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BBB warns local contractors about overpayment scam
Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning local contractors to be on the lookout for potential customers who communicate only via email or text message for construction or...
Spring a good time for a business cyber clean-up
Spring has officially sprung! And while many of us may be getting rid of mess in our homes, it’s important to declutter our businesses as well. The number of U.S. data...
City of Rusk explains certificates of obligation
Tuesday, Rusk Mayor Angela Raiborn and City Manager Jim Dunaway met with the Cherokeean Herald to explain certificates of obligation. “The total amount of money from the...
What happened to $6 million of public funds?
In 2013, Rusk Mayor Raiborn and a majority of the Rusk City Councilmen passed a resolution to issue certificates of obligation without voter approval to be sold like bonds...
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...