• Focus on finance: Avoid holiday financial stress

    Question: I get all stressed out when I face Christmas shopping and debt from Christmas gift purchases. Is there a way I can have the money I need when I need it without going into debt?

    Answer: Many people have these same feelings this time of year. There is not an instant formula which will help you short term, but there are longer term behavior changes that will solve your problem. See the 10 commandments of personal finance below. Now is the time to resolve to change your habits for financial success.

  • Nov. 17, 2013, Focus on Finance: Plan ahead for the holidays

    By Leanna Milby 


    Question: Every year, I promise myself the same thing, to be more financially responsible during the holiday season. Please share some (realistic) pointers to make this the year I actually do it.

  • Focus on finance: Are you paid up?

    Question: What is a “paid-up” status with my life insurance policy?

    Answer: You might still be making payments on your life insurance policy despite the fact that its cash value is sufficient to maintain your coverage. In that case, you may have better use for the money you’re paying as premiums. Find out now if you’ve achieved a paid-up status.

  • Chamber announces new position

    The News-Enterprise

    The Hardin County Chamber of Commerce announced the hiring of a new relationship manager. Heather Heuman is joining the chamber team to enhance the chamber’s ongoing support to local businesses.

    “We want to make sure our members are getting the most out of their chamber membership,” said Brad Richardson, Chamber president and CEO. “That’s what Heather will be helping them do every day.”

  • Be sure to test your forages

    You’ve often heard us say over the years: “Don’t guess, soil test” in an effort to get you to test your soil and only apply those nutrients needed — which will provide your crops the nutrients needed for optimum yield, may save you money in many cases, plus safeguard the groundwater from contamination from over application of fertilizer materials.

  • Eatery arriving in E'town in 2014

    A Mexican restaurant chain well-established in Louisville and southern Indiana is moving south to Elizabethtown.

    Qdoba Mexican Grill plans to open its first restaurant in Hardin County at 1570 N. Dixie Ave. by spring, said Emily Gliva, a regional restaurant marketing specialist for the company.

    Gliva said Qdoba still is in the early stages of developing the Elizabethtown site and should have an opening date firmed up by early 2014.

    “As of right now, we really don’t have a date,” she said.

  • GRILLit sets opening date

    A new Latin-Caribbean fusion restaurant in Elizabethtown has settled on an opening date in time for the holidays.

    GRILLit, which focuses on custom cuisine such as crafted rice bowls, pasta, shrimp, wraps and salads, opens its doors to customers on Nov. 11, said franchise owner Perry Patel.

    The restaurant, which launched its first location in Miami in 2011, has renovated the former Church’s Chicken location at 2018 N. Mulberry St. next to Denny’s.

  • Second Pizza Hut location headed to E'town

    A second Pizza Hut location is expected to open in Elizabethtown later this year in response to rising customer demand.

    A drive-thru location specializing entirely in carryout and delivery service is anchoring 907 N. Mulberry St. on existing property across from McDonald’s. Signs marketing the new store have been placed and the restaurant should be open for business before the Christmas holiday, said Rodney Walraven, chief operating officer for the franchise.

  • Regional bank corporation reports quarterly income of $3 million

    Farmers Capital Bank Corp., a regional bank-holding company, reported third quarter net income of $3 million.

    That equates to 34 cents per common share of stock to push the value for the first nine months of the year to $1.19 per share, the bank's news release said.

  • Frost on the pumpkins

    By the time you read this, we’ll have had frost on the pumpkin, as well as on corn, soybeans, alfalfa and pretty much everything else outside. Some crops will be impacted, some won’t, but there are management concerns pretty much for each one.

    Various Extension specialists at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment have provided much of the following information relating to frost impacts on various crops this year.