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home : ag & business September 26, 2016

Persistence pays off for dissatisfied customer
DEAR BRUCE: I bought glasses from a retail optical shop. I had to go back three times to get the glasses fixed due to problems with my prescription lens. I asked the store to pay for my roundtrip transportation, and the manager refused. I sent the cab receipts to the corporate office, and they sent me a check with an apology letter for the poor service.
Saturday, September 24, 2016


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Area contractor honored for work with flood victims
EFFINGHAM, Ill. — C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation recently showcased their 51st year of accomplishments that demonstrated that community action helps people and changes lives.
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Illinois home sales, prices make late-summer surge
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois housing market got a healthy bounce in August, with gains in both home sales and median prices, according to Illinois Realtors.
Saturday, September 24, 2016

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

CNB Bank announces new trust officer
TAYLORVILLE — CNB Bank & Trust, N.A. is pleased to announce the addition of Victor Henson as Trust Officer.
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Donation to THS
TAYLORVILLE — Jensen Patton (left) and Owner Stacey Funderburk of Countryside Vet, along with Angelo’s General Manager J.I. McDowell (right) present a check to THS Athletic Director Paul Held last week.
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Taylorville Urgent Care Now Open!
TAYLORVILLE — Dr. Paul Toofan (with scissors) introduces Taylorville’s first urgent care clinic at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday evening.
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Pana Hospital CEO elected to ITN Board Chair
LITCHFIELD, Ill. — At its inaugural board meeting on August 30, members of the newly elected Illinois Telehealth Network (ITN) board elected the following officers.
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Deep-fried Italian Beef and Cheesecake
TAYLORVILLE — Tony and Barbara Gunther are launching a culinary dream. They are the proud owners of a food truck business called TBG’s Inc.
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Get ready for the next power outage sooner rather than later
Hurricanes and tornadoes get the most play in the media, but any extreme weather -- heavy rain, wind, hail or snow -- that knocks out your power can cause turmoil in your household.
Saturday, September 17, 2016

210 Lakeside Drive, Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — Located on 1.83 acres just off Lincoln Trail with 199’ of water frontage on shared pond, this home has five bedrooms; three on the main floor and two in the walk out basement.
Friday, September 16, 2016

TCCU increases annual scholarships to $1000
TAYLORVILLE — Now in its third year, Taylorville Community Credit Union’s annual “Stop. Shop. Vote!” Scholarship Program has increased its funding to $1000 for each of six awards. According to Will Perkins, TCCU President, the credit union’s Board of Directors approved the increase at their August monthly meeting.
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Senator Manar receives award from cooperatives
AUBURN, Ill. — Illinois State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill, 48th District) received the 2016 Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ Public Service Award on August 31, from representatives of two electric co-ops that serve his district.  The award was made in recognition of Sen. Manar’s dedicated public service to all citizens of the state of Illinois and for outstanding contributions to the rural electrification program.
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Consider These Helpful Tips To Help Find The TV That's Right For You
Is Bigger Better?

Yes, if ... You want to maximize the excitement of every big game and blockbuster movie. Sets with screens as large as 65 inches are now common in both stores and living rooms, and prices for those larger sets, once prohibitively high, have fallen.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Habit of saving is hard to break for frugal retired couple
DEAR BRUCE: I am 69 and my husband is 65, and we are both retired. We have been on a strict budget all our married lives. We have about $500,000 in each of our IRAs, or a little over a million dollars right now. Our current income is about $3,700 monthly from Social Security and a small lifetime pension. Our home and cars are paid for.
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Edward Jones to introduce fourth Taylorville office
TAYLORVILLE — As of September 23, 2016, Edward Jones will be extending it’s presence in the Taylorville community, and they will be opening a new facility for one of their advisors, Blake Davis. The company is currently in the process of remodeling  the old restaurant facility located at 712 N. Webster Street.
Saturday, September 3, 2016

