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Jimmy John's to open in Taylorville early in the fall
TAYLORVILLE — Patrick Wampler welcomes everyone to the soon-to-be Jimmy John’s location in Taylorville as he sits in what will be the drive-through window of the building. The gourmet sandwich shop is set to open in mid August or early September and will be located on the southwest corner of the building currently occupied by Family Video. Family Video will continue to occupy the east portion of the building.Owen Lasswell/Breeze-Courier
TAYLORVILLE — Patrick Wampler welcomes everyone to the soon-to-be Jimmy John’s location in Taylorville as he sits in what will be the drive-through window of the building. The gourmet sandwich shop is set to open in mid August or early September and will be located on the southwest corner of the building currently occupied by Family Video. Family Video will continue to occupy the east portion of the building.
Owen Lasswell/Breeze-Courier
TAYLORVILLE — “The response so far has been awesome, and that’s what excites me about bringing this franchise to Taylorville,” said Jimmy John’s franchise co-owner Patrick Wampler about his newest store that is set to open in mid August or early September in Taylorville. “I stopped for gas the other day and walked in with the uniform on and it was like I was a celebrity. It’s kind of fun to be the new guy and the guy that everybody is excited about because we share in that excitement about coming to Taylorville.”
Saturday, June 18, 2016


Anderson Jewelers

Illinois History: Twenties were 'roaring' in Illinois - or were they?
ILLINOIS — The 1920s are remembered for their prosperity, playfulness, and advances in lifestyle. Not all Illinoisans, however, shared in the bounty.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Rural cooperative hosts 79th annual meeting
AUBURN – Members of Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative (RECC) gathered for their 79th annual meeting of members on Thursday, June 9 at Glenwood High School in Chatham. Before the meeting, about 550 members and guests enjoyed a pork chop dinner, vendor displays, bucket truck rides and a variety of activities for kids.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

FNB of Nokomis to acquire Stonington facility
NOKOMIS — First National Bank of Nokomis, headquartered in Nokomis, Illinois and Illini Bank, headquartered in Springfield, Illinois, jointly announce the signing of an agreement on June 16, 2016 that provides for First National Bank of Nokomis to acquire Illini Bank’s banking office located in Stonington, Illinois (“Stonington Office”).
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Key To Home Renovation Without Aggravation - Planning, Planning, Planning
Think 2016 might finally be the year to tackle that big renovation project you've been putting off? Proper planning is the best predictor of satisfaction and will also minimize the number of costly changes you make once the work is underway.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Talks set after nurses set strike at 5 Twin Cities hospitals
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Contract talks are set to resume in the hopes of avoiding a strike by nearly 5,000 nurses at five hospitals in the Minneapolis area.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Taylorville Aaron's acquires Rent-A-Center customers
TAYLORVILLE —Roy Dunning and his wife, Diane, owners of the Taylorville and Litchfield Aaron’s stores, announced on Wednesday that the Taylorville Aaron’s location has acquired Taylorville Rent-A-Center’s customers.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Your Guide To Using Online Home-Services Directories
Online home-services directories can provide hundreds -- or even thousands -- of user ratings for contractors, plumbers and other pros. Consumer Reports looks at four popular sites to guide you in your home improvement research.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Wellness Care Center welcomes new massage therapist
TAYLORVILLE — Wellness Care Center in Taylorville is proud to welcome the newest member of their healthcare family. Narce Ramirez will be joining the team as the new massage therapist.
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Why haggling really pays when it comes to buying a used car
Almost half of all American adults currently drive a car they bought used. And one-third of all used-car buyers considered getting a new car but ended up with a used one. Given the durability and reliability of many cars, buying used is becoming a better bet than it once was.
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Exterior transformation underway at Bob Ridings
TAYLORVILLE — Either coming or going, motorists on Springfield Road  and Illinois Route 29 will soon be greeted by the sights of a gleaming new, more pronounced exterior at Bob Ridings Ford in Taylorville.
Saturday, May 28, 2016

New antique furniture store opens downtown
TAYLORVILLE — After successfully operating The Iron Star antique store in Blue Mound for the last three years, Co-owners Sheryl Clark and Bill Adams were looking to branch out, to expand. The vibrant and active antique scene attracted them to Taylorville, and just last week they opened their second store, Iron Star II, in their downtown location at 110 East Market Street, just off the southeast corner of the square.
Saturday, May 28, 2016

