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Gary Borders

Host of "Borderline"

Gary Borders has been an East Texas journalist and editor for more than 30 years. He is currently the editor and publisher of the Mount Pleasant Daily Tribune and also writes online each week at garyborders.com.

During his career Gary has taught journalism at Kilgore College and served 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.

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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7:35am

Fri June 14, 2013
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Gary Borders: Remembering summer days in the projection booth

Commentator Gary Borders recalls a summer job from a bygone era: the movie projectionist. He was one at the Main Theater in Nacogdoches during the 1970s.

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7:35am

Fri May 24, 2013
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Gary Borders: On relishing panoramic vistas from a Texas plains ranch

A native pecan grove graces one part of this central Texas ranch on the banks of the San Gabriel River.
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Commentator Gary Borders takes us pasture roaming on a central Texas Hill Country ranch.

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7:35am

Fri May 17, 2013
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Gary Borders: 'Duck Dynasty' antics are oddly relatable

Commentator Gary Borders and his family take time out to watch "Duck Dynasty" together, along with about 8.4 million other viewers of the hugely popular A&E network reality show. He even feels akin to the backwoods adventures at times.

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7:35am

Fri May 10, 2013
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Gary Borders: Notes on a rainstorm

Gary Borders enjoys the passing seasons from the view in his study.
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It's one of life's pleasures: watching a rainstorm from a warm, comfortable room at home -- and not feeling any looming deadlines. Commentator Gary Borders experienced one of those days recently, perched in his Longview study.

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7:35am

Fri May 3, 2013
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Gary Borders: Cheering takes athleticism, not popularity

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Commentator Gary Borders recently got a crash course in the competitive nature of cheerleading. Now he feels occasional temblors at his Longview home. He's found that gymnastic ability goes hand-in-hand with cheerleading.

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