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home : ag & business : business December 17, 2017

Illinois Sustainable Technology Center seeks businesses for wood heating study

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) at the University of Illinois invites businesses throughout the state to apply for a free engineering study to learn about the potential cost savings of using low-value wood residues as heat.


Saturday, December 16, 2017


Peoples Bank & Trust donates to Sertoma Club
Saturday, December 16, 2017

Getting engaged? Tell an insurance agent about the ring

(NerdWallet via AP) — If you recently got engaged, the first person you might want to tell about your beautiful ring is an insurance agent.


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Safe deposit box keys are a mystery to executor

DEAR BRUCE: My sister lived many years in western Pennsylvania and then moved to Fort Myers, Florida, for about 1 1/2 years before she passed. As the executor going through her things, I found two safety box keys with no reference to which bank. I phoned a number of banks in the Fort Myers area and also in a radius of where she lived in western Pennsylvania to no avail. Do you know where I can turn to find out where she may have had her safety box? -- Arthur


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Move-In Ready And Affordably Priced

TAYLORVILLE — Contact Meagan Phillips to view this lovely maintained ranch home. As soon as you walk in, you’ll see that this home has been cared for.


Friday, December 15, 2017

S&P 500 returns to record following strong US jobs report
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose Friday following a better-than-expected U.S. jobs report, and the strong finish pushed the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to its third straight weekly gain despite some weakness earlier in the week.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

How to know when you paying too much for financial advice?
(NerdWallet via AP) — Investment management can cost as little as 0.25 percent of a portfolio’s value each year. Yet many people still pay 1 percent, or even more, for financial advice.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Wellness Care welcomes new employee

TAYLORVILLE — Wellness Care Center would like to welcome their newest employee, Dr. Chris Dreas. He is originally from Nashville, Illinois, a small farming community in the southern part of the state. He currently lives in Effingham with his wife, three children and Skippy, their four-legged child. 



Saturday, December 2, 2017

TMH receives National Recognition for Performance Leadership in Quality

TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital has been recognized for overall excellence in quality, placing its performance in the top 25 percent of the nation's rural hospitals.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Couple gets a late start on saving money
DEAR BRUCE: My husband is 68 and I am 59 years old. We are both retired. My husband collects veteran's disability and Social Security income. This is our only income. 
Saturday, December 2, 2017

When good money advice is bad for you

Discussing economic class is tricky in America, but the working and middle classes face vastly different financial challenges than upper-income families, and the gaps are growing wider. Good money advice for high earners could be lousy for low earners, and vice versa. 


Saturday, December 2, 2017

FNB of Pana pledges $50,000 to PCH building project
Saturday, December 2, 2017

Deteriorating childhood home of acclaimed Belleville architect being restored

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — An acclaimed architect who designed distinctive buildings across Belleville grew up in a massive downtown home that fell into disrepair in recent years.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Well maintained and in excellent condition
Saturday, December 2, 2017

Who wouldn't love this home for the holidays!!!! 
Saturday, December 2, 2017

Custom designed home
Saturday, December 2, 2017

Good corner location in town!
Saturday, December 2, 2017

Hunters and Nature Lover's Delight
Friday, December 1, 2017

Business Highlights
Saturday, November 25, 2017

Remodel to bring new look and feel to Taylorville Wendy's
TAYLORVILLE — Motorists driving by Wendy’s restaurant in Taylorville may have noticed a tremendous amount of work being performed at the popular eatery.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

Dimond Bros. Insurance celebrates 150th Anniversary
PARIS, Ill. — Dimond Bros. Insurance, LLC announced the celebration of their 150th Anniversary in 2017.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

When good money advice is bad for you
Discussing economic class is tricky in America, but the working and middle classes face vastly different financial challenges than upper-income families, and the gaps are growing wider. Good money advice for high earners could be lousy for low earners, and vice versa.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

PCH Foundation pledges $1.5M to building project

 PANA — It is the biggest building project Pana Community Hospital has undertaken since the 1970’s and construction has begun. It is a very exciting time for the hospital and now that the project has started, a steering committee has been chosen to conduct a Capital Campaign to raise funds to help offset costs of the project. 


