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Today's News

  • Hamfest gives amateur radio users equipment, communication

    Vendors and amateur radio users gathered Saturday to exchange equipment and information about the communication tool at the annual Hamfest at the State Fire Training School at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

    Archie Mack Sr., president of the Lincoln Trail Amateur Radio Club, said amateur radios, or ham radios, are helpful because they enable long-range communication without using power sources or communication lines that can be disabled during an emergency situation.

  • First Federal annual loss amounts to $9.3 million

    Dealing with a group of failed commercial real estate loans and hit by what the bank’s leadership calls a “punitive” accounting charge, First Federal Savings Bank reported a loss of $9.3 million for 2010.

    “The company had a challenging year during 2010 as we continue to work through the remnants of the worst recession since the Great Depression,” B. Keith Johnson, First Federal’s chief executive officer since 1997, said in the formal 12-page financial report released last week.

  • Fort Knox families have more than a few ways to keep in touch

    Sometimes, when family members are deployed, the scariest thing can be silence.

    Families at Fort Knox have a variety of ways to stay connected and keep informed about their loved one’s unit while they are deployed.

    Dealing with their first deployment, 1st Lt. Jeff Johnson of 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division and his wife, Kate, prepared for staying connected while he is deployed to Afghanistan.

  • Helping kids handle deployment

    From the stresses of everyday life to the uncertainty of what their parent is doing far away from home, deployment can trouble kids. Giving them a sense of security and an understanding of the deployment process can help them cope.

    There are seven phases of deployment, said Anna Hoop, a mobilization and deployment specialist with Army Community Service. Three are specific to kids.

    “With all three times there is a lot of stress,” Hoop said.

  • More than paperwork and push-ups

    In winter’s pre-dawn hours, the streets of Fort Knox are mostly void of activity.

    But at the Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 81st Armor Regiment of the 194th Armored Brigade building, the day is beginning for Sgt. 1st Class John Royalty, a senior drill sergeant.

    As senior drill sergeant, Royalty is tasked with overseeing recruits going through basic training and other drill sergeants. Days are filled with push-ups and paperwork, and scheduling his time is critical.

    5:30 a.m.

  • PREP FOOTBALL: Elizabethtown selects new head football coach

    The Elizabethtown High School football program looked out of state to fill its head football coaching vacancy and found a former Kentuckian.

    Adam Billings, who has spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach with the Southwest Guilford Cowboys in High Point, N.C, was introduced Friday afternoon before watching the Panthers' final spring practice. Elizabethtown will be his first head coaching role.

  • USA Cares building new headquarters

    USA Cares will begin a new chapter when it breaks ground this month on its new headquarters building.

    It’s the first facility built specifically for the charity, which assists military families in need. The land and construction labor were donated, which will lower the organization’s overhead costs.

    The public is invited to a ground-breaking ceremony at 11 a.m. April 16 at 1655 N. Logsdon Parkway in Radcliff.

  • Fire destroys former business in Grayson County

    A Grayson County industrial building that once turned out bats and golf clubs on Lilac Road was destroyed by fire Thursday afternoon.

    Leitchfield Fire Department was called to the former Middleground industrial building at 4:18 p.m. By the time firefighters arrived, the building was showing heavy, black smoke from the eaves and attic vents. Firefighters sprayed water on the fire from several angles but within 20 minutes the roof of the building caved in and flames shot far above the building.

  • Central Olympiad team exploring the ‘science of state’

    Central Hardin High School’s Science Olympiad once again proved it has the chemistry for success.

    The team won regional competition for the second year in a row and heads to the state competition April 30.

    After dominating regional competition last year, this year’s win was much tighter in terms of scoring, with more schools participating and less regionals experience on their team, coach Jonathan Fairbanks said.

  • 31W Bypass work to begin

    Rehabilitation work on a portion of Elizabethtown’s U.S. 31W Bypass is set to begin this week as contract crews execute an eight-phase project that will wrap up by the end of September.  

    Hall Contracting off Kentucky Inc. was awarded the project’s contract in December 2010 at a cost of $9.3 million.