Local News

  • Lane closures set for U.S. 31W near Muldraugh

     Inside lane closures in both directions will face motorists beginning Monday along U.S. 31W north of Fort Knox.

    Kentucky Transportation Cabinet contract crews will begin removal and replacement of the barrier wall along Muldraugh Hill in Meade and Hardin counties. Closures will be in place Monday through Friday of each week through September. Minor delays are possible during peak travel hours, the advisory said.

  • Fifty jobs headed to E'town

    A new manufacturing operation will open soon in Elizabethtown, creating about 50 jobs over the next few years.

    Structures USA LLC, a newly formed manufacturing arm for VSI Sales LLC, will manufacture steel and aluminum tubular products for use in the transportation, light rail and utility transmission industries.

    The facility will be located on Peterson Drive where Associated Tubing was once in operation. City officials say work is expected to begin soon.

  • Community alert: False solicitation offer reported

    A heavy-set man misrepresenting himself as an agent of The News-Enterprise reportedly has been going house to house in the Governor’s Manor area of Elizabethtown offering a subscription offer.

    This individual, who is not associated with the company, was carrying two-week-old copies of the newspaper and a flyer. He also failed to provide any form of identification when asked by the resident who reported the false solicitation to the newspaper office.

  • LaRue County remembers band founder with show

    This year’s show for the Band of Hawks is centered around a promise of the future, but remembers the past.

    “Beyond the Sunset,” the name of the show for the marching band at LaRue County High School, portrays the idea that “with each sunset comes the promise of a new day,” Assistant Director Michael Collins said.

    But the show also serves as a memorial to Gene Hoggard, founder of the high school’s band who died last year, Collins said.

  • Ring Road extension dedicated

    Standing on the newly finished Ring Road-Western Kentucky Parkway interchange, state Rep. Jimmie Lee likened the labored saga of Ring Road’s construction to a football game.

    The state may only have moved the chains by inches at a time, but the goal line is now in sight, he said. Lee intends to capture money next year to take the road to Interstate 65 and fashion a third usable interstate exit in Elizabethtown.

    “As of today, we’re in the red zone,” he said.

  • Judge-executive plans to hold tax rate steady

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    Hardin County Judge-Executive Harry Berry will recommend county government’s property tax rate remain at 10.9 cents per $100 of valuation. It’s been unchanged since 2009, when the rate was reduced from 11 cents per $100.

    Berrymade the announcement Thursday and will take his recommendation to Hardin Fiscal Court at Tuesday afternoon’s meeting. If approved, the county tax rate will be equal to or below the state’s defined compensating rate for the fourth time.

  • Texas Outlaw takes second in national barbecue event

    When it comes barbecue sauce, not many people can do it better than Jim Clayton of Elizabethtown, owner of Texas Outlaw BBQ.

    Clayton finished second to Famous Dave’s BBQ of Plymouth, Minn., in last weekend’s 2013 Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off in Sparks, Nev. In all, 24 barbecue teams competed.

    Clayton said his goal when competing is to “have all the flavors complement one another.”

    “That is what you cook for,” he said.

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  • Bataan Death March survivor to be laid to rest

    Jacky Aikin said the outpouring of condolences in the death of his father has been “remarkable.’’

    “With all the calls asking what people can do and the flags up at half mast and posts on the Internet, it has been remarkable,’’ he said.

    Ted Aikin, 87, a survivor of the Bataan Death March of 1942, a forced march across the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines where thousands perished, died Aug. 30 at North Hardin Health and Rehabilitation Center in Radcliff.

    His funeral is Saturday, his 67th wedding anniversary.

  • New parkway exit at Ring Road opens

    Nine years after rights of way were completed, the extension of Ring Road to the Western Kentucky Parkway has been completed. The parkway exit opened today following a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

    The $13.5 million extension now is less than a mile from Interstate 65. Using football terminology, state Rep. Jimmie Lee defined a new southern exit for Elizabethtown off I-65 as the goal line.

    “As of today, we’re in the red zone,” he said.

    Elizabethtown Mayor Edna Berger offered a similar sentiment in an interview.