Today's News

  • UK launches survey for black fathers

    On this Father's Day, researchers at the University of Kentucky's Department of Family Sciences announce a study about the parenting experiences of black fathers who live apart from their children.

    Black men living in Kentucky are eligible to participate in an online survey if they have children between age 2 and 17 and at least one of those children does not live at home with the father. 

    The deadline to participate is July 31. For information, contact Katrina Taylor Akande at (859) 544-9194 or Katrina.Akande@uky.edu.

  • EPD prepares to lose experienced officers

    The Elizabethtown Police Department not only is losing Chief Ruben Gardner at the end of July, but also two deputy chiefs and a patrolman.

    Also retiring are Deputy Chief Jack Harris, who has 29 years of service; Deputy Chief Carl Bee, a 21-year veteran, and Officer Mark Johnson, a member of the department for 20 years.

    Gardner said the loss of experience will have a tremendous impact on the department.

  • Closing a chapter, leaving the force

    After more than 40 years working at the Elizabethtown Police Department, Chief Ruben Gardner said the one thing that continues to baffle him is people’s inhumanity toward one another.

    “I’ve seen brothers kill brothers and a few hours later they’ll be asleep when we go get them,” Gardner said. “It’s really mind boggling to see that kind of behavior.”

  • Kentucky does away with Commonwealth Diploma

    An honor associated with high school graduation will disappear after the 2011-12 school year.

    The Kentucky Board of Education decided last week to repeal the state regulation that created the Commonwealth Diploma, which is a high school diploma awarded to students who complete a special course of study.

    The diploma opportunity continues into the next school year, as the state has money for it, and then there is the possibility of creating a different version of a special diploma to recognize students’ academic achievement.

  • Banner days for Elizabethtown:

    Several city agencies are working together on a project to create defined entryways to historic downtown Elizabethtown and expect to run the results up a flag pole, or more accurately, quite a few lamp posts.
    Elizabethtown Tourism & Convention Bureau executive director Sherry Murphy said banners depicting local historic figures are being prepared for placement on Public Square and along the streets leading to the square. A timeline is not set for when the banners will go up because details are still being worked out, she said.

  • Heritage Council exploring concept of downtown as cultural district

    The Elizabethtown-Hardin County Heritage Council is exploring the possibility of participating in a newly created state program designating cultural districts in local communities.

    Executive Director Heath Seymour said he is working on a pre-application to submit downtown Elizabethtown for consideration and will approach Elizabethtown City Council asking for its approval to pursue a formal application for the program.

    “It doesn’t mean we’ll get it, and it doesn’t mean the city will approve it,” Seymour said.

  • General challenges community to grow

    Goals that are challenging are a vital part of organizational success. By the same token, an excessive or unreasonable goal can be a back breaker.

    It’s a delicate balance.

    During a recent speech at the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce’s monthly meeting, Lt. Gen. Benjamin Freakley offered bold remarks aimed at influencing the community’s progress.

    “Fort Knox presents you with an unbelievable opportunity to be realized, in my humble opinion, with what’s going on out there,” he said.

  • Civil Suits

    The following civil suits are filed in Hardin County Circuit Court in Elizabethtown. Et al is a Latin abbreviation meaning “and others.” Lawsuits give only one side of a disagreement and do not reflect any counterclaims and/or settlements that may have occurred since the initial suit was filed.

  • Building Permits

    The following building permit information has been obtained from Hardin County Planning and Development Commission and the City of Elizabethtown Planning and Development offices. The name of the applicant, applicant’s address and use of permit are listed.

    Brian Frederick, 157 Brentwood Drive, Elizabethtown. Use: deck.

    Donald McKinley, 66 Hampton Lane, county. Use: roof.

    Terry Mathis, 1044 Tunnel Hill Road, Elizabethtown. Use: swimming pool.

    Brian Kerr, 455 Bacon Creek Road, Elizabethtown. Use: single-family dwelling.

  • Property Transfers

    The following property transfers are listed as given on deeds at the Hardin County Clerk’s Office in Elizabethtown.

    Eschol E. and Martha A. Martin to Philip Craig Martin, lot 13 and 14 Pleasant View Subdivision, love and affection. FMV: $98,500.

    Universal Interiors Inc. to Abdiel E. and Marverling Fuentes, 537 Beasley Boulevard, Elizabethtown, $287,500.

    Estate of Herbert R. and Mary Ann Robinson to Charles W. Williams, 806 Monroe Drive, Elizabethtown, $123,600.