• PSC public comment session on Big Rivers rate case cancelled

    A meeting scheduled next Tuesday in Henderson to take comment and provide information on Big Rivers Electric Corp.’s proposed rate increases has been canceled due to expected severe weather.
    The state Public Service Commission said staff is trying to reschedule the session regarding the proposal.
    The rate increase is estimated to increase monthly residential bills by about $25 to $30 per month to partially offset the loss of about $175 million in annual revenue after Century Aluminum smelter in Sebree ceases to be a Big Rivers customer at the end of

  • Retirement plan contribution limits set

    Question: Have the IRS’ limits for 2014 Retirement Plans been released?

    Answer: Many of the retirement plan annual limits are indexed for inflation. The IRS has just released the plan limits for 2014. Let’s look at those limits in some detail below.

    Contribution Limits: IRA contributions are unchanged at $5,500. Catch-up contributions remain at $1,000.

    Plan deferral limits are unchanged at $17,500. Catch-up contributions remain at $5,500.

  • RSBA promotion encourages customers to shop small

    With the holiday shopping season about to go full swing, the Radcliff Small Business Alliance started a promotion to draw shopping dollars into member businesses.

    The 5 for 5 promotion is meant to encourage shoppers to spend $5 in five RSBA member businesses for a chance to win $500. Cards used to keep track of the purchases can be picked up at any participating alliance member, board member John Flanagan said.

    Flanagan said the idea originated from two RSBA members, Tamara Ohler and Pam Ogden-Crum, as a way to get customers into member’s stores.

  • Corn variety trials provide guidance on seed selection

    As harvest concludes, many Hardin County farmers already have begun planning for 2014.  A major item on the planning list is variety selection for the 2014 corn crop. Variety can be one of the most crucial factors in determining yield and careful thought should be put in to determining what seed to plant on what acre.

    The largest local corn variety trial in the state is the University of Kentucky’s. This year, varieties from 15 companies who market seed corn in the state, are compared at five different test sites.

  • 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.