Columns/Opinions

Thu
22
Sep

I truly have great friends

By Dennis Phillips

We all have friends, some are really great friends, some are simply acquaintances, but when you operate a newspaper, or in my case four newspapers the contact list in my cell phone is jam packed with all sorts of folks. This column is specifically aimed at my friends and those in my contact list that like to text me with information, specifically, football information.  

 

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Thu
22
Sep

Defense secretary promotes new hub to partner with tech startups

By Ed Sterling

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on Sept. 14 announced the opening of a “Defense Innovation Unit Experimental” hub at the Capital Factory in downtown Austin. Carter and University of Texas System Chancellor William McRaven said the hub would provide opportunities for innovators to partner with the Department of Defense to develop technologies to address the nation’s security challenges.  

 

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Thu
15
Sep

Record casualties for the Texas Rebs at Antietam

By Bartee Haile

Texans died in record numbers on Sep. 17, 1862 at the Battle of Antietam or Sharpsburg, bloodiest of the Civil War. Never one to rest on his laurels, Gen. Robert E. Lee invaded Maryland six days after winning the rematch at Bull Run. His objectives, endorsed by President Jefferson Davis, were to bring the border state into the Confederacy and the enemy, whose morale was at an all-time low, to the bargaining table.   

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Thu
15
Sep

Paxton says subpoena of corporation’s records violated First Amendment

By Ed Sterling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Sept. 9 announced he had filed a friend-of-the-court brief “in defense of the First Amendment.” The brief, he said, explains that Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Tracy Healey “exceeded her constitutional authority by attempting to shut down a viewpoint on an issue of scientific debate — climate change.” 

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Thu
08
Sep

Hearne Chamber and hotel/motel taxes

By Kent Brunette

 

Since well before 2003, the Hearne Chamber of Commerce has had a longterm contractual relationship with the city. During this time, the chamber has been helping the city plan ahead for anticipated Hearne Chamber, Hearne Depot, Camp Hearne, proposed Events Centre, DPS CDL, and other permissible expenses. To this end, it has initiated SUCCESSFUL efforts of: 

 

 

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Thu
08
Sep

Education chief announces fines assessed to testing service

By Ed Sterling

 

Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath on Aug. 23 announced the Texas Education Agency will fine the company that delivers and administers STAAR® — the State of  Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness — with $5.7 million in liquidated damages. Morath also directed the company, Austinbased Educational Testing Services, to invest $15 million for a total of $20.7 million. The $20.7 million, according to the TEA, “addresses various logistical issues encountered by students and school systems during statewide STAAR administration in the 2015- 2016 school year.” 

 

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Fri
02
Sep

Tap-dancing teenager knocked ‘em dead

By By Bartee Haile

 a Sep. 2, 1939 review of George White’s “Scandals of 1939,” a Broadway critic reserved his highest praise for a teenager from Texas named Ann Miller, who stopped the show every night with her high-energy tap dance. The future fixture of Hollywood musicals in the 1930’s and 1940’s was born Lucille Ann Collier at her grandparent’s place near Nacogdoches. The year was 1923, and that is important because she would later change it to find work in Tinsel Town. 

 

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Fri
02
Sep

Federal court rules in favor of UT’s campus carry policy

By Ed Sterling

An attempt by three University of Texas at Austin professors to prevent licensed permit holders from carrying their concealed handguns while attending classes was denied by U.S. District Court Judge Lee Yeakel on Aug. 22. Named as defendants in the professors’ lawsuit were Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, UT President Gregory L. Fenves and each member of the UT Board of Regents. 

 

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Fri
26
Aug

Texan diagnosed with Zika illness after returning from trip

By Ed Sterling

A Texas resident who recently traveled to Miami, Florida, has tested positive for Zika virus disease, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported on Aug. 15. The traveler, an El Paso County resident, sought testing after becoming ill. This is the first Texas case to be linked to travel within the continental United States. The case will be classified as “travel-associated” and is being investigated for more details, the DSHS said.

 

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Fri
26
Aug

Graffiti needs to stop

By Kent Brunette

As the old school that touched several major streets (Calvert, Anderson, Cypress, Wheelock, Post Oak, and Cedar) was being torn down, local residents and former students were horrified to see that the old building had been vandalized. Windows were knocked out and boarded up. Fire extinguishers had been sprayed. Graffiti was spray-painted both inside and out. Syringes and condoms were scattered on the ground.

 

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