While most of the fields in the White County were fortunately planted in the last few weeks just in the nick of time, there are undoubtedly a few fields out there that never dried out enough to get planted this year.

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CHALMERS — The Frontier School Board discussed maintenance issues in its school buildings, reviewed the possibility of implementing solar panels and graduated two high school seniors during its meeting Monday night.

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In the past week, the White County Prosecutor’s Office filed 21 cases related to criminal matters for a total of 327 cases so far this year.

In the past week, the White County Prosecutor’s Office filed 12 cases related to criminal matters for a total of 306 cases so far this year.

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MONTICELLO — A man accused of a hit-and-run accident that badly injured a woman in November postponed his initial hearing for the second time Monday on account of being hospitalized, according…

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While most of the fields in the White County were fortunately planted in the last few weeks just in the nick of time, there are undoubtedly a few fields out there that never dried out enough to get planted this year.

It seems like we are in a relentless cycle of rain and thunderstorms this year, some of which have been severe enough to damage trees, homes, and what little crops we have in the ground.

My 8-year old granddaughter, Zoë, tells me she saw a flying saucer from the backseat of her parents’ car a few months ago. She took a picture with her mom’s cellphone to document the sighting.

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Congratulations! You've made it through college and are looking forward to using your new skills in the real world. Here's our gift to help you start your journey – a copy of your credit report.

If you aren't familiar with your credit report and how it works, now's the time to check it out.

Your credit report is a collection of all of your borrowing activities. Whenever you borrow money and make payments (or miss them), your creditors report that information to the three major credit reporting agencies (TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax). If you have part of America's nearly $1.5 trillion in student loans, your repayment record will show up here. Your future credit cards and loans will show up here, too.

The credit reporting agencies use your credit report information to calculate your credit score – a single number between 300 and 850 that tells creditors how risky it i...

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Congratulations! You've just finished paying off your mortgage – probably the largest debt you'll ever have in your life. Should you expect your credit score to increase as a result? Not necessarily.

Your credit score is calculated from your credit report, a history of all of your borrowing and payment activity. While your mortgage was probably a huge part of that history, it's just one part. Credit reports also consider other installment loans, your credit card payments, and any payments for non-borrowing related charges (like cable or utility bills) that have gone into collections. Every account matters and contributes to your credit score.

Consider the factors that go into calculating a credit score, starting with payment history – the most influential factor. Mortgages require regular payments for a long time. With those payments removed, that's one less regular payment that proves you...

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Welcome to parenthood! You are a proud new father, simultaneously overjoyed and terrified. Since you are now responsible for another human being, you should know that the estimate of what it will cost to raise your child is approximately a quarter of a million dollars, without accounting for inflation. If you would like to send him or her to college, you will probably need at least that much more.

A 2017 report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimated the cost of raising a child from birth to age 17 at $233,610 ($284,570 adjusted for inflation). That is for the average middle-income couple; costs ranged from families in the Northeast that will spend around $264,090 to residents in the urban Midwest and rural regions who will spend about $227,400 and $193,020, respectively.

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Americans appear to be feeling more confident in their finances – at least with respect to their credit card payments.

According to a new survey from CompareCards.com, more Americans are paying their credit card bills in full. As of January 2019, 39% of survey respondents paid all credit card bills in full over the last six months and 69% paid at least half of their bills in full over the same time period.

"It's great news that more Americans are paying their card statement balances in full each month," said CompareCards.com Chief Industry Analyst Matt Schulz. "Job No. 1 for anyone with a credit card is to pay your balance off as soon as possible, and it's a positive sign that more Americans are able to do that every month."

If consumers follow through on their survey statements, momentum for full payments will keep growing.

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Father's Day is coming up on June 17th. What can you get Dad to celebrate his special day without loading up the credit cards? Sometimes simpler gifts are the best. Simpler gifts may also be your only option if you are young and short on cash, or if your credit is not up to scratch right now. You can check your credit score and read your credit report for free within minutes by joining MoneyTips.

What does your Dad like to do in his spare time (if he has any)? What are his hobbies and his favorite activities outside of work? With a bit of recon before Father's Day and the occasional leading question, you can get some idea of what he might like or need. Hint: if Dad is like 99.9% of Dads, the best choice is not aftershave or a necktie — no matter how cool the necktie is. ...

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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.

Root canals and comedy clubs. It’s true that one is significantly more pleasant than the other, but they share the same goal: To put a smile on your face. There is another commonality. Both are among the patient services at Brockport Smiles, a dental office with a fresh approach to patient care and oral health.

HONG KONG - Hong Kong's leader ignored a deadline imposed by student groups to retract an unpopular extradition bill Thursday, raising the specter of more demonstrations and civil unrest nearly a week after 2 million people took to the streets to repudiate her leadership. Student unions from various universities, including the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Science and ...

LOS ANGELES - "Star Wars" icon Mark Hamill has renewed interest in a Hollywood Walk of Fame star for his late costar Carrie Fisher. And he has an idea for whose star she should take. On Wednesday, the actor tweeted an old news story calling for the removal of President Trump's star on the famed sidewalk. "Good riddance!" Hamill tweeted, linking to the August 2018 story. "(and I know just who ...

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court upheld on Thursday the display of a 40-foot cross at a busy Maryland intersection, ruling the symbol can be seen as a war memorial honoring local soldiers and not an unconstitutional promotion of a favored religion. The 7-2 decision gives local officials somewhat more freedom to display religious symbols on public property. Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. said the ...

The start of the 2020 race for the White House means the return of one of TV's biggest and unlikely hits of recent years - the presidential primary debates. Once appointment viewing for political junkies and C-SPAN addicts, the face-off between contenders for their parties' nominations became an unexpected ratings bonanza four years ago. The first meeting of the Republican candidates on Aug. ...