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What’s up in 2022?

A WORD FROM THE  MAYOR Greetings and Happy New Year, 2022 is under way and we at the City are planning what we’d like to accomplish this year. First I’d like to congratulate city staff and the council for taking the initiative to remove that onerous tar baby known as the “wood pile” from the…

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A few extra blankets

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE Well, the cold weather arrived. It crept south from the wide open heartland and tumbled over the hills to sweep down onto the coastal plains like an encroaching tide, and with it came that biting chill and steel-grey light we’ve come to know as the Texan winter. This year, though,…

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Dozens of schools close due to COVID-19 outbreaks

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS Several dozen school districts across the state were forced to close last week due to the omicron variant of COVID-19 sending home students, staff and teachers. Most school districts planned to reopen on Tuesday following the MLK holiday. “Every superintendent wants to be able to have kids in the classroom and teachers in…

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COVID-19 testing? Make sure the testing site is real

News from the Better Business Bureau This winter’s spike in COVID-19 cases has more people than ever looking for tests. This has given rise to a new con: phony websites and suspicious in-person testing sites used to collect personal and insurance information. How the scam works Several websites appear after an online search for a…

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Emergency SNAP benefits again extended

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is again extending emergency food benefits this month, with more than $307 million in emergency allocations expected to help more than 1.5 million Texas households. “As Texans ring in the new year, this additional support will help families start 2022 with food on the table for…

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Big bolsters of denial

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE It started with a sore throat. Within just a few hours, I knew something was wrong. I’d never had a sore throat this persistent and sudden congestion this aggressive before. Comes with age, doesn’t it? Once you’re past middle age, things like colds feel different from the way they felt…

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Twenty-nine new laws in effect in January

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS More than 20 new state laws went into effect as Texans rang in the New Year, with another half-dozen to go on the books on Jan. 18, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Those laws include a ban on transgender athletes competing on sports teams that reflect their gender identity, and penalties for illegally…

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Orphaned olive or wodge of cheese

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE I resolve not to count the lady’s groceries in line ahead of me to ensure she has fifteen or fewer items. Caught myself doing it more than once. It’s only going to make me angry. Does a two-pack of stick deodorants count as one item or two? Ah, it’s all…

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Anything remotely pointy

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE Which would you prefer, poisoning a fish or strangling a seagull? It’s been a while since we would routinely be asked ‘paper or plastic?’ at the grocery store, when there was a choice of bags available to us. Apparently, and contrary to most people’s understanding of pollution, the plastic bags…

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State steps up DUI enforcement during holidays

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS The Texas Department of Transportation has kicked off its statewide “Drive Sober. No Regrets” drunk driving prevention program for the holidays. Throughout the month, TxDOT has released videos of people who deal with the daily consequences of driving while impaired, either as an offender or survivor. “It is our hope that these moving,…

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