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 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


Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

TRUMP DIDN’T WANT TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT VIOLENCE AT CAPITOL The House Committee investigating the Capitol attack Jan. 6, 2021, held an abruptly scheduled hearing Tuesday with... — Updated 6/28/2022

 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


A Gardeners Best Friend: Mulch (Part 2)

Hello fellow gardening enthusiasts! Last week I discussed organic mulch basics, including why using mulch in our gardens is important, as well as the numerous types of mulch. Some... — Updated 6/21/2022

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Lieutenant governors of Texas

The constitution grants very little power to the lieutenant governor of Texas. The misconception concerning the power of the position comes from the fact that for traditionally the... — Updated 6/21/2022


Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

FATHER'S DAY-JUNETEENTH APPROACHES THE DROUGHT CONTINUES Some mornings, about 6:30 a.m., Phillip Welch and I will visit on the phone while he travels to his school job at Kountze.... — Updated 6/14/2022


A Gardeners Best Friend: Mulch (Part 1)

During our monthly Master Gardener meeting, I invited a fellow Master Gardener, to drop by my home Friday morning to pick nectarines from my two trees. She arrived at our agreed... — Updated 6/14/2022

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

More About State Government

In answer to last week’s questions I posed, here are some of the answers: • The governor of Texas serves for four-year terms. This was changed in 1972 when John Connally was... — Updated 6/14/2022

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Learning About Government

Almost none of us, if any, would begin any game hoping to win without knowing the rules. Unfortunately, for all of us, too many of us begin our game of citizenship in life without... — Updated 6/7/2022


Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

ACTOR McCONAUGHEY ASKING FOR ACTION For Matthew McConaughey, the May 24 shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 children and two teachers dead, is more than... — Updated 6/7/2022


From the Desk of Mayor David Rutledge

Here’s a few things happening around City Hall. As you well know, the Atlantic hurricane season is upon us. It’s time to start thinking about your preparations and plans for... — Updated 5/31/2022


My five cents...

This week we mourn the loss of 21 Texans in a horrific shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Words can not adequately express our grief and we offer prayers of... — Updated 5/31/2022


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