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  • Ring Road extension dedicated

    Standing on the newly finished Ring Road-Western Kentucky Parkway interchange, state Rep. Jimmie Lee likened the labored saga of Ring Road’s construction to a football game.

    The state may only have moved the chains by inches at a time, but the goal line is now in sight, he said. Lee intends to capture money next year to take the road to Interstate 65 and fashion a third usable interstate exit in Elizabethtown.

    “As of today, we’re in the red zone,” he said.

  • Judge-executive plans to hold tax rate steady

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    Hardin County Judge-Executive Harry Berry will recommend county government’s property tax rate remain at 10.9 cents per $100 of valuation. It’s been unchanged since 2009, when the rate was reduced from 11 cents per $100.

    Berrymade the announcement Thursday and will take his recommendation to Hardin Fiscal Court at Tuesday afternoon’s meeting. If approved, the county tax rate will be equal to or below the state’s defined compensating rate for the fourth time.

  • Texas Outlaw takes second in national barbecue event

    When it comes barbecue sauce, not many people can do it better than Jim Clayton of Elizabethtown, owner of Texas Outlaw BBQ.

    Clayton finished second to Famous Dave’s BBQ of Plymouth, Minn., in last weekend’s 2013 Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off in Sparks, Nev. In all, 24 barbecue teams competed.

    Clayton said his goal when competing is to “have all the flavors complement one another.”

    “That is what you cook for,” he said.

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  • Bataan Death March survivor to be laid to rest

    Jacky Aikin said the outpouring of condolences in the death of his father has been “remarkable.’’

    “With all the calls asking what people can do and the flags up at half mast and posts on the Internet, it has been remarkable,’’ he said.

    Ted Aikin, 87, a survivor of the Bataan Death March of 1942, a forced march across the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines where thousands perished, died Aug. 30 at North Hardin Health and Rehabilitation Center in Radcliff.

    His funeral is Saturday, his 67th wedding anniversary.

  • New parkway exit at Ring Road opens

    Nine years after rights of way were completed, the extension of Ring Road to the Western Kentucky Parkway has been completed. The parkway exit opened today following a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

    The $13.5 million extension now is less than a mile from Interstate 65. Using football terminology, state Rep. Jimmie Lee defined a new southern exit for Elizabethtown off I-65 as the goal line.

    “As of today, we’re in the red zone,” he said.

    Elizabethtown Mayor Edna Berger offered a similar sentiment in an interview.

  • Send us your vacation photos

    Summer vacation has come and gone and we would like to see how you spent yours..

    Send in a photo from your vacation for possible publication in the Sept. 22 edition of Faces & Places. JPEG photos should be sent to photos@thenewsenterprise.com

    Please include only one photo in your submission and include details such as name the names of all those in the photo and where it was taken.


  • E'town tourism commits $200,000 for Hall of Fame

    The Elizabethtown Tourism and Convention Bureau opened its pocketbook Wednesday, removing $80,000 from reserves to help pay for two projects it believes will attract out-of-town visitors and beef up county tourism.

    The bureau’s commission committed $200,000 to the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame for construction and operational expenses, $50,000 of which will be paid upfront from reserves.

  • Food pantry serves needs in Cecilia

    A donation of paper towels and canned goods was a way of saying goodbye for Karen Wilson and Doris Cook.

    Relocating to a branch of The Cecilian Bank in Elizabethtown soon, the co-workers chose to donate to Hope for Today, a food pantry and clothing store run by Cecilia Baptist Church.

    “We’re kind of leaving home,” Wilson said.

  • Industrial foundation considering move

    The Elizabethtown-Hardin County Industrial Foundation is exploring a plan to move its offices from the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce building in downtown Elizabethtown to one of the properties it owns in the Elizabethtown Industrial Park.

    Rick Games, president of the EIF, said the foundation has discussed a need to be closer to its clients and could use extra space.