Columns/Opinions

Fri
20
May

Economic development update

By Kent Brunette

Hearne Economic Development recently provided the city council with the following update. $1.5 million in funding for Hearne’s new $2 million meetings, events, and training centre funding has been secured. Hearne still needs to apply for a $500,000 USDA loan for the balance that will be secured by local hotel/ motel tax revenues. Also needed is a 50/50 USDA loan/grant for electronics and audio/visual equipment.

 

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Fri
20
May

High court rules school finance method is constitutional

By Ed Sterling

The current method devised by the Texas Legislature in 2011 to fund public education does not violate the state constitution, the Texas Supreme Court unanimously ruled May 13. The lawsuit challenging the state’s education- funding method originally was brought in 2011 by more than 600 school districts identifying themselves collectively as the Texas Taxpayer and Student Fairness Coalition. Lawyers for the coalition argued that the state falls short of the constitution’s imperative of equitable funding.

 

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Fri
13
May

Cruz ends campaign, Perry endorses Trump for president

By Ed Sterling

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, suspended his presidential campaign May 3 after losing Indiana’s GOP presidential primary to frontrunner Donald Trump of New York. The Indiana loss mathematically eliminated Cruz from achieving the necessary delegate count to gain the nomination at the Republican Party National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 18-21.

 

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Fri
13
May

Flour salesman rises to pinnacle of Texas politics

By Bartee Haile

An entertaining and unquestionably eccentric era in Texas politics came to an end on May 11, 1969 with the death of former governor and U.S. Senator “Pappy” O’Daniel. A job offer from a Fort Worth milling company brought the 35-year-old salesman to Texas in 1925. Three years later, a deal with a group of unemployed musicians put Wilbert Lee O’Daniel on the road to fame and fortune.

 

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Fri
06
May

Corpus Christi founder shadiest of characters

By Bartee Haile

On May 4, 1855, a Philadelphia grand jury indicted Henry L. Kinney, erstwhile smuggler and scandalous founder of Corpus Christi, for his part in a plot to invade Nicaragua.  The Pennsylvania native was 18, when he paid a visit to relatives at the Irish colony of San Patricio in 1832. He wandered back to Texas five years  later and set up shop on the western bank of the Nueces River, where it empties into Corpus Christi Bay.

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Fri
06
May

Supreme Court sends Voter ID case back to Fifth Circuit

By Ed Sterling

Texas’ voter identification law will remain in effect for now, but the U.S. Supreme Court has instructed a lower court to rule on its constitutionality before November’s election. On April 29 the Supreme Court temporarily upheld a stay granted by  the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Oct. 14. The stay has allowed the Texas law to remain in effect.

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Fri
29
Apr

Texas baseball great organizes black league

By Bartee Haile

Rube Foster’s American Giants played the Indianapolis ABC’s on May 2, 1920 in the first game of the new Negro National League founded by the baseball great from Texas. “White baseball has never seen anyone quite like Rube Foster,” a sports historian once wrote. “He was Christy Mathewson, John McGraw, Connie Mack, Al Spalding and Kenesaw Mountain Landis -- great pitcher, manager, owner, league organizer, czar -- all rolled into one.”

 

Fri
29
Apr

Abbott proclaims flooding disaster, adds more counties

By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on April 18 declared a state of disaster for Austin, Bastrop, Colorado, Fort Bend, Grimes, Harris, Montgomery, Waller and Wharton counties. Those counties were hit with severe storms and flooding beginning April 17, requiring the aid of emergency responders over many days.

 

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Fri
22
Apr

Are you still watching?

By Dennis Phillips
 
Seems folks took a break from watching the primaries these last two months but with the wins in New York, Clinton and Trump are back in the American spotlight. Sure a few minor primaries took center stage over the past few weeks, but little numbers add up for Bernie Sanders above all others.
 
 
Fri
22
Apr

SEC files charges naming Paxton in Servergy case

By Ed Sterling
 
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is facing civil fraud charges filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Paxton was named in charges filed April 11 against Servergy Inc., a McKinney-based technology company incorporated in Nevada, and its founder and former chief executive officer William E. Mapp III.
 
 

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