“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.”

– Winston Churchill

I’M thinking of ditching my Facebook account, not because of those pesky privacy problems but because Facebookers seem to have no idea what to do with apostrophes and the frustration is wearing me out. (Or, as Facebookers might write, apostrophe’s.)

IF you think your local paper is getting smaller, you’re correct.

DOMESTIC paper mills – owned by a half-dozen companies – which manufacture newsprint are running at or near capacity, so supply and demand becomes an issue. The paper on which today’s News Herald is printed is, in fact, from Canada in part due to domestic unavailability.

TWO weeks ago, while the news was about tariffs on steel and aluminum, the administration added a 22 percent tariff to newsprint imported from Canada. As a result, the price of domestic paper is going up, too. That means we’re going to try to squeeze local news into fewer pages.

WE don’t like it, but it’s where we are.

EVERY year, TxDOT sows around 30,000 pounds of bluebonnet seeds.

WHILE some of you may think that it is illegal to pick bluebonnets, there is no law against it. However, we are reminded by state Senator Robert Nichols, laws do exist against damaging rights of ways, which includes digging up clumps of flowers or driving into fields. “Please exercise caution when pulling over on the highway, and most importantly enjoy and help to preserve our beautiful state flower,” says Sen. Nichols.

THE seventh biennial Lone Star Legislative Summit is scheduled for April 13 in Nacogdoches, bringing Austin and Washington to East Texas. The day will consist of various panels covering topics such as the future of healthcare in Texas, how to recruit and retain teachers, how to grow the tourist industry in Texas, and explore how Texas has become the energy leader of the world. All events are open to the public and all panel discussions are free to attend. To find out more information about the summit and to register, visit

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March 31 - Ralph Page, Valerie Perheath, J.A. Moore, Lum Carroll, Rexana Robinson, Hattye Brannon, Mike Bradley, Brad Clark, Lee Ann Sullivan, Cheryl Manker, Richard Price, Fredd Gunn Jr., Anne Odom, Freddie Mae Washington, David Cale, Marsha Pentecost, Bettie Warlick, Cruz Daniel

April 1 - Leo McLaughlin, Ann Wylie, Jeanette Holt, Alissa Shafer, Mike Davis, Warren Bradley, Jason Ray Bradley, Nancy Holland, Carrie Spoford, Janie Terrell, Ellen Hale, Larry Clements, Chris Geter, Reggie Roberson, Toby Young, Mrs. Joe Schiner, Jim Haynes, Daylene Wilkes, Douglas Richardson and Jake Myers

April 2 - Leon Banda, Chandra Jones, Tabitha Starr Davis, Mrs. Floyce Practor, James Earl Shead, Jr., Robert McGill, Harold Hart, Autry Jones, Terry Kay Millett, Barbara Riley, Peggy White, Kurt Knotts, John Richers, Jamie Lee, Derick Williams, David Cox, Butch Neilson, Jamie Berryhill, Brady Whitmer, Josh Poole

April 3 - Lori Rosas, Hakeem Colbert, James Earl Nolen, Samantha Perry, Jack Elder, Carolyn Taylor, William Bynum III, Michael Don Vinson, Jim Anderson, Loren Barber, Mrs. Percie L. Redic, David Neal, Keyonna Livingston, Deana Carol Rust-Patterson, Angela Davis Garry Nix, Chad Bradley, Ray Lynn Duncan, Gary Renshaw, Thomas W. Bynum, Chandra Harvin, Amy Fuler, Tabitha Schedeng, Mollie Barber, Sonya Brown, Tonya Owens, Chanda White


March 31 - Mr. and Mrs. Jim Hooker

April 1 - Mr. and Mrs. Ed Decker, Mike and Cindy Hail

April 2 - Mark and Lindy Bass

April 3 - Mr. and Mrs. Carl Bunch, Mr. and Mrs. Baron Honea, Larry and Ann Rossum, Fletcher and Doloris Lusk-Jowers


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