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home : ag & business August 23, 2017

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


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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

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

Smart Money
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Stay Safe: Lock Up Dangerous Drugs And Dispose Of Outdated Drug Properly
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











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