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  • Large crowd expected for Cruisin'

    Organizers expect hundreds of cars to descend on downtown Elizabethtown again Friday and Saturday.

    The third annual Cruisin’ the Heartland with Xfinity takes place this weekend. This year’s event includes a car corral, where owners can sell cars.

    Vaughn said the event was an overnight success in 2010, when the few hundred cars expected turned out to be 900 vehicles. That grew to more than 1,100 cars in 2011.

  • Downtown development meeting tonight

    Elizabethtown residents have another opportunity to weigh in on the future of downtown tonight.

    The city in conjunction with Elizabethtown-Hardin County Heritage Council hosts the quarterly downtown development meeting 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday in the First Federal Gallery of the Historic State Theater.

  • Governor names former Fort Knox officer as head of military affairs

    A former high-ranking officer at Fort Knox has been appointed executive director of the Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs, according to the Associated Press.

    Retired Col. David E. Thompson is Gov. Steve Beshear’s choice to head the commission. Thompson replaces retired Col. Mark Needham, who left the post in May for the private sector.

    Thompson said Wednesday he’ll work to strengthen the state’s ties to the military and contribute to economic growth.

  • WOW, what a nice-looking vehicle

    The appearance of the Hardin Memorial Health Wellness on Wheels vehicle recently was updated with new graphics and new flooring inside.

    Michelle Murphy, director of marketing and public relations, said the WOW unit continues to offer the same services with a new look.

    The vehicle’s staff provides blood pressure tests, cholesterol panels, body fat analysis and blood glucose measurements among other services. It makes roughly eight stops a month in Hardin, LaRue, Meade and Nelson counties.

  • Grayson sheriff to serve on national review board

    Grayson County Sheriff Rick Clemons has been selected to serve on a review board that considers nominations for the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor.

    Clemons was nominated by U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who announced the selection Wednesday.

  • Practicing anti-goose pacifism

    Latching on to an alternative, Heartland Golf Club has suspended its plans to hold a controlled shoot to rid the golf course and its lakes of geese.

    Club officials purchased and installed specialized lighting designed as a goose deterrent. The amber glow of the lights barely is discernible by human eyes but simulates the eyes of the birds’ natural predators, such as dogs, foxes and coyotes. The intention is to disrupt their sleeping patterns and lead them to seek safer areas to roost.

  • Court of Appeals hears arguments in E'town

    The state Court of Appeals convened Tuesday in Elizabethtown to hear oral arguments on four cases, including a local civil matter.

    The session in Hardin County Justice Center opened with a review of findings in the case of The Dreamers LLC vs. Don’s Lumber and Hardware. Questions about the appropriate filing of a materialman’s lien were among matters of debate.

    Other cases included criminal appeals originating from Graves and Ballard counties and a McCracken County personal injury case.

  • Fiscal Court hears county budget review

    Judge-Executive Harry Berry said state and federal governments could learn a few things about management of taxpayer money from local governments in Hardin County.

    Hardin County government completed its 2011-12 fiscal year under budget, and Berry provided a full financial report Tuesday for Hardin Fiscal Court.

    The $29.2 million budget exceeded county costs by roughly $662,000, and $248,740 will be added to general reserves, which have grown to $13.7 million.

    “For anyone in business, that’s a good thing,” Berry said.

  • Justice Center to close for furlough days

    Budget cuts have led to three day-long furloughs for employees at justice centers across the state.

    The furloughs were set by the Administrative Office of the Courts budget presented to legislators by state Chief Justice John Minton.

    The Hardin County Justice Center will be closed Aug. 6, Sept. 4 and Oct. 15. That includes all functions of Hardin circuit and district courts, including the circuit court clerk’s office, which issues driver’s licenses.

    Offices operated by county government are not impacted.

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