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New appraiser outlines the valuation process

New appraiser outlines the valuation process

“I want people to feel com­­fortable (regarding transactions they have with the appraiser’s office). I also want people to have a positive thought when they see us,” says Lisa Reeder, the new Marion County appraiser. Most property owners in Marion County have either received, or will be receiving, their tax statement this month. Those who don’t agree with valuation can […]

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Know fact from fiction about insurance coverage

by Ken Selzer Kansas Commissioner of Insurance Taking the time to read the fine print of health, auto and home insurance policies may not always happen with consumers. But it pays to understand what you’re purchasing so there are no surprises if you ever need to file a claim. Below is a list of nine common insurance misconceptions that may […]

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5 things to keep in mind to create safe space

Smart homeowners take a strategic approach to home improvement projects such as redoing a playroom, living room or bedroom to keep kids’ safety in mind during the redesign process. By being proactive today, you can ensure your entire family can safely enjoy the results of your home improvement project. Here are the top five things to keep in mind to […]

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During flu season, protect your family all you can

by Debbie Linder Special to The Free Press It is the season for “The Crud” to be upon us. Unfor­tunately, the flu and cold season has returned. Did you know that 100 years ago, the world was fighting the worst flu pandemic ever recorded in history? (The world also was fighting World War I— just a fact!) They called it […]

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Don’t let the flu bug you this year

Flu season is upon us, and many healthcare facilities are urging you to start preparing now with vaccines. Ironically, one of the places where you need to be careful is at the doctor’s office or healthcare clinic. The number of people in and out of clinics this time of year increases the chance that someone will leave behind a harmful […]

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Six simple steps to avoid distracted driving

Mobile phones have become an essential part of life for most people, helping them stay connected and increase productivity. However, this technology can also be a distraction when driving, which puts everyone on the road at risk. More than one-quarter of all car crashes involve phone use, both with handsets and hands-free, the National Safety Council reports. Con­sidering many states […]

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Tips for choosing the Medicare plan that’s right

Fall and winter don’t just bring cooler temperatures and the holidays—the final seasons of the year also mean open enrollment for Medicare. For most seniors in the United States, the period between Oct. 15 and Dec. 7 is the only time they can switch or make changes to their Medicare insurance plan. “As people age, their health-care needs evolve,” said […]

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House hunting and credit: What you should know

By now it is something of a cliche to call homeownership the American dream. But even if sitting on your own deck, looking over your picket fence and sipping lemonade doesn’t move you, homeownership is still one of the best ways to build wealth. For many, owning a home is cheaper than renting and, in the long run, the biggest […]

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Making sense of nutrition labels and sodium

You can find them on the side of most every product at your local grocery store. They are plain and kind of boring but nutrition labels were designed to contain vitally important information for good health and wise food choices. These labels tell you the number of servings in a container, how many calories per serving, and what amounts of […]

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KDHE: West Nile virus in some Kansas mosquitoes

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is reporting West Nile virus positive mosquitoes in all four counties where mosquito surveillance is performed, including Sedg­­wick, Shawnee, Reno and Johnson counties. West Nile virus can be spread to people through bites from infected Culex species mosquitoes, but it is not contagious from person to person. Although West Nile virus has been […]

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