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  • 100-acre fire ruled an accident

    A southern Hardin County wildfire that burned 100 or more acres of property Sunday has been ruled an accident.

    Glendale Fire Chief Richard Peters said the investigation has been closed and no signs of tampering were detected.

    “We didn’t find any evidence of foul play or anything,” he said.

    The fire originated along a fence line in the 1200 block of West Rhudes Creek Road between Overall-Phillips and New Glendale roads, but Peters said no ignition materials were discovered.

  • Football hero shares experience with mental illness

    When football legend Herschel Walker walked onto a stage Thursday at Fort Knox, his sheer presence garnered the attention of the audience.

    What kept their attention was Walker’s humor and charisma as he shared football stories and anecdotes about movies, his faith and his personal struggles, including battling a multiple personality disorder.

    After his football career ended, Walker – the 1982 Heisman Trophy winner, pro football star and Olympian – recounted a time when an associate repeatedly missed appointments.

  • HCS school lunches will go up a dime next school year

    Hardin County Schools had food issues to resolve Thursday on the board’s meeting agenda.

    School lunch prices again will be increased by a dime next school year. Full-price meals for students will cost $2.40, up from $2.30 this year. A federal regulation that was part of the 2011 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids establishes a formula for meal prices and requires the district to implement annual 10-cent increases.

    Based on family income, many students in the district qualify for free lunches or reduced-price meals, which are set next year at 40 cents per day.

  • Swope brothers named Distinguished Citizens

    When it comes to serving the community, it’s all in the family for this year’s recipients of the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Lincoln Heritage Council Boy Scouts of America.

    Bob and Carl Swope, both owners of car dealerships in Elizabethtown, said service was instilled in them by their grandfather, father and mother.

    “I didn’t know I had a choice,” Carl said, laughing. “Of course, we had a choice, but it was instilled by example early on.”

  • North Hardin junior invited to two military academy summer programs

    A North Hardin High School student will get a glimpse of how he wants his future to look when he attends two prestigious summer military academies.

    Hunter Maxwell is one of 1,000 invited to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point’s Summer Leaders Experience in June and one of approximately 2,550 students invited to the U.S. Naval Academy’s Naval Academy Summer Seminar.

    The high school junior said it is the next step to fulfilling his future goals.

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  • Hundreds attend annual job fair in Elizabethtown

    Hundreds of job seekers made Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown their destination Thursday as the Regional Job and Career Fair provided employment opportunities.

    Employers ranging from law enforcement agencies to medical facilities, from insurance companies to trucking companies, attracted visitors at the five-hour event.

  • Candidates squabble over Facebook post

    An animated discussion broke out between the two candidates for Radcliff mayor following a public meeting. It was prompted by concerns about a Facebook post.

    Mike Weaver approached Councilman Jacob Pearman after the Radcliff City Council meeting Tuesday to address a statement on the Radcliff Small Business Alliance’s Facebook page regarding the next meeting of the North Hardin Economic Development Authority, of which Weaver is chairman.

  • First inmate graduates from digital GED program

    Eric Sassaman walked into the Hardin County Detention Center with the feeling that advancement was out of reach because of his background.

    But he will walk out of the jail this weekend with an education.

    Sassaman, 31, of Wolfe County, is the first inmate at the detention center to earn a GED through the jail’s new digital testing system.

    Justin Hall, information technology director at the jail, said the detention center is certified to administer the GED test in a computerized format as the state moves away from paper tests.

  • Hodgenville mayor's attorney questions process

    An attorney for two local officials under indictment says Hodgenville City Council proceedings had the makings of a “kangaroo court.”

    A slideshow featuring an analysis of criminal allegations and improprieties attributed to Mayor Terry Cruse and City Clerk MaDonna Hornback was conducted at Monday night’s council meeting by a lawyer hired by the council. An attempt to transition into a public hearing as a prelude to consider ousting the mayor ended abruptly but has been rescheduled for May 1.