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  • ER at HMH goes paperless

    Hardin Memorial Hospital has switched to a paperless system in its emergency room that is expected to speed treatment, bolster patient safety and place orders and medical records at physicians’ fingertips.

    The ER went online this week with the T-System, which places doctors’ and nurses’ orders on computers and helps the staff build a readily accessible and complete medical record for patients, said Tara Davenport, a registered nurse and ER educator at HMH. The system was phased into the department over the past 16 weeks, she said.

  • Policy limiting fireworks passes

    With new fireworks restrictions in place, Elizabethtown may find itself hustling to meet its own expectations during July 4 celebrations and other nightly events in which fireworks are used.

  • Social for deaf, hard-of-hearing is Thursday

    People with hearing impairments interested in meeting others have an opportunity at an event this week.

    A social for deaf and hard-of-hearing people in the Hardin County area is 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Freeman Lake Park’s G. Searle Pavilion in Elizabethtown. It follows one held at Moe’s Southwestern Grill at the beginning of May. The event is scheduled to last until sunset.

    Amber Hager and Sherry A. West planned the gatherings to strengthen the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.

  • E'town OKs first reading of budget, rate changes

    Elizabethtown City Council heard the first reading Monday of the $60.7 million budget introduced last week by Mayor Tim Walker.

    They also heard a first reading of an ordinance to raise the city’s sewer and water rates as outlined in Walker’s plan.

    The plan, as proposed, is roughly $3 million more than last year’s budget.  An expected $6 million deficit will be balanced with money from the city’s approximately $19 million in general reserves.

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  • Red Cross ending swim lessons after 50 years

    The Hardin/LaRue Service Center of the American Red Cross is celebrating its 50th and final summer of swim lessons at the American Legion Park pool.

    “It has been very inspiring,” said Brett Daugherty, administrative assistant at the Hardin/LaRue Center who is entering her seventh year of involvement in swim lessons. “We have kids come year after year, and you get to see them grow up.”

    The decision came from the American Red Cross, which is undergoing restructuring and wants outside providers to handle the program.

  • Color them blue: Central’s third straight state appearance ends in narrow defeat

    On the night before the biggest game of his son’s young life, Jody Krupinski had no trouble sleeping.

    It was a little more difficult for Josh Krupinski’s mom, Jacque.

    “I slept just fine,” Jody said before Central Hardin High School’s opening game Monday morning in the state baseball tournament. “My wife didn’t sleep nearly as well; she was a little nervous.”

    Such is the life of baseball parents.

    Their emotions rise and fall with each pitch, swing of the bat and umpire call.

  • Crucial minutes: CPR saves veteran’s life

    Jerry Parker is a veteran and Purple Heart recipient, past marathon runner, frequent walker and a practitioner of good habits.

    “He’s the picture of health,” said Melanie Parker Hibbard, his daughter.

    That’s why the 64-year-old’s sudden collapse recently at Creekside Park in Hodgenville came as an utter surprise.

    After breaking into a run with grandson Trevor Knox, who was conditioning for football for Central Hardin High School, Parker leaned into the 15-year-old.

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  • E’town reaping benefits of expanded alcohol sales

    With beer sales active in Hardin County for nearly six months, Elizabethtown is starting to reap some of the benefits of expanded alcohol sales.

    City Finance Director Steve Park said the city has collected around $111,000 in regulatory fees levied against beer sales and another $7,700 in package liquor sales since voters took action to expand alcohol sales in October.

    “That’s just the tip of the iceberg,” Park said, noting that several liquor stores approved by the state have not yet opened their doors.