Saturday, August 29th, 2015

What an exciting time to live in Clarendon! Opportunities seem to keep cropping up at a consistent pace, and then last week the announcement came that a benefactor wants our city to have some type of water recreation facility. (See full story here.) Such an enormously generous thing does not happen every day. One half […]

The Republicans have produced a bumper crop of presidential candidates for 2016, and ten of them were in the primetime spotlight last Thursday evening on the Fox News Channel. A few other also-runnings (including our beloved former governor) were on television earlier in the day hoping to break into the news. I confess to tuning […]

Clarendon has been celebrating freedom for a long time. Since that first summer in 1878 when those Christian colonists first observed Independence Day, our community came to be known for its Fourth of July festivities. A lot has changed in the last 137 years. Singing and the reading of the Declaration of Independence have given […]

Tex Selvidge led a life of community service, and this week his community is in mourning for the man who was one if its best known and best respected citizens. Rev. Chris Downer said he did not personally know anyone who knew more people or was more influential than Tex Selvidge. If you went to […]

The Donley County AgriLife Extension Office held a community planning workshop last Tuesday evening, but it turns out the community wasn’t much interested in making plans. Your editor showed up 30 minutes late (more on that in a moment), and that brought the total number of people at the event to… four. Extension Agent Leonard […]

The City of Shamrock welcomed an American hero last week as former astronaut Alan Bean gave the keynote address at the Friday banquet that preceded the big St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in that city. A product of the Texas Panhandle, Bean was born in Wheeler, and surely no one on the second floor of that […]

Many of you will be able to relate to this story. When your editor was a boy, Kearney Street (or “main street” as home folks like to call it) was a busy place. There were many stores on the three blocks of downtown; and if you needed something, you could probably find it there. We […]

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick helped set the tone for the Legislative session last week by partially squashing the voice of the minority party. You can read the details of the new rules in the Texas Senate in a piece by the Texas Tribune that is reprinted in this week’s Enterprise, but suffice it to say […]

Texas’ new Ag Commissioner Sid Miller made headlines last week when, as his first official act in office, he granted amnesty… to cupcakes. Miller’s bold move was, he said, to let Texans know that rules passed in 2004 that prevented cupcakes, cookies, and other snacks from being brought to public schools had been repealed. “We […]

Incoming Lt. Gov Dan Patrick released his vision for Texas last week, and it appears that not much of positive significance is going to happen while he’s in charge. Patrick’s plan consists of 19 points in about eight areas that are keeping Republican leader of the State Senate and his followers up at night. Going […]