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  • Remembering victims, celebrating survivors

    EDITOR'S NOTE: The name of this domestic violence victim has been changed to protect the woman’s identity.

    During the nine years of their on-and-off relationship, the father of Susan Smith’s children never hit her, but she believed he one day would.

    Smith said the abuse was verbal and emotional. It began with not allowing her to see friends. Eventually she could not visit her family or leave the house, she said.

    He controlled what she did and to whom she talked, Smith said.

  • Hodgenville man dies in struggle with police

    A Hodgenville man is dead after he was shot multiple times during a struggle Sunday morning with two Hodgenville police officers.

    Benjamin H. Burba, 59, was pronounced dead Sunday at Hardin Memorial Hospital. Hardin County Deputy Coroner Pat Elmore said a preliminary autopsy revealed the cause of death is multiple gunshot wounds.

    According to Kentucky State Police, Hodgenville Police officers Jaron Skillman and James Richardson were attempting to serve arrest warrants on Burba at an apartment at 631 S. Lincoln Blvd. where an altercation ensued.

  • Radcliff man arrested after riding bicycle on Blue Grass Parkway

    A Radcliff man is charged with hitchhiking and felony assault following an alleged struggle with a Kentucky State Police trooper Sunday afternoon on the Blue Grass Parkway.

    Bryce A. Stateman, 32, was riding a bicycle at 3:10 p.m. on the parkway when a trooper stopped him near the 4-mile marker, according to a citation.

  • KSP releases name of man killed in police shooting

    Kentucky State Police have identified the suspect killed in an officer-involved shooting Sunday morning in Hodgenville.

    Benjamin Burba, 59, was pronounced dead Sunday at Hardin Memorial Hospital. Hardin County Deputy Coroner Pat Elmore confirmed the cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds.

    Jeff Gregory, spokesman for KSP Post 4 in Elizabethtown, also revealed Hodgenville Police Officer Jaron Skillman fired the shots.

  • Faces of breast cancer: Battle against disease is relentless, inspiring

    In a span of six years, Theda Meredith went from an active woman with a full-time job and a family to someone who had stared down cancer three times.

    “It was an extremely challenging time,” said Kelly Owsley, one of Meredith’s two daughters. “We knew she was a strong woman but we had no inkling how strong she was. There were times she couldn’t get off of the couch, but she always had a smile on her face.”

  • Breast cancer survivors stress self-exams, mammograms

    As a mother of two daughters, a grandmother of eight girls and a great-grandmother of four others, Joye Jaggers isn’t shy about making sure women in her family are aware of the importance of self-breast examinations and regular mammograms.

    “I have told their parents to have mammograms and to check often,” she said. “You have to check to make sure something doesn’t all of a sudden pop up.”

  • Breast cancer treatment customized for patients

    Breast cancer awareness has exploded in popular American culture, from targeted fun runs and major marketing campaigns to an initiative in the National Football League for players and coaches to wear bright pink accessories on uniforms and apparel during October games.

    As the attention to the illness has grown, the medical community publicly avowed the need for early screenings and self-exams in women as a form of preventative medicine while doctors look to improve on established therapies.

  • A history in pink: Agencies raise awareness of breast cancer for more than 30 years

    Today, Race for the Cure has spread worldwide. Consumers can purchase a variety of pink products from organizations that donate a portion of the proceeds to breast cancer research, and every year, October is recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

  • Taking baptism to the streets

    Tears were in Sara Nichols’ eyes as she watched the Rev. Gary Summers empty a handful of water onto the top of her 13-month-old son’s blond head Sunday afternoon.

    Issac Nichols’ baptism was one of six performed in a 150-gallon livestock watering tank positioned at the foot of Summers’ driveway on Rodney Street in Radcliff.

  • Column: Death hard to explain, understand for all ages

    My grandmother, Sharon Bennett, died June 10, 1990, after a long battle with breast cancer.

    The trip to the cemetery inevitably led to a series of existential questions from my sister.

    “Who is ‘Grammy Bennett?’ Where is she? Why is she buried in the ground? What is heaven? Where is it? Can I go to heaven and see ‘Grammy Bennett’?”