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home : ag & business : business June 22, 2021

Bourbon tourism shaking off pandemic slump in Kentucky
With tourists flocking to distilleries, concerns about a pandemic hangover for Kentucky’s world-famous bourbon industry are quickly evaporating.
Saturday, June 19, 2021


Millennial Money: It's time for better employee benefits
Vaccination rates are climbing and employers are rolling out back-to-office, back-to-normal plans. But some employees may want a new normal — one that includes flexible scheduling and benefits that align with their needs and values.
Saturday, June 19, 2021

5 Durdale Taylorville
Saturday, June 12, 2021

Debunking some myths about radon
TAYLORVILLE — Speedy, reliable internet is something people have quickly grown accustomed to.
Saturday, June 12, 2021

Tips to improve WiFi around the house
TAYLORVILLE — Speedy, reliable internet is something people have quickly grown accustomed to.
Saturday, June 12, 2021

What is sweating a pipe?
TAYLORVILLE — Copper plumbing long has been a standard in home construction.
Saturday, June 12, 2021

7 things to consider when buying a shed

TAYLORVILLE — Backyard sheds can be useful assets. Sheds can create storage space in the garage, basement or other areas of the house that have become gathering spots for gear typically used outdoors.

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Outdoor televisions up the ante in outdoor living areas
Outdoor living areas provide a great way for homeowners to spend more time outdoors doing the things they love.
Saturday, June 12, 2021

100 Fifth Street Palmer
All brick home with marble front porch. 2,336 sq ft home plus a sunroom with ceramic flooring.
Saturday, June 12, 2021

830 Sequoia Court Taylorville
This all brick home sits on 1.95 Acres in the Park West Subdivision.
Saturday, June 12, 2021

Top 5 hottest home building trends
TAYLORVILLE — These days, home trends are about more than good design and aesthetics - they're about creating spaces that reflect our values and are more comfortable and enjoyable to live in. From net-zero and net-positive construction to tiny minimalist homes, trends are all about your family's lifestyle.
Saturday, June 12, 2021

DEA: Companies had 'systematic failure' in monitoring pills
A retired high-ranking official with the Drug Enforcement Administration has testified that three large opioid distributors had a “systematic failure” in monitoring suspicious pill orders.
Saturday, June 12, 2021

Father's Day gifts ... for your kids
If you’re a dad, you may be in line to get some nice gifts on Father’s Day. But your greatest gift may be your ability to help your children. One way of doing that is to get them started in the world of investing – and making a few investments on their behalf.
Saturday, June 12, 2021

How to plan an eco-friendly remodel without overspending
When Cliff and Karen Tyllick set out to install solar panels on their Austin, Texas , home in 2012, their goal was to reduce their carbon footprint. The fact that they also saved thousands of dollars upfront and lowered their bills was a nice bonus.
Saturday, June 12, 2021

Space-themed decor brings the heavens indoors
It was a tough year here on Earth, but 2020 was a bright spot for space exploration.
Friday, June 11, 2021

Did you know?
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, air currents can carry pesticides that were applied to nearby properties.
Friday, June 11, 2021

Storage/display opportunities: In furniture, along walls and in hidden places
TAYLORVILLE —  Finding more space to store and display all the "stuff" used for day-to-day living, as well as life's pleasures, can be an adventure that ends with everything in its perfect place. Woodcraft can help you with a few ideas to kick-start your space hunt and then suggestions for tools and supplies to make your storage projects successful.
Friday, June 11, 2021

How to add shade to a deck or patio
TAYLORVILLE — Homeowners eagerly await the arrival of the warm weather so they can cast off the remnants of cabin fever and bask in the sunshine.
Friday, June 11, 2021

2700 Lincoln Trail Taylorville
Privately situated well off Lincoln Trail, there is a 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home on 4.96 nicely wooded acres zoned Ag-1.
Friday, June 11, 2021

First Bankers Trust Company, N.A. selects Joe Davis as new CCO
On Thursday, June 3, 2021, First Bankers Trust Company, N.A. (the “Company”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of First Bankers Trustshares, Inc., announced the appointment of Joe Davis as Chief Credit Officer (CCO) effective on or about July 6, 2021.
Saturday, June 5, 2021

