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Today's News

  • E'town debates economic hardship

    The debate over classification may be an everlasting talking point for Elizabethtown.

    The topic reared its head again Monday night as members of Elizabethtown City Council engaged in a heated discussion over authorization of an economic hardship in the city that would lower the requirement of 70 percent food sales for restaurants to 50 percent. If the economic hardship is approved, restaurants still would need adequate room to seat 100 patrons.

  • Radcliff hears first reading of alcohol ordinance

    As Radcliff City Council worked Monday through first reading of a new ordinance regulating alcohol sales, it was reminded of the destruction drunken driving can cause.

    Radcliff resident Dan Shaw after a special called meeting urged the council to take whatever measures it could by law to limit drunken driving in the city and spare families from another disaster on the scale of the 1988 Carrollton bus crash.

  • White Mills lights its bridge despite weather, vandalism

    In cold rain Sunday night, a small crowd sang Christmas carols in front of the White Mills bridge, patiently waiting for the countdown to the annual lighting ceremony to begin.

    The 20-year tradition persisted not only in spite of the bad weather but also in spite of the bridge’s closure and last year’s act of vandalism that resulted in several thousand dollars worth of electrical damage to the historic bridge, said Tim Dennis, minister at White Mills Christian Church.

  • Cycle of life and of hope seen in garden graves

    “You’d better get what’s left of your garden in; we’re going to have a hard freeze tonight,” Glen, my gardening mentor, warned me several weeks ago. 

    And so I carried in the tomato vines, picked the peppers and salvaged what okra was left. In the garage, they now are ripening so fast that some are beginning to rot before we can get them eaten.

    My wife tolerates my boastful proclamation: “It’s November and we still enjoy the garden,” as if this justifies the time devoted to working the ground this past summer.

  • It's not really a snow day until you go play

    There’s one essential component to a fun snow day — getting out to play in the snow.

     

    Outdoor fun can go beyond making a snow man, although it is a must. Some stores now sell snowman making kits that help make the perfect snowman. You can also build a snow man old-school style with a carrot from the fridge and some hats, buttons and scarves found in the house.

    Many people also build igloos, snow forts or, if you are a Superman fan, a Fortress of Solitude.

  • Every child counts in 'Arthur Christmas'

    I’ll admit. I went into “Arthur Christmas” in a bad mood because I really wanted to review Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” and it wasn’t shown locally.

    But, I left with a little taste of Christmas spirit.

    The story handles the whole Santa issue well. The role is passed down from generation to generation to one of Santa’s sons. I always wondered how that happened.

  • Salvation Army bells ring for those in need

    Bells will be ringing over the next few weeks as shoppers hit area stores and the annual Salvation Army Bell Ringer program kicks into full swing.

    Last year, $57,000 was raised through donations. Local Salvation Army Director Marie Inmon said the money raised carried the agency’s social services program into the end of September, something she was proud of.

    She said about 400 individuals received utility assistance, for instance, and the amount of aid grew as well.

  • United Way hits halfway point in campaign

    United Way of Central Kentucky has just cracked the halfway mark of its admittedly lofty goal to reach $1,025,000 in donations during its 2011 campaign.

    Christopher Wilborn, executive director of United Way of Central Kentucky, said Wednesday the agency has collected $513,158 with many of its “perennial powerhouses” still working on their company campaigns. The organization serves Breckinridge, Grayson, Hardin, LaRue and Meade counties.

  • PREP BASKETBALL: A debut for two -- Corder, Thomas start head coaching careers same week (11/28)

    A little more than 20 years ago, Chris Corder and Demond Thomas graduated together from Elizabethtown High School. This week, the friends and longtime boys’ basketball assistants will make their girls’ varsity head coaching debuts together.

  • Central Ky. Rods & Machines hosts annual winter car show

    As overhead lights at Pritchard Community Center bounced off Bob Merchant’s bright red ’58 Chevrolet pickup truck, the owner looked around the room Sunday at Central Kentucky Rods & Machines’ annual Christmas for Kids Car Show.

    The Elizabethtown-based organization has hosted the event for the last 30 years. With 35 vehicles on display, Merchant said he was happy with the turnout of cars but less pleased with the number of spectators.

    “We’re lucky if we get 200,” he said.