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  • Removal of hazardous materials at derailment site will result in closure of U.S. 31W

    Authorities say crews will start removing hazardous materials Tuesday from a train that derailed in West Point nearly two weeks ago.

    Jody Duncan, a spokeswoman for the Louisville-Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency, said the plan to transfer hydrogen fluoride and butadiene from stricken rail tank cars has been approved.

  • Historic endowment to support Hardin County Schools

    A former social worker for Hardin County Schools has left the district an endowment of $2.42 million, the largest philanthropic gift in the county's history.

    The money is from the estate of Charley Nell Llewellyn, whose passing was remembered on the first anniversary of her death Friday with the announcement of the Llewellyn Scholarship Fund. The money is endowed to the Central Kentucky Community Foundation for the benefit of HCS students.

  • Getting a sneak peek of Veterans Tribute

    Vine Grove Mayor Blake Proffitt stood alone inside the circle of the Hardin County Veterans Tribute, lost in reflection and batting away tears.

    “I’m emotional right now because that’s my daddy’s brick,” he said, pointing to the stone which held the names of his grandfather, father and uncle. Proffitt shared a deep bond with his father, Ronnie, who died in 2010.

    “It’s a reminder of what it took to be free,” Proffitt said of the tribute.

  • Vine Grove parade, ceremony to celebrate heroes Saturday

    Organizers of Vine Grove’s Veterans Day Celebration have decided there can’t be too many events honoring those who have served their country.

    The 14th annual Hardin County Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony in Vine Grove is scheduled for Saturday.

    It begins at 10 a.m. with a parade going from the Vine Grove Fire Department on Highland Avenue to Optimist Park on Knox Avenue.

  • Murphy named chairwoman of Kentucky Travel Industry Association

    Sherry Murphy has attained a high-profile statewide position in her industry that she said will leverage her to better serve Elizabethtown.

    Murphy, executive director of the Elizabethtown Tourism & Convention Bureau, has been named chairwoman of the Kentucky Travel Industry Association Board of Directors. She was formally introduced in the position at the association’s annual conference in Bowling Green late last month.

  • Three area bands to compete at prestigious event

    The high school band season is not finished just yet for three area schools.

    North Hardin, Central Hardin and Meade County high schools are competing in the prestigious Bands of America Grand National Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

    North Hardin and Meade County were scheduled to compete Thursday at the home of the National Football League’s Indianapolis Colts. Central Hardin is set for a 12:30 p.m. performance today, according to the competition website.

  • Farm-City Day to feature ag commissioner

    Planners expect a large crowd at Tuesday’s Farm-City Day, partly because of having the commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture as the guest speaker.

    Doug Shepherd, county Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources, said organizers approached Commissioner James Comer within a week of his election before his schedule could fill up.

    “I’m very impressed with him and what he’s done with the department,” Shepherd said.

  • The day after: Clerk’s office finalizing paperwork, picking up machines as January alcohol vote looms

    Hardin County is adapting to the aftermath of Tuesday’s presidential election in which Republican challenger Mitt Romney trounced President Barack Obama locally and statewide but lost his bid for the White House.

    Poll workers will not have long to catch their breath, though, as they prepare for a local option election Jan. 8 in Elizabethtown for expanded alcohol sales and a crowded ballot of local races in 2014.

  • Man served warrant stemming from Vine Grove robbery

    Radcliff police served a warrant Wednesday on the third suspect in a September robbery outside Dollar General in Vine Grove.

    Gregory W. Johnson, 21, of Radcliff was arrested Wednesday morning near Yarwood Trailer Park in Radcliff on a charge of first-degree robbery, according to a citation.

    Bryce Shumate, spokesman for Radcliff Police Department, said the arrest was made following a foot pursuit with Johnson.

  • E'town teen arrested on arson charge

    An Elizabethtown teenager was arrested Tuesday after police said he set fires at a Hickory Lane residence by igniting rolls of toilet paper.

    Corey D. Peake, 18, is charged with first-degree arson and was released Wednesday from the Hardin County Detention Center on a partially secured $50,000 bond.