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Will Your Store Credit Card Survive A Retail Apocalypse? Good To Know

(NerdWallet via AP) — Stroll your local mall and you may spot some empty storefronts where mannequins once stood draped in the latest fashions — possible casualties of what some have dubbed the “retail apocalypse.”


Saturday, November 18, 2017

The winners and losers under Senate tax proposal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The ultra-wealthy, especially those with dynastic businesses — like President Donald Trump and his family — do very well under a major Republican tax bill moving in the Senate, as they do under legislation passed this week by the House.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Widower irked by repeated requests for death certificate

DEAR BRUCE: My wife recently passed away at our local hospital. She was on life support for three days. After she passed, I started receiving hospital bills from the same hospital. I know I am not liable for her bills since they are in her name alone, but I just think it's ridiculous that I still need to send a copy of the death certificate when they already know she passed away. Any thoughts? -- Patrick


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Bank Makes Commitment To Hospital Expansion
Saturday, November 18, 2017

Tech company pledges bitcoin donation to build youth home
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A tech company in Eugene has pledged to donate $2 million to construct a facility for homeless teenagers in western Oregon, but the gift will be made in bitcoin. 
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Springfield Clinic launches new Diabetes Wellness Center
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Springfield Clinic will celebrate World Diabetes Day on Nov. 14 with the launch of its new Diabetes Wellness Center at Springfield Clinic Carpenter, 350 West Carpenter, Springfield, Ill.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

US stocks slip as health care device companies stumble
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are slightly lower Friday as investors worry that Amazon might shake up the health care industry and hurt companies that sell medical devices and equipment. Energy companies are also falling while media companies, retailers and household goods companies are rising. Stocks have risen for eight weeks in a row, their longest run in almost four years, but that streak is on track to end.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

4th Annual TCCU Scholarship in full swing
TAYLORVILLE — TAYLORVILLE, IL – From now through February 28th, 2018, local shoppers can help determine the winners of six (6) $1000 awards to be presented by Taylorville Community Credit Union. And according to TCCU President, Will Perkins, they’ll have more businesses to shop-and-vote than ever before. “In just its fourth year, our annual scholarship program has 63 local businesses participating,” Perkins points out. “That’s a record number – one which we expect to see continue to grow.”
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Wreck your rental car? Your credit card really could help you out
(NerdWallet via AP) — It’s the hard sell at the car rental counter that everyone knows is coming but few know how to handle: rental car coverage. You might recall that your credit card provides some type of free protection for rental cars. That’s probably true, and it can be valuable. But you have to know what coverage you have and when it applies to your rental.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

CNB helping to stock the shelves with food drive

TAYLORVILLE — Employees at all 13 CNB Bank & Trust locations are proud to host the bank’s annual food drive from November 1st through November 17th. The food drive will help to fill local food pantry shelves and put a meal on someone’s plate during this holiday season.

 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Illinois Electric Co-op scholarships are available
TAYLORVILLE — Illinois electric cooperatives will award 10 academic scholarships to high school seniors through a memorial scholarship fund designed to financially assist deserving students in the electric cooperative family. The 10 scholarships of $2,000 each will be awarded through the Thomas H. Moore Illinois Electric Cooperatives (IEC) Memorial Scholarship Program.
Saturday, November 4, 2017

TCCU branches celebrate Credit Union Day
TAYLORVILLE — All three branch locations of Taylorville Community Credit Union recently celebrated International Credit Union Day with their members by hosting open house events. On Thursday, October 19th, each office held its own event to mark the day and thank their members for their membership and loyalty.
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Thorough research is the key to wise stock selection
DEAR BRUCE: Recently, you wrote that deciding whether to pay off a 3.25 percent mortgage was a no-brainer considering the ability to earn 8 percent on the money. Where can I get a guaranteed 8 percent? Treasury rates obviously do not pay 8 percent, and the stock market has quite a range. 
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Vanquish a phantom debt for good
The phone rings. You don’t recognize the number, but you answer anyway. It’s a debt collector demanding immediate payment on a debt that doesn’t belong to you, or one you’ve already paid. Suddenly you’re facing a phantom — a phantom debt, that is.
Friday, November 3, 2017

Owners, they say, sometimes hate the small businesses they used to love
NEW YORK (AP) — No matter how much small business owners love their companies, they also have moments — maybe even weeks or months — when they hate what they’re doing and feel ready to give up.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Physician's Choice Wellness attends conference
CHICAGO — This month Physician’s Choice Wellness (PCW) attended the National Weight Management Conference in Chicago, Illinois. PCW featured three conference speakers: Becky Anderson - Owner, Chris Gadberry - Director of Program Development and Patty Clarey-Henry - Program Director of both Effingham and Vandalia locations.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Should You Add A Loan To Your Shopping Cart Next Time You're Online?
(NerdWallet via AP) — “Will that be cash, credit card or personal loan?”

