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  • Hardin Fiscal Court votes to extend contract with billing service

    Hardin Fiscal Court this week placed a stamp of approval on its relationship with Hardin Billing Service.

    The collection agency handles Hardin County government’s billing services and maintains a roughly 92 percent collection rate, according to Magistrate Fred Clem, who made the motion. The court voted Tuesday to extend its contract with the company when the current contract expires June 30.

  • Delving into diabetes awareness, education

    Local health advocates are partnering this week to shed light on a disease referred to as the “silent killer.”

    In acknowledgement of Diabetes Alert Day, Hardin Memorial Hospital, the Lincoln Trail District Health Department and the Hardin/LaRue Diabetes Coalition are working together to host a program Friday to hone in on the early warning signs of diabetes and how the disease can be prevented.

    The program is free to the public and will be on the fifth floor of HMH at 6 p.m., said Vanessa Paddy, coordinator of the Diabetes Management Program at HMH.

  • New Highland academic team takes first in region

    It has been a season of firsts for the New Highland Elementary School academic team, including finishing first for the first time in regional competition.

    Following a district win in February, New Highland won the regional Governor’s Cup competition.

    Both the quick recall and future problem-solving teams won first, and several students competed in written assessment testing in various subjects. Teams are assigned points for each student or team who places, academic team coach Melanie Barnes said.

  • Meth clean-ups require caution, more funding

    Methamphetamine-related arrests and manufacturing dump sites are at an all time high in the Hardin County area.

    The Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force through late last week had made 12 arrests in  Hardin County during March, as well as other meth-related arrests in other counties its covers, including LaRue, Nelson and Grayson.

    “This month has really hit us hard with meth,” Task Force Detective Rob Green said. “We have been overrun with meth labs this month. We’re swamped.”

  • Photo: A sign of spring
  • Beginning the education journey

    Parents looking to give their children a jump start on school can begin the process this week.

    Preschool pre-registration is Friday for students planning to attend preschool in the Hardin County Schools district. Parents can register children between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the elementary school in their district. Parents need to bring a certified birth certificate, Social Security card, Kentucky immunization certificate and verification of household income.

    Children are accepted into HCS preschool based on developmental delays or household income.

  • Search intensifies for missing Radcliff woman

    The search for a missing Radcliff woman intensified Tuesday as Radcliff Police and various fire departments searched Saunders Springs Nature Preserve with dogs looking for a trail of Gwendolyn S. Payne.

    Payne, 49, was last seen Sunday at 12:30 a.m. at her residence on Elm Road by a neighbor when she returned home.

    Police were notified after Payne, who works at the McDonald’s in the Radcliff Walmart, didn’t show up for her scheduled work shift on Sunday or Monday. She doesn’t have any known medical conditions.

  • Haycraft Street reopens

    After 28 days closed to traffic, Haycraft Street has been reopened

    Elizabethtown Public Works Superintendent Don Hill said the city took advantage of the warm weather to move in and make temporary repairs to the roadway after a failing creek crossing eroded parts of the ground beneath the roadway and damaged its stability.

    Hill said the department patched the roadway with concrete and reinforced it with metal plating to make conditions safe enough for motorists. The city plans to place a culvert in the area as a permanent solution.

  • Elizabethtown applying for nature park grant

    The city of Elizabethtown is pursuing a federal grant for nature trails at a proposed Elizabethtown Nature Park off Ring Road.

    The city has approved an application for a $150,000 grant to offset the costs of a trail at the park, which is currently in the design phase.

    Planning Director Ed Poppe said the grant requires a 50 percent match at $75,000, but it still will save the city money if they can procure the money.

    The grant is being facilitated through the Department of Local Government, Poppe added.

  • Hardin County takes out the trash

    Hardin County’s largest cities are ready to cast off old man winter and the junk accumulated in his wake.
    Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove are leading spring cleanup efforts starting in April.

    Elizabethtown’s cleanup will kick off April 4 with junk and debris pickup as the Elizabethtown Public Works Department will target specific portions of the city on select weeks.