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I had a trip planned to Biloxi a month after Hurricane Harvey hit Aransas County. I kept those plans in place because, quite frankly, my wife and I needed to get away after that first month of non-stop work. However, the original agenda for that trip changed quite a bit.

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Last week in this space I said I was going to address this week the Downtown Anchor Project (new courthouse and Rockport city hall), including the long-term ramifications of not taking advantage of the many opportunities before us. I also noted I would share my perspective about what we are …

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“At long last, have you left no sense of decency?” With that attorney Joseph Welch effectively ended Senator Joseph McCarthy’s which hunt against alleged “Communists”. Americans were able speak more freely and we assumed “witch hunts”, were a thing of the past.

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I’m giving most of my space this week to Steve Fischer (see guest column), but I wanted to share a piece I received via email last week. In these upside down times we’re all living through, I thought is was a bit apropos for the times.

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As noted in this newspaper last week, a petition is circulating in our community to put the decision to issue debt to fund the construction of a new county courthouse and related facilities (known as the Downtown Anchor Project) to a public vote, rather than allow County commissioners to mak…

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Action and reaction to Aransas County’s intention to issue “up to” $24.5 million in certificates of obligation, to cover the gap in funding for the new courthouse that will replace the one Hurricane Harvey destroyed, as well as some unrelated expenditures, has occurred as fast or faster than…

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For almost three years local government entities, either on their own, or with the help of the Aransas County Long Term Recovery Team (LTRT), have been steadily working to repair or replace government owned or operated assets that were either heavily damaged, or destroyed, by Hurricane Harvey.

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I’m pretty confident saying I probably wasn’t the only Aransas County resident who was on edge, if even just a little bit, when news broke last week about a tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico, which might threaten our county.

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I’m glad I’m not the parent of a child who might not be able to go back into his or her classroom, once again, this fall. I haven’t had this conversation with my daughters and sons-in-law, and how possibly having to teach our grandchildren, again, will affect them, while at the same time the…

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One of the pitfalls of this job is having mistakes pointed out to you, especially typos on the front page. I look over page one many times, and the final thing I do is spell check all the headlines. Unfortunately, when I do misspell something, that is actually a word when misspelled, spell c…

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I’m pretty much tired of COVID-19, statue destruction, anarchists in the streets of major U.S. cities, and the ridiculous groundswell of support in some areas of our great nation to defund police, or otherwise come up with some new way of policing.

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Last Thursday a March for Equality was held in Rockport. It was peaceful, and I’m thankful it was. Personally, had anything gotten out of hand the message, at least in my mind would have been lost.

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Sunday is Father’s Day, a day men like me are celebrated. It’s also a day I honor my father, and my sons-in-law who are dads to my grandchildren.

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Five grandchildren in the fold this week makes for one crazy week at the Probst homestead. My older sister and brother-in-law had grandchildren first and started their “Cousin Camp” a few years before us. We more or less stole the idea, and started “Camp NaniPoppie” shortly after our first g…

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Texans have been witnessing things that would have been unthinkable until now: Surge teams, testing of nursing homes for COVID-19 and the National Guard helping to disinfect nursing home facilities around the state.

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I was going to focus on my father’s 90th birthday this week, but then all hell broke loose in the streets of major cities across our nation after a rogue white cop from Minneapolis, captured on video, senselessly took the life of another human being, George Floyd, who is black.

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Monday marks the end of an era in Fulton. Jimmy Kendrick is walking away from public service. He served Fulton as mayor since the day he was appointed to the position in July 2011.

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We are all going through a lot in our lives right now with the reality (and yes, even the hype) of COVID-19. It came at a particularly bad time … when the majority of Aransas County residents and business owners were starting to see a real light at the end of the tunnel after Hurricane Harvey.

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I know I speak for everyone when I say, “I’m ready for things to get back to normal.” I also bet County Judge C.H. “Burt” Mills, Rockport Mayor Pat Rios, and Fulton Mayor Jimmy Kendrick are ready for a little normalcy, as well.

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So much has been seen, read, or heard by all of us since the coronavirus put a halt to normal daily activities.

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The Lenten season and Holy Week have been a bit different this year due to COVID-19. Tomorrow, Easter Sunday, will really be strange for Christians across the world who are used to attending church for what is commonly understood as one of the two biggest days of the Church year (the other o…

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Okay, basically we have a little more than three weeks of this stay at home stuff behind us. It’s not going to be a lot of fun the next couple of weeks, at a minimum, but we all have to do our part and power through this situation.

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The rapid spread of the novel coronavirus has taken a tremendous toll on the physical and financial health of the American people. As the number of cases has soared, medical professionals and leaders at every level have made a single, critical request: stay home.

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This marks my third column during the “local” Coronavirus (COVID-19) period. One day, hundreds of years from now, somebody will look back at this period as if it was something like the Precambrian eon or the Mesozoic era.

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The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has taken on a life of its own in our country since I wrote my column last week. I not here to write about how many things have been cancelled, or to provide a bunch of coronavirus information this week. I’m sure you are seeking all the information you need and/or …

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The weather still can’t make up its mind, but the internal clock of Aransas County residents, and individuals across our great state, know it’s time for Fulton Oysterfest.

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This is an update on the available public information about Steel Dynamics Inc.’s plan to build a large new steel manufacturing plant in San Patricio County northeast of Sinton, and to discharge 1.56 MILLION GALLONS PER DAY of  “treated” industrial waste water from steel making operations in…

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Before I get started this week, I need to make a correction regarding last week’s column about the new push for a “healthy” Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Huddle group at Rockport-Fulton High School.

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Being a preacher’s kid, I was a regular attendee at church and Sunday school, as well as a forced attendee to some church activities other children were not subjected to. I’m not saying that was bad, it’s just how it was.

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Like most of you, watching the Super Bowl with friends (for the first half at least) highlighted my weekend. I made my way home to watch the second half from the comfort of my recliner.

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All day Sunday I was glued to the tube watching the news reports about the tragic death of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, along with seven other people, in a fiery helicopter crash in California.

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Nearly 40 years in the newspaper business, 36-plus of which has been spent in Aransas County, there’s not much that catches me off guard.

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Last week my wife took me to Hawaii to celebrate our 35th anniversary. The only disappointment was I demanded we fly, and not ride her Wave Runner. She loves that sucker and only relented after I convinced her refueling would be a problem during a 2,500-mile trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean.

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Ever since I turned 60 articles about aging, retirement, etc. seem to catch my eye a little faster then when I was, say, 59. I guess that’s only natural, but I don’t think my being 60 is much different than any other age I’ve attained in recent years.

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There was an article in the Sunday edition of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times by Metro Creative Connection about food allergies. It addressed the question, “Why are food allergies on the rise?”

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