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Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 05 January 2010 19:51The typical taxpayer is expected to spend more than three business days and more than $200 completing his or her tax return.
As people get ready to file their 2009 tax returns, there are a few things they can do to save time and money.
1. Make sure you’re prepared. Having a few key items available when you start your taxes will save a lot of time. These include:
• Your tax return from 2008
• Social Security numbers for you, your spouse and children
• All W-2s (wage and tax...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 22 December 2009 19:45If plans fall into place as expected, residents of Hillsboro can anticipate at least three major construction projects in 2010.
Two of them—a new dealership for Midway Motors and the reconstruction and resurfacing of several blocks of North Ash Street—are likely a done deal. The third project, construction of a new $10 million hospital, is in the “hopeful” category for a spring groundbreaking.
Larry Arthur, president and chief executive officer of HMC/CAH Consolidated Inc., based in Kansas City, said his company’s frustration with the difficult lending market may finally be over.
“We’re working with a bank in Kansas that is taking the project to their credit committee in the next two weeks,” Arthur said...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 15 December 2009 20:03The holiday season doesn’t have to create havoc on your weight-loss goals, according to TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Club Inc., the nonprofit weight-loss support organization.
Follow these ten strategies to navigate the eating season for a great time without a great gain.
1. Don’t go hungry. Arriving at a party on an empty stomach is a recipe for disaster that can lead you to overeat and make poor choices.
Have a light snack of a low-fat, high-fiber food a half-hour before you go, such as yogurt, an apple with a teaspoon of peanut butter, a piece of string cheese, or vegetables with low-calorie dip.
This will help curb your appetite and make it easier to control your intake.
2. Treat yourself. There’s no need to ban your...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 08 December 2009 20:52The leading cause of death during winter storms is transportation accidents. Preparing your vehicle for the winter season and knowing how to react if stranded or lost on the road are the keys to safe winter driving.
Have a mechanic check the following items on your car.
• Wipers and windshield washer fluid
• Ignition system
• Flashing hazard lights
• Exhaust system
• Oil level (if necessary, replace existing oil with a winter grade oil or the SAE 10W/30 weight variety)
Install good winter tires
Make sure the tires have adequate tread. All-weather radials are usually adequate for most winter conditions. However, some...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 08 December 2009 20:46Winter driving conditions are a challenge for experienced drivers, but for young drivers, winter driving may be a first-time experience.
Now, before students are out of school for winter break, is a good time for parents of young drivers to have a serious conversation about driving safety in winter conditions.
Be sure your young driver knows how the brakes will react to a skid. If the car has antilock brakes, hold firmly on the brake pedal. But with non-antilock brakes, it helps to pump the brake.
Headlights should be turned on to increase visibility. And even four-wheel or front-wheel drive vehicles may encounter winter driving difficulties, so drive with care.
It’s also a good time to review some driving rules. The rules might...
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