We moved the newspaper office on a recent Saturday, on the day coincidentally that I marked my 59th birthday. 

It was a day of trying not to strain my back, and doing what I can to assist men much stronger and younger than me to move desks, filing cabinets, and all the other furnishings — in time for us to open in our new location the following Monday morning.

Big Thicket Association

An organization formed 50 years ago to preserve one of the most biodiverse lands in the world -- the Big Thicket of southwest Texas -- is holding its first kayaking and canoeing event Saturday in Beaumont.

The executive director of the Big Thicket Association, Bruce Walker, says paddlers will go upstream on the lower Neches River to explore oxbow lakes during the Neches River Rally.


I was reminded of the Sex With Chickens story recently when passing a truck loaded with them, headed to the processing plant. That reminded me of a fight I had with the Leander Police Department four years ago over releasing police reports while running a paper there.

Commentator Gary Joiner explains the history of the Bonnie Blue, one of the original Texas flags.

City of Pittsburg, Texas

Pittsburg, Texas is launching its first startup business competition that will reward a small business for opening up inside its city limits. 

The Pittsburg Innovative Entrepreneur competition will award $20,000 to the winning business plan to be used on startup expenses, along with other perks. Pittsburg’s economic development director Jenny Rowan said she wants to generate buzz and grassroots support for economic development.