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As the summer continues to roll on, I wanted to take a moment to write about the incredible, genuine spirit we have in this community. The residents of Mesquite constantly show their pride and passion for this city. They are eager to help when called upon and support so many community endeav…

I was in fifth grade the first time I was prescribed opioid pain relievers after a sports injury. Growing up as a competitive volleyball player in the suburbs of Houston, getting injured was a normal part of the routine. This time, at the age of 10, I broke six bones in my foot and was presc…

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.

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 is the hardest thing I have had to write in my almost 10-year tenure at Star Local Media. This will be my final week with the company. I have chosen to pursue another career path, which will allow me to fulfill one of my life goals – helping people in need.

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…

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…

It’s that time of year when people come up with all sorts of excuses for not getting a flu shot. Often, though, the excuses catch up with them. So, for the benefit of the naysayers, let’s do a reality check and clear up some mistaken notions.

While searching through my mother’s scrapbooks a while back, I was struck by the amount of newspaper clippings she had pasted to the pages of her “albums,” as she called them. There among the old Valentine’s cards, dried flowers and faded photographs were yellowed ribbons of newsprint.

I’ve had the pleasure of working as an electrical engineer at Raytheon Company for more than 15 years, and I have a message for young women considering their education and career paths: Please don’t forget about math and science.

As I reflect on 2014 and all the things that took place in the city of Mesquite, I am reminded of what a resiliency of the people that live in the city. Mesquite continues to show it has a vision for improving the quality of life in the city, whereas a lot of other suburban cities continue t…