Wendy’s Free Frosty Throughout 2017 For Only $2

This promotion definitely won’t leave you cold…well, maybe a bit frosty. Want to get a FREE Jr. Frosty (reg. 99¢) every time you visit Wendy’s in 2017? All you have to do is purchase a cool Frosty Key Tag for just $2 at participating locations. (The tags are available through January 31, 2017, while supplies last.) It’s even sweeter because 90% of the proceeds benefit the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Then, every time you visit Wendy’s in 2017, just flash your key tag and get the sweet treat for FREE with any purchase. The offer is limited to one per transaction, per visit, per key tag. This deal pays for itself in just two visits. However, if you frequent Wendy’s at least once a week, you could save big bucks before ringing in 2018. It might be a wise investment to buy one for each family member for even sweeter savings. If anything, the proceeds are going to a very important cause: Helping kids find a good, loving family to call home.

The Martin News Wants to Give Back During National Soup Month

In many ways, America is the land of plenty. But for 1 in 7 Americans, hunger is a reality. More than 12 million families in America struggle with hunger. These are often hardworking families who simply cannot make ends meet and are forced to make difficult choices between paying for food, utilities, transportation, medical care and housing. That is why The Martin News wants to help. During the month of January, The Martin News will be collecting cans of soup. At the end of the month, we will donate all cans of soup to local churches to fill their food pantries. I feel that is important to give to those less fortunate and to those in our community. If you would like to donate, please email me at info@themartinnews.com and I will be glad to pick those donations up. For every can you donate, you will be entered one time and we will draw a winner on February 1st. The winner will be treated to a gift certificate to a local restaurant. Thank you in advance for your help.

Welcome to Tax Season

Ready to file your tax return? Here are 10 quick facts about the upcoming tax season that you need to know: 1. Tax season opens on January 23, 2017. Taxpayers who e-file can submit returns to their software provider or tax professional before that date, but the returns will not be accepted by IRS until the systems open. 2. Taxpayers have a few extra days to file their 2016 returns this year. The due date is April 18, 2017, and not April 15, 2017. That’s because April 15, 2017, falls on a Saturday which would normally result in a move to the following Monday (April 17, 2017). However, this year, Emancipation Day falls on Monday, April 17. Since that’s a legal holiday in the District of Columbia, the tax filing deadline will be pushed ahead for all individual taxpayers to Tuesday, April 18, 2017. 3. FreeFile is now open. 4. Some taxpayers will have their tax refunds delayed. A new law requires the IRS to hold refunds tied to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) until February 15. The hold allows IRS to match information from forms W-2 and 1099 with information reported on tax returns; in prior years, refunds could be issued before forms were matched which increased the likelihood of fraud. The hold, together with bank processing times and bank holidays, means that taxpayers should not count on seeing those tax refunds until the week of February 27. 5. You will need an appointment for in-person tax assistance from the IRS. In prior years, IRS served taxpayers on a first come, first served basis but for 2017, you’ll need an appointment for in-person tax help at all IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers (TAC). To schedule an appointment, taxpayers can call 844-545-5640. 6. The IRS anticipates issuing more than 9 out of 10 taxpayer refunds in less than 21 days. The “Where’s My Refund?” tool is available on IRS.gov and is the best way to check the status of a refund. You can begin checking the status of your refund within 24 hours after the IRS has received your e-filed tax return or four weeks after mailing your paper return. 7. Eight out of 10 taxpayers will receive their tax refunds by using direct deposit rather than requesting a paper check. According to the IRS, e-filing your return together with direct deposit is the fastest way to receive your refund. 8. Anyone who prepares federal tax returns for compensation must have a valid 2017 PTIN. PTINs don’t last forever: they must be renewed each year. Without a current PTIN, a tax preparer is not allowed to prepare your return. You can check out PTIN qualifications on your own by using the IRS online PTIN directory. 9. Under a new law, an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) that has not been used on a federal tax return at least once in the last three years will no longer be valid for use on a tax return after Sunday, January 1, 2017. Any taxpayers filing a tax return this season with an expired ITIN could experience return processing and refund delay as well as denial of some tax benefits until the ITIN is renewed. 10. To help combat identity theft and refund fraud, beginning in 2017, taxpayers who self-prepare returns using a software product for the first time may need their Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) amount from their prior-year tax return to verify their identity. Taxpayers can learn more about how to verify their identity and electronically sign tax returns on the IRS website. Have any tax questions, give Tatina’s Taxes a call at 229-778-0225.

