One of the main vehicles used in society that stipulate requirements for establishing relationships is a contract. A contract is a written or verbal agreement between two or more parties that establishes their mutual relationship. All the parties commit to adhere to the agreed upon requireme…

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The Etruscans and the ancient Romans were the first to widely use the arch in building structures. The Romans used the arch in a wide range of structures across Europe and throughout the Roman Empire. Roman builders used the arch in aqueducts which revolutionized the transportation and use o…

Texas is an immense landscape, and the land seems to stretch on forever. The question of the Texas border has resulted in many disputes. One infamous land dispute in the late 1800s resulted in a piece of Texas called Greer County becoming a part of Oklahoma.

My family has always been fanatic about October baseball. This year has been particularly interesting because the Houston Astros are playing the Boston Red Sox for the American League title and a trip to the World Series. Normally I would root for the Texas team, but in this match-up I’ve be…

Alexander William Kinglake is a name snuggled deeply inside of all-knowing Google. He was a 19th century lawyer who gave up his legal practice to become an author, best known for a single proverb: “Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you.”

There are a lot of fall and Halloween celebrations occurring. You want to have fun, but you also want to be safe. You can begin with these safety tips.

Over my 45-year career as a doctor — the last 36 as a clinical cardiologist in rural East Texas — I’ve struggled to make my peace with death.

The giving of the law and God’s ordination of civil authority are two blessings of God that intersect. Both the church and state are under God’s sovereign authority.

During almost two decades of writing weekly accounts of humorous and/or unlikely occurrences, I’ve never come across anything quite so bizarre as the subject of this week’s epistle.

No one likes to get sick. Our immune system functions throughout our entire body to protect us from infections such as the common cold to serious health conditions.

Quanah Parker became a respected leader of the Comanche Nation at the end of the Plains Indian Wars. He spent much of his life caught between two worlds. He was the son of a white settler and a Comanche chief. And he had to lead his tribe in the difficult transition from their ancient tradit…

Most of us at the Weatherford Democrat grew up and finished most, if not all, of school without Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the like. Bullying was a problem back then, but you could generally get away from it when school let out. It’s hard to imagine being subject to it both in person a…

My aged Uncle Mort can take a side road into yesteryear quickern’ most people can start an argument over vaccines. Now, he’s on a mission to learn more about Indian Summer. He’s finding much information about the season in numerous countries of the world.

Oveta Culp Hobby was a woman of drive and determination. From newspaper editor to presidential cabinet secretary and more, Hobby lived a life of service and breaking barriers for women.

A few good men were needed in Israel. The church would be wise to learn from the example of Israel. The church’s greatest need is a few good men! It is only necessary to look back at the church of the Old Testament to see the need and God’s remedy. Problems in the church and in society alway…

Because of my shaky hands, old-fashioned letter writing has become almost impossible. E-mail on the internet has become my chief means of keeping in touch and sharing information. With a few keystrokes, I can send on to others what has been sent to me. The downside is that on some days there…

The Texas landscape today is changing quicker than ever. According to recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau, an estimated 1,000 people per day are added to the state’s population. About half are natural increases due to the birth rate exceeding the death rate, but the other half migrate fr…

Mammograms can cut breast cancer deaths by as much as a third. That is why the American Cancer Society recommends women and men aged 40 and older be screened for breast cancer with a mammogram once a year. A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast. It is the best method used to detect breast can…

If Mark Zuckerberg seems irritable, he has good reason. His Facebook Empire is facing a digital scandal provoked by a former employee turned whistleblower.

The discovery of oil transformed communities and entire states in the closing years of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century. Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana saw their economies transform overnight with the discovery of oil. For the Osage of Northeast Okl…

Are you joining the scarecrow competition this year? The registration is due Monday, Oct. 4, to be eligible for one of three prizes: first — $100, second — $50 and third — $25. This year's registration includes granting permission to show your address with your scarecrow so others can enjoy …

Growing up in the Depression and World War II era was a hard time, but these hard times built character and you learn what is most important. Most of all, we all depended on our creator — the church would be full on Sundays. 

John 3:16 is an oft quoted verse of the Bible. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."

J. Ron Hardin, from most angles, might appear to be the kind of guy others would enjoy competing against. They might figure him to be a “push-over” in recreational or business endeavors, and they’d be wrong.

Texas has produced many powerful political figures in its long history. In the 1930s, Texas had one of the most influential congressional delegations in the nation, including Sen. Morris Sheppard, the Senate Minority Whip, House Speaker John Nance Garner, and other congressmen such as future…

My wife says that I’m strange and I guess she’s right. One of my idiosyncrasies is, that most of the time, I like going to funerals. The stories of people’s lives have always intrigued me. If you’re listening, many times at funerals, you learn more about life than you do about death.

A frequently asked question by Christians is, “What do I need to live as a Christian?” All too often the search begins without first looking for the God-given answer. We often get bogged down by the details of life, albeit challenging or dire. God has provided all that his people need to liv…

Most people tend to focus on one type of exercise or activity and think they are doing enough to stay fit. Research has shown that it is important to get all four types of exercise: endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility. Each one has different benefits. Doing one kind also can abilit…

Two leading House Republicans, Reps. Steve Scalise and James Comer, are asking the Food and Drug Administration for documents that might relate to GOP suspicions that President Joe Biden has politicized the process of administering vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Blackie Sherrod — arguably the best sportswriter this side of the ancient Olympic Games begun in Greece seven centuries before the birth of Christ — had a name for us. He classified us as drones and worker bees, mostly “9-to-5’ers” with little hope of ever getting ahead.

“An ounce of prevention is worth a ton of cure,” is a popular English proverb. It has also become an important idea in medicine, to avoid major health crises by preventing them. As part of this, vaccinations have been part of health in the state for many years, with very successful results.

National Cholesterol Education Month is observed during the month of September to increase awareness of our cholesterol levels and to educate on ways to achieve healthy cholesterol levels. Education is important as high blood cholesterol is asymptomatic and is one of the major risk factors f…

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