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  • 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.

  • Radcliff City Council discusses solid waste bid process at work session

    The contract for solid waste disposal in Radcliff is approaching its end and city council discussed the bid process Friday morning during a work session.

    The previous five-year contract with Waste Management reduced trash hauling from twice to once per week and the cost to residents stayed about the same. Some council members recalled this decision upset residents.

  • North Hardin band places second in class at BOA nationals

    North Hardin High Schoolband was ranked as one of the best bands in its class this weekend in a national competition.

    The band placed second in the nation Saturday in Class 2A in the semifinals of the Bands of America Grand National Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

    The “kids were very excited,” Director Brian Froedge said of the results.

    The students performed Friday in the competition’s preliminaries and placed in the top 30, securing a spot in the semifinals. More than 90 bands took parts.

  • A portion of Dixie to close Monday

    A portion of U.S. 31W in Elizabethtown will be closed Monday night while Elizabethtown maintenance crews work at the Valley Creek bridge.

    According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the work will require closing East Dixie Avenue south of the square. The road will close at 8 p.m. and should reopen by midnight.

    The cabinet advises northbound motorists to take Nicholas Street to U.S. 62 and follow Mulberry Street back to Dixie Avenue. Southbound motorists should use the same detour in reverse order, according to the statement.