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Capital Highlights: Attorney General intervenes in ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’ lawsuit

AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Dec. 15 intervened in a lawsuit filed on behalf of nurse’s aide Dedra Shannon against the Killeen Independent School District over its decision to … more

Do more than live; experience life

Getting through life seems to get in the way of experiencing life sometimes, and that is not ok. Too often I find myself “doing” and not necessarily “experiencing.” I know that it’s a … more

Guest Column: Texas must act now to repair damage to Public Information Act

We Texans are fortunate when it comes to access to government information. Correction. We were fortunate. For more than 40 years, Texas’ open records law was one of the nation’s strongest. … more

Guest Column: They keep tearing down this Old Coot’s memories

  Every time I read my print edition replica of the Houston Chronicle online, I read where they’ve’ torn down something else from the great memories of my past. (The headline reference to Old … more

The Vineyard II brings in a crowd, even when food drives away

Sealy News Publisher Karen Lopez and husband Eddie. more

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

AUSTIN — 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 … more

Capital Highlights: Paxton files brief in support of president’s immigration order

AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed a legal brief supporting President Trump’s executive order for an immigration crackdown. In his Feb. 15 brief with a San Francisco federal … more

Capital Highlights: Abbott reacts to Trump’s choice of Perry as energy secretary

AUSTIN — President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Rick Perry as the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy prompted this reaction by Gov. Greg Abbott: “Under Rick Perry’s … more

Now is the time to make a hurricane plan

June 23 will mark one month since a rare microburst exhaled a devastating blast of wind across Sealy and Austin County.  In the storm’s aftermath a swath of destruction and injury was … more

Remembrin' Benjamin: Family plans golf tourney to help others

Do you remember where you were when the Challenger shuttle exploded? When JFK was assassinated? When the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks occurred? The Oklahoma City bombing? Of course, you do. There … more

Letter to the Editor

World Spay Day Dear Editor, This year World Spay Day takes place on Feb. 28, 2017. According to The Humane Society of the United States, 2.4 million healthy, adoptable cats and dogs are put … more

AG Paxton: Texas Leads 13-State Coalition for School’s Rights

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton released the following statement today after his office filed a reply brief in its lawsuit seeking a nationwide preliminary injunction against the U.S. … more

Guest Columnist: Insomnia resurrects past flirtation with abject poverty

A recent one-night bout with insomnia and the always-resulting thought swirls, resurrected some childhood experiences that steeled the determination already being forced into my young mind about … more

Oscar countdown: Get Out

With nominees for this year’s Academy Awards being announced last week, we will be reviewing some of the nominated films as a countdown to the actual awards which will be held March 8. The … more

Comicpalooza delivers super sci-fi fun with ‘Aliens’ cast and others

It’s been 30 years since the science fiction blockbuster movie “Aliens” came out and Sigourney Weaver doesn’t look like she’s aged a day. As for the rest of the cast ... well, gosh, how … more

Book review: The Couple Next Door

I SO wanted this book, “The Couple Next Door,” written by Shari Lapena, to be a good one. I saw it on the “new paperbacks” table at Barnes & Noble a couple of months ago and made a note to … more

Contact your congressman about postal reform

Texas newspapers are facing the threat of higher postal rates and slower service unless a postal reform measure known as HR 756 passes Congress. For the sake of newspapers and everyone who uses the … more

Run away and join the circus

Most of the time, when my husband and I get the chance for a night on the town, you can find us cozied up over a bag of popcorn (OK, maybe a bucket … don’t judge!) in the middle row at the … more

Interim Committee Gives legislature a new chance to improve open government laws

Five of the most frightening words to hear from elected officials from all levels of government are these:  “I’m all for transparency, but….” The phrase following the “but” is usually … more

Post-season preparation

College basketball’s most exciting time of the year will take place in just a few short weeks. Conference tournaments will begin soon and the road to March Madness will become quite busy. This … more
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