Author: East Texas Review

Cornyn on Senate Tax Reform Proposal

Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) praised the Senate Finance Committee’s comprehensive tax reform proposal. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below. “This is indeed a good day for the families who will benefit from this additional money in their paycheck, from the increased standard of living that they will enjoy, and for those of us who want to see businesses come back home from abroad.” “I’m proud to join my fellow Finance Committee colleagues on the floor today to support our version of the Tax Cuts and Job Act.” “The framework we’ve developed is designed to cut taxes for middle-class families, not millionaires. It’s to help small businesses grow and create more jobs. It’s to provide relief for hardworking families by increasing the standard...

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Heartisans Marketplace to Celebrate Three Year Milestone with Community Event

Heartisans Marketplace will host a community-wide celebration honoring the women who have completed the organization’s job training program on Thursday, November 16 from 6:30-8:00pm in the First Baptist Church, Lecture Hall, located at 209 East South St. This event will offer a time to celebrate the growth and success of Heartisans accomplishments through their job training program over the last three years. A formal recognition of community partners and volunteers, who are a vital part of serving the lives that have been touched through this ministry, will be honored. Heartisans gives praise for all that God has done in...

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AG Paxton: Evidence, Expert Testimony at 5-Day Trial Demonstrate the Constitutionality of Texas’ Ban on Inhumane Dismemberment Abortions

Attorney General Ken Paxton today said the evidence and expert testimony his office presented during a five-day trial in U.S. District Court in Austin overwhelmingly demonstrate the lawfulness and constitutionality of Senate Bill 8, which bans brutal and inhumane dismemberment abortions in Texas. The law was passed this year by the Legislature, but the district court preliminarily blocked it from taking effect September 1.   “I am hopeful the district court will find that Texas has an interest in protecting and fostering respect for human life, including unborn life, and that it will uphold the state’s lawful authority to...

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ETBU and Jacksonville College initiate a partnership

East Texas Baptist University’s partnership with Jacksonville College (JC) marks its third articulation agreement with schools in the surrounding community, including the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (UTHSCT) and Kilgore College (KC). The agreement, signed by ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn and JC President Mike Smith on Wednesday, November 8, is designed to maximize the resources available at the two institutions to provide an accessible avenue for students to earn both an associate’s and bachelor’s degree. “Jacksonville College and East Texas Baptist University share the Divine call to provide students with a Christ-centered education. ETBU has...

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CASA for Kids of East Texas receives $5,000 grant

CASA for Kids of East Texas is the recipient of a generous $5,000 donation from the Texas Bar Foundation to assist with the cost of advocates traveling to visit children placed outside Smith County and to attend hearings, meetings, court and to recruit volunteers. As the children’s guardians ad litem, CASA works to advocate for safe, loving, permanent outcomes; fulfilling this obligation by visiting children regularly and establishing a relationship. “Many of the children from our community are placed throughout the state, necessitating travel,” said Mary Jo Burgess, CASA executive director. “This grant helps make in-person visits possible.” CASA...

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