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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


Anderson Jewelers

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

Bill aimed at keeping Exelon plant passes committee
MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Legislation aimed at keeping Exelon’s nuclear generating plant near Cordova has passed an Illinois House committee but still is subject to tweaking by groups that want to remake the state’s energy policy.
Saturday, November 19, 2016

Easy retirement these days only for a privileged few
NEW YORK (AP) — The American dream of a blissful retirement, free of financial worries, is dying.
Saturday, November 19, 2016

No-haggle car pricing: What buyers should know
You’re walking around the car lot, zeroing in on a model you like, when you notice a “No-Haggle” sign next to the price tag. Initially, you feel a wave of relief because you hate to negotiate. But then you remember the old saw: “Never pay retail.”
Saturday, November 19, 2016

Pana group welcomes family nurse practitioner
 PANA — Pana Medical Group is pleased to announce the addition of Tabitha Litz as Family Nurse Practitioner. Tabitha has joined physicians Dr. Virgil Dycoco, Dr. Gloria Dycoco, Dr. Deo Quizon, Dr. Dennis Yap, and Dr. Marlon Muneses.
Saturday, November 19, 2016

Return address required as post office counters
DEAR BRUCE: A U.S. Post Office clerk recently told me postal employees can no longer take addressed letters without a return address. People can deposit addressed letters without a return address into standing unattended mailboxes, but postal employees are now forbidden from accepting them at postal counters.
Saturday, November 19, 2016

ORGANIZE YOUR REFRIGERATOR FOR MAXIMUM FRESHNESS
After schlepping to the supermarket and back, you might be tempted to unload your haul as quickly as possible so that you can kick back and relax -- or at least move on to other household chores. But carefully stocking your fridge will help cut down on food waste, not to mention the risk of foodborne illness.
Saturday, November 19, 2016

Taylorville gun range to open early next year
TAYLORVILLE —The old Goodyear building located at 115 North Webster Street in Taylorville will soon be home to Powderkeg Outfitters, the city’s first-ever indoor gun range and sportsman outfitter.
Saturday, November 12, 2016

Local realty agent receives CNE designation
TAYLORVILLE — Mary Reid, owner and Managing Broker of A Plus Real Estate, LLC, has been awarded the Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE) designation from the Real Estate Negotiation Institute (RENI).
Saturday, November 12, 2016

Food Processors and choppers can be kitchen magicians
Food processors are jacks-of-all-trades that can chop, slice, shred and puree many different ingredients -- sometimes in great quantities -- plus tackle heavier jobs like kneading dough. Mini-choppers are good for lighter work and smaller jobs -- especially useful when you need to prep only a handful of basil or chop some nuts.
Saturday, November 12, 2016

Wall Street bets Trump will spend more, regulate less
It was perhaps the most surprising trade in a record-setting week on Wall Street: How quickly investors swapped presidential pre-election jitters for enthusiasm at Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton.
Saturday, November 12, 2016

511 North Ave., Kincaid
KINCAID — This traditional style two story home offers approximately 2400 square foot of living space.
Friday, November 11, 2016

CTI Hosts Gimme Fiber Celebration
Saturday, November 5, 2016

GM producing 200-mile Chevy Bolt
ORION TOWNSHIP, Michigan (AP) — It can go more than 200 miles on battery power and it costs less than the average new vehicle in the U.S. But in an era of $2 per gallon gasoline, the C
Saturday, November 5, 2016

Data breach resulted in false bill
DEAR BRUCE: Due to a U.S. government data breach, a Los Angeles company sent me a $6,000 bill for "services." I refused to pay and informed the company. They sent the $6,000 to collection and it appeared on my Experian credit report. I reported it to the police, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and other state and federal agencies.
Saturday, November 5, 2016

Rebecca's Antiques And Posh Celebrate Grand Opening
Saturday, November 5, 2016

Make suitcase shopping an open-and-shut case
While shopping for a new suitcase, you can quickly find yourself foggy about the things that matter most. Consumer Reports researched the features that go into making a reliable and easy-to-use suitcase.
Saturday, November 5, 2016

CNB annual food drive in full swing
TAYLORVILLE — Employees at all 13 CNB Bank & Trust locations are proud to host the bank’s annual food drive until November 17. 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 5, 2016

Grand Opening
Friday, November 4, 2016

TCCU Scholarship program back for 3rd year
TAYLORVILLE, IL – Now in its third year of offering financial awards to local students who plan to continue their education after high school, the TCCU’s 2016-17 Scholarship Program has expanded. The awards have been increased from $500 to $1000, to be presented to each of six graduates from Taylorville, Litchfield and Hillsboro High Schools.
Friday, November 4, 2016

CNB's Ashworth reelected to serve as director
CARLINVILLE, Ill. — The Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago (FHLBC) has announced that two of its incumbent directors have been declared directors-elect to serve as member directors for additional four-year terms beginning 1/1/17 and ending 12/31/20.
Saturday, October 29, 2016

