Columns

Rep. Clardy discusses State of the State, State of the Judiciary
Last week, Governor Greg Abbott delivered the State of the State address to a joint session of the 85th Texas Legislature. The Governor outlined his priorities and named...
High Points from El Camino Real #1016
As I sat down on Sunday night to write this column, I realized that this will be the 20th Super Bowl Sunday that I have spent this way. I guess I figure it is more...
Taxing Thoughts: Cures Act authorizes new breed of small employer HRAs
The 21st Century Cures Act, a new law signed late in 2016 that helps fund medical research, also provides a cure for the health insurance woes of small employers. Under...
The vehicle on the right in this photo is believed to be the Alto Civitan Club’s rescue truck. In 1962, the truck was purchased and equipped as well as in the process of being painted. The truck would have been kept at the Alto Volunteer Fire Department, but no other information could be found on either the truck or the Civitan Club. Hark! the Herald: Alto's Civitan Club
Ever since I have been writing this column, I have kept remarking about how I could follow what happened to people and organizations throughout...


Taxing Thoughts: Have you created an emergency records binder?
With weather-related disasters making the news these days, emergency preparedness may be front of mind. You probably have tools to cope with a flat tire, or a hurricane...
High Points from El Camino Real #1015
Folks along El Camino Real are already lining up to watch the groundhog come out of his hole and find out if we are going to have six more weeks of winter or not. The only...
Veterans and city officials attend a recent luncheon at the LSMRG Veteran Center. Pictured are Clarence Lundin, veteran; Julianne Sanford, coordinator; veterans Ron Seeton and Shelly Cleaver; JISD school board member Micah Hoffpauir and Jacksonville mayor Dick Stone. For our Country
It may be one of the most oft-quoted sayings of all time, but the words of John F. Kennedy still ring true: “Ask not what your country can do for...


Nichols' 5 Cents: Senate Finance hearings, session timeline
This week, the Lieutenant Governor began referring bills to committee and we will soon begin to hear them in committee. The legislative process kills more bills than it...
Idle American: And so, we trudge on...
Church marquees all over Arkansas touted the Razorbacks in the 1969 season’s so-called “game of the century.” Many messages went something like: “Football is only a game....
Taxing Thoughts: Start 2017 with a review of your insurance coverage
Do you have the right insurance for your business? Here’s a list of policies to consider. Liability insurance covers damages and defense for bodily injury, personal injury...
High Points from El Camino Real
Folks along El Camino Real are winding down January and thoughts of spring are in the air as some of the trees are beginning to bud out after a week of warm weather. Of...
Nichols' 5 Cents: committee assignments and budget filing
Here in Austin, the Legislature has ended our second week of session. We are off the starting block and continue to pick up the pace for the long race ahead. During this...
Rep. Clardy checks in from Austin, 85th Legislature
It has been nearly 19 months since the Texas Legislature convened in Austin, and I was excited to begin the 85th Legislative Session on Jan. 10. It was truly an honor to...
Taxing Thoughts: Will you have to file a 2016 tax return?
The filing requirement rules for individual federal income tax returns are fairly straightforward. In general, you’re required to file a return based on your filing...
Idle American: The Beat of a Different Drum
He frequently took jabs at pomp, sparred with circumstance and flat-out deflated folks too full of themselves, determined never to join the group. In all of this and...