News: Boone police warn citizens of IRS telephone scam

The Boone Police Department is urging its citizens to be aware of a  telephone scam involving a demand from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for an immediate payment of delinquent income taxes.

Recently the Boone Police Department received a complaint from a citizen saying they received a telephone call from a subject claiming to be a representative of the IRS. The caller told the resident they owed back taxes and demanded bank or credit card information immediately or they would call local law enforcement and a warrant would be issued for their arrest. In these scams the caller may identify themselves as “agents” and give a false name and badge number. The caller may even provide the last four numbers of your social security number. In addition to the threat of arrest, the caller may also threaten to have your driver’s license revoked. With today’s technology, your caller ID may even identify the incoming call as being from the IRS.

After receiving a telephone call similar to the one above, how can you protect yourself?
1. Know that the IRS will always send taxpayers a written notification of any tax due via the U.S. mail.
2. Know that the IRS never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone.
3. Know that local law enforcement cannot simply arrest you for failing to pay delinquent federal income taxes. The procedure for this is strictly a federal one and local law enforcement would not be involved.
4. If you are unsure, contact the Boone Police Department.

If you suspect that you are the victim of a scam or an attempted scam, report it to your local law enforcement agency.
For further information, go to: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Scams-Consumer-Alerts

News: 2014 Boone County Fair 4-H Herdsmanship results

Mary Clancy, Boone County ISU Extension and Outreach Program Coordinator, announced the winners in the Herdsmanship Contest at this year’s Boone County Fair.  All clubs with livestock exhibits at the county fair are given a herdsmanship score each day according to the following criteria:  cleanliness of alleys, stalls, and pens; arrangement of exhibit area; and appearance of animals.

 

This year’s herdsmanship “Club of the Day” and species awards were sponsored by Service Master.  The daily 4-H club winners were the Boxholm Blazers, Harrison Happy Hustlers, People’s Guys & Gals and Rural & City Newcomers.

 

Winners in each livestock department were:

Beef                            1st-Harrison Happy Hustlers, 2nd-Luther Livewires

Horse                           1st –Rural & City Newcomers, 2nd-Boxholm Blazers

Sheep                          1st Tie-Boxholm Blazers and Southside Pioneers

Swine                          1st-Luther Livewires, 2nd-People’s Guys & Gals

Rabbit                         1st-Harrison Hilltop Hornets, 2nd Tie-Harrison Happy Hustlers and Poultry Club

Poultry                        1st–Gilbert FFA, 2nd-Town & Country Pioneers

Pen of 3 Beef              1st-Town & Country Pioneers, 2nd-People’s Guys & Gals

Dairy Cattle                1st-Westside Hustlers, 2nd-Harrison Happy Hustlers

Dairy & Meat Goat     1st-People’s Guys & Gals, 2nd-Luther Livewires

News: Habitat for Humanity seeking Boone family for 2015 build

Safe, stable homes mean healthier families in our communities.

 

Families enduring unaffordable and substandard housing, on the other hand, lack the stability needed to grow and thrive in the healthy manner Habitat for Humanity volunteers believe God intends for all. With a hand up, Habitat partner families are able to embrace a life of new hope and opportunity.

 

For families interested in learning more about how Habitat for Humanity works along with the application and selection process, two opportunities are being offered as Habitat for Humanity begins making plans for a home to be built in Boone during 2015.

 

Two free public information meetings will be held on Thursday, August 7, at 7:00 p.m. and again Saturday, August 9, at 10:00 a.m. Both will be presented at the Habitat for Humanity office, 720 Story Street in downtown Boone. While there is no obligation to apply, volunteers will be available to assist interested families with completing applications.

 

Many lower income families are surprised to learn they can begin to own an efficient and attractive home for less than the cost of rent. While this is made possible through the support of many dedicated volunteers and donors, Habitat partner families work hard for this unique opportunity to capture their dream of stability, health and safety through home ownership.

 

If you or someone you know needs to escape the sturdy grip of unstable and substandard housing, please plan to attend one of these informative meetings. No reservations required.

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Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard and poverty housing. Habitat for Humanity welcomes all persons as partner families and volunteers regardless of religious beliefs or affiliations.

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