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FORESTRY UPDATE by Gary Allen Burns 4-20

The loss of ornamental trees on residential property can qualify for a casualty loss for federal income tax purposes. The casualty must be sudden, unexpected or unusual and the deductible loss is reduced by any insurance received. While the IRS usually does not allow casualty loss for insect damage to timber, it has allowed a casualty loss deduction for the death of ornamental trees from an epidemic southern pine beetle attack on residential property. An appraisal is required for the value of the entire property before and after the casualty. Additional deduction limits ($100 floor and ten percent rules) apply to personal-use property, such as the residence. Casualty loss is reported on Form 4684, and the appraisal fees are deductible on Schedule A as miscellaneous expenses. Miscellaneous expenses are subject to a two percent adjusted gross income...

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Houston County Lake Report 4-20

78F surface water temperature, water stained in color, and normal level. Fair black bass with many  3-4 lbs, several 5 lbs to 5 lbs 6 ounces and 6 lb 2 oz on black and blue craw worms and Senko worms and watermelon red swimmers; many caught in grassy areas at creek channels; dusk fishing best. Good crappie on live minnows.  Good bream on live worms. Catfish on stink baits. Crockett Family Resort Cottages, Marina, & RV Park Houston County Lake 75 Dogwood LN W Crockett, Tx 758635 936/544-8466...

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Larry Gene Beavers

Larry Gene Beavers, age 65, of Pasadena, passed away Saturday, April 15, 2017 in Sugar Land.  He was born August 7, 1951 in Houston to parents, Lonnie Beavers and Marie Huntsman Beavers.  Larry worked in a bakery in his early years then for an auto body shop as a painter and glass installer.  He volunteered at the hospital in Crockett for many years and sang in the Central Baptist Church choir. Larry is survived by his children, Carrie Nicholas and husband, Obediah of Pasadena, Scott Beavers and wife, Jenni of Baytown, Jennifer Flores of Pasadena; grandchildren, Devin, Kage, Obediah Jr....

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Joyce Evelyn Parker Hagle

Sept. 29, 1923-April 14, 2017 Joyce Evelyn Parker Hagle, 93, passed away on April 14, 2017.  Joyce was born in 1923 in Corsicana, Texas, the daughter of Lucille Kent Parker and Lonnie Parker.  She attended high school in Corsicana where after graduation she married her longtime childhood sweetheart, Col. (Ret) Carl M. Hagle.  Joyce and Carl were married for over 67 years.  Joyce was a dedicated Air Force Officer’s wife, mother of 4 children, avid golfer, loved to entertain, play bridge and held her pilot’s license.  Joyce was an avid and huge San Antonio Spurs fan and did not...

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Third Annual “Dream Expo” Held in Palestine

By Cody Thompson Messenger Reporter PALESTINE – Students from across Anderson County gathered at the Palestine Civic Center to get hands-on experience and learn about various job fields at the third annual “Dream Expo” on Tuesday, April 18. The event, co-sponsored by the East Texas Council of Governments and Workforce Solutions East Texas, gave students the chance to speak with professionals in a variety of fields and get hands-on experience working with tools of the various trades. The expo was created after the passing of House Bill 5, which requires incoming high school students to select one of five...

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