The top local story of 2014 was the economic rebound Hardin County saw throughout the year.
The Kenton Times staff voted on the most important stories of the year and the improved economy was the top vote-getter, followed by the opening of the new Kenton Elementary School in second place. As the last days of 2014 ticked away, unemployment was at 3.9 percent in the county, noted John Hohn, Director of Economic Development at the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance. Hohn noted many established businesses have expanded their work forces, while new jobs have also been created in manufacturing, health care and retail.In addition to the job retention, said Hohn, new companies are making Hardin County their home including Sekisui Plastics USA in Kenton, which is expected to offer 50 new jobs to the community. While there was good news for jobs and employment, continued Hohn, the county also saw an estimated $150 million in capital improvements during 2014.