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Feb. 28 will be a time of celebration and mixed emotions as one of Wharton County’s most liked, recognized, trusted and dedicated public servants will be calling it a day and heading off into retirement.

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The year was 1967. Korean War was old news, McCarthy hearings had ended, but fear of the USA being attacked from the sky via newest H-bomb or nuclear missiles, and the movie “Dr Strangelove” were a reality.

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We celebrate the anniversary of the first COVID-19 vaccines this winter — and progress in controlling the virus. With vaccines readily available and recommended for everyone age 5 years and older, more people are traveling and returning to school and work.

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When the term “crude refinery” is said out loud, thoughts become very negative with images of flares, plumes of smoke and the emission of pollutants. I, too, had these visions and thoughts which lead our team to develop a crude refinery which significantly reduces and eliminates these issues…

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There has been a buzz around Wharton County about a very exciting new refinery project that has the potential to bring many good paying jobs to our region. New job opportunities should translate into new families moving into our communities, schools and churches.

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You just stopped off for a pizza and a liter of soda on your way home from work. As you sit down to eat, you reach for a paper napkin and grab a plastic cup and fill it with ice. Once you have eaten ... Do your empty containers go into the trash bin or the blue recycling bin?

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As President Lyndon B. Johnson and the best and brightest of the 1960s were broken on the wheel of Vietnam, the Biden presidency may well be broken on the wheel of the Taliban’s triumph in Afghanistan.

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As many of you may know, the Texas Legislature meets every two years and they met this year as scheduled. There were hundreds of bills that were introduced and some were enacted in to law, some failed, and some of them did not make it out of the gate.

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Shortly after I went mostly blind and the smoke alarm started to sound - don’t worry there wasn’t a fire, I couldn’t help but wonder what lay in store on Monday.

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Get ready for a gut-punch when you open your latest Notice of Value from the Wharton Appraisal District. Regardless if home improvements were made, taxpayers across the Lone Star State continue to receive skyrocketing property valuations.

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A whole lot of people across Texas and the entire globe spent yesterday offering the greeting – “May the fourth be with you.”

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I knew when I took the job that there would be a chance I’d wind up in the crap – and so it was not long after arriving at the Wharton County Youth Fair that I stepped in it.

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We are just weeks away from the 44th Annual Wharton County Youth Fair. With the clock ticking down, hundreds of young people throughout the county are working diligently to complete and fine-tune their livestock projects.

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You know your life has taken an unexpected turn when you find yourself going around town asking for toilet paper.

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The most satisfying grilled cheese sandwich on the planet didn’t coming with any fancy ingredients, wasn’t made by a world-class chef and was wolfed down in a hurry.

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I was not a resident of El Campo on Sept. 11, 1961 when Hurricane Carla hit the Texas coast near Port O’Connor, but from what I’ve been told, last week’s Arctic blast resulted in more damage and discomfort to local residents and property than that powerful storm.

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