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Business

  • The 12 scams of Christmas

    Question: It’s that time of year, jolly, folly and scams. What are the con artists up to this year?

    Answer: The Better Business Bureau is warning about these common holiday scams and frauds:

    Malware e-cards: Viruses and malware often travel in e-mail attachments or links. Don’t click on an email from someone you don’t know or a name you don’t recognize. When it doubt, delete.

  • Photo: Concept car on display
  • Firehouse Subs to open E'town franchise

    A sub shop that claims to provide the best meats, cheeses and toppings will be serving up its sandwiches in Elizabethtown next year.

    Firehouse Subs has secured a location in a newly developed shopping plaza at the intersection of Ring Road and Dixie Avenue at 1570 N. Dixie Ave, according to a property transfer. The plaza was constructed on property once occupied by a Five Star Food Mart and sits across the street from the CVS Pharmacy under construction.

  • E'town approves lease agreement for one-stop career center

    Elizabethtown has entered a lease agreement with the state that clears the way for development of a one-stop Kentucky Career Center on Ring Road.

    The agreement would supply the Kentucky Department of Workforce Investment with office space at $15 per square foot for eight years, according to a municipal order approved by Elizabethtown City Council. The annual rental costs would amount to $210,810 for the full term of the lease, according to the city.

  • Kennels key to pets’ holiday

    Y ou cannot always take your furry or feathered friend with you when you travel. Finding a kennel or pet care service you can trust while you are away is important. Better Business Bureau has created a checklist to help pet owners choose a safe and reliable home-away-from-home for their pets.

    BBB receives hundreds of complaints from pet owners about kennels every year.  Owners say their pets came back from poor kennels severely dehydrated and malnourished or with fleas, ticks and even maggots.

  • Focus on finance: Holiday shopping tips

    Question: Here we go again ... holiday shopping and spending. Please share any suggestions available on keeping some money in my pocket while still providing my loved ones with some Christmas treats.

    Answer: Black Friday has come and gone for this year and now the serious holiday shopping begins. While most of us anticipate additional expenses this time of year — with holiday travel, gift giving and celebrations — you still can save money by shopping wisely.

  • KNB pays out dividends of $3

    Kentucky Neighborhood Bank shareholders are receiving an early Christmas gift this year — checks for shares at an all-time high.

    Checks went out Friday, KNB President and CEO Ronnie Pence said, at $3 for each dividend share. The bank has about 250 shareholders, Pence said.

    "The bank continues to do well and in the last four years, we have been able to grow on top of the previous year,'' he said.

    Dividends have been on the rise for KNB, going from 50 cents to $1 in 2011 and from $1 to $2 last year.

  • Kentucky farms could exceed $6 billion in cash receipts this year

    Coming off a record year of more than $5 billion in cash receipts in 2012, Kentucky farmers likely will exceed that amount in 2013, coming in at around $6 billion. Final numbers will not be released until summer.

    This momentum likely will carry into 2014, reinforcing that agriculture still has a profound impact on Kentucky’s economy.

  • Required minimum IRA distributions

    Question:How can I avoid taking the required annual minimum distribution from my IRA?

     

    Answer:A federal law provides an opportunity to direct gifts to a charity directly from individual retirement accounts (IRAs) without the distribution counting as personal income. These qualified charitable distributions also count toward the annual required minimum distribution (RMD).

  • Grazing corn residue

    This summer during the Hardin County Cattlemen’s Association’s chartered motor coach tour to Ohio, we were given the opportunity to hear a presentation by Stan Smith, a beef specialist with Ohio State University Extension. Stan is located in Fairfield County just east of Columbus and has conducted numerous demonstrations over the years and has done some cutting-edge work with grazing oats planted in late summer for fall and early winter grazing. He also edits a monthly beef cattle newsletter that is a team effort of the Ohio State University Beef Extension staff.