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home : ag & business January 20, 2019

Land of Lincoln Credit Union donated volunteer hours in 2018
Land of Lincoln Credit Union (LLCU) is pleased to announce that they have achieved a company-wide goal of exceeding 2,000 hours of employee volunteerism in the communities served by LLCU. As of December 31st, LLCU had a total of 2,489 hours volunteered by staff, which is the equivalent of more than 62 work weeks. This was achieved by a staff of around 120 employees.
Saturday, January 19, 2019


Doug Dehority returns to Land of Lincoln Credit Union in new role
Land of Lincoln Credit Union (LLCU) is pleased to announce the appointment of Doug Dehority as the Business Development Officer. Doug will be responsible for reaching out to central Illinois business owners and managers to provide financial services and products, specific to each business’ needs.
Saturday, January 19, 2019

Wellness Care Center Hosts Uniform Day
As a way to give back and thank the local law enforcement and firefighters, not only for their endless efforts during the tornado but also for the help daily, Wellness Care Center in Taylorville designated a special day Wednesday, January 16.
Saturday, January 19, 2019

Life and Money
Almost two years ago I moved into my parents' house to save money. Thanks to that decision, I've been able to pay off my student loans, and now my only debt is a car loan. I pay $530 a month, and the balance is $8,800. It comes due at the end of 2019.
Saturday, January 19, 2019

Anthony Marten, Country Agent Retires
Back some 43 years ago, in 1976, the Litchfield area was in need of a new Country Insurance Agent. After some suggestions by area businessmen and farmers, Anthony “Tony” Marten agreed to accept the challenge moving from a career teaching High School Agriculture, Student Counseling, and Farming.
Saturday, January 19, 2019

Liz Weston: 3 money tasks you need to do right now
Most financial to-do lists focus on what you need to get done by Dec. 31, but there's also a brief window early in the new year to save yourself some significant cash. Here are three tasks to consider doing now:
Saturday, January 19, 2019

Former victims say Jayme Closs needs time, space
CHICAGO (AP) — Katie Beers’ joy quickly turned to deep concern when she learned 13-year-old Jayme Closs had been found alive in rural Wisconsin nearly three months after police say a man shot and killed her parents then abducted the girl from their home.
Saturday, January 12, 2019

Casner honored for years of service to state group
PANA — Trina Casner, President and CEO, of Pana Community Hospital, was honored for her years of dedicated service to the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN) and its 57-hospital membership during ICAHN’s 2018 Annual Conference, held at the I-Hotel and Conference Center, Champaign.
Saturday, January 12, 2019

What The Government Shutdown Means For You And Your Mortgage
(NERDWALLET via AP) — The partial federal government shutdown is complicating the already complicated process of getting and managing a mortgage. For one thing, the political storm is like severe weather at a major airport: You can expect minor delays or worse. Also, it could mean financial hardship for some federal government employees facing mortgage payments without their regular paychecks.
Saturday, January 12, 2019

4660 Wilson Dr. Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — A $10,000.00 reduction, from $189.900 to $179,900.00. Beautiful three bedroom and two full bath rooms located off Lincoln Trail. This home has high end kitchen with quartz counter tops and custom cabinets.
Friday, January 11, 2019

Peoples Bank & Trust contributes to Christian County YMCA
Peoples Bank & Trust recently contributed $12,000 to the Christian County YMCA to be used for various projects. Jennifer Nagle, VP Consumer Banking and Sarah Van Huss, AVP, Consumer Banking presented the checks to Chris Weittenhiller, Executive Director and CEO of the Christian County YMCA.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

No money to travel? Find places to stay for next to nothing
Credit card rewards can be your ticket — literally your plane ticket — to a dream destination. But even if you've earned what you need to get to where you're going, the accommodations could be a different story.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

Retiring From Wal-Mart
Angie White and Debby Wells will be retiring from Wal-Mart after over 32 years of service each.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

Christmas bonus comes with options for spending it
I recently received a $10,000 Christmas bonus. I own a home in a city I no longer live in that I rent out to reliable tenants, earning a modest profit. Besides my mortgage, my only other debts are $4,500 remaining on a student loan and $13,000 I still owe my parents for helping me out when I was laid off several years ago. (I'm paying them $350 a month.)
Saturday, January 5, 2019

Business Highlights
Stocks soar on Wall Street, erasing the plunge they took a day earlier, as a string of encouraging developments relieve investors who have been worried about the U.S. economy. The U.S. and China plan to hold more trade talks and the U.S. government said hiring jumped in December, a sign that trade tensions with China and other issues like rising interest rates aren’t hurting the economy. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell also emphasized that the Fed will be flexible with interest rates.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

