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home : ag & business : business September 19, 2017

Ruddock joins US Bank as ag lender

TAYLORVILLE — U.S. Bank in Taylorville has named Jace Ruddock, commercial ag lender.

 

Monday, September 18, 2017


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Illinois grain tour for international buyers starts today

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Agriculture is poised to host more than 20 international buyers from six countries in an effort to increase export sales for the state grain industry.

 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Bankers seek new crop of agricultural lenders

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Michelle Paulus made up her mind on a career in agricultural lending well before college.

 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Report: Illinois soybean production up, corn down
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois farmers are expected to harvest less corn this fall than last year, but soybean production is forecast to increase to a record high.
Monday, September 18, 2017

Taylorville Community Credit Union offers six scholarships
TAYLORVILLE — Student registration is now open for TCCU’s 4th Annual “Stop. Shop. Vote.” Scholarship Program. Six area high school students will each receive $1,000 awards to continue their education at a trade school, community college or four year university.
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Memorial Health System earns Quality Excellence Award
SPRINGFIELD — Memorial Health System received one of the top honors this week in a statewide quality excellence competition sponsored by the Illinois Health and Hospital Association (IHA) – the fifth quality award that the health system has received from the association in the last five years..
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Morrisonville Casey's grand opening set for September 29
MORRISONVILLE  — Casey’s General Store in Morrisonville is planning a grand opening of it’s newly constructed and relocated store for Friday, September 29.
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Different ways to zap your debt: Which is for you?
American consumer debt has rebounded to prerecession levels, and the category that includes credit cards hit a record $1.02 trillion this summer. Maybe your credit card debt has crept up too, setting your own personal record.
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Big things are happening right now at The Burg

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

EDINBURG — Edinburg’s local watering hole, The Burg, may be located in the heart of quintessential small-town Edinburg, but it’s got some big-time offerings.


Saturday, September 9, 2017

South Fork Pub now open in Kincaid

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

KINCAID —“This bar has been in this community maybe even prior to World War II. It’s been a Kincaid Landmark, and the local people like it, it’s their place,” said Susan Hovey of the decision to purchase the building at 132 Central Avenue in Kincaid and carry on that legacy. 


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Camacho Home Center Outlet now open
Saturday, September 9, 2017

Mature savings bond becomes gift to grandchildren
DEAR BRUCE: I have a $10,000 I-bond that nearly doubled in value and is about to mature. Can you advise as to the tax consequences to both me and my grandchildren should I gift it to them? -- G.D.
Saturday, September 9, 2017

Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois State Medical Society team up to help medical students
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Medical students looking for help with recommendations or financial support are encouraged to apply to the Rural Illinois Medical Student Assistance Program (RIMSAP). Established by the Illinois State Medical Society and the Illinois Farm Bureau, RIMSAP aims to increase the number of rural primary care physicians in Illinois.
Saturday, September 9, 2017

Why hiring remote workers might (or might not) pay off
(NerdWallet via AP) — More people are trading in commutes and cubicles for couches and coffee shops: As of 2016, 43 percent of employees worked remotely at least part of the time, up from 39 percent in 2012, according to Gallup's State of the American Workplace report.
Saturday, September 9, 2017

WHEN TO GET THE BEST DEALS
You don't need to be a data scientist to know that holiday sales are great opportunities for bargain shoppers -- but to understand precisely when you can snag the best deals, a little bit of big data goes a long way.
Saturday, September 9, 2017

Gorgeous Inside And Out
Friday, September 8, 2017

Debt settlement a bad alternative to bankruptcy
Debt settlement isn’t the Wild West industry it was a decade ago, when people routinely paid hefty upfront fees to companies that failed to deliver any relief.
Saturday, September 2, 2017

How to prepare wisely for a prolonged, unexpected power outage
Increasingly severe weather and aging infrastructure are exposing Americans to longer power outages.
Saturday, September 2, 2017

