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  • Vine Grove holds tax rates steady

    Vine Grove's city property tax bills will go out next week and rates will be unchanged.

    In a special meeting Thursday, Vine Grove City Council approved its tax ordinance. Real estate, private vehicles and watercraft will be taxed at 17.1 cents per $100. The personal property rate is 44.1 cents per $100.

    Councilman Garry McCoy, who spoke in favor of accepting a lower compensating rate, which would produce the same revenue as last year's billings, cast the sole no vote.

  • Bands to take the field at semifinals Saturday

    The road to the state championship for high school marching bands ends this weekend.

    Four local bands compete Saturday in the Kentucky Music Educators Association State Marching Band semifinals. Sixteen bands compete in the semifinals of each class in the morning and afternoon, and the top four in each class advance to the finals that evening. The finals begin at 6 p.m. at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium at the University of Louisville.

  • Greenspace to host Halloween-themed hike

    Greenspace Inc. is combining theatrical production, costumes and hiking this weekend for its annual Enchanted Forest event.

    The free event begins at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Haycraft Mill trailhead across from the Hardin County Justice Center and will include a Halloween element, said Lori Timbers, a Greenspace board member.

    According to Timbers, volunteers will lead groups of about 10 to 15 on the hike, and along the trail, actors with the Youth Theatre of Hardin County will portray characters.

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  • North Hardin Lions Club to host chili challenge

    Greenspace Inc. is combining theatrical production, costumes and hiking this weekend for its annual Enchanted Forest event.

    The free event begins at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Haycraft Mill trailhead across from the Hardin County Justice Center and will include a Halloween element, said Lori Timbers, a Greenspace board member.

    According to Timbers, volunteers will lead groups of about 10 to 15 on the hike, and along the trail, actors with the Youth Theatre of Hardin County will portray characters.

  • Stolen bourbon possibly offered to local liquor store

    Authorities are looking for a man seen on video trying to sell a large quantity of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon at a Hardin County liquor store.

    Sixty-five cases of the rare, 20-year-old bourbon valued at $25,000 were reported stolen last week from the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort.

    The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department is looking for leads to the suspect's identity. He is described as a person of interest in the police investigation.

  • Flint Hill Fall Festival eyes another solid event

    For a first-time event, last year’s Flint Hill Fall Festival had a solid debut.

    Now organizers are hopeful Saturday’s festival at the Flint Hill General Store in Sonora is even better.

    Organizer Patty Rucker said attendees braved poor early weather conditions last year to make the festival a success.

  • National Guard soldiers return from deployment

    Now that Staff Sgt. Jeremy Jackson is back from a months-long deployment to the Middle East — his first — he plans to relax.

    “Take a shower without flip flops on,” he said.

    Jackson was one of a handful of soldiers who returned Wednesday to the National Guard Armory in Elizabethtown after deploying the first of the year. They were part of the Kentucky National Guard 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery, said 2nd Lt. Joseph Davis.

  • Hope for Christmas expects to help 1,500 children

    There never is a down time of the year for need. But as the holiday season approaches, the urgency rises. This year, the annual Hope for Christmas program with Helping Hand of Hope expects to fill the wish lists of about 1,500 children.

    “There is just tremendous need all year, but the Hope for Christmas program is one of our flagship programs where we reach out to the entire community,” executive director David Dozer said.

  • 'Who' turned the lights out

    More than 9,000 households lost electricity Wednesday in the Elizabethtown area after an owl found its way into a transmission substation.

    Liz Pratt, spokeswoman for Louisville Gas & Electric-Kentucky Utilities, said power was disrupted around 12:15 a.m. Wednesday and lasted for nearly an hour.

    About 9,200 customers in the Elizabethtown and Hardin County area lost electricity, Pratt said. There were some households north of the city limits that were affected as well, she said.