Opinion

2020 Stew drives on through

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Here’s the best news I’ve been able to give you in a really long time: Stew 2020 is happening! It’s going to look very different than it usually does, but we did not have to cancel the event entirely. You will be able to drive through and pick up stew, and the best part is, as long as you order in advance, you can be very specific on whose stew you would like to purchase.

New cancer institute to be built in Tyler

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For years, leaders at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances and Texas Oncology met to come up with a partnership to help treat and care for cancer patients. With the new Louise Herrington Cancer Center on the fifth floor of the Bradley-Thompson Tower at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler opening, the partnership was announced.

Words can be painful

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Dear Annie: I just found out tonight that my brother’s second-oldest adult son passed away today. My brother’s oldest son passed three years ago. My brother has been estranged from the family for a long time — since he was in Vietnam. I have maintained a relationship with him by calling him a few times a year. He never calls me. I am the only sibling out of six who keeps in touch with him. My husband does not think highly of him, nor did he think highly of my nephew who just passed. The reason is that there was not a great meeting, which took place at our wedding. So, when I broke the

Texas Ranger solves quadruple murder

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While the sheriff was putting the finishing touches on preparations for the first-ever hanging in Maverick County on Sept. 18, 1891, four devious schoolboys came up with a clever plan to watch the private execution in person. W

Uncomfortable making a recommendation

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Dear Annie: I would like your input on how to handle a tricky situation. Many times, I am asked to write a letter of recommendation or make a recommendation for someone seeking a new job or promotion. What do I do if the person is qualified for the job/promotion but I do not feel comfortable writing the letter of recommendation as I have nothing of value or significance that I would like to share on behalf of this person?

Stew 2020 is driving through

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Here’s the best news I’ve been able to give you in a really long time—Stew 2020 is happening! It’s going to look very different than it usually does, but we did not have to cancel the event entirely. You will be able to drive through and pick up stew, and the best part is, as long as you order in advance, you can be very specific on whose stew you would like to purchase. You can make your pre-order beginning Oct. 1 by calling or coming by the Chamber. If you do not pre-order but drive through on Stew day, you will not be able to choose a specific cook’s stew. You will, though, get to choose chicken or beef.

Free mammogram screenings available

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Are you an uninsured female over 40? The Hopkins County Healthcare Foundation wants to help you! The Foundation is offering free mammogram screenings to uninsured women over 40 years old. Appointments will be 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26. Call 903-439-4040 to schedule your appointment (limited to the first 20 women).

Vacationers vs. visitors

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Dear Annie: My husband and I are 77 years old. Our lake home has four bedrooms and plenty of space for family visits. During the summer, the family knows they have to make “reservations” to visit. Sometimes, we will have seven immediate family members here, and once we had 18 nephews and nieces and their families. They have use of our boats and always replace the gas they used. We feel fortunate that we can allow them to have a family vacation that is relatively inexpensive for them. Many have thanked us for the memories they have made over the past 20 years.

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.