Indiana farmers faced incredible weather related challenges in 2019 which negatively affected production in many parts of the state. In White County, like many places, farmers had a very late start to planting. Fortunately, things did dry out just in time to get most of the planting in, but …

Recent Obituaries



Local & Social Scene




Follow us on Facebook


WHEATFIELD — On a frigid, cold morning five of the eight scheduled teams showed up to the Kankakee Valley High School Pool to compete in the annual Boys’ KV Invite. Three teams from the east w…

WHEATFIELD — The youngest Lady Kougars at Kankakee Valley High School fell to their Munster Mustang counterparts in the title game of the KV Girls’ Freshman Basketball Tourney. The four team m…

DEMOTTE — The Heritage Christian Defenders could not mount any defense against a firing-on-all-cylinders Knights senior Ben Lins on Thursday, Jan. 16. Lins had 22 points in the first quarter a…

WHEATFIELD — The Kougars dropped another heartbreaker, falling 70 – 67 to Twin Lakes at home on Friday, Jan 17. The game was hard-fought by both teams whistle to whistle and truly could have b…

Indiana farmers faced incredible weather related challenges in 2019 which negatively affected production in many parts of the state. In White County, like many places, farmers had a very late start to planting. Fortunately, things did dry out just in time to get most of the planting in, but …

Nearly every agricultural publication I have come across recently has had a pretty optimistic outlook for the coming years in farming. The Corn Belt continues to be the most productive land in…

ATLANTA — Late last week (Jan. 3, 2020) Coca-Cola Company announced via a press release that it has acquired the remaining stake in fairlife LLC from its joint venture partner Select Milk Producers.

Indiana farmers faced incredible weather related challenges in 2019 which negatively affected production in many parts of the state. In White County, like many places, farmers had a very late start to planting. Fortunately, things did dry out just in time to get most of the planting in, but …

In preparation for “Bad Boys for Life,” I watched the previous two “Bad Boys” films from 1995 and 2003. This research coincided with the “Jeopardy!” Greatest of All Time tournament, which featured especially hard clues designed to challenge the brainiac players.

  • Updated

House Bill 1279, authored by state Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, would give the RDA authority to create a "nonprofit entity" that could "solicit and accept private or public funding" to carry out the RDA's goal to spur projects in the Transit Development Districts that are being created in anticipation of the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District's double-track and West Lake Corridor projects.

MoneyTips

Do the words "tax return" send shivers down your spine because you always end up with a gigantic headache and little or no tax refund at the end? Maybe the problem is in preparation and planning – or lack of it. Tax law is complicated, and it takes a coordinated, sustained effort to optimize your refund. Let these nine tips help you acquire the best refund possible.

1. Don't Delay – The IRS doesn't start processing forms for the 2019 tax year until January 27, 2020, but that doesn't mean you have to wait until right before this year's deadline of April 15. If you need motivation, think of what you can do with a tax refund windfall. The sooner you file, the sooner you can put your refund to use. Two other reasons to avoid procrastination: the earlier you begin, the more time you'll have to locate any missing documents and data; and the sooner you file, the harder it is for a tax identity thief to target you.

2. Contribute to Retirement Pla...

Do You Qualify For An Earned Income Tax Credit?

8 Common Mistakes Of Tax Extension Filers

What are Deductions, Credits, and Exemptions?

MoneyTips

Your home isn't just your castle; it is also a source of tax deductions. Yet, every year, Americans let these potential tax deductions pass by, not realizing how to take advantage of them. Complicating matters, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 made major changes to the tax breaks that every homeowner should know.

IRS Publication 530, titled "Tax Information for Homeowners", can fill you in on the deductions that are available to you for the 2019 tax year. Several of the most important tax benefits are listed below.

  • Mortgage Interest – This should be the largest home-related tax deduction that is available to you. If you bought your home before December 15, 2017, you can deduct interest payments on either primary or secondary homes, up to the limit of $1 million in collective mortgage debt if married and filing jointly, or $50...

Understanding The Tax Benefits Of A Mortgage

Are You Paying Too Much Property Tax?

Men Benefit More from Mortgage Interest Tax Deductions

MoneyTips

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a program designed to provide tax relief for American workers with low-paying jobs. Could you qualify for this tax credit? If you have a relatively low income, take some time to find out.

Earned Income Tax Credit Qualification

Some eligible taxpayers miss out on EITC savings because they have no taxes withheld and think that they cannot possibly qualify. However, EITC is a refundable tax credit, meaning that even if you owe no taxes you may be eligible to get money back — as long as you file a tax return. You cannot qualify if you do not file. But if you do file, and owe no taxes, you may get a check from Uncle Sam anyway!

To claim this credit, you must meet certain requirements. First, you must have earned income. Generally, this refers to wages, salaries, tips or self-employment income. Other...

