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Local Columns

Celebrating student achievements and community engagement

As we approach the end of the academic year, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to the Pride in the Tiger board and generous donors. Their unwavering support has made a significant impact on our schools. Recently, Pride in the Tiger approved over $45,000 in spring teacher impact ...

Vic Roznovsky and memories

Raise your hand if you remember Vic Roznovsky? Unless this gets to Vic’s hometown of Shiner, Texas, that would be none of you. Vic had a small Major League career as a backup catcher for the Baltimore Orioles in the 1960s. It coincided with summers when I played dice baseball with my ...

Have you ever degusted?

Stop! Look and listen!! I expect most of us grew up hearing those words of warning. In case you’ve forgotten, permit me to refresh your mind. We are to stop, look both ways and listen before crossing a street, right? The interesting thing is that, as we matured, those words of admonishment ...

The eclipse enthusiast

My wife and I have been chasing moon shadows. Like millions of Americans, I felt the urge to keep a date with celestial destiny when the moon totally blotted out the sun. I’ll admit it: I’m an eclipse enthusiast. The area where we live would see only a partial eclipse. Longing to have ...

Welcome back

The midnight-tinted sides of the spawning black crappie from the north bay of the power plant lake was a welcome sight. It confirmed that both my timing and my location were on, as my first cast into the area of the sunken rock crib where the fish spawned each spring connected soundly, despite ...

On the Porch

Cabinet cards are photographs mounted on stiff pieces of cardboard. They were introduced in the 1860s and gradually replaced the smaller carte de visite format. The front of the card is often printed or embossed with the photographer’s details, and the back of the cabinet card is often ...