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  • E'town tweaks employee health plan

    Elizabethtown City Council has followed through on a recommendation to tweak its employee health care plan.

    The council approved a motion Monday to increase deductibles, co-payments and out-of-pocket health expenses for employees in an effort to offset the high cost of claims. The changes are effective Jan. 1.

    Finance Director Steve Park said the city paid out $2.3 million in claims last year and placed $1.5 million more than budgeted into the plan during a two-and-half-year period.

  • State: Look for ‘smurfing’ signs

    Gov. Steve Beshear announced the launch of a privately funded statewide campaign Monday aimed at educating the public about “smurfing,” the illegal process of purchasing pseudoephedrine for manufacturers of methamphetamine.

    According to a news release, the governor joined members of the General Assembly, representatives of the Kentucky Retail Association, Kentucky Pharmacists Association and Consumer Healthcare Products Association to launch the campaign in Lexington.

  • Photo: Painting the bricks in the wall
  • Library entering trial period to recoup materials, fines

    Hardin County Public Library is beginning a trial period using a service that would try to recoup some of the large fines and long-overdue books.

    Library board members voted this month to use a 90-day trial with Unique Management Services. That trial is set to begin in January.

    Director Rene Hutcheson said Unique is a material recovery service, not a collection agency, and the library mostly wants materials returned so others can use them, rather than having to buy new books or media.

  • The running dead

    A startled shriek ripped across the otherwise still confines of Saunders Springs Nature Preserve in Radcliff on Saturday evening, followed by a terrified scream.

    The rustle of leaves and snap of branches noted hurried footfalls as a yammering code of groans, roars, gurgles and growls immersed the woods.

    Along one of the walking trails inside the preserve, a stooped woman in a bathrobe shambled down the track. She carried a curling iron in one hand and a fleshy appendage in another — her hair a shabby mess and her intentions less than honorable.

  • North Hardin student completes Eagle Scout project

    North Hardin junior Matthew Leto of Rineyville reconstructed 150 meters of a hiking path that leads to Camp Piomingo’s cabins.

  • Toys for Tots Run regains footing

    Hardin County’s 16th Toys for Tots Run rebounded strongly Sunday after last year’s rain showers nearly washed out the annual rally.

    Motorcycles of every size, make and model crowded into the Staples parking lot in Elizabethtown, glistening in the sun as their owners hauled in boxes and bags of toys for needy children. The riders parked and mingled, swapping stories and gazing at the bikes and hot rods on display.

    Event coordinator Vickie Wheeler, dressed in red as Mrs. Claus, was ecstatic about the turnout.

  • Radcliff postpones council meeting

    Radcliff City Council has postponed its Tuesday voting meeting to late November because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

    Last week, a few council members indicated they would be traveling early for pre-arranged holiday plans and would be unavailable to attend Tuesday’s called meeting.

    To accommodate those members out of town, the city has tentatively re-scheduled the meeting for 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29.

  • Elizabethtown fire inspector reiterates leaf burning ban

    Elizabethtown Chief Fire Inspector Rusty Todd issued a reminder to residents Friday that leaf burning is prohibited within city limits.

    The city does allow for burning of natural materials, such as garden debris, trees, limbs and small branches associated with land clearing. But a permit must be obtained to ensure the material is acceptable and the responsible party will take necessary steps to prevent an uncontrolled fire, according to the statement released by Todd. No permits are issued by the Elizabethtown Fire Department for leaf burning.

  • E'town man sentenced for role in drug ring

    Zachary Charles Underwood, one of seven defendants charged in a methamphetamine drug ring operating in Hardin County, recently was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 15 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release, according to David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.