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Sandy Hook, Orlando, Las Vegas, Sutherland Springs, Santa Fe and, most recently – El Paso and Midland-Odessa. Across the nation, city names have become trending hashtags as acts of mass violence have rocked communities and claimed the lives of innocent people. August was bookended by the two…

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A few weeks ago, I wrote a column praising the Alvin City Council for raising water rates to pay for infrastructure for the water and sewer systems.

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As the growing season comes to an end and winter approaches, producers are storing hay for the winter and selling hay for others to feed and store. I often talk to people and they ask about quality of hay, what is the best hay, how do I know I am getting good hay?

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Recently I was reminded of a time in my life, just a few years ago, when I injured my left hip somehow and felt a pop. Pain shot down my leg and took my breath away. The next morning my hip/leg felt like someone had encased it in cement. My whole leg was stiff from the waist down. I had neve…

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The main news this week is, of course, the revelation that Democrats in the House of Representatives are formally beginning an impeachment inquiry into Pres. Donald Trump.

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“The septic guy can’t find the cover, call him,” was the message. I’ve been getting a lot of messages like this since I decided to put my 100+ year-old farmhouse up for sale.

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Many folks in Brazoria County are busy preparing for the county fair. The Junior Creative and Culinary Arts contest is just one of the many competitions youth are preparing for. This contest is exclusively for 4-H, FFA and FCCLA members, but you can participate, too. There are over 60 classe…

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One of my family’s favorite movies is “Sergeant York.” It seems that each time I watch it I take away something else that helps me fight the good fight of faith.

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Dear readers, the following letter was written to you by a man who my husband and I met several years ago. Our friend rode a motorcycle to church, he had a weathered face and a quick smile.

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I saw a really interesting question posed online this week by a friend of mine. He simply asked how much people were paying for their health insurance. He was paying $1,100 a month.

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Without sounding too much like a country and western song, I ran into an old friend of mine the other day. It was my first "serious" Bible stowed away for safekeeping. That is because it is now held together with a rubber band. Its cover is cracked, the binding is taped and many of the pages…

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How's My Driving?

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Very few people probably know this, but an extremely important election is scheduled later this year.

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Over the last few weeks, there has been a lot of news related to child sex predators.

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Years ago, I used to watch a lot of TV mysteries, and I was particularly interested in the ones played out in a courtroom setting.

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I received an email last week related to a lawsuit filed in Texas that will attempt to make it easier for candidates for office representing small parties to get on the ballot.

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Do you know your rights as a citizen of this country?

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Independence Day has always held a special place in my heart.

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As a parent, I have experienced different stages of conversation with our son over the years. I began speaking to him before he was even born. In the first few years, he communicated his wants and needs in various ways. (It is so much fun to experience this stage of innocence that is trustin…

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Many people view lightning as a beautiful sight to behold and sit outside (under cover) to watch, while others choose to play it safe and shut themselves indoors. Our family was "porch watchers." I remember as a child, my dad and I took great pleasure in the excitement of an approaching stor…

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I don’t do this often, but last week Facebook reminded me of this column I wrote four years ago. I am sharing it again this week because I believe its message is possibly even more important today. Love overcomes hate every time. Hate may win a battle here and there, it may claim victims, bu…

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I don’t do this often, but last week Facebook reminded me of this column I wrote four years ago. I am sharing it again this week because I believe its message is possibly even more important today. Love overcomes hate every time. Hate may win a battle here and there, it may claim victims, bu…

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Many people view lightning as a beautiful sight to behold and sit outside (under cover) to watch, while others choose to play it safe and shut themselves indoors. Our family was "porch watchers." I remember as a child, my dad and I took great pleasure in the excitement of an approaching stor…

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Last week, I heard a troubling story about a sheriff’s deputy and pastor in Tennessee who spoke from his pulpit and made the claim that gays and lesbians should be rounded up and executed. 

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Once upon a time I went in search of a thumbtack at our house. You know, it's the kind of thing you see all the time until you need one. I searched in the first logical place I could think of, a space in our kitchen known as the drawer of "misfits." 

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The other day my hubby was flipping through the channels when he landed on the movie “Cast Away.” It was at the very beginning, and both of us had already seen it several times so I was only mildly interested. 

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Over the last two-plus years, Donald Trump has repeatedly referred to journalists as enemies of the people. He has criticized the press, canceled a few press passes and even called out individual journalists by name. 

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As a reporter, one common theme I have heard discussed over the last two decades is overcrowding in prisons and the growing cost of housing prisoners and inmates in county jails, state prisons and federal prisons. 

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On Saturdays, my husband likes to watch old westerns, whether it be movies or TV series. I myself have rekindled an interest in these classics as well. One of my favorites lately is the Rifleman. There is usually an interesting story line with good family morals in the scripts. 

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Last week, the Alvin City Council hosted its second work session on a proposed “tent-city ordinance.” The proposed legislation came about after the Archangels of Texas opened a facility to house the homeless. While the intent was to house them inside, they ended up living outdoors in tents. 

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Home landscape beautification often starts with simple ideas and singular plantings: lawn construction that is often St. Augustine grass, at least one fast-growing tree for anticipated shade and a few foundation plantings of shrubs as a visual anchor. I offer to expand the effort and increas…

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