Local News

  • HMH budget outlines surge in revenue, patient growth

    Hardin Memorial Hospital adopted its 2013 budget Wednesday expecting revenues nearly $20 million greater than last year’s budget and eclipsing 2011 by $43 million.

    With the surge in revenue comes a $21 million increase in expenses, HMH President and CEO Dennis Johnson said.

    Cost increases are fueled by multiple factors, including an expansion of staff and expenses attached to the first phase of a federally mandated electronic medical record.

  • Keeping trim
  • Freedom Day returns for sixth installment

    Gloryland Harvest Church in Radcliff celebrates freedom in its distinct way after half a dozen years of welcoming the community to its home around Independence Day.

    The Freedom Day celebration weekend kicked off Thursday night as the church comes alive with the whirrs and hums of carnival rides.

    The Rev. Jacob Pearman, pastor, said there is a charge for rides set by the operators. The rides run until 10 p.m. and return at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights leading to a full roster of happenings Sunday.

  • Triple-digit conditions threaten crops

    Hot weather and dry conditions haven’t resulted in much lasting damage to area crops just yet. But local farmers say that easily could change if the triple-digits weather predicted this week doesn’t let up soon.

    Corn is beginning to pollinate and heat can kill pollen before it reaches the silks on the corn, said Bob Wade Jr., who raises corn and soybeans in Sonora, Glendale and LaRue County.

  • Logsdon transitioning to scaled down role at HMH

    After more than 40 years of service to Hardin Memorial Hospital, Diane Logsdon is stepping down as vice president and chief operating officer and transitioning into the newly created role of administrative executive.

    Logsdon, who is looking to reduce her workload, will work directly with HMH President and CEO Dennis Johnson on initiatives regarding community relations, Fort Knox relations and foundation activities, Johnson announced Wednesday during the hospital’s monthly board meeting.

  • Charged with burglary, assault, Radcliff teens plead not guilty

    Two Radcliff teenagers arrested in April and charged with breaking into a residence, assaulting the occupant and taking an undisclosed number of coins pleaded not guilty to all charges when they were arraigned Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

    Shawn Clark, 19, and Cory Bard, 18, each are charged with first-degree complicity to commit robbery, first-degree complicity to commit burglary and fourth-degree complicity to commit assault resulting in no visible injury.

  • Dabbling in dough

    Area students sampled the sweet life this week, dipping their hands into rising yeast and shaping the amorphous forms into teddy bears.

    Their teacher encouraged creativity as the laughing children molded edible animals with features from their own imagination.

    “Just shape it however you want to,” said Holly Powell, Family and Consumer Sciences program assistant at the Hardin County Extension Service. “That way it looks different than everyone else’s.”

  • Balloon triggers grass fire

    An electrical service fire ignited grass Tuesday afternoon along the hillside behind Starlite Center shopping area off North Dixie Avenue in Elizabethtown.

    Lt. Everett Roberts of the Elizabethtown Fire Department said Mylar balloons tangled in electrical wires caused a transformer to blow, sparks to shower down and a grass fire to start. Flames already had been extinguished by the time the fire department arrived.

    The blown transformer caused a brief power outage at O’Charley’s, Head Liners Salon and Spa and surrounding stores.

  • One street under boil water advisory

    Because of a water main break, a boil-water advisory has been issued for residents of one Hodgenville street.

    All homeowners along Fairview Drive should boil water to remove impurities before human or animal consumption, Mayor Terry Cruse said Tuesday. The rest of the city's water supply is unaffected, he said.

  • E'town homes part of Park Avenue drainage plan

    Engineers received direction on a drainage project they say would create upstream storage near T.K. Stone Middle School and should alleviate perpetual flooding in the Poplar Drive area.

    Elizabethtown City Council advised Executive Assistant Charlie Bryant and Stormwater Management Director Robert Bush to pursue a design package for the Park Avenue Drainage Project that Bush believes will save money but require the acquisition of several properties.