County treasurer completes leadership academy
TAYLORVILLE — University of Illinois Extension Program Leader and Assistant Dean, Community and Economic Development, Anne Heinze Silvis and United Counties Council of Illinois President David Meyer, County Board Chairman of Washington County, are pleased to announce Betty Asmussen of Christian County has completed the coursework and is now a graduate of the 2016 Leadership Academy program for local government officials.
Saturday, October 29, 2016

Local dentist receives international recognition
TAYLORVILLE — A local dental practitioner, Dr. Amanda Lewis, was inducted as a Fellow of the International College of Dentists at its 87th Annual Convocation in Denver, Colo., on October 21, 2016.
Saturday, October 29, 2016

Spreading The News About Nut Butters - No Longer Just Creamy or Crunchy
Your choices in nut butters are a lot more interesting these days; no longer are "creamy" and "crunchy" peanut butter your only options. In the past six months, 28 percent of consumers said they had purchased spreads made from almonds, cashews or other nuts or seeds, according to Mintel, a market research firm.
Saturday, October 29, 2016

More first-timers than expected now buying homes
WASHINGTON (AP) — First-time buyers may be entering the U.S. home market in greater numbers than industry watchers had assumed.
Saturday, October 22, 2016

What's Cooking: More Features, Choices Than Ever With Kitchen Ranges
Like any workhorse, the kitchen range is something we usually take for granted. Until it breaks down, that is.
Saturday, October 22, 2016

FNB on Spresser hires Drew Peabody as newest loan officer
TAYLORVILLE — First National Bank on Spresser, a facility of First National Bank of Pana announced the recent hiring of Drew F. Peabody as the newest loan officer in the Taylorville Facility.
Saturday, October 15, 2016

FNB of Nokomis Investment Services commits to high standards
NOKOMIS, Ill. — Brad Arndt, Financial Advisor at First National Bank of Nokomis Investment Services serving branches in Nokomis, Moweaqua, and Arthur, has been authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards to use the certification marks CFP CertifiedFinancialPlanner in accordance with CFP Board certification and renewal requirements. Brad started working for FNB Nokomis in 2011.
Saturday, October 15, 2016

After the scandal, Wells Fargo's damage becomes apparent
NEW YORK (AP) — It’s going to get worse for Wells Fargo before it gets better.
Saturday, October 15, 2016

Knowing how to choose the right beans can lead to the perfect cup of coffee
Knowing how to choose the right beans and the proper way to prepare them can make all the difference between a steamy, dreamy cup of coffee and one that's weak, watery or bitter. Here's an overview from Consumer Reports.
Saturday, October 15, 2016

TCCU to mark International Credit Union day
TAYLORVILLE, IL – Taylorville Community Credit Union has much to celebrate this International Credit Union Day, October 20.
Saturday, October 15, 2016

US removes limits on bringing in Cuban rum, cigars
The Obama administration announced Friday that it is eliminating a $100 limit on the value of Cuban rum and cigars that American travelers can bring back from the island.
Saturday, October 15, 2016

Smart Money: Unexpected doctor bill causes financial headache
Saturday, October 15, 2016

LLCC honored for sustainability, workforce efforts
SPRINGFIELD – Lincoln Land Community College has been honored for exemplary efforts to promote sustainability education, practices, programs and training.
Saturday, October 8, 2016

TJHS receives Dollar General Literacy Grant
TAYLORVILLE — The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded The Taylorville Jr. High 5th grade teacher Tammy Reindl a $3,000 grant to support youth literacy. This local grant is part of $4.5 million in youth literacy grants awarded to approximately 1,000 organizations across the 43 states that Dollar General serves.
Saturday, October 8, 2016

A Cure For The Rising Price Of Health Insurance: Avoid Common Mistakes
Whether you get your health insurance through your employer, Medicare or one of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges, there's a good chance you're paying more than you need to. According to a study last year by the National Bureau of Economic Research, 63 percent of the 50,000 employees at a Fortune 100 company selected a health plan that was not the most cost-effective option.
Saturday, October 8, 2016

Keep it simple when dividing household assets
DEAR BRUCE: What would you suggest be the fairest way to split household items after 25 years of marriage, where both worked full time and split is amicable? Attorneys will handle the general divorce proceedings, and custody of one 17-year-old child is not an issue.
Saturday, October 8, 2016

Helpful tips on how to keep your auto insurance premiums in line
Car insurance is one of the costliest purchases that consumers hope to never use. Here are some helpful tips on how to keep your premiums in line without taking on unnecessary risks: Do an annual rate check.
Saturday, October 1, 2016

Sunny Knoll Organics debuts Saturday
TAYLORVILLE — “Everything is either organic or repurposed,” says Nick Poor, owner of Taylorville’s newest “gift shop.”
Saturday, October 1, 2016

Orange is the New Ride brings taxi, delivery
A new taxi and delivery service, called Orange is the New Ride, opened in Taylorville. It is owned by Shawn Stolte (left). Shawn is aided by Eric Stillwell (right), the former owner of A Green Cab.
Saturday, October 1, 2016

