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  • Commission recommends alcohol zoning standards

    The Elizabethtown Planning Commission voted 5-0 Tuesday night to recommend the allowance of package liquor stores in four of the city’s five commercial zones as well as a planned neighborhood commercial zone with limited residential use.

    The recommendation for changes to the city’s zoning ordinance move to the Elizabethtown City Council as it works to iron out new alcohol regulations by early December.

  • Low voter turnout meets expectations

    Voter turnout in Hardin County on Tuesday was agreed by many to be low, but not as bad as it could have been.

    The county saw a 28.14 percent turnout, with 18,752 out of the 66,644 registered voters in the county going to the polls.

    Hardin County Clerk Kenny Tabb said the county’s turnout was a little higher than the 25 percent Kentucky’s secretary of state office had predicted but lower than the 35 percent the county rallied during a similar election four years ago.

  • Democrats embrace success, Republicans look to future

    There were many easy smiles and cheerful greetings among local Democrats who watched election returns Tuesday night at Las Margaritas in Radcliff.

    Democratic candidates were showing promise in the races statewide.

    Democrats led the way in Hardin County in the governor, secretary of state, attorney general and auditor of public accounts races.

    Former State Rep. Mike Weaver thought positive messages in Democratic campaigns played a large role in their success.
    He had no doubt of that success.

  • Gov. Beshear sweeps to re-election

    Gov. Steve Beshear's resounding re-election was reflected in the Hardin County returns but the top overall vote-getter locally was a Republican.

    Beshear and his new running mate, former Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson, led a Democratic ticket that dominated most of Tuesday's statewide results. In Hardin County, the governor received 10,722 votes to 6,885 for Senate President David Williams and 937 for Gatewood Galbraith.

    The governor's margin of victory in Hardin County was 57.8 percent - better than his 55 percent tally statewide.

  • Holiday Marketplace set for 30th event

    The Elizabethtown Junior Woman’s Club’s Holiday Marketplace has become so popular as it heads into its 30th year this weekend that there is a waiting list for vendors wanting a piece of the action.

    Organization treasurer Leanna Milby said about 75 vendors will fill Pritchard Community Center on Saturday and Sunday. Others are ready to move in should a vendor opt out.

    “We have a lot of the vendors who have been here and we have a few new ones,’’ Milby said. “All of Pritchard is full.’’

  • New American celebrates first trip to polls

    Born in Belize, Eleanor Guerrero vividly remembers the date she immigrated to the United States. It was June 6, 1968 — the same day was day presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy was shot and killed in Los Angeles.

    She established a new milestone date Tuesday. She will remember Nov. 8, 2011, as the day she cast her first vote.

    Guerrero, 72, was active in her community even as a child. Her mother served as mayor in her hometown and her father was a district representative.

  • E'town man accused of abuse arraigned in circuit court

    An Elizabethtown man accused of abuse and financial exploitation of a parental figure pleaded not guilty at a Tuesday arraignment in Hardin Circuit Court.

    Joseph A. Starks, 37, was arrested in May after Elizabethtown police officers found the Adams Road home in “extremely poor condition,” according to the citation. The grand jury returned an indictment against him in September.

  • High school seniors benefit from Homemakers bazaar

    In about a five-hour stretch Saturday, a handful of Hardin County high school seniors will benefit from efforts of the Hardin County Extension Homemakers.

    The seventh annual holiday bazaar and bake sale at the Extension Service office on Peterson Drive in Elizabethtown will generate funds to provide scholarships for seniors. Chairwoman of the organization, Ginnie Kean, said last year the event was so successful that five $500 scholarships were awarded.

  • Another traffic signal to be activated on Ring Road

    A new traffic signal that was expected not to be operational for several weeks is planned to be online Monday.

    The signal has been placed at the intersection of Ring Road and Peterson Drive that will be used in conjunction with a new entrance being added at Akebono.

    The signal is planned to be set today to flash yellow, and signs are planned to be set out on both sides of Ring Road letting people know that the signal will be fully activated Monday, said Chris Jessie, public information officer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 4.

  • Knox-Box ordinance narrowly passes in Vine Grove

    An ordinance that requires commercial buildings constructed  and renovated at least 50 percent to install a Knox-Box rapid entry device narrowly passed the Vine Grove City Council on Monday night.

    The boxes, which cost an estimated $250, allow emergency workers to enter without busting a door down. It is a locked device of thick metal that are bolted to the inner wall of a structure. Someone with a key like a firefighter or police officer could unlock the box and find a key to an adjacent door.