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  • One street under boil water advisory

    Because of a water main break, a boil-water advisory has been issued for residents of one Hodgenville street.

    All homeowners along Fairview Drive should boil water to remove impurities before human or animal consumption, Mayor Terry Cruse said Tuesday. The rest of the city's water supply is unaffected, he said.

  • E'town homes part of Park Avenue drainage plan

    Engineers received direction on a drainage project they say would create upstream storage near T.K. Stone Middle School and should alleviate perpetual flooding in the Poplar Drive area.

    Elizabethtown City Council advised Executive Assistant Charlie Bryant and Stormwater Management Director Robert Bush to pursue a design package for the Park Avenue Drainage Project that Bush believes will save money but require the acquisition of several properties.

  • County issues burn advisory

    A day after Elizabethtown, Radclif and Vine Grove issued a ban on open burning, rural residents received the same alert.

    Hardin County government issued a burn advisory Tuesday instructing residents to refrain from open and outdoor burning.

    Residents also are advised to use caution around combustible materials and when handling fireworks.

    The bans could remain in effect for some time with weather forecasts indicating a particularly brutal stretch of heat moving into the area that would place temperatures at or above 100 degrees for several days.

  • UPDATE: Burn bans enacted locally amid drought conditions

    With drought conditions worsening, the cities of Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove enacted burn bans Monday. Hardin County government issued a similar declaration Tuesday morning.

    The bans prohibit outdoor burning until the area sees more rainfall.

    “The moderate drought conditions that exist, with no rain in the immediate forecast, make any outdoor burning very hazardous due to the potential for rapid spread of flame in even short grass,” Elizabethtown Chief Fire Inspector Rusty Todd said in a statement issued on behalf of the three departments.

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  • HCS academic volunteers may dodge fee

    Hardin County Schools and some of its volunteers won’t have to pay a $10 fee for background checks.

    A volunteer that has filled out a state criminal records check and was approved for last school year or before July 1 for the upcoming school year is an approved volunteer from this point forward.

    Anyone else is considered a new volunteer and must fill out a state criminal records check form.

    Board members have agreed to pay the fee for new volunteers serving in academic activities.

  • Proposed grant program would assist downtown improvements

    Heath Seymour on Monday proposed a new business incentive grant program for downtown while updating Elizabethtown City Council about the status of city-owned properties in the downtown district.

    The Downtown Property Improvement Grant program would be open to business or property owners who have downtown properties and plan improvements.

  • Lincoln Village hit by budget issues

    Lincoln Village Youth Development Center will transfer residents receiving care next month when it takes on a new purpose.

    The decision was made because of budget constraints, said Stacy Floden, communications director for the Kentucky Juvenile Justice Department.

  • Tarafa involved in 2009 stabbing death

    Robert J. Tarafa, accused of shooting a man nine times in a fatal argument over a woman, was involved in a stabbing death in 2009.

    In addition to murder, the 26-year-old Elizabethtown man faces charges of tampering with physical evidence, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and receiving stolen property relating to the June 8 shooting at Memorial Apartments in Elizabethtown.

    A grand jury will determine whether there is enough evidence to proceed to trial. Tarafa is accused of killing Frank Knapp, 32, who was visiting a woman both men had dated.

  • Open records ruling instructs local official to comply

    A request for public records, even if indirect and hidden in the body of letter, must be honored, the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office said in a ruling regarding the local county attorney.