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Capital Highlights: Patrick applauds action preserving North Carolina’s ‘bathroom bill’

AUSTIN — Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has applauded the North Carolina legislature’s refusal to repeal a law banning individuals from using public bathrooms designated for the opposite sex. Patrick, … more

Capital Highlights: Attorney General intervenes in ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’ lawsuit

AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Dec. 15 intervened in a lawsuit filed on behalf of nurse’s aide Dedra Shannon against the Killeen Independent School District over its decision to … more

Letters To The Editor

Dear Editor and Citizens of Austin County, It has been almost two years since Judge Carolyn Bilski handed me the gavel and the softball.  Fortunately I haven’t had to use the softball yet, … more

Capital Highlights: Abbott reacts to Trump’s choice of Perry as energy secretary

AUSTIN — President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Rick Perry as the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy prompted this reaction by Gov. Greg Abbott: “Under Rick Perry’s … more

Editor's Column: The journalist's suit I choose to wear

Have you ever cried over the death of someone that you barely even knew? Strike that. Have you ever cried for someone that you never even met? Of course you have. There is at least one person in … more

Editor's Column: The journalist's suit I choose to wear

Craig Sager, left, performs a halftime interview with Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich. more

Home Country: Winter hobbies

“I can’t stand winter,” said Herb Collins, who had dropped in at the Mule Barn’s philosophy counter for a quick cup. “There’s nothing to do.” “Get out and enjoy it,” suggested … more

Capital Highlights: Abbott nominates Racing Commission chair as secretary of state

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Rolando Pablos of El Paso to succeed Secretary of State Carlos Cascos, effective Jan. 5.  Pablos has served as chair of the Texas Racing Commission, the … more

Capital Highlights: Board sets state funding limit for next 2-year budget

AUSTIN — Texas lawmakers will have just under $100 billion to use for the non-constitutional spending portion of state budget for fiscal years 2018-2019. The 10-member Legislative Budget Board, … more

Guest Column: Home Country

There is a nighttime sweetness and hope that hovers over us this time of year here at home. This is a time for summing up and looking ahead … and a time for dreams. And at night … ah, that’s … more

Guest Column: Home Country

My first wife came from a ranching family way back up in the hills of central California and had a cousin, Ted, who was a hounddog man. This made him akin to Evel Knievel with a pack of … more

Letter To The Editor

Sealy news reporters, Is there anyone who would write an article about all of the disrespect that is shown our flag and anthem? I am 86 and was brought up to show respect. Some of the … more

Capital Highlights: Texas African American History Memorial unveiled at Capitol

AUSTIN — A crowd of citizens and dignitaries gathered on the south lawn of the state Capitol on Nov. 19 to witness the unveiling of the Texas African American History Memorial.  The … more

Home Country: Thanksgiving

Steve slowly saddled his horse, Old Snort, and climbed stiffly aboard in the cold snap of morning. He pulled his hat down a little lower and pulled the wild rag up to cover his nose and mouth from … more

Bill filers jump to early start as legislative session nears

AUSTIN — Just a few of Texas’ 31 Senate members and 150 House members filed a total of 523 pieces of legislation on Nov. 14, the first day lawmakers could submit legislation for the coming … more

Publisher's Column: A world apart

We may be a little sheltered in Austin County as the nation around us is in turmoil. Our recent presidential election seems to have produced somewhat of a divided country. I have to admit that … more

Capital Highlights: Trump victory turns eyes to possible cabinet nominees

AUSTIN — Republican Donald J. Trump, on his way to winning the presidential election on Nov. 8, won the vote in Texas with 4,651,955 votes, or 52.39 percent of the 8,878,152 votes cast.  Some … more

Guest Column: Why I Do What I Do

It was one of those moments of clarity that took my breath away and left me speechless and dumbfounded; speechlessness being a condition that I rarely experience… As I was getting dressed for … more

Guest Column: If God Is for Us: A Veterans Day Message

“If God is for us, who can be against us?” – Romans 8:31. It is obvious that God has been for us. Our country has been blessed with much wealth and prosperity. It has been a bastion of liberty, … more

Capital Highlights: States, lawmakers file briefs in support of Texas’ voter ID law

AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Sept. 23 filed a petition on behalf of the State of Texas, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate the Texas voter ID law. On Oct. 31, Paxton … more
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