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Saturday, June 17, 2017


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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Peak investing: Volatility index lowest since 1993

NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly everything has come up a winner for investors this year. 

Stocks are bumping up against peak levels. Bonds are making money despite a raft of predictions to the contrary at the start of the year. Stock markets overseas, notoriously poor investments for much of the last decade, are perking higher. Even gold, which typically glitters brightest when other markets are struggling, is up this year.


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Dad is stuck paying student loans after son refuses
DEAR BRUCE: My husband co-signed on some student loans for his son, and now his son is refusing to have any part of them. At the time, my husband felt he was doing the right thing in providing his son with the opportunity to get a degree. His son abruptly quit school and never graduated. He said he would be taking care of the loans and not to worry, but when we started getting calls from the loan companies for nonpayment, we realized he was not. My husband doesn't want to ruin his own credit, so he paid what was outstanding and continued to pay monthly after that.
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Long time Mid-Illinois broadcaster wins a Silver Dome Award

SPRINGFIELD — Taylorville native and long time central Illinois broadcaster Doug Quick was the recipient of the Illinois Broadcasters Association Silver Dome Award for Medium Market Best TV Anchor. The award was made during the recent IBA Silver Dome Awards Gala on Thursday, June 8th taking place at the Abraham Lincoln Museum in Springfield. 



Saturday, June 17, 2017

When your emergency fund runs out
You’ve cut spending to the bone, sold excess stuff and hustled every side gig imaginable. But your emergency fund, if it ever existed, is on fumes.
Saturday, June 17, 2017

KEEP YOUR MEDICINE CABINET SAFE
More than 212,000 adults and half a million children were accidentally poisoned by prescription and over-the-counter medication during 2015. Having a medicine cabinet packed with unsecured pills on every shelf is a big risk: It makes it too easy for you to grab the wrong meds or for anyone in your household (dog included) to accidentally ingest them. 
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Long time Mid-Illinois broadcaster wins a Silver Dome Award

SPRINGFIELD — Taylorville native and long time central Illinois broadcaster Doug Quick was the recipient of the Illinois Broadcasters Association Silver Dome Award for Medium Market Best TV Anchor. The award was made during the recent IBA Silver Dome Awards Gala on Thursday, June 8th taking place at the Abraham Lincoln Museum in Springfield. 

 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Business Highlights
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Quad County expands program
PANA — The Quad County “No Veteran Will Die Alone” program is expanding. Veterans from or serving counties Shelby, Christian, Fayette, and Montgomery are all banding together as brothers to help out families and Hospice patients that are Veterans. Veteran Volunteers are placed with a Veteran Hospice Patient to provide a special bond of companionship.
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Doug Abolt promoted to vice president at Consolidated
MATTOON, Ill. — Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNSL), a leading business and broadband communications provider, announced today the promotion of Doug Abolt to vice president of commercial product management. Abolt will oversee the company’s commercial product development and strategy, including new product launches and enhancements.
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Breeze-Courier brings home awards at annual newspaper contest
SPRINGFIELD — More than 100 of Illinois’ top newspapers were honored at a conference on Thursday and Friday afternoon at the Illinois Press Association’s annual convention.
Saturday, June 10, 2017

NEW GUILDLINES FO TREAT BACK PAIN START WITH KINDER, GENTLER THERAPY
For back pain, new guidelines from the American College of Physicians recommend starting with treatments such as acupuncture, massage and yoga, and turning to drugs or surgery only when those more active therapies don't work.
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Lovely Setting With Private Back Yard
TAYLORVILLE — Located on Lincoln Trail is a 1500 plus square foot all brick home with 3 bedrooms and 1.5 baths. 
Saturday, June 3, 2017

One Of Taylorville's Premier Landmark Homes

TAYLORVILLE — One of Taylorville’s premier landmark homes in the West end!

You will recognize the quality and detail when you drive up to up to this 2 story French style home surrounded by full grown trees.


