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  • HCU faces barrage of questions at forum

    Roughly a dozen people filed into the gymnasium Thursday night at Meadow View Elementary School in Radcliff to hear Hardin County United’s pitch for a unification review commission.

    What the group lacked in size, it made up for in spirit.

    Following HCU’s presentation detailing the process of a unification study conducted by L.B. Schmidt and Associates, the small group of residents and elected officials hurled questions in the direction of consultant Luke Schmidt and Hardin Circuit Judge Ken Howard.

  • HCS votes to maintain tax rate

    Hardin County Schools’ board voted Thursday not to change its tax rate.

    HCS board approved a total tax rate of 58.7 cents per $100 on assessed real and personal property, 54 cents on motor vehicles and a 3 percent tax on utilities.

    The vote was unanimous. Board member Charlie Wise wasn’t present for the meeting.

    With the rate, the district will receive approximately $1.5 million more in revenue because of an increase in property value assessments. Assessments have increased by about $177.6 million from last year.

  • Enrollment fairly steady across districts

    The population swell districts experienced during the Base Realignment and Closure initiative has tapered off somewhat, as many schools are close to enrollment from previous years or low compared to estimates.

    Schools in the Elizabethtwon Independent Schools district have seen little change this year. Elizabethtown High School had the largest gain with about 60 students. Nate Huggins, assistant superintendent for student and district support services, said capacity of the buildings has not been reached and the high school could accommodate 100 more students.

  • Howevalley-Vertrees Days continues today

    Children are the focus for this weekend’s Howevalley-Vertrees Days celebration on Ky. 86.

    “We’re really geared up for the kids this year,’’ said Trevor Mather, president of the Howevalley-Vertrees Community Club. “About everything we are doing this year is with kids in mind.’’

    Events open tonight and conclude late Saturday.

    While the festival is around 24 hours in length, Mather said planning for it is about a nine-month process.

  • Company receives grants to expand broadband

    Windstream Communications plans to extend its broadband services to rural parts of southern Hardin County and across Kentucky where it was considered cost prohibitive to expand.

    The new service is possible because of about $59.7 million in federal stimulus dollars awarded to the company, said Scott Morris, a spokesman for Windstream.

    The stimulus grant requires a 25 percent match from Windstream which will spend nearly $20 million to fill in gaps in its network where broadband service is unavailable, Morris said.

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  • Raccoons trouble Radcliff neighbors

    Raccoons always have hung around East Mill Creek Road in Radcliff. However, it wasn’t until one chased a toddler that neighbors Vicki Hawkins and Joe Church decided it was time to remove the masked creatures from the vacated house next door.

    But the neighbors can’t find a legal way to legally get rid of the critters, Hawkins said.

  • Youth leadership council names student finalists

    Lincoln Trail Youth Leadership Council has announced its finalists for Youth Leader of the Year.

    Finalists are Jessica Gabhart and Morgan Thompson, Elizabehtown High School; Aaron Shepperd, Hart County; Zach Leftwich, Green County; Rachel Puckett, John Hardin; Lucas Pepper, LaRue County; Whitney Crume, Barrett Greenwell and Cole McDowell, Bethlehem High School; and Jordan Ellis-Reeves, Central Hardin High School.

    This year’s photographic display of the finalists is on display through Sept. 26 at Towne Mall.

  • Lincoln Trail student wins national award

    Sydney Rich was short on words Wednesday after learning she received a national student award.

    It felt “really good” to win, she said, and her prize was “awesome.”

    She didn’t see any of it coming.

    “No clue,” she said. “No clue at all.”

  • Freakley's retirement postponed

    Lt. Gen. Benjamin Freakley is staying in uniform for a few more months.

    Freakley, who planned to retire from active duty this month, will continue in his role as commanding general of U.S. Army Accessions Command and Fort Knox as the Army plans to begin deactivating the command and dividing its missions to new headquarters.

    “I just couldn’t leave the Bluegrass,” Freakley said Wednesday in a phone interview.