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  • City pursuing FEMA grant to acquire flood-prone property

    Elizabethtown City Council on Monday authorized a resolution regarding a grant application to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the acquisition and demolition of a flood-prone property at 102 Severns St.

    Robert Bush, director of stormwater management, said the city has asked for around $80,000, which would require a match of a little more than $10,000 from the city. The grant, if awarded, would cover the cost of acquisition and demolition as well as other expenses, such as testing for asbestos and restoring the lot, Bush said.

  • Surburbia closes in on the farm
  • Alcohol servers could face monetary, criminal repercussions for selling to minors

    With alcohol now on store shelves in Hardin County’s three largest cities, store employees not only could face license revocation or suspension but also a fine and a misdemeanor charge if caught serving to minors.

    “As a cashier selling liquor, you can get in a lot of trouble selling to a minor or an intoxicated person,” said Bruce Blevins, store manager at E.W. James & Sons Supermarket in Elizabethtown. “You could be held liable if that person drives off and kills someone.”

  • Judge grants dismissal of charges against ex-teacher

    Hardin Circuit Judge Kelly Mark Easton granted the prosecutor’s motion Wednesday to dismiss the indictment against Steven Gray, the former Central Hardin High School teacher accused of having sexual contact with two female students and scolded the local commonwealth’s attorney.

    Though the judge ultimately approved the motion, he identified in a written order several problems with both the statute the former teacher was accused of violating and the Commonwealth’s Attorney Office’s presentation of its case.

  • City audit finds weaknesses in financial reporting but no major deficiencies

    An independent audit revealed the city of Elizabethtown is fiscally sound but provided guidance on how the city and the Elizabethtown Airport Board could improve weaknesses found in financial reporting.

    Brian Woosley, a certified public accountant with Stiles, Carter & Associates P.S.C., presented a summary of the audit findings to the Elizabethtown City Council on Monday during its voting meeting.

  • Empty Bowls event today helps feed hungry

    Warm Blessings is known for filling the plates of people in need.

    But those who visit the organization’s building Saturday on East Dixie Avenue in Elizabethtown will leave with empty bowls.

    A handmade, ceramic bowl is given to anyone who makes a $15 donation to the organization during the Empty Bowls fundraiser from 4 to 7 p.m.

    Other donations are accepted.

  • E'town woman killed in Sunday wreck

    An Elizabethtown woman was killed Sunday in a car crash in the 3000 block of St. John Road just outside the Elizabethtown city limits.

    Amanda Lyons, 30, died in the crash. Police released the name of the victim Monday.

    Deputy Pat Elmore with the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the fatal wreck, which involved a Chevrolet pickup truck and a Honda four-door passenger car. Elmore said Lyons was not married but had one child, who was not in the vehicle.

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  • Black educator reflects on integration

    Mary Lois Smith began her 38-year career in education on the cusp of integration.

    The 84-year-old remembers becoming a teacher’s assistant in Hardin County at Bond-Washington School in Elizabethtown a year before other schools in the county absorbed students who attended the all-black school.

    What Smith remembers most about one of the most contentious events of its time in national race relations is how smoothly it went in Hardin County.

  • Closing a gap: Brother to Brother

    The little white house at 100 Gallery Place in Elizabethtown bustled with volunteers hurrying to renovate the former residence of Charles and Emma Reno Connor in time for its Black History Month open house.

    Ten of the volunteers were young men with Brother to Brother, a locally run program that works to empower young black men with English, math and life skills, said Toni Perry, assistant director.