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  • Bomb threat forces evacuation of Meade school

    A bomb threat forced an evacuation Tuesday of Meade County High School.

    Officials from the Meade County Sheriff’s Office responded to search the building while students were taken to the football field, according to WAVE-TV in Louisville. Phone calls to the Meade County Sheriff’s office were not returned Tuesday afternoon seeking additional comment.

    Kentucky State Police Post 4 troopers and officers from Louisville Metro Police Department also responded with dogs, said Norman Chaffins, spokesman for the Elizabethtown state police post.

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  • Police offer tips to prevent burglaries during holidays

    The holiday season is a peak time of year for theft, and police warn area residents to take precautions to reduce the likelihood of burglaries in their homes.

    Virgil Willoughby, spokesman for Elizabethtown Police Department, said social media users should minimize what they are posting on the Internet, especially any photos or information that indicates they are away from home.

    “Nothing’s a secret these days,” Willoughby said.

  • Central Hardin students cited for bomb threats

    Two Central Hardin High School students have been identified as suspects who allegedly made multiple bomb threats to the school this year.

    The juveniles, one male and one female, are charged with first-degree terroristic threatening, said Virgil Willoughby, spokesman for Elizabethtown Police Department. The students were identified through a witness, police said.

    Four threats were made on the school building this year, causing multiple building evacuations. No threat to student and staff safety was found, police said.

  • New traffic signal on Ring Road going active today

    The state plans to activate a new traffic signal at the intersection of Ring Road and West Park Road today.

    Chris Jessie, public information officer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 4 office in Elizabethtown, said the signal has been flashing at caution but will be fully functional as of today. Jessie said the state has had message boards up for the past two weeks alerting motorists to the start date.

    The cabinet will keep the message boards up for a few more weeks as a safety precaution, Jessie said.

  • Independent audit checks out clean

    Elizabethtown’s independent financial audit came back clean for another year.

    Brian Woosley, a certified public accountant with Stiles, Carter & Associates, told Elizabethtown City Council the city is on solid financial footing and all financial statements the firm reviewed represent a fair assessment of the city’s finances during the council’s voting meeting Monday.

    Financial highlights of the audit showed an ending cash and investment balance of $37.5 million for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012, an increase of $5.4 million.

  • New Year's fireworks show moves venues

    Elizabethtown has moved its New Year’s fireworks celebration from the Elizabethtown Police Department to the Hardin County Justice Center.

    Events Coordinator Sarah Vaughn said the move was made as a safety precaution for the fireworks company because it requested more space. Vaughn said the new venue also will provide a better vantage point to see the show in downtown.

  • Arrests made after blaze

    Two Elizabethtown residents face felony drug charges after a mobile home fire Monday morning investigators said could be linked to manufacturing methamphetamine.

    Christopher L. Humphrey, 30, and Jennifer Hazelwood, 24, were arrested Monday following interviews with investigators. They each face a charge of manufacturing methamphetamine.

    Elizabethtown Fire Department responded at 10:20 a.m. to a structure fire at 1242 Woodland Drive, Lot 8. Upon firefighters’ arrival, flames were showing, fire investigator Rusty Todd said.

  • Forum addresses public transportation

    A Louisville firm indicated a fixed-route transit system down the “spine” of U.S. 31W from Elizabethtown to Fort Knox best would be paired with separate circular shuttles in Elizabethtown and Radcliff.

  • More numbers to dial starting in 2014

    Area residents will have to dial the area code for local calls beginning in 2014.

    A new area code of 364 will be introduced in western Kentucky in the same area the 270 area code is being used. The change was announced Monday by the state’s Public Service Commission.

    Commission representatives said adding a new area code means everyone with the 270 code can keep their phone numbers, rather than dividing the area and requiring residents with landlines and cellphones in part of that area to get new phone numbers.