Local News

  • Tsunami concerns Hardin County residents

    The tsunami that struck Japan and then diminished in force as it struck Hawaii and the coast of California has caused some concern among local families and officials.

    Others are relieved that nothing happened to their loved ones.
    Mayor Tim Walker said on Friday afternoon that officials have been trying to contact Elizabethtown’s sister city in Japan, Koori-Machi, to see how much the city was impacted by the tsunami.

  • National leaders attend PASS launch at North Middle

    Some of the highest ranking officials in education and the U.S. Army visited North Middle School to celebrate the launch Friday of a new national program called Project PASS.

    U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey and Brenda Welburn, executive director of the National Association of State Boards of Education, joined Nannette Johnston, superintendent of Hardin County Schools, and staff and students at North Middle School and J.T. Alton Middle School in the ceremony.

  • Fourth trial to begin in Burke double-homicide case

    On Monday, a familiar process will begin anew as Hardin Circuit Judge Kelly Mark Easton starts to whittle through a roughly 230-member jury pool for the fourth trial of U.S. Army Sgt. Brent Burke

    Easton has told potential jurors to avoid audio, video and print media coverage of any court case prior to the jury selection and gave attorneys on both sides a list of questions that likely will be asked of the jury pool.

  • Feeding America sees increase in volunteers

    Advertising and a new building have helped increase the number of volunteers at Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland.

    That means more food going out the door to help people and a possible increase in the number of volunteer work nights from one each week to two or three.

  • Therapy dogs demonstrate benefits of animals in reading program

    North Hardin High School had some furry visitors Friday.

    Harper, a handicapped German shepherd mix, and Grendel, an American bulldog, were on hand to help demonstrate the benefits of the Reading Education Assistance Dogs program, which uses canines to attract children to reading.

    Lisa Ramsey, who teaches nonverbal special needs students American Sign Language at North Hardin, approached the school about the opportunity to perform a demonstration, which gained the attention of teacher Rachel Wilson.

  • Hardin County Chamber of Commerce launches

    Embracing a nautical theme Thursday, the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce christened its official launch in style, packing business and community leaders into Severns Valley Baptist Church in Elizabethtown.

    Dressed head-to-toe in white and wearing a captain’s hat, Interim Executive Director Rik Hawkins welcomed visitors and said “high adventure” was in the future as the chamber put the finishing touches on a unification process that has taken years to develop.

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  • Board of Trustees visit Hardin County for president search

    Hardin Countians interested in weighing in on the search for a new University of Kentucky president had an opportunity Thursday morning.

    Members of the UK Board of Trustees visited the Hardin County Cooperative Extension Service office. The visit was part of a tour members  around the state are making to get input in the search for a new university president. President Lee T. Todd is retiring June 30.

  • 100 jobs coming to Grayson County

    LEITCHFIELD — Grayson County should see 100 new jobs by September.

    Gov. Steve Beshear, area officials and representatives of the California-based Plastikon explained expansion plans Thursday at Plastikon’s current plant in Leitchfield. It will buy another building and hire more employees.

    That’s a $6.35 million investment from the plastic mold injection business.

    That’s great for the economy of Grayson County, and it shows a lot of confidence in the Leitchfield-based operation, Beshear said.

  • JROTC competition under way at North Hardin

    Students from several states will converge on Radcliff this weekend to put skills learned in JROTC to the test.

    Students in the Seventh Brigade of JROTC will compete in a drill, marksmanship and academic competition Saturday and Sunday. Fifty-four teams from five states will gather at three Hardin County schools to take part.