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  • Vine Grove hopes to bring Mayberry to life

    acoulter@thenewsenterprise.com
    Vine Grove residents will find themselves in the middle of a spring day in Mayberry next year.
    Officials are changing the traditional Spring Fling to Mayberry Days, based on “The Andy Griffith Show.”
    The event’s name might be tweaked, but plans for April 28 include placing checkerboards, tables and chairs along Main Street and asking residents to dress as Mayberry characters.

  • Red Cross opens cooling center in Pritchard

    With Hardin and LaRue counties under heat advisory Monday and Tuesday, the American Red Cross opened a cooling center in Pritchard Community Center.

    Red Cross volunteer Bobby Thompson said the organization will open a cooling center depending on orders from Hardin County's Emergency Management Department.

    "We let the people who are in charge tell us what to do," Thompson said. "If it's not really hot (Wednesday), we may not open."

  • Miss Hardin County Fair crowned

    After finishing as second runner-up last year and winning titles in other county fairs, Elizabethtown resident Brittany Beauchamp is now able to wear the Miss Hardin County Fair crown.

    Beauchamp won the 2011 Miss Hardin County Fair Pageant on Monday in the annual start to the fair. She beat first runner-up Alysha Benitez-White, and second runner-up and Miss Congeniality Candace Cox.

  • Area under excessive heat advisory

    Hardin and LaRue counties are under an excessive heat warning remains in effect until 10 p.m. today according to the National Weather Service.

    Temperatures today and into the evening, outside of any thunderstorm activity, will range between 95 and 100 degrees. These temperatures combined with dew points in the middle 70s to near 80 will produce heat index values ranging from 105 to 115 degrees or higher.

  • E'town appoints sports park director

    After receiving more than 75 resumes from 20 or more states, Elizabethtown leaders have chosen a director for Elizabethtown Sports Park.

    City Council unanimously voted Monday to appoint Seth Breitner as director of the still-under development park, a class 10 department head position.

    Executive Assistant Charlie Bryant said Breitner’s starting salary is approximately $58,000. His expected start date is Sept. 6, if not sooner, Mayor Tim Walker said.

  • Beauty is in the eyes of the judges

    Whitney McKoy preferred chocolate chips and powdered sugar on culinary judging entries at the Hardin County Community Fair.

    McKoy, a John Hardin High School graduate and Franklin County Youth Development agent, while judging the competition also realized how much she likes butterscotch pie with meringue.

    “This is good,” she said after swallowing a mouthful and digging her fork into the piece again. “This is really good.”

    Soon after, the pie had a blue ribbon on top.

  • U.S. 31W access plan comes under fire again

    A controversial plan to restrict median access on a 10-mile stretch of U.S. 31W — the “Dixie” — connecting Elizabethtown and Radcliff suffered another blow Monday from city officials critical of the design.

    State officials presented the plan to Radcliff City Council and were met with criticism as city leaders said the plan could cause more crashes and would restrict access for emergency responders.

  • Man charged in neighbor’s shooting to be arraigned today

    An Elizabethtown man accused of killing his 36-year-old neighbor in her home will be arraigned in circuit court today.

    According to Kentucky State Police, Joshua Hines, 24, shot Toni Ballard on April 7 in her home on Bardstown Road.

    Hines placed the 911 call himself and confessed to the shooting, KSP Det. Jason Propes said at a probable cause hearing in April. Hines also told police a revolver found in his home was the weapon used in the shooting.

  • Y.E.S. makes final push for signatures with direct mail campaign

    Yes for Economic Success is making one final push to attract enough petitioners to bring a special option election to three Hardin County cities concerning expanded alcohol sales.

    Y.E.S. launched the final phase of its direct mail campaign this week in Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove to collect the number of names needed to place the issue on the ballot.

    Hardin County Clerk Kenny Tabb has said the group needs to gather 1,990 signatures in Elizabethtown, 1,182 in Radcliff and 468 in Vine Grove to meet its goal.

  • ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Radcliff veteran Joe Barany shares several stories from battle

    Radcliff resident Joe Barany entered the U.S. Army at the end of World War II, serving occupation duty in post-war Germany, where he developed a rapport with the German people.

    Later, he battled a frigid winter fighting in Korea and returned to the combat zone in Vietnam, where he saw first-hand the brutalities of war while managing a mortuary in Saigon.