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Be willing to be positive

As I was driving my team around a few weeks ago my son asked me what energy was. I have found my mind is numb to the number and type of questions I get on a daily basis from my kids. However, this … more

Embracing a healthier lifestyle

It’s time for a change. Ever get stuck in a rut? Ever get stuck in a really bad rut? Ever get stuck in a really bad rut of eating fast food 70 percent of the time and having dessert every single … more

Build your Jedi team … consistent you must be

I bet George Lucas never thought he would be helping give a college basketball coach advice on how to build a team when Star Wars first hit theaters on May 25, 1977. Just a few months earlier Al … more

Texas begins long march toward recovery from Hurricane Harvey

AUSTIN — As contaminated waters receded and mountains of debris from flooded homes and ruined belongings grew last week, a picture of post-hurricane Texas developed and the process of weighing … more

So, about that Sumlin letter …

Let’s talk about that letter to Kevin Sumlin. If you’ve been living in a cave, you may not have heard that last week, a note was mailed to the home of Texas A&M football coach Kevin Sumlin and … more

You don't just move to Texas; Texas moves into you

My Mom is an avid iced tea drinker, and her all-time favorite tea hails from McDonald’s.For as long as I can remember she’s gotten a large McDonald’s iced tea every day, and I feel fairly … more

I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain

I’ve always been a bit of a bookworm, and no one – myself included – ever would have predicted that I’d have anything to do with natural disasters. It happened a little bit by accident. As … more

The challenges of coaching and parenting

You be “good cop” and I’ll be “bad cop.” We have all heard this phrase and most of us have all tried it. I lost belief and interest in this concept a long time ago. It is gimmicky and … more

Hurricane Harvey: Destruction turns into hope

I first heard about “Harvey” when my brother sent me a text warning us that Houston was likely going to be hit with some heavy rain for the upcoming weekend – an estimated 15 to 20 inches.He … more

The relationship between times of crisis and sports

I have never experienced a hurricane before. Growing up in the Midwest, I am no stranger to severe thunderstorms and tornadoes but nothing that compares with the magnitude of Harvey. As it began … more

Flood-related suffering, relief efforts grow in Harvey’s wake

AUSTIN — Emergency relief operations expanded and intensified last week as floodwaters caused by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey-generated rains inundated and overwhelmed Harris County and dozens … more

Transparency in government leads to real news

Whether depending on our government for storm recovery, good schools, police protection or other important services, openness and access to information are essential to ensuring the job gets … more

Schubert issues statement on Harvey and HB 1774

AUSTIN – State Rep. Leighton Schubert (R-Caldwell) issued the following statement regarding Hurricane Harvey. “Brittany and I are heartbroken at the devastating loss of life and property … more

Back to the Future

With three growing kids (and a fourth who entered the world last week), I have often found myself sitting with the “fans” at some event my child is participating in. And while in my work, I’m … more

Way to rally, Sealy

The residents of Sealy are a resilient bunch of people. As we were planning our storm coverage for this week’s paper – always a wild card because you’re deciding how many pages of wreckage … more

Hurricane Harvey assaults coast, then batters inland counties

AUSTIN — Hurricane Harvey slammed the middle Texas coast on Aug. 25, hammering the region from Rockport to Palacios before continuing inland as a tropical storm and causing widespread catastrophic … more

Property tax rate notice requirements remain unchanged

The Texas Legislature’s high-profile stalemate over property tax reform means newspapers will remain the primary source of public notices for tax hearings and rates — for now, at … more

Summer’s out, school’s in

I’ve been trolling around on social media over the last week or two and noticing a lot of posts about how folks are sad to see summer come to a close. I get it. Once school starts back up, … more

Setting the record straight

I’ll give credit where it’s due. I’m not always accurate in my reporting. We rely on our sources to tell us the truth and sometimes we don’t have the time or resources to verify the … more

Special session ends over impasse on property tax reform bill

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott gave legislators 20 must-pass items, but the lawmakers delivered only 12 bills to his desk during the first called session of the 85th Texas Legislature. Both the House … more
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