Are You Following a “Tax-smart” Investment Strategy?

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We’re getting closer to April 15: Tax Filing Day. And while there may not be much you can do to change your results for the 2014 tax year, you can certainly look closely at your tax returns to find areas you might be able to improve next year — and one such area is your […]

County Judge’s Report March, 2015

Roger Hooper

Well, 2014 is past and we are now two months into 2015. I wanted to give you a review of 2014 and update on plans and upcoming events. The first item to report on is the four-year Road Improvement Plan totals from 2011 through 2014: 2011 thru 2013            2014 totals […]

Help Older Parents Avoid Financial “Scams”

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Here’s a disturbing statistic: One out of every five Americans over the age of 65 has been victimized by a financial scheme, according to the Investor Protection Trust, a nonprofit organization devoted to investor education. If your parents are in this age group, should you be concerned? And can you help them avoid being “scammed” […]

United Way Announces 2015-16 Project Grant Proposals

United Way

About the Grants The strength of a community is directly influenced by the health, happiness and well-being of its residents. Every day in Van Buren County, United Way funded programs are helping people deal with health and human service issues. From disaster recovery assistance to literacy classes, United Way provides many crucial services for the […]

Local Professional Earns Accredited Staging Professional Designation

The softening Real Estate market is increasing homeowner demands for tools to help bring a profit in the sale of their homes. ASP Home Staging has become one such tool. By properly cleaning, decluttering and preparing a house before it is listed on the market, homeowners have a better chance of selling their home at […]

What Do Low Oil Prices Mean for Investors?

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As you’ve no doubt noticed, your trips to the gas station have been a lot more pleasant these past several months. There’s not much doubt that low oil prices have been welcome to you as a driver. But when oil is cheap, is that good for you as an investor? There’s no clear-cut answer. But […]

Alternative Health And Wellness by Dr. Gus Reynolds

Augustus Reynolds

Did You Know that…. Your Heart…is the strongest muscle in your body. It beats 86,400 times a day, 33 million times a year and 3 billion times in a lifetime. It pumps 2,500 gallons of blood a day, which weighs 20 tons. All other muscles combined cannot perform this task. Your heart delivers nutrients and […]

Prepare Far Ahead for Long-term Care Costs

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November is Long-Term Care Awareness Month – a month dedicated to educating the public about the need to prepare for the potentially devastating costs of long-term care. And the more you know about these expenses, the better prepared you will be to deal with them. To begin with, just how expensive is long-term care? Consider […]

FFB Community Club Financial Results 2014

FFB Diamond

Financials for fiscal year 2014 are complete, but not yet audited. That process will occur this spring. 2014 unaudited financial results outperformed our budget targets for the second year in a row. Some highlights: 1. The Club received a net insurance settlement in the amount of $679K which influenced the year end performance significantly. We […]

Be Aware of Risks of Not Investing

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You’ve no doubt heard about the risks associated with investing. This investment carries this type of risk, while that investment carries another one. And it is certainly true that all investments do involve some form of risk. But what about not investing? Isn’t there some risk associated with that, too? In fact, by staying on […]