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home : ag & business January 21, 2018

Decatur Memorial Hospital receives national 5 Star rating
DECATUR — Decatur Memorial Hospital was recently awarded a Five-Star Rating – the highest possible score – by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), as announced by  HYPERLINK "http://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare." Medicare.gov on Hospital Compare. 
Saturday, January 20, 2018


Businessman may get 6-month delay in deportation
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio businessman who faces deportation to his native Jordan may be able to stay in the United States about six months while his case is reviewed.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Smart Money: Credit score will bounce back after debt is cleared up
DEAR BRUCE: My question is regarding the companies that help lower the interest rates and payments on your credit cards. When you sign up for the program, the one negative is that they close your credit cards so you can't use them while you pay them off. I understand that, but will my credit score drop when they close my credit cards, and how much would my score drop? -- George
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Jacksonville Bank to merge with Carlinville National Bank
CARLINVILLE, Ill. — Carlinville National Bank (CNB) and Jacksonville Bank jointly announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement whereby Jacksonville Bank will merge with and into CNB.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Business Highlights
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Plan to exclude Florida from drilling isn't final
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration’s promise to exempt Florida from an offshore drilling plan is not a formal action, an Interior Department official said Friday in a statement that Democrats said contradicted a high-profile announcement by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

How to leverage great credit without borrowing a dime
(NerdWallet via AP) — As average credit scores for Americans continue to rise, the question for many becomes how to use their excellent credit rating to optimize their lives without borrowing money or adding risk.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Some Really Good Reasons Why You Should Save For Something Fun. . .

(NerdWallet via AP) — Financial planners tend to have firm ideas about the most important goals: You should save for retirement, pay off debt and build an emergency fund. Buying a pair of $200 sneakers or an ultra-high definition TV is probably not on that list.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

1356 N. 2100 E. Rd. Assumption

ASSUMPTION — Looking for room to spread out? In search of a wonderful, smaller school district? Or maybe you've always hoped for a mini farm? I've got a place for you!!!


Friday, January 12, 2018

Q&A: Plan to expand offshore drilling draws cheers, jeers
WASHINGTON (AP) — The energy industry is cheering the Trump administration’s proposal to open nearly all U.S. coastlines to offshore oil and gas drilling, saying it will reduce U.S. dependence on foreign supplies and create jobs.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Modest US hiring and slow wage gains keep Wall Street happy
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring by U.S. employers slowed a bit as 2017 ended and pay growth was sluggish. Yet that’s actually how investors, at least, like it.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Is online college for you? Answer 5 questions to find out
(NerdWallet via AP) — Amelia Roberts, a nurse in Washington, D.C., knew she needed to return to college for a bachelor’s degree if she wanted to win a care coordinator position at her hospital. But attending college on a campus wasn’t a practical option for her.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

What to buy every month of the year in 2018

In 2018, you may resolve to save more , spend less or budget better . Whatever your money goal, the one common key to your success is shopping smart. That means knowing the best time to buy just about anything.


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Is online college for you?

Amelia Roberts, a nurse in Washington, D.C., knew she needed to return to college for a bachelor’s degree if she wanted to win a care coordinator position at her hospital. But attending college on a campus wasn’t a practical option for her. 


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Two accidents will cost driver dearly

DEAR BRUCE: I was recently in a car accident and damaged my car pretty good. The insurance company didn't total it, but the damages are over $17,000 and it's going to take a month for the dealership to repair it. I received the ticket from the officer who came to the scene, so it was my fault. 


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Your Green Acres!

Just four years old, this ranch sits on 1.59 acres close to Lake Taylorville. It offers a split floor plan with three bedrooms and two full baths. Master suite has a walk-in closet and opens to a heated and cooled sunroom.


Friday, December 29, 2017

Illinois home prices increase in November; sales hold steady
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois home sales remained largely flat while the statewide median price shifted slightly higher in November as the market moved into the traditionally slower holiday season, according to Illinois Realtors.
Saturday, December 23, 2017

Slaybaugh to retire from U.S. Bank after 44 years
TAYLORVILLE — “You just look back on it, and there is a difference between work and a job. If you enjoy what you’re e doing, you’re going to work; if you don’t enjoy what you’re doing, you’re going to a job. I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve done, my clientele, my coworkers; I’ve never really thought of this a job,” said Bob Slaybaugh who will retire from U.S. Bank on December 31 after 44 years.
Saturday, December 23, 2017

That new store card could torpedo your credit score
(NerdWallet via AP) — Getting a deal during the holidays is a great American tradition. So when a sales clerk cheerfully asks, “Would you like to save 20 percent on your purchases today by opening a card with us?” it fits right in.
Saturday, December 23, 2017

Illinois Sustainable Technology Center seeks businesses for wood heating study

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) at the University of Illinois invites businesses throughout the state to apply for a free engineering study to learn about the potential cost savings of using low-value wood residues as heat.


