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With July 4th upon us, I got to thinkin’ back when I was a kid and what the Fourth of July to me. It meant firecrackers. Remember you kids out there, don’t try this at home. Now, you’ve got to remember, I grew up in the country, and we didn’t have to worry about a place to pop firecrackers, we just had to worry about our moms. Moms and firecrackers just don’t go together. Don’t get me wrong, moms like to watch fireworks displays as much as the rest of us, it’s just they don’t like their little boys playin’ with them. more
The Lone Star State is attracting more major corporate locations than any other (and has for a number of years) and is adding jobs at a strong pace. Growth is broad based, covering the spectrum from cornerstone industries to emerging sectors. While I hate to rain on anyone’s parade, some recent statistics show one critical area where the state is falling behind: support for public education. If we don’t fix it, we will erode our advantage in the years to come. more
Might as well file this one under “you never know what you’ll find in East Texas – especially when Bob Staton is involved.’’ Lindale’s Bob Staton, well known for his off-the-wall antics, dropped by the Lindale News and Times office early Monday morning with his son Robert and another “passenger’’ in the back of his truck. more
Did I ever tell y’all about my first dog, Bo? He wasn’t a little bitty dog. He was a Mastiff and he was big ... I mean really big. Now, I don’t know about girls and their pets, because I’m not a girl. I know they probably love them just like boys do, but there is just somethin’ about a boy and his dog. more
By almost any of the usual measures, the job market is better than it has been in decades. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in May 2018 was 3.8 percent, the lowest level in nearly 20 years. Job gains have averaged 179,000 during the past three months, with millions more people now employed than a year ago. more
Recently, the city of Tyler’s Planning and Zoning board gave its approval to annex a section of land at the southeast corner of Interstate 20 and U.S. Highway 69. So why should Lindale residents care? Because this is part of the long range plan Lindale city leaders were preparing for years ago. Say what? more
Texas has more capacity to generate electricity from wind than any other state. In fact, Texas’ capacity of 22,799 megawatts is triple that of second-place Oklahoma and is larger than most countries around the world. The Lone Star State also tops the list for capacity currently under development. Smart policy decisions decades ago have been the key to the development of the Texas wind power industry. more
I was out the other day when I heard someone call my name. I turned and saw a pretty lady standin’ with her husband, both of whom I know. The lady came up and gave me a hug. I was instantly taken back about 45 years to when I had asked her for a date. Her name is Gail. I’m not goin’ to tell you her last name, but anyone who knows Gail, after me describin’ her here, will know who she is. more
I was beginning to believe the phone creatures had taken me off of their list. Phone creatures, for you out there who have not been readin’ this junk I write, is what I call those phone solicitors who call you, buggin’ you to buy somethin’. more
Texas cities are dominating national expansion. The U.S. Census Bureau recently released estimates of population growth between July 2016 and July 2017, and Texas cities top the list both for the number of new residents and the fastest rate of growth. San Antonio added more new residents than any city in the nation; a gain of 24,208 pushed the total population above 1.5 million. That’s an average of over 66 new people per day. more
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