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  • Sports park settling into role

    Elizabethtown Sports Park Director Seth Breitner said the staff is gaining its bearings after several weeks of tournament play.

    Fresh off the USSSA Bluegrass Championships, a 43-team baseball tournament last weekend, Breitner said the park collected about $11,000 in revenue from concessions during the tournament while more than $15,000 in concessions was collected during the four-day Cal Ripken Regional in late July to open the park.

  • Cracking down on drunken driving dangers

    Police are out in full force the next three weeks as part of the nationwide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, an annual crackdown on impaired driving.

    Through participation in the national campaign, law enforcement agencies are granted federally funded overtime to place extra officers on the streets. The campaign kicks off today and continues through Labor Day weekend.

    Increased patrols mean an increase in arrests for driving under the influence, according to local of-ficials.

  • HCS tax rate unchanged

    Taxes for Hardin County Schools won’t increase this year.

    School board members voted Thursday to hold tax rates. The rates will remain for the property tax at 58.7 cents per $100 of assessed property and the motor vehicle tax at 54 cents per $100 and 3 percent for the gross utilities tax rate.

    Aircraft and watercraft remain exempt from taxation.

    Board member Charlie Wise said that will stand this year, but he plans to research before next year’s vote why those vehicles are exempt and whether they should be included in taxation.

  • Veteran seeks to connect pets to those in need

    The calming and healing power of animals increasingly is acknowledged by medical professionals.

    That’s why Roger Biesel of Elizabethtown has founded a nonprofit organization aimed at pairing residents who can benefit from caring for animals with creatures in shelters that need homes.

    “It’s a universal issue,” he said. “What amazes me is that no one else has thought to do it.”

  • Family wants skydiver at veteran's funeral

    Sixty-eight years ago on Aug. 15, James Maynard Pile, a paratrooper in the U.S. Army, landed on a battlefield in France during World War II. Upon landing, he was shot in the chest.

    “But his best buddy found him and God took him the rest of the way,” his wife, Doris, said Thursday. “He was lucky to live.”

    On Wednesday, Pile died at Hardin Memorial Hospital. His wife of 65 years believes he waited for his 90th birthday, wedding anniversary and the anniversary of his landing in France before passing, she said.

  • Photo: Making way for a new sidewalk
  • Ashlock forgoes bid for third term

    An Elizabethtown lawmaker is saying goodbye to politics once his term ends to spend more time with his family and focus more attention on his business.

    Elizabethtown City Councilman Larry Ashlock, a local attorney, said he isn’t pursuing a third term because of time constraints. He was the only incumbent out of six who did not file for re-election to the council this fall. The deadline to file for the Nov. 6 election was Tuesday and some offices were left unfilled, according to the Hardin County Clerk’s Office.

  • Part of ECTC suit likely to be dismissed

    Hardin Circuit Judge Kelly Mark Easton likely will file an order to dismiss parts of a lawsuit brought against Elizabethtown Community and Technical College by an employee.

    Attorneys representing the parties involved met Tuesday in court to be questioned by Easton after the defense attorneys, Bingham Greenebaum Doll of Louisville, filed a motion to dismiss the complaint.

  • Major airline may be landed by fall

    If good fortunes align, Addington Field Elizabethtown Regional Airport will welcome a major airline into its fold by fall.

    Board Chairman Joe Yates said the airport is in negotiations with two major airlines and could sign a deal for passenger airline service by October or November if all goes as planned. Yates declined to release the names of the airlines because talks are ongoing.

  • Higher education takes the spotlight at chamber luncheon

    The Hardin County Chamber of Commerce focused Wednesday on increasing post-secondary education opportunities in the area.

    Gary Ransdell, president of Western Kentucky University, and Thelma White, president/CEO of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, spoke at the chamber’s luncheon about their joint admissions agreement, which was created in November.