Top Stories

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.

Nichols Appointed Transportation Committee Chair, Member of Five Other Committees

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Last week, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick announced committee assignments for the 87th Legislative Session. I am honored to once again chair the Senate Transportation Committee and look forward to working with my fellow members on transportation legislation. The Lt. Governor also appointed me as...

Tips to Make this the Year You Quit Smoking for Good

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Is “quitting smoking” on the top of your list of goals for the year? Was it last year too? Here are some insights from those in the know into kicking this habit to the curb for good. “They say old habits are hard to break,...

Make a Statement: 3 Comfortable Yet Stylish Shoe Trends to Try in 2021

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While comfort will continue to reign supreme for clothing and accessories in 2021, when it comes to footwear, there are a variety of fun fashion trends that make a statement. The good news is that there’s no need to overhaul your entire closet. And...

Winter’s Dearth

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As we are passing the middle of January, it is clear that we are in the middle of the winter dearth. Dearth - noun: a scarcity or lack of something. I learned this word when I was learning about beekeeping. It is a term that I’ve...

Gretchen Riley is awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence for Public Service in Forestry

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Texas A&M Forest Service’s Gretchen Riley received the 2020 Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence for Public Service in Forestry today. The Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence is the highest employee award given by Texas A&M AgriLife, and Riley received this award for her diverse and...

My five cents…

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The Legislature has ended its first week of session. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Senate has decided to recess until January 26th. However, we will still be working hard in the meantime on legislation for Senate District 3. Here are five things happening around...

Texas First State To Administer 1 Million COVID-19 Vaccines

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Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) today announced that that State of Texas has administered more than 1 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine—making Texas the national leader in vaccinations. This milestone comes exactly one month to the day after...

Make Your Home a Sanctuary – Even If COVID-19 Arrives on Your Doorstep

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Winter has brought with it a resurgence in COVID-19 cases. And while the rollout of preventive vaccines has begun, the manufacture and delivery of sufficient doses to inoculate all Americans will take months. Because the disease can be unpredictable, everyone should take precautions to...

Chick-fila-A Provides Support Through Bowls of Soup

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The Salvation Army of Lufkin is always in need of support of the community, and Chick-fil-a has stepped up once again. Now, through the end of January, if you purchase a bowl of soup, Chick-fil-a on the loop will donate one bowl to those...

HHSC Encourages Cancer Screenings During Cervical Health Awareness Month

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In observance of January as National Cervical Health Awareness Month, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission is encouraging women to get screened for cervical cancer. “It is so important to get screened regularly so that cervical cancer can be detected in its early stages...