas to start enforcing Senate Bill 4, a new state law that allows Texas police to charge people with illegally entering the state from other countries. The federal government argued that the law is unconstitutional because enforcing immigration laws is a federal responsibility. The legal case is far from over. The case will now go...

  • Mixed Emotions

    Carl Parker, For the Record|Updated Mar 19, 2024

    As a long time, Democrat, I must admit I have mixed emotions about the way Dade Phelan is being treated by the Republican Party. While I am pleased to see the Republicans are so disorganized, I am convinced that having the Speaker of the House representing this area is a great benefit to us all. There is a time and place for an area to benefit. The time is while the Legislature is in session. The place is various committees of the House and Senate. As an example, had I not...

  • Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

    Sherlock Breaux, For the Record|Updated Mar 12, 2024

    YOGI SAYS “IT AIN’T OVER TILL IT’S OVER” First let me congratulate the winners in the Primary Elections. Those with opponints and those without. After the smoke cleared we ended up with one runoff race in District 21. Our state representative Dave Phelan, who also is speaker of the house, one of the three most powerful offices in state government, finds himself in a runoff with David Covey. Covey, a political unkown from Mauriceville chosen by Attorney Gen. Paxton and Lt. Gov...

  • Do We Care

    Carl Parker, For the Record|Updated Mar 12, 2024

    I am starting to think that America is becoming like the old gentleman who once said that ignorance and lack of action is what is wrong with the world. He followed by saying, “I don’t know what’s wrong, but I really don’t care.” Our news sources daily carry stories about violence we impose on one another. Shooting and killing four or five people would have made front page headlines at one point; now such incidents cause little notice. We are getting de-sensitized to these kin...

  • Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

    Sherlock Breaux, For the Record|Updated Mar 8, 2024

    ELECTION MOSTLY GOP PRIMARY Every election I run my traps trying to get a read that I can make predictions on. That didn’t happen in this election cycle. The best I got was maybe, not probable, but possible, that we could end up with three races in run-offs. The state representative race, sheriff’s and constable races all have been hard fought and for the most part well run campaigns. Going into a race with multiple candidates usually favors the incumbent, but not necessarily...

  • My five cents…

    Senator Robert Nichols, For the Record|Updated Mar 5, 2024

    Here are five things happening around your state: 1. TEA announces opening of Texas Student Heroes Award nominations This month, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced that nominations for the annual Student Heroes program are open. The program recognizes Texas public school students in prekindergarten through high school who do an outstanding volunteer service that benefits their fellow students, schools, or communities. One student from each of the 15 State Board of...

  • Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

    Sherlock Breaux, For the Record|Updated Feb 27, 2024

    WHY PHELAN SHOULD BE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE One of the three most powerful political positions in Texas is on the line. It is more important to House District 21, in Southeast Texas because that is the district the powerful Speaker of the House of Representatives is from. It is the first time in Southeast Texas history that our little part of Texas has had such a strong hand in the governing of Texas. Speaker Dade Phelan is a true southeast Texan; his roots are deep in the...

  • The life, the times and the death of Clay

    Roy Dunn, For the Record|Updated Feb 20, 2024

    Clay Jackson Dunn was the product of a pioneering background. His father, Allen, had come to Texas from Arkansas in a covered wagon with his mother, Sarah Jane, who apparently was a pretty tough cookie for a 26-year-old. She embarked on a 14-month journey in Texas that held many uncertainties and dangers. Her husband, Dr. Stephen James Dunn, had been killed a few months earlier in the Civil War. Sarah Jane sought a new life for her son and younger sister. Abraham Lincoln was...

  • Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

    Sherlock Breaux, For the Record|Updated Feb 13, 2024

    BIDEN INNOCENT—VICTIM OF CHEAP SHOT The fact that President Joe Biden is a senior citizen is not going to go away. The world is full of successful senior citizens and the president is one of them. Accomplishments in his first term in office are remarkable, and yes, people accuse him of being a senior citizen in that campaign. Through his many years of service, along with getting older, he gained the knowledge that has made him the most experienced and knowledgeable person o...

  • Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

    Sherlock Breaux, For the Record|Updated Feb 6, 2024

    A BORDER SECURITY BILL WORTH PASSING The Senate bill has reforms Trump never came close to getting. Despite weeks working with Democrats to shape a compromise on illegal migration that also bolsters national security threats, the Trump-dominated GOP intends to do nothing until Election Day. Do Republicans want to better secure the U.S. border, or do they want to keep what has become an open sore festering for another year as an election issue? That’s the choice presented to C...

  • My five cents…

    State Sen Robert Nichols, For the Record|Updated Jan 30, 2024

    One hundred and eighty-five years ago this month, the Republic of Texas passed a piece of legislation that set the framework for education funding to this day. On January 26, 1839, a bill passed that set aside land for public schools in Texas and two public universities. It fulfilled the vision President Mirabeau Lamar had for a public education system endowed by public lands in the state. Though not immediately successful, the program had lasting impacts and earned Lamar the...

  • A New Adventure

    Carl Parker, For the Record|Updated Jan 30, 2024

    If you are reaching your so-called “Golden Years,” you most likely have a new adventure in store. I just finished eight weeks as a guest of a hospital. I escaped but learned a lot about medical practice in the USA. It is said that we have the highest quality but worst delivery of any developed nation I the world. Your first challenge is to negotiate the requirement to gain access. What insurance or what government program such as Medicare apply. Most doctor’s offices will help...

  • Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

    Sherlock Breaux, For the Record|Updated Jan 23, 2024

    COURT SAYS TEXAS CAN'T BLOCK FEDERAL AGENTS The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ordered Texas to allow federal border agents access to the state's border with Mexico, where Texas officials have deployed miles of concertina wire. The order for now, effectively upholds longstanding court rulings that the Constitution gives the federal government sole responsibility for border security. In recent weeks, Shelby Park in Eagle Pass has become the center of a standoff between Texas and...

  • Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

    Sherlock Breaux, For the Record|Updated Jan 16, 2024

    A.G. PAXTON CAMPAIGNS AGAINST SPEAKER DADE PHELAN IN HIS S.E.T. DISTRICT Attorney General Ken Paxton ramped up his political revenge tour following his impeachment last year with a visit to the district of House Speaker Dade Phelan. Paxton spent the day in southeast Texas campaigning with David Covey, a GOP activist from the Mauriceville area, who is challenging Phelan in the March primary. The Phelan-led House, including most Republicans, impeached Paxton in May on abuse-of-p...

  • Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

    Sherlock Breaux, For the Record|Updated Jan 9, 2024

    DEMOCRACY ON NOVEMBER 2024 BALLOT The nation faces an unprecedented threat to our democracy that thousands of young men and women gave their lives to protect. Former president Donald J. Trump, a pathological liar is actively plotting to overthrow American democracy. He makes no secret of it and his desire to be a dictator. He calls the free press the “enemy of the people.” He advocates discarding lawful ballots. Remember Hitler did not come to power in a coup. Remember Tru...

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  • Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

    Sherlock Breaux, For the Record|Updated Jan 2, 2024

    8 ARRIVES I pray the people will make the right choice in the 2024 presidential election. I agree we have two old men running but one is very disturbed and dangerous to our democracy. I’m surprised by the polling of women in this country that Nikki Haley is not doing better in the polls because her major opponent has so many negative issues plus he appointed the majority judges on the Supreme Court that did away with Rowe vs. Wade after 50 years. I pray that this is not the...

  • Holiday turns North for Roy and Phyl

    Roy Dunn, For the Record|Updated Dec 26, 2023

    I started trying to make it through a Down Life's Highway column and have written this copy from the hospital on Christmas day. I came down with COVID and with my COPD and kidney problems I ended up at St. E's very sick. Phyl, being sick herself, drove to an emergency clinic and also tested positive for COVID but without the other issues I have. The medicine the doctor prescribed has done her a lot of good. My daughter Karen, who is seeing that I am being cared for, is also...

  • Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

    Sherlock Breaux, For the Record|Updated Dec 19, 2023

    WELCOME TO OUR CHRISTMAS ISSUE We have rolled up on another Christmas and are very grateful to be here with you and still be able to knock out this weekly column and bring “The Record” to you. We thank our faithful readers who have made us the most popular and most read publications in Orange County. Christmastime is a great time to say thanks to our writers who are always current, informative and interesting. Our staff, week after week, does a yeoman’s job of putting out a...

  • Orange Ship at Agatha Christie House

    Glenda Dyer, For the Record|Updated Dec 19, 2023

    Huw and Martha Howells of Orangefield were surprised to see a touch of Orange, Texas, when they visited crime writer Agatha Christie's home in Devon, England, this summer. In the home's library is a mural painted by Lt. Marshall Lee of the United States Navy showing the route his landing craft infantry (LCI) ship took out of the Orange shipyard in February 1943 on the way to North Africa, Sicily and on to England to participate in the DDay events. "The mural began in the left...

  • Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

    Sherlock Breaux, For the Record|Updated Dec 12, 2023

    THE GREATNESS OF MANDELA Ten years ago I watched all the Nelson Mandela service including President Barack Obama's speech. Ninety-one governments were represented. Former United States Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and their spouses attended. President Obama drew the largest reception. He shook hands on the way to the podium with Raul Castro. Mandela was one of a kind; born in 1918, he died at age 95. After being imprisoned 27 years, where he was...

  • Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

    Sherlock Breaux, For the Record|Updated Dec 5, 2023

    PEARL HARBOR DAY AND CEDRIC REMEMBERED It’s been 82 years since the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. That day is one of the most memorable events in my life. I had a cousin who was injured and stayed in hospital months only to come home and be killed in a farm accident. The attack led to the United States being involved in World War II. We listened to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s address to the American people on a neighbor’s radio. “This day will li...

  • My five cents…

    Senator Robert Nichols, For the Record|Updated Dec 5, 2023

    The year is coming to a close and the holidays are fast approaching. Have a fun and safe holiday season! Here are five things happening around your state: 1. Texas still number one for domestic in-migration Last year, Texas again was the number one destination for Americans moving to another state, according to State-to-State Migration Flows data from the Census Bureau. The most signification migration flows occurred between Texas and other high-population states, like...

  • Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

    Sherlock Breaux, For the Record|Updated Nov 28, 2023

    Governor Abbott Calls Fourth Special Session Governor Greg Abbott announced Special Session #4 and issued a proclamation identifying agenda items for the special session that began at 5:00 PM on Tuesday. “The Texas Legislature made progress over the past month protecting Texans from forced COVID-19 vaccinations and increasing penalties for human smuggling,” said Governor Abbott. “However, there is more work to be done. I am immediately calling lawmakers back for Special Sessi...

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