Gary Borders

Host of "On The Boarder"

Gary Borders has been an East Texas journalist and editor for more than 30 years. During his career he worked as editor and publisher of newspapers in Longview, Lufkin, Nacogdoches and San Augustine. He began writing a column in 1982 and has written at least once weekly since without fail, though there are quite a few he would like to take back. The New York Times News Service distributed his column nationally from 1995 through 2009. His pieces have been published in the Detroit Free Press, Miami Herald, Austin American-Statesman, Palm Beach Post, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and — his personal favorite — the Maui News. He now writes online each week at garyborders.com.

Borders has published two collections of columns, the “Loblolly Chronicles” in 2010 and “Behind and Beyond the Pine Curtain” in 2005. The University of Texas Press published “A Hanging in Nacogdoches” in 2006, his account of a brutal murder in 1902 in the state’s oldest town, and the trial that followed. He is currently researching another book, but is nowhere close to being finished.

Borders and his wife, Dr. Julie Teel-Borders, a professor at LeTourneau University, live in Longview with their daughter, Abbie, a freshman at Longview High School. He also has two grown daughters, about whom he has been writing columns since Ronald Reagan was president. They have long ceased to be embarrassed about it, though Abbie protests occasionally.

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9:02am

Fri January 25, 2013
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Gary Borders: On meetings with Monk Willis

The late Monk Willis spends time with his friend, Gary Borders.
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Commentator Gary Borders pens a tribute to his late friend Monk Willis, a Longview businessman, civic leader and adviser to President Lyndon Johnson.

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7:35am

Fri January 18, 2013
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Gary Borders: On memories of Camp Pirtle, Scout Laws

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Commentator Gary Borders, on a reporting mission, takes a memory-filled side trip to his childhood Boy Scout camp.

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7:35am

Fri January 11, 2013
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Gary Borders: Let the crape myrtles grow, please

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Commentator Gary Borders takes on a troublesome landscaping tradition in the Deep South, the winter pruning of crape myrtles.

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7:35am

Fri January 4, 2013
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Gary Borders: Cursive lives on, thanks to Mr. Penmanship

Commentator Gary Borders pays homage to cursive writing and the teachers who help to keep it alive.

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7:35am

Fri December 28, 2012
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Gary Borders: A tribute to Mattie Dellinger, meeting deadlines at 101

Willie Nelson and Mattie Dellinger enjoy each other's company in 2008.
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Gary Borders profiles another columnist in his neck of the woods. Mattie Dellinger is an institution in the life of Center, Texas – or as she would call it "Center of the Universe."

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