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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...
High Points| from El Camino Real
Folks along El Camino Real are beginning to get that strange look in their eye and starting to speak in seasonal tongues as Friday night fever begins to take over their...
Matt's Money: Types of Stock Market Analysis
There is no shortage of analysis for anyone interested in investing. A search for the term “stock market analysis” turned up 16 million hits on Google and well over 200,000...
Notes from the Fox Den
Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of the Fox Den! Some exciting news has come to my attention and I just have to share it with you. A travel/study project offering...
Taxing Thoughts
Here are five common retirement planning mistakes and steps you can take to avoid them. 1. Not having a plan Surprisingly, most do not know how much money is needed for...
Courtesy Photo
Attending State Game Warden Karen Gray’s retirement party were Wardens Brandon Thacker and Danny Kessel, pictured with Gray (middle). Thacker and Kessel are both from Alto and worked alongside Gray in Anderson County. High Points| from El Camino Real
Folks along El Camino Real are beginning to wonder if this drought we’ve been going through for the past few months is ever going to end. We get a...


High points from El Camino Real
Folks along El Camino Real are putting the finishing touches on summer and are turning their thoughts to school supplies and back to school clothes. It seems like the...