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home : ag & business : business October 26, 2020

Edmunds: Some popular car value myths busted
You’ve probably heard over the years a number of tips or myths regarding the value of your car. They might involve how quickly a new vehicle depreciates, for instance, or the biggest factor that influences the value of your used vehicle. But are they true, especially this year because of new pandemic-related market trends? Edmunds’ experts analyzed the most popular car value myths to find the truth behind them.
Saturday, October 24, 2020


We All Make Them. . .Here Are Five Credit Mistakes That Can Haunt You
Some credit mistakes are a lot worse than others. Little ones, like paying a credit card bill a day late, may cost you a penalty fee, but that’s a relatively minor irritation — it’s not going to stand between you and a mortgage. Other seemingly small slip-ups can lead to full-fledged disasters.
Saturday, October 24, 2020

Pana hospital opens wound clinic
PANA — Dr. Leslie Anewenah and Pana Community Hospital are pleased to announce the opening of a Wound Clinic at Pana Community Hospital.  Clinics will be offered the second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 1:00-5:00 pm. 
Saturday, October 17, 2020

Caregivers must also care (financially) for themselves
TAYLORVILLE — If you’re a caregiver, possibly for a loved one dealing with an illness such as Alzheimer’s disease, you’re probably already facing some significant emotional and physical challenges – so you don’t need any financial ones as well. Yet, they are difficult to avoid. What steps can you take to deal with them?
Saturday, October 17, 2020

Pushed Into Retirement Early Because Of The Pandemic? Here's What To Do
(NERDWALLET via AP) — The pandemic seems to be driving a surge of early retirements as businesses close or downsize and older people weigh the health risks of continuing to work.
Saturday, October 17, 2020

16 Holly Court Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — Located on aquiet cul-de-sac, just off Lake Bertinetti, this home has a large lot, four large bedrooms, two full bath rooms and one half bath on the lower level.
Friday, October 16, 2020

Peoples Bank & Trust donates $35,000 to local schools
Peoples Bank & Trust, in partnership with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, is making an impact in populations hardest hit by COVID-19. To support remote learning costs during the pandemic, Peoples Bank & Trust is providing $5,000 to each of the follow school districts: Charleston, Ill., CUSD #1, Pana CUSD #8, Taylorville CUSD #3, Altamont CUSD #10, North Greene CUSD #3, Waverly CUSD #6, and Ball-Chatham CUSD #5.
Saturday, October 10, 2020

There's abundant evidence that sustainable investing could get a lot harder
Interest in sustainable investing is soaring, as more people become convinced that making a positive impact can be profitable as well as good for the planet and society. Unfortunately, the Labor Department doesn’t think these investments belong in your 401(k).

In June, the federal regulator proposed a rule that would restrict workplace retirement plans from investments that include environmental, social and governance considerations. Popularly known as ESG or socially responsible investing, this approach considers the sustainability of a company’s business practices.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Nesty's Burger Join preparing for November opening downtown
In just about a month, Taylorville’s Nestor Lopez will be serving up a tasty combination of gourmet burgers and craft beer when he opens Taylorville’s newest eatery, Nesty’s Burger Joint on the south side of the square.

While Lopez is a first-time restaurant owner, he certainly isn’t new to the restaurant business. “I was working for Los Ranchero’s for about 10 years, and started with them when I came to this country from Mexico,” he said. “It’s been a path, and I’ve been planning for this for years, and when I saw the opportunity to get into this building, I just thought that now was the perfect timing.”

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Two new employees join staff at local Taylorville Credit Union
Taylorville Community Credit Union announced the hiring of Hailey Hunt and Doug Miler in the Taylorville office.  

Both individuals are full-time tellers, responsible for helping TCCU members with their day-to-day financial transactions, such as account deposits and withdrawals.

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Illinois electric cooperatives offering scholarships
Twelve 2021 IEC Memorial Scholarships available Illinois electric cooperatives will award 12 scholarships in 2021 to financially assist deserving students in the electric cooperative family.

The 12 scholarships, $2,000 each, will be awarded through the Thomas H. Moore Illinois Electric Cooperatives (IEC) Memorial Scholarship Program. Six scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors who are the sons or daughters of an Illinois electric co-op member. A seventh scholarship, the Earl W. Struck Memorial Scholarship, will be awarded to a student who is the son or daughter of an Illinois electric cooperative employee or director.

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Lessons from experienced investors
Those who have lived a long time have done a lot, seen a lot – and can teach us a lot. And that’s certainly true when it comes to investing.

