Business

Looking ahead, making course corrections

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Long ago, I read Dr. Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” and it remains one of my favorite books. One of Covey’s habits is to begin with the end in mind and to illustrate the point he asks the reader to imagine attending the funeral of a loved one. He carefully sets the stage before asking the reader to imagine looking down into the casket and see themselves.

Missing annual events; protecting community health

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Due to COVID-19 as all of you are aware, events started cancelling back in March in Fredericksburg, across Texas and throughout the United States and the world. You know some of the high profile ones in our region of Texas that have had to cancel: South by Southwest, Fiesta San Antonio, Formula One, Wurstfest and our own beloved Oktoberfest.

Early voting period extended

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Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday a proclamation extending early voting for the Nov.

New event set for Fiesta 2020

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A new event has been planned as a fundraiser for Misión De Candelilla after Fiesta 2020 was canceled due to the ongoing threat of coronavirus. The new event, and online silent auction, will begin on Saturday, Aug.

Sales tax holiday includes online shopping

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With the Texas economy slowly awakening from effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds shoppers they can save money on clothes and school supplies during the state’s sales tax holiday on Friday through Sunday, Aug. 7-9.

Looking back, and shaking my head in disbelief

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The shuttle that would take me to my hotel from Houston Hobby Airport was just pulling away from the curb when I saw the older woman on crutches hobbling toward the van. I alerted the driver and she was so relieved that he agreed to take her.

Carpet cleaners mark half century

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Expert Carpet Cleaning reached the half-century milestone this year, expanding its services and continuing its focus on quality work since its founding in 1970. Don Miller took over the company nearly five years ago and has been working alongside founder Larry Casper, who acts as a consultant for the company.

Jobless rate decreases in June

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Workforce Solutions Alamo recently released data indicating that the Gillespie County unemployment rate decreased to 5.6% in June, lower than the 8.7% rate that was reported in May. Gillespie County’s rate registered lower than the overall jobless rate of 8.4% for the 13-county Workforce Solutions Alamo area.

Federal unemployment payments to end July 25

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The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program, part of the CARES Act, ends July 25. The program provides an additional $600 to benefit payments and is based on the Texas Workforce Commission’s contract with the U.S.