Category: Special Focus Sections

New GOP tax bill will change routine for some

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the Republican tax plan on the brink of becoming law, could change the way over 27 million U.S. taxpayers file their taxes. Are you one of them? While the plan might not lead to the postcard-sized tax filings Republicans once touted, it will encourage more taxpayers to opt for the standard deduction. According to […]

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Marion awarded $125,000 grant to build 5 homes

Marion awarded $125,000 grant to build 5 homes

Pictured is one of the 10 duplexes in the Victory Plaza housing project along Eisenhower Drive in Marion. The Victory Plaza duplexes were built for senior citizens and were low-income tested. The city of Marion was awarded a $125,000 grant from the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation last week to build five new homes on the east side of Coble Street, […]

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Tips for avoiding holiday blues and depression

by Debbie Linder It’s Christmastime again! For most of us, it’s a time of joy, tradition and celebration. Did you know that people used to pin or melt wax onto real indoor Christmas tree branches so they could place lighted candles on them? They also kept a bucket of water and sand nearby, so they could dowse the tree when […]

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Confusion shouldn’t stop patients from buying health insurance

by Janet Trautwin National Asoc. of Health Underwriters This year’s Affordable Care Act open enrollment period started Nov. 1. Millions of Americans will soon visit HealthCare.gov or the online insurance exchange run by their state to shop for 2018 health plans. Many will be confused by what they find. Premiums have increased significantly. The most popular “silver” exchange plans cost […]

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The first rule of the road: Focus on driving

Have you noticed that traffic seems to be worse lately? There’s a good reason for that—there are more vehicles on the road than at any time in recent history. Unemployment is low and gas is affordable, which means more people are driving more miles. More drivers means an increased risk of getting into a collision, which impacts the number of […]

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Celebrate fall with healthy routines for you and your dog

The fall season, with its crisp, cool air and beautiful foliage, is the perfect time to create a fresh start and establish healthy new routines for both you and your dog. To help you make this fall your happiest and healthiest season, Beneful has tapped Dr. Kurt Venator, chief veterinary officer at Purina, for some expert advice on how to […]

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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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