The academic accomplishments of ten area students have been recognized by the 2019 Ascentra Scholarship Program.  These ten future leaders were selected to receive $1,000 to help offset the rising costs of attending a college or university and get one step closer to achieving their academic goals. At Ascentra, we are committed to supporting education… Read More


Insurance protection is part of a solid financial plan, and dependable coverage helps ensure financial relief when you need it most. We are very excited to announce a new partnership with TruStage Insurance, a CUNA Mutual Group consumer brand to help our members plan and protect for their future. TruStage Insurance was founded on the… Read More


We had a blast kicking off our inaugural Cool Readers Reading Challenge Saturday, Apr. 27th!  This is the 1st year for the Cool Readers program, challenging second graders from Buchanan, Wilson, and Jackson Elementary Schools to read 10 books in one month. Fifty-one second graders completed the challenge and were invited along with their family… Read More


When financial markets have a bad day, week, or month, discomforting headlines and data can swiftly communicate a message to retirees and retirement savers alike: equity investments are risky things, and Wall Street is a risky place. All true. If you want to accumulate significant retirement savings or try and grow your wealth through the… Read More


As the price of fresh, unprocessed food continues to rise, you’re probably looking for ways to stretch your grocery money. One way to save is to grow some of the fruits and vegetables you love. A small garden can provide fresh food for your family and save you hundreds of dollars each year. If you’ve… Read More


If you are expecting a tax refund this year, now is a good time to start planning how you’ll use that extra money. The best uses are to pare down debt and bulk up your savings. Here are a few ways to get the most bang from your refund: 1. Open an emergency fund or… Read More


Each party in a home sale transaction has an agenda. The seller, naturally, wants to sell the house for as much as possible. But the buyer hopes to negotiate a lower price. Individual needs skew each person’s perception of what a property is worth. Enter the real estate appraiser—a professional who can determine the value… Read More


We had a blast celebrating the Scottie Reads Reading Challenge Saturday, Apr. 13th!  This is the 10th year for the Scottie Reads program, challenging all of the North Scott first graders to read 10 books in one month. This year, 160 North Scott first graders completed the challenge and were invited along with their family… Read More


Are you planning for college? Getting a college degree is great investment, but it does come at a significant cost. In addition to tuition, there are a few other expenses you’ll have to plan for. While it may seem daunting, don’t let the cost prevent you from getting a degree. By planning ahead and putting… Read More