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home : ag & business : business February 19, 2017

Local prosecutor now litigator for state police
TAYLORVILLE — Jordan Adams prosecuted his last case this week for the state’s attorney’s office.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

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Jennifer Franklin receives new "Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE)" designation
TAYLORVILLE — Jennifer Franklin has been awarded the Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE) designation from the Real Estate Negotiation Institute (RENI).
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Healthy food doesn't have to cost more as long as you shop smart
When shopping for groceries and trying to decide between two items -- say, brands of granola bars -- how do you determine which is healthier?
Saturday, February 18, 2017

CNB Bank & Trust announces Greg Gobble as new Financial Advisor
CARLINVILLE, Ill. — CNB Bank & Trust announced Friday, February 17, 2017, that Greg Gobble has joined as the new Investment Professionals’ Financial Advisor for CNB Financial Services located at CNB Bank & Trust.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Barker Implement acquires Raymond's Agri-Tech location
RAYMOND — The old Agri-Tech implement dealership on the east side of Raymond is currently in the midst of transitioning to Shelbyville-based Barker Implement.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Dimond Brothers Insurance named Gem agency
TAYLORVILLE — The IMT Group, a leading provider of personal and commercial insurance products in the Midwest, recently announced its list of 2017 Gem Agencies, distinguishing Dimond Brothers Insurance as one of the qualifying recipients.
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Health care, education highlight Leadership tours
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital CEO, Kim Bourne, presented a brief history of the hospital, its mission to the community, and what it means to be a “critical access” hospital to members of the 2017 Christian County LEADership program. Following the presentation, participants were taken on a tour of the hospital where they could ask questions and view the newest technology first-hand.
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Added Sugar Equal Added Health Risks For Kids: How Much Really Is Okay?
Recently, there has been even more evidence of the health risks of added sugars, especially for children, according to Consumer Reports
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Rise in interest rates would be good news for savers
DEAR BRUCE: Do you think interest rates will continue to rise since the election is over? -- Reader
Saturday, February 11, 2017

15 percent of Americans date online: how to win at this new dating game
According to a 2015 study by the Pew Research Center, 15 percent of American adults have used online dating sites (web-based platforms like and/or dating apps (location-based smartphone apps like Tinder).
Saturday, February 4, 2017

Sky Appliance now open on the square
TAYLORVILLE — Lonnie Williams’s dad spent his early childhood in Taylorville. He used to talk about growing up  in the downtown area, just down the street from the corner drugstore.
Saturday, February 4, 2017

Peoples Bank & Trust restructures management team
PANA, Ill. — Peoples Bank & Trust is proud to announce the promotion of two key employees, Sarah Van Huss and Ashley Basso, and the addition of Michelle Blackwell, VP Finance.
Saturday, February 4, 2017

3rd annual TCCU Scholarship Program continues, merchants express support, appreciation
TAYLORVILLE, Ill. — The 3rd annual TCCU Scholarship Program already has resulted in a record number of ballots being cast to determine the six winners of $1,000 awards, and there still is one month before it concludes on February 28.
Saturday, February 4, 2017

ApexNetwork Physical Therapy Holds Ribbon Cutting
TAYLORVILLE — After celebrating its opening last in late December, ApexNetwork Physical Therapy held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, January 31.
Saturday, February 4, 2017

Your mother's maiden name is not a secret
Your mother’s maiden name is probably not a secret. Neither, necessarily, is your high school mascot or the size of your car payment. But some banks and brokerages still pretend this is information only you would know, and that could be putting your money at risk.
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Looking to buy a big-screen set for the big game? Consumer Reports put together some general guidelines to help you understand what features to expect within three budgets.
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Loss on timeshare is a dubious tax deduction
DEAR BRUCE: I have owned a timeshare for years and was recently able to get out of it by giving it back to the timeshare company. The original cost of the timeshare, plus several upgrades (purchasing additional points), comes to a small amount of money, about $10,000. Unfortunately, I will not get any of this back, but on the other hand, I will not have to continue to pay the owners' and maintenance fees, which seem to increase every year.
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Chinese express doubts about US relations under Trump
BEIJING (AP) — People in Beijing expressed doubts Saturday about President Donald Trump’s ability to steer the U.S. economy and manage China-American relations, underscoring concerns over trade, Taiwan and other issues.
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner extends tax incentive program
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a temporary extension of a corporate tax incentive program which has been criticized as expensive and too favorable to large businesses.
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Should drugs do double duty?
Nervous about giving a big presentation? Your doctor might prescribe a blood pressure drug like generic propranolol to calm you. Can't sleep? You might leave the doctor's office with a prescription for generic trazodone, an antidepressant often used for insomnia.
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Moody's to pay $864M for inflating risky ratings
NEW YORK (AP) — Moody’s Corp. has agreed to pay nearly $864 million to settle federal and state claims it gave inflated ratings to risky mortgage investments in the years leading up to the financial crisis.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Shopping tips to consider when choosing a new mattress
Is it time for a new mattress? Do you wake up tired or achy, or does your mattress look saggy or lumpy? Or maybe you sleep better at hotels?
Saturday, January 7, 2017

Shoreview researcher makes gadgets for older adults
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Here are a few gadgets we might see in the near future: A where-did-I-put-my-teeth smartphone app to locate dentures equipped with special antennas. A hands-free car wash for your teeth. A robotic toenail trimmer.
Saturday, January 7, 2017

Tangled in fraud probe, 100s face loss of disability checks
MINNIE, Ky. (AP) — Donna Dye saw the coal truck come barreling over the horizon. Her head started spinning with that familiar, desperate urge to end it all.
Saturday, January 7, 2017

