Today's News

  • 4-H member receives scholarship

    As a member of 2011 graduating class for Central Hardin High School, 4-H member Alex Skillman was presented a $500 scholarship by Hardin County 4-H Council President, Becky Miller. Alex has participated in the 4-H dog program for many years and has done several community service projects. She enjoys meeting new people and believes that the skills she has developed thru 4-H will continue to help her as she embarks on a new chapter in her life.

  • Hindman to participate in Scholarship and Recognition Program

    Meagan Hindman, daughter of Frank and Doris Hindman of Flaherty, has been selected as a finalist in the Pre-Teen Kentucky Scholarship and Recognition Program to be held on July 1-3 at the Hyatt Regency in Lexington. Her sponsors include the Lusk Group Inc., G&L properties, Tony Brown Chevrolet and Blazer’s Fun Zone.

  • Comcast announces local service upgrade

    Comcast has announced plans to provide wideband digital technology customers in Elizabethtown and Hardin County beginning next month. 

    Promoted under the slogan “World of More,” the upgrade will provide ­­­­more than ­­­50 new high-definition channels, more than 10 new standard definition channels and additional Video On Demand choices.

    The upgrade also eventually will increase Internet access speeds up to 50 Mbps.

  • 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.