Today's News

  • Saying goodbye to a season of dribbles and development

    It’s time to take the whistle off the rearview mirror. Since October, it has been twirling there.
    The basketball season is over and so is my opportunity to coach one of the two sixth-grade boys’ basketball teams at East Hardin Middle School.
    Stepping up to the challenge of coaching sixth-grade athletes, I found a great group of kids with a lot of heart and overlooked talent. Surprisingly, I also found personal growth — as a coach and as a person.

  • 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.

    Palisades Collection LLC v. Cindy Perry, Blackburn Road, Rineyville. Claims breach of contract. Seeks judgment in the sum of $4,791.59 plus interest.

  • 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.

    Leonard Arnett, 2641 Burns Road, Rineyville. Use: garage building.

    David McGee, 590 Deer Run Way, Elizabethtown. Use: deck.

    Ken Sims, 65 Edlin Lane, county. Use: addition.

    Hans and Sheryl Hess, 226 Forest Trace, Radcliff. Use: deck.

  • Property Transfers

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

    Estate of Juanita McIntyre to Pamela M. and Scott Mattingly, property in Hardin County, love and affection. FMV: $300,000.

    James R. and Donna L. Hand to RAC Closing Services LLC, 2890 Lower Colesburg Road, Elizabethtown, $300,000.

    Destiny Properties LLC to Joshua K. Duvall and Cassidy Jordan, 321 Crossgate Road, Elizabethown, $78,500.

  • Unemployment rates improving in most of commonwealth

    Unemployment rates dropped in 82 of Kentucky’s 120 counties from January 2010 to January 2011, including six of the eight counties in the Lincoln Trail region.

    Hardin County’s civilian work force of 50,122 includes 45,007 who are employed, according to the latest labor force estimates released Thursday by the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.

    Hardin County’s jobless rate was listed in January as 10.2 percent, down from 11.1 percent the previous year.

  • KCTCS approves new degree programs at ECTC

    New associate degree programs have been approved for Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

    The Kentucky Community and Technical College System’s Board of Regents authorized six proposals Thursday during its quarterly meeting in Versailles.

    The new programs at ECTC will create an associate in applied science in air conditioning technology, apprenticeship studies, construction technology and culinary arts.

  • Construction worker killed at job site

    A contract worker was killed Thursday in a construction incident at Fort Knox.

    The man, who was employed by Drywall Systems Plus of Murray, was working at the Warrior Transition Battalion construction site at the time of the incident. His name is being withheld until 24 hours after his family has been notified.

    Fort Knox emergency services responded to the scene shortly after noon. EMS pronounced the man dead at the scene. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

  • Hardin County officially is on the grow

    The official head count is over and Hardin County added more than 11,000 people in this first decade of the 21st century.

    Despite the 12.1 percent growth total announced Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau, Hardin County fell from fourth to sixth in the state ranking. Boone and Warren County grew at faster rates to surpass Hardin's total.

    Elizabethtown now ranks as Kentucky's 11th largest city. Radcliff, which showed a population decline of 273 in the official report, slipped two notches to 17th.

    Here are some of the final Census facts:

  • Ortiz to return as Central Hardin's principal

    After brief duty at the Brown Street Alternative Education Center, Ron Ortiz will return to his position as principal of Central Hardin High School in July.

    In January, Ortiz was placed at Brown Street upon returning to Hardin County Schools from a year-long assignment at Fort Knox as part of his U.S. Army Reserve role. At Brown Street he filled a vacancy created by the mid-year retirement of Joe Welch, the previous principal.

    Ortiz, a lieutenant colonel, has served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 27 years. He was deployed to Iraq for 11 months beginning in 2003.

  • Audit shows HCS improvement

    A state audit of Hardin County Schools shows improvement in eight of nine standards analyzed compared to a similar audit in 2007.

    Some aspects of school culture and comprehensive planning standards received the highest possible marks in the audit and all standards rated better than the lowest ratings.

    Instruction was the only standard that didn’t show improvement over the 2007 audit.