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Business

  • First Bankers Trust Company appoints Tobe as vice president and investment adviser

    First Bankers Trust Company, a division of Town & Country Bank and Trust Co. of Bardstown, recently announced the hiring of Chris Tobe as vice president and investment adviser. Tobe, CFA, CAIA, has over 25 years’ experience in investments, including 10 years as a bank trust investment officer. He was hired in 1987 as a junior portfolio manager at Liberty National Bank in Louisville and later worked in southern Indiana as the sole investment manager for a $200 million trust department for another five years.

  • Chamber welcomes Bourbon Trail Motors
  • Neighbors concerned about distillery’s planned expansion

    A new craft distillery in Bardstown is looking to up its production before business has really even begun, but that objective could mean a zoning change that has been met with backlash from the community.

    “There are areas of town where these types of businesses absolutely make sense,” said Allison Boone Porteus, who attended a public hearing Tuesday held by the Joint City-County Planning Commission. “We just don’t think that this is the right location for an I-2.”

  • Rolling out the swag: Merchants excited for Small Business Saturday

    With bags, buttons and welcome mats, several area merchants are promoting Small Business Saturday this weekend as a time to shop local and support the community.

    Bardstown has promoted shopping events the Saturday after Thanksgiving for years, making it a neighborhood champion through American Express, which launched Small Business Saturday in 2010.

    Last year, American Express estimates about 95 million people shopped at a small business.

  • WORK MATTERS: Women are moving in positive directions

    By Davette B. Swiney

    President and CEO, Central Kentucky Community Foundation

    Kecha Richardson wants what any loving parent wants. She wants to provide for her children, and she wants to set an example that gives them the confidence and drive to find their own success.

    That dream can’t begin to take shape for Kecha without self-sustaining employment. Often there are barriers to entering or progressing in the workforce.

  • State Labor Cabinet collects more than $118,000 in unpaid wages in October

    In October, the Labor Cabinet recouped $118,337.13 in unpaid wages for Kentucky workers. This brings the total amount recovered for the year to $1,522,196.05.

    Unpaid overtime, withheld final paychecks, illegal deductions of pay and lower pay than the legal minimum wage requirement are among the types of wage and hour violations that the Cabinet prosecutes. Other examples include misclassification of workers as independent contractors, unpaid breaks, time-clock shaving, mandatory tip-pooling and prevailing wage violations.

  • Willis named chief financial director of Isaiah House

    Donna Willis was recently welcomed as chief financial director to the Isaiah House family in Willisburg.

    Willis graduated from the University of Louisville with a degree in finance and later obtained her MBA in business from Bellarmine University. She returned to the University of Louisville for her accounting certificate.

    She has worked as the assistant controller at Metalsa in Elizabethtown and a consultant for provider payment integrity at Humana of Louisville.

  • Upsy Daisy celebrates joining Chamber
  • Heaven Hill opens newest warehouse at Cox’s Creek complex

    Heaven Hill celebrated the opening of its newest warehouse Friday, which ranks among the largest in the state.

    The size of the warehouse, which can store more than 55,600 barrels of aging bourbon, and the plans for up to 10 more warehouses on the complex, illustrates the optimism of the company, the company’s president said.

    “We think the best is yet to come,” said Heaven Hill President Max Shapira.

  • Beam joins PLG TV as sales rep

    Patrick Beam has joined PLG-TV as its newest sales rep.

    Beam grew up in Springfield, but is no stranger to the Bardstown area. He said his family would often come to the area for shopping or dining.

    “Bardstown’s the only place that had anything,” he said.