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No one wants to pay more taxes than what is required by law. There is one piece of advice that can apply to most working taxpayers, is to increase pre-tax retirement contributions. Increasing contributions to a pre-tax 401K, simple IRA, or traditional IRA reduces the income that is subject t…

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Old Man Winter finally arrived in Doniphan County. Schools were dismissed Friday at noon so the buses could get students home before the ice and snow became more dangerous. It began raining early Friday morning and by the time school was dismissed at noon, my car was completely coated in ice…

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It’s not too late to buy a 2020 calendar from the Muscotah Cancer Support Group. These calendars have beautiful photos provided by Pastor Al Schirmacher, with a special message for each month.Mrs. Woods’ class at the Horton High school did the printing and assembling of the calendars. They w…

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Only payments to employees are subject to payroll taxes, therefore there is an incentive for a business to pay someone as an independent contractor (reported on form 1099) versus an employee (reported on form W2).

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Saturday marks the opening round of the playoffs for teams that earned a bye, with the Kansas City Chiefs opening their tournament action against the Houston Texans on Sunday afternoon. On its face, the game looks like a solid matchup for KC, though any fans who are looking ahead to a likely…

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On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me — Epiphany! We all know and adore the “Twelve Days of Christmas” song. We enjoy the challenge of trying to remember every part. Children especially enjoy singing it. This beloved song brings to mind the tradition throughout the history …

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The Muscotah Cancer Support Group is selling 2020 calendars. These calendars have beautiful photos provided by Pastor Al Schirmacher, with a special message for each month. Mrs. Woods’ class at the Horton High school did the printing and assembling of the calendars. They will be available at…

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From my cousin, Deb Hartley Nelson who grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska, but who now lives in Oakland, CA. ~ Thought I’d give you what will probably be a mind-blowing bit of info for your students about snow days in Fairbanks! (I can’t speak to other school districts because the weather is so va…

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While some may think the holiday season ends once New Year’s Day comes and goes, for Christians, the season continues into January with the feast of the Epiphany.

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At the end of January and the beginning of February your mailbox will soon be inundated with envelopes containing tax documents. With the tax code so complicated, which forms are important?

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A bye week is quite a Christmas present, and that is just what the Chiefs received courtesy of the Miami Dolphins last weekend, as the Fins knocked off the Patriots in Foxboro to push Kansas City into the AFC’s 2-seed. Don’t get me wrong, the Chiefs have done their part, but Sunday’s upset i…

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Once your holiday celebrations have passed and the decorations go back into storage, it is time to deal with your real Christmas tree. Don’t drag it to the curb to be hauled away by the trash collectors. Give it a second, even third life, in your landscape. No live Christmas tree? Don’t worr…

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Growing up in Brown County, I had no idea that the incredible history of the Orphan Train movement existed in Hiawatha. When I was in school, there were no mentions of Orphan Trains in the curriculum (there still are pitifully few, but some teachers have added it on their own) and there were…

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During this holiday season, our Consumer Protection Division has seen a recent influx of complaints from Kansans receiving phone calls from scammers posing as Apple support staff. The scammers even use caller-ID spoofing technology to impersonate the company’s real telephone number in order …

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Hope everyone had a safe and wonderful Christmas with gatherings with family and friends. Where there are gatherings there is always a lot of food and desserts. It is hard to believe that 2020 is right on our door step.

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“On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a partridge in a pear tree.”

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No one wants to pay more taxes than what is required by law. There is one piece of advice that can apply to most working taxpayers, is to increase pre-tax retirement contributions. Increasing contributions to a pre-tax 401K, simple IRA, or traditional IRA reduces the income that is subject t…

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The Muscotah Cancer Support Group will be selling 2020 calendars. These calendars have beautiful photos provided by Pastor Al Schirmacher, with a special message for each month.Mrs. Woods’ class at the Horton High school did the printing and assembling of the calendars. They will be availabl…

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The final two weeks of the regular season are upon us, and the Kansas City Chiefs are rounding into form. While the offense is still lagging compared to what we came to expect after last season’s dominance, the team as a whole has played three of its best games of the season over the past se…

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This is a continuation of my holiday safety tip column:

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One of my favorite movies, Christmas or otherwise, is “It’s A Wonderful Life.” The main point of the story is that George has some serious challenges and decides that it would have been better if he had never been born. In the course of the events George is shown what the lives of those he c…

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The upcoming holidays are meant for celebrating and spending time with family. It is also the season when most home accidents tend to happen. While you are busy keeping relatives happy and enjoying the holiday spirit, mishaps in the household and kitchen can become more common.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Sunday morning the snow started falling. It got heavier as the morning passed. There were some cancellations and postponements due to slick roads. It is better to stay home warm and safe than to get out on the roads. By 4 p.m. we had over 5 inches…

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The season just keeps on ticking, and I think I know less about this Chiefs team every passing week. The defense was in near dominant form against the Patriots, and the offense once again failed to muster the necessary success to close out the game, but was bailed out by both the referees an…

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Growing up, it was a Christmas tradition in my family that Mom and Grandma would make a batch of mincemeat. I helped — which meant, I tasted it frequently and added spices here and there. “Is there really meat in it?” a friend of mine from Topeka asked when I told her of our pseudo-annual fa…

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Many friends and family gathered on Saturday to wish Mary Helen Bodenhausen a happy 90th birthday. A delicious lunch was served with cake to follow. Her birthday was actually on Sunday the 8th. She was able to visit with a few classmates who were able to attend. Happy Birthday, Mary Helen!

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I have had many requests to provide another holiday safety message to the public, with issues concerning safety during the holiday season.

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That was an interesting week of football. There were some definite plusses and minuses for the Kansas City Chiefs, so let’s take a look at those while keeping an eye on the upcoming contest with the New England Patriots and the overall playoff picture.

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Division in our country and community has become the norm. From political parties to the vote on a sales tax to the firing of a Fire Chief, it seems as though our community is more divided than it ever has been. But how did we get here? What is the root cause of division?

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Hopefully everyone had a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving. I am sure that due to the storms north and west of us some had to change their plans. Christmas is only three weeks away and there will be programs, shopping, wrapping gifts, and getting together with family and friends. What a busy t…

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I have had many requests to provide another holiday safety message to the public, with issues concerning safety during the holiday season.

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With the winter season upon us and holidays around the corner, it is important to remember how to stay safe by preparing for severe weather at home and on the roads. Winter storms can range in severity, and a lot can happen when a dangerous winter storm strikes, ranging from street and inter…

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Many are planning their big Thanksgiving feasts with family and friends. Hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday. Hope the weather is not stormy for those wanting to travel.

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Bye week is upon us, and I don’t know if it could have come quick enough. Not only does the break give fans a chance to catch their breath (and maybe get some Christmas lights hung), but the late bye gives the Chiefs finally have a chance to get fully healthy as they prepare themselves for t…

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Our church family was sad to hear of the passing of Norleen Dawe Martin. Norleen, her sister Linda, and brother were adopted by Bob and Georgia Dawe of Sparks. The family attended Fanning Community of Christ for many years. The kids were musically talented and Georgia taught Sunday School ch…

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The weather has been pretty nice this past week. I am sure that many have been busy raking leaves, getting their homes winterized and other jobs to get ready for the cold weather ahead. A lot of the harvest is done and farmers are now busy putting on anhydrous getting ready for next spring.