Millennial Money: She crushed $20K+ in debt at age 24
Saturday, June 5, 2021

Universal Music attracts the attention of US billionaire
Universal Music Group is in talks to sell a 10% stake in a deal that would value the record label at about $40 billion.
Saturday, June 5, 2021

Fed chief Powell: Climate policy is for elected officials
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell says the central bank can help assess risks to banks from climate change but that addressing the broader issue is up to private companies and elected officials, underlining that U.S. central bankers are not climate policy makers.
Friday, June 4, 2021

Feature of the week
Secluded Paradise awaits you on this premium lakefront property. Located just minutes south of Taylorville on Timber Lake, you will love every aspect of this fine home.
Friday, June 4, 2021

Millennial Money: Should you become your own boss?
Maybe you’re cringing at the thought of going back to an office. The seed of a business idea floats around in your head between work videoconference calls, after the kids are asleep or while you tend your pandemic garden. Or perhaps you were laid off during the pandemic and forced to work for yourself, and now you’re wondering if you should continue down this path.
Saturday, May 29, 2021

529 plans: More versatile than ever
TAYLORVILLE — If you have children or grandchildren, you may already be somewhat familiar with the 529 plan, a popular education savings vehicle. But you may not have kept up with some recent changes in the plan’s capabilities and in the educational environment in which the plan might be used.
Friday, May 28, 2021

910 N. Silver St. Taylorville
Welcome to this darling cozy home with the perfect use of space combined with great attention to detail. From the moment you enter into the enclosed front porch/mudroom, which is fully heated and cooled and multi-functional, you will be impressed by the many features and details of this darling home.
Friday, May 28, 2021

National Publication names Wright's Furniture & Flooring as one of the Top Home Accent Stores Nationwide
Locally-owned Wright’s Furniture & Flooring has been named one of Home Accents Today’s ‘Retail Stars’ for 2021 by editors of the premier trade magazine for the home accents industry.
Saturday, May 22, 2021

JPMorgan dives back into fixing health care with new venture
JPMorgan Chase will take another crack at fixing health care after a push with two other corporate giants dissolved earlier this year.
Saturday, May 22, 2021

Paycheck advance apps: What to know before you download
Paycheck advance apps let users borrow a small amount of their expected earnings, usually in exchange for a small fee, and repay it on their next payday.
Saturday, May 22, 2021

First Bankcorp acquires Mackinaw
TAYLORVILLE — First Bancorp of Taylorville, Inc., parent company of First National Bank in Taylorville, announced today that it has entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger whereby it will acquire Mackinaw Valley Financial Services, Inc., parent company of First Security Bank.
Saturday, May 15, 2021

Midwest America joins LLCU
DECATUR —  MidWest America Federal Credit Union (MWAFCU) has agreed to a partnership with Land of Lincoln Credit Union (LLCU) that will give LLCU ownership of MWAFCU’s Mattoon, Illinois branch located at 500 Lake Land Boulevard.
Saturday, May 15, 2021

Breeze-Courier adds two new staff members
TAYLORVILLE — The Breeze-Courier is pleased to announce the addition of new staff to the office.
Saturday, May 15, 2021

Look past these life insurance myths
TAYLORVILLE — Most people recognize the need for life insurance – but many of them still don’t have it. Why?
Saturday, May 15, 2021

610 Webster Taylorville
Drive to this brick tree lined street with lots of beautiful an different styled homes located within walking distance to park, grocery store and downtown historic square. You’ll think this charming 1 1/2 story home is brand new.
Friday, May 14, 2021

First Bancorp of Taylorville, Inc. to acquire Mackinaw Valley Financial Services, Inc.
First Bancorp of Taylorville, Inc., parent company of First National Bank in Taylorville, announced today that it has entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger whereby it will acquire Mackinaw Valley Financial Services, Inc., parent company of First Security Bank.

