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Be aware of identity theft when it comes to taxes

by Derek Schmidt Kansas Attorney General It’s hard to believe, but tax season is once again upon us. Many of you have probably already received forms in the mail or electronically and have started working on your tax returns. As the filing season gears up, we mark this week, Jan. 30 through Feb. 3, as “Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week.” […]

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Buying a home is only part of the investment

by Nathaniel Sillin Imagine the frustration that would follow if you spent hours planning and narrowing in on a dream home only to find out that you can’t afford it when push comes to shove. Starting with a price range can help you make the most of your search, but you’ll need to account for closing costs to create a […]

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Don’t neglect dental health in your later years

by Gordon Hopkins Rural Life News Service When people think about health issues, they often don’t think about their teeth. Dental health is rarely considered a priority, especially among those in rural areas where dental health care providers are not always easily accessible. Even when there is a dentist in town, people often wait until the pain of a toothache […]

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Prairie View $50,000 grant to help with housing for people with mental illness

Prairie View Inc. has been awarded a $50,000 Tenant Based Rental Assistance grant from the Kansas Housing Resources Corp. to help people with severe mental illness afford safe and decent housing. TBRA awards are funded through the federal HOME Investment Partnerships program administered by KHRC. The grant gives the opportunity of affordable housing for those at or below 50 percent […]

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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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