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FINANCIAL FOCUS, Short-term investments offer liquidity – and more

Generally speaking, investing is a long-term process. You invest in your IRA and 401(k) to reach a long-term goal – retirement. You may invest in a 529 education savings plan for many years to reach another long-term goal – college for your children. But is there also a place in your portfolio for shorter-term investments?…

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Financial moves for women business owners

If you’re a woman who owns a business, you may have some challenges not shared by your male peers – but you also have several opportunities to help improve your financial future. You may already be taking some or all the right steps, but here are some ideas to be sure you’re considering and revisiting…

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What new businesses do you want?

In talking with folks around Knox County, I often hear comments about businesses that are needed; retail stores, service providers, and restaurants. What new or additional types of businesses would YOU like to see in Munday, Knox City, Benjamin, Truscott, or Goree? These are some of the comments I’ve heard: Services Laundry that will press…

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Hicks Media acquires newspapers from Graystone Media

Staff Reports   Graystone Media Group has announced the sale of three of its Oklahoma newspapers to Hicks Media. The sale of the Altus Times, Frederick Press-Leader, and Mangum Star was effective July 1. Hicks Media, which owns and publishes the Knox County News-Courier, is based in Lufkin Texas.  Its other newspapers include the Red…

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Property owners face deadline

By James McAfee BENJAMIN—Mitzi Welch, the appraiser for the Knox County Appraisal District, reminds businesses that they must file a rendition listing all taxable property they own or control, including inventory and equipment they use, by April 15. Church property and equipment used for farming are exempt. She adds that you can file a report…

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EDC approves plan to assist Lions Club

By James McAfee— MUNDAY—The Munday Economic Development Council A board of directors approved a plan to let the Munday Lions Club use the old food pantry and provide electricity to use for a possible project during a meeting last Tuesday night. The Lions will have 60 days to finalize plans to open a thrift-store type…

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COMING SOON: Weekend edition

The Knox County News-Courier management would like to inform its readers that the weekly publication of the News-Courier will be published on Fridays beginning Feb. 12. This change allows the paper to have more current news and information for its subscribers and readers. No action is required by subscribers. For details regarding submission deadlines or…

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Extension Service promotes Coop

By Kay Ledbetter— VERNON—Lorrie Coop, longtime Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service family and community health agent in Knox County, has been named as the agency’s new District 3 administrator, effective Jan. 19. District 3 is in the Rolling Plains region and represents 24 counties that reaches from Childress County in the north to Parker County in the…

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Rural phone companies file suit against PUC

Texas Press Association— AUSTIN—Almost 50 rural Texas telephone companies have filed a lawsuit against the Public Utility Commission of Texas, accusing the state regulatory agency of illegally withholding universalservice fund (“USF”) revenues crucial to maintaining the statewide telecommunications network in rural areas. The lawsuit contends the PUC’s action was taken in violation of the Texas…

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Cedar Ridge purchases Air-Ag

By James McAfee/The Knox County News-Courier— KNOX CITY—Cedar Ridge Aviation purchased Air-Ag at the Knox City Airport from Donna and Stan Wojcik last month and will add a new airplane to its stable of 14 helicopters to improve agricultural services. Included in the purchase were four hangars and an older aircraft, which was used as…

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