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Stranded and broke, on June 22, 1870, Bill Longley enlisted in the 2nd Cavalry Regiment. The primary duty of the troops was scouting against Indian threats. Longley soon found the military structured living was not to his liking, and deserted after only two weeks. However, he was caught, ret…

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I get that sibling rivalry is as old as the first two brothers in the Bible, but I’m never quite ready to accept it when it shows up in my house. I have a “thing,” as one mom told me, about conflict among family members, so I tend to shut it down pretty quickly. Maybe it’s the wrong approach…

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President William Howard Taft, all 335 pounds of him, personally welcomed the Abernathy brothers to Washington D.C. on May 27, 1910, and gave the famous travelers a guided tour of the White House.

In reference to Jim Ward’s letter in the Wednesday May 27th edition of the Seguin Gazette, Mr. Ward, you are spot on with your letter while pointing out Guadalupe County has zero deaths.

Police are here to protect the community. Not to judge or to punish. Our job is to enforce laws and arrest those who break those laws, so that the criminal justice system can take the next steps. A recent event in Minneapolis has reminded me that not all officers realize this.

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Graduation is always such a roller coaster of emotions. Parents can’t believe their babies have grown up so fast. Children can’t believe they finally made it and are ready for independence. Teachers are filled with pride and so much more. But this year is especially difficult given the curre…

With the entire month dedicated to the topic, May is a time to discuss mental health awareness. And the folks at NAMI Guadalupe County aren’t afraid to start the conversation and dish out support for those who need it.

My recent letter about freedoms needing enhancing restrictions seems not to have reached every one. The government (the people) is only trying to restrict the freedom to catch and spread a dangerous disease. If you think the “government” can’t or shouldn’t make you wear a face mask in order …

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This past weekend, numerous Libertarian delegates and alternates across the country gathered online to officially nominate our presidential and vice presidential candidates for the ballot this November. Though the process was stressful, especially for those who have supported their candidate…

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Doesn’t it seem odd that we can not really predict the weather or the next year winner of the Super Bowl, yet our elected officials fall head over heals for the predictions from some highly overpaid government medical authorities?

Sixty-four people in our adjacent Bexar County have died from coronavirus as of May 19, 2020. ZERO have died in Guadalupe County. ZERO. And we live in a state of 29 million people. Yet tens of thousands of our citizens in these two counties have lost their livelihood and their jobs. How or w…

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In the past month, we have seen so much of life as we know it change. It changed minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour, day-to-day. The streets were quieter, shops and restaurants were darker and people in some areas were a little more scarce. Some people worked from home, some were laid off or fur…

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When we first built our house, I fell in love with the idea of tall, soaring ceilings. This may have been because I’m a tiny bit claustrophobic, or because I’m a look-up-and-trip-over-things kind of person, or because I never think of practical things in time to avoid problems that are solve…

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“Our poor seniors have taken it on the chin…the least we can do is to try to make their graduation as special as possible.” – New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Publisher Neice Bell

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About a one-and-a-half hour drive northeast of Seguin is the small community of Evergreen, Texas, where one of Texas’s most notorious killers, Bill Longley, was born. Longley was born on Oct. 6, 1851, the sixth of 10 children to a Texas Revolutionary veteran, Campbell Longley.

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Libertarians are nothing if not strong advocates of Second Amendment rights. In fact, this was one of the reasons why I left the Democratic Party for the Libertarian Party more than three years ago. Today, I’m going to talk about how gun violence statistics are greatly inflated in the United…

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Two weeks after Governor Abbott issued his executive order reopening the state for business as the rate of new COVID-19 cases continues to accelerate, topping 47,000 over the weekend according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. Thursday set a record for new cases in a single d…

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In a May 19, 1837, letter to the speaker of the Republic house of representatives, President Sam Houston pressed for full payment as promised to the captain and crew of the Yellow Stone and the rightful place of the steamboat in Texas history.

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“… teachers are really proving that they ARE the backbone of education now and always have been, not legislators or standardized testing development companies. They are creating their lessons plans, staying in contact with students, informing parents, and encouraging both while taking care o…

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In November 1932, Miriam A. (Ma) Fergerson was elected governor. She unsuccessfully attempted to get legislature passed for both a sales tax and an income tax. She did succeed in getting a 2 cent per barrel tax on oil.

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The use of fear to control the population has been utilized many times in the history of the United States. Fear of the Native Americans led to the Trail of Tears as Andrew Jackson’s genocidal policies against the tribes of North America were accepted by the citizens. Fear of another Japanes…

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The restaurant by the rail depot in Seguin was run by Joseph Richter. He had immigrated to Austin from Austria in 1910 and, a year later, started farming in Geronimo with his new bride Anna. In early 1918, the couple opened the restaurant in Seguin. On Oct. 24, 1918, the day the Seguiner Zei…

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Vote-by-mail has been successful in many states, including Texas, for decades. In Oregon, all voting has been done by mail for 20 years. In Texas, it is limited to those 65 and over or those who are out of town and therefore unable to vote in person. Texas and the other states have proven th…

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These days, Moms are wearing many hats. Not that we haven’t always, but in the last couple of months we added a few more that we weren’t expecting, like “teacher.” I will be the first to say that I have a deeper respect for all of the teachers out there, you do a job that most wouldn’t. And …

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Some of our restaurants are starting to open abiding by the 25% rule, while other businesses will open later this month according to the plans the governor has laid out. They say it is a welcome relief and can’t wait until they can fully open someday. I appreciate their commitment to keeping…

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Through 1930, Hoover and his close friends persisted in their optimism, making claims that the Depression was caused by “moneyed gamblers” in the stock market, and denounced the Democrats as greedy Easterners who tried to undermine the sound United States economy. Some news media indulged in…

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From December 1884 to September 1885, an ax-wielding killer took the lives of five women in an unprecedented spree that terrified the citizens of Austin and left police at a loss for clues and suspects. Worst of all, the monster O. Henry called “The Servant Girl Annihilator” was not done yet.

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There is a problem that lingers here in the state of Texas. It happens to be held on one certain day in the week and, still to this day, parts of said problem don’t make a lick of sense. This problem is the still-existing blue law here in Texas.

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Q. We took your advice and planted tatuma (Mexican squash) instead of summer squash in order to escape the squash vine borers. It is growing amazingly fast. When should we harvest the fruit?

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The subject of this snapshot drew my attention because it mirrors today’s economic and social situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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