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  • Once a dream, now a reality

    Less than a week remains before Elizabethtown hosts opening day for one of the most controversial projects in the city’s history, and Elizabethtown Sports Park has a burden to be successful to dispel expectations of failure from those who opposed its creation.

    The roughly 160-acre facility nearly is complete as contractors run through their final punch lists, said director Seth Breitner. Maintenance crews are mowing and weed eating the park, stocking equipment, training staff and coordinating health inspections for its concession stands.

  • Mini Mikes win look-alike contest

    A man sporting firefighter pants, suspenders and boots walked on stage holding the hands of a pair of boys who were younger versions of him.

    The three waved simultaneously as judges deliberated the winners of the parent/child look-a-like contest while the Tina Turner and Rod Stewart version of “It Takes Two” sounded from speakers.

    The 6- and 5-year-old boys had the same buzzcuts, ears and grins as their father. They even wore the same clothing.

  • Miracle Field stands as 'crown jewel' of park

    Elizabethtown Mayor Tim Walker looked over the pristine condition of Miracle Field at Elizabethtown Sports Park and noted the special quality of the turf.

    Beyond its idyllic green sheen, the field represents advancement for the city, rendering a service to disabled athletes only offered in a small number of sports parks in the U.S. The city is aware only of one other field like it in the state, which is in Lexington.

  • Elizabethtown Sports Park Q & A with Seth Breitner

    SportsParkDirector Seth Breitner sat down with The News-Enterpriseduring a tour of the park last week and discussed several aspects of its operation:


    NE: What will serve as the main entrance to the park?

  • Officials say 'first-class' staff needed to keep quality of park high

    As the adage goes, you only get one chance to make a good first impression.

    And in rolling out Elizabethtown Sports Park to the eyes of the public next weekend, Elizabethtown officials said the city cannot afford to shirk on staffing because it would sacrifice quality in doing so.

    In its 2012-13 budget, Elizabethtown set aside more than $650,000 to pay salaries and wages for the park, which was budgeted to include eight full-time positions, 10 seasonal maintenance and support staff and as many as 50 part-time concession workers, if needed.

  • NAACP revamping awards

    In response to old ways that didn’t quite work, the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is reforming its award nomination process, according to chapter President Marcus Ray.

    The NAACP gives out awards every year at the Freedom Fund Banquet in August to recognize community members who have contributed in some way.

    However, recipients have been chosen by the president of the organization in the past, which excludes community input and devalues the award, Ray said.

  • Mud sling holds family ties

    An engine revs. Drivers floor the gas. Thick mud flings high into the air in all directions. Tires swerve on the slick arena — all in a matter of seconds.

    That was the picture Friday night during the Mud Sling at the Hardin County Community Fair where hundreds of fans gathered during humid weather to a sport that’s a family treasure for some.

  • Library closed Friday

    The main branch of the Hardin County Public Library at 100 Jim Owen Drive in Elizabethtown will be closed Friday for routine maintenance and to reconfigure some library spaces.

    The bookdrop will be available to accept returned items. The Bookmobile and North Branch at 800 South Logsdon Parkway in Radcliff will operate as usual.

  • History museum to honor 1812 war veteran

    Just because something is buried deep in history and somewhat forgotten doesn’t mean it has no impact today.

    The Hardin County History Museum will remember a piece of the past with the gravemarking of Capt. Christopher Miller, a soldier from Hardin County who was involved in the War of 1812, at 1 p.m. July 23 at the Freeman Lake Park Miller-Thomas Cemetery. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the war.

  • Women injured in crash

    GRAYSON COUNTY — Two Grayson County women were seriously injured in a vehicle collision.

    Kentucky State Police responded at about 6:25 p.m. Wednesday to the 9500 block of Ky. 54 in Grayson County to investigate an injury crash.

    Tonya Maxey, 37, of Falls of Rough, was eastbound on Ky. 54 in a 1994 Chevrolet van when the vehicle ran off the right shoulder of the road for unknown reasons and struck a concrete culvert, according to police.