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Prepare your car for the official arrival of winter

Prepare your car for the official arrival of winter

Preparing your car for harsh winter temperatures before they strike is a great way to ensure your vehicle will be able to handle the year’s coldest months. Both new and old cars need maintenance during this season. Following the car care tips below will help to keep your vehicle running at its peak from now until spring. • Check the […]

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Five questions you should ask your pharmacist

Five questions you should ask your pharmacist

Dr. Andria Fetterman, a faculty member in South University Savannah’s School of Pharmacy, encourages people to use their pharmacist as a resource for information about everything from prescription medication to lifestyle changes. Brandpoint photo A visit to the pharmacy can be about more than just picking up prescriptions or supplies for the medicine cabinet. It can actually be an important, […]

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11 smart tax-reduction moves before year’s end

by Jason Alderman The flurry of activity during the last weeks of December can make it difficult to pay attention to finances. If you want to save on your tax bill come April, now’s the time to make some critical moves. If you have a tax adviser or financial planner, it’s wise to run these ideas by them first. Here […]

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BBB: Check out charities before donating

One of the lesser-known designated days during the Thanksgiving season is “Giving Tuesday,” a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. This year, Dec. 2 was the day for giving thanks—and giving back. The Better Business Bureau enthusiastically supports “Giving Tuesday”—but with the stipulation that donors and volunteers make sure the charities they support are […]

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How to teach Kids the value of money during the holidays

For most children in America, the holiday season is a wonderful time, with tasty treats, vacation from school, and plenty of toys and gifts that seem to magically appear. Of course, parents know it’s not magic—those gifts cost money! Not having to worry about that part of it is a gift found only in childhood, but young children do need […]

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Historic building repurposed as events center

Historic building repurposed as events center

The 1887 Olde Towne Building is now available to rent for public private functions. The building’s owner, Gary Reimann of McPherson, is working in cooperation with local business woman Marie Kessler, who is overseeing scheduling and other arrangements. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press Olde Towne, one of the more historic buildings in Hillsboro downtown business district, is getting a new […]

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Upset property owner gets little solace from council

The owner of one of the four properties that prompted a Jan. 6 public hearing to address dilapidated or out-of-code structures appeared before the Hills­boro City Council during its Nov. 18 meeting. Kevin Tidwell, owner and resident at 206 W. B St., repeated a claim he made at the Aug. 5 meeting that he keeps “getting harassment from the city” […]

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Now’s the time for Medicare Part D comparisons

Now’s the time for Medicare Part D comparisons

Choosing or enrolling in the best Medicare prescription drug plan can seem daunting for many seniors, but free professional assistance is available. Gayla Ratzlaff, coordinator for the Marion County Department on Aging, has been providing the service for several years now. “This is open enrollment for people who were in a plan last year or needing to enroll in a […]

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Responding to children in grief

Responding to children in grief

A Prairie View grief and trauma specialist explains how to help children after a death Kopper by Sara Kopper Prairie View Death and dying can be scary experiences for children. Because of death’s many uncertainties and unknowns, children find it both fascinating and frightening when it happens to a loved one. My father was diagnosed with cancer when I was […]

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Music therapy grows for premature

Music therapy grows for premature

Deanna Hanson-Abromeit, assistant professor of music education and music therapy at the University of Kansas, is studying how music helps premature infants survive and thrive. Here, she strums the guitar for children at Operation Breakthrough, an early education child care and social services facility in Kansas City, Mo. KHI News Service by Alex Smith KCUR-FM If the idea of music […]

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