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High Points| from El Camino Real
Folks along El Camino Real are beginning to slow down a little as the temperatures continue to climb. Most folks are trying to get all of their outside work done early...
Taxing thoughts: Improve next year’s tax situation now
Whether you receive a big refund or pay taxes on tax day, taking action now can ensure next year’s tax bill is optimized by not paying a dollar more than necessary. 1....
Where in the world: Touring the skies in the Super Sonic Concorde
How many of you remember the short-lived Super Sonic Concorde planes? Strange looking flying objects, weren’t they? They were much smaller than jumbo jets of the day....
Time to dine: KT’s Seafood fries up 4.8 stars of tasty catfish and...
You know how every devout fisherman has his or her favorite fishing spot? Well, I have a favorite spot for catfish of the fried variety. And that spot is KT’s Seafood right...
High points from El Camino Real
Folks along El Camino Real celebrated the Fourth of July in a grand fashion this past week. I don’t know when I’ve heard the fireworks any louder. It seemed like the...
Taxing thoughts: Charitable contributions still garner generous...
Despite what you may have heard from friends or family, you can still claim generous tax benefits for charitable contributions. Here are three prime examples of...
The Raiborn team recently placed first in a Rusk Chamber of Commerce sponsored golf scramble held on Saturday, July 6. Pictured left to right are Josh, Lily, Mark, Angela and Jacob Raiborn. Mark and Angela have owned and managed Birmingham Golf Course for over 20 years. Club chatter: Team Raiborn wins Chamber event
The team of Mark Raiborn, Jacob Raiborn, Josh Raiborn and Lily Raiborn won the Rusk Chamber of Commerce Golf Scramble held Saturday, July 6 at...

Pet Talk
The first step in caring for a sick or injured animal is being able to recognize the signs of pain that indicate something is wrong. Acute pain...

Taxing thoughts: Replacing lost tax breaks for your growing children
Your kids are getting older. Before you know it they’ll be dating, driving and entering college (if they aren’t already!). Tax breaks drop dramatically as your children...
High points from El Camino Real
Folks along El Camino real are gearing up for a big Independence Day and with all the rain we’ve had fireworks shouldn’t be a problem as long as caution is observed. With...
Notes from the Fox Den
Hello and welcome to this issue of the Fox Den. As I write this, I am still trying to figure out how it is already July 1 and exactly where the first half of 2019 has...
Note: An HDHP plan has minimum deductible requirements that are typically higher than traditional health insurance. To qualify for an HSA, your coverage must have out-of-pocket payment limits in line with the maximums noted above. Taxing Thoughts: New contribution limits are on the horizon
The savings limits for the ever-popular health savings accounts (HSA) are now set for 2020. The new limits are outlined here with current year...

Pet Talk: Keeping your pet safe in the summer heat
Summer brings with it an expectation of sweltering temperatures, sometimes to the point of danger. As temperatures climb, remember that if you are...

Where in the world: Oregon lighthouses create magnetic interest
A group of college girlfriends were having reunions several years ago, gathering at different places. First year was at one of the girl’s family beach house on Bolivar...
Photo by Sam Hopkins
Evan Hopkins was assistant movie reviewer for Toy Story 4, giving his potato rating to Tater Tot. At the movies....
Spud Nut, Men In Black: International (PG-13, 120 minutes) should have been titled Men And Women In Black since Emma Thompson is now head of the...