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Today's News

  • Tuition raised at Kentucky community colleges

    Kentucky community colleges are looking for a tuition increase to offset a portion of a budget gap.

    Tuition rates for new students to Elizabethtown Community and Technical College will increase to $135 per credit hour from $130.

    The Board of Regents for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System approved the rate increases for the colleges as part of the 2011-12 budget last week.

    The new tuition rate meets the cap allowed for KCTCS tuition for the year, set by the Council on Postsecondary Education at a meeting in April.

  • Families in Burke case await decision

    In a packed courtroom, families of two women slain in a Rineyville home and the family of the man accused in their deaths waited for a ruling regarding dismissal of the charges.

    Judge Kelly Mark Easton said they’ll have to wait a few more days while he determines if Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Shaw consulted families before filing a motion to dismiss charges filed against Burke.

    “This is obviously an extremely important issue to everyone,” Easton said. “I don’t want to make a rash decision.”

  • Gospel group offers musical ministry

    Made up of an extended family of adults and children who live in Hardin County, the newly-formed The Elijah Band stands on a foundation of tradition.

    The group continues a musical ministry that has spanned years.

    “This is the fourth generation,” Elijah Taylor said.

    The Elijah Band is the latest incarnation of musical ministry for the family, which at one time was made up of Taylor, his parents and two sisters and went by the name The Taylor Family. The Taylor Family band was founded by Taylor's grandfather.

  • 4-H Livestock members have grooming clinic

    Hardin County 4-H Livestock Club members recently held their annual grooming clinic at Elmore Dairy Farm on Springfield Road in Elizabethtown.

  • Church trying to set up homeless shelter

    An area organization is working to set up a homeless shelter in Hardin County.

    Organizers see a need in the community and are seeking community donations to construct a Hearts of Hope Homeless Shelter.

    The effort is headed by New Creative Solutions Inc., a nonprofit organization linked to Powerhouse of Praise and Deliverance church in Radcliff.

    Blueprints call for renovating the church’s basement to outfit it with five single-occupant rooms and three rooms for families.

  • Bluegrass grows into Vine Grove culture

    Optimist Park in Vine Grove resonates every Monday with sounds of a musical genre older than Kentucky’s statehood.

    The weekly bluegrass music jam sessions that began in the community four years ago now can draw hundreds. They give players throughout the region a chance to weave together melodies and harmonies that can’t be accomplished alone.

    Lyrics warbled Monday included “There’s a five-pound possum in my headlights tonight,” and later, “Swing low, sweet chariot.”

  • Photo: Radcliff Fire Department completes driver safety training
  • E’town passes $57 million budget

    Councilman Ron Thomas said his concerns about the city’s $57.5 million 2011-12 budget have been quelled in the week since he challenged the plan and its use of reserve funds.

    Thomas voted Monday in favor of the budget, which passed 5-0. Councilman Marty Fulkerson was absent.

    The $57.5 million budget falls just under the $57.7 million plan approved last year and includes a $3.8 million deficit in the general fund that will be offset by reserves.

  • Rail construction near Fort Knox shutters trail systems

    Hikers hoping to test the trails at Bridges to the Past or Tioga Falls will have to put those plans on hold.

    The two trail systems in the Fort Knox area have closed and could remain restricted to the public for up to three years. The post is coordinating the closures with the Paducah & Louisville Railway as it makes repairs and upgrades to its rail network, which will create a maze of safety hazards.

  • Local mission group returns from tornado-devasted Alabama

    After a recent trip to tornado-stricken Alabama to deliver supplies, a local mission group is planning to return.

    The group from New Horizon Baptist Church in Glendale took a tractor trailer full of food, housewares, bed linens, water and a variety of other needed supplies to Webster’s Chapel, Ala., and saw first hand the devastation the recent outbreak of tornadoes had on the area.