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  • Radcliff transfers $400,000 surplus into reserves

    Radcliff city officials have a reason to smile when reviewing the 2011-12 budget cycle.

    Chief Financial Officer Chance Fox said the city was able to roll over a $400,000 surplus into reserves from a roughly $12 million budget.

    Fox said Thursday the city has transferred about $1.2 million into the reserve account during the past two budget cycles. That was possible, he said, because some accounts brought in more money than expected and departments spent less than expected.

  • E’town residents talk about downtown wishlist

    A flood of requests and ideas poured out from business owners, residents and city officials Thursday night during a brainstorming session in the First Federal Gallery of the Historic State Theater.

    Entertainment options and a neighborhood bar led the field once downtown organizers gave guests stickers to denote their favorite suggestions. The session was part of a quarterly downtown development meeting to brief locals on progress and seek community insight.

  • Picnic lunch scheduled before Cruisin'

    Although its not part of the Crusin’ the Heartland schedule, PNC Bank’s location in downtown Elizabethtown is planning a picnic event today called Cruisin Kickoff.

    From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, the bank will off free hot dogs, chips and drinks at its facility at 227 W. Dixie Ave.

    A taste of Elizabethtown event featuring menu samples from Sugar Berries, Cobbler’s Cafe, Texas Roadhouse, 2 B Thai and Heavenly Ham also will be available.

  • Health department scales back family planning services

    When seeking health care, insurance coverage typically opens doors. But the local health department is renewing its focus on the uninsured because of its own lack of funding.

    As a result of a continued series of state budget cuts, Lincoln Trail District Health Department now reserves certain services for patients without health insurance.

  • Deadline arrives for leadership program

    The deadline to apply for the 2012-13 Leadership Hardin County class is today.

    A series of monthly day-long sessions are conducted to familiarize participants with various attributes and issues involving Hardin County. It begins with a mandatory orientation retreat Sept. 7-8.

    Tuition cost is $800.

    Application forms may be submitted to the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce offices in Radcliff or Elizabethtown. If you have questions, call the chamber at 765-4334.

  • Dozen VISTA participants recognized

    United Way of Central Kentucky honored a dozen AmeriCorps volunteers earlier this week for their work with local non-profit groups to fight poverty.

    United Way administers a federal grant that has brought dozens of AmeriCorps VISTAs — Volunteers in Service to America — to work in the area. The most recent 12, who have worked in the area since 2011, were recognized Tuesday.

    The honorees and their assigned agencies are:

  • Farmers make up for loss

    For most area farmers, the idea of coming out ahead on corn they planted this past spring was abandoned several weeks ago.

    Record heat and drought conditions mean pollen died that usually would allow corn to reproduce. Plants had to use so much energy protecting themselves from the heat, they could not fill their ears to satisfaction.

    Cooler temperatures and rain now are too late to salvage the crop, which has been affected throughout most of the nation.

  • More than 300 Doe Valley lots to be auctioned

    Hundreds of lots in an exclusive housing community near Fort Knox are on the auction block this weekend.

    Doe Valley Real Estate is selling 349 developed empty lots to the highest bidder during a public auction at 10 a.m. Saturday in the gated community between Brandenburg and Muldraugh.

    Fifty-eight lots have been marked for absolute sale regardless of bid price while the corporation has reserved a minimum bid price that must be met on 291 lots, said Philip Tabb, auctioneer and broker for Hodges Auction Co.

  • Jail sees uptick in prisoners

    The Hardin County Detention Center population has grown in recent months and Jailer Danny Allen told county officials a jail expansion may be needed if growth continues.

    Allen said the average daily population has increased from roughly 592 for the first six months of 2011 to around 620 for the first six months of 2012.

    In a report Tuesday to Hardin Fiscal Court, Allen said the population can reach 660, especially when inmates serving weekend sentences check in. The monthly intake also has grown from 600 or more to as many as 750 in 2012.

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