Marten Insurance Attends Agricultural Seminar

TAYLORVILLE — Continuing to grow and keep up to date with new technology and industry standards Marten Insurance agents, Ray Marten and Sarah Lehman, attended an agricultural automation seminar co-hosted by Central Illinois Mutual Insurance Co. and Grinnell Mutual Insurance.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Millennials have fewer credit cards than other generations, but that doesn't mean they dislike them
(NERDWALLET via AP) — Millennials would rather swipe right than swipe plastic. They love to pay their brunch tabs with cash. Debt scares them so much they don’t care about credit card rewards.
Saturday, December 29, 2018

208 E. Drennan Edinburg
Friday, December 28, 2018

Couple looks for common ground on finances
My girlfriend and I moved in together about six months ago, right after she took a new job with a 30 percent pay raise. We immediately sat down and agreed on a budget that would allow us to meet our bills, provide a very reasonable social life and still save a significant amount for the future. We've done a good job of sticking to it.
Saturday, December 22, 2018

Midland Bank donates to South Fork High School
Midland Community Bank (MCB) recently presented a $10,000 donation to South Fork High School.
Saturday, December 22, 2018

Estimate the cost of college early and limit student loan borrowing so college doesn't become decision you regret
College-bound high school seniors of America: You are about to embark on one of the most formative periods of your life, full of new friendships, personal growth and overcaffeinated conversations on the nature of humanity.
Saturday, December 22, 2018

New gym, Get Yourself Motivated, opens in Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — Get Yourself Motivated, or just GYM, is Taylorville’s newest 24-hour fitness center.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Bad review online? Some tips on how to handle it
NEW YORK (AP) — Negative online reviews may be hard for small businesses to avoid — even companies with many happy customers can get panned.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Rosati's set to open in Downtown T'ville Monday
TAYLORVILLE — Peggy Brandon grew up in Taylorville; she has roots here. After living in Chicago for a number of years, Brandon is now returning home to start a brand new venture.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Think twice about paying off mortgage
Dear Helaine: I'm 54 and divorced. I've been with the same company since 2004, and I also receive a small military pension. After taxes, I earn $4,900 a month, including the pension. I contribute to my employer's 401(k) and meet the employer match. In addition, I also save between $900 and $1,000 a month, and now have $32,000 in savings. I have no other debt besides my mortgage.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Marucco joins Hanson Professional Services
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Preston Marucco, environmental specialist, recently joined Hanson Professional Services Inc.’s Springfield headquarters. He will prepare and review environmental documents, conduct on-site assessments and assist with environmental analysis and project coordination.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

That 'Live Check' Promises Cash, But There's A Catch: The Costs And Risk
(NERDWALLET via AP) — Have you received a preapproved offer in the mail this holiday season that looks like a check, made out to you and ready to cash? Before you rush to the bank, visions of presents dancing in your head, know that it’s not free cash. Rather, it’s more likely an expensive loan.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

1205 Roosevelt Road Taylorville
This move in ready home located on the North side of Bertinetti Lake is a must see and ready for you to start 2019 in your new home!
Friday, December 14, 2018

MAI-RP Gives Back
MAI-RP Voice recently collected donations at their Taylorville office to assist Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault. 
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Company drags its feet reimbursing travel expenses
My husband's job requires he attend a number of conferences and workshops in his field. It's usually two to four times a year. Not going to these meetings is not an option, as it would certainly affect his merit reviews and, potentially, his employment.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Home Affordability Watch: Good Price Tags In Illinois Midsize Metros
Big coastal cities have some of the highest house prices in the country. In comparison, medium-size cities are often relative bargains. But not always.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Untuckit's future: more stores and roomy shirts for the beefy, big guys
When Untuckit launched six years ago, it was hard to find a men’s shirt that could be worn untucked and didn’t look sloppy. Now the company is facing competition from J. Crew, the Gap and other stores that have started to sell shortened shirts.
Saturday, December 1, 2018

Small Biz: Keeping staffers motivated, productive during holiday
The holiday season can be a motivation and productivity killer at some small businesses. Staffers may spend time chatting or shopping online, ask to leave early for children’s holiday events or just not be in the mood to work.
Saturday, December 1, 2018

