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home : ag & business July 26, 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


Anderson Jewelers

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

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

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












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