Area News

Mercer Students Win Big In Conservation Competition

Ashton Dawahare, a fourth grader at Mercer Intermediate School and Mary Joyce, a senior at Mercer County Senior High School, both earned top honors at this year’s Mercer County Conservation District Art/Writing Awards Banquet. The theme for this year’s contest was “Backyard Adventures, Exploring Trees in Your Hometown” and garnered a total of 1,242 art…

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Harrodsburg Reconsiders Charging Police Mileage

The Harrodsburg Board of Commissioners is reconsidering a recent decision to charge city police officers who live outside Mercer County for taking their cars home. In January, the commission voted 4–1 to require Harrodsburg Police officers living outside Mercer County to pay mileage for every mile they travel outside county limits. Commissioner Scott Moseley voted…

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Mercer County Fiscal Court Unveils $11 Million Budget

The Mercer County Fiscal Court has unveiled their proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The preliminary budget totals slightly over $11 million. The biggest allocations  include $3.8 million, 35-percent of the budget, for the general fund; $2.1 million, 19.5-percent, for the road fund; $1.677 million, 15.25-percent, for the jail fund, and $1.661 million, 15.1-percent,…

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Mercer County School Board Faces Tough Choices

The Mercer Board of Education is facing some sobering choices. On one hand, the district needs to deal with aging infrastructure—especially the school sewer system. On the other hand, the district faces uncertain funding on the state and federal levels along with declining enrollment and a related decline in revenues. The district is projected to…

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Harrodsburg First Earns State Honors

The Harrodsburg First Main Street program has received recognition from the state. Harrodsburg First has earned the award for the Best Main Street Program in 2017 for Oktoberfest, which brought thousands of people downtown last fall, while Goldie Goldsmith-Vigneri, who chairs the Harrodsburg First promotion committee, earned the 2017 Spirit of Main Street Award for…

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Nathan Hawkins Is Just A Good Old Boy

There is one thing that is undeniable about Mercer County: its sense of community and support. When anyone is down, someone is always there to lift them up. And that couldn’t be more evident than when the community surrounded Nathan Hawkins. Nathan was born eight weeks premature and only weighed one pound at birth. He…

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Hellmig Faces More Charges For Old Fort Harrod Break-in

Brandon Hellmig, 19, of 2380 Oregon Road, Salvisa, was indicted for two more counts stemming from the break-in at Old Fort Harrod State Park earlier this year. Hellmig was charged with receiving a stolen firearm, a class D felony, and receiving stolen property, a class A misdemeanor. Both offenses occurred on Feb. 8. Hellmig’s bail…

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Planning & Zoning Plays Role In Community Development

“The purpose of the planning commission is to help regulate and plan for land development, future land use, growth and things like that,” said Shawn Moore, executive director of the Greater Harrodsburg/Mercer County Planning and Zoning Commission. The organization itself is an independent government entity and although partially funded by both, it is not part…

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Wheeler Takes Part in Honor Flight

James Lester Wheeler said he’d like to see the World War II Memorial. Wheeler is one of 73 veterans from  41 counties across Kentucky who will be taking part in the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. on Saturday, April 22. Wheeler is the only one from Mercer County going this year. He will be one…

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Burgin Sewer: Who Gets the Bill?

The City of Burgin is disputing the sewer bill. And the city’s sewer system isn’t even running yet. Three members of Burgin’s City Council—Syndicat “Sid” Dunn, David Caldwell and Katrina Sexton—met with the Mercer County Sanitation District on Thursday, April 13. At issue is how much money the city stands to collect from the sewer…

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