35 THS students hoping for your votes in credit union scholarship program
Local residents have until February 28, 2019, to “Stop. Shop. Vote!’ in TCCU’s 5th Annual Scholarship Program.  Voting is already open. Shoppers can ‘shop and vote’ in any of the 35 Taylorville businesses participating this year. TCCU President, Will Perkins, points out that a combined record number of 67 businesses in Taylorville, Hillsboro and Litchfield are participating. “We encourage everyone to patronize these local businesses and help determine the winners of the $1000 awards.
Saturday, December 1, 2018

Life and Money
I am currently saving 10 percent of my income into the company-sponsored 401(k), with a 4 percent company match. We have received news that due to a pending merger, our new corporate overlords will no longer offer us any match at all. I was going to increase my own contributions by another 5 percent, but I am reluctant to rely on this company-sponsored 401(k) as an investment vehicle. Any advice on options I should explore outside of this 401(k)?
Saturday, December 1, 2018

PCH building project fund reaches over $700k
November 20, 2018, members of the Capital Campaign Steering Committee gathered to add an additional $100,000 mark to the PCH Building Project fundraising sign.
Saturday, December 1, 2018

How To Thank Those Who Make Your Life Easier: Holiday Tipping Guidelines
Holiday tips are a way to thank the people who make your life easier. So why is it so hard to figure out whom to tip and how much?
Saturday, December 1, 2018

Miles of Smiles, Ltd. honored as Impact Champions
CHICAGO, Ill. — Miles of Smiles, Ltd. (MOS), a school-based dental program with offices in Taylorville and Pekin, Illinois, was recently honored by Chicago's Oral Health Forum (OHF). The award ceremony was held at the American Dental Association headquarters in Chicago.
Saturday, November 24, 2018

MONEY-MAKING IDEA DESERVES A CLOSER LOOK
Dear Helaine: Personal finance has been very straightforward for my husband and me so far. We simply cut our expenditures (such as eating out) whenever possible and have that money available for therapies for our twin children, who have both been diagnosed with autism. So when an acquaintance talked about a financial services company and the amount of money I could earn if I signed up, I was intrigued.
Saturday, November 24, 2018

Kugel's 'Rediscovering Travel' a funny collection of travel essays
"Rediscovering Travel: A Guide for the Globally Curious" (Liveright), by Seth Kugel
Love travel? Love books? Love books about travel?

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Small business tax planning looms. Tips to make it easier
NEW YORK (AP) — Year-end tax planning, something that should be part of a small business owner’s annual routine, is particularly important now because of the tax law enacted nearly a year ago. The IRS has cleared up some of the mystery around sections of the law that affected small businesses, but owners need to crunch numbers to see how much of a break they’re likely to get.
Saturday, November 24, 2018

Snag these hotel loyalty perks, even if you're not always a loyal customer
(NERDWALLET via AP) — Hotel loyalty benefits — such as access to room upgrades, late checkout and other amenities — aren’t reserved only for the most faithful, highest-spending customers anymore. With the right credit card, you can get them, too.
Saturday, November 24, 2018

Taylorville native receives Torch Bearers Award
EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Kendra Betler Vanzo of Evansville, Indiana, the daughter of Ken and Kay Betler of Taylorville, was one of twelve women in the state of Indiana chosen for The Torch Bearers Award.” They were selected by the Indiana Commission for Women.
Saturday, November 24, 2018

2410 White Oaks Dr. Taylorville
Friday, November 23, 2018

State's medical marijuana companies work to expand
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois medical marijuana companies are working to expand as they expect opportunities to grow after years of stagnation, given recent legislation to expand access to medical marijuana and the election of a weed-friendly governor.
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Life and Money
Dear Helaine: What sort of financial papers and documents do I need to save? I grew up with a parent who saves everything. I mean that literally. She has calendars and old Macy's bills going back 20-plus years saved in boxes. So I never learned what kind of paperwork I actually need to hold on to and what I can shred.
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Emery releases new books on Lincoln, Civil War
ILLINOIS — A frequent contributor to the Breeze-Courier is releasing a fresh look at the life of Abraham Lincoln as well as an updated edition of a work on Illinois in the Civil War.
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Regional education program earns national award
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Regional Office of Education #3 Learning Express Early Childhood Program earned a prestigious endorsement by Parents as Teachers National Center as a Blue Ribbon Affiliate, making it one of the top performing home visiting affiliates within the international Parents as Teachers network. The official designation was made on October 1, 2018.
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Some Really Smart Ways To Rein In Your Holiday Spending This Year
(NERDWALLET via AP) — The holidays are a huge deal in the Weston household — and every year, the expenses threatened to gallop out of control.
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Owners ponder limits on alcohol at holiday parties
NEW YORK (AP) — The alcohol will flow less freely, and sometimes not at all, at some small business parties this holiday season.
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Central Illinois Smiles moves dentistry to high tech
TAYLORVILLE — The newly expanded offices of Central Illinois Smiles at 400 West Main Cross has re-opened following an extensive three-month remodeling of its facilities. In addition to more space, Drs. Greg Haarman, DMD and Amanda Lewis, DMD, have brought high tech dentistry into the focus of their practice.
Saturday, November 17, 2018

