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  • E'town names new parks and rec director

    Elizabethtown has promoted from within in naming a new parks and recreation director.

    City Council verbally supported Mayor Edna Berger’s recommended appointment of Sports Park Director Seth Breitner to replace longtime Parks and Recreation Director Ron Sidebottom during its Monday meeting. The promotion takes effect Aug. 1, Berger said.

    Sidebottom, who was absent from the meeting and unavailable for comment Monday, is retiring after being a city mainstay for several decades. Executive Assistant Charlie Bryant said

  • Voter registration deadline approaching

    The final day to register to vote in the May 20 primary election is April 21.

    Eligible Kentucky voters must be at least 18 years of age, be a U.S. citizen and live within the state for a minimum of 28 days before the election, according to the Secretary of State's Office.

  • Bucks for Bright Ideas looking for inventive minds

    Budding inventors and creative thinkers alike may find the tools they need to turn concepts into workable businesses or sellable products through a contest open to local residents.

    The annual Bucks for Bright Ideas, a public and private funded venture, is taking applications for ideas and inventions. Roughly $30,000 worth of professional services is up for grabs for the chosen winners.

    The contest is open to applicants within the 28-county Central Region Innovation and Commercialization Center, which includes the Lincoln Trail Innovation Center in Elizabethtown.

  • A port to prosperity?

    An economic development tool in Meade County should be open this fall, providing millions of dollars in revenue through the agriculture industry by offering a regional grain market for local farmers.

    The Meade County Riverport is being developed in the Brandenburg area on the Ohio River and will be used by area producers to market, process and store grains, such as corn and wheat, said Joe Wright, chairman of the Meade County Riverport Authority.

  • Crews begin work on Vine Grove water system overhaul

    A massive overhaul of Vine Grove’s water infrastructure has begun.

    Crews with Horsley Construction Inc. began work in late March and are installing more than 150 valves, 50 fire hydrants and 33,000 feet of 6-inch pipe throughout the city. More than 350 households will benefit from the improvements with increased water flow and pressure, Mayor Blake Proffitt said.

    “This should put the water system in the best place it’s been in decades,” Proffitt said.

  • Drug arrest leads to more charges for Rineyville man

    An investigation by the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force on a Rineyville man led to several other charges in addition to a felony count of trafficking in marijuana.

    Thomas E. Sentell, 34, of the 300 block of Defew Avenue, was arrested and charged with trafficking in more than eight ounces but less than five pounds of marijuana when police found him in a van at a gas station with two teenagers.

  • Study names HMH most affordable in state

    Health care costs continue to rise for patients, but one agency has ranked Hardin Memorial Hospital the most affordable option in the state.

    HMH finished atop the rankings in a study developed by Nerdwallet, a consumer research company that provides data analysis for areas such as education, health care, insurance, investments, mortgages, shopping and travel by comparing prices to help consumers find the best options for their money.

  • Building interest in future careers

    Students at Scott Middle School on Fort Knox got to test their analytical skills and apply engineering techniques Thursday to a series of building exercises that later will be tested under natural conditions.

    Their work was watched under the eyes of engineers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which has partnered with the Department of Defense Education Activity to stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematic — STEM — disciplines.

  • Election filings: May 20 primary

    The deadline to file for most public offices passed Tuesday afternoon. This updated list of candidate filings reflects information from the Hardin County Clerk and the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office.

    The primary election will be conducted May 20.

  • From triumph to tragedy and back again: E’town couple returns to Boston Marathon

    The thrill of finishing the Boston Marathon last April quickly gave way to horror for Rick Torres and his wife, Leslie, of Elizabethtown.

    The rush of overcoming the 26.2-mile trek for Rick was erased by two explosions near the finish line, which could be heard and seen from their nearby room at the Marriott Copley Place hotel.

    Three were killed, hundreds injured. Perceptions of the venerable race were forever twisted in waves of screams, smoke and shrapnel.