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  • A desperate decision: Suicide rates high among older adults

    The risk for suicide is not limited to teens and young adults.

    In fact, the suicide rate among older adults continues to be the highest among any age group in the U.S., said Karen Ross, home care coordinator at VNA Nazareth Home Health in Elizabethtown.

    Age groupings vary for suicide rates, but in Hardin County from 2001 to 2010, 38.7 percent of suicides were residents 50 or older. The oldest person to commit suicide in Hardin County in that time range was an 86-year-old man.

  • The military, PTSD and suicide: Fighting an unseen battle

    Many in the military have scars from battle. Some carry invisible scars from battles within.

    Those with post-traumatic stress disorder fight this battle long after the war is over. Often, those with PTSD live with depression that can lead to suicidal thoughts and tendencies.

    According to a 2003 study in the American Journal of Psychiatry, patients with a major depressive episode and PTSD make “substantially more suicide attempts” than those with only depression.

  • A desperate decision: Bullying a component in youth suicide

    Their lives have just begun. But somewhere, somehow, they’ve absorbed enough pain to want to quit living.

    Since 2004, three teens have died by suicide in Hardin County, according to the Hardin County coroner. The youngest suicide victim was 13 years old.

    While it is easy to picture a teen or a younger child as a being full of optimism and potential, youth are not immune to the risk factors of suicide. Psychiatric disorders, substance abuse, instability at home and other issues lead to suicidal behavior in children, just as in adults.

  • A desperate decision: Suicide in Hardin County: Grief lingers long after death

    Michael Berry loved to fish, enjoyed eating banana pudding and passionately followed University of Kentucky sports.

    More than anything, he cared deeply about his family, always wanting to bring a smile to someone’s face.

    “He loved his nieces and nephews,’’ said his sister, Vickie Green. “He always wanted a family and kids. You felt like he had love for everybody.’’

  • Role of chamber may be redirected

    Brad Richardson wants to expand the role the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce plays in promoting and exploring initiatives for small businesses and local commerce.

    By the same token, he said he believes these efforts would be strengthened by shifting the burden of local festivals and community events to a new body.

  • USA Cares breaks ground for new headquarters

    Retired Maj. Gen. John Tindall, president of USA Cares, described Saturday as a “day of a thousand thank yous.”
    Tindall joined with the staff and board of directors of USA Cares in lockstep with state and city officials to break ground at the future site of the military charity’s headquarters, which Executive Director Bill Nelson hopes will be completed by the end of the year.

  • Flaherty man arrested after bomb making materials found in home

    A Meade County man is facing federal charges after a search warrant of his home yielded materials needed to create bombs.

    James W. Nott, 28, of Flaherty was arrested Wednesday evening during a traffic stop by Meade County Deputy Sheriff Brian Rogers. Knott was charged with DUI, failure to dim headlights, carrying a concealed weapon and license to be in possession.

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  • Youth job fair to prepare future career seekers is April 26

    Young people will have the opportunity to network with employers April 26.

    Residents of the eight-county Lincoln Trail area from 16 to 21 years old are invited to a youth job fair from 4 until 6 p.m. at the John Hardin High School commons.

    Several employers, including United Parcel Service of America Inc., Job Corps, the U.S. Army, Manpower Inc., Rally’s Hamburgers Inc., The Reserve Network and Hired! Apprenticeship Program are expected to attend and speak to attendees.

  • Extension of TIF program could reap benefits for county

    A House bill extending the Tax Increment Financing program in the state of Kentucky may ultimately benefit a portion of Hardin County near Fort Knox.

    Local officials say they hope the passage of HB 310, which was signed into law by Gov. Steve Beshear, will provide an additional means to attract new business and industry to the area.

    Under the provisions of HB 310, more areas within the state now qualify for tax increment financing districts, which in essence redirects taxes from the land back into the development of the property.