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High Points from El Camino Real #1049
Some folks along El Camino Real used the long Columbus Day weekend to catch up on chores around the place or to get their deer stands ready for the upcoming season. The...
Just Joshin' Ya
They just won’t go away. That’s what the Madisonville Meteor said about the Rusk Eagles during the game Friday night. Coach Hancock and the Eagles came out ready to roll...
The Idle American: Say what?
Rarely do I make promises that I do not intend to keep. I am quick to make ‘em, though, if they’re likely to be forgotten by the person to whom they’re made. Examples of...
Taxing Thoughts: 5 tax-loss harvesting tips
Though the markets have been up strongly this year, your investment portfolio may have a few lemons in it. By using the tax strategy of tax-loss harvesting, you may be able...
High Points from El Camino Real #1046
El Camino Real came alive this weekend with pick up trucks loaded down with four wheelers, corn feeders and deer stands, signaling that it is time to start getting ready...
Taxing Thoughts: Business planning - the hourglass approach
When it comes to annual planning, businesses often spend too much time on the planning process or too little because they are busy with day-to-day operations. There’s a...
Betty Townsend reviews old ledger books containing handwritten club minutes. Images Speak: Club celebrates 115 years
On September 27, 1902, 15 single girls from prominent Rusk families met to plan a club “to study along specific lines and to gather and maintain a...


Matt's Money: Replacement account a must before you retire
Retirement planning will never be an exact science. There are far too many variables like investment rates of return, changing income tax rates, inflation factors, various...
High Points from El Camino Real #1045
Folks along El Camino Real have been sitting on their porches and in their yards soaking up our first dose of fall weather. There is nothing better than a fall in East...
Taxing Thoughts: Say goodbye to the college tuition deduction
It’s hard enough to watch your child leave for college. Now you also have to say goodbye to the tuition and fees tax deduction. Congress decided not to extend this $4,000...
Just Joshin' Ya
Here’s the thing. Remember how last week I talked about how on Sundays I will sit and watch football until my eyes bleed? I was not lying. I woke up Sunday, put on my...
Stars and Stripes: Rusk VFW Post change of command
On August 4, VFW member John M. Angell Sr. took over as Post 3406 Commander, following in the footsteps of previous Commanders, Danny Stephens, Emerson Griffin and James...
High Points from El Camino Real #1044
Folks along El Camino Real felt blessed over the past week as the arms of Hurricane Harvey reached out and struck its devastating blow just below us while leaving us safe. ...
Just Joshin' Ya
Football is here. High school, college, NFL, and I’m sure even Canadian football, but hey, who watches that besides moose? Anyway, I love this time of year. The pigskins...
Taxing Thoughts: Becoming a smarter renter
Renting an apartment, condo or house; leasing a piece of equipment; renting business property; leasing a car: all involve the common practice of renting something that is...