SALLY C. PIPES GUEST Some 60 percent of Americans — nearly 160 million people — get insurance through their jobs. Thanks to Obamacare, that number is about to nosedive. The president’s signature law is hiking the cost of health insurance for American businesses of all sizes. They’re responding by dumping coverage for workers, spouses, and ...

Several mornings we had frost and the second day our “back 40″ looked like a young snow had whitened everything in the yard and on top of our house and the neighbors’ rooftops, too. Folks were out in force trying to stock up before the cold and wet days came. Some I saw were Vivian ...

My Thanksgiving started with 35 degrees and rain in Lufkin at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday. I left for Dallas and bought gas in Jacksonville at the Huddy’s Market Exxon Station. Julie and Rocky recommended the fried pies. I asked what flavors, and they had apricot, peach, chocolate, coconut, apple and cherry. I told them that ...

Charles and Jane Lenderman celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 26 with a luncheon hosted by their children in the home of their daughter, Angela Oglesbee. They were married in Crockett on Oct. 28, 1963. Their children and spouses are Angela and Vance Oglesbee of Fairfield, James Lenderman of Burke, Cheryl and Kenneth Swiech ...

Here are a couple of punches that fit the bill for the holidays. One is hot and one is cold and they are both delicious. Traditional Apple Cider 1 1/2 cups brown sugar 2 tsp. allspice 2 tsp. cloves 1/4 tsp. salt 5 sticks cinnamon 4 qts. apple cider Let cider simmer for 10 minutes. ...

SANDRA POULAND The Thanksgiving holiday brought the family of former DHS coach Scott Schochler to Diboll to enjoy visiting with his parents, Joyce and Dave Schochler in their South Meadows home. Scott moved his family to Siloam Springs, Ark., where he does not teach but only coaches cross country at a four-year non-denominational Christian college. ...

REP. TRENT ASHBY As I write this column, the holiday season is upon us. I hope this Thanksgiving season will be filled with family and loved ones; and we will have the opportunity to bow our heads in prayer, and give thanks for those around our tables and in our hearts. TxDOT Update This past ...

SHEILA’S POTPOURRI Sheila Scogin Randy and Eileen were in Texas for 55 days working in Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas and Fort Worth. They spent their time doing demos of Allegro products and Blues Hog barbecue sauces. At HEBs, Albertsons, Krogers and Brookshire Brothers, shoppers enthusiastically sampled meats smoked with Allegro marinades and barbecue sauces ...

Janice Ann Rowe On Dec. 1, Jimmy Allison will turn on his Christmas lights. Sadie gave me directions to their house at 216 Nye Lee St. Turn off Highway 69 North and one mile outside of the city limits, turn left on Sugar Lane. Go across the rail road tracks and turn left on Nye ...

A convenient dish for a potluck is meatballs or little smokey sausages in the crockpot in a tasty sauce. This sauce is my sister Elaine’s recipe. Sweet and Sour Meatballs or Little Smokey Sausages 1 bag of frozen pre-cooked meatballs OR 3 pkgs little smokey cocktail sausages   Sauce: 1 bottle Heinz chili sauce 1 ...