Hardin County Merger Proponents Say New Bill Should Ease Residents’ Concerns

Proponents of a merged government in Hardin County hope to put the issue on the ballot this year. Advocates say combining Elizabethtown, Vine Grove and Radcliffe with Hardin County’s unincorporated areas and other cities would be a boon to economic development. The governments can merge under the same state law that allowed Lexington and Fayette […]

Expanded Alcohol Sales Pass in Hardin County Cities

Ballot measures to legalize or expand alcohol sales in Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove have passed. In three separate votes, residents of the Hardin County cities approved the changes by a roughly 3-2 margin. Vine Grove and Elizabethtown are fourth-class cities and will not be able to establish bars. Radcliff is a second-class city and […]

Wet-Dry Vote for Hardin County Cities Is Tuesday

by Lisa Autry, Kentucky Public Radio Voters in Hardin County’s three largest cities go to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to expand alcohol sales. Wet-dry votes are being held in Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove. Hardin County Clerk Kenny Tabb says in the past, similar votes have drawn about 50 percent turnout, but these […]

Hardin County Officials Say Alcohol Sales Will Spur Economic Development

Hardin County officials say expanded alcohol sales will help the area capitalize on future developments further north. On October 4th, voters in Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove will vote on whether to allow alcohol sales at package liquor stores and in restaurants. “We become a more attractive location, I think, for some younger professionals and […]

Hardin County Group Says Expanded Liquor Sales Would Help Economic Development

The group Hardin County United is pushing to expand restaurant and package liquor sales in Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove. Vine Grove is currently entirely dry, and consultant Luke Schmidt—who has worked on this issue before—says the other two cites allow limited liquor sales.

Rural Theater Evades Closure with Bold Move

The recession has squeezed arts groups nationwide and caused many to close. In March, the advocacy group Americans for the Arts reported that about 10,000 arts organizations — or about 10 percent of the total  — are at risk of folding. A Kentucky theater was part of that statistic —  but it didn’t go dark. […]