DEMOTTE — The Jasper County Sheriff’s Department, along with the Porter County Multi-Enforcement Group purchased a gram of cocaine from Hilario Mercado Jr. on April 30 at a location in Keener Township according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

No one wants to think about it yet, but it will be here before you know it-back to school time! The cost of school supplies can add up. The good news is that means it’s nearly time for the 6th Annual Back to School Fair. The Back to School Fair is for students of the Kankakee Valley and DeMo…

CROWN POINT — The City of Crown Point would like to invite the region to the 2019 Taste of Crown Point at Bulldog Park on July 19, from 4 to 10 p.m. and July 20, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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DEMOTTE — The Jasper County Sheriff’s Department, along with the Porter County Multi-Enforcement Group purchased a gram of cocaine from Hilario Mercado Jr. on April 30 at a location in Keener Township according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

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WHEATFIELD — The annual Kankakee Valley High School Boys’ Soccer Alumni Game took place on Friday, July 12, and the turnout was good both on and off the field. There were 26 alumni that signed up to play, taking home only a T-shirt for their effort. The alumni were broken into two teams dete…

One of my most exciting days of fishing last summer came late in the year when the weeds, pond scum and other, often off putting, seasonal growth was at it’s peak. My fishing partner and I wer…

WHEATFIELD — The annual Kankakee Valley Alumni versus current players Girls’ Soccer Game was, as usual, fun for all involved. Taking place on Saturday, July 13, the alumni ranged from this yea…

No one wants the items they want to buy to cost more. No one wants the the items they want to sell to sell less. So an unusual thing happened back in 1950 with the passage of the Federal Aid i…

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RENSSELAER — Suzanne Tryon recently took ownership of the property formerly known as “Brandi’s Bakery and Cafe,” better known to longtime customers as “Clauss’ Bakery” prior to that period.


KERSEY — A familiar establishment reopened their doors recently with new ownership. Gentleman Tom’s Hideaway had a soft opening midway through June under the guidance of new owners Keith and Trisha Foor.

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DeMOTTE — A new, locally-owned pharmacy has joined the medicine business in DeMotte. Mike Swart, a familiar face to many from his 22 years at CVS, has opened Valley Pharmacy. The pharmacy opened on Tuesday, June 18, in the vacant Fagen Pharmacy location in the front of Tysen’s Family Food Center.

FAIR OAKS — The DeMotte Chamber of Commerce was treated to a special lunch at The Farmhouse Restaurant at Fair Oaks Farms Wednesday afternoon as they welcomed new member Van Drunen Farms, which sponsored the luncheon. Van Drunen Farms is located in Momence, but has ties in DeMotte.

Indiana just added to its huge surplus. That’s good news, and yet I am still really angry.

Ice cream and summer always seem to go together well and July is National Ice Cream Month. Rather you select your favorite flavor from the grocery or make your own favorite recipe at home, ice cream is an all American favorite. Did you know that the average American eats about a ton of ice c…

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Current Federal Reserve Chairperson Jerome Powell recently indicated that the Fed may soon cut interest rates for the first time since the start of the financial crisis in 2009. What would such a change in the federal funds rate mean for you?

In today’s world of 24/7 cable TV and Internet news, people are more likely to be knowledgeable about financial and economic matters than in past generations. For example, we would venture to guess that most people have at least heard of the Federal Reserve, or, as it is usually referred to, the Fed.

However, having heard of the Fed is quite different from understanding what the Fed actually does and how its actions influence our financial lives. Let’s explore the Fed’s role in the U.S. economy and how its actions affect the broad economy and interest rates in particular.

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Debt is no picnic at any age, but it's particularly rough on senior citizens. Most are nearing their retirement years or have already retired with little time (or money) to pay down debts.

Seniors tend to have better access to more credit if they need it. Their average credit score is 745, well above the national average of 701. That's both good and bad news. Better access to credit can tempt seniors into increasing debt or letting credit ride throughout their retirement years when they have less income to avoid a debt spiral.

The credit reporting agency Experian finds that Americans aged sixty and above do have less debt than the average American – $70,633 compared to the $93,446 national average – but that's still a troubling number given that most incomes will decrease during retirement years.