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Peoples Bank & Trust donates to Sertoma Club
Saturday, December 16, 2017

Getting engaged? Tell an insurance agent about the ring

(NerdWallet via AP) — If you recently got engaged, the first person you might want to tell about your beautiful ring is an insurance agent.


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Safe deposit box keys are a mystery to executor

DEAR BRUCE: My sister lived many years in western Pennsylvania and then moved to Fort Myers, Florida, for about 1 1/2 years before she passed. As the executor going through her things, I found two safety box keys with no reference to which bank. I phoned a number of banks in the Fort Myers area and also in a radius of where she lived in western Pennsylvania to no avail. Do you know where I can turn to find out where she may have had her safety box? -- Arthur


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Move-In Ready And Affordably Priced

TAYLORVILLE — Contact Meagan Phillips to view this lovely maintained ranch home. As soon as you walk in, you’ll see that this home has been cared for.


Friday, December 15, 2017

S&P 500 returns to record following strong US jobs report
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose Friday following a better-than-expected U.S. jobs report, and the strong finish pushed the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to its third straight weekly gain despite some weakness earlier in the week.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

How to know when you paying too much for financial advice?
(NerdWallet via AP) — Investment management can cost as little as 0.25 percent of a portfolio’s value each year. Yet many people still pay 1 percent, or even more, for financial advice.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Wellness Care welcomes new employee

TAYLORVILLE — Wellness Care Center would like to welcome their newest employee, Dr. Chris Dreas. He is originally from Nashville, Illinois, a small farming community in the southern part of the state. He currently lives in Effingham with his wife, three children and Skippy, their four-legged child. 



Saturday, December 2, 2017

TMH receives National Recognition for Performance Leadership in Quality

TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital has been recognized for overall excellence in quality, placing its performance in the top 25 percent of the nation's rural hospitals.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Couple gets a late start on saving money
DEAR BRUCE: My husband is 68 and I am 59 years old. We are both retired. My husband collects veteran's disability and Social Security income. This is our only income. 
Saturday, December 2, 2017

When good money advice is bad for you

Discussing economic class is tricky in America, but the working and middle classes face vastly different financial challenges than upper-income families, and the gaps are growing wider. Good money advice for high earners could be lousy for low earners, and vice versa. 


Saturday, December 2, 2017

FNB of Pana pledges $50,000 to PCH building project
Saturday, December 2, 2017

Deteriorating childhood home of acclaimed Belleville architect being restored

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — An acclaimed architect who designed distinctive buildings across Belleville grew up in a massive downtown home that fell into disrepair in recent years.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Well maintained and in excellent condition
Saturday, December 2, 2017

Who wouldn't love this home for the holidays!!!! 
Saturday, December 2, 2017

Custom designed home
Saturday, December 2, 2017

Good corner location in town!
Saturday, December 2, 2017

Hunters and Nature Lover's Delight
Friday, December 1, 2017

Business Highlights
Saturday, November 25, 2017

Remodel to bring new look and feel to Taylorville Wendy's
TAYLORVILLE — Motorists driving by Wendy’s restaurant in Taylorville may have noticed a tremendous amount of work being performed at the popular eatery.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

Dimond Bros. Insurance celebrates 150th Anniversary
PARIS, Ill. — Dimond Bros. Insurance, LLC announced the celebration of their 150th Anniversary in 2017.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

When good money advice is bad for you
Discussing economic class is tricky in America, but the working and middle classes face vastly different financial challenges than upper-income families, and the gaps are growing wider. Good money advice for high earners could be lousy for low earners, and vice versa.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

PCH Foundation pledges $1.5M to building project

 PANA — It is the biggest building project Pana Community Hospital has undertaken since the 1970’s and construction has begun. It is a very exciting time for the hospital and now that the project has started, a steering committee has been chosen to conduct a Capital Campaign to raise funds to help offset costs of the project. 


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Will Your Store Credit Card Survive A Retail Apocalypse? Good To Know

(NerdWallet via AP) — Stroll your local mall and you may spot some empty storefronts where mannequins once stood draped in the latest fashions — possible casualties of what some have dubbed the “retail apocalypse.”


