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The end of the Civil War signaled the end of slavery in the South, but it certainly did not end the oppression of people of African descent. The death of the “peculiar institution” stripped white southerners of the primary method they had used to construct their “bi-racial” society centered …

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I am not sure what has happened, maybe the full moon, but we have been very busy this week. So many people have asked for needs such as gas vouchers, food, clothing and furniture. Folks who need ramps or have plumbing problems, utility bills and the list goes on and on.

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Once upon a time East Texas was pretty much empty of people. Pine forests interspersed with lowlands and streamside woodlands covered the region. Wild animals were everywhere. Then, along came modern man. We commenced to hack down the trees for firewood and building materials and provide a c…

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Dear Dave: I know it may be early to talk about Christmas, but do you have any advice on saving for the holiday season? — Carlie

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Doing business as usual just does not mean what it used to mean. Nothing is usual. As this is hard to deal with, it has also been challenging and has stretched our creativity to limits we didn’t know we had.

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World War II brought the world an entirely new generation of weapons and ways to fight wars, from the M1 rifle, to glide bombs, all the way to V2 missiles and the atomic bomb. One innovative weapon was “created” in Texas but never deployed: the bat bomb.

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Dear Dave: With COVID-19 and all the resulting economic problems, do you have any advice for what a young person can do to prepare for the future? — Kyle

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