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Texans must conserve water

With extreme heat comes additional water use, and it’s important to understand why additional conservation methods are needed, especially during a drought. Statewide drought due to less rainfall By Todd Danielson Vice President, Engineering, Texas Water…

Comptroller releases broadband plan

Census data collected in 2020 indicates as many as 7 million Texans — nearly one-fourth of the state’s population — do not have broadband access By Gary Borders Texas Press Association State Comptroller Glenn Hegar last week released his agency’s plan to support the expansion of broadband internet access to areas with limited or no access. Hegar…
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Tribes win at U.S. Supreme Court

Naskila can continue to be source of jobs, economic activity By Emily Banks Wooteneditor@polkenterprise.com The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling Wednesday that will allow the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas to continue operating Naskila Gaming, its electronic bingo facility, despite years of efforts by the State of Texas to shut the facility…
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Blueberry Royalty

On May 21, Kamrie Spearman, of Warren, was crowned Teen Miss Blueberry Festival in the 2022 Miss Blueberry Festival Pageant. This past Saturday, she had the opportunity to represent her title at the 32nd annual Texas Blueberry Festival in downtown Nacodgoches.Photo courtesy of Kamrie Spearman
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Rep. James White to headline DETCOG annual meeting

Rep. James White set to be the keynote speaker at the annual DETCOG meeting. LUFKIN – Representative James White (R-Hillister) will be the keynote speaker for Annual Membership and Awards Luncheon of the Deep East Texas Council of Governments and Economic Development District (DETCOG) on Thursday June 23 in Lufkin. The event will be held at noon…
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Crockett Police seeking public’s help

From Staff Reports CROCKETT – The summer heat seems to have spurred a rash of illegal activity in the area. As of June 13, the Crockett Police Department was asking the community for help in apprehending local lawbreakers. The man in the first picture is wanted for questioning about a theft from a local business. If you recognize him or his…
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Committee oversees insurance, worker’s compensation

Over the interim, committee members will monitor agencies and ensure that the legislation passed during the most recent legislative session is implemented properly. By Rep. Trent Ashby District 57 The Texas House Speaker recently established the Investigative Committee on the Robb Elementary Shooting to conduct a thorough examination into the…
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Many anti-gun violence protests held across state

Anti-gun violence protests were held in multiple cities across the state over the weekend. Courtesy photo By Gary Borders Texas Press Association Anti-gun violence protests were held in multiple cities across the state over the weekend, while the state has imposed additional measures designed to strengthen school security. Texas State University’s…
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Trustee escapes

James Tad Wheeler Jr.A trustee has escaped from the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office after walking away from the jail while on work detail. The incident occurred Thursday at approximately 9:55 p.m. Inmate James Tad Wheeler Jr., 36, is described as a white male, approximately 6-foot tall and 180 pounds. Wheeler has sandy blond or light brown hair.…
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Texas tribes win Supreme Court case

Ricky Sylestine, chairman of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas By Emily Banks Wooteneditor@polkenterprise.com The U.S. Supreme Court has issued its ruling in a case brought by the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo, a tribe in El Paso, related to electronic bingo on federally recognized tribal lands in Texas. Because the Pueblo and the Alabama-Coushatta…