• First Federal annual loss amounts to $9.3 million

    Dealing with a group of failed commercial real estate loans and hit by what the bank’s leadership calls a “punitive” accounting charge, First Federal Savings Bank reported a loss of $9.3 million for 2010.

    “The company had a challenging year during 2010 as we continue to work through the remnants of the worst recession since the Great Depression,” B. Keith Johnson, First Federal’s chief executive officer since 1997, said in the formal 12-page financial report released last week.

  • La Te Da opens on Fat Tuesday

    The Hardin County Chamber of Commerce celebrated Fat Tuesday with a grand opening, ribbon cutting and open house for La Te Da, a party design, fresh floral, home decor and gift shop at 913 N. Mulberry St., Elizabethtown. Pictured are owners Lisa French, Cindy Walker, Neise Carey, interim Chamber President Rik Hawkins, board members, family, friends and Chamber Ambassadors.

  • El Acapulco holds ribbon cutting

    The Hardin County Chamber of Commerce celebrated a grand opening-ribbon cutting for El Acapulco Mexican Restaurant. They are located at 918 N. Dixie Highway, Elizabethtown (across from HMH). Pictured at the Ribbon Cutting are Ramiro Romero Sr., owner; Ramiro Romero Jr., manager; Rik Hawkins chamber president/CEO; family, friends and Chamber Ambassadors.

  • Bunny’s Boutique opens

    The Hardin County Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated a grand opening-ribbon cutting for Bunny’s Boutique, 2486 South Dixie Highway, Radcliff and can be reached at 352-0020. The building was formerly Affordables Consignment & Gift Shop. Pictured at the Ribbon Cutting are Bunny Vachon, owner; Radcliff Mayor JJ Duvall; former Board Members, John Wright, Ronnie Penwell, Tom Hewlett; and family, friends and chamber ambassadors

  • Icon Engineering opens in Elizabethtown

    The Hardin County Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated a grand opening and ribbon cutting for Icon Engineering’s new offices in renovated location at 35 Public Square, Elizabethtown. Joining owners Christy and Michael Childers were Elizabethtown Mayor Tim Walker, interim Chamber President Rik Hawkins, board members, family, friends and chamber ambassadors.

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  • Hooray for Heroes accepting sponsorships and booth applications

  • Focus on Finance: Electronic payments are a must

    Question: Is getting my Social Security check directly deposited even an option?

    Answer: For years, Social Security has stressed the convenience, security, and safety of getting benefit payments electronically. Soon, direct deposit (or Direct Express) will not only be the best way to receive federal benefit payments — it will be the only way.

    That’s because the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced a new rule that will phase out paper checks for federal benefit and non-tax payments by March 1, 2013.

  • Farm Bureau celebrates “Food Check-Out Day” in Frankfort

    Phyllis Amyx, Chair of the Kentucky Farm Bureau Women’s Committee, made a trip to Frankfort on Feb. 24 to present Rep. Tim Moore, Sen. Dennis Parrett and Rep. C.B. Embry with a basket of Kentucky products in recognition of the annual “Food Check-Out Day.” Kentucky Farm Bureau holds the event each year in mid-February to mark the date when the average American has earned enough income to meet his or her annual cost of food–about 10 percent of a person’s disposable income, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

  • Hardin Memorial Hospital receives program accreditation

    Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown recently received program re-accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

    To receive a five-year re-accreditation, a sleep center must met or exceed all standards for professional health care as designated by the AASM. The accreditation process involved detailed inspection of a center’s facility and staff, including an evaluation of testing procedures, patient contacts and physician training. Hardin Memorial Hospital is directed by Dr. Elisa B. Garcia and is located at 913 N. Dixie Ave., Elizabethtown.