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  • 2013 Year in review: Mayor Walker's death named Story of the Year

    When it came time to pinpoint the biggest story of the year in Hardin County for 2013, the stunning death in June of Elizabethtown Mayor Tim Walker topped them all.

    In voting by members of The News-Enterprise newsroom staff, Walker’s death was the clear selection on a list of 41 nominations. His death garnered 12 of the 16 first-place votes cast. No other story received more than one top vote.

  • Gas tax dips 1.5 cents per gallon

    Kentucky motorists eventually may see a little relief at gas pumps.

    Starting today, the state’s gas tax declines from 25.9 cents to 24.4 cents per gallon — a move that reflects a drop in a calculated average of wholesale fuel costs.

    Although the decrease starts today, the drop may not immediately be evident, said Theresa Podguski, director of legislative affairs for AAA.

  • That's a wrap
  • Showcase 2013: A year in photos by Jill Pickett
  • Annual Elizabethtown bike ride returns

    Seasoned cyclists and amateurs alike can start 2014 on the “right pedal stroke” New Year’s Day, said Adam Lobert, owner of Bullmoose Brothers Bicycles in Elizabethtown.

    The Central Kentucky Wheelmen is hosting its annual New Year’s Day ride at 2 p.m. Wednesday, which will embark from Bullmoose Brothers and head toward Pennsylvania Avenue.

    Lobert, an organizer for the ride, said the route then will travel around Freeman Lake Park and come out on Pear Orchard Road and Main Street before circling back to the bicycle shop on Helm Street.

  • KSP: Traffic fatalities lowest since 1947

    With just hours left in 2013, law enforcement officials are looking at the fewest state traffic fatalities since 1947.

    As of Monday afternoon, 632 traffic fatalities were reported in 2013, said Trooper Jeff Gregory, spokesman for KSP Post 4. In 2012, 744 fatalities were recorded – 112 more than this year.

    “We’re proud of that,” Gregory said about the reduction. “Part of that number is credited to enforcement and education efforts.”

  • Traveling exhibit offers window into Civil War

    An expansive photography exhibit detailing Kentucky veterans who served the Confederacy during the U.S. Civil War has traveled to Hardin County and will be available for public view through January.

    The Hardin County History Museum has secured the temporary exhibit, Kentucky Faces of the Confederacy, through Jan. 31 in its upper gallery in hopes of triggering donations of old photographs depicting confederate soldiers with Hardin County roots, said Susan McCrobie, president of the museum’s board of directors.

  • Nonprofits see surge in year-end giving

    As the clock ticks off the final hours of 2013, residents who want to claim charitable donations on their 2013 tax returns have little time to spare and charities are benefiting from the last-minute surge.

    Those hoping to get that tax break must do so today to be eligible for their 2013 tax returns, said Thomas Lirot, a certified public accountant in Radcliff. Donations must be made to a qualifying nonprofit agency.

    “An organization that has a tax-exempt status qualifies,” Lirot said, “basically, those organizations out to help people.”

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  • Today is last day to change party affiliation for primary

    Today is the last day for Hardin County voters to change their party affiliation in order to vote in the May primaries.

    The office of the Hardin County Clerk is closed today for the New Year’s Eve holiday, but changes can be mailed and accepted if postmarked by Dec. 31, Hardin County Clerk Kenny Tabb said.  A voter registration card can be downloaded at www.hccoky.org.

    Changes made after the new year will bar voters from voting in primary elections.