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home : ag & business August 17, 2018


Spa and beauty industry campaign hopes to fill 30,000 jobs
NEW YORK (AP) — The spa and beauty industry is growing so fast that 30,000 jobs are going unfilled. A “Get Your Dream Job” campaign is aiming to change that.
Sunday, August 12, 2018

TCCU's 4th Annual "Freedom Tree" food drive benefits local food pantries
Saturday, August 11, 2018

What's the best way to loan money to friends?
Hi, Helaine: A decade ago, a close friend needed money fast. She was a single mom with two kids, her husband had left her and she needed $4,000 for her housing costs. I gave her $2,000 thinking I'd consider it a gift.
Saturday, August 11, 2018

Greg Curl named new V.P. at Peoples Bank & Trust
PANA — Greg Curl recently joined Peoples Bank & Trust as Vice-President, Business Banker. In his role with the bank, Greg will develop and build business and agricultural credit relationships. Greg will be based out of the Chatham branch located at Piper Glen, but will service customers throughout Central Illinois. He is eager to begin his position and looks forward to meeting and serving many new clients.
Saturday, August 11, 2018

What's the best way to loan money to friends?
Hi, Helaine: A decade ago, a close friend needed money fast. She was a single mom with two kids, her husband had left her and she needed $4,000 for her housing costs. I gave her $2,000 thinking I'd consider it a gift.
Saturday, August 11, 2018

Nine Expenses You May As Well Plan On Incurring If You're Going To Move
(NERDWALLET via AP) — Moving comes with a long, expensive to-do list.
The average cost for a local move from a two-bedroom apartment or three-bedroom house ranges from $400 to $1,000, according to HomeAdvisor’s True Cost Guide . While you’re choosing a place to live and deciding what to pack, having a plan for expenses can ensure your budget doesn’t get lost in the shuffle.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Monthly fees charged by investment firm are troubling
The main question I have is, should I look around and check other companies to see what they charge or keep what I have?
Saturday, August 4, 2018

Tonya Patton joins TCCU staff
Taylorville Community Credit Union recently announced the addition of personnel in its Taylorville office.
Saturday, August 4, 2018

What do colleges want? It's hiding in plain sight
The college application process can seem pretty mysterious to the uninitiated.
Saturday, August 4, 2018

Sara Wojcicki Jimenez to Serve as Director of Marketing and Communications for the HSHS Central Illinois Division Hospitals
Sara Wojcicki Jimenez has accepted an invitation to serve as director of marketing and communications for the HSHS Central Illinois Division (CID) hospitals which includes HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur, HSHS St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield and HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville.
Saturday, August 4, 2018

Memorial Medical Center's Environmental Services Department earns national award
Memorial Medical Center was one of three hospitals in the nation to receive the Environmental Services Department of the Year Award from the American Hospital Association.
Saturday, August 4, 2018

In waiting for answers, automakers stick to Obama-era rules
For all the drama surrounding the Trump administration’s attempt to undo Obama-era fuel economy requirements, automakers are likely to stick to them until they get some answers.
Saturday, August 4, 2018

A guide to travel insurance and when not to buy it
(AP) — When you book flights online, you're typically prompted to buy travel insurance. Same with cruises and tours.
Saturday, July 28, 2018

Insurers Turn To Technology To Woo Drivers With Digital Experiences
(NERDWALLET via AP) — Americans love technology, and we expect companies to deliver delightful digital experiences.
Insurers aren’t doing that — yet. So far, updates have been skin-deep.


Saturday, July 28, 2018

1724 N. 2100 E. Rd. Stonington
STONINGTON — Three bedroom, two bath home with 15 acres of land. This paradise has Flat Branch Creek as part of the property.
Friday, July 27, 2018

PCH Building Project receives donation
Cancer Care Specialists of Illinois, based in Decatur, recently sponsored it’s 29th Cancer Survivors event, held on Saturday, June 9 at Pana Community Hospital.
Saturday, July 21, 2018

AHA honors HSHS St. John's Hospital, Memorial Medical Center with national award
The American Hospital Association (AHA) is recognizing Springfield’s two nonprofit hospitals for their collaborative effort to improve community health in Enos Park, a low-income neighborhood located between the hospitals.
Saturday, July 21, 2018

Savings account emeregency fund is a thing of the past
We're often told to save an emergency fund of six months employment just in case the need arises. My question is, where should these funds be kept for availability with withdrawals without penalty? It seems like a lofty amount to be kept in a regular savings account with minimal interest.
Saturday, July 21, 2018

