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Wright’s family celebrates groundbreaking for new Wright Family Center

TAYLORVILLE —   The Wright family, owners of Wright’s Furniture & Flooring, officially broke ground on the new Wright Family Center which is set to open next fall.  Pictured from left are: Alex Wright, Tom Wright, Linda Wright, John Wright, Ruth Wright, Tammy Wright, Taylor Wright, Devin Wright. Submitted photo New Community Center is set…

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R.P. Lumber Acquires Kieffer Lumber in Mount Carmel

Edwardsville, IL — R.P. Lumber Co., Inc. has acquired Kieffer Lumber in Mount Carmel, IL, making this the family-owned hardware and building materials retailer’s 59th Illinois location and its 85th location overall. “For 50 years, Kieffer Lumber has served the citizens of Wabash County and the greater Illinois/Indiana bi-state area, and we are thrilled to…

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4 non-investment questions to ask an adviser before retiring

KATE ASHFORD NerdWallet Using a financial adviser for your investment needs is 100% on brand, but what about all the other parts of your retirement life? A third of people ages 64 and up have a financial adviser, but only 2% asked their adviser to help with their Medicare choices, according to a July 2022…

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Durbin touts conservation funding, calls for more participation at Illinois farm

TIMOTHY EGGERT FarmWeek Flanked by plumes of Indiangrass, Field Goldenrod and other native plant species growing adjacent to soybeans on a farm in rural Carbondale, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Springfield, on Friday called for more participation in federal conservation programs and touted funding to do so. About $18 billion will go toward four existing and…

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Crop tours find extreme variability

Don Duvall, left, and Brad Gates take corn ear measurements from a field northeast of Norris City during the 25th annual White County Crop Tour. Photo courtesy of Doug Anderson DANIEL GRANT FarmWeek Forrest Gump would probably compare crop yield checks this season to a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to…

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Driven by consumers, US inflation grows more persistent

CHRISTOPHER RUGABER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. inflation is showing signs of entering a more stubborn phase that will likely require drastic action by the Federal Reserve, a shift that has panicked financial markets and heightens the risks of a recession. Some of the longtime drivers of higher inflation — spiking gas prices,…

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How to balance competing savings goals

KIMBERLY PALMER NerdWallet Saving money sounds straightforward — set cash aside for a future purpose — but in reality, people often face competing savings priorities. We want it all: the travel, the house, the flush savings account. So how do we figure out which savings goals to put first, especially when we’re working toward so…

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Designed With Detail comes to Taylorville at a familiar location

Rachel LeBeane Breeze-COurier Writer TAYLORVILLE — Ann’s Flower Shop has been a landmark in Taylorville for years. The formerly bright pink building on Park Street greeted people as they entered and exited the town. After Jeff Peabody bought the building in 2020, he dreamed of one day having another thriving business at the spot. Designed…

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US stocks rise broadly, remain on track for weekly gains

DAMIAN J. TROISE AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose in afternoon trading on Wall Street Friday, keeping the market on track to break a three-week losing streak. The S&P 500 rose 1.2% as of 12:15 p.m. Eastern and is up 3.3% for the week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 306 points,…

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Millennial Money: Why you should increase credit limits now

MELISSA LAMBARENA NerdWallet Credit limits aren’t always there when you need them. With a potential recession looming, it’s important to understand how issuers treat credit limits in an unstable economy. While a credit card issuer’s decision to cut your credit limit or close an account is out of your control, there are still actions you…

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