Today’s inauguration of our 46th president might affect the feelings of people in Guadalupe County, in Texas and in other areas of the United States in vastly varying ways.

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We waited for nearly a year — hunkered down in our homes, shuttered our schools and businesses and bided our time until relief came in the form of vaccination against the novel coronavirus.

Planning the annual extravaganza that is the Guadalupe County Youth Livestock and Homemaker Show is no small undertaking under normal circumstances.

For years, law enforcement agencies and others have championed the advantages of a campaign encouraging drivers to “Lock. Take. Hide.” when it comes to valuables in their vehicles.

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

New Year’s Eve is less than three weeks away. Every year around these parts, the holiday comes with vendors selling fireworks and revelers putting flame to the pyrotechnics to celebrate the incoming year.

This year was rough on a lot of people. And many people still are struggling to make ends meet. Many found themselves without jobs — whether temporarily or permanently.

From 2016 to 2018, fire departments in this country responded to about 189,300 cooking fires in residences each year, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. It said those fires resulted in 170 deaths, 3,300 injuries and about $443 million in property loss.

It took some hand wringing after receiving the governor’s approval to allow bars in Guadalupe County to reopen but, with the help of a team of concerned parties, County Judge Kyle Kutscher made it happen.

As we find ourselves halfway through Hispanic Heritage Month, Guadalupe County residents can reflect more than most on the sea of Hispanic history that swirls around the area.

With more than $40 billion in financial aid toward the Texas economy, the rapid establishment and dispersal of Paycheck Protection Program loans has, without a doubt, been a life-saving act for millions of American business owners.

It seems for months now, everyone’s talk has been all about COVID-19, the coronavirus, the pandemic ravaging parts of the world, country and our county.

For many it may not seem like nearly two decades since they awoke or were awakened on that fateful Tuesday to the startling news that America was under attack.

There’s a lot happening in Guadalupe County these days. There’s a lot changing. And there are lots of issues that residents may find themselves on opposites sides of: from national politics to local issues like construction, tax dollars, health care, education and more.

It might seem if you’re a young person living through these COVID-infested times that almost everything just keeps going wrong, from cancelled school activities to in-person learning, from cancelled social activities to being forced to spend time with your parents and more.

With the summer heat blazing on us all here in Central Texas, it can be an alarming thought to realize that September is so close and therefore the fall season is right around the corner.

Residents around Lake Dunlap are looking to seize control of the future of their lake and their quality of life by being a part of the solution to help secure it.

The first day of school is right around the corner for some area districts. The fun and excitement that usually accompany back to school shopping is holding hands with feelings of doubt and anxiety as this school year is like one we haven’t seen or experienced.

Seguin Magazine