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    Tuesday, January 23, 2018   /   by Scott Shine

    12 Major Construction Projects Underway on Fort Hood

    FORT HOOD – There are 12 major construction projects happening now on Fort Hood, all of which are vital in making sure soldiers are safe, trained and ready.
    Fort Hood has nearly $300 million worth of ongoing projects across the installation such as new, mold-free barracks, highway bridges over dangerous, low-water crossings, and a new mission training center.
    The First Cavalry Division, comprised of more than 18,000 soldiers, the largest division on Fort Hood, is also getting a new headquarters including a home-station mission command.

    Source: KXXV

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    Tuesday, January 09, 2018   /   by Scott Shine

    Texas Top Growth State Says U-Haul

    FORT WORTH (Fort Worth Business Press) – Texas continued its reign ?as America's top growth state during 2017, according to U-Haul data.

    Year-over-year arrivals of one-way U-Haul truck rentals rose 1 percent while departures climbed 3 percent from Texas' 2016 numbers. Some of the activity increase can likely be attributed to the active hurricane season, the Fort Worth Business Press said.

    Despite a larger increase in departures, arriving trucks still accounted for 50.3 percent of all one-way U-Haul traffic in the Lone Star State. ?

    McKinney, Prosper, College Station, Temple, and Kaufman paced Texas' net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks. 

    Texas secured the No. 1 growth ranking for 2016 after settling for the No. 39 spot for 2015.?

    Florida, Arkansas, South Carolina, and Tennessee rounded out the top five. California overtook Illinois on the list as the biggest net-loss state.

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    Friday, January 05, 2018   /   by Scott Shine

    Texas Jobs Still Growing

    COLLEGE STATION (Real Estate Center) – The Texas economy continues to outpace the U.S. economy in job creation. The state gained 330,600 non-agricultural jobs from November 2016 to November 2017, an annual growth rate of 2.7 percent, higher than the nation's employment growth rate of 1.4 percent.??

    According to the Real Estate Center's latest Monthly Review of the Texas Economy, the non-government sector added 294,600 jobs, an annual growth rate of 2.9 percent, also higher than the nation's employment growth rate of 1.6 percent in the private sector.

    Texas' seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in November was 3.8 percent, lower than the 4.8 percent rate in November 2016. The nation's rate decreased from 4.6 to 4.1 percent.

    All Texas industries except the information industry had more jobs. The mining and logging industry ranked first in job creation followed by manufacturing, other services, financial activities, professional and business services, con ...

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    Friday, December 08, 2017   /   by Scott Shine

    ‘Tis the season for house fires

    Hayley Rieder (Dec 7, 2017) - Texas A&M Real Estate Center


    O, Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, how dangerous you can be! 

    According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in 2011-15 there were 200 home fires yearly that started with Christmas trees. These fires caused an average of six deaths, 16 injuries, and $14.8 million in direct property damage annually.


    Fortunately, the NFPA offers simple tips on how to prevent a tannenbaum tragedy.
    First, when picking a real tree, choose one with fresh, green needles that don't fall off when touched. Be sure to cut two inches from the base of the trunk before placing the tree in its stand, which should be at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, or heat vents. The tree should not block an exit.
    When lighting the tree, use only lights that are listed by a qualified testing laboratory. Never use lit candles to trim the tree, and always turn off the lights before leaving home ...

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    Thursday, November 30, 2017   /   by Scott Shine

    8,000 wreaths placed at Texas State Veterans Cemetery

    By Chelsey Trahan, Spectrum News

    KILLEEN, Texas -- To give thanks to those who have served, volunteers gathered at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery for a wreath laying ceremony.

    It's a more than 10 year tradition which started when an organization donated wreaths in 2006 for the Central Texas Veterans Cemetery in Killeen.
    "They brought six wreaths and we looked out and their were lots of headstones and we didn't know how many but we knew there were a lot, said Jean Shine, founder of the Friends of Central Texas Veterans Cemetery organization.
    Thats when Jean Shine decided to get some volunteers together to honor all of the veterans buried in the cemetery. She found some wreaths in Austin and bows at a nearby Walmart, not quite knowing how much the event would grow over the years.
    "We didn't know what we were doing, but the next year there was 900 people out here and that's when we knew we needed to get a foundation if we are going to support this cemetery until i ...

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