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  • Transportation is a first-day focus

    While many students are anxious about the morning of the first day of school, many school officials focus is on the trip back home.

    The transportation department in Hardin County Schools takes 11,000 students to and from school each day. The logistics of transporting each of them to the correct place begin in the summer and culminate on the first day, which was Wednesday.

  • Extreme Cowboy Challenge coming to Leitchfield

    Leitchfield will host Kentucky’s first Extreme Cowboy Challenge Race beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at Harmony Farms.

    Developed by Craig Cameron, who is billed as the “original extreme cowboy,” the events feature unique challenges. The course includes a tunnel, a curtain, several jumps and a Z-pattern to follow.

    The Bluegrass Chapter of the Extreme Cowboy Association was founded by Harmony Farms’ resident manager and trainer James Rathburn.

  • Harold Lewis named grand marshal in Cecilia Days parade

    This year’s Cecilia Days parade is headed by one of the longest-standing business owners in the area.

    Harold Lewis, owner of Cecilia Tractor Service, is grand marshal for the parade, which begins at 10 a.m. Saturday. The parade is just one aspect of Cecilia Days; the annual town festival that begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday and continues Saturday.

    Lewis’ tractor business has been a staple of Cecilia for 65 years, and chairman of the event David Yates said the businessman is the perfect embodiment of the town.

  • Judge denies motion for psychiatric evaluation

    A judge has denied a motion for a woman accused of arson to be evaluated by a mental health professional in Missouri.

    Rachem Dembek was arrested in April after being suspected of starting eight fires in the previous months throughout downtown Elizabethtown.

    Dembek lived in Elizabethtown at the time of her arrest but no longer lives in Kentucky.

    Debmek, who was 18 at the time of her arrest, was charged with one count each of second and third-degree arson.

  • Meeting called for property annexation

    Vine Grove City Council members have set a special meeting for 6:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall.

    The meeting is for the first readings of zoning and annexation ordinances for a farm at the corner of Knox Avenue and the corner of Ky. 313. The property is classified as tracts one and two of the Ditto property.

  • Trial date set for accused detention center escapee

    Court dates have been set for a man accused of escaping from Hardin County Detention Center.

    A status conference has been set for 1 p.m. Nov. 5 for Lonnie Ray Coy of Shepherdsville. A trial has been set for 9 a.m. Jan. 21.

    Coy faces charges of second-degree escape and first-degree persistent felony offender.

    Escape from a detention facility is a Class D felony punishable by one to five years in prison, according to Kentucky Revised Statute.

  • Photo: Truck strikes utility pole
  • Paul, Guthrie headline Tea Party rally

    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul looked over the capacity crowd at Nolin RECC Tuesday night with a knowing smile on his face.

    Paul often has heard Senate Majority Leader, Democrat Harry Reid of Nevada, denounce the Tea Party as dead while in the same sentence claiming it is destroying the Republican Party. The crowd, he said, contradicted Reid’s claims of the party’s demise as a fallacy. And the notion the Tea Party is loyal only to Republicans is equally faulty, he said.

  • Rand Paul, Brett Guthrie make stop at HealthSouth

    As lawmakers battle over changes to Medicare in Washington, one health provider is feeling the squeeze of federal restrictions in Hardin County.

    Officials at HealthSouth Lakeview Rehabilitation Hospital on Tuesday urged two Kentucky legislators to pursue modifications to a federal regulation they say restricts access to acute rehab services for patients and deals a blow to patient volume.

  • Patient commits suicide at HMH

    In a place where the staff works to save lives, a patient took his own Tuesday morning.

    Hardin Memorial Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit was locked down briefly Tuesday after a patient committed suicide with a gun inside the hospital.

    Elizabethtown police, who responded around 8:13 a.m., said the man was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. No one else was injured. The patient’s name has not been released.