The next time you shop online, you may be offered a new way to pay — a personal loan with fixed monthly payments. Instead of using cash or plastic at checkout, you would provide some personal information and get a loan in minutes.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

TMH staff learn aggression management techniques
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital recently held education sessions for employees to learn Techniques for Effective Aggression Management (TEAM). This course provided employees with the knowledge and skills to keep patients and staff safe.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Be Your Own Bank Guard If You Think Your Account Might Be At Risk
(NerdWallet via AP) —Maybe you saw a suspicious charge on your bank statement.  Or your debit card is missing from your wallet. If you believe your account is at risk, you need to act fast.  Your money could be in jeopardy.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

For women who own businesses, finding a bank willing to loan is difficult
NEW YORK (AP) — Getting a bank loan is still a struggle for many women who own businesses.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Strong buyer demand, lower inventory push Illinois home prices higher in Sept.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Homes sold quickly and at higher median prices in September, even as statewide home sales dipped slightly amid lower than normal housing inventory levels, according to Illinois Realtors.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Large Ranch Home With Lower Level
TAYLORVIILLE — Don't be mislead by the size of the exterior...step inside this beautiful, quality-built executive home and be wowed by its open-concept spaciousness. The home is 4,800 sq. ft. and boasts five bedrooms, all having walk-in closets, and 3.5 bathrooms.
Friday, October 20, 2017

Timi's Tours joins the Tourism Cares community
MOWEAQUA, Ill. — Timi's Tours is pleased to announce their membership with Tourism Cares, the charitable community of the travel and tourism industry.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Why NFL players go broke, and what you can learn from them
(NerdWallet via AP) — Terrell Owens originally was famous for his many National Football League records and over-the-top touchdown celebrations. But he’s also famous for running through most of the $80 million he made during his 15-year career, thanks in part to bad investments and business deals.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Numbers don't agree on when mortgage will be paid off
DEAR BRUCE: I have had a small home mortgage with a bank for 12 years, and I've been making double payments every month to pay it off early (no prepayment penalty). 
Saturday, October 7, 2017

Physicians Choice Wellness offers medically-monitored weight management

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — Physician’s Choice Wellness: It’s a new outlet in Taylorville for people looking to live a healthier lifestyle. 


Saturday, October 7, 2017

The Massive Equifax Database Breach Just Changed The Rest Of Your Life
Adding freezes to your credit reports is an appropriate response to the massive Equifax database breach that exposed the private information of 143 million Americans.
Saturday, October 7, 2017

Consolidated supports local, area honor guards
 MATTOON, Ill. — Consolidated Communications will host an Operation Honor Guard Day of Giving collection point on Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the company’s corporate office, 121 S. 17th St., Mattoon, Ill. 
Saturday, October 7, 2017

Dansig welcomes Tim Drew to Taylorville office
TAYLORVILLE — Dansig insurance in Taylorville, located at 504 W. Spresser Street, is welcoming new agent Tim Drew.
Saturday, October 7, 2017

Equifax just changed the rest of your life
Adding freezes to your credit reports is an appropriate response to the massive Equifax database breach that exposed the private information of 143 million Americans.
Saturday, October 7, 2017

Be your own bank guard if your account is at risk
Maybe you saw a suspicious charge on your bank statement.  Or your debit card is missing from your wallet. If you believe your account is at risk, you need to act fast.  Your money could be in jeopardy.  
Saturday, October 7, 2017

Consolidated Communications to host Operation Honor Guard Day of Giving Donation site Veterans to gather donations in Consolidated's parking lot Oct. 11
MATTOON, Ill. — Consolidated Communications will host an Operation Honor Guard Day of Giving collection point on Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the company’s corporate office, 121 S. 17th St., Mattoon, Ill. 
Saturday, October 7, 2017