Why traditional credit scores still matter. . .a lot
Researchers and startups say all kinds of weird data can predict your creditworthiness. What kind of smartphone you have, who your friends are and how you answer survey questions may foretell how likely you are to pay back a loan.
Saturday, July 21, 2018

Hear Well welcomes Janet Orr
Hear Well Hearing Care Center in Taylorville is excited to announce their newest team member, Janet Orr.
Saturday, July 21, 2018

Savings account emeregency fund is a thing of the past
DEAR BRUCE: We're often told to save an emergency fund of six months employment just in case the need arises. My question is, where should these funds be kept for availability with withdrawals without penalty? It seems like a lofty amount to be kept in a regular savings account with minimal interest. -- C.M.
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Gastroenterologists to see patients in Pana
PANA — Pana Community Hospital is pleased to announce two Gastroenterologists will begin seeing patients in the Pana Community Hospital’s physician clinic in the hospital’s Medical Mall beginning in June. Jeffrey Hallett, MD and Patricia Henry, DO will see patients monthly at PCH.
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Foundation says Davis bill would produce growth
Washington, DC — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) on Friday released this statement after a new study by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation estimated making the individual tax rates permanent would lead to more job creation, greater economic growth, and bigger paychecks.
Saturday, July 14, 2018

TSA-Approved Ways To Shorten The Airport Screening Line This Summer
(NERDWALLET via AP) — The summer air travel season is shaping up to be the busiest ever, which could mean lengthy lines at U.S. airport security checkpoints. But you can use the faster lanes if you belong to an expedited screening program, which could essentially be free to join with the right credit card.
Saturday, July 14, 2018

How much house you can afford depends on where you live
Your ability to own a home is affected by where you live. Even people with modest incomes can afford homes in Decatur, Illinois, the metropolitan area with the nation’s most affordable houses. At the other end of the affordability spectrum is the San Jose, California, metro area, where high incomes are outmatched by stratospheric home prices.
Saturday, July 7, 2018

US Bank check presentation
Saturday, July 7, 2018

Credit card holder gets little help recovering from fraud
My recent credit report shows Discover charged off the $1,700. My credit score dropped nearly 300 points, from over 900 to around 600.
Saturday, July 7, 2018

PCH Leaders attend IHA Small & Rural Hospitals annual meeting
Administrative leaders from Pana Community Hospital joined over 100 small and rural hospital leaders at the Illinois Hospital Association’s (IHA) Small & Rural Hospitals Annual Meeting, June 20-21 in Springfield. The meeting offered insight into effective and sustainable reform, the 340B Drug Pricing Program, Board leadership, and how hospitals can respond to the “disruptors” in healthcare -Amazon, Google and Apple.
Saturday, July 7, 2018

Life insurance policy may have outlived its usefulness
DEAR BRUCE: I have a universal life insurance policy, which I've carried since 1982. I'm now 63 years old and considering canceling it.
Saturday, June 30, 2018

Edinburg's Melodic Java: Pizza, coffee and the arts
EDINBURG — Take one part pizza cafe, one part coffee bar, add in a burning passion for art and music, and mix with a ton of creativity, the end result is MelodicJava in Edinburg.
Saturday, June 30, 2018

Refresh Your Home Affordably With Planning And A Little Sweat Equity
(NerdWallet via AP) — Home improvements can rejuvenate a stale dwelling. But remodeling and renovations could set you back thousands of dollars for each room.
Saturday, June 30, 2018

Many factors determine value of GAP insurance
Is it smart to have GAP insurance on my new vehicle, or do you think it's a waste of money? Also, if I am in an accident, does the credit union pay the whole balance of my loan or a certain portion? I heard they only pay up to $20,000.
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Business owners find communication helps with young staffers
Rory Carlton is getting used to hearing younger staffers ask, “Why are we doing this?”
Saturday, June 23, 2018

South Korean president in Russia to boost economic ties
South Korean President Moon Jae-in visited Moscow Friday on a trip intended to boost bilateral economic ties.
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Nerd Wallet
Planning an overseas destination wedding is no day at the beach — even if that’s exactly your vision for your big day.
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Assalley joins board of DowntownTaylorville.org
Michael Assalley — owner of Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home in Taylorville and Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Homes in Morrisonville, Sorento and Panama, Illinois  — has joined the board of Downtown Taylorville.org.
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Rebecca's Antiques to offer art work by local artists
Saturday, June 23, 2018