The proposed transaction will expand First National Bank in Taylorville’s branch footprint to Tazewell County and McLean County with the addition of offices in Mackinaw, Danvers and Deer Creek, Illinois. The combination will result in an increase in First National Bank in Taylorville’s asset base to approximately $310 million based on financial data as of December 31, 2020.

Linda Crawford, President & Director of First Bancorp of Taylorville, Inc., commented, "We are very excited about the proposed merger with First Security Bank. Our companies share similar values and our partnership will reinforce the foundation for an extraordinary community bank that puts our customers, employees, and communities first. We look forward to entering attractive new markets that are a logical extension of our existing operations."

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Biden administration allocates $21.6B in rental assistance
The Biden administration announced the allocation of $21.6 billion in emergency rental assistance to help prevent evictions of people who lost jobs during the pandemic.

The administration also announced changes Friday in the rental assistance program aimed at addressing criticism that the emergency support has not reached many who need the help.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Millennial Money: Befriend your money and reap the benefits
What’s your relationship with money? Maybe your personal finances are like a distant cousin you barely think about — or an unsettling stranger you avoid. Or perhaps money feels like your enemy, frustrating you and rarely doing what you want.

In fact, 31% of Americans said they feel anxious when thinking about the current state of their personal finances, according to a NerdWallet survey last year.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Circuit Clerk, Julie Mayer, explains jury trials in a COVID world
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Nothing about the last year has been normal. The world is finally starting to move again, which means that everything put on hold can finally happen. While everybody is happy the shops and events are opening up again, the more mundane facets of every day life have started to return as well. Even though it’s not something people normally think about, jury trials at the Christian County Court House have been cleared to happen and set for the week of May 3. But, with the threat of COVID still lingering, how will a trial take place? Julie Mayer, Christian County Circuit Clerk, has the answers.
Friday, April 30, 2021

107 S. Hickory Assumption
This 1.5 story home has had major improvements such as newer roof, windows, furnace and central air.
Friday, April 30, 2021

TCCU elects new Board Directors
Taylorville Community Credit Union recently elected its slate of Board Directors to guide the organization through 2021. “Our Directors are responsible for setting the credit union’s policies and procedures,” explains TCCU President, Will Perkins. “They are instrumental in ensuring that TCCU’s operations consistently meet or exceed all state and federal guidelines, and that we operate in accordance with all requirements.
Saturday, April 24, 2021

TCCU debuts new website, adds value, expands capabilities
In efforts to ensure it is meeting its members’ increasingly time-sensitive financial needs, Taylorville Community Credit Union recently introduced a completely re-designed web site. The new design and format are much more user-friendly, streamlines accessibility, and expands capabilities, according to TCCU President, Will Perkins.
Saturday, April 24, 2021

How to fill in your financial blind spots
Knowing enough about money to cover your bills is a start, but it’s not enough financial literacy to provide long-term security. Most of us eventually wonder what else we should be doing — and whether what we don’t know could hurt us.
Friday, April 23, 2021

CTI to take part in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program
CTI, the areas only 100% fiber optic Internet, TV, and Phone provider will be taking part in the FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit program. The EBB program provides support for broadband services to help low-income households stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Friday, April 23, 2021

How to fill in your financial blind spots
Knowing enough about money to cover your bills is a start, but it’s not enough financial literacy to provide long-term security. Most of us eventually wonder what else we should be doing — and whether what we don’t know could hurt us.
Saturday, April 17, 2021

Look at your financial situation holistically
TAYLORVILLE — What’s the biggest financial mistake you can make? Choosing the wrong investments? Waiting too long to save for retirement? Underestimating the costs of retirement? All these are reasonable answers, but the biggest mistake you might make is not looking at your financial picture holistically – that is, not bringing into the picture all the elements of yourself.
Saturday, April 17, 2021

Peoples recognizes employees at annual meeting
PANA — People First Bancshares, Inc. held its annual meeting at Peoples Bank & Trust in Pana, Ill. During the meeting, the Board of Directors reviewed the positive performance of the bank over the post 12 challenging months. Acknowledgements were made to the dedication of staff member’s efforts to keep customers and employees safe while conducting required day-to-day bank functions, community focused lending accomplishments and employee service milestones.
Saturday, April 17, 2021

