Local News

  • State commission grants utility sewer rate increase for Radcliff

    The Kentucky Public Service Commission announced in a news release Tuesday it has accepted a settlement that will increase sewer rates for Hardin County Water District No. 1, affecting approximately 8,800 customers in Radcliff.

    The commission granted the district an additional $571,464 in revenue from sewer operations in Radcliff.

    The increase is estimated at 16 percent for a typical residential customer and could go into effect Thursday.

  • Berry proposes county budget

    Judge-Executive Harry Berry said his budget proposal for the 2014-15 fiscal year leaves little room for error.

    Berry presented his $31.1 million operational budget Tuesday to the full body of Hardin Fiscal Court, indicating he would like to address any potential changes and adopt the plan by May 27.

    The budget would retain all programs and services while being 1 percent lower than the current year’s budget of $31.4 million.

    “It’s very tight with what expenditures are to marry up with resources,” Berry said.

  • E'town MSA sees drop in real personal income

    A decline in wages and salaries has led to a drop in real personal income for the Elizabethtown Metropolitan Statistical Area after several years of recorded growth.

    The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released a report last week logging the real personal income growth from 2011 to 2012 for all 381 MSAs in the U.S. The Elizabethtown MSA reported a decline of -1.55 percent.

    Comparatively, the area saw a 3.7 percent increase in real personal income for 2010-11 and a roughly 7.5 percent increase in 2009-10, according to the latest BEA figures.

  • Gubernatorial candidate says state underachieving in education, job creation

    Hal Heiner said Kentucky has some of the greatest advantages in the country to attract business development, but is losing out to more business-friendly states when it comes to job creation.

    Heiner, a Republican candidate for governor in 2015, made a stop Monday night at Stone Hearth restaurant in Elizabethtown, where he addressed the Hardin County Republicans as part of its distinguished speaker series. Heiner joined the race in early March with lieutenant governor hopeful K.C. Crosbie. Gov. Steve Beshear will be unable to pursue another four-year term next year.

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  • National Day of Prayer to be observed Thursday

    Hardin and LaRue counties will observe National Day of Prayer on Thursday.

    Tom and Diana Bissig have coordinated the Hardin County event for the last five years. Tom Bissig said the idea of the observance is to meet at a local courthouse or government building and pray.

    “Once a year, the nation needs to come together and pray,” Bissig said.

    This year, 20 representatives from different denominations will gather to pray for one hour, and anyone is welcome to join. After the prayer meeting, refreshments will be provided.

  • 'Birthday Queen' takes spin on motorcycle to celebrate 100

    When Adele Andrisen was a new graduate from high school, she hopped on the back of a motorcycle at a friend’s request and the pair took off on an impromptu journey from Chicago to Milwaukee, Wis.

    To celebrate her 100th birthday Tuesday, Andrisen requested to again experience the thrill of riding a motorcycle and the staff at Atria Senior Living in Elizabethtown accommodated her.

    “It was fun,” she said. “I enjoyed it,


  • Indiana man takes plea deal on several charges

    An Indiana man admitted in court Tuesday morning he led police on a foot chase after he was spotted driving a stolen vehicle and was in possession of methamphetamine.

    Justin Wayne Jarrell, 22, of Mount Vernon, Ind., accepted a five-year plea deal in Hardin Circuit Court on all charges from incidents in February.

    He admitted to walking out of Rite Aid in Elizabethtown on Feb. 19 with a $100 space heater.

  • Central Hardin students win big at world robotics championship

    When other students were enjoying the freedom of a snow day, 17 Central Hardin High School students gathered in a classroom to build and train robots for a state and, eventually, an international competition.

    Students were divided into three separate teams who participated in the Vex Robotics Worlds Championship in Anaheim, Calif., last week. Central Hardin’s teams brought home three trophies and a banner to add to their large collection from various regional events this academic year.

  • Bluegrass Pipeline on hold

    Shortly after closing local offices in Hardin County, the divisive Bluegrass Pipeline project has been put on hold.

    Bill Lawson, a representative for Tulsa, Okla., pipeline company Williams, and Michael McMahon, a representative of Boardwalk Pipeline Partners of Houston, released a joint statement indicating the project temporarily has been suspended because of a lack of customer commitments. The project would have transported natural gas liquids from the Marcellus and Utica Shales through Kentucky to the Gulf Coast.