Flu season can be unpredictable. To prevent it, education is key. Fortunately, for North Texans who haven’t received their vaccination, it’s not too late. Since the vaccination can take up to two weeks to build up full immunity, now is an ideal time to protect yourself ahead of the holidays.

November is National Caregivers Month, and according to a recent Merrill Lynch age wave study, eight in 10 Americans say caregiving is the “new normal” for American families.

Clean drinking water is critical to public health and safety. We can’t live without this essential resource that is delivered to north Texas homes and businesses for about a penny per gallon.

This monthly column is to continue to maintain open communication with the residents in Precinct 1 by sharing updates on events and issues in Denton County. Watch for regular columns and stay informed on your area. Should you have any concerns you would like to share with my office, our cont…


I’ve spent quite a bit of time over the last few months reading and listening about “what parents want” when it comes to their children’s school.

Two girls lost their lives recently at age 16. I know a thing or three about girls because I raised three of them who are now 32, 28 and 25 years old. 


I’m sitting here on my front porch at a little after 2 in the morning drinking a steaming cup of coffee. I have a pretty decent cigar glowing hot. The sky is so clear I am seeing which star formations I can find. A coyote just walked past my house but no humans to be seen, no cars passing th…


There was a time in Collin County if you saw a tent going up in a vacant field it meant one of three things … a revival was in the works, a traveling roller skating rink was opening or a circus was in town. 


John Adams, the nation’s second president, once wrote, “I must study war and diplomacy so that my children may study math and science and that their children may study art and philosophy.” Thus is the story of Lawrence Sullivan “Sul” Ross, a man who beat the proverbial sword into a plowshare…

In Lewisville ISD, our vision is for all of our students to enjoy thriving, productive lives in a future they create, and our mission is for students, staff and community to design and implement a learning organization that provides engaging, innovative experiences every day.  

Writing is the painting of a picture in another person’s mind using only words. The magnificent scenery of Texas has inspired many artists and writers through the years, and the backdrop of overwhelming beauty and sometimes larger-than-life characters has often been the spark needed for a gr…

If your child’s school had a performance rating of B on their marquee, would you assume that at least a part of that rating included the A-F grades your child is receiving daily in class? If you do, that assumption would be wrong.


A nonpartisan coalition of public- and private-sector stakeholders has chosen “Infrastructure Week,” May 16-23, to promote the need for government to invest in improvements to “roads, bridges, rails, ports, airports, pipes, the power grid, [and] broadband.”


EASTER SUNDAY – the day around the world Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, The Risen Savior, the shedding of whose blood paved a crimson path to salvation and redemption – the eternal forgiveness of sins.

Every 34 seconds, someone in the United States has a heart attack, and 22,200 of those people die because they didn’t recognize the signs of what was happening to them.

It was some time ago that I noticed my neighbors across the street hang their clothes out to dry on a clothesline and their chain-link fence.

Last week, the Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) was excited to be in Dallas to hold our second Let’s Adopt Reform town hall meeting, an initiative that aims to strengthen all families by igniting a national conversation about adoption and foster care adoption in the 21st century. We were j…

We appreciate the hard work on the part of all involved in this several months-long process of developing zoning proposals, taking and reviewing feedback and in bringing forward final recommendations with modifications where possible.


Each and every person is a “Menorah” a shining light that can inspire and bring joy to the people and the world around us. Light your Menorah, be a source of warmth and light for your family and people that surround you. Stand tall and bright, doing your part toward creating a brighter and more peaceful world.


The Texas Education Agency’s Commissioner of Education serves as the educational leader of the state. The commissioner creates rules and policies governing the state's approximately 1,200 school districts, oversees the TEA and its $21 billion annual budget, and works closely with the state l…