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  • Stories from the Heartland: Tonya Bland’s got the outdoors in her soul

    The first time Tonya Bland got up and ventured off in the wee hours of the morning to go hunting, she was just 6 years of age and ready to embrace what had been handed down in her family.

    She has been hooked ever since, first hunting deer and then turkeys.

    Life as a hunter is much more than the finality of the day or shooting a turkey or deer. It’s being able to see the day unfold, as a morning mist gives way to daylight and the surroundings awake from the night.

  • Richardson named chamber professional of the year

    The state’s leading chamber professional directs the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce.

    During a ceremony last week in Frankfort, Brad Richardson, executive director of the local chamber, was named Chamber Professional of the Year by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives during its spring conference. The KCCE is an association of chamber executives from across Kentucky.

  • Berry to propose leaner county budget

    The county’s operations budget for fiscal year 2014-15 will be slightly smaller than last year if Judge-Executive Harry Berry’s proposal is approved.

    Berry is proposing a $31.1 million spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year, which starts July 1. The plan is 1 percent lower than the current budget, he said Friday.

  • Vine Grove council considers water, sewer rate increase

    After reviewing recommendations regarding water and sewer rates from the Kentucky Rural Water Association, Mayor Blake Proffitt said most Vine Grove City Council members seem to think a rate increase is necessary.

    “The rate increase will be very modest,” he said, reflecting on a council work session last week. “It will probably be less than $50 a year.”

  • Nolin RECC partners to offer slice of Kentucky history

    Nolin RECC is partnering with the Kentucky Humanities Council to bring more than 20 Kentucky Chautauqua performances to fifth-grade students in Hardin and LaRue counties.

    Kentucky Chautauqua programs provide the opportunity to “have a chat with the past” and engage, educate and entertain audiences of all ages. The programs feature famous pioneers, writers, inventors, politicians, doctors, judges, athletes and musicians to little-known men and women from every walk of life who shaped the nation’s and Kentucky’s history and culture.

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  • Two injured in single-vehicle wreck on U.S. 31W Bypass

    A single-vehicle wreck Sunday afternoon in the northbound lanes of the U.S. 31W Bypass bridge over U.S. 62 left two injured.

    A pickup truck hit a concrete barrier on the passenger side. The truck then slid across both northbound lanes on the driver’s side, striking the center barrier and coming to rest on its wheels, according to police.

    The driver was airlifted to a Louisville hospital and a passenger was taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital.

  • Mother Nature cooperates for Mayberry Days festival

    Mother Nature giveth and Mother Nature taketh away.

    Saturday, she gave Vine Grove’s Mayberry Days festival plenty of sunshine with comfortable temperatures, in contrast to last year’s event, when she took away the pleasant weather in favor of rain.

    “Last year we had to shut down early, so this is great,” said Donna Broadway, Vine Grove events coordinator.

    For that matter, Mother Nature held back a bit Friday, the first day of the two-day festival.

  • Art takes over Heartland Elementary School

    Heartland Elementary School in Elizabethtown was a tapestry of unbridled young talent Thursday evening.

    As giddy children milled in the halls with grins on their faces and parents by their side, they were surrounded by handmade drawings, paintings and concept pieces designed by their peers. The works were hung on the walls at the request of art teacher Bethany Inman.

    “We turned the whole school into an art gallery,” she said.

  • State enacts new city classification system

    It took 20 years, but the Kentucky legislature has implemented a new city classification system, disposing of previous class distinctions.

    House Bill 331 replaces the multiple-class system and divides the state’s cities into two classes: First class and home rule. First-class cities only would apply to those with a mayor-alderman form of government and ones that are the largest city of a county with a population of more than 250,000.

    Home-rule cities include all those governed under mayor-council, city manager or commission forms.