So Wednesday marked my first year here in Seguin. There have been ups and downs, floods, tornadoes, trials, wrecks, a local man making it to the NFL and even a mother-daughter reunion that was 38 years in the making.
SPOILER WARNING: This column contains Game of Thrones’ Season 5 spoilers and Season 6 speculation.
It’s playoff time. If you’re a fan of the National Basketball Association, this is what you’ve been waiting for. Let’s face it. The regular season has been over for a month for many teams as they play out a string and head for the lottery. Many others have fought just to get into the playoffs, with a trio of teams in the Western Conference more than 30 games off the pace and little hope of advancing. If not for the brushes with history in the NBA this season we likely would have stopped paying attention before this weekend.
NEW BRAUNFELS — Need a vacation? Then head on over to Circle Arts Theatre in Landa Park in New Braunfels where you can be transported Around the World in 80 Days by director Robin Williams and her cast. Moving at a sometimes frenetic pace, often seemingly teetering on the brink of chaos, these five talented actors take you from London to the subcontinent of India to the Far East to the Wild West and back to London by ship, train, and even elephant.
When I was at the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Conference this past weekend in El Paso, one of the events at the conference was the Buster Haas scholarship auction.
From time to time, we get complaints from a very vocal minority that doesn’t like when we publish photos, especially if they are from the scene of a wreck.
This Sunday, upward of 100,000 people are expected to attend WrestleMania 32 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
When you read the Seguin Gazette, you’re getting Guadalupe County news first, and it seems that other outlets have taken notice. Personally, I find it flattering that so many of our stories get picked by other news sources — sometimes weeks or months after the fact. It shows that we’re doing our job right.
Daylight saving time, oh how I loathe thee!
This week was big for burnt orange faithful as Charlie Strong and the retooled Longhorns took the field for spring practice.
It’s interesting how our minds work, how a particular smell or a place or a simple play of light can cause synapses to start firing and dredge up an old memory out of nowhere. Often we’re not even aware of the trigger that causes our subconscious to reach into the past, or why. I believe it is always for a purpose.
Tuesday, March 2, was the 180th anniversary of Texas independence. We Texans, are hardworking and proud people. Texas has and is filled with men and women who readily sacrifice luxury, limb — and even life — fulfilling patriotic duty.
As one who takes full advantage of our state parks system, I can certainly appreciate the draw and allure, but maybe the park service could become a little more proactive in addressing the overcrowding issues, particularly in regards to those parks that are close to urban areas.
Though I am anything but a fan of Apple, its devices and operating systems, the tech giant is finally doing something I can get behind.
The Super Bowl is always a spectacle, regardless of whether the game was entertaining. I love defensive football games; it always seems to make each third down conversion feel important.
It’s alive! There is a monster loose in Landa Park in New Braunfels. Director Robin Williams and her outstanding cast have brought it to life at Circle Arts Theatre in the form of Mel Brooks’ musical “Young Frankenstein.” Whether or not you’re generally a fan of Mel Brooks’ comedy, you don’t want to miss this production. It’s a campy, raucous, laugh-out-loud evening of thoroughly entertaining theater.
One of the best things about the mild winter we’ve been having is that there have been very few weekends when you couldn’t get out and take a hike. Elizabeth and I have certainly been taking advantage of it. In fact, we haven’t missed a weekend yet this year.
National Signing Day 2016 seemed to be a great one for Charlie Strong and the Texas Longhorns. Strong was able to transform a recruiting class ranked about 32nd nationally to about the 11th ranked class in a single day. Strong landed seven quality football recruits, with four players being highly-recruited defensive tackles.
It can happen to anyone. You’re a good driver. You have a clean record. Yet the one time you creep up over the speed limit or roll through a stop sign, the blue and reds come on. You’ve gotten yourself a ticket.
Out with the old and in with the new, or so the saying goes, and in Seguin the old H-E-B is going — down, that is.
This past week’s Random Thoughts column focused on an ancient crocodile that was as big as a bus. And while this week’s column focuses on another giant, it’s neither ancient nor all that big.
It all began last summer, but after several months working on their chosen community project, the Seguin Area Youth Leadership Academy held their graduation and project presentation on Thursday.
If you’ve ever watched an episode of the TV show “Swamp People,” then you’ve likely seen the power alligators display episode in and episode out.
Elizabeth and I wanted to do something different to bring in the new year this year. After all, there is one superstition that says whatever you are doing at midnight will influence the rest of your year.
Everyone knows that Austin is a little different. To residents there, that weirdness is like a badge of honor.