The Martin News Wants to Give Back During National Soup Month

In many ways, America is the land of plenty. But for 1 in 7 Americans, hunger is a reality. More than 12 million families in America struggle with hunger. These are often hardworking families who simply cannot make ends meet and are forced to make difficult choices between paying for food, utilities, transportation, medical care and housing. That is why The Martin News wants to help. During the month of January, The Martin News will be collecting cans of soup. At the end of the month, we will donate all cans of soup to local churches to fill their food pantries. I feel that is important to give to those less fortunate and to those in our community. If you would like to donate, please email me at info@themartinnews.com and I will be glad to pick those donations up. For every can you donate, you will be entered one time and we will draw a winner on February 1st. The winner will be treated to a gift certificate to a local restaurant. Thank you in advance for your help.

Centers of Excellence Award

After a year of outstanding services, Lee County Health & Rehabilitation in Lee County celebrated their dedication and commitment to patients, their families and associates as they accepted a Gold award for Centers of Excellence from Ethica, Patients First. During the recent award ceremony, Lee County was commended on the high point ratings they earned based on survey criteria that focused on six areas of leadership: Survey/Certification, Family Satisfaction, Associate Satisfaction, Financial Performance, Quality Measures and Environment. Please congratulate Lee County Health & Rehabilitation on their prestigious award and for all the hard work and commitment to the people in the communities they serve. Photo caption from the left: Debra Mims, Regional Vice President; Kelly Burnett, Administrator and Kay Standley, Director of Nursing. Lee County Health and Rehab is located at 214 Main Street in Leesburg, Georgia.

~ Dates to Remember ~

January

16th ~ Worth County Schools Closed for MLK Holiday
17th ~ Lunch and Learn at the Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce
17th ~ Books & Bubbles at the Margaret Jones Public Library
17th ~ 100 Day of School for Worth County Schools
18th ~ Kiwanis Meeting 12noon
19th ~ Pre-school Story Time at Margaret Jones Public Library 10am
19th ~ Thursday Lego Club 5:30-6:30pm
22nd ~ There’s no place like home at Unity Baptist Church
23rd ~ Dental Van at WCMS
23rd ~ Read to a Dog at the Margaret Jones Public Library 4pm
24th ~ Books & Bubbles at the Margaret Jones Public Library
25th ~ Kiwanis Meeting 12noon
25th—February 8th ~ Cookie Dough Fundraiser at WCPS
26th ~ Annual Chamber of Commerce Dinner
27th ~ Pre-school Story Time at Margaret Jones Public Library 10am

February

7th ~ Math Family Fun Night at WCP
13th ~ Dental Van at WCPS
12th ~ Ms. Lee County Health & Rehab 3pm
14th ~ Dental Van at WCPS
14th ~ Happy Valentines Day from The Martin News
15th ~ Dental Van at WCPS
16th ~ Dental Van at WCPS
18th ~ Daddy Daughter Dance at WCES

*** Email your questions or event listings to info@themartinnews.com and we will get them listed on the calendar ***

Pharmacists Take Care of Their Hometown Folks

Last Thursday, January 12th was National Pharmacists Day. Pharmacists, also known as chemists or druggists, are healthcare professionals who practice in pharmacy, the field of health sciences focusing on safe and effective medication use. Pharmacists are well schooled, a university-level education is required to understand the biochemical mechanisms of action of drugs, drug uses, and therapeutic roles, side effects, potential drug interactions, and monitoring parameters. Pharmacists interpret and communicate this specialized knowledge to patients, physicians, and other health care providers. Pharmacists also rely on the assistance of Pharmacy Technicians that help in so many ways take care and assist patients as well. They are recognized as well in October. In many areas like the hometown of Austin Scott, in rural South Georgia, the town pharmacy is often a fixture in the community, and our local, community pharmacists play a major role in rural healthcare delivery. In areas where a doctor can be many miles away, local pharmacists deliver flu shots, give advice on over-the-counter drugs, and help with those late night drugstore runs for a sick child. Many people see their pharmacists much more often than their doctor, and there is a very personal relationship between pharmacist, patient, and physician. Pictured above is Congressman, Austin Scott at Lee and Pickels Drug Store in Quitman. In our hometown of Sylvester and Worth County, it is much like the hometown of Austin Scott. Our pharmacies and Pharmacists take care of all of their local hometown folks and for that we appreciate all you do!