Today's News

  • 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.

  • New vocabulary word introduced nightmare images

    Remember relationships in grade school? Every classmate was your friend. Several were your best friends and a few were your very best friends.

    One morning in second grade, our teacher began class with a stark announcement. My best best friend was not in school that day. The night before his father had taken his own life.

    The teacher’s explanation was straightforward and detailed. Actually, too detailed. I also remember gruesome images from the nightmares that followed her frank explanation.

    No 8-year-old should know the word suicide.

  • South Hardin community news

    South Hardin

    Daphne Turpin, 872-3223

    The heavy rains seem to have started early this year. Many roads were flooded last week. I hope the rest of spring is a little more enjoyable.

    BIRTHDAYS. Happy birthday wishes go to Gale Young, Kevin Adams, Allen Anderson, Leola Buckles, Dallas Halcomb, Joseph Cecil, David Reddix, Dayna Gibson, Jason Propes, Deanna Jones, Eric Hamilton, Tyler Filyaw, Janine Washle, Kent Hagan, Larry Wyatt, Lucy Logsdon, Mason Polston, Jacob Fulkerson, Melissa Kitterman, Jesse Fulkerson, Herbert Mackey and Rikie Fulkerson.

  • Howevalley community news


    Andrea Sherrard,735-7544

    APRIL SHOWERS. We got a lot of rain last week, some areas got around four inches. We have had some pretty days with lots of sunshine.

  • White Mills community news

    White Mills

    Kathleen Booker, 369-7101

    SYMPATHY. Sympathy to the families of Murrel Napier, Carrie Mattingly, Harold Meredith, Nettie Grimes, Joe Wright and Lucille Scott.

    GET-WELL WISHES. Get-well wishes to Addison Jo Blair, David Johnson, Saundra Powers, Donna Pearson and all others who are ill.

    CHURCH NEWS. Don’t forget the evening community service tonight at Unity Baptist Church. Brother Doug Peters will bring the message.