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Hurricane Harvey-affected campuses receive special evaluations

AUSTIN — Some 109 independent school districts and charters directly affected by Hurricane Harvey are eligible for special evaluation in this year’s state accountability system, the Texas … more

Let’s all give Sarah Sanders a break

Buckle up. This might be a bumpy ride. First things first. I’m not here to talk about Trump. I’m here to talk about his press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who I believe might have … more

How to choose a safe vehicle

So, what vehicle will provide the greatest safety for those you love? Let’s start with the three immutable truths of automotive safety.First, and most important, no vehicle safety feature will … more

There's good in the world

I’m not the best at staying up to date on the pulse of current events. It’s not for a lack of care or concern that I’m a smidge oblivious, but one thing leads to the next, the day … more

Today we remember Benjamin

Last week the second annual Remembrin’ Benjamin Golf Tournament was held in Katy to raise funds and awareness for aortic health. You can read all about that on our Sports page. But I’m … more

Mental health experts inform school violence panel

AUSTIN — Psychological prevention and treatment for students is the best way to head off school violence, mental health professionals told a panel of state lawmakers on July 18.This was the … more

Your life ain’t that bad

I had a pretty horrific week last week – and I can’t attribute it to one single thing. It was just a series of “you gotta be kidding me” moments. The cancer returned in the … more

Woods, waters and wildlife

Nature is magnificent. Poets have extolled its virtues and idyllic refuge for centuries. But it’s akin to solitude, which has been said to sometimes be a disease and sometimes a cure, depending … more

Support your local businesses

I am just proud as I can be of Aya Reimer and the group of downtown Sealy merchants who put on the first-ever Fowlkes+Main Music Fest on June 28.The turnout was great; the music was great; the food … more

Paxton sends letters to cities that passed bag ban ordinances

AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on July 2 notified 11 Texas cities that their ordinances against plastic shopping bags had been knocked down by the Texas Supreme Court.Paxton said he … more

It’s time to get in shape for summer

If you’re intelligent enough to be reading this newspaper, you probably already know that there’s a proven formula to weight loss and physical fitness – and you probably don’t … more

Parents, children separated at border gain widespread attention

AUSTIN — Although border-crossing issues are largely federal matters, the Lone Star State has been a center of news reports about authorities separating children from their parents at detention … more

Senate panel conducts hearings on school violence, safety

AUSTIN — A panel of Texas Senate members on June 11 and 12 received input about ways to improve security on public school campuses.Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who presides over the Senate, formed the … more

Top officials join in briefing about hurricane preparedness

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on June 6 joined President Donald Trump, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, FEMA Administrator Brock Long, White House cabinet members and … more

Happy Father’s Day, Dad

I was a little girl, about 7 or 8, and my dad was driving me to school one day when I very nonchalantly asked him, “Daddy, have you started saving up yet?” Inside, I think he beamed with … more

Up and vanished: a brother’s search

Editor’s note: Dave Mastell is a friend of mine from Texas A&M University. His brother has been missing for several years, but missing person cases of adults are difficult to pursue because … more

Governor offers safety plan designed to prevent shootings at schools

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on May 30 joined state and local leaders in Dallas and San Marcos to unveil his School and Firearm Safety Action Plan. The governor’s plan came 12 days after the … more

Valdez wins race to face Abbott in November gubernatorial election

AUSTIN — Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez defeated Houston businessman Andrew White, the son of the late former governor, Mark White, in the May 22 Texas Democratic Party primary … more

Cherish your memories and make new ones

Oh, what a night. I’m just thrilled for the 200-plus Sealy teenagers who donned their caps and gowns and accepted diplomas Friday night. I graduated high school in 1995, and when my parents … more

Governor speaks about school shooting

AUSTIN — Local, state and federal law enforcement on May 18 responded to a shooting that left 10 people dead and 10 others injured at Santa Fe High School near Galveston.One of the … more
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