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The state legislature, now meeting in its third (?!?) special session of the year in Austin, is putting the finishing touches on new electoral districts for the state Senate, state House, state Board of Education and U.S. House seats representing the state.

There are two local initiatives on the Nov. 2 ballot that could affect some property owners. The people promoting them are hosting town hall meetings this month to discuss the hows, whats, whens and whys of these proposals. The Register hopes voters will avail themselves of these opportuniti…

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Twenty years ago, on a Tuesday morning in September, people were at work. Kids in school. Tourists sightseeing. Moms grocery shopping. Travelers boarding flights.


News broke this week that Gov. Greg Abbott has contracted COVID-19. We, of course, are hoping for his speedy recovery. The state needs his leadership now, as it appears the coronavirus isn’t nearly done with us.

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You have no doubt noticed that COVID-19 has surged in Texas and much of the South with a vengeance over the last month or two.

Elderly Texans are among the most vulnerable in our state to COVID-19 and stand to benefit the most from receiving a vaccine for the pandemic disease. But the way we've gone about administering those vaccines is leaving many of them behind.

When Mary Carpenter took over the Gainesville post office just five years after its founding, she would’ve been one of a tiny minority of female postmasters ensuring that the country’s mail was carried safely to its destination. But she became part of a longstanding legacy of women serving t…

Today wraps up the second annual National News Literacy Week. It’s an opportunity to test your awareness of what’s news and what isn’t – so if keeping up with the news were a quiz, how well do you think you’d do?

If threatening force against duly elected members of Congress is called “patriotism,” you might be living in George Orwell's “1984.”

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve heard from doctors, nurses and hospital administrators who are pleading with the public to help them push through the current wave of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

At the end of each year, the Register publishes a roundup of the year’s top stories. We have relied in some years on statistics from our website, listing the stories that have received the most attention from readers. But for the past two years, and again in today’s edition, we did something…

Editor’s note: According to Newseum, 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. Francis Pharcellus Church’s piece has since become the most reprinted newspaper editorial in history. Here it is:

Every so often, we all need a reset. Sometimes it’s a new job, a new home or a much-needed vacation. That change of scenery can do wonders for you mentally.

Monday, Sept. 7, marks the nation’s 126th observance of Labor Day. This year, the day carries unique meaning as our labor force battles to maintain some economic stability while dealing with the risks of the pandemic coronavirus.

It’s no secret that local residents are having numerous conversations surrounding topics they’re passionate about. Whether you’ve attended one of the recent protests, followed our reporting about them or discussed hot-button subjects on social media, you’ve probably seen a few strong opinion…

This year’s back-to-school season is unlike any we’ve experienced yet. On top of our normal excitement and anxieties, we’re confronting changes made necessary by the continued spread of the pandemic coronavirus.

Our members of Congress will soon be asked to consider two bills that could directly affect your local news sources. As the editorial board of the Gainesville Daily Register, we hope you’ll consider urging U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry and U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz to lend their support…

We’ve said it before. Until effective treatments are widespread or a vaccine is developed for the coronavirus, it’s important to wear a mask anytime you cannot keep some distance from people you don’t live with. Among other reasons, that’s because masks are one of our best guards against ano…

We were pleased to see the number of people who turned out for Wednesday night’s prayer vigil for the family of George Floyd, the Houston native killed early last week during an arrest in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Organizers believe up to 500 people were there, including representatives from l…

“Nurses are reluctant to call themselves heroes,” the Texas Nurses Association admitted earlier this month. But as the industry observes National Nurses Month this May, it’s clearer than ever that the moniker is deserved.

This Mother’s Day weekend, we want to extend an extra-special kudos to mothers — especially single moms — balancing their responsibilities at home and at work with their children’s care and education.

This week, we announced some changes to our print publication schedule that were surely no surprise to many readers. We’re feeling the economic effects of COVID-19, as we explained earlier this week, on top of the already challenging environment for local news publications.

This week, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, to be a pandemic. Officials confirmed cases in Collin County, then in Dallas and Tarrant counties, and discovered “community spread” had taken place in Dallas. It’s considered a matter of t…

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