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High Points from El Camino Real #1022
Folks along El Camino Real enjoyed a beautiful spring weekend that reminded us of why we live in East Texas. The dogwoods are bursting out in the woods along the highways...
Taxing Thoughts: Donating a car to charity – don't make a costly...
Donating a car to charity can be a big deduction on your tax return, but the value of your deduction can depend on the organization you donate your car to and how they use...
Jacket's Buzz: Public education is at a crossroads
Please allow me to discuss two hot topics currently associated with Texas Public Schools. The A-F rating system and school choice (vouchers) will be my focus for this...
Nichols' 5 Cents: Doolittle Raiders, changes to CPS, Blue Alert bill
Daylight savings time began this past Sunday. The Legislature is taking this very literally as we ‘spring forward’ into high gear with committee hearings and moving bills...
Taxing Thoughts: Don't make these common tax-time mistakes
As taxpayers scramble to complete their tax paperwork and get it in by the upcoming April deadline, the Texas Society of CPAs offers these do’s and don’ts that will help...
Idle American: A reach for the stars
When folks strive greatly to take from life what matters most – learning along the way that it’s mostly about giving – phrases like “giant strides” or “standing tall” come...
High Points from El Camino Real #1021
Folks along El Camino Real were hit with the time change and a cold front on Saturday night. This made for lots of sleepy, cold people on Sunday morning as the church...
High Points from El Camino Real #1020
Folks along El Camino Real are drying out after a cold rain hit our area on Saturday morning. The weather was so nasty that you couldn’t do much outside, so most people...
Taxing Thoughts: Planning by the numbers - updates for 2017
Are you in the midst of your 2017 tax planning? Here are the numbers to use to take full advantage of retirement and other tax-advantaged savings. • If you’re under full...
A Reason to Smile: What's in a (nick)name?
Nicknames have always been popular. A whole lot of people are known not by their true given names, but by nicknames. I got to thinking about nicknames the other day and...
Nichols' 5 Cents: STAR Day, ETCOG, transportation committee
We recently observed Presidents’ Day. George Washington, who is also known as the “Father of our Country,” is one that I admire the most. Through his skills, leadership...
Taxing Thoughts: When business travel insurance makes sense
There are many things that come in pairs because they make sense – peanut butter and jelly, salt and pepper, shoes – the list goes on and on. Travel insurance for business...
High Points from El Camino Real: #1019
Folks along El Camino Real are gearing up for Texas Independence Day tomorrow – but then again, folks along El Camino Real have been gearing up for Texas Independence for...
Stars and Stripes
Greetings Veterans, comrades, Auxiliary and community members in the Rusk, Alto and Wells area. “Membership! Membership! Membership!” That’s the cry from National...
Wednesday Study Club meets Feb. 15
The TFWC Wednesday Study Club of Jacksonville met Feb. 15 in the Jacksonville Independent School District Administration building. Club...