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Friday 03/06/2015
‘Rally 4 Life’ event sheds light on suicide prevention
Posted: March 06, 2015 - 12:00 am

More than two decades ago, Nancy Turner’s husband, Jess, shared with her a news clipping he’d read about a 12-year-old boy who had killed himself.

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Thursday 03/05/2015
City going to the dogs?
Posted: March 05, 2015 - 12:00 am

Tuesday night, something highly unusual happened at City Council.

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Wednesday 03/04/2015
‘Shattered Dreams’ aimed at saving lives
Posted: March 04, 2015 - 12:00 am

Marion High School is presenting a two-day program this week that is worth pointing out to the rest of the Guadalupe County community — and in particular its students.

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Tuesday 03/03/2015
Plenty of reason for celebration
Posted: March 03, 2015 - 12:00 am

Each year when March 2 rolls around, Texans — wherever they find themselves — take a few minutes to raise a glass to what every son or daughter of the Lone Star State knows is the best in this country.

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Saturday 02/28/2015
Kingsbury will get the election it’s worked for
Posted: February 28, 2015 - 5:03 pm

An election has been set for Saturday, May 9 in which the residents of a proposed city of Kingsbury will have the opportunity to decide whether to embrace cityhood.

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Friday 02/27/2015
Annual lockup event aims to raise funds for the MDA
Posted: February 27, 2015 - 12:00 am

For one day each year, there’s a new sheriff in town and he’s here to lock up some of our most prominent and public-spirited citizens.

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Wednesday 02/25/2015
Investment on unique dam structure mutually beneficial
Posted: February 25, 2015 - 12:00 am

Guadalupe County Commissioners voted Tuesday to cut a check to Comal County for $125,000. The money is the latest installment on a half-million-dollar agreement this county made with our upstream neighbors a couple of years ago to help pay for a flood-retarding structure (FRS) — some would call it a dam, but it’s a very unique kind of dam — designed to reduce the impact of a flood on the Dry Comal Creek west of New Braunfels. The FRS, located in Krueger Canyon west of town, was one of five Comal County wanted to build in the wake of the 1998 and 2002 floods with help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and would have augmented a series of similar structures located upstream from New Braunfels on the creeks that feed the Guadalupe River that were built beginning in 1959. The idea behind an FRS is that it is built in a choke point along a creek prone to flash flooding, and it’s basically a big wall with a little drain at its base. In a severe storm or flooding event, it fills with water which is gradually released from the drain over the course of days or a few weeks, cutting the impacts downstream.

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Tuesday 02/24/2015
Big thanks to anonymous donor
Posted: February 24, 2015 - 12:00 am

Guadalupe County K-9 deputy Mark Miller recently got his third police dog, a German Shepherd-Belgian Malinois mix named Rex, bringing Sheriff Arnold Zwicke’s K-9 unit back up to four animals and handlers.

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Sunday 02/22/2015
Seguin Chamber a valued part of the community
Posted: February 22, 2015 - 12:00 am

Anybody who ever thought that a Chamber of Commerce exists solely or even chiefly to forward the interests of the business community has probably not lived in a community that had a good Chamber — or if they did, they certainly haven’t belonged to one.

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Friday 02/20/2015
Skinner’s efforts to better department are commendable
Posted: February 20, 2015 - 12:00 am

In the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks that brought down the World Trade Center and damaged the Pentagon, authorities who found themselves hamstrung by communications gear that did not actually communicate with outside public safety agencies learned valuable lessons about interoperability.

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Thursday 02/19/2015
Expect Navarro to rebound
Posted: February 19, 2015 - 12:00 am

After experiencing the high of reaching the state tournament in 2014, the Navarro girls basketball team saw its follow-up campaign end all too quickly on Tuesday night, bowing out against a very good Burnet team that looked more like a fellow district champion than a No. 4 seed.

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Wednesday 02/18/2015
‘Denim and Diamonds’ event helps keep SISD on education’s cutting edge
Posted: February 18, 2015 - 12:00 am

This Saturday’s “Denim and Diamonds” event is the Seguin Education Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser.

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Tuesday 02/17/2015
Many thanks to first responders
Posted: February 17, 2015 - 12:00 am

Get pulled over for speeding or rolling through a stop sign and it’s easy to lose patience and wonder whether our police officers don’t have something better to do.

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Sunday 02/15/2015
Be patient, the road work is worth the wait
Posted: February 15, 2015 - 12:00 am

For decades, one of the raps on Seguin has been that it hasn’t taken the best possible care of its streets and infrastructure.

