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  • Photo: Pritchard repairs
  • Sonora Days Festival called off for 2012

    The Sonora Days Festival, which over the years has featured a road race, parades, street vendors and entertainment, has been canceled for this year.

    Event organizers say the cost of staging the three-day event and the need for more volunteers prompted them to call off this year’s event.

    Martha Cruse, former president of the Sonora Merchants Association, said it was a difficult decision to make.

    “Money is an issue,’’ she said. “And it takes a lot of manpower to have it.’’

  • Paranormal events hoped to reap lodge repair funds

    As national TV personalities Kris Williams and Amy Bruni of “Ghost Hunters” arrive Saturday at the Morrison Lodge in Elizabethtown, the focus is on paranormal investigation.

    But the main incentive for their visit is the tangible repair and restoration of the building that has stood on the corner of Mulberry and East Poplar streets for almost 100 years.

  • Flood watch lifted

    The flood watch issued by the National Weater Service. Despite 1.5 inches of rain, Hardin County faces no further alerts.

    Based on forecast information, a flood watch was issued for much of Kentucky and parts of four neighboring states Wednesday and stretched into the early morning hours Friday.

    Gulf moisture pushed into the region by southern winds collided with a warm front and resulted in heavy rainfall.

  • HCS draft budget shows dip in general fund

    Hardin County Schools is starting the budget cycle for Fiscal Year 2013 with a general fund of $100.7 million, about $3.5 million less than what is appropriated for the FY 2012 budget.

    The budget cycle begins with a draft budget, which is an estimate of what the district can expect for the upcoming fiscal year. Not all of the necessary information is available at this time for the budget to become more specific.

  • Workshop offers help with college financial aid

    Those preparing to enter college this year can receive financial aid advice this weekend.

    Elizabethtown Community and Technical College is hosting College Goal Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday on the second floor of the Regional Postsecondary Education Center on campus. The event assists students in filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, a financial aid form required to attend most colleges, universities and technical schools.

    ECTC is one of  20 sites in Kentucky hosting the event.

  • EIS to host Community Night

    City school officials are looking to get the community at large involved in local educational issues.

    Elizabethtown Independent Schools is hosting School Community Night at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Vaughn Reno Starks Community Center. It is planned to be the first of many community nights, each with a specific topic to discuss. Monday night’s meeting will explore the achievement gap between white and black students.

  • Burke responds to wrongful death suit

    Brent Burke issued a response to the wrongful death suit filed last month in Hardin Circuit Court on behalf of his two children and former brother-in-law.

    The man who has spent more than four years behind bars denied all allegations made in the complaint, which alleges three counts of wrongful death, death by a deadly weapon and loss of consortium for the deaths of his estranged wife, Tracy, and her former mother-in-law, Karen Comer.

  • Flex Films hosting job fair today

    Hiring is expected to begin soon at Flex Films’ Elizabethtown manufacturing facility, and the company is looking for employees to round out its workforce.

    Flex Films USA, a subsidiary of India-based manufacturer Uflex Group, is hosting a job fair from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown.

  • Photo: Blowing in the wind