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Business

  • Belk remodel to wrap next month

    Belk department store in Elizabethtown is modernizing its look and improving the accessibility of its floor space.

    A $1.4 million overhaul of the retail clothing and home furnishings store, which is in Towne Mall, began in July and is slated to wrap up by Sept. 10, said store manager Theresa Meacham. A grand opening celebration to herald the changes is scheduled for Oct. 10, she added.

  • High cost of living or cost of living high?

    Question: Do you think we can ever re-discover the financial simplicity of our ancestors?

    Answer: Sometime in the 1960s there was a news program on TV talking about the high cost of living. It was a popular theme at the time. My grandmother commented that it was not the high cost of living that was the problem — it was the cost of living high. She knew what she was talking about and could give lessons to anyone about frugal living.

  • Headquarters expansion expected to promote job growth

    An expansion of a headquarters in Elizabethtown could mean 15 new jobs and a $350,000 investment into the state.

    Gov. Steve Beshear announced Wednesday that STC Management Group, which manages Sun Tan City and Planet Fitness, will expand its headquarters on Catalog Drive in Elizabethtown.

    That could mean as many as 15 new jobs at the headquarters and a large financial investment, he said.

    STC has been headquartered in Elizabethtown since 2004. It has more than 40 Sun Tan City locations in Kentucky and more than 170 locations in 17 other states.

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  • For farm safety, protect against dust

    It is important for farmers to use respiratory protection to safeguard their lungs against dust in the coming weeks and months as they harvest crops, clean out grain bins and open silos, among other seasonal farming activities.

  • Focus on Finance: Straight talk about annuities

    Question: I am so confused about annuities. Can you break it down for me in layman’s terms?

    Answer: People are confused about annuities because the same word is applied to many different types of financial instruments. Hopefully, this tutorial will end the confusion.

  • Stockpiling a viable option for livestock

    Calf prices in the spring had many cow-calf operators optimistic about the next several years and possible herd expansion. Widespread drought in the Corn Belt, however, has resulted in higher feed prices, which had a negative effect on feeder cattle prices. In Kentucky, the early summer drought also forced many operations to consider reducing herd numbers, and/or purchase additional feed. The drought has negatively impacted the second cutting of hay, which should result in higher hay prices this winter.

  • Fourth IHOP in state could be in E’town

    Calling Elizabethtown and Kentucky an area of “great appeal,’’ vice president of operations for IHOP said the restaurant’s fourth franchise in the state could be in Elizabethtown.

    Creg Hagerman said Friday morning the company is “very, very close’’ on a deal to bring the signature pancake restaurant to Elizabethtown. IHOP, which has stores in Louisville, Lexington and Bowling Green, is in negotiations to move into the former Frisch’s location on North Dixie Avenue next to Cheddar’s.

  • Five members named to local Workforce Investment Board

    The Lincoln Trail Area Development District recently appointed five members to its Workforce Investment Board.

    Selected were Anthony Conder, assistant vice president and banking Center manager at The Cecilian Bank; Chris Ormes, pressman at American Fuji Seal, United Steel Workers; Kenneth Ritchie, assistant business manager and apprentice coordinator at International Brotherhood of Boilermakers; Tim Walker, mayor of Elizabethtown; and John Tindall Jr., a self-employed and retired military veteran.

  • E'town to get a new King

    Along with flame-broiled hamburgers and onion rings, the newest Burger King in Hardin County is bringing 50 new jobs.

    Construction started last week at the new fast-food restaurant on U.S. 62 by Central Hardin High School next to McDonald’s. The location is slated to open sometime in the fall. This is the second Elizabethtown location with the other on North Mulberry Street. There also is a Burger King in Radcliff and on Fort Knox in Hardin County.