Local News

  • Farmers' Market: ‘It’s all about the weather’

    April showers and July heat haven’t combined for the most ideal growing season for vendors at the Hardin County Farmers’ Market.

    The wet spring and the hot, dry summer have caused some issues, but most  produce has rebounded and is filling tables and the backs of trucks at the Peterson Drive location.

    Some items were late coming to the market, including corn, and some have been a no-show for the most part, such as beans, said Brenda Thomas, vice president of Hardin County Farmers’ Market.

  • HMH records $5.6 million budget surplus

    While the economy continues to teeter, Hardin Memorial Hospital received favorable indicators concerning its fiscal health Tuesday morning.

    A report released by Elmer Cummings, vice president and chief financial officer of HMH, during the monthly Board of Trustees meeting showed the hospital closed the 2010-11 fiscal year with a $5.6 million surplus.

    The strong showing far exceeded the hospital’s estimates of $1.6 million in gains at year’s closing as the hospital saw increases in revenue in most categories while expenses were held down.

  • HMH acquires E’town Diagnostic Imaging

    Hardin Memorial Health took another lunge forward Tuesday in its efforts to enlarge its local footprint.

    The HMH Board of Trustees unanimously approved the acquisition of Elizabethtown Diagnostic Imaging for $6.9 million, which includes both the tangible and intangible assets of the practice.

    Dr. Jody Prather II, vice president and chief medical officer of HMH, said the purchase price was based on third party valuations and he expects the acquisition will pay for itself in four to four-and-a-half years.

  • E'town council agrees to participate in sewer engineering study

    Elizabethtown City Council on Monday approved an order to participate in Hardin Co. Water District No. 2’s perimeter sewer program engineering study at a cost of $15,155.

    The district devised the study, conducted by Strand & Associates, to determine the feasibility of moving waste outside of city limits to the city’s system so it can be treated at its wastewater treatment plant.

  • Radcliff to opt out of unification

    Radcliff City Council plans to draft a resolution opting out of plans for a unified local government in Hardin County.

    A majority of the council provided vocal support to the resolution, proposed by Councilman Don Yates, after several residents urged the council Tuesday night to reject unification efforts. Councilwoman Barbara Baker and Councilman Jack Holland were absent from the meeting, but both have expressed opposition to unified government.

  • Ceremony tonight promotes love, kindness

    Peggy Harbaugh of Elizabethtown said she is trying to get community members to honor soldiers and children tonight because God wants her to.

    “This was a spirit that the Lord put in me to do,” she said.

    From that conviction grew plans for the Ceremony for Fallen Soldiers and Innocent Children scheduled to begin at 8:30 tonight at Pritchard Community Center on Mulberry Street in Elizabethtown.

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  • Traffic checkpoints planned around county

    The West Point Police Department will be conducting traffic safety checkpoints this month and in September.

    Also, the Hardin County Sheriff's Department will conduct traffic safety evaluations on U.S. 31W and other roadways in the county during the next few months, according to a department news release.


  • EIS approves tax hike

    Elizabethtown Independent Schools has approved a tax hike of more than two cents for the upcoming school year.

    The Elizabethtown Independent Schools board approved a tax levy of 65 cents per $100 of assessed real estate and personal property at the board’s regular meeting Monday.

    The rate would bring in about $4.3 million in revenue for the district.

    The rate is an increase from the previous year’s levy of 62.5 cents per $100 last year.

  • Pilot remains in critical condition

    The pilot of the single-engine plane that crashed Monday afternoon in front of a Hodgenville elementary school remains in critical condition, according to a University Hospital official.

    Joshua Marksbury, 31, was taking off from a grass landing strip in Hodgenville when the plane clipped a tree and a telephone wire before spinning around and crashing nose first on U.S. 31E near Abraham Lincoln Elementary, said Norm Chaffins, Kentucky State Police public affairs officer.

    Marksbury’s wife, Jamie, 32, and son, Jacob, 4, were in the plane with him.