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Common New Year’s resolutions are to lose weight or become more active. Perhaps 2021 is the year to shift focus. Here are seven tips to help you become more financially fit.

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Standing on the side of a mountain on the Eason Ranch, way out in Pecos County, I found myself somehow caught up in a time warp as I glanced across the vastness of distant mountains, just as the morning sun began to light them up. The day before, during the middle of the day after the mornin…

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The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission joins the state and nations around the world to mark Human Trafficking Prevention Month and is renewing its call for everyday Texans to do their part in fighting organized crime in the Lone Star State.By reporting suspicious activity and promoting huma…

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If you or your business received funds from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the recently passed Emergency Coronavirus Relief Act of 2020 will help to dramatically cut your tax bill. Here’s what you need to know.

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You could soon see another stimulus payment in your bank account with the recent passage of the Emergency Coronavirus Relief Act of 2020, which means more direct relief to you and your family. Here are some of the major points you need to know that are buried inside this $900 billion piece o…

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2020 was definitely one for the books. Highlighted by the coronavirus, global pandemic, violent protests on racial injustice, and madness surrounding the presidential election, this past year will likely be remembered in an exclusively negative context. But, a new year is upon us. As we welc…

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It’s a new year, but the news out of the capital continues to focus on COVID-19.Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted last week that “a significant portion of vaccines distributed across Texas might be sitting on hospital shelves as opposed to being given to vulnerable Texans. The state urges vaccine pro…

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I bet most of you that have spent a lifetime in the outdoors can recall some "close calls," times in the woods or on the water that cause you to shudder when reminiscing about the past events. 

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The tradition of having wild game on the table for the holidays is a long standing one with my family. When I was a youngster, I can remember my Mom requesting my older brother to “Take your shotgun down to Pecan Bayou and bring me back four fat mallards. It’s time for some Christmas baked d…

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Too often you find yourself in a situation and aren't sure what to do. Here are some everyday tips that could come in handy!

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I think I will be joining a very long line of people this year who are ready to wave goodbye to 2020.

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Before the housing bubble burst in 2008, you could find high yield savings accounts that were paying rates over 5.0 percent. Today? These same banks are paying less than .10 percent.

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‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the newsroomNot a creature was stirring, except a meeting on Zoom. With this week’s edition delivered early to subscribersI went out the door to join holiday imbibers. Then I smacked my forehead and cursed into the night, “There are no Christ…

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About this time last year, I took one of the largest free ranging whitetail bucks of my life with my Texan big bore air rifle on the Dale River Ranch, situated on the Brazos River in Palo Pinto County. I dearly love hunting this area and have through the years amassed a storehouse of great m…

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Wild hogs that receive little hunting pressure can often be hunted successfully at all hours of the day, but put a bit of pressure on wild porkers and they are quick to become almost entirely nocturnal. Ask any veteran hog hunter when he has taken the majority of his hogs and chances are ver…

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It’s not hard to shop for a dedicated gardener. Pretty much anything that has to do with plants or soil will make them happy. 

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With a title such as the one accompanying this week’s column, you are probably scratching your head and wondering what ol' Luke has up his sleeve this week! Well, let’s begin by backtracking a quarter century to a hot June day at Lake Ray Hubbard where I was first introduced to my first mech…

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The holiday season is an exciting time of year. Families come together, people exchange gifts, and holiday festivities fill the calendar. Although a wonderful time of year, this packed schedule and pressure can be stressful for even the most collected person, but for someone in recovery from…

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After almost 60 years of taking to the whitetail woods, I think I am qualified to at least take a stab at answering the question, "what is a trophy buck?" 

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Our new sportswriter, Michael Morrill, has had a busy first season at the Kaufman Herald! We are proud to have him on our staff, and more importantly, we are proud of our local athletes! 

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After the barrage of TV ads and mailers we received this election season, I’m relieved to be able to watch a show now with my kid and listen to the radio or open my mailbox and not get an onslaught of election ads.What will we do now with all of this peace and quiet?Well, there is that ongoi…

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I've been hearing some reports on national media about families finding creative ways to hand out candy at Halloween, either via a 6 foot pipe or a long ramp or some other contraption, so they don't have to get close to those little trick-or-treaters.

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Until recently, you might have noticed my columns have been more about past experiences in the outdoors and tips rather than the usual ‘on the scene’ style that I am accustomed to. A couple months ago, I underwent prostate surgery. I’m doing fine now but I won’t kid you, there was a period o…

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Corn might be the king of U.S. crops, but pumpkins are always in demand this time of year by kids and others celebrating fall’s festivities.

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Wild hogs numbers must be controlled. Thisis an absolute fact. I’ve read that over half the population must be removed each year just to maintain current numbers. I get it, but probably because I spent my younger days on a small farm where my Dad raised hogs for meat and to make a few extra …

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Those of us that have spent a lifetime in the outdoors have undoubtedly witnessed some sights that we didn’t understand. Through the years, I have learned that there is usually rhyme and reason to everything in the natural world. 

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It may still be hot outside, but fall is here and it’s time to get ready for winter. And even time to think about spring. Fall is a good catch-up and planning time. It’s a great time to plant. Before planting, though, take some time to plan. What is your vision for your lawn and garden? Want…

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Suppose you’re switching jobs if you were furloughed because of the pandemic or you’re simply searching for greener pastures. If you have a 401(k) from your soon-to-be former employer, you must decide what to do with your retirement account when you leave. Here are your four options:

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On Sunday, the Los Angeles Lakers captured their 17th championship in franchise history. The Lakers defeated the Miami Heat 4-2 in the best of seven series to snap a 10 year title drought for one of the most prominent organizations in all of sports. 

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The 2020 Major League Baseball season was unusual, to say the least. The COVID-19 pandemic halted Spring Training in its tracks, creating unknown and uncharted territory for fans, players, and owners. When play finally got underway, 119 days behind schedule, the product wasn’t exactly what f…

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Hello, Kaufman County! My name is Taylor Dunn and I am excited to announce my presence in this week’s edition of the Kaufman Herald. I have recently accepted the role of news reporter for the Herald and look forward to fulfilling this responsibility and serving you, the reader, by bringing y…

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The Internal Revenue Service recently announced its 2020 edition of its annual Dirty Dozen list of tax scams with a special emphasis on aggressive and evolving schemes related to COVID-19 tax relief, including Economic Impact Payments. Here are six of the more common scams.

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My name is Michael Morrill, and I'm joining the Kaufman Herald team as the new sportswriter covering the varsity high school sports scene at Kaufman High School, Crandall High School, and Scurry-Rosser High School.

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I enjoyed a summer hog hunt with some great friends recently and, as is often the case, I volunteered to be the camp cook.  I learned a long time ago that it’s most challenging to actually hunt, or fish for that matter, and come in after being in the field or on the water all day and prepare…

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Pollinators are responsible for about 75% of the food we eat. The European honeybee is the most well known but our native bees are also critically important.