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Taxing Thoughts: Hidden back to school tax deductions
Summer is coming to a close and the back-to-school advertising blitz is underway. Hidden in some of those school expenses are tax deductions you can take advantage of. Here...
High Points from El Camino Real
Folks along El Camino Real have gone to war over the past few weeks and its getting ugly as people battle for every blade of grass they have against wave after wave of army...
Where in the World
River cruises have become the fastest growing type of travel in the last several years. Traditional tour companies in business, for years, have added river cruises to their...
Notes from the Fox Den
Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of Notes from the Fox Den! I hope everyone is having a great September so far. For me, September marks the beginning of some of...
Taxing Thoughts: Your paycheck might be deceiving you: Assess your...
Major tax reform will have a noticeable impact on virtually all taxpayers this year. Will your total paycheck withholdings at the end of the year line up with the new...
High Points| from El Camino Real
Folks along El Camino Real are filling up the football stadiums on Friday nights as the glow of the stadium lights draw the people in almost hypnotically. Whether you like...
Taxing Thoughts
As our students prepare to head back to school, many families face the difficult decision to save for retirement or use those funds to pay for their children’s college...
High Points| from El Camino Real
Folks along El Camino Real were ready to say good bye to a blistering August in hopes for a cooler September. We got our wish with a small cool front and a few very...
Nichols’ 5 Cents
We celebrated Labor Day, and while that is usually a sign we should soon welcome Fall the temperatures outside are not reflecting that. I hope you had a safe, and cool,...
High Points from El Camino Real
This time last year folks along El Camino Real were loading up anything that would float and heading south to try and rescue the flood victims of Hurricane Harvey. This...
Taxing Thoughts
Medical expenses are on the rise. According to the Milliman Medical Index, the average family of four on an employer-sponsored plan will spend $28,000 on healthcare in 2018...
Pictured in front is Thomas McIntyre and the birthday girl Carolyn McIntyre. Back row, left to right, is Trace Dominy, Noel Dominy, Duane Dominy, me, David Clay McIntyre and Britteny McIntyre Notes from the Fox Den
They say its not what we have in life, but who we have in life that matters. And some of the most important people in my life call me “Aunt...


At the movies...The Spy Who Dumped Me brings home 3 potatoes and...
Spud Nut, The Spy Who dumped Me (R, 115 minutes) gives you a good time at the movie, and what else can you want for the ticket price. Mila Kunis and Kate...
Where in the World
Living in Rusk, we’re all familiar with our very own Texas State Railroad. Many of us fought to keep this treasure on the tracks when the state wanted to close it and allow...
Taxing Thoughts
At the end of June, the IRS unveiled a new draft version of the 2018 Form 1040. This newly proposed postcard-sized 1040 form replaces the old 2017 1040, as well as forms...