Illinois home prices show solid gains in July; sales decline  
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois homes sold faster and for more money in July, but lower housing inventory drove year-over-year sales lower, according to Illinois Realtors.
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Wiederkehr recognized by health, safety organization
ATLANTIC CITY, Ga. — A plaque was presented to Brenda Wiederkehr, formerly of Taylorville, by OSHA VPP Robert Kulick, regional administrator for Region II, at the VPPPA Region II annual conference held June 26-28 in Atlantic City.
Saturday, August 26, 2017

National Park Service Grant Awarded to Tropics Sign Project
LINCOLN, Ill. — On August 24, 2017, the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, which is administered by the National Park Service, National Trails Intermountain Region, notified the Tropics Neon Sign Project Committee it had been awarded a $17,000 grant.
Saturday, August 26, 2017

5 Times When You Should Buy Your Leased Car
(NerdWallet via AP) — The buyout option at the end of a car lease can be an attractive opportunity or a tool for damage control. 
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Most of supplemental insurance becomes a concern
DEAR BRUCE: I am an 89-year-old male with an 85-year-old spouse. We have a Medicare supplemental that costs us $3,984 a year in premiums to pay for the 20 percent that Medicare doesn't cover. This cost is getting a little high for our income. We are considering canceling the policy, putting the money into our savings and paying the 20 percent ourselves. 
Saturday, August 26, 2017

How To Pick Safe Cleaning Supplies And Avoid Risky Antibacterial Chemicals
The Consumer Reports column has been terminated by  distributor Andrews McMeel Syndication. The final installment of Consumer Reports will be published Sept. 10, 2017. The column will be replaced by columns from NerdWallet, an American personal finance website that helps people make and manage financial decisions.
Saturday, August 26, 2017

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Friday, August 25, 2017

California tightens rules on popular pesticide for farmers
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California is tightening the strictest rules in the nation on a pesticide that is popular with farmers over new health concerns, officials said Friday.
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Smart Money: Exemption allows tax-free gifting
DEAR BRUCE: Can you explain to me what a federal gift exemption is? -- Gina
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Business Highlights
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Eclipse mania sends Americans scurrying to find safe glasses
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Eclipse mania is building and so is demand for the glasses that make it safe to view the first total solar eclipse to cross the U.S. in 99 years.
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Peer pressure, applied well, boosts financial health
When you’re training for a fitness goal, a workout buddy can be your best asset. She’s the one who cheers you on good days and pushes you on bad days.
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Stay fit and feel good with these healthy work habits
A desk job can make your muscles kinked and knotted. Consumer Reports offers these ways of staying fit and feeling good no matter how you work -- sitting down, standing up or even in your bed.
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Exemption allows tax-free gifting
DEAR BRUCE: Can you explain to me what a federal gift exemption is? -- Gina
Saturday, August 12, 2017

WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT HOME INSURANCE COULD COST YOU
We buy homeowners insurance to protect against the high drama of our greatest fears: tornadoes ripping off the roof, fire racing up the stairs or floodwaters lapping at the front porch. But in reality, the worst rarely happens. 
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Stop counting other people's money
Your neighbor pulls up in a sweet new ride. Your co-worker announces she’s taking yet another trip abroad. Your best friend upgrades to a bigger house in a better area of town.
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Strategies to pay for college
(NerdWallet via AP) — With college classes starting soon, ideally you’ve made all your payments and are ready to settle in. But if you’re still looking for financial aid to help cover your tuition, you’ll have to move fast. Here are six strategies recommended by people who specialize in college admissions. 
Saturday, August 5, 2017

Moving on from Mayor: Brotherton turns to insurance
TAYLORVILLE — Following his two terms as Mayor of Taylorville, Greg Brotherton is now entering the next chapter of his life.
Saturday, August 5, 2017

Advanced Eye Care in Taylorville celebrating 70 years
TAYLORVILLE — “We’ve been very fortunate,” said retired Dr. Gary Blackman. “We always tried to give back and be a part of this community. I think we did, and it’s exciting to see Advanced Eye Care celebrate its seventieth year.”
Saturday, August 5, 2017

