Animal Talk


Coughing in animals can be a serious problem. The length and severity of the coughing can sometimes be life threatening. In cats, coughing can be a completely normal action before getting rid of a hairball. In dogs, however, coughing can be the first sign of heartworms. Just because a dog coughs once or twice does not mean that they have […]

Veterans Affairs

This past week I have met two wonderful young men; both trying in their own ways to help our veterans. One was Captain America, walking across America to bring attention to the problems of our veterans and the need for better access to the VA clinics and hospitals. The other young man, Joe Holt, a veteran himself, I met in […]

The sculptress and a paper mill


We recently learned that Texas historian Light Cummings is writing a book about sculptress Allie Tennant of Dallas, who has an unusual link with East Texas. When the first paper mill to make newsprint from southern pine trees was built near Lufkin in the 1930s, Tennant was commissioned by Dallas Morning News publisher George B. Dealey to develop a plaque […]

Phyllis Jennings

Phyllis Jennings, 91 of Lorena, passed away Monday, January 24, 2011 at her residence in Lorena. She was born to the late Howard and Eva MacPherson on May 18, 1919 in Bridgewater, ME. Phyllis was an avid teacher; loved to write and enjoyed collecting antique spoons. She loved to play bridge and spent her life loving to be on stage. […]

Leah Sartor

Funeral services for Mrs. Leah Renae Sartor, age 18, were held on Tuesday, February 1, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague. Bro. Jimmy Petty officiated. Interment followed the services at Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation were held on Monday with the family present from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Mrs. Sartor passed away on […]

Lenton Speer

Funeral services for Lenton Speer, age 84, of Marquez and formerly Rockdale, were held at 10 AM, Thursday, January 27, 2011 at Walters Funeral Home in Centerville, Texas. Gene Darby officiated the service and interment followed in the Concord Cemetery with memorial honors given by the United States Army. Walters Funeral Home in Centerville, Texas was in charge of all […]

Samuel Alan Wilburn

Graveside services for Samuel Alan Wilburn, age 20, of Leona, Texas were held at 1 PM, Saturday, January 29, 2011 at the Centerville Cemetery in Centerville, Texas. Jo Ann Stanford officiated the service. Samuel Alan Wilburn was born on June 8, 1990 in Houston, Texas to Ernest Marvin, Jr. and Evelyn (Mooring) Wilburn. He was a lifelong resident of Leona, […]

Gail LaCour

Funeral services for Gail LaCour, age 68, of Oakwood were held 2 PM, Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at the Walters Buffalo Funeral Home in Buffalo. Rev. Jeff McAdams and Rev. Arnold Walker officiated the service, and interment was in Rock Prairie Cemetery, which is located near Madisonville, Texas. Gail LaCour was born in Bryan, Texas on April 10, 1942 to […]

Poetry on the range

When many of us think of the iconic Texas cowboy, we conjure up images of a rugged wrangler with a quick draw. We think of a man like Augustus McCrae in Lonesome Dove, who said the best way to live life is to enjoy the everyday things “like a sip of good whiskey in the evening, a soft bed, a […]

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the editor, It looks like there may be another petition drive down in the Flo area to detach the old Lone Star School District from the Oakwood ISD and movie it to Buffalo ISD. I believe this is being driven by some folks who are still upset about the court ruling that added this area to Oakwood ISD […]