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Land of Lincoln Credit Union Names New CEO
DECATUR — The Board of Directors of Land of Lincoln Credit Union are pleased to announce the appointment of Douglas B. Harris as the next CEO following the retirement of former CEO, Mac Dunaway. "We were searching for a person with the right balance of experience, vision, and passion to lead our team as we continue to grow. Doug brings that balance and we are very excited about the future of our Credit Union under his leadership" states Mark Kennedy, Board Chairman.
Saturday, July 25, 2015


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KEEP IT FRESH WITH NEW REFRIGERATOR FEATURES
Grocery shoppers are demanding more fresh foods, and retailers are responding by making more room for produce, meats and other "perimeter foods" along the outer edges in stores, according to Consumer Reports. The freshness trend isn't only having an impact on the layout of American supermarkets; it's also influencing refrigerator design.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Joseph R. Dively elected to Illinois Bankers Association Board of Directors
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Bankers Association (IBA) announced that Joseph R. Dively has been elected to the IBA’s Board of Directors for 2015-2016. He was elected at the IBA’s 124th Annual Conference on June 18 at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette and Peoria Civic Center. Dively is chairman, CEO and president of First Mid-Illinois Bancshares Inc., based in Mattoon, Illinois.  He joined the First Mid team in 2011 as president after serving on the board of directors since 2004. Prior to joining the bank, he was a senior executive with Consolidated Communications, also in Mattoon.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Smart Money: Renting reduces responsibility of home-ownership
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Your Fraud Squad: This years top scams
This comprehensive list of the major scams appearing this year is the work of the Consumer Fraud Reporting Organization. They are an independent organization collecting extensive reports on frauds and scams reported by the public.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Woodhead replaces Hughes at Dansig agency
TAYLORVILLE — At the end of June, Dansig Insurance Services Agent, Marv Hughes, retired from the Taylorville office after 15 years. Though he had built a great rapport with many of his clients, Hughes left them knowing that they would be in good hands.
Saturday, July 18, 2015

Smart Money: Education is the way to start investing
Saturday, July 18, 2015

Pana Community Hospital names Bailey CIO
PANA — Pana Community Hospital announced that Dianne Bailey of Pana has been promoted to chief information officer as of July 1, 2015. Bailey was originally hired by the hospital in the role of administrative secretary in 1998, and has advanced through the positions of medical staff coordinator, information systems coordinator and manager of health information technology, with her determination and the support and training opportunities provided to her by the hospital.  
Saturday, July 18, 2015

Consumer Reports: Can You Afford To Live To 100? Here's How To Safeguard Your Nest Egg
How long will you live? It's a key question in retirement planning -- and one many of us answer with an educated guess, according to Consumer Reports.
Saturday, July 18, 2015

Smart Money: Move will end uncomfortable neighborhood situation
Saturday, July 11, 2015

Malaysian leader's wife under scrutiny
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian authorities are investigating allegations that 2 million ringgit ($529,000) were deposited into the accounts of the wife of embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak earlier this year.
Saturday, July 11, 2015

Hawaii limits access to Mauna Kea amid telescope protests
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii officials voted to impose an emergency rule to restrict access to Mauna Kea after protesters blocked construction of a giant telescope.
Saturday, July 11, 2015

Business Highlights
Saturday, July 11, 2015

Consumer Reports: After so many data breaches, here are some new ways to protect your credit cards
After the rash of retailer data breaches this year, you may be tempted to stash your credit cards under your mattress and just pay cash, says Consumer Reports. Even if you managed to avoid being a victim of fraud or were covered by your bank or card company for your losses, credit card data breaches can still cause you headaches.
Saturday, July 11, 2015

Ready to bloom: Waterman buys A Classic Bouquet
TAYLORVILLE — For any business, a change in ownership often represents a monumental transition. For Carrie Waterman of Pana, and Taylorville’s  A Classic Bouquet, however, the transition is expected to be mostly seamless. Waterman, who took over the business at the beginning of this month, is an Illinois Certified Professional Florist, has been in the business for thirteen years, and has served as Classic Bouquet’s Head Designer and Manger since 2007.
Saturday, July 11, 2015

Head Cattle/Dipper Farms Named IBA Commercial Producer of the Year
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Beef Association (IBA) presented Head Cattle/Dipper Farms of Blue Mound, Ill., with the IBA Commercial Producer of the Year Award June 18 at the IBA Summer Conference in Bloomington, Ill. This award is presented annually to a producer for their dedication to improving and contributing to the viability of the beef industry.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Job market's new normal: Smaller workforce, sluggish pay
WASHINGTON (AP) — Even after another month of strong hiring in June and a sinking unemployment rate, the U.S. job market just isn’t what it used to be.
Saturday, July 4, 2015