College-money lessons you didn't learn in high school
High school may have prepared you for college academically, but you may be less ready to handle your money, especially if you need student loans.
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Chart a course for a low-hassle destination wedding
(NerdWallet via AP) Planning an overseas destination wedding is no day at the beach — even if that’s exactly your vision for your big day. 
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Many factors determine value of GAP insurance
DEAR BRUCE: Is it smart to have GAP insurance on my new vehicle, or do you think it's a waste of money? Also, if I am in an accident, does the credit union pay the whole balance of my loan or a certain portion? I heard they only pay up to $20,000. -- John
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Credit Collection Partners earns prestigious honor
TAYLORVILLE — Credit Collection Partners (CCP) is proud to announce it was recently selected as one of the Best Call Centers to Work For in 2018.
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Farmhouse Signs & Co. now open on the square
TAYLORVILLE — Farmhouse Signs & Co. is Taylorville’s newest boutique, but it certainly isn’t just an average boutique.
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Country Home Set Up For Horses Or Livestock
MORRISONVILLE — This two bedroom, 1 1/2 bath ranch is situated on five acres with mature trees and a large pasture.
Friday, June 15, 2018

Worried about Social Security and Medicare?
An unexpected weakening in the finances of Social Security and Medicare has raised concern about the bedrock programs for the middle class. The problems may only keep getting worse in a time of political tension and deep partisan divisions.
Saturday, June 9, 2018

Nerd Wallet
The doorbell rings. Your dog barks up a storm as the delivery person drops off a package. But unlike the other times your loyal companion watched as you received a delivery, this time the box is for her.
Saturday, June 9, 2018

Keep an open mind when house-hunting
My grandson and his wife want to purchase a house in a subdivision with homeowners association fees. I feel they should move farther out of town and buy some property with a house already on it. Could you please give me your opinion? -- S.V.
Saturday, June 9, 2018

Taylorville Community Credit Union's 'Freedom Tree' food drive begins June 5
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Community Credit Union will conduct its 4th Annual Freedom Tree community food drive, beginning Monday, June 4. The program, which runs through Friday, July 13, encourages area residents to donate boxed and canned food items, as well as cash donations, to benefit local food pantries.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Name was taken off mortgage during refinancing
DEAR BRUCE: To make a long story short, I had to quit my job to raise my newborn son. My husband refinanced our home, and unknown to me for years, my name was taken off the mortgage, but my name is on the deed. I cannot afford and don't want to refinance again. Is there any way to get my name back on the mortgage? My husband is seven years older than I am, and I don't want a mess when he passes away. -- C.S.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Name was taken off mortgage during refinancing
DEAR BRUCE: To make a long story short, I had to quit my job to raise my newborn son. My husband refinanced our home, and unknown to me for years, my name was taken off the mortgage, but my name is on the deed. I cannot afford and don't want to refinance again. Is there any way to get my name back on the mortgage? My husband is seven years older than I am, and I don't want a mess when he passes away. -- C.S.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Don't get taken for a ride this summer at the theme park
(NerdWallet via AP) — The best way to save money at theme parks this summer is simple. Don’t go.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

McClure - 500 W. Poplar Street Taylorville
In town on corner lot for this brick ranch style home. Three bedrooms, two baths, living room, dining room.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Kennedy - 2380 East 1900 North Road Moweaqua
Nestled within two acres of a park like setting is this three bedroom/three bath one and one-half story home down the road from the Moweaqua golf course. Open floor concept with cathedral ceilings in the dining area and living room. 
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Curvey - 2308 Eastwood Drive Taylorville
Creating an environment that is rich in style, the formal foyer is flanked by the dining and living room with fireplace. The galley kitchen is centrally located and provides lots of storage to stash kitchen essentials the snack bar counter.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Craggs - 404 Woodbine Taylorville
Looking for country living with all the conveniences of town, then search no more . Immaculately kept, this three bedroom ranch on 1.6 acres with basement and a three car attached garage has all the extras you could want.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

A Hidden Gem
You must see this quality built home to fully appreciate it! Built in 2001 by the current owner with much thought and love, this three bedroom, 2.5 bath ranch is waiting to be your place of peace and quite. Open floor plan with the dining and living area boasting vaulted ceilings is very spaciousness.
Friday, June 1, 2018
































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