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  • Church celebrates equality

    All Nations Worship Ministries hailed its fifth annual celebration of women Sunday by honoring four local women for their contributions to education, the military, real estate and business.

    The Radcliff-based church also paid tribute to one of its own members during its Women’s Equality Celebration.

  • History comes to life at Fort Duffield

    Fort Duffield will continue its Labor Day tradition of bringing history to life for visitors.

    The event, which has taken place for nearly two decades, is scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. Monday at the fort near West Point on Salt River Drive.

    The cost is $5 per person or $15 per family.

    Featured are Union and Confederate re-enactors portraying camp life and a 2 p.m. skirmish during the Civil War. Two Elizabethtown residents are planned to play Gov. John LaRue Helm and his wife.

  • Local Republicans to serve as delegates at GOP convention

    Two Hardin County Republicans will represent the area this week during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

    Judge-Executive Harry Berry and Laura LaRue were chosen to serve as voting delegates for the party by a nomination committee in the 2nd Congressional District. The Republican National Convention is scheduled to run Tuesday through Thursday after Tropical Storm Isaac delayed activities planned today.

  • By the numbers - Schmidt consultation payments

    Consultation expenses:

    Sept. 15, 2009
    Mileage - $960.30
    Lodging - $432
    Meals- $137.54
    $1,529.84

    Feb. 12, 2010
    Mileage - $309.10
    Business meals - $29.56
    Meeting expenses - $1,018.95
    Express delivery/postage - $2.78
    Copying/printing supplies - $1,810.17
    $3,170.56

  • County keeps property taxes stable

    Hardin Fiscal Court voted Friday to set real property taxes at the same rate for the fifth straight year and saw a reduction in the rate for tangible personal property because of an increase in property valuation.

    The real property tax rate was set at 10.9 cents per $100 of assessed value for general and road funds, 2.2 cents per $100 of assessed value for the health department fund, 0.15 cents per $100 of assessed value for the soil conservation district and 1.03 cents per $100 of assessed value for the Cooperative Extension Service.

  • 2012 Heartland Festival splashes county with color

    Elizabethtown’s first year managing the Heartland Festival in the Park attracted a colorful caravan of characters.

    Tanned and bearded kayakers stabbed at the waters of Freeman Lake while ruffled mud ballers dived headfirst to make saves. Others came to capture the joyful look on their children’s faces as they frolicked playfully through a maze of games and adventures.

  • Airport rakes out $400,000 for Schmidt's services since 2007

    In addition to his work on the Hardin County Vision Project and with Hardin County United, Louisville-based consultant Luke Schmidt has been paid $400,000 for services he provided Addington Field Elizabethtown Regional Airport dating back to 2007, according to documents obtained from the Elizabethtown Airport Board through an open records request.

    Board Chairman Joe Yates said the money has been well spent and the product desirable because the board would be nowhere near obtaining passenger airline service without Schmidt’s help.

  • Faces and Places: Ode to the windmill, wheels of our past

    The windmill once stood tall over every farm, pumping water for humans and animals.

    As rural electrification took place, electric pumps took over.

    The towers still stood, many becoming the favorite target for a country boy’s rifle or shotgun. Over the years, most of the structures have disappeared, the metal scrapped or used for other purposes.

    Some still are used and new ones have been put into use by some, including Amish farmers. Here is a sample of some of the few still surviving in the area.

  • Local girl in finals of singing competition

    Alyssa Belle Gent of Elizabethtown has reached the final round of the Mike Linnigs singing competition at the Kentucky State Fair.

    Gent is a 7-year-old from Elizabethtown who is a second-grade student at Lincoln Trail Elementary. The finals are today.

    Gent sang “Mean” by Taylor Swift last Sunday to make it to the semifinal round. On Tuesday, she sang “You Belong With Me” by Swift, making it to the finals.

    She began singing in the competition at age 5. She is competing in the 12-and-under age category.

  • 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.