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  • E'town alcohol vote fails

    Alcohol sales have reached a ceiling in Elizabethtown, and opponents of expansion gave credit to a renewed effort of motivating voters as the reason for Tuesday’s success.

    A second referendum in Elizabethtown to allow access to distilled spirits and wine by the drink for consumption on the premises failed, 1,529 to 1,244 in a vote that saw a historically low voter turnout.

    Hardin County Clerk Kenny Tabb said the ballot question voted on Tuesday cannot return to voters within Elizabethtown for a minimum of three years.

  • Fiscal Court approves line of credit for HMH workers' compensation plan

    HARDIN COUNTY — Hardin Fiscal Courtapproved an annual line of credit between Hardin Memorial Hospital and Kentucky Neighborhood Bank to finance the hospital’s self-funded workers’ compensation plan during its voting meeting Tuesday.

    The approved line of credit cannot exceed $3 million and is required by the Kentucky Labor Cabinet’s Department of Workers’ Claims for all self-insured employers in the state, according to the resolution.

  • E’town woman charged with escape

    An Elizabethtown woman faces an escape charge because police say she ran away from probation and parole officers Monday night as she was being taken to the jail.

    Kelly J. Winkle, 34, is charged with second-degree escape and second-degree fleeing or evading police. She also is accused of violating felony probation.

    According to a citation, probation and parole officers were transporting Winkle to Hardin County Detention Center when she slipped her right hand out of a handcuff.

  • Upton man arrested for assault

    Kentucky State Police arrested an Upton man Monday night in connection to an October assault at a Cecilia Smith Mill Road residence.

    Jacob M. Walker, 22, is charged with second-degree assault. He also is accused of violating felony probation.

    According to a warrant, the victim went to the residence to speak to Walker. However, police said before a discussion occurred, Walker and two juveniles assaulted the man.

  • Voter turnout hits historic low

    Tuesday’s vote in Elizabethtown nixed plans to expand alcohol further, but the voter pool that made the decision turned out to be one of the lowest in the county’s history for a special election.

    Of 19,428 registered voters in the city, only 2,773, or 14.27 percent, cast a ballot, said Hardin County Clerk Kenny Tabb.

    “I’d say that for a wet/dry election, that’s the lowest we’ve ever had,” he said.

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  • Transportation survey now available online

    An online survey gauging local interest in public transportation is active.

    The Radcliff/Elizabethtown Urbanized Area Public Transportation Survey, which includes 12 questions, can be accessed at www.surveymonkey.com/s/radcliffetownsurvey.

    Questions posed to the public include a yes or no question on willingness to use a transportation system in Hardin County and a checklist option indicating what the system would be used for, such as school and work, medical appointments, shopping and social or recreational activities.

  • Girl Scout cookies feature package change

    Girl Scout cookies are expected to taste the same as always this year, but the boxes they come in will look different.

    The organization is redesigning cookie packaging for the first time in 13 years.

    Previous boxes showed images of the cookies inside. The new design calls for pictures of Girl Scouts camping, participating in community service projects and being involved in other organization activities.

  • HMH sponsorship of Sports Park approved

    Elizabethtown Sports Park authorized a new revenue stream Monday without giving up the naming rights to the Miracle Field.

    Elizabethtown City Council approved a revised proposal from Hardin Memorial Hospital offering $55,000 annually in sponsorships for a three-year period and establishing full-time athletic training services and supplies for the park, including league games, at a projected value of $77,000 per year.

  • United Way campaign hits $1,003,503.62

    Withholding a set financial goal appears to be working to United Way of Central Kentucky’s advantage.

    The agency has shattered the $1 million mark for the second straight year, collecting $1,003,503.62 as of Monday afternoon with nearly two months left to go before the campaign’s close at the end of February.

    Executive Director Chris Wilborn said it is the first time in the organization’s history that back-to-back $1 million campaigns have been organized.