Can You make Your Investments less “Taxing?”

Tax Freedom Day, which typically occurs in late April, according to the Tax Foundation, is the day when the nation as a whole has earned enough money to pay off its total tax bill for the year. So you may want to use this opportunity to determine if you can liberate yourself from some investment-related […]

Explore Different Options When Purchasing Bonds

As an investor, you may find that bonds can be a valuable part of your holdings. But there’s more than one way to own bonds, so you’ll want to be familiar with the various investment vehicles available — because the more you know, the better the choices you’ll be able to make. So, let’s look […]

Everyone Benefits When You Make Charitable Gifts

Now that we are in the heart of the holiday season, you may be thinking about ways you can put your money where your heart is. Specifically, you might be pondering which groups you should support with charitable gifts. And as long as you choose groups that meet the right criteria, your generosity can also […]

Van Buren County Property Assessment now Available Online

Trina Jones, Van Buren County Assessor would like to inform our taxpayers that they can now assess personal property online starting today Jan. 4th, 2017 just go online to and navigate to the online assess box and follow the prompts to complete your assessment. You will be able to print your assessment when completed […]

Ozark Health Recognizes Employee Service

Ozark Health recently announced the 2016 Employee of the Year and Years of Service recognition: 2016 Employee of the Year: Shannon “Rod’ Rodrigues 30 Years of Service: Nina Perkey 25 Years of Service: Twanette Booher 20 Years of Service: Denise Huggins & Betty Pruitt 15 Years of Service: Whitney Davis, Diane Foster, Allison Scroggins, Sheila Smith, Carol Wilder & […]

Business Profile: His & Hers Tees & More

Pictured above is Dina Freeling of Fairfield Bay and she is proud to have opened her new shop, His & Hers Tees and More in the Fairfield Bay Mall down from Edward Jones. Dina originally started her shop in Shirley but quickly grew out of it and was very happy to find a spot in […]

Consider Some New Year’s Financial Resolutions

We’re just about ready to open the door to 2017, so you might be thinking about some New Year’s resolutions. What’s on your list this year? More visits to the gym? Learning a new language? Mastering the perfect beef bourguignon? All worthy ambitions, of course, but why not also include some financial resolutions? By reviewing […]

VBC Board of Realtors Lend a Helping hand

The Van Buren County Board of Realtors met on Friday, December 16th for their regular monthly meeting and annual Christmas exchange. Each year, the Realtors choose to focus not on ourselves but on things near and dear to our hearts. Instead of exchanging gifts we have traditionally chosen to donate money to those things near […]

Don’t Overlook Long-term Care Costs

How much money will you need in retirement? To arrive at an estimate, you should consider various factors, such as where you’ll live, how much you plan to travel, and so on. Not surprisingly, you’ll also need to think about health care costs, which almost always rise during retirement. But there’s one area you might […]

“Millennials” Must Plan for Short and Long-term Goals

If you’re one of the “millennials” — the generation that began in the early 1980s — you are still in the early stages of your career. Retirement must seem like a long way off — yet, it’s never too soon to start planning for it. At the same time, though, you may also have shorter-term […]