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  • Widespread dryness affects nation’s crops

    The weather for 2012 has started out to be one for the record books — early warmth, dry spells, storms and cold spells. Now it seems like we’re beginning to dry out yet again. Hardin County isn’t the only area in the county experiencing drier than normal conditions. In fact, many areas across rural America are dry, posing a severe threat to crops.

  • Under Construction: Leo's Donuts

    The building at 605 N. Wilson Road in Radcliff is getting a facelift and will open within 60 days as Leo's Donuts.

    T.W. and Andra Shortt plan to offer doughnuts, pastries and specialty coffees.

    The building features a drive-through window and dining space inside for 24 people where free wi-fi will be offered.

  • Contest helps residents jumpstart businesses

    Dr. Tao Le considers himself a serial entrepreneur.

    His newest business, a technology company called Medsparq that allows patients and health-care providers to schedule appointments more efficiently, is his fifth start-up project.

    “That’s part of the joy and thrill of being an entrepreneur,” he said. “You don’t know what’s around the next corner.”

  • Horse tours seats still available

    There are seats still available on Friday’s chartered motorcoach tour for horse owners in Hardin, LaRue and Meade counties. The group leaves from the Hardin County Extension Service office promptly at 8 a.m. and should return around 6 p.m. Cost for the day’s tour is $30 per person and covers the bus expense and lunch.

  • When is the best time to buy a home? It’s now

    By MICHAEL BATEMAN

    Question: When is the best time to purchase a new home?

    Answer: The nation’s housing market is on the mend after its devastating tumble in 2008. And there is even better news for potential home buyers — now may be the best time to buy a house.

  • Planting progress is record-setting

    We all know the mild winter and early warm spring weather has things running ahead of schedule this year in our area. This not only has been the case in Hardin County, but in most areas of the country. Warm temperatures early, along with minimal rainfall created excellent early planting conditions in much of the country, allowing farmers to plant this year’s corn and soybean crops at a record pace.

  • Focus on Finance: Is refinancing beneficial in the long run for me?

    Question: Is refinancing beneficial in the long run for me?

    Answer: We hear about it daily on the news, “Rates are at an all-time low.” If you are a homeowner you might be questioning if this is a good time to refinance. The thought of being able to save money each month is tempting, but this decision requires weighing different factors and determining if it is beneficial in the long run.

    Before trying to make this decision first evaluate your current position and determine your goals:

  • Details of customer reviews, complaints available from BBB

    The Better Business Bureau is where consumers turn to find businesses and organizations they can trust. When consumers call the BBB or go to www.bbb.org, they can find business reviews on companies with A-plus through F ratings. However, there are two fairly new features some consumers may not know about. These features will help consumers get even more information on companies when they visit the website.

  • Power providers offer local seminar

    Kentucky Association for Economic Development is offering a training opportunity for best-practices concerning utilities.
    The session is offered by utility companies to provide expanded knowledge about the systems, operations, terminology, rates and other details needed for economic development proposal responses.
    The seminar is 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Pritchard Community Center, 404 S. Mulberry St., in Elizabethtown.
    Registration for KAED members is $40, nonmembers’ admission is $55. It is free for manufacturers.

  • Focus on Finance: Hardin County offers its own retirement benefits

    By Frank Anderson