Local News

  • LaRue records second-lowest jobless rate in state for June

    Ninety six Kentucky counties saw a drop in unemployment rates from June 2010 to June 2011 with LaRue County holding the second-lowest unemployment rate in the state, according to a report issued by the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

    Woodford County had the lowest jobless rate in the state for June at 7.4 percent but was trailed closely by LaRue County at 7.5 percent.

  • Christ Episcopal’s rector moving on to new church

    “Where do you intervene? Where do you start?” asks Alice Nichols, outgoing rector at Elizabethtown’s Christ Episcopal Church. “I think the answer is everybody.”
    With a reputation for being ecumenical, Nichols has spent much of her life reaching out to “everybody” through her career as a social worker in the mental health field and most recently as a rector.
    After four years at Christ Episcopal Church, Nichols is relocating to Hopkinsville to serve at a church where she interned five years ago, she said.

  • Katlyn Wolford has a new best friend, service dog Apollo

    When school starts this week, Central Hardin High School will have a new student: the furry kind.

    Katlyn Wolford, 16, and her black Labrador, Apollo, 2, will go to school together this term. Apollo is the first Canine Assistants-trained dog to ride a school bus in Hardin County.

    Canine Assistants is a nonprofit organization in Alpharetta, Ga. The organization trains and provides service dogs to enhance and improve the lives of people with physical disabilities, seizure conditions or other special needs.

  • Cruisin' returns with more muscle

    Six-shooters and speed demons sat arm-in-arm Saturday in Elizabethtown without a single shootout or showdown to speak of. 

    The nicknames emblazoned on the sides of cars conjured images of Wild West saloons and white-knuckled demolition derbies, but more accurately, it was a classic car showcase known as Cruisin’ the Heartland.

  • Groundbreaking held for 9/11 Memorial

    Another step has been taken in the process of creating a local Sept. 11 memorial.

    A ceremonial groundbreaking was held Friday for the memorial, a testament to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to be erected at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-Central in Radcliff.

    Members of organizations working to build the memorial lined up with shovels to show their commitment to bringing the memorial to the cemetery. The memorial will be centered around a piece of steel from the World Trade Center wreckage.

  • Lightning strike ignites house

    A mid-afternoon thunderstorm Saturday left one homeowner in Radcliff with a brief scare.

    Radcliff Fire Department responded to a house fire around 2 p.m. at 2503 Lake Road, where it appeared lightning struck the upper portion of the home during the storm, said Radcliff spokesman Bryce Shumate.

    One of the homeowners, Carmen Davis, was in the house at the time of the strike, but no one was injured in the fire, Shumate said.

  • Music man Chuck Campbell dies at 70

    Hardin County lost a beloved educator Saturday who inspired thousands through his love and passion for music and was remembered by those who knew him as a warm and humble soul.

    Charles “Chuck” Campbell, founder and conductor of The Heartland Winds ensemble and former band instructor at North and East Hardin high schools, died at 3:40 a.m. CST Saturday morning at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. He was 70.

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  • Jiminy Cricket it's hot

    Supposedly, you can estimate the outside Fahrenheit temperature by counting the number of times a cricket chirps in 15 seconds and adding 37.

    The bugs these days must be performing an allegro.

    If they could somehow scrape out a number about the humidity, their wings might catch fire.

    The heat index in Hardin County recently reached 115 degrees, said Mark Adams, lead forecaster at the Fort Knox weather station.

    Also, the dew point – which measures the amount of moisture in the air –  topped 80 degrees.

  • Hardinopolis? HCU recommends local governments unify

    Hardin County United recommends local residents pursue a unified form of government that would offer the six incorporated cities a chance to merge with Hardin County government under statutes established in 2006 by the Kentucky General Assembly.

    Should consolidation of government services occur, the area would emerge as the state’s third-largest city in population behind Lexington and Louisville.