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DEAR JEFF: My father died, and my sister is the executor of the estate. I know they have been to court, but nothing else has really been done in the case. Isn’t she supposed to file an inventory? How long does she have to do that? Thanks, “Still Waiting”

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Tara Watson-Watkins, president and CEO of the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce, and Staci Hodges, executive director of Junior Achievement of Angelina County, recently graduated from the Institute for Organization Management.

Woodland Heights Medical Center on Friday presented its Nursing Excellence Award to Al Torres, LVN.

Hi Taylor: I’m looking at different options for budgeting software and keep hearing about various styles of budgeting. I always thought the options were to save money or spend it, but I guess there’s more to it? — Diego

Shay Hobbs and Mehgan Ibañez have been promoted to partner at Axley & Rode LLP, according to Eric Carver, the firm’s managing partner.

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East Texans who venture downtown can now enjoy fresh bread, pastries and cookies — all made with a sourdough starter — at Real Time Breads, 115 B E. Shepherd Ave.

Hi Taylor: I’m determined to make good on my New Year’s resolution to save more money. So … how do I do that? — Valerie

Hey Taylor: I was listening to your podcast and heard you talking about getting up at 4:30 a.m., which made me cringe. How do you do it? How do you get into that kind of routine and, is it worth it? Four-thirty in the morning? — Karen

DEAR JEFF: My husband and I have very good credit. A couple of years ago, we co-signed a car note for our adult daughter. I’m not sure she is current on her payments, but she won’t talk about it with us. If she is behind and the car is repossessed, will that affect our credit rating as well …

Southside Bancshares Inc., the holding company of Southside Bank, announced the appointment of Alton L. Frailey to the company’s board of directors on Nov. 24, effective Jan. 1, 2022.

Hi Taylor: I’m getting more and more into the idea of buying a property I can rent to make some passive income. I know you have experience with this kind of thing, so be real with me: how hard is it? Will I be in over my head? — Garrison

Lockheed Martin Corp. recently made a $210,000 donation to the national nonprofit Wreaths Across America.

Hi Taylor: I promised myself I wouldn’t leave tax filing until the last minute, so here I am looking for tips at the end of 2021 instead of the middle of 2022. Whatcha got for me? — Dylan

ABC Supply Co. Inc., the nation’s largest wholesale distributor of roofing, siding and other select exterior building products, has opened a new location at 146 Winston 8 Ranch Road in Lufkin.

Hey Taylor: What’s in the big infrastructure bill that I should care about? People keep talking about price tags, and I’m struggling to find info about how it might or might not help a middle-class Texas mom like myself. — Amelia

Ferrara’s Heating & Air Conditioning, a full-service HVAC company based in Lufkin, has acquired Pax-Sun Heating & Air Conditioning as of Dec. 1.

The Lufkin KOA Journey Campground earned the 2022 President’s Award Nov. 16 at KOA’s annual international convention in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Goodwill Central East Texas recently celebrated the first graduates of its Support Jobs Plus program. Two of the graduates, Brandon McGaughey and TyQuisha Powell, were able to complete and receive national certification as forklift operators. The third graduate from the program was Jacob Gongwear.

Hey Taylor: Is it worth buying expensive tech stocks? I was just looking at Google and Apple and I feel like I missed the boat. You think the price of those companies will keep going up? — Rick

Hi Taylor: My husband and I are expecting a baby in May and while we’re both very excited, I’m starting to get a little freaked out about all the costs, namely the hospital stay and whatever other practical expenses pop up unexpectedly during the process. Got any calming advice? — Hesley

The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists has awarded accreditation to the Laboratory at St. Luke’s Health-Memorial. The recognition follows an on-site inspection that is part of the CAP’s accreditation programs.

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Hey Taylor: I’m trying to keep Halloween fun for my kids — 9 and 11 — and feel like I’m running out of ideas. All I can think of is buying an expensive costume and that’s the last thing I want to do for one night of trick or treating. Any ideas for a fun, cost-effective Halloween? — Marsha

The Deep East Texas Regional Housing Authority will open its waiting list lottery for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program and begin accepting pre-applications at 8 a.m. Nov. 1.

Hey Taylor: I’ve never invested in gold or silver before and I think it’s because I have no idea how it works. Any advice for a newbie? — Mark

DEAR JEFF: I raised a child as a favor to my sister, who had a hard life and could not raise her baby. The child is now 25 years old, and my sister and the father of the child have both unfortunately died. I view the child as my own son, since I raised him from the time he was just a few mon…

The Lufkin chapter of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Deep East Texas has received a $30,000 grant from the Panda Cares Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Panda Express, which will support the organization’s mission of enabling and enriching the lives of young people.

Brent Shankle is one of the newest members to serve on the CASA of the Pines board of directors after completing the newest leadership program, Leading Edge, earlier this year.

Hi Taylor: Any tips on money-sending apps? It feels like everyone’s always asking me to use something different and I’m wondering if there are some that are obviously better than others. — Kevin

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