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Abbott, Patrick, Straus call for action by Child Protective Services

AUSTIN — Texas’ top three officeholders on Oct. 12 instructed the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to improve the protection of children at risk of abuse. With recent data … more

Capital Highlights: High court refuses to rehear Texas immigration case

AUSTIN — The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 3 denied the Obama administration’s petition for a rehearing of United States v. Texas, a high-profile immigration case. Heard by the eight-member high … more

Guest Column: Home Country

Dewey Decker showed his new business cards to the other guys at the Mule Barn Truck Stop’s philosophy counter, and each member of the world dilemma think tank got to keep one. Steve, our … more

Guest Column: Home Country: A proper election

“This whole election process just doesn’t work for me,” Dud said, sipping his coffee. “There’s no way we can tell who is best for the job.” Doc, being the senior member of the Mule … more

Capital Highlights: State opts out of federal refugee resettlement program

AUSTIN — Texas has acted on its threat to withdraw from the federal refugee resettlement program, Gov. Greg Abbott said on Sept. 30. Texas had demanded enhanced FBI screening of individuals … more

State of Texas may withdraw from federal resettlement program

AUSTIN — Texas officials said the state will withdraw from the federal refugee resettlement program if the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement does not approve the Lone Star State’s refugee plan … more

Home Country: Rural education

It takes a special person to be a good teacher in a rural school. Unlike the great city amalgamated and homogenized institutes of lower learning, the rural schools tend not to have teachers who are … more

Capital Highlights: Defense secretary promotes new hub to partner with tech startups

AUSTIN — 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 … more

Guest Column: Home Country: State fairs

September means pencils and books for the youngsters, but it also means state fair season. That’s when the world’s largest zucchini squash is at its prime, of course. The farm animals are all … more

Guest Column: Home Country: September

September. Our month of change. Our month of happy change. Once more we can stand the thought of wearing a sweater as the summer sun burns itself down. Once again we can think about a new year at … more

Capital Highlights: Paxton says subpoena of corporation's records violated First Amendment

AUSTIN — 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 … more

Capital Highlights: Education chief announces fines assessed to testing service

AUSTIN — 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 … more

Guest Column: What's New for 2016-2017 in Sealy ISD

Schools are a lot more fun when they are full of children, so I always look forward to the first day when we welcome back the students. Some things are inevitable, such as traffic congestion and bus … 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

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, Two aspects of life that I try to instill in my students are the negative effects that apathy has on society and the importance of maintaining integrity in all they think and do. In … more

Guest Column: Dove season officially begins

Dove hunting season is fast approaching and it’s helpful to be “armed” with correct information about the activity as it pertains to the City of Sealy. Each year, during dove season, the Sealy … more

Dine out to donate during Houston Restaurant Weeks

Restaurant Weeks is in full force in the Houston area as we speak. What is it you ask? Participating restaurants make donations to the Food Bank based upon how many brunches, lunches and dinners they … more

Capital Highlights: Texan diagnosed with Zika illness after returning from trip

AUSTIN — 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 … more

Letter to the Editor: Two flawed candidates

Letter to the Editor: Clinton and Trump are flawed candidates running for President. Clinton has questionable scruples, and she has made significant mistakes. As Secretary of State she set up … more

Capital Highlights: Court relaxes Texas voter ID law in time for fall election

AUSTIN — Voters will have more options when presenting personal identification at the polls for the November 8 general election, Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos announced last … more
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