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home : ag & business : business March 26, 2017

Brenda Patrick to retire from Mid-State
MORRISONVILLE — The Governing Board of Mid-State Special Education Joint Agreement is pleased to announce that the board hired Mrs. Angela Armour as the new Director of Special Education for the cooperative starting July 1, 2017. Current Director, Mrs. Brenda Patrick, is retiring at the end of June. Pictured in the front row: Adam Bussard, Chairperson of the MSSE Executive Committee and Superintendent for Brownstown CUSD #201 and John Schaub, President of the MSSE Governing Board and member of the Brownstown School Board; back row: Brenda Patrick, Director of Special Education for Mid-State Special Education and Angela Armour, Director-elect for MSSE. Submitted photo

MORRISONVILLE — The Governing Board of Mid-State Special Education Joint Agreement is pleased to announce that the board hired Mrs. Angela Armour as the new Director of Special Education for the cooperative starting July 1, 2017. Current Director, Mrs. Brenda Patrick, is retiring at the end of June. Pictured in the front row: Adam Bussard, Chairperson of the MSSE Executive Committee and Superintendent for Brownstown CUSD #201 and John Schaub, President of the MSSE Governing Board and member of the Brownstown School Board; back row: Brenda Patrick, Director of Special Education for Mid-State Special Education and Angela Armour, Director-elect for MSSE. Submitted photo

MORRISONVILLE — The Governing Board of Mid-State Special Education Joint Agreement is pleased to announce that at its March 23, 2017 meeting, the board hired Mrs. Angela Armour as the new director of special education for the cooperative starting July 1, 2017. The current Director, Mrs. Brenda Patrick, who has served in that capacity for the past four years, is retiring at the end of June. 
Saturday, March 25, 2017


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Curvey Real Estate introduces Hackney as newest broker
TAYLORVILLE — Nick Hackney, a Taylorville High School graduate and resident of the community for more than 25 years, has joined the team at Curvey Real Estate as the newest broker/realtor. 
Saturday, March 25, 2017

Taylorville woman selected for IRS advocacy panel
WASHINGTON — Michelle Brookens, of Taylorville, has been selected by the Internal Revenue Service as one of 24 new members to serve on the nationwide Taxpayer Advocacy Panel. The TAP is a federal advisory committee charged with providing taxpayer suggestions to improve IRS customer service.
Saturday, March 25, 2017

Why paying taxes by credit card probably isn't a good idea
A big tax bill is like hay fever . You don’t want it, you try to avoid it — and then April rolls around and it hits you hard. Now you have to figure out how to take care of it.
Saturday, March 25, 2017

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR PRIVACY ON YOUR PHONE
Happy birthday, iPhone! Ten years ago, Apple's iPhone was born, launching a smartphone transformation that changed the way consumers use and depend on their devices.
Saturday, March 25, 2017

Rhykus Retires from Monsanto after 35 Years
STONINGTON — In the summer of 1981, Mike Rhykus was working at a fabrication shop in Latham, Illinois building fertilizer equipment.  His wife Patty had just finished medical school and took a job working in the lab at Taylorville hospital. 
Saturday, March 25, 2017

Liz Weston: Tax refund predators are waiting
People who don’t have much money during the rest of the year can become big targets during tax refund season.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

J. Franklin achieves national recognition
TAYLORVILLE — Jennifer Franklin, of Kennedy Real Estate, LLC, has been awarded the Accredited Buyer's Representation (ABR) designation by the Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council. (REBAC) of the National Association of Realtors (NAR).
Saturday, March 18, 2017

How to create a quiet, peaceful environment in your own home
Bring on the joy! Adding mood lighting to your home will add more happiness to your home. So will creating a quiet, peaceful environment. Consumer Reports suggests doing the following.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Global finance gathering struggles to define trade stance
BADEN-BADEN, Germany (AP) — Financial officials from the world’s biggest economies are struggling to define a common stance on trade in the face of the Trump administration’s insistence that cross-border commerce must be “fair” as well as “free.”
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Republican health care plan creates budget problems for GOP
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans intent on scrapping Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act have a budget problem.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

NerdWallet: 9 bills where you can cut a better deal

By LIZ WESTON 

NerdWallet

The word “bills” used to be synonymous with “fixed expenses.” But there’s nothing fixed about many of the bills a typical household pays today.

 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Lockup Gym bumps elbows with bodybuilding's biggest stars
TAYLORVILLE — John Mollet, owner of the Lockup Gym and Zone Nutrition in Taylorville, has returned from Columbus, Ohio where he recently attended The Arnold Sports Festival. There, he got to interact with some of bodybuilding’s biggest stars.
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Community banks: the perks of going local

(AP) — Sarah Gillis switched from a national bank to a local one in New Jersey as a matter of principle.

