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  • Working on the warning
  • Tourism continues to rise in Hardin County

    Hardin County tourism rose more than 2 percent in 2011 over the previous year, according to statistics released earlier this week by the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet.

    Local officials report the county's tourism has continued to make gains the last few years despite the nation's struggling economy.

    "It is a trend that seems to define our area," said Sherry Murphy, executive director of the Elizabethtown Tourism and Convention Bureau. "Hardin County has remained strong as far as positive growth."

  • 25th District Primary: Lee cites record, opponents point to change

    State Rep. Jimmie Lee says his record speaks for itself, but the longstanding lawmaker will have to overcome two fellow Elizabethtown Democrats to retain his seat in the Kentucky House for the 11th time.

    In the Democratic primary for the 25th District seat, Lee is challenged by perennial opponent Glenn Fonda, who works at Fort Knox in information technology and is a part-time computer science instructor, and Kendrick Bryan, a teacher and volleyball coach in LaRue County. There are no Republicans running in the district.

    The primary is May 22.

  • E’town ready to fight county’s growing pains

    Elizabethtown officials say they are willing to work with Hardin Fiscal Court on a solution to keep county offices around Public Square, but Judge-Executive Harry Berry said county government’s presence may be hindering the growth of downtown.

    Mayor Tim Walker and the Elizabethtown City Council signed a letter delivered last week to Berry and the eight county magistrates, which extended the offer of a joint project.

  • Your catch up philosophy to salvage an agreeable retirement

     Question: When is it just “too late” to start financial preparing for retirement?

    Answer: You have moved past 55 years old and are fast approaching retirement age. But you are behind on savings because of hard times, neglect or financial catastrophe. What do you do now to salvage some financial security for your later years? Create a philosophy of success.

  • Looking like Mayberry

    Vine Grove resident Jennifer Raymer tells her friends she lives in a small town just like Mayberry.

    “Every place I go, somebody knows my name,” Raymer said.

    This weekend, the resemblance was even more striking as “The Andy Griffith Show” character look-alikes wandered Optimist Park.

  • Summer reading helps lesson retention

    Children this summer are being encouraged to dream big, so the library system posing that challenge decided to do that as well. This year’s summer reading theme is “Dream Big — Read!”

    The annual program encourages children ages 3 to 18 to read. It also helps students retain information they learned in school.

  • E'town celebrates Relay for Life

    At just 7 months old, Jayvin Adams was diagnosed with leukemia. In November, he had a bone marrow transplant and six months later, on Friday, he was part of the Elizabethtown Relay for Life survivor lap.

    “I’m very thankful he’s here and able to walk as a survivor,” Jayvin’s mother, Lindsey Roark, said as she pushed the toddler around the track at Central Hardin High School.

    Roark estimated more than 20 family members and friends walked  with Jayvin in his first Relay.

  • Woman charged with assault after stabbing

    A Vine Grove woman was arrested Friday afternoon and police said she stabbed a man in the arm.

    Amanda C. Pie, 28, is charged with second-degree assault — domestic violence. Online jail records indicate she was lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center just before 10 p.m. Friday and is being held on a $10,000 cash bond.

  • Attorney takes role with human rights commission

    After more than 10 years of private practice in Elizabethtown – just more than 20 years of practicing law in general – attorney Keith D. Duerr of Louisville has been named managing attorney and general counsel for the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights in Louisville.