Online shopping is an excellent way to avoid crowded stores and get holiday shopping done without leaving the home. However shoppers should be careful when buying from certain sites.

The Better Business Bureau encourages shoppers to check the website's security settings. If the site is secure, its address should start with “https://” or there will be a picture of a small closed lock in the lower right hand corner of the screen.

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Old Town Cape will participate in their first Small Business Saturday on November 29. American Express created the event in 2010 to encourage people to shop at local businesses.

Christa Zickfield, project manager at Old Town Cape, said “They [American Express] wanted to help draw local communities to their community driven shops. The local mom and pops, who have built their business in their districts and helped funnel funds back into their community.”

Heating Assistance Available For The Winter

Nov 9, 2014
Missouri Department of Social Services

Low-income households can receive assistance to heat their homes this fall and winter by applying to the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) offered by the Missouri Department of Social Services.

LIHEAP is a federally funded program that assists low-income families keep their heat turned on during winter. Last year, over 9,000 households in Southeast Missouri received assistance.

The state of Missouri has filed a restraining order and a petition against Safe Harbor Animal Shelter (SHAS) in Jackson, Mo. The restraining order issued Oct. 30 stops the no-kill facility from accepting and adopting out animals for 30 days.

Attorney General Chris Koster, in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Agriculture, found SHAS violated the Animal Care Facilities Act. According to a press release from the Attorney General, SHAS is being sued for:

Stay Alert For IRS Scam Phone Calls

Oct 30, 2014
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No one is shielded from being the subject of a scam, not even the Internal Revenue Service. While it is time to start thinking about the 2014 tax return, phone call scams keep being reported throughout the country and the IRS is reminding people how they can identify scams and report them.