 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Autistic son's future care is best ensured with a trust
DEAR BRUCE: I am a 38-year-old divorced mother of a 14-year-old son with autism. Because he is my only child, I would leave everything to him upon my death. Does that mean his dad could get his hands on my savings, house, etc? His dad is horrible with money. Should I get a will and put everything in care of my boyfriend of three years, who would be looking out for my son's best interest? 
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Three Simple Ways To Keep Money From Going Down The Drain At Home
Don't let your cash go down the drain or out the window. Consumer Reports suggests doing the following to save money at home.
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Local banker selected to participate in Future Leaders Alliance
TAYLORVILLE –Amy K. Hagen, Community Bank President, U.S. Bank, Taylorville, has been selected to participate in the Future Leaders Alliance offered through the Illinois Bankers Association.
Saturday, March 4, 2017

TCCU to hold annual meeting March 21
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Community Credit Union announced it will conduct its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, March 21st. The event will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Taylorville, beginning at 5:30. All current TCCU members are encouraged to attend.
Saturday, March 4, 2017

Local food producer seminars continues
TAYLORVILLE — On Monday, March 13, 2017 from 1:00 pm -3:00 pm University of Illinois Extension offices will host the next local food producer seminar, which will focus on the Importance of branding.
Saturday, March 4, 2017

Kincaid Food Market under new ownership
KINCAID — As of March 1, the Kincaid Food Market -now the Kincaid Food Market Inc.- is under new ownership.
Saturday, March 4, 2017

Tackle These Minor Headaches At Home Before They Become Major Migraines
For homeowners, it makes sense to tackle minor headaches before they become major migraines. Consumer Reports suggests doing these high-priority projects early.
Saturday, March 4, 2017

Home equity may help pay bills while job-hunting
DEAR BRUCE: My boyfriend lost his job a few months ago and has used his savings and credit cards to live off of. He is in the process of filing for bankruptcy.
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Aumann Auctions to focus on Christian County

TAYLORVILLE —  Aumann Auctions, established in 1962 and known internationally for selling antique farm machinery, as well as regionally for successful land, estate, and business liquidation sales, has set its focus on opportunities in Taylorville and the surrounding communities. Auction veterans and Taylorville residents Matt Corso and Jeremy Piatt as well as local businessman Tom Chi look to bring their experience and marketing skills to establish a more local presence for Aumann Auctions.

 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

How To Save On Car Insurance: Shop Around, Shop Often, Up Deductibles
When you shop for car insurance, you're driving blind. Give your details to a dozen carriers, and you could end up with a dozen different quotes, some twice as high as others. 
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Garage Dwellers Dream, Move-In Ready
TAYLORVILLE — If you love to tinker with cars, trucks or anything with wheels, you’ll want to check out this garage. Detached three car has power, (220) 12 inch insulation, heat and an epoxy  finished floor. Just stock the new mini fridge and prepare  to party!!
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Tips on how to fix that sticking door
TAYLORVILLE — Nearly everyone has experienced a sticking door that just will not close properly. This problem may become more noticeable when temperatures rise and humidity contributes to the swelling of wood doors and frames. 
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Completely Renovated Inside And Out
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, February 25, 2017

Steps to take before appraiser's visit
TAYLORVILLE — The Appraisal Institute recommends homeowners take the following steps before an appraiser visits their home.
Friday, February 24, 2017

Charming Story And A Half
Friday, February 24, 2017

Three tips to help prepare you to sell your home
TAYLORVILLE — Spring is the busiest and best season to sell a home. While a good home can find a buyer any time of year, homeowners might find the buyers’ pool is strongest in spring and into summer. The reasons for that are many, ranging from parents wanting to move when their children are not in school to buyers wanting to move when the weather is most accommodating.
Friday, February 24, 2017

Two Move-In Ready Homes In 55+ Community
Friday, February 24, 2017

J. Franklin receives CNE designation

TAYLORVILLE — Jennifer Franklin, of Kennedy Real Estate, LLC, has been awarded the Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE) designation from the Real Estate Negotiation Institute (RENI). 

 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Lots Of Character And Charm In This Sweet Home
Friday, February 24, 2017

Ways to protect yourself in your home
It's easy to add protections from injury and hazards to your home. Consumer Reports suggests doing these four things.  
Friday, February 24, 2017

Taylorville Ace Hardware achieves recognition
TAYLORVILLE — Ace Hardware Corporation is pleased to announce that Ace Hardware of Taylorville achieved designation as a “Pinnacle Performance Retailing” store for its outstanding performance. Pinnacle Performance Retailing is laser-focused on Ace’s customers, helping to ensure that Ace stores deliver on its brand promise day in and day out. 
Friday, February 24, 2017

January brings uptick in Illinois home sales, prices
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The start of a new year brought renewed interest from homebuyers who drove home sales and the statewide median price higher in January, according to Illinois Realtors. 
Friday, February 24, 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

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 Match.com) 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

GETTING THE BEST TV FOR YOUR BUCK
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

ARE COMPACT WASHERS AND DRYERS FOR YOU?
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









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