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We’re nearing the end of 2020 — and for many of us, it will be a relief to turn the calendar page on this challenging year. However, we’ve still got a few weeks left, which means you have time to make some year-end financial moves that may work in your favor.

JEFFERSON — East Texans looking for a delicious way to warm up from the chilly weather can head over to the bayou city for the fourth annual Historic Jefferson Wassail Walk.

BECKVILLE — Merket Christmas Tree Farm in Beckville is gearing up for its 31st year of selling Christmas trees beginning at noon on Thanksgiving Day and it can’t come a moment too soon as East Texans are champing at the bit to get Christmas underway.

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With many people shopping for gifts on a budget this holiday season, scammers are taking advantage of the demand for pricey gaming consoles by promoting fake deals on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 PRO, and the new PlayStation 5. Be sure to use caution when buying a console online.

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Your employer-sponsored retirement plan is a valuable asset. But sometimes things happen that can affect the status of your plan. So, for example, if you work for a hospital that changes ownership, and you have been participating in a 403(b), 457(b) or 401(k) retirement plan, what should you…

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Like everyone, you want to remain physically and financially independent throughout your life. But if you lose some of this freedom, the last thing you’d want is to become a burden on your family. How can you keep this from happening?

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The holiday shopping season is upon us. With the pandemic, many local in-person events, such as popup holiday markets or craft fairs, have moved online. Scammers are creating phony copycat events that charge for admission and steal your credit card information.

HALLSVILLE — The Hallsville community came together on Thursday to show some love to East Texas military veterans and first responders during the Hallsville Chamber of Commerce Veterans and First Responders Appreciation Dinner at Hallsville High School.

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HARLETON — Guests wanting to increase their holiday decorating skills while enjoying delicious wine and desserts in a beautiful East Texas venue can purchase their tickets now for Enoch’s Stomp Vineyard and Winery’s Christmas “Decorate with Dylan” event set for Sunday.

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As 2020 draws to a close, you might wonder how you can improve your tax situation – especially in terms of your investments. Here are a few year-end ideas to consider:

It may not feel cold outside yet, but cooler temperatures will be here before you know it, and with the change in weather comes a list of home maintenance that all homeowners should tackle before harsh weather sets in. Better Business Bureau serving Central East Texas (BBB) and The United States Department of Energy encourage homeowners to conduct a home energy assessment to determine how slight corrections could make your home more energy efficient and likewise lower energy costs.

Brenda Thomas, who made her mark in history as the first African-American hired at East Texas Professional Credit Union’s Marshall branch, has retired after 30 years of service.

TYLER — In an effort to fight hunger and reduce waste, Kroger delivered 10,000 pounds of ground beef Friday morning to the East Texas Food Bank — a donation that will help feed thousands of local families. 

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If you’re a caregiver, possibly for a loved one dealing with an illness such as Alzheimer’s disease, you’re probably already facing some significant emotional and physical challenges – so you don’t need any financial ones as well. Yet, they are difficult to avoid. What steps can you take to …

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BBB ScamTracker received reports about alleged charities using tactics that consumers believe are using shady tactics to solicit donations. If an organization isn’t a charity, then the contributions are not “donations” and cannot be deducted from your taxes.

After just a few months in business Black Bird Bathhouse owner Raven Lenz knew that at the rate her business was going, she was going to expand.

The Greater Texas Foundation has awarded a $715,742 grant to help develop Texas State Technical College’s performance-based education initiative. The grant was awarded through The TSTC Foundation.

The Internet has become a significant part of our everyday lives, allowing us to work, socialize and shop online. Unfortunately, cybercriminals also benefit from that same convenience and accessibility. That’s why the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National C…

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VeraBank is happy to announce the addition of three new team members in the Tyler market, who will help lead the business and commercial banking charge to develop and grow new relationships.

October 4-10 is National Fire Prevention Week. Fire Prevention Week has been an annual event in the U.S. since 1925 and it was President Calvin Coolidge that made the first proclamation. The week is held in October to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

The COVID-19 pandemic has unsettled the country’s employment picture for months and will likely continue to do so for a while. However, the nature and terminology of this disruption varies greatly among individuals — some have seen their jobs disappear, others have been “furloughed” and stil…

Kroger Dallas Division is proud to recognize its 50 years of serving the Marshall community, located at 300 E. End Boulevard N. The store opened on Sept. 15, 1970 and currently employs more than 100 associates. The store was remodeled with new features and expanded departments in July 2015.

A new baking and restaurant supply store, Effort Products, held a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the Greater Marshall Chamber of Commerce this week.