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Today's News

  • Woman to meet pen pal after 56 years

    One of Jane Link’s best and oldest friends lives nearly 4,000 miles away.

    A White Mills resident, Link has spoken to her friend on the telephone only one time since they met by mail in 1955. On Thursday, they will be in the same room for the first time.

    “I’m really excited, and she is, too” Link said, grinning. “We send letters back and forth, but it’s not like seeing her.”

  • Magistrates weigh in on unification concept

    Hardin Fiscal Court will be the first government body to meet with Hardin County United officials about creation of a unification review commission.

    Magistrates last week did not endorse the concept of unification, but many said they believe voters should have the right to choose.

    The review commission, which could be formed to draft a government charter, must have the county’s consent because state law requires at least one city to merge with a county to form a unified local government.

  • Renovations planned for Black History Gallery

    Those wanting to visit the Emma Reno Connor Black History Gallery in Elizabethtown have about two weeks left to do so before an extended break.

    The gallery will undergo a major renovation beginning Labor Day. The work will run through about Nov. 18, said Andrea Jackson, niece of the late Charles Connor, who opened the gallery in 1989.

    Jackson said the gallery is in need of several interiors repairs.

    “We just want it to look a little better inside than it does right now,’’ she said.

  • Addressing the tragedy of drunken driving

    I have been a prosecutor for the past 14 years, yet I’ve never become accustomed to the sorrow I feel when I’m involved in a case where someone has died because of alcohol-impaired driving.

    These crashes happen far too often: In 2009, alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities accounted for 32 percent of the total motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States. That means an average of one alcohol-impaired-driving fatality happened every 48 minutes.

  • Thank you from Hardin County Schools

    At the beginning of each school year, our district holds a family picnic for our staff and their families at the American Legion Park in Elizabethtown. It is a time for us to say thank you to the nearly 2,500 employees who go above and beyond every day to help the more than 14,000 students in our schools succeed.
    Our picnic was another huge success because of the wonderful generosity of our community business partners. I would like to thank the following businesses for their donation of food, drinks and prizes:

  • Kentucky Sheriffs ranch celebrates 36 years

    The Kentucky Sheriff’s Boys & Girls Ranch summer camping program opened June 5 and now is in the last weeks of the 2011 season.
    Session seven began July 17 with campers from Ballard, Bracken, Breckinridge, Hardin, Jefferson, Kenton, Laurel, Marshall, Ohio, Pendleton, Rockcastle, Warren, Webster and Woodford counties.
    For information about the Boys & Girls Ranch or helping continue reaching Kentucky’s youth, call the ranch at 362-8660.
     

  • First Financial Service Corp. records $12.2 million loss

    First Financial Service Corp., parent holding company of First Federal Savings Bank, has recorded a second-quarter net loss of $12.2 million, which equates to a loss of $2.57 per share of the company’s stock.

    Bank officials said First Federal removed a number of nonperforming assets from its books, primarily problematic high-end residential loans that have stalled and lost value related to national real estate trends.

  • Land acquired in Cecilia for new elementary

    A 600-student elementary school will be constructed on 38.54 acres off Ky. 86 in Cecilia that now serves as a soybean field.

    A purchase option, which the board approved Thursday night and is contingent on approval from the Kentucky Department of Education, is the first step in replacing Howevalley Elementary School, which has served the area for nearly eight decades.

    “This is another project that’s been a long time coming and it’s much needed,” Board Chairwoman Kay Sharon said.

  • GIRLS' PREP GOLF: Central field loaded again (08/19)

    When other girls’ golf tournaments started popping up the same weekend as his long-running Lady Bruin Invitational, Central Hardin coach Chris Adams wondered if this year’s annual event Saturday at Fort Knox’s par-73 Lindsey Golf Course would have the same appeal as its proud past.

    Um, yeah.

  • PREP FOOTBALL: Pressure on Todd key for Knox (08/19)

    Since getting an up-close view of Kyle Todd two seasons ago when he was a Louisville Male assistant, Shawn Thompson has been thoroughly impressed by what he’s seen from the Elizabethtown senior quarterback.

    Todd threw for 281 yards and led the Panthers to two touchdowns in their first two possessions, but Male turned up the heat on Todd and rolled to a victory in the 2009 season opener.

    Just like in that game, Thompson said the key is getting pressure on Todd and not letting him stand in the pocket for long.