• Tornado fund-raiser night at Texas Roadhouse

    Texas Roadhouse restaurants in Elizabethtown, Louisville and Clarksville, Ind., are holding a special fundraiser night to help victims of recent tornadoes in Kentucky and Indiana.

    Ten percent of all food sales go to the American Red Cross.

    Also, guests who donate items including canned food, clothing and toiletries to the American Red Cross that evening will receive a free appetizer coupon to be used on a future visit.

    The Elizabethtown location will hold the fundraising night on Wednesday from 4-10 p.m. at 207 Commerce Drive.

  • Under Construction: Tunnel Hill Apartments

    What is it? Tunnel Hill Apartments in Elizabethtown
    Location: Tunnel Hill Road near Ring Road
    Scheduled completion: Later this year
    Size: 100 apartments — 12 buildings with eight units, one four-plex building
    Total cost: $4.7 millionUnder Construction highlights building projects around the area.

  • BBB tips on storm repairs

    If you are on the hunt for a reputable contractor after severe weather rolled through the area last week, be aware of those who may try to take advantage of your situation: the home repair rip-off artist who may overcharge, perform shoddy work, or skip town without finishing your job.

    BBB urges homeowners to use extreme caution when dealing with “door-to-door” or “out of state” solicitors who offer “quality work at great prices.” The BBB offers the following tips for consumers who may be facing major repairs after a disaster hits home:

  • Focus on Finance: Calculate your net worth

    Question: What information should I use to determine my net worth?

  • Fitness Revolution earns national recognition

    Fitness Revolution, a national fitness franchise chain based in Elizabethtown, has won the 2012 Franchisee Satisfaction Award.

    Elizabethtown resident Nick Berry is president and co-founder of Fitness Revolution, whose main office and seven of its 24-person corporate staff are in Elizabethtown.

  • Mooserack opens at ECTC student center

    Steve Meredith had been waiting in line for two hours for Mooserack Coffee Co. to open in the newly redone student center at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. He was first in line to get a Grizzly Mocha and biscotti from the new restaurant on campus.

    The two hours were worth it to Meredith, a psychology student who has attended ECTC for two years, because he wanted to show his support for the business “from day one.” There hasn’t been a restaurant at the center for Meredith to go to since he started at the college.

  • Focus on Finance: Tax mistakes to avoid

    Question: What are the most common tax mistakes?

    Answer: Tax season has begun. You already should have your 1040s and 1099s. Over the next few months, you’ll be calculating your taxes and writing a check to the IRS. To help ease the pain of April 15 (extended to April 17 this year), here are a slew of common tax mistakes you easily can avoid:

  • Elizabethtown Houchens grocery reopening with new name, concept

    Houchens Industries has infused its Elizabethtown store with a new name, look and a fresh business approach.

    The company is relaunching Houchens on Sycamore Street as price LE$$ foods, said Alan Larsen, director of marketing and merchandising for Houchens Industries. The newly renovated store is reopening Thursday after closing in late January to complete renovations. He said it is the first price LE$$ foods launched by Houchens and the company is excited about the store’s distinct cost format.

  • First Financial shuffles upper management

    A personal ailment and the company’s financial health resulted in leadership changes announced Friday by First Financial Service Corp., the parent company of Elizabethtown-based First Federal Savings Bank.

    Greg Schreacke, the bank’s president since 2008, assumes principal management responsibility for the holding company and the bank. He is absorbing duties previously belonging to B. Keith Johnson, who is stepping down because of a chronic ailment.

  • Focus on Finance: Taking advantage of long-term care tax benefits

    Question: Are long-term care benefits tax deductible?

    Answer: Congress passed HIPPA as an incentive for people to take financial responsibility for long-term care. It generally provides for deductibility of qualified long-term care expenses, and excludes qualified long-term care benefits from taxable income. Higher deduction limits for LTC premiums are geared to help seniors make payments. Let’s see what this means.