Saturday, June 3, 2017

Doll House On A Double Lot
KINCAID — Beautifully updated two bedroom, 1.5 bath home located in a neatly kept neighborhood, in a  friendly small town. The large double lot offers plenty of space to build that dream 3 or 4 car garage you've always wanted. The central location offers easy walking to the local market, schools and churches.
Saturday, June 3, 2017

Welcome Home

Come on Out to The Country

Just north of Taylorville and just west of Willy's Station, you will find the country peaceful and the sunsets awesome!!!         



Saturday, June 3, 2017

Mutual funds should be part of investment mix
DEAR BRUCE: I recently retired at age 62. I have no major debts. Between my wife and me, our pensions and Social Security cover our mandatory costs, including medical insurance and taxes. 
Saturday, June 3, 2017

RECC Annual Meeting set for June 8
CHATHAM, Ill. — Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative’s 80th Annual Meeting of the members will be held Thursday, June 8 at Glenwood High School in Chatham. Registration and a free pork chop dinner will begin at 5 p.m., with the business meeting starting at 7 p.m. Vendor and craft displays will be open during the meal time, along with bucket truck rides and activities just for kids. RECC members can also use their Co-op Connection cards to receive four free LED lightbulbs and learn about area businesses that offer more incentives for card holders.
Saturday, June 3, 2017

Airline credit card can soothe baggage headaches
Traveling with a suitcase has become an expensive headache for airline flyers. First, airlines started charging travelers for checking a bag. Now, some big airlines won’t even let passengers use the overhead bin if they booked the cheapest fares.
Saturday, June 3, 2017

Health care for all - Central Counties expands service in Christian County

TAYLORVILLE — Expanded health care is coming for the uninsured and under-insured..



Saturday, June 3, 2017

INCREASE THE ODDS OF A HAPPY HOMESTAY
Homestays -- rooms, apartments or homes rented directly from the owner, typically for vacation accommodations -- are certainly nothing new. But a handful of websites, including Airbnb (the largest, with more than 3 million global listings), HomeAway, VRBO and FlipKey, have made them easier than ever to find, vet and book, creating a robust new home-sharing marketplace, providing alternatives to hotel accommodations.
Saturday, June 3, 2017

Updated Home On Two Lots
TAYLORVILLE — This two bedroom home has a living room, dining room, a very large bathroom with laundry hook-ups in it. The kitchen has ample room for a table and chairs.
Friday, June 2, 2017

Local man to open internet cafe downtown
TAYLORVILLE — Jeff Bell and his wife Angie will soon be the proprietors of a new business in downtown Taylorville.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Charro owner introduces Charro Plaza
TAYLORVILLE — In the last year, Ezequiel Camacho, owner of Charro Mexican Restaurant has expanded his empire in Taylorville.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Behrends announces retirement from Health Department
TAYLORVILLE — Two months prior to thirty-five years of service, Barbara Behrends has announced her retirement from Christian County Health Department. Barb’s last day as an Environmental Health Clerk/Inspector will be May 31, 2017. Beginning June 1, 2017, Barb plans to spend her days at home relaxing, gardening and thoroughly enjoying time with her grandchildren.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

HSHS Medical Group Welcomes Mallory Rahar, APN
 DECATUR — HSHS Medical Group is pleased to welcome Mallory Rahar, APN, to their family of providers. Specializing in internal medicine, Rahar will see patients at HSHS Medical Group Family Medicine & Pediatrics in Forsyth, and HSHS Medical Group Internal Medicine in Blue Mound.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

How to shoot great video with the new more portable and versatile cams
The era of the shoulder-mounted camcorder has come and gone.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Hart awarded lifetime achievement award
Ken A. Hart, community bank president for Peoples Bank and Trust in Taylorville, recently was awarded the lifetime achievement award by East Central Illinois Development Corporation for being among the region’s most influential community and economic development leaders and most committed volunteers.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Congressman Davis discusses home health importance
PANA — Congressman Rodney Davis visited Quad County Home Health in Pana on Mondayto discuss the importance of home health especially for Medicare patien ts.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

