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  • Hardin County: 5 years removed from frozen

    Do you remember what life was like around Hardin County five years ago this week?

    It started with a weather forecast calling for a wintry blast of up to five inches of snow, but turned into a paralyzing storm that dropped about three inches of ice onto anything in its path. In its wake, the storm blanketed roads in sheets of ice, dragged down power lines and snapped once-sturdy tree branches from Sonora to Vine Grove.

  • Utilities, responders adapted in storm's aftermath

    Five years after an ice storm snapped power lines in two and left thousands without electricity or water, Hardin County is still learning and adapting, readying itself for the possibility of another disaster.

  • E'town to take up water rate ordinance

    Elizabethtown City Council is expected to hear first reading of an ordinance next week that would divide rate increases for its customers across several years once the system is assumed by Hardin County Water District No. 2.

    A majority of the council backed a plan to stagger the increases, although Councilman Bill Bennett asked the city to consider negotiating with the district to lower its rates considering it is gaining thousands of new customers through the merger.

  • DuPlessis to challenge veteran Democrat for 25th District seat

    With a message of change and an emphasis on jobs, Jim DuPlessis hopes to unseat a senior member of the state House of Representatives this fall.

    DuPlessis, who was a student at the University of Kentucky when Jimmie Lee first won the 25th District House seat in 1992, filed as a Republican candidate Monday in Frankfort. He hopes to be part of a GOP movement to “flip the House,” meaning Republicans would capture a majority of the seats.

  • State unveils WorkSmart initiative

    State government officials are hoping that easing the process of learning about Kentucky’s workforce will attract new business to the commonwealth.

    A new initiative called WorkSmart Kentucky was introduced Monday at a news conference in Frankfort by Gov. Steve Beshear and leaders of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and the cabinets for Economic Development, Education and Workforce Development and Labor.

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  • The News-Enterprise tops state advertising contest

    The News-Enterprise advertising and graphics teams were recognized last week at the Kentucky Press Association’s 2013 Advertising Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers contest. The staff earned its second consecutive first place General Excellence Award. They earned 55 awards in addition to the General Excellence Award, sweeping multiple categories.

    The winners included the following.

  • E'town woman charged with stabbing boyfriend

    An Elizabethtown woman was released on bond Monday afternoon after she was charged with second-degree assault following a stabbing at her West Poplar Street residence.

    Lashonda Fentress, 33, is accused of stabbing her boyfriend in the upper left arm Saturday night, according to an arrest citation.

    Police say the altercation began as “a verbal dispute that turned physical when Fentress grabbed a kitchen knife,” according to the citation.

    The cut to the man’s arm was 2 inches long and an inch wide, according to the citation.

  • Valentine’s Banquet provides dinner, entertainment to community

    To raise money for their youth ministry, members at Valley View Baptist Church in Vine Grove started a tradition more than 20 years ago that now is an anticipated event for the community.

  • Planning for the big day

    Wearing a bright pink sticker declaring, “I’m the bride,” Jody Oelschlager strolled Sunday through the The News-Enterprise 2014 Bridal Showcase with her daughter, Jazz, in tow.

    Oelschlager sampled wares from caterers, filling her bag with business cards, pamphlets and brochures as she made her way through Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown.

    “I’m just getting started. All I have is a ring,” said Oelschlager, who is planning a wedding for June 15, 2015. “I’m looking and getting ideas.”