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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...
Cherokee County Texas Republican Club meeting
The topic of the next Cherokee County Texas Republican Club meeting is “Self-Government is Not a Spectator Sport, [Understanding and Applying America’s Founding...
Taxing Thoughts: Like NASCAR races, stock market needs pit stops
NASCAR races will see drivers make anywhere between 5 and 8 pit stops during each race. There is simply no way drivers can push their cars to those extreme levels for an...
Rep. Clardy discusses inauguration day, proposed budget
January 20, 2017 was a historic day for the United States of America. President-Elect Donald Trump has taken the Oath of Office and is now America’s 45th president. Chief...
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...
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...
High Points from El Camino Real
A week of summer like weather along El Camino Real has gotten folks so confused that they don’t know whether to start fishing or farming. I have to admit that I wanted...
High Points from El Camino Real
Folks along El Camino Real have said goodbye to another year and are trying to figure out what the new year ahead will hold for us. I don’t think it makes much sense to...
Recently, I stopped in Troup to visit with my kin folks, Kathleen McElroy (b. Dec. 31, 1920) and her son Joe Paul – I wanted to show them some old photos from a family scrapbook.  Kathleen is seen above with her brother, John B., and parents Med and Hattie Rector Long. When asked the date of the photo, she replied, “I remember that outfit. I wasn’t married. It was 1941 or 42.  I was teaching school – taught at Omen and then Salem. That was a store bought suit, with mink tails around the collar...” Kathleen looked like a million bucks in that suit and after visiting with her, I can attest she’s still got it! Images Speak: Happy 96th birthday, Kathleen Long McElroy


Hark! the Herald: Alto raises a sheriff
One thing I have noticed since I started mining the old Alto Heralds for stories is how much you can learn about a person’s life just by following newspaper...
Rusk's Square beautiful over the holidays
I would like to thank everyone who had a part in lighting our downtown Square so beautifully, as well as hanging the lights on all our buildings and the many facets on all...