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  • County pursuing work ready certification

    A state certification indicating the healthiness of a local workforce is now being pursued in Hardin County.

    A letter of intent has been issued by the Elizabethtown-Hardin County Industrial Foundation to obtain standing in the Kentucky Work Ready Communities Program. The program is administered by the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board and Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

  • Judge refuses request to recant guilty plea

    A convicted sex offender scheduled for sentencing in two other sex cases — one involving a minor — attempted to withdraw his guilty plea Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

    Eric Bates, attorney for Jimmie Sturgill, 66, began the sentencing hearing with a motion to withdraw the former West Point man’s guilty plea from Feb. 26. Bates said the motion is being made against his advice.

  • Fiscal Court hears rock quarry appeal

    Vulcan Materials Co. argued Tuesday a proposed expansion of its rock quarry is in line with Hardin County’s comprehensive plan and would not have a significant effect on property values nor a negative impact on the environment.

    Opponents of the quarry said the operation could endanger groundwater flow and karst topography and is not necessary to meet demand for crushed stone.

  • Hall of Fame fundraising passes halfway point of phase one

    As an ambassador for the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame, professional fundraiser Mike Pollio says he sometimes is asked to defend the selection of Elizabethtown as the museum’s site.

    Describing Elizabethtown as the crossroads of Kentucky, he praised the support of local donors, city government and the tourism bureau as key factors. He said the community recognizes the hall of fame, which will be established across the street from the Historic State Theater, can be a vital part of downtown revitalization.

  • Congressman goes back to school

    U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie took advantage of a Congressional hiatus Tuesday to go back to school in Elizabethtown.

    The Bowling Green Republican sat on the cafeteria floor and joked with students from fifth-grade classes at Heartland Elementary School off Ring Road, talking about his international travels, his time in the U.S. Army and his responsibilities as the representative of the 2nd Congressional District.

  • Vine Grove festival celebrates small-town living

    In its annual homage to small-town living, Vine Grove hosts the Mayberry Days festival Friday and Saturday.

    The event at Vine Grove Optimist Park begins at 5 p.m. Friday with carnival rides – which are new this year – an Across Kentucky Arts and Craft show and food booths, said Donna Broadway, event coordinator for Vine Grove.

    “Our people just love to get out and mingle together,” she said. “It’s an opportunity to get out, eat and chat with old friends.”

  • Class offers financial literacy

    In an effort to “live like no one else,” more than 90 students at Elizabethtown High School are taking control of their financial future through an elective course.

    The class, financial literacy, incorporates Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace into a semester. The curriculum teaches students how to avoid debt, budget, invest and build wealth.

  • West Point lands geocaching event

    An event tailored toward veterans and beginners of geocaching will use the historic sites of West Point in its approach Saturday.

    The northernmost Hardin County city will play host to a Cache In Trash Out gathering at 9 a.m. Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park to honor Earth Day.

    CITO events are worldwide initiatives taken by geocachers to spruce up and protect natural areas often enjoyed during their explorations. The cleanup can focus on litter removal, tree and vegetation plantings, invasive species removal and trail building.

  • E'town donates more land to Habitat

    Hardin County Habitat for Humanity on Monday added four more lots to use in its effort to revamp portions of Elizabethtown’s Haycraft neighborhood.

    Elizabethtown City Council approved the donation of 218, 316 and 318 Haycraft St. and 325 E. Railroad Ave. to Habitat for Humanity at no cost for construction of low-interest, affordable housing.

  • PHOTOS: Striping the town