Starting June 12, 2019 the Farmer’s Market will be at Maple Street Park in Horse Cave from 7:30 a.m. until they sell out. This will go on every Wednesday. We hope you come out and support our local farmers.
2019 HORSE CAVE HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Continuing the Tradition
The 2019 annual Horse Cave Heritage Festival will be held on Friday and Saturday, September 20-21.
The festival is by far the largest event held in Horse Cave and requires year round planning by the Heritage Festival Volunteer Committee. The Festival continues to celebrate the history, heritage, and culture of Horse Cave in many ways: music, arts and crafts, quilt show, antique tractors and cars, narrative stage, games, fun and food.
As a downtown merchant, this festival is a special opportunity for you to showcase your business to a large group of potential customers within a reasonably short time. We encourage you to reserve the booth space in front of your business to highlight and encourage new customers. A special rate of $30 is offered to a downtown business to reserve one 20x9 space. If you would like two spaces, the regular rate of $50 applies to the second space. You can print off an application by clicking the link below or pick one up at City Hall at 121 Woodlawn.
The booth space in front of your business will be reserved for you until August 1, 2019 after which all spaces will be first come/first served.
Main Street(Vial to 31-W) and Water Street will close to through traffic 1:00 PM, Friday, Sept. 20 and re-open at 1:00 AM, Sunday, Sept. 22.
The Horse Cave Volunteer Fire Department will clean the downtown streets on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 6:00 PM. Any vehicles and other personal items you may have in front of your business should be removed during this time as well.
We look forward to your participation at the 2019 Horse Cave Heritage Festival, Sept 20-21.
Joy Bennett & Crystal James
HART COUNTY SOLID WASTE
Hart County Solid Waste now has Free Large Item Drop Off the
1st Saturday of each month from
8:00am - 12:00 noon
Hart County Solid Waste
There is a $2500 reward for any information that leads to the arrest or conviction of a person or persons responsible for the theft of the old chipper. If you have any information please contact the Hart County Sheriff’s Office at (270)524-2341
Shop Local First
Hometown Dollars can be used just like cash at any participating business. From restaurants to entertainment; from farm produce to automotive repair and supplies, retail stores and specialty shops....Hometown Dollars are truly a unique gift. These gift certificates would be great for company parties, employee incentives, holidays, birthdays, anniversaries or just because...the possibilities are endless. Hometown Dollars Gift Certificates can be purchased at the following locations:
* Hart County Chamber of Commerce 119 East Union St., Munfordville
* Munfordville Welcome Center 113 Main St. , Munfordville
* Horse Cave City Hall 121 Woodlawn St., Horse Cave
Each certificate may be redeemed for merchandise or services at full face value at any of the 40+ local participating businesses. This program is sponsored by the Hart County Chamber of Commerce. If you have any questions about this program or experience any problems in using the gift certificates, call : (270) 524-2892
A Walk Through Time Antiques T-shirts for sale
You can purchase these t-shirts at the Antique store in Horse Cave.
Cost for shirts are $15 ea.
Needing something creative to do?
Sims Studios and Arts Shops schedules painting parties for Adults and for Children that take the participants step by step through the creation of a selected image for each session. Groups can schedule their own sessions. Parties include; materials, instructions, and light snacks. Sims Studios and Art Shops is located at 112 East Main St. in Horse Cave. Call 270-218-1067 or 270-786-ARTS for more info and to reserve your spot!
2 hours----Painting parties---Kids $25, Adults $30
1 hour----Individual lessons---$25/hr
A Leaf In Time
These wonderful books hold so much knowledge and history of Horse Cave. Our ancestors worked hard making a living and building a future for the generations to come and to honor them, this pictorial history was compiled and published by the Horse Cave Heritage Festival Book Committee and can be found and purchased at the Horse Cave City Hall. Please call 270-786-2680 with any questions you may have.
Year In Review
Overall, this has been a good year.
We are most concerned with taking care of our citizens and our city while we continue to work on improving the appearance of the city.
Spring and Summer bring the mowing season, Fall the leaf pick up, and Winter clearing, salting and grading streets as well as helping out our citizens in detriment weather.
After several challenging years, I am very pleased with the current number of stores open on Water and East Main Street, attracting people to visit Downtown Horse Cave.
Street Paving was a priority last Fall, we were able to repair and pave several streets and roads. After funds became available, Kentucky Transportation District 4 resurfaced the road from Church Street to Short Cut Road.
Meadowview Drive, a private access road and drive, next to the Dollar General Store, was deeded from a private Estate to the City of Horse Cave. This important legal step finally allowed the City to spend public funds on the extensive repair and repaving of the now public road. With that, a source of numerous citizens’ complaints became a very valuable street leading to a very busy business.
