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home : ag & business January 20, 2017

Moody's to pay $864M for inflating risky ratings
NEW YORK (AP) — Moody’s Corp. has agreed to pay nearly $864 million to settle federal and state claims it gave inflated ratings to risky mortgage investments in the years leading up to the financial crisis.
Saturday, January 14, 2017


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Shopping tips to consider when choosing a new mattress
Is it time for a new mattress? Do you wake up tired or achy, or does your mattress look saggy or lumpy? Or maybe you sleep better at hotels?
Saturday, January 7, 2017

Shoreview researcher makes gadgets for older adults
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Here are a few gadgets we might see in the near future: A where-did-I-put-my-teeth smartphone app to locate dentures equipped with special antennas. A hands-free car wash for your teeth. A robotic toenail trimmer.
Saturday, January 7, 2017

Tangled in fraud probe, 100s face loss of disability checks
MINNIE, Ky. (AP) — Donna Dye saw the coal truck come barreling over the horizon. Her head started spinning with that familiar, desperate urge to end it all.
Saturday, January 7, 2017

CNB Bank & Trust employees give back
TAYLORVILLE — CNB Bank & Trust is helping make the Holidays and New Year a little brighter for many charitable organizations in our communities. In celebration of the bank’s success for 2016, CNB is empowering its employees to assist with the year-end giving campaign. Employees are playing an active role in selecting charities of their choice.
Friday, December 30, 2016

Liz Weston: 6 money resolutions you can actually keep
Let’s face the grim truth: Those 10 pounds you want to lose will likely be among your New Year’s resolutions next year, too.
Friday, December 30, 2016

ARE COMPACT WASHERS AND DRYERS FOR YOU?
Compact washers and dryers solve tight-fit needs, but there are performance trade-offs. Consumer Reports suggests looking through the following considerations.
Friday, December 30, 2016

Midwest buying spree lifted new home sales in Nov.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A buying spree in the Midwest spurred new U.S. home sales last month to the fastest pace since July.
Friday, December 23, 2016

Zimmermans donate to TMH Foundation appeal
 TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation graciously accepted a donation from their longtime friends Don and Martha Zimmerman of rural Christian County. The gift was given as a part of the hospital foundation’s year end appeal.
Friday, December 23, 2016

Drones Are Changing Our World In Ways We Haven't Even Imagined Yet
Depending on what you've read, drones are devastatingly effective weapons of war, the next big threat to personal privacy, a revolutionary leap in video technology or hazardous toys capable of chopping your fingers off.
Friday, December 23, 2016

Pana Community Hospital earns ACR accreditation
PANA — Pana Community Hospital Diagnostic Imaging has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose X-ray system to examine breasts.
Friday, December 23, 2016

Memorial Health System earns nat'l recognition
SPRINGFIELD — Memorial Health System was among the top 10 healthcare organizations in the nation to be recognized for its commitment to leadership development.
Friday, December 23, 2016

CC Farm Bureau recognized at annual meeting
CHICAGO, Ill. — The Christian County Farm Bureau was recognized for its achievements during the 102nd annual meeting of the Illinois Farm Bureau held in Chicago December 3-7, 2016.
Friday, December 23, 2016

Act now to manage the tax bill that will be due next year
Saturday, December 17, 2016

SUPERFOOD OR SUPER HYPE?
You might have heard them called superfoods, power foods or miracle cures. But the research is still out on exactly how beneficial apple cider vinegar, bone broth, coconut oil and turmeric are -- and some might have a downside.
Saturday, December 17, 2016

Trump bump: Books that got boost from election
NEW YORK (AP) — Books by such familiar names as J.K. Rowling, Jeff Kinney and Bill O’Reilly were among the top sellers of 2016. But the most unexpected presidential election in memory also led to some unexpected successes.
Saturday, December 17, 2016

ICAHN names Trina Casner as new President
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Trina Casner, President and CEO, Pana Community Hospital, was named President of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network at its 2016 Annual Conference, held recently in Springfield. Ms. Casner will support the organization and its mission to strengthen and provide assistance and resources to its 55 member hospitals.
Saturday, December 10, 2016

Katie Paulek joins Christian County Extension staff
TAYLORVILLE — Amanda Cole, Unit 18 County Extension Director, is pleased to announce that Katie Paulek has joined the University of Illinois Christian County Extension staff.
Saturday, December 10, 2016

15 Tips For Preventing Infections In The Hospital During Your Next Procedure
Many hospitals have cut the risk of central-line infections among patients, but too many have not.
Saturday, December 10, 2016

The silver lining in a very bad day? Tax breaks!
Tax rules are not on the list of things most people turn to for comfort after a bad day. But they can take the sting out in a few cases. Here are five ways that tax experts say you could turn some of life’s misfortunes into a smaller tax bill.
Saturday, December 10, 2016

Former employee opens new quick lube shop
TAYLORVILLE — Tom Mozie has come full circle.

