Marty Finley, The News-Enterprise en Senate to Vote on Unification Bill <p><a href="">The state Senate is expected to vote</a> this week on House Bill 189, which would ensure the law regarding unification of local governments is clarified to state cities whose voters opt out of unification would not be absorbed into a unified government. Should the bill pass, it would succeed where a similar bill, HB 190, faltered after other cities interested in merged government expressed some concerns about its language, said Sen. Dennis Parrett, D-Elizabethtown. Mon, 26 Mar 2012 13:43:52 +0000 Marty Finley, The News-Enterprise 23838 at Lincoln Birthplace is Economic Success <p><a href="">A new study issued by the National Park Service</a> shows Abraham Lincoln&rsquo;s birthplace is not just a draw for tourists. It is also a source of local economic success. The study, &ldquo;Economic Benefits to Local Communities from National Park Visitation and Payroll, 2010&rdquo; found visitors to the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park in Hodgenville spent more than $6 million in local communities in 2010. The study estimates the spending generated roughly 97 jobs. Sun, 26 Feb 2012 16:43:37 +0000 Marty Finley, The News-Enterprise 22132 at Diver's Legacy on Display at the Pentagon <p><a href="">Carl Brashear&rsquo;s legacy is on display today</a> at the Pentagon as part of Black History Month. Phillip Brashear, Carl Brashear&rsquo;s son and a U.S. Army helicopter pilot, has been invited to discuss his father&rsquo;s life during a screening of the movie &ldquo;Men of Honor&rdquo; in the Pentagon auditorium, an event being held by the Department of the Navy. Fri, 10 Feb 2012 17:13:21 +0000 Marty Finley, The News-Enterprise 21228 at Veterans React to End of Iraq War <p><a href="">The U.S. this week closed a chapter</a> in its War on Terror, officially ending its mission in Iraq after nearly nine years of combat. The pullout of U.S. troops from the embattled country drew mixed opinions among Hardin County veterans, some of whom have been directly affected by the conflict. Ronnie Thompson Jr., an Elizabethtown resident who was injured in late 2004 when an IED struck his Humvee, had his military career end after the roadside bomb put him on a challenging road to rehabilitation. On Thursday, Thompson said he feels the close of the Iraq War is long overdue and it is time to trust that the Iraqi government can rise up and take care of its own without falling prey to insurgent forces. Fri, 16 Dec 2011 18:11:13 +0000 Marty Finley, The News-Enterprise 18147 at Training Prepares Soldiers for Combat Scenarios <p><a href="">&ldquo;Rollover! Rollover!&rdquo; was the refrain bursting forth </a>from a simulated Humvee suspended in the air, slowly working its way beyond its tipping point to an upside down position. The voices cracking over the speakers embedded in the Humvee were those of the soldiers of the 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command during a simulation in the Humvee Egress Assistance Trainer at Fort Knox.</p><p> Sun, 11 Dec 2011 19:38:16 +0000 Marty Finley, The News-Enterprise 17805 at Basketball Hall of Fame Seeking Exec. Director <p><a href="">The Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame</a> is looking for a leader to shepherd its development. The Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches is seeking an executive director to take the helm of the Hall of Fame, guiding fundraising and establishing it in Elizabethtown.</p><p> Sun, 04 Dec 2011 15:45:26 +0000 Marty Finley, The News-Enterprise 17389 at Fort Knox Reaches Out to Families Before Deployment <p><a href="">Preparing Fort Knox soldiers for a deployment to Afghanistan</a> is serious business. The Army devotes considerable resources to training and preparation that it doesn&#39;t stop with the soldiers. Today, that also includes soldiers&#39; families as they&#39;re told what to expect from a deployment. Mon, 21 Nov 2011 15:12:52 +0000 Marty Finley, The News-Enterprise 16640 at Over 50 Soldiers Welcomed Home as Redeployment Begins <p><a href="">Tears flowed down Spc. Jack McMillan&rsquo;s face </a>as he met his 8-week-old daughter, Kendall, for the first time Thursday afternoon. Overcome with emotion, he embraced his wife, Ashley, and his family who had traveled