Curtin Land and Cattle ranked 8th in Angus registrations for Illinois in 2017
BLUE MOUND, Ill. — Curtin Land & Cattle, Blue Mound, ranked as eighth largest in registering the most Angus beef cattle in Illinois with the American Angus Association during fiscal year 2017, which ended Sept. 30, according to Allen Moczygemba, Association chief executive officer.
Saturday, October 7, 2017

Jubelt's Bakery and Restaurant celebrates 95th Anniversary
LITCHFIELD, Ill. — Jubelt’s Bakery & Restaurant in Litchfield is celebrating 95 anniversary years in business this year. We will be celebrating and thanking our loyal customers Friday, October 20-Sunday, October 22. Jubelt’s will be giving away 95 prizes over 3 days, offering $.95 price specials on bakery and restaurant, and have many other Halloween and fall specials available.
Saturday, October 7, 2017

Comfortable Country Charmer On Five Acres
TAYLORVILLE — This well maintained country home is conven iently located just off Route 29, approximately 30 minutes from Springfield and 5 minutes from Taylorville. Country living has never been more accessible.
Friday, October 6, 2017

120 N. Walnut Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — This property is zoned C1, but is currently occupied by the owner and his family as a single dwelling. It has been completely renovated from the top to the bottom and from the inside to the outside. 
Saturday, September 23, 2017

How can you budget when your rent is so high?
(NerdWallet via AP) — Q: A huge portion of my income goes toward rent, and I already have a roommate and am not able to move right now. How can I manage other financial priorities, like paying off debt, with such high housing costs?
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Trends in today's homes: Smaller and smarter
TAYLORVILLE —  In the United States, 1,226,000 new homes were built in 2016, according to data from Consumer Reports. That was the most since 2007. 
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Higher Illinois home prices, amid tight inventory
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The summer’s competitive housing market extended through August with lower seasonal inventory driving home prices higher, but tempering total home sales, according to Illinois Realtors.
Saturday, September 23, 2017

#2 Wildwood Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — Come on out to Bertinetti Lake Area on Sunday from 1-2:30 p.m. and take a look at this beauty! Remodeled by professionals, this home is move in ready. Great curb appeal as you drive up with the brick and stone front, new patio and fresh landscaping!
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Safety Tips
1. Install smoke alarms. You should have one in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement. For the best protection, make sure all smoke alarms are interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound. 
Saturday, September 23, 2017

112 S. Pine Stonington
STONINGTON — You’ll fall in love with this classic brick home that is loaded with lots of charm and character.
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Learn to spot potential indicators of roof trouble
TAYLORVILLE — With regard to home repairs, homeowners may be able to delay some projects until the weather permits or they find room in their budgets. But other areas, including the roof, may demand immediate action.
Saturday, September 23, 2017

822 W. Adams Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — Quality remodeled home. This home in 2014 was stripped down to the studs and rebuilt back with updated wiring, plumbing, drywall, siding, windows, fixtures, kitchen and both bathrooms.
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Need a new appliance? Learn, compare - then ask for a deal
Unless you’re an expert in spin cycles, buying an appliance could leave you dizzy.
Saturday, September 23, 2017

TMH redesignated as an acute stroke-ready hospital
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital has been redesignated as an Acute Stroke-Ready Hospital effective August 28, 2017. This designation maintains TMH has the processes and technology in place to promptly diagnose and treat stroke patients with lifesaving measures prior to transfer. 
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Cody Younker guest speaker at recent AREMA convention
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Attornies' advice outweights friends' opinions
DEAR BRUCE: My wife and I (both in our 70s) have a revocable trust as well as living trusts, all established in 2000 with an attorney. Our friends say we should have an irrevocable trust so no one (nursing homes, lawsuits, etc.) can get into our estate. Our attorneys (in New York and Florida) say don't worry. They will transfer necessary funds when needed. What do you think? -- T.G. 
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Squeamish about buying used items?
Bedbugs. Weird smells. The possibility of imminent breakdowns. People have all sorts of excuses for not buying used stuff. 
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Davis announces Litchfield awarded EDA Grant
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced that the City of Litchfield has been awarded a $2.1 million infrastructure investment grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA).
Saturday, September 23, 2017

#2 Ladue Court Taylorville

TAYLORVILLE — Completely redone on the interior and exterior over the last few years, this home boasts over 2400 sq.ft., all on one level. There are four bedrooms and three full bathrooms. 