In 1995, he was involved in an accident at the then Lightning Lube facility at 501 N. Webster where a customer had inadvertently accelerated into him, pushed him through the overhead door, and carried him into the parking lot on the hood.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Owing taxes is a sign of success
DEAR BRUCE: I am getting close to the age when I will make a possible move to a California rest home. I am concerned as to the tax consequences of selling stocks and bonds regularly to pay this expense. -- B.H.
Saturday, December 3, 2016

Lufthansa pilots strike for 4th day, 137 flights canceled
BERLIN (AP) — Pilots at Lufthansa are staging a fourth consecutive day of strikes against the German airline, with chances of an immediate resolution to the pay dispute looking slim after their union rejected a new offer from the company.
Saturday, November 26, 2016

North Dakota officials: Protesters should leave federal land
CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota officials are encouraging hundreds of Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters to respect a directive to leave a sprawling, months-old encampment on federal land.
Saturday, November 26, 2016

City eyes key permit for oil terminal on Washington coast
SEATTLE (AP) — As the small city of Hoquiam considers a key permit for a proposed terminal that would move millions of barrels of crude oil through Grays Harbor, opponents are raising concerns about the potential for oil spills and impacts on tribal fishing rights.
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Oil pipeline: Trump's stock in company raises concern
WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump holds stock in the company building the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline, and pipeline opponents warn that Trump’s investments could affect any decision he makes on the $3.8 billion project as president.
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Last-minute gifts from the supermarket can be quite useful
You don't have to shop way in advance or at a fancy store to get a great holiday gift. You can, if you're a little creative, just head to your local supermarket. Even a small, local market is likely to have a few items that you can display in a basket or box and perhaps wrap in colorful paper.
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Bill aimed at keeping Exelon plant passes committee
MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Legislation aimed at keeping Exelon’s nuclear generating plant near Cordova has passed an Illinois House committee but still is subject to tweaking by groups that want to remake the state’s energy policy.
Saturday, November 19, 2016

Easy retirement these days only for a privileged few
NEW YORK (AP) — The American dream of a blissful retirement, free of financial worries, is dying.
Saturday, November 19, 2016

No-haggle car pricing: What buyers should know
You’re walking around the car lot, zeroing in on a model you like, when you notice a “No-Haggle” sign next to the price tag. Initially, you feel a wave of relief because you hate to negotiate. But then you remember the old saw: “Never pay retail.”
Saturday, November 19, 2016

Pana group welcomes family nurse practitioner
 PANA — Pana Medical Group is pleased to announce the addition of Tabitha Litz as Family Nurse Practitioner. Tabitha has joined physicians Dr. Virgil Dycoco, Dr. Gloria Dycoco, Dr. Deo Quizon, Dr. Dennis Yap, and Dr. Marlon Muneses.
Saturday, November 19, 2016

Return address required as post office counters
DEAR BRUCE: A U.S. Post Office clerk recently told me postal employees can no longer take addressed letters without a return address. People can deposit addressed letters without a return address into standing unattended mailboxes, but postal employees are now forbidden from accepting them at postal counters.
Saturday, November 19, 2016

ORGANIZE YOUR REFRIGERATOR FOR MAXIMUM FRESHNESS
After schlepping to the supermarket and back, you might be tempted to unload your haul as quickly as possible so that you can kick back and relax -- or at least move on to other household chores. But carefully stocking your fridge will help cut down on food waste, not to mention the risk of foodborne illness.
Saturday, November 19, 2016

Taylorville gun range to open early next year
TAYLORVILLE —The old Goodyear building located at 115 North Webster Street in Taylorville will soon be home to Powderkeg Outfitters, the city’s first-ever indoor gun range and sportsman outfitter.
Saturday, November 12, 2016