Hart, Corso recognized as insurance service representative
The designation of Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) has been conferred upon Lori Hart and Abbey Corso, CISRs of Dimond Bros. Insurance in Taylorville, after their successful completion of five, one-day courses covering all areas of insurance risks and exposures, followed by extensive examinations. 
Saturday, September 3, 2016

Here are some great strategies for flying saner, safer and cheaper
Fed up with high prices, endless fees, cramped seats, long lines and crazy connections? Here are some strategies for flying saner, safer and cheaper from Consumer Reports.
Saturday, September 3, 2016

Dollar General Foundation awards grant to TJHS
 GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — The Dollar General Literacy Foundation announced Taylorville Jr. High received a $3,000.00 youth literacy grant today. This grant is part of $4.5 million in youth literacy grants awarded to approximately 1,000 organizations across the 43 states that Dollar General serves.
Saturday, September 3, 2016

Renovations Ongoing At BLH Computers
TAYLORVILLE — Gone is the old awkwardly protruding overhang that used to adorn the front of BLH Computers on the northwest corner of the square. In its place is a newly remodeled facade that features a cleaner look and a new sign, not yet installed.
Saturday, September 3, 2016

ISBDC moves to LLCC Springfield campus
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) at Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC) moves Tuesday, Sept. 6, to Montgomery Hall on the Springfield campus of LLCC, 5250 Shepherd Road.  
Saturday, September 3, 2016

Withdrawals from 401(k) must begin at 70 1/2
DEAR BRUCE: I understood from a relative that as long as I am still working, I'm not obliged to take a percentage of my 401(k) every year. I am 74 years old and still work. I mentioned this to a colleague, and they informed me that nowhere in the IRS guidelines does it state that. Am I obliged to take the percentage deduction from my 401(k), or may I leave it intact? -- M.D.
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Hidden risk to economy in corporate balance sheets
NEW YORK (AP) — America has a debt problem, but it’s not what you think.
Saturday, August 27, 2016

The astronomical cost increase of the EpiPen is a very real problem
Along with books, backpacks and sneakers, many parents are facing one more back-to-school expense: EpiPens.
Friday, August 26, 2016

Mormon church opposes plan for futuristic, green communities
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The utopic communities envisioned by a wealthy Mormon businessman near religious landmarks in Utah and Vermont would feature small homes clustered around community gardens and focus on walkability to reduce the need for cars.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Viacom CEO is out as the company settles Redstone lawsuits
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The messy legal battle over Sumner Redstone’s media empire appears to have come to an end.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

The 3 seconds that save lives and the 5 biggest lies drivers tell themselves
More than a half-century of safety advances, public-relations campaigns, legislation and advertising pitches by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the world's automakers have persuaded 88.5 percent of Americans to fasten their seat belts when they get into their cars.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

BLM: Exploration can expand near Alaska eagle preserve
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Canadian company exploring for copper, zinc and gold upstream of a southeast Alaska bald eagle preserve has received permission from a federal agency to expand.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

US stocks take small losses as energy companies slide
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks took small losses Friday to end a quiet week of trading. Energy companies fell as a rally in oil prices faded and investors continue to sell the safe assets they favored earlier this year. Technology and materials companies made small gains.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Charro Mexican Restaurant to relocate, expand

TAYLORVILLE — Charro Mexican Restaurant is moving, but they are certainly not leaving Taylorville. In fact, the move will only solidify their presence in town for many more years.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

TCCU's community food drive benefits pantries
TAYLORVILLE — Several area food pantries benefitted from TCCU’s 2nd annual ‘Freedom Tree’ community food drive, which concluded its 7-week campaign on July 15. Sponsored by Taylorville Community Credit Union, the community-wide campaign drew donations of boxed and canned food items from credit union members and residents in general.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Going Solar: Home Equity Loan Best Way To Finance Solar Panel Purchase
Buying solar panels requires an investment and more decision-making than leasing, but over the long term, the benefits of owning your system are hard to beat.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

FBI chief calls for national talk over encryption vs. safety
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The FBI’s director said Friday the agency is collecting data to present next year in hopes of sparking a national conversation about law enforcement’s increasing inability to access encrypted electronic devices.
Saturday, August 6, 2016

