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  • Council hears first reading setting property tax rates

    RADCLIFF — Radcliff City Council heard the first reading Tuesday night of an ordinance to hold property taxes below the compensating rate.

    City officials rejected the compensating rate of 16 cents per $100 of assessed value to hold the rate at 15.9 cents per $100 of assessed value for real property. The compensating rate is the rate needed to produce the same amount of revenue as the previous year.

  • Taxes increase for EIS

    The  Elizabethtown Independent Schools board voted  Monday night to raise its annual tax rate at its monthly meeting.

    The board voted unanimously to raise the rate on real and personal property to 67 cents per $100. Last year’s tax rate was 65 cents per $100 of property.

    The new rate gives the district a 4 percent increase in revenue from the previous year, and was the maximum rate the board could set for the year. The rate will give the district about $5.6 million in revenue, an increase of almost $167,500 from last year.

  • HMH posts year-ending surplus

    Hardin Memorial Hospital’s budget finished ahead of projections for the 2011-12 fiscal year thanks to an infusion of money generated by the acquisitions of private practices and an increase in outpatient volumes across the board, according to hospital officials.

    “The outpatient side is the profitable side of our business,” said HMH President and CEO Dennis Johnson on Tuesday morning in the midst of a year-end financial review during the hospital’s monthly board meeting.

  • Addison Jo Blair’s legacy lives on through Kosair’s pediatric cancer wing

    The support an Elizabethtown girl drew during her young life has changed the lives of other cancer patients for the better after her death.

    Tears ran down the nose of Wes Blair, who teaches history at Central Hardin High School, as a crowd at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville bowed their heads to pray before the grand opening of a renovated cancer center that now bears his daughter’s name.

    Addison Jo Blair lost her fight with cancer in May 2011 at age 3.

  • Heartland Golf Club’s anti-goose lights working

    Lights placed at Heartland Golf Club designed to scare away its geese population have proven effective, according to the club’s owners.

    Neal Brashear, a co-owner and club spokesman, said the number of geese at the club thinned considerably during the past month, and the resident geese that nested on the course at night have vanished.

    As soon as lights were installed in July, geese started breaking up into subgroups, which indicated to club owners the lights were making a difference, Brashear said.

    “It’s working,” he said.

  • Radcliff woman arraigned in husband's stabbing

    LaTonya R. Morris, 35, is charged with second-degree assault-domestic violence for allegedly stabbing her husband twice Saturday evening with a butcher knife. She is scheduled to appear next Monday for a preliminary hearing.

  • Ohio woman faces charges in Vine Grove robbery

    An Ohio woman wanted in connection to a Vine Grove robbery was arraigned via video feed Monday in Hardin District Court.

    A Hardin County Sheriff’s Office deputy picked up Zgermel T. Tuemler, 23, last week at Hamilton County Detention Center in Cincinnati where she was being held on fugitive charges out of Kentucky.

    Tuemler was booked Friday afternoon in Hardin County Detention Center.

  • E'town adopts rental tax exemption

    Elizabethtown City Council on Monday authorized a rental income tax exemption and set the pace for the approval of property tax rates.

    Following last week’s recommendation, the council approved an ordinance exempting individuals or single-member limited liability corporations that own four or fewer residential housing units from paying occupational taxes on income from their properties. A housing unit as defined by the ordinance is a single living quarters.

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  • Couple plead guilty in dog abuse case

    A Vine Grove couple accused of mistreating more than 100 dogs in their care pleaded guilty Monday to 75 counts of second-degree animal cruelty in Hardin District Court.

    Brian and Joyce McCarthy were arrested in March and charged with more than 100 counts of animal cruelty after officials removed 103 dogs from their Gaylene Drive residence.

    According to law enforcement, the animals were living in dirty cages in 80-degree heat without water. Police said one dead dog was found inside a cage with a nursing mother.