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  • Tiered ticket prices to offset Heartland expenses

    Tiered parking fees for this weekend’s Heartland Festival were implemented to offset what could be $75,000 in expenses to host the annual festival, said Elizabethtown Events Coordinator Sarah Vaughn.

    Visitors will be able to access Freeman Lake Park in Elizabethtown for $1 on Friday night, but parking per car increases to $5 Saturday morning and afternoon, and climbs to $10 after 4 p.m. Saturday.

    Vaughn said the parking fees essentially produce income for the festival.

  • Mattingly making his mark on Vine Grove Police Department

    Nearly a year has passed since Kenny Mattingly moved into the top position at Vine Grove Police Department, the same agency where he started his law enforcement career 25 years ago.

    In 50 weeks, the chief has overseen a number of updates, including an overhaul of the department’s hiring process. Now he intends to seek state accreditation for the small department.

  • Theater owner won't show 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'

    Last weekend’s top movie for ticket sales isn’t coming to Hardin County.

    Lee Daniels’ The Butler” brought in an estimated $25 million on its opening weekend with its portrayal of Cecil Gaines, who served eight U.S. presidents as a butler in the White House.

    Movie Palace and Showtime Cinemas owner Ike Boutwell said selling more tickets to the popular movie, which features Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan, isn’t a good enough reason to play the movie in his theater.

  • House overwhelmingly passes redistricting plan

    State Rep. Jimmie Lee called for an overhaul of the redistricting process and a rewrite of Kentucky’s Constitution after the House overwhelmingly passed a plan Wednesday to redraw district boundaries that divide Hardin County into six legislative districts.

    “It didn’t pass with my vote,” said Lee, a Democrat from Elizabethtown.

    The 83-17 vote indicated bipartisan approval, and the bill is expected to sail through the Senate, which could vote Friday. 

  • Church celebrates Women's Equality Day

    Women gained the right to vote 93 years ago next week. This weekend, a local church commemorates the anniversary by recognizing the achievements of local women, along with a nod to first lady Michelle Obama.

    All Nations Worship Ministries hosts its annual Women’s Equality Day event at 4 p.m. Sunday at the church at 110 Wiselyn Drive in Radcliff. National Women’s Equality Day is Aug. 26.

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  • Boil water advisory lifted in Vine Grove

    Vine Grove officials announced Wednesday the boil water advisory for the community has been lifted. The advisory was issued Monday afternoon after a water main at the corner of Oak Street and Ky. 144 broke.

    Issuing a boiled water advisory is a standard precautionary measure after a line break. It lasts until a water sample can be tested by the state to be sure that it is safe for human consumption.

  • Heartland Festival returns with mix of old and new

    With a mix of homegrown staples and new attractions, Heartland Festival in the Park will consume Freeman Lake and Elizabethtown this weekend.

    The two-day celebration is bringing back popular attractions such as the balloon glow, canoe races and the annual downtown parade while featuring some new attractions, including a BMX show and a return performance Saturday night by country music artist Tracy Lawrence.

  • Family supports Kosair after child's life saved

    Andrea and Casey Palmer never expected to be in the hospital seven weeks after bringing home their newborn daughter.

    The Radcliff residents spent three weeks in intensive care and two weeks on another floor at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville when their first born, Lexi, was diagnosed with infantile botulism.

    The weeks they spent in the hospital and the years after have made the family members solid supporters of the hospital.

  • Guthrie fields questions in town hall forums

    U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie explained a strategy for repealing Obamacare, explained his vote on behalf of a National Security Agency telephone monitoring and fielded questions Tuesday ranging from bureaucratic burdens to veterans benefits and pediatric arthritis.  

    Without the aid of notes, the Republican Congressman stood before back-to-back town hall gatherings in Hodgenville and Elizabethtown fielding questions from residents across the political spectrum.