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During the spring, a cadre of volunteers gather for a quick breakfast, pick up supplies and then head out into the community with one thing on their minds — trash.

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I don’t know what I was doing on the second of June. Too many “irons in the fire.” That’s what we used to say when we were trying to get things done and it seemed there weren’t enough hours in the day. Burning years off the candle late into the night.

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We recently went to a “destination wedding” for our nephew and his absolutely wonderful bride. Of course, since most of our family is far flung, almost every wedding is a destination wedding for us. While this wedding was unique to the loving couple, I have noticed a certain cast of characte…

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Once again our state representative, John Kuempel, has mailed one of his puff pieces to residents in Guadalupe and Wilson counties. As usual, he touts purported accomplishments which are, as often as not, failures.

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Last week, I had the chance to check out “Joker,” the standalone DC Comics film that features an origin story about the well-known Batman villain of the same name. Before its release, it gained controversy over the revealed details of how much more brutal and violent the film was than any of…

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Flu season is upon us and it’s important now more than ever to get that flu shot. According to the Texas Department of Health Services, tens of thousands of people have died over the last three flu seasons due to complications from the virus, and the death toll shows no signs of slowing down…

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Mr. Robert de Zavala in his letter on Sept. 11 asked about honoring Juan Seguin. He sees Seguin as a traitor. To answer this, one needs to know more about the Texas Revolution, the Republic of Texas, and Juan Seguin.

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Q. If I am applying “Cut Vine and Stump Killer” to the freshly cut trunk of a 7-inch weed tree, do I have to paint the whole cut or will it work if I just paint the cambium layer around the edge of the trunk? 

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From the mid 1920s until the 1960s, the boredom of traveling across the long stretches of Texas often would be broken by clever advertising signs placed along highways by Burma-Vita, a shaving cream company owned by Leonard and Allen Odell with headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Burma S…

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The apprehensive Kickapoos watched the surveyors’ every move on the morning of Oct. 8, 1838, knowing from bitter experience that when white men came to measure the land, settlers were not far behind.

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I was both heartened and saddened when I saw the news that former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was convicted of murder in the shooting death of Botham Jean. Last year, Guyger walked into Jean’s apartment thinking it was her own and shot him to death on the spot.

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Last week, during the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit in New York, a 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist named Greta Thunberg gave an accusatory speech toward ambassadors from across the globe. In this speech, she said how she should be in school and that the world leaders “come to” her…

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With two spillgates failed, two lakes emptied, and the threat of the remaining four being drained at some point pending a court battle, the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority has long said it lacks the funding mechanism necessary to maintain the ancient hydroelectric dam system.

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I wish I would choose wisely — even if it’s just my words. I cringe when writing each letter because I think of two English teachers reading them and “tsking” me.

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Q. Our rural neighborhood has lots of large trees, especially live oaks. Some of the trees are 4 feet in diameter. I always heard that the large old live oaks are unlikely to break or topple over even if they are largely hollow. Several weeks ago, a very large oak broke about 4 feet from the…

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The cold-blooded murder of an unarmed man on Oct. 1, 1875, was Johnny Ringo’s contribution to a Texas feud and the only confirmed kill of his mostly make-believe career.

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While growing up in central England, the place where I spent most of my time when I wasn’t at school was a large green public park just a couple of streets over from my home. There, kids could play soccer, rounders (something like softball) or climb a complex structure that resembled a large…

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At the beginning of the Civil War, the United States immediately withdrew all of their troops from Texas and the South to form the Union Army. This situation left the Texas frontier unprotected and defenseless against the raiding Comanche, Kiowa and Apache. As a result of these raids, the ed…

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Many folks have been asking and fretting, so just in case you were wondering, I started a new job almost a month ago. Right now, I’m going through that stage our kids go through when they change schools. I even got a new set of pens and a backpack, because, well, that’s what you get when you…

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About nine years ago, right around Christmas, my dad mentioned to my mom that someone was selling puppies.

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In view of the flood of bad news, some disturbingly so, in our community and in the nation at large, it was good to see more than 500 people attending a banquet for a good cause right here in Seguin. The occasion was the 19th annual fundraising banquet of the South Texas Pregnancy Care Cente…

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Several weeks ago, there was a call for a federal government ban on flavored vape pens due to the reported six deaths relating to the devices. Hearing this, I honestly thought it was the dumbest thing I have ever heard.

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Voting trends for college-age students are on the rise, according to a recent study by the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement.

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Imagine you manage a small business in a part of town that sees more than its share of crime and a wealthy guy from another part of town walks in trailing a couple big guys that look like bodyguards. Imagine further that you’re having a conversation with the wealthy guy about the local busin…

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Q. You recommend that wildflower seeds be spread on sites where the seed makes contact with the soil, bare soil is best. Would it work if we applied mulch after seeding so we could conserve water and reduce weed competition with the wildflowers?

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A couple of years ago while vacationing with my wife in a rural part of northern England, I began to realize how late it was getting to be. My wife, Debbie, also helped me to understand that we did not have a reservation for a place to stay that night.

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I was talking to a friend about her little girl, Lorelei, who is now 4 years old. Because both parents are darn clever with pretty impressive vocabularies, this 4-year-old is unusually articulate.

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A few of us senior citizens still remember the rationing of certain commodities during World War II. Today it’s hard to believe, with all the television commercials and mailboxes full of flyers, that at one time most of these products were rationed.

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