Area News

Beef Franks Recalled Due To Metal Contamination

Memorial Day is coming up, and that means cooking out. But double check your hotdogs before throwing them on the grill. A Cincinnati-based manufacturer of beef franks whose brands include Nathan’s has issued a product recall after consumer complaints of metal contamination. John Morrell and Company is recalling approximately 210,606 pounds of ready-to-eat hot dog…

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Kendyl and Friends Playground Has Grand Opening

On Monday, May 22, nearly 200 people visited Anderson-Dean Community Park for the ribbon cutting ceremony of the Kendyl and Friends Playground. “We are so thankful and so blessed that everybody has decided to come out and spend our day with us,” Crimson Claycomb said. Claycomb kicked off fundraising efforts for the handicap-accessible playground last…

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Mercer School Board OKs $19-Million Budget

The Mercer County Board of Education has approved a $19-million tentative budget for the 2017–18 school year. The budget includes a one-percent salary increase as well as a contingency fund of $631,590. While the budget passed unanimously, board member Billy Montgomery did not like the size of the contingency fund. Every year since 2015, the…

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Marimon Avenue Residents Protest Parking Ordinance

Marimon Avenue residents came before the Harrodsburg City Commission to protest a recent city parking ordinance. The city banned parking on the west side of Marimon during the May 8 meeting. On Monday night, David Gillespie and Doris Bartleson complained the ordinance made parking difficult. Gillespie does not live on Marimon, but his elderly mother…

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Mercer County Fiscal Court OKs $11 Million Budget

The Mercer County Fiscal Court gave first reading to their $11-million budget for the 2017–18 fiscal year, but not before hearing from local agencies asking for their allocations to be reconsidered. Vance Smith, vice-president of the board of directors of the Wilderness Trace YMCA, asked the magistrates for more money. During a budget working session,…

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On Display: Burgin History Finds Fitting Home

The final installment for National Historical Preservation Month comes from Burgin Historian Mary Cecil Thompson. Born and raised in Burgin, Thompson’s roots, and her interests, run deep in the Mercer County. Thompson said she got started by shopping for antiques and questioning the history of the pieces. “I think if you don’t know the history…

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Burgin Counters Sanitation District’s Take-It-Or-Leave-It Offer

The Burgin City Council and the Mercer County Sanitation District are still negotiating how to divide the revenues for the city’s sanitary sewer project, which is rapidly approaching completion. Last week, the District offered Burgin a $7,500 start up fee and four-percent of revenues to handle sewer billing. The Sanitation District’s offer is a five-year…

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The story of Jose Quintero’s flag

Dallas Waterfill wore gloves when he brought Jose Quintero’s flag to Harrodsburg. The flag is delicate, sure. It was made of cheap materials during World War II. But it’s more than that. “I can’t put it into words,” Waterfill said when he was asked what the flag meant to him. “I can’t explain it.” Waterfill,…

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Amalie Preston: History Mystery Solver

May is National Historical Preservation Month and lifelong Mercer Countian Amalie Preston said she was  struck with the history bug at a young age. Preston said she was always an attentive and curious as a child. Some of her favorite memories come from listening to the stories of her elders and asking them questions about…

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Mercer Prisoner Kicks His Way–Briefly–To Freedom

The Mercer County Jailer says his poorly equipped transport van is to blame for the escape of a prisoner on Friday, May 12. “I drive two vans that don’t provide safety to the inmates or the public,” said Mercer County Jailer Bret “Chambo” Chamberlain.  “I’m begging for help.” Chamberlain was transporting  Evan Paul Goodlett, 25,…

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