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  • KU customers can receive appliance rebates

    Kentucky Utilities customers looking to upgrade to an Energy Star appliance can relieve their wallets through a new rebate program.

    KU and LG&E are offering rebates from $50 to $350 to help customers purchase new energy-efficient appliances. Customers can receive $50 for Energy Star freezers and dishwashers, $75 for washing machines, $100 for refrigerators and $300 for a heat pump water heater.

    The appliances will have an Energy Star logo, and a list of devices can be found at www.energystar.gov.

  • Shelter plans await state approval

    Plans for a tornado shelter at the Vine Grove Fire Department on Highland Avenue have been sent to the state for approval, City Clerk Jackie Johnson said during a Vine Grove City Council meeting Monday night.

    The building is planned to be a concrete rectangle capable of withstanding winds as high as 250 mph. It will have bathrooms and generators and capable of sheltering at least 400 people.

    The shelter will be paid for using a $600,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management and Protection Agency.

  • Galenski sentenced to 30 years

    A man convicted of complicity to commit  murder of a Louisville teenager found dead off Ky. 313 near Radcliff was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in prison.

    Connor J. Galenski was found guilty by a jury May 17 for firing the first shot in a series that left Mackenzie Smyser, 18, dead.

    Defense attorney Rick Hardin said he and Galenski plan to appeal the ruling, possibly Friday.

  • ER at HMH goes paperless

    Hardin Memorial Hospital has switched to a paperless system in its emergency room that is expected to speed treatment, bolster patient safety and place orders and medical records at physicians’ fingertips.

    The ER went online this week with the T-System, which places doctors’ and nurses’ orders on computers and helps the staff build a readily accessible and complete medical record for patients, said Tara Davenport, a registered nurse and ER educator at HMH. The system was phased into the department over the past 16 weeks, she said.

  • Policy limiting fireworks passes

    With new fireworks restrictions in place, Elizabethtown may find itself hustling to meet its own expectations during July 4 celebrations and other nightly events in which fireworks are used.

  • Social for deaf, hard-of-hearing is Thursday

    People with hearing impairments interested in meeting others have an opportunity at an event this week.

    A social for deaf and hard-of-hearing people in the Hardin County area is 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Freeman Lake Park’s G. Searle Pavilion in Elizabethtown. It follows one held at Moe’s Southwestern Grill at the beginning of May. The event is scheduled to last until sunset.

    Amber Hager and Sherry A. West planned the gatherings to strengthen the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.

  • E'town OKs first reading of budget, rate changes

    Elizabethtown City Council heard the first reading Monday of the $60.7 million budget introduced last week by Mayor Tim Walker.

    They also heard a first reading of an ordinance to raise the city’s sewer and water rates as outlined in Walker’s plan.

    The plan, as proposed, is roughly $3 million more than last year’s budget.  An expected $6 million deficit will be balanced with money from the city’s approximately $19 million in general reserves.

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  • Red Cross ending swim lessons after 50 years

    The Hardin/LaRue Service Center of the American Red Cross is celebrating its 50th and final summer of swim lessons at the American Legion Park pool.

    “It has been very inspiring,” said Brett Daugherty, administrative assistant at the Hardin/LaRue Center who is entering her seventh year of involvement in swim lessons. “We have kids come year after year, and you get to see them grow up.”

    The decision came from the American Red Cross, which is undergoing restructuring and wants outside providers to handle the program.

  • Color them blue: Central’s third straight state appearance ends in narrow defeat

    On the night before the biggest game of his son’s young life, Jody Krupinski had no trouble sleeping.

    It was a little more difficult for Josh Krupinski’s mom, Jacque.

    “I slept just fine,” Jody said before Central Hardin High School’s opening game Monday morning in the state baseball tournament. “My wife didn’t sleep nearly as well; she was a little nervous.”

    Such is the life of baseball parents.

    Their emotions rise and fall with each pitch, swing of the bat and umpire call.