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  • Task force addresses degree completion for military families

    A state education work group is looking to ease the road to degree completion for military families.

    Five recommendations to increase college enrollment and completion among military spouses recently were presented to the Council on Postsecondary Education by the Postsecondary Education Work Group to the Military Spouse Task Force of Kentucky. The recommendations are in draft form and later will be presented to the task force.

    The five draft recommendations are:

  • E’town votes to sell water system

    Elizabethtown officially is getting out of the water business.

    City Council voted 5-1 Monday to develop an agreement to transfer ownership of Elizabethtown’s water treatment and distribution system to Hardin County Water District No. 2 as the majority of the legislative body expressed a reluctance to shed the service.

    With rate increases expected to come regardless of their action, most said it is the most prudent course.

  • E'town approves property tax rates

    With the economy still sputtering, Elizabethtown joined Hardin County government in holding its property tax rates flat this year.

    Elizabethtown City Council voted Monday to accept the recommended real and personal property tax rate of 11.6 cents per $100 of assessed value. The city has held the rate steady for several years.

    The council also adopted an ordinance keeping the tax rate at 11.6 cents per $100 of assessed value for motor vehicles and watercraft and kept the franchise tax rate at 0.025 percent for all eligible bank deposits.

  • Man wanted for arson arrested in Bullitt County

    A man wanted in connection to a Sept. 8 fire at an Elizabethtown residence was arrested Monday afternoon in Lebanon Junction.

    Justin Ray Cothern, 27, of Shepherdsville is charged with second-degree arson for his alleged role in a blaze at 603 Gallery Place. Nobody was injured in the fire, which was near the Black History Gallery off East Dixie Avenue.

    Cothern was arrested by the Lebanon Junction Police Department and is lodged at the Bullitt County Detention Center. Bond information was not available Monday afternoon.

  • Autumn Daze supports playground for second year

    The 53rd annual Autumn Daze features  events focused on raising money for the “Fun for Everyone” playground again this year.

    The annual festival at Optimist Park on Knox Avenue in Vine Grove featured the effort for the first time last fall after Rachel Ritchie, a student at Vine Grove Elementary School, approached the community’s city council members with an idea of creating a playground where all children can play together, including those who have disabilities.

  • Jury recommends 30 years for Goodman

    Since Oct. 27, Carolyn Edelen has stopped going to work early at her store, Carolyn’s Corner in Big Spring. She does not feel safe anymore, she said.

    Jason Matz said a thunderstorm causes him to relive the horror of that October morning when a man entered his home and shot him twice during a struggle over a gun.

    Matz’s fiancee, Carol Pullen, said she can’t stay in the couple’s residence on Rineyville-Big Springs Road when Matz isn’t there. She doesn’t feel at ease.

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  • A day in the life of Elizabethtown Mayor Edna Berger

    Editor’s note: Elizabethtown City Hall opened its doors to The News-Enterprise for an entire day as it followed the footsteps of Mayor Edna Berger, thrust into the city’s leadership position by appointment after the June death of Mayor Tim Walker.


    Mayor Edna Berger’s morning begins with an exhortation to employees gathered in the conference room at the end of Elizabethtown City Hall’s third floor.

  • Berger seen as reliable, positive presence at City Hall

    Just two months after taking over as mayor of Elizabethtown, Edna Berger is starting to leave an imprint on those in city government.

    Officials who work alongside her daily described her as a reliable decision maker and vibrant personality with a positive outlook.

    City Attorney D. Dee Shaw said Berger is a “vivacious” leader who has brought a renewed energy to City Hall, possessing a presence that brings people together through her eternal optimism.

  • Woman's mission to change her life highlights NAACP banquet

    This year’s Hardin County NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet saw two changes in guest speakers a month before the event, which led the group to Joyce Hamilton, one of the founders of The Lord’s Supper soup kitchen in Radcliff.

    The leaders and visitors who gathered Saturday evening at Fort Knox’s Saber & Quill said they enjoyed Hamilton’s talk and thought the event was a success.