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As I write this (Monday night) I have now idea what damage Hurricane Dorian is going to do to the mainland USA. The few pictures I’ve seen out of the Bahamas is heart wrenching.

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What a weekend commemorating the second anniversary of Hurricane Harvey. I’m not going to dwell on it much in this space because the storm has been thoroughly covered in your hometown newspaper, and coverage of this past weekend’s events is well documented in this edition.

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Through the years I’ve been very blessed having some long-term employees. However, whenever they leave, regardless of reason, there is a certain void left in me.

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I was inspired by a guest column I received this week via email after spending 11-1/2 days with our grandchildren at our house … 4-1/2 days with three, and seven days with five.

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This past weekend my wife and I visited Mexico Beach, FL and those areas devastated last October by Hurricane Michael, which was recently officially upgraded to a Category 5 hurricane. We found ourselves “only” 4-1/2 hours from the place Michael made landfall, and decided to take the opportu…

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(Editor’s note: I received the following via a forwarded email and want to share with you what the Rockport-Fulton area means to at least one fourth grade girl from Helotes, TX. Sandy Jumper at the Chamber forwarded it to me thinking I might want to use it. Plus, regardless of how old fashio…

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Hurricane season officially began Saturday and I, like most of you, look at the beginning of the season a little differently then we did prior to August 25, 2017.

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I’m not sure why, but this year’s Memorial Day Observance hit me differently than ones in past years. If I try to figure it out, I come up with multiple reasons, which more or less means I was doing a lot of reflecting this past weekend.

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By the time one reads this column, I suspect three of the four government entities being asked to participate financially in the proposed Economic Development Corporation, will have agreed to do so. The Fulton Town Council took that action at its meeting May 7, Aransas County commissioners a…

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Next week I’m going to address why our local government entities need to fully support the formation of an Economic Development Corporation, as presented, for a minimum of three years, but this week, I’m going to address two other topics.

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(Editor’s note: As I was finishing up this edition of your hometown newspaper, I received, in the middle of the night, a text from my son-in-law telling us our fifth grandchild was born … QUICKLY! With that in mind, I hope you can enjoy some of the irony in this week’s column, which I didn’t…

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If you’ve got an email account then you probably sign up for a few things that are sent automatically, usually on a daily basis. Many folks receive daily devotions, cooking tips, or information about a particular hobby.

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I’m resting this week, or in court jargon, seeking a continuance or something like that, in regard to the Aransas County District Attorney (ACDA)/Rockport Police Department issue because I’m still trying to figure out exactly what ACDA Kristen Barnebey said in her quest column last week. I’l…

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If you’ve watched the TV show Law & Order, you know the criminal justice system depends upon close cooperation between two groups of people: One is the police, who investigate crime, arrest suspects, and gather evidence. The other are prosecutors, who decide what charges to bring, who pr…

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Once again, we have a lot of news in this edition of your hometown newspaper. I’ll be back next week, but as promised, I’m giving my space this week to Aransas County District Attorney Kristen Barnebey.

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I was reading the editorial in a recent edition of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and it got me to thinking. The piece was about public officials’ attempts to limit access to public information, a push to limit freedom of speech, as well as other things that I believe make up the backbone o…

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I didn’t plan to mention anything in this space about our elected Aransas County District Attorney (CDA) Kristen Barnebey, but the CDA’s “veiled” threat toward duly elected Precinct 4-4A Commissioner Wendy Laubach at Monday’s commissioner’s court meeting, in Barnebey’s dual role as county at…

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During the ongoing Texas Legislative session, our state must do all it can to financially restore and rebuild communities damaged by Hurricane Harvey. It’s good policy, but to me it’s also personal. Our senate district consists of roughly a third of the entire Texas coastline and some of the…

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