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Taxing Thoughts: Tips to stay organized during tax time
Organizing your tax records not only makes filing your tax return easier, it also helps you find the financial documents you need throughout the year. Whether you’ve...
Notes from the Fox Den
There hasn’t been much progress in regards to my little garden considering the cold and rainy weather we experienced over the weekend. Although it did warm up some on...
Idle American: World-class commuters
One invites correction when declaring folks to be champions of anything. I learned this lesson 60 years ago as the editor of a small-town newspaper, when a local farmer...
High Points from El Camino Real #1071
Folks along El Camino have gotten the Mud Nationals and the Cherokee County Junior Livestock Show behind them and now they can concentrate on Holy Week and Easter. It was...
Taxing Thoughts: New tax legislation requires planning
Though many taxpayers appreciate the income tax cuts in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) passed late last year, others are skeptical that it will simplify their tax...
A Reason to Smile: The great, unfounded fear of 'me'
The “me” mentioned in the title of this article is not me (not Larry Sinclair). It’s the word “me.” It’s my observation and belief that many people seem to be afraid (or at...
High Points from El Camino Real #1069
Folks along El Camino Real must have gotten their chores caught up and decided to head to the lakes and rivers this weekend because I never saw like the boats that passed...
Taxing Thoughts: Expired home and education tax breaks revived
Congress passed a federal budget bill in early February that revived dozens of expired tax breaks for the 2017 tax year. They include a deduction for education expenses as...
Matt's Money: The hard truth about financial planning
With so many financial planning websites available online, you can do just about any kind of financial calculation you desire. But even with all these financial tools so...
Chris Davis is looking forward to spending time with his new “little buddy,” grandson Sawyer Christopher Davis. Sawyer is the son of Garrett and Jessica Davis. High Points from El Camino Real #1068
Folks along El Camino Real are getting into their spring routine even though the official first day of spring is not until March 20. The sunshine...


Slice of life: stories of life in Rusk in the 1940s
This is the conclusion of Harry Dismuke’s essay, Living in Rusk, 1941. In last week’s edition, young Harry and his brother, Joe, have just heard news about the attack on...
A thank you from John Robinhawk
I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who prayed for me, called to see how I was doing, contributed in so many ways, visited with me in the hospital and...
Slice of life: stories of life in Rusk in the 1940s
Harry Dismuke, a 1952 Rusk High School graduate, has written short stories about his life in Rusk for family and friends. This is part one of his essay, Living in Rusk,...
High Points from El Camino Real #1067
Folks along El Camino Real were outside soaking up the sunshine and gorgeous weather we were blessed with over the weekend. The pear trees are blooming and the other trees...
Taxing Thoughts: Taxes and virtual currencies - what you need to know
Virtual currencies are all the rage lately. Here are some tax consequences you must know if you decide to dip your toe in that world. The IRS is paying close attention...