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  • New-look licenses set to debut Friday

    New state driver’s licenses will be available starting Friday in the Hardin County Circuit Court Clerk’s office in Elizabethtown.

    New software and cameras for the licenses will be installed Thursday, which will prevent the clerk’s office from issuing licenses that day, according to a news release from Kentucky Transportation Department District 4 in Elizabethtown.

    The clerk’s office will remain open Thursday and its other operations will not be affected, according to transportation officials.

  • Enrollment up at EIS

    Enrollment at Elizabethtown Independent Schools is up this year, and is sitting at one of the largest totals the district has seen recently, said Nate Huggins, assistant superintendent for student and district support services.

    The mid-week total for the district, not including preschool students, is 2,413, which is the largest the district has seen in recent years, Huggins said.

    The increased numbers are at both ends of the age spectrum in the district. Elizabethtown High School saw an enrollment of 788 students in the middle of the week, he said.

  • Northbound Interstate 65 closed

    A vehicle collision caused the northbound lanes of Interstate 65 to be completely blocked Saturday afternoon, backing up traffic.

    A horse trailer overturned near the 88 mile marker, said Master Trooper Norman Chaffins, Kentucky State Police Post 4 spokesman. At least one person was airlifted from the scene and Chaffins was unsure if any horses were involved. As of Saturday afternoon, the extent and number of injuries and the identities of individuals involved was unknown. It also was unknown how long the northbound lanes would be closed.

  • Former John Hardin wrestler killed on I-65

    A University of Louisville student and former standout wrestler for John Hardin High School was struck and killed by a vehicle Saturday morning in Louisville.

    Jordan Murphy, 20, a 2010 John Hardin High School graduate, died from multiple blunt-force injuries, according to Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Cindy Theone.

  • Schmidt's firm paid nearly $150,000 for HCU, Vision Project consultations

    Luke Schmidt and his Louisville-based firm, L.B. Schmidt & Associates LLC, received nearly $150,000 in consultation fees for work on the Hardin County Vision Project and his role as a consultant for Hardin County United, according to documents retrieved from the Lincoln Trail Area Development District through a News-Enterprise investigation.

    Residents who spoke out against unification openly asked Hardin County Judge-Executive Harry Berry how much Schmidt and HCU were being paid to “push their agenda.”

  • Tourism shows support for Patton museum
  • Mower rollover victim was Army veteran, fisherman

    A Vine Grove man killed Thursday afternoon when a lawn mower he was riding overturned, was a U.S. Army veteran and an avid fisherman.

    Thomas G. “Greg” Spence worked for Whispering Hills Lawn Service in Vine Grove.

    “He was a great employee,” said Jeff Brown, owner of the lawn service. “You couldn’t ask for anyone better; he was an excellent worker.”

  • Foreclosures rise in 2012

    After a significant drop in foreclosures last year, Hardin County is seeing the numbers creep up again as lenders’ documentation problems are sorted out.

    Hardin County Master Commissioner Paul Musselwhite said foreclosures stabilized for six to seven years with an average of 280 to 300 foreclosure sales annually — until the bottom fell out of the housing market and foreclosures peaked in 2009.

    During that time, Musselwhite’s workload increased dramatically as the recession roiled. He said he processed 507 foreclosures before the year closed.

  • Three more arrested after attempting to buy pseudoephedrine at Walmart

    For the second day in a row, a group of men were arrested after a Greater Hardin Narcotics Task Force detective reportedly witnessed them attempting to buy pseudoephedrine at Walmart in Elizabethtown.

    On Wednesday, task force Detective Rob Green said he was shopping when he observed three men attempting to buy pseudoephedrine, which they were denied.

  • Festival brings fresh, familiar events to E’town

    This year’s Heartland Festival has a longer name and recent additions to the schedule will be mixed with familiar favorites.

    The revamped Heartland Festival in the Park begins tonight. The first events at 5 p.m. serve as the debut for the new city-run event.

    The City of Elizabethtown, in partnership with the Elizabethtown Tourism and Convention Bureau, is coordinating the festival. City Events Coordinator Sarah Vaughn said this is a time of transition for the decades-old festival, which is centered at Freeman Lake Park.