If you’ve recently become a widow or widower, you’re obviously dealing with an enormous emotional burden, and coping with your grief can seem like a full-time struggle. Unfortunately, the business of life must go on – and the financial moves you make at this time can have a big impact on your life.

JEFFERSON — The historic and reportedly haunted Jefferson Hotel will celebrate its grand opening under new ownership on Oct. 1, just in time to house all of the ghost seeking guests that travel to one of Texas’ most haunted towns each October.

September is National Preparedness Month, a full month dedicated to encouraging the public to assess and prepare for local disaster risks and unplanned emergencies. The 2019 National Holdings Survey (NHS) conducted by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) found that a growing number of …

If you think writing a check is safer than paying for items online, think again. While many believe writing checks are a safe and secure way of conducting transactions, they are also easily stolen, faked or forged. According to the United States Postal Inspection Service, check-washing continues to be a fairly common way for thieves to get your money. BBB warns consumers to be on the lookout for check-washing thieves when mailing checks.

Each year, on the first Sunday after Labor Day, we observe National Grandparents Day. Although it’s not as widely recognized as Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, if you’re a grandparent, you probably want to do whatever you can to help your grandchildren on their journeys through life. So, you m…

JEFFERSON — Lake O’ the Pines residents and surrounding East Texans now have the opportunity to snag the Pines Cafe’s popular barbecue loaded baked potatoes and hand breaded chicken fried steaks as the restaurant re-opened Thursday after a months long closure to remodel.

“We love Marshall, Texas. The people here –our people- have been so good to us over the years and we appreciate that so much”. Mike and Lori Howeth truly understand the value of doing business locally.

For 31 years, Green’s Professional Services has offered qualified tax specialists that provide professional expertise in a wide range of services to the greater Marshall area.

Better Business Bureau serving Central East Texas (BBB) is hosting a webinar for businesses Monday, Sept. 14 from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. “Protecting your Business from Cybercrimes” will be presented by Justin Huffacker, Vice President of Strategic Technology for Datamax.

Labor Day is almost here. Of course, this year, the holiday may have a different impact, given the employment-related stress and disruptions stemming from the coronavirus. Yet, it’s good to recognize the value of work and its importance in achieving your life’s goals. But if you’re going to …

HALLSVILLE — Members of the Hallsville Chamber of Commerce pulled out the purple ribbon for cutting on Saturday in an effort to welcome the city’s first custom cabinetry business, Creative Lane.

Whether you suffer from chronic pain, anxiety, fatigue, high blood pressure or just the daily struggles of everyday life, My Happy Place in Marshall offers the solution.

All Cypress Veterinary Hospital has served Marshall and the surrounding area for seven years, bringing expert care to the community. All Cypress Veterinary Hospital displays a strong commitment to serving the people of Marshall, both in and out of its facility. They are committed to communit…

School has officially begin for most districts in our area, and most have incorporated some form of online learning into school programming. This means teachers, administrators, students and parents are having to adjust to an unusual first semester. This also means internet predators are lur…

You won’t see any greeting cards celebrating it, and it’s not likely to be on your calendar, but in just a few weeks, National 401(k) Day will be observed.

Over the past week, Joe Pine Coffee Co. has been focusing not only on making the perfect iced latte this summer but also helping the Rainbow Room with much needed school supplies.

A generation or so ago, people didn’t just retire from work – many of them also withdrew from a whole range of social and communal activities. But now, it’s different: The large Baby Boom cohort, and no doubt future ones, are insisting on an active lifestyle and continued involvement in thei…

Fidelity Communications today announced it will award $5,000 to a nonprofit organization in the communities it serves as part of the internet service provider’s “Up for Any Challenge” social media campaign.

The investment world contains different types of risk. Your stocks or stock-based mutual funds could lose value during periods of market volatility. The price of your bonds or bond funds could also decline, if new bonds are issued at higher interest rates. But have you ever thought about lon…

Covid-19 has altered many aspects of our lives, including our purchasing habits. So, it’s no surprise that an increasing number of customers are making online purchases on a regular basis. Likewise, consumers are becoming more particular about their in-person experiences. BBB reminds busines…

AUSTIN — The annual Texas sales tax holiday that allows shoppers to save money on clothes and back-to-school supplies will be Aug. 7-9, state Comptroller Glenn Hegar has announced.

Back-to-school season is coming up, and in some areas, it’s unclear how it will play out. Dozens of states across the United States are grappling with an increase of COVID-19 cases as they make decisions about when and how to continue teaching.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of Panola County and the Panola County Beef and Forage Committee will be hosting the 2020 Mid-Sabine Cattleman’s Conference Friday Aug. 28.

Over the past few weeks, at least 187 Texans received unsolicited packages of mystery seeds in the mail that appeared to have come from China. Meanwhile, all 50 states have issued warnings about similar bundles of unknown seeds being sent to residents from overseas, causing concern among government officials and agricultural leaders.

So far this year, the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Consumer Sentinel Network has reported approximately 55,499 identity theft cases in Texas with credit card fraud being the top reported fraudulence with 18,204 cases. BBB advises consumers to safeguard their personal identifiable informa…

For 2020 Business and Industry Week the Greater Marshall Chamber of Commerce and the Marshall Economic Development Corporation (Marshall EDC) is recognizing excellence in the workplace and are seeking award nominations and the deadline is Friday, July 24.

Whataburger is best known for serving up its famous burgers, but the company also makes significant investments in its employees. The Whataburger Family Foundation recently announced it has distributed more than $1 million – through its Whataburger Scholarship Program – to employees and thei…

A recent Better Business Bureau (BBB) report indicates that military spouses and veterans were both more likely to be victimized than non-military consumers, and more notably, the median dollar loss was significantly higher – nearly double – than those reported by non-military consumers.

It’s unfortunate, but true: During this period of economic uncertainty, one of the busiest “industries” has been financial scamming. But it goes on even during normal times, too, so you’ll want to know what to look for, and how to defend yourself.