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  • Brooklyn bounces back

    Brooklyn Disselkamp’s face does not reflect the anguish her body has withstood the past year.

    The Elizabethtown toddler snuggles close to her mother, clutches her baby doll and casually plays with a cellphone. A red bow, attached to a headband, sits atop her head.

    The 2-year-old smiles often and follows the mechanics of most children: She directs her mother to plug in lights on the family’s Christmas tree and stares at it briefly, enraptured by its glow.

  • Feeding the community for the holidays

    For one local family, the giving spirit of their late son lives on through a meal they help to prepare.

    Bennie and Barbara Grissom, with the help of other family members and volunteers, will host the sixth annual Community Christmas Dinner from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the National Guard Armory in Elizabethtown.

    The meal, which is free and prepared for at least 200, is a way for the family to give back to their community, Barbara said.

  • HMH hosts topping out ceremony

    Hardin Memorial Hospital symbolically celebrated a milestone Monday, placing the top steel beam high above the main campus on North Dixie Avenue atop the North Tower, a two-floor expansion under development.

    The topping out ceremony is a gesture adopted by HMH from an ironworker tradition that includes the placement of an evergreen tree to represent growth and good luck and an American flag on the surface of the steel structure.

  • Kosair patient meets special visitor

    For one local boy and his mother, this holiday season is playing out differently than they expected.

    Sam Adams, 7, has been hospitalized since a Nov. 13 bone marrow transplant from his younger brother, Jack, 3.

    Jack has since recovered, but his brother still is in Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville. Although Sam, who is battling a relapse of acute lymphoblastic leukemia, is spending his holiday there, he hasn’t lost his spirit, said his mother, Chrystal Brigman.

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  • Vine Grove donates infrared camera

    After the Vine Grove Fire Department bought a new infrared imaging system, the city had an outdated camera that wasn’t going to be used.

    That was until Bullard, a company used by many fire departments for fire-fighting gear, connected Vine Grove Fire Chief Steve New with a teacher from Rowan County Senior High School.

  • CKCF, CASA partner for endowment fund

    Central Kentucky Community Foundation and CASA of the Heartland are partnering to establish an endowment fund for the long-term benefit of CASA.

    “CASA provides an extremely valuable service in our community and is fortunate to have a great staff, board and volunteers,” said Al Rider, president/CEO of Central Kentucky Community Foundation. “Now they focus on a new dimension in fundraising: looking long-term by starting an endowment fund.”

  • Advance registration deadline approaching for New Year’s run

    The early bird deadline for the South Central Bank 2014 New Years Dash 5K Run/Walk is Friday.

    Those who register in advance can take advantage of a discount and run for $25. The dash, which is being hosted by the city of Elizabethtown, is $35 the day of the event. Children 10 years old and younger can race for free.

    Elizabethtown Events Coordinator Sarah Vaughn said around 65 people had registered in advance as of Monday. The city hopes to attract a crowd of 350 for its second outing.

  • Stories from the Heartland: Bernice Scott creates a white Christmas of her own

    The pieces on the dining room table rest perfectly.

    There’s a church and a barbershop, as well as a post office, courthouse, merry-go-round and many other red-trimmed white structures. Sprinkled among the many buildings in Bernice Scott’s Christmas village are Hallmark figurines of people, animals, a skating rink, snow-covered evergreen trees and a train.

  • Hobby keeps couple in pines and needles

    When some people vacation in Florida, they come back with souvenirs or a tan, but when the Yateses vacationed in the Sunshine State, they came back with a hobby.

    Elizabethtown resident Nancy Yates discovered pine needle basket weaving at a community gathering near her family’s vacation home in Florida.

    She then taught the Native American art form to Virgil, her husband of 57 years.