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  • Former Hardin lawn care business lands on BBB's 'Bad Guys' list

    A Hardin County business that was shut down in 2011 after its owner was lodged in the county’s jail was included in the area’s Better Business Bureau’s “Bad Guys 2011” list, a computer-generated compilation of regional businesses with the most unanswered and unresolved consumer complaints.

    Hardin County Lawn Care, owned by Cecilia resident Donald Simoneit Jr., was featured No. 6 on the Bad Guys list.

  • Hardin County cattle farmer inducted into Hall of Fame

    Bill Goodman has been cattle farming since he was 5 years old.

    The Elizabethtown resident began helping his father on land his father bought in 1925 to raise various crops and livestock. Goodman never has known a time when he didn’t know he would one day farm like his father.

    “I never got out of it,” Goodman, 85, said.

    Still, he didn’t expect to be honored for a lifetime of farm living.

  • EIS budget projections 'not a rosy picture'

    Elizabethtown Independent Schools officials aren’t totally sure what to expect for their budget for the upcoming school year.

    It probably won’t be good, Superintendent Gary French said to school board members Thursday during a special meeting.

    “We do know listening to the governor’s presentation of his budget, it’s not a rosy picture,” he said. “We knew that.”

  • Officials discuss downtown design guidelines

    Elizabethtown-Hardin County Heritage Council Executive Director Heath Seymour said city officials are determined to breathe life back into downtown so residents won’t feel the need to travel to Bardstown or Louisville.

    “We want to see all the places (in downtown) filled up,” Seymour said. “We want to see some life down here.”

  • CHHS hosts region cheerleading competition

    Central Hardin High School is hosting the Kentucky Association of Pep Organization Sponsors Region 5 cheerleading competition Saturday.

    The competition begins at 1 p.m. in the main gymnasium at CHHS and concludes that afternoon. According to the KAPOS handbook, the winning team at regional competition advances to the state-at-large competition.

    The state competition is Feb. 18 at Western Kentucky University’s Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, according to the website.

  • Photo: Radcliff facility gets fresh look
  • Owners of former Sonora market face civil suit

    The owners of the former Sammy’s Market in Sonora are the subject of a civil suit filed earlier this month after allegedly falling behind on credit payments.

    Owned by Sammy and Nelda Wooten, Sammy’s Market closed its doors in October after 35 years in business. The locally owned market consisted of a store and gas station.

    In an interview with The News-Enterprise last October, the couple said they were trying to sell the property at 490 E. Western Ave.

    They have retained an attorney, Nelda Wooten said, but she declined to comment further.

  • Hundreds converge on job fair

    Pritchard Community Center was bursting at the seams Thursday as applicants piled into the facility to file applications and seek interviews for the first round of jobs at Flex Films’ Elizabethtown manufacturing facility.

    The India-based flexible films manufacturer is looking to fill 30 to 40 production positions initially, said Tommy Wheatley, regional program manager for the Office of Employment and Training in Elizabethtown.

  • 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.’’