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  • Berry proposes another lean budget

    Hardin County government will live lean for another year if Hardin Fiscal Court adopts Judge-Executive Harry Berry’s proposed budget.

    Berry has outlined a $30.4 million budget, about 2.1 percent larger than last year’s budget, which was one of the lowest in years at $29 million.

    Berry said Monday the 2012-13 budget is only about $600,000 larger than last year’s spending plan but the county is not expected to tap into its reserves.

    “In a $30.4 million budget, that’s down in the weeds,” he said of the modest increase.

  • Reality TV star visits E'town

    Amy Roloff knows about challenges.

    She stands chest-high to most women she meets, which has been the basis of social and workplace discrimination in her life.

    She didn’t used to keep posters on her walls or look through magazines.

    “I never wanted to look at anything that I never could become,” she said.

    Working to become comfortable as a little person has given her an appreciation of the challenges others faced.

    “To my world, everyone is big,” she said.

  • LaRue County principal appears on KET tonight

    Paul Mullins, principal of LaRue County High School, recently was interviewed for a special television program about valuing teachers in Kentucky schools. It is scheduled to air statewide at 9 tonight on KET.

    Mullins and Rita Muratalla, principal of Zoneton Middle School in Bullitt County, were the only active administrators among those interviewed.

  • Senior Life: Families working together

    Ever heard the expression, “one big happy family”? Who has been a member of the “one big happy family”? Even in the best of situations, this cliché can be hard to achieve in difficult situations, and harder to maintain over a long period of time.

  • Photo: Up with the old, down with the new
  • City joins nationwide hunger competition

    Elizabethtown residents have the chance to earn thousands of meals and $1 million to fight hunger locally.

    The city was selected by the effort Fighting Hunger Together as one of 200 communities across the nation with high unemployment rates that might increase the number of residents who are unsure about where their meals will come from.

    A December report from the U.S. Conference of Mayors listed unemployment as the leading cause of hunger in American cities.

  • Legislators talk redistricting

    Area residents listened and asked questions of state representatives Saturday at the 2012 Legislative Breakfast meeting for residents of Hardin County.

    The most talked-about issue was redistricting, legislators’ job of approving district line changes based on results of the 2010 census.

    Sen. Dennis Parrett, D-Elizabethtown, said he filed a bill that has not and may never have a hearing to put the process in the hands of an outside commission and have legislators vote on the commission’s proposal.

  • Under-age DUIs bring adult penalties

    Norman Chaffins, a 17-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police, has worked more than 100 fatal wrecks since he began his career at Post 4 in Elizabethtown. One of those, he recalled, was a head-on collision on Watershed Road in Caneyville involving a 17-year-old drunken driver and a car carrying four passengers, two of whom were children younger than 5.

    “It happened in 2009,” said Chaffins, Post 4’s public affairs officer. “(The driver) was 17 at the time of the crash, but he turned 18 and was tried as an adult.”

  • The high cost of making an impact

    The Hardin County court system mandates teen and adult DUI offenders attend a Victim Impact Program in which attendees learn that for victims and their families, the effects of drunken or drugged driving do not end with a wreck or incarceration.

    Rose’Shell Davidson, 70, of Cox’s Creek, has organized Hardin County’s VIP for five years. In 2000, Davidson lost her only children, John, 29, and Jennifer, 20, to a drunken driver who had been celebrating his birthday with friends.

  • PHOTOS: E'town commemorates sesquicentennial with walking tour