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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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Traveling Man, Lessons from a foot massage

Foot massage has long been a part of Chinese tradition and culture.  It is maintained that a foot massage promotes good health, and if you’ve had this, you know it is relaxing and enjoyable.  I treated myself to this occasionally and enjoyed it. About 15 years ago, on a working trip through China, I finished…

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Traveling Man, It’s All in the Accent

Dons Column   I’ve written before about accents, languages and translations.  The way we pronounce words, and the choice of words, are some of the most interesting differences in cultures.  I enjoy hearing different accents. Even solely within our country, there are many different accents I’ve always found interesting.  Include accents from a person that…

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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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Don’s Views, Observations on Birthdays

When we’re children, memorable birthdays seem to start at about six years old, when we start the first grade.  The next big one might be 13, when we’re officially a teenager. If you are a Hispanic girl, you might celebrate Quinceanera, the celebration of a girl’s 15th birthday. Then the 16th birthday comes along and…

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Deadlines for Conservation Assistance Funding

USDA-Texas NRCS TEMPLE—The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Texas has announced the first funding application deadline of Oct. 29, 2021, for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). A second funding application deadline will be Feb. 11, 2022. Applications are taken year round for NRCS programs, but deadlines are announced to rank and fund eligible…

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The Search for a Chicken Fried Steak

One of my favorite foods is Chicken Fried Steak.  That just goes along with being a Texan.  A real chicken fried steak, not the frozen imitation.  Not a “country fried steak” …that’s another imitator.  A restaurant owner in Ohio told me he named his version a “country fried steak” because people confused it with fried…

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International Talk Like a Pirate Day and other unique holidays

One of my favorite holidays rolls around every September 19th…aaargh, matey! In 1965, friends John Baur and Mark Summers decided there was a need to create this holiday and succeeded in having a day named for talking like a pirate. Aaargh, matey, be ye pirate or be ye landlubber, this be our day to raise…

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The Back 40: Unwritten baseball rules and the infield fly

By  Jay Williams   Anyone who has grown up around baseball knows all about the game’s so-called unwritten rules. You don’t bunt to try and break up a no-hitter. (I’m sorry, but isn’t the goal of baseball to get on base and try to score runs to win? If I bunt in that situation, throw…

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Mac’s Views: Memories of my first Masters

You can be assured that I will be glued to my television set this weekend for the final two rounds of the Masters at Augusta National. It’s still my favorite tournament, partly because of my first visit to the holy grail of golf back in 1972 when I was a golf writer with the Tulsa…

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