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  • Coca-Cola display could anchor at History Museum

    The Schmidt Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia may have closed its doors, but some Elizabethtown officials are hoping to preserve the legacy of the collection for years to come.

    Sherry Murphy, executive director of the Elizabethtown Tourism & Convention Bureau, has approached the museum’s president, Larry Schmidt, about the possibility of donating memorabilia from the sprawling collection to a permanent display at the Hardin County History Museum. She announced the plan to the Elizabethtown Tourism Commission earlier this week.

  • Summer warning: Don’t leave kids, pets in hot cars

    You pull up at a bank. You need to go inside. It shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes. Your two children, both younger than 5, are in the backseat. You don’t want to take them in, but it is 93 degrees outside.

    What do you do?

    Children and animals are more susceptible to heat than adults. Leaving them in the car while you run inside for a few minutes could lead to heat exhaustion and even death.

  • Honeybees swarm on front yard tree

    Vonna Gowen and Albert Stith of Elizabethtown discovered Tuesday that their front yard was a convenient layover for a swarm of hundreds of honeybees.
    They had just backed a box truck into their driveway at 285 Nancy Drive so they could unload some things. Gowen headed inside to the kitchen, and Stith to the end of the driveway to retrieve their mail.
    Gowen, who says she always has had good hearing,  said she could tell something was happening at about 4:45 p.m.

  • Elizabethtown Relay for Life surpasses goal

    Elizabethtown Relay For Life organizers weren’t sure what to think when they found out their donation goal for the 2011 Relay was $142,000.

    That amount was set by an American Cancer Society formula that expects increased donations every year. Elizabethtown’s 2010 Relay passed the goal set for it that year, making it even harder to reach the 2011 projection.

  • E'town meets the iPhone

    Apple iPhone users now can take a piece of Elizabethtown with them wherever they go.

    The Elizabethtown Tourism and Convention Bureau launched a free iPhone application Friday available exclusively on the iTunes App Store that encapsulates many of the aspects of the organization’s website, said Executive Director Sherry Murphy.

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  • Walker debuts E’town budget

    Elizabethtown Mayor Tim Walker presented a budget proposal Tuesday evening that could pose as a doppelganger to the 2010-11 budget, separated by only $200,000.

    The $57.5 million budget dips just under the $57.7 million plan approved last year and includes a $3.8 million deficit in the general fund that will be offset by reserves, which Finance Director Steve Park estimated at $22 million.

  • With Foreigner show finished, who’s next?

    With thousands of fans packed into Freeman Lake Park for Friday’s Foreigner concert, city councilman and concert committee chairman Kenny Lewis left with one thought: “In my mind, this was the best one (concert) that we have had; they put on one heckuva show.’’

    While Lewis doesn’t have official ticket sales numbers yet, he said, “It appeared to me not to be a sellout.’’

    A sellout would have been a crowd of 5,000.

  • Heartland Music Festival roars to life this weekend

    It started with classic rock giants Foreigner, and it begins anew this Friday as the Heartland Music Festival overtakes Freeman Lake Park for a weekend of tradition steeped in musical waters.

    “I think the biggest change for us this year is we’ve changed focus,” said René Bell, festival chairwoman.

    Bell said festival staples will return again this year, including the Heartland Festival’s annual Saturday morning parade, which starts at Elizabethtown’s Public Square and proceeds north up Dixie Avenue.