to Fort Knox to welcome him home after a year in Afghanistan. McMillan was one of more than 50 soldiers who returned as part of an advance party for the redeployment of the 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division Fri, 18 Nov 2011 14:58:07 +0000 Marty Finley, The News-Enterprise 16507 at E-Town Considers Alcohol Regulations <p><a href=" "><strong>Elizabethtown City Council on Monday heard </strong></a>the first reading of an ordinance that would place new regulations on package liquor stores and retail beer licenses and another that bans the sale of alcohol in sexually oriented businesses. Tue, 08 Nov 2011 15:28:23 +0000 Marty Finley, The News-Enterprise 15832 at Economic Hardship May Change E'Town Alcohol Sales <p><a href="’town-weighs-merits-economic-hardship">Elizabethtown city officials agreed to consider declaring an economic hardship</a> to relax alcohol sales in restaurants. Alcoholic Beverage Control Officer Tom Reynolds told Elizabethtown City Council at a work session Monday he does not expect a relaxation of sales requirements would lead to abuse or a significant increase in enforcement measures. Reynolds said it could reap positive benefits economically and attract new restaurants stifled by the previous requirement. Wed, 26 Oct 2011 14:16:16 +0000 Marty Finley, The News-Enterprise 15050 at E'town Works to Finalize New Airline Deal <p><a href="">Elizabethtown Regional Airport was abuzz Monday</a> as crews worked feverishly to finish roughly $5 million worth of infrastructure upgrades to the airport by next month. In addition to a deeper overlay on the 6,000-foot-long runway, the airport is making improvements to its lighting system and its weather service program, said Joe Yates, chairman of the Elizabethtown Airport Board. Elizabethtown City Council got an intimate look at the changes at the airport during its work session, in which the board and its consultant, Luke Schmidt, updated city officials on an aggressive plan to attract a major airline by the end of the year. Wed, 26 Oct 2011 14:10:38 +0000 Marty Finley, The News-Enterprise 15049 at Indian Company Breaks Ground on E'town Plant <p><a href="">Flex Films USA will begin placing</a> its stamp on Kentucky this week. The Elizabethtown operation, owned by Uflex Ltd. based in New Delhi, India, will hold a ground blessing and groundbreaking ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday in Elizabethtown. The company makes polyester chips, specialty films, coated and metallized film, laminates, pouches, holographic films and adhesives used in packaging.</p><p> Tue, 25 Oct 2011 15:15:37 +0000 Marty Finley, The News-Enterprise 14957 at Support Troops Prepare for Combat <p><a href="">Members of the 3rd Expeditionary </a>Sustainment Command are not known as a combat unit, but the group recognizes the need for readiness when it enters a war zone early next year. Part of the process to prepare bodies and minds for the upcoming deployment was unleashed in September on a padded wrestling mat in a gymnasium on Fort Knox. The exercise was part of combatives training, a multi-dimensional course in hand-to-hand combat completed in stages.</p><p> Thu, 13 Oct 2011 14:55:23 +0000 Marty Finley, The News-Enterprise 14222 at Support Troops Prepare for Combat B'Ball Hall of Fame Plan for E-Town <p><a href=" "><strong>Creation of a Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame</strong></a> in Elizabethtown took a pivotal step Monday. Elizabethtown City Council entered a memorandum of understanding with the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches, outlining the roles and responsibilities of both parties in creating the hall of fame. The city under the agreement will loan the KABC $25,000 that would be matched by the organization as seed money to start the project. Tue, 11 Oct 2011 14:33:56 +0000 Marty Finley, The News-Enterprise 14057 at Preparations for Increased Alcohol Access <p><a href="">Residents in Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove</a> made their voices heard Tuesday regarding expanded alcohol sales, but confusion remains regarding restaurant limitations in the cities, particularly Radcliff. In the meantime, voters in Todd and Boyle county communities also voted to ease alcohol sales restrictions. Thu, 06 Oct 2011 21:15:33 +0000 Marty Finley, The News-Enterprise 13844 at Three Kentucky Towns Vote on Alcohol Sales <p><a href="">Elizabethtown may not be eligible for bars and breweries</a> 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 also was successful in Radcliff and Vine Grove, signaling a clean sweep for expanded alcohol sales. Wed, 05 Oct 2011 13:55:06 +0000 Marty Finley, The News-Enterprise 13717 at Three Kentucky Towns Vote on Alcohol Sales Wet-Dry Vote in Hardin County <p><a href=" "><strong>As voters head to the polls today</strong></a> 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 &ldquo;yes&rdquo; and &ldquo;no&rdquo; signs adorn front lawns and a few businesses, Walker said he expected a louder battle. Tue, 04 Oct 2011 15:20:28 +0000 Marty Finley, The News-Enterprise 13657 at Hard to Gauge Voter Turnout in Hardin Co. <p><a href="">Hardin County Clerk Kenny Tabb</a> said every wet-dry election he has overseen has drawn at least 50 percent voter turnout, but Tuesday&rsquo;s three special option elections in Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove may kick the trend. Tabb thinks the prevalence of alcohol in Elizabethtown and Radcliff restaurants may lead to a reduction in voter interest, though he said it will be impossible to tell until the polls close Tuesday night. Mon, 03 Oct 2011 14:16:33 +0000 Marty Finley, The News-Enterprise 13574 at Fort Knox Unit Prepares for Deployment <p><a href="">A Fort Knox logistics unit</a> is training now in preparation for a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan in 2012. Although about 250 people will deploy as part of the 3rd ESC unit, its charges will actually number from 5,000 to 7,000 people, composed of military, government civilians and contractors. The unit will fuel and feed forces, transport supplies and repair equipment. Thu, 29 Sep 2011 19:41:39 +0000 Marty Finley, The News-Enterprise 13391 at Voters may widen Hardin Liquor Sales <p><a href="">Residents of Elizabethtown,</a> Radcliff and Vine Grove got a glimpse of what their cities might look like should voters choose yes next Tuesday in the wet-dry elections. The Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control held an informational forum Monday at the Historic State Theater, where it walked through the licensing process and limitations should the cities go wet.</p><p> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 17:36:02 +0000 Marty Finley, The News-Enterprise 13235 at Voters may widen Hardin Liquor Sales Radcliff Withdraws from Hardin Merger <p><a href="">If a unification review commission</a> is created, it will operate without the inclusion of Hardin County&rsquo;s second-largest city. Radcliff City Council voted unanimously Monday to withdraw the city from further discussion about unification with the county and its five remaining cities. Hardin County United, a volunteer organization charged with examining the strategic goals of the 2010 Hardin County Vision Project, initiated the conversation based on a 2006 law that allows a county government to merge with one or more incorporated cities.</p><p> Tue, 13 Sep 2011 14:05:54 +0000 Marty Finley, The News-Enterprise 12336 at State Nixes Safer 65 Project Authority <p><a href="">The Kentucky Public Transportation Infrastructure Authority</a> has rejected a proposal to create a Safer 65 Project Authority, but proponents of the plan are not giving up on the concept. Under the Safer 65 Proposal, the final unimproved 38-mile stretch of Interstate 65 that runs from about the Park City exit north to Elizabethtown would be widened. By defining the work as a single megaproject and bidding it at one time, the entire stretch could be complete in roughly five years. Fri, 09 Sep 2011 14:18:38 +0000 Marty Finley, The News-Enterprise 12133 at 'Kentucky Life' to Film in Elizabethtown <p><a href="">Kentucky Educational Television program &rdquo;Kentucky Life&rdquo;</a> plans to capture an intimate portrait of Elizabethtown in September. The show, in its 16th season, will shoot footage in Elizabethtown on Thursday and Sept. 8 as part of a series looking at main streets in Kentucky cities, said Tom Bickel, a producer and director with KET. Bickel said the program primarily will focus on the city&rsquo;s downtown district and how U.S. 31W leads into the centralized