Saturday, November 18, 2017

The winners and losers under Senate tax proposal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The ultra-wealthy, especially those with dynastic businesses — like President Donald Trump and his family — do very well under a major Republican tax bill moving in the Senate, as they do under legislation passed this week by the House.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Widower irked by repeated requests for death certificate

DEAR BRUCE: My wife recently passed away at our local hospital. She was on life support for three days. After she passed, I started receiving hospital bills from the same hospital. I know I am not liable for her bills since they are in her name alone, but I just think it's ridiculous that I still need to send a copy of the death certificate when they already know she passed away. Any thoughts? -- Patrick


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Bank Makes Commitment To Hospital Expansion
Saturday, November 18, 2017

Tech company pledges bitcoin donation to build youth home
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A tech company in Eugene has pledged to donate $2 million to construct a facility for homeless teenagers in western Oregon, but the gift will be made in bitcoin. 
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Springfield Clinic launches new Diabetes Wellness Center
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Springfield Clinic will celebrate World Diabetes Day on Nov. 14 with the launch of its new Diabetes Wellness Center at Springfield Clinic Carpenter, 350 West Carpenter, Springfield, Ill.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

US stocks slip as health care device companies stumble
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are slightly lower Friday as investors worry that Amazon might shake up the health care industry and hurt companies that sell medical devices and equipment. Energy companies are also falling while media companies, retailers and household goods companies are rising. Stocks have risen for eight weeks in a row, their longest run in almost four years, but that streak is on track to end.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

4th Annual TCCU Scholarship in full swing
TAYLORVILLE — TAYLORVILLE, IL – From now through February 28th, 2018, local shoppers can help determine the winners of six (6) $1000 awards to be presented by Taylorville Community Credit Union. And according to TCCU President, Will Perkins, they’ll have more businesses to shop-and-vote than ever before. “In just its fourth year, our annual scholarship program has 63 local businesses participating,” Perkins points out. “That’s a record number – one which we expect to see continue to grow.”
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Wreck your rental car? Your credit card really could help you out
(NerdWallet via AP) — It’s the hard sell at the car rental counter that everyone knows is coming but few know how to handle: rental car coverage. You might recall that your credit card provides some type of free protection for rental cars. That’s probably true, and it can be valuable. But you have to know what coverage you have and when it applies to your rental.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

CNB helping to stock the shelves with food drive

TAYLORVILLE — Employees at all 13 CNB Bank & Trust locations are proud to host the bank’s annual food drive from November 1st through November 17th. The food drive will help to fill local food pantry shelves and put a meal on someone’s plate during this holiday season.

 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Illinois Electric Co-op scholarships are available
TAYLORVILLE — Illinois electric cooperatives will award 10 academic scholarships to high school seniors through a memorial scholarship fund designed to financially assist deserving students in the electric cooperative family. The 10 scholarships of $2,000 each will be awarded through the Thomas H. Moore Illinois Electric Cooperatives (IEC) Memorial Scholarship Program.
Saturday, November 4, 2017

TCCU branches celebrate Credit Union Day
TAYLORVILLE — All three branch locations of Taylorville Community Credit Union recently celebrated International Credit Union Day with their members by hosting open house events. On Thursday, October 19th, each office held its own event to mark the day and thank their members for their membership and loyalty.
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Thorough research is the key to wise stock selection
DEAR BRUCE: Recently, you wrote that deciding whether to pay off a 3.25 percent mortgage was a no-brainer considering the ability to earn 8 percent on the money. Where can I get a guaranteed 8 percent? Treasury rates obviously do not pay 8 percent, and the stock market has quite a range. 
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Vanquish a phantom debt for good
The phone rings. You don’t recognize the number, but you answer anyway. It’s a debt collector demanding immediate payment on a debt that doesn’t belong to you, or one you’ve already paid. Suddenly you’re facing a phantom — a phantom debt, that is.
Friday, November 3, 2017

Owners, they say, sometimes hate the small businesses they used to love
NEW YORK (AP) — No matter how much small business owners love their companies, they also have moments — maybe even weeks or months — when they hate what they’re doing and feel ready to give up.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Physician's Choice Wellness attends conference
CHICAGO — This month Physician’s Choice Wellness (PCW) attended the National Weight Management Conference in Chicago, Illinois. PCW featured three conference speakers: Becky Anderson - Owner, Chris Gadberry - Director of Program Development and Patty Clarey-Henry - Program Director of both Effingham and Vandalia locations.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Should You Add A Loan To Your Shopping Cart Next Time You're Online?
(NerdWallet via AP) — “Will that be cash, credit card or personal loan?”

The next time you shop online, you may be offered a new way to pay — a personal loan with fixed monthly payments. Instead of using cash or plastic at checkout, you would provide some personal information and get a loan in minutes.

Saturday, October 28, 2017










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