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Commissioners address 'concise' agenda
The Cherokee County Commissioners Court meeting on Monday, April 24 was concise with only eight items on the agenda. Commissioner Patrick Reagan of Precinct 3 was...
Week in Review: a look at proposed bills, meeting with delegations
Visiting the Capitol during a legislative session is a way to help develop local community leaders and make sure state lawmakers know the issues important to their...
Nichols' 5 Cents: License to carry, budget passes Senate, voter ID
While preparing your taxes this month, Texans can be thankful we are one of only seven states with no state income tax. Lower taxes and efficient government are just a...
Texas takes a stand against obesity: Statewide weight-loss contest...
An exciting new contest in Texas is encouraging both individual residents and entire employee groups statewide to lose weight, get healthy and win huge cash prizes for...
Austin Bank Named “One of 2017 Best Companies to Work for in Texas”
Austin Bank was recently named one of the 2017 Best Companies to Work for in Texas. The Bank was recognized and honored on Thursday, March 23 at...


Week in Review: spring bringing bills, developments across district
When 181 lawmakers, thousands of policy groups, the media, and people from across the state and nation migrate to Austin every two years for the Texas Legislative Session,...
Nichols’ 5 Cents: license to carry, school choice, vet mental health
Many times the pace of the legislative session can get a little hectic. I often tell my staff that session is more like a marathon than a sprint. We’re well on our way...
House committee approves school finance measure
Editor’s note: This story has been updated throughout. After weeks of debating how to prevent school districts from becoming financial losers, the House Public...
Texas Families-Especially Texas Children-Need a Healthy Medicaid...
Medicaid is an efficient and effective health coverage program for Texas children, and federal and state governments should continue to stabilize and improve the program’s...
Texas Historical Commission News Briefs
Levi Jordan Plantation Artifacts Journey to Museums in South Carolina and Texas While the Texas Historical Commission’s (THC) Levi Jordan Plantation is under development,...
Social Security announces new online service for replacement Social...
The Social Security Administration introduced the expansion of online services for residents of Texas available through its my Social Security portal at...
Week in Review: spring bringing bills, developments across district
Spring is here, and the Capitol is buzzing with activity, including visits from House District 11 constituents. I had the privilege to meet with Elmer Beckworth, Cherokee...
Nichols' 5 Cents: school accountability changes; law enforcement
March is a busy month in the Capitol as many families, students and teachers make their way to Austin for spring break. We enjoy seeing everyone, but there is, of course,...
DPS Recognizes Exceptional Employees, Good Samaritan
The Texas Public Safety Commission (PSC) and Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw presented a Purple Heart, two Lifesaving Awards and a Unit...
Week in Review: recognizing those making a difference in East Texas
As we move forward in the 85th Legislative Session, our work continues on public policy that impacts House District 11 and the entire state of Texas. I recently read an...