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The Internal Revenue Service has reminded tax preparers and agents to keep their clients informed of methods used by scam artists to obtain private information. The latest variation involves con artists posing as IRS agents calling to verify information from a tax return, or demanding payment on a fake tax bill.

The IRS reminds taxpayers that they never call about taxes owed without first having mailed you several bills. Also, they will never demand immediate payment over the phone, call or email to verify your identity by asking for personal information, or require you to use a specific payment for your taxes.

For more information and steps to take if you are contacted by someone impersonating an IRS agent, see the IRS consumer alert.


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The annual Derrick Days festival will be in downtown Corsicana on Beaton Street on April 23-30 this year. The week-long event features a car show and swap meet, chili cook-off, carnival, wine stroll, parade and vendors. Marketplace and food/beverage vendors from across Texas will be there. Vendors will be selling wine, jewelry, name rings, pet tags, face painting, keepsakes and gifts, antiques, essential oils, and personal care items.  Also represented will be political groups, faith based and charitable organizations, and service clubs.

A mini-thon fun run starts the event on Saturday, April 23, with both 1 mile and 5K run/walks. Also on April 23 is the Oil Baron’s Ball, benefitting The Humane Society of Navarro County.

Wednesday, there will be a free hot dog lunch and dinner, with chips and drink provided, at the Pocket Park. Thursday from 5pm-7pm, those interested can stroll Downtown Corsicana while sipping wine and enjoying light appetizers.

The parade is at 9am on Saturday, April 30. The cook-off, also on April 30, will include beans, chili, and brisket, and will include a junior chili division for ages 7-17. It has moved this year to a large parking lot between 12th Street and Main Street just north of Collin Street.

The Car Show and Swap Meet will also be held on April 30, on Beaton Street south of Collins Street. Displays may include cars, bikes, trucks, muscle cars, rat rods, and performance cars, and 24 awards will be given. Proceeds will benefit Patriot Paws, who provides service dogs to wounded veterans.

Other events include golf, volleyball, and horseshoe tournaments, a pancake breakfast, entertainment by local school groups, gospel stage and pro rodeo. For more information visit the Derrick Days website.


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According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, water in Cedar Creek Lake is stained; 54–59 degrees; 0.09′ high. Black bass are fair on swimjigs, squarebill crankbaits and spinnerbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

According to the Texas Water Development Board, recent rains have raised water levels in Cedar Creek Lake back to 100%. The lake has been at or near capacity for several months.

To prevent the spread of zebra mussels, the law requires draining of water from boats and onboard receptacles when leaving or approaching public fresh waters.


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Local realtors have noticed a resurgence in the demand for Cedar Creek Lake homes in the Gun Barrel City, TX area, according to Kathi Nailling. Harbor Light Villas is ready to answer that demand by offering New Construction Luxury Waterfront Homes in our gated private peninsula.

The Texas Association of Realtors reports that 2015 was a record breaking year statewide for home sales. Texas has enjoyed four years of flourishing demand for housing, and the Harbor Light Villas lakeside homes on Cedar Creek Lake are the ideal answer for home buyers looking for a weekend getaway just 45 minutes from Dallas, or for families who want to relocate to a secure lakeside community just minutes from downtown Gun Barrel City.

We have move-in ready models available, or if you prefer, our custom home builder, Yigal Lelah, can help you create the lake home of your dreams. Contact us to craft your new lakefront home with personal floating boat slips, a resort-style pool, and lighted waterfront walkway. The homeowners dues of only $100 per month include lawn care, as well as maintenance of common areas and boat slips.


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According to David Webb, the Cedar Creek Brewery will hold their first Cedar Creek Lake Festival on April 23, 2016. Admission to the event, which will feature booths presented by individuals, businesses and organization, will be free. There will also be live bands and local artists, food and beverage stations, and a kids’ area.

All profits from sponsor and exhibitor fees will be donated to charities in the Cedar Creek Lake area. For more information on sponsorships and exhibits, contact Robert Render at 972-898-9493.

In addition to the upcoming Cedar Creek Lake Festival, the Cedar Creek Brewery has many regularly scheduled events that Harbor Light Villas homeowners may enjoy. A menu for the Plowboys Café, located in the brewery taproom, is available on the Cedar Creek Brewery web site. The brewery is located at 336 E. Cedar Creek Pkwy. in Seven Points.


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Water in Cedar Creek Lake is stained; 49–53 degrees; 0.10′ low, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits and spinnerbaits. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.

Water Data for Texas reported that Cedar Creek Reservoir is 99.3% full as of February 18, 2016. It has been full or almost full for several months.


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According to the United States Postal Service, identity theft is America’s fastest growing crime.  There are steps you can take to prevent someone from stealing your information, to access your personal accounts or get credit cards or other loans in your name.

  • Deposit your outgoing mail in a USPS collection box or give it personally to your mail carrier.
  • Shred documents containing personal information.
  • Never give personal information on the phone or internet unless you initiate the contact.
  • Report lost or stolen credit or debit cards immediately.
  • Never use your birth date or any other obvious information as a password or PIN.
  • Check expiration dates on credit cards and contact the issuer if you don’t get a replacement card before they expire.
  • Review your credit report annually. One free report can be obtained every 12 months from each of the major credit bureaus.

USPS Publication 280 and the Federal Trade Commission give more tips for identity theft prevention, measures to take online, warning signs of identity theft, and actions to take if you suspect you may be a victim.


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The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has reported that the water in Cedar Creek Lake is stained and 48-53 degrees; .07′ low.

Black bass are good on bladed jigs and spinnerbaits. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

According to Water Data for Texas, Cedar Creek Lake is almost full, at 99.6%. It has remained at or near 100% for the past three months.