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  • Council, planning commission have meeting of the minds

    At Tuesday’s annual joint planning session, Elizabethtown City Council and the Elizabethtown Planning Commission identified long-term priorities focusing on park space, street improvements and fire protection.

    Planning Commission Chairman Steve Rice requested putting aside money for traffic calming devices in the upcoming year’s budget to encourage slower driving in certain neighborhoods.

    Rice said it would be a fairly inexpensive effort, saying neighborhoods such as Willow Creek have requested these types of devices.

  • Fiscal Court raises adoption fees, sets new fees at animal shelter

    Hardin Fiscal Court created a change fund for Animal Control, raised adoption fees Tuesday and set new fees for the animal shelter on Peterson Drive in Elizabethtown.

    The fund would be used to provide change for customers who adopt animals, said Magistrate Garry King. King said the department never had the fund before, but the new facility has seen a rise in adoptions and less need for euthanizations.

    According to the resolution, the county treasurer will withhold $100 out of a daily deposit from the department to start the fund.

  • St. James production described as important community effort

    Students and parishioners nearly filled St. James Catholic Church in Elizabethtown to watch a play that has been a tradition for years.

    “The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ” was presented Wednesday morning and evening by students from St. James Catholic Regional School.

    Before the play started, costumed students waited in the church vestibule. Thirty-four students participated in the program.

    “I’m afraid I’m going to mess up my lines,” said Riley Collins, 14.

  • E’town man sentenced to five years probation on theft, drug charges

    An Elizabethtown man was sentenced Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court on 19 theft and drug-related charges.

    Kyle David Schwanz, 20, was sentenced to five years probation on third-degree burglary; 11 counts of receiving stolen property less than $500; three counts of receiving stolen property less than $10,000; receiving a stolen firearm; theft of a legend drug; possession of drug paraphernalia; and second-degree possession of a controlled substance.

    Schwanz originally was charged with more than 23 crimes, but four charges were dismissed.

  • CASA asks county for temporary office space

    Because of steady growth in staff and children served, CASA of the Heartland is looking for a new home.

    Executive Director Sylvia Griendling asked Hardin Fiscal Court on Tuesday afternoon to authorize use of temporary donated space upstairs at the R.R. Thomas Building. The agency provides court-appointed advocates on behalf of at-risk youth in the judicial system.

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  • Council, state discuss safety of North Miles

    Elizabethtown City Council discussed safety measures that could be taken on North Miles Street to curb the number of collisions at intersections and lessen the likelihood of pedestrian deaths.

    The discussion was held with members of Elizabethtown Police Department, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Elizabethtown High School Principal Steve Smallwood during the council’s Monday work session. The session followed placement of signs near North Miles intersections to alert motorists and pedestrians to the presence of crosswalks.

  • Sonora man pleads guilty to unlawful imprisonment, assault in separate cases

    A Sonora man accused of kidnapping a woman and her 3-year-old son pleaded guilty and was formally sentenced Tuesday to amended charges in Hardin Circuit Court.
    Allen W. Riggs, 25, pleaded guilty in three cases to two counts of first-degree unlawful imprisonment, theft by unlawful taking – automobile, second-degree assault, fourth-degree assault and complicity to promote contraband.
    Riggs was sentenced to 10 years to run concurrently. He will serve five years. Five years of the sentence is probated.