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  • EIS breaks ground on pre-k project

    After a lengthy journey, the Elizabethtown Independent Schools district broke ground Monday afternoon on its newest school building.

    Board members, administrators and others gathered for a ceremony celebrating the new preschool and kindergarten center at the former site of First Christian Church.

    Discussions for the site of the facility have taken place for a few years and it originally was going to be built on the campus of Helmwood Heights Elementary School.

    This is the first new building the district has added since 1972.

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  • Walker, E'town mayor

    Tim Walker is walking into a new role with new responsibilities in January, but the process feels familiar.
    Serving 14 years as a member of Elizabethtown City Council, Walker, 51, soundly retained his seat in the government’s inner circle as a perennial top vote-getter, and he said he has worked to absorb knowledge and build relationships during his time in office.

  • Ho Ho Hodgenville

    Bobby Morrison didn’t realize in 1966 when the mayor asked him to play Santa Claus for the town that it would be a 44-year investment that would lead to buses full of toys and a holiday tradition.
    It began with Morrison and his Boy Scout troop selling trees downtown. Now it has grown to fixing up and distributing toys to children in need, food baskets, clothing drives and gifts for those in nursing homes at Christmas.

  • Toons go for the gold

    Maybe because the medium lends itself so well to the fanciful, several animated cartoons have been set at the U.S. Bullion Depository next to Fort Knox.
    The moral of these stories seems to be: Don’t rob the Depository, because you’ll get caught.
    This message is clear in “14 Carrot Rabbit,” a Looney Tunes cartoon from the ’50s. It’s only seven minutes long, so I’ll give away the ending.

  • Making a game of kindness

    A Heartland Elementary class is learning that the season of giving doesn’t only refer to presents.
    Cindy Mahon’s third grade class at Heartland Elementary School is completing a two-week long project that Mahon has called the Spread the Spirit game. Students have 10 cards which they pass to anyone for whom they perform a random act of kindness. The cards encourage the recipients to continue the chain of caring acts.

  • Chamber ornament continues salute to Vietnam veterans

    The Elizabethtown-Hardin County Chamber of Commerce once again is offering the public a chance to deck the halls with a special ornament.
    Since 1991, the chamber has offered Christmas ornaments featuring area landmarks. This year marks the 20th edition of the item, and the ornament design commemorates the “Thank You From the Heartand: A Salute to Vietnam Veterans” theme that was incorporated into the annual Heartland Festival.
    “It’s kind of a culmination piece of this past year,” said Rik Hawkins, chamber president and CEO.

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  • End of an era

    Those who have worked with Elizabethtown Mayor David Willmoth over the years say he has little need for fanfare.
    “David has never been one that looked for someone to sing his praises,” said Councilman Ron Thomas, a lifelong friend and colleague for more than 20 years.
    Often, Willmoth faced the exact opposite reaction from residents, specifically in recent years concerning controversial topics such as the Elizabethtown Sports Park and implementation of a restaurant tax.

  • Mission accomplished: North JROTC delivers to those in need

    Members of North Hardin High School’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps had an important mission Friday — to make Christmas a little more special for families in the community.
    Despite icy conditions that closed school for the day, North Hardin JROTC and members of the Kentucky National Guard delivered 50 boxes of food to needy families in the Radcliff area.
    This is the 18th year the JROTC program has distributed boxes of food. Retired Sgt. Maj. Paul Gray and volunteer Esta Pigg started the effort.