Viewpoints

Idle American: A reach for the stars
When folks strive greatly to take from life what matters most – learning along the way that it’s mostly about giving – phrases like “giant strides” or “standing tall” come...
High Points from El Camino Real #1021
Folks along El Camino Real were hit with the time change and a cold front on Saturday night. This made for lots of sleepy, cold people on Sunday morning as the church...
High Points from El Camino Real #1020
Folks along El Camino Real are drying out after a cold rain hit our area on Saturday morning. The weather was so nasty that you couldn’t do much outside, so most people...
Taxing Thoughts: Planning by the numbers - updates for 2017
Are you in the midst of your 2017 tax planning? Here are the numbers to use to take full advantage of retirement and other tax-advantaged savings. • If you’re under full...
A Reason to Smile: What's in a (nick)name?
Nicknames have always been popular. A whole lot of people are known not by their true given names, but by nicknames. I got to thinking about nicknames the other day and...
Nichols' 5 Cents: STAR Day, ETCOG, transportation committee
We recently observed Presidents’ Day. George Washington, who is also known as the “Father of our Country,” is one that I admire the most. Through his skills, leadership...
Taxing Thoughts: When business travel insurance makes sense
There are many things that come in pairs because they make sense – peanut butter and jelly, salt and pepper, shoes – the list goes on and on. Travel insurance for business...
High Points from El Camino Real: #1019
Folks along El Camino Real are gearing up for Texas Independence Day tomorrow – but then again, folks along El Camino Real have been gearing up for Texas Independence for...
Stars and Stripes
Greetings Veterans, comrades, Auxiliary and community members in the Rusk, Alto and Wells area. “Membership! Membership! Membership!” That’s the cry from National...
Wednesday Study Club meets Feb. 15
The TFWC Wednesday Study Club of Jacksonville met Feb. 15 in the Jacksonville Independent School District Administration building. Club...


Fast paced, 3-potato action to be found in 'John Wick: Chapter 2'
Spud Nut, John Wick Chapter 2 (R, 122 minutes) lets Keanu Reeves loose against all comers, and he takes them down hard like you think he would. At one point, you only hope...
Rep. Clardy celebrates Nacogdoches-SFA Days, files HB 1390
Did you hear? This week was Nacogdoches-SFA Days in Austin! It was an honor and privilege to welcome constituents from Nacogdoches and the Stephen F. Austin State...
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...
Rep. Clardy discusses healthcare, higher education options
This week, I had the pleasure of serving on the Education and Health panel at the Conservative Roundtable of Texas’ Policy Summit. The panel included four of my...
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...