Today's News

  • Need still high for bell ringers

    At various locations in Elizabethtown and Radcliff starting Monday, bells will be ringing and change will be dropped in bright red kettles as the Salvation Army’s annual Kettle Program begins.
    How much the bells will ring could depend largely on the next few days with a push for more volunteer bell ringers.
    Local Salvation Army Director Lt. Marie Inmon said about half of the 3,000 hours needed to fill the days and time slots are accounted for. The program runs through Christmas eve.

  • RISING VOICES: Point/Counterpoint: Do awareness months really increase awareness?

    One hundred sixty-seven.
    According to easilyamused.org, that's how many different cause awareness months are recognized in different parts of the United States. Although this is not an official list, this number shows one reason why cause awareness months are ineffective: There are too many.
    Cause months sound, in essence, like a good idea: raising awareness about problems that affect a large portion of people. However, with so many different causes, who could keep track?

  • HCS one of six tapped for Project PASS

    Hardin County Schools is one of a handful of districts in the nation to test a new program for middle schools.
    HCS is one of six districts piloting a Project PASS program called Junior Leadership Corps. Project PASS is a partnership between the U.S. Army and the National Association of State Boards of Education. Junior Leadership Corps allows students to take classes and extracurricular activities similar to the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps.

  • RISING VOICES: A candidate's kid speaks

    To look at a house from the outside, you see siding, roof and windows. But this is only part of what makes up the house.
    Look inside and you find furniture, painted walls and flooring.
    A campaign is a lot like a house.
    From the outside, you only see certain aspects: signs, TV ads, endless mailers. But when you’re in it — when you’re really involved in a campaign — it’s so much more.
    That’s how it is for me. I am a candidate’s kid.

  • Parents welcome Luke Janusz


    Kasey Buckles and Matthew Blazejewski announce the birth of a son, Luke Janusz Blazejewski, on Aug. 22, 2010, in South Bend, Ind. He weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces and was 21 inches long.
    His sister is Myla James Blazejewski.
    Maternal grandparents are Terry and Benita Buckles of Elizabethtown. Paternal grandparents are Janusz and Kathy Blazejewski of Villa Hills.
    Maternal great-grandparents are Ottis and Faye Highbaugh of Bonnieville and Clint and Lillian Buckles of Elizabethtown.

  • Helm family historical markers dedication is Saturday

    There will be a presentation and dedication ceremony for new historical markers giving the history of the Helm family at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Helm Cemetery on U.S. 31W North in Elizabethtown.
    The Helm Cemetery, a Hardin County historic location, is the final resting place of some of Hardin County’s most illustrious citizens, including Gov. John LaRue Helm and his son, General Ben Hardin Helm, who was killed in battle serving in the Confederate Army during the Civil War.

  • Road crews prep for winter

    Long before snow clouds darken local skies, road crews prepare for winter.
    Public works and highway departments have stockpiled salt and repaired equipment. If this season is as snowy as last, they will need to be ready.
    The county road department has nearly 2,200 tons of salt in stock, Supervisor Danny Allen said. That is about 400-500 tons more than crews used last winter — when several waves of bad weather socked the region.

  • HMH moves forward with electronic records


    Hardin Memorial Hospital’s Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved the first phase of a physician care manager system that will aid the hospital in its efforts to expand access to medical records through one integrated electronic system.

    The first phase of the project was approved at $570,000 through the Meditech system, which gradually is replacing the Eclipsys Sunrise Scanning and Archiving system the hospital has used for roughly 10 years, according to HMH President and CEO David Gray.

  • Sleep tight: Bed bug hype hits Hardin County

    The number of calls to state and local health agencies regarding bed bugs has increased significantly in recent months, but media hype could be stoking concerns as much as the tiny blood suckers themselves.
    Sara Jo Best, director of Environmental Health Services at Lincoln Trail District Health Department, said calls from throughout her agency’s seven-county region spiked a few months ago, just before the start of the school year.

  • Elizabethtown appoints new treasurer

    ELIZABETHTOWN — Elizabethtown City Council on Monday appointed a new city treasurer after a lengthy search.

    Cheryl Buhr has taken over the reins of the position formerly held by Tara Cooper, who died suddenly in June while on vacation.

    Buhr has been employed by the city since May, formerly serving as occupational tax auditor, said Elizabethtown Finance Director Steve Park.

    Park interviewed roughly a dozen people for the role, which was later narrowed to about five applicants.