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  • Is your credit card ready for vacation?

    If your summer plans include traveling out of state or overseas, avoid stress and money problems by preparing ahead of time.

    In an effort to reduce credit card fraud, many companies will lock an account if it’s being used in an unfamiliar spending pattern. This includes being used in a different state or country and charges that are not the normal spending amount.

  • Check scam targets direct-sales agents

    Representatives for direct sales companies such as Avon, Mary Kay and Thirty-One Gifts are being targeted in a fake check scam. Scammers pose as new customers and try to con consultants out of hundreds of dollars.

    If typically begins when a consultant for a direct sales company receives an email or text message from what appears to be a potential customer.

  • Visit to Israel clarifies 'promise' in Kentucky

    Over the last couple of weeks, I had the opportunity to visit a region of the world that is a constant source of international news. In my spare time, I volunteer with Lamb & Lion Ministries. I speak as needed and am the designated leader for Pilgrimage trips to Israel. During our visit, the Middle East was once again in the headlines.

  • Lesson about the power and importance of a hug

    She sits among several of her fellow residents at the long-term care facility I visit, ensconced in her whee chair, sometimes napping, sometimes staring. I suppose I’ve walked past her dozens of times, greeting her with a casual “Hello” or “How are you?” I can’t say I’ve taken the time to wait for a response. I’ve felt her tired eyes following me as I’ve quickly disappeared around the corner and down the hallway.

    But this day, she stopped me cold in my tracks.

  • Some scams appear at your front door

    In the summer months, scammers take advantage of the good weather to stalk neighborhoods. Going door-to-door with different scams to steal personal information and money.

    Some sales people may be trustworthy, working for legitimate companies or are “one-man-bands” selling their services for honest summer maintenance work. But there also are scammers out there “posing” as honest sales people.

  • Sorting out what’s important on the porch out back

    At my house, there’s a back porch.

    Actually, you probably would call it a covered patio. Because I like to think of myself as a Southerner, it’s a porch to me.

  • CASA issues appeal for folks who care about kids

    By Sylvia Griendling

    Court Appointed Special Advocates for children, CASA of the Heartland, recruits, trains and supports community volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children in Hardin County Family Court.

    The pre-service training is extensive and all encompassing — 30 hours of classroom and 10 hours of court observation. The next training class is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. weekdays July 14-25.

  • Encountering nice people along the road

    Granddad Whitlock, whom we affectionately called Pappy, liked to say the people in Texas were among the friendliest folks on earth. Pappy was born in Texas, in the tiny town of Osage. Although he spent most of his adult years in Oklahoma, he always was proud to be a native Texan.

  • What our country needs from the news media

    These days, the scandal involving long wait times at VA hospitals can feel like some made-in-Washington spectacle generated by politicians looking for headlines. But it isn’t.

  • BBB: Don't put your faith in a bogus job offer

    Looking for a summer job? You could be the target of scammers handing out fake job offers.

    These bogus sites originate on some popular website, job posting sites and even direct messages via email and phone calls. Accepting these offers or contacting the phony employers can lead to stolen personal information or money.

    Fake job offers can be easy to spot when you know what to look for.

    For starters, be wary of deals that seem “too-good-to-be-true.” This includes offers that require no experience or education but pay outrageously well.