Local realty agent receives CNE designation
TAYLORVILLE — Mary Reid, owner and Managing Broker of A Plus Real Estate, LLC, has been awarded the Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE) designation from the Real Estate Negotiation Institute (RENI).
Saturday, November 12, 2016

Food Processors and choppers can be kitchen magicians
Food processors are jacks-of-all-trades that can chop, slice, shred and puree many different ingredients -- sometimes in great quantities -- plus tackle heavier jobs like kneading dough. Mini-choppers are good for lighter work and smaller jobs -- especially useful when you need to prep only a handful of basil or chop some nuts.
Saturday, November 12, 2016

Wall Street bets Trump will spend more, regulate less
It was perhaps the most surprising trade in a record-setting week on Wall Street: How quickly investors swapped presidential pre-election jitters for enthusiasm at Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton.
Saturday, November 12, 2016

511 North Ave., Kincaid
KINCAID — This traditional style two story home offers approximately 2400 square foot of living space.
Friday, November 11, 2016

CTI Hosts Gimme Fiber Celebration
Saturday, November 5, 2016

GM producing 200-mile Chevy Bolt
ORION TOWNSHIP, Michigan (AP) — It can go more than 200 miles on battery power and it costs less than the average new vehicle in the U.S. But in an era of $2 per gallon gasoline, the C
Saturday, November 5, 2016

Data breach resulted in false bill
DEAR BRUCE: Due to a U.S. government data breach, a Los Angeles company sent me a $6,000 bill for "services." I refused to pay and informed the company. They sent the $6,000 to collection and it appeared on my Experian credit report. I reported it to the police, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and other state and federal agencies.
Saturday, November 5, 2016

Rebecca's Antiques And Posh Celebrate Grand Opening
Saturday, November 5, 2016

Make suitcase shopping an open-and-shut case
While shopping for a new suitcase, you can quickly find yourself foggy about the things that matter most. Consumer Reports researched the features that go into making a reliable and easy-to-use suitcase.
Saturday, November 5, 2016

CNB annual food drive in full swing
TAYLORVILLE — Employees at all 13 CNB Bank & Trust locations are proud to host the bank’s annual food drive until November 17. 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 5, 2016

Grand Opening
Friday, November 4, 2016

TCCU Scholarship program back for 3rd year
TAYLORVILLE, IL – Now in its third year of offering financial awards to local students who plan to continue their education after high school, the TCCU’s 2016-17 Scholarship Program has expanded. The awards have been increased from $500 to $1000, to be presented to each of six graduates from Taylorville, Litchfield and Hillsboro High Schools.
Friday, November 4, 2016

CNB's Ashworth reelected to serve as director
CARLINVILLE, Ill. — The Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago (FHLBC) has announced that two of its incumbent directors have been declared directors-elect to serve as member directors for additional four-year terms beginning 1/1/17 and ending 12/31/20.
Saturday, October 29, 2016

County treasurer completes leadership academy
TAYLORVILLE — University of Illinois Extension Program Leader and Assistant Dean, Community and Economic Development, Anne Heinze Silvis and United Counties Council of Illinois President David Meyer, County Board Chairman of Washington County, are pleased to announce Betty Asmussen of Christian County has completed the coursework and is now a graduate of the 2016 Leadership Academy program for local government officials.
Saturday, October 29, 2016

Local dentist receives international recognition
TAYLORVILLE — A local dental practitioner, Dr. Amanda Lewis, was inducted as a Fellow of the International College of Dentists at its 87th Annual Convocation in Denver, Colo., on October 21, 2016.
Saturday, October 29, 2016

Spreading The News About Nut Butters - No Longer Just Creamy or Crunchy
Your choices in nut butters are a lot more interesting these days; no longer are "creamy" and "crunchy" peanut butter your only options. In the past six months, 28 percent of consumers said they had purchased spreads made from almonds, cashews or other nuts or seeds, according to Mintel, a market research firm.
Saturday, October 29, 2016

More first-timers than expected now buying homes
WASHINGTON (AP) — First-time buyers may be entering the U.S. home market in greater numbers than industry watchers had assumed.
Saturday, October 22, 2016

What's Cooking: More Features, Choices Than Ever With Kitchen Ranges
Like any workhorse, the kitchen range is something we usually take for granted. Until it breaks down, that is.
Saturday, October 22, 2016










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