• Contest helps residents jumpstart businesses

    Dr. Tao Le considers himself a serial entrepreneur.

    His newest business, a technology company called Medsparq that allows patients and health-care providers to schedule appointments more efficiently, is his fifth start-up project.

    “That’s part of the joy and thrill of being an entrepreneur,” he said. “You don’t know what’s around the next corner.”

  • Horse tours seats still available

    There are seats still available on Friday’s chartered motorcoach tour for horse owners in Hardin, LaRue and Meade counties. The group leaves from the Hardin County Extension Service office promptly at 8 a.m. and should return around 6 p.m. Cost for the day’s tour is $30 per person and covers the bus expense and lunch.

  • When is the best time to buy a home? It’s now


    Question: When is the best time to purchase a new home?

    Answer: The nation’s housing market is on the mend after its devastating tumble in 2008. And there is even better news for potential home buyers — now may be the best time to buy a house.

  • Planting progress is record-setting

    We all know the mild winter and early warm spring weather has things running ahead of schedule this year in our area. This not only has been the case in Hardin County, but in most areas of the country. Warm temperatures early, along with minimal rainfall created excellent early planting conditions in much of the country, allowing farmers to plant this year’s corn and soybean crops at a record pace.

  • Focus on Finance: Is refinancing beneficial in the long run for me?

    Question: Is refinancing beneficial in the long run for me?

    Answer: We hear about it daily on the news, “Rates are at an all-time low.” If you are a homeowner you might be questioning if this is a good time to refinance. The thought of being able to save money each month is tempting, but this decision requires weighing different factors and determining if it is beneficial in the long run.

    Before trying to make this decision first evaluate your current position and determine your goals:

  • Details of customer reviews, complaints available from BBB

    The Better Business Bureau is where consumers turn to find businesses and organizations they can trust. When consumers call the BBB or go to www.bbb.org, they can find business reviews on companies with A-plus through F ratings. However, there are two fairly new features some consumers may not know about. These features will help consumers get even more information on companies when they visit the website.

  • Power providers offer local seminar

    Kentucky Association for Economic Development is offering a training opportunity for best-practices concerning utilities.
    The session is offered by utility companies to provide expanded knowledge about the systems, operations, terminology, rates and other details needed for economic development proposal responses.
    The seminar is 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Pritchard Community Center, 404 S. Mulberry St., in Elizabethtown.
    Registration for KAED members is $40, nonmembers’ admission is $55. It is free for manufacturers.

  • Focus on Finance: Hardin County offers its own retirement benefits

    By Frank Anderson

  • ECTC offers seminar for ‘diverse’ potential vendors

    “Diverse” business owners can learn about opportunities for doing business with Elizabethtown Community and Technical College at a June 19 seminar on campus.

    “The key is ‘opportunity,’” said Dr. Thelma J. White, ECTC president.  “We want to provide area diverse business owners with the opportunity to easily learn about, and compete for, the goods and services that are needed here at our college as well as at other area colleges within the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.”

  • First Financial completes new leadership team

    First Financial Service Corp. completed a series of key additions to the leadership team of the company and its subsidiary, First Federal Savings Bank of Elizabethtown.

    Frank Perez, a certified public accountant, joins the bank as executive vice president and chief financial officer. He is relocating from the Nashville, Tenn., area and brings more than 15 years of experience in capital markets.