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Columns

  • Using your GL to find fraud

    A good portion of my career has been spent working with businesses to help identify financial fraud. My area of expertise was usually around technology and automated financial systems.

    Your General Ledger (GL) is a good place to start looking if you suspect fraud. The GL is, in a way, a mystery story.

    In the case of fraud, the GL is awaiting you to reveal the perpetrator. It can tell stories of fraud, manipulation and betrayal. Unfortunately, few people know how to read the signs.

  • Financial Literacy needed by US Teens

    One bill being brought up in Frankfort during the current state legislative session would mandate financial education for all high school students. You might wonder if this is really needed. But ask yourself, how savvy are you (or your teen children) about handling financial matters? The National Endowment for Financial Education reports that American 15 year olds lag behind many other countries in financial literacy.

  • Looking for love in all the wrong places

    As Valentine’s Day approaches, you may be thinking about that certain someone you want to meet.

  • Local wireless provider puts customers first

    xThe first handheld mobile phone was demonstrated by John F. Mitchell and Martin Cooper of Motorola in 1973, using a handset weighing c. 4.4 lbs. (2 kg).

    In 1983, the first commercially available handheld mobile phone came to market, and yea, I had one of the first “bricks”, as they were called.

    Early cell phone plans started around $50 a month – equivalent to $120.81 in today’s dollars – and that didn’t even include minutes.

  • Why do you and I make New Year's resolutions?

    By Steven Curtsinger
    Student Columnist

     

    To lose weight? To eat healthy? To exercise more? To stop bad habits?

    I think the universal thought behind New Year’s Resolutions is change. As humans, we are constantly changing. So, to make a resolution is a way to embrace and pursue change and to better ourselves in one or more areas of our lives. I decided to poll my senior class at LaRue County High School, to see why we make resolutions, what their goals are for 2017 and how they want to see change in the New Year.

  • Winterizing your grocery budget

    Many families notice that their grocery bills surge in the winter months. Out-of-season produce and poor road conditions all contribute to the rise in food costs. Here are tips to winterize your grocery budget in order to save:

    - Make a grocery list. Know exactly what you will be buying before you enter the grocery store so that you can avoid unplanned purchases.

    - Plan your meals around items that you already have in your pantry. Pantry staples such as rice, flour and dried beans are all relatively inexpensive and can be used in many different dishes.

  • A new Network concept, the Wifi Mesh

    There is a lot of recent interest in Google’s new Google Home and Google Wi-Fi, and updates to Google’s OnHub routers that will be able to work together and create a Mesh Network in your house or place of business. The idea of a mesh network is not new, but with Google’s introduction, they have legitimized the concept.

  • What is a Digital Executor?

    What happens to your Digital property after your death? This subject recently jumped out at me because I lost two close friends over the past few months.

    Both deaths were rather sudden and the individuals Facebook account was the last thing on their love one’s minds. However, as I continued to view posts and memories from their Facebook profile, I began to wonder when, if ever, the account would be removed.

  • New Years Resolution Number Two

    Last week, we talked about your Digital New Year’s Resolution Number 1, and this week we are going to continue with your second digital resolution, cleaning up your desktop.

    Your computer scares me. Really! It scares me. I have people call me to help them with their computer because it ate all their files, they can’t find anything!

  • Check your bills for mystery phone charges

    Cramming happens when a company adds a charge to your phone bill for a service you didn’t order or use. This may be a charge for services like trivia, ringtones, daily horoscopes or love tips to your bill that you didn’t agree to or use.

    The most common dollar amount for a cramming charge is $9.99, a relatively small amount which is easy to overlook. Some charges sound like larger fees you do owe, making it tough to pick out the phony charges, especially if your mobile phone bill varies month to month.