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  • A burst of spring
  • Board of Trustees visit Hardin County for president search

    Hardin Countians interested in weighing in on the search for a new University of Kentucky president had an opportunity Thursday morning.

    Members of the UK Board of Trustees visited the Hardin County Cooperative Extension Service office. The visit was part of a tour members  around the state are making to get input in the search for a new university president. President Lee T. Todd is retiring June 30.

  • 100 jobs coming to Grayson County

    LEITCHFIELD — Grayson County should see 100 new jobs by September.

    Gov. Steve Beshear, area officials and representatives of the California-based Plastikon explained expansion plans Thursday at Plastikon’s current plant in Leitchfield. It will buy another building and hire more employees.

    That’s a $6.35 million investment from the plastic mold injection business.

    That’s great for the economy of Grayson County, and it shows a lot of confidence in the Leitchfield-based operation, Beshear said.

  • JROTC competition under way at North Hardin

    Students from several states will converge on Radcliff this weekend to put skills learned in JROTC to the test.

    Students in the Seventh Brigade of JROTC will compete in a drill, marksmanship and academic competition Saturday and Sunday. Fifty-four teams from five states will gather at three Hardin County schools to take part.

  • Beshear: Special session could have been avoided

    Gov. Steve Beshear on Thursday pulled few punches as he criticized the state Senate for adjourning without reaching a solution to balance the Medicaid budget.

    “They packed their suitcases and headed to the barn,” Beshear told a full house at Severns Valley Baptist Church in Elizabethtown.

    In response, Beshear has called a special session starting Monday to iron out the differences, promising to keep legislators on the job until the budget hole is filled.

  • Library programming meant to draw new patrons

    There are plenty of new brightly colored fliers at the library circulation desks.

    They promote one-time activities, such as lessons about operating e-readers.

    They also focus on new weekly activities. Tuesday nights are game nights at the library, aimed at entertaining and bringing together area families and bringing them into the library system. Saturday mornings mean story time, which can attract patrons such as busy working parents who don’t often get a chance to visit the library.

  • First sculpture revealed for Veterans Tribute

    Severns Valley Baptist Church was not only the site of the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce’s maiden voyage Thursday, it was the spot where the first finished piece of the Hardin County Veterans Tribute was displayed.

    Rik Hawkins, interim executive director of the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce, said the public viewing of the bronze U.S. Army soldier is a moment he has been eagerly awaiting to share. Local sculptor Rich Griendling, who designed the tribute, picked the soldier up Wednesday from the Bright Foundry in Louisville.

  • Little girl battling cancer embraced by community during her fight

    “We’ve seen her improve, and we know that’s important, and she’s tougher than nails. She’s tougher than cancer, and she’s going to beat it. She’s got to beat it.”
    — Wes Blair on his daughter’s fight against cancer

    Kelly and Wes Blair knew there was something wrong with their daughter when she showed no interest in any of her presents on Christmas morning.

  • Wake will return to the lake

    Although the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour declined to come back to Elizabethtown’s Freeman Lake for a third consecutive summer, a major watersports event will return to the park this summer..

    The Lexington-based Bluegrass State Games have added wakeboarding and waterskiing to its roster of more than 30 sports for amateurs. Those events will be staged July 9-10 at Freeman Lake Park.

  • Photo: Waterway to heaven