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  • College tuition ceiling raised

    A step that likely will lead to tuition increases for new community college students was taken at a local meeting of the state higher education board.

    The tuition ceiling for Kentucky Community and Technical College System was set at a 4 percent increase from current rates by the Council on Postsecondary Education on Thursday at its meeting at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

  • State closes Nolin Lake because of flooding

    Near record water levels have resulted in the closing of Nolin Lake State Park, which is located along the Edmonson-Grayson County line.
    The lake level Thursday was 544.8 mean sea level and is expected to rise. The National Weather Service estimates the lake will climb as high as 549 feet by today, slighlty less than its record high of 549.9 recorded May 25, 1983.

  • United Way allocates nearly $700,000

    United Way of Central Kentucky saw an increase in its giving this year, which allowed the agency to directly benefit more agencies in its four-county coverage area.

    Fourteen agencies received funding totaling nearly $700,000 this year. The amount does not include specific charitable designations identified by donors, said Christopher Wilborn, executive director of United Way of Central Kentucky.

    Wilborn said each of the 14 applications received by the agency was reviewed for hours by a community investment team made up of representatives from local businesses.

  • Williams: Democratic attacks are ‘ridiculous’

    Kentucky Senate President and Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams faces two fellow Republicans in the May 17 primary, but he took aim Thursday at Democrats.

    Williams and his running mate, Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer, visited Radcliff as part of the “Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way” bus tour crossing the state during the last weeks of the spring campaign.

    Williams said the tour’s name is a direct rebuke of Gov. Steve Beshear and his lack of leadership.

  • United Way honors its volunteers

    Melissa Payne of First Citizens Bank was recognized Thursday night as the United Way of Central Kentucky's volunteer of the year.

    In announcing the honor at the Volunteer Thank You Event at Nolin RECC, Payne's work was said to embody "the spirit of volunteerism and selflessness, and is a true, shining example of the United Way movement."

    Now an annual award, it has been named for Nelson Kelley, who invested 15 years in service to the local United Way. He also came forward to assist in the presentation.

  • 31W Bypass work to improve road, slows traffic for now

    Traffic started moving to the outside lanes in each direction on a portion of the U.S. 31W Bypass Thursday from approximately the College Street intersection to ½ mile north of the St. John Road intersection as the highway’s rehabilitation project continues.

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  • Celebrating 160 years: Christ Episcopal marks a milestone

    Christ Episcopal Church has been nestled at the corner of West Poplar and Mulberry streets for 160 years. Sunday, the congregation celebrates the anniversary with a special service.

    On April 2, 1851, Bishop Benjamin Smith consecrated Christ Church in Elizabethtown. Through a friendship with Elizabethtown judge A.H. Churchill, uncle of the founder of Churchill Downs, Smith came to Elizabethtown and established the church.

    Its design resembles churches speckled across the English countryside, the look the church’s designer was going for.

  • Tornado confirmed as cause of fairgrounds damage

    The National Weather Service office in Louisville has confirmed that an EF-1 tornado touched down Tuesday night near Glendale, causing damage to several buildings at the Hardin County Fairgrounds and damaging the roof of a one-story house on U.S. 31W.

    Several trees also were snapped or uprooted by the tornado’s winds, which reached 105 mph. The NWS report shows the twister was on the ground for seven-tenths of a mile with a path width of 75-125 yards.

  • Army band offers free concert series

    When most people think of army bands, they picture a parade scene, said Spc. Christian Hansen, of the 113th Army Band at Fort Knox. But army music isn’t always marching.

    The band begins a free concert series Sunday, showcasing a variety of music and strengthening the connection between the band and communities on and off post.

    The concerts are set for the first Sunday of every month through Oct. 3, except for a show Monday, July 4.