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  • E'town approves real estate option for Ring Road acreage

    Following a closed session Monday evening, Elizabethtown City Council approved a real estate option with Aulbach Pence LLC on nearly 6 acres of property on Ring Road.

    The purchase price for the land, which sits near Heartland Elementary School and First Federal Savings Bank, is $1,197,000.

  • Child abuse case postponed to October

    A pair of Elizabethtown residents who were indicted on criminal abuse charges against a juvenile will face a trial date that has been tentatively moved to Oct. 15.

    An attorney for Justin F. Badgett, 27, appeared on his behalf Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court to motion for the new date.

    Judge Ken Howard refrained from setting a permanent date until an attorney for Heather Shipley, 35, is notified of the date change.

  • Animal Control sees rise in dog adoptions

    With the opening of a new animal shelter on Peterson Drive in Elizabethtown, Hardin County Animal Control is seeing a rise in dog adoptions and a decrease in euthanizations.

    Director Gerald Foley told Hardin Fiscal Court Tuesday afternoon that the shelter adopted 120 dogs in March compared to 63 dogs in March 2013.

    Coupled with that, only 13 dogs were euthanized last month compared to 29 in March 2013, Foley said. The dogs that were euthanized either had some type of animal control behavior problem or were sick, he said.

  • Rineyville man accused of rape gets new trial date

    The trial date for Reiner Legaspi, a Rineyville man accused of first-degree rape, has been moved a week after his attorney requested a postponement.

    Hardin Circuit Court Judge Ken Howard granted the postponement and set a new trial date for Aug. 25 after Commonwealth Attorney Shane Young made no argument against the postponement.

    In an interview, Young said the defense missed some procedural deadlines, but he felt the postponement was in the best interest for all parties in order for all evidence to be presented.

  • Magistrate candidate lives outside of district

    The lone Democratic candidate in the race for the 4th District magisterial seat in Hardin County does not actually live in the district’s boundaries.

    Hardin County Clerk Kenny Tabb discovered the error after the filing deadline in January. Tabb said Jimmy Jenkins’ residence on Hutcherson Lane falls within the boundaries of District 8 in the Rineyville North precinct. Jenkins’ home is near the line separating District 4 and District 8, according to county election maps.

  • E'town names new parks and rec director

    Elizabethtown has promoted from within in naming a new parks and recreation director.

    City Council verbally supported Mayor Edna Berger’s recommended appointment of Sports Park Director Seth Breitner to replace longtime Parks and Recreation Director Ron Sidebottom during its Monday meeting. The promotion takes effect Aug. 1, Berger said.

    Sidebottom, who was absent from the meeting and unavailable for comment Monday, is retiring after being a city mainstay for several decades. Executive Assistant Charlie Bryant said

  • Voter registration deadline approaching

    The final day to register to vote in the May 20 primary election is April 21.

    Eligible Kentucky voters must be at least 18 years of age, be a U.S. citizen and live within the state for a minimum of 28 days before the election, according to the Secretary of State's Office.

  • Bucks for Bright Ideas looking for inventive minds

    Budding inventors and creative thinkers alike may find the tools they need to turn concepts into workable businesses or sellable products through a contest open to local residents.

    The annual Bucks for Bright Ideas, a public and private funded venture, is taking applications for ideas and inventions. Roughly $30,000 worth of professional services is up for grabs for the chosen winners.

    The contest is open to applicants within the 28-county Central Region Innovation and Commercialization Center, which includes the Lincoln Trail Innovation Center in Elizabethtown.

  • A port to prosperity?

    An economic development tool in Meade County should be open this fall, providing millions of dollars in revenue through the agriculture industry by offering a regional grain market for local farmers.

    The Meade County Riverport is being developed in the Brandenburg area on the Ohio River and will be used by area producers to market, process and store grains, such as corn and wheat, said Joe Wright, chairman of the Meade County Riverport Authority.

  • Crews begin work on Vine Grove water system overhaul

    A massive overhaul of Vine Grove’s water infrastructure has begun.

    Crews with Horsley Construction Inc. began work in late March and are installing more than 150 valves, 50 fire hydrants and 33,000 feet of 6-inch pipe throughout the city. More than 350 households will benefit from the improvements with increased water flow and pressure, Mayor Blake Proffitt said.

    “This should put the water system in the best place it’s been in decades,” Proffitt said.