TCCU announces scholarship winners
TAYLORVILLE, Ill. — Six graduating seniors – two each from Taylorville, Hillsboro and Litchfield High Schools – were awarded $500 checks toward their continuing education in Taylorville Community Credit Union’s second annual Stop. Shop. VOTE! Scholarship promotion. This year’s winners are: Taylorville H.S.: Hope Johnson and Kyle Kuntzman; Hillsboro H.S.: Fallon Sellers and Seth Watson and Litchfield H.S.: Lauren Plummer and Lexi Vega.
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Smart Money
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Illinois History: State mobilized for WWI effort
ILLINOIS — The First World War created one of the largest mobilizations for a military effort in Illinois in state history. An efficient, highly organized effort lifted the state into national leadership on a variety of fronts in the “Great War.”
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Alexander Lumber turns 125 years old this year
TAYLORVILLE — In November of 1891, John Alexander opened a lumber yard in Aurora, Illinois with $5,000. In the years that followed, Alexander Lumber grew into a network of 120 small “line yards” at it’s peak during the Great Depression.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

125 Million People In Pain: Here Are Some Soothing Strategies For Your Back
From backs to shoulders, knees to necks, 125 million people are in pain. They spend some $300 billion on pills, pot, procedures and natural "cures" to find relief, according to Consumer Reports.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Tom Emery wins ninth career award from ISHS
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Historical researcher Tom Emery, a columnist for the Breeze-Courier, recently won the Certificate of Excellence from the Illinois State Historical Society for his ongoing newspaper articles on Illinois history.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Doc's Maytag celebrating 15 years in Taylorville
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Sydney Bollinger named Growmark summer intern
 BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Sydney Bollinger, an agribusiness economics major at Southern Illinois University, is a participant in this year's GROWMARK summer internship program. She is the daughter of Tom and Kelly Bollinger of Stonington, Illinois.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

CNB Bank and Trust announces Curvey retirement
CARLINVILLE, Ill. — CNB Bank and Trust, N.A. announce the retirement of board member Bernard “Bernie” Curvey of Taylorville after serving for 23 years collectively for CNB Bank and Trust and Palmer Bank, a former subsidiary.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Grain markets push higher on soybean strength
TAYLORVILLE — The release of the USDA report last week fueled buying interest in the bean market in particular, which has resulted in spillover support for all grains including corn. For the week, July corn is up seven cents and July beans are up 15.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Assumption farm store to debut new specialty beef bred and raised locally
ASSUMPTION — They aren’t exceptionally common, but everyone has seen them. The black and white striped cows that look like Oreos. Though they are affectionately referred to as Oreo cows, they are actually called Belted Galloways and they are known for more than just their peculiar coloring; they are actually known for their meat quality.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Cleanup On Springfield Rd.
TAYLORVILLE — Motorists may have noticed ongoing demolition efforts on the lot immediately north of CVS on Springfield Rd. According to property owner Marty Davis, his intention was simply to clean up the lot and demolish the two old structures that have occupied it for years.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Dustin's Grill opens off the square
TAYLORVILLE — Craving all-day breakfast, need a quick bite for lunch somewhere close to downtown. Dustin’s Grill at 208 E. Main Cross is the newest downtown Taylorville restaurant that caters exactly to that crowd.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

With new regs in place reverse mortgages might make sense for some
Horror stories about reverse mortgages have long led some consumer advocates and financial planners to consider reverse mortgages too risky, a loan of last resort. In addition to problems when a surviving spouse isn't on the loan, these compounding interest loans can be expensive.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Buffett arrives for Berkshire Hathaway meeting
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Latest on Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholders meeting. Tens of thousands of people will fill an arena to listen to CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger talk business for more than five hours (all times local):
Saturday, April 30, 2016

First Mid-Illinois Bancshares, Inc. to acquire First Clover Leaf Financial Corp.
MATTOON, Ill. — First Mid-Illinois Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: FMBH) (“First Mid”) announced today the execution of a definitive agreement under which First Mid will acquire all of the outstanding shares of First Clover Leaf Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: FCLF) (“First Clover Leaf”) in a cash and stock transaction valued at $12.87 per share, or a total of approximately $90 million.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Gibraltar pushes for airport to be under EU aviation laws
GIBRALTAR (AP) — Gibraltar’s authorities have joined air-travel industry leaders in calling for the small British territory on Spain’s southwestern tip to be included in the European Union’s laws governing European aviation.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