On Jan. 1, 11 U.S. states raised the local minimum wage. Two others, New York and West Virginia, raised it on December 31. Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington, D.C. have increases scheduled for later in 2016. Texas and 20 other states still have an effective minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, where it was set back in 2009.
Every year since I can remember, my grandfather and his wife, Jackie, have given out Christmas cards to me and my three siblings.
Does anyone have Old Man Winter’s phone number? I think he may have overslept.
Merry Christmas! Yes, I know it’s still officially a few days away, but I’ve been saying it for weeks. It just feels good. And no, you don’t have to say it back. Almost everyone does, though. It usually also evokes a momentary look of surprise followed by a warm and sincere smile. Try it.
Recently, technology giant Google released the top terms searched on its popular search engine in 2015. Not only is it a snapshot of our collective interests, it is a way to see what really resonates with Americans as a whole.
On Nov. 15, my black Labrador retriever Kosmo passed away. I am sure many of the Gazette’s readers have been in similar situations — that’s life. No one ever said it was fair or just, life is what it is — full of twists, turns and tumbles. The only constant is change, and change can be unpleasant.
When it comes to buying gifts, no one does it better than me — just don’t ask Jessica.
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Aside from all the great food, the very spirit of Thanksgiving is wonderful. The concept of being grateful for what we have should be at the forefront of our thoughts more than just once a year.
How do you say goodbye without saying goodbye?
No holiday conflicts me more than Veterans Day. It might sound odd as a veteran, but hear me out.
Ugh … We’ve all been there before. It’s spring and that incessant alarm is ringing an hour before it should. There’s no sign of daylight, and even a full pot of coffee won’t remedy the drowsiness. Making matters worse is the fact that it doesn’t have to be like this — and it shouldn’t be like this.
“Give me red meat or give me death.” — paraphrased from Patrick Henry
A mouse drowning in a bucket of cream has two choices: drown, or fight so hard he churns that cream into butter and simply climbs out. I recently ran across this little chestnut and it really stuck in my head. I know that mouse.
Sometimes Christmas comes early, and this year, nerds throughout this quadrant will get a pre-Santa present on Dec. 18 as Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens debuts in theaters.
What a difference a week makes. In this past week’s column, I leveled a fair amount of criticism toward the state of Texas football. Specifically, I wrote about Texas’ lack of discipline, and its inability to play to its strengths. I lamented the rest of the football season. But now as I write this column, I optimistically sit here thinking of what the rest of the season holds for the Longhorns — perhaps they turned the corner.
Has there ever been a worse time to be a Texas Longhorns fan? We won’t have the verdict until the end of the season, but after being hammered by TCU last week, Texas is off to its worst start in 59 years. That means most Longhorns fans can’t remember when they were this bad.
The buzz surrounding recent happenings at Seguin Independent School District has certainly created some controversy. From the retirement of Irene Garza and the placement of Stetson Roane, to the reassignment of athletic director Dan Hernandez to the subsequent hiring of interim Hector Salinas, to the hiring of Mr. Roane’s wife and the dubious actions of the school board hiding behind their attorney and keeping the media and the public at arms length, there has been plenty of fodder for conversation and speculation.
What a week for science! NASA’s mysterious Monday announcement turned out to be quite a development. In case you missed it, NASA said that Mars appears to have flowing, liquid water on its surface.
So the Seguin Chamber of Commerce held its annual banquet Tuesday night at the Seguin-Coliseum. The event was jam-packed with local business representatives and community members.
For those who don’t know, I like to barbecue. I particularly like to smoke brisket. So imagine my surprise and interest when I came across news reports about a barbecuer who allegedly assaulted a woman with a brisket. You read that right; the high meat of Texas barbecue was used as a weapon.
Before the first player ever took the field for Navarro, two names were already etched in the program’s history book.
Anonymous tips and unnamed sources have long been a part of investigative journalism. There are many times when corruption and crime would go undiscovered if not for a strong guarantee of anonymity. While the United States government does not recognize any legal protection or reporter’s privilege for journalists to protect the confidentiality of a source, Texas’ shield law does offer that protection, with certain limitations.
Well, Longhorns fans, it looks like it’s going to be a long year. Texas’ play during this past week’s game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish was downright awful.
It never fails to amaze me how careless and lazy some people can be.
News broke this morning that two journalists based out of Roanoke, Virginia, were shot and killed — reportedly by a disgruntled former employee — during a live news segment for their TV station. Reporter Alison Parker, 24, and videographer Adam Ward, 27, died doing a difficult and often thankless job.