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Whether you are hiring for the first time, filling an open position, or conducting annual performance reviews, finding a salary range that attracts and retains valued employees can be a difficult task. Here are some suggestions to help make the process a bit easier for you and your company:

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I remember back in the early nineties when I first began to learn how useful the internet could be when it came to planning my hunting and fishing trips. Even in those early days of instant communication via a computer screen,  there was much information for those of us that taught ourselves…

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With a freshman in high school here in Kaufman, I’m about to become the mother of a lion.

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Fred (a fictitious name) worked for the same company for 35 years.  The day came for him to retire, so he received his gold watch and went home to enjoy the rest of his days.

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Very few things in life can create a higher degree of stress than having your Social Security Number (SSN) stolen. This is because, unlike other forms of identification, your SSN is virtually permanent. While most instances of SSN theft are outside your control, there are some things that yo…

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I have been escaping the summer heat the past few days by doing what the critters do, moving early and late and staying cool the remainder of the time! I have done a bit of outdoor cooking recently and thought I’d share a couple of easy summer recipes that you might wish to try. Since I use …

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I had the pleasure of attending the Sharing Community Resources Coalition meeting last Thursday. This group of community service providers is getting things done in our area, and I came away with several ideas for upcoming stories.

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My first encounter with the Rocky Mountains was awesome!  Even in the summer time the nights are cool, sometimes cold.  Those majestic peaks exceeded my youthful imagination.  They looked as if they were reaching into the sky for the sun to absorb its warmth for the coming night. 

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At first glance, the little 12 by 20 foot building nestled in the trees behind the house might look just like a building used to house lawn equipment and ‘stuff’ that will eventually wind up donated to a resale store. Once inside my little ‘Cooking Shack’, the casual observer might wonder ho…

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Remember that feeling of having teenagers blow into your house, taking it over with noise and talk and teasing and unbounded energy? And they eat a lot.

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After graduating from a small rural high school, I went to the big city for an education, and to make my mark in the world.  City life was a new experience: busy traffic, sirens, horns blowing, roaring jets, and people rushing to keep appointments.

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Armed with a who’s who of collaborators, a slew of great songs, and her trademark, stately, effortlessly anthemic writing-style, Jenny Lewis has outdone herself again with On the Line, her fourth solo album since 2006’s Rabbit Fur Coat.

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I was well into my twenties before I set down to a platter of catfish fillets. I was raised eating catfish either fried, whole or cut into steaks. My Dad probably didn’t even know what a fillet was. Had he known, I’m positive he would have considered the practice of filleting a waste of good fish! 

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Since time man has sought the mythical Fountain of Youth.  After Columbus discovered the new world, rumors spread like wildfire that a utopia was somewhere in that vast unexplored land.

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With the knowledge that something was going to have to be the film to follow the second-biggest movie of all time (because even marketing trickery can’t beat Avatar), Marvel decided to bring out the big guns and trot out Spider-Man, whose at an all-time high following Insomniac’s PS4 game, a…

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With summertime activities in full swing, tax planning is probably not on the top of your to-do list. But if you take the time to plan now, you’ll have six months for your actions to make a difference on your 2019 tax return.

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In a recent poll by Dr. David Jeremiah’s team this question was asked: “What is the biggest giant in your life?”  The respondents gave six categories: worry 30%, fear 29%, loneliness 14%, anger 11%, and jealousy 3%.

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I am continually amazed at what I don’t know about the outdoors. Oh, I’ve spent a very active life in the woods and on the water, learning about the patterns of fish and wildlife. It’s now been almost six decades since I was a 10 year old tromping the backwoods of East Texas. As a long time …

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There have been a number of disparate opinions and theories on what makes a great song. When Rolling Stone compiled their list (however flawed) of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time back in 2011, Jay-Z wrote that “A great song doesn’t attempt to be anything - it just is. When you hear a grea…

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When I was a boy I had a very vivid imagination.  I remember sitting with my dad and talking about bear hunting in the great northwest woods, or traveling with Seargent Preston in the cold, frozen trails of the Yukon with his sled and team of huskies.  Dad would ask questions or make comment…

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Did you ever see a new, innovative product or way of doing something that made you stop and think, “WOW, why didn’t I think of this?” As a lifelong outdoors person, I have occasionally come across such products. One was a mirror blind several years ago that a company called Ghost Blind intro…

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Terrell Police Department Administrative Captain and Public Information Officer Arley D. Sansom graduated from the FBI's National Academy Program at Guantico, Virginia, an elite training program for police officers and military personnel, earlier this month.

