Retired city worker finds therapy in woodcarving

EMERALD BAY — Joel Reams started carving wood to pass the time in Vietnam. The U.S. Marine Corps veteran, who is retired from the city’s water department, spends most of his time puttering around his house, making “bizarre” creations out of fallen trees. “It’s just a big hobby,” he said. Reams has…

Law officers, civilians and girl, 10, honored at sheriff’s banquet

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Double dose of comedy for East Texas

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Giuliani’s attacks needlessly uncivil

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani deserves credit for acknowledging his recent comments about President Barack Obama went too far. It’s time for all sides to show more civility as we continue to discuss and debate the future of this nation.

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27 February 2015 [12:22 AM]
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Retired city worker finds therapy in woodcarving

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26 February 2015 [11:44 PM]
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Volunteer corner, Feb. 27

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26 February 2015 [11:07 PM]
Death and funeral notices, Feb. 27

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26 February 2015 [10:04 PM]
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26 February 2015 [06:32 PM]
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Schaefer files bill to curtail food stamp fraud

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26 February 2015 [04:44 PM]