• Focus on Finance: Overview of health care options for retirees at 65

    Question: As a retiree, what are my health care options?

    Answer: Most retirees have two main health care options —Medicare and managed care. Medicaid is a program that pays for medical assistance only for those with low incomes or disabilities.

    As long as you’ve contributed enough through FICA taxes, you’ll be eligible — retired or not — for Medicare when you turn 65. Apply for Medicare coverage three months before your 65th birthday.

    Medicare is divided into components:

  • Under Construction: Minit Mart in Radcliff
  • Don’t like the tax bill you got this year? Check your Social Security income

    Question: Does my Social Security vastly affect my taxes?

    Answer: When you filed your income taxes this year, your tax bill may have unpleasantly surprised you. And if this is the case, you are by no means alone.

  • Bank buys country club at auction

    The properties that comprise Pine Valley Country Club have been purchased by a bank to which Hardin Circuit Court recently determined the club owed money.

    The only bid placed Thursday from a group of about 70 attendees at the Hardin County Justice Center was an opening offer of $1,825,000 from representatives of South Central Bank.

    The bank recently won a foreclosure suit against Pine Valley Country Club Inc. and the properties were put up Thursday for public bid as one unit.

  • Area ‘Angels’ offer business advice

    A crowd of about 50 people visited the Historic State Theater on  Wednesday to learn about local investors and the experiences they have gathered.

    Investing Angels of the Heartland featured several local business-minded men and women speaking about their successes and sharing tips with potential entrepreneurs and investors.

    The event was sponsored by the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce, the Lincoln Trail Innovation Center and the Lincoln Trail Venture Group to promote the venture group and draw members.

  • Under Construction: Lincoln National's Parkway branch

    An expansion of Lincoln National Bank's Parkway branch in Hodgenville will add four offices and provide greater privacy for creation of new accounts and loan processing, according to Pam Stephens, the bank's marketing director.

    The volume of business has outgrown the facility, which opened in 1999, Stephens said. The contractor is Joe Pearman and work is scheduled to be completed by early summer. The branch is open for business during the renovation.

  • Ag commissioner honors Roy Rich

    Elizabethtown businessman Roy Rich was named honorary commissioner of agriculture Thursday in recognition of nearly a quarter-century of service on a state advisory board.

    Bestowed by Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, the honor came as Rich, who owns E-town Exterminating, resigned his position as chairman from the state’s Pest Control Advisory Board.

    The board reviews commercial structural pest control, conducts enforcement proceedings and makes written recommendations for the state Department of Agriculture.

  • Investment workshop attracts 'angels' among us

    Jim Fugitte said Hardin County is brimming with innovation but originators need the financial assistance to get their idea off the ground.

    “It all starts with the idea fertilized with money,” the businessman said.

    Fugitte, CEO of locally headquartered Wind Energy Corp., addressed the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday about the origins of “angel investing” and an opportunity next week for investors to take a gamble on a concept or a budding entrepreneur to gain insight.

  • Managing bloat in cattle

    In Kentucky, bloat is most common from mid-March through May, but many cases of bloat already have been reported this spring because of unseasonably warm weather. Legumes are the main cause but lush cereal grains such as wheat, oats, barley and rye can also be sources. Although these forage types have many benefits, bloat can decrease animal performance and can cause death as many producers have again experienced this year.

  • Kentucky Indiana Exchange: A new name for an existing group

    Kentucky Indiana Exchange is the new name for an existing group. The Regional Leadership Coalition is rebranding itself and taking the name Kentucky Indiana Exchange.

    The name change is more representative of the 26-county region the organization covers, as well as the collaboration and connections it works to foster, according to the formal announcement released Wednesday.