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  • 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.

  • Innovation wanted: Buck$ for Bright Ideas rewards entrepreneurs

    Budding entrepreneurs could find the aid they need to further their business concepts this spring.

    The Central Region Innovation and Commercialization Center has launched its Buck$ for Bright Ideas contest, looking for strong concepts that could develop into successful businesses. The center is working with other innovation centers in the state, including eMerging Ventures Center for Innovation and the Lincoln Trail Innovation Center.

  • Black Oak Arkansas to open for the Kentucky Headhunters

    An opening act for the Kentucky Headhunter’s June show in Elizabethtown has been confirmed.

    Elizabethtown City Councilman Kenny Lewis on Monday said southern rockers Black Oak Arkansas featuring Jim “Dandy” Mangrum on lead vocals will open for the country rock veterans June 3 at Freeman Lake Park. The show has been merged into the Kentucky Heartland Festival this year.

    Lewis said tickets will go on sale for the show April 25 and will cost $10 in advance or $15 at the gate. Ticket locations have not yet been released.

  • Population growth eases housing industry woes

    Times have been tough in recent years for construction companies and contractors, but population growth in Hardin County has eased the pain for some.

    There is some question about whether the county has seen enough of the right kinds of development to appeal to new residents.

    The U.S. Census Bureau reported on Thursday a 12.1 percent jump in Hardin County’s population between 2000 and spring of 2010. That increase only caught the beginning of the growth that officials say changes at Fort Knox have brought to the area.

  • Children testify as Burke trial opens

    Awakened by sounds of breaking glass, gunfire and shouting, two children described a Rineyville home transformed into a scene of blood and death during testimony Monday to open a double murder trial.

    After brief competency hearings in Hardin Circuit Court, the two sons of Tracy Burke declared under oath that Brent Burke was in their home the night of the shootings. Their mother, Burke’s estranged wife, and her former mother-in-law, Karen Comer, were shot to death Sept. 11, 2007, at 397 Waterfowl Loop.

  • Grimes: New blood needed in Frankfort

    Alison Lundergan Grimes is locked in a battle for Kentucky secretary of state, but she’s used to fighting.

    Born prematurely, Grimes from the womb had to fight to survive. One of five girls, she had to pick her battles and understand the personalities of her sisters to realize when to break through the chatter and speak.

    “I grew up fighting like a lot of good Democrats do,” she said.

    Grimes made a stop Monday in Hardin County where she met with local officials and visited Fort Knox.

  • RPD searching for missing woman

    Radcliff police are looking for a woman who has been missing since early Sunday morning.

    Gwendolyn S. Payne, 49, was last seen at her residence on Elm Road.

    Payne, who works at McDonalds in the Radcliff Walmart, did not show up for work Sunday and Monday.

    Payne, who was last seen at 12:30 a.m. Sunday, has no known medical issues, according to an RPD news release and is 5-foot-2 and weighs 103 pounds.

    Police spokesman Bryce Shumate said at this point foul play is not suspected in her disappearance.

  • Fire claims barn, animals of local 4-H family

    The Williams family was getting ready to leave for church Sunday morning at Our Lady of Mercy in Hodgenville.

    Orry, a freshman at Central Hardin High School, was opening the garage door of the family’s Elizabethtown home when he saw smoke wafting up from the barn several yards away.

    The barn contained animals that he and his sister, Briann, a seventh-grader at East Hardin Middle School, had raised for 4-H. They had cared for many of the animals since birth.