Condition cool

Ah, those classic ’60s song lyrics never fail to serve us well when we ponder the makeup of successful leaders and followers. Kenny Rogers’ first big time band had a hit song with the memorable line, “I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in.” A most valuable and essential skill is the ability to be present and aware of what “condition” we are in, especially when we are facing the proverbial saber tooth tiger of modern times: stress.

From the desk of Regina Lindsey (July 2017)

There’s a new paradigm in the world of retail. It is easy to look at recent announcements about retailers closing and feel it is unique to our community, but it isn’t. It is a shift occurring across the country, a phenomenon known as “retail apocalypse.” The phrase is often used to describe the impact on brick and mortar retailers as e-commerce continues its breakneck ascent.

From the desk of Bill McCoy (July 2017)

Our school district, Port Arthur ISD, is facing some challenges in the next three school years. The fact that PAISD will be gaining some new taxable properties will put it in the “rich” school district category, resulting in some tough decisions for the district and its voters. At the May board meeting of the Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Mark Porterie, superintendent of PAISD, presented facts relating to a property tax increase election to be held in August 2017.

From the desk of Ida Schossow (July 2017)

Carl Svebek was the winner of the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open on the Sabine River. The tournament took place June 15-17 at the Orange Boat Ramp. Svebek has been a professional angler for most of his life. Svebeck, who moved to Orange last year, had a three-day total weight of 36-12. He leapt into the air and pumped his fist repeatedly as the hometown crowd burst into celebration. Svebek told me he loved fishing with his father, and when he was 8 years old he told his dad he wanted to fish in the Bassmaster tournament. After winning, he said, “This is a dream come true.