Guest Columnists

Texans elect last president of the Republic

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Texans turned out in record numbers on Sept. 9, 1844 to pick a president for the fourth and final time. With independence about to be traded for statehood, voters took comfort in the fact that the winner would soon be out of a job.

Trials of teaching

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Dear Annie: I was a high school teacher for nearly 40 years, and, before I landed a full-time public school job, spent a year or two as a substitute. I know the frustrations of students who assume you don’t matter because you’re not “our real teacher.” It can be even more annoying when the students are teenagers. Yes, parents should teach their children to respect the temporary teacher as they respect the regular one.

Christmas ornament now on sale

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Great news! The Chamber of Commerce is currently selling our 2020 Hopkins County Christmas ornament. This ornament is the third of our series and features our beautiful Dairy Museum. It is dated with the year, made with 24-karat gold, shatterproof and very limited in number. They are quite beautiful and the perfect addition to a rare collection.

The last straw

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Dear Annie: I am 68 years old and have been married to my husband for 44 years, and we have two children and three grandchildren. Our son has the three grandchil dren, and he is close to the final decree of divorce from his wife of 13 years.

Austin regrets meeting soldier of fortune

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As the two men parted on Aug. 25, 1822, Stephen F. Austin asked General Arthur G. Wavell to act on his behalf while in England. The polite and symbolic request was the young impresario's way of thanking the Scotsman for his help and hospitality, but the soldier of fortune took the simple gesture to mean the future “Father of Texas” had made him his partner.

Putting daughters, girlfriend at odds

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Dear Annie: I’m 52 and have dated “Bob” for six years. We both have grown children. Last week, he said one of his two daughters “didn’t think much of me.” I like and socialize with them at family dinners.

Photo contest open now

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It’s time for the fifth annual Chamber of Commerce Photography Contest! Let me review the basics. Anyone of any age can enter as we have a children’s category. The picture must be newer than Jan. 1, 2018 and must have been taken in Hopkins County. The contest will be open Aug. 1-31.

Back to school may mean vaccines

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Are you going through the checklist of things to take care of before returning your students to school? Perhaps they need their annual vaccines or sports physical? We want to help! Call us today at 903-885-3181 to schedule an appointment with a Pediatrician or Family Medicine provider. NEW STAFF CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Sulphur Springs is excited to welcome Dr.