Now that another year is ending, it’s a good time to take stock of where you are on your journey toward financial security. Of course, you could find many different “measuring sticks” to assess your progress, but you can certainly gain considerable information just by asking yourself some basic questions.
Here are a few to consider:
• How close am I to my retirement goals? Your comprehensive investment strategy should include a reasonably good estimate of how much money you will eventually need to sustain the retirement lifestyle you’ve envisioned. At . . . More . . .
SHERMAN, TEXAS--Dr. Jacqueline Moore, Austin College professor of history, will be one of the featured presenters on Friday, December 6, at the inaugural TEDxTurtleCreekWomen event entitled “Invented Here”. TED events provide a platform for world-changing ideas that are delivered by the world’s leading thinkers and doers. TEDx programs are locally organized with the goal of sparking deep discussion and connection within a smaller group.
The TEDxTurtleCreekWomen event will feature 15 top business, technology, science, and community leaders speaking on various topics from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., exploring solutions to poverty, education, the economy, and more.
Following the 2011 Legislative Session, several groups filed suit against the state, claiming that the way in which the state funds public education violates the Texas Constitution. The groups include school districts, the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), business associations, and parents on behalf of their children. The Texas Constitution requires the state to provide efficient and adequate funding for public schools, and that school districts must have meaningful discretion to . . . More . . .
Combined effort will result in safer passage, local control of select roads
AUSTIN — The Texas Department of Transportation today announced a resolution to managing the maintenance of roads heavily used in the energy sector of LaSalle County. TxDOT and the county have agreed to share responsibility in repairing roads in need and maintaining them over time. The department is also working on agreements with other affected counties in the region.
Possibility of severe winter weather, crowded roads calls for extra caution while driving
AUSTIN — With inclement weather recently hampering travel conditions in north and west Texas, the Texas Department of Transportation reminds drivers to stay off roadways as much as possible during severe winter weather and use extreme caution when travel is necessary this holiday season. According to the AAA, more than 3 million Texans will travel by car this Thanksgiving season.
Thanksgiving is almost here. If you have the financial resources to provide a comfortable life for your family, you have reason to be thankful. And if you can afford to share some of your “bounty” with charitable organizations, you may want to be as generous as possible — because your gifts may allow you to both give and receive.
Throughout your career, you have been working hard to save in one or more retirement accounts. Then, once you retire, you’ll have some new decisions to make. But one choice has already been made for you: the age at which you must start taking withdrawals, or “distributions.” It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with these distribution rules because they can have a big impact . . . More . . .
Last year, an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas took 15 lives, and leveled much of the town located near the plant. In response to this tragedy, the State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) was asked to identify all facilities storing more than 10,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate (AN). After these facilities were identified, SFMO staff inspected the 134 facilities. No serious violations were noted during any inspection. The SFMO also created . . . More . . .
SHERMAN, TEXAS—Austin College members of the campus Rotaract Club are sponsoring a “Wheelchair Basketball Shootout” to raise funds for people who need but cannot afford wheelchairs. This annual event supports the work of The Wheelchair Foundation, dedicated to providing over 1 million wheelchairs to people around the world who are in need of a wheelchair. The Shootout will take place during halftime at the Austin College men’s basketball game Saturday, November 16, in Hughey Gym . . . More . . .