Today's News

  • Alcohol licenses won’t be issued for at least 90 days

    Even though residents in Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove voted Tuesday in favor of expanded alcohol sales, residents won’t be able to reap the benefits of the vote for a minimum of 90 days.

    Steve Humphress, general counsel for the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, said it will be 60 days after the election is certified before a city becomes wet, during which license quotas will be issued. No business or person will be allowed to apply for a license under the expanded laws before the 60-day period elapses.

  • Elizabethtown residents choose to expand sales

    Elizabethtown may not be eligible for bars and breweries because of its fourth-class status, but it did not stop voters from sending a message that they are ready for increased alcohol availability.

    Expanded alcohol sales passed with 60 percent of the vote. The measure passed by more than 1,000 votes on an issue that had grown more contentious and divisive as Oct. 4 approached. The final results showed 3,051 voted in favor of expanded alcohol sales while 2,021 voted no.

    The measure carried in all 14 precincts.

  • Vine Grove approves alcohol sales

    Susan Howard of Vine Grove was outspoken about her vote as she strode out of the voting precinct Tuesday afternoon at Vine Grove City Hall on West Main Street.

    “I believe that we’re not in the Dark Ages anymore,” she said.

    Howard said she voted yes because she thinks allowing alcohol sales in Vine Grove will be good for economic development.

    She hoped the city would vote yes and open the door to new business and keep residents from driving across county lines or to restaurants in the southern part of the county to buy alcohol.

  • Warm Blessing has super supper team

    Barb Tuttle, left, and Sandra Blount as they prepare a Friday night meal at Warm Blessings Soup Kitchen. They are the cooking team at Warm Blessings Soup Kitchen each Friday.
    Warm Blessings serves a hot meal each weeknight at 5:30 p.m. to persons struggling financially. Volunteers like Tuttle and Blount arrive early to be sure the meal is ready for the 5:30 serving.  For information visit www.warmblessingsinc. com.

  • Bomb threats force evacuations at ECTC

    Two separate bomb threats forced evacuations Tuesday morning at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

    The first note was found on a classroom door in the Academic Technical Building, said Mary Jo King, ECTC spokeswoman. According to a news release from Elizabethtown Police Department, the note read, "There is a bomb inside this building" and on the back, "Stay away."

    Students were evacuated from the building and police responded at 7:12 a.m., according to the release. After searching the building, students were allowed to re-enter.

  • Locations of polling places

    Today's local option election to consider expanded alcohol sales is being conducted in the corporate limits of Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove. Only city residents are eligible to vote.

    The polls are open until 6 p.m. today.

    Here's a list of polling places and their locations as supplied by the county clerk's office.

  • Water main break closes Mantle at Dixie

    A water main break near the intersection of West Dixie Avenue and Mantle Street in Elizabethtown is clogging northbound traffic this morning.

    A representative from Elizabethtown's Public Works Department said workers began repairing the break around 3 a.m. Tuesday and the work was almost complete as of 9 a.m..

    While the break is under repair, entrance to Mantle Street is temporarily closed.

  • In tune with learning

    Hardin County is home to two of the area’s three best music teachers, as chosen by their peers.

    Abe Barr, a band teacher at North Hardin High School, was selected as High School Teacher of the Year within the Kentucky Music Educators Association’s fourth district; and Debby Duda, a music teacher at G.C. Burkhead Elementary School, was named Elementary School Teacher of the Year in the 11-county district.

    Their wins make them nominees for Teacher of the Year awards for the entire state.

  • Mayors: Cities ready either way

    As voters head to the polls today in Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove, city leaders say their governments are ready for change should it come.

    Local mayors in the three cities said Monday their cities have researched the issues and are equipped to modify local alcohol laws and bulk up enforcement if needed.

    Elizabethtown Mayor Tim Walker said he has been surprised by the quiet nature of the issue. While “yes” and “no” signs adorn front lawns and a few businesses, Walker said he expected a louder battle.

  • Water District No. 1, Louisville Water Co. acquire Fort Knox water contract

    After more than three years and three proposals, Hardin County Water District No. 1 and Louisville Water Co. secured a contract to assume ownership and manage Fort Knox’s water system.