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Today's News

  • GIRLS' PREP TRACK: Russell returns to coach North Hardin

    A familiar face is back to help lead the North Hardin Lady Trojans to yet another Class 3-A, Region 2 championship.

    John Russell returns after a year away from coaching track and field as the Lady Trojans gear up for a run at their third straight region championship. Russell, who stepped down after the 2009 season, took a year off to spend more time with his wife, Michelle, and their two children, Gabe and Gracie Ann.

  • BOYS' PREP TRACK: North, John Hardin should be region contenders

    Longtime coach James Webb is primed and ready to get the North Hardin Trojans back to the top a year after what he called was a disappointing sixth-place finish at the KHSAA Class 3-A State Track & Field Champion-ships.

    Webb had high expectations after the Trojans won the Mason Dixon Games, which has long been considered the state championships of the indoor season, last March.

    But the Trojans faltered at State last season, when they were expected to contend with perennial power Louisville Male for the state title.

  • PREP TRACK: Another gold rush for the area?

    This one’s for the girls.

    After sharing the track and field spotlight with the likes of former Fort Knox star Courtney Edwards and former John Hardin standout Brandon Bagley, the spotlight belongs to the girls this season. In two seasons, the dynamic duo won 12 gold medals between them before taking their talents to LSU and the University of Kentucky, respectively. Edwards is a walk-on, while Bagley is a scholarship athlete.

  • Innovation wanted: Buck$ for Bright Ideas rewards entrepreneurs

    Budding entrepreneurs could find the aid they need to further their business concepts this spring.

    The Central Region Innovation and Commercialization Center has launched its Buck$ for Bright Ideas contest, looking for strong concepts that could develop into successful businesses. The center is working with other innovation centers in the state, including eMerging Ventures Center for Innovation and the Lincoln Trail Innovation Center.

  • PREP BASEBALL/SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: Bulldogs, Bruins win season openers

    Senior Ryan Carek was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to lift the homestanding John Hardin Bulldogs to a 6-5 win over Glasgow on Monday in both teams’ season openers.

    Sophomore Garrett Ray scored the winning run.

    Senior Jacob Skaff got the win in relief of senior Cody Creamer, who struck out nine in five innings.

    Creamer singled twice and drove in a run, while junior Claudio Deaza had two singles and two RBIs.

    JOHN HARDIN 6, GLASGOW 5

  • Black Oak Arkansas to open for the Kentucky Headhunters

    An opening act for the Kentucky Headhunter’s June show in Elizabethtown has been confirmed.

    Elizabethtown City Councilman Kenny Lewis on Monday said southern rockers Black Oak Arkansas featuring Jim “Dandy” Mangrum on lead vocals will open for the country rock veterans June 3 at Freeman Lake Park. The show has been merged into the Kentucky Heartland Festival this year.

    Lewis said tickets will go on sale for the show April 25 and will cost $10 in advance or $15 at the gate. Ticket locations have not yet been released.

  • Population growth eases housing industry woes

    Times have been tough in recent years for construction companies and contractors, but population growth in Hardin County has eased the pain for some.

    There is some question about whether the county has seen enough of the right kinds of development to appeal to new residents.

    The U.S. Census Bureau reported on Thursday a 12.1 percent jump in Hardin County’s population between 2000 and spring of 2010. That increase only caught the beginning of the growth that officials say changes at Fort Knox have brought to the area.

  • Lakewood preschool relocating to Creekside

    To free up space, the preschool class at Lakewood Elementary School is moving to Sonora's Creekside Elementary School next school year.

    Lakewood has become overcrowded because of families moving to that area from the Base Realignment and Closure transition. The school and Hardin County Schools administration began looking at ways to open up space at the end of last year.

    The school in Stephensburg is using the teacher’s lounge as a classroom and the music teacher no longer has a classroom, said Carlena Sheeran, director of early childhood education.

  • Children testify as Burke trial opens

    Awakened by sounds of breaking glass, gunfire and shouting, two children described a Rineyville home transformed into a scene of blood and death during testimony Monday to open a double murder trial.

    After brief competency hearings in Hardin Circuit Court, the two sons of Tracy Burke declared under oath that Brent Burke was in their home the night of the shootings. Their mother, Burke’s estranged wife, and her former mother-in-law, Karen Comer, were shot to death Sept. 11, 2007, at 397 Waterfowl Loop.

  • Grimes: New blood needed in Frankfort

    Alison Lundergan Grimes is locked in a battle for Kentucky secretary of state, but she’s used to fighting.

    Born prematurely, Grimes from the womb had to fight to survive. One of five girls, she had to pick her battles and understand the personalities of her sisters to realize when to break through the chatter and speak.

    “I grew up fighting like a lot of good Democrats do,” she said.

    Grimes made a stop Monday in Hardin County where she met with local officials and visited Fort Knox.