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  • Schmidt's firm paid nearly $150,000 for HCU, Vision Project consultations

    Luke Schmidt and his Louisville-based firm, L.B. Schmidt & Associates LLC, received nearly $150,000 in consultation fees for work on the Hardin County Vision Project and his role as a consultant for Hardin County United, according to documents retrieved from the Lincoln Trail Area Development District through a News-Enterprise investigation.

    Residents who spoke out against unification openly asked Hardin County Judge-Executive Harry Berry how much Schmidt and HCU were being paid to “push their agenda.”

  • Tourism shows support for Patton museum
  • Mower rollover victim was Army veteran, fisherman

    A Vine Grove man killed Thursday afternoon when a lawn mower he was riding overturned, was a U.S. Army veteran and an avid fisherman.

    Thomas G. “Greg” Spence worked for Whispering Hills Lawn Service in Vine Grove.

    “He was a great employee,” said Jeff Brown, owner of the lawn service. “You couldn’t ask for anyone better; he was an excellent worker.”

  • Foreclosures rise in 2012

    After a significant drop in foreclosures last year, Hardin County is seeing the numbers creep up again as lenders’ documentation problems are sorted out.

    Hardin County Master Commissioner Paul Musselwhite said foreclosures stabilized for six to seven years with an average of 280 to 300 foreclosure sales annually — until the bottom fell out of the housing market and foreclosures peaked in 2009.

    During that time, Musselwhite’s workload increased dramatically as the recession roiled. He said he processed 507 foreclosures before the year closed.

  • Three more arrested after attempting to buy pseudoephedrine at Walmart

    For the second day in a row, a group of men were arrested after a Greater Hardin Narcotics Task Force detective reportedly witnessed them attempting to buy pseudoephedrine at Walmart in Elizabethtown.

    On Wednesday, task force Detective Rob Green said he was shopping when he observed three men attempting to buy pseudoephedrine, which they were denied.

  • Festival brings fresh, familiar events to E’town

    This year’s Heartland Festival has a longer name and recent additions to the schedule will be mixed with familiar favorites.

    The revamped Heartland Festival in the Park begins tonight. The first events at 5 p.m. serve as the debut for the new city-run event.

    The City of Elizabethtown, in partnership with the Elizabethtown Tourism and Convention Bureau, is coordinating the festival. City Events Coordinator Sarah Vaughn said this is a time of transition for the decades-old festival, which is centered at Freeman Lake Park.

  • Vine Grove man dies when mower overturns

    A 47-year-old Vine Grove man died Thursday from what the deputy coroner calls massive head trauma when his lawn mower rolled over.

    Thomas G. Spence was declared dead at the scene around 3:20 p.m., said Kenneth Spangenberger, Hardin County deputy coroner.

  • Man killed in lawn mower rollover

    A Vine Grove man was killed Thursday when a lawn mower  he was operating rolled over near the intersection of Lincoln Trail Boulevard and Hill Street on the eastern edge of Vine Grove.

    Vine Grove Police Chief Dale Riggs said Thomas G. “Greg” Spence, who worked for Whispering Hills Lawn Service, was mowing on a hill side with a “steep grade” when his zero-turn mower lost traction and rolled over, landing on top of him.

  • Sinister Tombs deemed ‘too scary’ for Heartland Festival parade

    Since 2003, Sinister Tombs Haunted House in Eastview and its black 1973 Cadillac hearse has been featured in the Heartland Festival parade eight times. However, this year, owner Marvin Skaggs said the hearse and $300 worth of candy he purchased for the parade will go unused Saturday.

    According to an Aug. 10 letter Skaggs received from the parade committee chairman and Elizabethtown’s events coordinator, the haunted house’s application was denied because the “entry is too scary and does not promote the theme and festival of the parade.”

  • Parks mark Founders Day with special programs

    National parks including Abraham Lincoln sites in LaRue County will celebrate Founders Day with special programs Saturday.

    The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park hosts a free Junior Rangers Program at 10 a.m., noon, and 1 and 3 p.m.

    “We’re going to be talking about the founding of the park service, the type of resources the park service preserves and the many hats of the employees of the program,” said park superintendent Bill Justice.