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Matt's Money: Aim small, miss small
I was watching “American Sniper” the other day for the fifth time on one of the cable channels. There’s a phrase used in the movie that caught my attention: “Aim small,...
Taxing Thoughts: Finances after the death of a loved one
The last thing you want to be bothered with when you are grieving is sorting out the finances of your departed loved one. Here are some suggestions to make the process a...
High Points from El Camino Real #1033
Folks along El Camino Real made it through another Father’s Day as they speed on towards the Fourth of July. It seems like summer came on quick and is flying right on by. ...
That's Quite Alright
As I get older – and hopefully wiser – I sit around thinking about the past and how things I learned and saw at a young age made me the man I am today. Every Wednesday,...
Taxing Thoughts: Keep your audit fears in check
Your chances of being audited are probably lower than you think. A look at the latest IRS statistics for 2016 reveals some interesting and reassuring facts about the risk...
Photographed at Love’s Lookout Park are six of the 38 Tomato Princesses selected in 1941. From left are Mildred Dalston of Longview, Katherine Vining of Mount Selman, Ann Stribling of Alto, Bettye Briggs of Terrell, Mary Virginia Orn of Marshall and Rebecca Moren of Frankston. Images Speak: An Alto Tomato Princess remembers
A chance meeting with Georgeann Crawford of Dallas, at last year’s Jacksonville Tomato Fest led me to her mother, Mary Ann Stribling Brittain. In...


Artist Raymond Ryan (left) and Angelina County Constable Trey Trevathan (right) presented Judge Chris Davis with a print of the Maydelle General Store that Mr. Ryan painted while working in the area. High Points from El Camino Real #1032
Folks along El Camino Real enjoyed a picture perfect weekend that gave lots of people a chance to get out and enjoy the Tomato Festival in...


Business Column. Effective Promotion Necessary for Business...
In over 25 years of managing and consulting organizations of all sizes, business owners have shared with me a multitude of the challenges they face. One of the items with...
Taxing Thoughts: Consider a mid-year business self-audit
The word “audit” makes most of us uncomfortable. But by using auditing principles within your own business, you may quickly discover ways you can enhance your firm’s...
A Reason to Smile - Sucker: Part II
In my last article, I was going to write about a something I recently saw in an almanac-type publication. But then I got side-tracked with the Cardiff Giant, the giant hoax...
High Points from El Camino Real #1031
Folks along El Camino Real are beginning to get webbed feet with all the rains we have been blessed with. Just about the time you think things are going to dry out a...
Matt's Money: Pay off mortgage early with extra payments or invest?
Owning a home outright is a dream that many Americans share. Having a mortgage can be a huge burden, and paying it off may be the first item on your financial to-do list....
Taxing Thoughts: Summer vacation without breaking the bank
When setting your family budget, often the first thing that gets slashed is the summer vacation. However, if you plan ahead, you can find simple ways to save and keep your...
Marion Lindsey proudly examines his crop of tomatoes over the weekend. Chris Davis snapped a photo of the tomatoes, but admitted it was hard to stop picking them long enough to do so. High Points from El Camino Real: #1030
El Camino Real was a mighty busy place this past weekend as folks came flying by loaded down with boats, campers and four wheelers heading off to...


A Reason to Smile – Sucker: Part I
I recently noticed something in a little almanac-type publication which brought to my memory the old saying, “There’s a sucker born every minute and two to take him.”...