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  • The year in beer (and liquor)

    The first year of expanded alcohol sales proved fruitful for Elizabethtown.

    The city recorded $822,897.26 in regulatory fees, license fees and fines, which greatly surpassed the city’s projection of $596,000 for the first year of malt beverage and package liquor sales.

    “We missed it big time,” said Finance Director Steve Park, of the city’s conservative estimate. “But we didn’t know what to expect in the first year.”

  • College Heights to offer 'Night to Shine' prom event

    A local church is giving a prom experience to those who might have missed out the first time around.

    College Heights United Methodist Church is hosting “A Night to Shine,” a prom for individuals with special needs ages 15 and older, from 5 to 10 p.m. April 20 at Central Hardin High School.

    Attendees can receive formal wear for the event, have their hair and makeup done, have photos taken, eat a meal, dance and end the evening with a devotion.

  • E'town budget holds steady

    Finance Director Steve Park on Monday said Elizabethtown is experiencing growth and benefiting as the economy recovers, retail surges and more companies expand their facilities.

    “Growth was a little more than we hoped for, but that’s a good thing,” he said.

    Park provided city officials with a department breakdown of the city’s finances from July through January, which indicated most are on track in revenues and expenditures.

  • Man gets 5 years for leaving jail site

    An Elizabethtown man who walked away from a jail facility in October was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison.

    Robert W. Wilson, 23, originally was indicted on charges of second-degree rape and second-degree escape.

    Wilson pleaded guilty to escape and an amended charge of sexual misconduct, a misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months in jail.

  • 3rd ESC holds uncasing event

    The 3rd Sustainment Command Expeditionary held an uncasing ceremony last week at Natcher Physical Fitness Center at Fort Knox.

    The ceremony symbolized the start of operations for the 3rd ESC since their return from Afghanistan. The 3rd ESC deployed to Afghanistan in April 2012 to provide logistical support across the country in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

  • Infant released from hospital, placed in foster care

    A 3-month-old baby who was being treated at a Louisville hospital for malnutrition and injuries related to abuse has been released, police said.

    The Elizabethtown infant was transported Feb. 25 to Kosair Children’s Hospital with injuries police said were consistent with abuse. He also weighed less than recorded at birth, according to police.

    On Tuesday, Elizabethtown Police spokesman Virgil Willoughby said the boy was released from Kosair last week and is in foster care, where he is doing well.

  • Tarafa hearing continued to April

    An Elizabethtown man accused in the shooting death of Frank Knapp was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday, but the hearing has been continued for three weeks.

    Robert Tarafa, 26, faces charges of murder, tampering with physical evidence, receiving a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

    Tarafa, who is being represented by the Department of Public Advocacy, was scheduled to appear Tuesday for a competency hearing.

  • Money collected for good causes

    A campaign to fund Boy Scouts’ activities in the Lincoln Trail District reached its $55,000 goal.

    The bulk of the money was collected as part of the Distinguished Citizen award dinner March 4, according to organizer Bill Barron.

    The committee raised roughly $32,000 in advance of the dinner and collected contributions and commitments for another $20,000 from attendees on hand at Grace Heartland Church for the program honoring Larry Mengel, former director of Hardin County’s Habitat for Humanity chapter.

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  • Patton reborn: Museum welcomes modern changes

    A claustrophobic jungle patterned to mimic the habitat of Vietnam. A World War II trench so narrow and foreboding one false move could place you between the crosshairs of an angry German soldier’s rifle.

    A battered fire truck carrying the damage laid waste to a country more than a decade ago after the Pentagon was targeted by terrorists.