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  • John Hardin student ties for second in congressional art competition

    In his first art competition, Holden Yates, 17, proved he is a contender.

    Yates, a senior at John Hardin High School, tied for second in the 2014 Congressional Art Competition launched in the 2nd Congressional District by U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie of Bowling Green. Yates tied for second with Jodi Nishijima of Greenwood High School in Warren County.

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  • Local writer donates audio collection to library

    Sam Himes lives with schizoaffective disorder, but he wants to show others that one can create art and have a stake in society without the stigma of mental illness holding him or her back.

    “We all have a voice,” Himes said Wednesday afternoon. “Everyone has a voice. I don’t think having a mental illness should stifle your creativity.”

    Himes, a local writer who lives in the Elizabethtown area, donated a collection of songs and poetry to the Hardin County Public Library this week titled “Awakening: Songs and Poems.”

  • Domestic violence victim thanks donors, volunteers of United Way

    When Alisha West left home to escape an abusive relationship, she found refuge at SpringHaven Domestic Violence program.

    She recounted the experience Tuesday to a crowd of donors and volunteers at United Way of Central Kentucky’s fourth annual Thank You Event at Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown.

    “No one expects to be a victim of domestic violence,” she said.

    She was pregnant, alone and harassed, but SpringHaven, a United Way sponsored program, was her beacon of hope.

  • 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.