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home : ag & business : business December 7, 2019

PG&E reached $13.5 billion settlement
Pacific Gas and Electric says it has reached a $13.5 billion settlement that will resolve all major claims related to devastating wildfires blamed on its outdated equipment and negligence.
Saturday, December 7, 2019


LLCU hires Lisa Wilson as a Mortgage Loan Officer
Land of Lincoln Credit Union (LLCU) has announced Lisa Wilson is joining the team as a Mortgage Loan Officer in the Effingham branch.
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Davis and Kind introduce bipartisan bill to train & recruit court reporters
U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) and Ron Kind (D-Wis.) introduced bipartisan legislation that will reauthorize a grant program to encourage careers in realtime writing and court reporting. This bill will reauthorize the Training for Realtime Writers Act, which was passed and signed into law as part of the Higher Education Act of 2008.
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Homeowner toys with turning large lot into retirement cash
Dear Helaine: My house is in a booming neighborhood in an "it" city. I only have a $50,000 mortgage. The property would appraise for about $300,000. It's a large lot, with a house and detached garage in so-so condition. It needs some work.
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Quad County Hospice Receives Patient Satisfaction Award
Quad County agency has received Fazzi Associates CAHPS Award of Distinction Patient Satisfaction Award and has been named a national best practice agency.  

“This significant accomplishment made by Quad County employees is deserving of recognition,” stated Tom Culberson, Quad County Director. “Our local hospice team works hard every day to make sure families who choose to place their loved one in Quad County Hospice care receives the highest quality of care and compassion.” 

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Marten Insurance provides turkeys for the holidays
During the month of November Marten Insurance held a special Thanksgiving giveaway for two turkeys.
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Liz Weston: It's time to let go of shame over your debt
Many of us feel bad about our debt. Most of us probably shouldn’t.

Three-quarters of U.S. households owe money, but the vast majority pay their bills on time and have debt loads that are reasonable given their incomes.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

1610 W. Sangamon Road Taylorville
Located on 9.5 acres, this home has over 1700 sq.ft of living space on the main floor.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

1326 North 1900 East Road Taylorville
Located just 3 miles east of Taylorville. This rustic property is all you could dream of. Sitting on 2.01 acres with lots of trees, the wood sided property welcomes you inside to the 1640 sq. ft. home.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

TMH achieves '4-Star' HCAHPS rating
TAYLORVILLE — The Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN) recently recognized Taylorville Memorial Hospital (TMH) for its ongoing commitment to exceptional quality of care, during a ceremony held November 13th at the I-Hotel and Conference Center, Champaign, Ill.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

LLCC designated as Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense
SPRINGFIELD — Lincoln Land Community College was designated a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-2Y) at the 2019 CAE in Cybsecurity Symposium in Phoenix, Ariz. on Nov. 20. LLCC is only one of only four community colleges in Illinois to receive such a designation.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Consider some year-end investment tax moves
TAYLORVILLE — It may be hard to believe, but we’re getting close to wrapping up 2019. And if you have a year-end to-do list, here’s one more item you might want to add: Lower your investment-related taxes. To help meet this goal, consider these moves you could make before year-end:
Saturday, November 30, 2019

5 Signs an Online Loan Is a Debt Trap
As you scan the crowded pages of Google search results for a low-cost loan, it can be difficult to decipher reputable lenders from predatory ones.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

1559 N 1250 E Road Taylorville
Just half a mile from edge of town on Mt. Auburn Blacktop
Friday, November 29, 2019

1648 N 2100 East Road Assumption, Ill.
Room to roam in this fully remodeled country home setting on 20 acres within Taylorville school district. Southern facing open floor plan with plenty of windows, this home will wow you with the updates.
Friday, November 29, 2019

Pana coffee shop to offer refreshment, inspiration
The walls and cupboards of the new Brewin’ Hope Coffee House at 38 Oak St. in Pana are bare right now. An echo rings through the empty building as warm air throbs through the vents. But it won’t be long before the vision of Tiffany Sims, Jenna Summers and Erica Matthews not only fills the empty space with coffee, conversation and pastry, but fills the individual with hope and purpose.

