There has been a proliferation of monster convenience stores, where gas pumps stretch far as the eye can see. The merchandise includes deer feeders, barbecue smokers, an extensive clothing line, an overwhelming array of road snacks, 80 soda dispensers — and America’s cleanest bathrooms.

That would be Buc-ee's, a 60,000-square-foot emporium that just opened its 23rd Texas store in Terrell on the way to Dallas. We stopped there last Sunday — along with what appeared to be several thousand other curious customers — to get gas and use those famed restroom facilities.

A Texas A&M University viticulture specialist will speak Thursday, July 9, at Stephen F. Austin State University about grape growing in Texas. Assistant professor Justin Scheiner says grape and wine production is growing by leaps and bounds in Texas. He expects crop acreage to one day surpass citrus. Scheiner says with about 600 vineyards and several hundred wineries, many types of people are getting into the grape business.

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Commentator Gary Joiner recalls the New London School Explosion in New London, Texas, 78 years ago this week.

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Airs Wednesday, March 4, at 8 p.m. Pipp plays traditional cowboy music on guitar, banjo, harmonica, and bones. Pipp and his late brother, Guy Gillette, recorded eight albums of cowboy music and were recipients of the Western Heritage Wrangler Award for Best Traditional Album of 2010. They also received the 2012 Wrangler Award for Best Outstanding Original Western Composition for their performance of the song, Trade Off, penned by Waddie Mitchell.

The Museum of East Texas in Lufkin will host a panel discussion Sunday about the women’s suffrage movement in Texas.

Three East Texas women, who have dedicated their livelihood to women’s issues, will guide the discussion.

Ellen Temple is a retired publisher and educator. In the 1980s, she published the first two books in print about the women’s right to vote in Texas.