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  • Fiscal Court hears rock quarry appeal

    Vulcan Materials Co. argued Tuesday a proposed expansion of its rock quarry is in line with Hardin County’s comprehensive plan and would not have a significant effect on property values nor a negative impact on the environment.

    Opponents of the quarry said the operation could endanger groundwater flow and karst topography and is not necessary to meet demand for crushed stone.

  • County pursuing work ready certification

    A state certification indicating the healthiness of a local workforce is now being pursued in Hardin County.

    A letter of intent has been issued by the Elizabethtown-Hardin County Industrial Foundation to obtain standing in the Kentucky Work Ready Communities Program. The program is administered by the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board and Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

  • Hall of Fame fundraising passes halfway point of phase one

    As an ambassador for the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame, professional fundraiser Mike Pollio says he sometimes is asked to defend the selection of Elizabethtown as the museum’s site.

    Describing Elizabethtown as the crossroads of Kentucky, he praised the support of local donors, city government and the tourism bureau as key factors. He said the community recognizes the hall of fame, which will be established across the street from the Historic State Theater, can be a vital part of downtown revitalization.

  • Radcliff officials gain insight on Fort Knox housing

    Officials from Radcliff city government and Fort Knox met Tuesday at Radcliff City Hall to begin a dialogue addressing concerns about Fort Knox’s housing market.

    Radcliff Mayor J.J. Duvall, Radcliff City Councilwoman Barbara Baker and Councilman Edward Palmer, Hardin County Property Valuation Administrator Danny Hutcherson met with Fort Knox Garrison Commander Col. T.J. Edwards, Fort Knox Housing Chief J.R. Cardin and Fort Knox Public Affairs Officer Ryan Brus.

    “I know there’s concern in the public’s eye,” Duvall said.

  • Swope brothers honored for service by Boy Scouts

    The Swope family name has become synonymous with success in the Elizabethtown and Louisville area through the exploits of brothers Bill and Sam Swope in the automobile industry.

    Bill’s sons, Bob and Carl, claimed the spotlight Monday night as they were named Distinguished Citizens of the Year during the Friends of Scouting Dinner at Grace Heartland Church in Elizabethtown. Bob said the best decision they have ever made in life was choosing Bill and Betty Swope as their parents, which drew laughter.

  • Escaped inmate found 90 minutes later

    Less than two hours of freedom could cost an Elizabethtown resident and Hardin County Detention Center inmate up to five more years in prison.

    Clifton Gerald Bristol, 31, escaped after climbing a 9-foot fence Sunday night at the Substance Abuse Program center on East Main Street.

    About 90 minutes later, he was found at a residence in the 100 block of East Airview Drive in Elizabethtown.

  • Vine Grove festival celebrates small-town living

    In its annual homage to small-town living, Vine Grove hosts the Mayberry Days festival Friday and Saturday.

    The event at Vine Grove Optimist Park begins at 5 p.m. Friday with carnival rides – which are new this year – an Across Kentucky Arts and Craft show and food booths, said Donna Broadway, event coordinator for Vine Grove.

    “Our people just love to get out and mingle together,” she said. “It’s an opportunity to get out, eat and chat with old friends.”

  • Class offers financial literacy

    In an effort to “live like no one else,” more than 90 students at Elizabethtown High School are taking control of their financial future through an elective course.

    The class, financial literacy, incorporates Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace into a semester. The curriculum teaches students how to avoid debt, budget, invest and build wealth.

  • West Point lands geocaching event

    An event tailored toward veterans and beginners of geocaching will use the historic sites of West Point in its approach Saturday.

    The northernmost Hardin County city will play host to a Cache In Trash Out gathering at 9 a.m. Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park to honor Earth Day.

    CITO events are worldwide initiatives taken by geocachers to spruce up and protect natural areas often enjoyed during their explorations. The cleanup can focus on litter removal, tree and vegetation plantings, invasive species removal and trail building.

  • PHOTOS: Striping the town