The coffee house is scheduled to open Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29 and 30, from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

New clinic to hold community open house Dec. 11
A new clinic offering primary care and behavioral health services in Taylorville will hold an open house for the community from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 303 E. Bidwell Street.

The integrated clinic, which opened for business last month, is shared by Memorial Behavioral Health, an affiliate of Memorial Health System, and the SIU Center for Family Medicine-Taylorville.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Pana hospital fundraising project reaches $1.3M
Members of the Capital Campaign Steering Committee gathered to celebrate as they added the $1.3 million dollar mark to the PCH Building Project fundraising sign.  The sign depicts the progress of the fundraising efforts of the PCH Foundation’s $1.5 million pledge towards the $20.3 million project.  The fundraising total has now surpassed $1,385,000 through various fundraisers, activities and pledges. 
Saturday, November 23, 2019

Losing Your Job Is Disorienting, But This Checklist Can Help You Recover
It doesn’t matter if you were fired or laid off, whether you saw it coming or were completely blindsided: Losing your job is disorienting. You’ll feel like you’re in a fog. And yet, in that fog you still need to answer some important questions:

How will you pay rent? Put gas in your car? What about your student loans?

The average length of unemployment is almost 22 weeks, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, so it’s important to quickly adapt your finances to your temporary new normal.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Volunteers needed for Pana Christmas light display
PANA — Every year the Pana fairgrounds is aglow with the spirit of Christmas.
Saturday, November 16, 2019

Pawnee teacher earns teacher of the year award
PAWNEE — Business and Computer teacher Mrs. Jessie Ervin from Pawnee CUSD #11 - Pawnee Junior High/High School was honored in Springfield where she attended the 57th annual fall conference of the Illinois Business Education Association (IBEA).
Saturday, November 16, 2019

Local credit union will award $8,000 in scholarships
TAYLORVILLE — Eight lucky high school seniors – two each from Taylorville, Hillsboro, Litchfield and Pana high schools – will receive $1000 awards from Taylorville Community Credit Union to continue their education. The winners will be determined by area residents who shop and vote in participating local businesses.
Saturday, November 16, 2019

Memorial giving aways books to newborn babies
SPRINGFIELD — To encourage parents to begin reading to their newborns, Memorial Medical Center is giving away a free book to each baby born at the hospitalbeginning this month.
Saturday, November 16, 2019

Time Your Credit Card Application This Bonus-Friendly Season To Earn Rewards
(NERDWALLET via AP) — In late 2017, San Francisco couple Riley Adams and his wife stumbled upon the Halley’s comet of airline credit card welcome offers. For a limited time, the card was advertising a companion pass on top of a large sign-up bonus. 
Saturday, November 16, 2019

New surgeon joins specialty clinic at Pana Community Hospital
PANA — Pana Community Hospital is pleased to announce Dr. Leslie Anewenah has joined the Specialty Clinic Physician staff at Pana Community Hospital.  Dr. Anewenah specializes in General and Colorectal Surgery.  He sees patients every Monday in Suite 103.  Dr. Anewenah also sees patients at HSHS Medical Group in Decatur. 
Saturday, November 16, 2019

Amity Food Mart Grand Re-Opening
Saturday, November 16, 2019

Share Your Bounty with Family
TAYLORVILLE — As Thanksgiving approaches, it’s meaningful to reflect on the origin of the holiday –Native Americans and pilgrims sharing their bounty of food with each other. As you gather with your loved ones this year, perhaps you can think of ways to share not only your dinner, but also your financial bounty.
Saturday, November 16, 2019

1607 S. Shumway Taylorville (Corner Of Rt. 29 Bypass & Shumway)
TAYLORVILLE —  Custom built one and a half story home with finished walk-out brick form lower level. Over 4,000 total sq. ft. Meticulously maintained; you’ll think its brand new!
Friday, November 15, 2019

