At the conclusion of the period of the Judges, God’s people begged for a king. God in His infinite wisdom knew that would not work out well for them. God told Samuel to listen to and give in to this ill-advised request from the people. God revealed to Samuel what the outcome of giving them a…

“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” - Philippians 2:9-11


When God speaks, we should listen. When God asks a question, we should contemplate the answer carefully. Examining the question and answer sessions others have had with the Almighty, could save us a lot of grief. Moses led God’s people for forty years. God was the answer to every question, d…

The holidays are here — the excitement, the celebration, the gift-giving and the time with friends and family.

Watching the procession of the casket carrying former president George Herbert Walker Bush as it traveled through Washington, D.C. Monday, to the Capitol, we considered the remarkable contributions that the 41st president made to our nation – to our world, even.

Recently Craft-Turney Water Supply Corporation suffered a devastating event that forced Craft-Turney WSC, in conjunction with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to issue a “Do Not Use” order to a portion of our members on the water supply system. This was the result of a foreign c…

Taking a stance on what should be done on our school campuses to ensure the safety of students and staff is difficult. If anyone knew the exact answer, we wouldn't be discussing it, because that safety measure could be taken, and the nightmare of school shootings would be forever in our past.

TYLER - Better Business Bureau serving Central East Texas (BBB) is alerting consumers about a local glass company. Complainants allege Athens Glass took thousands of dollars in payments, failing to purchase materials and/or complete the project for which they were hired. BBB advises consumer…


We’ve already told you about three toys that were most popular 100 years ago. Today we’ll add three more and next week we’ll round out the top ten most popular of toys for children in 1917.

Dozens are dead and tens of thousands of Texans remain homeless, their homes and lives shattered by Hurricane Harvey’s epic deluge of flood water. Along with Congress, President Donald Trump's top priority should be getting as much disaster relief to Southeast Texas as quickly as possible.

Our democracy depends on the active participation of young Texans in the electoral process. It is essential that we empower younger generations to make their voices heard through voting. To do this, we must first take an active role in ensuring that those who are eligible can and will regist…

For many in the area, Spring Break has arrived! Whether you are a student or a member of the faculty or staff, it's time to take a deep breath and relax.

It sits downtown at the end of Commerce Street, nestled securely between the railroad tracks and Rusk Street ... an icon of the city's strength and history. The Tomato Bowl, built in the late 1930s through the Federal Works Progress Administration program, has represented Jacksonville's heri…

January marks the 98th anniversary of the ratification of the 18th Amendment, more commonly known as prohibition. While Prohibition is remembered as one of America’s greatest failed experiments, today we’re seeing something of a revival of prohibitionist thinking among the public health comm…

There are some subjects that are difficult to talk about. Depression and suicide are definitely two of those subjects. However, if this editorial can help just one person, we feel it is worth mentioning.

Not so long ago, lots of folks--the ones still writing and reading longhand--gave little thought to what the future might hold for the English language. Many were more worried about dialects that will disappear when death claims the last handful of aging tribal users.


As many prepare to head to area stores and online websites to find that perfect holiday gift, let's remember our local businesses!

It's November, and you know what that means: Seven weeks of holy days and holidays, beginning with Thanksgiving and stretching through to the Feast of the Epiphany on Jan. 6 (for those of you who celebrate it).

There is a reason the architects of the Bill of Rights included freedom of the press and speech in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution — our democratic republic couldn’t survive without them. 

One evening, several years ago, I was very busy working on some new songs for a Christmas program. My youngest daughter, Kathryn, about 6 at the time, came into the music room. She was happy and excited about a song she had composed, and she was anxious to sing it to me.

Anger is a problem for many of us. We often embarrass ourselves because of anger. Anger causes us to say things we may not mean and certainly should not have verbalized even if we did mean them. Anger is the catalyst for many crimes causing many people to do things they never would have done…

When the morals of a society are the last thing considered, life as we know it is endangered.

State District Judge Deborah Oakes Evans got her prior-restraint priorities right Tuesday when she excluded the press from an earlier unconstitutional court order restricting news coverage of the East Texas mass murder case.

Tradition has always been a part of my life.  From my upbringing throughout my military career, it is something I value deeply, which is why commemorating Juneteenth is so important to me.  Many people think that all slavery ended when President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Procla…

The public’s need for transparency has never been more important as government becomes more complex. Yet an effort is underway in Texas to lessen the ways of informing the public about what government at all levels is up to.

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