What Makes a Car American?
It has been almost 40 years since the first U.S.-built Volkswagen Rabbit rolled off an assembly line in Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, forever changing the definition of "American car," according to Consumer Reports.
Saturday, July 4, 2015

First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust receives 2015 SBA IL Lender Award
MATTOON, IL — First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust was named Community Bank of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration at their summit and awards conference on June 24, 2015. “This award is presented to the community bank with the best overall performance record for lending to small businesses in Illinois,” announced Bob Esquivel, Lender Relations Specialist of the SBA in Chicago.
Saturday, July 4, 2015

Deal Or No Deal: When It Really Pays To Buy Online
You can buy practically anything online, but that doesn't mean you'll always want to -- or ought to, according to Consumer Reports.
Saturday, June 27, 2015

Action Powersports upgrades to new showroom
LITCHFIELD — Action Power Sports in Litchfield has relocated to a new, bigger showroom in order to accommodate its growing business.
Saturday, June 27, 2015

Emergency fund shouldn't sit idle
Saturday, June 27, 2015

Shelbyville Electric Coop elects new officers
SHELBYVILLE — It was a soggy day but that didn’t stop members of Shelby Electric Cooperative from attending their 77th Annual Meeting of Members on Friday, June 19th at the Shelby County 4-H Fairgrounds in Shelbyville. Members were served a pork chop dinner and enjoyed a variety of entertainment for young and old alike.
Saturday, June 27, 2015

llinois home sales climb 5.6 percent; Median price up 8.7 percent in May
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The month of May brought strong home sales gains and higher median prices to the Illinois housing market, according to the Illinois Association of REALTORS®.
Saturday, June 27, 2015

Wellness Care Center expands patient services with laser therapy
TAYLORVILLE — Dr. Annette Gremmels opened Wellness Care Center with the goal of creating a patient-centered practice offering a wide range of services to promote natural healing.
Saturday, June 27, 2015

China cuts interest rates for 4th time to boost economy
BEIJING (AP) — China’s central bank announced Saturday the fourth round of interest cuts in seven months and lower deposit-reserve ratios for banks to lend to small businesses, as Beijing tries to shore up the country’s sluggish economy.
Saturday, June 27, 2015

TCCU earns highest rating for 10 consecutive years
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Community Credit Union, Taylorville, Illinois proudly announces it has earned BauerFinancial, Inc.'s highest  rating for strength and stability. Achievement of the five-star superior rating puts Taylorville Community Credit Union in a category as one of the strongest credit unions in the nation.
Saturday, June 20, 2015

Manar honored by Illinois Hospital Association
Springfield — The Illinois Hospital Association (IHA) this week presented its eighth annual Rural Legislator of the Year Award to State Senator Andy Manar (D-48, Bunker Hill) for his strong commitment and support of small and rural hospitals.
Saturday, June 20, 2015

The Looking Glass is Taylorville's newest salon
TAYLORVILLE — The Looking Glass, it’s an antiquated name for a mirror, and while it makes a great name for one of Taylorville’s newest salons, you won’t find anything antiquated when you walk into the newly remodeled space, which resides in the old Attitudes salon.
Saturday, June 20, 2015

Yoder joins Farm Credit team in Sherman
BLUE MOUND — Julie Yoder, of Blue Mound, began working as a Sales and Service Specialist by Farm Credit Illinois’ Sherman regional office this fall. The Sherman office serves farm families and rural landowners in Logan, Menard and Sangamon Counties.
Saturday, June 20, 2015

How To Cut Your Water Use In Half: Change Appliances And Your Lifestyle
As the saying goes, you can't squeeze water from a stone. But that's what California residents have been trying to do as the state's drought stretches into its fourth year, according to Consumer Reports.
Saturday, June 20, 2015

Smart Money: For boat owners, insurance is a must
Saturday, June 20, 2015

Smithsonian to open wing on innovation, business
WASHINGTON (AP) — A wide range of innovations from Eli Whitney’s cotton gin and Thomas Edison’s light bulb to the early Google servers and Apple’s iPhone have been brought together to tell a broad story of American business history for the first time at the Smithsonian Institution.
Saturday, June 20, 2015

If Your Coiling System Is More Than 10 Years Old, Consider Replacing It
Tougher federal energy standards mean that today's air conditioners are a lot more efficient than they used to be and cost less to operate, according to Consumer Reports
Saturday, June 13, 2015

Specialty retina clinic now open in Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — While the Springfield Clinic certainly utilizes a litany of specialists, an independent specialty clinic in Taylorville is exceptionally rare; especially one that features a family-owned and operated environment capable of offering intricate on-site procedures from a staff with more 70 years of cumulative experience.
Saturday, June 13, 2015

