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  • Hosparus Thrift Shoppe to relocate next month

    Hosparus Thrift Shoppe will triple in size when it moves next month to the former Movie Gallery store, which is three doors down from its current location in Helmwood Plaza.

    The thrift shop is upgrading from 3,000 square feet to 9,000 at its new location at 611 W. Poplar St. because of high sales and demand for large items.

    At the new site, coordinator Moira Taylor said the thrift shop will be able to accept more donations, including large furniture and appliances, and more easily handle the volume of items coming in.

  • Vine Grove receives preservation grant

    Vine Grove received a $369.90 grant from the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives to preserve and manage local government records. The money will be used to purchase a mobile plat/plan storage unit.

    Thirty-four grants were awarded for a total of $703,206 from fiscal year 2014 Local Records Grant Program funds, according to an announcement from the governor's office.

  • Super heroes expected to fill Freeman Lake Park

    Don't be surprised if in a few weeks you see Superman jogging in Freeman Lake Park.

    It’s all part of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Super Hero family fun run fundraiser.

    Calling it a "brainstorming session gone mad,'' Kevin Clark, community engagement branch manager for the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Elizabethtown office, and board members came up with the concept.

  • Air patrol helps raid weed fields

    Local law enforcement agencies battle marijuana on land and by air.

    A recent week-long investigation by Kentucky State Police at Post 4, KSP Aircraft section and the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force went airborne around Post 4’s eight counties, turning up 800 marijuana plants with a street value of $1.6 million, officials said.

    “It’s a tool that we use,” said task force director Ron Eckart of the work overhead. “It’s necessary, that’s for sure.”

  • Major road projects nearing completion

    Several major construction projects in Elizabethtown are on track to meet their completion dates, according to the state.

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is on track to complete rehabilitation of the north end of the U.S. 31W Bypass by spring. The widening of North Miles Street and extension of Ring Road to the Western Kentucky Parkway should wrap in the next few weeks, said Chris Jessie, public information officer for the District 4 office in Elizabethtown.

  • Police chief proposes organized foot-race policy

    Elizabethtownis considering a new policy on organized foot races to remove events off major thoroughfares and create a more organized network of routes.

    Police Chief Tracy Schiller said the policy includes the designation of eight formal routes race organizers could choose from, including five 5K (3.1 mile) routes and three 10K (6.2 mile) routes. The Bluegrass Cellular 5K run route, which starts at Bluegrass Cellular on Ring Road, is another option but is not ideal because it cuts across several major roads, said City Engineer Scott Reynolds.

  • HCS to host distinguished alumni luncheon

    Hardin County Schools will recognize 10 graduates at the district’s annual Distinguished Alumni luncheon at 11:30 a.m. today at the State Theater.

  • ROTC program Fort Knox bound

    A major ROTC cadet training program, the Leadership Development and Assessment Course, is moving to Fort Knox from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington.

    Fort Knox officials announced the move Wednesday.

    Fort Knox is home to U.S. Army Cadet Command, which oversees LDAC.

    Cadets attend the 29-day course near the end of their ROTC training. Then, cadets who have completed a degree and military science requirements receive commissions as second lieutenants. Other cadets return to college to complete commissioning requirements.

  • Early childhood council seeks wider audience

    An expanding mission will bring an expanded community presence for the local early childhood council.

    The Hardin County Early Childhood Council, along with the other councils in the state, is starting to spread awareness of its work and its mission in the community, as the council’s role in the community has changed. The councils were first formed to ensure children had access to high-quality child care centers. Now along with that goal, the councils will also begin working more generally with the community at-large.

  • Photo: Athletes show school spirit