Pittsburg resident, Scott Duncan, will never forget the day Jan. 22, 2021. This is the day he lost his home and beloved dog to a fire at Barefoot Bay. It is also the day that his employer and long time friend Jamey Carter purchased him another place to live.
Local government planning for the recent record-breaking back-to-back winter storms started the week prior to their arrival. Meetings and situational awareness briefings and updates were conducted throughout the storms between City of Pittsburg and Camp County officials and respective departments, and other local entities such as the Pittsburg ISD, UT Health Pittsburg hospital, and Camp County EMS.
Mother nature decided to bless the state of Texas with a winter storm for the first time in decades from Feb.14 to Feb. 18. Everyone knows that in Texas it doesn’t snow. The lone star state is known for its summers over 100 degrees not its winters under 30 but that wasn’t the case this year. The winter storm, named Uri, hit all 254 counties in Texas and led to the state declaring emergency.
Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statement after the U.S. Census Bureau ranked Texas the top exporting state for the 19th consecutive year. With $279.3 billion in exports in 2020, Texas exports accounted for more than California and New York combined. The Lone Star State also led the nation in tech exports for the eighth year in a row. “Texas’ exporting prowess is a testament to our business-friendly climate, strong trade partnerships, and most of all, the millions of hardworking Texans in communities across our state,” said Governor Abbott. “The Lone Star State has fostered an environment that is creating more jobs, attracting new investments, and growing the Texas brand on the global stage—and we are just getting started. There is no brand more powerful than ‘Made in Texas’, and we will continue to support the men and women who built that brand as we unleash the full might of the Texas economy.”
When Melissa Maeker, director of pharmacy for UT Health North Campus Tyler, saw the weather forecast late last week, she went into planning mode. As with previous ice storms, she planned to stay at the pharmacy for a few nights so she could still work and wouldn’t have to risk being on dangerous, icy roadways.