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An official signing ceremony held in December marked the January 1 inauguration of SECU Life Insurance Company, a new service organization of North Carolina State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU). Credit Union representatives, including SECU Board of Directors Chairman, McKinley Wooten were on hand to witness Wayne Goodwin, North Carolina Insurance Commissioner, sign the official license of the new organization. SECU Life Insurance Company has been initially funded by SECU members with a $25 million capital investment. With this investment, the credit union will be able to expand its fiduciary responsibility to its members – providing sound, consumer financial products and services to help members create a successful financial path, including the protection of their assets.


Tax season is here and making it easy for taxpayers to understand and file their taxes is a top priority for the North Carolina Department of Revenue (NCDOR). Providing the correct information and remembering a few simple tips will help ensure you have an error-free tax return that can be processed quickly and correctly.

NCDOR offers the following easy tips and recommendations as you prepare your taxes this year.


The Franklin Board of Realtors held its Christmas Celebration Dec. 14, at the Dillard House.

Several achievement awards were bestowed during the event.

Jamie Stamey with Unique Properties was voted Realtor of the Year, Derik Shuler of Keller Williams Realty received the Rookie of the Year Award and the three inductees to the Hall of Fame were April Moore of Unique Properties and Ron Markham and Lori Newton of Prudential Markham Bankston Realtors.


To achieve investment success, you don’t have to start out with a huge sum or “get lucky” by picking “hot” stocks. In fact, very few people actually travel those two routes. But in working toward your investment goals, you need to be persistent — and one of the best ways to demonstrate that persistence is to invest automatically.

How do you become an “automatic” investor? You simply need to have your bank automatically move money each month from a checking or savings account into the investments of your choice. When you’re first starting out in the working world, you may not be able to afford much, but any amount — even if it’s just $50 or $100 a month — will be valuable. Then, as your career progresses and your income rises, you can gradually increase your monthly contributions.


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