Work has begun on a veteran's center planned in Hardin County even though officials are still awaiting final approval from federal officials.
Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Ken Lucas told The News-Enterprise that the project in Radcliff has gotten preliminary approval and there's no indication that it won't get final approval soon.
A construction bid for the Radcliff Veterans Center nursing facility has already been awarded and excavation at the site, which is adjacent to the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-Central, is underway.
Lucas says the final cost of the facility is estimated at $40 million, with the state paying 35% and the federal government paying 65%.
He said it will be the fourth nursing center in Kentucky authorized specifically for veterans.
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.
An administrative hearing officer has denied a permit for a proposed alternative birthing center in Elizabethtown.
The decision came months after a hearing in which Kris M. Carlton heard support and opposition for what would have been the first such facility in the state.
Certified nurse midwife Mary Carol Akers said women should be offered a choice while three area hospitals argued that the facility wasn't needed. The News-Enterprise reports Carlton ruled that the birthing center's business model and use projections weren't reasonable. She said Akers didn't show that there was a need in Elizabethtown for the facility and questioned whether women from Louisville would travel an hour to receive care.
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.
A historical marker that tells about a Union Army officer who led a mass prison escape will be dedicated Saturday in Morgantown, where he was murdered in 1895.
The marker tells the story of Maj. Andrew Graff Hamilton of Pennsylvania. The Kentucky Historical Society says Hamilton joined Company A of the 12th Kentucky Cavalry in 1862 and was captured at Jonesboro, Tenn., a year later and sent to Libby Prison in Richmond, Va.
Hamilton and Col. Thomas Rose led the escape of 109 Union officers in 1864, but Rose and 47 others were recaptured.
Mary Carol Akers looks in the trunk of her car before she leaves for work to make sure she has all the necessary tools for her job.
"You can see the oxygen tank, medications. I've got catheter kits and IVs, anything mother and baby might need," she says.
Akers makes a lot of house calls. She is a certified midwife serving Hardin and surrounding counties in central Kentucky. The retired Army lieutenant colonel has delivered babies at military hospitals throughout the world, and over the course of her career, she estimates she has delivered six thousand babies.
In the car with Akers on her way to a house call, she explains why some women choose not to give birth at a hospital.
"I think that one of the things about birth centers and midwifery is high touch and low tech, and high touch and low tech require a lot more work than putting them on the monitor and going to the desk to watch it from there," explains Akers. "I've also seen women go to the hospital with a birth plan in mind and be bullied out of it."
A Michigan trucking company involved in a crash that left six people dead on Interstate 65 in Central Kentucky over the weekend had a satisfactory rating from the federal agency that oversees long-haul carriers.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration based its ranking of Highway Star Inc. on a 24-month span when the company fell below the national average of vehicle problems.
A tractor-trailer driven by Ibrahim Fetic, 47, of Troy, Mich., hit an SUV carrying a family back to Wisconsin from a vacation in Florida on Saturday. Fetic and two children in the SUV survived the crash.
The wreck set off a four-vehicle collision on the other side of the interstate. Police said Gregg Lohman, 36, the drummer for country music singer Kellie Pickler, remained hospitalized Monday.
The drummer for country music star Kellie Pickler has been identified as one of the people hospitalized in two crashes along Interstate 65 in southern Hardin County.
Pickler's manager, Larry Fitzgerald, said Gregg Lohman suffered serious injuries in the wreck Saturday.
University of Louisville Hospital spokesman David McArthur said Lohman remained there in serious condition Sunday.
State troopers have said a collision between a tractor-trailer and an SUV headed north started a fire that slowed traffic on both sides of the interstate Saturday. Troopers have said the wrecks on the southbound lane were likely caused by people slowing to look at the initial crash.