Understand These Five Ways to Get the Most Out of College Savings Plans

You may know them as 529 plans, Qualified Tuition Programs, or QTPs. Whatever you call them, what they amount to is a way for you to help a son, daughter or grandchild pay for college. In short, 529 plans are investment tools designed to help families pay for future expenses associated with college or other qualified post-secondary training for a designated beneficiary, such as a child or grandchild. The fund can be used to help pay for such expenses as tuition, books, supplies, fees, and computer equipment. The plans are…

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Planning for Social Security Retirement

While Social Security Retirement benefits are the cornerstone for many individual retirement plans, it is important for individuals to understand the basics of the program and the importance of planning relative to the timing of the benefit payments.  Social Security benefits are payable as early as age 62 to individuals who have worked and paid in to the system for a minimum of 10 years.  The actual benefit payments are computed using 35 years of earnings.  If an individual does not have 35 years of work, zeroes are added in…

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“Snakes and the California Boy” by Nils Skudra

Before coming out to Greensboro for graduate school at UNCG, my Virginia-born god-mother sat me down and painted a vivid picture about what to expect in NC: different social traditions from those of the West Coast, a phenomenon famously known as “southern hospitality”, food the likes of which I’d never heard of: pulled pork, vinegar-based fried chicken, and  chocolate chess pie. I would be greeted by the slow drawl of speech mixed with expressions of gentility (‘bless your heart”) and life would be infinitely slower and simpler.  At every turn…

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Economics of Industrial Hemp

Industrial hemp has been grown in the United States since our forefathers founded the country.  The first drafts of the Declaration of Independence were written on paper made from hemp.  Hemp is easy to grow, requires very little maintenance and no harmful chemical treatments, and it can be used for a number of things. Hemp’s downfall in the United States can be traced back to the 1937 Marihuana Act, which imposed taxes and bureaucratic burdens on farmers. The culprit was the First Federal Bureau of Narcotics commissioner, Harry Anslinger, whose…

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Help Send a Kid to Camp … Majestic Floor Covering Golf Tournament

If you talk to any expecting parent and ask them if they are hoping for a boy or girl, most will tell you that the gender of their child doesn’t matter as much as the child being born healthy with “ten fingers and ten toes”.  Fortunately, most children are born exactly this way.  But, as we know, for some life begins with the challenge of having a chronic illness.  And, even though most children are born healthy, they might develop a chronic illness, like cancer, later on down the road. …

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I Am Asheboro – Amanda Varner

I grew up in the Grantville community and graduated from Eastern Randolph High School in 1984. I have never wanted to live anywhere else. When my grandmother passed away and my parents inherited her house, I bought their house and moved back into my childhood home. I attribute my love for volunteering to having grown up with my sister, Cathy Sherman, through the ranks of the Girl Scouts, as well as having parents who were scout leaders, church youth leader, role models and mentors. Additionally, my grandparents were always doing…

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Hemp Seeds a gift from Mother Nature

Hemp Seeds are a gift from Mother Nature and the most nutritious seed in the world. So how do hemp seeds help the body? By providing a healthy amount of nutrients your body needs! They are not a “super cure,” they are a super food. They offer the most concentrated balance of proteins, essential fats, vitamins and enzymes combined with a relative absence of sugar, starches and saturated fats. Raw hemp seeds support optimal health and provide a broad spectrum of health benefits, including: weight loss, increased and sustained energy,…

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Date Night – Dave & Julie Fowler

How did you meet? Julie: We both worked at Lafayette National Bank in Lafayette, Indiana. Dave worked in the Mortgage Department and I worked as a teller during college. Dave: We both worked at Lafayette National Bank. Julie worked at the bank while attending Purdue and I was a loan officer at the bank. I remember she put a note on my car as an ice breaker. Was it love at first sight? Julie: Pretty much. But, it took Dave 2 years to ask me out on a date. Dave:…

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High-Traffic Area Flooring Options

When you take inventory of the things that go into making a house a home, flooring is one of those that make the largest impact aesthetically and financially. Because of this you want your flooring to look as good as possible as long as possible which can prove difficult in high-traffic areas. This simple solution to this conundrum is durable flooring materials. When choosing flooring for you home, durability isn’t likely one of the criteria that you give much thought to. Most people have a certain look they want that…

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Premiere Pediatrics – Celebrating 10 Years in 2017

Premiere Pediatrics Celebrating 10 Years in 2017 How do you celebrate your 10th anniversary in business if you are a busy pediatric office – you expand, of course! Premiere Pediatrics moved into their current space in April, 2014 right next door to Carolina Pharmacy, which offers their patients’ great convenience as the staff can call or fax over a prescription, and by the time mom walks in or puts the kids in the car and drives around the building to the drive-thru window, it’s ready. This month, Premiere Pediatrics began…

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