Plate Lunches, Homemade Soups, Great Desserts!
Joyce and Don Kelley purchased the G&R Cafe Jan. 20, 1975, from Gary and Judy Saterlee and renamed it Joyce's Country Cafe in 1980. The Kelley's remodeled it in a country motif.
Saturday, October 1, 2016

Apex Physical Therapy to remodel vacant building, open in November
TAYLORVILLE — The empty building that once housed the old bridal shop and salon on the southwest corner of West Spresser and Cheney Street will soon be given new life. Renovations are currently underway to transform the space into Taylorville’s newest physical therapy clinic.
Saturday, October 1, 2016

Great Selection Of Items Hand-Selected With Pride
TAYLORVILLE — Ma and Pa’s Treasurers, located at 216 S. Main Street, opened its doors in June 2010.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Plate Lunches, Homemade Soups, Great Desserts!
TAYLORVILLE — Joyce and Don Kelly purchased the G&R Cafe Jan. 20, 1975, from Gary and Judy Saterlee and renamed it Joyce’s Country Cafe in 1980.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

2,000 Sq. Ft Of Merchandise That Changes Weekly
TAYLORVILLE — RJ’s Treasures became a business in 2014 and relocated to 112 S. Main, on the square in Dec. 2015.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Tornado Apparel and Personalized Gifts
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Monogram is a family owned business since May 1984, started by Delores Hunt.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Persistence pays off for dissatisfied customer
DEAR BRUCE: I bought glasses from a retail optical shop. I had to go back three times to get the glasses fixed due to problems with my prescription lens. I asked the store to pay for my roundtrip transportation, and the manager refused. I sent the cab receipts to the corporate office, and they sent me a check with an apology letter for the poor service.
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Area contractor honored for work with flood victims
EFFINGHAM, Ill. — C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation recently showcased their 51st year of accomplishments that demonstrated that community action helps people and changes lives.
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Illinois home sales, prices make late-summer surge
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois housing market got a healthy bounce in August, with gains in both home sales and median prices, according to Illinois Realtors.
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Have Wonderful Adventures Without Leaving The Comfort Of Your Home
Saturday, September 24, 2016

CNB Bank announces new trust officer
TAYLORVILLE — CNB Bank & Trust, N.A. is pleased to announce the addition of Victor Henson as Trust Officer.
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Donation to THS
TAYLORVILLE — Jensen Patton (left) and Owner Stacey Funderburk of Countryside Vet, along with Angelo’s General Manager J.I. McDowell (right) present a check to THS Athletic Director Paul Held last week.
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Taylorville Urgent Care Now Open!
TAYLORVILLE — Dr. Paul Toofan (with scissors) introduces Taylorville’s first urgent care clinic at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday evening.
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Pana Hospital CEO elected to ITN Board Chair
LITCHFIELD, Ill. — At its inaugural board meeting on August 30, members of the newly elected Illinois Telehealth Network (ITN) board elected the following officers.
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Deep-fried Italian Beef and Cheesecake
TAYLORVILLE — Tony and Barbara Gunther are launching a culinary dream. They are the proud owners of a food truck business called TBG’s Inc.
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Get ready for the next power outage sooner rather than later
Hurricanes and tornadoes get the most play in the media, but any extreme weather -- heavy rain, wind, hail or snow -- that knocks out your power can cause turmoil in your household.
Saturday, September 17, 2016

210 Lakeside Drive, Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — Located on 1.83 acres just off Lincoln Trail with 199’ of water frontage on shared pond, this home has five bedrooms; three on the main floor and two in the walk out basement.
Friday, September 16, 2016

TCCU increases annual scholarships to $1000
TAYLORVILLE — Now in its third year, Taylorville Community Credit Union’s annual “Stop. Shop. Vote!” Scholarship Program has increased its funding to $1000 for each of six awards. According to Will Perkins, TCCU President, the credit union’s Board of Directors approved the increase at their August monthly meeting.
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Senator Manar receives award from cooperatives
AUBURN, Ill. — Illinois State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill, 48th District) received the 2016 Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ Public Service Award on August 31, from representatives of two electric co-ops that serve his district.  The award was made in recognition of Sen. Manar’s dedicated public service to all citizens of the state of Illinois and for outstanding contributions to the rural electrification program.
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Consider These Helpful Tips To Help Find The TV That's Right For You
Is Bigger Better?

Yes, if ... You want to maximize the excitement of every big game and blockbuster movie. Sets with screens as large as 65 inches are now common in both stores and living rooms, and prices for those larger sets, once prohibitively high, have fallen.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Habit of saving is hard to break for frugal retired couple
DEAR BRUCE: I am 69 and my husband is 65, and we are both retired. We have been on a strict budget all our married lives. We have about $500,000 in each of our IRAs, or a little over a million dollars right now. Our current income is about $3,700 monthly from Social Security and a small lifetime pension. Our home and cars are paid for.
Saturday, September 10, 2016











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