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 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Lamar State College-Orange

How Lamar State College-Orange came about is a somewhat interesting story about community involvement and politics. The story really began with Port Arthur College. Port Arthur... — Updated 2/22/2022

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

What's a Politician?

How many times have you heard someone running for office say, "I am not a politician"? The phrase seems to suggest that being a politician is necessarily a bad thing. I disagree.... — Updated 2/15/2022


Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

EARLY PRIMARY TO CAUSE LOWER TURNOUT Texas has the earliest primary election day in the nation, for a midterm election cycle, March 1. Early voting is set from Feb. 14 to Feb. 25. N... — Updated 2/15/2022


Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

UNVACCINATED PUTS VULNERABLE AT RISK Orange County continues to be one of the least COVID vaccinated counties in the state. In the last three weeks we have had three people die... — Updated 2/8/2022


End of an era

It has been quieter the last few days at home. For 19 years there has been a TV blaring from the other end of the house, frequently joined by a country music station on the radio.... — Updated 2/8/2022


Here's just a few of the happenings at City Hall.

City Hall will be closed this month on Monday, February 21st in observance of Presidents' Day. When I was in school (way back in ancient times!) we observed February 12 as... — Updated 2/1/2022

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Good News

The good news for Orange, County may be indicative of good news coming for all of America. There has been enough bad news in recent years accompanying the pandemic: arguments over... — Updated 2/1/2022


Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

BRADY RETIRES MOST DECORATED PLAYER IN LEAGUE HISTORY Tom Brady is retiring from the NFL after 22 seasons. The seven-time Super Bowl champion officially announced his retirement on... — Updated 2/1/2022


My Five Cents

Monday, January 31 is the last day to register to vote in the March primary elections. To register, simply complete an voter registration application available online through the... — Updated 1/28/2022


Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

STARTING WEEK WITH MY BOAT FULL I had great intentions for this week’s column but my boat filled up before I knew it. Between doctors visits and falling way behind, I’m playing... — Updated 1/25/2022


Strawberries: Home Grown Will Always be Sweetest!

Hello fellow gardening enthusiasts! We have been lucky this past week experiencing mild seasonal temperatures including a couple nights of below freezing temperatures (barely... — Updated 1/25/2022


Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

ANOTHER WEEK ROLLS AROUND I'm going to start this column on a different footing this week. Let me tell you about our youngest saint, Saint Agnes, who is celebrated every January... — Updated 1/18/2022


Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

WHAT'S UP WITH SENATOR MANCHIN FOLLOW THE MONEY That question has been going around for several months. First the Democrat from West Virginia said he would not vote for Biden's... — Updated 1/11/2022

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Remember When

I wonder whether or not there is anyone besides me old enough to remember when there was no bridge to Bridge City. When one was driving west out of Orange, as you neared the Neches... — Updated 1/11/2022


Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

THE LEGACY OF K.O.G.T. RADIO It was somewhat sad to see the radio station shut down. It is a legend in these-here parts. I go back to 1949 with K.O.G.T., when the studio was in the... — Updated 1/4/2022

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Be Prepared

As a boy I was fascinated by books telling tales of gallant knights saving the people. It was exciting to read about Ivanhoe, King Arthur and other errant knights going forth to... — Updated 1/4/2022


Bridge City sets new pace with 2022 projects

I don't know about you, but I'm ready for 2022 to get here and 2021 to finally leave. To paraphrase Yogi Berra, '21 was like déjà vu all over again from 2020. Covid-19 didn't... — Updated 1/4/2022


Seed Germination: Get a Jump-Start on Spring

Has winter finally arrived in SETX? Well maybe, at least for a couple of cold days and frigid nights it has, making this the perfect time to review the litany of seed and gardening... — Updated 1/4/2022


Gardening Tips: January

Hello fellow gardeners! 2021 is rapidly coming to an end and the new year is almost here. There are many gardening tasks which we can complete outside while we have good weather or... — Updated 12/28/2021

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Democracy's Greatest Danger

After chairing the Texas Senate Education Committee for several years, I am absolutely convinced that although education is expensive, it is not near so expensive as ignorance. I... — Updated 12/28/2021


Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM CREAUX AND I Here's hoping you have a blessed Christmas and Holiday Season. When I was a boy we would have been disappointed with the Christmastime weather.... — Updated 12/21/2021

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Real people once answered the phone

If you are over 60 years old there is an additional plague attacking you rather than the current virus. I am absolutely convinced that computers were invented to drive us old folks... — Updated 12/21/2021

 By Robert Vail    Columnists

A New Rod For Gramps

Young Cris had been going fishing since he was old enough to walk. Gramps, as he had called him, was raising Chris as best he could, living on a fixed income. Cris’ parents were t... — Updated 12/21/2021


Falling Leaves: Rake or Not?

Hello fellow gardeners and Merry Christmas! Today I’m standing at the kitchen sink and beside me sits a steaming cup of coffee, as I peer outside the window mesmerized, once... — Updated 12/21/2021


Don't You Love The Shepherds

Luke 2:8 "And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night." Who are your favorite characters in the account of the birth... — Updated 12/21/2021


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