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Friday 02/13/2015
Silver Center plays a vital role within the community
Posted: February 13, 2015 - 12:00 am

There are dozens — perhaps a few hundred — non-profits in Seguin and Guadalupe County. Some are better known than others, but one thing many have in common is their good work. There’s the Guadalupe Valley Family Violence Center, the Guadalupe County Children’s Advocacy Center, the Seguin Education Foundation and Seguin Youth Services among many others too numerous to list. There is one, though, that’s been here since 1994 and has become so much a piece of the fabric of this community — so much its center — that many of us wonder what we did before we had a Silver Center.

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Thursday 02/12/2015
Transparency for police
Posted: February 12, 2015 - 12:00 am

County commissioners this week signed off on a grant request by Sheriff Arnold Zwicke to buy body cameras to be worn by 50 deputies. About a month ago, City Council did the same for Police Chief Kevin Kelso and the Seguin Police Department.

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Wednesday 02/11/2015
Proposed plan could help ease river disputes
Posted: February 11, 2015 - 12:00 am

Guadalupe County Commissioners Tuesday voted unanimously to support an effort by State Senator Judith Zaffirini to launch legislation that would create a state-chartered water-oriented recreation district for the San Marcos River downstream from San Marcos, where the river constitutes the county line between Guadalupe and Caldwell counties.

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Tuesday 02/10/2015
A fond farewell to Goolsby
Posted: February 10, 2015 - 12:00 am

There’s a saying that goes something like, “Show me your friends and I’ll tell you your future.”

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Sunday 02/08/2015
Phil Chalmers bringing unique topic with him to share with area residents
Posted: February 08, 2015 - 12:00 pm

This week, local residents and their students at Navarro or Seguin High School and the Mercer-Blumberg Center will have an opportunity to hear a very unique speaker with an uncommon expertise: teen murderers and serial killers — this just more than two weeks after two local teens came under investigation in the stabbing death of a 31-year-old Vermont woman.

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Friday 02/06/2015
Crash training was great: communication could use some work
Posted: February 06, 2015 - 12:00 am

Anyone who saw the police, the fire department and the U.S. Air Force off U.S. 90A Thursday morning likely knows by now that what they were looking at was a practice session to train local public safety officials in what to expect should one of the T-38 trainers that again fly over Seguin crash on approach or takeoff from Auxiliary Field.

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Thursday 02/05/2015
No rush to ban phones
Posted: February 05, 2015 - 12:00 am

About five years or so ago, a city councilman asked the city to consider a ban on using cell phones in school zones, and some people rolled their eyes.

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Wednesday 02/04/2015
Journalism alive and well at Texas Lutheran
Posted: February 04, 2015 - 12:00 am

Journalism is alive and well at Texas Lutheran University.

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Tuesday 02/03/2015
Proposed rail line raises questions
Posted: February 03, 2015 - 12:00 am

Drive up Interstate 35 to Austin any morning or back any afternoon and it’s not at all difficult to imagine that something — almost anything — must be done to relieve some of the worst highway gridlock anywhere in Texas.

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Sunday 02/01/2015
OUR VOICE: Win-win plan set to increase fine money at no cost to county
Posted: February 01, 2015 - 12:00 am

Sheriff Arnold Zwicke isn’t exactly breathing down Tax Assessor-Collector Tavie Murphy’s neck right now — Murphy personally processed $3 million in property tax collections one day this past week — but the sheriff has long liked the idea of laying a little extra “tax” on dope dealers and other crooks by forfeiting their property when it can be connected to criminal activity.

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Friday 01/30/2015
Cool River Ranch, neighbors should seek compromise
Posted: January 30, 2015 - 12:00 am

For a second time in recent months, Guadalupe County Commissioners denied Cool River Ranch a mass-gathering permit for a concert. And just like last time, the promoters are going to put on a concert anyway.

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Thursday 01/29/2015
Merging a smart move by our county commissioners
Posted: January 29, 2015 - 12:00 am

County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to support merging the county’s district and county attorney offices into a single entity.

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Wednesday 01/28/2015
H-E-B’s commitment displayed by decision
Posted: January 28, 2015 - 12:00 am

H-E-B dropped a major bombshell on the community Tuesday.

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Tuesday 01/27/2015
Tovar shows that ‘Habitat’ works
Posted: January 27, 2015 - 12:00 am

Guadalupe Valley Habitat for Humanity dedicated its 20th house Saturday, which it calls “The House the Store Built,” and which recipient Mary Jane Tovar and her daughters, Claudia and Abigail will be moving into any day now.

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Sunday 01/25/2015
OUR VOICE: Honoring the city’s very best citizens
Posted: January 25, 2015 - 12:00 am

Seguin is a vibrant community, and one of the reasons for that is the number of people here who go out of their way to serve their neighbors. This happens every day in churches, in service clubs, in local non-profits, on city, county and school district boards and in places too countless to mention here.

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Friday 01/23/2015
Little Free Library — a novel idea to spread novels
Posted: January 23, 2015 - 12:00 am

A couple’s dream to help spread literacy in the community was realized when they opened the first Little Free Library last week.