WHO REALLY NEEDS CHOLESTEROL AND BLOOD PRESSURE DRUGS? FOCUS ON YOUR RISK
Experts agree that high blood pressure and high cholesterol increase the risk of having a heart attack. So you might think they also agree on when you should take drugs to control them.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

How to invest without sacrificing your values
Social values may not be the first thing that comes to mind when investing in the stock market, but there are numerous ways for investors to align their portfolios with their beliefs and passions.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Smart Money: Three years is long enough to wait to settle estate
Saturday, May 13, 2017

ISU creating college prep program for children in foster care
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State University is creating a program to help high schoolers in foster care prepare for college.
Saturday, May 6, 2017

Taylorville Credit Union holds 61st annual meeting
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Community Credit Union recently conducted its 61st Annual Meeting, at which it was announced the credit union had reached an historic milestone. According to TCCU President, Will Perkins, the credit union closed 2016 with $50 million in assets.
Saturday, May 6, 2017

TMH seeks college students for rural health program
TAYLORVILLE  College students interested in a career in rural healthcare can apply for a program to observe healthcare professionals at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.
Saturday, May 6, 2017

How To Beat A surprise Medical Bills - Prevent Them Or Fight Them Later
There are two ways to combat surprise medical bills, whether they come from an air ambulance, a ground ambulance or a health-care professional: Prevent them in the first place or fight them later. 
Saturday, May 6, 2017

Casey's comes to Stonington; Remmert Auto moves down the street
STONINGTON — Casey’s General Store is coming to town.

It will be at the site of the former north shop of Remmert Auto & Tire along Illinois 48.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

SOLVING FAMILY MONEY FIGHTS
You may be a whiz at Quicken and a disciplined index investor, but that doesn't mean you can completely remove the raw human emotion from financial decisions. Money attitudes and habits run deep, according to Consumer Reports.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

EU chief Tusk stresses citizen's rights in Brexit talks
BRUSSELS (AP) — EU Council President Donald Tusk says that Britain will face a united bloc of 27 EU nations in the two years of divorce negotiations and said the welfare of citizens and families living in each other’s nations will be the priority once the talks start.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

John Kelly, MD, new HSHS Vice President of Quality
SPRINGFIELD — HSHS Medical Group has announced that John Kelly, MD, PhD, FACMQ, has accepted the position of vice president of quality for HSHS Medical Group. Dr. Kelly has served as interim vice president of quality since February and now joins as a permanent member of the team, effective May 14, 2017.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

California seeks control of unruly medical pot industry
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California is trying to get control of its unruly medical marijuana industry.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Old National's Kendra (Betler)Vanzo named HR Professional of the Year
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — During a midday ceremony today, Kendra   (Betler) Vanzo – EVP, Associate Engagement and Integration for Old National Bank – will be honored as one of two recipients of the 2017 Ogletree Deakins Human Resources Professional of the Year award.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Birchbox CEO: Short emails to top players helped us launch
NEW YORK (AP) — Before launching Birchbox seven years ago, CEO and co-founder Katia Beauchamp had to convince some of the world’s biggest beauty brands to get behind the $10-a-month subscription service that ships sample-sized mascaras, moisturizers and other cosmetics to customers.
Saturday, April 22, 2017

When Shopping For A Car, Here's How You Can Avoid Buying A Lemon
Finding a trouble-free used car has nothing to do with luck and everything to do with applying good research and investigative skills. 
Saturday, April 22, 2017

National Science Foundation awards LLCC $199,999 grant to develop cybersecurity program
 SPRINGFIELD — The National Science Foundation has awarded an Advanced Technical Education grant of $199,999 to Lincoln Land Community College. The three-year grant begins in June and will support the development of a competency-based certificate program in cybersecurity. 
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Smart Money by Bruce Williams

