Local News

  • Clearing the air

    A poll published Thursday found a majority of respondents support a statewide smoking ban in Kentucky, and one local legislator believes a there will be a renewed push this year to make it law.

    The Kentucky Health Issues Poll found 65 percent of respondents favor a statewide smoking ban in public places, including businesses, while 29 percent are in opposition. Six percent of respondents had no opinion on a ban.

    The numbers have been growing since 2010. Findings that year indicated a divided state as the number was split evenly at 48 percent.

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  • T.K. Stone principal to visit Dominican Republic

    Beth Mather spends her days helping local school children, but for a week later this month, she will help students more than a 1,000 miles away.

  • Warming shelters opening this weekend

    Elizabethtown and Radcliff are opening warming shelters this weekend in response to plummeting temperatures and the chance for snow.

    Elizabethtown Fire Chief Mike Hulsey said a warming shelter will be coordinated from 5 p.m. Sunday to 5 p.m. Tuesday at Pritchard Community Center with cots, hot coffee and television available for those looking to escape the cold.

  • New gov't complex headlined county's 2013

    The year 2013 proved controversial for Hardin County government after magistrates voted to move its offices out of downtown Elizabethtown, but officials said they believe the year was full of much-needed improvements.

    “2013 was a great year for Hardin County,” Magistrate Garry King said.

  • Money awarded for new port facility in Meade County

    Gov. Steve Beshear was in Brandenburg on Thursday to break ground on a project with the Meade County Riverport Authority for the construction of a regional port facility for area producers to market their grain, including specialty grain crops.

    Beshear also announced the project received $2 million from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, of which the governor is chairman.

  • ‘Trace’ evidence leads to arrest

    Footprints in snow early Friday morning led Radcliff police to a burglary suspect.

    Natasha Burgen, 28, was arrested just before 2 a.m. Friday and charged with stealing a firearm from a neighbor’s residence, receiving stolen property valued at less than $10,000, first-degree wanton endangerment and tampering with physical evidence.

    All of the charges are Class D felonies, punishable by up to five years in prison for each charge.

  • Shaping a new you in the new year

    The start of each new year brings with it a liberal dose of desired reinventions and resolutions to improve behavior.  

    One of the more lauded resolutions is the desire to lose weight and live healthier, but local trainers and nutrition experts say the best intentions can be sabotaged by unrealistic expectations and poor planning.

  • Radcliff weathers storms, finds bright spots

    The city of Radcliff has weathered storms during events throughout the year, but city officials said many other aspects of the city now look bright.

    That’s thanks to beautification projects along the Wilson Road and U.S. 31W corridors where the city installed new lighting, landscaping and benches.

    “We’re cleaning up that corridor,” said Mayor J.J. Duvall. “The overall aesthetics of Wilson Road is very eye-pleasing and complimentary.”

  • Flu could hit younger population harder

    Local and national health officials say younger adults could be impacted this flu season more than the older population, who generally are considered to be at a higher risk of contracting the virus.

    The predominant strain of influenza virus so far this season has been the H1N1 virus that caused a pandemic in 2009. At that time, the virus sickened children and younger adults more than those 65 and older. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report the same could happen again.