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  • Hardin County Chamber of Commerce BOD

    The News-Enterprise

    The Hardin County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

    Judge-Executive Harry Berry (Hardin County) (Ex-Officio)

    Mayor Tim Walker (Elizabethtown) (Ex-Officio)

    Mayor J.J. Duvall (Radcliff) (Ex-Officio)

    Mayor Blake Proffitt (Vine Grove) (Ex-Officio)

    Mayor Bill Ash (West Point) (Ex-Officio)

    Mayor Debra Riggs (Upton) (Ex-Officio)

    Mayor Larry Copelin (Sonora) ( Ex-Officio)

  • Rik Hawkins stepping down from chamber

    Looking back on his 14-month stint as executive director of the Elizabethtown-Hardin County Chamber of Commerce, Rik Hawkins called the time an “emotional rollercoaster.”
    This month, the ride ends as Hawkins plans to exit the role of executive director of the Elizabethtown chamber and interim leader of the newly formed Hardin County Chamber of Commerce. Hawkins’ last day with the chamber is March 15.

  • Bridge modification approved for sports park

    The Elizabethtown Tourism Commission on Wednesday approved a small redesign on the Elizabethtown Sports Park. Planning Director Ed Poppe said the change should help lower the potential of flooding around a bridge and roadway in the park.

    The redesign entails restructuring of one of the bridges running through the middle portion of the park, which will change the overall cost of construction.

    Poppe said the bridge, if constructed as designed, could serve as a barrier, acting more like a dam and backing water up into area subdivisions.

  • Reading a ton for work and for fun

    To show students the places they could go, and the importance of reading in that journey, Bluegrass Middle School had volunteers discuss the places they have been with the help of literacy.

    Schools in Hardin County participated Wednesday in Read Across America day, which is an initiative from the National Education Association that falls on the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Volunteers read “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss in honor of the day.

  • Give me an ‘E’ — for Elmore

    T.K. Stone Middle School usually focuses on the three Rs, but posters displayed Wednesday were bearing the three Es — E’town, ExCEL, Elmore.

    Thad Elmore, a social studies teacher at the school, was honored Wednesday at the annual ExCEL ceremony for Elizabethtown Independent Schools. Elmore’s ability to be a friend to all was noted by his colleagues and students at an afternoon ceremony at the school.

  • St. Vincent de Paul seeks space for thrift store

    The St. Vincent de Paul Society is looking for a landlord with a charitable heart to donate — or at least discount — a retail space for a thrift store.
    Volunteers and members of the board want to open a thrift store to generate money that can be used to help needy people in the community.
    Judy Banks, president of the Elizabethtown chapter of SVDP, said she formed the idea after attending a workshop with Habitat for Humanity, where she was also a volunteer.

  • Longtime Rineyville principal dies

    During the time Warden Thomas was principal at Vine Grove Elementary School, Raymond Vannatter served as principal at Rineyville Elementary School.

    Thomas and Vannatter were friends. On Wednesday, Thomas remembered Vannatter as someone who stood up for his students and teachers during his 17 years as Rineyville’s principal.

    Vannatter, 73, died Wednesday morning.

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  • E'town mayor unveils plan to redevelop downtown

    Mayor Tim Walker presented a plan to Elizabethtown City Council he believes will help re-invent the downtown area.
    The initiative is an active way for the city to invest in downtown’s resurgence, Walker said, and will be an ever-evolving process with the city playing numerous roles, including facilitator, designer, installer, code enforcer, lender and property owner. In essence, Walker said, the city would emerge as the developer of downtown.