Furthermore, we had some new housing construction this, and the City encourages more building activity, as employment opportunities continuously increase in the City of Horse Cave area.
During the past several years, we have been working on updating and completing the cemetery records for both the Main Street and Guthrie Street Municipal Cemeteries. This project was completed this year.
One of our highlights this year was the first “Community Easter Egg Hunt”, it was a huge success with a large crowd participating.
A great deal of excitement was created with movies being filmed in Horse Cave and the surrounding areas, a joint effort with the Southern Kentucky Film Commission.
From July 14th to August 18th, 2018, Horse Cave was proud to host in the Thomas House the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit “Hometown Teams”, for people to see what impact local teams have had on this community.
The economical boost Horse Cave & Hart County Tourism has experienced from the filming industry, Kentucky Down Under and the Hidden River Cave Museum helps everyone in our region.
The Horse Cave Volunteer Fire Department will have made a total of about 600 runs this year, mainly medical runs, structure fires, vehicle fires, grass fires, weather related incidents and mutual aid department assists. The Fire Department members will continue to engage in the required training and schooling for Certified Firefighters, keeping the City and its citizens as well as businesses safe and secure.
While serving the community is the Departments highest priority, they also maintain and repair the firehouse and the Fire Departments vehicles and equipment themselves, saving the City numerous dollars throughout the year.
This Department continues to make our City look great. The crew is maintaining the right-of-ways in all directions of the City; manicuring shrubbery and landscaping around the City Park, the Thomas House and City Hall; opening and closing graves; maintaining the cemeteries and is carrying out many more duties, too numerous to report them all.
The Maintenance Team also does their own maintenance and repair based on the skills they have acquired over the years, thus saving the City many dollars.
Many improvements have been made to the Public Works building, all done by the employees of the City without outside help. During this year, the Maintenance Crew received a safety grant in the amount of $931.00 from The Kentucky League of Cities for safety equipment.
Their top priority is to take of the citizens’ and their needs, which they do with great pride.
After some issues earlier this year, the Police Department is in the process of restructuring. The Department has full, complete Police powers and we are currently in the process of getting back to full manpower. More officers will be added this coming year. Currently, three full-time and two part-time officers are serving the City, with one officer at Caverna High School during the entire year as a Resource Officer. All officers are up to date on their training and certifications. The coming year will also bring more interaction, information, awareness and education for the public.
Kenneth Russell retired as of December 1, 2018. His contributions to the City in more ways than one, will surely be missed. Going forward, Joy Bennett moved to Kenny’s position as City Clerk; Annette L. Brown remains City Treasurer, Assistant City Clerk, CFO and Human Resources Manager; Crystal James was added to the team in November. They are tasked with all operations and duties of the office and do a great job.
Goals for 2019
Wishing everyone a healthy, prosperous and Happy New Year. “People working together can and will make a difference”.
CITY CLERK KEN RUSSELL RETIRES
City Clerk Ken Russell will retire after six and a half years of service to the City of Horse Cave. To show their appreciation for his years of service, the City will host a reception on November 30th. Please join us at City Hall between the hours of 12-2 pm with light refreshments to congratulate Ken on his retirement.
Horse Cave Mayor Randall Curry Presents Historic Proclamation
On March 5, 2016 Mayor Randall Curry attended the WKU 1971 Final-Four Team Reunion Luncheon. He presented a proclamation from the city of Horse Cave, Kentucky declaring March 5, 2016 as “Clarence Glover Day”. Mr. Glover is a graduate of Caverna High School and was a starting-forward on that historic Western Kentucky University team.
In 1971 Houston hosted the NCAA Final-Four for their first time ever in the Astrodome. The teams were WKU, Villanova, Kansas, and UCLA. Attendance was over 35,000 people. On April 2, 2016 Houston will host the NCAA Final-Four again…this time in the NRG Stadium.
While watching the games being played in Houston on April 2, 2016 we can keep one thing in mind. The proclamation to Clarence Glover illustrates our city’s connection to the NCAA Final-Four in 1971 and 45 years later in 2016.
Additionally, Western Kentucky University remains the FIRST and ONLY team in NCAA Division I Final-Four history to have the (1) president of the university – Dero Downing, (2) athletic director – Ted Hornback, (3) entire full-time coaching staff – John Oldham, Buck Sydnor, & Jim Richards, and (4) the entire starting line-up – Jim Rose, Rex Bailey, Jim McDaniels, Jerry Dunn, & Clarence Glover - all from the same state-KENTUCKY.
CITY DEDICATES NEW
On February 5, 2015 the Horse Cave Fire Dept presented it's new brush truck to the public at a ceremony held at their new Fire House at 1040 E. Main St.
With the help of a USDA/RD grant, the old army surplus converted brush truck was retired and the new truck put in commission.