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  • Practicing anti-goose pacifism

    Latching on to an alternative, Heartland Golf Club has suspended its plans to hold a controlled shoot to rid the golf course and its lakes of geese.

    Club officials purchased and installed specialized lighting designed as a goose deterrent. The amber glow of the lights barely is discernible by human eyes but simulates the eyes of the birds’ natural predators, such as dogs, foxes and coyotes. The intention is to disrupt their sleeping patterns and lead them to seek safer areas to roost.

  • Court of Appeals hears arguments in E'town

    The state Court of Appeals convened Tuesday in Elizabethtown to hear oral arguments on four cases, including a local civil matter.

    The session in Hardin County Justice Center opened with a review of findings in the case of The Dreamers LLC vs. Don’s Lumber and Hardware. Questions about the appropriate filing of a materialman’s lien were among matters of debate.

    Other cases included criminal appeals originating from Graves and Ballard counties and a McCracken County personal injury case.

  • Fiscal Court hears county budget review

    Judge-Executive Harry Berry said state and federal governments could learn a few things about management of taxpayer money from local governments in Hardin County.

    Hardin County government completed its 2011-12 fiscal year under budget, and Berry provided a full financial report Tuesday for Hardin Fiscal Court.

    The $29.2 million budget exceeded county costs by roughly $662,000, and $248,740 will be added to general reserves, which have grown to $13.7 million.

    “For anyone in business, that’s a good thing,” Berry said.

  • Justice Center to close for furlough days

    Budget cuts have led to three day-long furloughs for employees at justice centers across the state.

    The furloughs were set by the Administrative Office of the Courts budget presented to legislators by state Chief Justice John Minton.

    The Hardin County Justice Center will be closed Aug. 6, Sept. 4 and Oct. 15. That includes all functions of Hardin circuit and district courts, including the circuit court clerk’s office, which issues driver’s licenses.

    Offices operated by county government are not impacted.

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  • Circuit clerk named to state leadership post

    Budget cuts require new solutions and cooperation, said the new president of the Kentucky Association of Circuit Court Clerks.

    Hardin County Circuit Clerk Loretta Crady anticipates the most challenging part of the state post will be dealing with thin budgets across the commonwealth.

    This is a particularly important time for circuit clerks to work together to find creative ways to carry out duties, such as keeping staff members updated in training and equipment, Crady said.

  • War of 1812 hero honored

    Cassandra Carroll solemnly accepted the folded flag Monday honoring Capt. Christopher Miller, a distant ancestor who served in the War of 1812.

    Cassandra, a seventh-grader at Bluegrass Middle School, said it was special to accept the flag during the grave-marking ceremony at Miller’s burial site in Freeman Lake Park.              

    Elizabethtown Mayor Tim Walker said it was great to gather to honor a war hero with area historical groups and Miller’s descendants.

  • Group to help select Vine Grove police chief

    Vine Grove Mayor Blake Proffitt is taking a community approach to selecting the town’s next police chief.

    Proffitt is putting together a small group to help with the selection.

    Plans so far call for the group to include a Vine Grove resident, city council member and a city employee. The group also likely will include a representative of a law enforcement agency other than Vine Grove Police Department, Proffitt said.

  • Sparks of restoration
  • Johnstown Road closing next week for E2RC work

    Johnstown Road in Elizabethtown will close for a week to 10 days starting Monday as crews continue work on the Elizabethtown to Radcliff Connector.

    During the closure, motorists are encouraged to use Ring Road to access Amanda Jo Drive to Ruby Drive, which feeds into Woodland Drive to the Elizabethtown Bypass and West Dixie Avenue, as an alternate route, said Elizabethtown City Engineer Scott Reynolds.