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  • Towne Drive extension opens Wednesday

    The extension of Towne Drive to Veterans Way opens to traffic this week.

    Robert Bush, director of storm water management for Elizabethtown, said crews will finish pavement striping on the $1.5 million project today and barricades will be removed Wednesday.

    The extension provides a rear exit and entry point for Towne Mall and is expected to relieve traffic on U.S. 31W. Mayor Edna Berger has said she believes the extension will spread out traffic and could spur new development in the area.

  • RPD searching for missing Radcliff man

    Radcliff Police Department is seeking information about a man who has been missing since Nov. 1.

    John E. Lasley, 47, of Radcliff was last seen at 4:45 p.m. Nov. 1, RPD spokesman Bryce Shumate said. Lasley's family reported his absence to police a week ago, Shumate said.

    According to Shumate, police do not suspect foul play and do not believe Lasley is a danger to himself at this time.

    "We don't know why he hasn't returned home," Shumate said.

  • HMH website receives national award

    Fresh off a strong performance in which it nabbed two digital marketing awards at the 2013 Greystone.net and Krames StayWell Best-In-Class Client Awards, Hardin Memorial Health has received another national honor, this time for its online presence.

    HMH received a gold award for Outstanding Healthcare Content at the eHealthcare Leadership Healthcare Content Awards during its annual conference earlier this month in New Orleans.

    The award recognizes HMH’s achievement in retooling its website, www.hmh.net.

  • Hospital construction work accelerating

    A contest to decorate the North Tower of Hardin Memorial Hospital with local photography is nearing its close as construction accelerates on the two-floor expansion.

    The hospital is ending the contest on Nov. 30, issuing another call to local photographers to submit their best work soon.

    Michelle Murphy, director of marketing and public relations at HMH, said the hospital needs around 160 photographs to adorn private patient rooms in the new wing, which is set for completion by spring of 2015.

  • Ringers needed for Red Kettle Campaign

    The Hardin County service unit of The Salvation Army is preparing to contribute to the holiday season soundtrack.

    The organization’s annual Red Kettle Campaign is off to a strong start as volunteers sign up for two-hour bell-ringer shifts.

    “We’re doing really well,” said Vickie Fischel, assistant service center manager.

    More than 400 of the 1,210 slots had been filled by volunteers as of Thursday, Fischel said.

  • Home health service sold

    An Owensboro-based home health-care provider has moved into the Hardin County area after acquiring Lincoln Trail Home Health’s licenses.

    Community Home Health Care is one of nine groups that bid on Lincoln Trail Health Department’s home health branch, said Sara Jo Best, health department director.

    Community Home Health ultimately secured the licenses and has been providing its services to the area for about two months, said Terri Mattingly, regional director of sales and marketing.

  • Area under tornado watch

    Hardin and all adjacent counties are part of a tornado watch.

    The National Weather Service alert will be in effect until 10 p.m. EST. All residents are encouraged to be aware of changing weather conditions and be prepared to take cover if a warning is issued.

    Severe weather with damaging winds are expected this afternoon and tonight, according to forecasters. A squall line will pass through Kentucky bringing damaging straight line winds and the possibility of spawning tornadoes.

  • Photo: Soggy Sunday
  • Hardin County agencies rehearse in active shooter drill

    Merissa Hightower’s arm was cold, she said, from staged blood spilling from a fake gunshot wound. Sitting next to her on the floor of Bluegrass Middle School was Patti Riggs, who also had fictional injuries. Riggs was curious to see how they were going to be “rescued,” and floated the possibility of this pretend situation coming true.

    “It’s good to kind of see how the EMS and everybody are really going to react,” Riggs said.

  • Chamber pushes for local-option sales tax

    In the interest of community development, a business organization is asking legislators to give local government a chance to collect revenue at every cash register.

    A constitutional amendment authorizing a local-option sales tax has support of the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce. The group’s board of directors unanimously endorsed the concept and met with four legislators to begin promoting the idea.