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Americans live by a schedule; ten minutes late for an early morning appointment ruins our whole day.  Our schedules are so hectic until we forget to look for the beautiful things in life.  There’s little or no time for a leisure walk, or to “stop and smell the roses.”  

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Ah, summer. The weather is warm, kids are out of school, and it’s time to think about tax saving opportunities! Here are five ways you can enjoy your normal summertime activities and save on taxes:

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I am often asked for gift ideas for many of my friends that share my interest in the outdoors. Finding that perfect gift can be a daunting task, especially is the shopper does not hunt and fish. 

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Father’s Day as a national holiday is a recent development.  Mrs. John Bruce Dodd of Spokane, Washington, began promoting Father’s Day, and had a celebration in the YMCA building in 1910.  The idea was to complement Mother’s Day.  By 1936 the custom had spread to many parts of the United Sta…

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According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, nearly 30 percent of businesses are victims of payroll malfeasance, with small businesses twice as likely to be affected than large businesses. Here are four scary payroll fraud schemes you need to know:

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Through the years, I have been designated cook in camps from the wilds of Canada to south of the border. I absolutely love cooking outside and preparing meals that are simple and tasty. This past weekend while filming a cooking segment for my weekly outdoor show, I prepared a Dutch Kettle re…

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Scientist tell us that thinking hard weighs heavy on the brain.  I stand in awe of the amazing mental accomplishments of Einstein, but he belongs to a rare breed.  Few have the intellectual capacity, or the will power to compel them to engage in heroic mental exercises.

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Sleuthing your way through a tax audit by yourself is not the same as fixing a leaky faucet or changing your oil. Here are reasons you should seek professional help as soon as you receive a letter from the IRS:

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Millions of Americans saw their religious freedom come under attack on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives this week. The principles outlined in the First Amendment are the building blocks of American liberty. The first individual freedom codified by our founding fathers, the righ…

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Do you ever “fume” and “fret?”  Here is a picture of yourself if you do.  The word “fume” means to boil up, to blow off, to emit vapor, to be agitated, to be distraught, to seethe.

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A fly-in fishing trip to a remote lake in northern Saskatchewan is an experience that anyone that loves the outdoors and fishing should consider doing. I believe it’s lack of information that deters many fishermen from enjoying the fun of catching fish that have never seen a hook and dining …

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Your bookkeeping system is the financial heart and lifeblood of your business. When set up and operating properly, your books help you make smart decisions and seamlessly turn your financial data into useful information. Here are four key characteristics to build and maintain a healthy bookk…

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Some kids tend to be a little lazy.  When I was a boy and reluctant to finish a task, Dad would say, “Son, where’s your gumption?”

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During my three-decades career as an outdoors writer, I have had the opportunity to travel to many places and spend time with some wonderful people. This past week, I enjoyed a turkey hunt up in Palo Pinto County on a ranch that ranks very high on my list. 

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In the outdoors, there are very few constants. So many factors influence the way fish and game go about their day to day lives that we mere humans will never be able to always accurately pattern them. But there is one constant that we can ‘take to the bank’!  After a period of heavy rainfall…

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Are you superstitious?  Superstitions are those illogical feelings that some magical force influences the events of our lives. Few people in every era of history have been entirely free of them.

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Anyone thinking about starting a small business should never feel alone. Your success is important to many people. Your community relies on your success because it means better neighborhoods and better schools. America relies on your success because it means more jobs, a stronger economy and…

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Have you conducted a business insurance review lately? Changes in your business equipment, real estate holdings, the amount of inventory, and the number of employees are all good reasons to review your insurance. Here are a few policy review tips to consider:

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In years past those who lived on farms canned vegetables and meats.  The women were usually responsible for the canning.  They had two pressure cookers: a large one for canning and a smaller one with a handle for cooking.  One day my mother was cooking a roast in the smaller cooker.

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This past weekend, my good friend Jeff Rice and I fished the Yantis Catfish Classic at Lake Fork together, using techniques that I am sure the majority of the contestants considered better suited to the 1950’s! As we pulled into the parking lot on the Friday afternoon before the tournament, …

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The human mind has incredible ability; our knowledge is impressive, even awesome.  We can construct skyscrapers, build and program computers, split the atom, explore outer space, and even explain many of the mysteries of the universe.  But we don’t know about tomorrow.