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Stop losing retirement money safely

stocks, investments, retirement

Over the course of the average retirement all prices more than double. In fact, they’ll go up more than 2.5 times. Something that costs $100 today will cost $257 by the end ...

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FROM THE CHEAP SEATS – KC Chiefs on a roll entering playoffs

Chiefs

As we all know, the Kansas City Chiefs began the season with a miserable 3-4 record through the first 7 games of the season and everyone was quick to blame the offense ...

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Kansas kids in school after break, others across country not so lucky

school

With the holiday break having ended, a number of school districts across the country are deciding to go fully remote to start the new year. It comes as Omicron cases rise, though ...

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Harvard students to visit Topeka

Topeka Mayor Michael Padilla, Harvard students

Students from Harvard Kennedy School’s (HKS) Taubman Center for State and Local Government will be visiting the City of Topeka in January. The visit is part of the Center’s annual Transition Term ...

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January C5Alive Luncheon will feature local pastor

C5Alive

The January C5Alive POWER Luncheon will be held January 13, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Peak, 1912 SW Gage Blvd. The featured speaker will be Doyle Pryor, pastor of First ...

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Prepare for the financial side of the holidays

holidays

The holidays can push budgets past their limit as people do more entertaining, attend more events, dine out and participate in gift exchanges. Whether you’re gathering in person or celebrating at a ...

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Christmas is not about a baby

Christmas baby

Is Christmas about a baby?  A cute, cuddly little one that His mother held in her arms?  If so, then why is Christmas offensive to many?  Who could be turned off by ...

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Finding faith in “The Nutcracker,” a Christmas classic

Nutcracker

The popularity of the ballet “The Nutcracker” skyrockets during Advent and the Christmas season because of its pageantry, dancing, and timeless classical music. But have you ever wondered what the story is really all ...

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45 Years of Nutcracker: Ballet Midwest presents annual production

Nutcracker

For forty-five years, Ballet Midwest has been entertaining audiences with the enchanting Nutcracker Ballet set to the unforgettable score by Tchaikovsky. Join Clara at her family’s Christmas Eve party where she receives ...

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C5Alive Christmas Luncheon to celebrate with music, games

C5Alive

The December C5Alive POWER Luncheon will be held December 9, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fairlawn Plaza Mall, featuring Christmas music and fun activities. There will be prizes for the favorite ...

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5 ways to stay balanced during the busy holiday season

holiday season

As bright and joyful as the holiday season can be, the hustle and bustle of the season can also leave people feeling overwhelmed. Remembering to slow down and find ways to maintain ...

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Bob Dole, Kansas senator, WWII hero and presidential candidate, dead at 98

Bob Dole

Kansan Bob Dole, former Senate Majority Leader and 1996 presidential candidate, died Sunday morning at age 98, the Elizabeth Dole Foundation announced. “It is with heavy hearts we announce that Senator Robert Joseph Dole ...

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Exposing the latest tactic of the devil to keep us from the Bible

Bible and the devil

In a recent article, I mentioned that in 1647, the colony of Massachusetts passed the Old Deluder Act, with “the Old Deluder” referring to the devil himself. In the past, this act declared, Satan ...

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2022 Grammy nominations include many popular Christian artists

Grammy

Several popular Christian musicians received Grammy award nominations earlier this week. The gospel and Christian categories, including some of the most transformational and empowering faith-driven music emerging today, often are overlooked during ...

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Inflation drives up prices for Cyber Monday shoppers this year

Cyber Monday

The prices on Cyber Monday this year may not be as low as in the past, “The Epoch Times” reports. Online prices rose 1.9 percent in October from a year earlier and ...

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Ready to Play Defense with Your Retirement Savings?

retirement accounts rates

For most investors, including those saving for retirement, it’s no surprise that markets are subject to up-and-down fluctuations over time. And if you are investing with a long-term perspective, it’s pretty common ...

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Dave Says – Long distance flip?

dave ramsey

Need some financial advice? Debt and income crisis? Pay off the house mortgage first? Check cashing? Taxes? Credit Cards? Check out what folks are asking Dave Ramsey. Long distance flip? Dear Dave, I’ve ...

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How to get cheap (or free) health insurance if you retire early

health-insurance

I often hear when I first meet with someone that the only reason they are still working is to pay for health insurance until they can get on Medicare at age 65. ...

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Drop-off sites to open for Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child

Across the nation, more than 4,000 locations will open to collect Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts for the Samaritan’s Purse project. Volunteers are preparing to collect shoebox gifts during National Collection Week, ...

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C5 luncheon to be held at Kansas National Guard Museum

C5

Master Sgt. Jeremy Byers, state command historian for the Kansas Army National Guard, will be the featured speaker at the November C5 Alive POWER Luncheon. The luncheon will be held on Veterans Day, ...

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Kelly says Biden vaccine mandate not ‘correct’ or ‘effective’ solution

mandate

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has come out against President Biden’s vaccine mandate, adding to concerns she voiced on Thursday of last week. “Yesterday, I reviewed the new vaccine mandate from the Biden Administration,” Kelly stated on Friday. “While ...

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Parking meters active again on downtown Topeka side streets

parking

Side street parking in downtown Topeka is once again metered on weekdays during business hours. This change impacts metered parking spots on side streets located one block east and west of S ...

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Lots of art-themed opportunities in NOTO during November

NOTO

On Topeka’s First Friday Art Walk on November 5, you will be able to see the newest show at the NOTO Arts Center, Topeka Parks & Green Spaces posters with unveiling of ...

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Ten-digit dialing now required in Kansas area codes 785 and 620

10-digit dialing

You’ll now need to include the area code (10-digit dialing) when making most phone calls in Kansas, or the call won’t go through Kansans that live in area codes 785 or 620 ...

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FROM THE CHEAP SEATS – Will the Big 12 have 16 teams?

Big 12

On July 30, The University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas both accepted invitations to join the Southeastern Conference (SEC), which means they’ll be leaving the Big 12 Conference for the ...

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