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  • E'town area in income growth top 5

    In the aftermath of the Base Realignment and Closure initiative at Fort Knox, fears of a significant economic dropoff for the Elizabethtown Metropolitan Statistical Area appear to be unfounded.

    The area fell from the top spot in personal income growth but retained a top five ranking out of 366 MSAs nationwide for 2011, lagging just behind the Clarksville, Tenn., MSA.

  • Lawyers to hold meeting about train derailment claims

    A Louisville law firm in conjunction with another firm in Paducah is hosting a town meeting Friday in West Point to discuss legal claims related to the Oct. 29 train derailment.

    According to Jones Ward law office in Louisville, the meeting is open to all West Point area residents, business owners and local officials.

    The meeting is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Music Ranch USA at 409 South St.

  • White Mills bridge lighting returns to form

    After being reduced to a few Christmas-themed lights last year, the annual White Mills bridge lighting returned to scale Sunday night.

    The bridge reopened in September after being closed for more than a year because of an act of vandalism resulting in several thousand dollars worth of electrical damage, said Tim Dennis, minister of White Mills Christian Church.

    Close to $600,000 in state funds were used to repair the historic iron bridge, he said. According to Dennis, an arrest never was made.

  • Going geek: Common interests build community, friendship

    On Sunday afternoons battle rages in Radcliff City Park. Dressed in combat array and period garb, men and women fight with ancient skills and foam weapons while building communal ties and treasured friendships.

    One of the most positive aspects in geekdom is the sense of community that develops among people who are fans of the same thing. It can start with something as simple as a shared understanding of geek language and end up a friendship.

  • Young ready to prosecute

    In just more than a month, a new Commonwealth’s Attorney will be prosecuting felony cases in Hardin Circuit Court. Incoming felony prosecutor Shane Young currently works in Hardin County Attorney Jenny Oldham’s office.

    Young, who ran unopposed, will take office Jan. 1. Current Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Shaw did not attempt re-election and completes his second six-year term Dec. 31.

  • Meet the prosecutors of the Ninth Circuit Commonwealth Attorney's office

    Shane Young’s staff is the same size as the current commonwealth attorney’s staff. They take office Jan. 1.

    Young said he “handpicked” his staff, which includes four full-time prosecutors and two part-time.

    As he approached attorneys, Young looked for lawyers of different backgrounds who possessed “good courtroom presence,” he said.

    Nearly all of the attorneys on staff have experience prosecuting and defending, which Young said allows them to see “both sides of the fence.”

  • BBB provides tips for safe online shopping

    According to the Better Business Bureau, more shoppers are waiting to purchase Christmas gifts online. Retailers refer to the online shopping day as Cyber Monday.

    Although online shopping means no long lines or fighting crowds, the BBB warns it can open consumers to attacks from scammers and hackers.

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  • Prosecutor, family court judge to serve on child fatality review panel

    Created by an executive order in July, the Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel holds its first meeting Tuesday in Frankfort.

    Gov. Steve Beshear announced the 17 members of the panel, which includes Hardin County Attorney Jenny Oldham and Hardin Family Court Judge Brent Hall. Hall is a nonvoting member, according to a news release from the governor’s office.