Someone has paid $28,050 for the right to purchase the first bottle of bourbon produced in Hardin County in nearly 125 years.
Boundary Oak Distillery churned out its first batch of bourbon this month and held an online auction to sell barrel sponsorships.
Boundary Oak Master Distiller Brent Goodin says the product inside that barrel should be top quality, when it’s ready to drink in two years.
“We have a very unique distillery in the fact that all of our water comes a spring-fed source. Our grains are all here from Hardin County,” said Goodin. “We think along with those natural aspects of our distillery, along with our wonderful grains that we have here locally, we can make a very superior, high-quality bourbon.”
Goodin says a change in law has made it easier for craft distillers to exist. The $28,000 paid by the auction winner is believed to be one of the top prices ever paid for a Kentucky bourbon.
Four Kentucky children remain hospitalized after suffering an apparent E. coli infection. The cluster of cases is being investigated by the Lincoln Trail District Health Department based in Elizabethtown.
The first illness was reported in mid-August. Health Department Public Information Officer Wendy Keown says investigators are trying to determine if there is a common cause.
"We thoroughly investigate activities such as recent travel, exposure to animals, food histories. You know, have they been swimming anywhere? And try to find any commonality between those to determine a source. As of right now, there has not been a confirmed source of infection identified," said Keown.
The five children sickened with hemolytic uremic syndrome range in age from 18 months to six years.
Keown says they are suffering kidney related problems. She says three of the children are from Hardin County and one each from Oldham and Boone Counties.
Kentucky is taking another step toward creating a six-lane Interstate 65 stretching from the Tennessee border to the Ohio River.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has awarded a nearly $139 million contract to the Bowling Green-based Scotty’s Contracting to rebuild 17 miles of I-65 in Hardin, Hart, and Larue counties. The effort would widen the road to six lanes from its current four, with three running both north and south.
The project is expected to be completed in 2017, and will stretch from mile point 65 in Hart County, near Munfordville, through Larue County and on to mile point 82 near Sonora in Hardin County. Once the latest widening is completed, only ten lanes of I-65 south of Elizabethtown will be four lanes.
The highway is already six lanes between Elizabethtown and Louisville.
The I-65 widening project began in 2000, with over $600 million dollars in contracts awarded for the effort.
Hardin County area business and political leaders are in the final stages of an effort to stave off proposed cuts at the Fort Knox military post.
The Army has said Ft. Knox could lose up to 4,100 soldier and civilian jobs if maximum cuts are implemented in 2016. That would be on top of the 3,500 positions already eliminated with the inactivation of the Third Brigade Infantry Combat Team, which is winding down operations by the close of this year.
Under the worst-case scenario facing the post, $500 million in payroll would be lost if the latest cuts become a reality.
Glendale firefighter Jonathan French was eulogized in Elizabethtown, less than a week after his tragic death along I-65.
French was killed and his mother, Linda, also a firefighter, was injured when a semi hit their fire engine as they battled a car fire along the Interstate last Wednesday.
His funeral service was held at Elizabethtown's First Christian Church. The eulogy was delivered by French's uncle, Glendale Fire Chief Richie Peters who said Jonathan had wanted to stick close to him ever since he was young.
Glendale Reverend Doug Sanders said Jonathan was a great example of someone who practiced "selfless service" during his brief life.
A new stretch of highway connecting Kentucky Routes 220 and 313 in Hardin County has been named in honor of Specialist Nathaniel D. Garvin.
Garvin, a Radcliff native, died in Kandahar, Afghanistan two days shy of his 21st birthday in July 2010. He repaired electronics and avionics systems for the Army and had been assigned to Fort Campbell.
When he died, he left behind a wife and two children.
A dedication was held Friday to mark the occasion after the Kentucky General Assembly passed a joint resolution honoring Garvin earlier this year.
The second trial for a Hardin County father accused in the death of his month-old son has ended with a hung jury. Prosecutors had accused 25-year-old Jarrod Davis of murder and abuse in the 2013 death of Ja'Vion Davis.
Jurors sent a note to the judge late Friday after more than six hours of deliberations saying they could not reach a unanimous verdict in the case.
An indictment said Davis "wantonly engaged in conduct that created a grave risk of death" to the child. A medical examiner found blunt force trauma to the baby's head and several other injuries. Davis said the injuries occurred when he dropped the infant.
Federal authorities say an Elizabethtown medical practice and two owners have agreed to a $3.7 million settlement in a case alleging false billings for chemotherapy patients.
A settlement agreement announced by the U. S. Attorney's office in Louisville said federal and state officials contend that Dr. Rafiq Ur Rahman and Dr. Yusuf K. Deshmukh billed for unnecessary evaluations and along with their practice, Elizabethtown Hematology Oncology, extended chemotherapy times so they could improperly bill Medicare, Medicaid and other government health care programs.
The U. S. Attorney's office said some of the allegations were included in a "whistleblower" lawsuit brought by another physician who will receive more than $280,000 in the settlement.
Hardin County is one step closer to having its first ever YMCA facility.
A steering committee announced Thursday afternoon the selection of a 14 acre site in Elizabethtown where the YMCA will be built. Hardin County Schools Superintendent Nannette Johnston is chair of the committee, and says the project could have a positive impact on the community’s health.
“One of the alarming factors that I have seen is that when our student-athletes have physicals, the hospital has shared with us that they’re seeing an increase—even in our student-athletes—of cases of high blood pressure, weight problems, and some who are even on some kind of blood pressure medication,” Johnston told WKU Public Radio.
The Hardin County YMCA will be a branch of the Greater Louisville chapter of the organization.
The privately-owned land selected for the project is on Veteran’s Way in Elizabethtown behind the Best Buy store. Johnston says the property owner has agreed to make a sizeable donation to the effort, meaning the land will be bought below market level.
The Nielsen company says it is closing a call center in Radcliff where 237 people are employed.
The News-Enterprise reports Nielsen senior human resources partner Tamela Puckett said in a notice sent to city officials that the media statistics company will shutter the center on July 31. The letter said the closure is expected to be permanent.
A statement from the company says the move is part of a reorganization effort.
Radcliff Mayor J.J. Duvall said Nielsen had operated the Radcliff call center for more than 15 years. He called the announcement "unfortunate" for the community.