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A weary diplomat boarded the Independence at New Orleans on April 7, 1837, for the last leg of the long trip back to Texas. Pressing business in the United States caused William H. Wharton to miss the Battle of San Jacinto, but he would at least be home in time to celebrate the first anniver…

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By the mid-19th century, millions of cattle roamed the open ranges of Texas. Texans saw this as wealth on the hoof that multiplied every year. Many men arriving in Texas after the Civil War found these millions of cattle roaming wild across the range. These men, and a few women, combed the m…

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Sunset Carson, a star of 1940s westerns, made one of his countless personal appearances on March 29, 1976. But it is safe to say that none of the students and few of the faculty at Denton High School had any idea who he was.

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Standing in a long line waiting to gain entrance to my neighborhood grocery store last week, I quickly learned that store personnel were only permitting 50 patrons in at a time. While doing my best at being patient, I couldn’t help thinking about the true tales my mother used to tell me abou…

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Klyde, our Chihuahua mix, has discovered one thing he’s not great at. Like most Chihuahuas, Klyde has a rather inflated sense of his abilities. He chases after deer as if he were a bull mastiff dashing through a forest. He barks at strangers walking on the street as if he was a junkyard dog …

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Caring for cattle has been a primary industry in Texas from the time the Spanish attempted to establish missions and domesticate the Indians beginning in the 1700s. Most of the cattle were Longhorns, their horns reaching a spread from 4- to 8-feet. In early Texas, these cattle were more valu…

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In the past couple of weeks, the Libertarian Party of Guadalupe County held its County Convention, and hosted the District Conventions for the U.S. Congressional Texas District 15 race as well as the Texas House of Representatives District 44 race. Within these weeks, we gained new leadershi…

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It isn’t just that I disagree on policy that makes me angry with Republicans, it’s that they consistently fail and Democrats have to clean it up, then get blamed for spending what it takes to fix the problem. Once again we have Republicans leading the nation and again we see an abject failur…

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Q. I feel so helpless and it is depressing that my newly arrived purple martins must do battle with the English sparrows and starlings to take possession of the houses that I put up for them to use. It seems unpleasant but does it work to get a pellet gun to rout some of the sparrows and sta…

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Things are off to quite a start here at “work from home, school from home” central. My office has sent us all home to work remotely, which meant this weekend I needed to adjust my home office from a sit-down-for-an-hour-or-two kind of workspace to a work-all-day kind of workspace.

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“Was the late secretary of war removed in consequence of his attempt fraudulently to give to Gov. Houston the contract for the Indian rations?” an Ohio congressman asked on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on Mar. 24, 1832.

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In 2019, a petulant Donald Trump declared a national emergency when Congress wouldn’t give him his ridiculous border wall. After weeks of claiming “everything will be fine,” the toddler-in-chief finally declared a national emergency after COVID-19, aka coronavirus, has spread throughout the …

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I recently told my high school students in San Antonio there is a deadly chemical compound being used on our campus. After listening to all the information I presented on this compound, my students agreed to sign a petition so that the principal would have this deadly chemical compound remov…

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Apparently, some people have misunderstood the intentions of my monthly Mayor’s Message that appeared in the Seguin Gazette and on social media regarding the COVID-19 situation. I hope this message clears up any of those misunderstandings.

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In the 1870s, the Texas Rangers had their hands full responding to the lawlessness on the Texas frontier. Rustlers, stagecoach robberies and feuds stretched the Rangers’ resources to their limits.

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This past October, my wife and I journeyed to one of our favorite places in America — New England. Our annual fall foliage trips have become a seasonal tradition and last year we visited the only New England state we had never explored — Rhode Island.

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Rival bootleggers turned downtown Galveston into their own private shooting gallery on March 13, 1931, sending innocent bystanders diving for cover and two wounded gangsters to the hospital.

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There are a lot of sniffles, sneezes and watery eyes happening around us right now, and it’s not the coronavirus. It’s springtime in Texas, and thousands of varieties of pollens and mold spores are wafting in the air all around us. I’ve always wondered why God took the most beautiful season …

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) seems to be in every ones thoughts and is the topic of discussion throughout the state and nation. I have enlisted the help of City Secretary Maria Hernandez, and we have started working on an Emergency Management plan for the city, not only in the event if we have any…

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In December 2017, after Ross Leone III stepped down as county chair of the Libertarian Party of Guadalupe County, a major decision had to be made for the county party. After a serious discussion took place between the three members who attended the meeting to elect a new county chair until t…

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Q. Can we place bedstraw, henbit, chickweed and the other broadleaf weeds in our compost pile? The seeds wont just be transferred to the garden after the material decomposes and we use it to enrich the garden, will it?

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Before I get started, I’d like to say that though I am very firm in my political beliefs, I do believe we should always give credit where credit is due. We should always give a pat on the back followed by “Good job, well done,” when, in fact, we see something that took a lot of energy and ha…

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I’ve often heard that people can be divided into two distinct categories – cat lovers and dog lovers. I’ve never been quite certain what distinguishes one from another, but I can objectively say that I’m definitely a dog lover at heart. It’s been that way since I was a youngster when I was a…

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I would like a word with the good people at the sign making shop of the Texas Department of Transportation. Because in my mind I think they have an issue with a tiny thing I call “proper emphasis.”

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In the late 1800s and early 1900s, New York City had a tremendous problem — thousand and thousands of orphans and unwanted children. Widespread poverty and disease had resulted in the city being overrun with children without families. Many of these children were from immigrant families who h…

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Government and religious exemptions are on my mind right now on two separate topics. First up is the pretzel-like logic of conservatives, which never ceases to amaze me. They’re the noisiest on the topic of religious freedom, but they’ve got this really strange idea that it means letting the…

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As we’re currently seeing more and more updates on the presidential election, one particular factor comes to mind when it comes to the Democratic race: Bernie Sanders getting a lot of support (especially from Millennials). Sure, the promises of free stuff sounds like a good deal if you are a…

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Q. My Bermuda grass usually greens up after dormancy at this time of the year. Based on the photos, do you recognize anything that has killed the grass? Some of my neighbors’ lawns are green like our lawn usually looks.

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Before you go to cast your vote on March 3rd, I felt it necessary to write this letter to tell you what I’ve come to know about your current Sheriff, Arnold Zwicke.

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The Borden County courthouse was the site of an anything-goes wrestling match on Feb. 27, 1904, with cowboys and sodbusters battling over dirt-cheap real estate in a once-in-a-lifetime sale.

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For the last few years instead of making a set of resolutions, I have selected on a single word to sum up what I want to focus on for the year ahead. This year I even got a special bracelet where I could pound my word in and wear it all the time. I did get it on sale, so I’ll wear it as long…

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On Monday, March 2, 2020, the Seguin Abishai Mercer Dickson Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic will celebrate Texas Independence Day at the Sebastopol Historic Home located at 704 Zorn St. The celebration is free to the public and will begin at 1:30 p.m. with State Rep. John Kuempel ac…

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The latest generation to hit the political scene is starting to shake things up. They seem to be frustrated with the current political process and are looking to change things. The question is, what direction do they wish to head?

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First and foremost, I want to remind you that in order to vote in Texas you’ll need some form of identification. The most common is a Texas driver’s license or state ID. You can also use a U.S. military I.D. card with your photo on it, a U.S. passport book or card, U.S. Certificate of Citize…

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