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  • Water District No. 2 finds savings by refinancing

    By refinancing $6.25 million in debt, Hardin County Water District No. 2 recently achieved a 17 percent savings.

    Based on a winning bid from Raymond James and Associates, the water district calculated its net interest cost was reduced 3.01 percent for a gross savings in excess of $1.9 million over the next 28 years. The present value of the savings equates to $1,028,495, according to a statement issued by the district.

  • Records show DUIs on the rise in 2012

    Arrests for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Hardin County increased by more than 25 percent during the first six months of 2012, according to data obtained from the Hardin County Detention Center’s intake records.

    County Attorney Jenny Oldham provided The News-Enterprise data detailing DUI and alcohol intoxication in public arrests from 2009 to August 2012.

    According to those numbers, 520 drivers were arrested for DUIs during the first six months of 2012 compared to 409 during the same period last year, an increase of 27 percent.

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  • Hosparus helps Elizabethtown man visit his beloved hobby

    Many people think of “bucket” lists with a wistful eye toward sandy beaches, cruises to ports unknown or helicopter rides.

    For Joseph Kareth of Elizabethtown, a 94-year-old Hosparus patient, his dream trip included a much shorter and simpler journey. He wanted to go to his own basement.

    With the help of his Hosparus nurse, Melissa Griffin, and Certified Nursing Assistant Jorge Rosabal, he recently made it down a flight of stairs for the first time in nearly a year.

  • County adopts Purple Heart designation

    Hardin Fiscal Court approved a motion Tuesday paying tribute to Purple Heart recipients.

    The county plans to issue a proclamation deeming Hardin County a Purple Heart county, a gesture that follows action by cities like Elizabethtown and Vine Grove to adopt this designation.

  • Summer concert ticket sales heating up

    Ticket sales for Friday’s concert at Freeman Lake Park have picked up in the past two weeks, said Elizabethtown Events Coordinator Sarah Vaughn.

    “They’ve been a little bit of a slow start, but that’s common when you have an event that’s not right in the middle of the summer,” she said.

  • Living in the face of forgetting

    Barrett Cummings of Elizabethtown seemed to know at times something was wrong with him.

    The man who had been a local resident since the 1960s, went into the U.S. Air Force at 17 years old, worked as a firefighter for 21 years and helped build about 40 area houses was losing himself.

    In 2009, at 82 years old, Cummings died from Alzheimer’s disease.

    The disease is the most common form of dementia and has no cure. Symptoms can include difficulty remembering recent events, confusion, mood swings, trouble with language and long-term memory loss.

  • Ex-soldier attempts to withdraw guilty plea

    Despite attempting to withdraw a guilty plea, a former Fort Knox soldier arrested last June on a charge of incest was sentenced Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court to 20 years in prison.

    Aubra Green III, 25, was accused of engaging in sexual activity between October 2009 and September 2010 with a female relative younger than 18 in their Radcliff home, according to court records.

    In a previous interview, Radcliff Police Department spokesman Bryce Shumate said a sexual assault test was performed on the girl, and the charge was based on DNA sampling.

  • EPD gets help from man's best friend

    One of the newest members of the Elizabethtown Police Department likes nothing more than chewing on a green tennis ball.

    The 9-year-old police dog, Niko, only sees the ball when it’s time for him to hunt for marijuana, crack cocaine, powdered cocaine, methamphetamines or heroine. He gets to play with the ball as his handler, Officer Chris Bland, pulls at the ball with an attached string.

    The Belgian malinois donated by the Louisville Metro Police Department arrived in the area a few weeks ago and has already assisted in a drug bust at a traffic stop.