• Merchandise madness: UK products sell quickly after title

    There were no more University of Kentucky T-shirts available by late Tuesday morning at Belk in Towne Mall in Elizabethtown.

    The store opened at 8 a.m. the day after the Wildcats program won its eighth NCAA men’s basketball championship, the first since since 1998, with adult-sized T-shirts set up on tables where shoppers easily could grab them.

  • Auto repair shop stays in family after 43 years

    Roger Ewing didn’t set out to spend most of his life in the automotive repair business.

    The Elizabethtown resident grew up on a farm, where it was typical to fix things that broke.

    “We worked on everything,” he said. “Fortunately, it runs in the family, I guess.”

    Many of the skills Ewing has used as owner of Ewing Automotive Center Inc. on South Mulberry Street are lessons he learned from his father, who had the same mechanical inclination.

  • Focus on Finance: How to find financing when your business needs money

    Question: As a small business owner I would like some advice on the best way to go about looking for financing.

    Answer: It’s no secret that small businesses can have a hard time acquiring financing. So before you approach lenders, make sure you ask yourself: How can I maximize my chances of getting credit approval?

    Here are five simple things you can do to up the odds of obtaining a loan.

  • Focus on Finance: Tips for selling or keeping long-held stocks

    Question: My wife and I purchased stock more than 20 years ago. What’s the best way to get the most money from long-held stock?

    Answer: Many individuals own stock they bought decades ago—but they’re reluctant to sell it because of the capital gains taxes that will be due. What’s the best way to get the most money from long-held stock?

  • Pasture cleanup concerns

    Recent tornadoes that damaged parts of Hardin, LaRue and several other counties in Eastern Kentucky left many fields and yards covered with all sorts of debris. To say the least, cleanup in these situations is daunting, but for those with livestock pasturing those areas, it can be a very critical, hazardous task.

  • 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.