• 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.

  • E'town fruit shop celebrates grand opening

    As it prepared for its first big holiday, the Elizabethtown location of Edible Arrangements held a grand opening Friday.

    The fresh-fruit-arrangement shop on North Dixie Avenue has been open since Jan. 11, owner Kornkamol Randlett said, but owners wanted to have a few weeks of business under their belt before having a  grand opening.

    “We’ve been doing very well, especially during this time because of Valentine’s Day,” Randlett said. “We’ve been extremely busy the last couple of days.”

  • First Federal sells four Indiana branches

    First Federal Savings Bank in Elizabethtown is selling four retail banking offices in Indiana to raise capital and meet its goals.

    A subsidiary of First Savings Financial Group Inc. has entered into a definitive purchase and assumption agreement with the Elizabethtown-based bank to buy the Indiana offices in Corydon, Elizabeth, Georgetown and Lanesville.

    These are all of First Federal Savings Bank’s southern Indiana branches.

  • Chamber hosts 11th annual health expo

    About 50 exhibitors lined up Wednesday inside Pritchard Community Center for the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce Health and Human Services Expo.

    The 11th annual health expo was the first for the combined chambers. Chamber President-CEO Brad Richardson said he believes the expo sells out every year.

    “There’s a history here,” he said.

  • Local employers lauded as good places to work

    Hardin County once again is home to some of the best workplaces in and around Louisville.

    Three local employers have made return appearances on a list of Top Places to Work by the Louisville Courier-Journal. Each appeared on the list last year.

    The list named the top 10 workplaces in the Louisville Metro area in three divisions; small, mid-size and large. Hardin County Schools was the ninth employer in the “large” category, and First Federal Savings Bank and LaRue County Schools were sixth and eighth, respectively, in the mid-size division.

  • USDA herd counts influence price for producers and consumers

    On Jan. 27, USDA released its annual cattle inventory report, giving the total number of cattle residing in the U.S. as of Jan. 1. As expected, the report suggested that the U.S. cattle industry will continue to experience short supplies and high prices for calves and feeder cattle and as a result higher retail beef prices. 

    However, the numbers released also show the trend toward herd reductions may be coming to an end.

  • Swopes celebrate 60 years in business

    Nearly 60 years ago in March of 1952, Swope Dodge-Plymouth was celebrating its grand opening at the corner of College and Mulberry streets. The dealership already had been open for a couple months, but people crammed into the one-car showroom for the event.

    As Bill Swope remembers, two competitors, Buick and Pontiac dealers, were there that day and were overheard to make the following exchange: “I’ll give them six months,” one dealer said about Bill Swope and his brother Sam.

  • Focus on Finance: Finding a tax preparer

    Most Americans will get assistance from a professional tax preparer or tax software when filing their taxes this year. Better Business Bureau encourages taxpayers to use caution when selecting tax preparation help. Using the wrong preparer could cause a lot of headaches, fines, and fees. According to the IRS, 80 percent of Americans enlist the help of a tax preparer or tax software when filing their taxes. Unfortunately, every year BBB receives thousands of complaints from consumers against tax preparers.

  • New ApotheCARE pharmacy tries to keep personal touch

    A new drugstore in Radcliff is the third installment in what might be seen as a miniature chain developing in Hardin County.

    Owner Gary Hamm said he enjoys giving customers multiple options for their health care needs, but he doesn’t want to lose the personal appeal of independent businesses that made him get into the pharmacy business.

    ApotheCARE officially opened Jan. 16 in Radcliff after a soft opening four days earlier at Radcliff Square shopping center off East Lincoln Trail Boulevard.

  • Focus on Finance: Advantages of VA loans

    Question: I am a veteran looking to purchase my first home. What are the benefits of taking a VA loan?
    Answer: First, congratulations on your decision to purchase your first home. You have heard it many times but let me say it again “This is a great time for home buyers.” Interest rates are at a historic low and properties are priced to sell.