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Book review: The Couple Next Door

I SO wanted this book, “The Couple Next Door,” written by Shari Lapena, to be a good one. I saw it on the “new paperbacks” table at Barnes & Noble a couple of months ago and made a note to … more

Run away and join the circus

Most of the time, when my husband and I get the chance for a night on the town, you can find us cozied up over a bag of popcorn (OK, maybe a bucket … don’t judge!) in the middle row at the … more

Students can still register for Blinn College’s spring semester

Prospective students who included higher education among their New Year’s resolutions can register for Blinn College’s spring 2018 semester through Monday, Jan. 15. Blinn courses are available … more

Black Mirror season 4 review

For you Twilight Zone lovers, good news: there’s a 21st century version of it. The only catch is you have to be willing to buy into the sci-fi twist that the series “Black Mirror” puts on the … more

Sheriff's Report

The Austin County Sheriff’s Office released a report of arrests and bookings for Dec. 22-Dec.28. Inclusion in the report does not implicate guilt. Garrette Lekelth Nunn was arrested for driving … more

Find a way: Game day coach

When you look down at the bench and see a coach barking instructions to their team on the court, putting their arm around a player on the bench or grabbing a dry-erase board during a time-out, … more

Grand Jury

The Austin County Grand Jury returned indictments against 11 individuals in the November session. Those indicted include: Irby Giles Allison, driving while intoxicated, third offense or … more

Houston Methodist West Hospital hosts first NICU reunion

Christmas came early for dozens of area kids and families last week as Houston Methodist West Hospital celebrated its first ever Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) reunion. More than 100 … more

Book review: What the Dead Know

I’m an avid reader and am currently reading three books but the one that is really capturing my attention is “What the Dead Know” by Laura Lippman. I love the true crime genre, but I think … more

Top 10 gifts this holiday season

If you got a bunch of gift cards or need to make some exchanges this year, or if you happen to have any friends with upcoming birthdays or special occasions, here are a few of my favorite gifts this … more

Top 10 movies to see in 2018

Ready Player One Steven Spielberg’s long-awaited big-screen adaptation of Ernest Cliine’s modern sci-fi classic novel is set to arrive in theaters on Mar. 28. The book and film are set in the … more

Food Handlers Course slated for Jan. 31 in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Bexar County will present a Food Handlers Permit Course at 6 p.m. Jan. 31. The course will be held at the AgriLife Extension Bexar … more

Pesticide resistant, crop threatening whiteflies found in Texas

OVERTON – A pesticide-resistant population of common plant-damaging whiteflies has been found in Texas, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. Whiteflies are sucking, … more

My Christmas Day surprise

The year 1980 was a rough one for me. Having been born with a congenital birth defect, I had kidney surgery, tore a ligament in my leg from a metal rod sticking out of a playground slide and got my … more

Who will it be?

The Sealy City Council is scheduled to interview city manager candidates in person Jan. 8 and Jan. 10, bookending a regularly-scheduled Jan. 9 city council meeting. Officials say they expect the … more

NewsBits

Candidate Forums Austin County GOP will host its first Candidate Forum for the five Republican candidates for State Representative House District 13 at the regular monthly meeting Thursday, Jan. … more

AgriLife Extension to offer Grass Grazing and Animal Management School in Pampa

PAMPA – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will offer an 11-month Grass Grazing and Animal Management School beginning Feb. 5 in Pampa. The school will meet from 1-5 p.m. the first Monday … more

Sealy ISD financial rating drops due to floods, construction

Sealy ISD chief financial officer Jim Obermeier presented the 2016 Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) in front of the school board during their meeting on Dec. 20. The school district … more

Faster than a speeding bullet ...

DALLAS – The Texas bullet train made a big push forward last month as federal regulators for the first time outlined a preferred route between North Texas and Houston and identified passenger … more

Take a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne

I love Christmas. I love the decorations, the cookies, the hot chocolate, the songs, the parties, and the presents - I love it all. With that said, here’s a big air high-five out there to … more
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