Demichiel Floors and More announces sale
TAYLORVILLE — Since 1974, Ron Demichiel has worked to build one of Taylorville’s premier flooring and cabinet outlets, but after 45 years in the business, he now says it’s time to hang it up.
Saturday, November 9, 2019

2 Ladue Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — This home was taken down to the bare studs and brought back with new electrical, plumbing, fixtures, high efficiency heating and cooling and R-30 insulation.
Friday, November 8, 2019

RECC attorney 'Friend of Cooperatives'
On Tuesday, Oct. 22, Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative (RECC) Attorney Jerry Tice was presented with the Illinois Cooperative Council's (ICC) Friend of Cooperatives Award during the cooperative’s board of directors meeting.
Saturday, November 2, 2019

Pana American Family agent Mark Shelite retires
On Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, American Family Insurance agent Mark Shelite of Pana, retired. Shelite has served the Pana area for 35 years.
Saturday, November 2, 2019

promoted
Stephen Younker of rural Taylorville was recently promoted to the rank of Major, U.S. Air Force. Younker serves as the Budget Officer for the 183rd Wing in Springfield, where his primary duties include managing $53M appropriated funds annually to support warfighters’ pay, equipment, training, and operations requirements across 15 units.
Saturday, November 2, 2019

Don't Let Try-Before-You-Buy Returns And Deadlines Bust Your Budget
Services such as Stitch Fix and Amazon’s Prime Wardrobe have put try-before-you-buy shopping on the map. The concept is simple: Shoppers get apparel, accessories or other goods delivered to try, which they can either send back or purchase.

“For many customers who do not enjoy the hustle and bustle of driving to the mall, parking, going through shelves, picking out items and hitting a dressing room, perusing from the comfort of the couch and selecting items to be delivered to the door to try on can be very convenient,” says Casey Taylor, a partner in the retail practice of Bain and Company, a global management consultancy.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Edward Jones hosting open house on Thursday, Nov. 7
Kerri Austwick, financial advisor, and Shay Broux, branch administrator of Edward Jones, are excited to announce that they have taken over the former John Gibbons office as Mr. Gibbons is in the process of retiring.
Saturday, November 2, 2019

Health and financial setbacks combine for bleak future
I am a 64-year-old woman with two problems that will contribute to my being homeless sometime in the future. In 2003, I began dental implant procedures to replace several teeth. I suffered through rejection and a jaw infection, and I couldn't place implants where I had the infection. I have a severe gagging reflex and couldn't tolerate the final bridge, so I am missing teeth, something that contributes to my not being able to find a job. Second, I need to use a cane and walker because of a foot deformity.
Saturday, October 26, 2019

Parents, Students Need To Wake Up To The Truth About Dream Schools
The college admissions scandal — which recently led to a 14-day prison sentence for actress Felicity Huffman — exposed a group of wealthy parents’ obsession with getting their kids into the “right” school. Prosecutors say the families paid bribes, faked test results and pretended their kids were athletes to get them into selective colleges.
Saturday, October 26, 2019

Ginger, Smothers join staff at local credit union
TCCU Taylorville recently welcomed two new hires to its staff, according to Will Perkins, TCCU President.

“Tammy Ginger and Jacob Smothers both were hired as full-time Tellers, responsible for assisting TCCU members with their day-to-day account needs,” says Perkins. “Both already have proven to be strong assets to our staff.”

