Thursday, December 19, 2013

Target Credit Card Breach

This email came today from the Better Business Bureau Director. Please take precautions. 

If you used a credit card at Target in the past few weeks, don’t panic! You are not liable for ANY fraudulent charges on your account.

Monitor your credit card statements carefully (go online; don’t wait for the paper statement). If you see a fraudulent charge, report it to your bank or credit card issuer immediately so the charge can be reversed and a new card issued.

Keep receipts in case you need to prove which charges you authorized and which ones you did not.
If you used a debit card at Target in the past few weeks, you should be more assertive in paying attention to your account. With credit cards, you can withhold payment of an amount in dispute, but debit card transactions remove funds directly from your bank account, potentially wreaking havoc on your finances. What’s more, you may have some liability if you fail to report unauthorized charges within 60 days after your statement is sent to you. Target is in the process of notifying banks and credit card issuers, who will in turn notify affected customers. You can contact your bank or credit card issuer for more information if you want to pre-emptively request a new debit card or put a security block on your account.

For more on the difference between credit and debit card protections:

For EVERYONE, not just those who shopped at Target:

Scammers will likely use this highly public event to create emails purporting to be from Target, your bank or your credit card issuer, telling you your card was compromised and suggesting actions to “fix” the problem. Phishing emails may attempt to fool you into providing your credit card information or ask you to click on a link or open an attachment, which can download malware on your computer that are designed to steal your identity. Don’t click on any email links or attachments unless you are absolutely certain the sender is authentic.

Monica Horton President

Tel: 940-691-1172

Monday, November 25, 2013

Tickets on Sale Now for the Tour of Homes

The holidays are always a festive time. Putting out the holiday lights, decorating the Christmas tree, and sprucing up around the house are all part of the season. This year, the Knox County Visioning Group wants to show off some of that holiday spirit with a Tour of Homes around Knox County.

The Lee House B&B is one home on this year's tour. 

The event is set for December 9th, starting at 5:30 p.m. and going until 9:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $10.00 at the KCVG office in Benjamin or by calling 940-459-4121.  Tickets will also be available the night of the event for $12.00 each. Tickets are limited so it is suggested to get them ahead of time. (Tickets can also be purchased online by clicking here.)

The tour will take you around the county with stops in Knox City, Munday, Rhineland and Benjamin. Five homes are volunteering their time as part of a fundraising event for the Knox County Visioning Group. Homes on the tour include Kerry and Marsha Quade along with Jeff & Melissa Stanfield in Knox City, the Lee House Bed & Breakfast in Munday, Larry & Annelle Welch in Rhineland and Dennis & Pam Duke in Benjamin.

Participants can start at any home they choose.  Only one ticket is needed to tour all five homes.  The KCVG is asking people to please carpool as parking may be limited in some locations.  For more information, call 940-459-4121. 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Locals Receive National Recognition for Career Day Program

By Lorrie Coop

Lorrie Coop, county Extension agent with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service - Knox County, and Jimi Coplen, Knox County Visioning Group Community Development Director, were honored recently by the National Extension Education Association for Family and Consumer Sciences at the 2013 Galaxy IV Conference, “Bridging the Centuries: A New Era For Extension.”  They received the 3rd place National and 2nd place Southern Region Community Partnership Award at the conference held September 19, 2013 in Pittsburgh, PA. 

Lorrie Coop and Jimi Coplen pictured with their
awards from the National Extension Education Association. 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Team Awarded Search for Excellence in Teen Programming Award

By Lorrie Coop

Lorrie Coop and Jerry Coplen, county Extension agents with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service - Knox County, and Jimi Coplen, Knox County Visioning Group Community Development Director, were honored recently with the Excellence in Teen Programming Award at the Texas Association of Extension 4-H agents annual conference, “Big As The Amarillo Sky” held August 5-8, 2013 in Amarillo, Texas. 

Lorrie Coop, Jerry Coplen and Jimi Coplen

KCVG Career Day a Huge Success

Over 350 people flooded the Knox Prairie Events Center in Goree, Texas, on September 11, 2013, for the 2nd Annual Career Day 2013. This event hosted 260 students from area high schools, 30 different speaker from 20 different career fields, 15 universities, colleges and trade schools and numerous school counselors and volunteers.

TSTC demonstrated the hazardous waste uniform.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Holiday Spending is Important to Local Businesses

Each year as the holidays approach, we start making our holiday shopping list and checking it twice! Those lists seem to get longer as we add the new baby, the additional relatives and those new friends.  As the lists get longer and the prices of things increase, it is no surprise the average holiday spending grows yearly. This is good news for retailers. But how does that translate locally?

Be watching your mailbox this November for a flyer like this one. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Career Day 2013

Deciding on that perfect career you hope to do for the rest of your life can be a daunting task for anyone, but especially teenagers and young adults. Some have a burning desire from childhood to be a veterinarian, a chef  or maybe a architect. But, many are uncertain and need to be exposed to different careers in order to find something that fits their individual personality.

Click here to download this poster. 

Saturday, June 22, 2013


Adventure Day 5K & 10K Race Results
June 22, 2013 - Truscott Brine Lake

Women's Results

Men's Results

More photos to come, but here are a few! 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

KCVG Kicks off Summer Events

As the end of the school year approaches and things are winding down for many groups, the KCVG is kicking it up a notch! The third annual Adventure Days is slated for June 22 and the annual Guitar and Fiddle camp is slated for July 7-11.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Visioning Summit April 8-11, 2013

The Knox County Visioning Group needs your help! 

     The Knox County Visioning Group has worked diligently to bring the county together and collaborate on various ideas and programs. As things change and evolve, it is important to review where we are and where we are going to accurately plan for the future. It is imperative that we stay the course and work hard to provide a future for the younger generations. We not only want to survive, but we want to thrive! But, we can not do it without the help of the citizens who care so deeply about the success of the county.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Knox County Visioning Group Rolls out Grant for $1500

Click on photo to download application.

The Knox County Visioning Group (KCVG) is looking for individuals who have an interest in pursuing a trade in Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC).  The KCVG is rolling out a grant for $1500. This grant is available to a Knox County senior in high school or a Knox County resident who is already out of high school and wishes to pursue this training. The grant will require the student to return to Knox County for one year and work in an HVAC field.