318 S. Houston St. Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — If you are just starting out or looking to down size this three bedroom ranch might be just what you looking for!
Friday, November 16, 2018

Near record rate of closures this year: What to do when a fund in your portfolio closes
The past decade has seen an explosion in new exchange-traded funds. Investors have flocked to ETFs because they trade like individual stocks, but offer the diversification benefits of mutual funds — all at a low cost.
Saturday, November 10, 2018

TMH hosts Bi-Annual Networking Luncheon
Taylorville Memorial Hospital hosted the bi-annual networking luncheon for staff of area hospitals whose work is dedicated to the elderly population on October 5. The group gathered to discuss ideas on community education efforts and how to effectively reach out to community referral sources. Hosted in the TMH Annex conference room, they were able to discuss sensitive information in a private environment.
Saturday, November 10, 2018

What to do with extra money after the b ills are paid
I am married with two young kids. Our only debts are our mortgage and $45,000 in student loans at 5.5 percent interest.
Saturday, November 10, 2018

Six $1,000 awards available in TCCU's 5th Annual Scholarship Program
For the fifth consecutive year, tri-county residents have the opportunity to help determine which six graduating seniors – two each from Taylorville, Hillsboro and Litchfield High Schools – will receive $1,000 awards from Taylorville Community Credit Union.
Saturday, November 10, 2018

Thinking of partnering? Some tips for business owners
When small business owners want to take on partners, the selection process needs to be carried out thoughtfully and deliberately. The wrong choice can doom not only the partnership, but the company.
Saturday, November 10, 2018

TCCU celebrates credit union day at 3 locations
TAYLORVILLE — TCCU’s three branch locations were the scene of day-long celebrations Thursday, Oct. 18, as the credit union observed International Credit Union Day with open houses and, in the case of the Taylorville branch, a mid-day Italian beef lunch for members.
Saturday, November 3, 2018

Rural electric co-op awards $2,500 grants to schools
KINCAID — Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative (RECC) awarded grants to South Fork Elementary and Franklin East Grade School. Nicole Perkins of South Fork was awarded 2018’s first $2,500 grant.
Saturday, November 3, 2018

With Mobile Pay, You Can Go Without A Wallet At The Chekout Line
(NERDWALLET via AP) — When you're at the checkout line this holiday season, you could juggle your bags and dig into your purse or billfold for your credit or debit card. Or you could use that phone you're already clutching, or that new smartwatch strapped to your wrist. Many stores now accept mobile wallets, a technology that lets customers make payments via smartphone or watch.
Saturday, November 3, 2018

Rare Find - This Home Was Custom Built In 2001
TAYLORVILLE — This stylish four bedroom, 2.5 bath home has plenty of room for your entire family with over 2800 square feet of living area . Super curb appeal with brick accented front and peaked dormers make this home a show stopper.
Friday, November 2, 2018

Investigators: area mortgage lender engaged in fraud
Illinois regulators have disciplined a Lake Forest-based mortgage lending operation over negligent supervision of a branch office.
Saturday, October 27, 2018

Paycheck doesn't stretch as far as recent grad had hoped
I'll be 30 before I know it, and I feel like I should have more to show for myself. How do people handle these kinds of major expenses? I know the easy answer is to invest, but as I said, I'm not good at that.
Saturday, October 27, 2018

TCCU-Taylorville announces new staff
Taylorville Community Credit Union recently announced the hiring of new staff in its Taylorville office. With the hires of Krista Johnson and Georginia Mollet, both of whom are full-time Tellers, that facility welcomed new staff with considerable experience.
Saturday, October 27, 2018

Americans Spend More On Health Care Than On Groceries: How To Save
Americans on average spend more on health care than they do on groceries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' latest Consumer Expenditure Survey. Saving money on medical care is a lot tougher than saving money on food, however. Two big culprits: opaque pricing and ever-changing insurance company rules about what's covered and what's not.
Saturday, October 27, 2018














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