Area News

Mercer Grand Jury Indicts Seven

Seven people were indicted by the Mercer County Grand Jury last week, on charges ranging from bail jumping to possession of methamphetamine. BAIL JUMPING Bleick Von Bleicken, 46, of 1909 Claremont Drive, Louisville, is charged with 1st-degree bail jumping, a class D felony, on Nov. 14 after failing to appear for a status hearing at…

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HHS Hosts 26th Annual Holiday Homes Tour

The Harrodsburg Historical Society’s (HHS) 26th Annual Holiday Homes Tour kicks off Saturday, Dec. 2, from 1-7 p.m. with an exciting and interesting line up. Attendees this year will be getting a special treat in the Shaker Tavern Farm House, which will be making its tour debut. “I’ve volunteered and I’ve been a host, but…

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Repairs (Finally) Resume On The Brooklyn Bridge

Contractors resumed repairing the Brooklyn Bridge on Tuesday. The contractor, Delong Concrete of Lexington, was unable to start work on Monday as scheduled because of equipment issues, said  Natasha Lacy, information officer of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Department of Highways. Lacy said Delong workers will prep the deck before pouring concrete after the Thanksgiving holiday.…

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Still No Date Set For Pension Reform

No news is good news is how the old saying goes. That may be how half a million state and local employees feel  about Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed solution to the commonwealth’s pension crisis. The governor has said he wants to call a special session of the General Assembly to vote on his pension proposal…

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Burgin Council Agrees To Hire Part-time Police Officer

Last Tuesday night’s meeting of the Burgin City Council was a marathon even by Burgin’s standards: three solid hours of arguments, countercharges and recriminations. Despite all the drama, the council acted on several issues that, in some cases, have been the subject of months of debate in the friendly little city. They agreed to advertise…

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Three Motorists Put On Ice After Being Caught In A Hot Car

Police have put three people—including one visitor from Alaska—on ice after a drug bust last week. The three are cooling their heels after being caught in a hot car with drugs, money and drug paraphernalia. In the early morning hours of Wednesday, Nov. 15, Harrodsburg police stopped a car on  U.S. 127 after it was…

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Vicky Reed Leaves Haggin Hospital

Dr. Vicky Reed, DHA, FACHE, is leaving the James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital effective Thursday, Nov. 30. The announcement was made Tuesday that Reed, who has been the chief executive officer at Haggin since 2011, has decided to step down in order to pursue another CEO opportunity. Officials at the Ephraim McDowell Health System say…

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Pension Reform May Cause Wave Of Retirements Locally

Pension reform may cost local governments an entire generation of employees—teachers, firefighters and police officers—and drastically impact recruiting new employees, officials say. Hardest hit would be local schools, said Dennis Davis, superintendent of Mercer County Schools. “The pension system is the issue, but the overall issue is saving our education system,” Davis said. Gov. Matt…

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