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  • Hardin County budget shows $2 million surplus

    Hardin County government is heading into the second half of Fiscal Year 2011/2012 with $2 million ahead in their annual budget, Judge-Executive Harry Berry reported Tuesday to Hardin Fiscal Court.

    The county so far has received about $16.2 million in revenue and has spent about $14.1 million at this point in the year.

    Berry pointed out the county still has slightly more than half of its budgeted expenses awaiting in the back half of the year, while it already has received slightly more than half of its budgeted revenue.

  • Putting E'town on the tube

    A freelance photographer working with former football player Terry Bradshaw’s show, “Today in America,” was filming Tuesday in Elizabethtown for an upcoming segment featuring small towns across the United States.

    Garrett Caffacus is a field producer/photographer based out of Florida. While in Elizabethtown, he said he interviewed city officials and residents and took footage from local businesses, restaurants and residential areas.

  • Liquor licenses expected in February

    Liquor licenses in Hardin County will be handed down a little slower than originally expected.

    City officials in Elizabethtown and Radcliff on Tuesday said package liquor and liquor by the drink licenses should be issued by early to mid-February instead of this month as originally expected.

  • Four arrested at E'town meth lab

    Law enforcement officers arrested four people at an Elizabethtown home with two children inside where agents say methamphetamine had been manufactured.

    Elizabethtown residents Andrew M. Cameron, 26, and Jerry C. Nofsinger, 36, and Leitchfield residents Chad M. Dennis, 36, and Jennifer K. Wills, 33, were arrested Jan. 18 at a Preakness Drive home where police say Cameron and Nofsinger were living.

    The three men are scheduled to appear Feb. 1 for a preliminary hearing in Hardin District Court.

  • Community input sought to prevent elder abuse

    Residents should be vigilant when they see senior citizens who seem hesitant to talk, confused, disoriented or afraid, said Normaline Skees, long-term care ombudsman for the Lincoln Trail District.

    There might be reason to worry about seniors who have injuries that have not been properly cared for, have injuries that are inconsistent with the explanations they give for them, frequently need medical care or might lack necessities, such as food, water and utilities, Skees said.

  • Judge formally sentences Buggeland

    Before Judge Ken Howard read the prison sentence Tuesday, Erik Buggeland took a moment to scan the nearly full courtroom, filled with media, attorneys and the family and friends of others waiting to go before the judge.

    Buggeland, 36, pleaded guilty but mentally ill in December to charges of killing his parents, Terje and Margaret Buggeland, in September 2010.

    According to Kentucky State Police, the Elizabethtown man bludgeoned his parents with a dumbbell before fleeing in their vehicle. He later was arrested in Adamsville, Tenn.

  • Lawmakers hope to rewrite redistricting process

    The General Assembly’s plans for new legislative boundaries based on the 2010 census have been approved and signed by the governor. But the proposals and the process left many legislators with a bitter aftertaste.

    Rep. Tim Moore, R-Elizabethtown, plans to introduce a bill today that’s designed to change the process. It would require a panel of House and Senate members to create a draft plan in a public manner complete with open meetings and citizen participation.

  • EPD accepting applications for citizens police academy

    The Elizabethtown Police Department is accepting applications for its citizens police academy, which begins Feb. 20 and continues through March 26.

    The group meets Mondays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

    Those interested can call Virgil Willoughby, EPD’s public information officer, at (270) 765-4125 or stop by the police department at 300 S. Mulberry St. to pick up an application.

    Applications need to be submitted no later than Feb. 17.

  • Community input sought on downtown proposal

    Local residents will have another chance to voice their opinions about projects and design ideas related to downtown Elizabethtown.

    The city of Elizabethtown and the Elizabethtown-Hardin County Heritage Council is sponsoring a second downtown design meeting from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Historic State Theater on West Dixie Avenue.

  • Conference to help pastors reach out to military families

    Congregation members at Faith Lutheran Church in Radcliff send care packages to military members, keep service members and their families in Sunday prayers and email Sunday sermons to deployed members of the church.

    One congregation member, who is retired from the military does free yard work for families of deployed service members.

    The Rev. Paul Horn, pastor, said that kind of service is to be expected from a congregation primarily made up of the families of active or retired military members.

    “They get it,” he said.