part of the city. Wed, 31 Aug 2011 14:48:01 +0000 Marty Finley, The News-Enterprise 11587 at Radcliff Opts Out of Unified Government <p><a href="">Radcliff City Council plans to draft a resolution</a> opting out of plans for a unified local government in Hardin County. A majority of the council provided vocal support to the resolution, proposed by Councilman Don Yates, after several residents urged the council Tuesday night to reject unification efforts. Wed, 17 Aug 2011 14:31:31 +0000 Marty Finley, The News-Enterprise 10729 at Hardin Group Questions Unified Government <p><a href="">Hardin County United wants the state to clarify</a> certain elements of the 2006 legislation enabling the creation of a unified local government before the voters of Hardin County consider the idea here. Hardin Circuit Judge Ken Howard, chairman of the HCU governance subcommittee, said Monday the state needs to confirm the majority votes within a city is respected should a city oppose unification. Tue, 16 Aug 2011 14:17:51 +0000 Marty Finley, The News-Enterprise 10653 at Hardin Co. Votes in October on Alcohol Sales <p><a href="">If voters say yes Oct. 4 to expanded alcohol sales in Elizabethtown</a>, Radcliff and Vine Grove, alcohol provisions for the three cities will differ based on each city&rsquo;s classification. A yes vote in Radcliff, Hardin County&rsquo;s only second-class city, would give the city all of the privileges of wet status, including bars, but fourth-class cities Elizabethtown and Vine Grove still would be limited in alcohol sales, said Steve Humphress, general counsel for the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Sun, 14 Aug 2011 15:22:28 +0000 Marty Finley, The News-Enterprise 10546 at E'town Hospital to Pay for Improper Billing <p><a href="">Hardin Memorial Hospital must pay more</a> than $3.1 million to the federal government as part of an $8.9 million agreement involving claims of improper Medicare billing dating back to 2001. Stephanie Collins, public affairs officer for the U.S. Attorney&rsquo;s Office Western District of Kentucky, said the settlement does not concern patient care or diagnoses. No criminal allegations were made and no court proceedings are pending. Fri, 12 Aug 2011 14:53:06 +0000 Marty Finley, The News-Enterprise 10451 at Ft. Knox Commended for Energy Program <p><a href="">Secretary of the U.S. Army John McHugh</a> on Thursday said Fort Knox&rsquo;s energy advancement policies are &ldquo;light years&rdquo; ahead of many installations in the country, and the &ldquo;lessons learned&rdquo; from Fort Knox&rsquo;s pioneering example could and should be explored throughout the rest of the Army. McHugh, the Army&rsquo;s top civilian, visited the post to review its energy program and said the military is taking a serious look at curbing energy consumption to save taxpayer money and prove good environmental stewards. Fri, 12 Aug 2011 14:37:00 +0000 Marty Finley, The News-Enterprise 10444 at Coca-Cola Collection to be Auctioned <p><a href="http://Avid Coca-Cola collectors will have their first taste of the Schmidt family collection come mid-September. The Schmidt Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia in Elizabethtown, which closed in April, hosts the first round of auctions Sept. 17-18 to dispense of a massive collection that has been compiled by the Schmidt family since the 1970s.">Avid Coca-Cola collectors will have their first taste</a> of the Schmidt family collection come mid-September. The Schmidt Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia in Elizabethtown, which closed in April, hosts the first round of auctions Sept. 17-18 to dispense of a massive collection that has been compiled by the Schmidt family since the 1970s. Thu, 11 Aug 2011 14:05:45 +0000 Marty Finley, The News-Enterprise 10356 at Coca-Cola Collection to be Auctioned 'Best Tasting Water' in Hardin County <p><a href="">Judges can&rsquo;t get enough of Hardin County Water District No. 2.</a> The water utility once again nabbed first-place honors for best tasting water during the annual Water Professionals Conference, held July 24-27 in Covington, by the Kentucky-Tennessee Chapter of the American Water Works Association. Now, it&#39;s on to national competition. Thu, 04 Aug 2011 17:27:22 +0000 Marty Finley, The News-Enterprise 9924 at