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Thursday 01/22/2015
Construction will pay off in long run
Posted: January 22, 2015 - 12:00 am

At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Seguin City Engineer Joe Ramos gave a detailed multimedia presentation on the progress of the ongoing River-San Marcos-Heideke streets drainage and utility phase 1 reconstruction project.

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Wednesday 01/21/2015
Seguin doing its part to aid Air Force pilots
Posted: January 21, 2015 - 12:00 am

A three-year, $30 million project to rebuild the runway at the Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Seguin Auxiliary Airfield has been completed. There remain piles of busted-up asphalt and old fill, but the field reopened officially Tuesday afternoon with a ceremony attended by Air Force and local officials.

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Tuesday 01/20/2015
Dr. King’s dream a work in progress
Posted: January 20, 2015 - 12:00 am

Were Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. alive today, what progress would he see toward the realization of the “dream” he outlined in his famous 1963 speech?

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Sunday 01/18/2015
OUR VIEW: Basham saga shows need for better communication
Posted: January 18, 2015 - 12:00 am

The Guadalupe County Election Commission met Friday and voted to post a job listing to find a replacement for resigned Elections Administrator Sue Basham.

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Friday 01/16/2015
Seguin committed to honoring the legendary MLK
Posted: January 16, 2015 - 12:00 am

Birmingham.

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Thursday 01/15/2015
Time to pack local gyms
Posted: January 15, 2015 - 12:00 am

For those still searching for a sports fix as the NFL season winds down, here’s a suggestion: Head on over to your nearest high school gymnasium and witness what is shaping up to be one of the best area basketball seasons in years.

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Wednesday 01/14/2015
Vivroux property enters next chapter in its history
Posted: January 14, 2015 - 12:00 am

Texas Lutheran University has sold the Vivroux property along South Court Street to a San Antonio developer who envisions a mixed use project that includes retail space, professional offices and apartments.

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Friday 01/09/2015
City, School district committed to greater good
Posted: January 09, 2015 - 12:00 am

Seguin City Council voted Tuesday night to waive about $335,000 in permitting and inspection fees connected to the construction about to begin on the new Seguin High School.

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Thursday 01/08/2015
Terrorism won’t win
Posted: January 08, 2015 - 12:00 am

Monday, religious extremists or terrorists attacked the Paris headquarters of a well-known satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, which has been criticized and threatened in the past over drawings of the Prophet Mohammed, the spiritual leader of the world’s Muslims.

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Wednesday 01/07/2015
Local officers display the bond of brotherhood
Posted: January 07, 2015 - 12:00 am

On Sunday, the family of Wenjian Liu laid the fallen officer to rest.

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Tuesday 01/06/2015
Welcome Judge Kyle Kutscher
Posted: January 06, 2015 - 12:00 am

What are your New Year’s resolutions?

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Sunday 01/04/2015
Applause for those helping our K9 cops
Posted: January 04, 2015 - 12:00 am

K9 officers are often in the line of fire as much as their human partners.

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Friday 01/02/2015
County, Air Force cooperation benefits us all
Updated: January 02, 2015 - 8:01 am

As surely as San Antonio is called America’s military city, Guadalupe County has always enjoyed a close relationship with the military. 

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Thursday 01/01/2015
Seeking new voices
Updated: January 01, 2015 - 6:38 am

Today marks the close of the Seguin Respect campaign’s weekly contributions to the Seguin Gazette Speak Up page.

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Sunday 12/28/2014
Take simple steps to help battle the flu
Posted: December 28, 2014 - 12:00 am

The flu season has arrived — hitting hard in the Midwest and the South and Seguin is no exception.

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Friday 12/26/2014
What’s your plan for 2015?
Posted: December 26, 2014 - 12:00 am

Today the Gazette started its traditional look back at the year that was as seen through the lens of our photgraphers and the words of our writers.

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Thursday 12/25/2014
Merry Christmas
Posted: December 25, 2014 - 12:00 am

The rip of wrapping paper. The squeals of delight. The rapid fire string of shrieked thank yous as that perfect gift comes into view. The soaring carols echoing off the rafters of the church. The clatter of cutlery meeting dish as a holiday meal is enjoyed, memories shared and new memories forged.

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Wednesday 12/24/2014
Get out and enjoy
Posted: December 24, 2014 - 12:00 am

If you’re looking for a little boost to your Christmas spirit it’s only a short car ride away.

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Tuesday 12/23/2014
Cop murders display the dangers
Posted: December 23, 2014 - 12:00 am

Three police officers won’t be home with their families this Christmas — their lives cut tragically short by madmen with guns.

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Sunday 12/21/2014
Briesemeister campaign is good for our community
Posted: December 21, 2014 - 12:00 am

Middle school students are faced each day with the struggles of growing up — many of which are distant memories to us as adults.

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