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  • County keeps property taxes stable

    Hardin Fiscal Court voted Friday to set real property taxes at the same rate for the fifth straight year and saw a reduction in the rate for tangible personal property because of an increase in property valuation.

    The real property tax rate was set at 10.9 cents per $100 of assessed value for general and road funds, 2.2 cents per $100 of assessed value for the health department fund, 0.15 cents per $100 of assessed value for the soil conservation district and 1.03 cents per $100 of assessed value for the Cooperative Extension Service.

  • 2012 Heartland Festival splashes county with color

    Elizabethtown’s first year managing the Heartland Festival in the Park attracted a colorful caravan of characters.

    Tanned and bearded kayakers stabbed at the waters of Freeman Lake while ruffled mud ballers dived headfirst to make saves. Others came to capture the joyful look on their children’s faces as they frolicked playfully through a maze of games and adventures.

  • Airport rakes out $400,000 for Schmidt's services since 2007

    In addition to his work on the Hardin County Vision Project and with Hardin County United, Louisville-based consultant Luke Schmidt has been paid $400,000 for services he provided Addington Field Elizabethtown Regional Airport dating back to 2007, according to documents obtained from the Elizabethtown Airport Board through an open records request.

    Board Chairman Joe Yates said the money has been well spent and the product desirable because the board would be nowhere near obtaining passenger airline service without Schmidt’s help.

  • Faces and Places: Ode to the windmill, wheels of our past

    The windmill once stood tall over every farm, pumping water for humans and animals.

    As rural electrification took place, electric pumps took over.

    The towers still stood, many becoming the favorite target for a country boy’s rifle or shotgun. Over the years, most of the structures have disappeared, the metal scrapped or used for other purposes.

    Some still are used and new ones have been put into use by some, including Amish farmers. Here is a sample of some of the few still surviving in the area.

  • Local girl in finals of singing competition

    Alyssa Belle Gent of Elizabethtown has reached the final round of the Mike Linnigs singing competition at the Kentucky State Fair.

    Gent is a 7-year-old from Elizabethtown who is a second-grade student at Lincoln Trail Elementary. The finals are today.

    Gent sang “Mean” by Taylor Swift last Sunday to make it to the semifinal round. On Tuesday, she sang “You Belong With Me” by Swift, making it to the finals.

    She began singing in the competition at age 5. She is competing in the 12-and-under age category.

  • New-look licenses set to debut Friday

    New state driver’s licenses will be available starting Friday in the Hardin County Circuit Court Clerk’s office in Elizabethtown.

    New software and cameras for the licenses will be installed Thursday, which will prevent the clerk’s office from issuing licenses that day, according to a news release from Kentucky Transportation Department District 4 in Elizabethtown.

    The clerk’s office will remain open Thursday and its other operations will not be affected, according to transportation officials.

  • Enrollment up at EIS

    Enrollment at Elizabethtown Independent Schools is up this year, and is sitting at one of the largest totals the district has seen recently, said Nate Huggins, assistant superintendent for student and district support services.

    The mid-week total for the district, not including preschool students, is 2,413, which is the largest the district has seen in recent years, Huggins said.

    The increased numbers are at both ends of the age spectrum in the district. Elizabethtown High School saw an enrollment of 788 students in the middle of the week, he said.

  • Northbound Interstate 65 closed

    A vehicle collision caused the northbound lanes of Interstate 65 to be completely blocked Saturday afternoon, backing up traffic.

    A horse trailer overturned near the 88 mile marker, said Master Trooper Norman Chaffins, Kentucky State Police Post 4 spokesman. At least one person was airlifted from the scene and Chaffins was unsure if any horses were involved. As of Saturday afternoon, the extent and number of injuries and the identities of individuals involved was unknown. It also was unknown how long the northbound lanes would be closed.

  • Former John Hardin wrestler killed on I-65

    A University of Louisville student and former standout wrestler for John Hardin High School was struck and killed by a vehicle Saturday morning in Louisville.

    Jordan Murphy, 20, a 2010 John Hardin High School graduate, died from multiple blunt-force injuries, according to Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Cindy Theone.

  • Schmidt's firm paid nearly $150,000 for HCU, Vision Project consultations

    Luke Schmidt and his Louisville-based firm, L.B. Schmidt & Associates LLC, received nearly $150,000 in consultation fees for work on the Hardin County Vision Project and his role as a consultant for Hardin County United, according to documents retrieved from the Lincoln Trail Area Development District through a News-Enterprise investigation.

    Residents who spoke out against unification openly asked Hardin County Judge-Executive Harry Berry how much Schmidt and HCU were being paid to “push their agenda.”