Davidsmeyer receives public service award
SPRINGFIELD — At the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ annual meeting, held July 28 in Springfield, State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer, R-100th District, received the 2017 Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ Public Service Award. The award was made in recognition of Rep. Davidsmeyer’s dedicated public service to all citizens of the state of Illinois and for outstanding contributions to the rural electrification program.
Saturday, August 5, 2017

WHY YOUR DISHWASHER ISN'T DRYING: FIVE WAYS TO FIX THE PROBLEM
Dishes that come out of the dishwasher almost as wet as they went in is one of the top complaints consumers make about their dishwashers. And tests performed by Consumer Reports have confirmed that some dishwashers are much better at drying than others.
Saturday, August 5, 2017

The astonishingly high risk of a 401(k) loan
If anyone tells you a 401(k) loan is a cheap way to borrow, they are both right and very, very wrong.
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Illinois median prices climb in June while home sales hold steady
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois home sales largely held steady and the statewide median price increased in June as motivated buyers were ready to move quickly amid tighter seasonal inventory, according to Illinois Realtors.
Saturday, July 29, 2017

First-time car buyer wants to avoid financial pitfalls
DEAR BRUCE: I want to purchase a new car in the coming months. I have been saving for a while toward a down payment of at least $2,000 for a pre-owned post-2014 model. 
Saturday, July 29, 2017

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF GARLIC
There's nothing like a little garlic to punch up a stir-fry, roast chicken or pasta dish, but for centuries, it has been purported to add some oomph to your health, too. Today, claims for the health benefits of garlic include lower blood pressure and cholesterol, an anti-inflammatory effect, a reduced risk of cancer and a stronger immune system.
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Smart Money: Top salesman loses job to boss's buddy
DEAR BRUCE: I worked for a large company for 19 years in sales. I was the top producer for the past 10 years. Within a week's time, they removed me from my largest account, asked me to cover an area they have struggled in, removed the salesman from that account and gave him my territory. When I refused, Human Resources offered me a 19-weeks severance package and fired me.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Kushner adds at least $10M in assets to revised disclosure
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner initially “inadvertently omitted” more than 70 assets worth at least $10.6 million from his personal financial disclosure reports, according to revised paperwork released Friday.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Business Highlights
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Corporate career to entrepreneur: How to prep for the leap
After two decades in the workforce, Ohio businesswoman Deborah Wasylko found herself faced with the prospect of having to move to keep her job while dealing with challenges in her family life. Wasylko concluded that she had a choice: continue her corporate career or become an entrepreneur.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Hearing at Home: a unique solution to hearing health
TAYLORVILLE — Whether it is a hearing exam, programming, a hearing aid adjustment, or repairs, Ashley May says anything that is traditionally done at a hearing clinic can now be provided in the comfort of a patient’s home.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

YOUR GUIDE TO HEALTHIER FOODS: WHAT LABELS MEAN -- AND DON'T MEAN
We all want healthier foods, but reading labels won't always help you spot them.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

TMH welcomes new pharmacist
TAYLORVILLE, Ill. — Taylorville Memorial Hospital is pleased to welcome Stephen Salisbury, PharmD as the newest pharmacist at the hospital.
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Odams to debut Center Pointe Dance Academy downtown

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — “We want to bring the heart of dance to the heart of downtown,” says Heather Odam, co-owner, of Taylorville’s newest dance studio, Center Pointe Dance Academy, which will open on the Taylorville square Friday, July 21, 2017 with an open house.


Saturday, July 15, 2017

How To Save Time And Money While Food Shopping At The Grocery Store
Consumer Reports asked experts as well as its Facebook followers for their best time- and money-saving food shopping tips. Here are the results.
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Five ways to avoid overpaying on your car loan

(NerdWallet via AP) — When people go car shopping, they usually focus on the vehicle they want — not the loan that will pay for it. But good financing is the bedrock of a solid car deal, and missteps could cost you thousands.

