Today's News

  • County government finishes fiscal year 'in the black'

    HARDIN COUNTY —  Hardin County government finished the 2010-11 budget cycle in June in sound financial standing.

    Revenues closed at $28.1 million, a 4 percent increase over last year, while expenses finished at $26.9 million, according to a news release issued by Judge-Executive Harry Berry

    The revenue growth will allow the county to place $864,000 in general reserve coffers, Berry said in the release.

  • A Dash of Class: Building a cookbook

    Quite some time ago, I entertained the idea of writing a cookbook. I put it off thinking it was just too large a project. But last year, I thought, “Why not?”

    I worked on and off last year and thought I would finish it up this past winter. Not. There really was a lot of work to do, then the image of my Dad, who has been gone since 1972, when at the age of 63, he was plucked away from us.

  • Downtown businesses will be focus of scavenger hunt during Cruisin' event

    When vintage cars cruise into downtown Elizabethtown, Heath Seymour, executive director of the Elizabethtown-Hardin County Heritage Council hopes they will not only attract visitors but introduce customers to the businesses there.

    For its part, the council will have a booth at the event Saturday and hold a scavenger hunt, complete with prizes.

    “We’re trying to find ways to get people downtown on a regular basis,” Seymour said.

  • Man charged with murder also an illegal immigrant

    The Louisville man charged with murder and driving under the influence was arraigned in Hardin District Court Monday morning.

    Arturo Rodriguez Martinez, 22, was arrested Friday night following a single-car wreck on Interstate 65 near the 86-mile marker that resulted in the death of his 2-year-old daughter, Sidolena Martinez. She was not in a child restraint at the time of the accident, police say.

  • Same wit, shiny new photo

    If a picture is worth a thousand words, photos of me generally say “Yikes” a thousand times.

    This is not news to some, as I’ve written about this in previous columns and told countless individuals when the subject came up. I generally qualify the statement by explaining it is not impossible to get a decent photograph of me. It’s just that a photo of me is more likely to elicit gasps or guffaws than anything else.

  • Rapping foundation for H. Master Ice began in second grade

    Reality is not just for T.V.

    It’s the foundation of the lyrics written by Elizabethtown rapper Master Harrison Isom, who performs under the name H. Master Ice.

    Isom recalls writing down his thoughts and emotions when he was in the second grade.

    “My teacher suggested I should write because I had to vent,” Isom said.

    As he got older, Isom continued to express himself on paper and eventually began rapping when he was 16.

    That’s when he began recording his music, too.

  • Bring on the first Avenger

    “Captain America: The First Avenger” closes the summer of the comic book hero with a set up for one of the most anticipated super hero movies since “Superman II.”

    The heroes Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, the Incredible Hulk, Nick Fury and others will team up in May 2012 for “The Avengers.” If you stay though all the credits of Captain America you will get a sneak peak surprise that will give you a taste of what to expect next year.

  • Fort Knox Cadet Command hosts Leader's Training Course

    During June and July, U.S. Army ROTC cadets from all over the nation converged at Fort Knox to participate in ROTC’s Leader's Training Course.

    All attendees are current college students or soon-to-be college freshman enrolled in their college or university’s ROTC program. The training is meant to replace part of the cadets’ ROTC course load and enhance their leadership ability.

  • ROTC cadet sees Egypt uprising first hand

    For one Delta company cadet, the ROTC Leader's Training Course on Fort Knox was Plan B.

    Tanvir Kalam, a student at Binghamton University, only returned to the school in upstate New York after he was forced from Cairo, Egypt, a semester early in February when the uprising began. He was studying abroad at the American University of Cairo, looking to learn Arabic. If he had not been forced to return, he might have not attended LTC.

  • Event boosts pet adoptions, despite economic trouble

    The answering machine at the Animal Refuge Center on Saturday morning announced that the no-kill shelter had no more room to take in animals.

    It has been a slow adoption year for the shelter, and manager Penny Edwards thinks the economy is to blame.

    To promote adoptions, the shelter hosted an Adopt-a-Pet event on Saturday.

    The shelter also reduced July adoption rates from $60 to $22 for cats and from $70 to $35 for dogs to celebrate the shelter’s 22nd anniversary.