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home : ag & business 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


Anderson Jewelers

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

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










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