April Is Financial Literacy Month: Nine Money Numbers You Need To Know
(NERDWALLET via AP) — Your doctor needs to know certain numbers to judge your physical health, such as your weight, your blood pressure and your cholesterol levels.
Saturday, April 17, 2021

601 Pauline St. Taylorville
Spacious ready to move in! Walk into the full length living room with a dining area that provides enough space for todays large furnishings.
Friday, April 16, 2021

C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation receives $20,000 grant
To help ease the ongoing needs of Illinoisans created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) has awarded C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation a $20,000 grant as part of BCBSIL’s latest round of giving aimed at helping the helpers.

“This generous award from BCBSIL COVID-19 Community Collaboration Fund could not have come at a better time” says Cindy Mayer, Director of Homeless Services. “We will be able to meet the needs of the unsheltered in our communities. Thank you BSBS of IL.”

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Morrisonville Farmers Cooperative Company mergers with Christian County Farm Supply
The shareholders of Morrisonville Farmers Cooperative Company have overwhelmingly approved the merger with Cluistian County Farm Supply Company, effective August I, 2021. The new company name will be Central Commodity FS, with Mark Bauman as CEO and Taylor Kusterman as Grain Division Manager.
Saturday, April 10, 2021

Millennial Money: Reboot your budget to prep for reopening
Picture cruising your car deep into 2021 and never glancing in the rearview mirror. Vaccines, travel and a hope of normalcy are finally on the horizon.

With so much to look forward to in the future, it’s understandable to not want to look back.

But returning to typical day-to-day life will be a transition. And from a financial standpoint, you’ll want to assess your past budgeting behavior to prepare for more normal days ahead.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Tom Farrell, the former leader of Dominion Energy dies day after retiring
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Tom Farrell, who led Dominion Energy for more than a decade and was a powerful force in Virginia business and politics, died Friday, one day after stepping down from his post as the company’s executive chairman. He was 66.
Saturday, April 3, 2021

How much risk should you take before retirement?
TAYLORVILLE — If you’re planning to retire in just a few years, you may be getting excited about this next phase of your life. However, your ability to enjoy retirement fully will depend, at least partially, on the resources you can draw from your investment portfolio. So, while you still have time to act, ask yourself if you’re comfortable with your portfolio’s risk level.
Saturday, April 3, 2021

Five Pandemic-Driven Financial Habits That Are Really Worth Keeping
(NERDWALLET via AP) — As the pandemic shut down the world around her, Ashli Smith , an Atlanta resident and mom to a newborn, says she set up autopay for her recurring bills to help her stay organized and avoid late payments. “With everything going on, plus being a mom, I don’t want to forget to pay something or someone,” she says.
Saturday, April 3, 2021

Taylorville native opens window cleaning franchise
TAYLORVILLE — The name Lowry is synonymous with hard work and great customer service. Jerry Lowry grew up in Taylorville with those traits in his blood. His father and grandfather, Tom Lowry Jr. and Sr., owned the local Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) business, and subsequently, so did Jerry. He eventually sold the business in 2018 citing then that it was time to go with all the changes that were coming down the pike.
Saturday, April 3, 2021

LLCU donates to Pana PD and others
Land of Lincoln Credit Union (LLCU) has donated $7,000 in LLCU Visa Gift Cards to several central Illinois Law Enforcement Agencies. The gift cards will be used, at the discretion of the patrolling officers, to spread good will throughout the community, offering them to citizens when they see a need.
Saturday, March 27, 2021

Emotional Support Line received 2,000+ calls in first year
In March 2020, Memorial Behavioral Health established an emotional support line to help individuals experiencing anxiety or stress. One year later, more than 2,000 calls have been made to the support line.
Saturday, March 27, 2021

It may not be comfortable, but conquer phone call fears and save money
Sean McAuliffe’s business, International Key Supply , suffered financially when the pandemic began. So he set out to cut operating costs for the New York-based distribution company. He canceled a few services, and for more important ones, he contacted the providers to request deferred or lowered bills.

First, he emailed, only to receive unhelpful replies.

Saturday, March 27, 2021









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