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Today's News

  • Similar, not equal

    The issue: Ron Ortiz returning to Central Hardin
    Our view:
    Law protects jobs of Reservists

    When announcing the posting of Ron Ortiz as principal of Brown Street Alternative Education Center, Hardin County Schools Superintendent Nanette Johnston said, “It all fit perfectly, honestly.”

    Ortiz said he looked forward to working with the staff and students at Brown Street. But considering the outcome of an investigation following a federal labor department complaint,

  • PREP TENNIS: Thomas survives early scare

    Hannah Thomas was in major trouble.

    Down two games late in her first-round match Wednesday in the Lincoln Heritage Conference Tournament’s girls’ singles bracket, Central Hardin’s third-seeded freshman had let her nerves take control.

  • Bluegrass keeps students in touch with deployed parents

    Bluegrass Middle School is reaching out to its military families by allowing students to reach out to their deployed parents.

    The school has expanded use of the video conferencing program Skype to allow students with deployed parents to talk with them online. The first student used Skype in this way almost three weeks ago, and it’s been a daily occurrence since then.

  • Pretrial conference for Hines rescheduled

    A pre-trial conference for Joshua Norman Hines, 24, who is charged with shooting his neighbor, Toni Ballard, was rescheduled for 9 a.m. Friday at the Hardin County Justice Center.

    Hines was supposed to appear in court Wednesday.

    Hines was arrested April 7 after Kentucky State Police responded to a shooting at 6932 Bardstown Road in Elizabethtown. Ballard was found dead at the home, her residence. Police have said that Hines called 911 to report the shooting, and has said he didn't know the victim.

  • Photo: Moment of silence
  • Lightning strike is likely cause of Vine Grove fire

    Officials believe a lightning strike during a storm early Wednesday morning was responsible for a house fire in Vine Grove.

    The house is on the corner of Deckard School and Rogersville roads, said Capt. Dale Riggs of the Vine Grove Police Department.

    High winds overnight reached 50.1 mph at the Kentucky Mesonet site in Cecilia and more than an inch of rain fell in the area.

  • Storm winds reached 50 mph in Hardin County

    High winds overnight reached 50.1 mph at the Kentucky Mesonet location in Cecilia and about an inch of rain also fell in the area.

    Mark Adams, supervisor meteorological technician at Fort Knox, said radar located three miles north of the airfield there recorded wind gusts of as high as 46 mph and 1.05 inches of rain for Tuesday night and early this morning.

    The National Weather Service office in Louisville issued a tornado watch Tuesday afternoon, which was upgraded to a warning at 12:04 a.m. for northern Hardin County.

  • Feeding furry friends

    Area farm industry representatives are trying to prove they care about animals.

    Southern States in Elizabethtown, the Hardin County Cattlemen’s Association, Hardin County Farm Bureau and Farm Credit Services are donating 2,000 pounds of dog and cat food to the Animal Refuge Center, a no-kill shelter in Vine Grove. This is the second year the organizations have made such a donation.

  • Life or Something Like It: Crash landings and other unintended consequences

    So one minute you’re tooling along on the highway of life and the next minute someone stops short in front of you.

    An accident certainly changes all your plans.

    But then again, if you could plan for it, it wouldn’t be an accident.

    I was driving my mom back from her winter home in Florida at the end of March. In late afternoon on a two-lane road in Georgia, I realized I wasn’t going to be able to stop in time to avoid plowing into the pickup truck in front of me.

  • Ask the Expert: Home Organization

    In my last column, I wrote about things I say to comments often made by my clients. This month, I wanted to share with you some things I do not say to my clients. What’s the point in telling you things I would never say? Well, I guess if you never read on you will never know.