Consider some of the lessons you might learn from experienced investors:

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Millennial Money: Try touchless payment to avoid dirty money
If you’re looking for a self-improvement task in this pandemic era, try teaching yourself to use contactless payments with your phone or “tap-to-pay” credit and debit cards.

Any germaphobe will tell you that the surfaces of bills and coins have always been gross. And handing your credit card to a cashier who has the sniffles and a hacking cough? Even in pre-pandemic times, also gross.

Saturday, October 3, 2020

ExpressCare Telehealth now part of Memorial App
People can now access live two-way video visits with a local healthcare provider through the Memorial app.

The service, ExpressCare Telehealth, uses video technology to allow patients to see and talk with a local advanced practice registered nurse from one of the Memorial ExpressCare clinics, all from the comfort of a patient’s home. The service is available for all individuals, even those who are not established Memorial Physician Services patients.

Saturday, September 26, 2020

When can I shred this check? Answers to online banking FAQ
As the COVID-19 pandemic leads banking customers to lean into online technology to manage their money, those trying online banking for the first time may find themselves with questions about how to handle things previously done in person or with paper documents.

If you’re stuck on how to handle some of the practical aspects of online banking, here are answers to common questions.

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Dr. Jonathan Reid voted Illinois Young Optometrist of the Year
Jonathan Reid, OD of Carlinville, IL recently received the “Young Optometrist of the Year” award presented by the Illinois Optometric Association (IOA).
Saturday, September 26, 2020

Open enrollment choices can have big financial impact
TAYLORVILLE — It’s that time of year again, where, if you work for a medium-to-large employer, you’ve got some decisions to make because it’s open enrollment time. Of course, depending on your situation, you may have been working remotely for a while, but, even so, you will likely have the opportunity to review your benefits package and make changes. And you’ll want to make the right moves, because your choices can have a big financial impact on your life.
Saturday, September 19, 2020

State proclaims September 21-27 rail safety week
CHICAGO — Governor JB Pritzker has declared September 21-27, 2020 as Illinois Rail Safety Week. This is the 7th year Illinois has set aside a week in September for a statewide awareness initiative to educate drivers and pedestrians about safety around railroad tracks and trains. In observation, and in place of in-person activities, the Illinois Commerce Commission is pleased to share rail safety facts, tips and virtual lesson plans, and resources from Operation Lifesaver. Highlighted on the ICC website and social media platforms are recent publications and materials for teachers, students, the trucking industry, and the agricultural community.
Saturday, September 19, 2020

Saving Money Is Always A Good Idea, But Perhaps Now More Than Ever
(Via AP) — I know, I know. You’ve probably heard all about how you should renegotiate your bills to save money. But that’s easier said than done, right?
Saturday, September 19, 2020

903 E. Park Taylorville
Friday, September 18, 2020

NY Fashion Week 2020: Pared down, and virtually all virtual
No celebs packing the front rows. No paparazzi chasing models down the streets. No stiletto-heeled crowds. No crowds at all, actually. Is there even a point to doing New York Fashion Week in 2020?

Well, yes, say organizers: It’s about economic survival.

“Ultimately fashion is a business, and Fashion Week is a platform for designers to do business,” says Steven Kolb, chief executive of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, which organizes the semi-annual event. “So this is about jobs ... it’s about people’s livelihoods. It”s about moving forward, but cautiously, with safety in mind.“

Friday, September 11, 2020

Some remote workers may be in for tax surprise
If the pandemic caused you to relocate across state lines, even temporarily, the next surprise could be having to file an extra tax return and potentially pay more taxes.

The issue gained national attention in May, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York said out-of-state health care workers who came to help with the pandemic would face New York income taxes.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Panel will decide next week if Madigan should be disciplines or expelled
SPRINGFIELD – A special investigative committee of the General Assembly will begin meeting at the Capitol next week to decide the fate of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.
Saturday, September 5, 2020

Make investments work as hard as you do
TAYLORVILLE — Labor Day is almost here. Of course, this year, the holiday may have a different impact, given the employment-related stress and disruptions stemming from the coronavirus. Yet, it’s good to recognize the value of work and its importance in achieving your life’s goals. But if you’re going to retire comfortably and reach your other financial objectives, you also need to invest – and your investments need to work as hard as you do.
Saturday, September 5, 2020

More Harm Than Good: Why Debt Settlement Isn't All It's Marketed to Be
(NERDWALLET via AP) — In a crisis, long-term planning may lose out to quick and dirty solutions — regardless of the consequences.
Saturday, September 5, 2020

830 Roosevelt Rd. Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — Fantastic family home! This is your chance to own a relatively newer ranch style home with a very livable fioor plan!
Friday, September 4, 2020

Consolidated Communications wins Silver Stevie® Award for COVID-19 response
Consolidated Communications (NASDAQ: CNSL) a leading broadband and business communications provider, has been named the winner of a Silver Stevie® Award for its COVID-19 response in the fifth annual Stevie Awards for Great Employers.

