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What business owners need to ask before retirement

Small businesses are the backbone of the Ameri­can economy. In fact, the number of small businesses in the United States has increased 49 percent since 1982, according to the U.S. Small Busi­ness Administration, and the 23 million small businesses in America today account for 54 percent of all U.S. sales. “For many people, owning a small business is part of […]

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What every homebuyer should know about termites

What every homebuyer should know about termites

More than half of Americans (52 percent) have never had their homes inspected for termites, according to an NPMA survey. Yet 38 percent worry about discovering termites in their homes and 33 percent have had termite damage or know someone who has, the survey found. It’s a cruel coincidence that the spring’s real-estate buying season corresponds with another far less […]

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With diabetes, don’t overlook annual eye exams

With diabetes, don’t overlook annual eye exams

Diabetes can affect many aspects of a person’s health, such as increasing the risk for heart disease, stroke or serious kidney damage. However, many people may not realize that diabetes can also damage the eyes. More than 29 million Americans are living with diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 2.3 million of them have Diabetic […]

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How to secure the home loan that you need

How to secure the home loan that you need

Springtime represents new beginnings and is the prime time to get the house in order. Whether you’re looking to make a first-time purchase, refresh an existing home or simply leverage built-up equity for other reasons, it’s important to figure out which path is right for you and understand the lending options available. Fortunately, many financial institutions offer various free online […]

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Five upgrades under $5,000 that can sell your house

Five upgrades under $5,000 that can sell your house

Dress up and differentiate a kitchen while adding style and flair with fresh air skylights and designer blinds in colors and patterns. Powered by the sun and operated by remote control, Energy-Star-qualified solar powered skylights and blinds, plus installation costs, are eligible for a 30 percent federal tax credit. It’s a sobering truth of real estate that sellers often have […]

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Providers uniting for county health fair March 21

Marion County residents can become better aware of local and area health and wellness services by attending the Marion County Health Fair planned for Saturday March 21. Organized by the Marion County Health Department and the two local hospitals, St. Luke in Marion and Hills­boro Com­munity, the fair will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the gymnasium at […]

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Five common causes for prevalent tax mistakes

Five common causes for prevalent tax mistakes

Whether you plan to file for an extension on your taxes this year, or will wait until the last minute to complete paperwork, or want a better strategy for the future, chances are you could be doing a better job throughout the year to save on income taxes, according to seasoned investment adviser Paul Taylor, a member of the National […]

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Winter a good time to upgrade garage doors

Winter a good time to upgrade garage doors

At first thought, the dead of winter may not seem to be the optimum time to replace your garage door. In fact, quite the opposite is true: frigid temperatures and brisk winds readily prove the need to upgrade your garage door from an older non-insulated version to a modern, energy efficient garage door. The garage door is generally the largest […]

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Questions couples should consider before the wedding

Dress bought and tux rented? Check. Cake? Check. Flowers and decorations? Check. Honeymoon booked? Check. You’re ready for the wedding, but are you ready for the marriage? Each year in the United States, just more than 2 million couples get married, which comes out to about 6,200 weddings each day, according to The Wedding Report. K-State Research and Extension family […]

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Meeting speaker shakes notions about quakes

Meeting speaker shakes notions about quakes

More than 125 people attended the 69th annual Marion County Conservation District’s dinner and meeting. In addition to recognizing conservation award winners, Rex Buchanen, interim director of the Kansas Geological Survey—University of Kansas, was the guest speaker. Buchanen’s presentation, “Recent Seismic Activity in the Midcontinent: Events and Responses,” focused on the possibility of earthquakes associated with saltwater disposal from hydraulic […]

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