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Once you’re retired and your children are grown, they are likely “off the books,” as far as your financial responsibility for them is concerned. Yet, you’re probably still prepared to do anything to help them – but are they ready to take care of you if the need arises?

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We aren’t always aware but they are, these “ministering spirits sent forth to minister to the heirs of salvation” (Hebrews 1:14). Angels announced Jesus’ birth, helped Joseph keep Him safe, strengthened Him during His trials that brought our salvation and escorted Him to the hill from which …

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Arkansans have unsurprisingly experienced a range of emotions as a result of the coronavirus. It has changed the way we live, led to the deaths of loved ones and created economic uncertainty in our households.

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It’s been called the “Great Resignation” – the large number of Americans voluntarily leaving their jobs. If you plan to be part of it (ideally with another source of employment lined up), you’ll need to make the financial moves necessary to keep making progress toward your long-term goals.

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The American Rescue Plan, passed into law earlier this year, greatly expanded the Child Tax Credit for 2021 (but not beyond, at least not yet). The law increased the credit from $2,000 per child to $3,000 for children over the age of six, and from $2,000 to $3,600 for children under age six.…

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Someone said, “When the heart is right, the feet are swift.” On the other side of the coin some feet are swift to mischief. Some vacillate at the crossroads of the right way and the wrong path.

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Arkansas families, businesses and communities understand the importance of an affordable, reliable and clean energy supply. We rely on low-cost energy in order to drive our vehicles to all the places we need to get to in our daily lives, heat and light our homes and businesses, and meet a nu…

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There are three legislative meetings scheduled this month to review proposals for congressional redistricting.

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I was dealing with some family stuff the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. I had a couple minutes so I swung into a gas station to get a coffee. As I pulled in someone on the radio was talking about a breaking report, something something airplanes World Trade Center in New York City.

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If you’re getting close to retirement, you’re probably thinking about the ways your life will soon be changing. And one key transition involves your income – instead of being able to count on a regular paycheck, as you’ve done for decades, you’ll now need to put together an income stream on …

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In such cases, income taxes will be owed on the most if not all the distribution, and as pointed out last week, if the distribution is made prior to reaching age 59½, you may also be subject to a 10 percent early withdrawal penalty. While there really is no way to avoid the income tax, there…

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You and I are here because God wants a big family of people, all people.

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When radical Islamic terrorists hijacked four commercial airliners on September 11, 2001 and employed them as weapons against innocent Americans, we were instantly shocked and outraged. Those emotions, and others, washed over us in waves in the hours, days and months that followed.

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When radical Islamic terrorists hijacked four commercial airliners on September 11, 2001 and employed them as weapons against innocent Americans, we were instantly shocked and outraged. Those emotions, and others, washed over us in waves in the hours, days and months that followed.

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Rice is grown in over 40 Arkansas counties. The crop contributes billions to the state’s economy and accounts for approximately 25,000 jobs, crucial to rural communities.

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Arkansas legislators continue to support a statewide expansion of broadband service as quickly as possible, especially in areas where there is no Internet at all and in places where the technology is obsolete.

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It is well understood that an enormous amount of Americans’ collective wealth is sitting in traditional individual retirement accounts (IRAs). In fact, in 2020, the value of assets in traditional IRAs was an estimated 19.29 trillion dollars!

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This week, the Arkansas Legislative Council Higher Education Subcommittee reviewed details of a new program designed to benefit Arkansans who have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Utilizing our natural resources is a way of life for Arkansans. Citizens of the Natural State have set a good example for stewardship of the environment because we understand our agriculture and outdoor recreation industries are dependent on our ability to sustain and protect our land and wa…

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A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of the state Education Department, and against four south Arkansas school districts that want to be exempt from the state school choice law.

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[COLUMNIST’S NOTE: Today, I turn my column over to my colleague, Liz Adams. Liz is the Chief Compliance Officer and a Registered Principal for EGP Wealth Management LLC, a sister financial firm of the CPA firm of which I am a member. With 35 years of experience in the financial planning indu…

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Babylon had its gods. Media, Persia, Greece and Rome had false religions. Conquerors manufacture their religions and subjects assign the cruel power of the dictators to man-made gods that can’t speak, can’t hear, have to be carried and, most importantly, can’t bless or punish. Many dictators…

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Over the past several weeks, I have visited 16 communities on my Community COVID Conversations tour, and I heard heartfelt concerns, heartbreaking stories, and heartening testimonies about the value of the COVID-19 vaccines.

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When terrorists attacked our country on September 11, 2001, we demonstrated the steadfast resolve that unifies us as Americans and exhibited the enduring spirit that guides and shapes our response in times of crisis. Thousands of brave men and women answered the call to military service, bol…

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Everyone has a responsibility to ensure students arrive at and from school safely. This includes being mindful of student safety when approaching school buses.

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The number of people who live in Arkansas increased by about 95,600 over the past 10 years, a growth rate of 3.3 percent that brought the state’s population to more than three million people.

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Jim Wayne Dayberry, 35, of Benton, is facing felony fleeing charges in Independence County after leading law-enforcement on a high-speed chase in three counties. He was booked into the Stone County Detention Center on absconding charges last week.

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We all know that our fiscal house isn’t in order right now. The national debt stands at $28 trillion dollars, the projected budget deficit for Fiscal Year 2021 is nearly $3 trillion and President Joe Biden is aiming to approve more than $5 trillion in spending just this year.

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The doctor walked out of the room. I laid my head on the table near where I was sitting. My sixteen-year-old son was lying in the hospital bed nearby. We were silent. What do you say when the doctor uses words like “life and death”? The surgeon needs the case early but it was late. I didn’t …

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The House State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee met on Monday to begin the discussion on the redistricting process for Congressional districts in Arkansas.

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In our fourth and final submission regarding the 2021 IRS Dirty Dozen, we’ll take a look at what the IRS calls “promoted abusive arrangements.” You can check out the scams written about in my first three installments of this weekly column published over the last three successive weeks.

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If you’ve heard of 529 plans, you might think they can only be used to help pay for college. And you wouldn’t be alone: Less than one-third of adults properly identified that a 529 plan can be used for more than just higher education, according to a survey by Morning Consult and Edward Jones…

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The Arkansas Legislative Council approved a funding request of more than $245 million to help hospitals and nursing homes recruit and retain staff, and to cope with extraordinary expenses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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I see several areas that need improvement in Heber Springs. I see a town that needs an economic boost. I see young people that need good paying jobs. I see retirees that need a responsive city government. I see projects that need completing. And I see an opportunity to get things done.

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Jimmy Clark, Heber Springs Mayor, and Jerry Holmes, Cleburne County Judge are retiring. It is impossible to please every constituent all the time, but it is possible to spend days, months, and years trying to make things better for all constituents. That’s what these two men have done. We sh…

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Climate change has taken center stage in Washington. Nearly every committee in Congress has been tasked with exploring ways to protect our natural resources, reduce our carbon footprint and implement more sustainable practices.