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  • Dear Savvy Senior,
    What are the IRS income tax filing requirements for retirees this tax season? I didn’t have to file last year, but I picked up a little income from a part-time job in 2014, and I’m wondering if I need to file this year.
    Part-Time Retiree

  • The respected research group Brookings Institute has released reports that cast a disturbing eye on student-loan debt -- at least on the surface. The bare stats might look more grim than the reality.
    Between 1989 and today, graduate students have left school with debt that has risen from $10,000 to $40,000. At the bachelor-degree level, the debt has risen from $6,000 to $16,000. However, because of having degrees, the lifetime income of those students also has increased enough.

  • DEAR DR. ROACH: You’ve discussed sleep aids and your belief that it is best to get off all of this type of medication. I am healthy, 75 (take no meds), exercise with weights, do swimming and running regularly, and since 2007 have been taking an over-the-counter sleep aid called doxylamine nightly with no apparent side effects. Do you see a problem with continuing? -- A.B.

  • Dear Savvy Senior,
    Is there a good rule of thumb on who should buy a long-term care insurance policy? My wife and I have a few assets we’d like to protect but we hate the idea of paying expensive monthly premiums for a policy we may never use.
    Planning Ahead

  • By Ned Way

  • We all use water much more than we think. We shower, brush our teeth, we flush it down the toilet, we drink it and use it to fix our meals and even to wash the salt off our cars! Around here it is one of those things we usually just take for granted. The Environmental Protection Agency claims that the average American family uses 400 gallons of water a day, the US Geological Survey suggests that the average person uses about 100 gallons a day.

  • By Nick Schrager

    Landmark News Service

  • We just returned from Taylorsville and on the drive home Andy remarked, “Wow, we have passed four dead skunks!” We don’t see them on the farm as much as we used to because of the dogs, although I have been getting whiffs of them for about a week now. The lightbulb moment: it is mating season for skunks and they are on the move.

  • A lot happened in Spencer County during 1948-49. Of course, things happen around these parts every year, but for some reason, the here-to-fore mentioned two-year period included events that beg for recollection.
    This writer was a mere 9-year-old Taylorsville town brat in 1948 who took in everything going on and was duly impressed by major items, although not understanding the significance of many of them.
    My father, Orville “Tape” Watson, was mayor of Taylorsville after serving on the city commission.

  • 50 years ago

  • Not only are gasoline prices falling, the prices for cars that use the gas are predicted to fall as well. So says the NADA Used Car Guide in its 2015 market forecast.
    The availability of late-model used cars is predicted to rise by 8 percent, which means that consumers are out there shopping for new vehicles and leaving those used cars behind.

  • Dear Savvy Senior,
    What can you tell me about kidney disease? My mother died from kidney failure a few years ago at age 76, and I’m curious what my risks are and what I can do to protect myself.
    Kidney Concerned

    Dear Concerned,
    Anyone who has a family history of kidney disease, or who has high blood pressure or diabetes is at risk and needs to have their kidneys tested. Here’s what you should know and some tips to help you take care of your kidneys.

  • Spencer Christian to host community open house

  • This morning I was heading up the stairs and I tripped. I didn’t fall or anything, just stumbled a bit and put out my hand to catch myself on the steps ahead. It wasn’t a big deal, but it got me thinking.
    Most of us have probably stumbled on a step a time or two. In a crowd we may look around in embarrassment and give a little chuckle. But let’s be real, tripping up the steps, and falling down the steps are two very different things! Even if we fall up the steps, we don’t fall that far, and we just pick ourselves up and move on.

  • I was at an amazing conference last week in Chattanooga, Tennessee. One of the larger nondenominational children’s pastor’s conferences in the country. Why, as a senior pastor, would I be going to a children’s pastor’s conference? Well, there are several reasons. Other than having taught workshops there for many years in the past, I like to know what’s going on in the world of children’s ministry.