Area News

Burgin School Board Ups Tax Rate

Board Cites Decreasing State Funds, Increasing Costs Robert Moore Herald Staff rmoore@harrodsburgherald.com The Burgin Board of Education voted to increase the property tax rate to 77.5 cents per $100 in assessed value for real estate and tangible property and the motor vehicle tax rate of 54.6 cents per $100 in assessed value. The move, which…

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Contractor Preparing For Heavy Metal

Negotiations To Speed Up Project Still Ongoing Robert Moore Herald Staff rmoore@harrodsburgherald.com The last part of the old Kennedy Mill Bridge’s metal substructure was hauled away last week and workers with Walsh Construction Company are now waiting on some real heavy metal. Beginning next week, the contractor will begin accepting delivery of massive girders. The…

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Harrodsburg Sets New Tax Rate

Set Two Hour Time Limit On Lexington Street Parking Robert Moore Herald Staff rmoore@harrodsburgherald.com The Harrodsburg City Commissioners voted to set the rate for property tax at 66.8 cents per $100 in assessed value. This is the compensating rate, which is calculated to earn the same amount of revenue as last year’s tax rate. It…

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The High Tech World Of Mercer Day Treatment

Students Enjoy Project Based Science Classes At Mercer County Day Treatment Jennifer Marsh Herald Staff jmarsh@harrodsburgherald.com Robots, drones and a 3-D printer make up a large part of the Mercer County Day Treatment’s science class. The children learn through a project-based class that allows creativity and requires collaboration. Mercer County Day Treatment serves students age…

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Looking At The New Tax Rates

Robert Moore rmoore@harrodsburgherald.com The tax picture is growing clearer for property owners in Mercer County. The largest part of the tax bill is claimed by the local school districts. Both Mercer County and Burgin Independent chose to take the four-percent increase—which is the most allowed under state law without leading to a recall vote. The…

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Dedman Forced Off Tourist Commission

Three Members Expelled From Board Of Directors Due To Residency Requirements Robert Moore Herald Staff rmoore@harrodsburgherald.com The hot summer continues for the Harrodsburg-Mercer County Tourist Commission. After a rancorous meeting last week, the group has lost three members, including Dixon Dedman, who has challenged the agency to spend more to promote local events. Dedman, along with…

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Robots Take Over Burgin . . . In The Classroom

Jennifer Marsh Herald Staff jmarsh@harrodsburgherald.com Burgin Independent School is preparing their students for technology with a variety of classes such as the 21st Century Essential Skills class taught by Travis Kern. The class is centered around learning the six Cs: character, citizenship, collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking through engineering and programming robots. Students build…

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Mercer County Public Library Explains Fiscal Policy

Will Retire Debt On Library Building Next Year Robert Moore Herald Staff rmoore@harrodsburgherald.com Officials from the Mercer County Public Library are defending themselves from charges of sitting on taxpayers money. A look at the library’s 2019 financial disclosure report shows they had a $3.2-million carryover from the past fiscal year, but that number is only…

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Leo Vaughn’s Last Day

Harrodsburg Public Works Supervisor Retires After 30 Years With City Robert Moore Herald Staff rmoore@harrodsburgherald.com Leo Vaughn knew exactly what he wanted for his retirement party. He wanted something to eat, he didn’t want any speeches, and he didn’t want a Wildcat blue ribbon on the oak rocking chair the city gave him. “I would…

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Harrodsburg First In High Spirits Going Into October

More Details About Oktoberfest 2018 Robert Moore Herald Staff rmoore@harrodsburgherald.com The Harrodsburg First Main Street Program has a big October coming up. In addition to the third annual Oktoberfest (Friday, Oct. 12, through Sunday, Oct. 14), Harrodsburg First will also hold the Spooktacular on Saturday, Oct. 27) and the Night of the Great Pumpkin (on Wednesday,…

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