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  • Attorney General finds jail violated open records law

    The Office of the Attorney General released a decision this month finding the Hardin County Detention Center violated open records law by denying a non-resident’s request for information because of his inability to appear and present identification.

    According to the decision, Tommy Southard, an inmate at Kentucky State Reformatory, requested June 20 for information reflecting booking and release dates for a woman formerly lodged at the jail.

  • A sinking feeling: E'town woman's future vacation spot affected by sinkhole

    As Elizabethtown resident Karen Day prepared for work Monday, she thought she heard a news show discussing a Florida resort her family booked for fall break.

    Day just looked at photos of the property the night before, and now she watched as Summer Bay Resort in Clermont, Fla., was shown sinking into the ground. Day didn’t realize Florida is known for sinkholes, and now one swallowed her vacation destination.

    “I just thought about how scary that would be to be in one of those buildings,” she said.

  • Fire forces E'town barbecue restaurant to close

    An Elizabethtown barbecue restaurant could be closed for up to two months after a Tuesday morning fire originating on its back porch destroyed the building’s electrical panel.

    Texas Outlaw Barbecue at 220 Commerce Drive was closed when firefighters responded at 12:07 a.m. Tuesday and found flames in the porch area where the restaurant’s barbecue smokers are located, Elizabethtown Fire Chief Mike Hulsey said.

    Though the fire largely was contained to the porch area, Hulsey said the flames spread to the attic of the building.

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  • Glen Dale land remains for sale

    Amid the grass, weeds and broken windows, there still are signs life once existed on the sprawling land with vacant buildings along Gilead Church Road in Glendale.

    A piano sits in one of the 13 structures of the former Glen Dale Children’s Home, a Bible in one of the floor’s hallways and a basketball goal are signs of better days for the this once robust center that served as a life-changing location for hundreds of children over dozens of years.

  • Foster parents needed

    Foster care officials are looking for new individuals and families to make a difference in children’s lives.

    Laura Elmore, director of Benchmark Family Services in Elizabethtown, said the nonprofit and similar agencies are having trouble meeting demand for good homes for children in foster care.

    Officials are seeking caregivers who can take large groups of siblings and hard-to-place children, such as those with special needs and older kids.

  • Former pet store owner indicted for theft

    The former owner of an Elizabethtown pet store is accused of collecting more than $19,000 in sales taxes and failing to pay that money to the state.

    Caterina C. Finley, 38, former owner of E’town Pet Center in Houchens Plaza, was indicted Thursday on a charge of theft by failure to make required disposition of property more than $10,000.

    E’town Pet Center closed July 2, 2012, but it since has changed ownership and reopened as E’town Pets and More.

  • Schedule set for Heartland Festival

    The schedule for this year’s Heartland Festival had an official unveiling Monday in an attempt to boost attention for the annual event.

    Organizers and sponsors gathered at Freeman Lake Park, where most activities are scheduled to take place, to talk about plans for the festival Aug. 23 and 24.

    Aug. 23 is sponsored by KMO Country 99.3, Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities, so the cost to enter the park is $1.

  • Akers turns to supporters to fund birth center appeal

    A certified nurse midwife who is fighting state denial of a certificate of need required for a standalone birth center in Elizabethtown has turned to her supporters for financial assistance.

    Mary Carol Akers used Facebook this week to ask those who favor a birth center in Kentucky to consider offering donations to sustain the legal battle.

  • Guthrie to host town hall meeting next week

    Hardin County's representative in Congress will host a forum next week to pick the brains of his constituents.

    U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green, is hosting a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Elizabethtown Tourism & Convention Bureau. It is open to the public.