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Today's News

  • Nationwide Emergency Alert System test scheduled for today

    The first national test of the Nationwide Emergency Alert System will be conducted at 2 p.m. today across all time zones.

    The system is designed to broadcast a nationwide message to the public. The three-minute test runs concurrently on all radio and TV band stations, according a FEMA news release.

  • E'town man accused of abuse arraigned in circuit court

    An Elizabethtown man accused of abuse and financial exploitation of a parental figure pleaded not guilty at a Tuesday arraignment in Hardin Circuit Court.

    Joseph A. Starks, 37, was arrested in May after Elizabethtown police officers found the Adams Road home in “extremely poor condition,” according to the citation. The grand jury returned an indictment against him in September.

  • High school seniors benefit from Homemakers bazaar

    In about a five-hour stretch Saturday, a handful of Hardin County high school seniors will benefit from efforts of the Hardin County Extension Homemakers.

    The seventh annual holiday bazaar and bake sale at the Extension Service office on Peterson Drive in Elizabethtown will generate funds to provide scholarships for seniors. Chairwoman of the organization, Ginnie Kean, said last year the event was so successful that five $500 scholarships were awarded.

  • Another traffic signal to be activated on Ring Road

    A new traffic signal that was expected not to be operational for several weeks is planned to be online Monday.

    The signal has been placed at the intersection of Ring Road and Peterson Drive that will be used in conjunction with a new entrance being added at Akebono.

    The signal is planned to be set today to flash yellow, and signs are planned to be set out on both sides of Ring Road letting people know that the signal will be fully activated Monday, said Chris Jessie, public information officer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 4.

  • Knox-Box ordinance narrowly passes in Vine Grove

    An ordinance that requires commercial buildings constructed  and renovated at least 50 percent to install a Knox-Box rapid entry device narrowly passed the Vine Grove City Council on Monday night.

    The boxes, which cost an estimated $250, allow emergency workers to enter without busting a door down. It is a locked device of thick metal that are bolted to the inner wall of a structure. Someone with a key like a firefighter or police officer could unlock the box and find a key to an adjacent door.

  • College conference shuffle is a dash for cash

    ISSUE: Conference realignments
    OUR VIEW: At what price?

    The only thing not confusing in all of the shuffling and possible shuffling of NCAA schools into different conferences is that the University of Hawaii has no interest in joining the depleted Big East Conference. The captivating soap opera “As the Schools Turn” has seen some interesting changes in just the last few weeks.

  • Countryman's political fires stoked at early age

    Pete Countryman believes in comebacks.

    He’s banking on one as he rallies a final push for the state Republican ticket before today’s election.

    The GOP’s gubernatorial candidate, David Williams, has been as much as 30 points behind Gov. Steve Beshear in advance polling, but Countryman said he believes Williams and his running mate, Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer, have the potential to pull off a stunning upset.

  • New signal aimed at reducing collisions

    A new signal pattern on U.S. 31W is aimed at reducing collisions.

    New signal heads were placed and programmed Monday at the intersection of U.S. 31W and South Wilson Road at the Kohl’s entrance in Elizabethtown.

    The signal pattern change follows a study of the number of vehicle collisions at the intersection since 2008.

  • E'town hears first reading on new alcohol regulations

    Elizabethtown City Council on Monday heard the first reading of an ordinance that would place new regulations on package liquor stores and retail beer licenses and another that bans the sale of alcohol in sexually oriented businesses.

    The changes come as the city works to have new regulations in place by Dec. 3, said City Attorney D. Dee Shaw.

  • The Best: Share the love with Amish Friendship Bread

    One of the most popular recipes I’ve ever run is for Amish Friendship Bread, which was first published in my column almost 20 years ago. The reason it’s called “Friendship” bread is because you share the starter. Once your starter has been fed and has completed a 10-day cycle, you use some, save some and share the rest with friends. Folks have told me that they have run into friends who gave them their starter years before, and they are both still making the bread. I love that.