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EDITORIAL: A great investment for Grayson County

For half a century, Grayson College has been a starting point for thousands of area students who are investing in their futures. It has helped students dip their feet into the basics of a bachelor’s degree as they decide their career path and has provided job skills and career training for those who are anxious to move into the workforce.

LARRY PHILLIPS: House committee eyes insurance

Interim charges are the issues that the Speaker asks committees to study during the time between regular legislative sessions in order to make recommendations for legislation for the following legislative session. This week I will discuss the interim charges recently issued to the House Committee on Insurance, which oversees the Texas Department of Insurance, Worker’s Compensation, the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA), and the regulation of property and health insurance industries in Texas.

LARRY PHILLIPS: Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program offered

In 2009, the legislature passed House Bill 3452, which created the Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program. This program is designed to encourage students to participate in Reserve Officers’ Training Corps programs at colleges. A student must meet specific eligibility criteria in order to receive an initial scholarship award, and must enter into a four-year commitment as a member of the Texas Army National Guard, Texas Air Force National Guard, or as a commissioned officer in any branch of the armed services of the United States.


We don’t hear much about glory these days. I suppose it has become something of an old-fashioned word or one that is associated with a pretty narrow range of experience. Literary figures used to mention the glory of battle. But, as we have come to learn more about the battlefield more of us have come to understand that there may be some impressive heroic acts that take place there, yet it is probably not something to be glorified. It is dangerous, risky and much more oriented toward saving your life and the lives of the people you’re with than it is achieving some kind of glory.

TODD CATTEAU: Watching the doubles grow

My sons, Shen and Bao, may very well have competed in their last high school tennis tournament recently as doubles partners. Over the last couple of years, they have occasionally teamed up in men’s doubles, but this spring has been a special time for me and my wife as the two have consistently teamed up, and they’ve done quite well. Shen and Bao have put together a 20-8 record — winning one tournament and going deep in every other tournament they’ve played in.

LARRY PHILLIPS: Sales Tax Holiday planned for emergency preparation supplies

During the last legislative session, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 904, which created a sales tax holiday for certain supplies related to emergency preparation. Since severe weather often occurs during the spring and summer months, Texans can purchase certain supplies tax-free during the Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday, April 23-25.