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ASK THE LAWYER: What are second and fourth weekends of the month for child custody purposes?

Dear Jeff: What are considered the second and fourth weekends of the month for child custody/visitation purposes? Thanks, “Trying to Make Plans”

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Sunday 04/24/2016
GE’s oil and gas revenues, segment profits down
Posted: April 24, 2016

Deteriorating worldwide oil markets continue to weigh heavily on General Electric’s bottom line.

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Sunday 04/17/2016
4/17 Business connections
Posted: April 17, 2016

The Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting booth registration from East Texas businesses that are seeking to fill open positions at the Forest Country Job Fair.

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ASK THE LAWYER: Adopted person has same legal status as child born into family
Posted: April 17, 2016

Dear Jeff: What rights does an adopted child have to an inheritance? If a will just leaves everything to “my children,” does that include adopted children? Thanks, “Member of the Family”

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The Roofing Company opens in downtown Lufkin
Posted: April 17, 2016

Among the shops, boutiques and eateries, downtown Lufkin visitors can now shop for their roofing repair and replacement needs.

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Sunday 04/10/2016
4/10 Business connections
Posted: April 10, 2016

In late 2015, James Coleman joined the law firm of Fenley & Bate, LLP.

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ASK THE LAWYER: Obtaining a judgment doesn’t guarantee payment
Posted: April 10, 2016

Dear Jeff: Last year, I contracted with a company from North Carolina to purchase a metal carport. It is sold and distributed by a local company. They failed to show up or inform me of a schedule change. I contacted their home office in early March to cancel the order and request a refund of my deposit.

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Sunday 04/03/2016
ASK THE LAWYER: There’s no effective way to extinguish a life estate
Posted: April 03, 2016

Dear Jeff: I am having trouble selling a piece of land due to the existence of a “life estate” from 2002 for a 97-year-old lady with Alzheimer’s who is now living in a local nursing home. Of the two family members I have contacted, no one has been able to help with determining who might have power of attorney. I have had two parties interested in purchasing this property but, due to the life estate, they have been unable to get a loan. There are no buildings on this land, and obviously no way this lady could ever live on this piece of land again. Can you give me any advice or suggestions? Thanks, “Hands are Tied”

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Lufkin's Farm Feast to spotlight East Texas farmers, chefs
Posted: April 03, 2016

A new culinary event in Lufkin will spotlight East Texas farmers and chefs.

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Sunday 03/27/2016
3/27 Business connections
Posted: March 27, 2016

The Rose Mobile Mammography Program, in partnership with Southland Rehabilitation and Healthcare, will be providing onsite mammograms at their facility at 501 N. Medford Drive on April 5.

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ASK THE LAWYER: Real estate, not number of buildings, is what constitutes as homestead
Posted: March 27, 2016

Dear Jeff: I am retired, over age 65, and have a homestead on my home near Zavalla. My home consists of two bedrooms on 10 lots. I have a homestead exemption, and get tax relief for being over age 65. My question is, if I build another small two-bedroom house for family to stay in when visiting, would I be required to pay the full tax burden on this, or would I get the tax breaks I am currently receiving? I really appreciate your help. Thanks, “Home Sweet Homestead”

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Brookshire Brothers makes plans for future growth
Posted: March 27, 2016

Lufkin’s home-grown grocery store, Brookshire Brothers, keeps expanding, even while celebrating its 95th birthday this year.

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Sunday 03/20/2016
3/20 Business connections
Posted: March 20, 2016

Abeldt’s Gaslight Pharmacy has announced that Kathryn Hensley has been hired as the marketing director for the company.

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ASK THE LAWYER: Only those named on account’s signature card have right to sign checks
Posted: March 20, 2016

Dear Jeff: If a couple is married, but have separate bank accounts, can the wife write checks on the husband’s account, and vice versa, if he or she is not named on the signature card? Thanks, “I Know That Signature!”

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Tami’s Bistro moving to downtown location
Posted: March 20, 2016

Tami’s Bistro, which opened on Dec. 19, 2015, in the Fashion District, will open its doors at its new location, 119 S. First St. in downtown Lufkin, on Tuesday.

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Sunday 03/13/2016
Leadership Tomorrow focuses on health care in the community
Posted: March 13, 2016

The Leadership Tomorrow class of 2015-16 completed its March session focused on health care in the community. The day was planned by Joy Scott-Killam of CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial and Shell Lockhart of Goodwill Industries of Central East Texas, who both serve on the Leadership Tomorrow committee. The program extends a special thank you to CMC Recycling, presenting sponsor of the program for year No. 24. The session sponsor was Carter BloodCare and transportation was provided by Lufkin ISD. Lunch was provided by Woodland Heights Medical Center.

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