Saturday, October 26, 2019

T'ville woman helps ring NASDAQ closing bell
Kendra Betler Venzo graduated from Taylorville High School in 1984, and from the University of Illinois in 1988. After getting her masters degree, Kendra joined the Old National corporate banking group and has risen through the ranks to become an Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer on the Board.
Saturday, October 26, 2019

Manar named community health center champion
The Illinois Primary Health Care Association (IPHCA) named State Senator Andy Manar its 2019 Community Health Center Champion Wednesday for his work to improve health care for Illinois residents.
Saturday, October 26, 2019

905 Hawley Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — Property Brothers, Love It or List It or Fixer Upper would be proud! HGTV style meets affordability is what you find when you enter in this charming home, located in an established neighborhood!
Friday, October 18, 2019

Judge will halt lawsuits against Purdue Pharma
A judge is pushing for a settlement of more than 2,600 lawsuits facing OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma with a decision Friday to pause litigation against the company and members of the wealthy Sackler family that owns the company.
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Planning for a good credit future
I'm in my late 20s with a good but short credit history. For the past three years, I've been aggressively paying down my student loan, and I expect to have it fully paid off by early next year. I also have one credit card through my credit union, which I use sparingly and pay off every month. I've only had this credit card for a year.
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Peoples Bank & Trust hires new VP
Mike LaTempt recently joined Peoples Bank & Trust as Vice President, Business Banking. In his role with the Bank, Mike will develop and build business and agricultural credit relationships.  Mike will be based out of the White Hall banking center. He is eager to begin his position and looks forward to meeting and serving many new clients.
Saturday, October 12, 2019

CTI Sponsors YMCA Predators Swim Team
Computer Techniques Incorporated will be the sole sponsor for the 2019 – 20 YMCA Predators Swim Team.
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Tips to prevent your pet's vet costs from becoming unmanageable debt
On a normal car ride, Grace the brown-white Chihuahua might have been happily “singing” along in traffic with her owner, Ellen Ross. But this wasn’t a normal ride.
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Stephens joins Farm Credit
TAYLORVILLE — Farm Credit Illinois recently hired Garrett Stephens of Edinburg as an assistant vice president of crop insurance in the Taylorville regional office. The Taylorville office serves farm families and rural landowners in Christian and Montgomery Counties.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Area students place in community college livestock judging
TAYLORVILLE —John Wood Community College recently held its 16th annual Ag Alumni Association Livestock Judging Invitational at the JWCC Agricultural Education Center.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Holsinger honored by County Ag Agents group
FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Andrew Holsinger, Jr. received the Achievement Award from the National Association of County Agriculture Agents during the 2019 Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference held in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

LLCC establishes Open Door - Workforce Equity Initiative with $1 million grant
Lincoln Land Community College announced Thursday, September 26 that it has been awarded a $1 million grant to establish the Open Door – Workforce Equity Initiative. The purpose of the initiative is to provide minority and low income individuals with career training that will lead to employment locally in less than a year. Eligible students can begin these programs at LLCC in January 2020.
Saturday, September 28, 2019

LLCU Names Pistorius as New Compliance/BSA Officer
Land of Lincoln Credit Union announces Kelly Pistorius as the new Compliance/BSA Officer. The Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) Officer is responsible for coordinating the development, implementation and administration of all aspects of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) Compliance Program. This position monitors compliance with state and federal Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), USA PATRIOT Act, Anti-Money Laundering (AML), and OFAC laws and regulations.
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Thinking of refinancing your student loans?
Glossy mailers promising low rates and cleverly crafted ads on your favorite podcast might leave you wondering: Should you refinance your student loans?
Saturday, September 28, 2019

A look at where the US-China tariff war stands
Ahead of China’s appearance at the U.N. General Assembly this week, The Associated Press explains where the U.S.-China tariff war stands:
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Minority women business creation jumps, report says
Minority women are starting firms at a pace more than double that of woman business owners overall, and nearly five times the pace of all company owners.

