• O’Charley’s completes a facelift

    While closed for five days last week, O’Charley’s in Elizabethtown received a facelift that reflects the new corporate logo and decorative improvements throughout.

    The restaurant and bar in front of Wal-Mart on North Dixie Avenue has a fresh appearance and is rededicating itself to Southern hospitality, General Manager Kelly Taylor-Fuqua said.

    The renovations include a new bar counter, window treatments, carpeting, decorations and upholstery on the booths as well as signage inside and out.

  • Turned down for life insurance? Here’s what to do

    Question:I was recently turned down for life insurance and I am at a loss as to why, how do I get answers?

    Answer:You’re in good health and see your doctor regularly. So what can you do if your life insurance application is turned down based on the results of the medical exam? Realize first that life insurance companies are in the risk-assessment business — not the diagnosis business.

  • Town & Country owner remembers 60 years in business

    After about 60 years in business, Town & Country in Elizabethtown is closing.

    Owner Jane Clauson remembers when her sister, Estelle Clark, bought the space on Public Square in the early 1950s, when the owner of a dress shop there decided to sell it.

    Clark was operating a children’s clothing store for a few years and took the opportunity to run an adult clothing store out of what was, at the time, a quarter of the space the store now has with a small area in the back for an office.

  • Latest scams, bad businesses

    Question: My mother was the victim of a scam recently. She lost some money, but I know it could have been a lot worse. I know that, unfortunately, there are lots of scams going on all the time. Can you share some of the more prominent ones?

    Answer: As we celebrate Grandparents Day today, the Better Business Bureau is warning seniors to be on the lookout for a scheme commonly referred to as the “grandparent scam.”

  • Fifty jobs coming to E’town

    A new manufacturing operation expected to create about 50 jobs over the next few years will open in Elizabethtown.

    Structures USA LLC, a newly-formed manufacturing arm for VSI Sales LLC, will invest more than $3.3 million in the project.

    Structures USA’s primary focus will be manufacturing steel and aluminum tubular products for use in the transportation, light rail, and utility/transmission industries, according to a news release from Gov. Steve Beshear’s office.

  • Focus on finance: When is ‘free’ really free?

    Question: When I read the words free checking (or other services) on a bank or credit union sign, I am leery. Is there really such a thing?

    Answer: There’s no better price than free, or so it would seem. But how often do customers today actually receive anything for free? As you might imagine, it’s not very often.

  • All aboard for a bus tour

    The annual motorcoach tour sponsored and coordinated by the Hardin County Cattlemen’s Association is scheduled for Sept. 30-Oct. 2. The tour is open to anyone interested, you don’t have to be a member of the HCCA or a cattle producer to participate. Typically families from Hardin, LaRue, Meade and Nelson counties participate in this enjoyable and educational tour.

  • Workforce Investment Board undergoes review

    The News-Enterprise

    The Lincoln Trail Workforce Investment Board recently completed a two-day review necessary in order to be designated as a High-Impact WIB.

    High-impact status is one of 25 initiatives of WorkSmart Kentucky, the strategic plan of the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board.

    Under the federal Workforce Investment Act, the Lincoln Trail group receives, allocates and manages federal money designated to assist in building a trained workforce for employers in the eight-county region.

  • Focus on Finance: Grants and loans: 5 financial resources for small businesses

    Question: In trying to pursue the American dream and open my own small business, I have run into roadblock after roadblock when it comes to getting a small business loan. Please share any resources you may have to help myself as well as others looking to get started.

  • Implications of a cool, wet growing season

    The 2013 growing season certainly has been an unusual one. Following record drought in 2012, rain has been plentiful all spring and summer in Hardin County — sometimes too plentiful. While the wet conditions have boosted potential for crop yields, it has come with some unwanted circumstances.

    Recently, two University of Kentucky grain crops specialists touched on two of these implications by posting in the UK Grain Crops Blog.