• PHOTO: McDonald's donates $100 to Santa Project

        Tom Burrell, owner/operator of Hodgenville McDonald's, presented a check for $100 to Ann 'Snookie' Morrison and the Santa Helpers. The volunteers provide toys and clothing to children throughout LaRue County on Christmas Eve. Morrison said she will purchase toys with the funds.

  • Better Business Bureau: Tips on returns and exchanges

     A survey by the National Retail Federation shows more than one in three consumers, 38 percent, are expected to return at least some portion of their holiday gifts this year.

    When it comes to returns and exchanges, not every retailer is the same.

    Some businesses even implement separate policies around special sales and holidays. BBB is encouraging consumers to carefully read and understand all policies before buying or returning. Your BBB has the following advice for hassle-free returns and exchanges:

  • State jobless rate drops to 9.4 percent

     Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate fell to 9.4 percent in November 2011 from 9.6 percent in October 2011, according to the Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

    The preliminary November 2011 jobless rate was .8 percentage point below the 10.2 percent rate recorded for the state in November 2010. The state’s November 2011 rate is the lowest since the January 2009 rate of 9.2 percent.

  • Food service inspections - November 2011

  • EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH: Herring honored by Nationwide

     Kathy Herring has been selected as the December Employee of the Month for Nationwide Uniform.

    Herring has been employed with Nationwide since April 2002 and is under the supervision of Shirley Cobb in the trouser department.

    She will receive an award for her dedication and service.

  • Georgetown man says his business was taken from him


    Kevin Carroll was once one of the top dealers for Clayton Home’s Hodgenville plant. He was selling $5 million in homes a year from his Georgetown location – Carroll’s Mobile Homes, Inc.
    Carroll said he was selling prefabricated homes in a 100-mile radius, and was going strong even during a slow economy. In fact, he said Clayton, which is based in Knoxville, Tenn., built the plant in Hodgenville to help supply his demand and to build homes with “a northern” look.

  • Longhorn Steakhouse coming to E'town

    Elizabethtown residents soon may have a chance to dine in a restaurant inspired by the American West.

    The Elizabethtown Planning Commission granted conditional approval for a development plan for Western-themed LongHorn Steakhouse adjacent to Towne Mall.

    The steakhouse will be at 1614 N. Dixie Ave., which is the site of a former Blockbuster video store.

    The restaurant, once constructed, is projected to be 6,242 square feet, Elizabethtown Planning Director Ed Poppe said in an email.

  • Military contract forum planned

    A free military contracting forum to explain the process for obtaining contracts at Fort Knox is planned for Dec. 12 at the Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown. 

  • BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU: Changes to mortgage rules bring out scammers

    Starting today, some homeowners who are “under water” with their mortgages can refinance under the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP), but the BBB is warning consumers that banks and mortgage companies aren’t the only ones gearing up for the rush of applications. Whenever there is a new or updated government program that may be confusing, scammers come out of the woodwork! There are already hundreds of websites claiming to be able to help homeowners through the HARP process, but many of them are scams.

  • Employers win higher percentage of unemployment cases

    Employers were the winners of the majority of employer-contested unemployment insurance cases in 2010 and are emerging the winners of these types of cases in 2011, state lawmakers were told last week by the state official who oversees unemployment insurance for Kentucky.