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  • E'town approves more than $500K in equipment purchases for sports park

    Elizabethtown City Council on Monday approved roughly $520,000 worth of equipment purchases for Elizabethtown Sports Park with more equipment requests expected.

    The purchases are part of a sizable list of maintenance items needed for upkeep of the park and its fields once the park opens this summer.

    Seth Breitner, park director, said Monday’s purchases are big-ticket, specialty mowing and field equipment needed to properly maintain, trim and fertilize sports fields and differ from normal mowing equipment.

  • Liquor stores report brisk sales, happy customers

    Just as beer sales surpassed expectations in the first weeks, the first liquor outlets in Hardin County are reporting brisk business.

    The day after the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control announced license recipients Feb. 21, Best Buy Liquor Outlet arrived at Radcliff City Hall to pay for its $1,500 local license.

    Harry Patel, who operated a convenience store on Rogersville Road near its intersection with South Wilson Road, quickly cleared shelves to make room for liquor and wine supplies at Best Buy Liquor Outlet.

  • Afterschool program finds new home

    Nelle Thomas’ hope to find a new home for Kids Café by spring has materialized.

    The agency’s name has changed to Mission Hope for Kids, but the mission to improve the lives of Hardin County’s youth remains, said Thomas, who serves as executive director.

  • Three vehicles involved in interstate head-on collision

    A head-on collision Sunday night near the 101-mile marker of Interstate 65 left two women and a 9-year-old child injured.

    Shelly Thrasher, 30, of Louisville was driving north on I-65 in a 2006 Toyota Corolla, according to Kentucky State Police. For unknown reasons, the Corolla drifted right and struck the guardrail, causing her to veer left, crossing the northbound lanes and median and into the path of southbound traffic.

  • Cyclist injured in collision on Dixie

    Elizabethtown Police Department responded to an injury wreck involving a motorcycle Monday morning on West Dixie Avenue.

    David K. Curry, 42, of Elizabethtown, was riding a blue 2006 Yamaha motorcycle, police say. Curry had just turned from North Mantle Avenue and was northbound on Dixie when the cycle collided with the left side of a silver 2005 GMC driven by Willis E. Rich Jr., 76, of Elizabethtown.

    Rich was leaving the McDonald's parking lot to pull onto the road when the wreck occurred just after 7:30 a.m., according to an EPD news release.

  • Area agencies to host community baby shower today

    A number of community agencies will come together this week to assist new and expectant mothers in Hardin County.

    Local organizations are hosting a community baby shower from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown. The shower will offer baby gifts and information on having a healthy baby and the local resources to make that possible.

    The event is sponsored by Communicare, Family Resource Centers of local school districts, Hardin County Schools Cradle School and the Lincoln Trail District Health Department.

  • Senior Life: Life after caregiving

    Change is constant.

    It’s actually the only thing in life that is. Just as a routine begins and life seems to settle, there’s a bump in the road and everything is thrown off course.

  • Photo: Spring is near
  • Volunteerism fills retiree’s time

    Joyce Mercer of Vine Grove never thought when she retired that she would continue working for no pay.

    She decided she wanted to give back to the community after she and her husband sold their dry cleaning business in Vine Grove in 1990.

    Mercer began volunteering at the greeter’s desk at Hardin Memorial Hospital, where she has pitched in for more than 25 years.

  • Narcotics investigator teaches residents about drug abuse in Hardin County

    In 1968, when law enforcement officers discovered the first methamphetamine lab in California, it was just that — a laboratory. Those manufacturing it truly were chemists.

    Today, the majority of methamphetamine production takes place in a portable lab, but it’s not really a lab. It’s a plastic soda bottle, Sgt. Billy Edwards told Elizabethtown Police Department’s citizen police academy last Monday.