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Dear Jeff: I am the executor for my brother’s estate. He had some real estate and other property that needs to be transferred. There is a person interested in buying his house. Am I allowed to sell the house? I am still working on the official inventory, but would like to move quickly while …

DEAR JEFF: I have an employee who causes a lot of problems in my business. She disrupts other employees and acts unstable. Thankfully, she does not have any contact with customers. I would like to terminate her, but am concerned she will sue me. What can I do to protect myself? Signed, “Tire…

Leadership Lufkin alumni are now accepting nominations for the 30th annual Jack O. (Butch) McMullen Silver Spike Award.

Hey Taylor: Is it worth buying holiday travel right now? I feel like it’s not necessarily safe to board a plane, but that could change in a few months and the prices I’m seeing are hard to beat. Should I take a chance?

The Texas Forest Country Partnership is accepting nominations for the Silver Bucket Award and Small Business of the Year Award, to be presented at the Nov. 18 Economic Development Summit in Lufkin.

Hey Taylor: My daughter’s school has finally settled on remote learning for the fall semester. She did fine when school closed last spring, but I’m wondering if you have any tips for making this next semester productive while she does her distance learning and I try to work from home. — Marjorie

DIBOLL — Georgia-Pacific is partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Angelina County to help build new homes in the city of Huntington for two local families in need. This is the first time the nonprofit organization has selected new home sites in the south end of the county.

Hey Taylor: Do you have any recommendations for easing the burden of student loan debt? I’m working steadily and making my payments on time, but I’m wondering if there’s a better approach than losing money every month for the next 30 years. — Sharon

Woodland Heights Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award.

The American Institute Of Personal Injury Attorneys has recognized the performance of Badders Law Firm PC as one of 2020’s 10 Best Personal Injury Firms for Client Satisfaction.

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Hey Taylor: Are there any home improvement projects that actually “pay for themselves?” I never believe contractors when I hear that pitch, and yet I keep on hearing it so I’m wondering if it’s true in some cases. Can I break even with new windows or a better HVAC?

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DEAR JEFF: While on vacation in Mexico, I bought a used Rolex watch from a pawn shop. Upon returning home, I sent it to Rolex to be serviced. I got a letter from Rolex informing me the watch was reported as stolen in 2002, but for $500 they will release it to me. Can they do this? Doesn’t it…

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Southside Bank has provided support for The Mosaic Center, Legacy Institute for Financial Education and Neighborhood STRONG through the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas special Partnership Grant Program.

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Hey Taylor: Spending tons more time with my kids while we stay away from the crowds and summer camps. I’m loving every second of it but running out of ideas for entertainment and don’t want to watch TV all day. Got any tips for an overwhelmed father of two? — Justin

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DEAR JEFF: I was issued a ticket for making an illegal left turn on a two-lane road that did not have a left turn lane. I was hit by a car that was attempting to pass me from behind. I had my left turn signal on and my brakes engaged.

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Students will begin the 2020-21 school year next month; however, due to the pandemic, many students will experience a new learning environment. While some students will go back to the classroom with strict precautions in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19, others will complete their school…

Hey Taylor: I’m out of work currently because of the virus, but I’m taking this opportunity to live off some savings and find a new career. Any advice on how I can get myself in a good position for a job search starting in the fall? — Ben

The Deep East Texas Council of Governments and Economic Development District is taking proactive measures to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Therefore, the regular monthly board of directors meeting will be held online as a “Go to Meeting” webinar at noon Thursday. Please note — there…

Hi Taylor: My husband and I were thinking of buying a house in the spring but held off because of everything that’s going on. What are you thinking might happen with the market in the next few months? —Valerie

DEAR JEFF: I was wondering, how do you go about collecting a judgment against someone after you have one? I have had a judgment against a man from Kirbyville for three years, and he hasn’t paid me anything toward the balance. Thanks, “Waiting and Wondering”

Scott Neill has joined Texas National Bank to establish a loan production office in Lufkin. Neill has more than 15 years of commercial banking experience. He will support Texas National Bank’s continued focus on commercial lending and community banking.

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Hi Taylor: I’ve got high hopes for fixing up my yard this summer, but I’m starting to worry I don’t have the money to make these dreams come true. Do you have any advice for a DIY landscaper who wants things to look good without spending a fortune? — Jared

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DEAR JEFF: In the early 2000s, I lived in Tyler. At that time, I had a Last Will and Testament made which included my Tyler address. Last year, I sold the home and moved to Lufkin. Do I need to redo the will to show my current address, or can I just write my new address on the back page and …

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Hey Taylor: I’m in between jobs and trying to find some direction. People tell me to find something that suits my strengths, but I always second guess what I’m good at. How do I figure out what I do well without just being unrealistically confident? — Elsie

American Forest Management, a national land management and land real estate firm, has sold 11,774-plus acres of Texas timberland.

DEAR JEFF: I bought a used car, and have now changed my mind. When I tried to take it back to the car dealer, they told me the deal has been made, and they won’t refund my money. I thought I had three days to change my mind — isn’t that right? Thanks, “Buyer’s Remorse”

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Hi Taylor: The stock market has me so confused right now. One day it feels like the economy has recovered, then we’re in a freefall again. What’s your take on the drastic ups and downs? — Zeke

Austin Bank recently partnered with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) to present Neighborhood STRONG and Legacy Institute for Financial Education (L.I.F.E.) with Partnership Grant Program (PGP) awards to help the organizations further their efforts in the Lufkin community.

Hey Taylor: I just left my old company because it was forced to downsize. Fortunately, another opportunity came around at just the right time, but I’m wondering what to do with my 401(k). Do I leave it with my old employer or move it over to my new company’s plan? — Nena

Jackie Polk, executive vice president of Lee TranServices Inc., has completed the exam and is now a Certified Transportation Professional.

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