Gov. Greg Abbott has declared January School Board Recognition Month to honor the more than 7,200 locally elected trustees in Texas. These unpaid volunteers work closely with the community to support the success of public education, oversee the district superintendent and attend trainings to…
Gov. Greg Abbott on Jan. 13 asked for a presidential disaster declaration for three counties that sustained widespread damage attributed to severe thunderstorms, straight-line winds, hail and tornadoes.
Editor’s Note: This is a candidate profile for Chris Paddie, who is running for Texas State Representative for District 9. The profile for his opponent, Mark Williams, ran in print and online Jan. 15.
Under the trio of crosses atop its sandy brick building, the McCabe Roberts Avenue United Methodist Church has a history of bringing people together.
Mark Williams never had any intention of running for office, but he says nobody’s running who he thinks really represents the people of East Texas.
A sleeping giant looms over the Democratic presidential campaign, even as excitement continues to build toward the first-in-the-nation contests in Iowa and New Hampshire.
AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott last week convened the quarterly meeting of his Domestic Terrorism Task Force at the Texas Capitol.
AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick released statements following a deadly shooting on Dec. 29 at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, a city of 16,000 people on the west side of Fort Worth.
A new Texas law that aims to protect patients from receiving surprise medical bills takes effect this week. Consumer advocates have praised the law as one of the most robust set of billing protections in the nation, though it only applies to about one-third of Texans with private health insurance.
AUSTIN — After the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit declared the individual mandate in “Obamacare” unconstitutional on Dec. 18, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton expressed his agreement.
A lot happened in 2019 in Carthage and Panola County. Here’s a look back at some of the biggest stories of the year, broken down into areas and topics.
AUSTIN — Texans applying for federal funds for housing repairs and reimbursements relating to Hurricane Harvey damages face an important deadline.
Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughs on Dec. 11 hosted a roundtable discussion of state agencies to coordinate efforts to accurately count all Texans in the upcoming 2020 Census.
Before voter-approved amendments to the Texas Constitution are set in stone, it is the governor’s duty to publicly proclaim the results of the election.
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar on Nov. 25 announced the transfer of $3.33 billion into the State Highway Fund and into the Economic Stabilization Fund, commonly known as the Rainy Day Fund.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has appointed a committee to review the history and procedures for the placement of art and other decor in the Texas Senate Chamber. The Senate Administration Committee will be chaired by Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola.
The Texas Department of Public Safety wants to remind all drivers to practice safe driving habits and exercise extra caution while traveling on Texas roadways during the busy Thanksgiving holiday. Highway Patrol troopers will increase enforcement starting Wednesday, Nov. 27 through Sunday, Dec. 1.
AUSTIN — Land Commissioner George P. Bush on Nov. 14 announced the Texas General Land Office’s approval of $21,155,575 in Hurricane Harvey funds for Fort Bend County to conduct a buyout program.
150 years has passed since the excitement and progress surrounding the transcontinental railroad began. As the 1.2-million-pound Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014 rolled into Marshall Sunday, the same excitement filled the air.
The city of Kilgore saw its sales disbursements from the state drop 51.13% this month compared with a year ago while other area cities felt smaller drops or modest gains, including a nearly 29% increase for the city of Marshall, according to Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar.
RUSK — On Tuesday, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission hosted a groundbreaking for new patient units at Rusk State Hospital. Of $745 million designated by the state Legislature for a number of Texas hospitals, $196 million has been approved for the project in Rusk.
Julian Ekpanya will someday smile while reeling in his first fish. He will experience the joy of hitting his first Little League homerun, learn to ride a bike and eventually take a prideful walk across a graduation stage. But his father won’t be there for any of it.
AUSTIN — Voters rejected only one of 10 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution in the statewide election held Nov. 5. The House and Senate, in the 86th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature that ended in May, approved the propositions for voters to decide. Results are as follows:
State Rep. Chris Paddie, R-Marshall, was recently recognized as Legislator of the Year by the Rural Jobs Coalition for championing legislation that supports small businesses in rural communities and opportunity zones throughout Texas.
Three important agriculture bills were recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. Each of the bipartisan bills address very different issues, but all will benefit cattle producers according to Robert McKnight, Jr., president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Associa…
Texas continues to lead the nation in oil and gas production, creating jobs and prosperity statewide, but communities in the state’s main energy production areas have also seen a rise in deaths on the road accounting for close to half of all traffic fatalities in Texas.
The Northeast Texas Public Health District is reporting seven confirmed and five possible cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the Northeast Texas region possibly connected to attendance at the East Texas State Fair in Tyler.
After severe weather struck north and east Texas on Oct. 20, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration naming a list of counties in that region.
Gov. Greg Abbott on Oct. 15 announced $61.2 million in Homeland Security Grant Program funding to support state and local efforts to prevent terrorism and prepare for threats that pose the greatest risk to the security of Texans.
Creating a personal income tax in Texas isn’t easy. But supporters of a proposition on the Nov. 5 constitutional amendment ballot want to make the prospect of such a tax even more remote.
AUSTIN — State budget writers likely will have more funds to meet the needs of Texas in the near term, based on information released Oct. 10 by the comptroller’s office.
One local sales tax referendum and 10 state constitutional amendments will be on the ballots in the upcoming Nov. 5 election.
Months after approving the state’s first quarter-trillion-dollar budget, lawmakers got word Thursday that the state’s income forecasts are even better than they expected.
The 2020 U.S. census will affect more than $675 billion per year in federal funding, and the government has opened a new office in Tyler to make sure East Texas gets its fair share.
AUSTIN — A plan is afoot for large-scale, regional projects to improve the state’s resilience to hurricanes and other natural disasters, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Oct. 4.
Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughs invited eligible Texans to celebrate and participate in National Voter Registration Day — the fourth Tuesday in September — by ensuring they are registered to vote before the Oct. 7 registration deadline.
Area representatives recently traveled to Washington D.C. for a fly-in event to hear briefings on the project on the Interstate 69 project.
AUSTIN — Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among children, and the Texas Department of Transportation is issuing a call to action to parents and caregivers to ensure they are using and installing child car seats correctly.
AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 19 declared a state of disaster in counties impacted by Tropical Storm Imelda, which first hit the upper Texas Gulf Coast on Sept. 15.
Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 12 released the Texas Safety Action Report, a document that details what Texas and Texans are doing to prevent mass shootings.
PENSACOLA, Fla. — A Deadwood native is stationed at a command responsible for teaching future information warriors the skills required to defend America around the world.