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.
The Seguin Gazette has been Sassed! In what amounts to old school spam, we have received a 120-page letter written by Karsten Sasse to the United Nations Commission for Human rights.
Throughout the history of modern man, one debate has raged above all others. It’s not whether Han shot first or if Jon Snow is actually dead. It’s about the eternal struggle between good and evil — dogs and cats. So which species tops the pet pyramid?
President Donald Trump. Does that send chills up your spine? Maybe it should, because as unlikely as it seemed a few months ago, and in spite of him continuously opening his mouth before engaging his prefrontal cortex, he is currently the frontrunner for the Republican nomination. Not by a small margin either.
What makes news? Is it an item on the Seguin City Council’s agenda or is it how area schools fared in their accountability ratings? Is it neither? How do we, as a newspaper, determine what is news?
It’s with a heavy heart that I write this week’s column. Recently, I found out that a person who I interviewed for an article passed away.
Well with the end of July drawing near, it’s time to start getting ready for football season.
Is everyone OK? How’s the resistance doing after a week of *ahem* monitoring America’s hostile actions toward itself?
It’s no secret that the sun and I don’t get along. If I spend more than 30 minutes outside, my pasty skin starts to broil, eventually transforming me into a giant, mutated lobsterman.
After being here a little longer than two months, I can safely say Seguin must be one of the friendliest places on the planet. My wife, Jessica, agrees too.
Yesterday this great nation celebrated its 239th birthday. Yes, we are a great nation. To paraphrase an old Virginia Slims commercial, we’ve come a long way baby. But oh, we have such a long way to go.
It never fails, but as soon as I lay down to sleep, it happens.
Several months ago I wrote about a 21-year-old New Jersey woman who sued her estranged parents to pay for her college tuition and won. Not only did she win, her parents were told to fork over the funding for one of the most expensive public university school educations in the United States.
A few weeks ago my 5-year-old dachshund, Frodo, stopped walking. Unbeknownst to me, he injured his back likely rupturing a disc or two. Luckily for me, my wife, Jessica, and I had gone through this with him before, so we knew the drill. We took Frodo to the vet ASAP, and started him on a regimen of steroids and muscle relaxers. Additionally, we kept him confined to a crate.
My dad has been on my mind a lot lately. Strong feelings of nostalgia. Sure, today is Father’s Day but that’s not it. Not entirely, at least. His birthday was this past week. He would have been 80. He passed away 29 years ago this month, just shy of his 51st birthday. So I guess it’s natural that my thoughts would more frequently turn to him in June, but for some reason this year has been quietly, introspectively different.
For those who don’t know, I am a nerd. Not your hardcore Dungeons & Dragons-type nerd, but I do have some geek-cred. One of my favorite shows is Game of Thrones on HBO. This past week, HBO aired the show’s season finale.
As editor and publisher of the Seguin Gazette, I am privileged to be involved in many civic organizations in Seguin and Guadalupe County, and I am fortunate to able to sit on the board of a couple of them. While most of these meet on a regular basis, there is one that only regularly meets once a year. And we’re fine with that. We hope it only meets once a year.