 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Library holds answers to revoking power of attorney
DEAR BRUCE: How can my mom revoke a limited power of attorney? She has no money to get a lawyer. -- E.R.
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Liz Weston: Free of debt - with regrets
Stories about how ordinary people pay off debt quickly can be amazing, inspiring — and somewhat deceptive.
Saturday, July 8, 2017

Smart Money: Increasing income is bigger concern than paying taxes
DEAR BRUCE: What would the new tax reform mean for me? I am a single father and make $35,000 a year. Does this mean it would change how much money I get back when I file my taxes? And if so, would I get more back or less? -- Ben
Saturday, July 8, 2017

TIPS FOR UPGRADING YOUR KITCHEN: KEEP IN MIND DESIGN, MATERIALS AND APPLIANCES
Speed is of the essence when you're upgrading your kitchen, considering that you're likely to be spending more money on takeout and dinners out during the renovation.
Saturday, July 8, 2017

US investigating faulty parts that may cause auto gas leaks
DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators and automakers are trying to track down gas tank flanges that can crack and cause fuel leaks on what could be millions of cars and trucks.
Saturday, July 8, 2017

Hiring surged last month in a sign of US economic vitality
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring surged in June in a surprising show of U.S. economic vitality eight years into the recovery from the Great Recession. Pay gains remain weak, though, a stark reminder of one of the economy’s key shortcomings.
Saturday, July 8, 2017

Increasing income is bigger concern than paying taxes
DEAR BRUCE: What would the new tax reform mean for me? I am a single father and make $35,000 a year. Does this mean it would change how much money I get back when I file my taxes? And if so, would I get more back or less? -- Ben
Saturday, July 1, 2017

How can I lessen the financial pain of moving?
Saturday, July 1, 2017

Land of Lincoln announces new Executive Director
SPRINGFIELD — Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce that Michael Ferry has been selected to be its new Executive Director as of July 17, 2017.  Lois Wood will be retiring after 13 years as Executive Director and a total of 43 years of service at Land of Lincoln in pursuit of equal justice for low-income and senior residents of central and southern Illinois.
Saturday, July 1, 2017

HOW TO KEEP DRIVING SKILLS SHARP
Americans love to drive. More than 75 percent of adults carry a driver's license, including 40 million who are 65 and older, according to Consumer Reports.
Saturday, July 1, 2017

Key staff changes at C.E.F.S Economic Opportunity Corp.
EFFINGHAM — C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation announces the promotions of Kevin Bushur to the position of Chief Executive Officer, Barbara Waymire to the position of Chief Operations Officer, and Cindy Mayer to the position of Outreach Director. 
Saturday, July 1, 2017

Business Highlights
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Catherine O'Connell joins staff of U of I Extension
TAYLORVILLE — Amanda Cole, Extension Unit 18 County Director, is pleased to introduce Catherine O’Connell as Publicity and Promotions Assistant in Christian County.
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Smart Money: Research will help identify investment worthy companies
DEAR BRUCE: In a recent column, you referred to "well-established, large firms that have continuously been paying dividends for a good many years and showing 2 percent to 4 percent growth a year on average." My question is, would you consider Vanguard a good example of that? -- E.R.
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Why your friend has a better credit score than you
Tia Chambers checked her credit score for the first time at age 23, after watching a friend check his, she says.
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Travis Winans named summer intern for AgriGold
ST. FRANCISVILLE, Ill. — Travis Winanas, of Taylorville, has been named as a sales intern with Agrigold. Travis will be sharing the AgriGold story, placing field signs and working closely with his local Corn Specialists. He is a student at Lake Land College.
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Get the best grill for your money in all price ranges
Given all the new gas grill styles and features, it just might be time for you to ditch your old flame, says Consumer Reports.
Saturday, June 24, 2017











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