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  • 5 often-overlooked tax credits

    Question: Is itemizing on my taxes even worth the trouble?

    Answer: Many taxpayers choose to take the standard deduction instead of itemizing because they wrongfully assume it won’t be worth their time. Many people believe they can’t or shouldn’t itemize, but they need to do the math. Most of the time, the deductions add up to much more than they think.

  • Is your planter ready for spring?

    Last week, at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, John Deere released its new line of planters with its new ExactEmerge metering systems.

    Producers lined up for a chance to talk to Deere techs about the 48-row planter on display, while a sign hung above the planter that read, “Plants accurately at 10 mph.”

  • Focus on finance: Planning ahead pays dividends

    Question: This winter has been a disaster for me. The pipes in my house froze requiring a plumber, cost $500. When the thermometer hit -3 my radiator froze, cost $700. Then my power went out because of a tree falling on the lines during the ice storm and I had to go to a motel because I did not have any backup heat, cost $250.  How do I get out of this run of bad luck?

  • Dollar General opens second new E'town store

    For the second time in six months, Dollar General will celebrate the opening of a new store in Elizabethtown. A grand opening ceremony for the building at 1512 N. Dixie Ave. begins at 8 a.m. Saturday.

    In celebrating the event, Dollar General says it continues to make shopping more convenient for customers in Elizabethtown.

  • New mortgage rule explained

    QUESTION: What is the Ability to Repay/Qualified Mortgage Rule and what does it mean?

    Answer: The new Ability to Repay/Qualified Mortgage Rule or “QM Rule” is designed to require creditors to make a good faith determination that a borrower has the actual ability to repay a loan before credit is extended.

  • New manufacturer will bring 75 jobs to E’town

    Hendrickson USA plans to build a facility on approximately 30 acres in Elizabethtown’s T.J. Patterson Industrial Park.

    Hendrickson, which manufactures suspension systems and components for heavy-duty vehicles, will create 75 jobs as a result of a $20 million investment here.

    Hendrickson said it chose Hardin County because of its available skilled workforce, training programs and centralized location. The company already employs 450 Kentuckians at its operations in Lebanon and Somerset, according to the state Cabinet for Economic Development.

  • Focus on Finance: Three tips for tax-time preparation

    Question: Always open to tips for an easier tax season. Any advice?

    Answer: The holidays are over and yes, here it is, the dreaded filing of a tax return. To help make that task a little easier this year, here are three simple, but key tips, to keep in mind.

  • Focus on Finance: What is a charitable bequest and how does it work?

    Question: What is a charitable bequest and how does it work?

  • How to find a lost insurance policy

    Question: My uncle just passed. I know he has life insurance but we can’t find the policy. How do I find a lost insurance policy?

    Answer: First of all, so sorry for your family’s loss. The grieving process can get convoluted when trying to tie up affairs.

  • Know your money personality

    Question: My husband and I have very different attitudes and ideas towards our finances, Is that common in marriages?

    Answer: It is important to know the money personality or styles of you and your partner so you can work as a team to achieve your family’s financial goals. You may find you are a combination of styles. To have a financially fit lifestyle, you have to look deeper at your money values and personalities.