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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.

  • 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.

  • PHOTO: Completing the connector
  • 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.

  • Rangers train at Fort Knox to prepare for deployment

    Fort Knox relinquished the U.S. Army Armor School to Fort Benning, Ga., and the available range space created by the vacancy benefited Army Rangers assigned to the Georgia installation.

  • Fire destroys Hodgenville home

    Firefighters fought in vain Wednesday in an attempt to save a fellow firefighter’s home at 220 E. Main St. in Hodgenville.

    LaRue County Fire Chief Jason Stadler said the firefighter who lives in the house was in training Tuesday night at the station when the original call came in.

  • Tomodachi homestay program returning to Elizabethtown

    A cultural homestay program is returning to Elizabethtown this summer for the third time, exposing more than a dozen Japanese students to Kentucky’s history and heritage.

  • E'town named "greenest" small city

    The Elizabethtown metropolitan area has embraced the benefits of Energy Star and was rewarded for diligence in conserving energy.

    The Environmental Protection Agency named the area the “greenest” small city in the U.S. with 53 certified Energy Star facilities in 2013.

    The total size of the buildings accounted for nearly 2.4 million square feet and created a cost savings in energy use of $1.95 million, according to the EPA.