Columns/Opinions

Millions of Texans dealing with water supply issues

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Warmer temperatures over the weekend and continuing this week melted most of the snow from the state’s roadways and roofs. But Texans are still dealing with broken pipes that flooded homes and businesses, damaged municipal water systems, and continued power outages in scattered areas, mainly in East and Central Texas.

Looking Back 2/28/1996

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Alex Suarez, right, as Marcelus Washburn, shares a comic moment with his sidekick, "Professor" Harold Hill, played by Steve Fox of Beaumont, in a rehearsal for the upcoming production of "The Music Man." Suarez is a Vidor High School graduate and Lamar University senior music major.

Auditor warns VISD trustees their actions are in violation of TEA regulations

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10 Years ago February 24, 2011: The slow movement of legislation in Austin has put the brakes on local school districts’ annual decision making regarding extension of administrators’ contracts.The legislature is moving slow at addressing a state budget revenue shortfall that has been projected by pundits and state officials. 15 Years Ago February 23, 2006: Contractors working for the U.S.

Texas Congressmen survive terrorist attack

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Puerto Rican terrorists turned the U.S. House of Representatives into a turkey shoot on Mar. 1, 1954. While his colleagues dove for cover, Congressman Wingate Lucas of Fort Worth reacted in true Texas tradition by bounding up the stairs to help subdue the snipers in the gallery.

Snow, ice, single-digit temps blanket the state

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Texans from Lubbock to Longview shivered under single-digit temperatures as their week began, with snow and ice creating dangerous road conditions throughout the state. Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for all 254 Texas counties and urged residents to stay alert to changing weather conditions. The Texas Division of Emergency Management deployed resources from various state agencies to prepare roadways, assist motorists, remove downed trees and perform searchand-rescue operations if necessary.

Looking Back 2/20/1986

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Tammy Dye, Trudy Thompson, and Cindy Nelson look at one of the Christmas trees they planeted as part of one of the Vidor FFA projects. The students involved in agriculture learn abour the principles of soil and plant science. Vidorian Archive Photo

COVID-19 vaccine pace rises while statewide hospitalizations drop

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The number of people in Texas hospitalized with COVID-19 has declined more than 28 percent in the past month, according to the Texas Department of Health Services. As of Feb. 7, Texas hospitals were treating 9,957 COVID-19 patients, down from nearly 14,000 a month ago. The number of new cases in the past week was 123,239 — a 22 percent drop from the record high of 158,922 the week of Jan. 10, according to the Coronavirus Resource Center at Johns Hopkins University.

Valentine Vegetable

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Dorothy Cessac never thought she would be getting a Valentine message by opening a sack of potatoes. However, when she dumped the sack into her potato bin, out fell this heartshaped potato. She considered the early Valentine message a reminder to keep love in your heart always.