Rual Texas’ strength found in pioneer spirit Posted in: Opinions As a nation, as a state and as a local community, we face a challenging chapter in our lives as we and the world navigate the COVID-19 (coronavirus) epidemic. As I write this article, I pray that each of you and your loved ones remains safe and healthy. Please know that my staff and I have been closely monitoring the statewide situation every single day to help ensure that we are collectively doing everything we can to protect Texans – a responsibility I take very seriously. Since first being notified about the possible pandemic, Governor Greg Abbott, state agencies, and state ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!