Area Breaking News

Abbott mandate calls for use of face masks

Counties with 20+ cases impacted From The News-Courier staff with contributions by Texas Tribune— AUSTIN —With a spike in COVID-19 cases, Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order last Thursday that requires all residents in counties with 20 or more cases must wear masks in public places. “Wearing a face covering in public is proven to…

Read More

Runoff election scheduled for July 14

From The News-Courier staff— Knox County residents will cast ballots next Tuesday, July 14, to decide the candidates who will face off in November to decide who will replace Rep. Mac Thornberry as the representative in the U.S. House for District 13. Early voting at the Knox County Courthouse will end Friday, July 10. The…

Read More

UIL recommends stopping workouts

By James McAfee / The Knox County News-Courier— The University Interscholastic League stopped short of issuing a mandatory order to end summer workouts for Texas high schools but issued a recommendation last week that schools shut down programs from July 3-12. With the July 4 holiday and the potential for increased social interactions that could…

Read More

Hospital offers COVID-19 antibody testing

From The Knox County Hospital— KNOX CITY—As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change the American way of life, government-approved antibody testing for the virus is now available at Knox County Hospital District. Antibody testing for COVID-19 is used to detect the presence of antibodies for the virus, indicating an immune system response to a previous…

Read More

Mac’s views

Hope remains for face-to-face school While there remains hope that students can return to school in the Fall for face-to-face instructions, this might be wishful thinking after the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Texas. Based on a Texas Tribune story, Gov. Greg Abbott signaled he might be rethinking plans to open the state’s public…

Read More

The 501 by Hanaba Munn Welch

Cool ways to beat COVID Ready for some good COVID-19 news? You don’t have to replace your old heating and cooling intake vent filter in the battle against the Coronavirus. A dusty filter is more likely to trap those little COVID-19 molecules, or whatever you call those spiny-looking orbs. I read that advice online. Feel…

Read More

Between the Lines by Bruce Green

The civilizing influence of women I have done a lot of thinking through the years about the calming – the civilizing – influence of a woman on a man. In a marriage it happens slowly, almost imperceptibly, but relentlessly over the passage of years. It’s the only way it would work with us men. It…

Read More

Opinion

Immediate challenges shouldn’t stop Texas from planning for future By Tom Luce, Margaret Spellings and the Texas 2036 Board of Directors— Texas wouldn’t trade places with any other state. That’s important to remember during a historic pandemic and downturn in oil prices. Even in the face of these challenges, Texas has the people, resources and…

Read More