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home : ag & business 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

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

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

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

Use Your Personal Loan Rejection As Motivation To Get Approval Next Time
Getting rejected for a personal loan can feel like a punch to the gut. It’s easy to get discouraged, especially if it delays plans to consolidate debt or renovate your home.
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Former farm takes shape as Illinois high tech hub
On land once envisioned for the gridiron of the Chicago Bears, likenesses of elk roam today instead.

Those 29 bronze figures represent the massive $1 billion Elk Grove Technology Park under development on what had been the largest remaining tract of land near O’Hare International Airport. Scores of developers have long pursued the 70-acre site, home to the Busse family farm since the 19th century. The land still yielded wheat, oats and alfalfa into the 21st century, even as suburbia grew around it.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Mayors meet for broadband summit with Davis
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) hosted a Rural Broadband Summit earlier this week at Blackburn College in Carlinville to discuss available federal resources for rural broadband services and the need for expanded services to these areas. He was joined by Douglas Wilson, State Director, Rural Development, USDA.
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Small biz: Lending money to staffers is problematic
Many small business owners lend money to staffers who are short of cash before payday or who have unexpected expenses or crises. The risk bosses face is not getting paid back.
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Helping aging parents requires a soft touch
My brother and I are trying to figure out how to support my dad and my stepmom, who only have a small income from Social Security. Her daughter and grandchild live with them, but my stepsister doesn't have much money either. She's barely earning minimum wage.
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Indiana casinos looking for jump on Midwest sports betting
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana casinos are racing ahead with preparations to launch legalized sports betting in early September, looking to seize an advantage over competitors in Chicago and other nearby large markets where such wagers aren’t yet allowed.
Saturday, August 3, 2019

Life and Money
Dear Helaine: Help me decide what I should do. I'm a 53-year-old who had it all but lost everything in the recession beginning 10 years ago. I sold off real estate at a loss, closed my business and tried to pay everything I owed. In the end, I had to declare bankruptcy after running through my retirement funds.
Saturday, August 3, 2019

Memorial Employees donate nearly $252,000 to annual fundraising campaign
SPRINGFIELD — Memorial Medical Center Foundation's 31st annual employee giving campaign raised $251,951 to improve the lives of patients and co-workers throughout Memorial Health System.
Saturday, August 3, 2019

Gordmans partners with No Kid Hungry to help end childhood hunger
TAYLORVILLE — Across America, 13 million kids live with hunger, and 22 million rely on free or reduced-priced school lunches. Gordmans, part of the Stage community of stores, is partnering with No Kid Hungry to ensure children have access to the nutrition they need through programs in their schools and communities such as school breakfast and summer meals.
Saturday, August 3, 2019

Halfway through the year is an ideal time to check on your finances
(NERDWALLET via AP) — A typical July includes vacations, travel, shopping, weddings and beaches. Budgets? Not really.
Saturday, August 3, 2019

Tasteful Home With All The Amenities
TAYLORVILLE — Attractive from the street, this 2000 sq. ft. ranch home has more to offer than meets the eye. Three large bedrooms, 2 full baths plus another room that can be used as a nursery or home office. Main floor laundry with lots of storage space inside as well as in the attached 2.5 car garage.
Friday, August 2, 2019

CCFS donates to local ag youth programs
Christian County Farmers Supply Company utilizing dollar for dollar matching donations from CoBank (Sharing Success), and GROWMARK Inc. (Enduring Commitments) donated $15,000 to Christian County based agriculture youth programs at the Christian County Fair Agricultural Luncheon on Thursday July 25. The matching donation programs are applied for by FS Member Companies and awarded to good causes throughout the FS System.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Mom leaves more money to siblings with children
Dear Helaine: My brother and sister both have kids. I don't. My mother recently changed her will so that instead of each of us getting a one-third share of her estate when she dies, my siblings receive more than me because they have children, and, she believes, they will need more money.
Saturday, July 27, 2019

App lets Memorial patients schedule appointments
SPRINGFIELD — Patients at five Memorial Physician Services clinics can now use an app to self-schedule appointments with their physicians and nurse practitioners.
Saturday, July 27, 2019

Jamison retires as chairman of the board at FNB
TAYLORVILLE — First Bancorp of Taylorville, Inc., parent holding company of First National Bank in Taylorville announces the retirement of George R. Jamison as Director and Chairman of the Board.  
Saturday, July 27, 2019

Credit Scores Are Up, But Americans' Understanding Of Credit Is Declining
(NERDWALLET via AP) — Well done, America. Credit scores across the nation are going up. On the other hand, knowledge of how credit works is declining.
Saturday, July 27, 2019

1610 W. Sangamon Rd. Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — Located on 9.5 acres this home has over 1,700 sq. ft. of living space on the main floor. There are three bedrooms and two full baths. There is a living room and a family room. The kitchen has lots of cabinets and is open to the dining room and family room.
Friday, July 26, 2019

How to support difficult parents
My father has always been the type of person who lived with the idea of "sticking it to the man" as an undertone to his life. As I was growing up, my parents saved enough money to buy a house, which is almost fully paid off, but that was about it. They saved little money, and my father's jobs rarely lasted long. He would find another job and then things seemed stable again. Money was always tight. But about 20 years ago, it seemed like things changed. My father set up as a contract computer programmer. He was successful for several years, and was finally able to set money aside. But then that ended, too.
Saturday, July 20, 2019

Business Highlights
Saturday, July 20, 2019

TMH Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs certified by industry leader
Taylorville Memorial Hospital is proud to announce the certification of its cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). This certification is recognition of TMH’s commitment to improving the quality of life of patients by enhancing standards of care.
Saturday, July 20, 2019

Assumption's 1905 Brewing eying summer 2020 comeback
Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, 1905 Brewing in Assumption is hoping to come back better than ever from the February fire that claimed the brewery’s previous location.
Saturday, July 20, 2019

What to do when back to school bites you in the budget
It might seem like you've been saving for back to school since you packed your children's backpacks last fall. But after replacing worn-out erasers, outgrown clothes and an outdated laptop, you may still feel the financial pinch.
Saturday, July 20, 2019

Wright's Furniture & Flooring expanding business to Taylorville
Wright’s Furniture & Flooring will be expanding its business to Taylorville. Wright’s Furniture Chairman Tom Wright and President John Wright are proud to announce that the family-owned business bought Jensen’s Home Furnishings, and the transition should be complete by August 1.
Saturday, July 20, 2019











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