Taylorville Community Credit Union announces new food drive - The Freedom Tree
TAYLORVILLE — Beginning June 1, and continuing through July 17, Taylorville Community Credit Union will conduct a new community food drive at its three branch locations in Taylorville, Litchfield and Hillsboro. The program, dubbed The Freedom Tree, solicits donated boxed and canned food items to be distributed to local food pantries.
Saturday, June 13, 2015

Smart Money: Wife's Social Security benefits won't affect husband's
Saturday, June 13, 2015

Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative announces new board members at 78th annual meeting
AUBURN — Members of Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative (RECC) gathered for their 78th annual meeting of members on Thursday, June 11 at Glenwood Elementary School in Chatham. Before the meeting, about 600 members and guests enjoyed a pork chop dinner, vendor displays, bucket truck rides and a variety of activities for kids.
Saturday, June 13, 2015

1015 E. Park St., Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — Nicely updated 3-4 bedroom home with two full baths and partially finished basement area. The kitchen has been updated with granite counter tops. The master bedroom supports a large master bath and walk in closet.
Friday, June 12, 2015

Local quilters' guild plans quilt-shop excursion July 25
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Quilters' Guild is planning a trip to Kokomo, Indiana, Saturday, July 25, 2015. The destination is Shop Till You Drop, 29 quilt shops in one locatio, at Kokomo's Ivy Tech Event and Conference Center. 
Saturday, June 6, 2015

LLCC offers math work shops for placement testing
SPRINGFIELD — Lincoln Land Community College will offer free math workshops later this month to prepare students for placement testing. The workshops will benefit future LLCC students and dual credit high school students who have not yet placed into college-level math.
Saturday, June 6, 2015

ADM donates to local public schools foundation
TAYLORVILLE — Archer Daniels Midland Company recently donated $1000.00 to Taylorville Public Schools Foundation Inc. The donation will go towards the proceeds of the Foundations annual fundraiser which will be used for the teacher mini-grants awarded in the fall, and to the all-school grant awarded in the spring each year.
Saturday, June 6, 2015

Lincoln Land's Krueger: seeing students reach their dreams is rewarding
TAYLORVILLE — From alumna and adjunct faculty member to Administrative Assistant, Assistant Director, and now Director, Dee Krueger of Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC) in Taylorville has run the full gamut in her more than twenty-three year tenure at the institution.
Saturday, June 6, 2015

CEFS gave tax assistance on nearly 1,000 returns
EFFINGHAM, Ill. — C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation helped ease the burden by providing free tax preparation, money management training and other related activities for local citizens with low to moderate incomes. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program used trained volunteers and trained staff to prepare income tax returns at no cost for low-income households.
Saturday, June 6, 2015

New name, new owner, new look for Roundtable
TAYLORVILLE — In 1985, Agim Mehmedi came to Chicago from Macedonia with little idea how to make a career for himself. “My brother liked to cook, so I followed him,” he said. “I learned to cook and worked for 11 years at Melrose Restaurant in Chicago.”
Saturday, June 6, 2015

Advanced EyeCare welcomes Dr. Maxx Craggs
TAYLORVILLE — Dr. Maxx Craggs, a Taylorville native and 2007 graduate of Taylorville High School, will be returning home to pursue a career as a Doctor in Optometry for Advanced EyeCare.
Saturday, June 6, 2015

Two-Year Commitment To CEO Program
TAYLORVILLE — Dimond Bros. Insurance in Taylorville has committed to a two-year sponsorship agreement to the Christian County CEO program.
Saturday, June 6, 2015

Adding wife to deed simple and smart
DEAR BRUCE: I purchased a short sale property because my debt was going to decline substantially as a result of downsizing. I was the only one on the mortgage application as my income could support the mortgage without considering my wife's income.
Saturday, June 6, 2015

Looking To Get Your Car To 200,000 Miles? No Problem, Follow These Tips
When Laura White of Oxford, Massachusetts, bought a Toyota Corolla in 1997, her son was just 3 years old. Fifteen years later, he drove that Corolla to college.
Saturday, June 6, 2015

Business Highlights
Saturday, May 30, 2015

Illinois EPA Pollution Prevention student intern at Ahlstrom this summer
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois EPA Director Lisa Bonnett has announced the start of the 2015 Pollution Prevention Internship Program. The program, which began in 1989, recruits upper-level university students to work on pollution prevention projects over a 12-week summer internship.
Saturday, May 30, 2015

Smart Money
Saturday, May 30, 2015

Spurling Title Hosts Seminar on Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
TAYLORVILLE — Spurling Title recently sponsored a seminar presented by Ryan Ritter and Linda Grahovec of Fidelity National Title Group. The purpose of the seminar was to assist realtors, bankers and attorneys in advancing knowledge and awareness of significant new regulations from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Saturday, May 30, 2015

