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  • USDA herd counts influence price for producers and consumers

    On Jan. 27, USDA released its annual cattle inventory report, giving the total number of cattle residing in the U.S. as of Jan. 1. As expected, the report suggested that the U.S. cattle industry will continue to experience short supplies and high prices for calves and feeder cattle and as a result higher retail beef prices. 

    However, the numbers released also show the trend toward herd reductions may be coming to an end.

  • Swopes celebrate 60 years in business

    Nearly 60 years ago in March of 1952, Swope Dodge-Plymouth was celebrating its grand opening at the corner of College and Mulberry streets. The dealership already had been open for a couple months, but people crammed into the one-car showroom for the event.

    As Bill Swope remembers, two competitors, Buick and Pontiac dealers, were there that day and were overheard to make the following exchange: “I’ll give them six months,” one dealer said about Bill Swope and his brother Sam.

  • Focus on Finance: Finding a tax preparer

    Most Americans will get assistance from a professional tax preparer or tax software when filing their taxes this year. Better Business Bureau encourages taxpayers to use caution when selecting tax preparation help. Using the wrong preparer could cause a lot of headaches, fines, and fees. According to the IRS, 80 percent of Americans enlist the help of a tax preparer or tax software when filing their taxes. Unfortunately, every year BBB receives thousands of complaints from consumers against tax preparers.

  • New ApotheCARE pharmacy tries to keep personal touch

    A new drugstore in Radcliff is the third installment in what might be seen as a miniature chain developing in Hardin County.

    Owner Gary Hamm said he enjoys giving customers multiple options for their health care needs, but he doesn’t want to lose the personal appeal of independent businesses that made him get into the pharmacy business.

    ApotheCARE officially opened Jan. 16 in Radcliff after a soft opening four days earlier at Radcliff Square shopping center off East Lincoln Trail Boulevard.

  • Focus on Finance: Advantages of VA loans

    Question: I am a veteran looking to purchase my first home. What are the benefits of taking a VA loan?
    Answer: First, congratulations on your decision to purchase your first home. You have heard it many times but let me say it again “This is a great time for home buyers.” Interest rates are at a historic low and properties are priced to sell.

  • New pharmacy coming to Radcliff

    Radcliff residents will soon have a new independent pharmacy to patronize after losing several recently.

    Save Rite Drugs Radcliff is to open soon in the city, likely at the end of the month, owner Jonathan Van Lahr said. Van Lahr owns Save Rite Drugs Irvington and Brandenburg Pharmacy Care, and decided to open a store in Radcliff after seeing several independent pharmacies close recently.

    Van Lahr said he felt the city needed a strong independent pharmacy, especially after seeing Lincoln Trail Pharmacy, Radcliff Drugs and Wooldridge Drugs close.

  • Local home sales decline after strong 2010

    After a significant boost from the Base Realignment and Closure initiative in 2010, residential home sales in the Hardin County area declined slightly in 2011.

    According to numbers from the Heart of Kentucky Association of Realtors, the number of residential sales in its area fell from 2,207 in 2010 to 1,643 in 2011.

  • Local bank doubles its dividend

    After experiencing its most profitable year to date in 2011, Hardin County-based Kentucky Neighborhood Bank announced to shareholders it will double its dividend.

    The bank will double its dividend from 50 cents to $1, it announced to shareholders last week in a letter.

    “I give credit to the customers we’ve got and the great employees,” said President and CEO Ronnie Pence, who called the bank’s successful year “humbling.”

  • Manufacturers group highlights legislative filings

    The News-Enterprise
    The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers tells its members the following bills pending in the General Assembly should be of interest:

  • Focus on Finance: Motivate your heirs with an incentive trust

    Question: I want to set up a trust for my son but honestly I worry about how responsible he would be with the money. Are there any “safeguards” I can put in place to ensure the money would last?
    Answer: Like most Americans with assets that they intend to leave to their heirs, you have worked hard to accumulate what you have. And while you can feel good about leaving your designated heirs with a financial legacy, you may have some reservations about their ability to use their inheritances wisely.