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  • 'Bogie' receives spot in the hall

    Rick Games was overjoyed when he heard the list of names being inducted this week into the Kentucky Firefighter’s Association Hall of Fame. He shares a relationship with all three men.

    A past president of the association and former Elizabethtown fire chief, Games reflected on his friend “Bogie” and said he is a highly deserving candidate to enter the hall who was dedicated to the fire service.

  • Weekend events fill local hotels

    With athletes, parents, coaches and fans in town for Cal Ripken regional baseball and a state swim meet, Elizabethtown hotels near Exit 94 are reaping the benefits.

    Vacant rooms are scarce this weekend, said Sue Cundiff, marketing director of four national franchise hotels on Commerce Drive near the Interstate 65 interchange. She said all four are filled for the weekend.

    “We’re sold out until Sunday,” Cundiff said of Comfort Suites, LaQuinta, Baymont Inn and Suites and Ramada Inn.

  • Basketmaker receives Folk Heritage Award

    Cecilia basketmaker Leona Waddell has another recognition to add to her long list of accomplishments.

    Earlier this year, one of her split white oak baskets was placed in the Renwick Gallery Smithsonian American Art Museum’s basket collection in Washington, D.C. Another basket toured with the Southern Arts Federation.

    She received a letter Wednesday from Gov. Steve Beshear informing her she was recognized as recipient of the Folk Heritage Award from the Kentucky Arts Council, which is part of the Governor’s Awards in the Arts.

  • Radcliff transfers $400,000 surplus into reserves

    Radcliff city officials have a reason to smile when reviewing the 2011-12 budget cycle.

    Chief Financial Officer Chance Fox said the city was able to roll over a $400,000 surplus into reserves from a roughly $12 million budget.

    Fox said Thursday the city has transferred about $1.2 million into the reserve account during the past two budget cycles. That was possible, he said, because some accounts brought in more money than expected and departments spent less than expected.

  • E’town residents talk about downtown wishlist

    A flood of requests and ideas poured out from business owners, residents and city officials Thursday night during a brainstorming session in the First Federal Gallery of the Historic State Theater.

    Entertainment options and a neighborhood bar led the field once downtown organizers gave guests stickers to denote their favorite suggestions. The session was part of a quarterly downtown development meeting to brief locals on progress and seek community insight.

  • Picnic lunch scheduled before Cruisin'

    Although its not part of the Crusin’ the Heartland schedule, PNC Bank’s location in downtown Elizabethtown is planning a picnic event today called Cruisin Kickoff.

    From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, the bank will off free hot dogs, chips and drinks at its facility at 227 W. Dixie Ave.

    A taste of Elizabethtown event featuring menu samples from Sugar Berries, Cobbler’s Cafe, Texas Roadhouse, 2 B Thai and Heavenly Ham also will be available.

  • Health department scales back family planning services

    When seeking health care, insurance coverage typically opens doors. But the local health department is renewing its focus on the uninsured because of its own lack of funding.

    As a result of a continued series of state budget cuts, Lincoln Trail District Health Department now reserves certain services for patients without health insurance.

  • Deadline arrives for leadership program

    The deadline to apply for the 2012-13 Leadership Hardin County class is today.

    A series of monthly day-long sessions are conducted to familiarize participants with various attributes and issues involving Hardin County. It begins with a mandatory orientation retreat Sept. 7-8.

    Tuition cost is $800.

    Application forms may be submitted to the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce offices in Radcliff or Elizabethtown. If you have questions, call the chamber at 765-4334.

  • Dozen VISTA participants recognized

    United Way of Central Kentucky honored a dozen AmeriCorps volunteers earlier this week for their work with local non-profit groups to fight poverty.

    United Way administers a federal grant that has brought dozens of AmeriCorps VISTAs — Volunteers in Service to America — to work in the area. The most recent 12, who have worked in the area since 2011, were recognized Tuesday.

    The honorees and their assigned agencies are:

  • Farmers make up for loss

    For most area farmers, the idea of coming out ahead on corn they planted this past spring was abandoned several weeks ago.

    Record heat and drought conditions mean pollen died that usually would allow corn to reproduce. Plants had to use so much energy protecting themselves from the heat, they could not fill their ears to satisfaction.

    Cooler temperatures and rain now are too late to salvage the crop, which has been affected throughout most of the nation.