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BBB: consumers should watch out for ‘greenwashing’ claims
Considering “going green” and buying environmentally safe products? As an increasing number of consumers consider the environment when they shop, many are compelled to...
BBB: 7 things to consider when purchasing a used car
Although it can be a more affordable alternative to purchasing a new vehicle, buying a used car can be an overwhelming process. In the past three years, BBB received 26,000...
Kudos to a majority of Rusk City Councilmen
At a recent public workshop meeting, the Rusk City Council heard from its engineer and its city attorney on the status and options for the Rusk City Lake dam. The engineer...
Don't get schooled by scholarship scammers
Every year, thousands of students and parents fall victim to scholarship search service scams, losing more than $100 million per year to fraudulent scholarships....
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.”...
BBB offers contribution cautions for donors in wake of East Texas...
As our local community’s attention and hearts are focused on the tornadoes which killed five and injured dozens in East Texas earlier this month, BBB warns donors to be...
Coaches dedicated to Rusk athletes
To the anonymous and concerned citizens of Rusk – I would like to thank both Jowell and Chad Hancock for their dedication to not only my son, but to all the kids in the...
Rusk Post Office food drive this Saturday
Saturday, May 13 is the 25th annual Post Office Food Drive. Please place your non-perishable food items by your mailbox for collection by your mail carrier. There will...
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...
Tomato Bowl a place of graduation memories
Those of us born here, grew up here, raised our children and now grandchildren here – realize the importance of Jacksonville Independent School District and the Tomato...