Long-term car insurance can be a good investment

 DEAR BRUCE: My friend, who is 71, is considering a long-term care policy that sounds like life insurance along with LTC. I've had a stand-alone LTC policy for a number of years, the premium being $3,000 a year. Her premium would be about $8,000 a year, but would include a death benefit. Is this the best choice, including the choice of no LTC insurance? -- Pat


Saturday, April 15, 2017

New leak suggests NSA penetrated Mideast banking networks
PARIS (AP) — A new set of documents purportedly lifted from the U.S. National Security Agency suggests that American spies have burrowed deep into the Middle East’s financial network, apparently compromising the Dubai office of the anti-money laundering and financial services firm EastNets. The company said Friday that the documents were dated and denied that any customer data had been affected.
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Manjeshwar Prabhu, MD, joins HSHS Medical Group
DECATUR — HSHS Medical Group is pleased to announce the addition of Manjeshwar Prabhu, MD, internal, pulmonary and sleep medicine physician, to the medical staff. Dr. Prabhu will now see patients at HSHS Medical Group Multispecialty Care located at 1770 East Lake Shore Drive, Suite 105, Decatur, Illinois.
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Can't decide what to do with tax refund? Split it

By TINA OREM

NerdWallet

(VIA AP) — For many people, getting a tax refund is like getting a handful of sand: It’s virtually impossible to hang on to much of it. 


Saturday, April 8, 2017

People First Bancshares Inc. holds annual meeting
PANA — People First Bancshares, Inc. held its annual meeting of shareholders on March 29, 2017 at Peoples Bank & Trust in Pana, Ill. During the meeting, George Hiler, David Slater, and Brad Davis were reelected to three year terms as directors of the Bank and Holding Company. Other directors of the Bank and Holding company are David R. Fines, James D. Randolph, David T. Dorn, Jr., Michael E. Beyers, John Gardner, and Michael M. Trexler.
Saturday, April 8, 2017

The Real Health Benefits Of Wine: What It Can And Can't Do For You
The latest evidence suggests that wine may help your heart, but it might also raise your risk of cancer slightly.
Saturday, April 8, 2017

Nokomis nursing home is fined, death-related incident
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) on Friday announced the following type “AA” and “A” violations of the Nursing Home Care Act processed during the first quarter of 2017.  An “AA” violation is cited when there is a condition or occurrence at the facility that proximately caused a resident’s death.  An “A” violation pertains to a condition in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious mental or physical harm will result, or has resulted.
Saturday, April 8, 2017

Taylorville native Cheney to receive leadership award
ARLINGTON, Va. — Dr. Douglas Cheney, professor emeritus of special education at the University of Washington, has been selected to receive the 2017 Outstanding CEC Leadership Award from The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the world’s leading special education membership organization.
Saturday, April 8, 2017

Don't shy away from a strong market
DEAR BRUCE: I am 75 years old, owe nothing and have some money available to invest. But I'm leery because the market is so high. What is your suggestion? -- J.E.
Saturday, April 8, 2017

Business Highlights
Saturday, April 1, 2017

Are you buying a house or lottery ticket?
The same week legendary investor Warren Buffett put his California vacation house on the market , a friend told me her widowed mother had sold the family home in Cleveland.
Saturday, April 1, 2017

Smart Money
Saturday, April 1, 2017

Chamber of Commerce announces form availability
TAYLORVILLE — The Greater Taylorville announces that nomination forms are available for the “Outstanding Citizen of the Year” and “Boss of the Year” awards.
Saturday, April 1, 2017

Randall Residence acquires Keystone Gardens and Keystone Meadows in Decatur
DECATUR — Lawton, Michigan, based Randall Residence has announced its acquisition of Keystone Meadows, an assisted living community with 59 apartments and Keystone Gardens, a senior independent living community with 50 apartments, in Decatur, Illinois.
Saturday, April 1, 2017

3 Ways To Save Money On Printer Ink: Tanks, Subscription, Aftermarket
Consumer technology keeps improving, but one thing stays constant: consumer complaints about the high cost of printer ink.
Saturday, April 1, 2017

Brenda Patrick to retire from Mid-State
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

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












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