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Tue
31
Mar
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Where'd Everybody Go?

By Lee Pitts
 
I don't get out much these days and the other day I went to the auction market for the first time in a long time. At least I thought it was the same auction market. There was a freshly painted sign out front, the auction barn was sporting a coat of fresh paint, the parking lot was covered with a fresh layer of asphalt and it was full of brand new pickups and Cadillacs. Was I lost? Was this a dairy auction barn?

 

Tue
24
Mar
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Get your business listed for free on Google

Search engines and small business truly have a mutually beneficial partnership when it comes to accessing local information from the Internet. Most search engines offer a free listing service in which a business owner can claim a listing and add pertinent information about the business, such as location, hours of operation, contact information, and even a link to their website.

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Tue
24
Mar
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Upgrade loathing

I have come to the conclusion that technology and I have a love/hate relationship. I’m sure many of you can relate to this. As a journalist, my iPhone has become one of my main reporting tools. It has a camera, video recorder, voice recorder, social media, e-mail, texting and a telephone all in one device.

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Tue
17
Mar
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Go ahead, take closed government personally

Don’t take it personally? That’s usually good advice, but today we urge the opposite reaction to all government bodies operating in the shadows, purposely avoiding public scrutiny and genuine transparency. In other words, take closed government personally. Please! Take it personally when a reporter is kicked out of a city council meeting so members can hold an illegal or unnecessary executive session. Take it personally when public access to government records is refused, limited, or attached to excessive fees.

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Tue
17
Mar
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OMS gives students positive opportunity

Dear Editor,
I wanted to take a minute to thank Mrs. Tammy McWilliams and her staff for going beyond teaching students, to reaching their students. Last week, Mrs. McWilliams took her entire school (faculty, staff, and students) to go see the very inspiring movie, “McFarland, USA.” I was invited to come along as someone who works with her students, and was so grateful to Mrs. McWilliams for bringing the students a positive opportunity. In my job, I don't always get to enjoy young people getting a positive moment, so it was really great for me, in that respect. Whether it was because it was a story they could relate to, or because they don't get to go to the movies very often, or because they simply got a moment to enjoy the school day, the care for students speaks to the character and true teaching professionalism of the faculty and staff of Crockett County Common Consolidated School District.

Tue
10
Mar
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Texas Senate bills set stage for tax, debt relief

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — A trio of powerful state senators, along with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, on March 5 jointly announced the filing of legislation they coauthored to cut taxes and pay off state debt. Patrick, who presides over the 31-member Senate, Senate Finance Chair Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound; Senate Business & Commerce Chair Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler; and Senate Finance Vice Chair Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, each delivered brief statements.

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Tue
10
Mar
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Then And Now

BY LEE PITTS

I'm starting to feel older than dirt. And I swear there is soil in our garden that I knew when it was rocks. Oh, how a few decades can change your outlook on life. At age 25... "Sure I can ride that horse. Haven't you got anything tougher than that?"

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Tue
03
Mar
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Senate panel passes legislation to fund state highways

AUSTIN — The Senate Transportation Committee on Feb. 25 tentatively approved two pieces of legislation that would take a portion of various motor vehicle related taxes and dedicate that money to road and bridge construction and maintenance. Senate Bill 5, enabling legislation, and Senate Joint Resolution 5, which would put a constitutional amendment on the November

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Tue
03
Mar
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Gaining competitive advantage, raving fans

Unless your business is in a monopolistic market, you are in competition with other businesses for your customers’ dollars. What is your (and your competitors’) ultimate goal? The answer is obvious: to gain competitive advantage. It is to be the choice of your customers. What strategies are you using to gain competitive advantage? Are you offering products not available to competitors through agreement with your vendor(s)? This is fairly common practice in local and regional markets and can be successful if it is a product or service in high demand. It can be especially successful when the product can’t be replaced by a comparable product from a different manufacturer or provider

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Tue
24
Feb
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Cattle Barons

Being a son of a proud member of the Daughter of the American Revolution it pains me to say this but the British played a big role in the founding of the range cattle industry in this country. Because the number one son in England inherited everything, the "bastard" sons occasionally got shipped here. I think it was kinda like being the middle child, of which I am one. The Brits wasted no time in trying to take back America by running their animals on free public rangelands.
 

 

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