Get Ready For Tax Season!

Many Do Not Claim Their Tax Refunds Each Year

What Is My IRS Pin?

MoneyTips


By Andrea Woroch

As a new decade begins, many have their sights set on change. After what feels like a lifetime of working, though, it can be difficult to transition to a cold-turkey retirement. To stay busy and supplement income many people are "semi-retiring" instead.

Folks are leaving their traditional jobs, cutting costs and looking for more flexible, fun work. And, these days, you don't have to look far. With the emergence of the "gig economy", it's easy to earn a little side cash, without having to commit to a 9 to 5 job – or even leave the house.

If your goal is to achieve a semi-retired lifestyle in 2020, follow these steps and start living out the rest of your life in freedom.

1. Downsize.

Your housing expenses are likely the biggest line item in your budget. Whether you rent or own, look at options for reducing this expense. Not only does finding a smaller house or moving into an apartment help lower your actual...

Semi-Retirement Is the New Retirement (Infographic)

Most Americans Think They Won't Need $1 Million To Retire

Video: Retirement Doesn't Mean The End Of Work

MoneyTips

Is it tax time already? You may not want to admit it, but tax time starts well before the filing deadline. Your important tax forms start arriving in the mail in January. If you simply let them accumulate in a pile, it will be April before you realize it, and you will be scrambling around, attempting to do your taxes at the last moment. Woe unto you if you realize at the last minute that one of your important tax forms is nowhere to be found.

How many forms should you expect? That depends on your situation, but anything that contributes to your income or makes adjustments to your taxable income will require documentation. Primary forms include:

  • W-2s – Everyone that you have worked for as a direct employee owes you a W-2 form to show all monies paid to you and taxes withheld.

  • 1099s – 1099s cover all income from sources...

5 Reasons To File Your Tax Return Now

Is Your W-2 Tax Form Less Than Your Salary?

No W-2 Tax Form? What To Do

Almost immediately after birth a child begins to imitate their parents. They mimic mannerisms and behaviors such as smiling when their parents smile, make similar noises and, when they are old enough to talk, they repeat what parents say.

Vaping controversy has been front and center lately, with the recent news that the CEO of Juul, Kevin Burns, had resigned in September, as an increasing number of deaths related to vaping and threats of federal regulation are presenting a massive challenge for the e-cigarette company.

Whether it’s by car, train or plane, it can sometimes be tough to get a good night’s sleep when traveling. You’re away from the comfort of your own bed, and you could be traveling with people who cry, sneeze, talk loudly or watch a movie without headphones. But you can still sleep well while traveling. Learn how traveling across time zones impacts your sleep, what causes jet lag, and how you can feel rested the next time you travel across the country.

The American Society for the Positive Care of Children estimates that child abuse reports involve 7.5 million children, and child abuse crosses all socioeconomic and educational levels, religions, ethnic and cultural groups. The National Children’s Alliance has reported that nearly 700,000 children are abused in the U.S annually. Childhelp.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse, found that a report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds.

It is healthy for the bodies to take probiotics. They cleanse the body and the gut system. The “good bacteria” helps keep the gut healthy. Instead of buying expensive probiotic products, nature offers some organic choices for you that you can use daily for a better gut health. The name itself is derived from the Latin 'pro-' 'for' and the Greek '-biotic' 'life. The discovery of the probiotics came in the early 20th century and was found in Bulgaria where the bacteria Bacillus Bulgarikus was found in milk.

NEW YORK - Sonny Grosso, the larger-than-life NYPD detective whose fast-and-furious crime-busting with partner Eddie Egan became the basis of the 1971 hit "The French Connection," died Wednesday, a family member confirmed. He was 89. Grosso, who turned Hollywood producer after the spectacular screen retelling of the takedown of a heroin trafficking ring starring Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider, ...

CORVALLIS, Ore. - It was after midnight Monday that Shareef O'Neal tweeted an image of Bart Simpson lying in bed and staring at the ceiling, blinking as if in deep contemplation. The social media missive was sent out several hours after the UCLA redshirt freshman received the dreaded Did Not Play - Coach's Decision designation during the Bruins' home victory over California. It was the fifth ...

WASHINGTON - Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton was among the first senators spotted ordering milk to the Senate chamber for President Donald Trump's impeachment trial Wednesday, and he took small sips to wash down what looked like a Hershey's chocolate bar. This was the second day of the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history, and the 100 senators began to search in earnest for comfort ...

MIAMI - Erik Spoelstra was desperate for answers as a 19-point halftime lead dwindled to single digits in the third quarter Wednesday at AmericanAirlines Arena. The Miami Heat dismantled the Washington Wizards for the first 24 minutes, leading by as much as 21, and then the second half arrived. The Wizards cut the lead to 10, so Spoelstra countered with a timeout. They cut the lead down to ...