'Student' credit cards aren't for all students, or even most
As parents prepare their rising freshmen for life at college, many are leaving out a crucial piece of information: how to build credit.
Saturday, August 6, 2016

The Burg: Edinburg's new watering hole
EDINBURG — After sitting vacant for almost two months, the old Holler and Swaller bar in Edinburg has reopened under new management and with a new name. It’s now known as The Burg, and it opened officially on Friday.
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Coming Soon!
TAYLORVILLE — Work is progressing rapidly at Taylorville’s newest eatery.
Saturday, August 6, 2016

How to get a fair price for tickets to your favorite shows
Hoping to score affordable seats to a concert, play or sporting event? Good luck. Unscrupulous brokers are sending prices through the roof.
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Rebecca's Antiques moves, expands and restores
TAYLORVILLE — Rebecca Steiner is moving into the new home for her business on the square in downtown Taylorville.
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Insect Repellents In The Age Of Zika - Take Some Extra Precautions
Since emerging in Brazil in early 2015, the Zika virus has now spread to more than 40 countries in the Western Hemisphere.
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Be Wary Of The Healthy-Sounding Words On Food Packages
When you're grocery shopping, here's a good rule of thumb: Be wary of the healthy-sounding words on food packages.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Prairie Rose Health Care Donates to 3D Mammography Campaign
PANA — Shannon Moore and Stephanie Dilley of Prairie Rose Health Care Center (left) presented Pana Community Hospital Foundation a check for over $700 to be used towards the Foundation’s 3D Mammography campaign.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Request for tax payment is likely to come soon
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Boom times for big US airlines: $3.9 billion in 2Q profits
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Compared with their checkered track record, major airlines are enjoying boom times.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Consensus principle stymieing unity at SE Asian meetings
VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) — For 49 years, the unity of Southeast Asia’s main grouping has hinged on its founding principle: decisions by consensus. But that cardinal principle is now proving to be the biggest headache for its members, who began important meetings Saturday deeply divided on how to deal with China’s territorial expansion in the South China Sea. 
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Former resident awarded Century 21 business certificate
CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Heather Mundhenke, formerly Heather Phares of Taylorville, Ill., was recently awarded the Century 21 University Hootsuite Social for Business Certificate.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

CNB Bank & Trust announces Dulakis promotion
CARLINVILLE, Ill. — The Board of Directors of CNB Bank & Trust, N.A. is pleased to announce the promotion of Kelly Dulakis to the position of Assistant Vice President/Retail Lender at CNB’s Taylorville facility.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Memorial earns top national quality, safety honor
SPRINGFIELD — Memorial Medical Center is the first hospital in Illinois to receive the American Hospital Association’s top national honor for quality and safety.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Chicago's new smoking age could increase Indiana sales
HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — Chicago’s move to raise the minimum age to purchase cigarettes to 21 could increase smoke shop sales in northwestern Indiana, experts said.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Paying Off Student Debt Has Left Some Wondering If College Is Worth It
Because the data consistently show that getting a college education translates into a better future and higher lifetime earnings, it should be worth the money you spend on it.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Gigabit Goes Live
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville officially joined the ranks of some of the largest and most prestigious cities in the country on Saturday with the launch of CTI’s gigabit internet service.
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Matrix Gym endures after loss of owner
TAYLORVILLE — Following the tragic passing of Taylorville’s Mark Szabo, former owner of the Matrix Gym, the business will carry on in his memory under the direction of new owner Colleen Litz.
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Digital Age Democracy - Is Online Voting A Solution To Low Turnout?
Considering the importance of elections in the United States, the country sure does make voting a challenge. National elections are held on a Tuesday in November, a workday for most people.
Saturday, July 9, 2016

New Image Designs in Rochester makes a move
ROCHESTER — After operating for more than twenty years from his home, Gary McBride, owner of New Image Designs in Rochester, has finally secured a more visible location for his custom screenprinting and embroidery business.
Saturday, July 9, 2016










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