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High Points| from El Camino Real
Its is hard to imagine that I have been sitting down at a keyboard every Sunday night for the past 22 years writing this column. It all started because there wasn’t...
Nichols’ 5 Cents
Friday, March 8 was a very important day at the Capitol as it was the bill filing deadline for the Legislature. Each legislative session is 140 days long and the 60th day...
Paddling  strokes: Wild and wonderful East Texas
The cat is out of the bag. People have figured out what a great place East Texas is for recreational opportunities. We (locals) have enjoyed this well-kept secret but no...
taxing thoughts: Tips to avoid the audit spotlight
No one likes the stress involved when your tax return is under the audit spotlight. Here are some ideas to avoid some of the more common audit triggers. 1. Report...
High Points| from El Camino Real
Folks along El Camino Real are patiently waiting on some sunshine to lift their spirits and dry things out. This has been one of the most dismal, wet winters that I can...
fast forward: “Dirty Dozen” tax scams to watch out for
Every year the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) releases its list of tax scams, spotlighting the myriad ways that people try to separate you from your money. Here’s a list...
taxing thoughts: IRS up and running after government shutdown
The government shutdown is over (for now) and the Internal Revenue Service is up and running. Here is a recap of IRS clarifications regarding the impact of the recent...
High Points from El Camino Real
We celebrate Texas Independence Day this week and I can’t think of a better place to celebrate than right here on El Camino Real. If you travel from one end of this old...
Notes from the Fox Den: RPD’s Citizen’s Police Academy is worth it
Hello and welcome to the Fox Den! It has been a while since I have written, so I hope everyone has been doing well and that 2019 has been kind to you so far. February is...
Images speak: Margaret Hightower, one of a kind!
Born February 2, 1927, in Frankston, Texas, this high energy, accomplished business woman has been witness to many of the defining moments in Jacksonville’s history. I was...
Taxing Thoughts: New mileage rates announced by the IRS
Mileage rates for travel are now set for 2019. The standard business mileage rate increases by 3.5 cents to 58 cents per mile. The medical and...

High Points from El Camino Real
All of the good chocolates have been eaten and only the ones with the pink and orange insides are left amongst the wrappers in the heart shaped boxes. The roses are...
Where in the world
The travel industry has changed dramatically in the 35 years that I have been involved in the industry as a travel agent. Airlines used to give free tickets to top...
Paddling strokes: Sabine River sand bass report
Folks, the quick report of kayak Sand Bass fishing the Sabine River this week to McFadden’s Landing is, ‘the trip was fantastic!’ Thirty-four sand bass, each weighing...
Taxing  thoughts: New baby means new tax situation
For new parents, information is coming from every direction – feeding times, car seats, sleep schedules, strollers, child development and of course ... taxes. What most...