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Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

RECORD COLD DAYS AHEAD Low to dip to 18 degrees: wind chill to drop single digits According to the National Weather Service, temperatures will drop below freezing later in the week... — Updated 12/20/2022


Celebrate the Holidays with Plants: Poinsettia

Christmas is near at hand, and in case you haven't noticed this week, winter is no longer "tippy toeing" into Southeast TX, she's showering us with her frigid, icy kisses and just... — Updated 12/20/2022

 By Roy Dunn    Columnists

Down Life's Highway

When you're poor, really poor, Christmas can be a very sad time, especially for a youngster. Sometimes the scar is so deep that even a lifetime won't remove it.  My... — Updated 12/20/2022

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Donald Trump's Talents

Anyone who knows me knows that I am not a fan of our past president, Donald Trump. He does, however, have some strong points which we must all recognize or someone just like him... — Updated 12/20/2022


Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

2022 HEISMAN WINNER In case you lost track of a major happening in the sports world, the Heisman Trophy was handed out on Saturday night and we’re here to report to you that Ohio... — Updated 12/13/2022


Why I Believe the State Should Offer Paid Maternity Leave

As we look ahead toward the 88th Legislative Session, I believe that one thing we as Legislators should be focused on is supporting children and families. As a parent and... — Updated 12/13/2022


Provocative Enticements: Seed Catalogues

Our weather has been great the past couple of weeks! That is if you like balmy, spring-like days with temperatures in the mid-80's. It's a bit unusual and somewhat disappointing if... — Updated 12/13/2022

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Changing Names

I think the Texas State Board of Regents is making a poor trade. They seem ready to change the name of the Montagne Center to that of a credit union in exchange for a one-time gift... — Updated 12/13/2022


Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

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

 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


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