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 The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that median household income in 2020 decreased 2.9% between 2019 and 2020, and the official poverty rate increased 1.0 percentage point. Meanwhile the percentage of people with health insurance coverage for all or part of 2020 was 91.4%. An estimated 8…

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One person has been transported to the hospital with what is believed to be non-life threatening injuries, after an auto/pedestrian collision on Sabine Street in Hemphill, at approximately 8:30 a.m. Hemphill Police, Sabine County Sheriff’s Office, and Sabine County EMS are on scene.

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This weekend, we recognize the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. We remember and pray for all the Americans who were killed during the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Flight 93. Let us never forget.

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MULTI-AGENCY OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING INVESTIGATION: This afternoon officers from Lufkin PD and a Deputy from the Angelina County Sheriff’s Department located a suspect who was wanted for a felony warrant from an incident where he choked his victim during a domestic violence assault. The su…

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Jasper ISD cancelling classes from Friday, September 3 until school resumes Monday, September 13 due to rising COVID cases.

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The Newton County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) answered 69 calls to service last week from August 23rd, August 29th, 2021. We currently have 21 inmates in the following Jails, 9 housed in Newton, 12 housed in Jasper. Last week there were 4 individuals booked into the Jail.

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On August 27, 1908, Lyndon Baines Johnson was born near Johnson City, Texas. LBJ would go on to become a US Congressman, US Senator, the Vice President under President John F. Kennedy, and finally the President of the United States. His birthday is celebrated as a state holiday.

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On August 19, the Texas House officially reached a quorum. With the required number of members now present to conduct business, committees can start meeting in committee to consider the critical items on Governor Abbott's agenda. I look forward to taking swift action on items such as electio…

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Summer is drawing to a close and back-to-school season is here. TxDOT asks all Texans to be aware of school zones and school buses as children head back to campus. Remember to slow down for school zones and be prepared to stop for stopped school buses.

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Hospital capacity concerns worsening. Fatalities are increasing faster. The Delta variant has Texas in one of its worst fights all pandemic.

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For most East Texas school districts, a new school year has either just begun or is about to. Last year was as trying as any in recent history, particularly for our school teachers, faculty, and administrators. They deserve our utmost respect and appreciation, as they have worked tirelessly …

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On August 2, 1832, Texas settlers refused to surrender their arms to the Mexican Army in Nacogdoches, escalating into The Battle of Nacogdoches, which is often referred to as the opening salvo of the Texas Revolution. James Bowie marched with the Texian Militia and initialed a siege on the M…

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The City Council passed an Ordinace revision for the City’s senior citizen utility billing policy. If you are 60-years-old or older, the utilities are in your name, you live at the location, and you need extra time paying your bill; no late charge or disconnect until the 25th of the month. P…

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Pendleton Harbor Volunteer Fire Department will host a fundraiser featuring a DONATION CARWASH, and Hamburger Plate sale. Beginning at 8 a.m. on August 7, fire department members will wash your ride for a donation to their department. Hamburger plates with all the fixings, a bag of chip, and…

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Sabine County Hospital’s Emergency Management Team participated in a Table-Top exercise today provided by the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council (SETRAC). The exercise was aimed at evaluating the area’s emergency management and mass casualty response. We are prepared to coordinate our…

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Locally, Dawn Glover has been our go-to person as issues arise for as long as I’ve covered East Texas government and politics. Always available and, always doing her best to bring the needs of residents to the attention of our state Senator. She will certainly be missed. Glover is a San Augu…

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With COVID restrictions lifted statewide and summer vacations still an option before school gets started next month, I sincerely hope you and your family will consider making the trip to Austin for a history and civics lesson at your State Capitol. And with the Legislature in the midst of a …