Columns

Taxing Thoughts: Missed the boat? Reasons to file taxes
This year’s April 18 tax deadline has come and gone, but not everyone has filed a 2016 tax return. Many taxpayers who should file simply do not. Common culprits are older,...
Home Country
When Harley Jacobsen came into Doc’s office the other day for his physical it was a treat for Doc. Harley is one of Doc’s favorite people. Harley is a farmer. A 24/7...
Idle American
Folks given to dreaming some 500 years ago could never have imagined the many dozens of major historical occurrences linked to Galveston Island from then until now. Keep in...
High Points from El Camino Real
Chris Davis put in a lot of work on his column and moving to his new house – but his internet did not. This column is his entry from last week, which came in after press...
Idle American: spousal ego adjustment and Chris Tomlin
It’s an opinion embraced by the masses and argued by few. There are only two kinds of people in the world. One is smaller – folks who have egos and admit it. Members of...
Taxing Thoughts: common audit red flags
For handwritten taxpayers, preparing their tax return isn’t the problem. It’s the fear of an audit. Audits are fairly uncommon, but the IRS may notice your tax return if...
Former Alto city marshal Joe Moore also served as deputy sheriff, worked in Huntsville as part of the state prison system and owned the Moore Hotel, which was located on San Antonio St. He was also an accomplished musician who played the violin and cello. He died in 1952 at the age of 90, considered to be “the last of the old time lawmen” in Alto. Hark! the Herald: Last of the old-time lawmen
Joe Moore was an Alto legend. He was a man of many talents - farmer, photographer, lawman, innkeeper, road-builder and musician. When he died in...


High Points from El Camino Real
Folks along El Camino Real are saying good bye to the April showers and are looking ahead to what looks to be a very busy May. Baseball, cemetery homecomings, and...
Taxing Thoughts: new small business scam steals key info
This past month at least 55 companies reported they had fallen victim to a new type of specialized phishing scheme. It involves a criminal masquerading as a real employee,...
A Reason to Smile: My favorite friend, my favorite foil, my...
I have spent a lot of time through the years making up and presenting comedy skits for church fellowships, civic clubs and community groups. In most of my skits, I play the...
Week in Review: Easter and coming together
Last week was a time of reflection for many of us who celebrate Good Friday and Easter. We solemnly remember the sacrifice of Jesus while we celebrate the good his death...
Nichols’ 5 Cents: SSLCs and teacher work days
The members of the Legislature headed home to spend the Easter weekend with their families. Now that we have come back, we are on the home stretch to the end of Session....
‘Leave no stone unpassed!’
I realize that by writing this article I may be forever waiving any medical confidentiality rights provided HIPPA as well as any other legal protections. I suppose that’s...
Alimony in the IRS spotlight
A couple of years ago, the U.S. Treasury released a report highlighting a disturbing level of non-compliance in alimony reporting on tax returns. Since the report was...
Dr. Anthony Holcomb: Healing Hands
A childhood ambition led to a lifelong journey. One filled with passion, dedication and endless hours. These are the building blocks; the...