A Purdue Extension course entitled “Forest Management for the Private Woodland Owner” will be offered to assist private landowners in becoming more knowledgeable managers of their woodland property. The course will be held on eight Thursday evenings beginning March 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. Centra…

DEMOTTE — Local college student Jessica Frazier will soon be working for “the Mouse” as an intern at Disney World in Orlando. Frazier has visited the many worlds of Disney with her family, and working at the famous resort has been her dream.

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WHEATFIELD — Jasper County Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint of drug activity and possibly theft at a residence 5 miles southwest of Wheatfield a press release states. At the location,…

WHEATFIELD — The visiting Munster Mustangs made short work of their host Kankakee Valley Kougar Boys’ Basketball team, manhandling them 89 – 50. The Kougars just could not stop the onslaught of the more athletic Mustangs.

WHEATFIELD — If you, like several others, left the game early on Thursday, Jan. 9, you might be surprised to hear that the Kankakee Valley Girls Basketball team had lost. After all, at the end…

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WHEATFIELD — As part of the annual Coaches versus Cancer drive, the Kankakee Valley Girls’ Basketball team hosted North Judson – San Pierre as their Suits and Sneakers game with the goal of ra…

WHEATFIELD — On Saturday, Jan. 11, the Champions Together Program hoisted their fifth banner in celebration of the partnership between Kankakee Valley High School and Special Olympics. Prior t…

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 the world, and as developing countries continue to grow, the demand for ag products will rise along…

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.

Like many years in the world of agriculture, 2019 had its ups and downs. White County, along with much of the Midwest, experienced torrential rain showers throughout the spring and early summer.

Another year gone, another reset of the calendar, which means it is time to take stock of where we’ve been and where we’re going.

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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...

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Tax preparers such as Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) and Enrolled Agents are incredibly busy during tax season. Their time is precious, even more so in recent years with many of the changes introduced by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act currently in effect. That makes it even more important for you to prepare for your allotted tax preparation time.

Your tax professional needs the following four categories of information to prepare your taxes properly. Make sure to bring all the necessary forms and receipts and organize them so that they may be found quickly.

  • Identification and Basic Information – For any new relationships, you will need to supply identification for you, your spouse, and all dependents claimed. Social Security cards are preferred, but other government-issued ID is usually acceptable. Check with your preparer before you visit.

    Other basic information includes your address, your previous year's tax form, and any info...

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Did you have a happy New Year? We certainly hope so. Now it's time to get back to regular routines and take care of January chores, including gathering your tax information.

The 2020 Tax Season Begins on January 27

The IRS has announced that the 2020 tax season will begin on January 27th. The beginning of tax season marks the first day that the IRS will accept individual electronic returns and start processing traditional paper returns.

Soon, you and more than 150 million of your fellow Americans will be sifting through tax information and preparing returns — or have them prepared for you. In 2018, tax preparers filed nearly 79.5 million electronic returns. In 2019, the industry employed 314,413 tax practitioners in 134,475 businesses and created $11 billion in revenue. Expect tax preparers to be even busier in 2020 due to the ...

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Holiday Debt On the Increase

Are your credit cards still smoking from holiday overuse? Based on a recent MagnifyMoney survey, it wouldn't be surprising.

Consumers who financed their holiday spending averaged $1,325 in holiday spending debt – a sharp increase from 2018's $1,230, 2017's $1,054 average and 2016's $1,003 average. Increases in wages and consumer confidence are at least partly to blame. Did a personal increase in wages and confidence lead you into a mountain of holiday debt?

We've given previous tips on dealing with excessive holiday debt. You've got more debt – so we've got five more tips, for a total of 10.

6. Slice Your Budget Further

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Santa was not so kind to your friends and relatives this year, so you felt the need to fill the gap. You overspent on holiday gifts, and now you are stuck with a significant amount of holiday debt. Gratitude from gift recipients is a great feeling, but gratitude is not going to pay off your MasterCard bill. If it's any comfort, you're not alone; according to one report, Americans racked up an average of $1,325 in debt last holiday season.

What do you do? Start with the classic bit of advice – "if you are in a hole, stop digging." Recognize that you overspent, and freeze your spending until you can take the following steps.

How to Reduce Holiday Debt

  1. Assess the Situation and Rebalance the Budget – Face up to your debt and total up the damage. Rebalance your budget to account for this new debt, and look for any budgeted spending that you can temporarily drop. You will need to eat out less often and delay other discretionary spendi...

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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.

Overeating during the holidays and New Year’s may now be in the rearview mirror. But that doesn’t necessarily make losing or maintaining weight easier for everyone — even if you resolved to make healthier food choices. It may be a tough work to keep a healthy weight and diet. For some people, it can be especially difficult.

One way to achieve mental health, happiness and clarity is through meditation. What meditation does is uniquely dynamic — allowing your whole being to open up, decluttering your thoughts, feelings and emotions into a positive state of confidence.

Whether you brush your teeth once, twice or thrice per day, this daily ritual can sometimes fall to the wayside during and after the holiday seasons. Sweet treats lurk around every kitchen corner and dining room dessert table. Luckily, we’ve got you covered — but not covered in toothpaste. Check out our top five tips to take care of your teeth this winter.

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Central Command said Thursday that several U.S. soldiers were injured in an Iranian missile attack on two bases in Iraq earlier this month. "While no U.S. service members were killed in the Jan. 8 Iranian attack on Al Asad Air base, several were treated for concussion symptoms from the blast and are still being assessed," Capt. Bill Urban, spokesman for U.S. Central ...

SYDNEY - Australia's largest tourism market is turning away as the smoke shrouding Sydney and Melbourne and images of fire-ravaged beach resorts deter Chinese New Year tourists, in a further blow to the economy. Visitors from mainland China spend an estimated $8.3 billion annually Down Under, with trips in January and February accounting for almost a quarter of annual arrivals. Tourism ...

LONDON - Whether eventually it proves a strategic triumph, disaster or just another bloody chapter in Middle East history, U.S. President Donald Trump's order to kill one of the most senior figures in Iran is exposing the strengths and weaknesses that make the Islamic Republic fight the way it does. The pinpoint accuracy of Iran's immediate response to the Jan. 3 killing of Al Quds commander ...

LOS ANGELES - Just 10 days before the 62nd Grammy Awards, Recording Academy President and Chief Executive Deborah Dugan has exited her position, the organization confirmed Thursday. Dugan took over on Aug. 1 as the first female president of the Recording Academy, which oversees the Grammy Awards. Dugan replaced longtime Recording Academy chief executive Neil Portnow, who suggested in 2018 that ...