Today's News

  • Blair promoted at Wilson & Muir Bank

    Frank B. Wilson, president of Wilson & Muir Bank & Trust Co., recently announced that the Bank’s Board of Directors has promoted an officer from its and Hardin County market.

    Promoted to vice president in the Elizabethtown office, is Jeffrey T. Blair.

  • Moffett dislikes Obamacare, state spending habits

    Tea-Party backed gubernatorial candidate Phil Moffett on Saturday vowed to join other states in a federal lawsuit against national health care reform and said he would lobby for an “Arizona-style” law that would tighten down on illegal immigrants by requiring employers and landlords in the state to verify citizenship.

  • A desperate decision: Need help?

    There’s more than one place to look for help if you or someone you know is depressed or contemplating suicide. Don’t be afraid to get help.

    1-800-641-4673, 24 hours a day, seven days a week

    1-800-274-7374, 24 hours a day, seven days a week

    1-800-273-TALK (8255)

  • Uflex brings new jobs, increased opportunities

    The issue: Uflex announcement
    Our view: New plant may be first of many

    Kentucky is entering into a new arena of job growth and Elizabethtown has been chosen to lead the way.

    The announcement that Uflex Ltd. plans to build a new manufacturing facility to produce polyester film packaging products is good news for the local employment picture. It initially will mean a $90 million investment and 125 jobs by December 2012 with both figures doubling by 2015.

    And there’s much more to celebrate.

  • 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: Suicide is often preceded by warning signs

    After a suicide, mental health professionals examine the deceased’s financial, legal, academic, medical and other records. Typically, the suicide autopsy, as it’s called, reveals a long-term issue.

    There can be many indicators of a pending suicide, and someone at risk of suicidal actions can give clues. While a suicide’s plan and completion can happen quickly, it is more common that warning signs were displayed for some time, said Dr. Douglas Olds, a psychologist with Communicare in Elizabethtown.

  • 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.