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Small Businesses and the Law

By Chesley Payne Small businesses are one of the fundamental foundations of our nation’s economy. A small business is often the result of many years worth of work and dedication by the owner. Therefore, it is important small business owners utilize the services of an attorney to help guide their decisions that may have legal consequences down the road. Among the most common issues faced by any small busines ...

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SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE – Help improve the scenery: “Keep it modest, girlfriend.”

By June Mathews Hey, lady… yeah, you. The one in front of Jimmie and me in the grocery store line last Saturday morning who kept bending over your cart and exposing the top half of your sagging middle-age body clear down to your bellybutton for all the world to see. And while I’m at it, I might as well tell you, those shorts you had on weren’t providing a lot of coverage, either. I hate to be the one to bre ...

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Dear Editor, It was brought to my attention that someone had already purchased the internet name domain “Ed McGuffie for Mayor.com.  When you go to this website it goes to my opponent’s website. When thinking about the questions I used to use as a criminal investigator, such as who what when where and how?  Before answering these questions let’s explore the reasoning behind this act of underhanded desperati ...

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Good housing market news is only a beginning

By Dave Parrish That’s right, good news. We’re seeing it everywhere by all the “market experts.” Some of the headlines: HousingWIre earlier this month published that Americans expect a 1.4 percent increase in home prices. More Americans are optimistic that home prices will inch up over the next year, with expectations that prices will rise at least 1.4 percent in that timeframe. That marks the highest amoun ...

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Real estate a legal issue often encountered

Written by Chesley Payne Real estate seems to be the legal issue that people encounter most often. Either you or someone you know owns real estate in one form or another. Whether it is their personal residence, their business property, a rental property, or a second home, most people will deal with a real estate issue sometime in their life. Whenever you deal with a real estate issue, the most important tip ...

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Editorial: Girls need sports heroes, too

Come here, Baby Girl, and sit in my lap. The seat where you have watched college football games with Daddy since you were born. The same spot where I have watched you waffle back and forth between dreaming of being an Alabama cheerleader or a football player. You have plenty of time to figure that out, but today I want to tell you a story. When I was your age, my grandfather told me about Rose Bowls in blac ...

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Extremely difficult decisions this Legislative session

From the Statehouse by Sen. Slade Blackwell The 2012 Legislative session and the special session on redistricting are now complete. We had to make some extremely difficult decisions, but I am proud of what the legislature was able to accomplish this session. Some of the tough issues we had to tackle included: Budgets: Budget shortfalls are always a challenge, and this year was exceptionally worse than we ha ...

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Looking at positive real estate market indicators

By Dave Parrish I was attending a funeral last weekend and ran into a realtor friend from Lake Jackson, Texas. As you might expect, our conversation eventually ran into a discussion of market conditions. Like so much of our country, she too had that experience of a tough market with an abundance of foreclosures, short-sales and steeply declining market prices. However, things had recently changed. She was e ...

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Keep guidelines in mind when meeting with attorney

Written by Chesley Payne Wednesday, 09 May 2012 To most people an attorney is someone to contact when something bad happens in their lives. Whether it is a divorce, being sued for money, or a family dispute over an estate, an attorney is seen as someone whose purpose is to “fix” those things that go wrong. However, an attorney can also help individuals and businesses try to anticipate and avoid pitfalls in ...

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Senate working on Cooper Green Hospital solution

The 2012 legislative session is almost reached its end, however, we must tackle several pieces of legislation before the session is over. One of the most important local issues that must be addressed is Jefferson County's ongoing sewer crisis and its financial woes. It is imperative that we find a way to relieve the burden of bankruptcy and the general fund shortfalls that have plagued Jefferson County far ...

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