CNB shareholders hold annual meeting
CARLINVILLE — The shareholders of CNB Bank Shares, Inc. held their annual meeting on Thursday, April 21, in CNB’s corporate headquarters in Carlinville.  In addition to receiving a report on the past year’s performance, shareholders re-elected the incumbent board of directors for the ensuing year.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Business Briefs printed May 1, 2016
Saturday, April 30, 2016

The truth about portion control
Can shrinking our waistlines be as simple as bringing serving sizes down a notch? That can help, according to Consumer Reports.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Mark Podeschi Recognized for top CPA exam performance
TAYLORVILLE — American Institute of CPAs announced Mark Podeschi, graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, as a winner of the 2015 Elijah Watt Sells Award. The award is given to CPA candidates who have obtained a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination, passed all four sections of the Examination on their first attempt and completed testing in 2015.
Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Great Game of Business Nominates Jenner Ag for third consecutive All-Star Award
HARRISTOWN, Ill. — Jenner Ag is pleased to announce its nomination for The Great Game of Business All-Star Award for the third consecutive year.
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Thousands of ballots cast in TCCU's 2nd annual scholarship promotion
TAYLORVILLE — Tri-County residents came out in huge numbers to “Stop. Shop. Vote!” in TCCU’s second annual scholarship promotion.
Saturday, April 16, 2016

What makes a great doctor? How does your doc measure up?
Many of us yearn for a wise, empathetic doctor who knows us, and our loved ones, inside and out.

Even better, though, is a primary care physician who belongs to a good medical practice, notes Consumer Reports.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Landmark Automotive acquires GMC franchise
TAYLORVILLE — On April 12th, 2016, Sean Grant, CEO of Landmark Automotive Group of Springfield, confirmed the completion of the purchase of the GMC franchise from Craig Richardson, President of Gordon GMC Trucks in Taylorville.
Saturday, April 16, 2016

10 cars worth the wait - among them the return of the Lincoln Continental
Even though it's still early in 2016, the 2017 car models are almost ready to roll out of factory doors. So if you're not in a hurry to buy a new vehicle, Consumer Reports suggests that you consider waiting to test drive one of the newest of the new.
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Business Briefs
SPRINGFIELD — Stephanie Verardi of Town and Country Mortgage was recently presented with the Capital Area Realtors’ Affiliate of the Year Award for her nearly 25 years of service and her volunteer efforts within the association, which include work with the Coalition for People with Disabilities, the TSP Hopes, and the St. Mary Catholic School in Taylorville.
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Smart Money by Bruce Williams
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Lake House Retreat offers artistic spin on BnBs
PANA — Pana’s newest lakefront getaway or leisure weekend spot, The Lake House Retreat, is offering a new twist on the classic bed and breakfast routine.
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Community Medical Clinic welcomes family nurse practitioner
PANA, Ill. — The Community Medical Clinic is pleased to announce the addition of Marc Scholes as Family Nurse Practitioner. Marc has joined physicians Dr. Walter (Terry) Cunnington, Dr. Catherine Teodoro, and Dr. Marlon Muneses as well as Deb Anklam, NP and Blair Angel, NP.  
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Peoples First Bancshares Inc. Reports Increases in Customers
People First Bancshares Inc. held its annual meeting of shareholders on March 30, 2016, at Peoples Bank & Trust in Pana. During the meeting, David R. Fines, James D. Randolph and David T. Dorn, Jr. were reelected to three-year terms as directors of the Bank and Holding Company.
Saturday, April 2, 2016

County Seat Reveals New Gaming Room
TAYLORVILLE — Mollie and JIm Lindsey, Manager and Owner of The County Seat respectively, stand in their newly erected dedicated gaming room.
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Taylorville's Collin Lynch earns Certified Crop Adviser title
TAYLORVILLE — Collin P. Lynch of Taylorville was recently certified by the American Society of Agronomy as a Certified Crop Adviser (CCA). To attain this prestigious certification, Collin passed both an International CCA exam and the Illinois CCA exam.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016














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