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  • Homeowner launches petition against Flex Films

    Joseph Cecil said he is thankful for the jobs Indian packaging manufacturer Flex Films has brought to Elizabethtown, but he could do without the noise.

    By all accounts, several homeowners who live near the plant on North Black Branch Road agree with Cecil’s assessment.

    Cecil, a Cecilia area resident, collected about 107 signatures protesting the noise emanating from the facility as of Monday evening, which he presented to Elizabethtown City Council during its work session.

  • County approves construction manager for government complex

    Hardin County Government now has a partner in developing its new county government complex off Ring Road near Emergency Management.

    Hardin Fiscal Court approved a low bid from Alliance Corp. to assume the role of construction manager at risk, in which it will oversee design, bidding and construction phases of the project.

  • Attorney General finds jail violated open records law

    The Office of the Attorney General released a decision this month finding the Hardin County Detention Center violated open records law by denying a non-resident’s request for information because of his inability to appear and present identification.

    According to the decision, Tommy Southard, an inmate at Kentucky State Reformatory, requested June 20 for information reflecting booking and release dates for a woman formerly lodged at the jail.

  • A sinking feeling: E'town woman's future vacation spot affected by sinkhole

    As Elizabethtown resident Karen Day prepared for work Monday, she thought she heard a news show discussing a Florida resort her family booked for fall break.

    Day just looked at photos of the property the night before, and now she watched as Summer Bay Resort in Clermont, Fla., was shown sinking into the ground. Day didn’t realize Florida is known for sinkholes, and now one swallowed her vacation destination.

    “I just thought about how scary that would be to be in one of those buildings,” she said.

  • Fire forces E'town barbecue restaurant to close

    An Elizabethtown barbecue restaurant could be closed for up to two months after a Tuesday morning fire originating on its back porch destroyed the building’s electrical panel.

    Texas Outlaw Barbecue at 220 Commerce Drive was closed when firefighters responded at 12:07 a.m. Tuesday and found flames in the porch area where the restaurant’s barbecue smokers are located, Elizabethtown Fire Chief Mike Hulsey said.

    Though the fire largely was contained to the porch area, Hulsey said the flames spread to the attic of the building.

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  • Glen Dale land remains for sale

    Amid the grass, weeds and broken windows, there still are signs life once existed on the sprawling land with vacant buildings along Gilead Church Road in Glendale.

    A piano sits in one of the 13 structures of the former Glen Dale Children’s Home, a Bible in one of the floor’s hallways and a basketball goal are signs of better days for the this once robust center that served as a life-changing location for hundreds of children over dozens of years.

  • Foster parents needed

    Foster care officials are looking for new individuals and families to make a difference in children’s lives.

    Laura Elmore, director of Benchmark Family Services in Elizabethtown, said the nonprofit and similar agencies are having trouble meeting demand for good homes for children in foster care.

    Officials are seeking caregivers who can take large groups of siblings and hard-to-place children, such as those with special needs and older kids.

  • Former pet store owner indicted for theft

    The former owner of an Elizabethtown pet store is accused of collecting more than $19,000 in sales taxes and failing to pay that money to the state.

    Caterina C. Finley, 38, former owner of E’town Pet Center in Houchens Plaza, was indicted Thursday on a charge of theft by failure to make required disposition of property more than $10,000.

    E’town Pet Center closed July 2, 2012, but it since has changed ownership and reopened as E’town Pets and More.

  • Schedule set for Heartland Festival

    The schedule for this year’s Heartland Festival had an official unveiling Monday in an attempt to boost attention for the annual event.

    Organizers and sponsors gathered at Freeman Lake Park, where most activities are scheduled to take place, to talk about plans for the festival Aug. 23 and 24.

    Aug. 23 is sponsored by KMO Country 99.3, Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities, so the cost to enter the park is $1.