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You’ll find here the Texas Forest Country Living Top Stories from our staff of writers featuring the lifestyle and community of the Texas Forest Country region. The Texas Forest Country region includes the following Texas counties: Angelina, Houston, Jasper, Nacogdoches, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity and Tyler Counties.

National Pie Day

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National Pie Day!!! Whew, what a day to be celebrated. There is a saying “you can't have your cake and eat it too,” but what about pie? I’m here to tell you that you CAN have your pie and eat it too. Today, instead of...

Governor Abbott, TDEM Expand COVID-19 Rapid Testing Program For Front Line Workers Of Small Businesses

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Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) today announced the expansion of the COVID-19 Rapid Testing Program for front line workers at Texas small businesses by dedicating 1 million BinaxNow Rapid Tests to the program. The COVID-19 Small Business Rapid...

My five cents…

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On January 25, 1839 the Lone Star flag was adopted by the Third Congress of the Republic of Texas as the national flag since Texas was an independent nation at that time. When Texas joined the United States as the 28th state six years...

Weekly Legislative Update – Week 1

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Beginning this journey in public service in 2010, I started from the simple origin that every Texan is made in the image of God, and thus, being elected to serve God’s people comes with a high degree of expectations and responsibility. My staff and...

Drug-Free All Stars Meet with Representative Trent Ashby

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In preparation for the start of the start of the 87th Texas legislative session, four Drug-Free All Stars met with Representative Trent Ashby to share information on topics that directly impact high school students. Madilyn Simmons (Pineywoods Community Academy) shared information about raising the...

Backyard Peach Production

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It is funny how questions come in waves. Recently, I have had several residents ask me how to grow peaches or what variety is best for this area. At one time, peaches were the leading fruit crop grown in Texas. I do not know if...

Governor Abbott Hosts Roundtable Discussion In Austin On Law Enforcement, Public Safety Priorities

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Governor Greg Abbott today held a roundtable discussion in Austin with law enforcement and public safety advocates to discuss the Governor's legislative priorities to ensure a safer future for the Lone Star State. Following the roundtable, the Governor held a brief press conference to...

Governor Abbott Hosts Roundtable Discussion, Provides COVID-19 Vaccine Update With Houston Healthcare Professionals

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Governor Greg Abbott today held a roundtable discussion alongside healthcare professionals at Houston Methodist Hospital to highlight his legislative priorities to ensure a healthier future for the state of Texas. Following the roundtable, the Governor provided an update on the State's COVID-19 vaccination efforts. The...

3 Tips to Own Your Financial Outcome in 2021

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2020 was more than just a health crisis, it had ripple effects on nearly every aspect of our lives, including our long-term financial plans. Research from Lincoln Financial Group shows that personal finance concerns have intensified over the past year. Nearly half of Americans say...

Governor Abbott, TDEM Establish COVID-19 Therapeutic Infusion Center In Lubbock

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Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) has established a new COVID-19 therapeutic infusion center in Lubbock. The infusion center will begin accepting patients Thursday and has been provided with Regeneron's monoclonal antibodies and Bamlanivimab to treat outpatient cases...