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On June 14th, 244 years ago, the Second Continental Congress met under the leadership of John Hancock in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Outside of those walls, citizens from what used to be 13 individual colonies fought as one against the oppressive British Crown. That day, the delegates adopte…

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Please be aware that TxDOT will be closing FM 2787 in Joaquin tomorrow, Wednesday, so that Union Pacific Railroad can make repairs at the railroad crossing. The closure will be from 8 am until 5 pm. Traffic control will be in place with signage to alert motorists of the closure.

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 The last week of session is coming to a close and the long nights have stretched into the early hours of the following mornings. We're sprinting to the finish of an unusual session and passing consequential and substantial legislation.

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Session is drawing to a close. This is the last week for Senate committees to realistically consider bills to vote out of committee. We had until May 26 to vote on any bill on the floor. After that, the Senate can only vote on Conference Committee Reports or concur with House amendments unti…

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Saturday morning we received a call stating a Game Warden was in pursuit of two subjects.  They had pointed a gun at an individual when he confronted them about running over a deer.  After the subjects fled from their vehicle, a female was apprehended at a creek as she couldn’t swim.  After …

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San Augustine Main Street is hosting an interview and reception to promote Main Street Heritage Days Event taking place on June 4-5. Brad Maule, who is portraying Sam Houston in the Heritage Festival is coming to historic San Augustine to see the places and retrace the steps Sam Houston took…

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One hundred and thirty-three years ago this month, the present Texas Capitol was formally dedicated. On May 16, 1888, the dedication ceremony was held with a service, parade, and a celebration to mark its opening. Over 20,000 people attended the week of festivities. There were military displ…

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Sale on the Trail 2021 did not disappoint, and here are a few of the photos we snapped along the way. After so many of the festivals were forced to cancel in 2020, residents were eager to get out and enjoy the beautiful East Texas day. 

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At the end of this week, we'll only have three weeks left in this year's legislative session. These last three weeks are some of the most intense weeks, with long hours and lots of bills to read. A number of deadlines begin to crop up during this time. For example, May 26th is the last day f…

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Today is one of the proudest days of my life.  I am pleased to invite all of my wonderful friends to an amazing event this Friday. It is the official "Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for The Mitchell Newman Communications Center" this Friday, May 7th at 923 Lela Street, Jasper, Texas 75951 at 2 p.m.

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With less than four weeks to go before the 87th Legislative Session comes to a close, there is a mad dash to hear as many bills as possible before "Sine Die." With so much happening in these final thirty days, let's jump right in…

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Even though Texas has felt a little cooler in recent days, things are heating up in your State Capitol - so let's dive right in. The House Committee on Transportation met for a public hearing on Tuesday for eight hours to listen to and discuss public and stakeholder testimony. This committee…

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Local Historian Weldon McDaniel tells a brief story of "What went Under", Sabine County before Toledo Bend Reservoir. "We have 3,000 high resolution photos of those farms right here at the Sabine County History Center," he said. This has really sparked lots of attention.

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On April 21, 1836, General Sam Houston led the Texan Army in a decisive victory over General Santa Anna in the Battle of San Jacinto. The fighting lasted a mere 18 minutes. Though Santa Anna escaped the battlefield and fled, he was captured the next day and held as a prisoner of war for abou…