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home : ag & business : business November 12, 2019

Demichiel Floors and More announces sale
TAYLORVILLE — Ron Demichiel (left) shares a hand shake with Glenn Snyder (right) after the pair completed the sale of Demichiel Floors and More. Snyder will now own and operate the long-standing business. He says he intends to keep the name and continue on the commitment to quality that Demichiel established.Breeze-Courier photo/Owen Lasswell
TAYLORVILLE — Ron Demichiel (left) shares a hand shake with Glenn Snyder (right) after the pair completed the sale of Demichiel Floors and More. Snyder will now own and operate the long-standing business. He says he intends to keep the name and continue on the commitment to quality that Demichiel established.
Breeze-Courier photo/Owen Lasswell
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

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

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

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

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

Who should pay for restaurant mishap?
Dear Helaine: Earlier this week, I met one of my gal pals for lunch at a restaurant near my home. As the waiter cleaned the table, a plate slipped and sauce spilled on my friend's dress. 
Saturday, September 7, 2019

1200 Roosevelt Road Taylorville
Check out this adorable and tastefully remodeled ranch in a wonderful neighborhood. This home is situated on nearly one acre lot on the North side of Bertinetti Lake.
Friday, September 6, 2019

Business Highlights
Saturday, August 31, 2019

Solo business owners struggle for profits, report says
The majority of small business owners who work solo struggle to make their companies profitable.
Saturday, August 31, 2019

Local Remodeler honored at National Conference
Angie Moats, Sales/Designer of DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Springfield, Illinois, was awarded the coveted National Salesperson of the Year during the 2019 National Conference.
Saturday, August 31, 2019

HSHS Medical Group Neuroscience Specialty Clinic seeing patients in Taylorville
Neurologist Todd Elmore, MD, FAAN, and Andrea Jones, APRN, now see patients in Taylorville. HSHS Medical Group Neuroscience Specialty Clinic - Taylorville is located at 1304 W. Burnett Dr., Taylorville, Illinois.
Saturday, August 31, 2019

Why streaming services are the new credit card rewards binge
When it comes to credit card rewards, it’s not all about gas, groceries and restaurants anymore. Issuers are moving beyond suburban staples to include millennial-friendly categories such as transit and streaming subscriptions.
Saturday, August 31, 2019

Buying a bigger house has more risks than rewards
My boyfriend and I are in our late 50s, and we live together in a house I own, along with his two teenage children from a previous relationship. He would like to sell my house and purchase a larger, more expensive house closer to his work and the children's schools. I am not so sure this is the retirement-smart thing to do, given our ages and the expenses incurred by our adult children from previous relationships.
Saturday, August 31, 2019

Small businesses can provide active shooter training to staffers
NEW YORK (AP) — Although mass shootings do happen in workplaces like the Walmart in El Paso, Texas, where 22 people were killed earlier this month, small businesses are more likely to be the setting for gun violence — dozens of attacks happen at companies every year, killing hundreds of people. Many of the attackers are disgruntled current or former employees, or staffers’ angry relatives or rejected lovers.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Talia's Cookies: Fine Italian desserts on the square
TAYLORVILLE — With Florinda’s right next door, Tina Coash jokes that the east side of the Taylorville square is Taylorville’s equivalent of Little Italy.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Extraordinary nurses to be recognized at TMH
TAYLORVILLE — Nurses at Taylorville Memorial Hospital (TMH) are being honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every day.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Local Edward Jones welcomes Travis Magoulias
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville’s newest Edward Jones broker, Travis Magoulias, has been hard at work in the community for the last couple of months.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Lifestyle Creep: For Some Millennials More Money Can Lead To More Problems
(NERDWALLET via AP) — A few years ago, my best friend said something that really stuck with me. The gist was this: It doesn’t matter whether you make $25,000 or $100,000 a year — you’ll still feel like you don’t have enough money.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

2314 Northshire Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — 2400 sq ft. of living space plus another 1300 basement that could be finished.
Friday, August 23, 2019

California's 113-month job growth ties record set in 1960s
Saturday, August 17, 2019

Dollar General now open in Assumption
Dollar General’s newest store at 402 S. Business 51 in Assumption is now open! In its new location, Dollar General will offer area residents a convenient new place to shop for everyday essentials at low prices.
Saturday, August 17, 2019

Battle between daughters could alter their inheritance
I am a senior widow and have been working with my advisers to leave everything equally in my will. However, I was shocked to learn recently that my younger daughter and her husband told my older daughter's ex-husband that my older daughter was getting money from me. The ex -- who is a high-net-worth individual -- took my daughter back to court and is now trying to get his alimony payments reduced.
Saturday, August 17, 2019

For the second time, CTI appeared on the Inc. 5000, ranking No. 2132
Inc.magazine today revealed that CTI ranked No. 2132 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.
Saturday, August 17, 2019

Whether a debt is good or bad for you depends on how it fits into your budget
Are student loans good debt that can open the door to a career or an insurmountable burden? Is all credit card debt a sign of reckless spending, or can it be a smart way to cover an expense? In general, no form of debt is inherently “good” or “bad.” What makes it good or bad is how it fits into your overall financial picture.
Saturday, August 17, 2019

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