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Nichols' 5 Cents: 85th Legislative Session begins; DETCOG
Happy New Year! I hope your year has started off with a bang, as I know mine has with the start of session. During this legislative session, as a way to help you keep up...
Texas DPS marked National AMBER Alert Awareness Day
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) joined the country in observing National AMBER Alert Awareness Day on Friday, Jan. 13 in remembrance of the 1996 abduction and...
BBB lists the Top Ten Scams of 2016
Tax Scam is Still #1 despite a raid in India. Credit card scams drop off the top ten, while online purchase scams and phishing scams are new to the list. Reports to BBB...
ETCOG awarded for excellence in financial reporting for 15th...
The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the East Texas Council of Governments by the Government Finance Officers...
USDA Rural Development funding announcement for the East Texas...
USDA Rural Development Texas State Director Paco Valentin joined East Texas leaders to announce funding for the Intermediary Relending Program on Thursday, Dec. 29 for the...
Rodeo Houston welcomes 11 newcomers to the rotating stage in 2017
More than half of the star-studded entertainer lineup scheduled to perform at RODEOHOUSTON will take the rotating stage for the first time in 2017. “With a number of...
Jacksonville city council approves 2 zone changes
The Jacksonville City Council honored three employees and approved two zone changes – all in less than 20 minutes – during their monthly meeting Tuesday evening. The...
Nichols' 5 Cents: preparing for the 85th Legislative Session
Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were filled with family and good food. The next time you hear from me, we will have begun the 85th Legislative Session, which is set...
Collin County Man Convicted of Visa Fraud and Harboring Illegal Aliens
SHERMAN, Texas – A jury has found a 49-year-old Lavon, Texas man guilty of federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Brit...
Freddie Alaniz in 2006 (left) and an age progression image (right) representing how he might look today. Reward Raised to $12,500 for Most Wanted Fugitive
AUSTIN – The reward for Freddie Alaniz, 36, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive and this month’s featured fugitive, has been increased to $12,500 for...

2017 Adopt-A-Beach Children's Art Contest Opens
Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is calling for entries in the 21st annual Adopt-A-Beach "Treasures of the Texas Coast" Children's Art Contest. The deadline to submit...
DPS Recognizes Employees for Acts of Courage, Honor
AUSTIN – The Texas Public Safety Commission (PSC) and Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw presented a Purple Heart Award, Lifesaving Award and...
BEAUMONT, Texas – A jury has found a 43-year-old Beaumont, Texas...
Donald Roy Kelly was found guilty by a jury of providing a prison inmate with a prohibited object and bribery of a public official following a three-day trial before U.S....
State Provides Support to City of Corpus Christi Response To Water...
AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) State Operations Center (SOC) in Austin has elevated its activation level – to Level III – in support of the City of...
Robert Van Wisse FUGITIVE WANTED FOR MURDER IN AUSTIN, TEXAS ADDED TO THE FBI’S LIST...
FBI Special Agent in Charge of the San Antonio Field Office, Christopher Combs; Acting United States Marshal, David Sligh, United States Marshals...