CNB Bank & Trust employees give back
TAYLORVILLE — CNB Bank & Trust is helping make the Holidays and New Year a little brighter for many charitable organizations in our communities. In celebration of the bank’s success for 2016, CNB is empowering its employees to assist with the year-end giving campaign. Employees are playing an active role in selecting charities of their choice.
Friday, December 30, 2016

Liz Weston: 6 money resolutions you can actually keep
Let’s face the grim truth: Those 10 pounds you want to lose will likely be among your New Year’s resolutions next year, too.
Friday, December 30, 2016

Compact washers and dryers solve tight-fit needs, but there are performance trade-offs. Consumer Reports suggests looking through the following considerations.
Friday, December 30, 2016

Midwest buying spree lifted new home sales in Nov.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A buying spree in the Midwest spurred new U.S. home sales last month to the fastest pace since July.
Friday, December 23, 2016

Zimmermans donate to TMH Foundation appeal
 TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation graciously accepted a donation from their longtime friends Don and Martha Zimmerman of rural Christian County. The gift was given as a part of the hospital foundation’s year end appeal.
Friday, December 23, 2016

Drones Are Changing Our World In Ways We Haven't Even Imagined Yet
Depending on what you've read, drones are devastatingly effective weapons of war, the next big threat to personal privacy, a revolutionary leap in video technology or hazardous toys capable of chopping your fingers off.
Friday, December 23, 2016

Pana Community Hospital earns ACR accreditation
PANA — Pana Community Hospital Diagnostic Imaging has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose X-ray system to examine breasts.
Friday, December 23, 2016

Memorial Health System earns nat'l recognition
SPRINGFIELD — Memorial Health System was among the top 10 healthcare organizations in the nation to be recognized for its commitment to leadership development.
Friday, December 23, 2016

CC Farm Bureau recognized at annual meeting
CHICAGO, Ill. — The Christian County Farm Bureau was recognized for its achievements during the 102nd annual meeting of the Illinois Farm Bureau held in Chicago December 3-7, 2016.
Friday, December 23, 2016

Act now to manage the tax bill that will be due next year
Saturday, December 17, 2016

You might have heard them called superfoods, power foods or miracle cures. But the research is still out on exactly how beneficial apple cider vinegar, bone broth, coconut oil and turmeric are -- and some might have a downside.
Saturday, December 17, 2016

Trump bump: Books that got boost from election
NEW YORK (AP) — Books by such familiar names as J.K. Rowling, Jeff Kinney and Bill O’Reilly were among the top sellers of 2016. But the most unexpected presidential election in memory also led to some unexpected successes.
Saturday, December 17, 2016

ICAHN names Trina Casner as new President
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Trina Casner, President and CEO, Pana Community Hospital, was named President of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network at its 2016 Annual Conference, held recently in Springfield. Ms. Casner will support the organization and its mission to strengthen and provide assistance and resources to its 55 member hospitals.
Saturday, December 10, 2016

Katie Paulek joins Christian County Extension staff
TAYLORVILLE — Amanda Cole, Unit 18 County Extension Director, is pleased to announce that Katie Paulek has joined the University of Illinois Christian County Extension staff.
Saturday, December 10, 2016

15 Tips For Preventing Infections In The Hospital During Your Next Procedure
Many hospitals have cut the risk of central-line infections among patients, but too many have not.
Saturday, December 10, 2016

The silver lining in a very bad day? Tax breaks!
Tax rules are not on the list of things most people turn to for comfort after a bad day. But they can take the sting out in a few cases. Here are five ways that tax experts say you could turn some of life’s misfortunes into a smaller tax bill.
Saturday, December 10, 2016

Former employee opens new quick lube shop
TAYLORVILLE — Tom Mozie has come full circle.

In 1995, he was involved in an accident at the then Lightning Lube facility at 501 N. Webster where a customer had inadvertently accelerated into him, pushed him through the overhead door, and carried him into the parking lot on the hood.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Owing taxes is a sign of success
DEAR BRUCE: I am getting close to the age when I will make a possible move to a California rest home. I am concerned as to the tax consequences of selling stocks and bonds regularly to pay this expense. -- B.H.
Saturday, December 3, 2016

Lufthansa pilots strike for 4th day, 137 flights canceled
BERLIN (AP) — Pilots at Lufthansa are staging a fourth consecutive day of strikes against the German airline, with chances of an immediate resolution to the pay dispute looking slim after their union rejected a new offer from the company.
Saturday, November 26, 2016

North Dakota officials: Protesters should leave federal land
CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota officials are encouraging hundreds of Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters to respect a directive to leave a sprawling, months-old encampment on federal land.
Saturday, November 26, 2016

City eyes key permit for oil terminal on Washington coast
SEATTLE (AP) — As the small city of Hoquiam considers a key permit for a proposed terminal that would move millions of barrels of crude oil through Grays Harbor, opponents are raising concerns about the potential for oil spills and impacts on tribal fishing rights.
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Oil pipeline: Trump's stock in company raises concern
WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump holds stock in the company building the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline, and pipeline opponents warn that Trump’s investments could affect any decision he makes on the $3.8 billion project as president.
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Last-minute gifts from the supermarket can be quite useful
You don't have to shop way in advance or at a fancy store to get a great holiday gift. You can, if you're a little creative, just head to your local supermarket. Even a small, local market is likely to have a few items that you can display in a basket or box and perhaps wrap in colorful paper.
Saturday, November 26, 2016

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