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  • Officials remember, mourn the loss of Mayor Tim Walker

    City employees talked about their fondness for Elizabethtown Mayor Tim Walker during a news conference Friday morning and discussed what the city will need to do to move forward.

    Walker, 54, was pronounced dead at 5:33 a.m. Friday by Hardin County Deputy Coroner Kenneth Spangenberger at Hardin Memorial Hospital after he died at his home.

  • Batschelet takes command of USAREC

    After serving for years in Europe in a joint command with other military branches, Maj. Gen. Allen W. Batschelet said he is happy to be working in the U.S. again as he stood on Brooks Field at Fort Knox.

    “When you come back to an all-Army community, it’s like you’re coming back to family,” said Batschelet, who took charge of U.S. Army Recruiting Command from outgoing commander Maj. Gen. David L. Mann on Thursday during a change of command ceremony.

  • Meade child dies after being struck by vehicle

    A 2-year-old child died Wednesday night after falling out of a vehicle and then was struck by it.

    Kentucky State Police responded around 8:21 p.m. Tuesday to Stanley Allen Drive in the Meade County side of Vine Grove. According to a KSP news release, a 1998 Plymouth Voyager van was backing up to a residence to unload household items.

  • E'town MSA sees bump in real personal income

    The Elizabethtown Metropolitan Statistical Area continues to see gains in income growth, which one local official tied to the saturation of high-paying jobs in the area.

    A report released this week by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis shows the Elizabethtown MSA recorded a 5.4 percent increase in real personal income growth from 2010 to 2011.

    The total real personal income growth in the MSA grew from $4.5 to $4.8 billion, according to the report. Last year, the MSA saw an increase in real personal income growth of 7.1 percent, the report said.

  • Former Vine Grove mayor remembered

    Twrena Vowels remembers the way her husband of 27 years always supported whatever she, their children and grandchildren wanted to do.

    She and her husband, Thomas Wayne Vowels, loved to travel and collect antiques. The former Vine Grove mayor never tried to stop his wife when she wanted to do something in which he had no interest.

    “He said, ‘You know you don’t have to ask me,’” she said. “I can hear him now.”

    Vowels, 72, of Vine Grove died Wednesday at Hardin Memorial Hospital.

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  • Children's fair is Saturday

    There may not be any such thing as a free lunch, but for this weekend, there’s definitely such a thing as a free fair.

    The 18th annual Children’s Fair will take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at Freeman Lake Park. The fair is free for families and offers games, prizes and entertainment for children ages 1 to 12.

  • E'town native named Ashland post Trooper of the Year

    Elizabethtown native Trooper Devan Cleaver has been named Kentucky State Police Post 14 (Ashland) Trooper of the Year. Cleaver received the honor May 23 in Frankfort from KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer and Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary J. Michael Brown .

     

  • Scouts gain skills: Girls earn badges for hiking, geocaching at summer camp

    Area Girl Scouts made significant progress in attaining skill badges this week the annual Heartland Summer Camporee for Girl Scouts.

    The camp at Freeman Lake Park gives girls an opportunity to earn five badges in a variety of areas.

    After a hiatus, the camp returned three years ago, and attendance has grown every year, director Sabrina Ward said. This year, more than 70 girls are participating.

  • Mother files wrongful death suit

    The mother of a Magnolia man shot and killed by a LaRue County Sheriff’s deputy in December has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the deputy, the LaRue County Sheriff’s Office and LaRue County government in U.S. District Court.

    The civil suit filed by Carolyn Chaudoin, mother of Thomas Earl Ferguson and administrator of his estate, said deputy James E. Williamson used excessive force and displayed negligence when he fatally wounded her son.