Where were you 18 years ago today?
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.
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.
What were you doing 728 days ago?
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.
Hurricane Harvey destroyed the Aransas County Courthouse and the Rockport Center for the Arts (RCA), and heavily damaged Rockport City Hall.
I was looking forward to focusing this week only on the wonderful show “A Tribute to Guy Clark” my wife and I attended Friday night, but then the horrible mass shooting in El Paso occurred the next morning.
Regardless of your political affiliation, you have to agree the politicos in Washington, D.C., for the most part, are not really in touch with most Americans.
I didn’t know about this week’s topic until I received a press release from the governor’s office.
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.
Wow, what a weekend.
Back in 1994 there were two fatal accidents at the intersection of what is now State Highway 188 (then FM 881) and FM 1069.
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…
If you’re anything like me, you’ve caught yourself saying, “Does that person have any common sense?”
(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…
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.
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.
Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner, and I encourage each of you to observe the holiday, in your own way.
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…
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.
Last week was certainly an eventful seven days in my life, not to mention the lives of my oldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson.
(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…
You’ll have to pardon this week’s column for being somewhat brief, and family-centered, but it is what it is – my personal column.
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.
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…
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…
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.
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…
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…
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…
This week I’m being very brief because we have a lot of news in this edition.
This week I’ll address the long-running situation between the Aransas County District Attorney’s (ACDA) office and the Rockport Police Department (RPD), Economic Development, and temper tantrums.
This week’s column is not one I take joy in writing, but its time has come. The circumstantial evidence (pun intended) surrounding the continuing bad relationship between Aransas County District Attorney (ACDA) Kristen Barnebey and the Rockport Police Department (RPD) has dragged on far too long.
(Editor’s Note: Unfortunately, I ran out of time trying to finish a column I’ve been working on the past couple of weeks. Therefore, I’m lending my space this week to Better Business Bureau Regional Director Kelly Trevino.)
Unlike many football fans, I don’t boycott NFL games due to former San Francisco 49er quarterback Collin Kaepernick’s decision in 2016 to make his social injustice statement by kneeling during the National Anthem. I don’t agree with his using that setting because I watch a game for the game.…
Here’s my macro take on why no common sense solution for border security or immigration laws have made it through the hallowed halls in Washington, D.C. - Democrats want future voters and Republicans want cheap labor.
Regardless of which side of the political aisle one sits, he or she must admit the recent foolishness in Washington, D.C. is ridiculous.
“Texas Economic Development Council President/CEO Carlton Schwab and Rusty Brockman, a retired economic developer for the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, made a special trip to Rockport-Fulton Monday, Jan. 7 to participate in a special Community Input Session to discuss economic d…
My columns the past several weeks have been a reflection of my schedule.
No gift under the tree was greater than the one I received one week before Christmas – my fourth grandchild.
TripAdvisor has named Rockport one of 11
A week ago yesterday I had the honor of attending a gathering at the La Palma Event Center to celebrate the work of volunteers who have given so much to our community in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. It was an intimate gathering hosted by Rockport Hands of Hope (RHOH), a non-profit organizat…
The United States lost one of its better men when former President George H.W. Bush passed away Friday, Nov. 30, just seven-plus months after the love of his life, Barbara, passed away.
The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) football team has been fun to watch all season.
I’ve witnessed a lot a history making events as a newspaperman, including many in sports, but nothing compares to what I (sort of) witnessed Saturday night at Kyle Field in College Station – The Aggies’ 74-72 win against LSU in seven overtime periods.
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving.
I got to do something this past weekend I realize many people no longer have the privilege of doing.
By the time one reads this, unless there is a hanging chad incident somewhere, he or she will know if Republicans hold majorities in the House and Senate, only the Senate, or in neither the House or the Senate.
The boys in my El Paso neighborhood in the 60s were proud of their cool bicycles. We didn’t spend time indoors playing video games. If we were inside, we were in trouble.
What a weekend we just had, and the threat of bad weather didn’t stop the big plans in Fulton and across the county.