Elizabethtown, in the shadow of Fort Knox, has been named the number one military boom town in America.
Military spending provides a major boost to the economies of communities like Elizabethtown, which ranks number one in the nation when it comes to population growth, per-capita personal income and gross domestic product.
Other cities in the top five of the list include Clarksville, TN, the home of Fort Campbell.
Hear about plans for a Kentucky Basketball Hall of Fame building in Elizabethtown
As a member of the Bremen High School basketball team in the late 1970s, Ray Harper was twice the district’s player of the year.
“Every night it was a battle and there were some great rivalries. We had seven high schools in the county – there’s only one high school now,” said Harper. “It helped prepare me in the sense that you had to be ready to play every night and couldn’t take a night off and you could never underestimate your opponent."
The high schools in Muehlenberg County were consolidated into one, Bremen High School is no more, but the memories remain.
"It’s good to get back and reminisce and see those guys. We had some really good teams and some great memories that will last a lifetime,” said Harper.
Harper is in his third season as the head men’s basketball coach at Western Kentucky as a native of the commonwealth, he understands the importance of high school basketball.
“The thing I’ve always said is if you get a kid from a high school in Kentucky they’ve been coached. The learning curve isn’t as great as it is for some kids."
High school basketball in Kentucky is a big deal. There’s a Hall of Fame honoring the state’s best through the years, but right now, it’s just a collection of names. There’s no building, no permanent museum...no brick-and-mortar.
A developer behind a proposed pipeline that would run through parts of Kentucky is holding an open-house meeting in Hardin County Thursday night to explain their plans. Williams, a construction company based in Tulsa, OK., is hosting the meeting at Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown from 5-7:30 p.m.
The Bluegrass Pipeline would carry natural gas liquids from sources in the northeast through northern Kentucky, and into several counties in our listening area, including Hardin, Nelson, Meade, Larue, and Breckinridge.
Pipeline opponents delivered a petition to Governor Beshear’s office Wednesday detailing their concerns about possible environmental damage and property rights concerns related to the project.
Governor Beshear has declined to add the pipeline issue to the agenda of a special legislative session that begins Aug. 19 in Frankfort. Beshear says he wants the sole item on the agenda to be legislative redistricting.
Ground will be broken Wednesday morning at the future site of the Hardin County Schools Early College and Career Center. The effort is a collaboration between the school system and WKU, and will allow high school students in the Hardin County system to take classes during the academic year that will transform into college credit from WKU, Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, or Sullivan University.
Hardin County Schools Superintendent Nannette Johnston says the Early College and Career Center is facing a strict construction deadline.
"I can sum it up in the one word: aggressive. Typically, we look at construction projects of this magnitude taking about 18 months. We want this project to be completed by August of 2014," Johnston told WKU Public Radio.
The Early College and Career Center will offer Hardin County students classes in fields such as engineering, manufacturing, automotive technology, media arts and communication, and culinary arts and hospitality services.