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  • Brine system to save Vine Grove money

    Vine Grove officials plan to save money this winter by using brine rather than salt to combat snow and ice.

    Chris Mayhew, planning and zoning coordinator for the city, spoke to city council members during their Monday night meeting about the new system that has been in place with the public works department for about a month.

    Mayhew helped the public works department put the brine equipment in place for the winter.

  • Vets tribute committee reimburses city

    The Hardin County Veterans Tribute committee reimbursed Elizabethtown government Monday for concrete poured at the tribute site inside the Elizabethtown Nature Park.

    The check, which was slightly less than $64,000, fulfills a promise made by the committee to pay the city back. Hawkins said no taxpayer money was spent on construction of the tribute. The committee asked the city to contract the concrete for the tribute so it would match the consistency and color of the materials used elsewhere in the park.

  • ECTC Dental Clinic taking patients

    The local community college once again is offering low-cost dental services to area residents.

    The Dental Clinic at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College is accepting patients. Patients can receive preventive services at a low cost while giving students in the dental hygiene program hands-on training.

  • E'town alcohol vote fails

    Alcohol sales have reached a ceiling in Elizabethtown, and opponents of expansion gave credit to a renewed effort of motivating voters as the reason for Tuesday’s success.

    A second referendum in Elizabethtown to allow access to distilled spirits and wine by the drink for consumption on the premises failed, 1,529 to 1,244 in a vote that saw a historically low voter turnout.

    Hardin County Clerk Kenny Tabb said the ballot question voted on Tuesday cannot return to voters within Elizabethtown for a minimum of three years.

  • Fiscal Court approves line of credit for HMH workers' compensation plan

    HARDIN COUNTY — Hardin Fiscal Courtapproved an annual line of credit between Hardin Memorial Hospital and Kentucky Neighborhood Bank to finance the hospital’s self-funded workers’ compensation plan during its voting meeting Tuesday.

    The approved line of credit cannot exceed $3 million and is required by the Kentucky Labor Cabinet’s Department of Workers’ Claims for all self-insured employers in the state, according to the resolution.

  • E’town woman charged with escape

    An Elizabethtown woman faces an escape charge because police say she ran away from probation and parole officers Monday night as she was being taken to the jail.

    Kelly J. Winkle, 34, is charged with second-degree escape and second-degree fleeing or evading police. She also is accused of violating felony probation.

    According to a citation, probation and parole officers were transporting Winkle to Hardin County Detention Center when she slipped her right hand out of a handcuff.

  • Upton man arrested for assault

    Kentucky State Police arrested an Upton man Monday night in connection to an October assault at a Cecilia Smith Mill Road residence.

    Jacob M. Walker, 22, is charged with second-degree assault. He also is accused of violating felony probation.

    According to a warrant, the victim went to the residence to speak to Walker. However, police said before a discussion occurred, Walker and two juveniles assaulted the man.

  • Voter turnout hits historic low

    Tuesday’s vote in Elizabethtown nixed plans to expand alcohol further, but the voter pool that made the decision turned out to be one of the lowest in the county’s history for a special election.

    Of 19,428 registered voters in the city, only 2,773, or 14.27 percent, cast a ballot, said Hardin County Clerk Kenny Tabb.

    “I’d say that for a wet/dry election, that’s the lowest we’ve ever had,” he said.

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  • Transportation survey now available online

    An online survey gauging local interest in public transportation is active.

    The Radcliff/Elizabethtown Urbanized Area Public Transportation Survey, which includes 12 questions, can be accessed at www.surveymonkey.com/s/radcliffetownsurvey.

    Questions posed to the public include a yes or no question on willingness to use a transportation system in Hardin County and a checklist option indicating what the system would be used for, such as school and work, medical appointments, shopping and social or recreational activities.