That’s one of the findings of a report on women-owned businesses released Monday by American Express.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Ruined dress also ruins friendship
A friend needed a dress for a formal event, and she borrowed one from me. She returned it with stains. She didn't tell me they were there. I found them myself. The dry cleaner couldn't remove them.
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Why you don't need a 5G pone just quite yet
NEW YORK (AP) — No 5G iPhone? No problem. You probably don’t want one anyway.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Seven tips for becoming an ethical shopper
(NERDWALLET via AP) — Sustainability, labor conditions, politics and other issues prevalent in the news have left many consumers wondering how to be socially responsible. For some, this seems like an impossible task.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

TCCU breaks ground on new office in Pana
TAYLORVILLE — Nearly 50 people joined with TCCU Board members and staff for the official groundbreaking of the credit union’s fourth location, this one at 101 S. Fifth Street in Pana. The custom-designed building will be full-service, featuring two drive-up lanes and an ATM for easy access and business transactions.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Angela Sharp, Taylorville, recognized by CEFS
EFFINGHAM — C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation recently showcased their 54th year of accomplishments demonstrating the fact that community action helps people and changes lives. During the 2019 annual meeting, some very special people were recognized that had overcome obstacles in obtaining or maintaining self-sufficiency.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Ruined dress also ruins friendship
Dear Helaine: A friend needed a dress for a formal event, and she borrowed one from me. She returned it with stains. She didn't tell me they were there. I found them myself. The dry cleaner couldn't remove them.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

701 E. Esther Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — Built in 2000 by Bill Mann Builders, this three bedroom, two full bath home is situated on two full lots that give this home a large fenced in back yard with nice shade trees. There is also a large utility building as well as 2 patios for your outside pleasure.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

714 N. Powers Taylorville
Saturday, September 21, 2019

3021 Lincoln Trail Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — Fantastic modern design home nestled on 10 acres of woods just at the edge of Taylorville on Lincoln Trail. Secluded from view yet within two minutes of city limits, this home was a dream from a talented architect and an owner with imagination.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

1730 E 2850 N Rd. Blue Mound
Friday, September 20, 2019

Decode your credit card's terms and conditions like a pro
Sifting through a credit card's terms and conditions can be daunting. The language isn't always straightforward, and it's not uncommon to feel lost.

Two-thirds of consumers report fully understanding credit cards' rewards offerings, according to J.D. Power's 2019 Credit Card Satisfaction Study . And cardholder satisfaction with issuers' explanation of terms scored low in comparison to other card features and services.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

C.E.F.S. recognizes Ashley Belle for Community Service Excellence
C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation recently showcased their 54th year of accomplishments that demonstrated that community action helps people and changes lives. During the 2019 annual meeting some very special people and organizations were recognized as valuable community partners who enhanced the level of service to those in need. According to C.E.F.S. Chief Executive Officer Kevin Bushur, “Without community partners like Ashley Belle, Ph.D. it would have been difficult to attain and achieve the agency outcomes and successes.”
Saturday, September 14, 2019

CCDC offering two homes for sale in county
Christian County Development Corporation (CCDC) recently opened a realty company in order to market homes for sale for low and middle income residents of the county. Two of those homes - one in Taylorville and one in Pana - will have open houses on Wednesday, Sept. 18.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Surprise retirement package upsets plans for the future
I'm a 63-year-old corporate executive and was unexpectedly offered an early retirement package as part of a corporate downsizing. The package is OK, but nowhere near enough to carry my wife and myself through the next few years. I don't want to file for Social Security till my late 60s, so I can get the full benefit.

I can turn it down, but then I could be let go with a much smaller package if there are layoffs. I don't have a pension, but I have a substantial amount in my 401(k). I was counting on having another four or five years to beef up my savings between contributions and appreciation. Now what do I do? Who's going to hire me at a salary anywhere near what I was making? How can I recover from this?

Saturday, September 14, 2019

World champion powerlifter coming to The Lockup Gym
World renown bodybuilder and powerlifter C.T. Fletcher has a pretty inspiring story, and he’s coming to The Lockup Gym in Taylorville to share it with all his iron-addict faithful.

On his website, Fletcher recounts his escape from an abusive father and the almost overwhelming barrage of health issues that have plagued him throughout his life; the gym has always been his sanctuary. In his times of duress, he has always turned to the gym, and he’s always persevered. In fact, he is a six-time world champion powerlifter, including a three-time world bench press champ and a three-time world strict curl champ. He’s also the owner of the Iron Addicts Gym.

Saturday, September 14, 2019










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