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Does your family celebrate Amazon Prime Day? Over half of Amazon customers are estimated to be members of Amazon Prime, a staggering figure. Prime Day 2018 was the biggest shopping day of the year, exceeding even Black Friday and Cyber Monday, with 89 million visitors logging on and over 100 million products sold. Prime Day 2019 starts on Monday, July 15th at 12 a.m. PT and for the first time ever will run for 48 hours.

Amazon Prime members gain several membership advantages, but one of the greatest is free shipping year-round. For only $119 per year, you get free shipping and rapid delivery — and if you use Amazon even semi-regularly, you will save a bundle on shipping charges compared to the $119 membership. That begs the question: how can Amazon afford free shipping with Prime membership at only $119? The price was raised from $79 to $99 in 2014 and from $99 to $119 in 2018, but shipping costs are not the fundamental reason why.

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America's credit card debt is nearly $1 trillion, according to Federal Reserve data. How much of that debt belongs to your kids?

The 2019 Parents, Kids, and Money Survey from T. Rowe Price shows that credit card use has skyrocketed among 8-to-14-year-olds over the past seven years – from 4% in 2012 to 17% today. That's almost as high as the percentage of kids with checking accounts (19%).

Only 41% of kids with credit cards pay their bill. Parents pay 59% of the time – although this statistic could be misleading. Kids in the 8-year-old to 14-year-old age range are probably paying off their debts with allowance money or earnings from chores. Parents are responsible for charges in any case since children that young can't open credit cards under their own name.

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Few things are more effective at fighting identity theft than credit freezes. When you freeze your credit, potential lenders can't access your credit file to assess the risk of lending money to you. No risk assessment means no credit – so identity thieves can't use your stolen information to create fake accounts in your name.

You can't open new credit accounts in your name, either. When you're ready to shop for a new home or refinance your existing one, you must temporarily remove (thaw) the freeze so lenders can assess your credit.

Fortunately, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act of 2018 removed credit freeze barriers by making them free and simple to apply and remove. If you request a credit freeze with any of the three major credit reporting agencies (TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax) over the phone or via a secu...

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It can sometimes be difficult to get kids outdoors for exercise when the weather is harsh, says Jennifer Jewell, a physical therapist in Jefferson Township. That’s one of the main reasons she enrolled her three children in the iXL Rehab, Exercise and Wellness Center’s Excel Sports Performance youth camp.

If you’ve ever been a pet parent you know animals love to explore and taste just about everything in their path. Unfortunately, there are things at home that our furry friends shouldn’t eat. In fact, according to the ASPCA in 2018, the Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) received an average of 1,200 calls daily and assisted 266,554 animals.

According to the Oxford Dictionary, a boundary is defined as “a line that marks the limits of an area.” In more straightforward terms, it’s the line you clearly draw so that others know not to cross it. Boundaries are essential to healthy relationships, whether that’s among friends, within the workplace or in a romantic partnership.

LOS ANGELES - A Los Angeles County judge on Tuesday ordered Mike Fleiss, the reality television producer behind "The Bachelor" franchise, to stay 100 yards away from his estranged wife after she filed a complaint alleging that he'd verbally and physically abused her. As part of that complaint, she submitted photos of bruises she alleged he'd given her and footage of what she claimed was an ...

Dear Mayo Clinic: My 78-year-old mother had a heart attack three weeks ago. She was feeling better for a bit, but became ill again and was told she has an acute kidney injury. Are the two conditions somehow related? Is she at higher risk for more kidney and heart problems after this? A: Heart attack can trigger acute kidney injury, also sometimes called kidney attack. That is because the heart ...

When Karen Schmidt visits the once-seedy Westlake Park in downtown Seattle a few times a week with freshly applied lipstick, she's not looking for a handsome companion. Instead, the retired University of Washington staffer and former Nordstrom accountant is looking for a different kind of stimulation. "I'm not looking for a boyfriend," she likes to say. "I'm looking for casual chess." Schmidt ...

CHICAGO - Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson and her former fiance, David Otunga, reached an agreement Tuesday in Cook County court to end their year-and-a-half legal battle over child support and parenting time for their 9-year-old son. Hudson, a 37-year-old South Side native, and Otunga, a 39-year-old Elgin native, signed paperwork after seven hours of closed-door negotiations Tuesday at the ...