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It was a dark night in New York City in 1900. The old man slept in his bed alone. A vast fortune lay at his command. A shadowy figure approached. And the old man would never awake again. With the death of William Marsh Rice, a murder mystery exploded. This mystery was at the heart of the bir…

Cooke County offers military veterans, surviving spouses and dependents veteran services at no cost. Services provided include but are not limited to submission and appeal of veteran claims for disability compensation and pensions, wartime veteran surviving spouse pensions, educational benef…

The years after World War II were a time in which America had confidence in its abilities but looked with concern at the many challenges at home and overseas. Beauford Jester became governor in 1947 in an attempt to modernize Texas. Jester’s years as the 36th governor helped set the tone for…

I've been an advocate for taking measures to protect our elderly neighbors from COVID-19. By far the best means of protection is getting vaccinated — just like with the flu, the more people who are vaccinated, the less of a chance the virus has to jump from person to person. I love that our …

With state lawmakers immersed in the COVID-19 pandemic response and Texas’ electricity failures, the public’s access to information must be at the forefront of the Legislature’s actions. Information allows citizens to watch over their government, to speak out and to ask questions.

Great storytelling is an honored tradition across the South and the Southwest. Texas, with its long history of engaging characters and adventures, has produced many tales to tell. Perhaps one of the most respected storytellers was writer and professor J. Frank Dobie.

From the coronavirus pandemic to the winter storm that knocked out essential infrastructure across the state, the past year has been marked by several “unprecedented” events. And for each of them, we have been caught unprepared.

March 25 is National Medal of Honor Day. The first Medal of Honor was awarded on that day in 1863. It is the U.S.’s highest military award for valor in action. The U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor recipients have been celebrated annually in Gainesville, which was recognized as the most patr…

The month of March 1836 began with high hopes and idealism for Texas forces trying to free themselves from Mexico, but a string of military disasters pushed the Texas army to the edge of collapse. In the midst of these losses, one of the darkest incidents of the war occurred as more than 400…

The 20th century transformed the United States from a moderate power only loosely involved in world affairs into a superpower where most questions of foreign relations revolved around American goals and intentions. Much of this transition began taking place during the period just before and …

Editor’s note: This column by a lifelong Gainesville resident was written during this week’s extraordinary power outages and originally published on ‘Confessions of an Uncool Mom’ on Facebook, where it was shared more than 2,000 times within a day.

It was a run-down series of old buildings in the bustling downtown of a growing city. Its use had long been forgotten by many residents and once-storied importance largely discounted by an impatient populace racing to build a modern city. By the early 1900s, the Alamo was about to fall once …

It’s the number one killer of women in America. Heart disease in women is not something people should take lightly, but the death toll is often an unknown fact. For instance, this disease alone killed up to 299,575 women all across the United States in 2017. February is the month dedicated t…

Bessie Coleman had said as a child that she wanted to make something of herself. For an African-American at the turn of the century, there were few opportunities for that to happen. With the invention of airplanes, she found a magnificent new calling as the first African-American woman to be…

Amid all the hullaballoo over the seesawing price of GameStop shares on the stock market, what amused me most was the completely random bystanders that got mixed up in the internet's confusion about what even was going on.

Editor's note: Abby Carter, an eighth grader at Callisburg Middle School, recently won the Patriot’s Pen writing competition for Cooke County at the VFW Post level and won the VFW District (regional). The 2020-2021 theme was “What is Patriotism to Me?” Her next competition will be at the VFW…

Ben Milam was an average man who traveled the early frontier. But the course of events would place him in the middle of the fight for Texas independence and into legend. Milam’s decisive actions made him one of the early heroes of the Texas Revolution.

Over the last year of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of experts have become very familiar faces to all of us. We weren’t very far into the crisis before we all learned very quickly who Dr. Anthony Fauci was. Then a short time later, I started to notice a woman who in my head I …

My husband arrived home from work mere seconds after I found out I had lost my dad. I clutched him tight as I could, crying into his shoulder. He knew before I could find the words to tell him what had happened.

For 29 seasons as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, Tom Landry was the image of professionalism and sportsmanship. His determination and leadership made the Cowboys one of the most famous and successful teams in the nation.

If and when you go looking for the killer of legislation to bring marijuana or casinos to the state of Texas in 2021, consider the evidence against Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar.The comptroller didn’t kill anything outright, and the killings weren’t intentional. He wasn’t campaigning against…

It is no secret that Google has secured a near monopoly in the search and local advertising world. However, the impact on newspapers hasn’t been quite as obvious.


More than 180 years after his death, the mention of Jim Bowie still stirs the imagination of admirers around the world. But Bowie was more than just the knife or the battle at the Alamo. Overall, it was a remarkable and colorful life of adventure.

Next Monday brings our state’s annual observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Already? Man, 2021 is flying by, for good or ill.

Are you currently homebound, semi-homebound or have a historical curiosity and internet access? Here is an activity for you.

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Many of us became Zoom users out of necessity in the last few months. I’ve attended a number of Zoom work meetings, Happy Hours, birthdays, etc. And I’ve learned the word “quarantini,” which is a martini that you imbibe while under quarantine!

This week, I identify a lot with my biblical namesake. Her son’s name meant “he laughs,” and my infant daughter let out her first little giggle on Tuesday.

In this riveting year full of elections and social change, I’ve contemplated the challenges many community-related boards/leaders must have in creating progress. While processing these challenges, I’m also preparing some work for an out-of-state company on “Trust-Based Leadership” vs. “Title…

Hundreds of brands of soft drinks have been produced and sold around the world. One of the most popular is a Texas original, Dr. Pepper.

President Trump’s nasty campaign to undo the 2020 presidential election and sack President-elect Joe Biden is moving perilously close to inflaming disorder.

I’ve never really jumped on the new year’s resolution bandwagon, but the week of New Year’s Day is one of a few times throughout the year I try to take stock of who I am and where my priorities lie.

After a difficult 2020, a weary world looks to the end of the year and wonder what the new year will bring. Though because of continuing quarantines and social distancing, celebrations may be more muted, there will be many observances as 2021 arrives. The start of each new year is marked wit…

A surprising number of political reputations would collapse without the benefit of our short attention spans and vulnerability to distraction.President Donald Trump has shaped his understanding of our traits into performance art. He’s a master of changing subjects, replacing the crisis of th…

You know that feeling you get when you start to see the fruits of something you’ve been working on for a long time?

With Hanukkah recently concluded and Christmas just around the corner, we’re all gearing up to celebrate the holidays the best we can. While the pandemic bars some of our usual traditions, it’s no surprise that Texans are working hard to keep the Christmas spirit alive and doing their part t…

The past year has been the most challenging I have experienced during my 20-year health care career. The battle against the pandemic has been extremely tough over the last two months as the virus came out of its summer slumber with a vengeance. Without a major change in the way we as a commu…

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