The Stevie Awards for Great Employers recognize the world's best employers and the human resources professionals, teams, achievements and HR-related products and suppliers who help to create and drive great places to work.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

The pandemic has many of us feeling fearful and out of control - these money moves can help
Behavioral economist Dan Ariely and his colleagues at Duke University’s Center for Advanced Hindsight have a pact. Every week, the group of 50 people picks one small business in Durham, North Carolina, and each person spends $100 there.

A one-time $5,000 infusion wouldn’t make a difference to Amazon, Costco or any other large retailer, but it could be enough to keep a local business afloat, Ariely says. Taking this action helps the group feel that they’re making a difference when so much of the world seems out of control.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

529 Plans: Save now, pay off debts later
TAYLORVILLE — If you have children or grandchildren, you may already have invested in, or at least considered, a 529 plan, one of the most popular college-savings vehicles. But you might be interested to know that a 529 plan can now be used not only to save for college, but also to pay off college loans.
Saturday, August 22, 2020

What To Do With Your Stuff That Your Kids Simply Don't Want. . .
(NERDWALLET via AP) — Parents who are downsizing or simply decluttering may have to get creative at finding homes for all their unwanted possessions - particularly these days.
Saturday, August 22, 2020

Memorial recognized in best hospitals rankings
SPRINGFIELD — Memorial Medical Center has been recognized in the 2020-21 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital rankings as one of the top hospitals in Illinois.
Saturday, August 22, 2020

New doctor joins Springfield Clinic Pediatrics
SPRINGFIELD — Springfield Clinic’s Pediatrics team is welcoming a new physician this month.
Saturday, August 22, 2020

523 E. Elm St. Taylorville
Friday, August 21, 2020

NewWave Communications donates to Taylorville schools for back to school supplies
As K-12 schools face unique challenges heading into the 2020-2021 school year in the midst of a pandemic,NewWave Communicationsand the other Cable One family of brands have donated more than $50,000 to schools in the communities they serve in an effort to help fulfill the need for traditional school supplies as well as increased needs for technology and protective equipment.
Saturday, August 15, 2020

Credit Collections Partners judged best work place in collections
Credit Collections Partners was judged to be on of the best places to work in collections in 2020. insideARM’s program recognizes the most positive workplace environment in the debt collection industry. Honorees are chosen by an independent judge (the Best Companies Group) based on company feedback, and most importantly, the input of employees.
Saturday, August 15, 2020

Student Loan Borrowers With Federal Debt Won't See A Bill Until January 2021
You don’t have to make another federal student loan payment in 2020. Now is the time, though, to decide what to do before your bill arrives in January 2021.

Federal student loan borrowers were already in an automatic interest-free pause on payments as part of the original coronavirus relief bill, known as the CARES Act. This pause was expected to expire Sept. 30, but an extension of the forbearance through Dec. 31 was directed in a memorandum signed by President Donald Trump on Aug. 8.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Interventional cardiologist joins Springfield Clinic
SPRINGFIELD — Springfield Clinic Cardiology is welcoming a new specialist this month with expertise in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology.
Saturday, August 8, 2020

220 E. Market Street Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — Presenting 220 East Market Street: this 1892 Queen Anne Victorian home is a George Barber Kit 143 -- one of only two such designs in the U.S. Taylorville's gem is located just two blocks from the National Registry Town Square and across the street from the popular venue called the Pillars.
Friday, August 7, 2020

Peat Earns DAISY Award at Taylorville Memorial Hospital
Cassandra Peat, RN, BSN was recently recognized as the latest recipient of the DAISY Award at Taylorville Memorial Hospital. The award is part of the national DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.

At a presentation on July 30, Peat was recognized in front of her colleagues. She received a certificate commending her for being an “Extraordinary Nurse.” The certificate reads: “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.” She was also given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch”, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Probate workarounds can save heirs a lot of time and money
A reader recently reached out after his elderly mother died, asking how soon he could distribute the $10,000 she had earmarked in her will for each of her two grandchildren.

Because she lived in California, I had to break the bad news: He won’t be able to hand over the money any time soon.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Porter brings 30 years of experience to improving senior health care
Taylorville Skilled Nursing and Rehab has named Penny Porter as its new Dietary Director. The 96-bed skilled nursing facility provides specialized therapy services and rehabilitative care in a compassionate, home-like environment.
Saturday, August 1, 2020










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