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  • Presbyterians dig into frontier heritage

    The News-Enterprise

    Some members of First Presbyterian Church in Elizabethtown have been digging into the experiences of early Christians on the Kentucky frontier. Interesting connections have been uncovered and those early evangelistic efforts on what was then the frontier of the new nation spawned a host of new denominations and religious sects.

  • Organization looking to establish temporary housing at Warrior Transition Battalion

    A nonprofit organization is in the planning stages of attempting to establish temporary housing for families of soldiers in Fort Knox’s Warrior Transition Battalion.

    The Fort Knox Warriors in Transition Association was established about three months ago with the goal in mind of finding a way to pay for temporary housing for WTB families either on or near post, organization president Peter Trzop said.

  • E'town council will discuss budget at special meeting

    City council to discuss budget at special meeting

    Elizabethtown City Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing on its $60 million budget during a special meeting called for Monday afternoon.

    The council’s agenda also calls for first reading on the ordinance to adopt the budget for the new fiscal year, which begins July 1.

    The special meeting begins at 4:30 p.m. Monday in the council chambers on the second floor of Elizabethtown City Hall. 

  • Museum commissions bust of Confederate general

    A Confederate general whose brother-in-law was the Union president is depicted in new bronze busts being sold to finance a statue destined for Elizabethtown’s Public Square.

    Brig. Gen. Ben Hardin Helm of Elizabethtown led the 1st Kentucky Brigade, which is better known in the annals of history as the Orphan Brigade. He joined the militia as a colonel after rejecting a commission in the Union Army offered by Helm’s brother-in-law, President Abraham Lincoln.

  • For Young, a chance to be a kid

    What started with repeated bouts of itching soon turned into a pain on the left side of Jennifer Young’s chest that was so severe, the honor roll student was forced to leave school and head to the hospital.

    Young and her mother, Kathy, soon learned that what may have seemed like allergies was far worse: The Central Hardin High School student had four masses in her chest.

    At 17, she had cancer.

  • Fiddlin’ on the green at Freeman Lake Park: Few frets, lots of bows

    Lawn chairs speckled the gentle green slope this weekend at Freeman Lake Park as spectators bounced their hands and feet to the tune of classic bluegrass music.

    Set against the backdrop of Freeman Lake, the Official Kentucky State Champion Old-Time Fiddlers Contest held its 38th annual competition Friday night and Saturday in Elizabethtown.

    The contest moved to Elizabethtown this year from Rough River Dam State Resort Park in Grayson County. Despite the relocation, city officials said they expected the event to draw between 4,000 and 5,000 people.

  • Helping Hand of Hope breaks ground on new office

    As attendees gathered to witness the next chapter in the story of Helping Hand of Hope, the Rev. Chuck Walker reminded everyone that the organization’s Christian mission is not new.

    “We’re continuing something God started about 2,000 years ago,” Walker said.

  • Statewide contest affirms newspaper’s ad quality

    The News-Enterprise dominated the Kentucky Press Association’s annual Advertising Excellence Contest, earning 12 first-place awards and taking the overall general excellence title, which symbolizes the state’s top performer.

    The winners, announced last week by the statewide trade association, recognize the creative skills and customer service abilities of the advertising sales team and the graphic design staff, Publisher Chris Ordway said.

  • Public Square to be paved this weekend

    Kentucky Transportation Cabinet contract crews will be paving the milled section of U.S. 31W in downtown Elizabethtown on Saturday morning.

    Weather permitting, work is scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. and be completed by noon Saturday, the cabinet announced Friday.

    Work zone limits extend from the south side of the Public Square to the Mulberry Street intersection. Paving also will include each of the adjoining Main Street approaches.

    Flagging workers will be directing traffic around the paving operations.

  • A bird in the hand is worth ... Hundreds in your yard

    Birds in the trees that hug Lynda and Robert Griffin’s back deck flutter away when the couple slips through the sliding doors with their three small dogs.

    It takes only a few minutes after they settle in lawn chairs outside for the cardinals, Carolina wrens, grosbeaks and bluebirds to settle back near one of the several bird feeders and houses the Elizabethtown couple has set up on their road and the 88 acres on which they care for wildlife.