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  • Local agencies see impact of cuts to food stamp program

    There was no hesitation when David Dozer considered whether more people are contacting Helping Hand of HOPE now that food stamp benefits have been cut.

    “Oh yeah,” he said instantly. While Dozer doesn’t have specific numbers, the daily requests for food broadcast over an intercom in the office have become more frequent.

    Funding to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program was reduced nationally by about $5 billion after the Nov. 1 expiration of a temporary increase that was part of a federal stimulus package.

  • A soldier's surprise

    Gwen Yocum’s mouth fell open in shock Wednesday afternoon at the sight of her father in the doorway of her classroom at Meadow View Elementary School in Radcliff. Surprise gave way to tears as she and her dad embraced amid her classmates’ applause.

    Staff Sgt. Adam Yocum of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, returned to Fort Knox in the early hours Wednesday after a six-month deployment.

  • 'The Butler' set for five showings at Historic State Theater

    New show dates have been set for “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” at the Historic State Theater.

    The story of Cecil Gaines, who served eight U.S. presidents as a butler in the White House, will have five show times over a three-day period.

    The movie will be shown at 7 p.m.  Jan. 31 and at 2 and 7 p.m. Feb. 1 and 2.

    The movie will be released on DVD on Jan. 14, which prompted a delay in originally scheduled showings here in late November.

  • Former county road supervisor dies

    A former county road supervisor, who led the department for nearly 14 years, died Tuesday at his Elizabethtown home.

    John Blackburn, 79, directed the Hardin County Road Department from December 1987 to September 2001, according to officials.

    Prior to that, he served as a road supervisor in Radcliff and retired from the U.S. Army, said Jailer Danny Allen, who served as assistant road supervisor under Blackburn.

  • Police continue hunt for missing Radcliff man

    Despite receiving a high volume of calls in the wake of several media reports, Radcliff police continue to search for a man who has been missing for nearly three weeks.

    John E. Lasley, 47, of Radcliff was last seen at 4:45 p.m. Nov. 1 at Homestead Mobile Home Park. His family reported him missing Nov. 12.

    On Monday, Radcliff Police Department released Lasley’s photo to the media. In the days since, police have received numerous calls of reported sightings, spokesman Bryce Shumate said.

  • 3/1 soldiers return from Afghanistan

    More than 240 soldiers assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division soldiers returned from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and were welcomed home during a ceremony at Natcher Physical Fitness Center Wednesday morning.

    The unit has been operating in the roughly 7,000-square-mile Zabul province in southern Afghanistan, which is an area larger than the state of Connecticut. Soldiers assisted Afghan security forces, government, and police forces in their transition to independent security and governance.

  • Hall of Fame to update community on plans, fundraising

    Promoters of a new basketball museum plan to spend today working in Elizabethtown, including the first public presentation of building plans and a formal fundraising update.

    The Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame will unveil initial architectural drawings and sketches of a downtown museum site on West Dixie Avenue across from the Historic State Theater at an afternoon news conference. Described as a “preliminary concept,” it calls for 10,500-square feet of new construction plus display space in a vacant church building.

  • Sending a gift of hope

    A little more than a decade ago, Operation Christmas Child’s mission wasn’t present in Hardin County. That all changed when Cheryl Vowels went to the Kentucky State Fair.

    She visited a booth for the organization where a woman explained its mission — sending gift boxes, about the size of a typical shoe box, filled with non-liquid toiletries, school supplies and toys to needy children around the world.

  • Cut cables interrupt 911 service

    More than 50,000 Windstream customers temporarily were unable to call 911 Monday night after two fiber-optic cables and copper wiring were damaged in Elizabethtown.

    Hardin County E-911 Director Bob Hammonds said the agency’s primary communications went down around 8:45 p.m. Monday.

    “We had a plan in place for back up,” Hammonds said Tuesday. “The staff that was here last night enacted that plan to perfection.”

  • Police: Muldraugh man sustains self-inflicted injury during shooting

    A Muldraugh man was listed in critical condition Tuesday afternoon after police say he injured himself during an officer-involved shooting earlier in the day.

    John R. Price, 31, sustained a single gunshot wound and was in critical condition at University Hospital in Louisville.

    Meade County Dispatch contacted Kentucky State Police Post 4 in Elizabethtown at 11:25 a.m. Tuesday requesting assistance in performing a welfare check at 710 S. Main St. in Muldraugh, according to a KSP news release.