TCCU announces community food drive; the freedom tree
TAYLORVILLE — Beginning June 1, and continuing through July 17, Taylorville Community Credit Union will conduct a new community food drive at its three branch locations in Taylorville, Litchfield and Hillsboro. The program, dubbed The Freedom Tree, solicits donated boxed and canned food items to be distributed to local food pantries.
Saturday, May 30, 2015

ConsumerReports: Because your car is networked, outside infiltration of your data is a serious threat
Your car's computer knows much more about you than you may realize, notes Consumer Reports. It's constantly tracking your driving behavior, speed, seat belt use and more.
Saturday, May 30, 2015

Bob B's Barber Room opens on the square downtown
TAYLORVILLE — While you won’t see any barber poles outsider her place just yet, Bobbie Knott, owner of BOB B’s Barber Room says she’s working on it.
Saturday, May 23, 2015

StraightLine Ag streamline, renamed Jenner Precision
HARRISON, Ill — StraightLine Ag, the precision ag arm of Jenner Ag, has been renamed Jenner Precision.
Saturday, May 23, 2015

If You're Willing To Spend A Little Money, You Are Able To Get Great Sound
There's been a bit of a paradox in the world of consumer audio for the past few years, says Consumer Reports. Customers are springing for pricey headphones and wireless speakers that are capable of providing great sound.
Saturday, May 23, 2015

Price at the Pump - May 18
Monday, May 18, 2015

ConsumerReports: Which frequent-flyer program is best for you?
About 100 million consumers belong to one or more airline frequent-flyer programs, according to Consumer Reports. If you're one of them, you know how many hoops you need to jump through to get where you want to go.
Saturday, May 16, 2015

TMH Names Watson as Director of Care Management and Patient Access
TAYLORVILLE – Taylorville Memorial Hospital president and CEO, Kim Bourne, is pleased to announce Cassie Watson, RN, has accepted the position of director of care management and patient access.
Saturday, May 16, 2015

Pana Community Hospital reconizes retiring and new members
PANA — The Annual Meeting of the Pana Community Hospital and the Foundation Boards took place on Tuesday, April 28th at Pana Community Hospital. Joyce Morgan, President of the Board highlighted events from the hospital’s 100 year anniversary celebration and the renovations completed in 2014 to present.
Saturday, May 16, 2015

Shelby Electric Cooperative announces new President and CEO for company
SHELBYVILLE, Ill. — The Board of Directors of Shelby Electric Cooperative (SEC) is pleased to announce the unanimous decision to name Josh M. Shallenberger as the new President and CEO, effective May 23, 2015.
Saturday, May 16, 2015

Sit-down dining now available in Stonington
Stonington — The Village Pantry is no longer the only game in town. The pantry has always been perfect for a quick doughnut, a sandwich on the run, or any item of convenience, but it was never intended to represent a sit-down atmosphere where Stonington residents could relax with a cold drink and eat a hearty meal.
Saturday, May 9, 2015

First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust honors 150th anniversary by donating to schools
Saturday, May 9, 2015

How to determine which frequent-flyer program is best for you?
About 100 million consumers belong to one or more airline frequent-flyer programs, according to Consumer Reports. If you're one of them, you know how many hoops you need to jump through to get where you want to go.
Saturday, May 9, 2015

Emery wins award from ISHS for Illinois history column
 CARLINVILLE — Historical researcher Tom Emery of Carlinville, a frequent contributor to the Breeze Courier, recently won the Award of Superior Achievement from the Illinois State Historical Society for his Illinois history column.
Saturday, May 9, 2015

Smart Money: Having a 401(k) doesn't affect Social Security payment
Saturday, May 9, 2015

Price at the Pump: Printed May 8, 2015
Friday, May 8, 2015

ConsumerReports: How to maintain a mower that's still working in 15 years
Whatever kind of lawn mower you have, proper maintenance should help keep it going a decade or more. Consumer Reports, working to improve the lives of consumers by driving marketplace change, offers the most common ways to have your machine humming.
Saturday, May 2, 2015

Consolidated Announces Community Service Award Winners
MATTOON, Ill — Consolidated Communications recently recognized Brian West, central office switching technician in Taylorville, with the company’s Community Service Award, which is presented annually to employees who are making a difference in the communities CCI serves.
Saturday, May 2, 2015

Jenner Sales acquires Rt. 48 Tri Co facility
TAYLORVILLE — In a matter of only a couple of months, both of the former Tri-Co buildings in Taylorville have undergone transformations. While the initial Tri-Co building on Illinois Route 104 was recently acquired and remodeled by B and R Marine, the most recent Tri-Co building on Illinois Route 48  was just acquired by Jenner Sales Corporation, a Case IH dealer, out of Harristown, IL.
Saturday, May 2, 2015

Money matters should be discussed before marriage
Saturday, May 2, 2015

TMH awarded laboratory accreditation from the Joint Commission recently
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Laboratory Services Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
Saturday, May 2, 2015










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