 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Tree failure: Getting to the root of the problem is first step in resolution
WASHINGTON — One of the major causes of tree failure is root damage. When a tree's root system has been extensively damaged, the whole tree can fall to the ground – or onto your house.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Local FFA members attend leadership conference at University of Illinois

URBANA, Ill. — Members of the Taylorville FFA Chapter, attended a youth leadership conference at the University of Illinois on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. The leadership conference focused on first-year FFA members from 47 chapters around the state.

 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Taylorville native finds unexpected success in agriculture education career

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

 

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — In 2011, Taylorville native and 1989 Taylorville High School graduate Kari (Hall) Keating found herself in unfamiliar territory. She was at the front of a University of Illinois classroom, a Teaching Assistant Professor addressing a classroom of mostly ag education students in the famed College of ACES.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Senators join in to promote US agriculture abroad
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's two senators are part of a push to increase funding for American agriculture promotion programs.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

USDA issues advice on becoming certified organic
WASHINGTON  — Certifiers are responsible for making sure that USDA organic products meet all organic standards. There are five basic steps to organic certification:
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Brothers in Indiana farm hops for beer brewers

HAYSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — It's like gardening — only on steroids.

That's how Ellen Vonderheide describes the daily work put in by volunteers at the White River Hops farm in Haysville, a business that was started in 2015 by brothers Dean and Kurt Vonderheide with the intention of providing homebrewers and small microbreweries around the area with a variety of different hops not prevalent in Indiana.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Taiwan signs $576-million wheat deal with US
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Taiwan has once again agreed to purchase a large share of U.S. wheat over the next two years, with most of it coming from Idaho, North Dakota and Montana.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Animal study links anti-social behavior, infections
URBANA, Ill. — When a pregnant woman gets a bad case of the flu, her immune system may react in a way that affects her baby’s developing brain, which could lead to behavioral disorders like autism in the child or schizophrenia in the young adult. The link is well established in humans, which is one reason it’s standard practice to get a flu shot during pregnancy. But until now, the majority of studies testing the underlying causes have been done with rodents, including two that were released just last week. 
Thursday, September 21, 2017

NFU reinforces need for trade agenda reforms
 WASHINGTON — Ahead of a third round of renegotiation talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), National Farmers Union (NFU) reinforced it’s call for a fair trade agreement framework that benefits American family farmers, ranchers and consumers, and restores American sovereignty on farm and food policy.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Perdue issues statement on Censky and McKinney
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on Tuesday gave high marks to Steve Censky and Ted McKinney for their joint appearance before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Extension, 4H to hold Farm Safety Day Sept. 27
TAYLORVILLE — Approximately 300 area elementary students from Taylorville, Moweaqua, Morrisonville, and Kincaid will converge on the Christian County fairgrounds next week, September 27, for the University of Illinois Extension and 4H annual Farm Safety Day.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Ohio grower set to harvest crop of freshwater prawns
LANCASTER, Ohio (AP) — On a 40-acre patch of Fairfield County, Ohio, surrounded by rolling fields of soybeans and corn, Don Maloney is about to harvest a crop that's unusual in these parts.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Live chat next week: Figuring out the Farm Bill
URBANA, Ill. — What: Figuring out the Farm Bill, a one-hour live #askACES Twitter chat with experts from the University of Illinois Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wait-and-see strategy can pay off some times
 URBANA, Ill. — Some people are quick to purchase the latest technology or sign up for a new service. Others adopt a wait-and-see strategy. A recent study by University of Illinois economist Hope Michelson, finds this is true for farmers in Nicaragua who enter into contracts with Walmart. 
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

AB InBev partners with agriculture technology firm
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) and Agrible, Inc. Wednesday announce a global partnership to improve barley production while minimizing environmental impact. The two companies are joining forces to help farmers around the world access better data and predictive analytics on crop management and climate effects. AB InBev is the largest brewer and user of malt barley in the world.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017











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