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  • ECTC to host 'Evening with the Stars'

    After hearing from an astronaut, the community will have the opportunity learn about space itself.

    Elizabethtown Community and Technical College is hosting its second in a series of events focused on science and technology at 7 p.m. Monday in Room 112 of the James S. Owen Building, formerly known as the Administration Building.

    The event, “An Evening with the Stars,” is an informational session on stars, planets and meteors, and participants have an opportunity to view them through a telescope, according to an ECTC news release.

  • KSP investigating death of Meade County resident

    Kentucky State Police Post 4 is investigating the death of a Vine Grove man after a family member found him unresponsive Thursday morning at his home on Angel Court in Meade County.

    Stephen Patrick McKinney, 39, recently had been "complaining of and dealing with several medical issues," according to a news release from the Elizabethtown post. Foul play is not suspected.

    Police responded to McKinney's home after receiving a call at 8:40 a.m. Thursday from Meade County Dispatch. Detective Ryan Johnson is investigating.

  • Vine Grove man arrested in connection to E'town robbery

    A Vine Grove man is charged with robbery after police say he shut a car door Tuesday night on a Lowe's employee's arm while attempting to shoplift from the home-improvement store in Elizabethtown.

    Kyle S. Heim, 32, is charged with first-degree robbery. He was arrested Wednesday afternoon at Kwik Cash Pawn & Gun in Radcliff.

    According to a citation, Heim allegedly entered Lowe’s at 9:39 p.m. Tuesday and removed a DeWalt Tool Kit from a shelf.

  • Vine Grove man arrested for drug trafficking

    A Vine Grove man faces three charges of drug trafficking after police say they uncovered crystal methamphetamine, multiple prescription medicines and more than $2,000 in cash Wednesday night during a traffic stop.

    Joshua Lee Grass, 31, was arrested on charges of first-, second- and third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, acquiring property from income from trafficking in a controlled substance, prescription in improper container, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to wear a seatbelt.

  • Car show to raise money for cancer patients

    A local automobile club is hosting a benefit car show this weekend at Freeman Lake Park from which a portion of the proceeds will go to gas cards for cancer patients.

    The Hardin County-based Hittin’ Bottom Auto Club Inc. kicks off its 16th annual Showoff for a Cure on Saturday and the event runs through Sunday afternoon. Entry fee is $20 and for a nonjudged entry, $10.

    Club founder Clyde Polk said the show is open to any vehicles, including motorcycles and bicycles.

  • Tourism to amend financial deal with basketball hall of fame

    The Elizabethtown Tourism Commission has indicated it will make changes to a financial contract with the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame.

    The commission last month approved $200,000 toward development of the hall of fame that will be paid in increments and carries a stipulation the facility must be located in downtown Elizabethtown.

  • Festivals’ checks and balances summed up

    Elizabethtown’s summer festival slate had mixed results this year.

    June’s Official Kentucky State Championship Old Time Fiddlers Contest and July’s Founders’Day Festival, both at Freeman Lake Park, recorded losses while Cruisin’the Heartland basically broke even. The car cruise returned to downtown for the fourth time in late July.

    The city saw a resurgence at the Heartland Festival, which added revenue from its late August showing.

  • Shutdown will not shut down Lincoln Days

    Former First Lady Laura Bush planned to visit Hodgenville in 2008 to celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s 199th birthday and kick off a bicentennial celebration, but had to cancel because of an ice storm.

    The town, however, celebrated the day anyway. Philip Setters and other Lincoln Days coordinators are taking the same attitude toward this weekend’s festival and the federal government shutdown that could keep the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park closed.

  • United Way prepares for fourth Project United

    United Way of Central Kentucky is on the lookout for volunteers interested in dedicating time to serving some of the youngest residents of Hardin County.

    The organization is undertaking its fourth Project United event, beginning Oct. 28 at North Park Elementary School. Companies and individuals can begin registering to take on one of 14 various makeover projects at the school.

  • Lincoln film seeks tourism as sole financier

    Though Abraham Lincoln spent only seven years of his life in Kentucky, a Lexington documentary film producer believes there are untold stories to mine from the Lincoln family’s Kentucky roots and their ties to Hardin County.

    Kent Masterson Brown is pursuing the development of a film entitled “The Lincolns in Kentucky,” a 56-minute documentary navigating through the lives of the Lincolns, from the arrival of Lincoln’s grandfather into what became Kentucky in the late 1700s to the departure of the future U.S. president with his family to Indiana.