Local News

  • Local Crusade collection rakes in donations

    Hardin County’s WHAS Crusade for Children collection was a success this year, far exceeding last year’s total.

    More than a dozen local fire departments cashed in their collections Sunday afternoon at the Historic State Theater during a televised celebration that illuminated the hard work to raise the money and generous donations by individuals, organizations and local businesses.

  • Radcliff amphitheater nearing completion

    Radcliff’s amphitheater is almost ready for crowds.

    Dale Painter, a senior building official and special projects coordinator for the city, said the amphitheater at Radcliff City Park is two-and-a-half to three weeks from completion barring rain or other weather delays.

    The city still has dirt work to finish and sod to place, he said. Workers also have to finish wiring the electrical system, but the stage and tapered roof are finished, he said.

    “It’s a good looking building,” he said.

  • HCS offering free lunches this summer

    It’s said there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but Hardin County Schools disagrees.

    The HCS Summer Food Service Program has begun and runs through July 31, offering free lunches to anyone ages 18 or younger.

  • Unification back on the table

    The call for a unification review commission may have been quiet in recent months, but Hardin County United is ready to resume its push.

    After successfully lobbying for changes in state law regarding approval requirements for unified city/county government, HCU officials plan to reconnect with the seven local municipalities. Its goal is to secure support for forming a commission and appointing members to draft a unification plan and charter to be presented to voters by November 2014.

  • Rowdy for relay

    If Will Yates’ grandmother has her way, he will never be forgotten.

    Yates was well represented Friday night on Ray Story Field at North Hardin High School during Radcliff’s Relay for Life as more than 20 family members alone joined the team, affectionately named Remember Good Clear Will.

    Relay for Life raises money for cancer research and related services, such as housing for families of patients receiving out-of-town treatment, and is hosted by the American Cancer Society.

  • Embracing enrichment

    Valerie Edwards was being pulled in separate directions by her eager children as she praised Mission Hope for Kids as a haven for her family when they need food or simply a place where they fit in.

    Edwards has volunteered for the agency and also benefits from its services, which have expanded after the group shed its affiliation with Kids’ Café and found a new home at the Vaughn Reno Starks building on Bishop Lane in Elizabethtown after leaving its former home at New Hope Community Church.

  • Ohio man injured in motorycle crash

    An Ohio man was severely injured in a motorcycle crash in LaRue County last week.

    Kentucky State Police said Tony L. Dickson, 53, of Van Wert, Ohio, suffered critical injuries to his chest Wednesday when the 2008 Harley Davidson he was operating overturned and he was ejected from the bike.

    Dickson was traveling eastbound on Upton-Tally Road when he failed to make a curve and lost control of the bike. KSP said Dickson was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

  • Recycling center in Hodgenville closes temporarily

    While awaiting building repairs, Renaissance Recycling will not accept recyclables until June 11.

    The building on Water Street in Hodgenville was damaged last week when a forklift struck the door, LaRue County’s Solid Waste Coordinator Jill Gray said.

    Residents are requested to “hold off on bringing recyclables” such as plastics, newspapers, cans and glass, until repairs are completed, Gray said Friday in a statement.

  • E'town unveils $60.7 million budget

    Elizabethtown Mayor Tim Walker unveiled a budget Thursday that covers the first year of operations at the Elizabethtown Sports Park and sewer rate increases required to cover debt service on a $22 million Kentucky Infrastructure Authority loan for wastewater improvements.

    The proposal also reflects a $6 million general fund deficit balanced with general fund reserves, which total around $19 million.

  • Public pools making splash

    As Kentucky experiences its warmest year, residents of Hardin County may find themselves flocking to public pools for relief from the heat.

    Memorial Day weekend marked the beginning of pool season. Radcliff City Pool opened last Saturday and the Elizabethtown pool at American Legion Park opens Saturday.

    But opening pools for the summer is more than simply unlocking gates. Weeks of preparation are necessary to make pools usable to the community.